After spending his first six NFL seasons with the Titans, Jets newcomber RB Chris Johnson is ready to begin training camp with Gang Green. Johnson underwent surgery in January to clean up a torn meniscus in his knee, but has officially been given the green light for camp.
Chris Johnson gets some reps in Jets camp
The Titans focused on upgrading their offensive line last season with the hopes of revitalizing CJ2K’s career, but the result was tumultuous, leading to his departure from Tennessee. Now in New York, the 27 year-old Johnson will look to regain his explosiveness from the 2009 and 2010 seasons, where he ran for the most yards and touchdowns in his career.
While CJ will have to fight off Chris Ivory for carries, look for the Jets to use the two in a timeshare with Ivory’s thunder complementing Johnson’s lightning in Marty Mornhinweg’s offense.
On the heels of a big win over the divisional rival Patriots, there are many candidates for Jets player of the game. Geno Smith, Antonio Allen, Jeremy Kerley; the official who made a pivotal 15-yard penalty call on the Patriots in overtime. But of all the people who were on the premises at MetLife stadium for yesterday’s game, it’s pretty clear who notched the “douchebag of the game” award.
As a Hofstra alumnus, it’s disappointing to see the idiot in this video wearing the jersey of Wayne Chrebet, who is a fellow Hofstra graduate. This is one of the most deplorable acts for a “man” to do and I really hope he ended up behind bars in New Jersey last night.
The long and arduous recovery process for Rob Gronkowski appears to be over. According to Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, Gronk has been cleared by all of his doctors (the last being Dr. James Andrew) to return to game action this Sunday vs. the Jets. While you can probably expect Gronk to be on a snap count, he’s immediately a top-of-the line TE1 this week, even more so with Jimmy Graham on the bye. After enduring four surgeries to his left forearm along with back surgery, the Patriots have expressed extreme caution with their star tight end, which led to conflicting reports on Gronk’s timetable to return. With Gronkowski receiving clearance for this weekend, Patriots fans and fantasy owners alike can look forward to the season debut for one of the game’s most dynamic players.
With Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland desperate to keep his job, he went on a lucrative spending spree this past off-season. One of his many additions was former Jets TE Dustin Keller. But Keller didn’t make it out of the pre-season. He suffered a torn ACL, PCL, and MCL at the expense of a malicious hit by Texans Safety D.J. Swearinger. The gruesome injury paved the way for one of fantasy’s biggest surprises thus far: third year TE Charles Clay.
With the lone exception of targeting Jimmy Graham in the 3rd round of fantasy drafts this year, which has paid off for me thus far, Clay has validated a stance I’ve always taken on the Tight End position; don’t pay for it. So far, Clay has been this year’s version of Brandon Myers. Tallying 20 receptions for 245 yards and a TD has landed Clay in the top seven amongst the position, ahead of guys like Vernon Davis and Jason Witten. While I don’t expect Clay to outlast the likes of those guys, he has proved himself as a reliable target in an offense that has struggled to get Mike Wallace the ball.
The Bottom Heist: Until he strings together multiple underwhelming performances, he should be owned in all 10+ team leagues. He is currently owned in just 53% of leagues.
When the Jets played salary cap roulette this off-season, incumbent starting RB Shonn Greene wound up as a cap casualty,
while the team traded a 4th-round pick to acquire Chris Ivory from the Saints.
The Jets continued to add to their backfield by signing Mike Goodson, which was quickly dampened by Goodson’s gun and drug charges. With Ivory slowed by hamstring issues and Goodson yet to report to the team, neither move has paid dividends.
Instead, the Jets have relied heavily on a familiar face; third year back Bilal Powell.
Powering Gang Green to 149 yards on the ground, Powell looked like the Jets most reliable offensive weapon in week 3 vs. the Bills. Ivory’s hamstring is considered to be a multiple week injury, leaving Powell with full control to carry the mail. Look for Powell to build off his strong week 3 performance with favorable matchups coming up vs. the Titans, Falcons, and Steelers.
The Bottom Heist: Averaging a respectable 4.3 avg and the beneficiary of a solid run-blocking offensive line, Powell is primed for a consistent workload in a shaky Jets offense.
Kenny Britt is no stranger to fines. One of his most comical incidents was when he took to his Instagram to complain about a fine he received for missing a rehab session.
In Britt’s latest charade, he took to twitter to let people know how he felt about his benching in Sunday’s game vs. the Texans, a decision the coaching staff chalked up to his lazy route-running and blocking.
See the tweet below:
The twenty-four-year-old Wide Receiver has been nothing but headaches since the Titans selected him 30th overall in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL draft. Britt has undergone knee surgeries on both knees and has been disciplined by the Titans a whopping eight times in just five years of service.
So where does that leave the Titans troubled wideout?
Britt is in the final year of his contract, leaving no doubt that the Titans will let him walk in free agency. But, the team might not even wait that long to pursue avenues to get rid of him. On the heels of his twitter stunt, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Titans discipline him for next week’s game vs. the Chargers at home. Perhaps they bench him for some combination of the first series through the entire game.
Either way, the Rutgers product could be on the outs sooner, rather than later…
We’ve seen the struggles from the young, inexperienced receivers of the New England Patriots – and we’ve also seen the obsession with Rutgers University from Bill Belichick, as further exemplified by this year’s NFL draft.
Just as Britt is no stranger to fines, Belichick and the Patriots are no strangers to acquiring talented, but troubled players. Over the past decade, the Patriots have reached out to big-name players deemed to have “character issues.” While acquisitions like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss couldn’t have worked out any better, Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson couldn’t have gone any worse. Only providing late round draft picks for these “troubled” experiments, the Patriots consider it a low-risk, high-reward situation.
Obviously, I recognize the first refutation to the thought of a Britt-Patriots marriage is the off-season incident(s) regarding Aaron Hernandez. While this is a completely sensible defense, it is possible that the Patriots could at least kick the tires on a potential trade for Britt.
Lacking a Wide Receiver with Britt’s 6 foot 3 inch – 215 pound frame, the Patriots penchant for a successful passing game is dependent on inexperienced rookies in the likes of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, who have yet to grasp the playbook.
If Belichick’s patience runs out on his rookie wideouts, the solution could be another dip into the Rutgers pool of talent.