New York Jets

AFC East

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    OAK @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    NYJ @ GB


    4:30 pm

  • Week 3

    CHI @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 4

    DET @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    NYJ @ SD


    4:30 pm

  • Week 6

    DEN @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    NYJ @ NE


    8:30 pm

  • Week 8

    BUF @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    NYJ @ KC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    PIT @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11


  • Week 12

    NYJ @ BUF


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    MIA @ NYJ


    8:30 pm

  • Week 14

    NYJ @ MIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    NYJ @ TEN


    4:00 pm

  • Week 16

    NE @ NYJ


    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NYJ @ MIA


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.


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Al Toon was a fantastic wide receiver in the late 1980’s. Toon was the main threat in the New York Jets passing attack, and dominated the NFL from 1986-1988. The University of Wisconsin product could have been one of the greatest of all-time, if concussions had not cut his career tragically short.

The New York Jets selected Al Toon, from the University of Wisconsin, with the 10th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Toon would not get much playing time in the first half of his rookie season, but he would become a full-time starter after his performance in Miami versus the Dolphins in the 10th game of the season. Al lit the Fins defense up for 156 yards on 10 catches, but the Jets lost 17-21. The following week the Jets took out their frustrations on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whipping them 62-28. Toon had six cathes for 133 yards, highlighted by a 78-yard touchdown catch. The stage was set for Toon to make a mad run.

In his second season #88 broke out. Toon proved that the third year breakout receiver was a myth all the way back in the 80’s. In 1986 Al had 85 receptions for 1,176 yards with eight touchdowns. His 85 catches were the third most in the NFL, and his was named to his first of three consecutive Pro Bowls. The Jets relied on Toon in most games, as he had at least five or more catches in eight games. The following year #88 showed the best he had to offer.

In 1987 the NFL and its players went on strike, leading to teams replacing the players for weeks 4-6 of the season, while reducing the length of the season to 15 games. The players referred to these picket line crossers as Scabs. When the strike ended the Jets went into a free fall, but Toon was just producing magic. Al had 68 catches on the season, second best total in the league. In a three week span toward the end of the season Toon had 23 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He had at least 100 yards and a score in each game. Even though the Jets finished 5-7 Toon was named to the Pro Bowl.

In 1988 Toon would complete his magic three-year run. Once again he was the main target for the Jets offense, and he would lead the league in receptions with 93. Toon had at least five catches in eight games, and never had less than three catches which happened only twice. Toon saved his best for last, as he was the most dominant wide receiver in the game over another glorious three-week span toward the end of the season. In games 13-15, Al went off for 26 catches for 386 yards and two scores. There was one game that stood out amongst the others this season, and it was against the Dolphins yet again. Toon helped the Jets move the offense down the field all day with 14 catches for 181 yards in a 38-34 shootout win over the Fins. The Jets finished with a winning record of 8-7-1, and while they missed the playoffs Toon was named to his third straight Pro Bowl.

During this three year run #88 had 246 catches for 3,219 yards, and 18 touchdowns. He finished in the top three in receptions in every season (86’ 3rd, 87’ 2nd, 88’ 1st). Toon was also in the top 10 in receiving yards in all three seasons (86’ 5th, 87’ 6th, 88’ 10th), as well as in yards per game (86’ 6th, 87’ 5th, 88’ 8th). The sky was the limit for Al, but his road got a lot tougher after 1988.

Toon would continue to play for the Jets until 1992, when he was 29 years old, but was forced into retirement due to concussions. In 2014 we are well aware of the dangers of concussions and the long-term effects, chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. During the era in which Toon played, there was not as much attention paid to them, and the possible implications of multiple concussions. Toon was diagnosed with nine concussions during his eight-year NFL career. Since those are the diagnosed numbers, I bet he sustained even more.   

It is a shame that Al Toon was not able to achieve his potential due to concussions, but in the end he made the right decision for his future. In a recent interview he was asked about the concussions.  

“I do have some residual but nothing significant,” Toon, 48, said in a phone interview from his office. “Nothing I care to talk about in public. I’m able to live a happy life.”

