Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Place Kicker

- from ESPN.com

Not since Sebastian Janikowski came to Oakland in 2000 has a fan base been as excited to see a place-kicker drafted as the Jets' is about Mike Nugent's arrival. The Ohio State team captain has the leg to kick 50-yarders. And, the best part for Jets fans, he's not Doug Brien. You'll recall, painfully perhaps, that Brien missed two potential game-winning field goals in the AFC divisional playoffs at Pittsburgh.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

New Acquirements

The Jets recently signed on unrestricted free agent guard/tackle Ethan Brooks and first-year quarterback Bill Whittemore. Brooks spent the last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens where he jumped around on the offensive line. He was originally a seventh round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons.

Bill Whittemore started on the collegiate level with the University of Kansas. He was originally also drafted by the Falcons but waived soon after. Whittemore has spent a year in the AFL with the Nashville Kats.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Vick King

The Jets recently announced the acquirement of free agent running back Vick King, who comes to the Jets from the ranks of the Miami Dolphins. He was originally signed to Tennessee but was released shortly after. King attended McNeese State. During his time with McNeese he put out 562 carries for 3,130 yards and 26 touchdowns. Hopefully, he’ll work just as well for us.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Jets Team With Shoprite, Kraft, Nabisco, Clorox & Acosta to Fight Hunger at Taste of NY Gala

- from the official site of the NY Jets

The annual New York Jets Taste of the NFL Celebrity Gala took place at Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport in New York City on Wednesday, May 11th. This annual event, presented by the Jets in conjuntion with ShopRite, Kraft, Clorox, Nabisco, and Acosta Sales and Marketing Company, is a five-star culinary event melding the flavors of food, wine and football in one fabulous star-studded event. All proceeds from the event went to benefit ShopRite Partners In Caring, a year-round community-based program that fights hunger in the communities. ShopRite Partners In Caring serves including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Jets continue push for new Manhattan digs

- from ESPN.com

Joe Namath, the New York Jets' most famous alum, urged lawmakers Monday to build a new stadium in Manhattan for his former team.

"A prediction?" Namath said. "We're going to have that stadium."

Unlike New York's 1969 Super Bowl win over the Baltimore Colts, Namath wouldn't guarantee a political victory for the Jets.

"Yeah, well, I had a little bit more to do with it, too," Namath said.

The Jets want to build a 75,000-seat stadium that would also be the centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics if the city is awarded the games. The project, which needs Albany's approval, would include a convention center. While the stadium itself would be financed by the Jets, the state and city would each contribute $300 million for related projects.

But key figures, including State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, have yet to support the proposal. The Public Authorities Control Board is to vote on the matter May 18.

Assembly members, labor unions and other stadium supporters rallied outside the Capitol on Monday. Bruno, who met with Namath on Monday, still hasn't made a decision, said his spokesman, Mark Hansen.

Opponents of the stadium include the owners of Madison Square Garden. They have filed a lawsuit seeking to void the Jets' successful bid for the right to build on the site of the West Side rail yards from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

MSG, which would compete with the new convention center for sports and entertainment events, says the bidding procedure for the rail yards was flawed and unfair.

This isn't the first time that Namath has supported the Jets. He started appearing in radio advertising paid for by the football team in August 2004.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Team Report:

- from FOXSports.com

FB Jerald Sowell, unhappy with his contract, was a no-show for the first two weeks of the offseason program. Sowell is coming off a career year (45 catches), but he had better be careful not to overplay his hand. Under new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, the fullback won't be as big a part of the passing attack at it was in Paul Hackett's system. Heimerdinger believes in using the tight ends and wideouts; Hackett treated the tight ends like linemen, which meant for opportunities for Sowell. . . .

Doug Brien, who became expendable when the Jets picked Ohio State's Mike Nugent in the second round, was released. It is amazing that Brien made 84 percent of his field-goals attempts in 2003 and 2004 and still got a pink slip. The reason, of course, is because he missed two in a playoff loss to the Steelers. . . .

The Jets made a good move by signing RG Brandon Moore to a modestly-priced, six-year contract. Moore, a former defensive lineman, was switched to guard and started 13 games last season. He's a talented, young lineman on an aging line.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Jets Draft Picks

The Jets did not look towards the first round in this series of the draft. Also, many fans were probably disappointed in the use of the first pick on a kicker. But, it is a position that needs some development. Secondly, they decided to put a pick towards the corner.

The first pick (actually 2nd round, 47th overall) was Mike Nugent. Nugent attended Ohio State and has a few years kicking experience. He set a team record with most field goals made in 2002 with 25 and also was awarded the Lou Groza Award, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate kicker.

Justin Miller was the teams’ second choice to fill a cornerback position. He also fell in the 2nd round and was the 57th choice overall.