This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible. For the purposes of BGA Extra (but not BGA, since that is too early in the week), I have also reviewed the coaches film, which was available for every play (whereas last year, it was only available for big plays). Statistics from PFF which are not available to subscribers were used in the completion of this article and we thank them for providing us with exclusive access to these.

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about Sunday's game against the 49ers. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section.

madbacker #57Can you email the analysis to the front office? They need all the help they can get!

I'm not sure how it will help them to read an account of how badly virtually everyone played. If they don't realize that already, there's no hope for them.

jmac the manIt looked like Sanchez had enough time in the pocket to make plays if plays were there. In pass coverage, it looks like the line did OK. Is Sanchez not seeing open receivers, or are receivers not getting open?

The 49ers had so much faith in their pass rush to generate pressure with a four man rush, that they only blitzed seven times. This meant there were a lot of guys dropped into coverage, virtually all the time. The Jets dealt well with the initial four on five rush: Sanchez was only under pressure ten times, according to PFF's numbers, but if you include plays where Sanchez kept hold of the ball and the protection actually broke down, that goes up to 17.

I see this as smart gameplanning by the 49ers. By manning up on the top targets and flooding the rest of the intermediate zone with defenders, it forced Sanchez to read the field and that may have been why he was a little gun shy in the pocket because there's been so many plays recently where he saw his receiver get separation only for another defender to be lurking nearby ready to jump the route. So, yes, there were gaps that most quarterbacks in the league (or even Sanchez when he's playing well) would be able to exploit, but Sanchez seems to be too unsure of himself in those situations and needs to get back to being decisive.

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Were the receivers open though? I'd like to know what the tape shows on that. Did Sanchez have anyone to throw to?

With all the players dropping into coverage, there weren't many obvious examples of wide open receivers, but the receivers were constantly getting half a step to the point where a perfect throw would have been completed. The Niners secondary are renowned for being able to stay with their man for a few seconds, but struggle to stay with them beyond that. This was shown on the play early on which Sanchez extended and then found Schilens for a first down, having flirted with crossing the line of scrimmage. Also, Santonio Holmes got some separation downfield on the play where Sanchez lost his sack (if you look in the background of the second image of this terrific analysis from PFF you can see him with two steps on his man heading for the pylon). By then, the protection had broken down, though.

nj-e-t-sfxAnyone have any idea what happened on the "Tebow timeout"? Where Tebow was in at QB looking at the sideline in the huddle. They called TO and Sanchez came in and they ended up punting. How could Tebow get sent in as QB and they don't know what play they want to run? Did the 49ers put in a Tebow package or something?

I'm not sure, but I noticed that Tebow didn't have a headset helmet on, so was looking for signals from the sideline. Maybe that was a mistake. I know Brad Smith used to have two separate helmets - one with a headset - which he would only be able to wear when Sanchez was out of the game.

MEL31602You say the Jets are overcomplicating things with Tebow, but to me it looks like they are running the same two or three plays over and over again. Wouldn't it be better for them to run some plays that actually could fool the defense instead of running him up the middle or faking a reverse every time?

My point is that they're not going to fool the defense until they've run it up the gut a few times and established that the defense will need to stack the box or keep guys inside to prevent some easy yardage. They've done that five times - a 22 yard gain on one play and four other plays totalling 10 yards. That's not enough. I'm also not a fan of the wildcat formation with the back running parallel to the line of scrimmage as the ball is snapped. I think defenses have figured that out and that a more straightforward read option would be a more effective staple from which they could then go to the wildcat or some other variations.

MEL31602I'm not sure if you can stomach watching this game again, but when you get the coaches film, could you look at every incompletion and try to determine who is most at fault. I know sometimes it's hard to tell, but it would go a long way towards determining whether the main problem is Sanchez or the receivers around him. Just try to see if the incompletion was the result of a poor throw, a poor route, a miscommunication, poor blocking, etc.

