Yesterday, the Jets made three waiver claims to bring aboard three new players, offensive lineman Ben Ijalana, running back Alex Green and defensive end/linebacker Scott Solomon. Jets fans might not know much about these three players, so I've been looking in detail at footage from their careers so far to assess what they might bring to the table.

Ijalana was a second round pick out of Villanova for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 and was considered one of the top small-school prospects in the entire draft. A promising start to his career was somewhat derailed when he tore his ACL in his fourth NFL game and then he tore it again in training camp the following season. He returned to the Colts lineup for preseason this year, but was a final cut. While scouts were divided as to whether he projected better to guard or tackle at the NFL level, he worked exclusively as a tackle while with Indianapolis.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from before and after his injury to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Ben Ijalana?

Ijalana had an outstanding collegiate career at Villanova where he was the only non-FBS player to be placed on the watch list for the prestigious Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best lineman in the country. At the scouting combine, he was dealing with a sports hernia, so his numbers were not particularly impressive, but it didn't hurt his stock much and the Colts selected him with the 49th pick in the draft, having already picked another tackle (Anthony Costanzo) in the first round.

In his rookie year, he played right tackle on the second unit in preseason and then - after just playing on special teams in the first three games - was called into action at left tackle in the fourth game of the regular season. Ijalana replaced Costanzo, who had suffered an ankle injury, midway through the first quarter. He played quite well, but then got injured himself, suffering an ACL tear early in the fourth quarter. In 2012, he re-tore his ACL before the season began and missed the whole season.

After rehabbing for a second time, Ijalana was back in Colts camp this summer and worked as the third string right tackle in preseason, after which he was released.

We shall now look back at his performance in those nine games. First let's look at how Ijalana performed as a rookie, before his knee injuries derailed his career.

2011 Preseason

Week 1 – Rams

Ijalana entered the game with 6:31 still remaining in the first quarter and played deep into the second half. While there was some pressure from his side, not much of it was directly his fault. On one play the Colts blitzed a safety and stunted the end and tackle, with the safety looping around the outside of that action. Ijalana did well to pick up his man, but the running back was fooled and wasn't able to get outside quickly enough. There was also a play where the tight end got beaten on the outside, but Ijalana was positioned to give him inside support. On another play, Ijalana's man hit the quarterback, but again, he had done his job well here and the quarterback just ran into his man as he went to throw the ball. The one time he was partly to blame came when he picked up a defensive tackle on another stunt and was driven back into the quarterback. Although he stayed on top of his man and allowed the quarterback to get the throw off, it was picked off.

As a run blocker, Ijalana showed some positive signs. On one play, the Colts ran a zone/stretch play to the outside. Ijalana's man worked his way downhill trying to stretch the play out, but when the runner cut upfield, Ijalana did a good job of using his man's momentum to keep him going in that direction. On a couple of other plays he got a good surge upfront. There was one play where he was half-beaten but the runner was able to cut back for a first down, so this may have been part of the play design anyway. On another, he allowed penetration, but the run went the other way, so it didn't affect the play.

Week 2 – Redskins

This time, Ijalana entered the game midway through the third quarter. Again, he wasn't troubled too badly in pass protection. On one play he was beaten outside, but he recovered to drive his man upfield and allow his quarterback to step up. On another, he was double teaming and recognized a delayed linebacker blitz late, so wasn't able to prevent him getting a clean run at the quarterback. In the running game, Ijalana didn't have a major impact because the Colts were trailing, but avoided any mistakes.

Week 3 – Packers

Ijalana entered the game with about five minutes left in the third. He did give up a pressure, as his man was able to get outside leverage and pressure the quarterback low in the pocket. In the running game, he had one good kickout block on a short yardage conversion, but wasn't always able to lock onto his man when blocking at the second level.

This game was also notable because current former Jets #4 quarterback Graham Harrell led an exciting comeback win down the stretch.

