Brian Bassett

Brian Bassett:

Welp. Let's face it brother, this season has been a bust.

Maybe it is just me, but it seems like the Faustian bargain made by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets on the eve of training camp signaled the end. Since then the trajectory of this team has been steadily downward: horrifying play at QB, the season-ending injury to Eric Decker, the immolation of Darrelle Revis as "player who gives a damn" … it has been rough. Hell, even Muhammad Wilkerson's reputation looks to be streaking down the Alpine Slide at Action Park!

But since we're Jets fans, we are notorious gluttons for punishment. So rather than dwell on all the bad stuff … what causes for hope do you have from what you've seen this season, Bent?

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Would Tony Romo be a plus or a minus for the Jets? (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)
Would Tony Romo be a plus or a minus for the Jets? (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)

The talk of Tony Romo coming to the Jets shows just how desperate the team is for help at the position.

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles makes his way out the field before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles makes his way out the field before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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After a Week 9 loss to a Dolphins team similarly in search of their identity, the doubt seems to be growing about the long-term direction at One Jets Drive in Florham Park. While the on-field performance might be the subject of another roundtable, there's whispers about Todd Bowles' fitness as a head coach … especially when word leaked that Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were benched in the first quarter after reports of chronic tardiness or total no-shows to team meetings. On Friday, Bowles said that despite some uninspiring play from Ryan Fitzpatrick play there "was no QB controversy." 

Brandon Marshall was asked by the press on Monday … do you still believe in Jets head coach Todd Bowles? "Absolutely," Marshall replied. "He's one of the best I've been around."

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called for a timeout after being injured on a play during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called for a timeout after being injured on a play during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has a sprained MCL in his left knee and is day-to-day, head coach Todd Bowles said Monday.

If Fitzpatrick is unable to play Sunday, Bryce Petty would start in his place.

The injury temporarily forced him out of Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first quarter in a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina)

The Jets have finalized a deal for RB C.J. Spiller and have released RB Knile Davis, Todd Bowles said Wednesday. The Jets had initially claimed Davis on waivers Tuesday and released RB Troymaine Pope. Bowles said the Jets plan to use Spiller as a third running back, but he will not likely return kicks. The Jets head coach said he was in meetings when the deal with Spiller went down. As of Wednesday, it's uncertain if Spiller will be ready for Sunday's game.

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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In anticipation of this weekend's blockbuster showdown with the Cleveland Browns, we had questions that needed answers. What's wrong with my team? Can they get over on another team that is clearly as (or maybe more?) unfortunate than my own? Is it wrong to have an existential crisis over a football team?Living in the heart of the South, it's not always easy to find kindred spirits so in touch with their misery of fandom. As a result, I often find myself bemoaning my team's fate to other likeminded fans. One such fan and good friend is Pat Leonard. Pat just started writing this year for one of my favorite blogs of all time, the Cleveland-centric Waiting For Next Year. I asked Pat five questions about the Browns, and I then had him ask five questions of his own about the Jets. Read Pat's reciprocal post on WFNY and stop by to say hello in the comments. WFNY and their readers are good eggs.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Geno Smith, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Brian Bassett
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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)

While the Jets offense wasn't always firing on all cylinders last season it could at least rely on a solid and at times sparkling defense. This year? Not so much. While the Jets might have one of the most talented lines in football, they are still being forced to play Sheldon Richardson out of position at linebacker. The linebackers might be much younger than they were a year ago, but youth and athleticism haven't trumped last year's experience. Last year's once great secondary is in utter ruins. Buster Skrine is being used as a boundary corner, where he is woefully out of position and as last week's game demonstrated he is in over his head. Calvin Pryor has regressed and, just like last year, Marcus Gilchrist is as good as the rest of the secondary is … which is to say bad. Darrelle Revis might be playing through injuries, but I see that as a weak excuse when you pay attention to his effort level...

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Marcus Gilchrist, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

As Shakespeare once famously penned, "something is rotten in the city of Florham Park" (it's totally true … Google it Bent … I FRIGGIN DARE YOU) but through five weeks it is hard to put a finger on the source of the problem. It might be easy to blame the players who are there … but does this sudden flop have more to do with who isn't there this year compared to 2015?

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Brian Bassett
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 (Mark Konezny)
(Mark Konezny)

Brandon Marshall told reporters he expects the team's young wide receivers to step up with Eric Decker set for season-ending surgery.