1. Miscommunication with Holmes. Timing was off

2. Conner drop. Would only have been a short gain with Willis all over him.

3. Holmes found a gap in the zone. Very inaccurate pass (high and wide) was broken up.

4. Turner drop. Unrelated penalty at the end of the play gave the Jets a first down.

5. Pass to Holmes coming back to the ball deflected over his head.

6. Interception on screen pass. Would have been a good gain, but Howard's man beat him and tipped it.

7. Horrible throw to Cumberland down the seam who was not open. Dropped pick. (See PFF link above for breakdown).

8. Out pattern to Holmes, who got separation. Too early and well wide of the target.

9. Checkdown to Powell, hit as he threw. Short hopped the throw.

10. Overthrew Powell as he tried to get open across the field. Threw behind him on the same play last week.

11. Rolled out and threw deep to Holmes. Broken up. Some have suggested this was underthrown and that Holmes would have been open, but actually Goldson was in perfect position and played the ball the whole way.

12. Desperation throw underneath as he was knocked down in the pocket. Basically thrown at Powell's feet.

13. Over the middle to Turner who wasn't open and got nailed (again see PFF link above for breakdown).

14. Not even sure if this was intended for Turner or Cumberland but neither was open and it bounced nowhere near either of them.

15. Pressured again and his throw was deflected at the line.

16. Throw down seam to Turner who had inside position and half a step was too high.

I'd have to conclude that Sanchez's accuracy and decision making is the biggest problem. Well, it was on Sunday.


lindro88Were you being sarcastic when you said the Jets have more talent then most NFL teams?

No...but you weren't the only person to take issue with that statement, as we'll see.

damionWhere is all this talent you speak of? Can you list more then four teams the jets are currently more talented then? Why are they in shotgun formation on third and two in the first quarter and later in the 1st half it was 3rd and 1 and they were passing? I thought we were ground and pound looks like Schotty's playbook to me, can we stop blaming him now?

A lot of the talent I was talking about is on the injured list or under-performing for various reasons. Mangold had a nightmare on Sunday, but that doesn't stop him being talented (for example). However, when everyone plays bad on the same day, your talent level looks a lot worse than it is. As for four less talented teams, I have the pleasure of watching some pretty bad teams every week, so I'll nominate the Browns, Jags, Raiders and Cheifs as the four worst in the AFC off the top of my head. Of course, you will now list out all the most talented players on those teams and tell me how much more talented than the Jets that makes them, but it's all good fun.

The Jets haven't been a good short yardage team over the last few seasons. It's interesting that everyone go annoyed with the Jets never running the ball on 3rd and short over the last couple of years and now a guy that used to just give it to his fullback every time (with a 95% success rate) is passing with a struggling quarterback in those situations. That shows an alarming lack of faith in the personnel. Schottenheimer was never going to be successful with personnel that was ill-suited to his system and seems to be having much more success with the Rams. As I'd been saying for two years, while Schottenheimer was a problem, the issues on offense ran a lot deeper and wouldn't magically be fixed once he left.


NebkrebWhen the Jets called their second timeout of the first half, it was right before the 49ers snapped the ball. If I saw it correctly on my TV, the reason the Jets called TO is because a 49ers WR was completely uncovered on the left side. I mean completely. Closest defender was maybe a safety shaded just outside the LT. I would like confirmation on this, and if you can see who was to blame.

It's difficult to say who was to blame because it wasn't an official play so there is no coaches film, but the Jets got very lucky as Colin Kaepernick had snuck out to the sideline as if he was leaving the game and stayed out by the sideline. LaRon Landry was the nearest defender and didn't seem to have noticed him at all when the play was blown dead.

? EverythingIs the Superbowl out of the question?

No, but we can calculate the exact probability based on the Jets' decision to IR Santonio Holmes but not Darrelle Revis. Rex Ryan didn't IR Revis because of the "0.0002% chance" he could play in the Superbowl. However, it was reported that Holmes was 99% done for the season. So there was a 1% chance he could play in the Superbowl. This would mean there's a 0.000002% chance or a 1 in 50,000,000 chance that both could play. So, if Rex is conceding that there's NO chance of Holmes AND Revis being able to play in the Superbowl, then the chance of them both being in the Superbowl must have been less than 1 in 999,999,999 to be classed as infinite on a modern calculator. So, that would mean there's a 5% chance of them reaching the Superbowl. Having said that, this obviously reduces if you take Holmes out of the equation.

Alternate answer: Yes.


