We only have a few more weeks until the start of training camp, which means only a few more weeks left of the dog days of football less summer to suffer through. Here’s what’s been happening in Jets land:
NYC Star Athletes Like Sabathia, Ferguson Run Lousy Charities >> The New York Post released a report yesterday reviewing the charities of several New York athletes. Among them are D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Aaron Maybin and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia. The report alleges that the charities do not donate a sufficient amount to the causes they support and perhaps are being used to funnel money to family or for-profit organizations.
Jenny Vrentas of the Star Ledger continues her summer Q and A with linebacker Bart Scott >> Scott tells the Star Ledger that the big difference between the 2011 and 2012 Jets is that there is “not a sense of entitlement.”
A Former Scout’s Take on Stephen Hill >> If you aren’t familiar with Connie Carberg, you’re doing it wrong. The NFL’s first female scout was once a scout for the Jets. She is also a huge Jets fan. Connie talks about what we can expect from the GT WR this season. With his taw talent, she expects him to become a deep threat and red-zone target IF he can improve his route running.
Brett Favre: Jets’ Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow Can Co-Exist >> In an exclusive interview for NFL Network, former Jets QB Brett Favre offered up his take on the Jets quarterback situation, telling Deion Sanders he thinks Tebow and Sanchez can co-exist in New York.
I didn’t get to see the whole interview, because Time Warner Cable hates fun and won’t let me get that channel, but I’m told the rest of the Favre interview was interesting.
Opinion: 2012 Boom or Bust for Mike Tannenbaum >> Lastly, I wrote a column for The Jets Blog on Mike Tannenbaum. My stance is that 2012 is a huge year for the GM and if the Jets fall short of the playoffs or fall to less than .500, he will be the next to go. I cite his personnel management as the main reason why blame should appropriately be placed n him.
The majority of The Jets Blog readers disagreed with my conclusion and feel that Tannenbaum has done an excellent job as GM.
The Jets have made a few minor roster moves in the past week. and if you blinked, you may have missed it.
- On Wednesday, the team signed UDFA DT Matt Hardison.
- On Thursday, the Jets waived UDFA quarterback G.J. Kinne. There are now four quarterbacks on the roster: Sanchez, Tebow, McElroy and Simms.
- They also released OL Ray Willis, a journeyman lineman who last played for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Per Manish Mehta, the Jets worked out Kevin Bookout. Bookout is a former basketball player and Olympic shot putter.
With the team now with 88 roster spots, 2 places remain. There was a report from @NFLVR last week that the team “MAY” be interested in running back Cedric Benson. I have not seen any other reports on the subject since that report was released.