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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has left the door open for rookie Davis Webb to be the team's No. 2 quarterback entering the season.

"I think we all have to be careful making assumptions," McAdoo said on Thursday. "Josh (Johnson) and Geno (Smith) are competing right now for the number two spot, and if that doesn't look the way we want it to look, Davis will get a crack."

Webb, a third-round pick out of the University of California, completed 8 of 16 passes with no touchdowns or interceptions during the Giants' preseason opener last Friday against the Steelers.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Head coach Ben McAdoo said he plans to treat the Giants' preseason opener the same way he treated last year's. That means there'll likely be no Eli Manning, no Odell Beckham Jr., no Jason Pierre-Paul, no Landon Collins or many other starters.

And the starters that do actually play probably won't play much at all.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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(William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants open the preseason on Friday night, just two weeks after they opened camp. And with a veteran team with few training camp battles, very little has changed.

In those few battles, though, some very clear lines have been drawn. The action in the preseason games will determine everything of course, but as the games begin, here's a look at where the action stands in the five big battles I identified (hand handicapped) before camp began:

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Giants training camp 00:01:42
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest from Giants training camp as the backup QB competition heats up between Geno Smith and Josh Johnson.

 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time the world saw Geno Smith on a football field he was the embattled, former starting quarterback of the Jets, briefly given his job back by default. Then, he was carted away with a torn ACL and his time with the Jets - and maybe as an NFL starter - were over.

But here he is again, getting ready for another game at a familiar stadium, this time in a battle for the job of backup quarterback with the Giants. He feels better, stronger, smarter and healthier, and he certainly seems a lot happier than he was.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants quarterback Geno Smith is now back on the field and feeling confident after suffering a knee injury last year while playing with the Jets. 

Smith tore his ACL during an Oct. 23 game against the Ravens last year and missed the rest of the season. The 2013 second-round pick signed a deal to come to the Giants this offseason. 

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(William Hauser)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Friday. Here's what we learned...


  • DT Damon Harrison's lower body is sore, so the team will be going "slow" with him.
  • There will be no restrictions for QB Geno Smith (knee) as camp begins.
  • LB J.T. Thomas, who was placed on the PUP list as he recovers from surgery on his ACL, is making progress but not yet where he needs to be.
  • McAdoo would not address questions regarding WR Odell Beckham, Jr.'s recent comments about wanting to be the highest-paid player in the NFL.
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Tuesday. Here's what we learned...


  • The addition of new K Mike Nugent adds some competition to the position. McAdoo likes Nugent because of his experience and he "made a lot of big kicks in his career."
  • WR/KR Dwayne Harris was checked by trainers as he had an apparent shoulder issue.
  • RB Shane Vereen and DT Devin Taylor were on the sideline as they were both sore with "lower body injuries."
  • RB Wayne Gallman was "knocked around" during practice Tuesday, but got back on his feet and made a couple nice plays. McAdoo said "he's a young player, has a lot to learn, long way to go."
  • McAdoo thinks CB Eli Apple is a lot more confident entering camp, and has been taking lessons from the film room and executing on the field. 
  • DT Robert Thomas got the first shot at trying to fill the void Johnathan Hankins left in the defensive line. McAdoo said "mentally, he can handle it" which is why he's with the first team.
  • McAdoo and his staff will be wary of how much the team will have to do with pads early on. 
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Is this Eli's last chance? 00:02:35
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not this season will be Eli Manning's last chance to win a third super bowl for the Giants.

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There isn't a lot of uncertainty in the Giants' lineup, but there are still some lingering questions as they head into a pivotal year. They are coming off an 11-5 season and are expected to be a Super Bowl contender. But they are far from a powerhouse team without any flaws.

So you've undoubtedly got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part I:

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(Tim Heitman)

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The Giants' confidence heading into this season comes largely from the fact that they return almost every key player from an 11-5 season. That means, as players report to camp on Thursday, very few positions in the lineup are up for grabs.

There are some, though, and the battles for those spots could be fierce, even if they're not very high-profile. Here's a quick look at the five biggest battles that will take place during camp...

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New York Jets quarterbacks Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty run during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterbacks Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty run during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starter: Josh McCown

Projected back-ups: Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the pregame warmups for their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the pregame warmups for their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Geno Smith said he will not only be ready for New York Giants training camp at the end of July; he'll be ready to fight for a job.

He'll have to be because the Giants quarterback room is a little more crowded after the team drafted Cal quarterback Davis Webb in the third round of the NFL Draft last week. With Webb and Eli Manning locks to make the roster, it leaves veteran Josh Johnson and Smith battling for the backup quarterback job.

