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Jets’ victory over Cleveland shows Todd Bowles’ rebuilding is working

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It's been five years since the New York Jets have been a relevant threat in the AFC East. Many fans wondered during the off-season if that trend would change in 2015. Well, after one game, it appears that the Jets may in fact have a legitimate shot at returning to the playoffs.

It’s been five years since the New York Jets have been a relevant threat in the AFC East. Many fans wondered during the off-season if that trend would change in 2015. Well, after one game, it appears that the Jets may in fact have a legitimate shot at returning to the playoffs.

Yes, it was just one game. Yes, it was against the lowly Cleveland Browns who have only made the playoffs once since returning to the NFL in 1999. And yes, the Jets still have a long way to go. But second-year head coach Todd Bowles looks like he’s prepared to go that distance, especially after an off-season defined by the punch heard round the world on the team’s probable starting quarterback Geno Smith.

The Jets weren’t good in 2014, and no one expected them to be. Bowles knew that he would be handed a team in need of major rebuilding, and the biggest question was exactly how long that process would take. This weekend’s 31-10 victory over the Browns was a sign that the process is working.

Journeyman backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick played his usual smart and effective game in throwing two touchdown passes, while running back Chris Ivory scored two of his own on the ground.

On defense, it seemed like the Jets of old were out there running around against a Johnny Manziel-led Browns offense. New York forced five turnovers on the day, which added a little nostalgia for both teams probably.

When the Jets were challenging for AFC titles, they were wreaking havoc on defense. When the Browns struggle – which has happened a lot in recent years – it’s usually because of the inability to take care of the football.

Bowles needed this kind of start to the new campaign. While no one expects the Jets to contend for a Super Bowl trophy this season, again, progress is what matters. Cleveland was a team that New York should have beaten.

It did, and now Bowles and company prepare for a game that could spark even more progress.

The Jets will head to Indianapolis for a Monday Night Football showdown with the Colts in Week 2. Indy was a popular Super Bowl pick prior to the season, but after getting routed in Week 1 by the Buffalo Bills, the Colts showed that they aren’t invincible.

It will be a tough spot for the Jets coming off of a big win and facing an angry Colts team with something to prove. It’s the type of game where Bowles’ team can prove something of their own by carrying over the momentum from the Cleveland win.

If the Jets want to prove to the football world that they are for real, then they won’t take a step backwards Monday night.

They won’t be the favorite. However, a win isn’t necessary to show that Bowles has this team on the right trajectory.

The Jets just need to keep taking steps forward. Week 1 was the perfect start, but now it’s time to determine if this team is a contender or pretender.

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Source: Browns work out tackle Kaycee Ike

<p> The Cleveland Browns worked out offensive tackle Kaycee Ike today, according to a league source.</p> <p> Ike has a previous stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers.</p> <p> He played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham.</p> <p> It's unclear if the Browns will sign him, though.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider">@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens

<p> The Cleveland Browns worked out offensive tackle Kaycee Ike today, according to a league source.</p> <p> Ike has a previous stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers.</p> <p> He played collegiately at Alabama-Birmingham.</p> <p> It’s unclear if the Browns will sign him, though.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Browns sign Marlon Moore

<p> The Cleveland Browns have signed wide receiver Marlon Moore.</p> <p> He's a fifth-year pro who has played in 43 games with two starts and has 19 career receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns.</p> <p> Moore played in six games for the San Francisco 49ers and eight games for the Miami Dolphins.</p> <p>  </p>

<p> The Cleveland Browns have signed wide receiver Marlon Moore.</p> <p> He’s a fifth-year pro who has played in 43 games with two starts and has 19 career receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns.</p> <p> Moore played in six games for the San Francisco 49ers and eight games for the Miami Dolphins.</p> <p>  </p> <p> He combined for seven receptions for 62 yards last season.</p> <p>  </p> <p> He recorded 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and 10 touchdowns at Fresno State.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p> <p>  </p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Browns lineman Jason Pinkston still not cleared to practice

