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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets began the reshaping of their roster and the first of what could be many moves to help clear salary cap space on Thursday as they released two veterans -- kicker Nick Folk and right tackle Breno Giacomini.

The moves clear about $7.5 million in salary cap space and leave the Jets somewhere around $10 million under the projected NFL salary cap. They were actually over until last week, when they declined to pick up the option on veteran left tackle Ryan Clady.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Jets, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

1. Who is their quarterback?

They of course haven't answered this yet, but they did answer who'll be coaching the quarterbacks: new offensive coordinator John Morton and new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. Neither has an extensive resume at their current positions -- or really working with quarterbacks -- which is interesting if they're going to be entrusted with developing a young quarterback.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the New York Jets can begin cleaning up the wreckage from their 5-11 season and start yet another rebuilding project. Despite being on the cusp of the playoffs a year ago, they seem farther away than ever now.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest questions the Jets must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how they're doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Part I ran on Wednesday. Here, as promised, is Part II:

If we do select a qb in draft. Do we sign a vet and go with 4? Or who gets the out? -- @wendo2000

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Brian Winters would've been one of the better guards on the free agent market and he could've cashed in even bigger than the four-year, $29 million deal he got from the Jets. 

But instead of looking for more money and maybe a better situation, the 25-year-old Winters decided to stay put because he believes that, despite the misery of the Jets' 5-11 season, there are much better days for the franchise ahead.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets free safety Marcus Gilchrist (21) runs with the ball after intercepting a pass from Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets free safety Marcus Gilchrist (21) runs with the ball after intercepting a pass from Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets have placed S Marcus Gilchrist (knee) and OT Breno Giacomini (back) on the Injured Reserve, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Ronald Martin and OL Craig Watts have been promoted from the practice squad to fill the two spots on the roster, while OL Martin Wallace has been signed to the practice squad.

Gilchrist appeared in the first 13 games of the season for the Jets before tearing his patellar tendon during Sunday's win over the 49ers. The 28-year old safety recorded 55 tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets-49ers 00:02:32
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano feels the Jets need to keep Bryce Petty under control and let Matt Forte lead the attack against the 49ers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Jets (3-9) at the San Francisco 49ers (1-11) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: After a few days of rain in the bay area -- which should do wonders for the generally bad field there -- it looks like things will be dry on game day. But it'll be cloudy with temperatures in the upper 50s or maybe around 60 with light winds.

WHAT IT MEANS: Yawn. … Oh, sorry, what was the question? Right, the meaning of this game. Well, it's mostly about draft order, I guess. Currently, the 49ers are picking second and the Jets are picking fourth or fifth. A win and the Jets put themselves in danger of slipping closer to the bottom of the Top 10. A loss, though, and they've got some potential for a Top 3 pick if things break right. Or wrong. Whatever. Also, I suppose this game has meaning if you're on the Todd Bowles Watch.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets CB Buster Skrine, DE Sheldon Richardson, and RT Breno Giacomini were all fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness penalties committed during Monday night's game against the Colts.

The Jets lost, 41-10.

They face the 49ers this Sunday in San Francisco.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Buster Skrine, Sheldon Richardson

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets released their injury report on Friday.

The following players will be OUT for Sunday's game against the 49ers

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
Tags: Antonio Allen, Breno Giacomini, Jalin Marshall, Khiry Robinson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • DT Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • LB Breno Giacomini (back/calf/shoulder)
  • Antonio Allen (concussion)
  • RB Khiry Robinson (leg)
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Jets released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
  • C Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • LB Breno Giacomini (back/calf/shoulder)
  • LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
  • DE Leonard Williams (illness)
  • S Antonio Allen (concussion)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Jets were crushed by the Colts, 41-10, on Monday night at MetLife Stadium as they fell to 3-9 on the season. Bryce Petty replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick during the game and will be the starter for the remainder of the season. Here's insight and analysis regarding the Jets' awful Monday night performance...

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance speaks for itself. He only completed one pass beyond the first down marker, had a completion percentage below 50 percent, and punctuated his performance with an interception on the kind of forced throw he's been unable to get away with all season.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

The Jets released their injury report on Saturday. The following players were listed...

