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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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

Click below to listen!

 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown. 

 


Weighing the Jets QB options 00:01:15
Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

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(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) runs past New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) runs past New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Free-agent WR Quinton Patton met with the Jets on Saturday, the team announced. 

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers. 

The 2013 fourth-round pick has 73 career catches for 880 yards. 

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

Click below to listen...

 

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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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Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

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Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

Click below to listen!

 

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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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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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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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(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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(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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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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Jets outlook for 2017 00:03:24
The Daily News Live panel wonders if the Jets have already given up on the 2017 season given the current makeup of the team.

Maccagnan's seat warming up? 00:02:42
Jon Hein and Dan Graca discuss if Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan should be on the hot seat as the Jets enter free agency.

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The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.

So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?

Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:

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Jets lack of free agent activity 00:03:06
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate just how depressing the first day of free agency has been for the New York Jets and their fan base.

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham  met with the Jets on Friday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in 11 games last season with the Rams, rushing 21 times for 101 yards.

Cunningham signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise.

Since debuting in 2013, he's carried the ball 171 times for 748 yards and four touchdowns in 57 career games with the Rams.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets have re-signed LB Corey Lemonier, the team announced Thursday night.

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Lions on Dec. 26 and appeared in New York's Week 17 game against the Bills.

Lemonier has appeared in 51 career games since he was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets have re-signed LB/ST Josh Martin to a two-year, $4.3 million deal, the team announced Thursday night.

The fourth-year pro played in a career-high 15 games for New York last season, primarily on special teams.

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On Guard with Willie Colon 00:04:08
Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.

Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.


GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:04:54
The Jets informed Darrelle Revis of his impending release next week amid issues off the field and declining performance on the field.

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Darrelle Revis' long and sometimes stormy tenure with the Jets has officially come to an end.

The Jets released the 31-year-old on Thursday, on the first day of the NFL's new league year. It was "100 percent" a football decision, according to a team source, and not at all related to his recent legal troubles in Pittsburgh.

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(Andrew Weber)

The Jets have re-signed LT/RT Ben Ijalana to a two-year deal worth $11 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Ijalana, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jets last season.

He made $760,000 in 2016...

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Jets Nation: Free Agency Special 00:03:24
In a special Free Agency edition of Jets Nation the panel discuss if they were surprised by any of the Jets' recent free agent moves.

SNY had full coverage of the opening of NFL Free Agency at 4PM on Thursday with a special Jets Nation: Free Agency Special.

Jeane Coakley hosted with former Jets Ray Lucas and Willie Colon and longtime Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff. Ralph Vacchiano was around providing the latest news and notes as the Jets looked to reshape their roster.
 

 

 

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The Jets have released RB Khiry Robinson, the team announced Thursday.

Robinson, 27, signed with the Jets last March after missing the end of the 2015 season due to a broken leg. 

He reinjured the leg during a preseason game against the Eagles and was waived/injured on Sept. 4. Robinson re-signed with the Jets on Dec. 7 but reinjured the leg against the Patriots in Week 16.

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(Steve Mitchell)

League executives are not high on the idea of signing CB Darrelle Revisreports Manish Mehta in the NY Daily News.

Revis, 31, was released by the Jets last week. It was a move Jets head coach Todd Bowles said had to do strictly with football, and not Revis' recent arrest.

"Have you seen his tape?" one general manager told Mehta. "I wouldn't let him play for me for free."

"Revis is done," another front office executive told Mehta. "You respect the body of work throughout his career, but all good things come to an end." 

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