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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...

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Here's a player-by-player report card for the Jets' free agent signings so far:


OT George Fant (three years, $23.7 million, $13.7 million guaranteed)

Joe Douglas' first free-agent signing as Jets GM was a bit of a shocker, giving a huge pay day to Seattle's backup tackle. It's a gamble, for sure, but Fant is huge (6-foot-5, 322 pounds), powerful, and he has started 24 games over the last four seasons (He missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL).

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GM Joe Douglas continues to bolster his secondary, re-signing S Bennett Jackson for the 2020 season, per The Athletic's Connor Hughes.

Like Arthur Maulet, who re-signed with the Jets as well, Jackson wasn't offered a tender as a restricted free agent. So the Jets signed him to a new deal. Though the details haven't been released yet, the deal should be expected to be for one year. 

Jackson's NFL story is one of trial and tribulation, but his dream of making it into an NFL regular season game became a reality in 2019 when he suited up in Week 7 with the Ravens. He'd played in three more weeks for the Ravens after that before returning to the Jets for Weeks 14 and 15. 

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Nov 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir (35) looks on before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir (35) looks on before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

How CB PIerre Desir ended up with the Jets isn't anything new for him. 

The Colts surprisingly cut the veteran they signed to a three-year, $25 million extension last season, and it was an obvious shock to Desir. Talking with The Athletic's Connor Hughes, Desir said the emotions were definitely there. 

But then a call from the Jets came a half hour after the Colts told him at noon on Saturday that he was being released. He called the situation "a blessing." 

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas told anyone who would listen that he was going to focus on rebuilding the offensive line this offseason -- and boy, did he ever. Four of the six free agents he signed from other teams were offensive linemen, and he brought back one from last year's Jets, too.

And that's great. The Jets' line should be better and stronger and deeper in 2020, which means more protection for quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Le'Veon Bell. The Jets' offense will be better, and obviously that's important.

But what about everything else Douglas still has to do?

Tags: Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Golden, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets GM Joe Douglas has added another cornerback to his roster for the 2020 season, and it's a starting caliber one in veteran CB Pierre Desir, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Sunday. 

Desir was released by the Colts on Saturday in an unexpected move, and it didn't take New York long to scoop him up. He now figures to be their top cornerback when the season starts. 

The 29-year-old has spent time with the Browns, Chargers, and most recently, the Colts, who he signed a three-year deal with last season worth $22.85 million. But, for whatever reason, the Colts decided to enact his opt out clause before $3 million of his 2020 salary was guaranteed on Sunday. 

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Brian Poole
Brian Poole

Brian Poole was undoubtedly the Jets' best free agent signee last season. So they made sure to bring him back again. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that Poole will be returning to the Jets on a one-year deal worth $5 million. 

At this time a year ago, Poole signed a $3 million deal over one year with the Jets. And after being the most consistent cornerback of any player on the team, they're rewarding him this time with a $2 million tack on to his new deal. 

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Oct 13, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) motions in the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High.  (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 13, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) motions in the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

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With the so-called "legal tampering window" now open, you can expect some of the biggest names to come off the market very quickly, as we've seen with Jets targets like Jack Conklin, Byron JonesAmari Cooper and Graham Glasgow to name a few. 

So, let's consider some of the major names left who the Jets could be in the running for:

CB Chris Harris

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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Although the Jets have over 20 pending free agents this offseason, there are five that stand to cost a significant amount to retain. Those players are Robby AndersonJordan JenkinsKelvin BeachumBrian Poole and Alex Lewis.

It's likely the Jets will be hoping to retain most, if not all, of these players.

However, let's try to identify someone who could be a realistic alternative for each of them if they were to leave.

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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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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Jets' 6-2 finish has given the franchise a renewed sense of hope, even though GM Joe Douglas didn't want to use that word. Hope, he said, is "not a strategy." The only way they can really capitalize on their strong finish is with a plan.

