Cortland, New York-
July 26, 2013
The players are arriving at Jets training camp in Cortland, New York. Practice will begin today and football season is here. The Jets 2013 campaign starts today.
Dee Milliner, the former Alabama cornerback that stands at 6 feet, 201 pounds was the ninth overall pick in the draft. Milliner’s contract hasn’t been settled and he was a no-show to training camp on day one.The Darrelle Revis comparisons could be in full force if Milliner holds out. Revis held out of camp for three weeks as a rookie. Milliner isn’t there as he hasn’t done his physical yet either.
Look for the Jets to sign Milliner to a four-year, $12 million pact with a 5th year option. Don’t expect it to be much longer until a deal is reach. With the new CBA and rookie scale, there really isn’t much brain surgery that goes into the deals any more. Each slot is valued and makes it easier to complete deals. General Manager John Idzik has gone through about ten contracts, including between cuts and signings in the past 48 hours.
Milliner could be brought along slowly throughout camp, as Kyle Wilson gives Rex that luxury with that position. Milliner was present during the offseason training program, although he is rehabbing a shoulder injury and didn’t practice with the team.
The Jets first round draft pick (and 13th overall), defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson signed a four year, $10.054 million, fully guaranteed contract. The contract includes a standard team option for a fifth year. The 6-3, 294 pound former-Missouri defensive tackle is expected to provide a much-needed pass rush. At Missouri, Richardson had 75 tackles,10.5 tackles for a loss, and four sacks last season.
Richardson is expected to be an immediate starter in the Jets’ 3-4 base defense. He can play any position on the line, including nose tackle, where he has lined up in some recent practices.The Jets are building a formidable defensive line, as they used first-round picks on Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples as well. The team is switching Coples to outside linebacker, where he will be used as a lineman in certain fronts.
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The Jets placed Goodson on the “reserve, did not report list,” because he a no-show to training camp. This is a result of his arrest in May, and it doesn’t bode well for Goodson’s future as a Jet. It will be interesting to see how this transpires in the next couple of weeks. According to AP Sportswriter Dennis Waszak Jr., the Jets released a statement on Goodson failure to report:
“We knew Mike was not going to report and we understand why he’s not. Goodson made a court appearance in June, at which time his case was sent to a grand jury. He participated in the mandatory minicamp in June, but he has yet to comment on the pending charges.”
Back on May 17, Goodson was arrested with another man when both were found intoxicated in a car stopped in the middle of Route 80 in New Jersey. Goodson was taken to the hospital. The police found a semi-automatic gun, hollow-point bullets, drug paraphernalia and two partially-smoked marijuana cigars in the car. Both men were charged with possession of those items.
Goodson has made it clear to the Jets that the gun didn’t belong to him. If he’s found guilty of the charges, he could be sentenced to five to 10 years in jail. At this point, the Jets are letting the legal process play out before making any decisions on Goodson’s future with the team.
Joe McKnight could be in danger of not making the team. McKnight was a concern in making the team with the addition of Mike Goodson and Chris Ivory. He was dropping in the running back depth chart.
The Jets had a conditioning test in Florham Park (New Jersey) before they leave for training camp in Cortland, New York. McKnight did not pass the test and was placed on the non-football injury list. He will be activated once he passes the test. This makes you question his offseason preparation.
Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are looking like strong candidates to be the Jets running starting backs this season. Yes, it’s early to predict, but they will certainly have a head start.
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