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New York Jets Flight Connections 08-21-13

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Good morning, Gang Green Gangsters!  Here are your daily New York Jets links for today...

Rex Ryan answers a leading question and says that the defense can be elite.

Geno Smith performed well yesterday, according to Rich Cimini's wonderfully written practice report.

Lex Hilliard apparently had been practicing with a broken rib, and now he has a broken scapula.  Is it in bad form to say that he is literally a half back?

Meanwhile, Tommy Bohanon has been taking advantage of the opportunity.  T-Bo time, baby.

Joe McKnight participated fully in practice.

Clyde Gates has improved after putting effort in the offseason.

Stephen Peterman could be the backup center, although the team has claimed Scott Wedige off waivers.

Danny Lansanah is following his own advice as he tries to make it in the NFL.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune writes about hometown boy Garrett McIntyre.

Antonio Cromartie has high expectations for Dee Milliner.

Antonio Allen had an impressive day in practice.

Jets Insider talks to Nick Folk about being a dad to twin boys.

NY Jets Draft reviews the game.

Some former players believe that Mark Sanchez should start.

Bart Scott shared his thoughts on the team.

John Riggins, Curley Culp and others are suing NFL Films for using content without consent.

Shutdown Corner: Fran Tarkenton thinks that Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman just plays god-awful.  Hopefully, that will be true on Week 1.

New York Times: The New York Giants offensive line's reshuffling leads to a starting audition for Justin Pugh.

SB Nation: When the San Diego Chargers acquired Ricky Bell in 1982, they thought they were adding a valuable piece.

SI: Can Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler develop the consistency that his new coach demands?  Of course, now that he has Matt Cavanaugh to help him.

SI: The Oakland Raiders' Charles Woodson is out to prove the doubters wrong.

AP: New England Patriots LB Dane Fletcher is progressing after surgery.

AP: The Tennessee Titans' Rob Bironas is not concerned about missed kicks.

AP: Brandon Weeden is the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback.

AP: Chip Kelly names Michael Vick as the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback.

AP: Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has no ligament damage.

Deadspin: This Robert Griffin III shirt is a nightmare.

OSN: Andy Reid motivates the Kansas City Chiefs with an inspirational speech.

USA Today: Jairus Byrd signs the Buffalo Bill's one-year franchise tender.

USA Today: Tarell Brown's new agent is in negotiations with the San Francisco 49ers to recoup some money lost.

Grantland: Which backs succeed and fail in the trenches?

New York Times: NFL fans are met by a tighter bag policy.

Yahoo! Sports: Height should be a factor when considering which receivers to draft.

Sports on Earth: The idiocy of refusing to visit the White House.

Awful Announcing: HBO's upcoming Marty Glickman documentary is one worth setting DVRs for.

USA Today: Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask takes a TV analyst job.  Silver and Black Pride interviewed her about it.

Hollywood Reporter: CBS Sports Chief Sean McManus says that the NFL will be a pressure point in the Time Warner Cable standoff.

Business Insider: Google is talking to the NFL about buying the rights to broadcast games on YouTube.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!