Rockstar releases Red Dead Redemption 2 Official Trailer




Rockstar Games is proud to present the all-new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, which is set to come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the Spring of 2018. The newest release tells the story of outlaw Arthr Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang as they pillage their way across the heartland of America to stay alive.

Check out the Official Trailer which was released today!
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Capcom Announces Dead Rising 4-FRANK's BIG PACKAGE coming to PS4 this Holiday Season





Photojournalist Frank West is back on the scene for Dead Rising 4 that chronicles the events 16 years following the original Dead Rising. West finds himself in a battle with a covert military operation as he looks to uncover the truth behind a government conspiracy that is the sinister force behind the zombie outbreak.



Headed to PS4 on December 5, this holiday-themed zombie slasher promises to bring intense open world action to PlayStation gamers this winter.
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Now Available in GTA Online: Bombushka Run Mode and RM-10 Bombushka Plane





ROCKSTAR GAMES PRESS RELEASE

More exciting new content from the Smuggler’s Run update this week:

First comes the brand new RM-10 Bombushka plane. In addition to room for six including three turret positions, the Bombushka comes with an array of available upgrades from the Hangar Workshop including Incendiary and Cluster bombs.

Also now available is Bombushka Run, a new team-based mode which pits one highly-fortified gunship against a fleet of agile Buzzards. To celebrate the launch of this aerial game of cat and mouse, Bombushka Run will be doling out double payouts from now through October 1st.

Hangar Workshops are also 25% off this week, with further deep discounts on Aircraft Weapons, Liveries, Resprays, Mobile Operations Center Cabs, and Executive Offices.


BOMBUSHKA RUN OUT NOW

Put your piloting proficiency to the test in Bombushka Run, the latest mode to hit GTA Online. Two teams of up to four square off, with one side piloting the heavily armed Bombushka as the other attempts to bring the beast down with a swarm of Buzzard Attack Helicopters. Teams then switch sides, and whichever one survives the longest while piloting the Bombushka scores the victory. It’s the classic game of cat and mouse, except the mouse is an enormous Cold War bomber bristling with .50 Cal Turrets and the cats get armed copters. Earn Double GTA$ & RP in Bombushka Run, now through September 25th.

PREMIUM RACE & TIME TRIAL SCHEDULE

Stack the GTA$ sky high by competing in this week’s Premium Race & Time Trial events, live now through September 25th:

Premium Stunt Race - "Water Slide" (Locked to Blazer Aqua)

Time Trial - "Calafia Way"

Launch Premium Races through the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square. The top three finishers will earn GTA$ and you'll get Triple RP regardless of where you

finish. To take a stab at the Time Trial, set a waypoint to the marker on your in-game map and enter via the purple corona. Beat par time and you'll be duly rewarded with GTA$ & RP payouts.

Previously in GTA Online:
·         Dewbauchee Rapid GT Classic Now in GTA Online Plus This Week's Bonuses
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Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Official Review








GAMEPLAY MASTERCLASS
Lauded for its unrivaled gameplay experience, PES 2018 refines the soccer simulation like never before. This year's iteration features realistic game speed as developers granted users the ability to control possession with strategic dribbling. Player utilize simple stick controls to shield the ball from defenders and execute subtle moves to keep them off-balance. With Real Touch+, users control the ball with their entire body in order to adjust to an unpredictable ball flight. With the new FK and PK system, along with the new option to choose a one playoff kickoff, this top soccer franchise refined every aspect of the gameplay.

STUNNING NEW GRAPHICS AND VISUALS:

The best in class just got that much better. All of the nuances of the game are masterfully portrayed in this version from the minute details of stadium lighting for day and night matches as well as the pitch turfs and stadium tunnels. Thanks to Real Capture, developers recreated more than 20,000 detailed components that were captured at Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park. Player models have been overlaid in spiffy new environments along with extensive animations added to the already stellar repertoire. Everything from uniform fitting to body tatoos have garnered special attention.


What's New


PRESENTATION OVERHAUL:

With a refreshed user-interface for all menus, real player images for gameplan and myClub screen, as well as a revamped in-game presentation, PES brings a broadcast quality experience to your console.

PES LEAGUE INTEGRATION: Take advantage of new modes including myClub, Random Selection Match and Online co-op to create endless hours of entertainment.

ONLINE CO-OP: PES 2018 is hopping on the co-op wave by allowing players to join up in either 2-v-2 or 3-v-3 co-op play with support for local guests. This mode gives players the ability to play alongside friends on their couch, or start online matches against players of all levels in the online community.

NEW MODES: A wildly popular mode in last year's version, Random Selection Match enable players to enjoy go inside the life of a manager in the Master League and go behind the scenes for pre-match interviews and locker room speeches.



GAMEPLAY IMPROVEMENTS:

Strategic Dribbling-Users can use the stick controls to play keep-away from defenders and break ankles with jaw-dropping moves.

Control Improvement- Control mechanics have been reworked so attackers can make split-second moves and control the ball in space with ease while creating separation.


Physicality Representation-
While other versions allowed stronger players to out-muscle users for the ball, the intelligent ball control levels the playing field for everyone by utilizing subtle moves to maintain possession of the ball.

Full Body Touch-Whether you flick on a header or settle down a knuckling ball with your chest, player models use every body component to keep the ball in play and in their possession.

Opposition Awareness-
AI has been completely overhauled so that players receiving passes are more aware of their surroundings and ball possession isn't as easy to change hands.


NEW SET PIECES

Corner Kick/Free Kick-
New camera angles and control improvements allow for more natural control and for players to set the timing and execution of plays.

Penalty Kick-This revamped new system hearkens back to prior versions where risk and reward factors for shooters and keepers create a dramatic football environment.

Kick off-New one person kickoff added, so users can change to 2 players at the press of a button.





AUTHENTIC PLAYER MODELS-PES 18 recreates impeccably accurate player models by using real life scanning data.


ANIMATION REWORK
- Developers built this facet of the game from the foundation up as they went back to the basics to polish such movements as walking, turning and body posture.

HUMAN MOTION- Player movements mock real-life players from the second they emerge from entrance tunnel to the postgame celebrations.

FACIAL EMOTION-Gamers can now feel the emotion of the game following a triumphant win or an agonizing defeat.

GOALKEEPERS– The last line of defense will now have a variety of throwing motions to get the ball back in play as well as some new dazzling save animations.



PRESENTATION ELEMENTS–
New cutscenes have been incpororated including for foul calling and substitution as well as a special animated sequence for when a player notches a hat-trick.


REAL LIGHTING
– Through studying partner home stadiums of Camp Nou and Signal Iduna Park, the finest details including players emerging from the tunnels during day and night games and the shadows on the pitch have been masterfully incorporated into the presentation.

