Disclaimer: All analysis was taken from the TV coverage, so at times it may have been hard to identify players or what was happening, because I was limited by their footage. However, I have tried to be as accurate as possible and apologize for any inaccuracies or omissions (which I am happy to correct).

Here comes this week’s in-depth analysis of the win over the Bills. If you have anything else you’d like me to comment upon, please leave your requests in the comments and I’ll do a follow-up post tomorrow.

After the jump, catch my analysis of Sunday’s game, including – but not limited to – comments on Vladimir Ducasse, Joe McKnight and Calvin Pace.

Strategy

It's an odd week to recap the game, because the game was essentially meaningless and the personnel used was vastly different to what we can expect from Saturday night's game. While it will be interesting to look at some of the personnel used, in order to determine whether they can (a) contribute on Saturday night and (b) contribute on a regular basis next season and beyond, the assessments we can make about the team following a game like this are limited.

Can we read anything at all into the strategy they employed to beat the Bills? Let's consider what happened.

They blitzed a lot more, but was this because they wanted to try out some new blitzes? Was it because they wanted to force the Colts to have to spend plenty of time preparing for some red herring blitz packages they have no intention of using? Did they want to challenge the defensive backs as much as possible, in hopes that someone would step up and earn a role on Saturday? Could it merely have been because sending a load of blitzes is what Rex enjoys most of all and always seems to do when the game doesn't matter? The answer is that we don't know, but probably a little bit of all of these.

They put Mark Sanchez in the game for the first series, but didn't let him throw. Was this because Sanchez' arm is actually going to benefit from not being used? Is it an attempt to make the Colts believe he can't throw and get them to prepare accordingly? Did they just want the offensive line to get their run blocking in synch for Saturday's game? Again, we don't know, but I don't see much benefit in tricking the Colts into thinking he's hurt if he isn't, because they'll know otherwise as soon as he throws one decent pass. The offensive line definitely needs to be in synch, but Damien Woody wasn't even playing (and is likely to on Saturday), so that doesn't make the preparation ideal. I actually think it's possible that they wanted Sanchez to be out there, but didn't want to let him throw because a mistake or two would have crushed any momentum he had heading into the postseason. Obviously, the risk of injury was a big factor too.

Other than that, it was mostly backups getting all the reps and the Jets ran the ball a lot more than usual, because they could. You'd think that they wouldn't have run anything that they intend to use in the Colts game and that the Colts wouldn't be reading too much into anything they were trying to run with backup personnel. Any offensive tendencies are already developed and if they intend to run any plays they haven't used yet, they will hope to catch the Colts out with these. It would make little sense to try these out with a completely different personnel group than would be playing in the postseason.

If I told you I had a good idea what the gameplan will be on Saturday, I'd be guessing. Even if I did, I doubt anything from Sunday's game would have contributed to that assessment.

One last thing: The Jets had exactly eleven men on the field for every single play. Rejoice!

Quarterback

It's difficult to make any kind of assessment about Mark Sanchez from Sunday, but he looked like he enjoyed himself on the sideline. Let's hope he can emulate last year and play his best football of the season in the playoffs.

Mark Brunell showed that he might be able to produce if called upon next week. Just like in the last week of preseason, he looked fully in control. Interestingly, with Brunell in there, they were using the "Kill" system to change plays at the line, which has been something that Sanchez has struggled with. It's almost as if Brian Schottenheimer was able to un-simplify the offense for him and let him show Sanchez how it should work. I don't know if he can make all the throws any more, unlike Sanchez, but he did make two great throws on his touchdown passes to Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards.

Kellen Clemens even found his way into the game, completing a first down to Joe McKnight and showing off his athleticism by running for a touchdown. That felt like it was some kind of reward for being a good soldier while he warmed the bench for the majority of the last two years.

Let's include Brad Smith here, because he was a Quarterback for 13 plays. Obviously, he did a great job running the option and handed it off on eight of the nine plays where he didn't run it himself. The one pass he did throw was a checkdown to Jeff Cumberland. I believe the first option may have been a deep throw down the field to Braylon Edwards. The 13 Seminole plays was a season high, but I again can't say whether this is part of the plan against Indianapolis, or if they were just giving them something extra to think about. Smith carried twice (for 13 and three yards) in the regular season game against the Colts, but did not have any carries in the AFC title game - which with Jones hobbled and Greene out, was probably a mistake.

