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Here at Turn On The Jets, we decided to take a page out of Robert Mays book over at Grantland (a polite way of saying rip his article idea off) by counting down the 115 days until the New York Jets kick off, with a daily reason to get excited about their return. Mays has the whole NFL to work with, we only have the Goddamn Jets…now there is a challenge, step your game up Mays!
We start today with Muhammad Wilkerson and his beastliness
The New York Jets took Wilkerson with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, breaking a running three year streak of awful early round choices. Vernon Gholston at #6 in 2008? Mark Sanchez at #5 in 2009? Kyle Wilson at #29 in 2010? Vlad Ducasse at #61 in 2010? GAHH!
Finally the Jets got one right with Wilkerson who started from day one in 2011 and finished with 49 tackles, 3 sacks and a forced fumble. It was an encouraging rookie season where he was productive but also flashed immense potential for the future.
Wilkerson didn’t wait long to meet that demonstrated potential, as he was terrific last season and really should have been a 2nd Team All-Pro selection and Pro-Bowl player. The numbers are nice for a 3-4 defensive end (69 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 touchdown, 4 passes defensed) but how Wilkerson was able to dominate the line of scrimmage so consistently despite always being double teamed is what was really impressive.
Pro Football Focus had Wilkerson ranked as the 14th best player in the NFL last year and the 2nd best 3-4 defensive end behind JJ Watt (who just knocked down another Mark Sanchez pass somewhere). The film from Wilkerson throughout the 2012 season was so impressive that I thought our resident defensive lineman Chris Gross would be getting a Wilkerson tattoo by the end of the year. Whether it was blocking field goals, running back touchdowns ended by dunks over the goal post, or coming up with another strip sack, Wilkerson was a beast in 2012 and projects to be even better in 2013.
Why is that? As we discussed earlier at TOJ, the growth of Quinton Coples and the additions of Sheldon Richardson and Antwan Barnes should allow for less double teams on Wilkerson, which means more havoc caused by him upfront.
The YouTube directory on Wilkerson is horrifically weak, the best thing I could find is him buying a house on this awful celebrity realtor show
More importantly this picture of a jovial Wilkerson made it to the TOJ banner, as he has taken over the title and banner location from Darrelle Revis as the best overall player on the team. HIGH HONORS!
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS STORY PITCH OF THE DAY - 1,900 words on how Chris Simms isn’t really going to get a fair shake in the quarterback competition, anonymously sourced by the taco stand guy who works near Florham Park who said “Simms? Guy is just camp arm with a famous last name” ZING…still a hard hitting enough quote for the NYDN.
RANDOM JET TO REMEMBER OF THE DAY - JOE KOWALESKI! Who caught a 1 yard touchdown pass for the 2007 Jets against Washington? Backup tight end/fullback/H-Back Joe Kowaleski did!
“It was a 1-yard catch and about a 50-yard celebration,” Jets Coach Eric Mangini said of the reception in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins. “I lost track of it after the first 20 yards and 35 fist pumps.”
“That’s the longest celebration I’ve seen in my life,“ linebacker Eric Barton said.
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The Jets' quarterback depth chart just got a little thinner.
Veteran signal-caller David Garrard told NFL.com's Adam Schein that he's retiring due to his surgically-repaired knee "not holding up."
"Having to call it quits," Garrard wrote in a text to Schein. "My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices."
A miffed Joe McKnight smacked down speculation that he could be the odd man out in the New York Jets' crowded backfield, saying they'd have to ''kill me'' to take his spot.
The running back, entering his fourth season, says Thursday that he doesn't care who the Jets bring in at the position and he's going to ''prove'' he belongs. New...
David Garrard is out of the New York Jets' quarterback competition.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Garrard plans to retire because of lingering knee issues.
The 35-year-old Garrard was signed in March to provide veteran competition for Mark Sanchez. But Garrard, who hadn't played in a regular-season game in the NFL since...
David Garrard says his surgically repaired left knee kept swelling up on him after workouts, and that forced him to realize he couldn't compete for the New York Jets' starting quarterback job.
Garrard tells SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday that his decision to consider retirement was a result of his knee not being healthy, not because the Jets drafted Geno Smith in the second...
It looks like Geno Smith and one of his new Jets teammates have been spending some time together. Jets top pick, Dee Milliner has now also fired his agency, Impact Sports, according to Ian Rapoport.
#Jets CB Dee Milliner parted ways with Impact Sports after failing to be selected in the top 5. Story on @nfl.com. First Geno, now Milliner
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 16,...
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the New York Jets have hired former Cardinals general manager Rod Graves.
Jets are expected to hire former Cardinals GM Rod Graves to join their front office staff
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 15, 2013
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Two weeks ago the New York Jets released Tim Tebow. Now 35-year-old David Garrard has announced he will retire due to his knee. "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do," Garrard wrote in a text message to SiriusXM. And then there were four?While this is sad news for Garrard, it is bad news for the...
Lincoln Haymakers (of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League) head coach Dave Brumagen did the unthinkable and clearly very stupid when he decided to show his players how to take a running back down. Problem is he did it during a game when he nailed Omaha Beef running back R.J. Rollins.
Things like this classy move (sarcasm totally intended there) is what will keep...
New York Jets running back Joe McKnight says they will have to “kill him” to take his roster spot (Credit: AP Photo) Last season, New York Jets running back Joe McKnight attempted only thirty carries for 179 yards. With the addition of Chris Ivory this off-season and the presence of Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson, Joe McKnight may be the odd man out in New York. Just don’t tell...
There was some speculation that David Garrard could be the
New York Jets starting quarterback to open the regular season, as the team
develops Geno Smith and rumors of Mark Sanchez’s trade/release swirled.
However, Garrard ended that discussion yesterday, announcing his retirement
from the NFL.
Garrard told NFL.com’s Adam Schein that his knee won’t allow
him to continue...
Here at Turn On The Jets, we decided to take a page out of Robert Mays book over at Grantland (a polite way of saying rip his article idea off) by counting down the 115 days until the New York Jets kick off, with a daily reason to get excited about their return. Mays has the whole NFL to work with, we only have the Goddamn Jets…now there is a challenge, step your game up Mays...
Sanchez seems destined to start for the Jets, again.
David Garrard has decided to retire due to a lingering knee injury, according to Adam Schein of SNY and NFL.com.Fantasy Spin:Garrard hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2010. His retirement means that Mark Sanchez only has to beat out rookie Geno Smith to be the Jets' starting quarterback again.
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith doesn't think much of Mark Sanchez. Sanchez doesn't think much of it.Wednesday, Smith took a shot at the New York Jets' much-maligned quarterback. "He sucks," Smith told a Charlotte radio station. "I wouldn't let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich." Thursday, Sanchez was asked about Smith's comments...