"It definitely hurts," Marshall said about the loss of Decker. "He's one of the great receivers in the league but we're more than confident in the younger guys that we have that they'll make plays, right Robby?"

That question was directed to Robby Anderson.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Brian Bassett
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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

The Jets have claimed WR Jeremy Butler off waivers, the team announced.

WR/KR Jeremy Ross was released to make room on the roster.

Butler, 25, was waived by the Buccaneers on Sunday after being promoted to the roster from the practice squad.

Tags: Eric Decker, Brian Bassett, Danny Abriano
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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are looking at dark times early after the Week 4 loss to the Seahawks. They hear what the listeners have to say about the quarterback situation, the defensive struggles, the lack of identity, and what lies ahead after Seattle.

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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

Jets WR Eric Decker is out Sunday against the Seahawks due to a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, head coach Todd Bowles said.

Decker will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis and it's too soon to know whether he'll need surgery for the injury, according to Bowles.

"I'm not sure," Bowles said when asked if it could be a season-ending injury. "They have to monitor it. Some people have played with it. We have to see how it goes."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets have been relying heavily on 30-year-old RB Matt Forte over the first two games of the season, writes Rich Cimini for ESPN.

Forte has had 52 rushing attempts so far, putting him on pace for 416, which Cimini notes would be the new NFL single-season record.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said there would be some 'fluctuation' regarding Forte's usage.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Brian Bassett
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NFL teams must set their "final" rosters for Opening Day by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Jets have made their final moves and have trimmed their roster to 53 players.



The following is an unofficial list of names that will be removed from the Opening Day roster based on NLF insider Ralph Vacchiano's league and NFL sources and information from players and agents, as well as other published reports. The list is subject to change until the team makes an official announcement Saturday after 4 p.m.


1) Suspended June 30, DT Sheldon Richardson (Out Week 1)

Richardson has been suspended for one game due to a violation of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. He served a four-game suspension last season for violating their substance abuse policy, and his recent suspension stems from a road race last July.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets have had discussions with other teams about trading Geno Smith or Bryce Petty, reports Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

Mehta notes that there is "soft interest" in Smith around the league and that the calls the Jets have taken are part of a routine process in advance of final cuts.

Smith served as the primary backup for starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, Brian Bassett
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Jets position battles 00:02:27
The Jets Nation panel debates which position on the Jets roster has been the biggest battle in Jets camp in the secondary and at QB.
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What could the first 53-man roster look like for the Jets when final cuts are made ahead of the Sept. 11 opener against Cincinnati? I tried to work through the exercise on who GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles might look to keep for the regular season.

QUARTERBACK (4): Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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Jets CB Darrelle Revis said during an interview on WFAN on Thursday that while he can still play at a high level, he might eventually consider a move to safety.

For the best corners in the league over the last five to ten years, this seems to be a common way for them to extend their career while still playing at a high level. Speed is not the most important factor in playing cornerback, but it is a big one and Revis has always been more reliant on his tape study, technique, skill and smarts than pure speed.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Brian Bassett
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Jets RB Matt Forte is looking to former Jet Curtis Martin for inspiration as he aims to excel in 2016.

Forte, who recently turned 30 years old, told Rich Cimini of ESPN that he has the ability to win the rushing title -- as Martin did with the Jets when he was 31.

"That's motivation for me personally, to strive to achieve that," Forte said. "It just goes to show you all the cliché sayings aren't always true. It's not going to be easy -- it's a tough thing to do -- but there's definitely a lot of motivation in that respect."

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Jun 9, 2015; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) and New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during New York Jets minicamp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jun 9, 2015; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) and New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during New York Jets minicamp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets WR Brandon Marshall has confidence in QB Geno Smith if he's the starter this season, writes Darryl Slater of NJ.com

"A hundred percent confident in Geno," Marshall said, according to Slater. "I think he's grown so much from the first conversation I had with him, before I got traded [from Chicago last offseason], and also since [early] last year when we were roommates."

"He's an ultimate pro right now," Marshall continued. "I don't know if that's always been the answer [about him]. But I'm just so proud of the kid, because the areas where he's been challenged, he's grown and gotten better."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, Brian Bassett
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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

The 2016 NFL Draft has come and gone, so how did the Jets fare? In truth we won't know for at least two to three years, and assigning grades just hours after a player has been selected and has yet to even take a single practice snap is folly, but folly we all love to read anyway. 

