N.Y. Jets Louisville Slugger knocked out

The New York Jets first round pick, safety, Calvin Pryor has been diagnosed with a concussion on Sunday.

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New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor

Dubbed the Louisville Slugger as a hard hitter, having knocked three players out of games his last year in college, ironically got “knocked out” himself during punt return / special teams practice at JETS training camp.

The concussion came during a drill on Saturday and he is now subject to league concussion medical protocols.

Pryor now will go through the protocol, so it is a concussion, Apparently it was on a kick when we were doing a kick return drill and he was blocking and the returner kind of got knocked into him and kind of just hit him right. It’s one of those things. One of those heavyweights hit you in the chin, the lights go out I guess.”

-head coach Rex Ryan

Here’s what the team has to say and what the NFL concussion protocols entail.

N.Y.Jets video report on Calvin Pryor and camp

NFL concussion protocols

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New York Jets Defensive Backfield – who’s – who

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The New York Jets have a cornerback situation, whether that’s good or bad has yet to be determined and nothing is set in stone heading into camp in 2014.

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The Jets have talent at corner with now 2nd year pro Dee Milliner.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman expects Dee Milliner to pick up where he left off last season and head coach Rex Ryan is applying the pressure declaring Milliner the Jets No. 1 cornerback.

“His challenge will be to be in world class shape because we’ve got to have you out there,”

Ryan said after Milliner tweaked a hamstring during one OTA session.

“He needs to be out there and he needs to get work because that’s when he’s going to get better and we saw as the year went on last year. He got better because of the work on the practice field and in the classroom.”

Repetition, recognizing offensive lineups equal reflex defensive positing.

Milliner was benched twice during his rookie campaign but rebounded and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December after totaling three INTs, 13 passes defended and 27 tackles in five games.

Jets cornerback Ellis Lankster was recently quoted as saying:

“I feel like Dee has matured ” adding “Dee knows the game now. The last four weeks of the (2013) season, [ future Hall of Fame Safety ] Ed Reed took Dee under his wing. He just taught him the game. As of right now, I feel like, in the future or this year, Dee is going to be one of the top corners in the NFL.”

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Lankster now figures to be 3rd in depth behind McDougle but still contributes on special teams.

LanksterWas signed to the New York Jets active roster on October 11,2011 and in 2012 saw increased playing time following an injury to Isaiah Trufant (now with Cleveland browns)..

He was Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, out of West Virginia. Lankster in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears, intercepted Bears’ backup quarterback Brett Basanez twice within a span of 64 seconds. Both turnovers led to touchdowns.
He didn’t make the cut with the Bill’s however and did a pre season with the
Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL before signing with the Jets.

Ellis Lankster (5’9”, 190) also plays special teams for the Jets, recalling a game against the Miami Dolphins in 2013:

“I was running down the field like I normally do and I saw a wall of three people coming my way. I was like, ‘No, all three of them can’t be for me,’ so I tried to do a move to get around them, but all of them came and grabbed me. So I was just like, ‘It is what it is, somebody else is going to make the tackle.”

“I ain’t never been triple-teamed before last week,” Lankster said and that includes, NFL, college, high school football.
“It really shocked me. I wasn’t even mad. I was just doing my job.”

Miami special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi sought him out after the game to tell them that he was a priority for him and his men in preparing for the game.


“Oh man, it’s an honor to me, that’s the best feeling in the world, because if another team’s coach tells me that, then I must be doing something good. It’s one of my best moments.” Lankster said.

RotoWorld report:
Jets re-signed CB Ellis Lankster to a two-year, $1.63 million contract.
Lankster is a productive special teamer for the Jets. He racked up 13 tackles on kick and punt coverage and played just 30 defensive snaps in 2013.
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Josh Bush (25) 5′-11″ 205#
ESPN New York considers second-year S Josh Bush “the “favorite” to win the Jets’ starting free safety job.
Bush played in only five games on defense as a rookie, but made eight special teams tackles and earned a longer look. The Jets got away with coverage liability Yeremiah Bell at free safety last year, so Bush can’t be a huge downgrade. The Wake Forest alum dabbled at both cornerback and safety in college”.
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Source: ESPN New York/RotoWorld.com

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On the other side the JETS brought in 31 year old, Dimitri Patterson on a one year $3 million dollar contract.
Patterson it’s expected to play the outside across from Milliner. He had decent production with the Miami Dolphins last season racking up four interceptions in six games, but Patterson (5’10”, 200-pounds) ended the 2013 season on injured reserve with a groin injury. This is the chance he has been seeking having stated that he has not been given the opportunity he feels he’s earned.