Toon was an amazing wide receiver, and one of the league’s best for a three-year span. It was unfortunate that his career was cut short, but at least we were able to enjoy his greatness during that run in the late 80’s, and he is still living a happy life today. As far as the New York Jets and their fans are concerned, he is still one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game. 

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Al Toon: cool & the one-handed catch

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I'll keep this short and sweet, when it comes to cool and style and the NFL athlete, Al Toon is probably second only behind Jerry Rice. He was the first guy to wear cut-off sleeves, he was the first wideout to wear scuba gloves, he was just really fluid and amazing to watch. Here is an awesome training camp shot of THE TOON trying to haul in a one-handed catch. It's should be stated that he was the second best one handed catch WR in the history of the league, behind only Cris Carter.


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Vick Not Prepared

Michael Vick stated after Sunday's game that he was not prepared to take over for Geno Smith. Vick went going 8-of-19 for 47 yards "Maybe I didn't prepare or I wasn't prepared, but I'll tell you what, it won't happen again.

"That left a bitter taste in my mouth that I wasn't able to go out and put points on the board or even help this team in any fashion."

Pyro's take: How does someone: A) Be paid millions and not care enough to be prepared, B) Know that your backing-up Geno Smith, and not be prepared, and C) Just not be prepared?

This is another low-light in Michael Vick's career, and its safe to assume he will be prepared this week, even though he wont be starting. He holds only marginal value as a starter for the Jets, and obviously zero right now.

10/09/14, 07:55 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

CJ not even ok

Chris Johnson couldn't get it going against the Bears on Monday Night Football. 34 yards on 10 carries, and no receptions is not special. Chris Ivory outplayed Johnson badly, as he has the last three games.

Johnson has 123 rushing yards in 35 carries (3.5 ypc) with six receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown, while Ivory has rushed 33 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and even though Ivory has hands of steel, he has caught just one pass shy of Johnson, but has gained 32 more yards.

Pyro's take: The Jets brought in Chris Johnson to be their main ball carrier, but it seems as though Chris Ivory has something to say about that. If Ivory continues to outshine Johnson, CJ will see his carries dissipate, while Ivory's rise. New York faces a tough match-up against the Detroit Lions this week.

09/23/14, 01:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Missed Practice

Eric Decker sat out of practice again today. because of hamstring issues, that he suffered in last Sunday's game. He spent the time stretching and doing exercises in the training room. Since, the Jets do not play until Monday night, Rex Ryan can refrain from publishing an injury report at this time.

Decker leads the team with nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Pyro's take: This doesn't sound overly serious, but more will be known when Ryan releases his activity report. Decker will take on the Bears this Monday.

09/17/14, 05:25 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Hill cut by Jets

Stephen Hill was released by the New York Jets. The Jets tried to trade Hill, but had no takers, and at the end, they felt it was best just to send him on his own way. Hill has the size (6-4) and athletic ability to be a top producer, but he struggled holding on to the ball. The second-round pick in 2012 had a lot heaped onto his shoulders early in his career and never panned out. He was demoted down the stretch in 2013 before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Hill had shown no signs of improving his game, and even though the Jets are slim at wide receiver depth, they found it not worthwhile to keep Hill. But on the flip side, Stephen Hill's camp saw it differently. "I'm disappointed in (general manager John) Idzik and Rex (Ryan) with the way the whole thing went down there," Hill's agent, Alan Herman, told USA TODAY Sports. "Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening. "He didn't have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. ... His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno."

Pyro's take: Stephen Hill has the youth, and talent, but can he remain healthy? This will be what general managers will be asking themselves before making the decision on bringing Hill in for a look. The Cleveland Browns may take a shot at him, after releasing Nate Burleson.

If you own him, hang on, I am pretty confident he will land somewhere. If not, keep an eye out for him on the waiver wire depending on where he lands.

08/30/14, 12:32 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Amaro not impressing the New York Media

It’s not too soon for the Jets to tell Jace Amaro to get his act together.

While the big tight end is a rookie and it’s only the middle of August, Amaro is too important to their hopes this season for the Jets to let him keep practicing and playing in what too often seems like a disinterested fog.

The Jets thought they were getting the 6-foot-5, 265-pound matchup nightmare who set an NCAA record for tight ends last year with 106 catches for 1,352 yards.

