Earlier this week, the Jets signed offensive lineman Erik Cook to their active roster. Jets fans might not know too much about Cook, so I’ve been looking at game footage in detail to investigate what he could bring to the table.

Cook was a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 and made his NFL debut in 2011, starting two games at center in place of an injured Kory Lichtensteiger. He was still with the Redskins in preseason last year, but was released on cut-down day and didn't play for anyone during the regular season. With the recent injury to Dalton Freeman, the Jets need depth at the center position. Unlike Mossis Madu, Cook is practice squad eligible.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from last preseason and from 2011 to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Erik Cook?

The 26-year old Cook is the younger brother of former second round pick Ryan Cook, who started 11 games last year for the Dallas Cowboys at guard. The younger Cook followed in his brother's footsteps by going to college at New Mexico and was drafted in the seventh round in 2010.

He spent the majority of the 2010 season on the Redskins' practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster, but was added to the active roster late in the season (although he was not activated for any games). In 2011, he made the active roster and was active for six games. He played 55 of 60 snaps in his NFL debut in week seven, following an early injury to left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (although the Redskins opted to use Cook at center and move center Will Montgomery to left guard), then started the next two games. He featured in one other game on offense that season, for just one snap.

Cook is listed at 308 pounds, but was reportedly 320 pounds while at Washington and weighed in at 318 when he attended the combine. He's also 6-6 which is considered pretty tall for a center, although he's actually only an inch or two taller than most of the top centers in the league.

2011 Regular Season

Week 6 – Eagles

Called into action without any real preparation time, Cook acquitted himself reasonably well here, although he was driven into the backfield twice on two runs that were blown up. There was also a play where he held up initially in pass protection, but then let his man get off the block and pressure the quarterback late. That play ended up being an interception. Confusion at the line also led him to get called for two false starts.

Week 7 – Panthers

In his first NFL start, Cook did pretty well early on. He made a good block on the move to the right on a run that went for seven and then on the next play, walled off a run blitzer up the middle so that the runner could make seven more on the left side. Later on he made a good block moving to his left to pick up a linebacker at the point of attack and spring the runner to the second level for 17. As the game went on, he wore down and started to have more negative plays. As in his debut, he allowed penetration a couple of times and there was a second level block he failed to make because he didn't get there in time. He was also responsible for a sack, as the Panthers fooled him by bringing a linebacker up to his shoulder and getting him to shoot the A-gap as the nose tackle dropped back. On balance this was his best game though.

Week 8 – Bills

To his credit, Cook didn't have any negative plays against the run in this game, managing to prevent penetration. However, he struggled in pass protection, giving up four pressures. Two of these saw him driven back into the quarterback, one saw the pocket collapse as the defense ran a twist stunt and the other saw him lose leverage immediately at the snap, so the pass rusher was able to force his way into the quarterback. Two of these plays ended up as sacks for other players.

Week 15 – Giants

The only other game in which Cook featured was this one, as Cook came in for one play, at left guard and the Redskins got stuffed for no gain on third and short (although Cook wasn't at fault).

2012 Preseason

It's interesting to look at the footage from last preseason to see whether Cook made any progress. Despite being the number two center throughout preseason, he didn't make the team, although that's likely because Lichtensteiger can play center in a pinch and they opted to keep third round guard Josh LeRibeus instead because of his greater upside.

Week 1 – Bills

Cook entered the game in the first quarter and played until well into the fourth quarter. He started well, driving his man out of the play on the move, so that the runner could cut upfield behind him. He also did quite well in pass protection, although he was mostly double-teaming with a guard and twice a pass rusher was able to split the double team between him and the right guard to generate pressure. Some of his old problems resurfaced here, as he was driven into the backfield a couple of times and allowed penetration on a play where he ended up getting called for a hold. He also struggled at the second level, missing a couple of blocks and then tripping as he was in position to make a clean second level block, after which he punched the turf in frustration. It seemed like they were asking him to carry out more difficult assignments than they did when he was filling in during the 2011 season, for obvious reasons.