Week 4 – Bengals

This time, Ijalana entered late in the second quarter. He had some surging blocks in the running game, driving his man off the line and, at one point, picking up a block at the second level and driving his man downfield. Ijalana was troubled a couple of times in pass protection, but still managed to avoid getting cleanly beaten. He gave up a pressure on a screen pass by letting his man release to the inside, which may have been part of the play design. On another play, he was half beaten around the corner, but was able to get enough of his man to slow him up and prevent him getting to the quarterback in time. He did give up one pressure on the last drive, as his man made an inside move on him while he backpedaled, but the drive was still successful, leading to a Colts win.

2011 Regular Season

Week 4 - Tampa Bay

Ijalana was called into action at left tackle on Monday Night Football, following the Costanzo ankle injury as mentioned above. On his very first play he made a decent block at the second level. He had an excellent run block later on in the first quarter as the Colts ran a zone/stretch play and he got inside leverage on his man to drive him out of the play and create a big lane for a 13 yard run. However, there was a play later where he was stood up and the run had nowhere to go and was stopped for a short loss. He was given some help in pass protection, with backs and tight ends staying in some of the time. There was also one play where he blocked down on the defensive end and the left guard backed off to pick up the linebacker coming off the edge. When he was called upon to block one-on-one he did okay for the most part, although there were two plays where he was half-beaten (one outside, one inside) but there was no pressure recorded because the quarterback got rid of the ball quickly. His ACL injury occurred as he tripped over another lineman in the pocket at the end of a play where his teammate had given up a sack.

My impressions of the pre-injury Ijalana were extremely positive. Even though he was working against backups, he did get some early game reps in preseason and also handled himself well in his regular season appearance, where he was working against Adrian Clayborne for the most part.

When you hear about a second round tackle from a small-school that doesn't make much of an impact in his first few years, it's difficult not to consider Vladimir Ducasse, but this is a totally different situation. Unlike Ducasse, it looked like Ijalana was close to NFL-ready even as a rookie and it's just his injuries that prevented him from making that final step, whereas Ducasse looked like a long-term project right off the bat.

Ijalana used a combination of long arms and agility in pass protection, as well as having good footwork. If he ever got half-beaten, he was usually able to recover and at least get some of his man to prevent any kind of clean hit. He did give up some pressures in those five games, but none of them saw him get cleanly beaten. Whenever there was a stunt, he handled it well, suggesting he has good instincts and intelligence, but it was that agility that enabled him to adjust his position to stay in front of his man and react.

As a run blocker, he looked really good when able to really lock onto his man, but this didn't happen as often as it might have. However, even when he wasn't getting all of a block, he was slowing people down, just by being athletic enough to get out in front of a man and using his long arms and upper body strength to get a piece of them.

Unfortunately, the Jets are getting a post-injury Ijalana, so let's delve into the footage from this preseason to see how the 2013 model matches up.

2013 Preseason

Week 1 – Bills

Ijalana didn't get into the game until there were less than five minutes to go, with the third unit. He ended up playing 11 snaps at left tackle and there was some pressure from his side, although there was only one play where he was almost beaten. The other pressure came about as a result of the quarterback not changing up his protection. Three times, rushers came unblocked off the blind side as Ijalana was double-teaming with the left guard.

Week 2 – Giants

Ijalana probably wouldn't have played at all in this one, but there was an injury late in the game. He was in for five snaps, three of which were kneel downs. The other two were a run for a short gain and a short pass, on which he almost got beaten for a pressure.

Week 3 – Browns

Ijalana played the entire fourth quarter and part of the third. He held his own for the most part, but did give up a quarterback hit on an inside move. On another play, he failed to sustain his block at the point of attack and the runner was stuffed for a loss.

Week 4 – Bengals

Again, Ijalana played the fourth quarter and part of the third. He did a good job in pass protection here and had some excellent blocks in the running game, although they didn't translate to much success. On one play, he absolutely flatted the defensive end with a pancake block, but the run went for just three up the middle. Shortly after, there was an off tackle run where he got outside leverage on his man and drove him back to the inside. Then, on consecutive plays, he drove his man off the line, but these two plays netted just two yards.

