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New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
Despite reports of Geno Smith being a pampered prima donna, Jets owner Woody Johnson made it clear he and the team had no reservations about selecting the rookie quarterback 39th overall in last month’s NFL draft.
“He was the highest-rated player [remaining] on our board,” Johnson told reporters Tuesday at the NFL’s Career Development Symposium in Philadelphia. “I’m extremely happy to have...Read more »
Geno Smith has yet to throw a pass in the NFL, but he's garnered significant attention since the April draft -- unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.
But the former West Virginia quarterback doesn't seemed bothered about the media or his growing reputation as a diva. "I don't worry about what people say — my skin is pretty thick," Smith told USA TODAY Sports. "I've never...Read more »
Former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Testaverde -- who played four seasons for the Miami Hurricanes and won the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1986 -- is one of 12 former players to be selected by the National Football Foundation as part of the latest Hall of Fame class.
He went on to become the No. 1 overall...Read more »
Less than a week after John Idzik decided not to renew the contracts of two area scouts, two staffers -- JoJo Wooden and Kevin Kelly -- bolted for San Diego, sources told Newsday Monday morning.
Wooden, the Jets' former assistant director of player personnel, will now be the director of player personnel for the Chargers. Kelly, a Midwest area scout, was named as the team's new director of...Read more »
The Jets waived Claude Davis and Cliff Harris a day after the pair was arrested for possession of marijuana on April 29, according to a release obtained from the Morristown Police Department.
The two players, who were signed to futures contracts in January, were arrested at 9:21 p.m. last Monday after a Morristown officer noticed the interior of the rented 2013 Chevy Tahoe SUV they were in...Read more »
For seven years, Nick Mangold always had Brandon Moore by his side. Now, the spaces on either side of Mangold will be filled with different people.
While much is being made of the five-person quarterback competition headlined by Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and David Garrard, Mangold said Thursday that the QB uncertainty isn’t as big of a deal for him.
“I approach (this season) as,...Read more »
Stephen Hill spent the entire offseason in Florham Park focused on one thing: his knee.
The former second-round pick could have gone back home to Georgia for some R&R, but instead spent just about every day at the Jets facility recovering from December surgery.
“Everything, health-wise, is 100 percent,” said Hill, who ended the season on injured reserve after suffering an LCL...Read more »
The arrival of Geno Smith hasn’t changed Mark Sanchez’s outlook on the future or his status for 2013. At least, that’s what the fifth-year quarterback is saying publicly.
Despite the Jets’ five-person quarterback competition, Sanchez said Thursday he “of course” expects to be the opening-day starter and “absolutely” sees himself as the franchise’s future QB.
The only question is: does...Read more »
Now that the NFL draft is over, John Idzik has begun making changes to his college scouting department.
A source confirmed to Newsday Wednesday evening that the contracts of assistant scouting director Michael Davis and area scout Joe Bommarito won't be renewed at the end of the month.
The news was first reported by the New York Post.
Davis, who is based in Richmond, was responsible...Read more »
Tim Tebow officially is a free agent.
The former Jets backup quarterback cleared waivers following his Monday release, and now is free to sign with any team he wants.
Because no other club put in a claim for Tebow, the Jets must pay back the Broncos the $1.53 million salary advance that was given to Tebow in 2011.
The Jets, who traded fourth- and sixth-round picks to Denver in...Read more »