Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from Bent’s Game Analysis during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the loss to the Panthers. 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.

James PlathKind of off topic, but do you think Tampa keeps Revis on the current deal, netting us a 3rd rounder? Or will they dump as the CB market has/is undergoing a significant correction? (And if so, do you think there's a snowflake's chance we resign him?)

Revis has quietly had a great season, but this has failed to have much impact on the Bucs' fortunes, confirming what we already spent three years establishing: No cornerback is worth $16m per year.

Anything could happen with Revis. They could opt to keep him for one more year (and have the cap room to do so), perhaps because it would be an embarrassing failure to spend a first rounder on someone and then dump them after one failed season. On the other hand, they could easily cut their losses and save money (and improve the value of that pick) by getting rid of him. I hope he stays, not because of the pick, but because it's otherwise inevitable he'll end up with one of our rivals. I can't see him returning to the Jets at a cut price because there's too much pride involved on each side. If Rex is staying, that move would probably be the best possible use of the Jets' resources and the best move Revis could make the re-establish his brand though.

An interesting what-if question becomes what if the Bucs weren't prepared to pay him that kind of money leaving the Jets with no viable trade partner? Would Revis have accepted less money to play elsewhere, or even stay with the Jets long term? Or would he have been stuck in limbo, refusing to play for any less than that? Ironically, if he stayed here (and let's assume the Jets drafted Richardson and didn't bother with Milliner) then there's no question the Jets would have been a playoff contender - and then he'd be in a situation where maybe he would have a chance of arguing his worth was around the $16m level.

JayMOut of all the starting rookie offensive linemen is Winters the worst of them all?

It's difficult to argue otherwise. Certainly none of them have a PFF rating close to as bad as his.

However, I'm sure there are plenty of linemen not currently playing, who would be struggling just as badly as Winters has, if they were to be forced into action. It remains to be seen whether forcing him into the lineup prematurely will pay off, but that hasn't been the case with guys like Will Rackley and Jason Pinkston in recent years.

jmacthemanIn the second quarter, a five or so yard Panthers gain was initially called back for an illegal formation because Steve Smith was covering another eligible receiver on the line. After the penalty was announced, S. Smith lifted his helmet (so it was sitting on his head, with the facemask pointing almost straight up, and with his face exposed) to argue with the referees for about two minutes, after which they declared that the guy Smith was covering was not an eligible receiver.

CBS being CBS, they didn't show where everyone lined up, but I'd imagine it would be pretty hard for the officials (I think this is the Umpire's job) to mistake an offensive lineman for an eligible receiver. With the benefit of the All-22 footage, can you shed more light on what happened on this play?

The rules state that you must have one eligible receiver (and only one) on the line of scrimmage on either side of the line. When the tight end and receiver on the same side are both on the line, that's usually a penalty. However, the Panthers had confused the officials by lining up with an unbalanced line as you can see below.

Ben Hartsock (#84) is actually lined up at left tackle, but he's an eligible receiver. The left tackle has moved over to right tight end, but because he's ineligible, it doesn't matter that he's on the line. Had Steve Smith not lined up on the line of scrimmage, then it would have been an illegal formation because there is no eligible receiver on the line on that side. Similarly, if that were a normal offensive alignment, then there would be two violations because you'd have two eligible receivers on the line on the right and none on the left, because Brandon LaFell (#11) was off the line.

So, the officials were quite correct to reverse the decision.

James PlathBased on the look-to-the-future position the Jets are in, do you think they are best served by continuing with Winters at Guard? Has Winters shown you enough to think he might be part of the line next year, or do you think he is just too much a liability now and for the foreseeable future?

Look to the future? Now? It's only just begun! [Fully aware that most of you won't get that reference, but hey, it's Christmas!]

Since they are in such a position, I'd argue that it makes MORE sense to play him than it did while they were still in contention. However, I'm more interested to see if they're going to let Oday Aboushi, Will Campbell and/or Ben Ijalana get some reps.