Ijalana didn't get much of a chance to play in preseason, as it seems the Colts had decided pretty early on that he was behind a few of their other options, some of whom can also play guard so provide more versatility in a depth role. When he did play, it was already noticeable that Ijalana's lateral movement seemed compromised and he didn't seem to have the same kind of agility. Having said that, he started to look more comfortable as he got more playing time, so hopefully that's something that he can overcome in time.

What Ijalana seems to have lost is the ability to be a dominating player (other than a few flashes against backups and third stringers in the last game), which was the reason he was drafted so high in the first place. However, he still has good technique and doesn't seem to have lost the ability to do a competent job, especially in pass protection.

Unlike the other two waiver claims the Jets acquired, Ijalana is practice squad eligible, so it's possible they could waive him and put him on their practice squad at some point, but there may be other teams interested because he still has obvious potential if healthy.

Observations

Based on all the footage I watched, here was my take on what Ijalana brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - As noted, he played both left and right tackle.

Athletic Ability - Ijalana's athleticism really stood out before he was injured. Whether he can return to that level or not, he's still more athletic than a lot of tackles in his current state. How easily he can adjust to having lost a step is the obvious question.

Run Blocking - Ijalana is good on the move and can get a good surge going at the point of attack. While he might not always lock onto a block in space, his long arms can still be an asset here, as he is able to extend his range.

Pass Protection - Ijalana looked like he could be a potentially elite pass protector before his injury. Since then, he might not be as agile as he once was, which will hurt his ability to recover, but he still has long arms, intelligence and good technique, so I feel pretty good about his ability to come in and hold the fort in a backup role.

Attitude - Ijalana is known for being intelligent and hard working. There were no obvious signs of bad attitude, demonstrativeness or chippiness during the games I watched and I found no record of any off-field issues.

Scheme Familiarity - The Colts offense back in 2011 was pretty vanilla, whereas they moved to a more west coast style this year. That should stand Ijalana in good stead in terms of learning the playbook for Marty Mornhinweg's system. They've always used zone blocking too, which again should be helpful for his transition.

Conclusions

Looking around the internet, most Colts fans were hoping that they could retain Ijalana on the practice squad, although some were obviously losing patience with him. They seemed to think he would provide a team with good depth though, so he could be ideal for a swing tackle role, with some potential upside if his physical condition improves over time.

This was probably the waiver claim I was most enthused about out of the three the Jets made. A healthy Ijalana would probably have become untouchable by now, but two ACL injuries in consecutive seasons is one of the few ways you can end up with a prospect like that for free. I think the chances of him ever developing into an elite player are most likely behind him, but if he's been brought in to upgrade the Jets' depth at the tackle position, then I would expect that to be achievable. Ijalana was much more impressive than Oday Aboushi in preseason and was better than JB Shugarts (who is on the practice squad) as well, plus he has a small amount of regular season game experience, which neither of those two do.

Ijalana can also play guard and that's the path that NFL tackles often take once it becomes apparent their lateral quickness is deteriorating due to age or injury. If the Jets keep him in the system for any length of time, that could be their plan for him down the road.

Up next: Scott Solomon, who was a rotational DE for the Titans last year, but just converted to linebacker. I'll be interested on seeing how he coped with that position change and speculating on how the Jets might be planning to use him.

Tags: BGA, Bent Double

GEICO SportsNite: Forte returns 00:01:47
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice where running back Matt Forte returned for the first time since July 31.

 

Read More

New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Forte's hamstring is feeling healthy and he's ready for some game action.

The New York Jets running back practiced fully on Tuesday for the first time in more than three weeks and insists he'll be ready to play in the regular-season opener.