And they'll need a good one, too, because while Douglas is right that "Going 6-2, that's not luck," it's also not the sign of a finished product. The Jets were a disappointing 7-9 overall this season and did not look like a franchise on the verge of a long-awaited breakthrough. They have big, gaping holes throughout their roster.

So there is a lot of work still to do.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Brian Poole, Brian Winters, Jordan Jenkins, Kelvin Beachum, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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With Buffalo locked into the fifth seed and the Jets eliminated from playoff contention about a month ago, Sunday's game predictably took on the characteristics of a game where nobody really wanted to be there. Sam Darnold's one-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder in the fourth quarter ultimately keyed the Jets 13-6 win.

In pouring rain, the Jets - playing mostly against back-ups - led just 3-0 at the half following a disjointed affair that featured turnovers, missed kicks and all-around sloppy play.

The second half wasn't any less scrappy, even though the rain eased off a bit, but the Jets finally drove for the game's only touchdown after the Bills had tied the score. Darnold's pass to Crowder finished off a drive keyed by a couple of nice plays by back-up receiver Vyncint Smith.

Tags: Brent Qvale, Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Jenkins, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Alex Lewis (71), Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68), and Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) line up against the Washington Redskins at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Alex Lewis (71), Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68), and Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) line up against the Washington Redskins at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Jets will be without two offensive linemen on Sunday against the Bills and could be without a number of other players with eight listed as questionable.

Tom Compton (calf) and Alex Lewis (ankle) were listed as out for Sunday's AFC East matchup on the Jets injury report on Friday afternoon.

Joining the offensive line duo on the report as questionable to suit up Sunday were Jamal Adams (ankle), Henry Anderson (knee/shoulder), Robby Anderson (calf), Kelvin Beachum (back/ankles), Kenneth Dixon (illness), Steve McLendon (knee/hip), Brian Poole (ankle) and Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/knee).

Tags: Brian Poole, Henry Anderson, Jamal Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Robby Anderson, Steve McLendon
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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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Jets GM Joe Douglas has a lot of work to do this offseason as he begins to reshape the roster the way he wants it to be. And he'll start with the Jets' 23 unrestricted free agents -- most of whom will likely be gone when he's done.

Here's a look at those players -- and whether Douglas should keep them or not -- plus the lone restricted free agent, and a few other players who could be, and perhaps should be, offseason salary cap cuts:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Copeland, Brent Qvale, Brian Poole, Brian Winters, Jordan Jenkins, Josh Bellamy, Kelvin Beachum, Lachlan Edwards, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Trumaine Johnson, Ty Montgomery , Ralph Vacchiano
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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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The Jets may enter their matchup with the Steelers shorthanded on both sides of the ball, as the team released their final injury report before Sunday's game.

Demaryius Thomas and offensive lineman Tom Compton are listed as doubtful to play against Pittsburgh, while Jamal Adams, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Arthur Maulet, Brian Poole and Bilal Powell are questionable.

Thomas and Compton both did not participate in practice on Friday, and Adams and Williams were among a long list of players to practice in a limited role.

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jamal Adams reacts after the New York Jets intercepted a pass against the Miami Dolphins 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; Jamal Adams reacts after the New York Jets intercepted a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Decimated by injuries all season long, Week 15 is no different for the Jets.

New York released its final injury report of the week Wednesday as it prepares for Thursday's 8:20 p.m. game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Among the updates, Jamal Adams is doubtful, which leaves the third-year safety set to miss his second straight game as he nurses a sprained left ankle from Dec. 1.

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The Jets secondary could look very thin this weekend when they face the Miami Dolphins, with multiple players in doubt to suit up and CB Brian Poole officially listed as out.

In addition to Poole, things aren't looking to great for S Jamal Adams and CB Arthur Maulet, who are both listed as doubtful to play. Poole (concussion), Adams (ankle) and Maulet (calf) missed all three days of practice this week.

The trio all suffered their injuries at various points of Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Bengals, a game that handed Cincinnati their first win of the season.

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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.  

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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. 

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Call off the search.

Jets CB Brian Poole tweeted that he's recovered his pick-six football from Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders.


