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Logan Ryan (Winslow Townson)
Logan Ryan (Winslow Townson)

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from sources that while interest is certainly high on the Jets' end regarding free agent CB Logan Ryan -- as well as other teams having interest -- no formal offer has been made. Still, the Jets remain in touch with his agents. 

The Jets have the cap space to sign Ryan, with OverTheCap estimating it's just under $15 million at the moment. According to Vacchiano, Ryan was seeking a short-term deal worth around $10 million per season, similar to his contract with the Tennessee Titans that was three years and $30 million. But being on the market so long lowers his price tag, so Douglas can scoop him up for a steal. 

New York has already brought in Pierre Desir this offseason, but there is still some uncertainty at the corner position opposite him in Gregg Williams' defense. Bringing in Ryan would shore that spot right up, with some solid depth players in Bless Austin, Arthur Maulet, Nate Hairston and a fifth-round pick who could turn out to be a steal in Virginia's Bryce Hall

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Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) runs onto the field before the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) runs onto the field before the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

A report from the New York Daily News surfaced on Friday that said the Jets are attempting to "free up money" to try and nab veteran free agent CB Logan Ryan. 

Adding Ryan would be a solid move for a Jets defense that definitely could use more help in their secondary, especially in a starting role. 

The Jets may have already brought in another veteran corner in Pierre Desir as well as re-signing players like Brian Poole and Arthur Maulet. But they still have a big question mark at the starting outside corner role opposite Desir on the depth chart. Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, the team's starters entering 2019 training camp, both were cut this offseason. 

Tags: Bless Austin , Brian Poole, Trumaine Johnson, Scott Thompson
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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This offseason, the Jets knew they had a deficiency at cornerback, but it wasn't their top priority. GM Joe Douglas was focused on improving his offensive line, and five new players added to that group followed. He also found the time to bolster his linebacking corps with a couple new faces and some re-signings. 

At corner, he did make an upgrade as Pierre Desir joined Gregg Williams' defense as a presumptive starter given his veteran status. But, with Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts both gone, who will be starting opposite Desir is still a big question. 

The NFL Draft is in a couple of weeks, and there are some intriguing prospects who might be able to fill that role. But with other needs -- the offensive line is still a point to upgrade as well as wide receiver -- will the Jets be able to draft someone with starting-caliber talent? 

Tags: Bless Austin , Trumaine Johnson, Scott Thompson
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Joe Douglas/Justin Jefferson
Joe Douglas/Justin Jefferson

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The Jets have eight draft picks, including four in the first two days of the draft. That, of course, includes the third-rounder they got from the Giants in the Leonard Williams trade.

Considering how many holes they have to fill after their slow trip through the free agent market, they certainly can put those picks to good use. Exactly how they'll do that is hard to know with one month still to go until the draft starts.

But here's an early projection, based on the team's needs, what sources have said about players they might like, and what scouts have said about the value of certain players in the draft...

Tags: Bless Austin , Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Leonard Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) warms up before his game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) warms up before his game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With free agency well underway on Monday, the Jets are reportedly among teams looking into CB Prince Amukamara's market, per The Athletic's Connor Hughes

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano alluded to Amukamara being an option for them if they didn't want to look into the top tier options of Byron Jones and James Bradberry, two players who are now off the market. Bradberry signed a three-year deal with the Giants, and the Jets will be playing against Jones, who signed a massive deal with the Dolphins.

Amukamara, 30, would cost much less but is still a reliable option as an outside corner. As Hughes points out, his Pro Football Focus grades have been consistent and solid over the past three seasons at 71.5, 77.1 and 70.5. 

Tags: Bless Austin , Trumaine Johnson, Scott Thompson
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The NFL's offseason started in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.

The Jets obviously still have plenty of holes despite a strong finish to their 7-9 season. Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that rookie GM Joe Douglas will need to address the most over the next few months:

Tags: Bless Austin , Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jonotthon Harrison, Kelvin Beachum, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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It wasn't perfect, but the Jets ultimately emerged from Sunday's game against the Steelers with a 16-10 win.

As New York (6-9) continues to finish the season strong, what's to make of Week 16?

On the set of SNY's Jets Post Game Live, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott handed out grades for Gang Green's gritty performance.

