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Posted 2 Jul 2014
QuotePosted by Curtis Crabtree on July 1, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT
Getty ImagesSergeant Bryan Dilberian lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan three years ago. With the help of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, he’s getting a new “smart home” to better accommodate his needs.
According to Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press, Johnson donated $1 million to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation for its “Building for America’s Bravest” program. The money donated will build two modified homes, including one for Dilberian.
Dilberian lost both legs and an arm when an improvised explosive device exploded. The blast killed a few others and maimed Dilberian.
The 2,800-foot, three bedroom home will be customized to meet Dilberian’s needs and feature the ability to control various aspects through the use of an iPad.
“It’s going to mean everything to me,” Dilberian said. “I’m not going to be relying on nurses coming to the house. I don’t have to rely on just, people just coming to help me. I love to cook. Now, this is going to give me the fundamentals to cook again.”
Posted 10 Jun 2014
QuoteMark Sanchez, Matt Barkley struggling at Eagles’ OTAs
Posted by Michael David Smith on June 10, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT
APThe good news in Philadelphia is that starting quarterback Nick Foles is looking good in Organized Team Activities. Backups Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley? Not so much.
Sanchez and Barkley have both been struggling, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Sanchez is ahead of Barkley on the depth chart and has been running the second-string offense, but he’s been missing throws and throwing interceptions. Sanchez has only been with the Eagles for two months, so perhaps he’ll get more comfortable in Chip Kelly’s offense with more time, but the early returns aren’t promising.
Barkley, however, may be struggling even more. Barkley is running the third-string offense and splitting reps with G.J. Kinne, a 25-year-old who has bounced around the league for a couple years but has never played in an NFL game. It’s not even clear that Barkley is ahead of Kinne in the race to become the Eagles’ third-string quarterback.
In other words, Philadelphia fans need to hope Foles stays healthy for 16 games
Posted 6 Jun 2014So how do we all feel about the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl release?
Posted 28 May 2014
QuoteThe Jets re-signed right guard Willie Colon to a one-year deal with the knowledge that he was recovering from a torn biceps.
That’s not the only rehab that Colon will be doing between now and the start of the season, though. Coach Rex Ryan said at a Wednesday press conference that Colon needs to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee after injuring it while working out. There’s no specific timetable
“It’s safe to say it’s going to be awhile,” Ryan said, via Kimberley Martin of Newsday.
The Jets drafted Dakota Dozier in the fourth round of the draft and he’ll be one of the players likely to see more reps while Colon is out of the picture. William Campbell and Oday Aboushi will likely also be in the mix, but the Jets will be in much better shape if their need for a fill-in doesn’t extend beyond the spring.
Posted 27 May 2014
QuoteThe next phase of the New York Jets' offseason begins Tuesday -- organized team activities. Or, as we like to call them in the biz, OTAs. Five questions facing the Jets as they start three weeks of practices before the mandatory minicamp:
Smith1. Can Geno Smith hold off Michael Vick? We already know how Vick feels about the subject, as he stated his belief that Smith will be the opening-day quarterback. Vick probably is right, but Smith needs to eliminate any doubts. He can start by building off his promising finish to last season, which means taking control of the offense in OTAs. Smith has impressed teammates with his improved command of the offense, but it's one thing to be that way in a walk-through and quite another to demonstrate it against a live defense.
2. Is Eric Decker worth the money? The Jets, no longer big spenders in free agency, made an exception for Decker, giving him a five-year, $36 million contract. For that kind of loot, they expect him to be more than a nice No. 2 wide receiver. This could be culture shock for Decker, who goes from Peyton Manning to Smith/Vick. Then again, he caught passes from Tim Tebow in 2011, so he should be prepared for anything.
Amaro3. Can Jace Amaro find an immediate niche? The Jets didn't use a lot of two-tight-end packages last season, but that could change with Amaro joining incumbent Jeff Cumberland at the position. The second-round pick is a big dude (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) with the ability to basically line up as a wide receiver. It will be interesting to see how coordinator Marty Mornhinweg incorporates Amaro into the passing attack.
4. Is Calvin Pryor as good as Rex Ryan thinks? Ryan always gushes about his rookies, but he's positively smitten with his first-round pick. He already has compared Pryor to one of the most notorious safeties in history, the hard-hitting Jack Tatum. It will be interesting to see how Ryan juggles Pryor, Dawan Landry and Antonio Allen in the safety rotation -- if there is a rotation. We're talking about three players with similar skill sets -- i.e. strong safety-types.
5. Is it Milliner time? Taking Smith out of the equation, the most improved player on the team has to be cornerback Dee Milliner. If not, the defense will have problems because it's counting on him as the No. 1 cornerback. Milliner has to be the rock in the post-Cromartie/post-Revis era. Last year's top pick, who missed the 2013 off-season because of a shoulder injury, saved a poor rookie year with a strong finish. Now he needs to build on that. Just being on the field, as opposed to rehabbing an injury, will help immensely.
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