LOCKER ROOMS –
The presentation goes behind the scenes to capture the pregame and postgame hubbub in the locker rooms to add to the realism of the game.

CROWD–
The party in the stands is only secondary to the on-pitch action as the improved visuals enhance the atmosphere for users.


NEW MODES


Online Co-op (PS4, Xbox One and PC only)

COMPETE ALONGSIDE FRIENDS:

New Mode Supports- 3v3 and 2v2 allowing you to play with your friends or other users to compete against players from around the world.

PLAY WITH YOUR STYLE
– Users can custom tailor a match to automatically pair them with a matched player or create a clan of highly skilled players to shoot for the top ranks.

COUCH CO-OP –
Play with up to 2 local guests and as many as 3 total user controlled players on the same team to play online co-op matches.



FULL MODE INTEGRATION –

From MyClub and PES League Users can enjoy 3v3 action.

PES League (PS4, Xbox One, PC and PS3 only)

VARIETY IN MATCH CATEGORIES

Competitions will be held across categories and not in standard 1v1, but myClub, 3v3 and Random Select Mode. Players can enjoy PES LEAGUE with anyone!

PLAYER STAT BALANCING –
This feature permits all teams to have the same average rating for you to win with the team that you truly support.

myClub

PES LEAGUE INTERGRATION
- Compete in the eSports Competition with myClub

SCOUT AUCTION IMPROVEMENT –

New functions include: a database to find a specific type of player you want, history on past auction results and reservation functions for final round bids.


myClub Online CO-OP-
Assemble your co-op team with your squad and include your friends.


Master League





CHALLENGES- At the onset of the season, players will be provided a set of challenges and objectives according to the state of their club, which are pertinent to achieve if users want to keep their job as manager.

PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENTS – Play in tune-up matches against the elite teams before the season gets underway.

TRANSFER SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT–New elements were added including release fees in player contracts to challenge user's contract management skills.

IMPROVED PRESENTATION – New main menu design throughout PES 18 along with inclusion of pre-match interviews and pre and post game locker room scenes.

Random Select Mode

Fans asked and now they'll receive. There are now more ways to play with new presentation features. Users define the criteria of players they want and play with said players on their team.


TRADE SYSTEM
– Once players are signed, users can begin to negotiate for player exchanges or block a player they don't want traded depending on what best suits the team.


UI Overhaul

MENUS – Every menu has been reworked to adapt to modern layouts including the HUD display to create a broadcast feel.


REAL LIFE PHOTOS
– Real player images have been added to the gameplan and in-match
stats display to create an even more lifelike experience for users.


OVERALL REVIEW:

The rich get richer. PES 2018 builds on it's realistic gameplay with refined control mechanics and more polished visuals including player models, crowd reactions and player celebrations. This year's version takes the presentation to new heights by covering everything from pregame interviews to post-match antics and festivities. The fluidity of gameplay is first in class as players are transported onto the pitch for an unparalleled experienced for soccer fans and gamers.

The visual makeover, while impressive, is not earth-shattering. Animations are smooth and the greatest improvement for gameplay is a more heightened awareness and AI for players receiving passes and maintaining ball control. PES 2018 doesn't make wholesale changes to last year's version, but the attention to detail in this installment helps solidify it as the top soccer gaming franchise on the market.

Developers didn't try to reinvent the wheel as they refined PES 2017 with a variety of new on-field animations including the ability to play the ball off a players chest, stomach or thigh, while the depth of game modes received a nice jolt in the arm as well.

The myClub mode forces players to think like a general manager as their charged with handling everything from player contracts to blocking and granting player transfer. All of the game modes have been fully integrated so players can enjoy 3v3 co-op action in virtually any mode.

PES 2018 leaves no stone unturned as players looking to compete in eSports with myClub have that added capability as well. Even the HUD and main menu overhaul create a nice touch for the franchise. From the second players emerge from the stadium tunnels to the moment the final whistle is blown, the realism in presentation and gameplay is a sight to behold. The only thing missing from this year's installment, and likely this was purposeful, is an arcade mode for casual gamers who want a break from the intense simulation-type action and prefer a version with more frenzied action where the rules are thrown out the window.

All things considered, PES 2018 already leaves the FIFA franchise in the dust as it checks all the boxes for gamers and critics alike. A truly all-around wonderful experience for gamers, PES 2018 once against establishes itself as the premier soccer gaming title that is head and shoulders above the competition.


OVERALL SCORE: 9.3





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Call of Duty WW2 pre-order comes with Multiplayer bonus





Call Of Duty World World II will be released on November 3, but fans have the opportunity to pre-order the game now. When fans pre-order the title, they'll have the ability to choose virtually any weapon they desire. The Multiplayer pre-order version also comes with four hours of double XP.

While the final version of the game will incorporate the feedback of beta users, Activision admitted that there will be some changes made to the game prior to launch.

“This Beta has definitely helped make the game better, and our backend launch readiness more solid," an Activision spokesperson said.

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NHL 18 Official Review



What's New


HOCKEY CANADA TRAINING CAMP:


Brand spanking new to the franchise, this training camp mode covers all of hockey fundamentals from basic shooting mechanics to all the nuances of faking out defenders with effective dekes and mastering the art of the faceoff. The tutorial features real-life professional Canadian Hockey players along with in-game training videos to ensure that both newbies and experienced players can perfect their craft.



GAMEPLAY ADDITIONS:


Creative Attack Dekes

Aimed to give users the freedom of movement and control in today's NHL, players can utilize one-handed moves, between-the-legs dekes, back-handed toedrags, heel drags, cheeky puck flips just to name a few. To take things to the next level, NHL 18 expands on the use of deke combinations so you can string them together to make real-time decisions and moves.

Defensive Skill Stick

Finally defensive players are given full control over their hockey sticks with the ability to keep their sticks steady in front of an attacker to disrupt him or sweep it back and forth to cover a zone.

Creative AI:

Now your teammates won't be on thin ice as improved AI will utilize the same deking and passing abilities that you do. The new AI allows the computer to find user-controlled players breaking down ice with more regularity and improving overall lead passing and positioning.

Authentic 3-on-3 EA Sports Hockey League:

The popular EASHL match mode now only needs three human players to experience the frenzied. high-paced action. This arcade-inspired hockey delivers humorous commentary coupled with an over-the-top play style that keeps the crowd roaring endlessly. Included in this mode a complete single-player campaign where you compete against different teams and leagues in a circuit-style tour. Additionally, players can enjoy online team play where up to five of your friends and finally local team-play with up to five friends along with online or local head-to-head.

Rules?



A flip of the coin determines who sets the rules and the winner gets to select how many periods to play and the goal limit. The coin flip winner also decides whether you want to play in a super-fast first-to three game or with standard NHL periods and clocks.