Week 2 – Bears

In this game, Cook entered at the start of the second half and played until deep in the fourth quarter. Again, he saw himself driven into the backfield, on consecutive plays, but this time he was able to do enough to keep the lineman from disrupting the play as the first one went for eight and the next one picked up the first down. Signs of improvement there, perhaps. He also was starting to look increasing comfortable in pass protection. Still mostly double teaming, he was holding his ground a lot better when one-on-one. They also converted a fourth down on a quarerback sneak behind him. One negative was a botched exchange between him and Rex Grossman, which led to a false start being charged to Grossman.

Week 3 – Colts

In this game, he entered the game halfway through the third quarter and played the rest of the game. He had one impressive reach block where he was able to turn his man back to the inside, although the run only gained a couple of yards. There was also another play like in the last game where the action went to the right and he was able to drive his man out of the play to create a cutback lane. On another block on the move, he failed to sustain the block and his man got in on the tackle. However, there were signs that he was making adjustments and improvements, as he was initially driven into the backfield but worked hard to recover and hold his ground and was bullrushed into the quarterback, but was able to anchor himself just long enough to enable a long throw to be completed down the field.

Week 4 – Bucs

With many starters rested, Cook started this game and played into the fourth quarter. He had an interesting battle with Frank Okam, who didn't make the Bucs team but is an established NFL player who has started a total of six games in 2010 and 2011. There was some good and bad in this game from Cook, who made some good surging blocks at the point of attack and did have some success at the second level, as well as a good block where he turned his man to the outside. These were things we hadn't seen much of from him in the previous games. He did allow some penetration, but only once did his man blow up a run. There were also a couple of plays where he allowed his man to get off his block at the second level. He mostly did a good job in pass protection although he allowed his man to eventually get off his block for a late pressure and there was one play where three men rushed into the backfield with only one back to pick them up, while Cook was double-teaming with the other guard, so someone screwed up the protection there.

Bonus: There are links to two touchdowns scored by the Redskins with Cook at center here and here. Neither depended particularly on his block, but you get a good sense of how he was initially getting half beaten but then recovering with his strength to just about do enough to prevent his man from completely blowing up the play.

Observations

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

Usage - Cook can play guard, but the Redskins felt he was better at center, which is why they moved Montgomery when Lichtensteiger went down. As noted, he played one snap at guard in 2011, but otherwise has just played center.

Athletic Ability - Cook's athletic numbers are not very impressive and he doesn't look like a natural athlete out there, but he can apparently dunk a basketball two-handed, which is no mean feat for a 320-pounder, even if they are 6-6. I'd say his agility and balance lets him down more than a lack of athleticism. He often ended up on the floor.

Run Blocking - I managed to last until now without mentioning pad level, which was the first thing that entered my head when the Jets signed a 6-6 lineman. Sure enough, Cook himself recognizes the importance of being able to gain the leverage advantage:

“I know I have to be low,” he said (in the WaPo article linked above). “The D-linemen and the nose guards I’ll be going up against, they definitely have an advantage of getting under me.”

This was never more apparent than in the last game, where he clearly lost the initial leverage advantage, but tried to regain it by lowering his head, but his man anticipated that and was able to peel off his block to get in on the tackle. So, this is an area where he knows he must improve (and has presumably spent the last year working on).

A common theme was Cook getting driven back into the backfield and allowing penetration. (Interesting side note: You may recall from my Willie Colon BGA that the main thing to have impressed me about his play at guard was that he hardly ever allowed any penetration - in a much, much bigger sample size). If he can improve his pad level and technique, then that will remove most of the negatives from his game. While he likely graded out negatively as a run blocker in virtually all of the games I watched, there were some impressive positive blocks too, so he has the potential to be a good run blocker if he can improve his consistency.

Pass Protection - Cook definitely looked more comfortable in the 2012 preseason games than he did in regular season action. However, it's difficult to know how much of that is attributable to the fact he's not facing starters. He doesn't really look comfortable at all when back-pedaling and can probably make some improvements to his technique there that will help him. His instincts were generally pretty good when operating as the spare man versus a conventional four-man rush and he fared better against the bullrush as time went on.

Attitude - Other than when he punched the turf in frustration, there wasn't too much in the way of demonstrative behavior from Cook, although he did display a nasty streak when he aggressively threw a guy on the floor at the end of a play. Here is a really nice article, well worth reading, that gives some insight into his character.