NebkrebI remember one play, I think in the 3rd quarter, in which they ran a draw, with Powell getting the ball. It looked like he had miles of space, but instead of cutting to his right, he cut to his left, directly in to the ONE defender who had a chance of stopping him. If he goes to his right, he gets at least 8 yards and probably a first down. If you could review that play I would love any confirmation.

You'll like this:



Here's where Powell takes the handoff. As you can see, the blocks are about to develop in front of him so he has a chance to make a read. The guys on the left are set to make kick out blocks to the outside and the guys on the right are tempted into rushing off the edge so that the draw play is effective. There's clearly a lane right up the middle. As I mentioned in BGA, this is the same play where Powell made a nice run in overtime in Miami, but going over the left side. In order for that lane to open up the Jets would need Mangold to make a difficult reach block on the formidable Navarro Bowman, to get to his right shoulder and turn him back to the inside. It would also require Cumberland to make his block at the second level. So, let's see how it played out as Powell hit the hole.



As you can see, this was the moment where Powell committed to going left by making a hard step in that direction. However, if he looked up, he should have been able to see that Mangold and Cumberland didn't have outside leverage. However, they each had inside leverage. Look at the lane to the right if Powell had made a cutback at this moment or after taking one step to the left. Mangold ending up driving Bowman to the left and into Powell's path, whereas if Powell had cut back to the right, that would have taken him completely out of the play. While the play design obviously relies on Mangold making that reach block, there should also be a secondary read whereby if he doesn't get that leverage, then there should be an open lane to the right instead. Mangold's initial step before making the reach block was to the right, as if he was going to help out the right side of the line in pass protection. That tells me it's probably a crucial step to try and sell the pass action before the ball is handed off. However, it also makes the block that much more difficult, especially if the linebacker is not fooled. Bowman made a hop-step to his right, perhaps reading the play and ensuring Mangold didn't have the angle to get the leverage on him. Clearly, Powell missed a chance to cut back to the right, but what about once he went left?

What happened was that Powell started off to the outside, perhaps read the fact that Kerley had enabled his man to get outside leverage and more upfield and cut back directly into where Bowman (and Patrick Willis, who had sidestepped Jeff Cumberland's block at the second level) were able to stuff him for a short gain. However, had Powell continued to the outside, Chaz Schilens had his man blocked and it looked like he would have been able to turn the corner for a good 8-10 yards. Even if he didn't turn the corner, he'd have been one on one with Carlos Rogers and should have been able to fall forward to at least get a couple more yards than the one and a half he ended up with.


lindro88

Describing the Jets as having more talent then most teams in the NFL seems a little hopeful to say the least. Where is all the talent you are referring to? I see a team with no explosive offensive weapons, a bad QB, and a Defense that can't stop the run or rush the passer.

Yes, by saying they had a lot of talent, I was talking more about the number of talented players on the team than the overall talent and I appreciate that they have guys that have been disappointing at some key spots. When you consider just how important the QB position is in terms of what it means for every other offensive player then maybe I was underestimating the importance of that spot in particular. Even when Sanchez has played well in the past, it's been clear he was not the finished article and now he's slumping again.

Ironically, there are several players on this team that I think a lot of Jets fans overrate: Landry, Howard, Moore and Harris spring to mind. Not that they are all bad players, but they are often considered to be better than they are by Jets fans. However, even despite this, I still think the team has talent. We'll revisit this again in a bit.


texasclampHow is it possible to throw a interception on a screen pass? Sanchez could use a real QB coach.

It's difficult to defend anything from Sanchez's performance on Sunday, but if Howard didn't get badly beaten on that play, it likely would have gone for a big gain. As for the QB coach, how do we know he's part of the problem? Sanchez might have been even worse if not for his input. Doesn't seem likely, but what happens if they replace the QB coach with someone considered to be a proven QB coach and nothing changes...or Sanchez gets even worse? Food for thought.

lewieb50You said you think the Jets have more talent than most of the league (or something to that effect). I don't see that at all. Can you comment on my assessments (this assumes Revis and Holmes out although we don't know how long the latter will be missing) QB: Not in the top half. RB: Near the bottom. WR: Average to slightly below. Hill has potential, not down on him, but he's not there. Kerley's pretty good as a slot/3rd guy. The rest? Not much. TE: I guess above average with Keller there. OL: As a group, middling. DL: Middling. LB: Below average. DB: I'll go above average but maybe I'm kidding myself. Specials: Average to slightly above. Where am I off? And, if I'm not off, doesn't it seem that the Jets talent level is below average?

