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Outspoken New York Jets star Brandon Marshall, commenting for the first time on the Colin Kaepernick controversy, defended the quarterback’s right to sit in protest during the national anthem.

“This guy, he’s one of the biggest patriots out there,” Marshall said Tuesday in an interview on WFAN radio in New York. “Because he’s standing up for human rights.”

Marshall was a guest on the “Boomer and Carton” show. The Pro Bowl wide receiver sharply disagreed with co-host Boomer Esiason, who last week was critical of Kaepernick.

“You’re 100 percent wrong,” Marshall told Esiason, his fellow analyst on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”

Never shy about tackling polarizing issues, Marshall said he will be standing for the anthem on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, where the Jets will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with a pregame ceremony.



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Clearing the way to keep four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, thumb the New York Jets waived two high draft picks from the previous regime — cornerback Dee Milliner and tight end Jace Amaro — league sources said Saturday.

The oft-injured Milliner, the ninth overall pick in 2013, struggled in the preseason and missed the last game because of a hamstring injury. Sources said the Jets tried to trade Milliner, who began training camp as the No. 4 cornerback but lost his spot to rookie Juston Burris.

Amaro was a second-round pick in 2014 but never lived up to expectations. Determined to rebound after missing 2015 due to shoulder surgery, Amaro got off to a fast start in training camp but he fizzled in the preseason games, failing to capitalize on a wide-open competition at his position.


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The New York Jets helped organize the ultimate road game — a flag-football contest for U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. The soldiers wore green and white — Jets colors — but the vibe was red, white and blue.

The Jets supplied official jerseys, footballs, kicking tees, whistles and coaching clipboards to the 10th Mountain Division, and it played a competitive, 11-on-11 game on Friday morning ET. After a spirited build-up — yes, there was trash-talking — the NCOs (non-commissioned officers) defeated the officers 36-7.

Afterward, they received heartfelt messages from two members of the Jets, Eric Decker and Nick Mangold, who Skyped from the team’s training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

“I wanted to personally thank them for their service and support abroad,” Mangold said. “I admire and respect their sacrifice and dedication to service.”

The idea was hatched a year ago by Steve Castleton, a military liaison based in New York. He brought it to owner Woody Johnson, who gave his immediate support.

The Jets sent custom-made jerseys to Afghanistan, putting “Resolute” (green jersey) and “Support” (white) in the nameplates on the back — the name of the 10th Division’s mission in Afghanistan.



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The quarterback landscape changed dramatically Tuesday, with Teddy Bridgewater‘s freakish and devastating knee injury. The Minnesota Vikings, left with 36-year-old Shaun Hill as their starter, almost certainly will try to trade for a veteran.

Maybe you’ve heard: The New York Jets have a surplus of quarterbacks. They’re willing to keep four on the 53-man roster — or so they say — but grizzled personnel types around the league aren’t buying that. They believe the Jets will jettison one of the players, which raises the question:

Could they trade Geno Smith to the Vikings?

Ostensibly, Smith is the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback, but I believe they’d be willing to listen if the Vikings — or any team, for that matter — show interest. Even though he’s their only backup with regular-season experience, Smith is viewed by some in the organization as a player who has maxed out his potential, whereas Bryce Petty is seen as a quarterback whose arrow is pointing up. Smith hasn’t played particularly well in limited reps (47 snaps in three games), which has disappointed some because they felt he’d be better in Year 2 in Chan Gailey’s system.



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game of flag football is something we might take for granted here in the United States. But if you are service members from the 10th Mountain Division and the 25th Signal Battalion of the U.S. Army as well as Soldiers of the 518th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade stationed at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, shop the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, prescription then a Jets-themed flag football game can take on an entirely different meaning.

“If you look at some of the other pictures from the game, you see a giant cement wall in the background. That’s because the Taliban are on the other side of that wall,” said Jets military liaison Steve Castleton, who broached the idea of a game with the Jets last November.

Dubbed “Mission Resolute Support,” military service members donned custom uniforms donated by the Jets and competed in an eight-on-eight, friendly flag football game as part of the Bagram AFB Sports Day.
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Here are a dozen and a half Did You Knows about the Jets, the Giants, their games against each other, and their 48th annual preseason meeting in the sixth annual MetLife Bowl tonight:

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his first touchdown passes as a Jet, to Eric Decker and Zac Stacy, in last August’s 28-18 MetLife Bowl win over the Giants.
  • Brandon Marshall’s 9-yard TD catch with 27 seconds left in regulation sent last year’s regular-season game vs. the Giants into OT, when the Jets prevailed 23-20.
  • The Jets won the first meeting against the Giants 37-14 in the 1969 preseason as Joe Namath threw for two TDs and Bill Mathis (photo below) scored twice.
Running back Bill Mathis carries the ball during the Jets 37-14 preseason victory over the Giants at the Yale Bowl on August 17, 1969. Offense.

Running back Bill Mathis carries the ball during the Jets 37-14 preseason victory over the Giants at the Yale Bowl on August 17, 1969. Offense.

  • This is the sixth MetLife Bowl, with the Jets having won the MetLife Bowl Trophy in three of the five previous meetings.
  • Brant Boyer, in his first season as the Jets’ special teams coordinator, spent the 2010 summer as a Giants training camp coaching intern.
  • The Jets and Giants have played 60 games overall, with the Jets leading the series 30-29-1 and the only tie, 31-31, coming in the 1972 preseason at the Yale Bowl (Namath handing off to John Riggins in that game below).

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