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Jerry Reese was the one who first said back in January that the Giants would use this offseason to at least think about finding Eli Manning's successor. And he was serious about taking a look. In fact, the Giants GM said "I probably looked at more quarterbacks this time" than he has in year's past.

That doesn't mean the Giants will draft their next franchise quarterback next week, though.

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(Vincent Carchietta)

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When Ben McAdoo was asked two weeks ago if there was any way Geno Smith could be the eventual heir to Eli Manning, the Giants head coach created a few headlines when he answered "I can't see why not."

John Mara, though, can see why not -- or at least why not yet.

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Is Geno a worthy successor? 00:03:35
Jon Hein and Dan Graca react to Ben McAdoo's statement that the Giants won't rule out Geno Smith being Eli Manning's successor.

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PHOENIX -- The New York Giants are admittedly on the lookout for Eli Manning's eventual successor. Is it possible they already found him when they signed Geno Smith?

It is, according to Giants coach Ben McAdoo, who raved about the former Jets starter during a 45-minute interview at the NFL Owners Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. He said it was "very exciting" to add a player as promising as the 26-year-old former second-round pick.

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(Ed Mulholland)

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PHOENIX - It may seem strange that Geno Smith signed with a team for which he has little chance of ever playing, but his former Jets teammate Brandon Marshall believes it was "absolutely" the right move for the young quarterback.

"I think it was really good for Geno to sign there," Marshall said outside of the NFL Owners Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. "I'm excited to see him continue to grow."

Growth seems to be the main reason the 26-year-old Smith chose to sign with the Giants after his turbulent four years across town with the Jets. When he signed, he spoke about the chance to learn from Eli Manning, who has started every game for the Giants since he first won the job as a rookie way back in 2004...

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(Matt Kartozian)

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Geno Smith signed on to be the backup -- or possibly even the third-stringer -- behind a quarterback who has started every game since Nov. 21, 2004. He likely will never see the field. It's possible he won't even be on the active roster.

Still, the ex-Jets starter said the Giants represented "a perfect scenario for me."

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the pregame warmups for their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the pregame warmups for their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants are expected to sign former Jets QB Geno Smith, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Smith, who met with the Giants last Saturday, has played in three games over the past two years with the Jets. Since New York drafted him in the second round in 2013, he has played in 33 games, throwing for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

In addition, New York has agreed to a two-year contract with QB Josh Johnsonper his agent Doug Hendrickson.

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(Bill Streicher)

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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What are the Jets QB options? 00:02:56
With some quarterbacks already off the market as NFL free agency approaches, the panel discusses which options the Jets will look at.

LATEST UPDATE: Brian Hoyer will reportedly sign a two-year deal with the 49ers on Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

The Jets know they absolutely need to find a franchise quarterback at some point - a young, talented player who they can build around for the next 5 or hopefully 10-plus years.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Players always talk about the non-financial intangibles when they enter free agency, about their desire to find the right situation and play for a winner. But the truth about free agency often is this: Money talks.

Still, the real top players in the market sometimes have choices to make when the money is close, and that's where things could get interesting for Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets. He's got the money to spend to begin the makeover his roster (approximately $37 million in cap space and maybe more to come). But if his top targets end up with multiple, lucrative options, does the Jets GM have the rest of the package to lure those players to New York?

It could be an interesting question right off the bat with a report already emerging that the Chicago Bears are ready to battle the Jets for free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon. Not that the Bears are in great shape -- they're coming off a 3-13 season and have missed the playoffs the last six seasons just like the Jets. Maybe Glennon, or any player, could make the argument that the Jets are the more attractive spot between the two.

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North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky speaks to the media during the 2017 combine at Indiana Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Jets have already set their sights on some of the free-agent quarterbacks, and not many scouts think they'd find an instant starter near the top of the NFL draft anyway.

But the Jets sure are doing their due diligence, just in case.

The have either had or scheduled formal interviews with several of the top quarterbacks in the NFL draft as of Friday. The list included North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson. Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Pittsburgh's Nate Peterman and Tennessee's Josh Dobbs. All of them confirmed their interviews with the Jets when they met the media at the NFL scouting combine Friday afternoon.

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(David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

INDIANAPOLIS - There's no guarantee that the Jets will find their quarterback of the future in free agency, but head coach Todd Bowles made it clear that they're at least going to try.