Well, the first thing I'd note is that if you remove Revis and Holmes, the talent on the team does take a big hit, if I'm going to have to take them out of the equation then I'll acknowledge that will bump them down the list because it's two of their most talented players. However, in terms of your assessments, I would make the following comments: QB - I'd probably go lower than that. My point is that having a bad QB makes players that have talent less effective. RB - I think Greene is talented, just a poor fit for this system. WR - Again, I think some of these guys have talent, but haven't been as effective as they might be because of the quarterback's slow development. OL - Yes, they aren't doing well as a group, but individually there are talented players there. Again, this underlines what I was saying about how badly the team is playing, but I believe they have talent. If they're being ineffective, it's not because they don't have talent, it's because they're being used wrongly, let down by teammates or are struggling uncharacteristically for some reason. DL - I still think they have great talent on the defensive line. Are they playing well? No. But they can stop the run, as they showed in week two. I think Po'uha's back is still a big factor here and Ellis doesn't have the conditioning to take on more reps. LB - they definitely seem to be aging all at once, but maybe the defensive line play has been a factor. Harris is definitely a guy who is very good when those around him play well, but his limitations are exposed when he is forced to take on blocks or chase plays down in space. DB - Even with Revis out, this unit has a lot of talent and has played well most of the year.

I can see why people would take umbrage at what I said because it makes no sense for a roster filled with talented players to be playing so poorly. I guess what I'm saying is that talented players don't generally all lose it overnight, so the reason for their poor play (which I'm not denying) is something else. Coaching? Injuries? Lack of motivation? Poor chemistry? Whatever it is, probably a combination of all of these combined with me overrating some of the talent which may indeed have fallen off overnight, hopefully some of that is fixable and the team can get back on the right track.


dgrayIn baseball, there are a lot of statistical analyses that look at the contribution of the individual to the team success (in terms of runs scored/allowed or wins above replacement) and players generally follow a trajectory with catchers (the most physically demanding position) having the steepest fall off of any position after age 32 ... It would seem much harder, but Is there anything similar in football? Or any rules of thumb of performance fall off due to age (by position)? Considering Pace, Scott, Thomas and Pouha are all 32+, the defense could just be hitting an inflection point. What looks like a team quitting could just be an inability to execute (shed blocks, chase down players, wrap up tackles). I hope this isn't the case, but have you read anything statistical about age vs performance or do you have any thoughts?

This builds nicely on what I was just saying about the Jets apparently dwindling talent base. I haven't seen a specific study, but it's not like there are no good players aged over 32 in the NFL. Peppers, Justin Smith, Urlacher, Abraham, Lewis are examples of front seven players that continue to be productive at or beyond that age. Po'uha didn't play regularly until 2008, so he shouldn't be as worn down as anyone else his age would be. Scott had a few years on the bench too, although I can see how his style of play could wear him down (although actually he looks fresher than last year). Hopefully there are other reasons for their recent downturn in form, which would mean they have more to offer.

a57seCould you break down the defensive stats before Sanchez' fumble and after? What I am looking for is not so much numbers but who might have played worse or better after the fumble...

Of 379 total yards and 245 rushing yards, 225 and 129 came after the fumble. Obviously as the game slipped away, they became more tired and demoralized, but they did still give up 116 rushing yards before that, even if much of it was on gadget plays, so it's not like the defense was playing well until he fumbled. As I already noted, Ellis played worse in the second half and Po'uha actually was better after halftime. Everyone else was consistently bad or average.

a57se

Brendan and I both speculated that we thought the Jets might play a lot of 46 fronts against the 49'ers. I don't recall seeing them use it much, if at all yesterday. If they did, how much success if any, did they have with it and what was the personnel group they used?

They didn't use the conventional 46 with a safety in the box and two OLBs outside the left tackle's shoulder, but they used plenty of the hybrid front which is a variation on that. San Francisco runs a lot of bunch formations and multiple receiver sets that force you to match up and make it difficult to align yourselves in a classic 46 look, so perhaps that was a factor.

a57seWho were the CB's on the 85 Bears?

