Which New York Jets have played out Patrick Mahomes’ contract?

If all goes according to plan, Patrick Mahomes will be in Kansas City for the next 12 years. How many New York Jets have lasted that long?

Earlier this week, Patrick Mahomes earned himself a mighty surplus of ketchup funds.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback made financial history on Monday, inking a 10-year contract extension with the potential to reach $503 million. It’s the first half-billion-dollar deal in American potential sports history.

Save for their scheduled matchup this November, the New York Jets perhaps have little to worry about when it comes to writing such a check. They’re a rebuilding squad and are still searching for an identity as they enter a new decade of football. It’s certainly enticing for Kansas City fans to envision at least a dozen more seasons of Mahomes antics under center (counting the two left on his original rookie deal), one can certainly wonder if Mahomes play the contract out to its fullest. A dozen more seasons equates to a whopping total of 192 regular season games.

Just how hard is it to reach that plateau? ESM looks back on the rare Jets who managed to put up that number in a green uniform…

K Pat Leahy (250 games)

Leahy didn’t even play college football, have starred on the soccer pitch at Saint Louis University (even earning All-American honors as a Billiken). After two training camp stints with the local Cardinals, he signed on with the Jets after Bobby Howling’s 1974 injury and didn’t look back for nearly 18 years. By the time he retired in 1992 (only departing due to a sciatic nerve condition), Leahy owned pretty much every meaningful scoring and kicking record in the Jets’ history books. He remains the all-time points leader in Jets history at 1,470, which is currently good for 26th in NFL history (fifth among players who spent their entire career with one team).

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G Randy Rasmussen (207 games)

As the last player to retire from the Jets’ legendary 1968 squad, Rasmussen is the last Jets Super Bowl champion to partake in an NFL game. Save for an eight-game stretch in his penultimate season, Rasmussen was incredibly durable during his run, missing just three games outside of that outlier campaign in 1980. Rasmussen even earned a touchdown during his NFL career, recovering a fumble in the end zone during a 1972 loss to Miami at Shea Stadium.

LB Kyle Clifton (204 games)

No one in New York has earned more takedowns than Clifton, who put up 1,468 solo stops in his NFL career. He led the league in tackles on three occasions ranks 10th in NFL history in the combined variety (1,484). Current free agent Antoine Bethea is the closest active player to knocking him out of the spot (1,333).

LB Mo Lewis (200 games)

Lewis is perhaps best known for his indirect role in NFL history, as he’s the one whose tackle of Drew Bledsoe gave way to Tom Brady in 2001. But his mark on Jets and the NFL, in general, goes far beyond that single play. Along with Clifton, Lewis is one of two Jets with at least 1,000 tackles (1,232) and he also reached the Pro Bowl three times. Lewis was named to the Jets’ 40th anniversary squad, as well as the first 1998 All-Pro team en route to the Jets’ AFC Championship Game appearance.

T Winston Hill (195 games)

The late Hill’s legendary career finally got the ending it rightfully deserved in January, as the Super Bowl starter was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joe Namath’s entire career saw Hill protect his blindside, as the pair event spent one non-Jets season as members of the Los Angeles Rams. Winston Hill’s Ribs & Stuff, a barbecue restaurant Hill formed decades after his retirement, continues to operate in Littleton, Colorado.

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G/T Dan Alexander (192 games)

Alexander was drafted in the eighth round of the 1977 draft out of LSU and carved out a 13-year career in New York. He was, in fact, drafted as a defensive lineman but was switched to the other side of the ball in the midst of his first training camp. Alexander also partook in seven playoff games and didn’t miss a game until his 11th year on the job.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

WATCH: Yankees’ Miguel Andujar drops easy fly ball during right field test

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

The New York Yankees hosted another intrasquad exhibition game on Thursday night, playing a majority reserve players to iron out the backend of the active roster.

With the roster expanding four spots to 30 players, options like Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Mike Ford, Clint Frazier, and Mike Tauchman are all battling for an opportunity.

However, some had a better day than others. Andujar, who hit a home run off Gerrit Cole several days ago in the second exhibition game, dropped an easy flyball in right field Thursday night.

