By Max Marcilla
Guess what’s 12 weeks from today. If you guessed the Jets preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, you’re correct! Thursday night preseason football in August? I’m not going to complain. It’s football.
But since the NFL is a year-round commodity, there’s never a quiet day. Here’s a rundown to catch you up on the major New York Jets and NFL news from Thursday.
1. Your Jets Nugget of the Day: Decker claims the division is “up for grabs”
Let’s not crown the New England Patriots AFC East champions just yet. With New England’s superstar quarterback Tom Brady suspended for the first four games for his role in Deflategate (seriously, we’re still talking about that), Jets wide receiver Eric Decker said the division is “up for grabs.”
Decker is probably right. The AFC East will be a competitive division in 2016. Last year it was the only division to have three eight-game winners. Of course, only one (New England) made it to the postseason, but the division is talented nonetheless.
But it just seems unlikely to see anyone else besides Bill Belichick and Brady at the top of the division. Could you imagine what the Bills’ Rex Ryan would do if his team ever clinched the division? Maybe he’d dress up like Belichick in the post-game interview.
2. Bonus Jets Nugget: Revis fires agents
Revis was the big winner in last year’s free agency period, when the Jets opened their checkbook to give their 2007 first-round pick a five-year, $70 million contract, which included $39 million guaranteed.
The two agents, who both wished Revis “the best of luck” did a tremendous job in their nine seasons representing one of the league’s best talents. According to Dom Cosentino of NJ Advance Media, the agents “declined to elaborate on what led Revis to make the switch.”
3. Bad luck strikes Jaguars… Again
Even when the Jacksonville Jaguars are doing all the right things, bad things still happens to the organization that hasn’t had a winning season since 2007.
Jalen Ramsey, the fourth-pick in this year’s NFL Draft, sustained a small tear to his right meniscus during rookie minicamp. The timetable for Ramsey’s return is anywhere between 4-6 weeks and 4-6 months. This is the second consecutive season that Jacksonville’s top pick has suffered a knee injury. Last year, Dante Fowler Jr. tore his ACL and missed the entire season.
Maybe he should talk to Revis about how to come back from a knee injury. After Revis tore his ACL in 2012, he was traded to Tampa Bay where he earned $16 million in one season. Not bad, huh?
4. Seahawks rookies meet with psychiatrist to prepare for NFL career
Lifting weights? That’s good. Learning the playbook? Critical for success. But how about meeting with a psychiatrist? The Seattle Seahawks think that’s just as important.
In one of today’s most interesting stories, ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia writes about how the Seahawks rookies were taught lessons regarding personal finance, when you need a new “crew,” and learning how to “confront reality.”
Perhaps he even slipped in a tip about avoiding the New York nightlife. The Seahawks’ first road game is against the Jets at 1:00 p.m. local time, an early start for a west coast team. Their mental toughness will be tested early at MetLife Stadium.
5. BONUS: Trio of Jets linebackers photographed for the first time
Get ready to see these guys on the field together a lot in the future. At the Taste of the Jets event, linebackers Lorenzo Mauldin, Darron Lee, and Jordan Jenkins posed for a picture. The next time you see this trio together, they could be donning the green and white, lined up to rush the passer on a critical third down.
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