New York Jets Training Camp 8/8: News, updates, quotes, and more

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After getting the day off yesterday, the New York Jets completed their first practice of this week. The team finally has their first game week of the year with this Friday’s preseason game in Philadelphia.

Injury updates:

The main news today was that starting right tackle Mekhi Becton left practice limping. Robert Saleh stated it does not seem too serious, good news for the Jets. DJ Reed, Ty Johnson, and Vinny Curry all remained out with hamstrings. Conor McDermott has a low ankle sprain and will miss a week or two.

Players who shined in practice:

The Jets’ offense had a few players with strong days of work. The connection between Zach Wilson and Tyler Conklin continued to show up. Conklin seems primed to have a productive 2022 for the Jets, his first year with the team.

Wilson had a relatively sharp practice. He went 9-for-12 and threw a touchdown during a move-the-ball period. His decision-making was good as he threw no interceptions. The defensive front of the Jets got in the backfield throughout practice. Wilson did some good things on the ground with his legs.

Wilson connected multiple times with Elijah Moore and Corey Davis as well. Davis scored one touchdown in the red zone on a slant. On one completion to Moore, Wilson displayed his mobility and pure arm talent. He moved up on an extended play, and with defenders around both him and Moore, he delivered the ball from a good angle and completed the pass accurately.

The pass rush of the Jets continued to make its presence felt. Between Quinnen Williams, Carl Lawson, Jermaine Johnson, Jacob Martin, Jabari Zuniga, and others, the Jets front had an impact throughout today’s practice. Johnson continues to show progress throughout camp. Martin has had some good rushes the last few days between the Green and White Scrimmage and today’s work.

Quotes after practice:

Following today’s practice, Robert Saleh, Corey Davis, Jamien Sherwood, Solomon Thomas, and Sauce Gardner all met with the media.

Saleh discussed preseason action for the first team come Friday night. “So we’re planning on playing all our guys for about a series or two, so it’ll probably end up being a quarter. That’s for the first group.” It will be great to see the Jets starters get some work and hopefully execute well.

Davis spoke on the Jets’ top pick, Gardner, and his work ethic, stating, “He’s always one of the first guys out here and always one of the last to leave.” He also was asked about the improvement of Zach Wilson and had great things to say, “He’s getting more comfortable, getting more confidence out there… He looks good, taking charge of the huddle, he’s taken some real good steps.”

Takeaways from the New York Jets Green and White Scrimmage

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On Saturday night, the New York Jets held their annual Green and White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. The team is off today and back at it again tomorrow in Florham Park.

Injury updates

The Jets held DJ Reed out with what was just a slight hamstring. Mekhi Becton was on a pitch count last night. Ty Johnson and Vinny Curry both remained out with hamstrings. No update has been given yet on Conor McDermott, who was unfortunately carted off.

Players who performed well:

Tyler Conklin continues to solidify himself as a crucial asset to the Jets’ offense in 2022. He caught multiple passes and was Zach Wilson’s featured target last night. The first drive of the scrimmage concluded with a touchdown by Conklin on a well-placed ball from Wilson over the middle.

With Wilson, the night started well for him. There were some drops that hurt his final stat line, which was 12-for-19, 100 yards, a touchdown, interception, and 24 rushing yards. Aside from the interception, most of Wilson’s decision-making and ball placement were good. Head coach Robert Saleh was pleased with his quarterback’s night stating, “I thought he was really good.”

Rookie skill position players Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson continue to generate excitement for the Jets offense. Hall’s vision, size, and speed were all on display throughout the scrimmage. He recorded a couple of big runs last night.

Wilson made some contributions during the scrimmage. His big play threat ability with his 4.3 speed was on display. The athletic skills Wilson has as a route runner down the field were shown on this nearly impressive connection with Zach Wilson.

Defensively, the rookie Sauce Gardner continues to flash his excellence. He was matched up one-on-one a few times, tested, and held his own very well. Opposite of him, Bryce Hall had some good moments on the ball and in coverage as well. The pass-rushing talent of the Jets’ defensive line continued to show up during the scrimmage. It was good to see a core special-teamer and young linebacker in Del’Shawn Phillips work with the starters and make an interception.

New York Jets bring in free agent OT Duane Brown for visit

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One of the top unknowns currently throughout the New York Jets roster is their lack of proven depth at offensive tackle. Earlier in the summer, the Jets had experienced veteran Riley Reiff in for a visit. He ended up recently signing with the Chicago Bears.