The open ice mode allows players to showcase new skill moves and creative passing between teammates. 3-on-3 EASHL demands a high skill level and utilizes all the new gameplay additions to its fullest.

Trade Requests in Be Like a Pro:

The game has changed with users now gaining the ability to set specific trade criteria by having their Be a Pro traded to other teams.
As long as the Be A Pro career starts making some waves in the NHL, the trade scenarios are endless.

Hut Challenges:

An expansion to the Hockey Ultimate team mode, HUT challenges gives players the chance to earn rewards and upgrade their roster almost instantly. Included in HUT challenges is co-op challenges so friends can join in to share in the rewards.

New Button Controls

The control scheme has been revamped and allows players who prefer to use the facebutton control technique to utilize the same skills, moves and goals as Skill Stick Players. Now every player can showcase exemplary puck handling, passing and scoring by simply using the L1/LB + face buttons to execute advanced dekes that up until now only Skill Stick Players could pull off.

Franchise Expansion

Vegas Golden Knights

Players can select the expansion team from Sin City before the first NHL game featuring authentic rosters, uniforms, logos and all of the bells and whistles of the shiny new T-Mobile Arena. Franchise expansion lets players reboot the expansion draft and utilizes real player protection lists so you can build the roster from scratch.



Expansion Draft

Users can change the landscape of the league where they create an expanded franchise and select the best players across the NHL. Assemble a talented roster and assume a front office position to manage the team's personnel, make business decision and the adjust the strategy and roster for actual games.

Users can also play as an existing franchise and set your own Protected Player List to keep a current roster intact.

More Expansion Locations
Pick from countless cities across North America and Europe to find the ideal place to build a championship team and bring a Stanley Cup to your hometown or favorite place.

Create-a-Mascot



Using the in-depth Creation Zone customization tools that are used to select your city, build an arena, design a uniform/logo and now the unprecedented ability to tailor-make a mascot!

OVERALL REVIEW:

NHL 18 expands into a variety of co-op game modes like never before. This year's version caters to users in favor of co-op modes via Hockey Ultimate Team™, Online Vs. and NHL THREES. Team play is the name of the game. Players of all ages and experience can hop right into to a dynamic gameplay experience and emulate the pros with creative puck handling and scoring normally reserved for the hardcore gamers.
While the playing mechanics have been refined to create a more fluid and NHL-like game style, first-time players should take advantage of the Hockey Canada Training Camp mode to learn the basics and work their way up to mastering the nuances of the game.

The zany NHL-Threes arcade mode creates endless hours of amusement with unlimited possibilities as the rules are entirely customizable. The frenetic end-to-end action tests the skating, passing and shooting prowess of all players, while defenders can deliver hellacious hits and punishment for attackers who don't have their heads on a swivel.

NHL in Vegas, what could be better? The Franchise Expansion mode allows eager hockey fans to simulate what it's like playing with the NHL's 32nd team. The ability to play the flipside the coin and protect existing team's players from the expansion draft is another interesting twist that allows users to manage every aspect of the team's roster moves.



The Defensive Skill stick addition to the game seems to be over-engineered as players often find themselves tinkering with that tactic instead of positioning correctly in front of an attacker. The player models and on-ice action appear to be a carbon-copy of last year's iteration, but the in-arena atmosphere in NHL-Threes is festive and Oktoberfest-esque. The visual upgrades to the crowd while not significant enhance the quality of the game experience.

While the skating in open ice is the stuff dreams are made of, on the flip side, defending goal in this year's iteration is nightmarish even with the addition of the Defensive Skill Stick. While point blank shots often don't produce goals, wacky deflections, slapshots from near mid-ice and impossible angled attempts find the back of the net far too often. Scoring is the name of the game in this offensive-centric version.

Not all defensive ability is lost however as body checks are as bruising as ever and the high intensity fighting is always a great way to pass the time. The gameplay controls and mechanics have been refined, the game modes have been expanded and geared toward co-op play.

The new modes including NHL-Threes, Franchise Expansion and Create a Mascot tool make this the ultimate title for the casual and die-hard hockey fan alike. While the visuals are stunning, they're not groundbreaking or vastly improved from prior versions, but steady gameplay tweaks and enhanced features create glass-shattering fun for all.

OVERALL SCORE: 8.9










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Rockstar Games Announces new versions of L.A. Noire to be released November 14, 2017




Rockstar Games announced today that four new versions of L.A. Noire will be coming this holiday season. On November 14, 2017, the blockbuster detective thriller is scheduled to be released for XBox One PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

In addition to three new versions released for the three next-gen consoles, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files features seven select cases from the original game built specifically for the virtual reality HTC VIVE™ system.

The game is set in 1940's post-war Los Angeles where U.S. veteran and newbie detective Cole Phelps investigates a series of cases inspired by real-world crimes. With each case successfully solved, it brings the detective closer to the dark force that is driving violent crime in the seedy city.

The game uses facial capture technology, MotionScan, to bring each character and action to life like never before.

“We’re excited to bring L.A. Noire’s unique mix of real detective work, classic Hollywood atmosphere and thrilling action to these new platforms,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Now with a choice of spectacular virtual reality, stunning 4K, or the freedom of portable play, these enhanced versions are a perfect opportunity for players to experience this richly detailed world in a whole new way."

The Nintendo Swith version features a Joy-Con mode with gyroscopic, gesture-based controls, HD rumble and new wide and over-the-shoulder camera angles, plus contextual touchscreen controls for portable detective work.

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version includes greater visual fidelity and authenticity along with enhanced lighting and clouds, new cinematic camera angles, high resolution textures and more.

L.A. noire plays natively in 1080P for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles and stunning 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.

L.A. Noire is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.rockstargames.com/lanoire.
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Jets send DL Sheldon Richardson to Seahawks for WR Jermaine Kearse and 2018 second round pick


Earlier this week the Seattle Seahawks placed Jermaine Kearse on the trading block and it seems they've found a suitor in the New York Jets. Gang Green will be sending troubled but talented defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to Seattle in exchange for the 27-year old veteran and 2018 second rounder.

Richardson was the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year, but off the field issues have plagued him throughout his time in New York.

Kearse is entering tallied 41 catches for 510 yards last season with only one touchdown, but the Jets are desperate for playmakers at wide receiver. Seattle and New York will also swap seventh round picks in the 2018 NFL draft.
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Fans Favorite Podcast: Jets 16 Eagles 10 Final



Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they discuss the final Pre-Season game as the New York Jets finish off their annual ending against the Philadelphia Eagles at Met Life Stadium on a Thursday night.

The New York Jets ended the preseason on a high note as they completed a goal line stand in the final minutes to preserve a 16-10 win at MetLife Stadium.

