It took a few days but the New York Jets have finally signed a free agent early Friday. Former Raiders RB Mike Goodson signed a 3-year deal worth $6.9M with the Gang Green to possibly replace departed RB Shonn Greene as the Jets' starting running back. Goodson, a former 4th round pick of the Carolina Panthers, was traded to the Oakland Raiders last offseason and ran for 6.3 yards a carry on 35 attempts last year. He started in 3 games in 2010 for the Panthers, replacing injured DeAngelo Williams.
RB Shonn Greene, who spent his entire 4-year career with the New York Jets, has reportedly agreed to a 3-year $10M contract with the Tennessee Titans. The Jets drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft but he never really became a legitimate number one back to replace RB Thomas Jones. Greene rushed for 1,054 and 1,063 yards the last two seasons but hardly any showed any playmaking ability, averaging just 4.2 yards per carry over the course of his NFL career.
It all started pretty well for QB Greg McElroy, who made his first NFL start against the Chargers this afternoon. McElroy led the Jets to two early scoring drives, as the Gang Green took a 14-7 lead. Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there on. McElroy's indecisiveness and offensive line's ineptitude led to 11 sacks for the Chargers, who rattled the first time starter and took over the game in the second half.
The New York Jets made it two in a row on Sunday, as they rushed for over 160 yards on the way to a 17-10 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This was exactly what the Jets needed to take pressure off struggling QB Mark Sanchez. Sanchez once again committed a turnover when he fumbled in the first half, but that's pretty much where his mistakes ended. He was 12 of 19 for 111 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. The Gang Green really didn't need more from him, as RB Shonn Greene and RB Bilal Powell ran for 78 and 77 yards respectively and each scored a touchdown.
The struggling New York Jets needed a spark and they got it when Rex Ryan finally did what he should have done weeks ago, as he benched QB Mark Sanchez and replaced him with QB Greg McElroy. The move paid off instantly when McElroy led the Gang Green to the game winning score on the first possession of his NFL career. He didn't put up impressive numbers, finishing the game 5 of 7 for 29 yards, 1 TD, but his arrival reenergized the seemingly lifeless team and put the fans back into the game.
The Jets tried their best, they almost did it, but their effort just wasn't enough to overcome the New England Patriots. The Gang Green had a 3-point lead with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but first the defense allowed the Pats to tie the game and take it to overtime, and then QB Mark Sanchez fumbled the game away in the extra period.
RB Shonn Greene ran for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns, QB Mark Sanchez played a mistake free game, as the New York Jets routed the Indianapolis Colts, 35-9, and moved back up to .500. The defense came to play as well, creating four turnovers and limiting the Colts to just 27% on third downs and only 41 rushing yards. These seemed like the throwback Jets' of Rex Ryan's first two seasons in New York - a powerful running attack with a serviceable quarterback whose job was to make plays from time to time and avoid mistakes.
In the end the New York Jets pulled out an overtime win in Miami, 23-20, unfortunately that was the only positive they could take out of this game. Both defense and offense struggled tremendously throughout the contest and to make things even worse - the Gang Green lost CB Darrelle Revis, arguably their best player, for the season with a torn ACL.
On the day when the New York Jets retired Curtis Martin's #28, the Gang Green's offense scored four touchdowns, erasing all memories of the poor preseason where they managed to score just one in four games. Special teams and defense scored as well, as the Jets utterly destroyed the Buffalo Bills, 48-28, setting a new season opener scoring record.
Rookie DE Quinton Coples had an impressive debut against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night, registering a sack, five tackles, forcing a fumble and knocking down a pass. The offense, however, managed to gain only 173 total yards, as the Jets dropped the preseason opener, 17-6.
In what was another game of high hopes and expectations, another must win, the New York Jets laid yet another egg, getting thoroughly embarrassed by the Philadelphia Eagles, 45-19. Just like in Week 3, or just like in Week 9, when the Gang Green had to win to make a statement and take over the first place in the division, they just came out flat and got totally outclassed. This time the division lead wasn't on the line, as the Jets had lost any realistic hope for the division title a while ago, but the Gang Green could have solidified their Wild Card claims with a win in Philly, but it just wasn't to be.