What they’ve gotten so far instead is a guy with unreliable hands who comes off as both passive and overwhelmed by the transition from the Big 12 to the NFL.

The Jets were hoping for their own version of Rob Gronkowski, but that seems like a pipe dream if Amaro keeps up this aimless pace.

Pyro's take: Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post just going off on Jace Amaro. The bright lights of the big city can be tough on anyone, but a rookie who is under-performing can drown in this spotlight. The other problem for Amaro is not having the benefit of a proven quarterback that can help his development. Stay away from this rookie.

08/17/14, 09:24 PM CDT by Houdini

Johnson said the Titans were predictable

Jets running back Chris Johnson’s obviously still confident he can be a great back.

In fact, he thinks he could have been even better his last few years with the Titans except for his play-callers.

“When I was in Tennessee, a lot of the plays when the offensive coordinator was calling them, they were predictable,” Johnson told’s Rich Cimini. “Everybody could tell what was coming. With Marty [Mornhinweg], the plays aren’t predictable.”

Specifically, he was talking about the Chris Palmer and Dowell Loggains years, as he had his best seasons under former Titans coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who was fired after the 2010 season and died a few months later.

Pyro's take: To me this sounds like a guy who has struggled for a few seasons, and looking for someone else to blame. The fact is that since 2010 Chris Johnson has been a shell of the running back he was when he became CJ2K. In the years since that 2,000 yard season Johnson has looked to make the big splash play all the time, which caused him to falter. Now he is going to be seeing less carries in the Jets offense, and most likely will still be looking for the big splash play. If he hits on the big run it can lead to big weeks, but when you are always trying to hit the home run, you also strike out a lot. The other issue in New York is that he is not being pegged as the goal line back. He will still have value, but it will never be the same as it was in 2010.

08/17/14, 05:13 PM CDT by Houdini

Decker sits out with hamstring

The Jets’ prized free-agent signing was on the sideline Friday.

Wide receiver Eric Decker sat out most of practice with a hamstring injury.

“It’s a little bit of a hamstring,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “It’s not like he pulled a hamstring. We took care of him.”

Ryan did not sound concerned. Decker still is expected to play in Saturday’s Green and White Scrimmage. Decker worked with the trainers early in practice, doing some agility drills.

He participated in some positional drills, but sat out all of the team drills.

Pyro's take: Decker was the big free agent prize at wide receiver this off-season, but his landing spot was not ideal for fantasy owners. The Jets only threw for 2,932 yards last season, while Denver threw for 5,444 yards. Decker had a career high 1,288 yards last season, but that number is going to dip in New York without Peyton Manning.

The hamstring injury is not a big deal at this point. If you do target Decker, realize that he is going to see a drop in his production, and is ideally suited to be a WR3.

08/02/14, 12:09 PM CDT by Houdini

Ivory in line to be the goal line back

Running backs coach Anthony Lynn said he hasn’t determined who the Jets’ short-yardage back will be, though it sounds like Chris Ivory is the early favorite.

“If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously,” Lynn said on Monday. “Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on.”

Ivory, given his hulking 222-pound frame, looks from the outside as the clear-cut choice. Lynn, in a week when the Jets are pumping their chests, went so far as to call Ivory “the best power runner in the game.”

Pyro's take: It does make sense that the Jets would lean on Ivory in the redzone, and it is also the one thing Chris Johnson owners have feared. The Jets are going to be using a committee backfield, and if Ivory gets the touchdowns, he could be the more valuable back. Ivory is a hard nosed runner who is always moving forward. This moves Ivory up a few slots in my tiers.

07/29/14, 09:04 PM CDT by Houdini

Geno beleives he will be the Jets starter

There is no question in Geno Smith’s mind who the Jets starting quarterback will be. The second-year signal caller said Monday he expects to beat Michael Vick out in the team’s latest edition of a quarterback competition.

Smith simply said, “Yes,” when asked if he still expects to be the team’s starter. He then gave his explanation why.

“My belief in myself,” Smith said. “Knowing that I’m going to take every action possible to get better and to come into this season a better player; having a second year in [offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s] system and with [quarterbacks] coach David Lee and with Rex [Ryan] as the head coach is going to do wonders for not just myself but everyone on the offense.