Mike Richardson and Leslie Frazier.

Oh, sorry, I now see that you were making a point about how the 46 defense can be effective without big name cornerbacks.


xboozer32Doesn't Cumberland seem to be a step or two behind everything thats happening around him?

Didn't really see too many bad plays or examples of hesitation from him, but I'll keep an eye out next week. He had one or two nice moments, but really hasn't emerged yet with Keller out.

RudibagerCan you comment on why Kerley looked so scared and hesitant to catch any punts within the 10? I get that he was hoping they would go in the endzone for a touchback, but I think he did it three times!

I don't really know, other than perhaps he still has the yips following his fumble in Pittsburgh.

leviI dont understand how basically the whole team can play bad collectively. It leads me to believe it's all in the preparation and that falls on the coaches' shoulders. I understand the secondary should have suffered after losing Revis but why can't they stop the run? I didn't expect they would beat San Fran but it didnt have to be an embarrassment. Monday night against Houston does not seem like a game they will get it together for either. So what do they do if Sanchez refuses to protect the football? They can't continue to start him if he plays that horribly again. So who is to blame for the run defense? How much blitzing did they do and did it work?

Your first point is kind of where I was coming from when I made my controversial comments about the talent on the team. They CAN stop the run, as they showed in Pittsburgh. Hopefully this will be fixed. The 49ers, like Miami, did a good job on the offensive line and they missed too many tackles with the chief culprit being David Harris. Smith was 4-for-10 with one sack when blitzed. The Jets sent an average of 4.3 rushers per dropback, a pretty low number compared with some of Rex Ryan's more aggressive games.

damionWhy is tackling a problem with a defensive head coached team?

Jason (from NYJetsCap) has an interesting theory on this. He thinks the Jets' tackling is suffering due to the reduction in full contact practices.

Simply Simon (via E-mail)

Is Sanchez's lower back injury affecting his play?

Maybe...but we seem to be having this conversation every year. If he's going to be constantly hurt, then I get fed up of using that as an excuse for him, because what good is it if he can only play well when he's healthy...but then never is?

bradysucksWhat is the story with the Jets being 31st in the NFL against the run? I though Pouha, Harris, Devito etc could tackle? What is up with this?

They can tackle...they just didn't on Sunday. Harris had five missed tackles and DeVito had a bad one on the Manningham run. Po'uha had one too, but it was not that costly. The Jets can stop the run, as they proved with a disciplined display in Pittsburgh. Hopefully this can be fixed.

BrendanSlauson and Vlad went to a 65/35 split last week (I believe they were 80/20 the week prior). Vlad actually played solidly against a defense that was destroying the offense. Do you think Vlad creeps up to almost an even split this week?

I don't know. Maybe they'll ramp that up, or maybe they'll continue to do it slowly. Ducasse actually got the best overall grade on the offense this week on PFF in just 20 snaps, which is a sign of how poor the execution was by everyone else. Slauson was poor and if he has another game like that then sitting him for Ducasse might be wise.

tishDid anyone play well (receive a positive grade or continued to play hard after the game was really over)?

Cromartie was excellent. However, given his tendency to be inconsistent, I hope this is a sign of things to come and not just a case of him wasting one of his better performances on a game they had no chance of winning.

tishDid the Jets run any screen plays that essentially work like a running play or put Sanchez in a position to make an easy completion (even though his accuracy was awful)?

The first play of the game was a quick toss to Holmes on the outside for a nice gain. However, the defensive end was ready for it and got a hand up in the lane so that was a very dangerous pass that easily could have been tipped and intercepted. Later on, they tried the screen to Greene which was a good call, at the right time and Howard blew his assignment forcing Sanchez to throw off his backfoot and it was tipped and intercepted.

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Okay, guys, that's it for another week. Let us never speak of this again. I'll be back to do the usual in respect of the Texans game on Tuesday. Hey, maybe the Jets will win! Wouldn't that be something?

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It hasn't been the start LB Lorenzo Mauldin wanted for his NFL career. 

The former 2015 third-rounder had two inconsistent seasons to begin his time with the Jets, and last season wasn't much better with season-ending surgery to repair his back. 

So, entering 2018 with just one year left on his rookie contract, Mauldin knows what he is playing for at this point. 