Currently, at offensive tackle, the Jets can feel great about their two starters in George Fant and Mekhi Becton. Behind them, though, the third swing tackle is a concern.

Rookie fourth-round pick Max Mitchell has potential and a chance to be a future contributor. Early on as a rookie, though, he will need some time to develop.

For the Jets, it is vital to have not only the best possible starting talent around Zach Wilson but depth as well.

Rich Cimini of ESPN just reported that the Jets are hosting free agent Duane Brown and he will be at the Green and White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium tonight.

Brown has had a very accomplished 15-year NFL career. He does turn 37 years old at the end of this month. Brown has 203 career starts. He has not missed a start over the last two seasons. Each of the last two years, Brown played 98% of the Seattle Seahawks snaps, proving some recent durability for an older player.

Brown has made five Pro Bowls throughout his successful career. He has been a First-Team All-Pro once and Second-Team All-Pro twice. He would fill the void that Morgan Moses left when he signed with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency. Adding Brown to have as much depth as possible for Mike LaFleur, Wilson, and this offense to work with for the entirety of the season is crucial. It will be interesting to see if the Jets and Brown can agree on something.

New York Jets Training Camp Takeaways, 8/5: News, updates, quotes, and more

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The New York Jets wrapped up their fifth-straight day of work early Friday afternoon. The team has its annual Green and White Scrimmage tomorrow night at MetLife Stadium.

Injury updates:

After missing a good chunk of time on the non-football injury list, both Tevin Coleman and Jeremy Ruckert were back getting work today. George Fant continued to get work in during today’s practice in 11-on-11. Ty Johnson and Vinny Curry both missed practice again today with hamstrings.

Who shined in practice for the New York Jets:

The defensive line of the Jets seemed to be busy throughout today’s work. Carl Lawson continues to show that he is back and better than ever. He reportedly had at least two sacks today and was consistently generating pressure. For the second day in a row, Jermaine Johnson had a sack, encouraging for the young rookie. John Franklin-Myers seemed to be active throughout practice today as well for the defensive line.

With the defensive line’s dominance, the Jets offense reportedly had some struggles today. Upfront, the offensive line did not give the offense much time to work with. The star today for the offense was supposedly Michael Carter. He caught one nice pass downfield near the sideline from Zach Wilson.

Zach Wilson had some good and bad throughout today’s work. Per Rich Cimini, Wilson went 9-for-13. He did throw one interception on a downfield pass. The completion to Carter downfield was reportedly a well-thrown ball. Lastly, the defensive line being active and winning will, of course impact how Wilson executes.

The final two players offensively worth noting today are new additions in, Tyler Conklin and Zonovan Knight. Per Cimini, the organization is impressed with what they have seen from Conklin already, who seems poised to break out. Knight had one long touchdown run that went for 65-yards and ended today’s practice. The undrafted rookie free agent seems to be having a good camp.

Media availability following practice:

The Jets had Denzel Mims, Braxton Berrios, and Jordan Whitehead meet with the media along with Robert Saleh following today’s practice.

Saleh spoke about Mims at length on where the third-year wide receiver currently is.

“He’s doing a really good job. He is fighting his tail off in the run game… Because he’s so well conditioned right now, he’s doing things with his body in the pass game from a route running standpoint that he hasn’t been able to do in the past. He’s battling in teams, that’s gonna be a big part of it, too, being reliable on special teams. Really, really happy with the approach he’s taken this offseason, the way he attacked OTA’s, and the way he’s come into training camp, where he is mentally, the coaching he’s accepting, doesn’t make excuses, he’s grinding. He’s approaching it like a professional. And for that, I’m grateful.”

When asked about his progress from last summer to now, Saleh stated Mims has come, “A long way, a long way. Again, I’ll even tell him he’s still got more in the tank, but he’s much improved from a year ago.”

Mims spoke on where he sees himself amongst the Jets’ current group of wide receivers, “Hopefully, I see myself on top. I mean, I feel like I put in enough work to be there. That’s the coaches decision. I’m gonna continue to work my tail off and do everything I can.” He followed up by stating his only goal is to be a “starting receiver.”

Berrios stated he “absolutely” sees a change in his second-year quarterback, Zach Wilson. He discussed the way that Wilson has “attacked this, his focus, his energy, and his drive to continually get better.”

Who out of the New York Jets’ draft class is most likely to win Rookie of the Year?

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The 2022 draft class for the New York Jets is awfully promising. Headlined by Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Jermaine Johnson, and Breece Hall, the Jets look to be set for a bright future.