“A lot of it is going to come down to production on the field. I just believe with the experience I’ve gained and the direction we were heading in as an offense and where I see myself as a second-year player, I just believe I’m more than capable of being the starter.”

Pyro's take: Geno has belief in his abilities, but I am not sure anyone else in New York agrees with him. Had Smith been able to establish any type of consistency or growth his rookie season the Jets would not have run out to sign Michael Vick.

The simple fact for the Jets is that their fans expect and demand them to not be a mediocre team. That is why they went out and signed Vick, as well as Eric Decker and Chris Johnson. This team is all in to win, and while he had faith in his abilities, it will be Vick who gets the nod as the starter. Now we all know Vick, so expect to see Geno by week 6.

04/22/14, 10:04 PM CDT by Houdini


Chris Johnson will now be part of the New York Jets. He signed a two-year contract after being released from the Titans. His new contract has a base of $8 million with yardage incentives. He will join the backfield of Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory. He will also join the new-comers of Michael Vick, Eric Decker, and Jacoby Ford.

Pyro's take: This guy really hasn't done much since his 2,000 yard 16 touchdown performance in 2009. In his last three years he has averaged just 1,123 yards on 272 carries which is a low 4.1 yards per carry average, and over that span has only scored 16 touchdowns. Last year they brought in Shonn Greene to push Johnson, and now he joins a team with two running backs already established with the team in Ivory and Powell. Obviously, Johnson is more talented, but he lacks the rugged carry style of Ivory, and Powell is a better receiver. More than likely, Chris Ivory will be the goal-line and short yardage back, Powell the third-down back, and Johnson in between all of that. Look for CJ to have a small dip in last years all-around numbers

04/17/14, 02:52 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde

Johnson released from Titans

"As an organization, we want to thank Chris for his contributions to the Titans," general manager Ruston Webster said in a release. "Chris produced many memorable moments, broke franchise records and was durable over his six-year career with our team. We have had an open dialogue with Chris' agent, Joel Segal, over the last few weeks, and we appreciate the patience and professionalism they have shown throughout this process.

Pyro's take: Johnson will now be looking for a new team for next season and while it is very late in free agency he should still have quite a few suitors. While many teams have already filled their starting running back roles earlier in free agency, Johnson should find a new home in the next week or so. Johnson will be looking for a starting role that he might not be able to find at this stage in his career.

Johnson looks like a candidate to become a strong complimentary back in a committee if he can find the right situation. Johnson still possesses game breaking speed and the ability to take it the distance from anywhere on the field. It is hard to see a fit where Johnson gets as many carries as he has with the Titans the last few years but he will still be a player to keep your eyes on draft day even though he might no longer be CJ2K.

04/04/14, 11:38 AM CDT by Stagg Party

Decker now top dog in New York

Decker has signed on to be bolster the wide receiver corps in New York. Decker, who turns 27 Saturday, is coming off back-to-back, 1,000-yard seasons. He recorded career highs last season with 87 receptions and 1,288 yards, contributing to the most prolific passing offense in league history.

The deal is for five years and worth $36.25 million with $15 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Pyro's take: Decker will be the unquestioned number one option in the Jets passing game next season. Although he moves up in the food chain he probably will not eat near as much as he did in Denver in one of the best offenses of all time. It is hard to see any way in which this deal increases Deckers value as he now looks like a wide receiver 3 than the top ten guy we have seen over the last two seasons.

Decker obviously went for the most money in his new deal as he clearly didn't care about finding an offense that would maximize his talents.

03/13/14, 12:30 PM CDT by Stagg Party

Decker unsure if he will return to Broncos

To fans of the popular Eric Decker or 15 other Broncos free agents, nervous times are ahead.

John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations, said the team's prospective free agents most likely would be allowed to test the NFL market when the 2014 league season opens March 11.

Pre-emptive deals with star players such as wide receiver Decker, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and running back Knowshon Moreno are unlikely. This way, the player and the club will have a better understanding of the player's market value.

"Then we'll see if we're in the ballpark," Elway said.

"I do hope it works out," Decker said Monday morning before departing with his team for home. "I love the city of Denver. I love the organization. I love everything about it. I understand it's a business, and we'll see what happens. I have enjoyed my time here."

