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    OS Will Return for 2005 Season

    (July 1) In the wake of the annual AFL summer roster freeze, the Dragons announced today that offensive specialist Kevin Swayne has re-signed with the team for two seasons. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Swayne originally rejoined the Dragons this past season after spending a successful three-year career in the NFL with the New York Jets.

    "The story on Kevin Swayne is that he’s not only an elite offensive specialist, but that he also has the team leadership quality that pulls teams together for a common goal,” said Dragons Director of Player Personnel Rory Vacco. “Bringing Kevin back puts the organization right on track to bring New York an Arena Football championship."

    The 2005 season will be Swayne’s third with the Dragons and fifth overall with the franchise. He started his AFL career with the Iowa Barnstormers in 1998 and was named to the league’s All-Rookie Team at OS. The 1999 season saw him continue to grow as a receiver as he caught 98 passes for 32 touchdowns. His breakout season occurred in the Dragons inaugural 2001 season when he made 131 receptions for 1890 yards and 43 touchdowns. On July 7 of that year, Swayne tied an AFL single-game record with seven touchdown catches in the Dragons’ 99-68 victory over the Carolina Cobras. He is also the Dragons/Barnstormers career leader in yards gained with 4,719 and touchdown receptions with 95.

    After his record-breaking 2001 AFL season, Swayne went onto sign with the Jets for their 2001 campaign. During that season he played in 15 games and started in two. He finished his first full NFL season with 13 receptions for 203 yards, which included his stellar Week 14 performance when he made four receptions for 74 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 2002 season also saw him play in 15 games and for the second straight season he averaged 15.6 yards per catch. Also in 2002, he played in his first NFL post-season game in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. In the Jets loss to the Oakland Raiders, Swayne made one reception for 12 yards.

    The 2003 season saw Swayne make a big impact on Monday Night Football in the Jets 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titians. In the third quarter of the game, Swayne caught a 27-yard pass from QB Chad Pennington, which gave the Jets their first lead of the game. The play was one of the highlights of the game and with his touchdown the Jets would go on to win the contest in front of a national audience.

    In total, Swayne’s three seasons saw him play in 45 games with two starts. He caught 20 passes for 310 yards and one touchdown.

    Aside from the Jets, Swayne also spent time with three other NFL squads. In 1997, he was signed by Chicago Bears and attended their pre-season camp before being one of the last players released prior to the start of the regular season. Later that season he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles and placed on their practice squad. Swayne then spent the entire 2000 season on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad.

    Another stop in his career saw Swayne spending time in the now defunct XFL. He holds the honor of catching the first ever touchdown in the history of the league and spent the 2001 XFL season with the Orlando Rage.

    After a three-year absence from the AFL, Swayne rejoined the Dragons prior to the team’s Week 10 game against Columbus this past season. Unfortunately he suffered an injury the following week which kept him out of the lineup until the last week of the season. In total, his returning 2004 season saw him make 11 receptions for 163 yards and four touchdowns.

    The 2005 season is expected to be a big a year for the offensive specialist from Wayne State. He is projected to start at the OS position next season and team with QB Aaron Garcia to re-form one of the most effective one-two punches in AFL history. Aside from his on-field contributions, the community will be enlightened by his off-field presence as well with possible functions or events in the Long Island area. In the past, Swayne has been generously involved in community clubs and centers with the Dragons and the New York Jets.

    Dragons 2005 season tickets are currently on sale. Fans interested can call 1-866-AFL-TIXX for more information. Stay tuned to during the coming weeks for off-season news and updates.

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  • Nick
    Jets notebook: Gowin on notice: Landeta's waiting
    by Nick
    Jets notebook: Gowin on notice: Landeta's waiting
    Saturday, December 04, 2004
    Star-Ledger Staff

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The Jets have had discussions with the agent for veteran punter Sean Landeta and may sign the former Giant next week if punter Toby Gowin has a bad day tomorrow against the Texans at Giants Stadium.