Bowles said the Jets are "looking into" the quarterbacks on the free agent market and have a few they are considering pursuing. That matches what a team source has told SNY: That the Jets are far more interested in the free agent quarterbacks than they are in the quarterbacks in the draft.

"We're looking into it," Bowles said on Thursday morning when asked if the Jets intend to sign a free agent quarterback. "I can't say we will or we won't. Once free agency starts I don't know what's going to happen. Things may get crazy. But we have our eye on a few people."

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(Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports Images)

QB Colin Kaepernick will be opting out of the remainder of his contract with the 49ers, his agents informed the league on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapaport of NFL.com.

Kaepernick, 29, completed 196 of 331 passes for 2,241 yards while throwing 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games for the 49ers last season.

He also rushed 69 times for 468 yards and two touchdowns.

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback and former Jet Geno Smith would not rule out a return to New York next season.

"We'll see," Smith said in an interview with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.. "Honestly, I wouldn't say that's out of the question. All options are on the table. I have a lot of great relationships in that organization, in that community that I've built the last four years. Guys on that team that I love, that would love to ... that I'd love to play with, they call me all the time: 'Hey, G, what's going on?' Unfortunately, I can't give them that answer right now."

Smith tore his ACL during a Week Seven win over Baltimore. The 26-year old quarterback appeared in only two games for the Jets last season, going 8-for-14 fot 126 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets haven't begun to clear the salary cap room they need to be active in free agency, so it remains to be seen just how active they will be. But they'll have to do something when the signing period opens on March 9 because they have plenty of needs.

So what will they do? Last week, I took a look at five free agents who could (or should) be on the Jets' radar at several positions. This week, I'll focus on the most important position -- quarterback. The Jets will likely at least look for a quarterback-of-the-future on the market. Whether they sign one might depend on the price.

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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.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Ryan Fitzpatrick Era was never supposed to happen for the Jets, and it certainly never was expected to last two roller-coaster seasons. In the end, though, it was a wild ride that rescued a franchise in one of its darkest moments before leading it back into the darkness again.

For better or for worse, the Fitzpatrick Era officially ended on Friday when the contract that the 34-year-old quarterback signed last summer automatically voided. All that's left is a $5 million cap hit the Jets must endure during the 2017 season. And memories - more than a few good ones, and plenty of bad.

So was it worth it? That all depends on your perspective, how much your sights are set on the Jets' long-term future, and how much you value all the fun that was had in 2015 during the Jets' near-playoff-miss.

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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:

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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.

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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...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J - Head coach Todd Bowles may be back for another season with the Jets, but it looks like one of his coordinators -- and possibly both of them -- might not be back with him.

The jobs of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers are in jeopardy and will be discussed when Bowles meets with Jets management and his coaching staff this week, according to a team source. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' future? 00:01:59
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano touch on various Jets topics including Todd Bowles job security, and the team's lack of chemistry in 2016.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg still hasn't taken a snap as the Jets quarterback, but he handled his first media firestorm without flinching at all.

The still unused second-rounder brushed off an ESPN report from Sunday that quoted an anonymous Jets coach saying Hackenberg regressed during his "redshirt" season and was so inaccurate that he "couldn't hit the ocean." Todd Bowles insisted that assessment was "not at all" true.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the game against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the game against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The optimism of last season is all gone now for the Jets. They are stuck with a season spiraling out of control and a roster that may soon be dramatically changing. GM Mike Maccagnan insists he has a long-term plan to rebuild the floundering franchise.

And that plan should absolutely include coach Todd Bowles.

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Bryce Petty on his game plan 00:02:05
Jeane Coakley interviews Bryce Petty to discuss his game plan for the week and how he's handling his role on the Jets this season.

With Geno Smith suffering a season-ending injury and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick performing at an inconsistent level, while nursing a knee injury of his own, it could soon be Bryce Petty's time under center for the Jets.

While serving as the second- and third-string quarterback this season, Petty has continued to keep the same mindset in his preparation all year.

"For me, my game plan hasn't changed. It really hasn't changed since I got here,' said Petty to SNY's Jeane Coakley. "Last year I prepared like I was the starter and if that opportunity presents itself than you're ready.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)

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It's Ryan Fitzpatrick or bust for the Jets, as far as Todd Bowles is concerned - even though this season has already turned out to be an enormous bust.

