Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips is the Managing Editor of USA Today Sports' Jets Wire, a contributor at Sporting News and a columnist at FanRag Sports. Phillips has experience with The Athletic, The Bergen Record, CNBC, NBC News, Bleacher Report,, The Journal Inquirer and The Journal News. A journalism graduate of Seton Hall, Class of 2017, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Setonian, the university's award-winning student newspaper. He can be reached at or 845-825-7030. 

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Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson is a breath of fresh air

The 2017 season was one of change and improvement for the Jets, but the most striking did not come on the field. Rather, it was in the owner’s suite. For all the Jets personnel who have come and gone in the last year, no one has been more noticeable than CEO and Chairman Christopher Johnson. The camera-shy acting owner would probably prefer that not be the case, but it is hard to ignore the drastic juxtaposition of him and his predecessor. Johnson’s older brother, Woody, was hardly a presence
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'I’ve earned everything': Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson can't be serious

There’s no way. His comments Wednesday afternoon were surely some sort of ill-advised joke, or perhaps an attempt to troll a Jets press corps and fan base that has spent the better part of two weeks chiding him. The context behind his words? Wilkerson was asked if he’s merited the $37 million he’s made over the past two seasons. That was the guaranteed money Gang Green committed to the defensive end when they signed him to a five-year, $86 million contract in July 2016. Since then, Wilkerson h
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Jets must move on from a declining Darrelle Revis

It is time for the New York Jets to relocate off Revis Island. Once a hot spot for interceptions and impact plays, the isle has become a wasteland in New York’s secondary. Long gone are any signs of its once proud owner, one of the best cornerbacks the NFL has ever seen. Instead, the island has been overrun by wide receivers – some superstars, some not so much. As the Jets look ahead to 2017, they must realize the location is inhabitable.
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Christian Hackenberg in odd preseason spot for second-round rookie QBs

The Jets have no intention of playing rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg this season. That much was clear when New York selected the Penn State alum in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Hackenberg is considered the future – a project, the long-term guy, the man waiting in the wings. He knows it will take multiple injury disasters for him to step on an NFL field during the regular season.
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Todd Bowles on who the backup QB is: 'Every position is open'

It appears the Jets have a backup quarterback controversy on their hands. It was only a week ago that coach Todd Bowles said there was “no competition” to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback and that the job beloonged to Geno Smith. Now Bowles seems more open to the idea of Bryce Petty filling the role. “Every position is open,” Bowles told reporters following Friday’s preseason loss to Washington. The answer stemmed from a question about a possible competition between Smith and Petty. The two qu
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Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick agree to a deal that's fair for all

The detente is over. Just when Jets fans thought it would never end, New York and Ryan Fitzpatrick stopped the madness. After spending 140 days on the free agent market, the bearded quarterback and Gang Green finally came to their senses. With the first practice of training camp on Thursday, Fitzpatrick and the Jets have agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal that could be worth $15 million with incentives. The deal, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is a win-win for all partie
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Muhammad Wilkerson praises Jets defense, avoids playoff guarantee

Muhammad Wilkerson was not ready to make any promises on Wednesday, but the defensive end believes the Jets will continue to sport one of the NFL’s better defenses. “Sky’s the limit,” he said on a conference call. “We could be as good as we wanna be as long as everybody’s putting the work in every day and pushing each other. Everybody should come out there on the field and want to be great and also push each other to be great.”
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Jets' Dee Milliner takes up yoga to boost health

Dee Milliner was tired of getting hurt, so he made a change. In an effort to avoid the injury bug, the Jets cornerback started doing yoga three times a week over the offseason. He said that he plans to continue the routine throughout the season. “I think it helped me,” Milliner told reporters Monday at the Jets’ facility, adding that he has been eating better as well. “I feel more flexible. [My] body just feels better.” Milliner has played in just 21 games since New York spent a first-round p
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Christian Hackenberg a 'work in progress' with OTAs underway

The Jets are in no rush to trot Christian Hackenberg out under center. Two days worth of OTAs have gone by and, unsurprisingly, the rookie quarterback has been a key topic of discussion in Florham Park, especially with a Ryan Fitzpatrick still in free agent limbo. The Jets’ second-round pick in the NFL draft, Hackenberg said it has been nice to get some work in with his new teammates at the voluntary workouts. “Just to be able to get out there, run around a little bit, throw the ball, get some
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