Gary Phillips


Gary Phillips is a contributor at The Athletic and Sporting News, the Managing Editor of USA Today Sports' Jets Wire and a podcast host at Locked on Yankees. Phillips has previously worked for Bleacher Report, FanRag Sports, The Bergen Record, CNBC, NBC News, NJ.com, 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 garyhphillips@outlook.com or 845-825-7030.

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The Jets screw up their 2nd-round picks anyway

The Jets can’t botch a second-round pick if they don’t have one. Maybe that’s why Mike Maccagnan traded them all away. The Jets moved up in the 2018 draft on Saturday, acquiring the No. 3 pick from the Colts. In return, Indianapolis got the sixth pick plus two 2018 second-rounders and a 2019 second-rounder. Some have criticized how much the Jets surrendered in order to advance just three spots, but history tells us the assets traded wouldn’t have panned out anyway.
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Arrested development: Todd Bowles' inaction is impeding Jets' culture change

Pretty soon, the Jets are going to have more arrests than victories in the last calendar year. The team, fresh off a five-win season, has seen three of its players apprehended in a nine-month span. There’s two-time offender Robby Anderson, who is facing nine charges and three felonies after going wild with his car – and, allegedly, his mouth – a few weeks ago in South Florida. That incident follows Anderson getting arrested at a Miami music festival last offseason for resisting authorities.
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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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