New York Jets: Robert Malone

Jets preview: Make-or-break stretch

August, 27, 2014
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In a span of 12 days in October, the Jets face San Diego (away), Denver and New England (away) -- Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, respectively. For the Jets and their suspect secondary, it will be the Missiles of October. It would be an extraordinary accomplishment if they could win two out of three in that stretch of the schedule. If they can get through the Patriots with the 4-3 record or better, they'd be in great shape for a second-half run. On the flip side, the Jets' season could be blown up by Halloween if they fall apart against the Rivers-Manning-Brady troika.

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Jets make change at punter

September, 16, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have switched punters, just two weeks into the 2013 season.

The team released Robert Malone on Monday, and signed Ryan Quigley. Malone, the incumbent, won the job over Quigley during training camp. But in the first two games of the year, Malone averaged just 37.1 net yards on 16 punts, ranking him 28th in the NFL.

The four-year vet averaged 38.5 net yards on 84 punts last season, his first with the Jets, ranking him 24th.

"With Robert, it’s just the consistency. That’s the thing that bothered us," head coach Rex Ryan said. "With Quigley, it was a tight competition before, but we did think he gives us a little more consistency."

Quigley, 23, was an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2012. He had a brief stint with the Chicago Bears last year, but will be making his NFL regular-season debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

The Jets made a couple other roster moves Monday as well, signing linebacker Scott Solomon, signing linebacker Danny Lansanah to the practice squad, and releasing wide receiver Rahsaan Vaughn from the practice squad.

Solomon, who played in 13 games for the Tennessee Titans as a rookie last year, was just cut by the Jets last week. The Jets had an open spot on the active roster after placing quarterback Mark Sanchez on short-term injured reserve.

Lansanah was also cut by the Jets last week. Vaughn had joined the team late in training camp.

Tebow one of Westhoff's favorites

September, 6, 2012
To Mike Westhoff, Tim Tebow invokes memories of Dan Marino.

No, not as a quarterback. But in terms of what the Jets special teams coach sees from Tebow as a person, not just on the football field.

"To me he's one of those guys that takes what he does and does it 100 percent and doesn't ask anything else out of it," Westhoff said on Thursday. "He's one of those guys that you hoped what he would be off the field, he is in my opinion; (seeing him) in my meetings. I used to say that about Dan. What you would hope (for)."

As Westhoff has worked with Tebow to implement him into the special teams packages, the coach is very complimentary of the quarterback, saying he enjoys being around his new pupil. Westhoff knows Marino from his time coaching with the Dolphins.

"Tim's one of my favorite guys. I go back my whole career and there are certain individuals that you just really like but then I also have this tremendous respect for him," Westhoff said. "I watch how hard he works, how hard he studies, I've never heard him make an excuse. Ever. Not even an inkling of one. I know him actually personally really well and I don't always get to do that."

Tebow will be used in punt packages and Westhoff said he could be an additional weapon for the unit in terms of fakes. Tebow will serve as the fullback in the punt formation and Westhoff said opponents will need to know he is.

Westhoff praised Tebow for being able to make a mistake and then be the first to get right back in there. He added Tebow is appreciative of people recognizing what he's been able to accomplish and he hasn't seen Tebow change despite the popularity.

"I just can't say enough about him. The things that I like. I really enjoy being around him," Westhoff said. "He's one of my favorite guys. I have so much respect for how he plays the game and how he works and how he prepares."

THE CHANGE: A strong workout by Robert Malone and inconsistency by T.J. Conley led to the latter being waived on Tuesday. Malone will be the starter Sunday against Buffalo.

"One of the things I was disappointed in was a level of consistency," Westhoff said of Conley. "The variance in performance at different levels is very normal but the highs and then the lows, the depth between those two I wasn't satisfied with and I was trying to see if we couldn't get that better and get more consistent."

The Jets had their eyes on Malone as they thought of signing him in the offseason. They hoped Malone wouldn't stick with San Diego during training camp, and after he failed to make the final roster, the Jets worked him out. He impressed them by hitting the ceiling five times with his punts and they made the switch.

"I like the upside of this young man," Westhoff said. "We want to give him an opportunity."

Notes: Revis ready for Bills

September, 5, 2012
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson had Darrelle Revis' number last year, catching 11 balls for 159 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Jets. Revis didn't seem in the mood to talk about Johnson after being asked if he enjoys matching up with him.

"If that's my job, but I don't know that yet," Revis said.

Revis did say the Jets know what the Bills are likely to throw at them on Sunday as Buffalo returns 10 of 11 starters from last year's quad that liked to spread out opponents and then use short to intermediate routes. He also mentioned Buffalo's tough rushing attack.

KELLER 'BETTER': Jets tight end Dustin Keller believes he should be ready for the season opener on Sunday despite not participating Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

"I feel really good," Keller said. "I think I should be good for Sunday. You can only evaluate it day to day but it's feeling a lot better."

Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the Jets would let Keller play Sunday even if he doesn't practice all week, but the tight end believes that's a tricky predicament.

Keller ran routes Wednesday.

"I think it's pretty tough to just turn it on on gameday," Keller said. "All the plays you have going in and the looks you're going to see. It's pretty tough to take that from just watching it on film and translate it into gameday. It that's something I have to do, I'll definitely do it. We'll see how it goes day to day."

DIXON BACK: Being without a job the past few days almost made time stand still to defensive tackle Marcus Dixon.

"It might have been three days but it felt like two weeks," Dixon said.

After being waived by the Jets on Saturday, Dixon was re-signed Monday. He had 1 1/2 sacks and 16 tackles last year. He was waived after the Jets were awarded Isaako Aaitui on waivers, but returned after Aaitui was injured and waived.

"I'm not going to lie it's definitely frustrating," Dixon said of being waived. "You're sitting out there, you're healthy, you're ready to go and you're looking forward to the opener and you get released, it's kind of mind blowing, I was frustrated."

He added: "It feels good. I'm just glad to be back."

MALONE IN: The Jets signed Robert Malone after releasing T.J. Conley. Ryan described Malone's workout as impressive as he hit the ceiling five times with his punts.

"I couldn't be happier," Malone said. "I'm excited to work with the specialists, coach (Mike) Westhoff, it's going to be good. I'm excited about it."

SCHILENS FINE: Receiver Chaz Schilens has practiced the past few days at full speed and expects to be on the field Sunday. He missed the final three games of the preseason with a high ankle sprain but doesn't expect that it would limit his playing time Sunday.

"I expect to be playing and we'll see how it goes," Schilens said.