Tags: Bless Austin , Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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In a game that meant a lot more to the Steelers than it did the Jets, it took the visitors a while to get going. Pittsburgh fell two scores behind early and, although they tied the game just before halftime, the Jets managed to shut them out after half time to hold on for a hard-fought 16-10 win.

The Jets were in control for most of the first half. They played the run well, generated pressure and intercepted two Devlin Hodges passes to knock him out of the game. However, Mason Rudolph came off the bench and gave the Steelers a spark, leading them to a field goal and then following that up with a late touchdown to tie the score.

Offensively, the Jets had put together a nice touchdown drive to start the game but then once again the offense faltered once they got through the scripted portion of the gameplan. Sam Darnold's fumble after the Jets reached midfield on an attempted two-minute drill would set up thetying score.

Tags: Bless Austin , Brent Qvale, Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Other than a chance to potentially play spoiler or improve/worsen their final draft position, the final two games of the season don't have much significance for the Jets. However, for several players, these games will represent an invaluable opportunity to further their case to contribute next season.

Head coach Adam Gase has already said the team is looking ahead to next year in their assessment of many of the young players receiving extra playing time. With such a long list of injuries, the team has been forced to throw several untested players into the deep end, with some showing signs of usefulness.

Let's consider some of the main names to watch:

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Robby Anderson
Robby Anderson

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Christopher Johnson has already promised that Adam Gase won't be fired and he'll be the Jets coach at the start of next season. There are no indications at all that the Jets CEO is willing to change his mind, no matter what happens down the stretch of the season.

But Gase sure has to be stretching his boss' patience.

Gase needed an absolute gift from the Dolphins and the officials to avoid what would have been another embarrassing loss on Sunday. The Jets won when a pass interference non-call was overturned on replay, giving them another shot to get into game-winning field goal range. Then, Sam Ficken nailed a 44-yarder as time expired to give the Jets a 22-21 win.

Tags: Bless Austin , Jamison Crowder, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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As Adam Gase emphasized during the week, the Jets were entering this week's game as a 4-7 team and they sure played like one against the Bengals on Sunday. Now they're a 4-8 team, having lost to a winless team for the second time since the bye week.

To their credit, the Bengals played with good energy and discipline on defense, and rode a solid Andy Dalton performance in his return to the lineup to break a 13-game losing streak that stretched back to last December.

Offensively, the Jets had some near misses, but struggled to sustain drives, mainly due to dropped passes and ill-timed penalties. The Bengals exploited some coverage breakdowns to score two first half touchdowns and built a 17-3 lead before the Jets drove for a late field goal.  

Tags: Bless Austin , Brian Poole, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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C.J. Mosley, Chuma Edoga and Paul Worrilow missed practice again Friday and have been ruled out on Sunday against the Bengals.

With the Jets' recent hot streak keeping their playoff hopes alive, Mosley has remained off injured reserve despite only appearing in two games this season. The star linebacker said last week that if the injury to his groin/abdomen didn't heal in the near future, he would elect to have season ending surgery.

The Jets will play an 0-11 Bengals team this week before trying to get revenge on a 2-9 Dolphins team that stunned the Jets for their first win of the season just a few weeks ago. 

Tags: Ben Johnson, Bless Austin , Brian Poole, CJ Mosley, Kelvin Beachum
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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Another week has gone by, and another Jets win transpired. This team is simply clicking everywhere, and while the offensive side of the ball has garnered a lot of praise, it has been the defense that continues to step up and prove that they are one of the best units in the league. 

And that's come with injuries to starters like Avery Williamson, C.J. Mosley and Trumaine Johnson, to name a few. Depth players have had to step up, and lately, none has been more noticeable than rookie CB Bless Austin

The Rutgers product has been a fan favorite during this three-game win streak, as injuries to Darryl Roberts, along with Johnson, have given Austin the opportunity to make a good first impression on defense. 

Tags: Bless Austin , Jamal Adams, Trumaine Johnson, Scott Thompson
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On "Star Wars Day" at Metlife Stadium, the force definitely wasn't strong with the Raiders.  

Sam Darnold passed for over 300 yards and two scores, and also rushed for a score as the Jets swept Oakland aside impressively to put a major dent in the Raiders' postseason hopes. Beating lowly teams like Washington and the Giants is one thing, but this was the kind of win which will get people looking at this Jets team and it's short-to-medium term future in a different way.

Tags: Bless Austin , Brandon Shell, Brian Poole, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Neville Hewitt, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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