Monday, March 30, 2015

Jets reportedly keeping an eye on Matt Schaub


Per your usual offseason, the New York Jets have a bit of a question mark at quarterback.

Ride it out with Geno Smith? Turn it over to Ryan Fitzpatrick? Draft a quarterback at No. 6?

Well, there's another option: Sign another veteran quarterback.

Gang Green is likely just doing due diligence, but the team is reportedly interested in Matt Schaub, the pick-6-happy signal-caller who couldn't keep a job with the Oakland Raiders.

ESPN reported Monday that the Jets are keeping an eye on Schaub, who has also drawn interest, reportedly, from the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons.

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With LB depth waning, Patriots visit with McClain


There's plenty of time before opening day, but the New England Patriots' depth at linebacker is already a potential blip on the radar.

With news that 25-year-old Dont'a Hightower's shoulder surgery could have him rehabbing for up to eight months, that leaves New England a little light in the middle of the field. It's not surprising then that the team brought in five-year veteran Rolando McClain for a meet and greet Monday, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

McClain, who has more experience than any linebacker on the Pats with 50 starts, would be a solid addition to the crew, given his skill set. As Reiss pointed out, however, he does come with some baggage, which includes a substance-abuse violation.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pats' ineligible receiver maneuver ruled illegal for 2015


Bill Belichick's fun with receiver eligibility is officially over.

Following a vote Wednesday by the league, the rules regarding a player allowed to report as an eligible receiver were tweaked to all but nullify the formations New England used in the last season's playoff run.

Under the new guidelines, an eligible receiver turned ineligible will have to line up inside the tackle box and will not be permitted to be on the perimeter as a decoy:

Note: An offensive player wearing the number of an eligible pass receiver who reports as ineligible must line up within the tackle box.

Penalty: If a player fails to notify the Referee of a change in his status when required or an offensive player with an eligible number reports as ineligible and lines up outside the tackle box: Loss of five yards for illegal substitution.

For more rules changes, via WEEI.com, click here.

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Rex not recognizing Bryce Brown until fumbles cease


If Bryce Brown wasn't sure about his status within the Buffalo Bills depth chart, he sure is now.

During an hour-long Q&A with reporters Wednesday in Arizona, Bills head coach Rex Ryan talked about everything from his new bosses to his return to Met Life Stadium. Among those topics discussed was that of the team's depth chart at running back, an interesting one given the departure of C.J. Spiller and the addition of LeSean McCoy.

According to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, Brown has his work cut out for him when the team rejoins for offseason workouts.



To his credit, Brown certainly isn't the worst when it comes to ball security, but there's definitely room for improvement. Over his career, the 23-year-old has had 226 total rushing attempts, fumbling five times; four of those led to turnovers. He's part of a crowded Buffalo backfield that looks poised to run the ball a ton in 2015, a backfield that currently has seven rushers on the roster.

For more tweets from Ryan's trip out west, click here.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jets do the tampering charge thing against Patriots


Earlier this year, the New England Patriots filed tampering charges against the New York Jets regarding comments made by Jets owner Woody Johnson. In December, Johnson publicly expressed interest in cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was under contract with the Patriots at the time.

Now that Revis is back with the Jets, Gang Green has fired back with a charge of their own.

According to Pro Football Talk (and confirmed by multiple media outlets), the Jets have filed tampering charges against the Patriots regarding comments Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently made about... you guessed it... Revis.

Let the fun begin. (An in late-March, nonetheless).

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Geno Smith to be Jets' by-default starter at camp


Geno Smith will start training camp as the New York Jets' starting quarterback. Whether he starts the season with that role is to be determined.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said as much Tuesday, according to the NY Daily News.

“You can’t have equal first-team reps with a quarterback,” he said, via Manish Mehta. “Geno will start out taking them, but that doesn’t mean that Ryan [Fitzpatrick] can’t take his spot.

"... But to give the quarterbacks equal reps, I would be sitting here lying if I said they’re going to get equal reps. Geno is going to take reps with the first team and Ryan’s going to take reps with the second team. We’ll let it play out on the field.”

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It's worth noting that Fitzpatrick is coming off a broken leg and may not be ready until training camp, meaning Smith would get a running start through the spring.

However, the veteran Fitz knows Chan Gailey's offense as well as anyone and looked much better than Smith last season. And with the moves Gang Green made this offseason, they're not necessarily positioned to coddle Smith if Fitzpatrick proves capable of taking the reins.

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Dolphins' Dion Jordan still a defensive end for now


The Miami Dolphins were reportedly toying with the idea of moving Dion Jordan primarily to linebacker. However, the plan seems to be that he'll remain at defensive end--at least for now.

Joe Philbin said Tuesday that Jordan's primary position will be DE, so the team can continue to work on his pass-rushing acumen.

“We’ve used him in multiple roles but we still feel we’re going to utilize him as defensive end,” he said, via Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post.

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No "Hard Knocks" for Bills, Rex Ryan this year


Rex Ryan was fun to watch on HBO's "Hard Knocks" in 2010, but don't expect an encore from the boastful coach any time soon.

