Kahlil Bell helps his chances to make NY Jets roster with two touchdowns

Kahlil Bell’s two touchdowns and 80 yards on the ground on Thursday night certainly didn’t hurt his chances for a roster spot. Bell punched in an 8-yard score from the Wildcat formation to put the Jets up 7-2 in the first quarter. He scored again in the fourth, this time on an inside handoff from two yards out to cap an 80-yard drive and put the Jets ahead 20-13. With Mike Goodson suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and Joe McKnight cut this earlier this week, Bell could become the third-string RB on the depth chart behind Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, at least until Goodson returns. “When you get your number called, you want to try to do the best you can. I felt like there were a lot of things I could have done better tonight — pass blocking in particular — but we got the win,” Bell said. COLD WINTERS HE’S NO SAPP “I think I made some plays that the coaches will see and hopefully they’ll know that I can help out and contribute to the team this year,” Sapp said. SAFETY SPOTLIGHT WOUNDED WIDEOUT Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

QB David Garrard to part ways with the NY Jets due to continued knee problems, plans to retire

Mark Sanchez is the quarterback with nine lives, the man who is safe on the Jets roster despite playing his way out of the starting job last season. The roller-coaster ride that is the Jets quarterback situation took another lurching turn Wednesday, as David Garrard confirmed to the Daily News that he has decided to part ways with the team due to continued health problems with his knee and plans to retire. Garrard’s departure turns the de facto quarterback competition into a two-man race between Sanchez, who turned the ball over 26 times last season, and Geno Smith, the second-round QB fans hope will be the future of the franchise. If Smith isn’t ready to be an NFL quarterback in Week 1, the Jets will have no one to turn to but Sanchez. Garrard provided an intermediary option: a veteran who could hold down the job competently while the Jets groomed Smith to take over midway through the season. That scenario gave Gang Green an out with Sanchez, too: he could have been traded or released as the Jets cut their losses with the quarterback they took with the fifth pick of the 2009 draft. Now it would appear Sanchez’s roster spot, at the least, is secure as without him the Jets would be left with a set of quarterbacks that has one NFL start combined. The Jets will have four QBs — it was six just a few short weeks ago — on their roster once Garrard leaves, but Greg McElroy and Matt Simms won’t realistically have a shot at the starting job (though it will be easier now for McElroy to make the team out of training camp). This is the second time in as many seasons that Garrard’s knee has forced him out of a quarterback competition: last year he lost out in the race for the Dolphins job for the same reason. “Loved my short time here & wish it would have ended in a different way. Thanks for all the support,” Garrard said in a message to the fans he texted the Daily News. Continue Reading

Mike Goodson’s arrest likely signals the end of his NY Jets career suggests teammate Willie Colon

Mike Goodson remains on the Jets roster, despite being slapped with weapons and drugs charges on Friday, but offensive lineman Willie Colon doesn't expect that to be the case much longer. "It's one of the things where it's zero-tolerance with stuff like that," Colon told the Daily News Saturday at the Alliance for Lupus Research walk at MetLife Stadium. "It's sad. Mike could have been huge for us." "He wasn't around a lot, so I didn't really get to see him a lot. For the most part, I was kind of anticipating seeing how he was going to do in OTAs," added Colon. The lineman, who also signed as a free agent this offseason, said the team hadn't said anything to the players about Goodson yet and he heard about it through the news. "A lot of guys were upset. They knew the type of ballplayer (he was)," Colon said. Goodson was charged Friday morning with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of a hollow-point bullet. The running back was the passenger in a stopped car on the left center lane on Interstate 80-West in Denville, N.J. at 3:15 Friday morning, according to New Jersey State Police, who said both Goodson and the driver were intoxicated. The Jets running back's $50,000 bail was paid later Friday when he was released from Morris County Jail. Goodson signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract with the Jets in March. Both John Idzik and Rex Ryan declined comment on the issue Saturday. Twitter.com/SethWalderNYDN Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Tim Tebow to the Arena Football League? Orlando Predators express interest in NY Jets QB

As the Jets try to pawn off Tim Tebow on someone else either by trade or, far more likely, by release, one team has expressed an interest in the famed backup quarterback. The problem is, it isn’t in the NFL. The Arena League Orlando Predators, of Tebow’s home state, have said they would gladly take the famed quarterback. “Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we'd love to have him,” Predators owner Brett Bouchy told the Orlando Sentinel. “I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league. Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign.” Tebow is currently on the Jets’ roster, along with fellow QBs Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. Tebow isn't expected to be with the Jets much longer after hardly playing and barely making an impact in his first season with Gang Green. The team would save about $1 million in cap space by cutting him.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Tim Tebow may or may not be in competition for NY Jets’ QB job, says GM John Idzik

