by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/20/13) Jets free safety Ed Reedblasted the media Friday for criticizing his 2013 performance since joining the team in mid-November. He claimed that the media was seeking to stir controversy when criticizing hm for missed tackles and taking bad angles, per Bleacher Report.
Antonio Cromartie: Once I'm a Jet I'm a Jet all the way
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/20/13) Jets top cornerback Antonio Cromartie is feeling as strong as he's been all year despite a persistent hip problem that has caused him problems throughout. He is considering offseason surgery to remedy the situation if an MRI reveals the need for it.
Cromartie, who is signed through next season, hopes to remain with the Jets beyond that. But he realizes that a possible coaching change and roster purge could result in him moving on.
"I expect to be here," he told Newsday. "I want to be here. This is where I want to finish my career."
Cromartie and his secondary mates have struggled all year. The Jets rank near the bottom of the NFL in pass defense, giving up an average of 253 yards through the air per game.
Sheldon Richardson fine for game against Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/19/13) Jets rookie defensive end Sheldon Richardson will play Sunday against Cleveland, per Newsday. Rex Ryan reported that Richardson's wrist is not broken. That clears him for the Week 16 game.
Jets DST a risky play at best, even against Cleveland
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/19/13) Several factors should make Fantasy owners wary of playing the Jets DST against visiting Cleveland this week.
The first is that the Browns lead the NFL in pass attempts and rank ninth in both passing yards (3,658) and touchdowns (26). The second is that the Jets are 29th in interceptions (8) and 26th in yards allowed through the air (3,575). The third is that the Jets once-vaunted run defense has yielded 406 yards on the ground in the last three weeks combined. Three of the four 100-yard rushing games by opponents this year have been achieved during that stretch.
Not that the Browns are much of a threat to run, but the recent incapabality to stop teams in that department had worsened a defense that ranks 23rd in the league in points allowed (367). The Jets have lost four of their last five games for a reason and it's not all because of a terrible offense.
The three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers all rank the Jets DST among the top 13 plays this week, but the belief here is that the Browns will rack up enough points and yards to stunt the point total of a DST that ranks 31st in the NFL in takeaways. The Jets are not a strong option in Week 16.
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When Rex Ryan took over as the head coach of the Jets they used to have a dominant defense. Not anymore. The Jets struggled in 2012 for the second year in a row, and the DST is no longer a viable option. Maybe that will change in 2013, but the Jets DST should be considered just a No. 2 Fantasy option in the majority of leagues, especially with Darrelle Revis now in Tampa Bay. Rookie Dee Milliner will try and replace Revis, but he has big shoes to fill. We would not draft the Jets DST in the majority of leagues. (Updated 5/15/13)