We continue Hall of Fame week with the second of our tribute articles. Look out for more over the rest of the week.  Today's inductee is John Schmitt, Jets center for 10 years and the starter during Super Bowl III who was the embodiment of quiet determination and dedication.

Everyone knows the story of Joe Namath's famous Super Bowl III guarantee.  Fewer know the story of Jets center John Schmitt in that same game.  It was Schmitt -- suffering from full blown pneumonia at the time -- who bore the brunt of the Colts ire at Namath's bold prediction and still played the whole game.

Like many players of the day, John Schmitt was a local standout who was added to the Jets right at the start of Sonny Werblin's ownership and overhaul of the former Titans.  Schmitt went to high school at Seton Hall in Patchogue before playing college football at Hofstra University.  Despite the Jets longstanding relationship with Hofstra as their practice facility, Schmitt was the team's last player to attend to Hofstra before fellow TJB Hall of Famer Wayne Chrebet came to the team in the 1990s.  Since playing the NFL, Schmitt has gone on to become a successful financier and real estate executive.  But for a New York boy, to play for the Jets was a dream of a lifetime.

“The idea of a kid from Hofstra, an $8,500 free agent from 1964 going to a Super Bowl, it was unbelievable. I was so excited,” Schmitt once told the Daily News.

The embodiment of sacrifice

While Schmitt played 10 years for the Jets, much of his career was rarely if ever in the limelight.  As the team's center, while he was integrally involved in almost every snap of Joe Namath's career, it wasn't until much later that many fans really what a driving force Schmitt was for the team in winning the Jets only Super Bowl.

During the team's 1968 playoff run, Schmitt started to feel ill.  But it was the AFL Championship game against the Raiders that took any remaining chance of a quick recovery out of the team's only center.

"When the Jets played the Raiders, it wasn't a rivalry," Jets Director of public relations Frank Ramos once famously said. "It was a war."

War took a toll on Schmitt.  “I started to get sick during the (AFL) Championship Game against Oakland and then I really got sick."

While the team might have spent a small fortune on players like Matt Snell and Joe Namath, there wasn't much other money to go around.  As a result, Weeb Ewbank looked for ways to scrimp and save.  One way he could was at the center position thanks to the toughness and durability of his starter, John Schmitt.

“I never missed a game." Schmitt later said. "Coach Ewbank, he didn’t like to spend a lot of money, so we never had a backup center. So we go down to Florida and start practicing and I can barely walk. I can hardly stand up, coughing up this blood and green-and-yellow stuff and they think I’m allergic to penicillin so they’re not giving me anything. But Coach Ewbank, in his wisdom, says, ‘Look, Schmitty, you’ve got to practice every day because the newspaper guys are around here and you don’t want them to pick up that you’re sick, the other team. Nobody will hit you, but you can’t let anybody know you’re sick.’

As his illness got worse, Schmitt was desperate to get better for the sake of his health, but also the team.

“So by Thursday of that week, I couldn’t walk, so I went into Coach Ewbank and said, ‘Coach, you’ve got to let me have some penicillin. I’m going to die anyway. If I die from taking it, fine. Just let me try it.’ So I did. But I was so far down in energy, so sick for so long.”

Still woefully under the weather, Schmitt suited up for what was the biggest game of his life feeling his absolute worst.  Looking across the line from him was a team extra motivated to prove the Jets wrong thanks in part to Namath's cavalier guarantee.   The Colts defense was already one of the best in the league and took the field already enraged.

“They really wanted to f------ to kill us" Schmitt later said.

After the initial adrenaline wore off, the Jets started to assert their own dominance.  In the second quarter, fullback Matt Snell got into a groove, gaining more yards through the running game.  The Jets stunned the world by scoring a rushing touchdown against the Colts.

“[The Colts] had not had a touchdown scored against them on the ground all season, and they were in shock.”

The rest was history, but few are aware of how tough the game was on Schmitt.  Schmitt refused to give up, and his teammates rallied around him.

“The Jets sent us a film of the game as a Christmas present the next year,” Schmitt told the Daily News. “You see me running to the line of scrimmage in the first quarter, the second quarter you see me jogging, the third quarter see me walking and the fourth quarter you see Dave Herman and Randy Rasmussen carrying me to the line of scrimmage. I’m not kidding you.

“I was so dirty, if you saw my uniform. My friends still kid me, ‘man everybody was white, you were black.’ I couldn't stand up.”