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When the Jets drafted QB Sam Darnold, it appeared inevitable that their former second-rounder, QB Christian Hackenberg, was the odd man out with four quarterbacks on the roster. 

That is why Jets fans probably weren't surprised to hear Hackenberg was traded to the Raiders Monday for a 2019 conditional seventh-round draft pick. And they also shouldn't be surprised to hear head coach Todd Bowles' reasoning on the matter as well.

"We have three quarterbacks. Obviously, we drafted Sam in the first. We like Teddy (Bridgewater). We like Josh (McCown). We just had one too many to get all of them reps, so we held him out today just because we had things in the works in case something happened," Bowles said after the team's first OTA on Tuesday. "So we just wanted to go with the three quarterbacks that we have and let these guys battle it out."

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The Daily News Live panel discusses the NFL owners' new national anthem policy and Jets owner Christopher Johnson's plan to resist it.

In the wake of the NFL's new national anthem policy, which requires all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" or stay in the locker room or another inside area until the anthem is completed, Jets owner Christopher Johnson said he would pay any fines the team gets if it happens.

In the new policy, which the NFLPA immediately fired back at, it says those who violate the policy will receive "appropriate discipline" from the commissioner. 

"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules," Johnson told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."

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New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL announced a new national anthem policy on Wednesday, requiring all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

That policy, which stemmed from many players kneeling in protest last season for social justice reasons, was immediately challenged by the NFLPA, which issued a statement saying it would "review the new 'policy' and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."

In its statement, the NFLPA says the NFL "chose to not consult the union" while developing the new policy, and said that the vote by NFL club CEOs "contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values, and patriotism of our League."

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When the Jets claimed former Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia last week, it was one of the more interesting moves off the offseason. Garcia was selected with the 85th overall pick in the third round of last year's draft, but the Patriots have opted to give up on him already after a challenging rookie season.

For the Jets, it's a low-risk move to pick up a player with untapped potential, and could prove to be great value as he will remain on his rookie deal for three more years. If the move doesn't work out, the Jets won't owe Garcia any money or bear any kind of a cap hit, so they have little to lose.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks about Christian Hackenberg being traded to the Raiders, and why the QB struggled with the Jets.

The Jets have traded QB Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019, head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday. 

"We did everything we could," Bowles said about working with Hackenberg. "Sometimes it just doesn't work out."

Bowles added that Hackenberg was held out of OTAs on purpose on Tuesday in case a deal involving him was reached. Hackenberg had been lost in the shuffle in the Jets' QB logjam, with Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, and Teddy Bridgewater ahead of him on the depth chart. 

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Check out Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Quincy Enunwa and more in action at Jets OTAs on Tuesday in Florham Park.

The Jets took the field in Florham Park on Tuesday to kick off their first OTA session leading up to training camp in June. 

Of course, the biggest storyline heading into the new year for Gang Green is what will Sam Darnold's role be in his rookie season. Here he is already getting work in as practice begins.

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Jets WR Terrelle Pryor was one of the most notable players missing at the team's first OTA on Tuesday, and it wasn't because he didn't want to show up. 

Pryor, who had ankle surgery last November, has reportedly suffered another ankle injury this offseason, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 28-year-old converted receiver played in just nine games last season with the Redskins before a season-ending ankle injury ruined his one-year, "prove it" deal in Washington. He signed another with the Jets this offseason worth $4.5 million.

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New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed fourth-round pick Chris Herndon, a tight end out of Miami (Fla.), on Monday, leaving first-round pick Sam Darnold as New York's only unsigned draftee.

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The Jets had a boatload of cap space as well as the No. 3 overall draft pick to work with this offseason. And LB Darron Lee thinks the moves made using those resources have looked good thus far.

The most notable of the acquisitions made by GM Mike Maccagnan include CB Trumaine Johnson, LB Avery Williamson, and first-round draft pick QB Sam Darnold. These three players are the crucial chess pieces Lee thinks will help them now and in the future.

"This is a game of chess, not checkers," Lee told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "Adding those important pieces like Tru, Avery, and Sam is huge. It has us going in the right direction in my opinion, but implementing those guys in our brotherhood and our standard in what we have here is huge. Seeing how they're abiding by it also and they're jelling in smoothly with it -- it makes you excited. It can't help but make you excited because they're buying in."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence about the legalization of sports betting that the United States Supreme Court voted in favor for on May 14.

