Posts Tagged ‘New York Jets’

Well-Traveled Jonas Gray Awaiting Role in Patriots Backfield

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
On his third team since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, Jonas Gray waited until last Thursday to play in his first NFL regular-season game. (NFL Game Rewind)

On his third team since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, Jonas Gray waited until last Thursday to play in his first NFL regular-season game. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Jonas Gray waited. The Pontiac, Mich., native found himself in a crowded Notre Dame backfield consisting of Armando Allen, Robert Hughes, James Aldridge and Theo Riddick, garnering a total of 75 carries over his first three years in South Bend.

But he found his way into an expanded role as a Fighting Irish senior in 2011, filtering in behind Cierre Wood to take 114 carries 791 yards on his way to the first 12 touchdowns of his collegiate career. With those 12 scores, though, Gray’s collegiate career was over.

He had started five games and appeared in 34. Yet as the 2012 NFL draft got underway that April, Gray would have to wait once more. His name was not among the 253 players and 19 running backs selected over three days and seven rounds.

It was among the Miami Dolphins’ undrafted signings, instead. Only the 5’10”, 230-pound undrafted rookie would never play in a regular-season game for Miami; he was placed on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury during the 2012 training camp. He was later released following the 2013 training camp.

Gray cleared waivers and joined the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, where he remained for the duration of the campaign. But when the Ravens’ campaign ended in Week 17, so did Gray’s tenure with the team.

He embarked on a new tenure with the New England Patriots on Jan. 2, 2014. The reserve/futures signee proceeded to hold onto a spot on the 90-man roster, then 75-man roster seven months later. He played in all four preseason games, and led the team with 142 rushing yards on 37 carries.

Gray continued to hold on, even after he was waived during August’s final cuts. And when Stevan Ridley was lost for the season only six weeks in, the 24-year-old was promoted from the practice squad and handled an opportunity he never had in Miami or Baltimore. (more…)


Inside Out: How Chris Ivory, Jets Broke Rightward vs. Patriots

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Chris Ivory and the Jets broke ground against the Patriots (Mark L. Baer - USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Ivory and the Jets broke ground against the Patriots on Thursday night in Foxborough, and it wasn’t all through the middle.  (Mark L. Baer – USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New York Jets ran the ball 43 times against the New England Patriots last Thursday night. In the process, 218 rushing yards were gained, and that output marked the most a Jets team had registered versus a Patriots team since 1990.

It could have been the four days of preparation. It could have been the fact Rob Ninkovich and Vince Wilfork had combined for 288 defensive snaps since Week 6. It could have been alignment and tackling technique. Or, it could have simply been the urgency of a 1-5 Jets squad on the road versus a division rival.

Whatever was at play, 14 of New York’s carries went through the right B- and C-gaps of the offensive line to the tune of 87 yards while New England fought for containment. (more…)


Off Target: Tom Brady, Patriots Passing Game Miss Window of Opportunity vs. Jets

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game left several plays on the field against the Jets in Week 7. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New York Jets’ 30-27 overtime defeat of the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium ended in controversy, but what’s lost in the Week 7 rubble is what led up to it.

Long before Jets kicker Nick Folk converted the deciding second-chance field goal from 42 yards out, and long before Patriots rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a missed field goal from 56 yards out, New England – up 21-10 at halftime – had offensive chances to secure victory.

Those chances turned into missed chances. And although the rushing corps complied 90 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, the Patriots offense finished a humbling 1-for-12 on third down and kept the defense on the field for 46 minutes of game clock.

It was a disparity that, fair or not, hinged on the arm of quarterback Tom Brady and his ability to synchronize with receivers.

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New York Jets at New England Patriots: Ten Keys to Week 2

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

New England will defend against its second rookie quarterback in as many weeks, Jets second-round pick Geno Smith. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots host the New York Jets tonight in a contest which will determine the current leader of the AFC East. Both teams narrowly escaped from their games last weekend via last-second field goals, and tonight’s contest may be closer than anticipated as well, owing to a recent string of Patriots injuries which has cast some doubt over their ability to score the ball as consistently as they have in the past. Read on for ten keys to what should be a competitive divisional matchup.

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Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 7/30

Monday, July 30th, 2012
Patriots Training Camp Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez is getting plenty of work at Patriots Training Camp. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

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New York Jets Ready to Compete With Patriots Again: Enemy Week

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Tom Brady Patriots Jets

The Jets will have their work cut out for them as long as Tom Brady is under center. (Photo: US Presswire)

Guest Editor: Ryan Alfieri (NYJetsDraft.com)

For the first time in the Rex Ryan era, the Jets were unable to beat the Patriots even one time last season.

Let’s be honest: losing to Rex Ryan’s Jets makes Patriots fans sick to their stomach, more so than losing to the Bills or Dolphins. Just the sight of Mark Sanchez throwing up his finger in celebration causes nausea.

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