    Preparing for the stretch run, the Jets are concerned about the inconsistency of Gowin, who has averaged just 38.4 yards per kick on 25 punts at home this season. The swirling winds and harsh conditions have made the Meadowlands particularly notorious for punters over the years.

    Last Friday, Landeta, 42, was released by the Rams -- who play their home games indoors. He averaged 43.3 yards on 40 punts this season, with a net average of just 32.5 yards.

    Landeta spent 8 1/2 seasons with the Giants -- including their 1986 and '90 Super Bowl champion teams -- and knows Giants Stadium better than any punter in the NFL. He worked out for the Jets earlier this week.

    After playing Houston, the Jets (8-3) have two home games and two road games, including one at St. Louis.

    Landeta's agent, Tony Agnone, said yesterday that at least three teams, including the Jets, have contacted him about Landeta. He refused to name the other two teams.

    "I believe Sean will have a job soon," Agnone said.

    Gowin, in his first season with the Jets, struggled earlier this season but averaged over 41 yards per punt in three consecutive games before averaging just 31.3 yards on seven punts last week against the Cardinals. In addition to his punting duties, Gowin has been outstanding on kickoffs --he had three touchbacks against Arizona -- and is the holder for kicker Doug Brien.

    Rookie LB Jonathan Vilma,

    who has started the past nine games, is second on the team in tackles with 81. He also has an interception and a sack. Perhaps more importantly, Vilma has shown no signs of hitting the rookie wall, a time late in the season when fatigue stops rookies dead in their tracks.

    "He's a guy that's ahead of the game," Edwards said. "He's smart enough to know being a pro is also when you leave here (the training complex) and what do you do? Go home and get rest, do the things you need to do to make sure you come back the next day and practice. He's got that figured out."

    Selected 12th overall in the draft, Vilma was named the NFL's defensive rookie of the month for November with 48 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in five games.

    LB Mark Brown,

    who's from Paterson, will make his second straight start tomorrow in place of Victor Hobson (high ankle sprain), who didn't practice this week. ... LB Jason Glenn, the brother of Texans CB Aaron Glenn, is expected to play...
    -12-04-2004, 11:18 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play vs. Oregon
    by DJRamFan
    Stanford returns to action after a bye last week

    Sept. 25, 2005

    Complete Release in PDF Format
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    Date: October 1, 2005

    Kickoff: 2:00 pm

    Site: Stanford, CA

    Television: No live television

    Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Tim Roye, Bob Murphy)

    Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

    Internet: (live audio, live stats)

    The Series: Stanford leads series 43-24-1

    Last Meeting: Oregon 16, Stanford 13, at Stanford, 11/23/04

    Series Notes: Oregon has won last three meetings


    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play at Home Against Oregon

    Stanford (1-1) opens the Pacific-10 Conference season on Saturday, October 1 with a home date against Oregon (3-1, 0-1) ... The Cardinal is coming off a bye week after opening the season with a road win at Navy and a home loss to UC Davis ... Stanford will play eight consecutive conference games and the season finale vs. Notre Dame ... The Ducks got off to a 3-0 start and were ranked No. 25 in the nation before losing last Saturday to top-ranked USC, 45-13 ... The Ducks led early 13-0 before the Trojans scored 45 unanswered points ... ...Oregon won its three non-conference games against Houston, Montana and Fresno State while averaging over 40 points scored in those games ... The Ducks have won the last three meetings with Stanford, including a 16-13 win at Stanford Stadium last season.

    Stanford to Honor Hall of Fame Class of 2005

    Stanford's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 will be honored at halftime on Saturday's game against Oregon ... The group of seven individuals and an Olympic Crew will be formally inducted in the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30 ... The Class includes men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery, currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, women's tennis All-American and NCAA champion Sandra Birch, All-American and U.S. Olympic water polo player Doug Burke, football All-American Ed Cummings, baseball All-American Eric Hardgrave, All-American, Olympian and NCAA swimmer Janel Jorgensen, Chuck Evans, one of the school's all-time great football players, and a group of Olympic rowers that includes Conn Findlay, Kurt Seiffert, Kent Mitchell and Ed Ferry.