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What to Watch For: Jets at Eagles



ORIGINALLY POSTED ON NEWYORKJETS.com

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August 31, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. @ MetLife Stadium
New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Gameday Info:
THEME OF THE GAME: High School Football Night
CO-PILOT OF THE GAME: Season Ticket Holder Richard Cenci will be the honorary coin toss participant. Richard has been a season ticket holder since 1965.
Pregame Notes:
MOMENT OF SILENCE: The Eagles and Jets will ask fans to observe a moment of silence prior to the National Anthem, in honor all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and all the First Responders and Service Men and Women with their relief efforts.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: The National Anthem will be performed by Freeport High School Chorale.
PLAYER INTRO TUNNEL: The 2016-17 PSAL Girls Flag Football Champions, Tottenville High School, will form the player tunnel and participate in the Youth Tradition, in which they will stand in front of the players during the national anthem. The 2017 New York Jets/USA Football NYC Metro Regional 7on7 champions, Malcom X. Shabazz High School will serve as the pre-tunnel runnot group.
Halftime:
YOUTH FOOTBALL: Four youth football teams will be competing during halftime. North Arlington Youth Football will take on Kearny Generals Football, while the Lincoln Park Raiders will play the Newton Braves.
On the Plaza:
GEN JETS KIDS ZONE: Jets Fest will be located between the Verizon and SAP Gates. It will include inflatables, a DJ, juggler, player cutouts and more.
THE MICHAEL KAY SHOW: The Michael Kay Show will broadcast live from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m on the MetLife Stage.
ESPN RADIO: ESPN NY 98.7 FM with Don La Greca and Willie Colon will broadcast live pregame from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on the MetLife Stage.
DUNKIN DONUTS: Visit the Dunkin Donuts activation on the island between Lots E and F to hear about the “Sip, Peel, Win!” promotion. When you visit your local Dunkin Donuts, all large and XL hot cups will have a peel off game piece that gives participants the ability to instantly win prizes. In addition, the sampling team will distribute product samples and promotional collateral pre-game, while “peel n win” Joe the Cup interacts with fans. During halftime, six lucky fans will have the opportunity to head to the field to “peel” the “peel n win” Joe the Cup for instant prizes!
JETS EXPERIENCE: Inside the “Jets Experience,” find out how you size up against current Jets players, study up on your Jets history and take fun photos with oversized J-E-T-S letters and the logo gloves sculpture. New for this season, fans can pose for pictures on a life-sized trading card backdrop.
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES: In the Toyota Club, the Department of Motor Vehicles will have an information table on “Don’t Text and Drive,” featuring a spin wheel with prizes.
Jets in the Community:
HURRICANE HARVEY: Christopher Johnson, on behalf of the Johnson family and New York Jets, has pledged $1 million to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to aid in the devastation impacting the state of Texas. Additionally, we are encouraging fans throughout the game, in stadium and on the CBS broadcast to text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to support the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Info for Fans:
MERCHANDISE: All footballs will be 15% off.
JETS REWARDS: New this season, season ticket holders can scan into MetLife Stadium with mobile tickets to receive a 750-point mobile scan bonus. Alternatively and as always, they can use their Jets Rewards cards to earn a 750-point card scan bonus. Season ticket holders can also use their cards to spend Jets Cash at concessions and retail locations around the stadium.
FOOD & BEVERAGE: Pretzel Braids normally $7, will be $6 at all FRANKS Stands. In addition, all hot dogs and fountain sodas will be half off with your Jets Rewards card. Please note that there is a limit of four per card, per each item and game.
CLEAR BAGS: Fans are permitted to bring inside the stadium one clear plastic bag that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” as well as one small clutch bag, approximately 4.5” x 6.5” (size of a hand). Purses, handbags, seat cushions, camera and binocular cases are not permitted.
UBER: Uber is the official ridesharing partner of the New York Jets. The pickup location will default to a pin in the official Uber Zone, which is located in Lot E off of West Peripheral Road, right outside of the Verizon Gate.

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Fans Favorite Podcast: Jets 31 Giants 32 Final






Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as they review the snoopy bowl at MetLife Stadium as the Jets are the road team against the Giants. The podcast team recaps a miserable first half performance from Christian Hackenberg and a steller second half outing from Bryce Petty as Gang Green nearly overcame a 29-3 halftime deficit to complete a miraculous comeback.



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Todd Bowles names Josh McCown Jets starting QB







As expected Jets head coach Todd Bowles named 37-year-old veteran Josh McCown the team's starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. McCown has only played in one series so far this preseason as Bowles has allowed youngsters Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg to duke it out to sort out the QB depth chart. Jets beat reporters questioned whether there was truly a quarterback competition at all and whether the starting gig was McCown's to use.

"No, it was even because we hadn’t played any games and obviously I wanted to see (Bryce Petty) and (Christian Hackenberg) play," admitted Bowles. "I’ve seen Josh (McCown) play and I was with Josh before and I know what he can do. I just wanted to see if the other ones will go ahead and step up and take the spot, but there was no starter going into training camp."

Petty outshined Hackenberg during the first three exhibition contests as the lights looked too bright for the second year gunslinger out of Penn State.

"It wasn’t disappointing," said Bowles of Hackenberg's performance. "Obviously (Christian) was the only one that hasn’t played in the regular season game either. The other two played in it so, they had a little more poise so, everything he was seeing, going out there against some great defenses the past two weeks, he saw for the first and second time but, he got better mentally and he got better in somethings to learn from so, it wasn’t disappointing. It was a learning experience."

With more than a decade of pro experience, McCown was the easy choice for Bowles given the quarterback's ability to grasp the offense.

Well, (Petty) and (Hackenberg) give the young players a chance to develop as well. Josh, from an experience stand point, knows more, but that’s not why we made him the starter. We put him to start because he gives us the best chance from his talent, he’s proven that this spring and this summer so, he gives us the best chance that way.

With the Jets on a endless quest to find a franchise quarterback, Bowles acknowledges that naming McCown the starter doesn't give him that designation by any stretch of the imagination.

"That’s kind of a strange question, but until we (go) 16-0, you have a franchise quarterback," Bowles stated flatly. "If you don’t, I guess you don’t."

With many "experts" predicting the Jets will flirt with a 0-16 record, at the very least they have a wiley veteran to command the huddle for the season opener when they take on Buffalo.



