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NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Due to the extreme blizzard that's hit the Buffalo area, the NFL announced Thursday that the Sunday's Bills game against the New York Jets would be moved to another city.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the game will be played Monday night in Detroit at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Buffalo area has been hammered with at least six feet of snow which has stopped the Bills from holding practice Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Bills' officials, every foot of snow that falls in and around the teams' stadium takes three days to remove. It is estimated that the stadium currently has four feet of snow in it -- and another two feet is expected to fall before it's all over.

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Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Rex Ryan Fined for On-Field Cursing

Nick Laham/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was fined $100,000 Friday by the NFL after cameras caught him yelling profanity after their matchup with the Steelers.

Despite the hefty fine, Ryan made fun of the situation.

“Yeah, I think I was saying thank you,” Ryan joked early in the week. “Emotions run high in games, and sometimes I think its best (that) what happens on the field stays on the field. That’s where it stems from. It’s a very emotional game. Obviously, I have to do a good job of controlling my emotions and things like that. Things happen and I am sorry if I offended anybody.”

 According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen the severity of the fine is based around this being Ryan's third such infraction.

In 2011, Ryan was fined $75,000 for cursing at a fan after the fan yelled "Bill Belichick is a better coach than you."

In 2010 he was fined $50,000 for flipping the bird to a fan at an MMA event.

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Idzik Shoulders Blame for Jets Season

Idzik Shoulders Blame for Jets Season

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, NJ) -- In a season that has left fans irate, Jets General Manager John Idzik addressed the media and accepted the blame for a New York team off to a 1-7 start.

In his mid-season press conference, Idzik took accountability for the dissapointing start.

"It starts with me," Idzik stated. "My performance as General Manager, everything falls under me."

Idzik's hand picked quarterback Geno Smith has dramatically regressed in his second season.  In the worst start ever by a Jets quarterback, Smith completed two of eight passes for five yards and had three interceptions.

When asked who would start at quarterback this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, Idzik deflected the responsibility to head coach Rex Ryan, simply stating it was "an organizational decision... everyone has a card in that game" and that Ryan would answer that question.

In a later press conference Ryan announced that he would go ahead with Mike Vick.

In spite of the terrible performances, Idzik maintained support for Smith.

"He is still a New York Jet," Idzik said when asked if Geno would see the field again this season. "We are still trying to develop Geno Smith."

The Jets general manager remained adamant that this is a long-term plan.  It remains to be seen if anyone will be left when the season is over to execute it.

 

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Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a three-and-out and three interceptions to open the game the Geno Smith era in New York may soon be over.

As the clock ticked under five minutes to go in the first quarter the Jets handed the reigns to Mike Vick.  That would still not be enough as New York lost to the Bills 43-23 and committed six turnovers on the day.

"I made the move to go to Mike and I think we responded," Rex Ryan said. "There was a lot of good things we did with Mike in there."

With Vick under center New York pulled close as Nick Folk hit a 55-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 24-17.

Turnovers continued to haunt the Jets throughout the day. Vick commited three turnovers of his own that killed any momentum New York had built.

"We have to take care of the football better," Ryan stated.

Buffalo stormed away in the second half though as Kyle Orton tossed a pair of touchdowns to Scott Chandler and rookie wideout Sammy Watkins.  Orton finished the day completing 10 of 17 passes with four touchdowns - the first time in his career he had done so.

When asked who would start next week for the Jets when they travel to Kansas City, Ryan deferred only saying, "we'll look at that later."

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Jets and WR Jeremy Kerley Agree to Contract Extension

Jets and WR Jeremy Kerley Agree to Contract Extension

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets (1-6) and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley agreed to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.

The deal is worth $16 million, with $5.4 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

The Jets selected Kerley out of TCU with the 153rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. In 49 career regular-season games, he has 150 receptions for 1,865 yards and seven touchdowns.

Kerley has led the Jets in receptions and receiving yards the last two seasons.

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Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Patriots Edge Jets, 27-25 Thanks to Blocked Field Goal

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- In a game that ended closer than some had previously predicted, the New England Patriots look to be back on track after narrowly defeating the New York Jets 27-25 on Thursday Night Football.

