Jets G/T Vladimir Ducasse knows he has to compete for a roster spot this summer.
"It's now or never," Ducasse said. "It's pretty much a year for me to do what they drafted me to do." Ducasse, the No. 61 overall pick in 2010, has lost competitions for starting roles in each of his first three seasons, and he's started just one game. The Jets have added five offensive linemen via free agency and the draft, and Ducasse will have to compete for a backup job.
Jets RB/KR Joe McKnight is certain he'll make the final roster.
"They're going to have to kill me to take my spot," he said. "So, whoever they bring in, I don't care. I'm just going to make it a point to prove I'm going to be here." McKnight is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and he says new OC Marty Mornhinweg has been working him in the slot. The 25-year-old averages 4.5 YPC on 112 career totes, but has never been a legit offensive threat.
Panthers WR Steve Smith told WFNZ Radio in Charlotte that he'd never let Mark Sanchez be his quarterback.
We don't typically blurb items like this, but this was too good to pass up. "He sucks," Smith stated in his typically blunt manner. "I wouldn't let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich." And that's the bottom line from No. 89.
ESPN's James Walker believes Mark Sanchez is now a lock to remain on the Jets' roster through the season.
If David Garrard was on the roster, he could have served as the bridge and mentor to rookie Geno Smith. But the 35-year-old was forced into retirement due to knee woes, leaving Sanchez as the lone experienced veteran. This doesn't mean Sanchez will be under center come Week 1, but Adam Schefter recently hinted it's "his job to lose." Sanchez has 36 interceptions, 24 fumbles and a 55.6 completion percentage over the last two seasons (31 games).
Updating an earlier item, Jets QB David Garrard is retiring because of complications with his surgically-repaired knee.
"My knee is not holding up," Garrard said. "Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do." Garrard was No. 1 on the Dolphins' depth chart last summer before a supposedly "minor" knee procedure. The injury ended up costing him his roster spot, while he made no free-agent visits during the regular season. Garrard's retirement throws the Jets' quarterback situation back into chaos, and creates the very real possibility Gang Green will be forced to keep Mark Sanchez and his $8.5 million salary as insurance for second-round pick Geno Smith. Garrard finishes his nine-year, 86-game career with 16,003 passing yards, an 85.8 QB rating and 89:54 TD:INT ratio.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports David Garrard has told teammates he "no longer plans to be with the Jets."
Garrard told NFL.com's Jeff Darlington he'll comment on the situation "maybe tomorrow or the next day." It's unclear if Garrard is being released or retiring. Garrard was expected to compete for the Jets' No. 1 or 2 job, but now 35 years old, he hasn't attempted a pass since December 26, 2010. Garrard has been slowed by back issues since 2011, and saw his Dolphins' roster bid cut short by knee surgery last summer. Garrard's departure greatly increases the chances the Jets will keep Mark Sanchez and his $8.5 million salary.
Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg says he's looking for a running back who can "make people miss (and) get the extra yard."
Mornhinweg is describing Chris Ivory to a T, who has the elusiveness to get around the edge, and power to break tackles once he gets there. The Jets are clearly excited about their new feature runner, but Ivory could spoil the party if he fails to stay healthy, which he's often done. Ivory has RB1 upside, but he should be drafted as your RB2.