Offensive Line

Let's start with Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore, because they got the rest of the game off after starting and being on the field for the first 12 offensive plays (all runs). Both were pretty dominant, just as they were in the first meeting with Buffalo.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson played the whole game and was flawless in pass protection. Matt Slauson - contrary to some media reports that said he left the game injured - did play the whole game, as did Wayne Hunter, although both struggled. Slauson, who I had expected them to rest, gave up a sack and was not particularly effective in the running game and Hunter gave up a hit and a pressure and was penalized twice. He's actually held up pretty well in pass protection over these last few games, but Damien Woody should give the run blocking over the right side a boost. Hunter did post the best run blocking grade from any of the five games where he filled in at Right Tackle, but it was still lower than Woody posted in eight of the 11 games he completed this year and the Jets still only averaged 2.3 yards over Right Tackle (but 6.0 yards on all other runs).

Filling in for Mangold and Moore were Rob Turner, who was excellent, and Vladimir Ducasse, who was also, somewhat surprisingly, extremely effective. By now, you know what to expect from Turner, who gave up two pressures, but had easily the best run blocking grade on the team. He did a particularly good job of clearing a lane for Clemens' touchdown run and on a couple of occasions reacted well in the pocket to pick up somebody else's man.

Ducasse was a revelation. On his very first play, he pancaked Akin Ayodele at the second level and he got a consistent surge in short yardage situations, did a good job of finding a guy in space and was much better in terms of sustaining blocks, particularly against Marcus Stroud, who couldn't get off him on a number of occasions. Ducasse is clearly a physical specimen and is starting to find ways to use that size and strength to drive people off their spot. He still shows plenty of signs of rawness, however. After an excitingly dominant first couple of series that had me all but ready to make some kind of declarative proclaimation about his future, he regressed in the second quarter. On a couple of occasions, he blocked the wrong guy or nobody at all and Turner had to save him. On another, he let his guy get through him to blow up a play. He also couldn't find a guy to block at the second level once or twice. Despite this rocky second quarter, he regrouped for a mostly mistake-free second half. I'd caution that he was mostly given straightforward blocking assignments, including plenty of the one play he seemed to master in preseason, which involves him ignoring the defensive line and proceeding to the second level to try and make a block there. I'd also caution that the officiating crew seemed pretty reluctant to throw many flags and that there were at least a couple of instances where he might have been close to a hold. Positive signs though, especially the zero pressures.

Running Backs

Congratulations must go to Joe McKnight for working himself back into the position to get this opportunity, which he grasped with both hands. His 158 yards, including a healthy 2.8 yards per carry after contact was hard-earned. The fact that he carried the ball 32 times and still looked strong was just as encouraging as all the yards he racked up and the fact he has been contributing on special teams at least means he will be active, so they'll have an option if the other running backs are banged up, unlike in the last meeting with the Colts.

One play in particular excited me. On a third and short, the line got a decent surge and he could have easily plowed ahead for three and the first down. However, he saw some daylight and started to bounce the run to the outside, but as two Bills reacted to this, he immediately cut back inside them and broke to the second level for 18 yards. That jab-step cutback move almost faked those two guys out of their socks. This was particularly interesting, because I remember criticizing Shonn Greene for just taking the safe yards in an almost identical situation, but with no deep safety, in (I think) the Minnesota game.

Tony Richardson gamely filled in for nine snaps, but the real story at fullback was John Conner. Conner's blocking was pretty good, but he still has a tendency to try and blow up guys that will just bounce off him and still make the play, so he usually ends up with a negative grade. Having said that, his worst block of the day was probably in pass protection. As a runner, I think he looks like a solid option to give a couple of carries a game to once he is established as the full time fullback. He is starting to get a reputation as a bit of a fumbler, but hopefully this is unfounded - He didn't fumble at all in college (85 touches) and the one he had in preseason came on a freak play, where he would have been down, but his teammate had tripped him. On Sunday, his touchdown was almost a fumble, but hopefully that's a straightforward enough lesson for him to take on board in future.

Tight Ends and Receivers

The Jets didn't pass much this week, but it's still good to see zero dropped passes. They must carry that into this week if they are to play well enough to outscore the Colts. Brad Smith and Jerricho Cotchery got the majority of the reps and Cotchery caught three passes to lead the team, including a tough juggling effort on third down. Smith wasn't thrown to.

Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards were thrown to once each and both scored a touchdown. You can't ask for better production than that. Edwards also had a great block on Smith's 40 yard run on the first drive, shoving Drayton Florence off the field.

At tight end, Jeff Cumberland and Matt Mulligan got most of the reps. Cumberland did catch his first NFL pass, but struggled as a run blocker. Mulligan graded out positively as a run blocker, but false started once too. Dustin Keller and Ben Hartsock played sparingly. As you'd expect Hartsock's blocking was better than Keller's and neither got a chance to run any routes.

Defensive Line

The defense was never really threatened by Buffalo, who had the same number of turnovers as first downs (six). They were held to 37 yards rushing on 18 carries, with 34 of those yards after contact, so the line did an outstanding job of getting penetration and closing running lanes. Mike DeVito was the only defensive line starter to play, and stood out with an excellent performance against the run. He did almost all of this as a nose tackle. I previously spoke to one of PFF's analysts, who is a Ravens fan, and he was predicting that nose tackle would be a role they'd eventually look to move DeVito into, because that's what they did with Kelly Gregg, and the pair have a similar build and skillset.

Rotating in with DeVito were three young guys who the Jets might be hoping will be the next Mike DeVito: Jarron Gilbert, Marcus Dixon and Vernon Gholston. Unfortunately, none of these three stood out. In a combined 47 pass rush attempts, none of them registered a pressure and they all graded negatively against the run. If I had to choose one, I'd say Gholston was the most impressive (or least unimpressive), on one play driving a double team into the quarterback and on another negotiating traffic to help stuff a run at the line. That's a shame, because - barring an unprecedented fourth contract renegotiation - he's the least likely of the three to be back. Dixon had a missed tackle, but did have three solo tackles to pace the trio. Gilbert's best play was a tackle in the backfield, but he was really just cleaning up the runner after Bart Scott blew the run up in the backfield leaving him nowhere to go. Although I felt Gholston was the best of the three, his PFF grade was the lowest, so it will be interesting to see which of the three are active on Saturday.

Sione Pouha was active, as was Trevor Pryce, but neither played on defense. Pouha was just used as a blocker on the placekicking unit.

Linebackers

The Jets did blitz more than in recent games, but the pass rushing output - three sacks, nine hits and two pressures - was still good to see. Calvin Pace had his best game of the year and his first game with multiple pressures since early October. He actually had zero tackles, but did record a sack, two hits (both leading directly to interceptions), two batted down passes and an interception of his own. Jason Taylor also had a strong game, with a sack, two hits and a pressure, although he did have one bad missed tackle. It was interesting that they decided to give these two so much playing time, while resting Bryan Thomas for most of the game. Thomas only played 13 snaps, all in the first half, and didn't have much of an impact. Pace had 18 pressures in the regular season last year and 17 in the postseason. Is it possible he could raise his game to those heights again?

On the inside, it was David Harris who was rested, from the middle of the second quarter onwards. Prior to that, he hadn't been too involved. Bart Scott played a bit more than Harris and did do well against the run, as well as adding a QB hit. In mop-up duty, Mauga looked pretty good, with a QB hit of his own and a tackle for a loss. Lance Laury's five defensive snaps were pretty unique - he had only one defensive snap in the previous three seasons. He immediately responded with a big QB hit on a delayed blitz and added a tackle on the next play. Finally, Jamaal Westerman saw some action for the first time since week three and had a pressure, two tackles and a fumble recovery.

Defensive Backs

The two starters at cornerback, Kyle Wilson and Marquice Cole, each had a big day. Wilson was almost flawless, giving up a Revisesque one catch for seven yards on four targets. Again, though, I'd caution that a different officiating crew might have flagged him because he was pretty physical on at least two of those incompletions. Cole had a monster day, with two picks, a pass defensed and a touchdown. He was targeted nine times and wasn't perfect, giving up four catches for 42 yards including one where Steve Johnson lost him on a comeback route for 16 and one where Naaman Roosevelt beat him for 14 on an out pattern. Could he stay with the likes of Blair White? I think he's probably earned a shot.

At safety, Dwight Lowery was the recipient of perhaps the easiest interception in NFL history. That capped a solid performance, though, where he also had two tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed. He only gave up one catch for four yards. Brodney Pool was not thrown at, but did make some solid open field tackles and had a QB hit on one of his two pass rush attempts. The other pass rush attempt came as he was in a three point stance as a down lineman again. Not surprisingly, he was turned back on that one.

