New York Jets Training Camp Preview: Looking At The Linebackers

The New York Jets begin training camp at SUNY Cortland July 28. SB Nation New York will have previews, features and news updates leading up to the start of camp.

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Rex Ryan: Tebow As Starting QB 'Not Going to Happen'

When the New York Jets take the field the field Saturday for their second preseason game against the New York Giants, quarterback Mark Sanchez will take snaps with the first-string offense, not Tim Tebow. And for anyone questioning whether the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan will change their minds during the season, well ...

"I’m going to say this: I think your ‘the fix is in’ comment is going to come back around just like my Super Bowl guarantee came around. Just like my thing never happened with the Super Bowl, this thing’s not going to happen, either.

That was Ryan himself answering a question from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on Thursday. The trio was discussing New York's quarterback situation, which has been a hot-button topic (mainly for ESPN chatter) during the preseason.

"I will say this, Tim is really doing a tremendous job for us. He is going to be a big part of what we do offensively. He’s an outstanding football player and I’ve said it from Day One. Nothing he has done has told me otherwise. … The guy that I’ve probably been most impressed with is Mark Sanchez."

As for ESPN's coverage of the Jets and Tebow?

"I know we did 'Hard Knocks' before, and this is like the ESPN version of it or something. It is surprising. There’s no doubt. We’re just a team that’s 8-8. … We do have some personalities here. Obviously people want to see Tim Tebow, they want to see Mark Sanchez and Darrelle Revis or whoever. That comes with the territory. Certainly I think in some ways the more success you have, the better this thing is for you. … The cameras are around, we’ve had different things, and sometimes it gets you ready."

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Jets Training Camp 2012: Rex Ryan Happy To Get Going

Head coach Rex Ryan is happy to be back at practice as the New York Jets prepare for the 2012 season in Cortland, NY. In his opening press conference at Jets training camp, Ryan went through a wide range of topics from the utilization of Tim Tebow to Darrelle Revis arriving at camp on time.

Ryan was first asked how he felt about being back in Cortland after speding last year at the team complex in Florham Park, N.J.. Here is what he said:

"It does. It's funny, when you turn into Cortland it felt great and then you get into town and you see all of the Cortland people out there, it's great. We did miss it last year. The thing about this is you are far enough away and, nothing against families or anything else, but you have each other and (you) have got football and I think that's a good thing."

When asked how he will utilize Tebow this year, Ryan didn't stray too far from his stance when they acquired the quarterback from Denver:

"Well, I know Westy (Special Teams Coordinator Mike Westhoff) has him as a personal protector, that and quarterback so at least two ways. We will see. Obviously, Tony has him doing some wildcat things, obviously learning our base offense as well."

When asked if he was happy to see Darrelle Revis, Ryan expected the All-Pro corner to arrive on time to camp:

I mentioned the entire time that I expected Darrelle to be here. Obviously, he is great. There is no question how I feel about Darrelle, but I am here to coach this team.

Finally, Ryan was asked if there was going to be a quarterback competiton, and Ryan reitiereated his stance since acquiring Tebow, saying:

"I think you always sit back and say that we clearly have a starting quarterback. Mark Sanchez is clearly our starting quarterback."

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New York Jets Thursday Notebook: Tim Tebow (Of Course), Santonio Holmes (Of Course)

Here are some of the stories making news as the New York Jets began reporting to SUNY Corrtland on Thursday. The team holds its first training camp practice on Saturday beginning at the un-football like hour of 8 p.m. ET.

Rex Ryan offers no hints about Tebow role | ProFootballTalk
“It’s whatever you want it to be. That’s the beauty of it,” Ryan said. “We brought this young man in, I know how difficult it is to have to prepare for the Wildcat, for those type of things. There’s no question, I know how difficult it is. And the fact that we can trot out Tim to run 25 Wildcat snaps, or zero, or 50, or one, or whatever it is, is gonna make you have to prepare for him. So why would I ever give that up? And I’m not going to. Everybody will find out what his role is against Buffalo that particular day.”

Sparano won’t say whether Holmes will be a problem | ProFootballTalk
Asked directly by [Sal] Paolantonio whether the man whose opinion regarding the two-quarterback system has caused some problems will himself be a problem in 2012, Sparano clammed up.

“I’m not gonna get into that, I’m not gonna comment that way, but I would say that everything I know right now with Santonio, he and I have gotten off to a really great start here and respect one another that way and I think the relationship will be a good one,” Sparano said.

Rex Ryan wants Santonio catching passes, not calling plays | ProFootballTalk
“Well, I understand what Holmes is saying, you know Tone’s talking about a guy . . . [the starting quarterback] has to get a feel and all that kind of stuff,” Ryan said. “But I brought Santonio in here to be a receiver, not to be the offensive coordinator. And that’s the way it is.