With time expiring, Jets kicker Nick Folk lined up for a 58-yard field goal but it was blocked by defensive tackle Chris Jones.

"It's good to feel that ball hitting my hand and it's good to get the win," Jones said. "I just played it legally and did all that I could."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was solid on Thursday night as he completed 20 of 37 passes for 261 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Running back Shane Vereen was the leading rusher and receiver for the Patriots as he racked up 43 yards one the ground, had 71 receiving yards, and caught two touchdowns.

After a tough start to the season, the Patriots find themselves at 5-2 through seven weeks of the regular season and are in first place in the AFC East.

The Jets meanwhile fell to 1-6 on the season.

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Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Jets Hope to Snap Losing Streak in New England

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets are hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive loss on Thursday night when they take on the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are looking for their sixth consecutive regular season home victory over the Jets.

There has been much criticism over head coach Rex Ryan going with second year starter Geno Smith instead of veteran Michael Vick, but Ryan has faith he'll turn it around.

"I think Geno is the best way to go right now," Ryan said. "That's why I'm comfortable saying he will be our starter."

Ryan said this week that the team doesn't need any extra motivation and believes in his team.

"It's going to be there. Both teams don't like each other," Ryan said.  "There's respect for each other, but I don't think you really like each other. We know we have to be at our very best."

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Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Geno Smith Blames Media for Poor Play

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Expectations have not been met this far for the New York Jets and their fans. After a surprising 8-8 season in 2013, hopes were high entering 2014.

This season the team is 1-5, currently on a five game losing streak. As the team prepares to face their division rival New England Patriots, Geno Smith spoke with the New England media via conference call. 

When asked about his roller coaster play, Smith did not shoulder all of the blame but pointed the finger at the media.

"For me, it hasn’t been," Smith said, according to a transcript of the call. "I think, obviously, with everything that goes on with the media, a lot of things are, I would say, miscommunicated, and then it just gets misprinted and then misunderstood.

"I don’t have any quarrels with anything. The main thing is that we just have to find a way to get a win. The hardest part about it all is losing. With the effort, the time that we put in, the preparation that we put in throughout the week, coming up with game plans -- we always have a really good game plan going in -- and then obviously we haven’t executed as well as we’d like. Those things are tougher than I guess what can be said and what is portrayed out there in the media." 

Smith can point fingers, but the stats do not lie: In six games this season, Smith has six touchdowns, seven interceptions and completed 57% of his passes.

 

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Bears Thwart Jets Late Rally, Win 27-19

Bears Thwart Jets Late Rally, Win 27-19

Nick Laham/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Down by eight with 3:18 left in the game, quarterback Geno Smith led the New York Jets 71 yards before his fourth down pass to Jeremy Kerley was caught out of bounds, sealing the Chicago Bears a 27-19 win Monday night.

The Bears (2-1) started their scoring early when safety Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards on the second offensive play of the game.

Jay Cutler completed 23 of 38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns -- both to tight end Martellus Bennett -- in the win.

"Right now I feel I'm very intelligent on the field," Bennett said. "The game is getting a lot easier. I know the offense better. I know what Jay wants."

The Jets (1-2) had problems on offense, turning the ball over three times and losing receiver Eric Decker to a hamstring injury in the first half.

Alshon Jeffrey had eight receptions for 105 yards in the win.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Chicago Bears 27 (2-1) – New York Jets 19 (1-2) 

MLB: New York Yankees 5 (81-75) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (93-63)

Kansas City Royals 2 (85-71) – Cleveland Indians 0 (82-75)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (79-77) – Seattle Mariners 4 (83-73)

Chicago White Sox 2 (72-84) – Detroit Tigers 0 (86-70)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (85-71) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-80)

Texas Rangers 4 (63-93) – Houston Astros 3 (69-88)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-94) – Minnesota Twins 2 (66-90) 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (88-69) – Chicago Cubs 0 (69-88) 

Oakland Athletics 8 (86-70) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (96-61)

San Diego Padres 1 (75-81) – Colorado Rockies 0 (65-92)

San Francisco Giants 5 (85-71) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (89-68) -13 Innings

 

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Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham has taken a leave of absence and told his coach Bruce Arians that he's losing his desire to play football.The 36-year-old Abraham, who is the NFL's all-time active sacks leader (133.5), left the team's win over the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter Monday with a concussion. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Abraham has dealt with severe memory loss for more than a year.