Out:

  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)

Doubtful

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Steve McLendon
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The Jets released their injury report on Friday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
  • WR Brandon Marshall (foot, knee)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • WR Devin Smith (illness)
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
  • T Breno Giacomini (undisclosed)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Steve McLendon
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

The Jets released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Josh Martin (concussion)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle, knee)
  • TE Kellen Davis (elbow)
  • LB Bruce Carter (quad)
  • CB Marcus Williams (ankle)
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Buster Skrine, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks with the medical staff during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 27-23. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks with the medical staff during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 27-23. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets released their injury report after Wednesday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Josh Martin (concussion)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle, knee)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
  • TE Kellen Davis (elbow)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (knee)
  • CB Marcus Williams 
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others, all which you can read here...

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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The Jets released their injury report after Friday's practice...

The following players are OUT for Sunday's game

  • TE Kellen Davis (hip)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps)

The following players are DOUBTFUL for Sunday's game

  • Brent Qvale (neck)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brandon Shell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Charone Peake, Darron Lee, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Brent Qvale (neck)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • Ryan Clady (shoulder)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
  • TE Kellen Davis (hip)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps)
Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Charone Peake, Darron Lee, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady
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Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini (68) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini (68) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets have activated RT Breno Giacomini from the PUP list and have waived WR Jeremy Butler, the team announced Saturday. Giacomini had been on the PUP list since the end of beginning of the season with a back issue. Head coach Todd Bowles indicated at the end of the week that Giacomini could be ready to play against the Browns on Sunday.

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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

The Jets have released Friday's injury report:The following players will be out on Sunday against the BrownsLB Darron LeeLB Bruce Carter

Tags: Antonio Allen, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Devin Smith, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Should Jets deal Richardson? 00:01:58
Jon and Chris debate whether the Jets should trade defensive end Sheldon Richardson based on what happens during the rest of the season.

Is it time for the Jets to trade Sheldon Richardson? SNY.tv's Brian Bassett and Bent discuss...The Jets got their second win last Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens and might slip the surly bonds of two wins with a Week 8 matchup against the Browns. So with the potential of being 3-5 after eight weeks is it already time to start breaking up the dynasty? There's been some discussion this week about who the Jets most tradable player is, and ESPN's Rich Cimini suggested the name of Sheldon Richardson as a potential target for acquisition by other teams.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, David Harris, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) stretches before a game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) stretches before a game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - For the first time in the 11 days since he pulled his hamstring, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis did individual drills at practice and ran full speed. The good news is he "felt good," even if he still has no idea whether he'll be ready to play in Arizona on Monday night.

"I think I feel better than I actually did last week," Revis said. "Today was actually the first day I ran at my top speed and actually it felt good. (No setbacks) at all. It was good to be back on the field."

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Devin Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Somewhere along the line the bitter sting of missing the playoffs last season turned into hope for the future. It happened right around the time Ryan Fitzpatrick finally re-signed and the Jets looked around and saw most of the same pieces they had last year.

That was especially true on offense, where most of the key players return and veteran running back Matt Forte is added to the mix. Yes, it took a career year from Fitzpatrick to propel the Jets to 10-6 last season. But he doesn't see the Jets' record-setting offensive season as an anomaly. He believes "we've got some stuff we can build on from last year."

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles says both Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale could play right tackle in the season opener against Cincinnati on Sunday.

The two offensive linemen are competing for the spot, which is open because starter Breno Giacomini is out for out least the next six weeks while on the physically unable to perform list with a back injury.

Giacomini missed all of training camp with the injury, and neither Ijalana nor Qvale established himself the clear-cut replacement.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles isn't even going to pretend this is an important preseason game for the Jets. He's already said he'll sit both Ryan Fitzpatrick and his backup, Geno Smith. You can bet they'll be without receiver Brandon Marshall (hip) and a whole bunch of other starters, too.

So what's left to watch when the Jets travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in their final preseason game Thursday night?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini (68) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini (68) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - When Breno Giacomini first strained his back on the first day of mini-camp in June, he expected he'd feel better in about a week. Now, more than two months later, both he and Jets coach Todd Bowles admit there's a chance he won't be ready for Opening Day.

That's bad for both the 30-year-old Giacomini and the Jets, who don't have a lot of depth along their offensive line. In fact Bowles even said the Jets would "consider" adding another tackle off the waiver wire as teams begin making their cuts.

