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 the win over the Browns. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.

NYCPEinGermanyI couldn't believe the cushion Cro was giving on the browns 3rd offensive play of the game. It was 3rd and 3 (I believe) and cro was playing what - 12 yards off? If Campbell completes an easy pass that's a gimme first down. I get playing safe and bend, don't break, but still, is the plan really to play so soft in these scenarios?

In Cromartie's defense, that was a blown coverage and not necessarily by him. Before the snap, Dawan Landry - the safety on that side - was communicating with Josh Bush, the other deep safety, as to where they should each be. Landry then dropped to the middle of the field at the snap and ended up double covering the slot tight end on the other side, who Antonio Allen had jammed and the line and had covered. This left Josh Cooper open for the easy pitch and catch (which was missed), as Cromartie dropped off. After the snap, Cromartie was pointing and remonstrating with Landry, clearly indicating that he was expecting Landry to be responsible for that area.

NYCPEinGermanyIs Marv Albert going senile? I can't believe how many outright wrong things he was saying. I thought the whole on-air performance was terrible - between Albert"s constant mistakes, he and Gannon babbling incessantly - often about things other than what just happened - and some bad camerawork, it was a mess.

No. He went senile ages ago.

chrisrHow have Geno Smith's numbers compared to great rookie quarterback numbers? Are there any particular statistics that you weigh more then other when evaluating young quarterbacks?

It's always difficult to compare top level quarterbacks based on their rookie numbers. I could find some quarterbacks with (ballpark) similar numbers in their first season (Both Mannings, Elway) that went on to be good, but just as many (if not more) with similar numbers in their first year that did not (Nagle, Sanchez, Freeman). Similarly, I could find those with better numbers as a rookie that did and did not turn out to be really good. Vince Young, Sam Bradford and Robert Griffin III are all former rookie of the year winners that cannot (yet?) be considered among the game's elite. In fact, Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and (maybe, although the jury might still be out on this) Cam Newton are the only rookie of the year winners since 1970 you could say that about, so a fast start is not always the best route to elite status.

I wouldn't look at one statistic in isolation, but I do think it's important to see ongoing progress, both from a numbers standpoint but also in terms of how confident and in control they look.

DarrolRayFanClubWhat has Geno's adjusted accuracy been week to week? The numbers, such as 55% completion for the year, or 20-36 (55%) yesterday, don't always tell the story. Drops in some recent games and his willingness to throw the ball away are 'incompletions' that are actually positives for him. Especially in situations like when he throws a ball intentionally (and calmly) at Kerley's feet on 2nd and 12 and then picks up the first down on the next play.

Note: Adjusted accuracy is a PFF metric that excludes dropped passes, deliberate throw-aways and things like that from the completion percentage calculation. If a quarterback was around 55% in terms of completion percentage all year, but they threw the ball away more often in the second half of the year (as seems to have been the case with Smith in recent weeks) or if they had more balls dropped, then their accuracy percentage would be higher.

Smith is dead last out of the 26 qualifying quarterbacks in this category, at 67.2%, but have there been signs of improvement? There certainly have, as he's been over 72% in two of the last three weeks and 63% in the other. Prior to that he hadn't surpassed 60% since before the bye week. He threw the ball away four times on Sunday, more than his average of less than twice per game.

a57seIn the WCO, timing routes are the norm and Geno does not do well on those yet. Could you tell us how many snaps Geno took under center on passing plays?

Four on Sunday, all of which were incompletions

leviI noticed Geno staring down WR's but I did see him "look off" the safety a couple times too. Does this seem to be something he is improving on?

Definitely. Several of his bigger completions came after he had scanned the field rather than just staring down one target. In fact, if you watch those plays in isolation, he looks really good. Much better footwork, good reads and a confident delivery. The most clear-cut example of him looking someone off was actually a linebacker rather than a safety, when he scanned the field and then checked down late to Winslow on the penultimate play of the first half. D'Qwell Jackson literally took a step in the other direction before he threw the pass and that clearly contributed to Winslow almost being able to get in the end zone.

djf1 (aka Disgruntled Jets Fan)Lately we seem to be breaking longer runs - is this more of a function of better blocking, or better reads by the backs? (I know, it's probably both.)

