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 which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Browns.

David Aron: Do the Jets have the pieces to repeat Rex's blueprint to a win over the Colts? Also, in your opinion, would the jets have resigned Jason Babin if he hadn't already signed with the Ravens?


I'm not sure what Rex's blueprint to beat the Colts actually is. He went 3-1 against them, but the only one during the Andrew Luck era was the 35-9 blowout in 2012, aspects of which included a complete shutting down of the run, some good pressure numbers led by Coples and Wilkerson, an excellent running game so they didn't have to pass very often and Cromartie shutting down the number one receiver.

They still have Coples, Wilkerson, a good run defense, a decent running game and a shutdown corner on the roster, so maybe they will match up well.

As for Babin, he would have made sense as a temporary back-up for Mauldin who was only being used as a situational rusher, but I'm not sure Babin himself would have accepted such a role with a built-in expiry date, especially from the team that just snubbed him.

NYPCE in Germany: Can you elaborate on why you thought the Marshall catch would have been upheld by the replay booth? The announcers said that he didn't have full control and that also appeared to be the case to me, that the ball was moving in his hands after his feel were out of bounds. Is he allowed to shift it before establishing full control? Also, five turnovers feels like more than we had all of last year under Rex. Is that scheme-related or simply regressing to the mean?


Having re-watched it closely, my view was that while the ball appeared to be moving, Marshall had it in his hand the whole time, so they would hopefully have viewed that as demonstrating control or at least not indisputably failing to demonstrate control. Your understanding is correct though, if the ball was judged to have been moving or switched from one hand to another after the point at which both feet contacted inside the field of play then that would lead to it being overturned.

The team that recovers a fumble is viewed by the statistical community as completely down to chance, so regression to the mean is perhaps an explanation there. However, I'd attribute it mostly to the fact that the Jets were playing against an inexperienced quarterback and with the lead. They didn't do enough of either last year (remember that murderer's row of quarterbacks after Carr in the first half of last year?)

williamg1: Do you think Fitzpatrick has enough arm strength to use D Smith effectively to stretch the defense?


The thing about arm strength is that even the weak-armed quarterbacks in this league can loft the ball 50-60 yards down the field for a receiver to run under. While a post-shoulder injury Chad Pennington was unable to make use of Santana Moss, he was able to have some success getting it down the field to him earlier on in his career, not to mention the fact that this might just have been something the coaching staff simply chose not to do because they were so risk-averse. While Fitzpatrick - whose arm strength is closer to average than poor - might not have the zip to make some long outs or tight window throws, he can complete passes over the top if he has a receiver that can get a step deep. He just needs to learn how fast Smith is so that he doesn't underthrow him.

lcg12: Does Revis Island still exist? It seemed like there were 5 or 6 balls caught on Revis, including that spectacular one handed grab from Hartline.


For me, "Revis Island" represents those games where Revis gets an assignment that he sticks to and (ideally) shuts down a number one receiver. As the Browns don't really have a number one, Revis wasn't used in that way, which will be useful in future because when they face a team with a number one and use Revis in that way, the offense won't be able to anticipate any traps the Jets haven't used yet. So, I wouldn't worry too much about a game where he gave up a few catches here and there.

In terms of the catches he gave up during the game one came as the Jets had a big blitz that got picked up perfectly leaving him totally isolated for longer than would have been the intention. As for the Hartline catch, that was a complete fluke. The pass wasn't even intended for Hartline - Manziel overthrew his tight end and it was just fortunate to land right in Hartline's lap. Prior to that both Hartline and Revis had slipped on the turf so it's not like he got beaten.

With that said, I did say during preseason that I'm not convinced Revis is the same player so I am eager to see him match up with a number one receiver. With TJ Hilton's status uncertain for Monday, I'm not sure when that will be. I guess the Odell Beckham match-up in preseason was somewhat informative - they each had wins and losses - but it was just preseason at the end of the day.

carlhungus: Do you see a reason to carry Bohanon on roster? Fullback doesn't seem to be a priority for Chan Gailey, and I think his roster spot could be better used for a TE (Saxton) or LB.


It's all about flexibility. While the Jets motion other players into the backfield to do the same sorts of things Bohanon can do, those plays are designed to get a match-up advantage. So, maybe you put an Enunwa back there and if they match him up with a defensive back, he can motion to fullback and muscle that player out of the play, but if they put a linebacker on him, you can split him out and use his speed edge. Bohanon should still be superior to Enunwa at doing these fullback plays against a conventional defense and that could be somewhere that the Jets will have an advantage against certain opponents.

idothis2: Is it me or does Revis have more of a Safety frame than a Cornerback frame now? does he look a lot thicker up top to you?