I'm sure Winters will fare better next year. If he doesn't someone will hopefully beat him out in camp.

1969JAN12thIn looking over the comments these past few weeks, their have been a number of different camps. The replace Rex Ryan/Keep Rex Ryan camp. The get rid of/bench/be patient Geno Smith camp. And, of course, "it's the pieces camp"; we need two WRs, a TE, and OL. The draft a QB camp and, the sign a veteran FA QB camp. Almost forgot...Idzik is an idiot camp.

In looking over some other teams: Eli (5-9), Romo (7-7), Big Ben (6-8), Matt Ryan (4-10) would all be considered better QBs then Geno Smith...but their teams also have issues. So, it would appear Geno Smith is not the only problem.(Also, Andy Reid sucks with Eagles/Vick and is a "genius with Chiefs/A.Smith). Winning is "hard" in the NFL.......It seems that the answers are probably a combination of all these "camps".

Question; which camp/camps do you fall in? Where do we go from here?

I always preach patience, but I can see arguments for anyone to feel strongly about these issues. The likes of Rex, Cromartie, Holmes, Sanchez could all be back next year or they could all be gone - and everything in between. I don't agree with everything Idzik has done this year, but I understand the reasoning. I've had issues with certain things Rex Ryan has done over the years, but I know the players love him and I don't think the team's failing are all down to him. Getting better receivers could certainly help Smith, but that's not going to suddenly give him pocket presence, the ability to read the field and perfect timing and accuracy overnight. As for drafting or signing another quarterback, they have to make improvements at the position. While Smith hasn't been so bad that they should give up on him, he hasn't been good enough that they can afford to pass on the right guy if the opportunity to get them presents itself.

It's always a combination of things. Always.

leviOn the 72 yard short pass to Williams I noticed some Jets players were blocked very well. Ive actually noticed it in other games too but not to the extent that Carolina showed. Is getting off blocks a product of Carolina being good at blocking or is it something the Jets are not good at?

I touched on this in the linebacker section, but Harris has always struggled to get off blocks. However, he's been effective throughout his career when they've managed to keep him clean. Demario Davis is not quite as good at keeping him clean as Bart Scott was, but the defensive line has been so good that this hasn't been as big of an issue so far this season.

An interesting way to investigate this statistically is via Football Outsiders' run defense breakdowns. Last year, they had the Jets 6th best in the NFL at the second level, but 23rd in the open field. This year, they are 1st at the second level and 8th in the open field. That suggests to me they've done a better job of keeping their linebackers clean for the most part (and, yes, I realize that the play which this question references wasn't even a running play).

metjetnet (aka miketaliaferro)It certainly caught my eye that right after Kotwika's group got torched, his name immediately crops up in stories about the open Army coaching job... Feelers from West Point? Jumping from the Jets? Being pushed from the Jets? Where's that crack Jets beat media crowd when you need them? Off tweeting somewhere, I suppose...

I could definitely see Kotwica leaving after this year. His ties are with the old regime and, if it's true what Mike Westhoff says that he's been saddled with inferior personnel, then perhaps he would want to leave anyway, before doing any further damage to his reputation.

McGeorgeDo you think the special teams coach will be fired after the season? If they fire Rex and bring in a new guy?

If Rex goes, yes. If Rex stays, somewhere between maybe and probably.

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I'm tired of Wilson's strutting & posing after his man falls down trying to reach another overthrown pass, as if Wilson himself had broken it up; and then he gets torched on the next play when the receiver CAN reach the pass. How many times have we seen Wilson trailing behind a receiver by 3+ yards up the middle of the field as the guy scores?