QB Mark Sanchez threw a couple of touchdown passes and ran for another two, as the New York Jets easily cruised past the Kansas City Chiefs, 37-10. It was the Gang Green's third win in a row but it might have come with a rather high price tag. S Jim Leonhard reportedly has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season. On the positive side, besides the win, the Jets now control their own playoff destiny, as Cincinnati, Oakland and Tennessee all lost today.
RB Shonn Greene's three touchdown runs and QB Mark Sanchez's 4th quarter touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes propelled the Jets past the Washington Redskins and one step closer to making the playoffs. It wasn't pretty though as the game was rather even throughout the first three quarters. The Jets took the lead in the final quarter on a 30-yard TD pass from Sanchez to Holmes. Then, three plays later, LB Aaron Maybin sacked the quarterback forcing a fumble that was recovered on Washington's 9-yard line. Two plays later Greene scored his second touchdown of the game, sealing the deal.
QB Mark Sanchez threw a career-high four touchdown passes, including the winning score to WR Santonio Holmes, as he overcame his second quarter interception and led the Gang Green to a 28-24 comeback win against the Buffalo Bills. Sanchez might have been erratic at times, throwing into double and triple coverage, but when the game was on the line, he pulled himself together and orchestrated a 12-play game-winning drive that went for 77 yards. This was surely a morale booster for the Jets' signal caller that hopefully will help the Gang Green turn this season around, as they pretty much have to win all of their remaining games.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Jeremy Kerley both missed an entire week of practice and are listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Buffalo Bills. Although Rex Ryan stated that he considered listing Tomlinson as "doubtful", as it looks rather unlikely that he will play tomorrow. Kerley will be a game-time decision. Tomlinson suffered his injury late in the Patriots game. He did not make the trip to Denver for last week's game.
LB David Harris was named AFC Defensive Player of Week 9. Last Sunday he registered five tackles, one interception and one pass defensed in the Jets’ 27-11 win at Buffalo. Harris registered his second interception of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked off QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter at the Jets’ 49-yard line. In his fifth season from Michigan, this is Harris’ second career Defensive Player of the Week Award. Harris previously won the award in 2009 (Week 1). He joins CB Antonio Cromartie (Week 2) and CB Darrelle Revis (Week 6) as the third Jet to win Defensive Player of the Week this season.
If this was a sign of the things to come, then sky is the limit for this Jets team, as they finally played a complete game on offense, defense and special teams. Going into the game against the Bills as 2.5-point underdogs, the Gang Green left their opponents absolutely no chances, totally dominating the contest from start to finish. The Bills, who had one of the best offensive units in the league, were limited to under 300 total yards and under 100 yards on the ground.
This was another must win for the Gang Green and they delivered again, overcoming an 11-point deficit and rediscovering their running game en route to a 27-21 win against the San Diego Chargers. WR Plaxico Burress also rediscovered his touchdown catching abilities, scoring three times for the second time in his career. RB Shonn Greene finally ran for over 100 yards and the defense finally looked like it should have all season.
DE Mike DeVito will be a game-time decision tomorrow after he suffered a knee injury in Thursday practice session. DeVito is listed as "questionable" on the final injury report along with C Nick Mangold, who limited in Friday's session. The Gang Green have two players listed as "out" - WR Logan Payne (wrist) and CB Isaiah Trufant (hamstring). Payne, who missed every game this season, was finally placed on the injured reserve and replaced by DT Martin Tevaseu on the 53-man roster.
150 total yards, 7 first downs, 3 lost fumbles (2 returned for touchdowns), 1 interception returned for a touchdown - these are the stats put up by the Jets' offense last night in Baltimore. The only positive is that it probably cannot get any worse than that, although you never know when it comes to the New York Jets.
Everyone knew that the Raiders had a powerful running attack, going into today's game, but hardly anyone could have predicted that Oakland would run for 234 yards en route to a 34-24 win against Rex Ryan's Jets. 234 rushing yards was the highest the Gang Green ever allowed under head coach Rex Ryan.
