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 win over the Raiders. 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.

Jim IsraelWouldn't you trade right now Geno for McGloin straight up? I was really impressed with the Raider QB's play.

That's difficult to answer. Sure, McGloin is playing better right now, but to make a trade like that, you'd be thinking ahead 3-4 years, not just for this season, and it's the kind of potential trade that if we revisit this question in three years, you could look like a genius for proposing it, or we'll all be laughing at the thought.

I'm trying to think of a good and bad example of a trade that could theoretically have been proposed three years ago and how they would look in retrospect. How about this for a bad one? Offloading the disappointing Alex Smith for the promising youngster Josh Freeman. I'm not sure I can find a good one that doesn't involve dumping Mark Sanchez.

WW85One question: Geno Smith ran a spread offense in college. I thought spread QBs are good at getting the ball out quickly. Is it just because he doesn't trust this group of receivers that he is so slow?

That may have something to do with it, but I think it's more to do with the standard of the coverage. NFL players close so much faster and NFL defensive schemes have added complexity that college defenses do not.

DarrolRayFanClub On the note of trusting his receivers to go where they should, was Geno doing just that on the play where Winslow held up and didn't finish his route, and Geno's pass appeared to thrown to nobody (and almost picked off)? Not sure if you can tell from coaches film. If Winslow was supposed to complete his route, I have no problem with that pass, as you noted -- we want Geno trusting his guys and throwing without hesitation that they may screw up. INTs that are the receivers fault are obviously more acceptable in his growth.

I answered this in the comments, but I'll reiterate here: While the announcer said Winslow stopped his route, what actually happened on that play was that the cornerback jumped in front and cut him off. At the same time, Geno was getting nailed, so he just fired it out without seeing that Winslow wouldn't be able to get to the ball.

juunitWhat were people's thoughts about his celebrations after the TDs? I'm sure some people will see it as he's finally got that weight off his shoulders. But I thought he overdid it, considering how bad he's been, I don't think he has the right to celebrate much. It actually looked like he was about to pull the Superman/Cam Newton after I think it was the first TD.

I know what you mean. It was especially surprising to see him celebrate so hard after the first touchdown which just looked like a happy accident. I think an MJ-style shrug would've been far more appropriate. I guess it's tough to "act like you've done it before" when it's so long since you've actually done it.

1969JAN12thCan anybody figure out on Kerley's TD.... how Kerley & Holmes ended up in the same place with three defenders?

I still think Kerley ran the wrong route and Smith underthrew Holmes.

spindoctorI'm not sure that the TD pass was intended for Kerley --- why would Smith throw to Kerley when the safety was closer to helping rather than Holmes who clearly had single coverage?

Exactly - and Holmes had a step too. The logical answer is that Kerley's route was supposed to break to the inside, drawing the safety away, but even then the throw would have been underthrown and perhaps letting the cornerback back into the play. The only possible way I can see that Smith meant that is if he started to throw the ball and then realized Kerley would be able to catch a back shoulder throw. Even if that's what happened (which I doubt), then it was an overthrow.

GhostofBrowningNagleDid anyone else think the Kerley TD looked like it was intended for Holmes (with 3 Raiders in the area)?

Pretty much everyone thought that, as you can see.

a57seI thought it was foolish to attempt that 51 yard FG in those conditions. The Jets had a 10 point lead and if Folk missed, it would give Oakland excellent field position at their own 41. Fortunately Folk made it with a yard or two to spare. Did you think it was a risky call given the conditions?

Risky, yes. Foolish might be a step too far. It's merely a sign of how much Rex Ryan trusts Nick Folk (and his defense to maintain that lead). Maybe if they weren't up 10, they'd have made a different decision.

NYC Parking Expert in GermanyWhile you don't breakdown other teams like you do the Jets, you see at least one other team a week when you breakdown our game. Have you seen any other teams that have penalties not called against them as often as the Jets? Maybe all fans of every team feel like this, but every week I feel like I see blatant calls (mostly holding but others as well) not go our way. Simply my bias?

I also chart one non-Jets game per week, so I actually see three other teams. It's difficult for me to be objective about how many calls go in favor of the Jets, but I will say this - there are a LOT of terrible calls every week and in every game. That's true in most other sports too.

a57se"With as consistent as their run defense is, it’s curious that the Jets would employ such a boom or bust secondary."

An interesting observation from PFF and something we have discussed on this site before. Could you break down the Jets coverages for this game and their relative success?