Andujar has been at the top of manager Aaron Boone’s list for getting defensive reps. The former runner-up for Rookie of the Year in 2018 tore his labrum last season, limiting him to just 12 games. During that time, he lost his starting position at third base to Gio Urshela, who was previously a carrier depth player.

Andujar dropping the ball in right field is a significant blow yet a minor mistake. He served better in left but the sun was directly in his eyes to make the catch more problematic.

I don’t imagine this will convince Boone to give him any fewer reps, but it certainly wasn’t the step forward he anticipated taking.

The young talent still has plenty of time to rectify his mistake, but he must improve in the outfield if he wishes to see any defensive reps during a shortened season. Boone will not be motivated to start questionable defensive players when every game is that much more valuable.

New York Jets RB Le’veon Bell laughs off spot in Top 10 rushers’ poll

Le’veon Bell of the New York Jets appeared in an ESPN poll ranking the league’s top rushers but didn’t appear satisfied with his slot.

An appearance in a top-ten list organized by ESPN would be cause for celebration for many NFL running backs. As Le’veon Bell has proven, however, he’s not like most professional rushers.

The New York Jets starter showed up on the list organized by the network, polling 50 NFL personnel to determine the league’s top rushers. Such a list was bookended by New Yorkers, with Saquon Barkley topping the list and Bell rounding things out. The rankings premiered on ESPN’s morning talk show Get Up!.

Bell was smiling upon learning his spot…but only in the form of sarcastic laughter.

Bell’s reaction was mocked by some, some of whom felt the slot should’ve gone to someone else (Green Bay’s Aaron Jones was a popular proposed substitute). The second-year Jet responded by expressing hope that this season will be played and vowing to right the wrongs of 2019.

Added to the Jets on a four-year, $52.5 million deal last offseason, Bell, 28, ran for only 789 yards last season, his lowest full-season tally since entering the league in 2013. That came after he sat out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute with his original employers from Pittsburgh. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler noted that Bell channeled his inner Bart Scott and texted him “can’t wait” after the Jets selected Mekhi Becton in the first round of April’s draft.

The 2020 outlook is a bit brighter for Bell after the Jets upgraded their offensive line. He currently ranks sixth amongst active NFL rushers in career yardage (6,125). The leader of that list, Frank Gore (15,347) joined the Jets as a spell option earlier this offseason.

New York is currently slated to open their season on September 13 at Buffalo.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Will the New York Giants Have A 1,000-Yard Receiver In 2020?

The New York Giants have put together an offense with a multitude of talented playmakers. Entering his second NFL season, Daniel Jones will be sharing the football with the likes of Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and others. On paper, this is a pretty solid stable of playmakers.

This is the same group that the Giants put on the field in 2019. But, with a new offensive scheme under Jason Garrett, will this same group of playmakers improve in 2020?

One area of the Giants’ offense that has been heavily discussed this offseason is the receiving corps. Many have criticized the Giants’ offense, citing a lack of a true number one receiver as a major weakness. Even former Giants Super Bowl champion wide receiver Amani Toomer stated this to be a weakness. With that being the case, what will the wide receivers be able to accomplish in 2020 with Daniel Jones and Jason Garrett?

Will There Be A 1,000-Yard Receiver?

From 2014 to 2018, the Giants had one primary receiver running the show and dominating the competition. Odell Beckham Jr. managed to surpass 1,00 receiving yards in every season he played with the Giants (except for 2017 when he only played in 4 games before suffering a season-ending leg injury).

Odell’s departure in the 2019 offseason came as a huge surprise for most Giants fans. Beckham had been the team’s best and most consistent player over the past five seasons and his absence was felt on Sundays in 2019. The Giants did not have a 1,000-yard receiver in 2019 and the team’s receivers struggled to fill the void that the Odell trade left behind.

Will that change in 2020? Will one of the Giants’ receivers crack 1,000 yards? Based on the career history of the Giants’ receivers, it is not very likely.

Sterling Shepard?

Sterling Shepard has never totaled 1,000 receiving yards in his four-year career. His career-high is 872 yards in 2018. Additionally, Shepard spent much of the 2019 season off the field due to injuries. It is unlikely that Sterling Shepard will net his first 1,000-yard season in 2020. Jason Garrett will be running a run-first offense that will use slot receivers like Shepard and Golden Tate as reliable chain movers and underneath route-runners. Shepard likely will not have enough big-play opportunities to have a chance at 1,000 receiving yards.