We thought we would take a little different approach and list the players the Jets got through the 2016 NFL Draft process and how soon they might contribute to the team on the field come the regular season...

DAY ONE STARTERS

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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

In the last two years I have had some fun with Excel pivot tables to create graphical representations of the draft class. I used the same method as last year to display how the 2016 NFL Draft projects. To come up with the list, I used the CBS Sports top 1000 prospect list and filtered it down to just the top players who would account for the first seven rounds. Then I added another 44 for priority free agents. This gives a look at how many players at a given position might be drafted in any given round. 

The setup:

First off, let me be clear that no draft board is set up this way. But since we have no way to know how the Jets are setting up their board, all we can do is try to take some of the guesswork out of how it might look.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

"Barring a significant breakthrough," the Jets are unlikely to sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a deal before the NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Jets have the 20th overall pick in the draft.

Their full draft selection:

Tags: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during a game against against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton)
New York Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) during a game against against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Derik Hamilton)

We could write reams on what D'Brickashaw Ferguson has meant to the New York Jets, but since I am playing Mr. Mom for five days while my wife parties it down in the Centennial State for a college roommate's wedding, let's start with what actions the Jets can take over the next month to fortify their offensive line for the 2016 NFL season...

Free Agency

To me, Ferguson's retirement only underscores the crucial miss that the Jets made in not landing former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum. The Jets front office appears to have overestimated Ferguson's desire to return or any duty/loyalty he had to return for his 11th season. I get that this is only Mike Maccagnan's second year as general manager, but the bill is coming due for the Jets neglect at using the NFL Draft as a tool to properly address this crucial part of any team. The Jets have made it known their like their own Brent Qvale as a potential starter, but is he ready? We will find out soon enough what the team really thinks about him.

Tags: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Brian Bassett
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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett kick off their coverage of the 2016 NFL Draft, and they start with the ball.  

The offense is up first, as Josh Norris from Rotoworld and NBC Sports joins the show for a look at the prospects at every offensive position, including potential fits for the Jets at OL, WR, and QB.

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 (Rich Barnes)
(Rich Barnes)

Manish Mehta of the Daily News suggests the Jets are mistreating D'Brickashaw Ferguson, taking issue with the fact that the team hasn't broached the topic of a pay cut or relase with Ferguson this offseason.(Mar. 23).

"Not one member of the coaching staff or front office has contacted Ferguson since the season ended, an odd way to deal with a player, who will undoubtedly be inducted in the team's Ring of Honor one day," Mehta writes.

And the Jets owe Ferguson respect, Mehta says:

Tags: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Brian Bassett
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 (Derik Hamilton)
(Derik Hamilton)

As we prepare for the draft, let's go spot-by-spot on the Jets' depth chart as it now stands to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current roster.

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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

As we prepare for the draft, let's go spot-by-spot on the Jets' depth chart as it now stands to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current roster.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

As we prepare for the draft, let's go spot-by-spot on the Jets' depth chart as it now stands to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current roster.

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Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Here's a quick round-up of some of my thoughts after another week of mostly uneventful free agency for the New York Jets.

Quarterback Fools' Day - The Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick are said to be seeking a "middle ground" according to Mike Maccagnan and that Robert Griffin III's visit last weekend was little more than a "meet and greet" but if I had to guess when a resolution would come between the Jets and their quarterback situation I would say right before or after April 1st. Colin Kaepernick's salary becomes guaranteed if he is on the Niners roster on April 1st and it seems that the Browns and Broncos have dug in their heels on what they would give to trade for him. Ryan Fitzpatrick's agent needs the uncertainty around the Denver and Cleveland situations to keep his client from signing anything. Sure, Cleveland and Denver are very cavalier right now, but would their tune change once they are out on Kaepernick and have to bid against the Jets? I think we will see right around April 1st … 

More for Less -- I was disappointed with the money it took the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign Kelvin Beachum, especially when you consider the first year money Beachum got. Either the Jets doctors were not thrilled with his recovery from his knee injury or the team just really low-balled a player who, when healthy, could play either of the tackle spots and even the guard spots down the road.  