“He has the ability to make plays and that’s one thing you can’t teach as a coach,”

DC – Dennis Thurman said.

“You can’t teach a guy to go out and have the ability to make plays. We like his playmaking ability.”

The Jets picked up Maryland CB-Dexter McDougle in the third round of the 2014 draft. A pick many pundits saw as a reach as he only played in three games last season. McDougle, who had a season-ending shoulder injury last September, traded his red shirt for green as he was medically cleared to practice for the JETS OTA’s.

McDougle projects as a situational player for the Jets this, his rookie year and will likely see time on special teams.
Right now he sits behind Milliner and Patterson.

There are questions concerning his footwork and like Calvin Pryor, his tendency to sometimes be over-aggressive. The Jets like their corners to play press man coverage, something he will be working on during camp.

McDougle was an all ACC academic selection, and received Maryland’s inaugural Ultimate Team Player Award for the way he handled himself last season after his injury and recovery. The award itself bears his name.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman was all-In in the McDougle pick.

“The first time he watched the tape, he came and got me. He was like, ‘Oh I got the guy right here.’ So of all the corners, he was certainly up there with all of them,”

Head Coach Rex Ryan said.

“He fits us, he can play press and he’s smart. Those two things you always talk about factors when you talk about grading corners — can you find the football and can you catch it? He can do both.”

The Jets want Dexter McDougle to develop and challenge Patterson on the outside.

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Kyle Wilson is slated in at the nickel spot?

Wilson has the closing burst of speed to cut off any route by any receiver. His straight-line speed is deadly on the sidelines and he uses it to read the quarterback and cut off the inside route.
Aside from his abilities as a corner, Wilson is a return specialist. – zack Nally 2010 report

According to Footballrumors.com; Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, stated: there is a good chance that Jets CB – Kyle Wilson is entering a season that could be his last opportunity to put it together.
Cimini has previously mentioned that Wilson could be nearing the end of his time with the Jets.

Wilson, 26, was taken with the No. 29 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jets.

While he hasn’t missed a game in his four-year career, he has yet to live up to his draft status.

Last year, Wilson totaled 26 tackles and two passes defend and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 77 cornerback in the league.

Post organized team activities Rex Ryan said:

I really feel good about him

“He’s attacking the ball in the air, taking a leadership role” – Hagen

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N.Y. Jets

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ANTONIO ALLEN, S
Training camp is important for Allen strong play could equal snaps and a starting job. Allen picked off Tom Brady returning it for a touchdown in Week 7, Allen got first team action in OTAs. so they may see if he can start alongside Calvin Pryor at safety.

Thurman says the Jets refer to Darrin Walls as “Mariano Rivera” because he has to be steady in relief and Ellis Lankster is a talented reserve. The Jets also signed burner Jeremy Reeves, who has impressed in the offseason.
New York Jets report on Reeves;
“Reeves (5’7″, 170) was signed shortly after he had a strong showing at Iowa State’s pro day on Tuesday with a 4.29-second 40, a 43″ vertical leap and an 11’6″ broad jump.
Reeves played three seasons for Iowa State, from 2010-12. In that span he played in 38 games for the Cyclones with 26 starts. He had 202 totals tackles, five interceptions, and scored three touchdowns —a 91-yard INT return in 2010, a 31-yard INT return in ISU’s 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl game against Tuas, and a 42-yard onside-kickoff return the game after his INT-return TD in ’10.
He sat out last season rehabbing following reported pectoral surgery in March 2013.”

Espn piece on Pryor…………
Calvin Pryor has been known at various times throughout his life as “Third Man,” “Bone Crusher” and the “Louisville Slugger.”

By the time the 2014 season is complete, he should have another moniker on his résumé: NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The 18th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the New York Jets was not the most acclaimed defensive player coming out of college. A safety from Louisville, Pryor did not create the buzz that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack did.

Pryor’s head wasn’t spinning after his first minicamp. His mouth was running, yes, to the point that second-year quarterback Geno Smith quipped that Pryor had not earned the right to chirp. Yet”.

“It’s how we want to play defense,” Ryan said: “Big hits still win games.”