Wilson has been beaten for ZERO touchdown passes this year. He's also had ZERO penalties other than that ridiculous Bills game where he had five. He's in the top five for yards and receptions per coverage snap for slot corners. I get frustrated with some of his antics too, but he's played better than he gets credit for and it's surprising they've only ever used him in the nickel all season - he's been on the outside 12.9% of the time, compared with 49.6% of the time last season. Then again, maybe that's helped him be more consistent. Wilson still has one year left on his rookie deal.

BDarc23The team seems to have good talent in the secondary but I feel like the young player's growing pains and Cromartie's crappy play (possibly due to injury) have made it seem like an overhaul is required. With the expected improvement from Milliner and Allen next year, can this secondary be "good" if the Jets get a healthy Cromartie at a much reduced price?

Absolutely, but I can't see Cromartie and "much reduced price" getting mentioned together too often. He signed with CAA because he wanted Revis money. He's not going to get close to that now, even though I agree with you that his poor performance has been influenced by his injury. It would be highly unexpected for him to suddenly accept a major paycut though. I think he's gone and, unfortunately, his poor play means his contract is probably untradeable, so they'd have to make him a cap casualty. Obviously that would necessitate an overhaul of some description, although I do like some of the depth and potential they currently have.

It's worth remembering that Wilson and Lankster had major roles on last year's team (over 1,300 snaps, compared with less than 500 this year) where the secondary played well even without Revis. They obviously prioritized developing Milliner over putting in two guys with lower ceilings that had proven they could hold their own.

__fenseI don't understand how sacks work. If Wilkerson tackled Cam Newton three yards behind the line of scrimmage, isn't that a sack? Does he just get counted as a running back if he's not actively trying the throw it?

It comes down to whether or not it's a designed run. Newton never looked to pass, whereas if he'd sat in the pocket for a few seconds looking downfield and then taken off, it would have gone down as a sack. Running backs can actually be sacked if they look to pass downfield.

djf1I wonder if Bent can compare effectiveness of plays when jets played a cover 2 vs less safety help.

The Jets weren't able to run much cover two because the Panthers ran plenty of three, four and five wide receiver sets which forced the strong safety to match up, or the secondary to revert to a zone coverage. The Panthers attacked the cover two with a throw down the middle to LaFell for 36 yards and a couple of passes for more modest gains on the outside.

BDarc23Did Geno have the ball to Holmes on time on that bad drop or did he wait too long to throw it?

Perfect timing and a concentration drop. That happens when you're pressing to try and make an impact - Holmes was peeking downfield. The ball didn't "eat him up" so I don't think you could say he was not expecting it to be on time.

nyijkmI don't see how we wouldn't benefit from Smith being a mobile QB. Geno has to work with the tools he has. Remember in the preseason when there were talks about running a pistol/read option offense? Why did we never even try to implement this, especially with guys like Kerley, Powell and Cribbs?

They have used plenty of pistol and read-option looks, but these have been special packages rather than an integral part of the offense. I agree with that approach, because they can be predictable and easy to gameplan against if you use them too much. Less is more. It does surprise me that they have Alex Green - a guy who played in a Pistol-based spread in college - but haven't used him in those packages.

BrendanCan't they just play the defense both ways? I bet Kenrick could do better at LG than Winters.

Best question of the week (even if it was meant to be rhetorical). Let's do this.

So, at center, you've got Snacks, because a wise man once said that Rex Ryan should convert him to center and have him take over from Mangold. I agree with moving Kenrick to left guard, but at right guard, I'm going to cheat and put Will Campbell there, because he was a defensive tackle in college and hasn't played in the NFL yet, so I'm entitled to bend the rules. The two tackles would be Wilkerson and Douzable ... this isn't going to be a finesse offense.

Wide receiver #1 should be Cromartie, because I still feel they should have persevered with that experiment. Since none of our other defensive backs seem to be capable of catching the ball, we'll opt for 22 personnel (two tight ends and two backs in the backfield). Like I said, this isn't going to be a finesse offense.

