- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is our post-minicamp edition of the mailbag. What say you, New York Jets fans?
- BIG ED (@NYCKING) June 21, 2014
@RichCimini: I find it hard to believe the Rex Ryan-Mike Pettine relationship has deteriorated to the Bill Belichick-Eric Mangini level, but I think it's fair to say it took a wrong turn with PlaybookGate. Ryan was disappointed and hurt by Pettine's comments and, yes, he probably felt betrayed. Who could blame him? The Belichick-Mangini relationship, already strained before SpyGate, was completely severed when Mangini blew the whistle on his mentor's spying operation. Tough to top that in terms of acts of disloyalty. After that, the chill was on display for every post-handshake between them. It's too bad the Jets don't play the Cleveland Browns this season; the handshake would've been a must-watch event.
- Henry Strawder (@HenryStrawder) June 20, 2014
@RichCimini: I know most fans don't want to hear this, but they're content with the current cast. The coaches were almost giddy with Dexter McDougle's performance over the last two weeks, so they feel they can go four or five deep at corner -- Dee Milliner, Dimitri Patterson, Kyle Wilson, McDougle and Darrin Walls. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, not one to toss around compliments, talked about McDougle as if he's the next Darrelle Revis. As I've said, I'd be surprised if they get involved with Brandon Flowers. The brass feels comfy with the current situtation.
- chris (@ChrisLowry518) June 20, 2014
@RichCimini: Stephen Hill and Quinton Coples wouldn't be considered surprises because they were highly-drafted players a couple of years ago. Keep a close watch on guard Oday Aboushi, who impressed during the spring. I think he will push for the starting job at left guard, which will affect incumbent Brian Winters (right guard in minicamp) and, possibly, returning right guard Willie Colon. If you're looking for a super surprise, remember this name -- Kerry Hyder. The undrafted defensive lineman from Texas Tech really showed up in minicamp. At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, he's undersized for the Jets' scheme, but Ryan & Co. have a way of finding roles for defensive linemen who can play, regardless of size.
- Doug Hayden (@BoogieDownDoug) June 20, 2014
@RichCimini: It's an interesting situation because it's a new situation. The Class of 2011 (first round) is the first affected by the new CBA rules. Obviously, the Jets want to sign Muhammad Wilkerson to an extension, but there's no sense of urgency this year because he's under contract through 2015. His cap numbers for '14 and '15 are $2.2. million and $7.0 million, respectively -- team-friendly costs. John Idzik is a hard-line negotiator who likes to maximize leverage. Well, he has all the leverage in this case, so that tells me he will try to get a deal done by the start of the season. The question is whether he makes it sweet enough to satisfy Wilkerson. Keep an eye on the J.J. Watt situation in Houston; he's in the same boat as Wilkerson. If a Watt deal gets done, the Jets and Wilkerson can use that as a measuring stick. They might as well take advantage of all their cap room. An extension also would send a positive message to their best player and the rest of the locker room -- and the fan base, for that matter.
- Matt Mangold (@YaBoiMang) June 20, 2014
@RichCimini: Without a doubt, it was Jalen Saunders. He's only 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, but he's one feisty dude. He has good short-area quickness and catches the ball well. He got a lot of reps with the first-team sub packages, getting on the field when they went to spread formations. It'll be interesting to see how he makes the transition when the pads go on, because like I said, he's just a wisp of a receiver. He's also one of the leading candidates at punt returner. Shaq Evans looked lost in minicamp, dropping a lot of passes, but he was understandably rusty, having missed the OTA practices due to school obligations. Of the rookies, he has the most complete skill set, so I'm looking forward to seeing him in training camp. Quincy Enunwa didn't jump out. He looks the part -- a solidly built 6-foot-2 -- but he's behind the others and could have trouble making the team.
The new regime is planning to start Geno Smith after two years of play that ranged mostly from poor to uneven.
The latest edition of the Jets mailbag includes more discussion on the quarterback situation and a question about Darrelle Revis and Deflategate
Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson, criticized on social media for his sporadic attendance in the Jets' offseason program, fired back at fans on Twitter.
Safety Rontez Miles is healthy and hungry, determined to be on the Jets' roster. He's also grateful to have the opportunity to be playing at all.
The Jets are in good shape with this year's salary cap, but already are $3 million over next year's projected cap.
The New York Jets apparently look better than they play.
The Jets' average annual salary is $1.7 million. The franchise's total payroll is $91.9 million, which ranks 71st.
The battle to start at right guard will be a good one; the running back spot is likely to take a committee approach.
The Jets should hold a competition for their quarterback job, but at least they have a Plan B if Geno Smith can't cut it.
Muhammad Wilkerson and fellow defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson were no-shows for the New York Jets' second practice.