New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets' offseason has been a wild roller-coaster ride. It started at the bottom when they fired their head coach, peaked during free agency and the draft, then went on a wild spiral downward when they fired their general manager … and then somehow managed to come out of it OK.

In fact, not only do they seem OK now that GM Joe Douglas and his good buddy, head coach Adam Gase, are in charge; they are convinced they are on an uphill climb again. They are loaded with optimism. They feel like they are finally headed in the right direction. They believe a return to the playoffs is near.

Maybe they're right. Or maybe they're fooling themselves. For now, though, there has been an unusual amount of hope and excitement around the Jets as they wrapped up their spring organized team activities and mini-camps. Time will tell if that's warranted or not.

 

Until then, here are 5 things we've learned about the Jets this spring:

1. The Jets are more convinced than ever that Sam Darnold is about to turn into a star.

They weren't shy about raving about the 22-year-old quarterback publicly, and they did it even more privately. Gase, in particular, couldn't say enough good things about the Jets' latest "franchise." Darnold obviously has the ability that everyone looks for in a quarterback, but Gase is convinced he has the brain to match.

More to the point, what's impressed Gase is how much Darnold has learned from last year -- mistakes he made in the past that he doesn't make now, or things that he suddenly knows he needs to do. Darnold has also impressed his coach with how fast he's picked up a new playbook and scheme. It can't be easy for a young quarterback to learn his second NFL scheme in his second NFL year.

Add in the fact Darnold said he feels far more comfortable than he did a year ago, and the arrow is pointed way, way up. It's the games that matter, of course. But factoring in his spring growth with how well he played at the end of last season, it's easy to see why everyone at One Jets Drive is so excited.

2. Adam Gase is definitely in charge.

Don't make the mistake of thinking this is Douglas' team or Christopher Johnson's. No matter how anyone spins it, if Gase had gotten along with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, Maccagnan would still be the GM. And if Gase hadn't wanted Douglas to be Maccagnan's replacement, then the Jets wouldn't have kept upping the ante until Douglas agreed to a six-year, $20 million deal.

Gase got what he wanted and he will continue to get what he wants. Maybe that's backward, but the end result isn't necessarily a bad thing. Having the GM and coach on the same page, with the same vision, is the dream scenario for every organization. As long as Gase doesn't get drunk with power and can truly work with a GM who is on equal footing with him, there's no reason to believe this won't work out.

3. The Jets have more than enough offensive weapons, and Gase knows how to use them.

It's still hard to say who, exactly, is the Jets' No. 1 receiver or whether anyone outside of running back Le'Veon Bell has Pro Bowl potential. But Gase has enough talent to work with, even if none of them are breakout stars.

Bell is obvious, of course, but he's also backed up by Bilal Powell and the versatile Ty Montgomery. And Chris Herndon, in his second year, could be a rising star at tight end. As for the receiving corps, it's at least diverse. Quincy Enunwa is as tough and reliable as they come; Robby Anderson has breakout speed; and newcomer Jamison Crowder is one of the best, most elusive slot receivers in the game.

Assuming Darnold gets enough protection from the offensive line, Gase is convinced they have more than enough to generate plenty of offense. Maybe there isn't a breakout star besides Bell. But Gase doesn't think he needs one.

4. Leonard Williams could be the breakout player of Gregg Williams' defense.

The Big Cat looked good this spring, which is mostly meaningless since pads weren't even on. But he also looked refreshed, which is understandable considering all the things that worked out well for him this spring.

For starters, he has a new defensive coordinator who can't wait to turn him loose, and a head coach who believes he still has the ability to be an NFL star. Considering how much he's underachieved so far, there wasn't a guarantee a new staff would believe in him. And that's important considering he's making $14.2 million this season and will be a free agent at the end of the year.

Talk about perfect timing: Gregg Williams wants to turn him loose and find ways to make him a productive pass rusher. Then the Jets drafted defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who is just good enough to take some of the blocking focus away from Leonard Williams. If it all works as expected, Leonard Williams could end up having a longer Jets career than many people thought he would.

He also could end up a very, very rich man.

5. The cornerback situation is a mess.

Start with the fact their No. 1 cornerback is Trumaine Johnson, who didn't come close to living up to his five-year, $72.5 million contract last year and was even suspended for the season finale for disciplinary reasons. He struggled this spring the few times he showed up. And the fact that he's flanked by Daryl Roberts isn't exactly a comfort.

Beyond that, it's not clear if the Jets have much of anything. Brian Poole is a fine slot corner, but the depth after that is Parry Nickerson and Derrick Jones and, frankly, not much else. The Jets are one injury there away from a disaster -- if they're not a disaster at that position when healthy, too.