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Madden 18 Player Ratings: New York Jets



PLAYER OVERALL RATINGS

LEONARD
WILLIAMS 85

MATT
FORTE 84

JAMES
CARPENTER 82

JAMAL
ADAMS 81

BILAL
POWELL 81

SHELDON
RICHARDSON 81

MORRIS
CLAIBORNE 79

QUINCY
ENUNWA 79

MUHAMMAD
WILKERSON 79

BRIAN
WINTERS 78

CHANDLER
CATANZARO 76

BUSTER
SKRINE 76

STEVE
MCLENDON 75

MARQUESS
WILSON 75

ROBBY
ANDERSON 74

DEMARIO
DAVIS 74

MARCUS
MAYE 74

AUSTIN
SEFERIAN-JENKINS 74

ARDARIUS
STEWART 74

MARCUS
WILLIAMS 74

JOSH
MCCOWN 73

SPENCER
PAYSINGER 73

JEFF
ADAMS 72

KELVIN
BEACHUM 72

BRUCE
CARTER 72

DAKOTA
DOZIER 72

LAC
EDWARDS 72

CHRIS
GRAGG 72

DARRON
LEE 72

JORDAN
LEGGETT 72

LORENZO
MAULDIN IV 72

RONTEZ
MILES 72

COREY
WHITE 71

CHAD
HANSEN 70

WESLEY
JOHNSON 70

JALIN
MARSHALL 70

ELIJAH
MCGUIRE 70

DEVIN
SMITH 70

LUCKY
WHITEHEAD 70

JUSTON
BURRIS 69

JONOTTHAN
HARRISON 69

JORDAN
JENKINS 69

BRYCE
PETTY 69

BRENT
QVALE 69

BRANDON
SHELL 69

DEVON
STILL 69

SHAMARKO
THOMAS 69

JOSH
MARTIN 68

DARRYL
ROBERTS 68

JORDAN
TODMAN 68

CHRISTIAN
HACKENBERG 67

DEXTER
MCDOUGLE 67

MIKE
PENNEL 67

ROBENSON
THEREZIE 67

KENBRELL
THOMPKINS 67

BEN
IJALANA 66

CHARONE
PEAKE 66

COREY
LEMONIER 65

MARCUS
MURPHY 65

DEON
SIMON 65

JEREMY
CLARK 64

DYLAN
DONAHUE 64

FRANKIE
HAMMOND 63

JULIAN
HOWSARE 63

DERRICK
JONES 63

RONALD
MARTIN JR 63

JULIAN
STANFORD 63

ERIC
TOMLINSON 63

CRAIG
WATTS 63

ALEX
BALDUCCI 62

ANTHONY
JOHNSON 62

LAWRENCE
THOMAS 62

FREDDIE
BISHOP 59

TANNER
PURDUM 46




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MADDEN 18 PLAYER RANKINGS
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2017 Jets Pre-Season Week 2 Review Podcast: At Detroit


Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the second week of the 2017 NFL Pre-Season as the New York Jets fall to the Detroit Lions by a final of 16-6. We saw a lot of ugly Jets football, but once again this is the pre-season and this is a rebuilding year.


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Madden 18 Official Review




Madden 18 Official Review: (X-BOX ONE VERSION)


What’s New

GAMEPLAY STYLES




ARCADE:

In this action-packed mode, the hits are furious and turnovers aplenty as the referees swallow their whistles and users smash the hit stick with all their might. This play style is fun and addicting; geared toward the casual fan and designed to impress your friends with high-octane, non-stop action.

SIMULATION:
The steadfast NFL fan will enjoy the opportunity for an authentic game experience that accounts for team and player tendencies played under normal league rules. This is the quintessential Madden mode that is both the most enjoyable and challenging for franchise newcomers and veterans alike. Users are somewhat handcuffed by what caliber team they select and specifically the quarterback they pick, so choose wisely!

COMPETITIVE:
Let the best man win. EA decided to take away the majority of AI nonsense in favor of allowing users to face-off against each other in order to showcase their skills. Penalties are few and far between in this style which is best suited for ranked human to human online mode. Find out how you truly stack up against the competition.

GAME MECHANICS


Target Passing Mode:
Don’t worry the QB vision isn’t coming back, but this part of the gameplay seems a bit over-engineered. Using a combination of the left thumbstick and the LT button (L2 for PS4 version) users can lead receivers to a designated marker on the field. While in theory this would seem to be ideal, in live game action this is often an overlooked and forgotten aspect of the gameplay.

GAME MODES:


PLAY IT NOW:

New to the Madden Franchise, this simple, but brilliant add-on allows players to dive into a regular season NFL game in real-time. You can also resume your season in Franchise Mode and it will reflect all the current stats and records in the current NFL.



LONG SHOT:
EA’s new foray into a story-driven mode tries to make every NFL fan's dream a reality. Long Shot mode chronicles the story of a top high school football star out of Texas whose goal of turning pro falls short after his college years.



After enlisting in the army and spending three years out of football, Devin Wade, EA’s fictional character, follows his best friend’s advice and elects not to give up on his pursuit of a professional football career. After a superb performance at a Regional NFL Combine, Wade receives an unexpected offer and rediscovers his love for the game, but it doesn’t come without inherent challenges.

With his dreams coming true right before his very eyes, including become a reality TV star, Wade begins to buckle under the pressure and needs a trip home to help him get back on the right track. With the help of a legendary quarterback mentor, Wade is able to find his way back onto the top of the football world.

MUT SQUAD:

I know, I know. What does MUT stand for? Madden Ultimate Team, (of course you Maddenites out there already knew that) which is gaining popularity year by year. Users pick the best players from different teams and eras and earn coins by playing against the CPU or human players in a variety of challenges. This mode leaves no stones unturned as every facet of team building matters.



Online team play allows for 3-on-3 contests with unique roles for each player including: offensive captain, defensive captain and coach. Players have the ability to toggle between the three roles pre-snap and after the ball is snapped.

The game mode can actually be scary since you’re assembling a seemingly unstoppable team and have the ability to pick from the top talent pools in the world. Once you play MUT Squad it will be hard to go back to Play Now mode with Tyrod Taylor slinging the ball to Jordan Matthews. Sorry Bills Fans!


FRANCHISE MODE:

Every year the details are greater, the stakes are higher and the possibilities are endless. Madden 18 builds on an already robust mode with users obtaining the ability to customize everything from ticket prices to the price of concessions. Madden Franchise mode is truly in rare form in this version, so dive into one of the most in-depth and realistic game modes that exist on any platform today.

GAMEPLAY IMPROVEMENTS:
Tackling ballcarriers is now an achievable feat thanks to the new grabbing and reaching animations that give lineman and linebackers alike a chance to get their paws on shifty and smaller backs. The secondary AI saw a refresher with interceptions not as frequent as in past versions.

The revamped Ball Hawk mechanic encourages players to either attempt a ball swat or interception depending on the play.

The offensive playbooks have been expanded so get ready to go deep into the bag of tricks by selecting a bevy of plays, while players can make “coaching adjustments” in the playcall menu to counteract the CPU or Human opponents’ strategy.

OVERALL REVIEW:
Madden 18 is in a lot of ways a more polished and refined version of its predecessor. With revamped player models that closely resemble the top NFL stars, updated commentary and fresh beats that enhance the gameplay experience, the bar has truly been raised for this model franchise. Gameplay mechanics have been steadily improved whereby any errant throw isn’t automatically intercepted as was the case over the last few installments. Instead in Madden 18, passes are tipped and dropped more times than not by defensive backs.