    Remaining Schedule Includes Five Ranked Teams

    Stanford's remaining schedule includes five teams currently ranked among the nation's top-25 who have combined for a 16-2 record to date ... The Cardinal's final nine opponents have an aggregate record of 25-8 and a winning percentage of .758 ... Among Stanford's future opponents are No. 1 ranked USC (3-0), No. 11 Cal (4-0), No. 14 Notre Dame (3-1), No. 15 Arizona State (3-1) and No. 20 UCLA...
    -09-25-2005, 05:11 PM
  • Yodude
    Good Article.....
    by Yodude
    Twin Engines

    A unique bond between coach Herman Edwards and quarterback Chad Pennington has helped propel the Jets to the best start in franchise history

    By Michael Silver
    SI Exclusive

    Chad Pennington doesn't remember the drive. It has been a mere 14 months since he was hit with the double whammy that sidetracked his journey toward football fulfillment, yet the New York Jets quarterback gets a faraway look in his eyes as he attempts to recall the details. He knows the specifics of the injury -- taking the hit from New York Giants linebacker Brandon Short in an August 2003 preseason game, attempting to break his fall with his nonthrowing hand, then wincing as his left wrist snapped. He knows he had surgery and checked out of the hospital the following day, still hopped up on painkillers, and that at some point during the next few hours he got the call that his father-in-law had succumbed to leukemia in a hospital a few miles away. "All in all," says Chad's wife, Robin, "the most horrific 24 hours of our lives."

    Two days later, unable to fly so soon after surgery, Pennington was with Robin in the backseat of a rented SUV while his father, Elwood, drove the 10 1/2 hours to Madison, W.Va., where Bob Hampton's funeral was held. Or so Chad has been told.

    "Did we drive?" he wonders during a break on a Tuesday in early October at the Jets' practice facility in Hempstead, N.Y. "I can't remember." He pauses and cracks his knuckles, then adds, "It's all a blur. That was definitely the lowest point. The rug had been pulled out from under me."

    One thing Pennington does recall, though, is the phone conversation he had with Jets coach Herman Edwards shortly before leaving for West Virginia. The two men have an almost telepathic connection, one that has been instrumental in the Jets' resurrection this season (New York improved to 5-0 on Sunday with a 22-14 win over the San Francisco *****), and their shared disappointment over Pennington's injury was palpable. "You have all these things you want to accomplish together," says Pennington, "and it's like someone had kicked you in the stomach. It was almost hard to talk to each other."

    Edwards, in fact, couldn't even bring himself to look Pennington in the eye after the game and had put off calling his quarterback for more than a day. Certainly he had his own reasons to be sad. Without Pennington, who had led the Jets to the 2002 AFC East title and a 41-0 thrashing of the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card playoff game, Edwards's highly regarded team would be facing difficult times. Yet what sets him apart in his profession is his empathy, and that was why it was so hard for him to pick up the phone. Edwards felt Pennington's pain; the coach knew his quarterback would be tormented by the irrational notion that he...
    -10-22-2004, 02:41 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    NFL Capsule: Jets At Rams
    by r8rh8rmike
    NFL Capsule: Jets at Rams
    By The Associated Press | The Associated Press – 4 hours ago...