This was definitely a season opener to remember, as the New York Jets snatched an improbable 27-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night after trailing by 14 points in the final quarter. First, WR Plaxico Burress, who had zero catches in the first half, caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from QB Mark Sanchez, cutting Dallas' lead to 7. Then, RB Joe McKnight blocked a punt that was taken back for a touchdown by СB Isaiah Trufant, tying the game. Finally, PK Nick Folk, a former Cowboy, booted a 50-yard field goal to win the game for New York on such an emotional day that marked the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
RB Shonn Greene, who missed Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a skin infection, says that he expects to play in the next preseason game against the New York Giants. He will also participate in practice later this afternoon.
WR Plaxico Burress took the field for the first time in 3 years and instantly silenced his doubters tonight. Gang Green's risky free agent acquisition started opposite of WR Santonio Holmes and caught 3 passes for 66 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass from QB Mark Sanchez in the final minute of the first half. The Jets went to Burress right from the start, as Sanchez connected with him on the first play from scrimmage for 20 yards.
The New York Jets opened preseason in Houston last night, losing to the Texans, 20-16. The first team offense was on the field for only two series, while the starting defense played for the entire first quarter. QB Mark Sanchez, who did not have WR Plaxico Burress to throw to, completed 6 of 7 passes for 43 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. WR Santonio Holmes caught both passes thrown to him for a total of 17 yards. Recently signed WR Derrick Mason seemed to have already blended into the offense - 3 receptions for 21 yards. RB Shonn Greene had 5 carries for 32 yards, including a 19-yard run.
All-Pro C Nick Mangold suffered a stinger during yeseterday's practice session and is day-to-day. He said he expected to play in preseason opener against the Texans on Monday. During the live, goal-line portion of practice, Mangold fell to the ground after a play in which RB Shonn Greene dove over the top of the pile. He was down on hands and knees for a couple of minutes but then walked off the field under his own power.
The New York Jets have declared S Eric Smith, OT Damien Woody, S James Ihedigbo, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, CB Antonio Cromartie, CB Darrrelle Revis, RB Shonn Greene and QB Kellen Clemens as inactive for the final regular season game against the Buffalo Bills. Clemens is #3 emergency quarterback.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson, who was signed this offseason and thought to be veteran insurance behind second-year player RB Shonn Greene, told ESPN Radio in Dallas he's prepared to compete for the starting job. "They didn't put a label on me at all. They didn't say 'You know what? You're going to be a backup.' They said, 'No, you're going to prove what you can do on the football field,' and that's all I can ask."
Future Hall of Famer, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, has agreed on a 2-year contract worth $5.2M with the New York Jets. This contract can escalate to $5.7M. He will replace RB Thomas Jones who was released by the Jets earlier this month and signed by the Chiefs.
According to ESPN.com, RB Thomas Jones will not restructure his contract and will be released this week. Jones, who will become a free agent March 5, was slated to receive a $3M roster bonus March 9 and a $2.8M base salary in 2010.
Well, this one hurts, especially considering that at one point the Jets were up by 11 but ended up losing 17-30 and shut out in the second half. QB Mark Sanchez probably played the best game of his NFL career - 17 of 30 for 257 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. The loss of RB Shonn Greene surely hurt the Jets, as did the loss of CB Donald Strickland and the blatant roughing the passer non-call, but let's face it the Colts were just the better team today...
They did it! Against all odds the New York Jets weathered the early storm to wear down the San Diego Chargers and win 17-14 on the road! The best defense in the NFL limited San Diego to only 4 of 13 on third downs and came up with two crucial interceptions to stop a potential scoring drive and then put the Jets in a scoring position.
The New York Jets played basically a mistake free game, as they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, 24-14, and are through to the Divisional Playoffs. Both rookies, QB Mark Sanchez and RB Shonn Greene, played pivotal roles in this great win. Sanchez, battling both single degree wind chills and playoff pressure, performed admirably. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 182 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT. He became the first rookie quarterback who completed over 70% of his passes in a playoff game. Greene ran for 135 yards on 21 carries (6.4 yards per carry) and scored the first Jets' touchdown on a 39-yard run in the second quarter.