Golden Tate?

Golden Tate likely will not reach the 1,000-yard milestone this season for the same reasons as Sterling Shepard, though he seems to have a better chance than Sterling. Tate did manage to total 676 receiving yards in 11 games last season. Golden has had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his career, but not since 2017. At nearly 32-years old, it is hard to imagine Golden Tate having a career resurgence and becoming anything more than a reliable number two receiver with the Giants this season.

Darius Slayton?

Of all the Giants’ receiving targets, Darius Slayton has the best chance to total 1,000 receiving yards. Slayton flashed tons of potential in limited playing time in 2019. The rookie racked up 740 yards and 8 touchdowns, which was the most of all rookie receivers. Big Play Slay proved to be a big-time playmaker. If Slayton develops in year two he could have a breakout season and become that number one receiving threat that the Giants currently do not have. An expanded role as Daniel Jones’s favorite receiving target in 2020 gives Darius Slayton the best chance to top 1,000 receiving yards.

Brooklyn Nets sign Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley

Brooklyn Nets, Jamal Crawford

Thursday afternoon the Brooklyn Nets announced on Twitter that they have signed forward Michael Beasley as a Substitute Player for the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season.

Wednesday night The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Nets reached a deal with guard Jamal Crawford.

Like Beasley, Crawford will be a Substitute Player for the Nets when the season resumes in Walt Disney World later this month.

Prior to these transactions, guard Spencer Dinwiddie, forward Taurean Prince and center DeAndre Jordan tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequently opted out of the NBA restart. Kevin Durant tested positive in March.

Brooklyn Nets big man Nic Claxton is out for the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury, and Wilson Chandler opted out of play. Brooklyn signed guards Tyler Johnson and Justin Anderson to fill their place.

How did Crawford perform in 2019 and what can he offer the Brooklyn Nets?

Crawford, 40, has 19 seasons in the NBA under his belt and hasn’t suited up for a team this season. Last season he appeared in 64 games for the Phoenix Suns. For his career, Crawford is averaging 14.6 points per game.

Beasley, 31, has 11 seasons in the NBA under his belt and hasn’t suited up for a team this season. Last season he appeared in 26 games for the Los Angeles Lakers. For his career, Beasley is averaging 12.4 points per game.

Brooklyn’s active roster now includes Crawford, Beasley, Johnson, Anderson, Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, Garrett Temple, Rodions Kurucs, Dzanan Musa, Jeremiah Martin, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Chris Chiozza.

Jacque Vaughn took over as interim head coach after Kenny Atkinson and the Nets parted ways in March.

The Nets, 30-34, are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, eight and a half games behind the sixth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, a half-game ahead of the eighth-seeded Orlando Magic and six games ahead of the ninth-seeded Washington Wizards.

The Nets will resume the NBA season against the Magic on Friday, July 31 at 2:30 PM EST at HP Field House.

New York Giants: Andrew Thomas talks offseason, adjustment to the NFL

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Georgia Bulldogs

The New York Giants selected Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

In an interview on the “Giants Huddle” podcast, Thomas said it’s an “honor” to be with the Giants (quotes by means of giants.com).

“First of all, it’s an honor to play for the New York Football Giants, a great organization with a lot of good history,” Thomas said on the Giants Huddle podcast. “I’m an offensive lineman, so I take pride in being able to run the ball, being able to protect the quarterback, and obviously, that’s something that they take a lot of interest in, too.”

Thomas calls the virtual offseason a “huge adjustment.”

“It’s a huge adjustment,” Thomas said about the current circumstances with the coronavirus pandemic. “Nobody will be prepared for it, but I’ve just been trying to play the cards that I’ve been dealt. We’re having our meetings online. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work out because I’m in Georgia, so some of the gyms are open, so I’ve been able to stay in shape and things like that. I’m just trying to make the best of my time that I have.”

Thomas started at both tackle positions in his three seasons at Georgia (15 games at right tackle in 2017 and 26 games at left tackle from 2018-19). He says that switching tackle positions is “natural” from a technique standpoint. The Giants could look to utilize him in that way.