Tags: Breno Giacomini
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Brian Bassett is joined by Kristian Dyer from Metro NY to talk New York Jets training camp, including the latest on Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Breno Giacomini, Jace Amaro … and of course, the many quarterbacks.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, Jace Amaro, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini (68) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini (68) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

There's a chance that Breno Giacomini could miss Week 1 of the season. 

Head coach Todd Bowles said that, at this point, he doesn't forsee Giacomini missing the first game, but didn't dismiss the idea completely, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.

The Jets have been playing Brent Qvale, Ben Ijalana and Brandon Shell at right tackle so far in training camp, in case Giacomini misses time, according to Rich Cimini.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Shell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Jets have placed Muhammad Wilkerson, Devin Smith, Khiry Robinson, James Carpenter, Breno Giacomini, and Kendall James have been placed on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the team announced.

This usually means that the player is recovering from an injury and not yet ready to practice. However, it can also mean that they failed their conditioning test, in which case it's not uncommon for the player to retake the test the following day and then be removed from the list.

In most cases, this is just a procedural move protecting the team's right to retain them on the PUP list in the event they suffer an injury or setback before they are removed from the list and attend practice.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Devin Smith, James Carpenter, Khiry Robinson, Muhammad Wilkerson
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OT Laremy Tunsil highlights 00:01:34
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Welcome to the 11th installment of the BGA: 2016 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I'll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In our previous installment, we looked at this year's cornerback prospects, and we now move on to look at offensive tackles.

I'll be discussing whether the Jets are likely to have a need at these positions and reviewing some of the top prospects along with some players that might be options later on.

These articles are not necessarily meant to be exhaustive, so if you wish to bring some other prospects into the discussion, please do so in the comments section below.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, D'Brickashaw Ferguson
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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall in action against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall in action against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

NFL free agency begins next week. Will the Jets release more players in an effort clear some more room? Will they be as active as they were a year ago? Who needs to get restructured contracts? What will happen with Ryan Fitzpatrick? As we already looked at highly unlikely outcomes, we now look at some uncertain outcomes that the Jets face.

Cutting Breno Giacomini before the start of free agency

Fresh off a trip the Jets sent Giacomini on to visit the troops, cutting the right tackle offers more than $4 million in usable 2016 cap space, however cutting him would provide no benefit should they not come away from the first two days of the NFL draft with their new starter at right tackle. Giacomini was awful in 2015, but with little positional strength behind their starters, the team is likely weighing how much they'd need to pay in free agency to chase down a new one.

Mitchell Schwartz, Joe Barksdale, Chris Clark and Andre Smith are all immediate upgrades over Giacomini, so if you start to hear any of their names in conjunction with the Jets, look for the team to dump Giacomini hand-in-hand with the signing of their new right tackle.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Erin Henderson, Jace Amaro, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)
New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)

A spirited brainstorming session over some noodles, vegetables and rice.

That's how Breno Giacomini and Gary Barnidge - a couple of ambitious NFL players intent on making a difference beyond the field - and their buddy Ahmed Awadallah came up with their mission to take American football all over the world.

"We kind of just sat down at P.F. Chang's and started talking about what was going to be our next thing to help out the community," Giacomini recalled of that game-changing dinner in Kentucky in 2011. "We didn't know sitting at that table that it was going to get this big. Not even close."

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With the news a few weeks ago that the 2016 NFL salary cap would be $155 million, it appears there might be a little extra room in the budget this season now that the Jets have cut Antonio Cromartie.

While the Jets might be modest players in free agency, they still have three big hurdles to clear before they can offer any contracts to prospective free agents. First, they need to come to terms with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Second, they need to either sign or franchise Muhammad Wilkerson. Third, they have some more cap cleanup moves yet to come, be that restructuring D'Brickashaw Ferguson, cutting Breno Giacomini and/or clearing out a few other players like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland.

How should the Jets spend the extra cap space? Here's some suggestions, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Breno Giacomini, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jeff Cumberland, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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Nick Mangold blocks against the Patriots. (AP)
Nick Mangold blocks against the Patriots. (AP)

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at each position on the New York Jets roster and seeking your input on who you think should stay and who you think should go. Up next, the Jets' offensive linemen.