The gameplay mechanics remain status quo, but this year’s iteration seems to strike a fair balance between offensive firepower and defensive playmaking.



While the Longshot mode is worth a play-through, the replay value is quite low since it’s anticlimactic once your redemption story is complete. EA incorporated its Frostbite engine which was ushered in with a great deal of hype and promise, and while the Longshot mode is entertaining, the story is somewhat predictable and animations tend to be exaggerated and not lifelike. Longshot was billed as an exciting addition to this storied franchise, but I can’t see it remaining a staple of the game for years to come.

Franchise Mode and MUT SQUAD more than make up for any deficiencies exhibited by Longshot Mode and will quickly command hours of your time and attention. The online team play in MUT SQUAD creates endless hours of fun with friends in a game that is otherwise difficult to play in co-op mode. The creation of three roles for Madden Ultimate Team makes for an interesting twist and enables users the chance to alternate between them from play to play which keeps the action fresh and frenzied.

Taking into consideration the subtle improvements in gameplay, the expanded MUT mode and the gold standard that has been set by Madden’s Franchise Mode, Madden 18 won’t disappoint and has a plethora of game modes and styles to entertain and challenge fans of all ages and playing experience.

Try your hand in PLAY IT NOW mode and dive right into to your favorite team’s gameday battle. Madden 18 truly has something for everyone; making it one of the most complete installments released in recent memory.


OVERALL SCORE: 9.3

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Madden 18 Official Review Coming Soon!




Fans Favorite has received its very own copy of Madden 18 for Xbox One. As a long-time fan of the franchise, I can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy despite the cover athlete not exactly being a Fans Favorite!

The character models look to be refreshed from last year's version and the stadium art is also awe-inspiring.

The game's new features and a full review will be posted in the coming days. Madden 18 looks to have all the makings of the ultimate football simulation game that has mastered the art of story mode to bring players into the virtual sporting world.
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Todd Bowles: 'Players have individual right to sit for Anthem'




The racial riots that are taking place across the country are drawing reactions from all corners of the world. America is a nation divided on racial and political lines and it's an unsettling time to say the least. New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles was the latest high profile personality to speak out against the hatred and bigotry that still exists in our great nation.

When asked by Jets beat reporters his reaction to players protesting the state of the country by sitting for the National Anthem, Gang Green's head coach wholeheartedly supported an individual's right to express themselves.

"Well, it’s their individual right," said Bowles. "We don’t have a rulebook on what’s right to protest and not protest. "You don’t know those things until the course of time, whether it’s sitting for the Anthem, whether it’s raising your fist, whether it’s speaking out, whether it’s the Walk to Washington, who is to say who’s protest is good or bad? As a football team, politics and people are human – they’re part of it – so you can’t say what’s good or bad. I’m sure mostly everybody – I know I’m against racism, segregation and all that other stuff, but how do we come to an answer? I don’t have that answer. How do we come to a common ground? I don’t have that answer. It’s a hell of a debate and a hell of a topic. It needs to stop. I don’t have the answers to that, but who is to say who’s protest is good or bad? That’s just the way they feel and that’s their right to express it. On if he would discuss the topic of protests with his players… We’ve talked about it. We talk about current events all the time. It’s more than football with us. We talk about a lot of things. It’s a different topic – everybody has their own feelings about it. You can’t sway anybody one way or the other. We’re all grown men here, so that’s how people feel, that has nothing to do with what they do in practice and what they do on the field, but separately off the field they are going to feel the way they feel."

Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit for the National Anthem last season sent shockwaves throughout the country and ushered in a movement to take a stand against racism in the United States.

I'm appalled and disgusted by the racial-based violence transpiring, but veterans in this country sacrificed for our freedom and I think it's a sign of disrespect for those whose lives have been lost trying to make the world a better place. There has to be a more appropriate manner to demonstrate disapproval of today's racial climate and not honoring the country by sitting actually offends the exact people who risked their lives to secure ALL of our freedom.

My grandfather was a paratrooper in World War II and with only an eighth grade education he worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant. He was drafted into the army, and never drew a weapon in his life until his country came calling him.

So while Bowles is defending his players' right to make their own choices, I would urge players to find a way to bring to light the ugly episodes of racial violence that are taking place, while at the same time not disrespecting the honorable servicemen and servicewoman who are stationed at home and oversees to keep us all safe.

"We’ve talked about it," said Bowles of discussing racial riots with his team. "We talk about current events all the time. It’s more than football with us. We talk about a lot of things. It’s a different topic – everybody has their own feelings about it. You can’t sway anybody one way or the other. We’re all grown men here, so that’s how people feel, that has nothing to do with what they do in practice and what they do on the field, but separately off the field they are going to feel the way they feel."
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Jets sign WR Kenbrell Thompkins




The New York Jets announced the signing of WR Kenbrell Thompkins on Wednesday to bolster a receiving corps that has been under scrutiny for its lack of pro experience and production.

Thompkins appeared in 7 games during the 2015 season with the Jets recording 17 receptions for 165 yards. Many Jet fans will remember Thompkins dropping a deep pass from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter of the team's Week 17 loss to the Bills that knocked them out of postseason contention.

Thompkins joins a receiving group led by Robbie Anderson, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake as well as tight end Austin Serafin-Jenkins. A former Cincinnati Bearcat, Thompkins will add some much needed NFL experience to a unit that is full of promising youngsters.

To make room on the roster for Thompskins, the Jets waived injured Safety Doug Middleton.
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2017 NY Jets Preseason Game #1 Review: vs. Tennessee





Join Daniel Feuersten & Rick Laughland as they review the first New York Jets Pre-Season Game as they defeated the Tennessee Titans by a final of 7-3.

We are back and ready to go for this new Jets era with a season with no expectations and only the hope of competitive games.

The Jets podcast duo discusses a surprisingly strong performance by Gang Green's defense and discusses why the 2017 season won't be measure strictly by wins and losses. Todd Bowles' group is showing they are buying into the system and playing sound fundamental football. Listen in to the podcast team as they follow the Jets all season long. Subscribe to the Podcast today!
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President Trump Intends to Nominate Woody Johnson to Ambassador Position




PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP INTENDS TO NOMINATE WOODY JOHNSON, NEW YORK JETS CHAIRMAN AND CEO, TO SERVE AS AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Christopher Johnson to take over as New York Jets Chairman and CEO subject to
Woody Johnson's nomination and Senate Confirmation

– The New York Jets confirmed today that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Woody Johnson, team owner, Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets to serve as Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

If Woody Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Christopher Johnson, his brother and an owner will become Chairman and CEO. In that role, Christopher will directly oversee all day-to-day team operations.

