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They have watched as the roster has been dismantled around them, and they've surely heard the dire predictions. The Jets are in rebuilding mode this season.

But the players left on the roster still believe they can do some winning, too.

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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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(William Hauser - USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been 48 years and two weeks since the Jets shook up the world and changed the NFL with their victory in Super Bowl III, and they have since taken their fans on a long, depressing and at times torturous run. It's been so painful at times that it's easy to forget the Jets went to back-to-back AFC championship games just six years ago.

Of course, since then they've brought the pain: Six straight seasons without a playoff berth, only one season with a winning record, and it was all capped off by a miserable 5-11 season that felt worse since the Jets had so much optimism after going 10-6 in 2015.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It still seems unlikely that Ryan Clady will return as the Jets' left tackle next season, but the team has bought itself a little extra time to make that decision.

The Jets and Clady recently restructured his contract, eliminating a $2.5 million roster bonus he was due next month and rolling that non-guaranteed amount into his 2017 salary, which is now scheduled to be $10 million, according to NFLPA records. 

It's a minor tweak, as first reported by ESPN, but it means the Jets have a little extra time to evaluate Clady's health and their own roster and salary cap situation.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Rebuilding the New York Giants' defense cost them a ton of money last offseason, and keeping it from falling apart again might cost a little more.

But it's the price they have to pay if they want to win another championship in the Eli Manning era. And that's why between now and the start of free agency in March, the Giants have to do their best to re-sign Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Tags: Brian Winters, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, 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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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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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 quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

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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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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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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 (Mark Konezny)
(Mark Konezny)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media during a conference call on Monday. Here's what we learned...

  • CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) is progressing but it's not clear yet whether he'll practice Wednesday.
  • C Nick Mangold has a sore knee and received an MRI, but "nothing negative" came from it.
  • LB David Harris is dealing with a sore hamstring and also received an MRI.
  • It's too early to tell whether Mangold and/or Harris will play against the Cardinals this coming Monday night.
  • G Brian Winters is still in concussion protocol but is close to completing it.
  • CB Darryl Roberts will have an MRI on his injured shoulder.
  • The Jets have done a good job early in games but need to focus on finishing.
  • Bowles reiterated that he doesn't regret punting in the fourth quarter Sunday when the Jets were down 24-13.
Tags: Brian Winters, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Nick Mangold

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Jets can slow down the Steelers' offense by getting to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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THE GAME: The Jets (1-3) at the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: It should be a perfect fall day in Western Pennsylvania, with plenty of sun and temperatures in the low 60s.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Marcus Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) hits Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) after a catch in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) hits Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) after a catch in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Calvin Pryor and Brian Winters were both fined $24,309 by the NFL for penalties they took in Week 4 against the Seahawks. 

Pryor, who told reporters earlier in the week he would be fined, was hit for the unnecessary roughness penalty he took against WR Doug Baldwin. 

Winters was fined for his headbutt on Seattle DE Michael Bennett. Winters suffered a concussion on the play and will not be in the lineup against the Steelers on Sunday. 

On the other side, Cassius Marsh was fined $18,231 for roughing Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

Tags: Brian Winters, Calvin Pryor

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis gives an update on his hamstring injury and explains the severity of the issue.

Jets CB Darrelle Revis is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Head coach Todd Bowles said Thursday that Revis was progressing, but Revis missed practice Friday for a third-straight day.

Other injury updates from Friday...

  • WR Eric Decker (shoulder), G Brian Winters, and QB Bryce Petty are out on Sunday.
  • WR Jalin Marshall (shoulder) is doubtful.
  • WR Quincy Enunwa (knee) didn't practice and is listed as questionable.

 

Tags: Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis catches the ball during pregame against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis catches the ball during pregame against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and wide receiver Eric Decker sat out practice Wednesday with injuries, and they're both uncertain for New York's game at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Revis is dealing with a hamstring issue that caused him to miss most of the fourth quarter of the Jets' 27-17 loss to Seattle last Sunday. New York faces the possibility of facing Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' strong passing game without the leader of its secondary.

Decker remains week-to-week with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He was originally injured at Buffalo in Week 2, but the shoulder worsened at Kansas City and Decker sat out the game against Seattle.

Tags: Brian Winters, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Brandon Marshall told reporters he switched off Thursday night's Texans-Patriots game because it was "disgusting." If he relives the film from Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he's probably going to end up throwing his TV set in the trash.

Let's get into our position-by-position review of what went wrong with the team's offense...

Quarterback: Fitzpatrick's double hat-trick sinks Jets


Tags: Ben Ijalana, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Kansas City Chiefs, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The offensive line had some good success Sunday against a formidable Bengals front. They paved the way for the running backs to rack up 137 rushing yards and also contributed by getting out in front of a few screen passes. In addition, the pass protection was good, with the Bengals picking up just one coverage sack.

In the running game, the Jets had some success with zone blocking concepts. On the play shown below, the line moves in unison to the right and James Carpenter uses his man's momentum to drive him upfield and create a cutback lane for the run back up the middle. Ryan Clady also contributes by making a cut block at the second level.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Dakota Dozier, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson
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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • Geno Smith will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday's game.
  • Bowles will try to get Bryce Petty into the game on Saturday but it's "hard to get a gauge" on whether he'll play.
  • Jace Amaro, Kyle Williams, Jordan Jenkins, and Kenbrell Thompkins were all held out of practice on Wednesday.
  • Quincy Enunwa is still going through the concussion protocol.
  • He's hopeful that both Matt Forte and Muhammad Wilkerson will be able to play on Saturday.
  • The starters will play at least the entire first half on Saturday.
  • Buster Skrine and Brian Winters have been the most improved players in camp.
Tags: Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick

Kansas State Wildcats offensive linesman Cody Whitehair (Scott Sewell/USA Today Sports Images)
Kansas State Wildcats offensive linesman Cody Whitehair (Scott Sewell/USA Today Sports Images)

Welcome to the fifth 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 safety class and we now move on to look at guards and centers.

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: Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Dakota Dozier, Jarvis Harrison, Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson, Willie Colon
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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.

Expected to Return (10)

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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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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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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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The Jets placed starting guard Brian Winters on injured reserve Monday. They replaced him by picking up rookie guard Wesley Johnson off waivers from the Steelers (Jets, Oct. 13).

Winters tore an ACL in the third quarter Sunday in the loss to Denver. He was in his second season after being drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Kent State. Earlier Monday, the Jets put defensive back Dee Milliner on IR.

The Steelers took Johnson in the fifth round of this year's draft. Johnson (6-foot-5, 297 pounds) was named All-SEC last season at Vanderbilt.

Tags: Brian Winters, jmcguire860, NYJets, Jerry McGuire
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After the loss of Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore and not much depth to speak of on the offensive line, the Jets finished Day Two of the draft with the first of a series of offensive line picks that extended into Day Three. ?by kicking it off with Kent State's Brian Winters.

There were whispers that the Jets were looking to upgrade their line and that the Peterman signing was contingent on not drafting a guard in the first two rounds. ?So while there's now a number of draftees and veterans that Winters will compete against, he's a player that the team feels confident can contribute to the team early on in the process.

So, Who Exactly Is He?

Tags: 3rd, Brian Winters, NFL Draft, NYJets, Offensive Line, Third Round Pick
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