The NY Jets saw enough of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this week in practice to confirm he’ll be their starter heading into a Week 9 match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ryan Fitzpatrick to start at QB for Jets vs. Jaguars despite thumb injury by Rich Cimini (ESPN)
"Fitzpatrick said he talked to former Cincinnati Bengals teammate , who experienced the same injury in 2009. Palmer played the whole season, made the Pro Bowl and led the Bengals to a division title, undergoing surgery as soon as the season was over. Carson Palmer"
It looks like Fitzpatrick should be good to go this week as during Jets’ practice, he was playing like normal. It’s good to see he contacted another fellow quarterback that dealt with something similar as I’m sure he was given tips and advice on how to deal with his thumb injury the rest of the season. Hopefully everything works well and Fitzpatrick doesn’t miss a beat from here on out.
Jets Make Practice Squad Transactions by Randy Lange (NewYorkJets.com)
"Wynn had a distinguished Indiana University career. As a freshman he led the Hoosiers with 1,249 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff-return touchdown. As a sophomore he led the team with 68 receptions. His junior season he recorded 14 TDs, including one on a punt return."
It’s safe to say the Jets are worried about their wide receiver corps. Eric Decker is dealing with injuries as is Brandon Marshall so it’s good to see the Jets add talent to their practice squad in case more depth is needed. While Shane Wynn might be a hidden gem in the rough, I can see him possibly being a special teams returner which would help the Jets tremendously gain better field positioning. It’s an area of weakness for the Jets as their special teams is in need of a major boost of production.
Bowles says Jets had some ‘loafs’ on defense by AP News (SportsIllustrated.com)
"The statistical analysis website Pro Football Focus found 19 missed tackles. Bowles and his staff, however, are even tougher graders, with the coach saying their total was ”in the 20s.”"
Needless to say, the Jets’ defense was absolutely horrendous against the Raiders. Missed tackles, blown assignments and just an overall lack of aggression let the Raiders’ offense do whatever they wanted against what was supposed to be a top NFL defense. The Jets’ defense didn’t resemble anything close to it but now, they have a big opportunity to right the season and hopefully bounce back against the upcoming Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m sure the coaching staff will ensure they extensively work on the basic fundamentals of tackling this week in practice.
Jaguars speak highly of struggling Jets defense by Kristian Dyer (New York Metro)
"Perhaps he is being diplomatic, the type of coach-speak that comes out on these types of calls with the media, but the Jets defense isn’t just failing to meet “expectations.” Simply, they have been bad now for two straight games."
Don’t let their 2-5 record fool you, the Jaguars are a young team that have talent to surprise many. The pieces haven’t really come together as envisioned but this team definitely puts up a fight. Quarterback Blake Bortles is an up-and-coming athlete that will only get better over time and truly has a rocket for an arm. The Jets’ defense will once again be tested by a young quarterback that is known to truly air it out, similar to what Derek Carr was able to accomplish last week. Hopefully for the sake of the defense, they show up this time around.