“For me, it’s kind of like a switch in my head that kind of goes off, because the plays and everything are the same, the technique is the same, but everything is flipped to the other side,” Thomas said. “You might be using your right leg for something that would maybe be different on the left side. It’s just getting used to that. But once I get a few repetitions at it, it’s just natural.”

Thomas compares the way his new offensive line coach, Marc Colombo, operates to his Georgia days.

“He’s a teacher,” Thomas said of Colombo, who was a first-round draft choice in 2002 and played tackle for Chicago (2002-05), Dallas (2005-10) and Miami (2011). “He wants us to know everything that’s going on. We’re learning the formations, everything that’s going on, so we can understand the game on another level. I like that. It’s kind of similar to what I had at Georgia with Coach [Sam] Pittman. He wanted us to know everything that’s going on. I feel like as an offensive lineman, understanding the big picture allows us to play faster. He’s a great coach so I’m excited to be on the field with him.”

Thomas sees “details” as a crucial element to the adjustment from college to the NFL.

“It’s different from college. There’s nobody checking on you, making sure you’re going to class,” Thomas said. “It’s ‘you’re a man, this is your job, treat it like that.’ That’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

It’s just the details. In college, there are a few things that you can get away with. Like you understand where the play is going and you have a general technique that you use for that play. But in the pros, there are changes based on linebackers’ rotation, alignment, what the motions are. I talk about the big picture of understanding what’s going on, what the formation is, things like that, makes a big difference in the plays.”

Thomas has been building a relationship with veteran Giants tackle Nate Solder this offseason.

“For the rookies, the big thing for us is knowing everybody on the team, knowing the staff,” Thomas said. “They test us all the time because they want us to know. The NFL is a people’s league, and we have to know our teammates and the people that we’ll see in the building every day. So, we’re trying to do that. I’ve also been building a relationship with [veteran offensive tackle] Nate Solder actually. He reached out to me. Obviously, he’s a man of faith, so that’s something that’s big for me, just him inviting me to be part of bible studies, something that I want to do and stuff like that. Just trying to get to know the guys.”

Thomas is part of a tackle group that includes Solder, Nick Gates, free agent signee Cam Fleming and third-round draft pick Matt Peart.

UFC: Dana White on Conor McGregor: “He’s got a few fights left”

Conor McGregor, UFC

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have heard that the UFC‘s biggest star, Conor McGregor (22-4), retired just over a month ago. Most, if not all, people believe that this will be another short-term retirement for the former two division champion. UFC President Dana White appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd where he was simply asked if McGregor will fight again.

“What’s going on with Conor McGregor is what goes on with all professional fighters when they become extremely wealthy…he gets to pick and choose what he wants to do. He’s got a few fights left, I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out and wanted to fight somebody next year after all these fights play out,” White told Cowherd.

Does the UFC need Conor McGregor?

Let’s be clear about something, the UFC has never needed Conor McGregor. Yes, McGregor is the biggest star the sports history by a long shot. However, the UFC was successful before McGregor, and they will be successful after McGregor is officially retired.

On the other hand, the UFC really wants McGregor to fight a few more times. He generates more money than the next two biggest draws combined. He transcends the standard MMA fan and his reach stretches around the globe. That’s how big of a star the Irishman is in the UFC.

Conor McGregor hasn’t stopped training since he announced that he was retired. He’s constantly staying sharp in the gym. If you see Jorge Masvidal win this weekend at UFC 251, I wouldn’t be shocked if you see McGregor make a play to fight Masvidal for the welterweight title. Imagine McGregor coming back to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold a belt in three weight classes.

I think in the next couple of months you’re going to see momentum towards another Conor McGregor fight. There is no way that he’s done fighting. I think there are a couple of more things he wants to accomplish before he hangs it up for good.

Can New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil hit .400? “Hopefully,” he says

yankees, mets, jeff mcneil

Jeff McNeil is a special hitter. Yes, he only has a couple of seasons of MLB experience, but it is not hard to reach that conclusion. He has a lifetime batting average of .321 in 815 plate appearances and 196 games, and when he catches fire, you know something special could happen. Reports from the New York Mets’ camp at Citi Field are glowing, as players and coaches say he has been crushing the ball.

When we consider the fact that the 2020 season will only have 60 games, there will be space for plenty of statistical oddities. For example, it is not so crazy to imagine a player finishing with a sub-2.00s ERA, or over .400 of batting average. Jeff McNeil is certainly a candidate for the latter.