What did Gregg Williams say about all that? Not much, really. His answer was a non-answer about how his guys in the secondary can play many different positions. But can any of them play cornerback well? This spring really did not make that clear.

Tags: Chris Herndon, Derrick Jones, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Parry Nickerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

On Saturday afternoon, President Donald Trump held a call with the commissioners of the major U.S. sports leagues, discussing the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Trump said on the call that he believes the NFL season should start on time in September.

Schefter also reports that Trump said that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, though it's unclear if medical experts have found that to be a realistic timeline. 

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The 2020 NFL Draft is still set for April 23-25, but it's going to take on a completely different look this year.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, high-level officials from multiple teams are preparing to operate the draft from their own homes, making picks virtually. Schefter also notes that teams are waiting for final word from the NFL on the matter.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call on Wednesday, Jets general manager Joe Douglas said that in an ideal world, the Jets would be able to draft from their own facility, but said that the team is preparing for the worst-case scenario and hoping for the best.

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Former Jets head coach Rex Ryan has never been one to hold back his thoughts.

Ryan, now an analyst with ESPN, took a shot at Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, going so far as to call him a 'turd' during Friday's episode of Get Up.

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One of the key pieces to the Jets' offensive line rebuild under GM Joe Douglas is the addition of Connor McGovern, likely to be the team's starting center come next season. 

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2016, McGovern went on to start 36 games with Denver, showcasing the ability to play both guard and center.

Shortly after the new league year began, Douglas and the Jets swooped in and inked McGovern to a three-year deal, and during his introductory conference call with reporters on Friday, McGovern explained why the Jets made so much sense for him. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) catches the ball over Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 29, 2019; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) catches the ball over Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The numbers Breshad Perriman put up over the final five games last season didn't just stand out because they were some of the best in the NFL. They stood out because they were nothing like anything else he did in his career. The former first-round pick had never shown signs of being a true, No. 1 receiver.

But those 25 catches for 506 yards and five touchdowns he had for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last December? "That," he said, "was just a sneak peek at what's to come."

If it is, that will be great news for the Jets and quarterback Sam Darnold, because the 26-year-old Perriman would be the big-play receiver they so desperately need. The Jets signed the 6-2, 215-pounder to a one-year, $8 million contract just hours after Robby Anderson spurned the Jets for the Carolina Panthers.

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On the latest edition of Football Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the panel -- made up of SNY's Jeané Coakley, Jonas Schwartz and Ralph Vacchiano -- break down the positions of need for the Jets and Giants and discuss the best way to fill each need: free agency, trade, or the NFL Draft ...

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The Jets only started their rebuilding project during free agency, and it's clearly far from finished. There is work to be done in several key areas, including at cornerback, receiver, and along the offensive line.

New GM Joe Douglas has eight draft picks to finish that work, including four valuable selections in the first two days of the draft. There's still a month to go before the first pick is made on April 23, but here's one look at how Douglas' selections could go in SNY's first Jets 7-round Mock Draft:

First round (11th overall) - Alabama OT Jedrick Wills

There is a very good argument for taking a receiver here, especially since it's possible no receiver will come off the board in the Top 10 picks. Taking the top-rated prospect at a position of need will be enticing.

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It's been more than two weeks since the free-agent market opened, and Jadeveon Clowney is still unsigned. That's why the top defensive player available has reportedly already dropped his asking price significantly. And some think he may do it again.

But the reality is he's going to have to drop that price a heck of a lot more if he's going to really draw the interest of the Giants or the Jets.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

If the Dallas Cowboys "sense" that the Jets and Jamal Adams are having trouble coming to terms on a long-term extension, they will "circle back with a high pick offer," reports Mike Fisher 105.3 FM in Dallas.

Adams' future with the Jets first came into question just before last season's trade deadline, when reports surfaced that the Jets and Cowboys had engaged in trade conversations -- with Adams saying at the time that he would welcome a trade to his hometown team.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets took calls from several teams on Adams in advance of the deadline and appeared to come "fairly close" to trading him to the Cowboys.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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When Joe Douglas first met Sam Darnold's parents at a preseason game last August, he did his best to reassure them that their son was in good hands. He knew Darnold was the Jets' most precious commodity. So he vowed their kid would be treated that way, too.

"I promised them I was going to do everything in my power to take care of Sam with protection and playmakers," Douglas said in a conference call on Wednesday. "I think we still have a lot to do in both those regards."

Yes they do -- especially when it comes to finding playmakers to help make the Darnold-run offense go.

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Sam, we mustache you a question about your facial hair. 