"I think when you get to that age, and for whatever reason, if that game on Monday Night Football and that atmosphere didn't have you flying around like always or more, then something is missing," Arians said. "That's basically what he reflected to me. He said, 'There were times in that game I wasn't in it, and that's not fair to my teammates. I've got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.'"

Abraham was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He's played in 192 games since then recording 547 tackles, 47 forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) - New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) - Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) - Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) - Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) - Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) - OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) - Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) - New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) - OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) - Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) - Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) - Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) - Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) - New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) - Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) - Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) - San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will get his first start on Sunday against the Jets on the road.

Carr was named the starter earlier this week over veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and is ready for everything that Jets head coach Rex Ryan has to throw at him.

"He’s got a great blitz package. He’s got, obviously, a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie, he’s probably going to want to show them all. I go in and expect, as much as I can, I expect everything. Then if something doesn’t happen, then I’ll be surprised," Carr said Tuesday.

"That’s how I have to prepare. I have to prepare for everything, even maybe for something he hasn’t shown but could show," he continued. "Obviously I reach out to anybody who can help me. I called my brother because he’s played them seven times. I called him and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk Jets. You were there, you’ve seen them.’ So we talked. I picked his brain, took notes and that was it. Now I went about my business for the rest of the week, picked [Matt] Schaub’s brain, picked the coaches’ brain, so I expect a lot."

The Raiders have a brand new roster full of veterans to go along with Carr. Still, Ryan isn't concerned about it.

"We’re just going to show up and do what we do. Again, we played the Raiders last year, we’ve seen their tape, they’ve seen us and everything else. That part of it is, it’s not like, oh, all of a sudden you’re going to run the wishbone, which by the way, we’re going to run this game. That part of it, ‘oh, we’re holding them back,’ I don’t believe that, everybody, you just play, and that’s really what you do," Ryan said on Wednesday.

The Raiders have lost 12 straight games on the East coast, but Ryan doesn't think geographic location has anything to do with it.

"I think at one point it’s overblown, because I think when you look at last year the teams that had the most success were west coast teams coming to the east coast. Now, obviously with the Raiders having bad numbers, they haven’t had the success of it, but I think it’s football is football, regardless of where you play it,” Ryan said of their poor record.

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Panthers Sign Stephen Hill to Practice Squad

Panthers Sign Stephen Hill to Practice Squad

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- After a brief and frustrating time with the New York Jets, the Carolina Panthers have signed wide receiver Stephen Hill to their practice squad.

The Jets drafted Hill with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 Draft. They traded up in the second round to select the former Georgia Tech product, and even passed on Alshon Jeffrey, who has emerged as one of the top young receivers in the NFL.

Hill wound up disappointing the receiver-needy Jets. In two seasons with the team, Hill caught 45 passes for 594 yards with four touchdowns.

The team decided it was in the best interest of both sides to part ways.

Hill went unclaimed through waivers, so the Panthers, who are also shallow at the wide receiver position, decided to roll the dice and see if their coaches can turn him into the player some thought he could one day become.

Aside from tight end Greg Olsen, the team is thin at the receiver position. They have veterans Jason Avant and Jericho Cotchery. No other wide receiver on the team has a single NFL catch in their career.

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Jets Suspend Cornerback Dimitri Patterson for Rest of Preseason

Jets Suspend Cornerback Dimitri Patterson for Rest of Preseason

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- After he never showed up for the team's preseason game, the New York Jets have suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason.

Patterson didn't show up for the team's preseason game last Friday night against the New York Giants. He went AWOL and wasn't heard from for 48 hours.

