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

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about Sunday's game against the Rams. 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.

DMike

Question regarding Sanchez's accuracy on his "good" throws, it seems to me that he rarely hits receivers in stride. This game was thought of as one of Sanchez's better, yet I thought he still looked rough. On tv, the TD throw to Schilens looked horrible, but Chaz made a heck of a play. Similarly, there was a nice catch to a wide open Kerley, who if hit in stride probably runs for another 10 yards. In my unlearned opinion, it appears that Sanchez is often off the mark (no pun intended), thoughts?

I completely agree, although I may have shied away from saying as much when I wrote BGA because I've been jumped all over for making similar comments in the past. The Schilens throw reminded me of that long pass he threw to Antonio Cromartie in the Texans game. Again the receiver had a couple of steps on the field and was running down the seam and still could have made the catch easily even if the pass was thrown too far to the inside. However, he again threw it too close to the sideline. Luckily, Schilens made a good catch, but I'm not sure someone who wasn't a seasoned receiver (Cromartie for example) would have made it look so easy. Still the throw was good enough, perfectly timed and came off a well executed fake, so I don't want to criticize too much. I thought each of the three throws he made to Kerley were actually pretty accurate and of course there was the throw to McKnight which may be one of the best passes he's thrown all year.

SackDance99

I haven't looked at the replays, yet. But, it looked like the sack that Greene "gave up" was on a 3-step drop where Sanchez held the ball for too long. If it was a 3-step drop, Greene was supposed to cut block, rather than engage. I still think that Sanchez brings a lot of the pressure upon himself by not delivering the ball quickly on 3-step drops and poor pocket awareness when pressured.

You are correct, but Greene still gets a negative grade on that play because although he was supposed to cut Chris Long, he didn't execute the cut block well enough and allowed Long to clamber over him rather than taking him off his feet. There was another issue with this play though. Clyde Gates and Dustin Keller lined up on opposite sides and just ran straight into each other, colliding over the middle. If either was the primary option, Sanchez was right to eat the ball. His only other option would have been Konrad Reuland in the flat on a pass that could have ended up in a pick six if he underthrew it, or if Long was able to tip it. Blitz recognition and getting rid of the ball is an issue for Sanchez, but I'll give him a pass on that one.

Shonn Frank

You don't agree that THIS supporting cast is bad? It is historically bad. None of these guys should be on the roster. Gates? Schilens? Hill simply can not catch-to the point where he is pretending not to even see the ball. Did you see that perfect back shoulder pass that he "lost" in the dome lighting?

Schilens is a guy who always played well when healthy with the Raiders over the last few years and was a starter level player for them. He's actually played well for the Jets too over the last few weeks if you haven't noticed. Gates was a guy who was a big part of Miami's plans last year but doesn't fit into a West Coast Offense. His skillset is much better suited to the Jets' system and he's showed over the last few weeks that he has some potential. Jason Hill was starting for the Jaguars last year and leading them in receiving but he couldn't earn any playing time ahead of these guys. None of those are good teams, but they are players that were in a similar position on the depth chart on other NFL teams to where they are now with the Jets. Toss in Kerley, who is having a great season and the wide receiver corps really isn't that bad. Especially when you account for the fact that they also have above average pass receiving skills from the tight end position and that Santonio Holmes would have been available if he didn't suffer a season-ending injury.

As for losing the ball in the lights, the exact same thing happened to Braylon Edwards once. Remember?

damion

When was the last time Sanchez had back to back good games?

Statistically, the Colts and Pats games just four weeks ago were both pretty good, although he did only pass for 82 yards in the Colts game. That pair of games was the first time he completed over 60% of his passes in consecutive weeks since Week 3 of 2011. He's been extremely inconsistent since that point - which of course was where the line started to fall apart without Mangold, perhaps damaging his confidence and pocket presence irreparably.

'NYCPE'inGermany

Imagine if our ST coach didn't have Westy's history? He'd have been run out of town by now. I wonder if this irks Westhoff to stay for one more year and not go out on a sour note?

Funnily enough, Bassett has been driving the "Players are tanking so he'll come back" bandwagon for some time. I attribute it to the fact the Jets have had so many injuries, a lot of the players they are using don't have the requisite level of preparation.

Disgruntled Jets Fan

I wish the Jets were more aggressive. Rams went for it on fourth and scored. Would the Jets have done the same?

Probably not. Tony Sparano is known for settling for field goals. However, the Jets are six of nine on fourth down this year and I'd argue that a Tebow shotgun sneak is a high percentage play that they should risk if they end up with a key fourth down and short. Surprisingly, the Rams have been VERY aggressive on fourth down under Schotty. 17 attempts leads the league (with 10 successes).

orjetsfan

Some teams are grinders that just try to stay close for the last drive (Steelers). Others are built to score points, keep possession for the offense and keep the suspect defense off the field (Pats). Still others rely on game management on offense and a good defense (49ers, Texans). Seems like we have a little bit of all these styles, especially when we do not have turnovers - your thoughts?