The fullback is obviously Sheldon "The Blast Chiller" Richardson and the gameplan will revolve around him getting a heavy workload to wear down the defense. I'd put Ed Reed in at tailback, although I wish he were three years younger when you knew there was a good chance of a touchdown every time he got the ball in his hands. I guess Kyle Wilson could be the change of pace back, not that I'd ever leave him in to block. For the two tight ends, the bigger blocking specialist would have to be Coples and the other could be Nick Bellore, who displayed his pass catching ability on that fake punt last season.

That leaves the quarterback. Since Dawan Landry is the quarterback of the secondary, he's the obvious choice. He should be able to read the defense as well as anyone else and should only be handing the ball off most of the time anyway. Furthermore he was actually a high school quarterback and was recruited as a quarterback for Georgia Tech before redshirting and changing positions.

This doesn't sound like an upgrade over the current incarnation?

PS - If Rex gets fired, you better believe I'm throwing my hat into the ring for a head coaching job.

spindoctor Who is more likely to start next year...Geno or Sanchez?

Ugh...worst question of the week.

This time last year, it was impossible to imagine the Jets sticking with Sanchez for 2013, but with the injury and the passage of time, maybe the fans would be more amenable to that happening. It still seems unlikely though. I could see Sanchez starting elsewhere before Geno gets another start here though, assuming the Jets bring in another option for 2014.

1969JAN12thNot sure I understand Rex' logic on the blocked punt. We are SO worried that Ted Ginn Jr will return a punt for a TD that we alter the blocking for the punt (extra flyers per Rex). Kick it away from TGJ ?...kick it out of bounds ?...sure, these are not great options either. But, the worst one was what occurred. I think we (coaches) are overthinking the punt. Kick the freakin' ball and get down the field, and make the tackle. That is what good teams do.

They've been so bad at getting down there, that I DO understand the logic. I don't think they're worried about Ted Ginn, just ANYONE. With that said, it was risky, but the Jets still had enough guys in there to prevent that rush and it was a screw-up by the blockers moreso than a bad call.

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Jets suck on offense

Jets suck at drafting on offense

Jets are a foolish organization to ignore the offense

The Jets fans want a team that can score points

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That's it for this week. Thank you for your great questions and comments. I'll be back to preview the Browns game on Sunday morning.

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Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)
Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)

This offseason, the Jets signed QB Teddy Bridgewater, drafted QB Sam Darnold and re-signed QB Josh McCown. Regardless of who gets to be the starting quarterback, they're going to need someone to throw to. 

WR Terrelle Pryor, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal in March, certainly believes he can be that guy, after having 'minor' ankle surgery recently.

"Right now I'm healthy and I'm ready to get back to form and have a dominant year," Pryor said...

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General overall view of MetLife Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
General overall view of MetLife Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former Jets TE Kellen Winslow Jr., who was just arrested for suspicion of burglary last week, has even bigger problems with the law in his latest arrest. 

Winslow was arrested on Thursday and faces two counts of forcible rap, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of forcible oral copulation, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. He also faces charges of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, residential burglary and indecent exposure. 

It is unknown whether or not Winslow's arrest last Thursday corresponds to this arrest...

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New York Jets cornerback Derrick Jones runs a drill during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Derrick Jones runs a drill during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Derrick Jones was considered a bit of a long-term project when the Jets selected him with their final pick in 2017's draft. He's a terrific athletic with excellent size and length, but was considered raw having spent much of his collegiate career as a wide receiver, starting just eight games in total. The Jets carried him on their active roster all year, but he only suited up for three games and didn't get any defensive reps.

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Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A lot will change between mid-June and September 10th, the day of the Jets season opener, but if they were to play that week one game against the Lions tomorrow, Todd Bowles knows who his starting quarterback would be: Josh McCown. 

Bowles also confirmed that Teddy Bridgewater is the current backup, leaving rookie Sam Darnold as the third-string. But all three will have ample time during training camp to change his mind, when "a lot of things count."