Never mind that, though. Bowles, in a decision that is nearly impossible to justify given the current state of the franchise, insisted on Monday that he will stick with the 33-year-old Fitzpatrick at quarterback if he's able to play on his sprained left knee. And don't try to tell Bowles that this season is over, that it's more important to see if the 25-year-old Bryce Petty can be the Jets' quarterback of the future.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg is "not too far behind" second-year quarterback Bryce Petty for the backup quarterback role after Geno Smith suffered a season-ending torn ACL last week.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Cleveland Browns, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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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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Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Forte celebrate a touchdown late in first half against Baltimore. (Bill Kostroun - USA Today)
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Forte celebrate a touchdown late in first half against Baltimore. (Bill Kostroun - USA Today)

Brandon Marshall was all decked out in a bright green T-shirt that read "FitzMagic 2.0," so count him among the believers in Ryan Fitzpatrick.So that makes two.From what Fitzpatrick can see, there still aren't many others - as he said in his controversial postgame comments on Sunday, which he didn't exactly back down from on Wednesday afternoon. The only difference this time was that he slightly softened his stance after talking with Todd Bowles, GM Mike Maccagnan and even owner Woody Johnson.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith watches game from sideline during second half against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith watches game from sideline during second half against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets have placed QB Geno Smith on injured reserve and signed LB Taiwan Jones, the team announced Wednesday. Smith, who started Sunday's Week 7 matchup against the Ravens, suffered a tear in the ACL of his right knee during the second quarter and was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. In his first start since Week 17 in 2014, Smith was 4-for-8 for 95 yards and also threw for one touchdown.

Tags: Geno Smith, Taiwan Jones
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Todd Bowles and Geno Smith discuss the Jets' 24-16 win against the Ravens on Sunday in the Meadowlands.

Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath criticized Geno Smith for not returning to the game after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Todd Bowles laments Geno Smith's ACL injury and addresses Ryan Fitzpatrick's recent outburst about the organization's lack of faith in him.

Todd Bowles discusses the latest on Geno Smith and reacts to the recent comments made by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets' quarterback mess got all the headlines last week and again on Sunday, and that's certainly understandable. And it's a shame for Geno Smith that his big chance to revive his career ended in less than a half.But Smith, like Ryan Fitzpatrick, likely wouldn't have figured into the Jets' future regardless. So here's the real shame of what happened on Sunday for the Jets:If the rest of their team had played all season like they played in their 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens, they probably wouldn't have needed to switch quarterbacks at all and they wouldn't be sitting in this 2-5 hole.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Leonard Williams, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to reporters on Monday. Here's what he had to say:

  • QB Geno Smith suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Ravens and will be out for the remainder of the season.
  • "It's tough luck for the kid," said Bowles. "He caught a bad break two years in a row. I'm sure he'll bounce back from it, but it's a tough part of the business."
  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will retake the starting QB position as he is the team's "best option to go in and win this week."
  • "I know Fitz and I know what he means. I have no problem with him venting his frustrations," Bowles said about his quarterback's comments after yesterday's game about the team giving up on him. "If pissed off is going to stop the turnovers, I'm more than happy to have him play pissed off."
  • He is comfortable with QB Bryce Petty playing, but Petty still needs more practice time after getting only two weeks of reps in following a month off with an injury. 
  • The coaching staff will decide by the end of the week who will serve as Fitzpatrick's backup, with Petty and rookie QB Christian Hackenberg being the two choices.
  • There is no chance the Jets have three QBs active on Sunday against Cleveland.
  • C Nick Mangold has a "normal" ankle sprain and will be evaluated as the week goes on.
  • LB Bruce Carter has a quad injury and is day-to-day.
  • He'll have to see how DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) is feeling on Wednesday before determing whether or not the defensive lineman might play on Sunday.
Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick

 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Geno Smith's torn ACL made the Jets' decision a little easier on Monday, but it still doesn't change the long-term reality of their quarterback mess. Ryan Fitzpatrick may have to be their starter for now, but he still isn't their quarterback of the future.So the sooner they get Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg into some games, the better off their franchise will be.They can't go to either of those two young quarterbacks right now, and it's important to understand that. That's why they're turning back to the 33-year-old Fitzpatrick less than a week after making it pretty clear they didn't want him to be their quarterback anymore.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Geno Smith (7) runs with the ball while being defended by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan (99). (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Geno Smith (7) runs with the ball while being defended by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan (99). (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets QB Geno Smith has a torn ACL in his right knee, a source confirmed to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano. Smith plans to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN, though it's expected that his season is over.Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday that the Jets believed Smith's knee was fine and that the MRI was being done as a precaution.Smith left Sunday's win against the Ravens in the second quarter after injuring his right knee and was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who he had recently unseated as the starting quarterback.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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