“The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody. His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his,” said Christopher Johnson. “Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve.”

"On behalf of the entire organization, we would be extremely proud to see Woody nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador. We could not be more excited for him and his family," said New York Jets President Neil Glat.

Woody Johnson and his family purchased the NFL’s New York Jets on January 18, 2000. Woody, a fourth-generation member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, has built upon his family’s proud legacy of achievement as a successful businessman, civic leader and compassionate philanthropist.
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Jets 2017 Training Camp Schedule




JETS ANNOUNCE
2017 TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
The Green & White Practice/Scrimmage Returns to MetLife Stadium

The New York Jets 2017 Training Camp will provide fans with opportunities to watch practice, including nine open practices specifically designed to host large crowds. All practices will be at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, except for the Green & White Practice/Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium on August 5. The team will break camp prior to the Week Three preseason game against the Giants. The Jets 2017 Training Camp is supported by BASF, Dell-EMC, JetBlue, MetLife, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, SAP, Seasonal World and Toyota.
Players will continue the Jets tradition of signing autographs for fans after practice along the fence line. However, autographs are not guaranteed for every fan in attendance.
Admission and parking at all Jets Training Camp events will be free, but tickets are required. Beginning on June 27, fans can register and print tickets for Open Practices, and find information on parking and directions by visiting newyorkjets.com/camp. Fans attending Training Camp are encouraged to check the website for security and carry-in procedures.
Practices may be cancelled or closed to the public in the case of inclement weather. Fans are encouraged to call the team’s fan line at (973) 549-4844 or visit newyorkjets.com for the most up-to-date news regarding practice schedules. Updates are also available on Twitter (@nyjets) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Jets).
Green & White Practice/Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium
On Saturday, August 5, the Jets Green & White Practice/Scrimmage will return to MetLife Stadium. This event is free and open to the public and will feature a gameday-like atmosphere, along with fan entertainment and family-friendly events including autographs from Jets Legends, an appearance by the Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders, Jets Fest, Jets Experience and the Jets Shop. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and practice will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Fan Experience Amenities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
For Open Practices, fans can take advantage of bleachers for enhanced viewing (up to 1,000 fans), a shuttle service to and from the parking lot, water stations close to the field, cooling zones provided by Seasonal World, a food court provided by Village Supermarkets and a fan zone fully equipped with family-friendly activities. Fans will also enjoy Training Camp staples including Jets Fest, featuring skills challenges, music, inflatable rides, virtual reality and the Jets Shop tent filled with new merchandise for the 2017 season.
Gen Jets Kids Club
At all Open Practices and the Green & White Practice/Scrimmage, members of the Gen Jets Kids Club, will have a kids-only player autograph area. Space is limited to the first 125 kids each day on a first-come, first-serve basis, so parents are encouraged to check in their children at the Gen Jets tent upon arrival. Fun activities for kids will be announced at practice all throughout the summer.
2017 New York Jets Training Camp Schedule

For all practices at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center (AHJTC), gates will open at 1:00 p.m. For the Green & White practice/scrimmage at MetLife Stadium, gates will open at 5:30 p.m. All dates and times are subject to change including cancellations due to inclement weather.

Date
Location
Time
Event/Access
Friday, July 28, 2017
AHJTC

Players Report – No Practice
Monday, July 31, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Thursday, August 3, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Saturday, August 5,2017
MetLife Stadium
7:00pm
Green & White Practice/Scrimmage – Open to Public
Monday, August 7, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Thursday, August 10, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Saturday, August 12, 2017
MetLife Stadium
7:30pm
New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans
Monday, August 14, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Thursday, August 17, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Ford Field
7:30pm
New York Jets @ Detroit Lions
Monday, August 21, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Thursday, August 24, 2017
AHJTC
1:50pm
Public Practice with Valid Ticket
Thursday, August 24, 2017


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Transcript: Jets head coach Todd Bowles




On if he thought the offense looked better today…
They were crisper today. It’s still give and take on both sides. (We are) just trying to get better.

On getting Bilal Powell back at practice…
It’s good to get his feet wet. You know he’s missed some time now so he’s got a lot of catching up to do but it’s good to see him out there.

On if there is any additional news on Lucky Whitehead’s injury…
Lucky broke his foot.

On if Whitehead will be out for the year…
I don’t know if he’s out for the year but I know he’s out for a little while.

On if the team will try and acquire a returner given Whitehead’s injury…
We still got a couple guys we want to look at and then as we get down in it, if we don’t see what we want we’ll look for one.

On if Whitehead needs surgery…
I’m not sure yet, they’re still checking him out.

On how long Whitehead will be out…
It’s still undetermined. They’re still checking him out.

On why Marquess Wilson didn’t practice…
He had a sore hip.

On Bilal Powell…
He had fresh legs, that’s the first thing, other than that he’s just got to get caught up to speed, just get used to the blocking schemes and everything else. But he was fresh so that’s about all he can do right now.

On the development of Dexter McDougle…
Well he’s a little more confident mentally as far as knowing what he’s doing and he’s finally trying to put a couple practices together and a game together, you just got to keep working.

On if practice ended early today…
They practiced pretty fast today so we got done early.

On if the early end was a reward for Saturday’s play…
No.

On if the team has made a point to keep a fast tempo and run a lot of plays in practice…
We try and get more plays in a short period of time and they can get their wind up and conditioning at the same time, (and at the) same time we keep the tempo going and they can concentrate.

On if the fast tempo is something they can carry into the preseason…
We’re going to try and get them going. At certain times we’ll do different things, but we’ll try and get them going faster.

On how enjoyable it’s been to coach Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye considering he was a former safety…
Well it’s been enjoyable to coach them all, but two rookies playing, they study, they work hard every day, they have some mistakes in practice, but they learn from their mistakes and it’s just good to see them because they’re good people as well.

On Coach John Morton’s statement that Christian Hackenberg is still a rookie in many ways…
It is because he’s getting a lot more reps (now). Last year, there were three quarterbacks ahead of him, so this year there’s only three in camp, so he’s getting a lot more reps right now (and) he’s getting to play for the first time really without running scout team cards so in that respect, yes.

On what Hackenberg is better at this year than he was last year…
I don’t know if he’s better at anything, he’s just learning the offense and having the whole spring and taking the reps more, he’s getting to play more and as he plays more everything becomes easier for him so he’s better mentally from that standpoint.

On if the way Hackenberg is playing now makes him glad he took the approach he did with Hackenberg last season…
It’s hard to get reps when there are three quarterbacks in front of you. I’m happy where he is right now and he’s getting to play, he’s learning it, he doesn’t make the same mistake too many times and he’s getting better from there.