The New York Jets scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and have a 14-7 lead at halftime of their playoff contest against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Gang Green started the game rather shaky, allowing a long kickoff return deep in their territory. Cincinnati's two turnovers and two big plays from the Jets' offense turned the game around, as the Gang Green managed to overcome their early struggles.
The New York Jets beat the previously undefeated Indianapolis Colts to keep their playoff hopes alive, 29-15. The Jets now control their own destiny, as Baltimore, Miami and Jacksonville all lost earlier today. All the Gang Green have to do is defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in the regular season finale next Sunday.
If you've watched this team for as long as I have, you really should not be surprised at what happened yesterday in the Meadowlands. The Gang Green dominated their opponent, the Miami Dolphins, for almost the entire game, limited them to just 104 yards of total offense and still found a way to lose the game! Yes, those were the Same Old Jets that we got so used to seeing over all these painful years of amazing wins and shocking heartbreaking defeats. There was one thing though that we hadn't seen until yesterday - two back to back kickoff returns for touchdowns!
Jets RB Shonn Greene is among the finalists for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors for games played on October 25-26, the NFL announced Monday. Greene rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets' 38-0 win over the Oakland Raiders. The rest of the finalists are RB Beanie Wells of the Arizona Cardinals, S Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills, WR Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings and CB Jacob Lacey of the Indianapolis Colts.
The New York Jets have placed RB Leon Washington on the injured reserve list, which means that he's out for the remainder of the 2009 season. Washington suffered a compound fracture of his right tibia and fibula on his first and only carry in yesterday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Following the game, Washington underwent a 2-hour emergency surgery where a rod was placed in his tibia to stabilize the fracture. The fibula will heal on its own and the surgery was successful. He will remain in Oakland under doctors’ observation and he may return to New York as soon as Wednesday.
The Gang Green got back on track yesterday, as they shut out the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, 38-0. For the second week in a row the Jets ran for over 300 yards, becoming the first team to accomplish that in 35 years. Rookie RB Shonn Greene, who replaced injured RB Leon Washington, ran for 144 yards on 19 carries, 2 TDs and should be a candidate for the Offensive Rookie of the Week. RB Thomas Jones added 121 yards on 26 carries, 1 TD. QB Mark Sanchez rebounded after his awful performance last week against the Bills. He did not put up Peyton Manning-like numbers, but played a mistake free game, finishing 9 of 15 for 143 yards, 1 TD. Sanchez also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
For the second week in a row the New York Jets ran for over 300 yards, but this time with a totally different outcome. The Gang Green shut out the Oakland Raiders, 38-0, and improved to 4-3. RB Thomas Jones and RB Shonn Greene gained over 100 rushing yards apiece. Rookie Shonn Greene gained career-high 144 yards on 19 carries, 2 TDs, while Jones added 121 yards on 26 carries, 1 TD. QB Mark Sanchez rebounded after the awful performance last week, completing 9 of 15 passes for 143 yards, 1 TD. Sanchez also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
The New York Jets seem to be back on track, as they are leading the Raiders 24-0 at halftime. The Gang Green powerful rushing attack has already gained 145 yards on the ground, while the defense has generated 3 turnovers (2 interceptions and 1 fumble). The only negative is what seemed to be a season ending injury to RB Leon Washington who was carted off in the first quarter. Rookie RB Shonn Greene took over for Washington and gained 63 yards on 9 carries. Greene also scored his first NFL touchdown.
The New York Jets are down 3-17 at halftime against the New Orleans Saints, as two mistakes by rookie QB Mark Sanchez resulted in 14 points for the Saints. First, Sanchez threw an interception that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown. Then, he had another attack of fumbelitis when he held onto the ball for too long in the Jets' end zone, was sacked and fumbled. This was Sanchez' fifth fumble this season, he has lost two of them.