According to The Buffalo News, Ryan's Buffalo Bills have taken their name out of the hat as a candidate for this summer's show season. The fact that Ryan is in his first year as the team's head coach gave the team that option.

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Jets deepen both lines with trio of signings


The New York Jets got a little deeper on both sides of the line Tuesday.

New York announced it signed veteran free agents offensive tackle Corey Hilliard and defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson. Veteran D-frontman Stephen Bowen has also reportedly joined the group.

Vickerson was most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs but recorded the majority of his career work with the Denver Broncos. In 86 games and 44 starts, the 6-4, 295-pounder amassed 6.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception and 165 tackles, including 17.5 for loss.

The 6-5, 300-pound Bowen, who has spent the last four years with the Washington Redskins after six with the Dallas Cowboys, has tallied 168 tackles, 12.5 sacks and nine passes defensed in his career.

Meanwhile, Hilliard, 6-6, 300 pounds, adds depth at right tackle. Through six seasons, the former Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts blocker has 42 appearances and 12 starts to his name, though he's coming off a season in which he spent 15 games on injured reserve after suffering a Lisfranc foot injury and torn ligaments in the season-opener.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Rex: Revis to Jets 'probably good for his legacy'


Rex Ryan spent a half-decade as cornerback Darrelle Revis' biggest cheerleader, and Ryan thinks that Revis is back where he belongs... even if Ryan himself is no longer there.

“He’s a great player, he won a Super Bowl with New England, but he’s a Jet," the Buffalo Bills coach--formerly of the Jets--recently told the NY Daily News. "He got drafted a Jet. It’s probably good for his legacy he goes back to New York.”

Revis was one of the most beloved players of all time among the Gang Green faithful until a somewhat iffy breakup two years ago, which was followed by the All-World corner going to the Jets' rival--making him maybe the most hated.

All seems to be back to par, however, and Revis' biggest fan apparently thinks so, too.

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Bills, Bradham to talk extension this week?


Nigel Bradham is heading into the final year of his rookie contract with the Buffalo Bills. Both sides are apparently looking to change that--maybe.

According to ESPN.com, the 25-year-old linebacker's camp is expected to meet with the Bills' brass this week to discuss a potential contract extension. According to The Buffalo News, however, no talks have been scheduled... yet.

The former fourth-rounder had a breakout year of sorts last season and is on the ascent, especially with Kiko Alonso having departed via a trade.

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Jets to host former Giants linebacker Paysinger


The New York Jets and New York Giants swapped pair of trench men last week when Gang Green nabbed offensive lineman James Brewer and Big Blue snagged defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis.

New York is now eying another former New York player.

The Jets will host free agent linebacker Spencer Paysinger Tuesday, according to the NY Post.

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League to nix blackout policy for 2015 season


Attention fans of crappy teams: You won't have to head down to the local watering hole to catch those frustrating loses this season.

Following a vote by all 32 teams Monday, the league has decided to rescind its television blackout policy for the 2015 season, which previously stopped games from being aired in local markets if they did not sell out prior to kickoff.

Zero blackouts occurred last season, a testament to the amendments put into place over the past few years to cut down on the antiquated policy. Enacted back in 1973, the league will re-evaluate their latest move with the blackout policy at the end of the 2015 season. 

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Despite losing record, Philbin gets one-year extension


Joe Philbin and the Miami Dolphins have spent the last three years standing on the doorstep, a game or two out of a playoff berth. Monday, owner Steve Ross gave Philbin at least two more years to get what they've both been after.

The 53-year-old coach, who was set to start the final year of his contract, was granted a one-year extension Monday, a move Ross is hoping will keep Philbin's mind off his future and on the present task at hand.

"I really believe that you don't get the best out of someone when they are operating with a gun to their head," Ross said via Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel

Philbin's posted a 23-25 record since joining the 'Phins, certainly not what Ross was hoping for when he brought him on back in 2012. He hinted Monday that if things don't turn around, he wouldn't be afraid to shake things up ... with any aspect of the organization.

"No matter what business you're in you're always evaluating, and looking at your people, and looking to do things better," Ross said. "If you see a problem you have to react and do something about it and not just say 'Hey, I'm stuck with this problem no matter what.'"

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Pats TE Chandler excited to get to know Gronk


It's a juxtaposition among players of the same position -- the mild-mannered, under-the-radar style of 29-year-old Scott Chandler, now teamed with the eccentric, energetic Pro Bowler in Rob Gronkowski. The two barely know each other, but it's a pairing the Patriots hope will yield a deadly combination.

Chandler, recently released by the Buffalo Bills, is looking to turn things around in New England after a couple of underwhelming seasons, while the Pats are hoping another mismatch in the middle of the field will continue to keep opposing defenses guessing.

First things first, though: the two tight ends will have to build some chemistry. 

"I've talked to Rob on the field after games and that's about it," Chandler said via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. "I'm sure we'll get to know each other and get along well. He seems like a fun guy to be around.

"Obviously he's a great player. I'm looking forward to being able to learn from him and watch him do his thing. He's pretty fun to watch."

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