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Robert Griffin III (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Robert Griffin III (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

RG3 visits FP, NJ

The talks with Ryan Fitzpatrick and his agent Jimmy Sexton stalled badly. There might not be acrimony between the Jets and Fitzpatrick, but until someone blinks, nothing should change. So, the Jets requested a visit with Robert Griffin III, which seems to have everyone either excited or anxious. I'm sure there's legitimate interest on the part of the Jets, but this feels like an attempt to make Fitzpatrick sweat. In the nicest way, I'll say I'm hesitant about the sort of offense the Jets could run with RG3 as the team's starter, but I am not going to burn too many calories on that yet. As a backup, I'm fine with RG3 being in New York (although Geno Smith might not be as enthused), but to have him as a presumptive leader heading into a QB competition in training camp? Pass the Prozac.

Beachum hits the beaches

Former Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum visited with the Jets and apparently is heading to Jacksonville to visit with Gus Bradley and the salary cap-rich Jaguars. I believe Beachum would be a good solution for the Jets given their level of play at both tackle spots. Whatever transpired between him and the Jets didn't force the lineman to rip up his itinerary to Florida, so assume the money wasn't stunning from the player's side. I hoped the Jets would clear a salary path for Beachum while also keeping D'Brickashaw Ferguson for one last year, and that still could happen, but the Jets will have to up whatever offer they've already made for Beachum.

My kingdom for a linebacker

Some of the better players at the linebacker position have been snapped up by ambitious teams, but a quick look at a free agency tracker shows there a lot of options the Jets could pick through over the next few weeks. Erin Henderson hasn't signed with the Raiders, so there's still hope he could be back with the Jets in 2016.

Tags: Chris Owusu, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Erin Henderson, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Zach Sudfeld, Brian Bassett
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Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the subject of rumors since the beginning of the NFL's free agency period began. (AP)
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the subject of rumors since the beginning of the NFL's free agency period began. (AP)

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It's been a while since we've broken out The Roundup, but I think FITZOMANIA is as good a time as any to break it out. In this post we will run down some of the recent events and best (and maybe worst?) thoughts on where the Jets and Fitzpatrick are on FA Day +3.

To make sure we are all up to date, here's where we are as of Friday.

Tags: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen warms up before the game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen warms up before the game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

With Day 1 of NFL free agency in the books, here are some quick thoughts about how the "legal tampering period" has gone so far and what some of it might mean for the Jets.

No country for ol' Wilkersons

Much of what the Jets do (or don't) in free agency will come down to what happens with Muhammad Wilkerson and how soon that takes place. Since the team has to allocate $15 million in cap space to his non-exclusive tagging, that's money the team can't spend elsewhere. The Giants, Bucs, Jaguars, Dolphins and Cowboys are said to be free agent players for defensive line talent, but their attention seems to be focused on Adrian Clayborn (ATL), Charles Johnson (CAR) and Mario Williams (BUF), who are all now free agents. So far, it seems teams are more interested in kicking the tires on those three arbitrage Wilkerson talents since they won't cost their team any draft picks to sign unlike Wilkerson. My money is squarely on Wilkerson remaining in New York when the initial free agency dust settles. Worst-case scenario? The Jets squeeze one final season on a team-controlled contract out of one of the best defensive talents in the NFL.

… or maybe not

A report surfaced Monday night that the Jets might have interest in Los Angeles Rams free agent Nick Fairley. Fairley is a capable player, but might only be a two-down DT in the Jets system. Bent and I consider Fairley a degraded analog for Wilkerson that than one for Damon Harrison, which makes Fairley a Wilkerson roster backfill in the case of a vacancy. So the Jets' interest in Fairley might be an innocent check-in, or it might be an indicator of bigger moving pieces.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Damon Harrison, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Zac Stacy, Brian Bassett
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 (Kyle Terada)
(Kyle Terada)

The Jets have expressed interest in free agent OG J.R. Sweezy, reports Rand Getlin of the NFL Network (Mar. 7).

Getlin notes that aside from the Jets, the Dolphins, Bears, and more than five other teams also have interest in Sweezy.

Sweezy, 26, has played with the Seahawks the last four seasons.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/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 and uncertain outcomes, we now look at some highly likely outcomes that the Jets face.

Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick

It is no secret the Jets and Fitzpatrick will get a deal done. The only thing left undetermined is the structure of the deal. Dom Cosentino suggests that the Eagles deal with Sam Bradford might be a template for Fitzpatrick.