I did talk about how the Jets varied up how often Antonio Cromartie was pressing and jamming at the line in the defensive backs BGA. What that does is allow the Jets to roll coverage away from him. Since Ed Reed has joined the team, the biggest change is that he plays deeper on average and more often than Dawan Landry used to as the free safety. Of course, another big change this week was that they ran some packages with Reed on the sideline. The announcers made reference to the fact that Reed was giving Milliner coverage support and Milliner's improved play of late might be the biggest positive to come out of that move so far.

Perhaps it was worth it after all.

a57seWas McIntyre the only guy who subbed in for the LB group?

Essentially, yes, although Richardson and Wilkerson had seven plays between them where they were standing up and you could consider Allen/Landry to be an "extra linebacker" on some packages. Jermaine Cunningham was inactive anyway, so Nick Bellore was the only other option they had. There's more than enough flexibility within the front seven though.

NYC Parking Expert in GermanyDo you think Kenrick Ellis would be as effective if he were playing the majority of snaps, or might it be a case of him being very fresh and well-rested when he does play?

I do - although I agree that the fact he is fresh could have a positive effect on how consistently he performs. There are plenty of players around the league who have done well in limited action that could benefit from getting more snaps. The key with Ellis is that (for his position) he has been far better than everyone else in the same situation (+13.5 grade in 162 snaps, whereas the highest grade for anyone else with less than 250 snaps is +5.4).

An interesting re-read here from PFF shows their "deserve more snaps" all-star team from 2010 and scanning down the list, there are some players who did thrive in a bigger role, but there are others who did not.

Ellis has been dealing with a back injury all year and that's the main reason his reps have been limited (along with Harrison's outstanding play). So, unless that's improving, it may be a situation where he can't handle more reps and would struggle, but unless it happens, we can't know that.

Ceifus Hornswoggle (aka Spent)I wonder why the Raiders took Pryor out. He looked like he was giving the Jets defense problems. They weren't ready for him and it showed. If I was the Raiders, I would've played him the rest of the game.

I touched on this in my game preview, but if you listened to Dennis Allen in the week leading up to the game, he dropped a few hints that Pryor might see action in this game. I don't think they "took him out" so much as just always intended to give him one series and that was all.

a57seThe series where Oakland started on their own 2 Yard line and turned into the Reed pick was a head scratcher to me. Pryor had been the QB on the previous drive where they marched down the field and scored a FG and I was shocked to see McGloin come back in especially with the ball so deep in their own territory! Wouldn't it of made more sense to put Pryor in and run out from your own goal line? Did you think this was weird when it happened?

I wasn't surprised at all. When Pryor entered the game early, I knew it wasn't going to be a benching for McGloin because it was too early for him to have done enough wrong. So, my initial thought was that I expected Pryor to get a series and that was proven correct. I was kinda surprised he didn't return though. Maybe they scripted a certain number of plays for him and he used them all up on that extended drive, so if he'd have had a couple of drives that stalled, he would have returned.

1969JAN12thSo we have seen the data that when Geno runs for over 20 yds or more, the team is 4-0. Of course the downside is that each time Geno takes off their is the possibility of injury. However, it seems to me that sitting in the pocket with 300 + pound DL hoping to crush you is no picnic either. Of the QBs that have been injured, is their any data that shows that QBs that take off are more vulnerable to getting hit bad and becoming injured...or do we only remember the QBs that did run and get hit (ie: RG III)? Do you think that Marty should put in more read option plays for Geno?

I like the read option for an occasional different look, but the real benefit from Geno gaining rushing yards is when he takes off and makes yardage when there's nothing on for him down the field.

As I noted before the Bills game, there was a strong correlation between the use of the wildcat and the success of the Jets, but you can't force it, just like you can't enter a game with a mindset of rushing the ball 40-50 times, because that will just force you to change your plans when they load up against it and put you in passing situations.

NYC Parking Expert in GermanyGannon said during the game that whenever Geno audibles, they run. I imagine this is hard to verify because sometimes he may fake audible, but I did notice after this that each time I thought he audibled, they ran. Any thoughts?

That has seemed to be the case, although - as you say - who knows what's an audible and what isn't? It was exactly the same with Sanchez. I wouldn't be surprised if Smith is limited in the audibles he can call (as Sanchez presumably was). Maybe he can audible from a pass to a run or a run to a different run.

djf1 (aka Disgruntled Jets Fan)What surprised you the most about this game?

I was promised there would be cake!

R_in_CTI'm curious if Geno's performance was based on him stepping up or the Raiders falling down ... or a combination of both.

It's always a combination of reasons when you get a question like this. I'm excited to get a question about falling down that didn't reference Brian Winters though.

Beamen321Why hasn't any of the beat "reporter" asked Rex or Morninwig about why Winters is still playing yet?!

(Nodding).

karlhungusHow bad must the rest of the 800 OL we have on the roster be if none of them can beat out Winters right now?

