Now what for the New York Jets? Well, they have less than two weeks to solve their big quarterback question before they face Tampa Bay on Sept. 8 in the regular-season opener.
Sure, the Jets have a handful of new faces. And, yes, there are a couple of injuries to deal with. But none of that is keeping Ryan from issuing a bold prediction: The Jets will rank among the top five defenses in the NFL this season.
Fans should enjoy at least a brief glimpse of a pulsating one-on-one matchup between Johnson and defensive back Antonio Cromartie.
Rex Ryan has moved on from last season. He hopes New York Jets fans can, too.
Sanchez, mostly working with the second-team offense as scheduled, finished 6 of 11 for 93 yards.
At the beginning of camp, we dissected the offense under new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Now, we take a look at defense and special teams.
Despite missing the first few days of camp and not being able to practice since becoming a member of the Jets, Milliner doesn’t feel he’ll have much catching up to do.
“I hope when he plays, there are those comparisons, and I understand where people are coming from,” Rex Ryan said. “But Darrelle was a special player. Dee Milliner is never going to be Darrelle Revis. He’s going to be Dee Milliner.”
Darrelle Revis is long gone. So is Tim Tebow. And so are several other players from last year’s dismal Jets team. It’s time to start fresh at Camp Cortland.
Gone is the man considered by many to be one of the best players in team history, and perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL. But, Rex Ryan believes Antonio Cromartie can handle the load of being the main guy.
The new Antonio Cromartie now drives a Toyota Prius. Instead of showing off big rims on a tricked-out ride, he’s now bragging about saving gas.
The Jets selected Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner at number 9 overall in the NFL Draft.
Will the Jets consider a quarterback such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith or Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib so high in the first round? Or with an eye on the future, might they consider Mike Glennon or Florida State’s EJ Manuel in the second round?
It’ll all be on Cro — again — in 2013. And he’s not exactly happy about it.
Cromartie drops his base salary from $7 million to about $840,000 — with an $8.5 million signing bonus spread out over two years.