I'd look for something aligned with Nick Foles' August 2015 contract with the Rams. Expect the Jets to create a deal which pays Fitzpatrick close to $12 million in 2016 and might guarantee as much as $15 million, but which includes an opt-out clause for Fitzpatrick if he hits certain playing incentives, likely close to what he accomplished in 2015.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Bilal Powell, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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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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Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell does the broad jump during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell does the broad jump during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

This week, we will be reviewing some of what we saw and heard about the 2016 NFL Combine from Indianapolis, and how some of it might or might not apply to the Jets. To get the quickest sense on how the prospects tested, we cannot underscore how incredible Rotoworld's Zach Whitman is and his tireless work on 3SigmaAthlete around athleticism and pSPARQ scores. We previously analyzed the running backs and tight ends. Next up: the wide outs.

Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss)

6-foot-2, 210 pounds | 117-inch broad jump

I am stumped on what to think about Treadwell, but it seems like I might be the only one. I know enough to see that he is not as impressive a prospect as Amari Cooper was a year ago, but I can't say how far behind Treadwell is either. I worry about Treadwell's functional speed as he chose to not participate in the speed and agility drills before bombing his vertical with a 33-inch jump, along an underwhelming 117-inch broad jump. There's also worry that since he only knocked out 12 reps on the bench, will he be able to create the separation he needs to in the NFL? He proved he was a talented, physical force in college, but now that he's off the field and getting measured up, he's looking like a slower version of his old teammate Donte Moncrief, and yet is regularly drawing comparisons to DeAndre Hopkins. Matt Harmon might do some of the most detailed work on understanding of receiver prospects through his "Reception Perception" project, and maybe I need to shut up and just trust Harmon's judgment on the subject. Harmon has a great, if not underselling, comp of Treadwell on his website.

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Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports Images)
Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports Images)

This week, we will be reviewing some of what we saw and heard about the 2016 NFL Combine from Indianapolis, and how some of it might or might not apply to the Jets. In our first installment, we reviewed the running backs. Next up: the tight ends.

It looks like it could be a disappointing class (again) of tight ends, thanks to the proliferation of spread offenses in college. Few at the college ranks are grooming the next Jason Witten or Heath Miller due to the changing nature of the game. As a result, athletes are being re-routed to other positions and what remain are big-bodied receivers or under-athletic blocker types.

Only nine of the 15 tight ends ran the 40-yard dash, with several opting due to health concerns. Notables Tyler Higbee, Jake McGee and Hunter Henry did none of the on-field workouts, while Stephen Anderson only participated in the vertical and broad jumps. With so few prospects choosing not to participate in agility drills, I am dubious of this group. Not many players stood out positively or negatively, but here are a few who did.

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Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott wears a special cleat to make a statement about domestic violence runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott wears a special cleat to make a statement about domestic violence runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

How could the Combine impact the Jets 2016 NFL Draft?

In 2015, Jets running backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell both had productive seasons even though they might have left fans wanting a little more. Both Ivory and Powell are role players (not "foundation" backs) in their late 20s headed for free agency. With cap crunches elsewhere, the Jets might not be able to spend much at running back in free agency, which is why the Jets should look to solutions through the NFL Draft. Since the Combine is taking place this weekend, here are some thoughts about the process and the names we should start tuning into over the next two months.

Running Backs burn up the track in Indy

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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Jets have released CB Antonio Cromartie, the team announced (Feb. 22).

The Jets will save $8 million after releasing Cromartie, with no dead cap money included (Feb. 22)

Cromartie, 31, played with the Jets from 2010 to 2013 and again in 2015.

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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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 (Joseph Maiorana)
(Joseph Maiorana)

Chris Burke of SI.com predicted both the first and second rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft in his latest mock (Feb. 11).

Burke has the Jets selecting Ohio State OLB Darron Lee in the first round (20th overall).

In the second round (51st overall), Burke predicts the Jets will draft Michigan State DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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South squad quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State avoids the pressure of defensive end Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USATSI)
South squad quarterback Dak Prescott of Mississippi State avoids the pressure of defensive end Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USATSI)

In the wake of the Senior Bowl, here are some interesting notes for Jets fans who are turning their eyes from the regular season to the draft to enjoy. We will be releasing these in a series of installments over the next day or two so keep checking back for more Senior Bowl content with a Jets focus.