Pyro's take: Decker has been everything and more to the Broncos and Peyton Manning over the past two seasons with 172 catches for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns. There is not doubt that Decker is going to get a lot of attention on the free agent market, and with good reason.

The Golden Gopher product has proven that he is a major redzone target, and his size and hands are going to have teams knocking down his door. It will be interesting to see how he will respond to not having Peyton Manning or the myriad of weapons around him to draw defenders away. Where he lands will be the major factor in determining his value for 2014.

02/18/14, 10:43 PM CST by Houdini

Rookie season a mixed bag for Geno Smith

The New York Jets second-round pick and 39th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft had himself a well-defined up-and-down rookie campaign. Among the positives was the fact that he led a decidedly mediocre team to a second-place finish in the AFC East with an 8-8 record.

Geno also set a couple of Jets rookie records along the way...

The Positive Records:

Passing Yards: 3,046 yards
Completions: 247
Attempts: 443
Rushing Yards: 366 yards
Rushing TDs: 6
QB Wins: 8 (tied w/Mark Sanchez; 2009)
Game-Winning Drives: 5

The Negative Records:

Interceptions - Season: 21
Times Sacked - Season: 43

Pyro's take: While I can't say I have a tremendous amount of faith in Geno becoming either a real-life or fantasy force in the years to come, he certainly shows promise as a winner for the franchise. Four wins would have been impressive for this team, so posting a .500 record while coming back to win five games in the fourth quarter/overtime is almost monumental in my eyes.

If the Jets can somehow put together a WR corps this off-season that isn't a gut-busting laugh-attack like the one Geno had to throw to in 2013, then some middle-to-high-end QB2 numbers could certainly be had in 2014.

01/27/14, 03:18 PM CST by Dawgmaticå

Surgery to repair a cartilage tear then free-agency

Jim Wyatt reported on Twitter today that Chris Johnson will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee that he suffered in Week 3 of the season.

This news comes after CJ1K said there is "no way" he would take a pay cut to stay with the Titans back in December. So it looks like right when he's healed, he'll be dealt or dumped.

Pyro's take: I'm in the camp that Chris Johnson is a goner from the Titans, and this news of surgery, however minor it may be - doesn't bode well for the money the free-agent market Chris is walking into presents the 28 year old.

He's one of seven 2,000 yard rushers in the history of the NFL, but he carries some baggage and a e first attitude with him at his next stop, wherever it may be.

I think he can carry the full load and continue to be an every-down back if given the right scheme to get him the space he needs to break past that first line of defense. Personally if I were newly-hired coach Ken Wisenhunt I would want to keep him around... but I'm d-Rx®, and my vote doesn't count here.

01/27/14, 01:26 PM CST by d-Rx

Kellen puffs weed & rubs one out in his Escalade

According to the police report, "She pulled into a parking space to the right of [Winslow's] Escalade and noticed a male sitting in the driver seat with the window open. As she exited her vehicle, she commented to the male how cold it was. As she stood near the open drive side window ... she [saw that he was exposed below the waist]. She stated that she believed he was masturbating."

Winslow denied any wrongdoing and told police he was lost and looking for a Boston Market restaurant, according to the records.

Pyro's take: Not only was Kellen Jr. "pleasuring himself" in a parking lot, he was smoking synthetic weed from Asia, that he thought was legal... he had eight packages of "Mr. Happy," five bottles of "Funky Monkey" and one empty plastic bag of K2 XXX -- all synthetic forms of marijuana.

This is not Winslow's first time violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs during his NFL career... so considering he was barely in the league as it is - his playing days look to be over. He'll have plenty of time to puff it up with his pants down now.

Boston Market, haha "SOLDJA!"

01/18/14, 01:34 PM CST by d-Rx

Mike Munchak explains the lack of second half touches for CJ2K

(on Chris Johnson not having as many carries or yards in the second half against the Colts)

The thing is a lot gets thought about the adjustments. A lot of times it’s just they (the Colts) didn’t miss a tackle, they played their scheme better. There really wasn’t anything different they did. They didn’t start blitzing, they didn’t start adding another guy. They already had eight guys up—you can’t put nine up. They just played a little better at times. He didn’t have as many opportunities when we had the cold front there where we didn’t have the ball when they scored 17 unanswered, and the offense didn’t get one play in. It had a lot to do with that, but there wasn’t anything dramatic that happened. We lost opportunities, lost our momentum a little bit, and that’s kind of where it went. We needed that done a little differently than it did, but that’s how it is during games. You’re going to have your ebbs and flows, but we need to do a better job finishing stronger in the fourth quarter with running the football.