Maybe that's just the evolution of the defensive back generally in this Legion of Boom era. Compare Young Revis to Current Revis and I'm not sure there's that much difference.

BDarc23: In your opinion, would the Jets defense be better off against the Colts with Cromartie on the bench or starting with a possible injured knee? Also, I was surprised that Decker only got 3 targets to Marshall's 9. Did you see Decker open but passed over to force it into Marshall who out muscles guys? Finally, it felt like the Jets were terrible on 3rd down defense and that the Browns were constantly picking up the 1st down. Could you see where they went wrong and did they improve later in the game?


They will certainly be better off starting someone else if Cromartie is less than 100% and he even admitted that himself yesterday. Over the past few seasons the difference in his performance level when playing hurt and when apparently completely healthy has been significant. I have confidence in the likes of Marcus Williams to step up. After all, his performance at the NFL level has been consistently better than Cromartie was in 2013 and the second half of last year while nursing injuries. Skrine should also see an increased role but he did well for most of last year as a full-time starter.

For Decker, he had three targets in the first half, but Fitzpatrick only threw seven times in the second half, so I wouldn't worry too much about him not being targeted. Had the game remained close, he probably would have had six or seven targets at the rate they were going. I didn't catch any obvious plays where Decker was open but not targeted.

The Browns were pretty good in the scripted portion of the game, converting their first four third downs, but only went 4-for-12 thereafter. Also, three of those first four were 3rd-and-2 or less. So, it wasn't that bad and, yes, the Jets did improve, although that could be attributed to Manziel being inferior to McCown.

r_in_ct: Why do you think the Jets were so susceptible to so many long QB runs? I know Luck likes to run, is this going to be a problem this week?


Bowles told the media that the Jets hadn't prepared for Manziel, although maybe that was gamesmanship on his part. You'd like to think that they could have spied him and contained him in the open field a little better.

As bad as it seemed, Manziel had five scrambles for 35 yards. His two longest gains were both negated by holding penalties. Had those been missed by the officials, Manziel would have had seven carries and 77 yards.

Yes, Luck is dangerous in those situations too, but I doubt the Colts will be hoping that's a major feature of their offense on Monday.

benjam: OT but I need to know if Matthew Dellavedova and Stan Wawrinka are different people?


C'mon man, I don't see Stan Wawrinka locking down Steph Curry in the postseason. Ok, so I didn't see Dellavedova doing that either...

This comparison would only be legitimate if the semi-final at the US Open was conducted with Wawrinka just lobbing point after point into an empty court while LeBron James randomly vacillated between barging Roger Federer off the court, crying to the umpire and checking his lip for blood...and Federer still won.

Rocky Mountain Jet: How often did Fitz try a hard count to see if the defense would flinch and make adjustments at the line, and how successful were those plays? Also, were you surprised that Willie Colon and Breno had no penalties?


The play I highlighted in the BGA was actually the only one where they killed a play. If you can believe it, they did more of that in preseason! There was just one other series where they had some hard counts and it didn't work too well. Initially, it did, as they drew the Browns offside on 3rd-and-7. Then, on 3rd-and-2, after a hard count, Fitzpatrick was able to identify the MIKE but the run was still stuffed. Finally, on fourth-and-1, they did a hard count and Bohanon motioned over to the left side, then another and he came back to the right, after which they snapped it and handed it off to him but he was stopped short.

Most of the cadences were the same, but they did mix in some different calls at the line which may have indicated a run-pass option or a check-with-me. I spotted some interesting patterns actually, but I'm going to do a bit more research into how that corresponds to what Fitzpatrick did last year, with Gailey in Buffalo and what he does in the next few games before I cover that in any detail.

It was good that neither Colon or Giacomini were penalized but that did happen five times last year. Hopefully pre-snap penalties will happen less by virtue of the offense being more organized with the veteran Fitzpartick in charge, holding calls will happen less because they won't have to cover for mistakes by or give extra attention to the left guard and unsportsmanlike penalties will be reduced because it will generally be a less frustrating season than last year was! We can but hope.

jetsjerk: Did you happen to see the Browns gunners running right past our guys to our returner? I noticed it more than once and, I'm sure, so did Bowles and Westhoff.


The Browns only actually punted twice and the Jets did quite well in terms of slowing down the gunners on the first one (albeit by double-teaming both sides). On the other, they again doubled and Walls got burned. Ironically, Kerley got a longer return on the second one because the first man missed.