Jets cornerback Brian Poole stole the football from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Sunday in Week 12... and then someone stole the ball from him. Literally. 

Poole caught a Carr pass and took his first interception with the Jets, which was of the one-handed variety, to the end zone for a pick-six.

After making his 15-yard trek to the end zone, Poole celebrated with the ball above his head and his teammates all around him. Poole made the one-handed interception and then lost the ball thanks to only having one hand on it.

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Jets cornerback Brian Poole spoke with SNY's Jeane Coakley after the Jets big time 34-3 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Poole intercepted a deflected pass and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown, extending the Jets lead to 34-3 with 3:25 left in the third quarter. It was his first career pick six, and the fifth interception of his career.

"It was nice, it was nice. Like I said, it was a really good play," Poole said. "It was a three by one set, got a tip, I was able to get to it. Was able to get in the endzone... It was the first pick six of my career, so definitely excited about that."

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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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Cornerback Brian Poole signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Jets this past March after playing the last three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Poole and talked about everything from drag racing to being college roommates with fellow Jets defensive back Marcus Maye at the University of Florida.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets took a step in the right direction as quarterback Sam Darnold returned to practice Wednesday, but New York's injury report remained cluttered with key players on both sides.

While the Jets' starter recovers from mononucleosis with an eye on a return at some point in October as the day-to-day recovery continues, linebackers CJ Mosley (groin) and Jordan Jenkins (calf) were among those held out.

While neither Darnold nor Mosley has not played since Sept. 8's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the season opener, Jenkins missed Sept. 22's 30-14 loss to the New England Patriots.

Tags: Brian Poole, Brian Winters, CJ Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, Josh Bellamy, Kelechi Osemele, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Trenton Cannon
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With the Jets on their bye week, we've been reviewing some of the Jets players, looking in detail at their season so far and what to expect from them coming out of the bye week. We're looking at a mixture of players who've exceeded expectations and that have been disappointing so far. We continue today with a look at nickel back Brian Poole.

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Four days after the Jets fell to 0-2 on Monday's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns, New York's quick turnaround for Sunday's 1 p.m. road game against the Patriots presents the latest challenge for Adam Gase.

Before Friday's practice at The Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, the first-year head coach issued several injury updates ahead of the weekend's preparation for New England (2-0).

Among the notables, the Jets remain without veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley, but rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams continues to progress as Week 3 approaches.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets knew the cornerback position was their biggest flaw, even before Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring at practice on Sunday. They were shorthanded from the start at one of the most important positions in football.

Now, with Johnson out for the foreseeable future -- "I don't think it's going to be months," Adam Gase said, "but I mean, we'll see." -- the situation is dire.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Already thin at cornerback, the Jets suffered another blow within the position group Sunday.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring, head coach Adam Gase told reporters following practice, after intercepting quarterback Sam Darnold and running it back.

Johnson, who battled a quad injury in 2018 on the way to 10 appearances 40 tackles and four interceptions, is out indefinitely.

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Dec 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) reacts after an interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Dec 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) reacts after an interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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The Jets announced Wednesday that cornerback Brian Poole has been added to the Active/Non-Football Injury list. This means they are a man down in the secondary for Thursday morning's practice and will continue to be until he's reactivated.

Listing him in that way doesn't save the Jets a roster spot and he can be activated at any time, as soon as he's ready to practice. It's merely a precautionary measure against him suffering further setbacks and remaining out for an extended time. Since Poole evidently showed up with the injury rather than suffering it during organized team activities, the team could in theory part ways with Poole in such a scenario without being on the hook for his salary. 
 
The reality is that this likely isn't particularly serious and the Jets could see Poole back soon. However, even if he returns within the next few days, he will have lost ground in the battle to earn the nickelback role he's been projected to win since the Jets signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal back in March.

Tags: Brian Poole, Buster Skrine, Derrick Jones, Jamal Adams, Morris Claiborne, Parry Nickerson, Trumaine Johnson
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