Tag:Kellen Clemens
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 12:51 pm

Kellen Clemens not a happy QB

It seems K. Clemens should make the NYJ roster as the No. 3 QB (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Jets released QB Kevin O’Connell today, and with the pronouncement by coach Rex Ryan that third-stringer Kellen Clemens has “a pretty strong chance” to make the roster, I’ll go out on a limb and say Clemens probably will make the team (I’m a risk-taker, what can I say?).

But if you think that made Clemens’ day, you’d be wrong. Read his quotes in the NY Post and that might give you an idea of how Clemens feels he’s been treated so far this year.

For instance, when the team signed veteran Mark Brunell – who, if Hard Knocks is any indication, does seem to be rather awesome (off the field, at least) – it took Clemens close to a week to wrap his head around the notion.

From the Post:

Clemens, a holdover from the Eric Mangini regime, also admitted he is still stinging from what he perceives as unfair treatment by Ryan this month when the coach named Mark Brunell the No. 2 quarterback just days into training camp.

Asked by The Post yesterday if he had gotten a fair shot from Ryan, Clemens said sarcastically: "To be the No. 3? Yes. There wasn't much competition for the No. 2 spot."

Widespread belief around the NFL has the Jets, barring the unlikely event of a trade, cutting Clemens at Saturday's roster deadline because Ryan has soured on him and, more importantly, because of the quarterback's 2010 salary.

Clemens is scheduled to earn almost $1.2 million this season. That's more than All-Pro holdout Darrelle Revis' scheduled $1 million salary, and teams rarely, if ever, keep a No. 3 quarterback at a rate that high.

Now, without O’Connell in the picture, that probably means Clemens will stick around the (New) Meadowlands. Unless, of course, the Jets go with only two QBs.

For the record, Clemens is 11 of 16 for 116 yards with no TDs or INTs during the preseason. Brunell is 5 of 13 for 23 yards and no TDs or INTs.

UPDATE (12:46 p.m.):
Just saw a series of Tweets from the Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas regarding Clemens. She writes Clemens took a paycut before the season, and that although he drew interest from four other teams in the offseason, "you dance with the girl you came with." Also, Clemens met with Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum Monday night to make sure that, if Clemens makes the team, it would be a positive experience.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:10 am

Hot Routes 8.19.10: No Favre news here

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill met with GM A.J. Smith Wednesday. McNeill requested the meeting, but according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, little progress was made.

Wide receive Brandon Jones signed a five-year, $16.5 million contract with the 49ers last offseason but was released Wednesday. Jones hurt his shoulder in ’09 and fell to the bottom of the depth chart. Speculation is the current coaching staff was never taken with Jones.

Cowboys left guard Kyle Kosier sprained his knee Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Journeyman Montrae Holland will fill in. Kosier is Dallas’s prime source of mobility inside.

Chargers rookie nose tackle Cam Thomas is impressing some people early on. He seems to have good perspective, too.

The Jets are trying to trade third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Finally! Some good news for the Ravens and their cornerback situation. Fabian Washington, back from last year’s ACL injury, will play against the Redskins Saturday.

With Brent Grimes having a groin injury, the Falcons cornerback competition could be opening up.

Redskins rookie left tackle and No. 4 overall pick, Trent Williams, faces a reckless driving charge from an incident in June.

In either a marketing ploy or a sadly confused effort to beat the summer heat, the Arizona Cardinals will wear black jerseys in their next preseason home game (vs. Redskins). (Perhaps with Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals are already mourning their 2010 season.)

We knew the Browns were extremely high on strong, athletic outside linebacker Marcus Benard, but is the 2009 undrafted free agent really in line for a starting job?

Maybe the NFL is right when it says fans can’t stand preseason games. Looks like a game featuring two marquee teams, the Chargers and Cowboys, could be blacked out.

Because it’s late in training camp for most teams, there’s probably four or five worthless stories out there about coaches cancelling practice and sending their players to the movies instead. To save you from the temptation of wasting two minutes of your life reading one of these stories, we won’t even provide a link.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:22 pm

Jets sign Mark Brunell

No surprise here. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback Mark Brunell. ESPN's Adam Schefter says it's a two-year deal.

Brunell turns 40 in September. It has been well-noted that the longtime Jaguar is struggling through tough financial times (earlier this summer, Brunell filed for bankruptcy after a failed real estate venture).

Football-wise, the most interesting aspect of this move is not that Mark Sanchez now has a cagey veteran to learn from, but that this suggests the Jets are giving up on Kellen Clemens. You'd figure the athletic fifth-year pro would at least be a long-term No. 2. However, Clemens -- once a projected starter -- will now have to compete for the backup job.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 5:12 pm

Brunell to sign with Jets this week

M. Brunell (right) celebrates New Orleans' Super Bowl win with D. Brees (Getty). According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York , newly-bankrupt QB Mark Brunell will sign with the Jets on Thursday to push for the right to be Mark Sanchez’s backup.

Though this move has been expected for a while, it’s interesting New York would sign a nearly 40-year-old, 15-season veteran to compete with Kellen Clemens to back up their second-year starting QB. Interesting because recently a few Jets players said they liked Clemens as the backup, because 1) he knows the offense and 2) because Brunell isn’t exactly a young pup.

Clemens has played in 24 games during his four-year career, and though his numbers are less than impressive, he’s not a terrible choice if you need an emergency starter. He’s young, but he’s got good experience in New York’s system. He actually could manage your team to victory. Meanwhile, Brunell – who still has some of his athleticism but whose arm strength has abandoned him – has thrown just 30 passes in the past two seasons. In his past 10 starts, he’s also 3-7.

Assuming Brunell actually signs a contract, it’d be quite a battle to see who actually wins the No. 2 job. Some Jets players – mostly anonymously – already have made clear their preferences.

For the record, QBs Erik Ainge and Kevin O’Connell also are listed on the Jets roster. Until Thursday, at least.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 10:09 am

Another blow for Brunell

First, the bankruptcy. Now, a vote of no-confidence. It has not been a good week for free agent QB Mark Brunell.

As we detailed in this post , Brunell was forced to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week in Florida, mostly due to real estate deals that turned sour. Now, even though he’s the favorite to sign with the Jets as a backup, a majority of players the New York Daily News interviewed prefer Kellen Clemens to take the spot behind starter Mark Sanchez.

"Brunell? Isn't he like 50 years old?" one player asked Manish Mehta.

Actually, Brunell is approaching 40 and, if he was to be signed, he would be playing for his fifth team in 16 seasons.

The biggest reason these anonymous players would rather have Clemens back-up Sanchez than Brunell is because they feel Brunell has "very little to offer on the field at this stage of his career.”

Even without the players’ support, Brunell seems set to join the team. Jets coach Rex Ryan has raved about him and has said that he would be a good mentor to the team's younger players.

--Josh Katzowitz

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