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Since joining Newsday in November 2007, Kimberley A. Martin has covered everything from local news to high school sports to the Super Bowl. In 2011, she was named the National Association of Black Journalists' "Emerging Journalist of the Year" for her outstanding achievement and balanced coverage of the black community and society at large. After spending two years as a general assignment sports reporter, Kimberley was promoted to the New York Jets beat in April 2012.

Before coming to Newsday, she worked as a local sports reporter for The Record in Hackensack, N.J.

Kimberley received her B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies from Wesleyan University in 2003 and her M.A. in Newspaper, Magazine & Online Journalism from Syracuse University in 2006. Prior to grad school, she worked at an investment firm in Midtown Manhattan.

Michael Vick won't stand in the way of Geno Smith

Jets quarterbacks Michael Vick and Geno Smith walk

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CORTLAND -- Michael Vick had long assured Marty Mornhinweg that he was on board with the plan.

While the organization has yet to declare Geno Smith the starting quarterback, Vick made it clear in the offseason that this is Smith's team. That's why the veteran quarterback wasn't fazed -- at least publicly -- by the discrepancy in first-team reps between the signal-callers.

Thursday was...

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Jets sign K Furney, P Schum; release TE Miller

Jets' Terrence Miller makes the over-the-shoulder reception during

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The Jets signed a pair of tryouts on Thursday, kicker Andrew Furney and punter Jacob Schum. They also released undrafted rookie tight end Terrence Miller was released to free up the second roster spot. 

Furney spent the past four seasons with the Washington State Cougars and also participated in the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp in May. The 22-year-old’s 60-yard make as a junior is the...

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Rookie McDougle 'built to play corner,' says Thurman

Jets second day of minicamp. on June 18,

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Granted, it’s early. And, conceivably, every rookie looks good in shorts. 

But over the course of the Jets’ three-day mandatory minicamp, Dexter McDougle has garnered exceptionally high praise from his coaches.

“I think he is everything we thought he was going to be,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said Thursday. “He is a young, talented kid, he is very serious, he loves...

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Pettine: Belichick obtained Jets' playbook

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smiles

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There’s a good chance Bill Belichick got his hands on the Jets’ defensive secrets, according to new Browns head coach Mike Pettine. 

Pettine, the Jets defensive coordinator from 2009-2012, hinted in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s MMQB that the Patriots head coach likely obtained the Jets’ playbook from Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Pettine said during Wes Welker’s 2012...

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Chris Ivory (rolled ankle) likely to sit out Thursday

The Jets' Chris Ivory makes a reception during

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Chris Ivory was forced to make an early exit from practice Wednesday after rolling his ankle, Rex Ryan said. 

“It’s not severe or anything, but if you noticed that he never finished today, that was the reason,” the Jets coach said. “We’ll see how it is tomorrow, but we’ll probably hold him out tomorrow as well.”

Ivory isn’t the only Jets running back slowed by injury....

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QB coach: Geno's 'a strongly improved player'

Jets quarterback coach David Lee talks to Geno

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Last season was a learning experience for both Geno Smith and his quarterbacks coach David Lee. 

For the first time in 10 years of NFL coaching, Lee was presented with a “true” rookie starter. And the transition wasn’t always easy -- for both student and teacher.

“It’s hard for all of us, especially his coach,” Lee said with a laugh. “I mean it was a new world every week. It was...

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Woody Johnson 'wasn’t satisfied' going 8-8

From left, head coach Rex Ryan and owner

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When Woody Johnson entered the visitors’ locker room at SunLife Stadium back in December, the room erupted when told Rex Ryan would remain the head coach of the Jets for at least one more year. 

It was an emotional celebratory ending to a surprising 8-8 finish. But despite all the reverie following their 20-7 win over the Dolphins, the Jets still were a team that had missed out on...

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Woody Johnson: There’s no 'mandate' on spending

Jets owner Woody Johnson talks to the media

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The Jets entered free agency with several holes to fill and plenty of cash at their disposal. 

But general manager John Idzik has been relatively cost-conscious this offseason. And that’s quite all right with Woody Johnson.

“John is picking (players) using the cash that he has,” the Jets owner told reporters at the start of Wednesday’s mandatory minicamp practice. “Number one, he...

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Jets sign final rookie draft pick, third-rounder Dexter McDougle

Cornerback Dexter McDougle of the Jets gets set

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The Jets' 2014 draft class is finally under contract.

Third-round cornerback Dexter McDougle -- the only remaining unsigned rookie draft pick -- inked his deal Tuesday evening, the team announced.

After sporting a red non-contact jersey during OTAs, the 5-10, 195-pound Maryland product wore a green practice jersey during the team's first mandatory minicamp session. 

Rex Ryan...

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Stephen Hill: I'm my biggest critic

The Jets' Stephen Hill talks to the media

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Stephen Hill isn’t focused on the haters.

At least, that’s what he says.

The third-year receiver admitted Tuesday that his first two years in the NFL didn’t go as planned, but he’s not letting the pressure mount or the criticisms of his play distract him.

“I don’t care what anybody says,” Hill told reporters after the Jets’ first mandatory minicamp practice. “The only people I...

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