"Josh will start come training camp and we will see what happens at the end of training camp," Bowles said after minicamp...

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg visited the Patriots on Thursday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The Patriots currently have Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer and rookie seventh-round pick Danny Etling. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the Patriots aren't expected to sign Hackenberg, though he remains an option going forward...

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Elijah McGuire the new LT? 00:01:58
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell saying that Elijah McGuire could be the next LaDainian Tomlinson.

Entering his second season in the league, Elijah McGuire is expected to make an impact on the Jets in 2018.

The running back had 377 rushing yards in 2017 but those within the organization see something more in the 24-year-old-- they see one of the best running backs ever: LaDainian Tomlinson.

"He has the skillset to be a LaDainian Tomlinson, if he was given that opportunity," Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell said...

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See the Jets in minicamp action 00:00:59
SNY captures the highlights, routes and deep throws at New York Jets minicamp Thursday.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets are heaping praise on the shoulders of their prized rookie quarterback, but to them it's more than just dreamy hype. They're not just trying to sell everyone on the promise of Sam Darnold. They believe it. In fact, so far he's been even better than they expected.

That's why he has "a real chance" to be the opening day starter, according to a team source.

The 21-year-old Darnold has been that good since the Jets took him with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft. They've been giving him regular first-team reps throughout the spring and through this week's three-day mini-camp. And given how well he's handled them, this summer he can expect even more.

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

If there is one player Jets S Jamal Adams would like to emulate in his career, it would certainly be one of the best to ever play the safety position. 

Former Steelers S Troy Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro member, changed how safeties were perceived in the NFL. Polamalu wasn't just a ballhawk as his position was normally asked to do, but he was relentless on the blitz as well as run defense. 

Adams says it was Polamalu's smarts along with his physicality that makes him his role model now that he is in the NFL...

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May 22, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs after a catching the ball during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs after a catching the ball during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This offseason, Jets WR Robby Anderson has been battling numerous legal issues. He has been arrested twice in nine months, but the Jets have had his back throughout this process. 

That doesn't mean the NFL will. 

Anderson, who has one of his two legal cases still in the works, knows the NFL has the jurisdiction to suspend him for his run-ins with the police...

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Darnold impresses at Jets camp 00:03:04
Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates breaks down the performance of rookie QB Sam Darnold at the team's minicamp on Wednesday.

Jets QB Sam Darnold may be a rookie, but his new team isn't treating him like one. 

The No. 3 overall pick hasn't been eased into his new role with the Jets, but rather, the team is throwing everything they can at him. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said the entire playbook has been thrown his way during the team's three-day mandatory minicamp. 

The reason? Bates says that's how you see what Darnold can truly handle.

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Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With all NFL talk revolving around the new national anthem policy, Jets QB Josh McCown wants people to focus on the work behind the scenes that doesn't get as much recognition. 

McCown, who is a member of the Players' Coalition, has been a big supporter and advocate for social justice reform. For one, he was one of a few Jets members that signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials calling for bail reform in the country. 

It is work like that letter that McCown wishes got more attention than the anthem policy...

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Over the last few weeks, we've been looking back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Jeremy Clark spent virtually the entire 2017 on the injured list, which was something the Jets must have anticipated when they drafted him. Clark was recovering from a torn ACL when the Jets selected him in the sixth round, presumably on the basis that he'd have gone much sooner had he been healthy. He was unable to practice at training camp and his rookie season was essentially a redshirt year. However, the Jets were able to activate him at the end of the year and he made his NFL debut in the season finale.

Preseason Stats: Did not play.
Regular Season Stats: One game played.
Projected Role: Back-up cornerback.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday.

Hackenberg was traded last month for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 -- a pick the Raiders will now get to keep. 

"I was disappointed in not really giving Christian the opportunity to go to camp," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after Tuesday's practice, per ESPN. "We felt like we needed to add a couple defensive linemen. We ran out of numbers, and that's not good at that position heading into camp."