This enormously impacts the professional sporting world as Congress could now regulate sports betting if they wish to do so. However, if they elect not to, each State is allowed to act on its own in implementing their own system.

No matter what happened, Goodell's top priority is making sure that the integrity of the game continues to flourish moving forward with the ruling...

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Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

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With the first of their three sixth-round picks in last month's draft, the Jets selected Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson. This regime has already brought in several young cornerbacks, but none of them have managed to separate themselves from the pack.

Does Nickerson's skill-set give him a chance to eventually become the home-grown starter they've been trying to develop?

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Jets have signed DT Nathan Shepherd, who they drafted 72nd overall last month out of Fort Hays State.

Shepherd was an Division II All-America selection in his 2016 and 2017 seasons. Last season, he tallied 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) and four sacks. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If you're a team like the Jets, still in the beginning stages of a total rebuild, you can take a chance on raw players like Nathan Shepherd, a Canadian who was a smallish linebacker in high school before growing into an NFL-caliber defensive tackle at Division II Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

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The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 


New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo. 

Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.

"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said...

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.

"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"

And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him...

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for a special edition of The Jet Stream podcast where they take a deep dive into the Jets' newest quarterback, Sam Darnold. The guys chat with Sam's former offensive coordinator from USC, Tee Martin, about the kid's emergence in college and how he compares to Peyton Manning. Later, Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, joins the show to discuss what he's like off the field and his competitiveness on it.

Click below to listen...

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robby Anderson's felony resisting arrest with violence charge stemming from an incident at an event in Miami in May, 2017 will be dropped, his attorney, Ed O'Donnell told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

While Anderson's 2017 issue will be resolved, he is still dealing with his recent reckless driving arrest.

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Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

On day three of the draft, the Jets opted to trade a seventh-round pick for former Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson. However, this move has flown under the radar somewhat with the focus on the players brought in via the draft.  

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The Jets still have some money to spend, which is why they will be hosting free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro this week at their facility, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall by the Saints back in 2013, where he has spent the last five season. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 104 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defended. 

Last season, the 27-year-old tallied 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble over 14 games. 

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets had back-to-back picks in the sixth round of last month's draft, and they used the second of them to select defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the No. 180 pick. Let's provide some insight into what Fatukasi brings to the table and how he might fit in should he make the team.

Fatukasi is a player whose run-stuffing abilities have stood out over the past four seasons with UConn. He's strong at the point of attack, can get off blocks to make plays in the running game and can create penetration either with his strength or quickness.

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South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets claimed former Patriots offensive lineman Antonio Garcia off waivers and cut kicker Nick Rose, the team announced on Monday.

Garcia, 24, was a third-round pick last season but did not appear in a game after he had reportedly developed blood clots in his lungs, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

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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 coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86. 

Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."

However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him...

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park on Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorst added that every professional sports league had been involved, but with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.

Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.

"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With their final pick of the 2018 draft, the Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

In the post-draft Honeymoon period, most fans, players and media alike are heaping praise on QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's teammate T Kelvin Beachum wants to wait before he fully joins the fray. 

Beachum started all 16 games for the Jets last season, blocking for Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. At some point this season, he may be blocking for Darnold. 

"I've heard that he is a great person," Beachum said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I'm excited to get him in that room." 

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets have four quarterbacks on their roster, which seems like one too many. They cut Bryce Petty last week to clear at least a little room on their depth chart, but they still have another move to make. Or maybe two.

Whatever they end up doing, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't as clear cut as some think, from the identity of the Opening Day starter all the way down to the likely odd-man out. As Todd Bowles said last weekend, the Jets are "open to anything right now" -- especially at quarterback.

"We're going to let it all play out before make those kinds of decisions," he said.

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(Noah K. Murray)

For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.

Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.

Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets selected tight end Chris Herndon with the first of their day three picks in the 2018 draft last month. Herndon, who went to college at Miami, was injured towards the end of the 2017 season, which may have prevented him from going earlier. The Jets scooped him up with the 107th overall pick and will be hoping he proves to be a bargain. Let's weigh up his likely role in 2018 before reviewing his strengths and weaknesses.

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