The New York Jets had a busy day of practice at Florham Park on Friday. Here are a few notes from practice.
New York Jets sign Devon Still and Jeremy Faulk
On Friday the New York Jets announced they signed former Texans and Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still.
Still was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2012 draft after playing his college football at Penn State. Still played three seasons with the Bengals from 2012-14, appearing in 33 games over that span.
Still became well known for his daughter’s battle with Stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that they said left her with a 50/50 chance of survival. His daughter fought bravely against that disgusting disease that robs so many parents of their children at such a young age. Still won an ESPY award in 2015 for perseverance that was named after Jimmy Valvano. He took off the 2015 season to help concentrate on his daughter.
Still played last season with the Texans, but played in only three games due to injuries. Todd Bowles commented on the signing saying the Jets “”a guy who can compete right away” and that he has been in the league and knows how the system works. Still’s daughter is now in remission.
The New York Jets also signed former Baylor DL Jeremy Faulk, who was dismissed from the team and played a year at community college. He went undrafted in the 2017 NFL draft.
Adams Sat out Practice with Ankle Injury
A day after injuring his ankle at practice, Jamal Adams did not practice on Friday. He has a sprained ankle and is “day to day”. Adams tweeted after practice on Thursday, “I’m OK, God is good!”
Mo Wilkerson Gets On Teammates
After a sloppy practice on Thursday, the Jets stopped their session on Friday to have a team meeting led by Mo Wilkerson. According to Manish Mehta via Lorenzo Mauldin, Wilkerson was not happy how training camp has started this season.
“As teammates, you see guys are slacking,” Mauldin said. You see flashes of guys doing things right and then you see them lullling around…We saw it. Mo brought it up and said, ‘Man, this is pitiful. We can’t practice like this. That’s how we lost last year, because we were practicing just to come out and practice.'”
“It was weird. And he called us up. He just told us that we got to pick it up. And that’s what we did.”
Offense, QBs Struggle
According to Rich Cimini, the New York Jets QBs had a bad day Friday.
The Jets’ quarterback competition hasn’t been very competitive at all. Christian Hackenberg (3-for-11, three sacks) had his worst day of training camp, his third straight sub-par day. Josh McCown (12-for-20) had plenty of hiccups, too, including a red-zone interception. He almost had a second pick in the red zone. McCown is the clear front runner for the job. Bryce Petty (2-for-4) barely got on the field. He and the entire third-string offense were forced to run a punishment lap … and Petty never returned.
Bilal Powell sat after getting the wind knocked out of him.
The New York Jets claimed WR Bruce Ellington off of waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.
The New York Jets open up their preseason schedule next Saturday when they take on the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium.
**On a personal note, I had a chance to meet Still and his daughter in 2015 at the Dick Vitale Gala for the Jimmy V Foundation. Being a cancer survivor myself I told him how much I prayed for his daughter and appreciated their battle. What an incredible human being he is and what a wonderful fighting spirit his daughter has. For more on how to help survivors in their battle against the side effects of cancer, go to www.ckmagicsports.com and click on KnockoutCancer.
Mark Kelly covers the New York Jets for ProFootballSpot.com. You can follow him on twitter @CkmagicSports. Looking for more Jets news and features? Like our Jets Facebook page and also follow @spot_jets on Twitter.