“I love Santonio, but if I wanted to hire him as our offensive coordinator, we would’ve.”

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New York Jets' Jeff Otah Fails Physical, Lands On PUP List

Well, maybe not so fast on the end of the Wayne Hunter era as the New York Jets starting right tackle. Jeff Otah, acquired from the Carolina Panthers in a trade on Monday, has failed his physical. Otah is being placed on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list.

Otah missed all but four games last season after going on the injured reserve with knee and back problems. An MRI this June showed no serious damage to Otah's knee and he was projected to be a starter for the Panthers this season. The former first-round pick for the Panthers has missed 31 of the last 35 games with injuries. Otah has only played 29 games in his NFL career, 25 of them were in 2008-2009. He only allowed 10 sacks during that period of time.

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Jets' August 21 Practice At Hofstra Moved

The New York Jets have cancelled the Aug. 21st practice the team had scheduled at Hofstra University. The 'Family Night' event had to removed from the Jets' preseason itinerary due primarily to the school's hosting of a presidential debate. The Jets will instead practice at MetLife Stadium that day.

The Jets released a statement announcing the switch:

"We have had a great relationship with Hofstra University for many years and we understand the circumstances. Based on the timing, the team has decided to move the August 21 practice to MetLife Stadium. Although we're sorry that the location of this year's practice needed to be change, we are committed to remaining connected to our Long Island fans."

The Jets will have played two preseason games by that point and will have broken training camp at SUNY Cortland. Following the MetLife practice the team will condicut the rest of its preseason workouts at its training facility in Florham Park.

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Jets Training Camp 2012: Tim Tebow Could Be Seen On Kickoffs

When a NFL franchise like the New York Jets acquires a high-profile player who's expected to spend most of a game sitting on the bench it will try just about anything to get him on the field. That's what it seems the Jets are doing with Tim Tebow, who could now be asked to be a part of the Jets kickoff team, reports New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

"I think there might be some value there on kickoff returns," assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica told me. "It’s something that we’ve talked about. I don’t think there’s any option with Tim that we’ve taken off the table. So, that would be something that would be new to him as well. In what we’ve asked him to do as the personal protector (right now), he’s done an excellent job."

According to Kotwica, Tebow thus far has been impressive on special teams coverage, but there hasn't been a final decision on what Tebow will do on special teams. That decision will come during training camp.

"There’s certain guys that… if you ask them to go be the personal protector, you go ask them to be the fullback, you ask them to be the quarterback, you ask them to be the tight end, they simply get things done," Kotwica said. "I think you’d be hard pressed to say that Tim is not one of those guys that gets things done."

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Jeff Otah Trade: New York Jets Trade Conditional Draft Pick To Panthers For Otah

The New York Jets announced a trade for Carolina Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah on Monday. The Jets will send an undisclosed conditional draft pick to Carolina for Otah.

Otah (6-foot-6, 340 pounds) is in his fifth NFL season out of Pittsburgh. Otah missed all but four games last season after going on the injured reserve with knee and back problems. An MRI this June showed no serious damage to Otah's knee and he was projected to be a starter for the Panthers this season. The former first-round pick for the Panthers has missed 31 of the last 35 games with injuries. Otah has only played 29 games in his NFL career, 25 of them were in 2008-2009. He only allowed 10 sacks during that period of games.

Otah is a right tackle and will likely be looked at as competition for Wayne Hunter at that spot. Hunter had a Pro Football Focus rating of -31.1 last season, allowing 54 quarterback sacks or pressures in 646 pass-blocking opportunities. Otah was +8.8 in 2008, +0.3 in 2009 and +1.6 in four games last season before being injured, according to PFF.

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New York Jets: Can A Two-Quarterback System Work?

The Jets will try to do this season what NFL teams always try to avoid -- try to win while employing a two-quarterback system

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Darrelle Revis Contract Update: ESPN's Mortensen Expects Holdout

Will cornerback Darrelle Revis be there when the New York Jets open training camp at SUNY Cortland on July 28? ESPN's Chris Mortensen thinks the answer to that is "no."

"I think (the Jets) are going to see what Revis does," Mortensen said. "He's kept everyone guessing. I'm almost going to be surprised if he's there day one."

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Revis still has two years remaining on a four-year, $46-million contract he signed after a lengthy 2010 holdout. After holding out that season Revis spent much of the season battling a hamstring injury. Revis' deal was front-loaded and he has already received $32.5 million.

Now it seems like he doesn't want to accept the lesser terms of the last two years of the deal he held out for in the first place. NFL.com predicts a "huge public backlash" if Revis does hold out, and that is probably on target.

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