Pyro's take: Johnson had a great first quarter to the game last week, but he was not able to turn it into a monster game. This is not the first time this has happened to Johnson and the Titans.

In order for CJ to score big he needs the kind of start he had last week, but he also needs his team to continue to hold the lead in the second half. When the Colts stormed back last week, I knew it was over for Johnson.

Johnson will have another chance to breakout this week against the Raiders. If McGloin turns the ball over a lot, it could be huge for CJ2K.

11/21/13, 05:29 PM CST by Houdini

Smith is dealing with a lot of pressure

Smith has been a blend of good, bad and ugly through his first eight games, but it’s silly to make a definitive conclusion after the next eight games. He deserves a chance to develop into the player that he has shown flashes that he can become. That will likely take longer than eight more games.

“It’s up to everyone around here,” Smith told the Daily News about whether he deserves more time beyond this season. “I know that as long as I’m here, I’m going to continue to lead and I’m going to continue to work hard. I try to show that every single day with my progress.”

From the moment Smith was named the Week 1 starter, there’s been a convenient narrative: The rookie only has one season to prove himself. If he’s great, the job is his entering 2014. If he looks lost, the Jets brass will select his replacement in what has been hyped as a relatively quarterback-rich draft.

Pyro's take: Geno Smith has been under the microscope in New York since being named the starter for the Jets. This past week Smith was able to lead the Jets over the high-flying Saints, and put his team back into playoff contention. It is not often that a rookie quarterback who has accomplished this, is still fighting for his life with the team that drafted him.

Geno was a second round draft pick, and has done well dealing with the pressure of playing in New York, but it is even more impressive with all the pressure from his GM who is considering dropping him to grab a quarterback in the 2014 Draft. The Jets are on a bye this week, but with this news I have become a bigger fan of Geno.

11/06/13, 06:54 PM CST by Houdini

Ivory runs wild against his former team

Ivory ran wild against the team that let him go in free agency last offseason, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. He gashed Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense for big gains of 52, 30 and 27 yards to add to the misery.

"He had great numbers stats-wise but there wasn't anything in his way most of the time he ran and that is on us," Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton said via teleconference. "We didn't do our jobs and executing when we should have executed.

Pyro's take: We saw this one coming, as Ivory had been waiting for this game on the schedule all season. Chris is a hard runner, and with the Saints boasting the 26th rated run defense something had to give, and it was the Saints.

Ivory is still battling with Bilal Powell for carries, but he has emerged as the better inside the tackle threat. The problem is that Rex Ryan is still going to play them both and not commit to either one. Although, as long as Ivory stays healthy he should remain the lead dog in this race.

11/04/13, 03:55 PM CST by Houdini

CJ2K hoping for goal line work

It’s easy to see why the Titans favor the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jackie Battle in short-yardage situations over smaller Chris Johnson, but maybe it’s time to give Johnson more short-yardage tries.

Battle was unable to pick up 1-yard gains on three occasions against the Chiefs — once on a third-and-1 in the first quarter, and twice during a first-and-goal sequence from the 1 in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, Johnson picked up two yards — and a first down — on a second-and-1 in the third quarter.

Asked if he felt he should be on the field during the goal-line situation, Johnson said: “Of course I feel like I should be out there, but (offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains) makes the calls, so there’s nothing I can do about it.”

Pyro's take: CJ only has one touchdown on the season and that was the receiving touchdown he had this week. You only have to go back to 2009 and 2010 when Johnson rushed for 14 and 11 touchdowns. His productivity fell off after that, but that was also due in part to having carried the ball 674 times during those two seasons. The Titans should give him a chance because Battle sucks, and CJ2K is supposed to be a fantasy threat!!!

10/07/13, 09:49 PM CDT by Houdini


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