Coaches often talk to players about the importance of "leaving it all on the field."  Schmitt's spirit during the team's Super Bowl run and over his ten years with the Jets embody that ideal.  Never one to do the minimum, Schmitt tells an anecdote about not just leaving it on the field, but in the locker room as well.

Reeling from exhaustion and sickness after the team's Super Bowl III win, Schmitt made it back to the team's locker room for the postgame celebration.  It was at that time, that Schmitt's body finally gave up.  

"We win the game and it was phenomenal,” Schmitt recalls. “We come in, we’re saying the Our Father and Joe was right next to me. And I lose my facilities. I start whining right in the middle of the Our Father.

“Joe looks at me and says, ‘Schmitty, no offense, but I’m out of here.’ He didn’t want to share my puddle with me,” Schmitt laughed.

Family comes in the strangest ways

Football was one family for Schmitt.  His family back in the New York area was another, but as a young center for the Jets, he never imagined that he would gain another one in Hawaii in the most unlikely of ways.

In 1971, two years after the Jets Super Bowl victory, Schmitt was vacationing in Hawaii.  During surfing lessons in Waikiki, Schmitt's Super Bowl ring slipped off his finger.

“I went back out with set of flippers and a snorkel and nearly drowned looking for it.” Schmitt said.  Sick from the effort and resigning that it was lost for good, Schmitt had a replica made, but had never publicly discussed what happened to his original.

Two years later though, something amazing happened.  Schmitt's ring was discovered by John Ernstberg, a lifeguard who was snorkeling in 20 feet of water.  Ernstberg saw something shining in the sand on the ocean floor.  While the story amusingly bears similarities to the backstory from Lord of the Rings, the ring never ruled Ernstberg.  In fact, it was something that was likely forgotten about.  The lifeguard had no idea what it was and stuffed it in a shoe inside a box.  Ernstberg and his wife died in the 1990s but his great niece Cindy Saffrey inherited the estate and had overlooked the box for many years.

"She's throwing stuff out," Schmitt said of Cindy Saffery, "and she throws this pair of shoes on the floor, and luckily for me, the box fell out. She opens up the box, and there's this ring. She's fourth-generation Hawaiian, she has no idea what it was.

“It was a miracle. [Ernstberg] didn’t know what he had. He was a lifeguard making 50 bucks a week."

The Saffreys took it to friends in sports and a gemologist, Brenda Reichel.  Reichel recognized what it was -- seeing trademarks from Balfour and had a score and a jersey number along with it being 42 grams of gold with real diamonds.  With permission from the Saffreys, Reichel started hunting down the owner.

Schmitt got a call from Bob Corrente of the Jets.  Corrente asked Schmitt if he was sitting down and told Schmitt a lady from Honolulu had his ring.

“My exact words were, ‘No f------’ way,” Schmitt said.

Reichel spoke with Schmitt shortly thereafter.

“John asked if the Saffreys wanted any money," gemologist Brenda Reichel later told the GIA.  "I told him they only wanted to give him back his ring. John broke down into tears. All of us were deeply moved.”

The story was an amazing feel-good story.  Oprah Winfrey's television network arranged for the Saffery family to come to New York to record the couple giving the ring back to Schmitt.  While in town, the Safferys accompanied the Schmitt family to a game as guests of the Jets.

Before the Saffrey's left New York for Hawaii, Samuel Saffery told Schmitt that they were now family, and that in Hawaii, families speak every week.

"So every Thursday for the last two-and-a-half years," Schmitt told the Star-Ledger, "we speak."

Good things -- even great things -- can come through loss and through the act of sacrificing your whole self.  No Jet better embodies that ideal than John Schmitt.

For that reason, we are honored to induct John Schmitt into the TheJetsBlog Hall of Fame.

Note: Information contained in this article was compiled from the New York Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and GIA archives.

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(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.

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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?"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

Click below to listen

 

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley about the Jets' preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.

 

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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 defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time anybody saw Christian Hackenberg in a game was the preseason finale almost a year ago. It was a disaster. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception, too.

It was a much, much different and better Hackenberg that the Jets got to see on Saturday night.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) 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; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Josh McCown threw the Jets' first touchdown of the preseason and the team's defense tallied eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets kept the Titans out of the endzone for the duration of the game, allowing only a field goal on a five-play, 49-yard drive in the third quarter. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The good news is the Jets really have no choice but to play most of their starters in their preseason opener. Or maybe that's the bad news given the low expectations for this team.

But Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles have promised competition all summer long for almost every job on the roster, and the competition begins for real against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Not all jobs are up for grabs, of course, but quite a few are.

Here's an inside look at some of the battles and 10 intriguing players to watch:

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(Noah K. Murray)

Some of the Jets' newest additions, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and S Marcus Maye, had high praise for their new head coach, Todd Bowles. 

Both appeared on SNY's The Jet Stream podcast, and when asked who is most impactful to the Jets this season, Seferian-Jenkins showed love to his coach. 

"I would definitely say, first of all, coach Bowles," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon. "I never had a coach like that, that really just says a real, honest thing. Just tells you the truth. He doesn't want to lie to you, he doesn't want to sugarcoat anything. I think he's a phenomenal coach."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp to preview their first preseason game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, August 12.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The memories of Christian Hackenberg from last season are few and not very good. He had two ugly preseason performances and then was buried on the depth chart, only resurfacing to occasionally misfire in practice. His future didn't appear bright at all.

That's why all eyes will be on Hackenberg when the Jets open up their preseason slate against the Tennesssee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

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Jeane Coakley breaks down the latest news and updates from Jets camp as they get ready for their first preseason game on Saturday.

 

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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets corner Buster Skrine thinks this year's secondary will not only be an improvement over last year's but that the group also has the potential to stand out. 

"This is my seventh year in the NFL and this is one of the most aggressive groups I've been around - and confident," Skrine said, according to Newsday.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg had another tough day at practice Wednesday, throwing two interceptions during team drills. It marked the second straight day that Hackenberg threw two picks during 11-on-11 drills. 

The second-year quarterback had not thrown an interception during his first eight practices of training camp. Head coach Todd Bowles is still confident in what Hackenberg can do on the field, regardless of what has happened the last two days. 

"It's practice," Bowles told reporters Wednesday. "The defense has got to get turnovers. I'd be concerned if they weren't. They got two today, but we're cleaning some things up, and we're learning as we go. It's going to be up and down every day, so we'll just go from there."

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(Robert Deutsch)

Though the Jets lost WR Quincy Enunwa for the rest of the season, the other receivers are not viewing it as a setback, per Newsday's Kimberly A. Martin.

Leading the wide receiver corps now is WR Robby Anderson who saw limited time in his rookie year last season. The 24-year-old viewed the situation entirely different than the reporters asking him questions after practice Tuesday. 

"It's not a challenge," Anderson said, "it's an opportunity."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp in Florham Park to discuss the Jets' depth chart and how the offense can stay competitive this season.

 

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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Todd Bowles has had more than enough of the Sheldon Richardson-Brandon Marshall feud.

After 11 months of sniping back and forth between the two of them, and one day after Richardson reignited the war by ripping Marshall in a radio interview, the Jets coach made it clear he's had enough of their fighting. Bowles even grew testy with the media when asked about Richardson's latest remarks.

 

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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets rookie S Marcus Maye has been one of the best players at training camp so far, per NY Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

Maye, the Jets' second-round pick out of Florida, was known to be extremely aggressive and instinctive coming in, and he has certainly shown CB Morris Claiborne he is NFL-ready.

"You can tell: He's a guy that's all about his business," Claiborne said. "He's just aggressive and smart. You wouldn't expect the football smarts from him at this stage. But he's picking up the defense well and going out and making plays."

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR wonders how the Jets will ever be able to score without the injured Quincy Enunwa.

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Quincy Enunwa is nice receiver with decent size (6-2, 225) who can make tough catches. And his production last season as the Jets' No. 2 receiver after Eric Decker got hurt was unexpectedly good.

But he's never been thought of as one of the players the Jets could least afford to lose. He's never been considered irreplaceable.

Tags: Charone Peake, Chris Harper, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jul 29, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

 Jets DE Sheldon Richardson has taken a shot at former teammate, WR Brandon Marshall yet again as he called him "drama queenish" after games last season. 

In an interview on The Michael Kay Show, Richardson recalled how Marshall supposedly acted following Jets' losses last season. It was the reason the two had altercations in the first place. 

"That whole situation was sticky because we lose and he did little things that were drama queenish," Richardson said. "Dogging out this guy, that guy. It's everybody's fault except his. And there's a reason this, a reason that, and everybody pointing the finger when you losing, and then no one wants to say something to him. Then I say something to him, and I'm the criminal, the bad guy, and the media just ran with it."

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Jeane Coakley reports on Quincy Enunwa's neck injury and the implications for the Jets' roster for the season.

 

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