New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
Kimberley A. Martin
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.
Jace Amaro won’t soon forget his Day 1 snub.
The former Texas Tech tight end -- who was taken 49th overall Friday by the Jets -- said he expected to be drafted long before the second round got underway.
“Honestly I thought the Jets were going to pick me with the first pick, just cause of the vibe I had when I met with the staff up there and it just felt right,” Amaro said in an ESPN...Read more »
With 12 picks heading into Thursday night, it was a foregone conclusion that the Jets would – at some point – try to move up or down in the draft order.
And when Round 1 came and went without a hint of the Jets seeking to change position, it seemed Friday would be the perfect time for them to move up for a potent offensive weapon.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets were...Read more »
The Jets finally addressed their cornerback needs in Round 3 of the NFL draft – and raised some eyebrows in the process.
With the 80th overall pick Friday night, the Jets selected Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle.
He may not be a well-known name to some football fans, but the 5-10, 196-pounder can play when healthy.
"He’s the type of player you had your eyes on him early on,"...Read more »
The Jets just felt right to Jace Amaro.
This was the place the Texas Tech tight end wanted to be. But when the first round of the NFL draft came and went without his name being called, he began to worry a bit.
But in the end, the Jets got their man – and Amaro got a new home.
“It’s the greatest day of my life,” the 6-5, 265-pound said on a conference call Friday night, shortly...Read more »
The Jets had a chance to snatch up Johnny Manziel when he plummeted out of the Top 15 Thursday night. But Rex Ryan put to bed any speculation about the organization being interested in the former Texas A&M quarterback at pick No. 18.
Asked Friday on ESPN radio if the Jets discussed the possibility of taking Manziel, Ryan replied: “Nah. I tell you what, he was a tremendous player in college,...Read more »
The Jets bolstered their secondary in Round 1 of the NFL draft by drafting a Louisville slugger of sorts. Rather than trade up into the Top 15, the Jets stood pat and eventually selected safety Calvin Pryor with the 18th overall pick.
The Jets had their sights set on a couple of cornerbacks in particular: Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Kyle Fuller from Virginia Tech. But Gilbert...Read more »
Admit it. You thought it could happen.
With Johnny Manziel still sitting in the green room at Radio City Music Hall, some Jets fans allowed themselves to consider (albeit, for a moment) the possibility of “Broadway Johnny.”
The Cowboys’ somewhat surprising decision to pass on Manziel at No. 16 sent shockwaves throughout social media, but also dropped the Texas A&M quarterback...Read more »
Ryan Quigley gladly relinquished his No. 1 jersey to Michael Vick -- for a price, of course.
But Quigley wasn't interested in pocketing thousands of dollars.
“Most of the time in the NFL, if a veteran requests your number, you work out a financial agreement, between the two players," the punter told the team's web site. "I was not interested in the money for myself, I wanted...Read more »
Regardless of who the Jets tab as their season starter, Michael Vick will always be No. 1 on game day.
Despite recent Instagram and Twitter posts indicating that he had settled on the No. 8, Vick had a change of heart.
After trying on the #8 I decided that it's not the right fit for me. I'll be going with the #1 officially. Thank You #JetsNation— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) May 2, 2014
Vick...Read more »
Joe Klecko knows a thing or two about standout defensive play. And as he sees it, Quinton Coples isn’t getting the job done.
Klecko – a member of the Jets’ ‘New York Sack Exchange’ – gave a brutally honest assessment of Coples’ inconsistent play during a WFAN radio interview.
"He’s another one. A little bit at times he looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane," Klecko said Friday on...Read more »