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Sam Darnold on adjustments 00:00:32
Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold explains the challenges he's facing while making the adjustment to calling plays in the huddle in the NFL.

Jets QB Sam Darnold on Tuesday shed light on the learning curve he has experienced during his transition to the NFL.

"It hasn't been super easy to adjust but it's all the same plays," Darnold said on the first day of the Jets' mandatory minicamp. "It's just getting used to the different terminology... being able to picture the play in my head when it's called makes it easier to call it in the huddle."

Darnold, the Jets' first round pick this year, earned roughly 20 first-team reps, according to Newsday. QB Josh McCown led the pack with around 20 first-team reps, while Teddy Bridgewater also had a handful of first-team snaps.

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Jets QB's throwing deep 00:00:33
See Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown throwing darts to their receivers at New York Jets minicamp on Tuesday.

Check back here for highlights from the Jets' first day of mandatory minicamp...


The first day of the Jets' three-day mandatory minicamp kicked off on Tuesday, and rookie QB Sam Darnold continues to get some reps with the first-team offense. Throughout the day, Darnold bounced around the depth chart by taking most of his reps with the third team to go along with his few throws with the first team. 

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Last Thursday in San Diego, California, ex-Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested on suspicion of burglary at a mobile-home park, reports NBC San Diego's Rafael Avitabile.

A burglary call was made at around 2:30 p.m. by a neighbor in the Park Encinitas Mobile Home Park.

According to Winslow's publicist, Denise White, "An over-reactive neighbor called police after she saw Kellen walking around a mobile home." Winslow was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary as well as being held on $50,000 bail. 

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Five Things for the Jets 00:00:33
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Jets minicamp.

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The next few weeks and months are all about one thing for the Jets, really - the preparation for The Sam Darnold Era. It's going to begin at some point. The Jets believe it will be glorious.

The only question is: When?

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New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)
New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)

Former Jets OL D'Brickashaw Ferguson still gets asked if would kneel during the national anthem despite being out of the NFL today. 

Well, he broke that silence on Monday when he penned an article addressing that exact question. Ferguson began his piece by noting his thoughts about the anthem protests reached its peak while watching the Jets against the Dolphins last season.

He saw how the entire team locked arms on the sideline, and wondered what he could do. 

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Elijah McGuire had what looked like being a breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 4, when he racked up 131 yards on 12 touches, including a spectacular 69-yard touchdown run. However, that breakout never fully materialized as he struggled to produce much over the rest of the year, other than the occasional flash. Will he be able to earn a more significant role in 2018?

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brian Winters, Elijah McGuire, Matt Forte, Wesley Johnson
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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be looking back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Dylan Donahue will be hoping to bounce back after a rookie season that was cut short by injury and an offseason which saw him dealing with off-field issues. The coaching staff has been high on his potential, but he didn't really get much of a chance to deliver on that yet.

Preseason stats: Three games, four tackles, 0.5 sacks
Regular-season stats: Four games, five tackles
Projected role: Situational pass rusher

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)

After the Jets missed out on QB Kirk Cousins in free agency this offseason, the team almost had more cap space than they knew what to do with. 

They gave some of that money to QB Teddy Bridgewater, but they handed the most to CB Trumaine Johnson, who inked a big five-year, $73 million contract with the Jets. 

Johnson played for the Rams his entire career but was free to leave this offseason after the team acquired Aqib Talib, Sam Shields and  Marcus Peters. As the top corner on the market, he had options. But he chose to sign with the Jets to win games...

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL as a whole would prefer to have its players standing at attention during the national anthem, with no more player protests. For some owners, that's a patriotic gesture. For others, it's simply business. Mostly, though, NFL owners just really want this whole anthem/protest controversy to go away.

That's why it's so bizarre that the league has instead managed to make it infinitely worse.