Of course it is both. However, as a general rule - and I would say that this applies to most of what the Jets have been doing - most long runs in the NFL come from a runner breaking a tackle to get in the open field, because the success or failure of so many running plays at this level comes down to one man either bringing down or at least slowing up the ball carrier in the hole, on the edge or in the open field. The Powell run just before half time was mostly good blocking, but it took a broken tackle to turn it from a 10-yarder into a 40-yarder. Ivory's two runs had more to do with good reads on his part, with again second level tackle-breaking.

djf1 (aka Disgruntled Jets Fan)If Goodson gets healthy, do they go with a 3 RB core next year? Will each RB remain effective with reduced snaps, or does someone like Ivory need semi-consistent playing time?

If I had to predict, I'd expect a three man rotation, but with Ivory's reps more or less where they have been since the bye week and it will be Powell's reps that suffer. Don't rule out John Griffin though. I expect him back in camp and in the mix for playing time next summer.

Iain BartholomewWho do I contact to complain about the horrendous Christmas puns?

I apologize for that. It was done in the spirit of a garish Christmas-themed sweater and the fact they got more and more ridiculous was quite deliberate. Just wait til you see the rejected headlines:

1. God Rex Ye Merry Gentlemen

2. Oh, Cumberland All Ye Faithful

3. Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holley Mangold's Brother

4. Santonio Claus is Coming to Town

5. Under the Missile-Cro

6. Yule Hogg

7. It'll be Colon-ly this Christmas

8. Come, they told me, Purdum pa pum pum

9. Hakim-ing of a White Christmas

10. Man-gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

Vinny CammaratoWould anyone consider trading Ellis? He seems to be a legit NT but we have Harrison and a bunch of other great D lineman. I wonder what his value would be.

I think the Jets have been blessed to have both Harrison and Ellis available for all 16 games (although Ellis was slowed by a back injury earlier in the year and only played one snap against the Patriots). As we know from 2008-2010 where Kris Jenkins had two season ending injuries in two of the seasons and recurrent back problems in the other one, you can't rely on that. It was the same thing with Sione Po'uha who was injured throughout 2012 and broke down right at the end of the season in 2010. If the Jets had a Kenrick Ellis-level player to play in his place, they might have reached the Super Bowl that year.

hobielJets got called for an off-side when they got back on-side without making contact before the snap. The Browns OL flinched. I get the call if the flinch were immediate to the defensive jump, but it looked like is was after the DL retreated. How does that rule work?

If the offense false-starts but there's someone in the neutral zone at the time, the penalty goes against the defense because their transgression came first. This does open up the possibility of the offense false-starting deliberately to draw the flag, but that does prevent them from potentially getting a "free play". The best thing the defense can do is to make sure they never enter the neutral zone before the snap, although if they do get back in time, the offense would be penalized. Clearly the officials felt a defensive player was still in the neutral zone at the time of the flinch in your example.

BrendanThat [roughing the passer penalty on Richardson] was the worst thing I've possibly ever seen. JJ Watt hit Peyton Manning nearly a full second after he released the ball yesterday and there was no call. Richardson hits Campbell a nanosecond after the release and it's a flag?

Well, at least they didn't fine him $15,000. Oh, wait. They did. His response, via twitter: "Just read my fine letter.. 15k because I landed on the QB with my full body lbs...it says I'm suppose to cradle him with my arms. OKAY"

a57se It seemed like when Richardson went out, the Browns started having success running the ball as they didn't do much up to that point. Would you please break down the difference in rushing yards by the Browns with and without Sheldon in the game?

There were four running plays with him not in the game, netting 18 yards (one of these was a five yard touchdown and only one went for less than four yards). What's perhaps more interesting is that on the nine pass plays with Richardson out, the Browns were 0-for-6 with an interception, two sacks and a seven yard gain on a scramble. Campbell's overall rating was less than 50, but it was over 70 when Campbell (who was only sacked one other time) had to deal with Richardson on the field.

a57se There was one play where it looked like the offense jumped but then the officials got together and after taking their sweet time, ruled the Jets offsides. Have you noticed anything the opposing offense are doing to try and draw the Jets offsides?