These four players will all be counted on to make immediate contributions for the Jets this year. In most Rookie of the Year preseason rankings and predictions, both Wilson and Hall are near the top on the offensive end of things. The same is projected for both Gardner and Johnson defensively.

Why Breece Hall is most likely to win ROY for the New York Jets:

Out of these top four picks made by the Jets, Hall probably has the best chance to ultimately win Rookie of the Year honors.

The running back position is tailored to have rookies come in and be significant impact players from the jump. Since 2015, at least one running back each year with Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, Jonathan Taylor, and Najee Harris has come in as an early draft selection and made a substantial impact.

From the Jets’ top four picks so far in training camp, Hall has been the one almost exclusively working with the starters. Gardner has rotated with Bryce Hall for the starting defense. Wilson had some work early in camp with the second-stringers. The Jets also have Elijah Moore and Corey Davis as ready and proven commodities. Johnson has not done a ton with the starting unit yet, either. That being said, all three of these players will still have integral roles in 2022.

With Hall, the buzz surrounding him in camp has been great. He is a perfect fit in the wide-zone running scheme designed by offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. Hall has the patience, vision, and one-cut ability required. He offers an awesome blend of size at 5-foot-11, 217 pounds, and speed with his blazing 4.39 40-time.

Another reason why Hall will make a big impact from the jump is because of his natural receiving ability. Hall can catch the football well down the field. Where Hall also excels is in space. He can defeat pursuing defenders tackling attempts with both contact balance and quickness.

Hall joins the Jets as a 21-year-old rookie with dominant, proven production, generational athleticism, and a complete skill set. He will make things a whole lot easier on Zach Wilson. Having Michael Carter complimenting and keeping him fresh throughout the season is a huge added bonus.

The Jets have skill talent on the outside at wide receiver teams have to respect. Lastly, the Jets have a talented, physical offensive line that will give Hall room to work with. Hall has an exciting future with the Jets and will have a big rookie year that could lead to Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2022.

Why New York Jets WR Elijah Moore could have a huge 2022 season

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Based on early reports in training camp, New York Jets second-year wide receiver Elijah Moore looks primed to have a big year in 2022. With Moore, all of the talent is there to do so.

Moore has the athletic ability with his 4.3 speed, quickness, and change of direction. Technically, Moore can run clean routes and has nearly automatic hands catching the football. A unique element Moore offers to the Jets offense is his gadget ability, a skillset Mike LaFleur’s offense can get the most out of. Moore can line up all over the formation pre-snap, be used on motioning, in the running game on jet sweeps and end arounds, as well as in the screen game with his ability to be dynamic after the catch. Across the board, Moore is a big-play threat.

It was quite a pleasant surprise when Moore fell to the Jets early in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft. As a rookie last year, Moore had an encouraging start. Over his final six games of the year, Moore broke out in a big way with 34 catches, 459 receiving yards, and five touchdowns. Moore is poised to build on this great production early in year two.

Early success in camp for the New York Jets:

Throughout the first seven practices of training camp, Moore has thrived for the Jets. By most accounts and buzz, he has been one of the stars most days. He has made plays all over the field. Moore and Zach Wilson have had big downfield connections.

In the red zone, Wilson and Moore have punched the ball in the end zone. Inside the 20-yard line, Moore showed good things a season ago.

His exceptional, strong hands have also been on display, as highlighted by this terrific one-hander. Catching the football is an effortless routine to Moore’s game.

With his early dominance in camp, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic recently stated that Moore has established himself as the Jets’ No. 1 wide receiver. Moore is going to be a core leader of the Jets’ offense throughout the 2022 season. Moore should have a 1,000-yard receiving year for the Jets. He is one of the best assets Zach Wilson has at his disposal as he looks to take a year-two jump as well.

As a 22-year-old second-year player, Moore will be one of if not the best player for the Jets in 2022.

New York Jets Training Camp Day 7: News, updates, quotes, and more

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The New York Jets completed training camp practice number seven early Wednesday afternoon. It was the third-straight padded practice that the team held.

Injury updates:

Robert Saleh stated in his press conference after practice that Jeremy Ruckert was continuing to show progress with his foot and could be cleared today. It was recently reported that Ruckert has been cleared for all football activities, great news for the Jets rookie tight end. Tevin Coleman was also activated to the roster.

After missing yesterday’s practice with an ankle injury, Michael Carter was fully back today. George Fant continued to progress today. He reportedly participated in three 11-on-11 series and should be good to fully return soon.