Scheme familiarity - The Redskins operate a zone blocking system, so he should be well-versed in the stretch/zone running plays expected to be a staple of this year's offense. They also installed the pistol last year, so he might have the leg-up on some of the team in that regard, if Bassett's sleuthing was correct and this is something the Jets will install.

Conclusions

Obviously Cook will be a long shot to make the roster, but it's nice to have someone in the fold with real NFL experience, especially with Freeman's prognosis not yet known. The Jets were using Stephen Peterman there at practice yesterday and I believe Colon can also play the position in a pinch, so the Jets have a plan in place in the event of a short-term Nick Mangold injury, but need to ensure they have more options than just Caleb Schlauderaff just in case someone is needed for more extended work.

In comparison with Colin Baxter, Cook was much better in the regular season games, so he's a step up in that regard. It's also useful to compare their preseason performance, since they'd both have been going against backups. Baxter didn't do a bad job overall, but was completely dominated by a couple of NFL-level players (notably DeMarcus Dobbs) so while Cook's consistency perhaps wasn't as good, he more capable of holding his own at the top level.

Cook did show promise at times, although it was readily apparent that he had plenty of room for improvement. I always like to see players making adjustments and improving at their area of weakness and the fact he was able to show signs of this gives some hope that he can continue to improve. While he struggled for the most part, his regular season experience is going to come in handy if he ends up on a roster and gets called into action again.

Tags: BGA, Bent Double

Jets Post Game Overtime: 10/22 00:11:02
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew breaks down the Jets' 31-28 loss to the Dolphins, after surrendering a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The New York Jets refused to go down quietly. After their fourth-quarter meltdown Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, there was some angry shouting in the locker room behind closed doors.

Quarterback Josh McCown said defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson was rallying his teammates. But it was Dolphins' rally that will be remembered after their 31-28 comeback victory Sunday.

The Jets blew a 28-14 lead in the final 12 minutes. Hence Wilkerson's postgame "pep talk."

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Josh McCown, Muhammad Wilkerson
Read More

Bowles and McCown on loss 00:01:54
Todd Bowles breaks down the Jets' disappointing last-minute loss and Josh McCown comments on his crucial late interception.

The Dolphins overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter and kicker Cody Parker drilled a game-winning 39-yard field goal to hand the Jets a second consecutive loss. >> Box score

Read More

Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Jets T Brandon Shell left the team's game against the Marlins on Sunday with a neck injury and is doubtful to return, the team announced.

Tags: Brandon Shell
Read More

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson's is active for the Jets' Week 7 game against the Dolphins despite a lingering toe and shoulder injury that has put his status in jeopardy early this season.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Derrick Jones, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
Read More

Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)

 Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

THE GAME

The Jets (3-3) vs. the Miami Dolphins (3-2) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be hot, as usual, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It will also be windy, with sustained winds of 15-20 m.p.h. expected. And as always in Miami, there could be some late afternoon thunderstorms that potentially could impact the second half of the game.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Ralph Vacchiano
Read More

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at a tough loss to the New England Patriots. The guys discuss the brutal mistakes by the Jets which kept the Pats in the game, and the blown call at the goal line involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Plus, Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon joins the show to talk about the struggles of Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams, and his role on the team. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post calls in to give his take on the loss to NE, and how the Jets missed out on Deshaun Watson.

Click below to listen!

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
Read More

Vacc's 3 Keys to a Jets win 00:01:37
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Read More

In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former NFL running back Curtis Martin recalls some of the most dramatic moments of his life, including two near-death experiences, as well as his relationship with Bill Parcells, Bob Kraft, and the infamous trade that sent him from the Patriots to the Jets.

Click below to listen

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Jets vs. Miami 00:01:54
With Muhammad Wilkerson likely a game-time decision to play Sunday, Jeane Coakley talks to Leonard Williams about stepping up his game.

 

Tags: Leonard Williams
Read More

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The last time the Jets had Bilal Powell in the lineup, at full strength, he ran all over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Forced into the lead back role with Matt Forte sidelined, he ran for 163 yards on 7.8 yards per carry, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

He's back this week in time for the Jets game in Miami on Sunday, and so is Forte, with both apparently as close to full strength as they're going to be. But the Jets can't revert to their old habit of splitting their backfield duties.