General manager John Idzik said of Pryor: “He just plays like a Jet.”

Pryor played three seasons at Louisville and developed a reputation as a hitter, earning nickname “Louisville Slugger.” As a junior, the 5-foot-11, 207-pound Pryor knocked an opponent out in three consecutive games. He left as Louisville’s all-time leader with nine forced fumbles and seven interceptions.

Even though Pryor spent time working with the first-team defense during minicamp, Ryan refused to state Pryor was a starter, the only knock on him was missed tackles. When he goes for that big hit he’s in the zone and has occasionally missed the tackle while trying for the big hit.

Is Landry the third safety and Jaiquawn Jarrett, what’s his role?

 Dawan Landry, was a starter last year. Like Ed Reed he was a mentor in the backfield. But Landry is 31, and while he started 16 games for the Jets and won the “Iron Jet Award” as the the top-conditioned Jet of the offseason, 2014 May see him slip on the depth chart as younger players compete for the role.

But don’t count SS Dawan Landry out of contention for a starting job at strong safety.He was the Jets’ third-leading tackler and the secondary’s field general. We may see more of a rotation at safety with Landry, Antonio Allen and Calvin Pryor sharing time at the positions.

Remember the Jets finished 31st in takeaways last season and will need to create turnovers this season, against this schedule.

The Jets drafted Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle in the third round to challenge for one of the starting corner spots  Dee Milliner, who played well at the end of last season is now a second year veteran with a lot expected from him this year.

The Jets brought in veteran Dimitri Patterson to line up across from Milliner.

The Jet defense ranked 11th overall in allowing 334.9 yards per game last season, look for this to improved as the line remains intact and Sheldon Richardson was named defensive rookie of the year..

Richardson became the fourth player to win the award. The Jets hope to add Calvin Pryor to the list that only two safeties, the Jets’ Erik McMillan in 1988 and Chicago’s Mark Carrier in 1990, have won.

It is expected that Calvin Pryor will make big hits as he strives to impress and back up his chatter. He should have no problem creating turnovers. We know he’ll make plays. But Can he join Sheldon Richardson as NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

CBs Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls and Dexter McDougle: will battle for starting Number three cornerback spot is not over. Kyle Wilson, rookie Dexter McDougle and Darrin Walls will all try to unseat Dimitri Patterson for the No. 2 job. That may be rotational but the remainder will compete for the slot or nickel role that Kyle Wilson has played.

Jets claimed CB – Johnny Patrick off waivers:

Before the start of free agency, the Jets picked up veteran cornerback, Johnny Patrick (25) off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

Patrick, a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2011. The former Louisville standout lasted only two seasons in New Orleans. He was used primarily as a slot corner in the nickel package (think Kyle Wilson). In 13 games with Chargers last season, of which he started only four, He recorded 1 Int, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF and 2 pass plays broken up. Patrick’s prior injuries include: concussions and ankle injury.

Josh Bush is expected to back up Landry, Antonio Allen, a seventh-round pick of the Jets last year, played in seven games while spending the rest of the season on the practice squad.

Jaiquan Jarrett 6′-0″ 200# safety was a second-round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 but was cut in 2012.
He signed a contract with the Jets for the 2013 season.
Going into training camp, Jarrett and Allen look to be capable backups.

Getting cut was “surreal, It made me understand and realize how the business is, so I was just thankful for the opportunity that the Jets organization has given me.”

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Ras-I Dowling, 6′-1″ 215#
Drafted by the Patriots, was with the team for the 2011-2012 seasons.
Dowling was a second-team All-American as a senior at Virginia, and the Patriots hoped his size and length would pay off, however he was injury prone (Leg), which ultimately ended his time in New England.

Dowling has his own website: Rasidowling.com

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The Patriots had great thing to say about Dowling, except what went wrong.

“He’s got a lot of qualities that we like in a corner,” Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference following Day 2 of the Draft. “He’s a smart kid, been in a good program, done well in that system. We can see him playing all the different types of coverages that, at some point or another, we would use. He’s a good tackler, plays well in the kicking game, so I think he’ll be a good addition for us.”

Was he uncoachable?

“He hasn’t played safety,” Belichick said. “But I think he has the size, ball skills and tackling ability that you could probably make an argument that he could project in there if you wanted him to. I think for right now, we’ll play him at the corner, but he is big. He does tackle well. He’s tough. He’s got good range, good ball skills. I wouldn’t say that he couldn’t play in there, but that isn’t really what he’s done.”