Look, while we've all been doing our best while social distancing and staying at home over the past couple weeks, we've made some questionable choices, whether it's eating cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, debating changing clothes every day or so, and yes, even growing some questionable facial hair.

Which brings us to the Jets' young quarterback. 

Darnold recently posted a Q&A that included a question about what his favorite pregame song is.

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Having not yet added an impact pass-rusher this offseason, Jets GM Joe Douglas was asked Wednesday about the team's level of interest in free agent Jadeveon Clowney, whose market has not yet fully developed.

And Douglas confirmed that he has spoken with Clowney's agents.

"I would say we're gonna do our due diligence on everybody that's out there, especially at the edge-rushing position. I'm not gonna go into specifics of and details of conversations we've had," Douglas said while being understandably evasive while talking about a player who is still on the open market.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets head coach Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Now that the first major wave of NFL free agency has come and gone, Jets general manager Joe Douglas took some time on Wednesday to update where the team stands at this point of the offseason.

While Douglas touched on major topics such as the team's level of interest in free-agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney and where things stand with building around quarterback Sam Darnold, he also spoke on a number of other items, including the team's recent additions on both sides of the ball, preparing for the 2020 NFL Draft from home, and where things stand with a possible Jamal Adams extension.

Here are six key takeaways from Douglas' call:

Tags: Jamal Adams, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold
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Jedrick Wills/Jerry Jeudy
Jedrick Wills/Jerry Jeudy

It's officially April and that means it's officially NFL Draft month.

The Jets, like the rest of the league, are conducting video conference interviews with prospects as no one is allowed to come in for official visits. And following those, Jets GM Joe Douglas and the rest of his group should have solidified their "Big Board," or the rankings of players in their eyes heading into the first round on April 23. 

What will that Big Board look like? No one really ever knows for sure, but we can always make some educated guesses. The Jets might rank each individual player even if they don't believe they will fall to No. 11 overall. 

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's Chris Williamson breaks down who he believes will have a better 2020 season: Sam Darnold or Daniel Jones. He also gives his Giants draft pick at No. 4 overall and more...

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Sam Darnold/David Fales
Sam Darnold/David Fales

The Jets have brought back Sam Darnold's backup for most of last season in David Fales, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Tuesday. It will be on a one-year deal. 

With many believing the Jets might dip their toes into the backup quarterback market after that position was decimated last year following Darnold suffering from mono, it simply never happened according to Vacchiano. There was no interest shown in Matt Moore, who was the best one on the market, and had a history playing for Adam Gase in Miami. 

However, it is still very possible for the Jets to bring in someone to battle with Fales for that backup role, a source told Vacchiano. 

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The NFL held a remote presser today to discuss a few bits of news for the upcoming NFL Draft and regular season schedule, and the current expectation of the league right now is to have the 2020-21 season start on time without a hiccup. 

"Our expectation is fully directed at playing a full season starting on schedule and having a full regular season and full set of playoffs," NFL executive VP/General Counsel Jeff Pash said via Newsday's Bob Glauber

The league has already pushed back offseason workout programs and rookie minicamps following the draft could also be in question down the road. But they feel like by the time training camp comes around, things will be back to normal and the league can run like it normally does. 

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The writing was on the wall the entire time when Jets GM Joe Douglas was targeting Greg Van Roten in free agency.

A kid from Long Island. Grew up a Jets fan. And his childhood team needed help on the offensive line...badly. 

So when Van Roten finally signed a three-year deal to join the Jets, it all came full circle for him.

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field for warmups before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) takes the field for warmups before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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The Jets haven't had a true, No. 1 receiver since 2015, when Brandon Marshall had his last dominant season. He was the last Jets receiver to have 1,000 yards, and it's not clear they have one that's even capable of doing that now.

That's a problem, especially in this pass-happy era. Because while it's important that GM Joe Douglas is rebuilding the offensive line, quarterback Sam Darnold still needs weapons to make the Jets' offense run. He does still have Jamison Crowder, but his most dangerous receiver was Robby Anderson, and he's now in Carolina. And Anderson's replacement, Breshad Perriman, hasn't even combined for 1,000 yards in the last two years.

So while Crowder and Perriman are a good start, the Jets are still lacking a game-breaker -- a dynamic playmaker who can change defensive strategy and become Darnold's go-to guy. With none left in the free-agent pool, though, and the Jets still likely to take an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft, Douglas may have to get creative to find the No. 1 that Darnold needs.

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After having the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft in 2018 and 2019 and nabbing Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams, the Jets find themselves all the way down at No. 11 for the 2020 draft.