If John Idzik’s words are tea leaves, they do not foretell good fortune for Tim Tebow. The famous quarterback remains on the Jets roster, despite the fact that he was passed over twice to start last season and wasn’t productive in his limited playing time. Now, Idzik can’t even bluff that Tebow will be part of the quarterback competition. “I’m not saying he is, I’m not saying he isn’t,” Idzik said Wednesday at the Jets’ predraft press conference. “I’m just saying let’s let things play out.” That shows exactly what the team thinks of Tebow, considering the competition already consists of Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Greg McElroy. Presumably, a fourth quarterback will be added to the mix via the NFL draft next week. In all likelihood Tebow will not be on the roster come the start of the season. The Jets are still clinging to the hope of trading Tebow. Sources told the Daily News that the Jets are looking to deal the QB. Should they fail, Tebow would be released. “I guess I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Idzik said. “We just had two days of offseason conditioning. We’re running in shorts right now. We're lifting weights. Unfortunately we can’t even throw a football for another two weeks. “He’s a Jet, and we’ve gone through some change here and that’s what I mean by letting things play out,” the GM added. “We have a new coordinator, we have a new quarterback coach, we have a new offensive system, I’m new. We have several new people within football administration. I think you just gotta let these things develop and evolve.” Idzik would not say whether the Jets have had a conversation with Tebow about their plans for him. DODGEBALL: Idzik avoided naming a single potential draft pick or providing analysis on a single position. Senior personnel executive Terry Bradway said Continue Reading

Joe McKnight says NY Jets roster spot his to lose

When the Jets brought in Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson, and Bilal Powell already on the roster, Joe McKnight’s roster spot became tenuous at best. The prospect of getting cut doesn’t sit too well with McKnight, however. “I don’t care who they bring in, they’re going (to have to) kill me to take my spot. You understand that now?” McKnight said Thursday. “Just because they bring Goodson and Ivory in they already think I’m gone. “They just bringing people in for competition, they ain’t bringing nobody in to say, ‘Joe is done.’ ” McKnight told the Daily News he’ll definitely make the team. “Yeah, I’m going to be on the team, I ain’t going, no damn way,” he said. McKnight continued to insist that the acquisitions of Ivory and Goodson don’t affect his place on the team. “They have to beat me to take my spot first,” he said. “Man, look, they told me it’s a fresh slate.” COPLES COPING “I responded in the weight room and got better,” Coples said. “I gave better effort and made sure that won’t happen again.” Ryan expressed frustration with the North Carolina product last week and suggested that Coples, who is transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker this offseason, needed to earn his position in the lineup. Coples, who is expected to be a pass rusher on most downs, had 5.5 sacks as a rookie last season. “I’ll be in disguise,” Coples said, “so I think it’ll be a big year for me.” MILLINER FIRES AGENTS Milliner must wait five days before signing with a new agent.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets’ Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson make AFC Pro Bowl squad

Before what turned out to be a maddeningly inconsistent season, Rex Ryan boasted about the talent on the Jets’ roster. He was dead on about three of them. Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson earned Pro Bowl selections on Tuesday.ELI, PIERRE-PAUL MAKE NFC PRO BOWL TEAM FOR GIANTS Revis made his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance - and third straight as a starter - after anchoring the league’s fifth-ranked pass defense. The two-time All-Pro cornerback shares the team lead with four interceptions, including a franchise-record tying 100-yard pick for a score against the Dolphins in Week 6. He has a team-high 21 passes defensed and has the league’s stingiest burn percentage, which calculates how often cornerbacks allow receptions. Revis was one of the few bright spots in the Jets’ 29-14 loss to the Giants on Saturday with a game-high five passes defensed. Mangold also earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl berth despite missing the better part of three games with a high ankle sprain suffered during Week 2. The two-time All-Pro anchored an offensive line that had an uneven season. Ferguson, who has started 102 consecutive games, earned his third Pro Bowl berth. Joe McKnight was named a first alternate after being one of the pleasant surprises on special teams in his second season. McKnight leads the AFC with a 31.9-yard return average and has the most returns of 40+ yards (five). McKnight has the third most return yards in the league with 1,022. His 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Baltimore was the longest play in Jets’ history. Linebacker David Harris and right guard Brandon Moore were second alternates. http://twitter.com/TheJetsStream Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Source: NY Jets sign veteran safety Yeremiah Bell to a one-year, $1.4 million deal

