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Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Sanchez did not suffer a concussion Sunday

SanchezPosted by Josh Katzowitz

After the Jets squeaked by the Cowboys on Sunday night, it appeared that Mark Sanchez might be suffering from a concussion. At least that’s what it looked like to the people standing around him in the minutes following the game’s end.

As ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini writes, Sanchez, while speaking to reporters after the game, appeared groggy, and the few times a TV camera light was shined in his face, Sanchez turned away in mid-sentence.

He was asked if he had a concussion but said he was fine. But team doctors also were concerned enough to give him a baseline concussion test, and after examining him, they said he was good to go. That’s the scoop Sanchez gave to ESPN 1050 today.

“They checked my baseline tests and compared it to my balance test,” Sanchez said. “I feel good.”

The radio hosts asked him if he was concerned he had suffered a head injury, and Sanchez said, “No, I don’t think so. I just think they were being really cautious.”

Which obviously is what the team doctors should be doing. And now that Sanchez has been cleared, he can go back to practicing and playing with the Jets and hopping into a whirlpool for a quick photo shoot with GQ without having to worry about any potential lingering head injuries.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Rodgers on Sanchez' GQ spread: 'Embarrassing'

Posted by Will Brinson

This offseason, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez posed for an, um, interesting photo shoot for GQ. The juiciest news that came from his feature piece was that he "wanted to fight" coach Rex Ryan.

Well, unless you count the photos themselves, anyway. Those were -- according to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- "embarrassing."

"I mean look at this -- that's embarrassing," Rodgers said on the "The Aaron Rodgers Show" with Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. "Page 94 of the GQ thing here, that's terrible."

Page 94, for those interested, looks like ... this:



"This is not really my style," Rodgers said. "I like my anonymity. I like my privacy. I like to be the quarterback during the week and during the offseason be able to do what I want to do and not be in the public eye."

That's totally fair for Rodgers to say (re: style; embarrassing might be a different story) and it's his prerogative on how he wants to dress when being photographed and whether he wants to pose for magazine shoots.

I wouldn't do what Sanchez did either, but the gig in New York and the gig in Green Bay are two completely different ballgames. If you're the quarterback in the Big Apple and you try to avoid the press, you'll get more press. If you're the quarterback in Green Bay you can do whatever you want as long as you have success on the field.

In short, it's just a different world, and it's not how Rodgers rolls.

"When you hang out with 'Hollywood' people, those people are able to stay in that moment and stay in their Hollywood fame, and it's absolutely ridiculous," Rodgers said. "They never come out of that mode -- that 'We're famous' mode. You can't have a normal conversation."

Yes, but in place of that "normal conversation" is "aggressive bathtub frolicking," so it's really a toss-up.



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Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:14 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Plaxico Burress catches first TD pass with Jets



Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's seldom that a 10-year veteran with career totals that include 121 starts, 505 catches, 7,845 yards receiving and 55 touchdowns would merit a mention for playing in a preseason game, but Plaxico Burress is a special case.

After spending nearly two years in prison, and missing two NFL seasons, Burress is a free man and back in the league. He's now a member of the Jets, where head coach Rex Ryan doesn't hide the fact that he's all about giving people second chances, especially if they can help New York win a Super Bowl.

Burress missed last week's preseason game with a bum ankle, but started against the Bengals Sunday. He hauled in Mark Sanchez's very first pass of the night, good for 20 yards. Burress managed two more receptions -- another 20-yard gain early in the second quarter and a 26-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown grab with 58 seconds remaining in the half.


Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Fred Bennett (23) chases New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress (17) as he makes the catch for a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

In the scheme of things, the play was insignificant (it is the preseason, after all), although we suspect Burress will remember it differently.

Either way, it was eerily similar to this

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.17.11: Rest in peace, Pete Pihos



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Hall of Fame tight end Pete Pihos, one of the first tight ends used as a receiver, has died at the age of 87. He’s considered by some to be one of the best all-around players in NFL history.
  • Once again, the name of Denver’s football stadium has been changed. If you really want to know what its new name is, click this link I suppose.
  • And speaking of the Broncos, here’s something else Denver recently cut loose. That would be new Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. And he appears to be having some fun in his new job.
  • If Jets QB Mark Sanchez wants to take a run at beating up his coach, Rex Ryan feels pretty good about his chances. After all, he sports a spiffy 1,000-0 record

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: August 15, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Posted by Will Brinson

If there's one thing we know about the NFL, it's that the New York Jets need more drama. So it's refreshing to hear that when Rex Ryan benched Mark Sanchez during the 2010 season, the young quarterback "wanted to fight" Rex, as that's unlikely to provoke any headlines or questions or noise surrounding the team.

Fortunately, that is what Sanchez said in a GQ interview that'll run this month. As you may recall, late last year with Sanchez struggling, Ryan wanted to give Mark Brunell extra reps in practice. This didn't go over well with Sanchez.

"I wanted to fight him," Sanchez said of the incident. "I was really mad."

Sanchez, who I have to suspect wasn't telling this story to create drama, also details what happened on the field when he pushed Brunell away because Rex didn't directly inform Sanchez that the veteran would see extra snaps.

"I was like, '[Rex] can come tell me,' " Sanchez says. "And [offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer] is like, 'Come on, man, don't do that.'"
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Sanchez was, understandably, not too thrilled about being passive-aggressively benched. Ryan didn't come straight to him and inform him of the decision and even gave the press a heads-up that Sanchez might get benched before he talked to his franchise quarterback.

"Rex is super honest," Sanchez told GQ. "I wish he wasn't that honest at times, especially to say that."

