New York Jets news, commentary and insider info from beat writer Kimberley A. Martin.
CORTLAND – It was only a matter of time before the question about Geno Smith’s conditioning came up on Wednesday. And Rex Ryan -- seemingly confused or completely taken back by the question -- could only offer a blank stare in response.
After making his only appearance in Cortland on Sunday, the NFL Network's Brian Baldinger said on air that Smith's conditioning was "embarrassing"...Read more »
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Dee Milliner finally was back on a football field wearing his No. 27 jersey.
The rookie cornerback, who arrived late Monday after agreeing to a four-year deal, was limited in his first day of training camp.
“Man, it was good,” said Milliner, who is four months removed from shoulder surgery. “To get back out here on the field, get through the drills, get back out there...Read more »
CORTLAND – Every so often, Mark Sanchez catches them hanging on his every pass – and every mistake.
Not the Jets fans in the bleachers, but the office workers you’d typically see upstairs at 1 Jets Drive.
“When you take a step back or you’re sipping water and you just kind of give a glance around, it’s like: ‘Doesn’t that guy work upstairs? What’s he doing out here?”
For much of...Read more »
CORTLAND – As Quinton Coples sees it, the only thing that can stop the Jets defensive line this season is…well…the Jets defensive line.
The former first-round pick not only believes he and his linemates can be pretty good, but that they can be elite.
“Each and every day we emphasize being great – individually and collectively,” said Coples, the 16th overall pick in 2012. “Like I said...Read more »
CORTLAND – Having shipped their All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay, the Jets knew they needed to replenish their secondary during the April draft.
But along with the ninth overall selection of Dee Milliner came the immediate comparisons between the former Alabama star and the NFL’s best cornerback.
Again, Rex Ryan tried to temper the expectations put upon Milliner, fans and...Read more »
CORTLAND – When reminded that his rookie quarterback has yet to throw an interception in four training camp practices, Rex Ryan just smiled.
“It probably tells you about our coverage,” joked the Jets coach.
The truth is, it speaks volumes of Geno Smith.
While it’s far too early to declare a winner in the QB competition, Smith is getting noticed – not only for his good arm and pretty...Read more »
CORTLAND -- Offset language seemed to be the appeared the sticking point between the Jets and Dee Milliner’s reps. But after weeks of negotiations, both sides agreed to terms on a deal Sunday.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Milliner’s rookie contract is for four years, $12.66 million fully guaranteed. The cornerback will receive a signing bonus of $7.588 million -- with payouts of $5...Read more »
CORTLAND – At any moment, quarterbacks coach David Lee can strike.
Sometimes his quizzes are administered orally. Other times in written form.
But there’s one constant to Lee’s test-taking format, said Geno Smith.
“Oh no,” the rookie said with a big smile, when asked if there’s a set time for the quarterback tests. “He’s completely random with it."
At any time, on any...Read more »
CORTLAND – The Jets caught a break.
After torrential downpours caused the Jets to flee the field 24 minutes into their morning session, they rescheduled practice for 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
“You want to have practices in some elements -- but lightning isn't one of them,” the coach said, when asked about their suspended practice.
Players, who were eager to be in pads for the first...Read more »
CORTLAND – Rex Ryan fell in line with his general manager Sunday, echoing John Idzik’s stance on “collaborative” Jet decision-making. Even when it comes to who’s under center.
A day after Idzik, the team’s new general manager, said he’ll have a “pretty big role” in deciding whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith will start at quarterback this season, Ryan downplayed the importance of head coaches...Read more »