- Rich Cimini, ESPN New York Jets reporter
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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.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Through an attorney, New York Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said Thursday he would not pursue civil or criminal action against a woman who recently accused him of slapping her at a restaurant.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, accused of slapping a 28-year-old woman at a Morristown, N.J., restaurant, won't face charges, the Morristown police department announced Friday.
When Rex Ryan resolved his contract situation Thursday, it triggered a domino effect.Assistant head coach Anthony Lynn, who coaches the running backs, has reached a deal to return, league sources said Saturday.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, coming off his third in-game benching of the season, will start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, according to New York Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman.
Newly signed safety Ed Reed will have a "defined role" Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, said New York Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, adding: "We’re going to use him in situations where we feel like he can help us be successful.
The New York Jets have been riding the mediocrity train for almost two years, having won back-to-back games only once in a 26-game span. Their record following a victory is 1-9, with an eye-opening average margin of defeat -- 17 points.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Dennis Thurman isn't worried about Greg McElroy.The New York Jets defensive coordinator said it's "overrated" that McElroy, a former Jet quarterback currently on the Bengals' practice squad, can provide precious intel to Cincinnati in preparation for Sunday's game between the teams.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Barring a dramatic change, cornerback Dee Milliner and running back Chris Ivory -- both dealing with hamstring injuries -- probably won't play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman offered a piece of advice to cornerback Kyle Wilson, who was slapped with four consecutive penalties last Sunday because he let a wide receiver get into his head:Don't get mad, get even.
A morning briefing on news and goings on around the New York Jets:FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Buffalo Bills have a copy of the New York Jets' defensive playbook.
Cranking it up for the 25th time, another year on the New York Jets:1. What might have been: If the Bucs didn't come along and agree to surrender two draft picks (including a first-rounder) for Darrelle Revis, the Jets still would own the Revis Island property today as they open the season against the Bucs.
Breaking down the Jets, position by position, as they prepare for training camp. Camp opens Thursday; this is the final installment in the series:Position: SecondaryProjected starters: Antonio Cromartie, Dee Milliner, Dawan Landry, Josh BushProjected reserves: Kyle Wilson, Aaron Berry, Ellis Lankster, Antonio Allen, Darrin Walls, Jaiquawn JarrettNew faces: Milliner, Landry, JarrettThe departed: Darrelle Revis, LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Eric SmithPlayer to watch: Milliner, naturally.
The Jets' 10th and final OTA practice session was scheduled for Thursday morning, but they took the day off for a team outing: paintball. Some thoughts and observations on the OTAs, based on the three practices that were open to the media:Mark Sanchez #6 QBNew York Jets2012 STATSAtt453 Comp246 Yds2883 TD13 Int18 Rat66.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- From the worst-kept-secrets department: Rex Ryan confirmed Thursday that Marty Mornhinweg and Dennis Thurman have been hired as offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively.