The New York Jets signed DE Jarvis Jenkins, formerly of the Chicago Bears, to a 2-year contract worth $7M, which includes $3M in guaranteed money. Jenkins, 27, was a second round pick by the Washington Redskins in 2012. After spending the first 3 years of his career with the Redskins, he signed with the Bears last year and had career best total of 4.0 sacks.
The Jets defense did everything in their power to ensure that the team did not lose to Drew Brees and his high powered Saints offense. Brees faced constant pressure from the Jets front four which wreaked havoc in the backfield despite only two total sacks on the day. Young guns Quinton Coples, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison lead the charge with help from veteran outside linebacker Calvin Pace to throw in six quarterback hits to go along with their couple of sacks.
A mood of complacency filled Metlife Stadium as offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg settled for 3 straight runs to set the Jets up with a 56 yard field goal attempt in overtime to beat the long time rival Patriots. Everyone and their mother seemed to know that Nick Folk would go on to miss the field goal, which he did, although an unsportsmanlike penalty flag was thrown on Patriots defender Chris Jones for pushing his opponent into the line, a newfound flag this year that was called for the first time on Sunday.
The reaction of New York Jets fans in late April may have not been the most positive in lieu of taking two more defensive players. The most interesting part of Rex's most recent draft as the New York Jets head coach came when they took a defensive lineman with their second 1st round selection, marking the third years in a row that they have taken a defensive lineman in the first round.
The New York Jets have trimmed their roster down to 53 players, as they released 22 players to make today's roster cutdown deadline. QB Greg McElroy, a former 7th round draft pick who started one game last season, was the biggest name on the list. The Jets chose to keep four quarterbacks on the roster, but the outspoken McEloy, who missed last preseason game due to an injury, did not make the cut.