Yes, teams have been changing up their snap counts and putting in hard counts all year to exploit the over-aggressiveness of the linemen and this is an effective way of slowing them down. We've been specifically told that by one of the players.

psi1Does PFF have the Jets ranking on how long the Opposing QBs have to throw the ball. Despite their apparent good sack numbers, it seems to the naked eye that they typically take a while to actually sack the QB.

They don't compile this for defenses, but we can look at opposing quarterback's "Time in Pocket" numbers week by week and then compare this with how long it takes Geno Smith (4.3 seconds) to get sacked on average to get some kind of feel for it. In their 15 games, the "Time to Sack" for the Jets' opposing quarterback has been more than that seven times and less than that eight times.

I'd caution that this stat can be misleading because if a QB is sacked after three seconds, that doesn't necessarily mean the rush is better when a QB is pressured after two seconds and sacked after four but that probably puts them somewhere near the middle of the pack.

a57seDid the rules change about the Kick-off being a live ball? I've seen refs blowing their whistles for touchbacks BEFORE the ball leaves the playing field and without being touched by the receiving team. On one kick off to the Jets yesterday Reynaud was actually running to the bench when the ball hit 7 yards into the end zone and you can see the ref signalling for a touchback before the ball bounced out of bounds!

No, the rules didn't change. I rewatched the four kickoffs that the Browns had and what you described didn't happen on any of them! Maybe you got confused with a different game or your eyes were playing tricks on you?

1969JAN12thOn TJB I've read a lot of comments about whether we should draft a WR,QB, TE, OL, safety...or maybe to sign a veteran QB (Cutler ?, Cousins ?) Since we have a limited amount of draft picks and the veteran QBs like Cousins or Cutler (these probably won't even be available) will cost us a lot of money and/or draft pick; where do you put the priority for the use of the money & draft picks?

Which QB is realistic to sign if we go the veteran route? What number draft pick should we use for a QB whether veteran or draft-able?...or should we not even waste a draft pick on a veteran QB?

If the right quarterback is available for a pick, then you make that move. Of course, the main difficulty comes in identifying who is the right guy and for all we know, maybe the Jets believe that guy to be Geno Smith. I wouldn't rule out using picks (and for what it's worth they are likely to have 12, although four of those can't be traded) to get a franchise quarterback. That has to be the top priority.

Carlos Panameno

Are you as scared as I am that Rex will get fired and go and get hired by a team like the Lions and win or get close to a Super Bowl and leaving Jets nation looking foolish and wondering WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN? That would make me very SAD.

Rex will take his defense with him and is going to have success. Whether that's because he'll be in a better situation overall than he would be if he stayed here will be up for debate, but he's won a Super Bowl before (as a Defensive Line coach) and I'd be very surprised if he never gets close again as a Defensive Coordinator. He's never going to be the Defensive Coordinator here though and if the front office doesn't believe he can win one as a Head Coach, he'll be gone. Yes, it would be sad and to a degree is scary. I'd root for him in that situation though, as long as it wasn't against the Jets or with one of our main rivals.

juunitWhat kind of cookie do you believe is Santa's favorite?

A double-stuffed Ore-Ho-Ho-Ho!

Ugh, that was terrible. Let's draw a line under Christmas too.

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Happy Holidays, everyone! Thank you for your great questions and comments. I'll be back to preview the Dolphins game on Sunday morning.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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Part 2 of Jets mini-camp 00:02:01
SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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Behind the scenes at Jets camp 00:01:48
SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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(Mike Dinovo)

The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets minicamp 00:02:24
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

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Former Jets LB Larry Grantham dies at age 78: Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets' only Super Bowl team in 1969, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Apart from being a Super Bowl Champion, Grantham has been enshrined in the Jets Ring of Honor as well. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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GEICO SportsNite: Larry Grantham 00:00:26
Michelle Yu reports on the passing of former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets Ring of Honor, who was 78 years old.