“We really felt like Ras-I Dowling was a good pick for us [at No. 33]. Big corner, good tackler, been in a good program there in Virginia with coach [Al] Groh and Mike London this past year. [He's] a guy that’s played in a system pretty similar to what we’ve run. Very impressive kid.”

Dowling Signed a reserve / future contract with the Jets January, 2014.

RotoWorld.com:
The Jets “have been impressed” with CB Ras-I Dowling.
Dowling is working with the second team at OTAs, but will push for a sub-package role if Kyle Wilson continues to struggle.
The Jets want to use Dimitri Patterson at slot corner, so one of Dowling, Darrin Walls, or Dexter McDougle could see snaps outside.
Dowling has been a bust since being the 33rd overall pick in 2011. The 26-year-old is a reclamation project for coach Rex Ryan.
Source: ESPN New York

Welcome to the New York Jets training camp 2014 style.

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Jets add Defensive depth – Insurance

The New York Jets Defensive Line dubbed “The Sons of Anarchy” have added much needed depth.

The Jets signed DE – Jason Babin to what could be a two year deal according to his agent. The second year is team optional at this point.
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Additional terms, if any, have not yet been disclosed.

For Babin, 6′ – 3″, 270#, 34 year old defensive end, this will be his 11th NFL season.
The Jets will be his seventh team.
Babin recorded 7.5 sacks in 2013 as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Resume:
2× First-team All-MAC (2002, 2003)
2× MAC Defensive Player of the Year (2002, 2003)
2× Pro Bowl (2010, 2011)
All-Pro (2011)

The Jets will use him to add pressure to the impressive list of Quarterback’s they will be facing this season.

Babin adds much needed veteran depth to an already strong defensive line, that lacked back up should they face injuries.
He’ll play an important situational role.

Take a look at the New York Jets Defensive Ends here.

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Kevin Mawae – Jets Great back in the game.

For Infamous New York Jets Center Kevin Mawae – the accolades just keep coming!

Pro bowler, NFLPA President and now Polynesian football Hall of Fame selection committee member!

Congratulations!

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We know you’ll do a great job as always!

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N.Y. JETS Tight Ends in position

The Jets Tight End situation going into camp looks better than it has in previous years.

The Jets needed a second tight end, because West Coast offenses have historically thrived with pass-catching tight ends. The team now has two.

second round pick Jace Amaro was a prolific receiving threat at Texas Tech, where last year he set the Football Bowl Subdivision’s single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end (1,352). But he did not play in a pro style Offense, nor do blocking as he’ll have to learn both this season.

Jets tight ends coach Steve Hagen has liked what he’s seen so far from Amaro, as the coaches asked Amaro to line up all over the field in the OTA’s. In addition Amaro has stated recently that he now knows the playbook.

Jeff Cumberland, was the Jets’ top tight end last year, with 26 catches for 398 yards.

The Jets re-signed Cumberland to a three-year, $3.7 million contract, with $1 million guaranteed.
Cumberland is now in his fifth year and should benefit from Jace Amaro being on the field.

‘Who is that guy? Wow.’ He blocks. He can run. And he can catch. He can run after the catch. You saw some big, dynamic plays from him last season. The defensive coordinator for the Falcons last year (Mike Nolan) said they didn’t realize how dynamic Jeff was until he was out there on the field, and they were like, ‘Whoa, that guy can run.’”

Hagen said Nolan made these comments to him right after the game Cumberland made three catches equaling 79 yards and a touchdown.

“Some things you see on film and you’re like, ‘Whoa, that guy can play,’” Hagen said. “But sometimes, it doesn’t really sink in until you see the guy blowing by one of your guys that you’ve been training all week long, and you’re like, ‘Whoa, this dude can run.’ So, Jeff is good at that.”

Cumberland is now a valuable asset to Amaro, who did technically play tight end for all of his college career, but is making a similar adjustment as a rookie, learning how to play tight end at the NFL level.

“While I’m looking at the play and I’m talking and coaching another guy, Jeff is coaching (Amaro), from that experience that he’s had in the league so far and learned how to a block a guy,” Hagen said.