Mixed reviews on Noah Spence

No one seems to be in doubt of edge rusher Noah Spence's prowess on the field. He was the most explosive and dynamic player in Mobile at rushing the passer and looks to be on the border between the first and second rounds of the NFL Draft, but could go much higher according to NFL Media's Bucky Brooks. Spence was named to many lists of the Senior Bowl week winners and spent the week proving his mettle on the field and answering questions off of it about his issues with drug addiction, and maybe worse, the cover up he undertook while at Ohio State which saw him end up getting kicked off the team. 

But how convincing were Spence's answers? Walter Football's Charlie Campbell wrote in his Thursday rumor report that "teams weren't impressed with how Spence answered their questions" regarding his past troubles. If teams are dubious about Spence's ability to stay clean, those teams who are already skeptical will be very interested in the results of his Combine drug test. Randy Gregory was a potential top 15 pick, but failed his drug test last year in Indianapolis and it cost him dearly. 

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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco so he can join the Jets, according to Manish Mehta of the Daily News (Feb. 3).

The Jets are Kaepernick's "preferred" choice, according to Mehta, who says the team is aware of his interest and intrigued about the possibility of obtaining him.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has a different take than Mehta, noting that the Jets have never have and do not currently have interest in acquiring Kaepernick (Feb. 4).

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Jets will hire Brant Boyer to be their new special teams coach, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN (Feb. 2).

Boyer, 44, worked as the assistant special teams coach for the Colts for the past four seasons.

A former LB, Boyer spent 10 seasons in the NFL split with the Dolphins, Jaguars, and Browns from 1994-2003.

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Virginia Tech Hokies defensive linemen Dadi Lhomme Nicolas (90) looks on during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (James Guillory)
Virginia Tech Hokies defensive linemen Dadi Lhomme Nicolas (90) looks on during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (James Guillory)

In the wake of Saturday's Senior Bowl, here's some interesting notes which I thought Jets fans who are turning their eyes from the regular season to the draft might enjoy. We will be releasing these in a series of installments over the next day or two so keep checking back for more Senior Bowl content with a Jets focus!

Who's your Dadi?

According to WalterFootball, the Jets had a meeting in Mobile set up Tuesday night with Virginia Tech outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas. Nicolas is nimble, has a relentless motor and at his size (6'3" 235 lbs) is best suited as an OLB in a 4-3 or as a situational pass rusher. Nicolas had 18.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a junior in 2014 before deciding to stay for coach Frank Beamer's final season in an attempt to become the top edge rusher in the country. His senior season turned into a disappointing affair and his low point probably came in November after he unintentionally struck an official (see it here) and was suspended half a game by his coach, which might have sunk his draft stock even further.

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New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)
New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)

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' tight ends.

Overview: One of the most interesting departures from previous iterations of the Jets offense was the almost willful neglect of the tight end position in the passing game. In 2015, Jets tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis were targeted a total of 25 times (14 and 11, respectively) compared to 107 targets for tight ends Jace Amaro (53), Cumberland (47) and Zach Sudfeld (seven) just a year ago. It's true Amaro was shut down for the season due to a preseason shoulder injury, but would his presence have been the missing piece in the offense?

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Tags: Jace Amaro, Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis, Wes Saxton, Zach Sudfeld, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. (Brad Barr)
New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. (Brad Barr)

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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 inside linebackers.

Overview: This is a unit where a partial reboot is likely coming this offseason. David Harris should remain thanks to decent play in 2015 and a contract which doesn't lend itself to cutting Harris. Meanwhile, Demario Davis' 865 snaps in 2015 (sixth most for the Jets defense) could be walking out the door since it appears the Jets current coaching staff and front office aren't as impressed with his play as Rex Ryan was. Behind Harris and Davis, there's no obvious player waiting to step into a larger role … or is there?

Tags: David Harris, Erin Henderson, Taiwan Jones, Brian Bassett
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Jets have opened contract negotiations with LB Erin Henderson, according to Dom Cosentino of the Star-Ledger (Jan. 28).

Henderson is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but Cosentino cites a source who says the two sides should be able to come to terms before then.

Henderson, 29, played all 16 games for the Jets this past season after missing the entire 2014 season due to two drunken driving arrests. 

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