Wilkershakes: Can we get side by side GIFs of a typical Todd Bowles reaction on the sidelines alongside a Rex Ryan one?


Here's Rex:

Here's Bowles:

That is actually an animated GIF, he's just not moving.

Sackdance99: No BGA on Fireman Ed leading the cheers? He was limited and rusty; but what's your professional take?


Apparently this is just a one-shot deal, although Marshall was campaigning for him to return full-time. To me, it sounded like it was pretty effective on TV. I still think they should put a cartoon or puppet version of him up on the Jumbotron to lead the chants. Pay him (or, better still, his choice of charity) royalties if you have to.

Guy incognito: I remember reading somewhere that a QB coach criticized Brady because he only really has one throw. He went on to say that he's never seen someone be so successful with just having one throw in their toolbox. I admittedly don't know much about the technical specifics of being a QB, so I'll pose this question: any accuracy to the above statement?


I agree with the sentiment, although I don't know that I'd characterize this as a criticism. Brady is good at what he does, but he's blessed with efficiency and decision making abilities rather than natural arm talent.

Have you ever watched a Tom Brady "highlight" reel? IT'S SO BORING. His style works, though, and - when coupled with certain other in-game approaches - wins* games. It's just doing easy stuff over and over again with ruthless efficiency, not ever doing anything extra-ordinary. Can he make all the throws a Favre, Vick or even Eli can make? No, but he never needs to, because he does the simple stuff so well, they rarely get into a desperate enough situation where he has to do that.

JZ (via e-mail): I saw a crazy thing on the play where Leonard Williams ran Manziel out of bounds and was wondering your thoughts on it. As the running back ran into the flat he was spied by Big Snacks who actually had him covered well (especially for a 350+ dude) until he turned up field. Do you think having Snacks or another lineman cover a RB in space is a scheme concept or was that Snacks reacting as others were closing in for the sack? While Snacks did a great job on that play he could easily be over matched in space, even though I think I remember him getting a pick in practice once or twice.


No, it would never be a core concept to have a defensive lineman covering a running back in space. It happens sometimes because someone blew their assignment, but if a team drops a defensive tackle off the line it's to get in the passing lane or to make an immediate tackle and the ultimate responsibility in behind them would be someone else's. It may happen if the tackle senses the screen is coming or if they start to rush and can see that they're not going to get home so they drop into a passing lane instead, perhaps creating more room for someone else to get there.

Harrison, Wilkerson, Richardson and even Douzable are outstanding at sniffing out screens and dropping off to get in on the tackle, although we're told there will be less read-and-react from the linemen this year. Whether Harrison's play was a wrinkle, him smartly reacting to the situation or just an example of someone going maverick is unclear, but he's athletic enough to disrupt a play by doing that sort of thing - just don't ask him to chase the back on a wheel route.

And finally: The GIF of the week featuring Muhammad Wilkerson and Alex Mack...

I'll be back on Monday with an Expendables update and a preview of the Colts game.

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Tom Brady/Sam Darnold
Tom Brady/Sam Darnold

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INDIANAPOLIS - Though nobody seems to know for sure, the general consensus at the NFL Scouting Combine this week is that Tom Brady will be playing somewhere other than New England this season. Maybe Las Vegas or Los Angeles, or possibly even in Tennessee.

But really, if you're a Jets fan, who cares where he goes? As long he's out of the AFC East.

No matter what the Jets do this offseason to continue the rebuilding of their team, nothing would help them more than Brady actually getting out of the division for the first time since he was drafted 20 years ago. He's been an absolute nightmare for them -- and the Dolphins and the Bills during his 19 seasons as the Patriots' starter.

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K'Lavon Chaisson
K'Lavon Chaisson

The Jets are in the need of a pass rusher this offseason, and with Ohio State's Chase Young definitely off the big board by the time No. 11 comes around, there are other options to choose from if GM Joe Douglas wishes to go that route in the first round. 

K'Lavon Chaisson out of LSU is one of those players. 

Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Chaisson talked about the prospect of playing in New York, and said he would definitely be able to adapt to big city life.

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CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy
CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy

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The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting begins on Thursday when the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends kick off drills to see which prospects can stand out among the rest. 

Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...

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Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

All NFL eyes are on Indianapolis this week for the 2020 Scouting Combine, and the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will take part in on-field workouts on Thursday.

Wide receiver is undoubtedly a position of need for the Jets, and they may already have their targets set on one of the draft's fastest players.