The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.

Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets receivers 00:01:37
Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa to discuss his expectations for himself and the young receivers for the upcoming season.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa after the conclusion of Jets minicamp to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

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Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.  (Bill Wippert/AP)
Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (Bill Wippert/AP)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, the Yankees drop their sixth straight, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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(Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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Rookie Marcus Maye on minicamp 00:01:51
SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

The Jets selected Maye in the second round of Apri's NFL Draft.

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Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday there is no frontrunner for the srarting quarterback job. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees lose in extra innings, Juan Lagares is injurede in a Mets loss and the Giants ink their first-round pick. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:02:10
Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.

Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.


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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)
New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)

Jets linebacker Demario Davis took a $2.7 million pay cut in order to help facilitate the trade that brought him back to New York, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Davis, who was set to earn $3.7 million in the final year of his contract, will now make $1 million this season. This includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a $900,000 base salary. He can also earn $1.225 million in incentives. 

Davis re-structured his contract at the time of the June 1 trade. 

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said he was impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp. 

Elsewhere, Yankees lose and Mets win their respective rubber games and Joe Girardi would have no problem with Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby.

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GEICO SportsNite: New York Jets 00:01:57
Jeane Coakley breaks down the latest from the New York Jets training facility as Quincy Enunwa talks about his new role in the offense.

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(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite evidence to the contrary, Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates has been impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp, according to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. 

Bates, who previously coached the team's quarterbacks in 2005, likes the precision of Hackenberg's passes thus far at camp. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who struggled in 2016, said he's ready to rebound this season.

"I want to pretty much have one of my best years ever," Wilkerson said Wednesday, according to the NY Post. "I plan on being dominant."

The 27-year-old Wilkerson, who signed a five-year deal worth $86 million before last season, had 4.5 sacks, 58 tackles, and one forced fumble in 15 games. He had ammassed 12.0 sacks in 2015.

Wilkerson said the leg he broke during the final game in 2015 was strong enough to play on last season, but that it impacted his performance. And he bristled at those who suggested he was mailing it in.

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(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets QB Christian Hackenberg has been making lots of awful throws this spring -- first during OTAs and again on Tuesday when minicamp began.

A few of the team's beat writers tweeted during OTAs that Hackenberg had been hitting those on the sidelines with errant throws. On Tuesday at minicamp, one of those throws was filmed...

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New York Jets quarterbacks Josh McCown (15), Christian Hackenberg (5) and Bryce Petty (9) work out during NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterbacks Josh McCown (15), Christian Hackenberg (5) and Bryce Petty (9) work out during NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Josh McCown is still standing in front of Christian Hackenberg for the starting quarterback role. 

Elsewhere, Odell Beckham Jr. speaks, and the Yankees and Mets both have their respective win streaks snapped. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:02:02
Darron Lee, Lorenzo Mauldin and Leonard Williams are surprised by the Jets' decision to release David Harris and Eric Decker.

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It doesn't seem to make any sense that the Jets are rebuilding and going with young players at every position, but they will almost certainly be led by a 38-year-old quarterback. Everywhere else, the Jets purged their roster of veterans so the young players could get an unimpeded opportunity.

Yet McCown, who has no viable future with the Jets beyond this season, still stands in second-year pro Christian Hackenberg's way.

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( Adam Hunger)

Jets quarterback Josh McCown said he has been working with younger quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty in the team's mandatory minicamp this week.

The veteran 37-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with the Jets this off-season, said Hackenberg and Petty have often asked him questions as they continue to learn the quarterback position.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wasn't afraid to voice his disapproval of the Jets cutting veteran LB David Harris, per Manish Mehta of NY Daily News. 

Jets owner, Woody Johnson, made the call to cut Harris as he looks to shed payroll for the upcoming season. Upon hearing the news, Richardson said what many were most likely thinking. 

"It shocked the s--t out of me," Richardson said. "It is a business. But after a while it don't become a business. Dave wasn't (greedy). I know him, so I know he would have taken something (a fair and reasonable pay cut). I know he wasn't busting nobody over there. He don't want to play for free, either."

