Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Maynard dies at 86

Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Maynard has died at 86

Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard died Monday at the age of 86.

Maynard played for the New York Jets and was Joe Namath’s favorite target. He was a member of the Super Bowl III champions.

Maynard was also on the other side of a game in football history. He played for the New York Giants in the famous 1958 NFL championship that saw the Baltimore Colts win in overtime, 23-17.

He played mostly on special teams and was the first player to touch the ball, on a kick return, to start the famous overtime period of “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”

In the 1968 AFL Championship Game, Maynard caught six passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns – the game’s first and last scoring plays in a 27-23 victory over the Raiders. Shortly before the winning reception, Maynard hauled in a 52-yard, wind-altered bomb from Namath.

Maynard called it “the greatest catch I ever made.”

In the Super Bowl, Maynard did not make a catch due to a hamstring injury. However, his presence on the field served as a decoy that attracted attention from the Colts.

When he retired in 1973 after one season with the St. Louis Cardinals, he was pro football’s career receiving leader with 633 catches for 11,834 yards and 88 touchdowns. In 1987, he was elected to the Hall of Fame.

 

 

Jets’ Conor McDermott with incredible grab for big man touchdown

Conor McDermott with the big man touchdown for the Jets

Zach Wilson had a spectacular TD run in the first half Sunday for the New York Jets against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The rookie QB then threw a TD pass to offensive lineman Conor McDermott, who made arguably the best grab by the New York Jets all season.

Watch as Wilson buys some time in the face of the Jaguars rush. You can follow McDermott as he slips off the line of scrimmage and into the end zone, where he tries to find some space.

He isn’t exactly wide-open but when you have hands like the 6-foot-8, 310-pounder from UCLA, you don’t need to be.

A great grab for a big man TD and Gang Green rejoiced.

Zach Wilson with spectacular 52-yard TD run for Jets

Zach Wilson with a brilliant touchdown run

The New York Jets did not draft Zach Wilson for his legs. However, the rookie QB from BYU delivered Gang Green’s longest run of the season in a Week 16 game on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The second pick in the 2021 NFL draft — behind Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence — was forced to scramble in the first quarter against the Jaguars.

And Wilson showed some marvelous moves as he went 52 yards for a touchdown that put the Jets up 6-3.

The extra point was blocked because joy has to come with some form of sadness for the dedicated Jets’ faithful.

The previous long run in 2021 for a Jet was 39 yards by Michael Carter.

Now it is Lawrence’s move in the battle between the top two picks in the 2021 draft.

Tua Tagovailoa throws pick-six to Jets’ Brandin Echols

Brandin Echols picks off Tua Tagovailoa and the Jets have tied Miami

Tua Tagovailoa is hitting an assortment of different receivers on Sunday.

He threw a TD pass to 310-pound Christian Wilkins, which was planned on Sunday

The Miami Dolphins’ QB then threw one he wishes he had back.

Watch as the New York Jets’ Brandin Echols jumps the route and a seven-point Miami lead in the fourth quarter turns into a tie game after the pick-six and PAT.

The interception return was good for 20 yards and the game was tied at 24.

Joe Flacco to Elijah Moore for 62-yard Jets’ touchdown

Joe Flacco to Elijah Moore for a 62-yard New York Jets touchdown

Don’t count out Joe Flacco or the New York Jets.

The former Super Bowl MVP quarterback who has become a journeyman started for Gang Green Sunday at MetLife against the Miami Dolphins in an AFC East clash.

Flacco and the Jets were behind the Fish until the quarterback found rookie wideout Elijah Moore running free in the Miami secondary.

The play went for 62 yards as Moore finished with a flourish and the Jets and Dolphins were tied at 14 in the third quarter.

Incredible catch by Jets’ Keelan Cole … reversed on review

An incredible effort by the Jets’ Keelan Cole was overturned

Keelan Cole made an incredible grab of a Mike White pass late in the second quarter of the New York Jets’ game with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The receiver stuck his gloved hand out and managed to corral the ball while falling to the ground, backward no less.