Vinny Curry did not practice again today with a minor hamstring injury. Ty Johnson did not practice either today. Per Saleh, he is day-to-day with a hamstring injury but likely will not be ready for Saturday’s Green and White Scrimmage. Greg Zuerlein did not kick today with a toe issue. Supposedly, he should be good by Saturday’s scrimmage.

Stars of practice for the New York Jets:

For the second day in a row, on his 23rd birthday, Zach Wilson had another strong practice. He did not throw an incompletion. Wilson reportedly went 8-for-8 with a passing touchdown and two-point conversion. He threw the two-point conversion to Elijah Moore and the touchdown to Tyler Conklin. He spread the ball around to CJ Uzomah, Braxton Berrios, and Jeff Smith as well. Wilson looked accurate and had his best day of practice to date.

Moore continues to shine and lead the Jets’ passing attack. The strong summer for Quinnen Williams continued in today’s work. He had a sack early on in team periods. Rookie Jermaine Johnson also had a sack in practice today. Newly-signed linebacker Kwon Alexander supposedly had another good day for himself. He made a stop for a loss against the run early in 11-on-11 work. Alexander is already working alongside C.J. Mosley, with the Jets starting defense a week after being signed.

As stated above, Zuerlein did not practice today. Eddy Pineiro had a good day for himself. He went 3-for-4. His miss was from 55 yards. Pineiro did, however make a couple of kicks from over 50 today.

Media availability after practice:

Following the conclusion of practice, along with Robert Saleh, Sheldon Rankins, Quincy Williams, and Alijah Vera-Tucker spoke with reporters.

On what Kwon Alexander has already added, Saleh stated, “I wasn’t expecting him to be in the shape he is. He’s in fantastic shape. He’s ready to roll, like I’ve said. He’s adding to the room. He’s definitely making it hard to keep him off the field.”

Rankins discussed how Quinnen Williams looks so far in camp, “He’s as good as I’ve seen him play since he’s been in the league. Even watching from afar and then obviously being his teammate last year. This is as good as he’s looked consistently.”

Quincy Williams spoke on the trio of himself, C.J. Mosley, and Kwon Alexander at linebacker, expressing optimism saying that it can be a “beautiful thing.” Vera-Tucker spoke on Mekhi Becton, stating that he’s “noticed improvement.” On the move to right guard, Vera-Tucker said, “It’s been going well, I enjoy it over there on that side. It’s a good transition for me. Overall, I’ve been doing well over there so far, it’s just keep on improving there’s always room for improvement”.

Is Jets third-year CB Bryce Hall set to have a bigger role than expected?

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The New York Jets selected cornerback Bryce Hall in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft. He was a successful corner at Virginia and a respected prospect. Hall has a prototypical frame in every way. He is 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, has 32 1/4″ arm length, and 9 5/8″ hands. However, due to an ankle injury, his draft stock fell tremendously. When the Jets were eventually the team that capitalized on his fall, it generated excitement amongst the fanbase.

As a rookie in 2020, Hall was still recovering from the injury early on in the season. He played the final eight games of the year and showed some encouraging things. Hall entered 2021 as the Jets’ clear-cut best cornerback.

Throughout last year, he once again proved promise with good play in what was a young and inexperienced secondary. He started all 17 games of the 2021 season and nearly played 100% of the defense’s snaps (1,169) right after many injury concerns. Last year, Hall recorded 16 passes defended which ranked him tied for sixth in the NFL. While Hall played well in his second year, the only issue was not recording an interception.

Jets add two big cornerbacks

Entering this offseason, fans generally expected that the Jets would add one big-time cornerback in either free agency or the draft. Even with one new outside starter, Hall would still be the projected starter on the other side.

On the second day of free agency, the Jets agreed to a hefty three-year deal with 25-year-old DJ Reed. Still, at that time, Hall was going to be the starter opposite Reed.

Then, in the draft, the Jets added an elite prospect in Sauce Gardner with the first of many premium selections.

With Gardner and Reed added, it was anticipated that Hall’s role would significantly decrease to a permanent backup as the third outside cornerback.

Projecting Hall’s role

However, early on in training camp, Hall has been alternating with Gardner on the starting unit every other day. It leads to the question, will Hall have a more significant role in 2022 for the Jets than expected?

Hall is only 24 and going into his third year. He is under contract with the Jets for the next two years. Over his first 25 games played for the Jets, Hall has proven himself on a respectable level.