"That" = "Yes" when Rex was asked if he'd consider benching Sanchez. Which is understandable -- I don't want my boss going out and complaining about me on Twitter before telling me about the problems with my work. (Of course, as you all know, there are less of those than Sanchez interceptions, obviously.)

But here's my prediction: Then when Sanchez is asked about how things went down, he'll say that the words he used were a bit misconstrued. Or that there's nothing wrong with wanting to fight your coach. (There isn't by the way, especially if it's Ryan.)

And then someone will ask Rex about this interview, and he'll say "Good! I like his attitude!"

Or something much funnier.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Plaxico injures ankle; Mason in, Cotchery out?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets wide receiver corps is in serious flux as the head into 2011. With the exception of Santonio Holmes -- who also signed a five-year deal worth $50 million in the offseason, if you want to count that -- it's entirely likely that the group catching balls from Mark Sanchez will look entirely different.

For starters, there's the presence of Plaxico Burress who, by the by, is dealing with an injured ankle after "tweaking" it on Wednesday while "running around, trying to stay sharp." And it's not even the same ankle injury he's deal with in the past. So that should be concerning, right?

Well, coach Rex Ryan said, per our Jets Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman, it's "nothing serious."

And, according to Burress, if this were a game week, he'd be able to practice and/or play.

In other news, the Jets appear on the verge of signing former Ravens wideout (and therefore "teammate" of Ryan's) Derrick Mason, who was cut by Baltimore during their Borders-like employee cuts last week.

To make room for Mason, it looks like Jerricho Cotchery will get the axe.

"If [Mason] passes the physical, he's on the team and I won't be," Cotchery said, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "It's time to move on."

So that means in a very short time, the Jets will have gone from Santonio Holmes/Braylon Edwards/Jerricho Cotchery/Brad Smith to Santonio Holmes/Plaxico Burress/Derrick Mason in terms of their wide-receiver depth chart.

If that happens, is that an upgrade?

No, I'm pretty sure it's not. In fact, there's a pretty good chance that it's a huge downgrade.

Cotchery was praised last year for his toughness, despite playing the slot and not getting any of the love that Edwards/Holmes did. And while Santonio might be one of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL, he's going to see a lot more coverage coming his way if the only two options on the field are both 30-plus, with one of them just a few months removed from a lengthy absence from football.

All that being said, you can't fault the Jets for some of the moves -- the Santonio signing is justified as long as he doesn't get suspended, Edwards is a troublemaker and not worth the money they might give him, and there's no way they could have paid Brad Smith what the Bills gave and justified it.

But giving Burress $3 million guaranteed and dumping a locker room leader and consistent on-field presence like Cotchery? That reeks of a mistake, even if Cotchery's dealing with offseason back surgery.

Fortunately for the wideout, he's probably got options. As I noted on Twitter, both the Panthers and Chargers stand out as great options for Cotchery. The Panthers could use veteran wide receiver help to draw coverage away from Steve Smith and mentor David Gettis and Brandon LaFell.

Cotchery was Philip Rivers' No.-1 target in college and the Chargers are currently looking for someone to line up opposite Vincent Jackson.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:24 am
 

Report: Asomugha down to Jets, Cowboys

Asomugha

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the Texans grabbed Johnathan Joseph and the Steelers re-upped with Ike Taylor, knocking two of the three most-coveted free agent cornerbacks off the market, we’re still waiting to see where the most-expensive of them all, Nnamdi Asomugha, will sign.

The original thought(s) were the Texans, the Jets and the 49ers. Then, as Houston took on Joseph on Thursday night, it became the Jets, the 49ers (and maybe the Buccaneers, the Cowboys and the Raiders (!)). All were rumors, and supposedly, there was a chance it would be resolved late Thursday night or early Friday morning*.

*Luckily, this didn’t happen while the Eye on Football blog was catching a few hours of shut-eye.

Apparently, it’s now down to two teams. As NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports, Asomugha will sign either with the Jets or the Cowboys, and some believe Dallas actually is the favorite.

This will be the first big competitive test for New York coach Rex Ryan and his brother, Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, since Ryan took over the Cowboys job. It adds a little bit of intrigue to a situation that continues to be one of the most interesting storylines of the new NFL season.

Who can afford to sign and pay a guy who will probably command at least $15 million a year?

Jets CB Darrelle Revis obviously would love to have the second-best CB in the league playing opposite of him, and Jets QB Mark Sanchez has intimated that he (and maybe some of his teammates) would be willing to restructure his contract in order to land a big free agent.

The Cowboys, while way over the salary cap limit at the beginning of the season, has been dumping big-salaried players since Tuesday in an effort to sign a high-impact player.

My guess: the Jets still have the upper-hand. But with Jerry Jones always looking to get what he wants, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Asomugha end up in Dallas.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:52 am
 

Santonio Holmes agrees to 5-year deal with Jets

Posted by Will Brinson

The wide-receiver dominos are beginning to fall -- Santonio Holmes agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the Jets, according to multiple reports.

Holmes was considered one of the priority for this offseason for the Jets, especially given that the Washington Redskins were rumored to be pursuing him as well.

[Related: 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker]

However the Redskins made their own noise over the past two days in terms of wideouts, re-signing incumbent No. 1 Santana Moss and then inking Donte Stallworth on Wednesday.

Holmes was a critical addition to the Jets in 2010 and despite missing several games because of suspension, still posted big numbers.

The Jets decision to re-up on Holmes contract means it's unlikely that they'll re-sign Braylon Edwards. It also means that we could see a big run on free-agent wideouts in the near future as other free agents now see what the market Bears out and beginning heavier negotiations with other teams.

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