"I think there's a level of accountability," guard Willie Colon said. "I think if he's able to stand up in front of the team and say, 'Hey, this is how I felt, such-and-such happened,' whether it's right, wrong or indifferent, for him to say something would be welcomed. We'll have to proceed from there."

Though there was speculation that Patterson could be cut, the team has decided to just suspended him until Monday as they get ready for their first game of the 2014 regular season.

The 31-year-old Patterson is a nine-year NFL veteran, but this is his first season with the Jets.

He's battled injuries the past few seasons, as he's played in just 15 out of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons.

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Jets Name Geno Smith the Starting Quarterback

Jets Name Geno Smith the Starting Quarterback

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Despite the signing of Michael Vick in the offseason, the New York Jets have named Geno Smith the team's starting quarterback.

"I think he's taken off from where he left off [last season]," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "I expect great things in the future."

Smith was the team's starting quarterback last year, and played well at times as he navigated through his rookie season. Even though Vick has been a Pro Bowl quarterback, he will start the season on the sidelines.

"I think it's great for Geno," Vick said. "I knew the entire time that Geno was going to be the starter, but Geno went out and proved that he's capable of running this team and putting this team in a position to win."

In five quarters of play in the preseason, Smith threw only one interception. He also completed 70 percent of his passes with one touchdown.

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Bears Agree to Deal with Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes

Bears Agree to Deal with Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears are rolling the dice on a potential big return as ESPN is reporting the team has agreed to terms on a deal with wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

The 30-year-old Holmes spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets, but has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons.

He appeared in just four games in 2012 due to a lisfrank injury, and never fully regained his old form. 

The team decided that it was time for both sides to mutually part ways as he didn't figure into the teams future plans.

In 11 games last season, Holmes caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown. He appeared in all 16 regular season games just once during his time with the Jets.

With the Bears set at wide receiver with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Holmes figures to be a complimentary part of an already explosive Bears offense under second-year head coach Mark Trestman.

In 2014, the Bears had the eighth ranked offense in the NFL.

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Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Jets Have Faith in Geno Smith

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) -- New York Jets veteran quarterback Michael Vick believes second-year quarterback Geno Smith will be "10 times" better than he was last year.

The Jets signed Vick to be the backup to the young Smith in the offseason and he's taken it in stride.

"He's going to be great," Vick said Tuesday after practice. "He's going to be 10 times better than where he was last year, and I'm looking forward to it."

"You see guys around the league, around his age, having success and doing good things for their ball club, and I think he wants to fall right into that echelon," Vick continued.

Smith will start the preseason opener on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I want to see some production," head coach Rex Ryan said of Smith. "I think we'll see it. I know [Smith] will have the command. Let's have the production, too.".

Ryan, who is relying on the success of the team for another contract, believes that having Vick as a backup is a good thing for Smith.

"When you have a Mike Vick come in here, you'd better be at the top of your game," Ryan said.

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Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Jets’ Smith and Milliner Make a Pair of Bold Proclamations

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(CORTLAND, N.Y.) -- The one thing the New York Jets are not short on during training camp is confidence. Second-year players Geno Smith and Dee Milliner both think they're on the verge of stardom.

In a recent survery compiled by ESPN, Smith was ranked the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, something he plans on changing.

"The thing about it is, you have to climb up," Smith told ESPN.com on Saturday after practice. "If I'm No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect to be in the top 5."

In his rookie year, Smith threw 12 touchdowns compared to 21 interceptions.

Meanwhile, sophomore cornerback Dee Milliner made an even bolder claim.

"The best corner in the league? Me," Milliner told the New York Daily News in an interview Saturday. "I ain't gonna say that somebody else is better than me."

Milliner's rookie season was categorized by many as inconsistent at best. He made 56 tackles in 2013 to go along with three interceptions.

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Jets Draft QB Tajh Boyd

Jets Draft QB Tajh BoydKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets selected former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd with the 213th overall pick on Saturday. Jets head coach Rex Ryan's son, Seth, is a freshman wide receiver on Clemson and gave the Jets and...
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