"No doubt," said Forte, who was sidelined since July 31 with a hamstring injury that limited him to only individual drills the last several days. >> Read more

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

Tags: Matt Forte
Read More

 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan ignored speculation to draft Saints RB Alvin Kamara as he didn't want to take the risk, reports NY Daily News' Manish Mehta

Kamara is turning heads as the rookie has shown out in his two preseason games with the Saints so far this year. Mehta says the Jets wanted to make a push to draft Kamara this year, but Maccagnan decided to stay where they were on the draft board as he viewed Kamara as too much of a risk.

The Jets drafted WR ArDarius Stewart at No. 79 overall in the third round, but now they are seeing what they could have possibly gotten with Kamara in their backfield. The 5-foot-10, 194 pound back has totaled 118 yards and a touchdown on just 10 touches in two preseason games. 

Kamara is shaping up to be a difference maker if he can continue the pace he is on, and the Jets could certainly have used his talents. However, head coach Todd Bowles believes there are playmakers already on his roster...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart
Read More

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles believes his team will perform better than anyone is expecting them to this season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

Bowles spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN radio at camp Monday, and gave the Jets' fan base an encouraging message. 

"I would tell them that we're not going to be a terrible team," Bowles said. "We're going to come out there and fight, and blood, sweat and tears will go out to the city and our fans, and we're going to win more games than everybody ever expected."

Read More

Jeane Coakley on Jets camp 00:01:55
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where Todd Bowles wants more consistency and hopes to name a starting quarterback soon.

 

Read More

Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he will "probably" name a starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles said on Monday that he wants to first watch film of Saturday's game against the Giants before making an announcement. The Jets will conclude their preseason schedule with a matchup against the Eagles at home on August 31.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
Read More

Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson has passed on the duties of team chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, the team announced on Monday.

The anticipated move came after Woody Johnson was sworn in as US Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland on Monday.  

Earlier this month, Woody Johnson was confirmed by the Senate to serve in the role.

Read More

 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Jets fans took to Twitter after Sunday night's episode of HBO's Game of Thrones to jokingly suggest the Night King should be their quarterback.

Warning: Episode spoilers below!

Read More

December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The NFL has cleared Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams of any violations of league rules after an investigation into an incident at a New York music festival in June turned up a lack of evidence.

The incident involved Williams dragging Lee away from what Jets coach Todd Bowles later described as "an argument with his girlfriend" during the Governors Ball on Randalls Island. The argument and the aftermath were caught on video and posted to social media.

The Twitter user who posted the video said the woman was "shaken and in tears" after the incident. The user also described Lee as "aggressive" and claimed the Jets linebacker "started to manhandle" the woman, "grabbed" her, and "started dragging her away."

Upon announcing that the league's investigation was closed, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email "Following a review, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy."

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
Read More

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to getting a five-year contract extension to remain in his position atop the league, according to multiple reports.

According to the Sports Business Journal, Goodell will earn close to what he is during his current contract, which is set to end in 2019. Goodell has presided over the NFL since 2006 since he took over for Paul Tagliabue. The extension would keep him on as commissioner until 2024.

Read More

 (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

After losing some veterans on the offensive line, the Jets are looking for some answers and reliability in the trenches as they march toward the regular season. 

The offense struggled as a whole in Saturday's loss at the Lions, producing just 85 rushing yards and six total points. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg only went 2-of-6 for 14 yards in the first half. Head coach Todd Bowles attributes that to some issues on the line. 

Read More

In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

Read More

Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

Tags: Dexter McDougle
Read More

Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

Read More

Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

Tags: Christian Hackenberg
Read More

 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson
Read More

 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dylan Donahue, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
Read More

Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

Tags: Christian Hackenberg
Read More

JRSportBrief: NFL work stoppage? 00:01:54
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

Read More

New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Detroit Lions, Josh McCown
Read More

New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

Read More

Daily News Live: Bowles' future 00:04:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

Read More

 (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

Tags: Darron Lee
Read More

Bowles rewards team during camp 00:02:29
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

Read More

 (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

Read More

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

Read More

New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

Read More

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:01:46
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

Read More