Overview: In short, the Jets line is in trouble and the front office needs to find ways to get the group substantially younger and better this offseason. Center Nick Mangold is still the crown jewel of the group and D'Brickashaw Ferguson is a passable left tackle, but the rest of the group you could easily do better. For the Jets the problem will be navigating the salary cap with cap clogging contracts in the offing for Muhammad Wilkerson and Ryan Fitzpatrick. The most efficient course would be to use some early draft picks to draft talented linemen as it would save them in free agency. If there is one good thing, it is that the John Idzik and then Mike Maccagnan regimes have used numerous late-round draft picks on offensive linemen. This is the time for them to either make a contribution or they could be out the door.

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Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Dakota Dozier, James Carpenter, Jarvis Harrison, Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson, Willie Colon, Brian Bassett
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The New York Jets offensive line tries to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USATSI)
The New York Jets offensive line tries to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USATSI)

The offensive line got off to a rough start as the Bills controlled the clock for much of the first half. D'Brickashaw Ferguson whiffed on a block as the first run of the day was stuffed and it didn't get much better from there. In fact, I didn't have a single positively-graded play for any of the offensive linemen until the second quarter.

The second quarter got off to a better start, as James Carpenter initially doubled with Ferguson and then peeled off to seal his man at the second level to the outside. Ferguson and Nick Mangold controlled their blocks at the point of attack to create a huge lane for Chris Ivory's long run.

The Jets didn't dominate up front like this very often though. Brian Winters had a couple of good run blocks at the point of attack, but also missed a couple of times at the second level.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold
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Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles during during the first half of game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)
Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles during during the first half of game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim O'Connor)

Jets coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Thursday. Here are five things we learned...

1.) QB Ryan Fitzpatrick paricipated fully in practice.

2.) RB Bilal Powell, T Breno Giacomini, and TE Kellen Davis all missed practice.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pace, Chris Ivory, Kellen Davis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass while New England Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard rushes during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass while New England Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard rushes during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to be fine despite being limited at practice because of a sore thumb, elbow and lower back.

Coach Todd Bowles says Wednesday that the ailments "shouldn't be anything serious" and he had no worries about Fitzpatrick's availability for the game Sunday at Buffalo. The Jets clinch a playoff berth win a victory.

Fitzpatrick had his left (non-throwing) thumb surgically repaired last month after tearing a ligament. He is also dealing with soreness in his right elbow and back, but says it's "nothing really to be concerned about."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Buffalo Bills, Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pace, Chris Ivory, Erin Henderson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets offensive tackle Breno Giacomini defends against New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)
New York Jets offensive tackle Breno Giacomini defends against New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

Right from the outset, the Jets were on the front foot in the trenches, creating some excellent running lanes and controlling the point of attack. This enabled them to pick up some good yardage between the tackles early on. The running game wasn't quite as effective in the second half, but still continued to grind out yardage, even after Chris Ivory had suffered an injury.

The line fared well in pass protection too, doing a good job of limiting the amount of pressure Ryan Fitzpatrick was under and only allowing him to be sacked once.

While they fared well as a unit, not everyone on the line had a great individual performance. Right tackle Breno Giacomini, in particular, had his struggles. He was beaten for the sack which led to Fitzpatrick's fumble and Jamie Collins's touchdown return, and got beaten a few other times in pass protection. He was also inconsistent in the running game, letting his man get off the block to get in on a tackle or leverage him into the path of the runner on a handful of occasions.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold
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(Troy Taormina)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles gave injury updates after practice on Thursday...

  • WR Jeremy Kerley (calf) was limited during practice, but Bowles is optimistic he'll be able to play on Saturday against Dallas.
  • C Nick Mangold, T Breno Giacomini, and LB Calvin Pace were also limited and are questionable for Saturday.

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Every NFL team has to deal with the injuries and the Jets have sent their share of players to the injured reserve, but for all the injuries that the Jets have suffered, seeing as few names listed for Saturday's game is good news. The team is finally getting healthy to make their best push at a playoff run and the timing is perfect. Mangold is distancing himself from his injury earlier this year and Revis has received the chance to knock the rust off from his absence due to a concussion. The Jets are in a good spot to make their final case for January.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pace, Jeremy Kerley, Nick Mangold
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The New York Jets line up against the Tennessee Titans for a field goal at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)
The New York Jets line up against the Tennessee Titans for a field goal at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)

With the array of all-pro talent that the Jets' offensive line has had to deal with in recent weeks, this game must have come as something of a relief. While Jurell Casey is underrated, the Jets managed to limit the damage he was able to do as each of the starting linemen contributed towards a performance that saw the Jets give up just one sack and rush for 183 yards.