For a minute it appeared there was a catch-of-the-year candidate and Gang Green would be within 17-13 pending a PAT.

However, nothing good is able to happen to these Jets. Upon further review, it was ruled incomplete.

A highlight but nothing more. No stat. No touchdown. No nothing.

The drive did wind up in points for the Jets as White found Braxton Berrios for the TD that cut the deficit to 17-14 at halftime.

 

Jets acquire Joe Flacco as Zach Wilson is lost to knee injury

What former Super Bowl MVP is returning to the New York Jets?

The New York Jets are having a second go-round with a Super Bowl MVP QB whose first name is Joe.

Not Namath. Flacco.

Pressed into a desperate situation with top draft pick Zach Wilson lost for 2-4 weeks due to a knee injury suffered Sunday against the New England Patriots, the Jets acquired Joe Flacco from the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

The MVP of Super Bowl XLVII is a Jet, again, in return for a sixth-rounder going that becomes a fifth-rounder if Flacco plays more than 50% of the snaps in four games Wilson is expected to miss.

Flacco, 36, started four games in 2020, losing them all for the Jets.

He left Baltimore after the 2018 season and since has been with Denver, the Jets, Philadelphia, and back to Gang Green.

He has thrown for 40,931 career passing yards but 38,245 came with the Ravens.

Mike White replaced Wilson in the 54-13 drubbing by the Patriots in Week 7. He saw his first NFL action despite having been a fifth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2018.

White was 20-of-32 for 202 yards with a TD pass and 2 picks. The TD pass was his first NFL completion.

There could be some digit drama with the acquisition. Flacco has worn No. 5 throughout his career. That is the same number White currently has.

The Jets play host to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8.

Jets’ Zach Wilson picked off by Patriots 3 times in first half

Zach Wilson threw 3 interceptions in the first half against the Patriots

Bill Belichick orchestrating a defense against New York Jets’ rookie Zach Wilson didn’t figure to be a fair fight.

It wasn’t in the first half Sunday as the New England Patriots and their coach had the Jets’ rookie, No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, baffled.

Wilson threw a hat trick of picks before the game had reached halftime.

 

At one point late in the half, the rookie from BYU had as many picks as completions.

Growing pains for Robert Saleh and Gang Green.

 

Zach Wilson throws first touchdown pass as New York Jet

Zach Wilson hits Corey Wilson and the Jets are in the game heading into the final quarter

The New York Jets took almost 44 minutes to get on the scoreboard in their season opener against the Carolina Panthers. They hope the score is indicative of their future.

First-round pick Zach Wilson kept the play alive and rolled right and managed to find Corey Davis, a free-agent signing in the offseason, in the end zone for a touchdown.

Wilson ran the 2-point conversion in and suddenly Gang Green had cut a 16-0 deficit in half as the game was heading to the fourth quarter. The play was good for 22 yards.

New York Jets earn tie with Philadelphia Eagles as Hail Mary is answered

The New York Jets had their prayers answered in the final seconds against the Philadelphia Eagles

Well, at least the New York Jets will have given their fans one thrill in 2021, even if it was in front of a practically empty MetLife Stadium Friday.

Gang Green had the ball at the Philly 49, facing a fourth-and-4 with an eight-point deficit against the Eagles with six seconds left.

The quarterback — not Zach Wilson — was James Morgan, who rolled right and unloaded a prayer.

Morgan, a 2020 fourth-round pick out of Florida International, reached the end zone, where Kenny Yeboah came away with the ball despite being surrounded by what seemed like the entire Eagles defense.

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Yeboah is an undrafted free agent, who spent 2020 at Ole Miss after spending 2016-19 at Temple.

A Josh Adams run for the 2-point conversion left the game tied at 31, and that is how it finished because there is no overtime in the preseason.

Thankfully.