    NEW YORK JETS (3-6) At ST. LOUIS (3-5-1)

    Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

    OPENING LINE - Rams by 3

    RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 5-4; St. Louis 6-3

    SERIES RECORD - Rams lead 9-3

    AP PRO32 RANKING - Jets No. 26; Rams No. 25

    LAST MEETING - Jets beat Rams 47-3, Nov. 9, 2008

    LAST WEEK - Jets lost to Seahawks 28-7; Rams tied ***** 24-24 OT

    JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (16), PASS (27)


    RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (12), PASS (19)

    RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (18), PASS (13)

    STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Rams have won seven of last eight in series. This week's game is first in St. Louis since 2005. ... Both teams had bye after 3-5 start. ... Jets coach Rex Ryan facing Rams for first time. ... Rams coach Jeff Fisher played for and coached under Ryan's father, Buddy Ryan. ... Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer held same position with Jets from 2006-11. ... Jets have totaled 16 points last two games. .. Tim Tebow leads AFC QBs with 752 yards rushing. ... Jets 5-0 when Shonn Greene has 100 yards rushing. ... DE Muhammad Wilkerson has 33 tackles, one sack, three passes defended, two forced fumbles and fumble recovery returned for TD last four games. ... K Nick Folk 12 for 13 on field goals, the lone miss on block. ... OG Brandon Moore has made 130 consecutive starts, most among players at his position. ... Two Rams rookies, starting CB Janoris Jenkins and WR Chris Givens, return after one-game disciplinary suspension. Givens first rookie in NFL with 50-yard reception in five consecutive games. ... RB Steven Jackson had 101 yards rushing last week, his first 100-yard game of season and 32nd of career - second most in franchise history. ... WR Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 102 yards last week in return after missing four games with collarbone injury, and had punt return and reception totaling 142 yards called back by penalties. ... DE Robert Quinn has 8 1/2 sacks in last nine games, and six sacks in last four games at home. ... P Johnny Hekker completed two passes last week and is first punter with two completions in game since 2004.
    -11-15-2012, 05:55 PM
  • Nick
    Jets MLB Cowart wants to be traded
    by Nick
    Jets: Cowart wants trade; Abraham tagged
    Wednesday, February 16, 2005
    Star-Ledger Staff

    Jets veteran middle linebacker Sam Cowart, who lost his starting job to rookie Jonathan Vilma after suffering a sprained left knee in Week 2, has asked the club to trade or release him, a team official said yesterday.

    And in another development, the Jets have officially notified the representatives for Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham of their intention to place the franchise tag on him. Abraham will earn $6.66 million this season.

    Cowart, who just completed his seventh NFL season, has told the team he wants to go to a team where he'll have an opportunity to start. At 29, Cowart feels he still has a lot of football left in him and doesn't want to sit behind Vilma, who was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

    Cowart's agent, Paul Healy, would neither confirm nor deny his client wants out.

    "Any discussions between myself, Sam and the Jets are private," Healy told The Star-Ledger. "I spoke with the Jets last week but what was discussed is none of your business."

    Cowart, a former Pro Bowler with the Buffalo Bills, has three years left on his contract. He has a base salary of $1.5 million in 2005 with a $500,000 roster bonus due next month. His cap number is $2.9 million. He provides the Jets with quality depth and the flexibility to switch from a 4-3 to 3-4 alignment.

    After struggling in his first two seasons with the Jets while playing outside, Cowart returned to the middle last season and began the year strongly. In the opener against Cincinnati, he had a team-high 13 tackles and forced a fumble that was returned 41 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Donnie Abraham. The following week, he was injured in the second quarter against the Chargers and was sidelined six games. He finished the season with just 23 tackles in nine games, two starts.

    Abraham, who earned his third Pro Bowl berth last season, was officially designated the Jets' franchise player on Monday when his representatives received a letter from the club. The Jets have yet to make an announcement.

    "It wasn't a surprise," said agent Rich Rosa, who represents Abraham along with Tony Agnone. "John knew it was coming. At this point, we're going to move in the direction John wants us to and that's working toward a long-term agreement."

    Bills: Buffalo has decided to release quarterback Drew Bledsoe and is expected to announce the decision today, Fox reported last night.

    Due to league rules, Buffalo can not officially release Bledsoe until Feb. 22, but the veteran has already been informed of the decision. J.P. Losman, a second-year player who attempted just five passes last season, will take over as the Bills quarterback.

    -02-16-2005, 10:52 AM