On if he’s glad he “redshirted” Hackenberg last year…
He was going to redshirt with the guys we had last year regardless.

On how much more Josh McCown will play in the second preseason game…
Again, we haven’t discussed it yet. We will try and give him more than seven plays, but we haven’t discussed it yet.

On how often Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, and Muhammad Wilkerson will be on the field at the same time this season…
We haven’t gotten in the game plan yet. Right now were just trying to play hard and come together as a unit. As we get into the game plan when the season comes we’ll see.

On how important it will be to get production from Williams, Richardson and Wilkerson…
Well it’s important to get production out of everybody. They just have to do their jobs and everybody else has to do theirs.

On if it might be more beneficial to play only two of them at a time…
Again, when we get into the game plan during the season we’ll discuss it. Right now, they’re just trying to get better, we haven’t even gotten into the game plan of playing people so that’s the last part on my mind.

On why he thinks McDougle is more confident…
He’s finally comfortable. He’s finally healthy first of all. He’s had some nicks the last couple of years that’s kept him off the field and he’s missed a significant amount of time. But now he’s back he’s healthy and he came in in great shape and its showing.

On if he has been happy with Darron Lee and Demario Davis’s coverage in the pass game…
They get good depth (on their drops). They’re still learning how to work together. They have great communication, so they just have to keep getting better.
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New York Jets to Introduce New Food Options


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Feuerstein's Fire Podcast


Listen to everything American Soccer and locally on the New York Red Bulls as Daniel Feuerstein of Once a Metro recaps the week on Soccer in MLS, NASL, USL, New York Red Bulls and everything else.



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FANS FAVORITE PODCAST



Tune in Sunday night at 11PM as Rick Laughland and Daniel Feuerstein recap the New York Jets win over the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. With many fans expecting the Jets to be the worst team in football, Gang Green showed for at least one night that they could put a respectable product on the field. Let's not get carried away since this is just the preseason opener, but Todd Bowles' group seems to have turned the page from a disastrous year in 2016.

The record when it's all said and done might be worse than last season, but the fundamental mistakes that fans saw early in the preseason during last year's campaign were nowhere to be found this time around. The success of the 2017 season won't be measured by wins or losses, but by how a young group stays together and how the coaching staff evaluates the talent on the team that can be building blocks for the future.

QB Josh McCown has embraced the role as a mentor to both Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty as the duo try to establish themselves as viable options under center. Tune in throughout the Jets season to get the latest previews and reviews as we follow the Jets season from start to finish.
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Jets stifle Titans 7-3 in Preseason Opener


The New York Jets held the Tennessee Titans to 223 yards of total offense as Todd Bowles and company put on a defensive clinic on Friday night. TItans starter Marcus Mariota completed 2 of his 3 pass attempts for 15 yards as Gang Green's first team defense set the tone for the remainder of the defensive slug-fest. The Jets tallied eight sacks on the night including seven alone on back-up Alex Tanney who also tossed an interception to produce a paltry 41.0 QB rating.

New York didn't exactly put on an offensive showcase aside from starter Josh McCown looking sharp during the opening drive as he marched the Jets downfield for their only score of the game by connecting with WR Charone Peake for a 4-yard touchdown pass. Robbie Anderson led the way for New York on the receiving end amassing 71 yards on 3 receptions with a long catch of 53 yards. New York's ground game was virtually non-existent with RB Jordan Todman producing 20 yards on 8 carries, while RB Romar Morris also led the way in rushing with 20 yards on 12 touches.

Between backups Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, the former Penn State Nittany Lion standout had a more productive night completing 18 of 25 attempts, but did cough up a fumble in the contest. Petty's time was limited, but he didn't show much to impress the coaching staff and solidify his place on the depth chart.

The Jets defense had a few blown assignments most notably surrendering a 40-yard scamper to Titans RB Akeem Judd, but the upstart unit was flying around the field and looked much better prepared and cohesive than last year's unit did in its preseason opener.

Gang Green will travel to Detroit next Saturday night to take on the Lions at Ford Field with kickoff slated for 7:30PM E.T.

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Social Media Stupidity









When we try to have a serious discussion about sports between friends, you try to either have a sensible discussion or at least calm your friend down when he might go completely crazy about the player he has an issue with.

But on social media it's a completely different story. Sometimes having people waiting to hijack your comments to try and bait you to say something silly or to try and tag you for being a racist all because you had a negative and legit comment about a certain player and it wasn't for the color of his skin.

Geno Smith who is the backup QB for the New York Jets right now is a player that has the ability and the talent to do some damage on the football field and has won games in the past, but the negative on the field is he makes too many mistakes and he hasn't corrected them.

But off the field he made the biggest mistake inside his own locker room during the pre-season last year. We all know the situation that got Smith sucker punched by I.K. Emekapali inside the Jets locker room because he was too immature not to settle the matter like an adult, or at least do the right thing by paying Emekapali back the money for the flight Smith missed as a family member was injured.

Every time I look at an professional athlete that plays for a certain sport or for a certain team, it's a given that they have fantastic athletic ability to go out and perform at the highest level, but as I have always said his mental makeup is also a major part of how any professional athlete conducts his actions on and off the field.

Smith boasted when Ryan Fitzpatrick came back during training camp that he was auditioning for the 31 teams in the NFL for his services and outside of a decent performance in the first week of the Pre-Season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he flopped big time and while he is still in Green and White, Smith looked disappointing.

So are my comments about Geno Smith racist? No they are not, because this is a simple evaluation of the young man who has plenty of potential and sadly lost the respect of the locker room as each and every player were Black, White and Hispanic. At the same time when Mark Sanchez was injured back in 2013 I was rooting for Geno to have a good season and hoped he was the future franchise quarterback this Jets team desperately needs.

Why is it that I have supported Todd Bowles as the head coach of the Jets when he came over or why is it I have a Darrelle Revis Jets jersey in my possession. Not only do I want athletes of all colors to succeed for the sports teams I cheer for, but I also show respect to the ones that I enjoy having conversations with like the professional soccer players who come from England, Jamaica and those from the United States.

It is a damn shame that internet trolls who hide behind their computers will try to hijack a legitimate conversation and try to tag you as a racist, just to make you feel like crap and stop the conversation. Why is it that I have made friends either thru School, Summer Camp and show respect to colleagues in the sports writing business of all color, yet a pathetic fraud wants to pick a fight or try to end a legit discussion because they throw that word out there without showing any responsibility for it what so ever.

Sadly we may never know why these internet trolls and cyber bullies will continue to try and make you look like something you're not or shaming professional women journalists because they think they are better than these woman who do a fantastic job at their craft.

Just for once you wish these trolls would have the courage and dare I say the balls to actually have a legit discussion about the topic that is being discussed and stop throwing out words that will halt it. Because you do nothing by destroying real conversations for no reason.
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