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NFL Betting Lines - 2009 New York Jets Odds
By Andrew Richards
Published 07/6/2009
Offseason NFL Football News
New York also made a splash in the free-agent market by signing former Ravens, Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard to solidify their defense.

Link: Leonhard Ready for the Season
Posted on July 7th, 2009 by Bassett
Jet Safety Jim Leonhard was home in Wisconsin in late June for a football camp for kids and took time to speak with reporters from his hometown paper the Leader-Telegram. When the reporter asked Leonhard about how it felt going into the season at the pinnacle of his game, Leonhard’s answer was telling. The article chronicles his rise from anonymity to NFL starter, and only makes you want to cheer for the guy more.

“It’s really the first time at that level that I’ve kind of had that seal of approval from a head coach going into the season,” Leonhard said. “That gives you a lot of confidence. It also ups your responsibility and just your leadership on the team. I’m taking that as a challenge going into the year.”

It’s good to see that Leonhard doesn’t view the situation as ‘I have arrived’ but more as ‘how can I continue to progress?’

Schein's Nine: Eagles finally have WRs
by Adam Schein
7. The best defense in the AFC East? J-E-T-S!

And if you don't believe me, ask Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, who broadcast that statement to the world on our Sirius NFL Radio show. Actually, he thinks the Jets will have the best defense in the NFL.

Prediction: Rhodes and David Harris make the Pro Bowl for the first time. Former Eagles CB Lito Sheppard gets back to his Pro Bowl form. The Sheppard-Darrelle Revis cornerback combination proves to be elite. Former Ravens safety Jim Leonhard becomes a household name. Last year's first-round bust Vernon Gholston gets at least eight sacks. That's how good Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will be. And they know how to use Calvin Pace, who was dropping back in coverage for some reason last year. Stud DT Kris Jenkins is healthy. General manager Mike Tannenbaum loaded up this defense with talent. Now he has the head coach to maximize it.

New England has experience in its front seven, picked up CBs Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs and have the best defensive mind in football coaching the team. The Dolphins added DE Jason Taylor, S Gibril Wilson and re-upped their own key free agents. Buffalo boasts a great defensive line.

But I'll take the Jets this year with their players, coaching and a brand, new attitude.

Jim Leonhard On Brett Favre
Posted: Jul 02, 2009 11:33 PM
Madison (WQOW) -- Flambeau H.S. graduate and former Wisconsin Badger Jim Leonhard takes part in the UW Legends Golf Event at University Ridge, and shares his thoughts about Brett Favre.

Leonhard, now a member of the New York Jets, says it would have been fun to play on the same team with Favre, who was a Jet for the 2008 NFL season.

"To play with a player of that caliber," Leonhard says, "it's kind of special, just to see how they carry themselves, and see how they approach the game, you know, on a day-to-day basis, so it would have been a lot of fun. We're pleased with our quarterback situation right now, and I hope he continues to play, if that what makes him happy, it's hard to push someone away if they're not ready to quit."

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