While listing out five Combine performances that should intrigue the Jets, ESPN's Rich Cimini listed Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, noting that the Jets 'have had their eye on him for a while.'

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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Douglas said the magic words on Tuesday, that he wants Jamal Adams to be "a Jet for life." It's exactly what the 24-year-old Adams wanted to hear, especially if that means a lucrative, mega-contract is in the works.

And it probably is -- eventually. Douglas, the Jets GM, conceded he's had "some preliminary talks" with Adams' agent. And Adams has previously said he expects to sign a contract extension with the Jets this offseason.

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

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INDIANAPOLIS - Adam Gase sees big things for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2020. But that's only if the Jets can keep him healthy.

That's why they are so focused this offseason on what could be a complete overhaul of their offensive line.

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Georgia's Andrew Thomas has long been one of the top offensive tackles in this year's draft class, and you can be sure the Jets -- who need tons of offensive line help this offseason -- will be scouting him heavily leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Thomas let the crowd of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday know that the Jets have already started looking into him, as he had an informal interview with the organization this week. 

"I met with the Jets," he said. "Just a lot of film, breaking down my film and little things like critiquing my technique."

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6-foot-7, 367-pound Louisville OT Mekhi Becton could be a perfect fit as the Jets look to fortify their line in front of Sam Darnold. And Becton recently met with Joe Douglas and Co.

Becton also expects to meet with the Giants.

"I just like how grimy you guys are," Becton said about New York. "Just love the New York griminess."

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Despite being at the NFL Combine and getting to look at a bunch of young talent, Jets GM Joe Douglas still feels the biggest needs for the team will come in free agency.

"Obviously, 21 UFAs, three RFAs, we have quite a few," Douglas said to SNY's Jeane Coakley on Tuesday in Indianapolis. "So this is an important week for us to get with not only those 21 guys and three RFAs and their representatives, but also others and just see what it's going to look like, so we have a lot of holes to fill moving forward."

Douglas said during his press conference at the combine that he wanted to make All-Pro safety Jamal Adams a "Jets for life," and he reiterated that sentiment later in the day with Coakley.

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As the NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis, large parts of each team's staff head there to scout out and interview players, including Jets head coach Adam Gase.

The Jets' first pick of the draft comes at No. 11, and will continue drafting six more times come the last weekend of April, so SNY's Jeane Coakley asked Gase what he and the organization are looking for.

"For us, the interviews are the biggest thing, you get everything else on tape..." Gase said on Tuesday. "Seeing a guy face-to-face, being able to ask him questions, really finding out his football intelligence, kinda finding out who these guys are. It's real important for the coaches and then personnel guys are able to use the numbers and watching these guys work out live to their advantage."

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When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for his QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to learn.

But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. 

"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.

Here are the takeaways...

Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'

"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."

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Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy is arguably the best receiving prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft class, so media members flocked to his podium on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine to hear what he had to say before his workout and interviews with teams this week. 

Well, he may want to retract one statement.

Jeudy was seen wearing a Star of David chain around his neck, and one reporter asked him why he wears it. This was his answer:

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The NFL's offseason started in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.

The Jets obviously still have plenty of holes despite a strong finish to their 7-9 season. Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that rookie GM Joe Douglas will need to address the most over the next few months:

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Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. (74) sets up to block against Auburn defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt/AP)
Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. (74) sets up to block against Auburn defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt/AP)

The Jets had a poor offensive line in 2019 and they waste little time addressing that in Pro Football Focus' latest mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Only one offensive lineman, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, is selected in the top-10 picks. He goes to the Browns at ten. That allows the Jets to nab Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills.

Here's the PFF pick explained: 

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 (Geoff Burke)
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The Jets have signed wide receiver Josh Doctson, the team announced Saturday.

Doctson, 27, began his collegiate career at Wyoming before transferring to TCU. He was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Redskins in 2016 and spent three seasons with Washington. 

After catching 81 passes for 1100 yards in 33 games, Doctson was cut by the Redskins in training camp prior to the start of the 2019 season.

He landed with the Vikings after clearing waivers, but suited up for just one game and didn't catch a pass. Minnesota waived Doctson in November. 

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Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Jets currently have the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, but the latest mock draft from CBS Sports has Gang Green moving up to select one of the top offensive linemen available.