You've hit upon a key flaw with this Jets regime. They don't really have an identity and often some of the things they seem to be trying to achieve are at odds. Over the first few years of the Ryan regime, the Jets leaned on their defense and although the defense (largely due to injuries) is not as good this year, it's still the strength of the team. It's the offense that drives the team though. Last season, the Jets scored 24 points twice and went 1-1. They scored more than 24 seven times and won all seven...and less than 24 seven times, losing all seven. This year, a similar pattern is emerging, although they did have a 23-20 win and a 26-29 loss. Both were in overtime and could have gone either way, though.

'NYCPE'inGermany

You've talked a lot about Sanchez's indecisiveness a lot and there have been some glaring examples of this in past weeks. It does seem though that with this WR corps he's usually being asked to place the ball in perfect spots because they don't get much separation and Sanchez just isn't that accurate. He must know that with a better supporting cast he'd have bigger throwing windows and this must be affecting his confidence and decisiveness (i,e, possibly not trusting Hill even though he seemed open yesterday when he found Reuland), would you agree?

Yes, I do think that Sanchez often hesitates to make throws other quarterbacks would be able to make. I don't think the problem is necessarily with the supporting cast, since those are throws that other quarterbacks can make and don't hesitate to throw. You're asking a lot of any supporting cast to get wide open on every play - sometimes quarterbacks have to complete balls in tight windows. When a defense knows that the quarterback can't do that, he becomes very easy to defend. Sanchez has made those kind of throws in the past, but his recent play has been inconsistent.

'NYCPE'inGermany

Bent wrote "As it begins to look increasingly likely he’ll be starting at guard next year, Ducasse is managing to hold his own and it’s encouraging to see them producing with him in the game" ... But he's still a bust, right? I mean, he has to be, because he was drafted in the 2nd round and didn't produce right away. We all know a Tanny led FO can't draft to save their lives. Like that bum Wilkerson, what a waste.

This week's winner of the comment that needs no further comment from me award...

'NYCPE'inGermany

So who is this #6 guy they signed at the last minute to quarterback the game? What a relief to finally see a touch pass thrown that hits the receiver perfectly in stride and a well placed, well timed and easily catchable screen pass.

Whoever he is, I hope he plays again this week.

JBk

Question with our salary cap going into next season, do you think we can afford to resign Landry at 4 million, Keller, Finley or Davis at about 3 or 4 million, R Bush at 3 or 4 million, A Spencer at 5 million and D Goldson at 4 million? That's about 21 million on resigning and signing key free agents then pick between Moore or Slauson. Does anybody think this is possible ....remember big money gets free up by cutting Pace, Scott plus Smith and Smith with BT and maybe Po'uha's money also coming off the books.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but there's no way the Jets will have that kind of money next season. You're correct about all those amounts coming off the cap, but the Jets have too many other cap commitments to go on that kind of spending spree in 2013, unless they clear some more space with a major trade or two. This Summer, the media will write about how the Jets are in cap hell and well over the cap and going to have to gut their team. However, the moves you've identified, together with some minor restructures and pay cuts will mean that they are below the cap with a little flexibility - but not much - once free agency begins.

You've certainly identified some good options. However, the Jets are unlikely to be in the running for more than a couple of the players on this list, so they'll have to prioritize.


juunit

The team definitely seems to have lost some confidence in Hill. Gates was out there for the first snap of the game wasn't he? I do wonder if that's been just another of the things that's held Sanchez back this year... if Hill is actually getting open, but Sanchez just refuses to throw it to him because he sees it as a lost down. It's really tough to blame Sanchez for not playing well this season when his only legitimate receiver has been Kerley. Honestly, where the hell has Keller been? And, why does Schilens seem to always be wide open on double moves, but doesn't get more snaps?

Gates did indeed start and got twice as many reps as Hill. I think anyone would agree that both Gates and Schilens deserve the bump in playing time ahead of him. They should try and get Hill some easy touches this week. Maybe an end around or bubble screen. Anything to get him a little momentum and something to build on. I don't actually see it as that hard to get open on double moves, since those are things which you pull out just once or twice a game. It's harder to get open on more basic routes, although Schilens does do that well too and I've always liked him, so I wouldn't have an issue with him getting more reps. Maybe Keller isn't 100% yet. He has been up and down since his return.

Chris r

Where do our linebackers rank? Seems like they are the weak link. Also, is it Stephen Hill's hands or he just doesn't pick up the ball until the last second? I recall another pass in end zone vs the Texans where he didn't make a play on it was an underthrown ball though.

Per PFF, all the linebackers are grading out really poorly. Calvin Pace is second to last among 3-4 linebackers and David Harris is third to last among inside linebackers. Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas also have negative grades. A big part of the negative grades for the inside backers has been missed tackles and that has improved in recent weeks. They combined for 16 in the first four games, but only have five between them since. Among bench players Demario Davis actually has a positive grade, but Garrett McIntyre is the only 3-4 OLB in the league with negative grades for run defense, pass rush AND coverage.

