New York Jets: Stephen Peterman

Jets pare roster with 14 cuts

August, 26, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets released 14 players Monday. Here you go:

NOTABLES:

RB/KR Joe McKnight -- I could provide an explanation, but I'm not going to get into that.

G Stephen Peterman -- Another bad signing by GM John Idzik. The cost was minimal; only a $65,000 signing bonus. Looks like Vladimir Ducasse will be the opening-day starter at left guard.

P Ryan Quigley -- He was leading Robert Malone, but he stumbled big-time on Saturday night. Malone is the guy. For now.

Other cuts: WR Joe Collins, S Donnie Fletcher, G Patrick Ford, T Trey Gilleo, S Bret Lockett, LB Sean Progar-Jackson, WR Marcus Rucker, LS Patrick Scales, RB Chad Spann, WR K.J. Stroud and WR Rahsaan Vaughn.

Rex Report: Is Geno out of shape?

July, 31, 2013
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger created a stir earlier this week by criticizing New York Jets rookie Geno Smith's conditioning, mentioning that the rookie was lagging behind in post-practice wind sprints with his fellow quarterbacks.

Smith dismissed the remarks. So did Jets coach Rex Ryan.

"If we're training for the Olympics or he's going to run the marathon, we might be in trouble," Ryan said Wednesday, laughing. "I haven't seen that in him. He seems fine to me. He looked good when he ran for 80 yards that one play. He looked pretty good."

Said Smith: "That's his opinion. My coaches are the ones who evaluate me and I haven't heard that from them, so I don't have anything to say about that. … I'm right there [conditioning-wise]. I'm pretty good with it."

The feeling in the organization is that, while Smith might not be in top "game" condition (hardly alarming at this stage of camp), he's not in bad shape, either. As for trailing Mark Sanchez in the gassers, Sanchez is regarded as one of the most well-conditioned players on the team.

QB talk: In his daily news conference, Ryan was hit with a barrage of Wildcat questions. He acknowledged the plan is to use more Wildcat formation and read-option plays than the team did last season, which isn't saying much because they barely used Tim Tebow in that role. Ryan also tried to downplay Sanchez's shaky performance Wednesday, noting his interception came on a third-and-long play in which he was trying to make something happen. It was coachspeak, because there's no excuse for an interception. Sanchez completed only three of 10 passes, although he was victimized by a drop on a well-thrown deep ball.

"You'd certainly like to see higher numbers than that," Ryan said.

Different kind of mayhem: Ryan shot down any comparisons between OLB Antwan Barnes and Aaron Maybin (remember him?), who fizzled as a situational pass rusher after a promising 2011 performance.

"No, he is a completely different guy," Ryan said of Barnes. "I think he can be more involved in some of our base stuff as well. But Antwan’s a guy certainly that brings some pass rush ability to us."

The ends: Ryan gave an assessment of the tight-end position. He compared Kellen Winslow to former S LaRon Landry from a medical standpoint, noting how Winslow -- he of the chronic knee condition -- is following the same camp regimen as Landry did last summer with his heel issue. In other words, Winslow doesn't practice on consecutive days.

The team's likely starter is Jeff Cumberland. Two years ago, he missed the season due to a torn Achilles' tendon. Interesting comment from Ryan: "I see Cumberland kind of gaining his speed back. I told him, 'You look faster in [No.] 87.' I don't know if that's true or not, but it looked faster to me. When he came in the league, there's a guy that ran a 4.4."

Changing of the guards: Third-round pick Brian Winters played left guard with the starting unit, replacing Stephen Peterman (shoulder). It doesn't sound like Winters is close to unseating the former Lions guard, but it could happen at some point. They have a three-player, two-position rotation at guard with Winters, Peterman and Willie Colon, who has a spot locked up.

"We're rotating all three of those guys though at right guard and left guard, and that's what you want, you want all three of them to learn those spots," Ryan said.

Camp preview: Offensive line

July, 19, 2013
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JetsGeorge Gojkovich/Getty ImagesThe Jets offensive line will work in some new pieces to protect Mark Sanchez this season.
Breaking down the Jets, position by position, as we head to training camp, which begins July 25:

Position: Offensive line

Projected starters: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Brian Winters, Nick Mangold, Willie Colon, Austin Howard.

Projected reserves: Stephen Peterman, Vladimir Ducasse, Oday Aboushi, Dalton Freeman.

New faces: Winters, Colon, Peterman, Aboushi, Freeman, William Campbell.

The departed: Brandon Moore, Matt Slauson.

Player to watch: The Jets are very high on Winters, their third-round pick, and they expect him to push for a starting job. They're rebuilding at guard, so they might as well go with youth if the kid is up to the challenge. The one thing that could hurt his chances of being a Day 1 starter is that he has no experience at guard; he played left tackle at Kent State. But Winters is an intelligent player and he'll benefit from playing between two smart cookies, Mangold and Ferguson. If he doesn't start immediately, Winters figures to crack the lineup at some point.

Potential strength: Two of the top four players on the team reside on the offensive line -- Mangold and Ferguson, former GM Mike Tannenbaum's first two draft picks. They're the cornerstones. As long as Mangold and Ferguson are healthy, the line has a chance. Mangold has a lot of responsibility because he'll be breaking in two new guards. His play slipped a bit last season (he allowed three sacks, according to Pro Football Focus), so it'll be interesting to see if it was the start of a trend or just a blip on the screen. Howard was a pleasant surprise as a first-year starter, but he needs to become more consistent in pass protection (10 sacks).

Potential weakness: Chemistry could be an early issue. The last time the Jets went into a season with two new starters on the line was 2008, when Alan Faneca and Damien Woody joined the party. At that point, the line was a pillar of stability, but new GM John Idzik decided to shake it up, declining to re-sign Moore (still a productive player) and Slauson. The goal was to bring more athleticism to the unit. They accomplished that, but they sacrificed continuity.

Wild card: Colon could be one of the free-agent steals of the year -- or he could be an injury-plagued bust. With Colon, 30, it's all about staying healthy. The Steelers thought enough of him two years ago to sign him for $29 million over five years -- and everybody knows the Steelers don't spend foolishly. Since then, he has missed 20 games. When healthy last season, playing guard for the first time, Colon probably was the Steelers' best run blocker. On the downside, he committed 12 penalties. With his experience and run-blocking ability, Colon could be an asset to a line in transition. The Jets' fingers are crossed.

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