Josh Edwards projects the Jets could send the 11th overall pick and their 2020 third-round pick to Arizona for the eighth overall pick, where they would select Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton. Here's how CBS Sports explains the move:

"New York looks at the teams sitting 8-9-10 and decides they should nab one of those offensive tackles before a run occurs. Becton is off the board in exchange for No. 11 overall and a 2020 third-round pick. They have two third-round picks following an in-season trade of Leonard Williams."

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The NFL put on a good show on Thursday, making it seem like long-term labor peace was at hand. The owners voted on a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement, complete with a 17-game schedule, expanded playoffs, and more money and better benefits for players.

They were hoping for a quick approval. But the players have responded: Not so fast.

The NFL Players Association want to head back to the bargaining table, according to a report from the NFL Network, after the union's executive committee voted 6-5 to not recommend the owners' proposal to their 32 team representatives. It was a stunning reversal, considering that is the committee that negotiated the deal the owners accepted.

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Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Former Jets and Giants defensive lineman Damon "Snacks" Harrison will once again be looking for a new team.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Harrison is being released by the Lions after one and a half seasons with the team. 

Listed at 6-foot-3, 350 pounds, the run-stuffing specialist played 25 games with the Lions, with 24 starts. With Detroit, Harrison totaled 5.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

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

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Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.

The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.

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Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Changes are reportedly coming to the NFL's playoff structure.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current CBA proposal includes seven teams from each conference making the the playoffs (currently six teams from each conference make the playoffs), with only one team per conference getting a bye.

The new rule would add one more Wild Card team per conference (meaning the Steelers and Rams would have made the playoffs last season), while putting extra importance on securing the number one seed.

Also of note in the new CBA, the players on the teams with a first-round bye would now be compensated for that weekend, whereas they currently are not. 

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Robby Anderson
Robby Anderson

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After Jets general manager Joe Douglas spoke to Robby Anderson at the end of last season, he said "He knows how valued he is here."

But the problem for the Jets is Anderson likely knows how valued he might be everywhere else, too.

The 26-year-old Anderson is set to hit the free agent market in March as one of the top receivers available -- and possibly the top target, according to some NFL sources, depending on which receivers actually shake free. That could mean a huge contract for Anderson, who may already be priced out of the Jets' range.

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With his future in Cleveland uncertain, Odell Beckham Jr. would view the Jets as an "ideal landing spot" if the Browns trade him, reports Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated.

The source Dyer spoke with said Beckham isn't actively seeking a trade, but that a return to New York would be "welcomed" by him.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Dec. 12 -- when the possibility of Beckham wanting out of Cleveland first arose -- that Beckham would "not be afraid of a return to New York." Vacchiano also listed the Packers, Vikings, and Rams among potential suitors for Beckham.

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Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports  (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs doesn't seem to be too attached to his current team. 

Diggs, who expressed frustration with the Vikings in October prior to the NFL trade deadline, removed all Vikings content from his Instagram account on Tuesday night, leading people to believe that he's once again ready to move on from the team. 

The only problem is that Diggs is still under contract with the team for four more years, and has about $48 million left on the contract that he signed just this past summer.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.

It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.

It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal. 

The latest report says things are status quo. 

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As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.

When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.

"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said on Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Jets have signed tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday.

Brown made seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts) for the Jets in 2019. He also finished third on the team in special teams tackles with 11.

Brown, 27, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison in 2015. He played eight games for the Ravens from 2015 to 2016 before getting claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24, 2016.

In 34 career games with the Bears from 2016 to 2018, Brown made 29 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown.

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Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The Jets have added some secondary help, signing a former local product in safety Anthony Cioffi, the team announced on Thursday. 

The Springfield, NJ native was a four-year standout at Rutgers where he totaled 169 tackles, eight interceptions and 13 passes defended over 41 games. 

After graduating in 2016, Cioffi spent time in training camp with the Raiders in 2017. However, he would move on to the CFL, where he has been since 2018. He had a breakout year with the Ottawa Redblacks, tallying 61 defensive tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble over 18 games. 

The Jets don't need safety help with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye manning those positions. However, with the injuries the secondary as a whole endured last season, depth from a versatile player like Cioffi who can roam around is valuable. 

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he seems to be content with that for now, it's fair to wonder if he could be a fit in New York.

"I wouldn't mind being in Detroit for a while," Golladay told USA Today's Doug Farrar. "Everything should work itself out. I'm enjoying myself."

Originally a third-round pick of the Lions in 2017, Golladay has been tremendous with Detroit. surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three pro seasons. In 2019, he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving to be one of the league's best young wide receivers. He's also proven to be a big-play threat, as his 18.3 yards per reception ranked second in the NFL. 

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