But there will still be plenty of elite players to choose from.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

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Jedrick Wills/Henry Ruggs III
Jedrick Wills/Henry Ruggs III

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If the 2020 NFL Draft continues to remain on schedule, the Jets have less than a month to decide what they want to do with their No. 11 overall pick -- if they haven't done so already. 

Jets GM Joe Douglas is leading his first draft ever in New York, so he definitely wants to get the pick right. For awhile, it looked like a new offensive tackle to cover Sam Darnold would be the only avenue for him to explore as NFL free agency kicked off.

Douglas added a few pieces to his line, an objective he had from the start. However, George Fant, a depth player with the Seahawks, being the only tackle that he brought in pointed to the fact that he might explore the deep market of first-round tackles. 

Tags: Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Jets GM Joe Douglas has said multiple times that rebuilding the team's offensive line was the main priority this offseason, but when it comes to the team's 11th overall pick in the 2020 draft, could Gang Green bypass a lineman for a wide receiver?

It sounds like Alabama wideout Henry Ruggs III could be making a very strong case.

Heading into this year's NFL Combine, there was a report that the Jets "have had their eyes on him for a while," and his 4.27 40-yard-dash time certainly didn't hurt Ruggs' draft stock. 

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Both the Jets and Giants have turned the offensive reins over to young quarterbacks, as Sam Darnold will begin his third year with the Jets and Daniel Jones will begin his second season with Big Blue in 2020.

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Justine Ward and contributor Jon Hein discuss who they have more faith in among the young QBs ...

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Aug 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian (26) stands on the field during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Aug 24, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian (26) stands on the field during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

The Jets and defensive back Marqui Christian reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal last Saturday, but it now seems like the deal will not be finalized.

Per Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Jets and Christian could not agree to final contract terms, and the team is now moving on.

Christian, originally a fifth-round pick of Arizona in 2016, had reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with Gang Green shortly after the team officially parted ways with Darryl Roberts.

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On the debut of Football Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the panel -- made up of SNY's Jeané Coakley, Jonas Schwartz and Ralph Vacchiano -- breaks down the offseason progress for the Jets and the Giants.

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The Jets' offensive overhaul continued with the addition of former Carolina Panthers guard Greg Van Roten over the weekend.

Much like George Fant, Van Roten took an unusual path to where he is now. The 30-year-old did a solid job over the past few seasons as a starter with the Panthers, but prior to that, he had been out of the league for several years and spent two years playing in the CFL. He didn't make his first NFL start until he was 28.

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

When it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft, it sounds like the show must go on. 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 NFL teams on Thursday evening, stating that the NFL Council Executive Committee has unanimously agreed that the 2020 draft should go on as planned on April 23-25, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

In the memo, Goodell noted that circumstances could change the league's plans in the next several weeks, but for now, teams should be prepared for the draft to take place at the end of April.

Goodell wrote that the draft "will obviously need to be conducted in a different way," and that all public events have already been canceled.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (left) pose for a photo after a jersey exchange following the game at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (left) pose for a photo after a jersey exchange following the game at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Jets QB Sam Darnold and Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen will always be linked, as the two were taken just four picks apart in the top seven of the 2018 NFL Draft, with both landing in the AFC East.

And now, with the sports world on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, the two are paired together once again.

According to a report from Albert Breer of The MMQB, Darnold, Allen, and new Washington Redskins quarterback Kyle Allen are all working out together in Southern California.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas added a familiar face in LB Patrick "Peanut" Onwuasor on Wednesday in his latest free agent move to bolster his defense. Onwuasor is a great linebacker that has played in a starting and depth role, and has had time playing next to C.J. Mosley

The only problem is Onwuasor has officially created a logjam of linebackers at One Jets Drive. 

Maybe that's exactly what Douglas wanted -- some linebacker competition when training camp kicks off. Because that's exactly what will have to occur in this position group when head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams work together to build the defense for the 55-man roster. 

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Connor McGovern
Connor McGovern

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Of all players signed so far this offseason by the Jets, offensive lineman Connor McGovern could be the biggest. He's reportedly been guaranteed $18 million -- almost twice as much as any of the new additions -- on a three-year, $27 million deal.

At this stage, you could arguably say he's the only new addition who is definitely in the Jets' plans beyond this season. Therefore, let's give consideration to what those plans might be.

McGovern was a fifth-round pick out of Missouri and spent his entire rookie year with the Broncos as a healthy scratch. Over the next three seasons, he gradually worked his way into full-time role. After spending most of 2017 as a rotational lineman, McGovern started the last five games at right guard, then began the 2018 season as the starter in the same role. Midway through the season, Matt Paradis was lost to a season-ending injury, so McGovern moved into the starting center role before being made the full-time center in 2019.

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