During the first 60 games of the 2019 season, the Mets’ infielder hit .329. However, it was as high as .370 at one point. Given how good he is looking, could he hit the sacred milestone? It will be extremely hard, but possible. Why not?

Could the Mets’ hitting machine make history?

The last player to ever hit at least .400 during a complete season was Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams in 1941.

“It would be nice. I know I had a good first half of the year last year. Hopefully I can do it again,” McNeil said on Thursday, per SNY.tv. “I’ve got 60 games to go out there and get as many hits as possible. Hopefully by the end of the year it is .400, but we’ll see. My goal is just to get on base as much as I can for the guys behind me.”

He understands, however, that in such a short season, the focus will be on taking the New York Mets to the promised land: the playoffs.

“The ultimate goal is to go out there, make the playoffs, and win a World Series,” said McNeil. “That’s still our goal. Personally, I’m trying to go up there every single at-bat, get on base, and make good things happen for this team.”

Breaking down the Yankees 2020 schedule

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole

The MLB released the 60 game schedule for the 2020 season earlier this week. Today, we take a look at the New York Yankees abbreviated schedule.

The team will play 40 games against divisional rivals, and will play 20 games against NL East teams. So, the Yankees will play each AL East team 10 times and will have at least one series with each NL East team.

Of 10 games with the Red Sox, seven will be played at Yankee Stadium. 10 of their last 20 games will be played against a young and talented Blue Jays team, with seven of them being played in Canada. The team will also visit the Orioles six times and host them just four. They will see the Rays at home for six games, meaning just one trip to Tropicana Field in Tampa.

On the National League side of things, the Yankees see the Nationals just once for three games to open the season. Opening Day will feature the two playing on July 23rd at 7pm in a nationally televised game. Gerrit Cole is expected to face Max Scherzer in that one.

The only unfortunate news about games against NL teams is that the Yankees will see the Braves six times. Atlanta won their division in 2019 before falling in the NLDS. The Yankees first seven games will be against NL teams. Additionally, the team will have a series against the Mets in both the Bronx and Queens.

To finish the season, the Marlins will come to town for three games. That will be a great opportunity for the Yankees to get late wins, especially if their postseason hopes depend on it.

Overall, the Yankees seemed to luck out with their schedule and their regular season seems no more difficult than usual.

New York Yankee News: Yankees to host the Houston Astros on May 4, 2021 at the Stadium

The New York Yankees will get their chance to boo the Houston Astros for three games starting on May 4, 2021.  Today the Yankees released their 2021 baseball schedule.  The Astro series at the Stadium will be part of their longest homestand in a season that the Yankees will host the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day in New York.

Notes from the season:  The New York Yankees will return to a regular 162 game season that again will see them travel the country in the traditional league divisions.  They will travel to the west coast only twice, once for three games with the Seattle Mariners on the sixth of July and again for their longest west coast trip in August with four games against the Oakland A’s and three with the Los Angeles Angels.

Although their west coast visits will be at a minimum, playing National League teams will be common.  The New York Yankees will face the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves, the Miami Marlins for the second year in a row. They will also meet their crosstown rival New York Mets for six Subway Series games, three at Yankee Stadium on the July 4th holiday.  The other three will be in the Queens at Citi Field from September 10-12.  September 11 will be the 20th anniversary of the New York attack on the World Trade Buildings and will feature an on the field remembrance.

During the full season, the Yankees will be playing on all the summer holidays. They will play at home on Easter Sunday (4/4 vs. Toronto), Mother’s Day (5/9 vs. Washington), Memorial Day (5/31 vs. Tampa Bay), Father’s Day (6/20 vs. Oakland), Independence Day (7/4 vs. the Mets) and Labor Day (9/6 vs. Toronto). The Yankees will close out the regular season at home with a three-game series vs. Tampa Bay from 10/1-3.

Although it’s nice to know that the Yankees will finally get to show their distaste for the Houston Astros, that is on the back burner.  Right now their only concern is winning a 28th World Championship. They will start that campaign two weeks from now in our nation’s capital when Gerrit Cole faces the Washington National’s, Max Scherzer.

For a full look at the schedule click here.

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