In terms of backups, Drew Coleman gave up four catches for a team high 64 yards, on just five targets. He somewhat atoned for this with a strip sack. One of the passes went for 33 yards after he also missed a tackle, but this ended up being a turnover after Emanuel Cook forced a fumble. Cook also added another hit on Brian Brohm. Finally, 28-year old rookie Isaiah Trufant saw action on ten snaps, mostly as a blitzer on passing downs. He did have two special teams tackles.

Once again, Darrelle Revis wasn't thrown at. Sure, he didn't play, but still...

Special Teams

There's not too much to say about special teams this week. Cole downed another Weatherford punt inside the five and Cook looks to be a solid option as a possible gunner in future. Folk's kickoffs were pretty short, but the Bills started at the 27 yard line on average, which is perfectly acceptable. Cotchery and McKnight each had a nice return, although Cotchery also misjudged one punt and slipped over on another return. Although I am somewhat glossing over special teams, the Jets must not as it could prove to be the difference on Saturday. Interestingly, the Colts do not have a 20-yard punt return or a 40-yard kickoff return so far this season. Let's hope that continues.

PFF Analysis

This week, I again contributed to the game recap article for ProFootballFocus.com (which also gives you a sneak preview of some of their player ratings). It hasn't been posted yet, but look out for it tomorrow. Here’s a sample quote:

In what ultimately amounted to a pretty meaningless game, the Jets rested most of their starters and were still able to blow out the Bills for the second time this season ... The Jets dominated the battle in the trenches and took advantage of six turnovers from a Bills team that looked like it couldn't wait for the season to end. They now head to Indianapolis for a postseason rematch on Saturday night ... Although this game probably means more in terms of next season than next week, it will be interesting to see if any of the Jets' little-used reserves that flashed during this game will get a chance to contribute in the postseason.

TJB readers can obtain full access to PFF’s premium stats for $63 this season. The discount available has been increased to 30%. E-mail me ( bentdouble@gmail.com ) to obtain a code to enable you to get the discount.

Conclusions

Last season, the Jets ended the year with a blowout victory over an AFC rival, scoring almost forty points and not allowing any points defensively. Critics were unimpressed, saying that their opponent had nothing to play for, but the Jets rode the momentum from that game for the next two games (and almost half of the next one). Are the Jets equipped for a similar run or did the Pats blowout a month ago serve notice that they are still not capable of going all the way? This weekend, we find out. It isn't going to be easy, but hopefully, this is where the fun begins.

I'd like to close this week with a mention for the guys at theganggreen.com's Jets forum, who I understand have been linking to my BGA articles throughout the season. Thanks for sharing this and I don't even mind that everyone keeps inadvertently giving WhiteShoeWillie all the credit for these! Thanks also for your comments and feedback, because I learn as much from the responses of other Jets fans as I do from re-watching the games and it always helps me improve what I get out of the review process. Naturally that applies for any TJB readers commenting here too.

As mentioned above, if you have anything you’d like me to comment upon in more detail, please let me know in the comments.
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The Jets will see a primetime game in their first matchup of the 2018 season as they take on the Detroit Lions on the road on "Monday Night Football," per The Post.

New York had just one primetime game last season, and it wasn't on "Monday Night Football." The last time they saw a game on the ESPN-aired telecast was back in 2016, when the Colts routed them 41-10 on their home turf in MetLife Stadium. 

There are a few good storylines heading into this year's contest, though. For the visiting Lions, they have a new, young head coach in Matt Patricia who will want to start off his new career with a win.

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former QB Dan Orlovsky thinks the Jets are targeting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 pick in the Draft, and one of the reasons is very specific.

Orlovsky, who played under Kyle Shanahan, noted that Jets OC Jeremy Bates is from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. And that one of the traits Shanahan loved about John Elway is that he would screw his back foot into the ground when he threw -- adding that Bates loves that trait in quarterbacks as well. 

"There's one guy in the Draft who has that trait," Orlovsky said earlier this week on SNY's Jet Stream podcast. "And it's Baker Mayfield. He does the same thing when he throws. And I just think that those coaches fall in love with traits of guys that remind them of players that they had success with in the past. I think that they're looking at Baker Mayfield and going 'that's our guy.'"