“Jeff has gained that knowledge and he appreciates how using his feet, his eyes and what to target and how to look. He understood that communication. He’s done a good job. He really gets it.”

lYet Hagen was coy when asked where he would like to see Cumberland improve this year. Pass blocking, perhaps?l

“I’ll just tell Jeff,” he said. “We don’t need to tell everybody.”

The New York Daily News reports the Jets are “high” on second-year TE Zach Sudfeld’s “potential.”

The Jets aren’t throwing in the towel on Sudfeld after re-signing Jeff Cumberland.
A waiver claim from the Patriots last October, Sudfeld measures 6-foot-7, 253 with 4.78 speed, and a 37-inch vertical. He certainly has upside as a receiver, but has yet to show it.

Life isn’t all glamour for NFL players whom according to the NFLPA have a career expected of 3.2 years.

Hence, punter Quigley and Pantale have worked out a unique situation.

Quigley and Pantale Roommates

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TE- Colin Anderson, 6′ – 4″ 240# signed to a reserve /future contract in January.

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NFL demands New Goalposts

At $10,000 as starting cost you would think the NFL would shoulder the burden of the cost for teams to replace the goalposts on their playing fields and their practice facilities.

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You would be wrong.

The $6 billion dollar tax exempt conglomerate that is the NFL is making the teams themselves pay the price for Bill Belichick‘s New Justin Tucker rule.

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You’ll recall the Ravens beat the Patriots by a field goal. The referee called it good – Belichick called the league. Bill won. But everyone else pays the price.

The New Goalposts extend five feet higher.

Let’s all hope Belichick doesn’t get beat again.who knows how much that will cost.

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New York Jets – Fullback Position

The New York Jets Fullback’s for the 2014 season.

Running back Chris Johnson has been critical in the past about his linemen opening holes for him. This year he’ll have two blocking backs at his disposal.

In 2014, as was the case in 2013, there will be a new challenge to the incumbent for the starting fullback position;

Chad young (22) is an undrafted free agent out of San Diego state. Listed as 5′-9.3″ 240# with a 4.89 / 40 time and famous as reportedly the one who called 34-year-old QB-Mike Vick “sir” after being given direction in the huddle.
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Young was a Walk-on to San Diego state whom was later given a scholarship.
Young is reportedly best know as a blocker, but has some footing issues while blocking larger defensive linemen.

His statistics from goaztecs.com
2013: Ran 22 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. But Young is most known for his blocking ability.
2012: Had 18 catches for 108 yards and three touchdowns and two carries for 13 yards
2011: Former walk-on, who was placed on scholarship before the start of the fall semester … Played in all 13 games, rushing 16 times for 43 yards and two touchdowns … Also caught 11 passes for 63 yards and another score.

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Tommy Bohanon(24) is the Jets only veteran fullback on the current roster after replacing Lex Hillard at the position in 2013.

OurLads.com 2013 breakdown:
TOMMY BOHANON: Wake Forest, 6′ 1″ 246# 4.88 /40 H-back type who blocks well on the run. Good hands to catch the ball outside his frame. Will face up block. Weight room strong. A willing blocker with physical toughness.

But Bohanon doesn’t feel safe “not at all” stating “I have to earn my job like anybody else on the team, I have to go in and do my best every day, because it’s still a competition no matter what.”

In 2013, Bohanon rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries while adding 69 yards on 11 receptions out of the backfield.

With an improved line and backfield weapons, Bohanon may have better results on fewer snaps this year.

” I take a lot of pride in opening up holes and being able to give the running backs all the room that they need.”
Much like TE-Jace Amaro, Bohanon said;

“I think I definitely have progressed in the aspect of knowing the ins and outs of the playbook, Before, I was learning a new system and all the terminology. Now it’s just getting that much more advanced in the system and understanding everything about it as opposed to just knowing what I needed to do”

BleacherReport.com analysis:
If any aspect of Bohanon’s game leads to his replacement, it may be his performance in short-yardage situations, especially near the goal line. The Jets eventually employed Sheldon Richardson as a short-yardage back in goal-line situations. Richardson scored two touchdowns.

Hilliard’s career with the Jets may be over. He is on their list of unsigned free agents. Undrafted free agent Chad Young from San Diego State will provide Bohanon competition. Young has modest offensive numbers. He is reputedly a skilled blocker.
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Side note:
Bohanon is to be married Saturday 12 July, 2014. Giving him about two weeks before making his case at camp.
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