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Former Jets WR Kenbrell Thompkins is among 12 players trying out for the Jets at minicamp Monday, per AP's Dennis Waszak. Jr.

Thompkins, who didn't play in the league last year, spent the 2015 season with the Jets. He played in seven games, hauling in 17 receptions for 165 yards. 

Other notables on the list are former Jaguars RB Denard Robinson, veteran WR Dexter McCluster, and RB Bobby Rainey, who spent time with the Giants last season. 

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay)

Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson is trying out with the Jets at minicamp this week, Robinson's agency announced on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Robinson carried the ball 41 times for 144 yards last season, appearing in 14 games for the Jaguars.

In four seasons in the NFL, Robinson has rushed the ball 263 times for 1,058 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per carry, with five touchdowns. The 26-year old back has added 47 receptions for 310 yards, all during the last three years.

The former Michigan quarterback had a tryout with the Bears last month, but left without a contract.

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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs on the field for the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs on the field for the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

After failing to find a trade partner, the Jets released wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees and Mets continued their winning streaks, and made selections in the MLB Draft, 

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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon

Projected backups: Sheldon Richardson, Lawrence Thomas, Deon Simon

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins discusses his role in the Jets offense and his mindset heading into camp.

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets released wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday after they were unable to find a team as a trading partner.

"We think very highly of Eric. Our focus right now is seeing our young players, how they do," GM Mike Maccagnan said earlier this week in a press release.

New York had reportedly discussed trading Decker to the Baltimore Ravens among other teams, however were unable to eat enough of Decker's $8.75 million cap hit for 2017 to make the numbers work, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Todman returns a kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)
Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Todman returns a kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets are expected to sign running back and kick returner Jordan Todman to a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Todman, 27, recorded 59 rushing yards on nine attempts in 16 games last season for the Indianapolis Colts. As a kick returner, he totaled 16 returns for 478 yards, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9.

A sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Todman played 33 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2012 to 2014 and played 11 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. 

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 (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The old battle cry from venters that "You can't tell the players without a scorecard" has never felt more appropriate than it does now, heading into the Jets' full-team minicamp. So many familiar names and faces are gone. Really, almost every familiar name and face is gone.

The Jets might want to consider handing out nametags, too.

For better or for worse - and yes, it's likely for worse - the Jets get their first, full look at the purged roster that GM Mike Maccagnan has assembled when their three-day minicamp kicks off on Tuesday morning. They have so much work to do - work that likely won't be completed until 2018, or perhaps later - and so many questions to answer.

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 (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starter: Josh McCown

Projected back-ups: Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Jets have announced they have waived LB Randell Johnson.

A seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2014, Johnson didn't record a stat with the Jets last season, only playing in a single game. 

Johnson played two seasons with the Bills, recording five total tackles and one fumble recovery in 15 games. 

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(Mike Dinovo (USA Today))

Recently-retired QB Jay Cutler said he 'balked' at the potential of signing quickly with the Jets this offseason before the team signed Josh McCown.

Cutler was contacted by the Jets soon after being released by the Bears but wasn't ready to make up his mind on his next move.

"I kind of balked at that because I didn't really want to jump into anything," Cutler told Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier this week. "Whether they would've offered me a contract or that it would've worked out, I have no idea. That's something the Jets know more than I know."

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Spencer Paysinger heads onto the field before a game against the San Diego Chargers. (AP)
Spencer Paysinger heads onto the field before a game against the San Diego Chargers. (AP)

The Jets have signed former Giants and Dolphins linebacker Spencer Paysingerthe team announced Friday morning.

Paysinger spent the last two years with the Dolphins, appearing in 29 games (three starts) and recording 83 tackles. 

The 6-foot-2, 249 pound Paysinger joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons in New York, and was a part of the Super Bowl XLVI championship team.

In his six NFL seasons, Paysinger has played in 91 games (17 starts) and has racked up 157 tackles on defense and 70 more on special teams.

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