The NFL knows it too, which is probably why Commissioner Roger Goodell remained so silent when President Donald Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles managed to turn the traditional visit to the White House by the Super Bowl champs into a political football earlier this week. Most of the Eagles weren't planning to go, so the president loudly cancelled the event.

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New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets are continuing to try and impact the community, as Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, along with QB Josh McCown, LT Kelvin Beachum and former Jets LB Demario Davis, sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for bail reform.

The letter was not only addressed to Cuomo, but also to the speaker of the house and the senate president. It brings up several points that the Jets hope lawmakers will take into account.

 

Some of the points raised are...

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)

With two NFL seasons in the books, Jets LB Jordan Jenkins knows what he needs to do to set himself apart in his third year: finish sacks. 

Jenkins was always known as a great run stopper, using his speed to scale sideline to sideline. However, the pass rush has been an element of his game that has been inconsistent. 

In his rookie season, Jenkins totaled 2.5 sacks while accumulating three in 2017. It might be progress, but those numbers don't jump off the page. That is why Jenkins is ready to set himself apart this season by making sure to get the quarterback to the ground, and ultimately, show people how dominant he can really be on the field.

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Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) stiff arms Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) stiff arms Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Free agent S JJ Wilcox took a flight to New Jersey on Tuesday night, confirmed SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and the Jets' signing of Wilcox became official on Wednesday, with the Jets waiving LB Freddie Bishop

Wilcox flew to New Jersey just hours after rejecting the 49ers at the last minute, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. One source told Schefter that Wilcox "flipped" after he was at the 49ers' offices to sign with them, and wanted to instead play for the Jets under head coach Todd Bowles.

Another source told Schefter that "he got stage fright." 

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be looking back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

What the Jets' coaching staff will hope to see from tight end Jordan Leggett this season hasn't really changed from a year ago, because he didn't get a chance to suit up during the season. He's therefore not had a chance to showcase his blocking, route-running or pass catching skills, other than in preseason.

Preseason Stats: Three games, five catches for 40 yards.
Regular Season Stats: Zero games played.
Projected Role: Reserve tight end.

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Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs between New York Jets strong safety Rontez Miles (45) and outside linebacker Erin Henderson (58) during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports  (Mark Konezny)
Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs between New York Jets strong safety Rontez Miles (45) and outside linebacker Erin Henderson (58) during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

Jets S Rontez Miles is expected to miss three-to-four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, confirms SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Along with Miles, the current safeties on the Jets' roster are Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Terrence Brooks, and Doug Middleton

Miles, 29, came off the bench in 13 games for the Jets last season after appearing in all 16 games (including four starts) for them in 2016.

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New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets LB Jordan Jenkins was among the many athletes displeased with President Donald Trump's decision to disinvite the Eagles from visiting the White House to acknowledge their Super Bowl victory this past season. 

Jenkins spoke after the Jets' OTA on Tuesday, and said he isn't sure if President Trump felt disrespected. But it still wasn't the right thing to do because the visit could have been more than just an acknowledge of the victory. 

"In my mind, I think it's immature when you do something like that," Jenkins told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "That's an immature thing to do...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during 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 head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets have created plenty of big headlines this offseason, but the news hasn't always been so good. Over the past year alone, four Jets players have been arrested a total of six times, three for driving while intoxicated. That's a terrible look for the Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles regime.

But it's not a sign that their disciplinary process is faulty -- at least not according to Bowles. In fact, the Jets coach insisted on Tuesday that despite the rash of arrests "Our disciplinary process is fine."

"There's nothing wrong with the disciplinary process," Bowles said. "The arrests are going to happen and you deal with them as they come."

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Check out Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold celebrating his 21st birthday by throwing a beautiful bomb at OTAs today!

Jets QB Sam Darnold's 21st birthday was on Tuesday, and he celebrated by throwing bombs to his teammates at OTAs. 

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