The New York Jets have eight players on the official injury report. NT Kris Jenkins (back), DT Sione Pouha (ankle), WR Wallace Wright (hamstring) are all listed as questionable. QB Kellen Clemens (right elbow), DE Mike Devito (hamstring), RB Shonn Greene (rib), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle), LB Jamaal Westerman (quadricep) are listed as probable.
The New York Jets have declared RB Shonn Greene, CB Drew Coleman, G Matt Slauson, QB Kevin O'Connell, LB Ryan Fowler, TE Matthew Mulligan, CB Marquice Cole inactive for today's game against the Texans. QB Erik Ainge will be #3 emergency quarterback.
With less than 48 hours left until the season opener, the Jets currently have 6 players on their injured list. DE Mike DeVito is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. He's been limited in practice the last two days. QB Kellen Clemens (elbow), RB Shonn Greene (ribs), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle), WR Wallace Wright (knee) are all listed as probable and have fully participated in practice sessions this week. TE Dustin Keller was added to the injury list with a toe problem, but practiced and should be ready to go on Sunday. Also, if you follow Keller's updates on twitter (or the feed we have on this website), he is going to the Yankee game tonight (if the rain stops) along with QB Mark Sanchez and S Kerry Rhodes. So, apparently his toe is not bothering him that much.
The new era in the history of the New York Jets will begin on Sunday when rookie head coach Rex Ryan and rookie QB Mark Sanchez will lead the team against the Houston Texans. The Gang Green are 4.5 to 5 point underdogs, facing a team that's expected to make the playoffs for the first time in their history. Ryan is one of nine rookie head coaches this season. Mark Sanchez will become the first Jets rookie quarterback to start since Matt Robinson started on November 13, 1977 against the Seattle Seahawks. The New York Jets have gone 491 consecutive games without starting a rookie quarterback, the longest current streak in the NFL. Robinson started just one game in 1977 - a 20-23 loss to the Steelers where he went 7 of 19 for 80 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT.
The New York Jets brought back RB Danny Woodhead, who ran for 158 yards in the final preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was signed earlier today to practice squad. The Jets also released FB Jehuu Caulcrick to make room for Woodhead.
Later today, by 4pm to be precise, all NFL teams will be required to cut down their rosters sizes to 75 players. Then, the really big purge will come on September 5th, when all teams will be required to trim their rosters down to 53 players. The New York Jets currently have 75 players on their roster, so don't expect any cuts today. 22 players, however, will be gone before this week is over.
Rookie RB Shonn Greene will miss the upcoming game against the New York Giants and possibly the final preseason game against the Eagles as well. Greene suffered a rib injury in the game against the Ravens where he carried the ball twice for a total of 5 yards and also caught a 15-yard pass. Green had also gotten banged up on several occasions during training camp, so the question might be asked whether the rookie can stay healthy at all... So, don't expect RB Thomas Jones to get traded anytime soon.
Despite QB Mark Sanchez' shaky performance on Monday against the Baltimore Ravens, it looks like head coach Rex Ryan is leaning towards naming him the starter. He's expected to start against the Giants on Saturday and play into the third quarter.
There's been a rumor floating today that the New York Jets are trying to trade RB Thomas Jones. The rumor was started by Michael Lombardi from the National Football Post who said that the Gang Green were shopping the disgruntled running back to an NFC West team.
This morning TheGangGreen.com introduces a new series of articles called "Morning Stream", which will include Jets-related news from around the Internet blog sphere. Hopefully, I'll be able to keep this thing going on a regular basis and, as always, if you want to contribute in any way, please drop me a line.
If this was another boxing round between QB Kellen Clemens and QB Mark Sabchez, it would have been scored 10-8 (usual score if there's a knockdown) in favor of Sanchez. Clemens threw 3 interceptions this morning and raised even more doubts about his place on the team. Fourth year in the league and basically no progress gotta tell you something!
The New York Jets continued dealing and wheeling on Day 2 of the 2009 NFL Draft as they traded their 3rd (#76 overall), 4th (#115 overall) and 7th (#228 overall) round picks in exchange for the Detroit Lions' 3rd round pick (#65 overall) to select RB Shonn Greene from the University of Iowa.