At this point, Reed is a lock for the starting defense. Early in the season, Hall may be rotated in more frequently as Gardner gets up to speed. There could be a specific series or two in a half where the Jets look to integrate Hall as Gardner gains more experience. In the end, though, the Jets selected Gardner at the top of the draft to play.

Hall provides quality cornerback depth for the Jets behind Gardner and Reed. As the season progresses and Gardner feels more comfortable, the role for Hall gets harder to figure out. While he may get some snaps early, in the middle to later point of the season, barring injury, Hall’s role will likely be more limited.

New York Jets Training Camp Day 4: News, updates, quotes, and more

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The 2022 New York Jets completed their fourth day of training camp Saturday early in the afternoon. It was the first practice of the summer fans were in attendance for. The Jets are off today and back at it again tomorrow, which will be the first padded practice of camp.

Injury updates:

For the first time in training camp, Braxton Berrios practiced in 11-on-11 work. George Fant was still not back. Hopefully, he makes a return at some point this week. Lastly, Quinnen Williams left practice but is good per Robert Saleh.

New York Jets who shined in the fourth practice:

Once again, Breece Hall had a standout practice for the Jets. DJ Reed played well. He recorded an interception at the end of practice during the red zone work, which would have been a touchdown. Rookie Garrett Wilson showed some of his exciting ability in Saturday’s practice. His vertical jumping was on display on a few downfield passes. Also, he went low to make an impressive snag on a pass thrown over the middle.

Backup wide receivers Jeff Smith, undrafted rookie Irvin Charles, and recently acquired Rashard Davis all made some plays. Ty Johnson caught a few balls out of the backfield in space and had his terrific speed on display.

In the red zone period, Zach Wilson threw two touchdowns and one interception. He threw a nice pass to Jeff Smith and an accurate short pass over the middle in traffic to Tyler Conklin. Finally, Corey Davis made a great touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone near the end of practice.

Media availability after practice:

Head coach Robert Saleh along with the Jets’ top four picks in the 2022 draft, Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Jermaine Johnson, and Breece Hall, were all made available to the media.

After a strong practice, Wilson spoke on his rapport with new quarterback Zach Wilson stating, “Yeah, I feel like it’s good. You know, we gotta keep building, but I feel like it’s good. Four days into camp I definitely feel like we’re at a good place but you want to see it keep picking up and you know that all comes with time, it all comes with time and reps so that’s what we’re gonna put in.”

Gardner, on what he sees his the young second-year single-caller, “he’s showing that he’s very confident.” He stated how Wilson gives an impression that “he’s arrived”. Gardner concluded on Wilson’s smarts and their communication, “We just make each other better. We get out on the field early, you know for practice, we just talk about certain things.”

With Jets fans at practice, the rookie Hall said on the Breece chant that, “it felt good to get it from a new fanbase.” Lastly, the trench player from this group, Johnson is ready for padded practices stating, “I’m definitely looking forward to it, 100%.”

New York Jets GM Joe Douglas has minimized wasted cap space

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The New York Jets currently have the least amount of dead cap space in the NFL per Over The Cap. Joe Douglas has done an exceptional job of not allowing money to go to waste. Currently, the Jets have just $2.1 million in dead money. The closest to the Jets happens to be the Los Angeles Chargers with $3.7 million. In terms of the team with the most, the Atlanta Falcons have $63.2 million, a whopping difference of over $60 million from the Jets.

In 2023, at the moment, the Jets have no dead money against the cap whatsoever. They are one of just eight teams with no wasted cap for 2023. For reference, the team with the most, the Philadelphia Eagles, are already at $25.2 million in dead money.

For Douglas and the Jets, the difference is impressive in comparison to years past. In 2020, the Jets had $53.6 million wasted per Spotrac. In 2021, while it was better, it was still not even close to good enough. Last year, the Jets had $35.9 million in dead money.

Future flexibility

Douglas has done an admirable job when it comes to the top-tier talent and depth the Jets have entering 2022. His primary focus has been building through the draft. He has supplemented with some stellar free agency additions all three offseasons he has been in charge. While at the same time, Douglas has kept remarkable flexibility for the Jets’ future.

Even with some recent spending in 2021 and 2022 free agency, the Jets still have over $100 million ($110.9) in 2024. With projected big contracts set for core players in George Fant and Quinnen Williams, Douglas has kept enough for future spending. Hopefully, Douglas continues to focus on building through the draft, and the Jets are able to keep their own as they look to build a consistent, long-term, winning football team.