I said earlier the Jets "went through the motions" in the second half and the blocking up front in the running game was one place where that appeared to be the case. After consistently creating big running lanes in the first half, enabling the Jets to average over seven yards per carry, they were held to just 56 yards on 16 carries (an average of 3.5) in the second half.

Center Nick Mangold led the way, controlling the point of attack in the running game all day and doing a solid job in pass protection. The only sack of the day was a miscommunication, as he tried to pass off his man to James Carpenter in order to pick up the man stunting underneath, but Carpenter didn't react in time. Other than that, the Titans didn't have any quarterback hits.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold snaps the ball against the New York Giants during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Jets center Nick Mangold snaps the ball against the New York Giants during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

Unexpectedly, the Giants opted to line Jason Pierre-Paul -- who had played at right defensive end all season -- on the left side. The Jets perhaps weren't prepared for this, because right tackle Breno Giacomini had a horrible time with him. Pierre-Paul was wielding his protective mitt like a weapon, something which is supposedly against the rules these days, and he rocked Giacomini over and over again as he racked up consistent pressure all game long.

This was the source of most of the Jets' issues on the offensive line on the day. Giacomini didn't give up a sack, but the amount of times he got beaten in pass protection was well into double figures. Right guard Brian Winters was able to save him a couple of times but Pierre-Paul still got home on a couple of the plays where Winters came over to double-team him.

It was a strange game for Winters, who started the game pretty well but then had a series of really bad plays in quick succession -- allowing two run stuffs, a sack and a quarterback hit. Then he seemed to settle down again, although he also got called for a hold and had a poor second half in the running game. Is it unique to consider an offensive lineman as "streaky"?

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Willie Colon
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Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) tries to get past New York Jets right guard Brian Winters (67) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (68) in Game 12 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (93) tries to get past New York Jets right guard Brian Winters (67) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (68) in Game 12 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Facing the formidable Ndamukong Suh for the second time this season, the Jets once again handled the Dolphins' front seven by limiting the damage he was able to do. Suh had four tackles (one for a loss) and a quarterback hit, but Miami only had one sack as a team and the Jets were able to rush for 137 yards.

The Jets opted to take a different approach to the challenge of mitigating Suh this time, relying a lot more often on quick-developing plays and hoping their linemen could handle him one-on-one in those situations. There were mixed results here, with right guard Brian Winters getting badly owned by him a few times, including on fourth and short on the first drive and early in the third quarter where he got driven into the backfield and his holding penalty negated a long run.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News tweeted after the game that Winters "won the head-to-head match-up" with Suh both times this season, based solely on Suh's numbers, but the reality was that he rarely had to block him one-on-one and often got blown up when he did. Nevertheless they asked more of him this time than last time, which could be a sign that he's developing and settling into that starting right guard role. I wouldn't go overboard with the praise yet though, because this was still an extremely uneven performance from him.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Miami Dolphins, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson
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Entering this game, it was pretty obvious that the Jets were going to have to figure out a way to slow down J.J. Watt. That didn't go so well, as Watt racked up two sacks, five quarterback hits, five tackles for loss and led the Texans in total tackles.

However, they did figure out one way to slow him down, as they ran 26 plays in the fourth quarter and he had just one tackle (on a four yard run) and one quarterback hit. The Jets had run 37 plays in the other three quarters, during which he did the rest of that damage. He wasn't rested in the fourth, nor is he typically the type of player who will wear down over the course of the game. They were simply able to slow down his influence by upping the tempo and throwing more quick passes. That begs the question; why didn't they do that from the start?

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson
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Nov 1, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) salutes the crowd after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Houston won 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports (Erich Schlegel)
Nov 1, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) salutes the crowd after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger (7) in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Houston won 20-6. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports (Erich Schlegel)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Ryan Fitzpatrick saw enough of J.J. Watt last season with the Houston Texans to know why he's such a force to be reckoned with.

The high motor. The athleticism. The desire to win every play in every game.

"He plays hard every snap in practice, too," said Fitzpatrick, traded by the Texans to the New York Jets in March. "But it was a big difference when you're wearing a red (no-contact) jersey and he's not allowed to hit you versus when you're out there and the lights are on."

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Houston Texans, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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