(Afraid to say anything).

BrendanIs Chris Ivory worth a 4th rounder yet?

Yup, these are my readers.

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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 Panthers game on Sunday morning.

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At this point, the entire Jets roster, season and future can be summed up with one big question mark. No one seems to know - or at least fully understand -- exactly what they're doing and whether whatever plans they have can actually work.

So I know you've got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part II...

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Daily News Live: Mike Westhoff 00:03:54
Mike Westhoff joins Daily News Live to discuss the notion of the Jets tanking and Todd Bowles' job security prior to Jets camp on Thursday.

If you Googled 'New York Jets owner' early Thursday afternoon, it wasn't Woody Johnson who came up. Instead, it was New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.

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The Jets have claimed RB/KR Marcus Murphy off waivers, reports Brian Costello of the NY Post.

The Saints waived Murphy earlier this week.

Murphy, 25, played in 16 games for the Saints between 2015 and 2016 while being used mostly on special teams.

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Bill Cowher on set for the Thursday Night Football before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
Bill Cowher on set for the Thursday Night Football before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)

Former NFL head coach and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher believes Jets coach Todd Bowles has a tough challenge ahead this season. 

After going 5-11 this year, the Jets have lost key pieces on both sides of the ball, and Cowher says this will only make things harder for New York's third-year head coach. 

"The biggest challenge for Todd is to create a culture of winning because I think until you win the close games, until you win back-to-back, there's constantly going to be that one point in the game where you say, 'Oh boy, here we go again,'" Cowher said, according to Newsday.

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At this point, the entire Jets roster, season and future can be summed up with one big question mark. No one seems to know - or at least fully understand -- exactly what they're doing and whether whatever plans they have can actually work.

So I know you've got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part II...

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Despite the uncertainty the Jets face this season at many positions, Matt Forte believes this year's team will have better environment in the locker room. 

This offseason, the Jets have seen Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Ryan Fitzpatrick, among others, leave for other teams. 

"It's a detriment to a team if you have guys that are selfish and only want to get their job done for a certain reason instead of the main reason, being for all of us to get our job done to win," Forte said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Duke Ihenacho believes the rival Cowboys completely botched the situation with Lucky Whitehead, who was recently cut and claimed off waivers by the Jets. 

Whitehead, 25, had been involved last week in an apparent case of mistaken identity, where he was initially implicated for shoplifting. Ihenacho took to Twitter to lash out at the Cowboys for getting rid of the innocent player. 

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SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano joins Loud Mouths to play a round of Boom or Bust on the upcoming NFL season.

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(Brad Rempel)

The Jets have claimed former Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead off waivers and cut WR Devin Street, the team announced Wednesday.

Whitehead, 25, had been involved last week in an apparent case of mistaken identity, where he was initially implicated for shoplifting.


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On the surface this seems like an odd and unnecessary move for a rebuilding Jets team. Yes, Whitehead was apparently an innocent victim of mistaken identity in his recent "arrest." But the Cowboys decision to cut him anyway for an alleged pattern of bad behavior should raise plenty of red flags...

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At this point, the entire Jets roster, season and future can be summed up with one big question mark. No one seems to know - or at least fully understand -- exactly what they're doing and whether whatever plans they have can actually work.

So I know you've got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part I...

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Jets linebacker Demario Davis speaks with Michelle Yu about training camp opening up this weekend.

Jets linebacker Demario Davis speaks with Michelle Yu about training camp opening up this weekend.

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Former Chargers G Orlando Franklin had a visit with the Jets today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Franklin, 29, was released from the Chargers after they drafted Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney in the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

He signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract with the Chargers in 2015. 

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The word that defined the Jets during the offseason was "rebuilding" - unless, of course, you were Jets GM Mike Maccagnan. To him, it was all about "competition". And with a roster in flux, he certainly has created a lot of that.

Whether that's a good thing remains to be seen, and depends on the talent he has assembled. He will have plenty of training camp position battles to watch, though.

Here's a quick look at the Top 5..

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Even though they didn't pick a wide receiver in the first six rounds, a trio of rookie wideouts made significant contributions for the Jets in 2016. Charone Peake, who was selected in the seventh round, combined with undrafted rookies Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall to register 75 catches for 935 yards and four touchdowns.

Preseason Stats: Jalin Marshall: 9-94, Charone Peake: 10-103-TD, Robby Anderson: 13-264-3TD.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

It's hard to pick out the most important players on a team that has such low expectations. In the case of the Jets, tomorrow matters more than today, and the most important players now might not be part of their long-term future.

Or to put it another way: Who is more important - Josh McCown or Christian Hackenberg? A resurgence by McCown could cause the Jets to surprise some people. But is that more important than Hackenberg proving whether he can be the Jets' quarterback of the future?