The Jets added another veteran safety to help a unit that struggled at times last season. A source confirmed that the Jets agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with Yeremiah Bell. Bell's deal includes a $200K signing bonus and $1.1 million base salary that is fully guaranteed, according to a source. He will earn $1.3 million in full guarantees. ProFootballTalk.com first reported the signing. Bell, 34, was released last month by the Dolphins to free up salary cap space. He played eight seasons in Miami and was a regular starter for the past four years. Bell will join Eric Smith and LaRon Landry, who was also signed this offseason, as the top three safeties on the Jets' roster. General manager Mike Tannenbaum said when the team signed Landry that the goal was get him ready for Week One of the regular season. Landry has dealt with an Achilles injury that has caused him to miss significant time in the past two seasons. "This is a challenge for us," Tannenbaum said in March after the team signed Landry. "But with that said, we feel really good about LaRon. We feel really good about our medical department. We're going to work as a partnership to get him ready for opening day. Barring something unforeseen, we think he'll be ready to go." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets should call audible, consider alternative to Mark Sanchez at quarterback

Mark Sanchez's miserable stats this season mirror his own team’s failings. He is ranked 22nd in the NFL quarterback ratings, which is exactly where the Jets rank in their traditional strengths under Rex Ryan, points allowed on defense and rushing the ball. There are so many problems with this team right now — the pass rush, the safety coverage on tight ends, the missed tackles, the lack of a breakaway running back and the absence of big-play receivers — that it is impossible to dump everything on Sanchez or even the offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer. IS MARK SANCHEZ DATING SUPERMODEL KATE UPTON? But either the Jets get a lot better at a lot of positions next year, or they need a new quarterback who can transform such a badly flawed side into something much better. And after what we’ve seen from the Jets these past two weekends, it just might be easier to change quarterbacks. You’re not going to hear that from Rex Ryan. For one thing, it’s a week too early to be collecting scalps. The Jets have a recent history with Ryan of becoming extremely lucky when it comes to playoff permutations around this time of year. And then Ryan on Monday said again he had no interest in replacing Sanchez, even if Peyton Manning were available. “There’s no way that we’re looking to replace Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said on ESPN adio. “If they were both out there and you were starting a draft, I would take . . . Would you take Peyton Manning? Yeah, I’d take Peyton Manning over anybody. I’m not telling that lie. Of course, I would take him. But right now, when you’re looking at our football team and our franchise, obviously we feel great about our quarterback situation.” It was important for Ryan to douse the brushfires, because reports have been floating around for weeks that the Jets are fully aware they don’t have Johnny Unitas under center and would consider Continue Reading

NY Jets’ coach Rex Ryan says he ‘would have had a couple rings’ if the San Diego Chargers hired him

Rex Ryan added another dimension to his never-ending Super Bowl prognostications Wednesday - and irritated yet another fellow head coach - by claiming that he would have won a couple championships by now with the Chargers if they had hired him in 2007. Ryan was one of five candidates interviewed for the head coaching vacancy after Marty Schottenheimer was fired four years ago. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith chose Norv Turner, who has been criticized by San Diego fans for his inability to deliver a title despite a roster filled with talent. "Well, I think I would have had a couple rings," Ryan said with a laugh when asked by San Diego reporters about what might have been if the Chargers chose him over Turner. "I'm telling you, those teams were loaded. There's no question about it. But things happen for a reason. Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there, and A.J. and everybody. That's a great franchise. He's probably the best guy for the job at that time." Ryan's latest boast inadvertently tweaked Turner, however, and questioned the talent on the Jets' roster. Although it's unlikely that Ryan meant to take a shot at Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum - the coach has repeatedly praised Gang Green's front office through the years - he felt it necessary to call Turner Wednesday to clarify his remarks. According to a Jets spokesman, Ryan told Turner that his comments weren't meant as a slight and that he was simply praising what the Chargers have built in recent years. Apparently, Turner didn't buy it. "I hadn't seen his quote and I was a little bit surprised by the call," Turner told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "And then after I saw the quote, I didn't have a chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he's guaranteed the last couple of years." "It really was between he and I. I think we've had enough coaching drama in the league the last few days and we don't need any more," Turner added, referring to the Continue Reading