<p> Cleveland Browns offensive guard Jason Pinkston remains sidelined for undisclosed reasons.</p> <p> The Browns and his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod issued a joint statement today: "Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate in football activities. The team has been in communication with Jason and his representatives

<p> Cleveland Browns offensive guard Jason Pinkston remains sidelined for undisclosed reasons.</p> <p> The Browns and his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod issued a joint statement today: “Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate in football activities. The team has been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect their wishes to not provide any further details at this time.”</p> <p> The Browns have shed no light on Pinkston’s situation.</p> <p> “Pinkston’s unavailable to practice and, due to his circumstances, I cannot comment on it any further,” coach Mike Pettine said. “I want to give you more, but just given the circumstances, I can’t. That’s where we are with Jason.”</p> <p> Added general manager Ray Farmer: “I think coach addressed it the best way we could.  Right now, there’s really no comment from our prospective, and when there is time to make a comment then that comment will be made.”</p> <p> Pinkston started every game as a rookie in 2011. He was on injured reserve last year before being activated from an ankle injury. In 2012, Pinkston was sidelined when he had blood clots in his lungs.</p> <p> “I can assure you I’m in no legal trouble & retiring hasn’t came up,” Pinkston wrote on Twitter. “As far as my situation I’ll leave it to them to explain.”</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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Browns owner Haslam weighs in on Manziel, Gordon

<p> Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam commented for the first time on rookie quarterback Jimmy Haslam's hard-partying ways.</p> <p> "The league prohibits us from commenting on these situations," Haslam said of Gordon's unresolved status. "I'll say this. First and foremost, we care about our players and want our players to take care of themselves and

<p> Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam commented for the first time on rookie quarterback Jimmy Haslam’s hard-partying ways.</p> <p> “The league prohibits us from commenting on these situations,” Haslam said of Gordon’s unresolved status. “I’ll say this. First and foremost, we care about our players and want our players to take care of themselves and make good decisions, and we’re going to do everything we can to support [them].</p> <p> “At the same time, the players have to understand they’re accountable to themselves, to their teammates, to the front office, and to our fans. People have to understand that, and I’ll leave it at that.”</p> <p> What about Manziel’s tendency to be the life of the party?</p> <p> “I think Johnny said it well,” Haslam said. “He made some rookie mistakes. The really great athletes make their news on the field, not off the field. Hopefully Johnny can look at guys like LeBron [James] and [Tom] Brady and Peyton [Manning] and [Derek] Jeter and pattern [himself] after those guys who make their news on the field, not off the field.”</p> <p> When asked if Manziel is hearing him, Haslam said: “We’ll see. We expect better from him.”</p> <p> Manziel acknowledged mistakes.</p> <p> “I’m sure they all made their mistakes at 21, 20 years old when they first came in the league,” Manziel said. “But what I take away from that is you learn from the best, and you learn how those guys have carried themselves, which is extremely well on and off the court. I absolutely agree with Mr. Haslam that I can learn from guys like that.”</p> <p> Manziel said he’s simply having a good time.</p> <p> “Here’s the thing that I want to say,” Manziel said. “The reason that I’m popular and the reason that people follow me and there’s been such a buzz around me is when I went out on Saturdays at Texas A&M I played with an extreme amount of passion and I played with my heart on my sleeve. But more than anything, I had fun. I have fun playing this game. I have fun going out on this field playing football. It’s what I live for. It’s what I do. The same way off the field. Whether I’m going out and playing golf, whether I’m going out and having a nightlife, whatever it is I have a lot of fun. That’s what my life is. And luckily for me I’m living out my dream of playing in the NFL having a ton of fun.</p> <p> “My dream has come true and [I] finally got some time to get some downtime and celebrate that with my family, with my friends. This is the greatest life that I could have ever imagined for me, and I’m loving that. Will I continue to get better being a professional and learn lessons about life? Of course. I’m 21 years old. And age is not an excuse, but I need to mature, and I have done some immature things. But moving forward I’m going to try and mature and get better at handling myself as a professional. That’s really all I can say about that.”</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href=”http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider”>@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>

Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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