They need Powell to carry the load.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Jeremy Kerley, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
Read More

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, and will be a game-time decision, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, and didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario.

However, Bowles added that the team has discussed the possibility of giving Wilkerson one or two weeks off.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson
Read More

New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets are preparing for the trip to Miami, so there will be no media access at Florham Park on Friday. The entire term, apart from Muhammad Wilkerson, practiced without limitation yesterday, so they are in good shape for the road trip.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will preview the game and send his three keys. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Miami Dolphins, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Jets defense 00:01:25
Ralph Vacchiano reports in from Jets practice to address the question that is on everyone's mind; when will the Jets finally get a sack?

 

Read More

Jenkins on overcoming addiction 00:03:29
On Jets Game Plan, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins sits down with Jeane Coakley to share about how he overcame his battle with addiction.

 

Read More

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the day the Jets re-signed Muhammad Wilkerson in the summer of 2016 to a blockbuster, five-year, $86 million contract, they made it clear they were banking on him and not Sheldon Richardson. Fourteen months later, Richardson was traded.

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
Read More

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

RB Bilal Powell, who missed last week's game due to a calf injury, practiced on Thursday and will return when the Jets face the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, head coach Todd Bowles said.

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) was the only Jets player who didn't practice on Thursday.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Powell should hopefully give a boost to the Jets' struggling running game, although I suspect the team's inability to get the running game going has more to do with how overmatched the Jets have been in the trenches...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
Read More

 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

He may be one of the most productive tight ends in football at the moment, but Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins admits his career was taking a dive before joining the Green and White. 

Seferian-Jenkins has caught 23 passes over the last four weeks of the season. It could be more if he didn't have to serve a two-game suspension that stems from his DUI arrest last September when he was with the Buccaneers.

But ASJ doesn't mind the numbers. He is happy that he is still playing the game he loves in the first place. 

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Read More

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park. Will Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, or Robby Anderson return to practice after sitting out on Wednesday?

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, Robby Anderson
Read More

DNL: 2017 Jets season so far 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses the Jets' season so far including if Todd Bowles deserves more credit and which player has disappointed the most.

 

Read More

 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets featured many key players out during practice Wednesday including RB Bilal Powell, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and WR Robby Anderson. 

Powell, who is nursing a calf injury, stretched with the team, but he didn't participate in anything else. He already missed last week with the same injury.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, He didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario for No. 96...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, Robby Anderson
Read More

Daily News Live: Cool your Jets 00:03:02
The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

Read More

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye
Read More

Daily News Live: Colon 00:01:10
Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

Read More

 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

After a hot start to his rookie season, Jets S Jamal Adams became the latest victim of Patriots' star TE Rob Gronkowski in the Jets' 24-17 loss on Sunday. 

Adams had troubles with Gronk from the beginning of the game. The Jets had a 14-0 lead when Patriots QB Tom Brady launched a ball toward the back of the end zone intended for Gronkowski. Adams made a play on the ball, but refs said that he made too much contact with the 6-foot-6 tight end resulting in a pass interference call.

Dion Lewis would score on the next play, and Adams was still surprised as to why the refs threw the flag. 

Tags: Jamal Adams
Read More

Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continue to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season. Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 6:

Defensive Line

The defensive line once again didn't make any major contributions, with New England rushing for 118 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry and officially surrendering just four quarterback hits and no sacks. However, that was partly due to the Jets' gameplan. They didn't blitz much, sending just four rushers on average. And some of the bigger runs they gave up came with pass defense personnel on the field or one of Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson on the bench...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
Read More

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets are off today.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Jalin Marshall, Muhammad Wilkerson
Read More

Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

Read More

New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets assigned wide receiver Jalin Marshall to the practice squad on Monday after they waived him on Saturday.

Marshall, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was waived to make room for cornerback Xavier Coleman on the team's active roster for Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

The 22-year-old Marshall recorded 14 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last season. He also returned 18 punts for 100 yards and 13 kickoffs for 324 yards.

Tags: Jalin Marshall
Read More

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ralph Vacchiano
Read More

 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road. 

The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back. 

"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson
Read More