Hill's technique isn't exactly perfect, but mostly I think he's just pressing right now. Still, Sanjay Lal helped turn a couple of guys with high drop rates (Darius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy) into productive big-play threats, so hopefully he is up to the challenge.


westcoastjet

Do you think Bilal would have had more success than Greene if he was the starter? Or did he just benefit from the "softer" defense? I kind of want to see him start. I like his burst and effort.

While I think he definitely benefited from that, there's only one way to find out and that's to give him more reps earlier in the game. I like him better than Greene in pass protection, although he had a few missteps this week. That could help the offense be a little more unpredictable when he's in there. Wanting to see Bilal getting more early reps isn't necessarily a knock on Greene, either. Maybe he'll respond better than Bilal did in that closer role.

BleedsGreen&White

Sparano and Sanchez both seemed to get into a groove where they got more confidence off of each other. There were two plays where they rolled Sanchez out and one when they rolled the pocket which impressed me since I haven't see that in seems like forever. From what you can see on the TV film how did the roll out plays effect the defense and should we expect to see more of this? Also did the previous plays dictate that because while I was watching the game I thought they were perfect calls based on the previous plays.

You can roll out and move the pocket too much because it can lead to your quarterback being under a lot of pressure. It happened in the Raiders game last year, one of the best statistical games of Mark's career, but one that ended in a loss, partly because he was sacked five times in the second half. On Sunday, they didn't do this at all until a key third and three in the third quarter where Sanchez rolled out and threw a good pass to Kerley on the outside, and then Sanchez rolled out and gained eight yards off a play-action bootleg. Those plays were probably successful precisely because they didn't do any of that in the first half. They did also have a couple of rollout plays that the defense were all over (one each for Tebow and Sanchez) though.

a57se

Ricky Sapp looks promising so far, generating pressure even with the QB getting rid of the ball quickly. One thing I noticed, the Jets used their LB's to rush the passer a lot with Coples and Wilkerson, could you break down the pass rushers by groups, i.e., was there any combo that seemed most effective, least effective, etc.?

Ricky Sapp was used in the dime formation (six DBs) and the Jets generated four pressures while he was in there. Wilkerson and Coples were on the inside with this group and Calvin Pace was on the other edge. They also got two pressures from the base defense and three from the nickel package with Pace and Thomas on the outside and Wilkerson inside with Po'uha, DeVito and Coples (one each). Garrett McIntyre had 17 of his 23 snaps in the fourth quarter and that's when the Jets starting blitzing a bit more. Six of the seven pressures the Jets had in the fourth quarter were with McIntyre in the game. Initially he was spelling Pace in the nickel package, then the Jets ran some prevent defenses with six and seven defensive backs. Pace and Thomas were across from him in those packages with either Wilkerson or Coples in the middle.

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With the Jets holding the no. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, there's a chance Saquon Barkley falls to them. The electric running back would welcome that possibility as a boyhood Jets fan. 

As all Jets fans understand and admit, there have been more than enough tough times while being a fan of the team. He jokes that if Jets GM Mike Maccagnan asks what he could do for the team, he might be a bit shy in his answer due to his fandom.

"I'll probably be a little more shy 'cause I was a Jets fan growing up, a true, true Jets fan," Barkley said...

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Jets 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Jets 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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The next stop for David Harris figures to be the Jets' Ring of Honor.

Harris, who spent 10 years as the anchor of the Jets defense before he was released last year, announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday afternoon. The 34-year-old inside linebacker ended his 11-year career through a short statement released by his agent on Twitter, less than three weeks after reaching the first Super Bowl of his career with the New England Patriots - although he wasn't activated for the game.

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The Jets have seen Sheldon Richardon, Damon Harrison, and Quinton Coples depart within the past few seasons. With the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson thought to be imminent, they suddenly find themselves in a position where they lack depth on the defensive interior.

In addition, a potentially promising pipeline of young depth hasn't really materialized. Deon Simon and Claude Pelon couldn't crack the rotation, and spent most of the year on the practice squad, while Lawrence Thomas became a full back. Leonard Williams will be back, but his 2017 season was arguably just as disappointing as Wilkerson's, and he might find that teams can more readily gameplan around him if he's not surrounded with the same kind of talent...

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and Lamar Jackson are among the top prospects.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has seen his draft stock significantly rise all season. After leading his Sooners team to the College Footbal Playoff with gutsy drives and precision passing all season long, Kiper thinks he is the starter -- and leader -- the Jets need under center. 

READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS BELOW

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

Tags: Brian Winters, Dakota Dozier, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold
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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

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 (Mark J. Rebilas)
(Mark J. Rebilas)

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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(Glenn Andrews)

In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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(Chuck Cook)

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

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