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are ready to open their present that is the #3 pick in the NFL Draft. The guys discuss the possibility of the Jets trading up, yet again, and the crazy idea of selecting a non-QB (can someone say Bradley Chubb) with the 3rd overall selection. Plus, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky calls in to give his insight into the top four quarterbacks.

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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer has the Jets taking Sam Darnold as their quarterback of the future at No. 3. 

Many experts believe Darnold could be the first overall pick by the Browns, and if he doesn't land with Cleveland, then the Giants would scoop him up at No. 2. However, with Josh Allen as Breer's No. 1 pick and the Giants electing to go with Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, Darnold drops in the Jets' lap. 

So, there is no need for the Jets to choose between Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield...

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate over Nick Mangold's chances at making the Hall of Fame and the Devils' chances at beating the Lightning.

After a year out of football, No. 74 is officially hanging up the cleats. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: On the lists of favorite players and all-time greats, you'll rarely find a center. They're buried in the trenches, often noticed only when a bad snap happens or a defensive tackle breaks through.

The same was probably true for Nick Mangold during his 11 NFL seasons - rarely noticed from the outside and incredibly underappreciated game to game. Yet somehow he still emerged from his long career as a fan favorite. And he definitely emerged as one of the Jets' all-time greats.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets were awarded kicker Nick Rose on Monday after the Los Angeles Chargers placed him on waivers, the team announced.

Rose made 11 of 14 field goals in 10 games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins last season and converted on 23 of 26 extra points. He went 1-for-3 as a member of the Chargers in Weeks 16 and 17, and 10-for-11 in eight games with Washington. His longest make last year was 55 yards.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

Badet spent most of his collegiate career at Kentucky, but saw some high profile action last year after transferring to Oklahoma. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but if he had been, his pro day numbers for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump would all have ranked first or second at the receiver position.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. 

Sanchez, who last played for the Jets in 2013, was the Bear's third-string quarterback last season. He claimed that "unknowing supplement contamination" was the reason for his drug test to turn up positive. 

The 31-year-old took to Instagram to explain the whole story...

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The Jets have already begun condensing their roster for next season as the team announced several cuts on Friday. 

Among them was former Bears RB Jeremy Langford, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets worth $630,000 this offseason. The 26-year-old spent time jumping through practice squads last season, and though he was promoted to the Ravens' 53-man roster, an injury pushed him to the IR the same week he joined the team. 

Langford was released following his IR placement, and the former fourth-round pick wouldn't see time for the rest of the season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

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The Jets are taking a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft. They know it. Everyone knows it. And they know everyone knows it. "I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind to think otherwise," was how one team official said it. The only lingering question is: Which one?

The Jets have had or will have had private meetings and workouts with all of the top four, and GM Mike Maccagnan has made the rounds at their Pro Days. When they traded up to No. 3 they were convinced that they'd be happy with choosing from whichever two (or three) fell to them. And obviously at least two of the Big Four -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen -- will still be there...

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon take their deepest dive yet into the NFL Draft. They discuss the latest with the four quarterbacks, as well as look back at Willie's draft process with the Steelers in 2006. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post joins the show to give his take on the draft and the possibility of Mike Maccagnan signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets' preseason schedule has been officially released for the 2018 season. 

The Falcons will be Gang Green's first opponent of the new year on their home turf. Then, they will hit the road to face the Redskins on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

The annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium between the Jets and Giants will be the Week 3 matchup, with the Jets getting home field advantage.

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sees the Jets grabbing UCLA QB Josh Rosen with their third overall pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projects in his Mini Mock Draft 3.0. 

The Jets clearly traded up to the No. 3 slot to take one of the highly touted quarterbacks. With Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Giants respectively, Rosen appears the best option for the Jets in Kiper's mind. 

CLICK BELOW TO READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS

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Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Having opted to let Austin Seferain-Jenkins leave in free agency, the Jets are relying on a group of young tight ends to replace his production, recently adding two more options to the mix.

It's possible the Jets could look to add to the group via the draft but, for now, let's consider what each of the tight ends currently on the roster brings to the table, and consider how they might be used in 2018...

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, the Jets continue to get their last live look at the top prospects they could select with their third overall pick. 

After Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wraps up his private workout with the Jets Tuesday, UCLA QB Josh Rosen will visit the team, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

After Rosen's visit, USC QB Sam Darnold is expected to be next on the list at some point later this week. Wyoming QB Josh Allen is also expected to visit at a later date.

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The Jets continue to bolster their defense with another addition at the second tier in vetearn LB Kevin Minter, the team announced Monday. 

Minter most recently played for the Bengals in 2017, where he tallied 32 tackles in nine games. 

He was a second round draft pick by the Cardinals back in 2013, and he would spend four seasons in Arizona before heading to Cincinnati. He totaled 175 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and six passes defended over 61 games (37 starts). 

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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Jets continue to stack their wide receiving corps for next season as former Vikings WR Charles Johnson signed a deal with the team on Monday. 

Johnson, who was waived by the Panthers in July 2017, sat out all last season due to surgery on his right knee. He played for the Vikings from 2014-16, where he totaled 60 receptions for 834 yards and two touchdowns over 39 games. 

The Grand Valley State product was a Packers' seventh-rounder back in 2013, and after joinging the team's practice squad following camp that year, the Brown picked him up to join their 53-man squad. He dressed but never saw action with the Browns. 

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The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

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Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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While the Jets are reportedly hosting Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen for official Draft visits this week, we've also been keeping an eye on who else is reportedly scheduled to attend. Last year, both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye took official visits before being selected with the Jets' top two picks.

Aside from the quarterbacks, most of this year's names that have leaked so far would be players the Jets might be hoping will drop to day three of the draft or maybe even be available as a priority free agent if they go undrafted. Let's look at some of the more interesting prospects...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the NFL Draft just 17 days away, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is scheduled to meet with the Jets in Florham Park on Monday and Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Jets have already met with Mayfield on multiple occasons -- including at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine -- and the team held a private workout with him. 

The 22-year-old Mayfield, who is expected to be selected early in the first round, threw 119 touchdowns in three seasons with Oklahoma and capped it off by throwing 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2017 when he started a career-high 14 games...

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the retirement of Matt Forte, the Jets have bolstered their depth in the offensive backfield with a couple of veteran additions. Let's give consideration to what each back brings to the table and how they might find a niche in the Jets' offense this season.

Bilal Powell...

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Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Jets on Thursday, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. Hankins, who was cut by the Colts earlier this offseason, has also visited the Redskins.

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, Hankins agreed to a four-your deal with the Colts worth $30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets were obviously looking for an upgrade at defensive tackle when they made their brief -- and ill-advised -- pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, they pulled the plug on that before it happened. Johnathan Hankins could turn out to be a much better fit...

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets WR/DB and Super Bowl champion, Bill Rademacher, has passed at the age of 75, the team confirmed on Tuesday. 

Rademacher came out of Northern Michigan undrafted, and ending up joining the Jets as a receiver in 1964. He would play in New York for five seasons that included a Super Bowl title in 1968. 

After getting released in 1969, he joined the Boston Patriots where he played just two seasons before retiring. Radebacher, then, became the head coach of Norther Michigan, where he owned a 37-16-1 career record. 

Overall, he played in 58 games totaling 24 receptions for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield keeps notes on media members who are criticial of him, which former Jet and current SNY Jet Stream podcast co-host Willie Colon thinks is a bad sign.

"I saw it as a red flag," Colon said on Tuesday. "I did see it as a problem. This is a city that is notoriously known for its media. The New York media is unapologetic. Our beat writers make their name for being leaderless -- they're not rooting for you."

"Half the time, you have to earn it," Colon said about the respect of the media in New York. "And I think if you're Baker Mayfield, and you're already doing that without a team. Let's say you do get drafted by the Jets, there's three or four beat writers that will -- I promise you -- will say bad things about you and critique your game and who you are as a person. And may sometimes go over the line. And you're at the end of the locker like 'oh, I just checked twitter. Let me check this guy's name off.' That means you're focused on the wrong things. You should only be worried about being the best you can be for your team and winning football games."

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Nov 18, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson (4) scores a touchdown against Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Justin Lawler (99) during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Nov 18, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson (4) scores a touchdown against Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Justin Lawler (99) during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

The Jets currently own four day three picks and, having traded away two second rounders, will be keen to find some contributors. Last year, the Jets traded down a few times and ended up making six selections on day three. 

Let's highlight some players who could interest the Jets on day three this year.

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