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The evidence is hard to refute. They jettisoned almost every recognizable veteran they had. They didn't add any significant free agents. The veteran quarterback they added is a 38-year-old journeyman. The Jets were 5-11 last season, and it's hard to argue this year won't be worse.

So yes, it sure does look like the Jets are "tanking" this season, with their eyes on the top of next year's quarterback-rich draft. They're not, of course. Tanking is almost impossible to do effectively, especially in the NFL. But they are doing a bit of scorched-Earth rebuilding and know they are in for a long, losing season.

There'll be a lot of short-term pain. And intentional or not, for the long run that's not so bad...

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Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)
Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)

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Jamal Adams, the Jets' top draft pick and one of the cornerstones of their rebuilding project, agreed to terms on his rookie contract on Thursday night and is expected to be at training camp on time when it opens in eight days.

The agreement, announced by agents on Twitter and confirmed by the Jets on Friday, is projected to be worth about $22.2 million over four years with a signing bonus of approximately $14.3 million. The money is fully guaranteed for the No. 6 overall pick out of LSU. As with all first-round picks, Adams' deal also includes a team option for the fifth year.

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New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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When safety Jamal Adams agreed to his rookie contract Thursday, the Jets finally locked up all nine of their draft picks. And that's good; given the state of their roster, they're probably going to need all of them.

There certainly will be plenty of opportunities for all the draftees on this young and rebuilding team, and maybe even a few undrafted free agents too. The Jets will enter camp next Friday with an open mind at almost every position, both for this year and in the future. Almost all jobs will be somewhat up for grabs.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why Josh McCown just needs to hold down the fort for the Jets.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown gave his new team a vote of confidence in an interview with ESPN's First Take on Thursday, highlighting the positives he has seen from both veterans and newcomers alike.

"There's still some guys there that are pros," McCown said. "When you watch how a guy like Matt Forte comes in and does his job every day, Mo Wilkerson had a great spring, came in and worked hard, and our rookies coming along, Jamal Adams so impressive coming in as a rookie out of LSU, a high draft pick."

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Darron Lee had his ups and downs after being the Jets' first round pick last season, but the team seems compelled to proceed with the plan to build around him as one of the cornerstones of the defense. Entering his first season, everyone knew that Lee was a terrific athlete, but he still had to prove he had the instincts to play inside linebacker in a pro-style defense.

Preseason Stats: Four games, no starts, seven tackles, one sack

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the NFL is still reviewing an incident invovling Jets' LB Darron Lee and DE Leonard Williams from early June, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

The incident occured at Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in June where Lee had to be restrained by Williams after getting into an argument with a woman. An eye witness video showed Williams getting in between his teammate, and eventually, carrying him away from the argument.

Jets' head coach Todd Bowles later indentified the woman as Lee's girlfriend, and noted that the team will not be disciplining the linebacker. However, he thinks he needs to take caution in the future. 

"You don't want that stuff to happen, obviously," Bowles said earlier on the situation. "With social media going on these days, they've got to take better care of themselves. Darron understands that. I just know, from the past, any time you go to a concert, there's going to be trouble around, just as an ex-player and as a coach. When you go to a concert, a lot of things can happen. You have to be very mindful and very aware of where you are, and your surroundings -- and handle yourself better and keep yourself out of trouble."

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
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New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)

Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking with the New York Post, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said he would not be surprised if the Jets have another struggling, losing season in 2017. 

"It's hard to argue [with] that," Enunwa said, "when everybody else sees all the stuff that's going on."

This offseason, the Jets have cut ties with many players, including receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Despite the possibility of another tough year ahead, Enunwa believes the players will still play hard when the season begins. 

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Former Jets QB Chad Pennington believes head coach Todd Bowles deserves the chance to turn the team around, per Brett Bonder of NY Daily News. 

If the Jets are to tank this sesaon, Pennington doesn't think it will be fair to put the blame on Bowles as he thinks he is the right guy for the job.

"My one hope for the Jets is that they give coach Bowles a chance to right the ship, don't pull everything away from him and then make him the reason why they're getting rid of him because of the lack of success," Pennington said. "He is the right guy, I think he showed that in his first year, last year wan an anomaly and this year you can see, wow, what a task he has."

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Former Jets WR Brandon Marshall said he requested his release because he couldn't deal with the Jets not having a chance this season, per ESPN's Eric Cimini. 

Marshall was on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show Thursday where he admitted his former team wasn't going to have a good 2017 season, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

"I wouldn't have made it through an entire season, knowing we didn't have a chance," Marshall said. 

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USC QB Sam Darnold said last week's report that he might remain in school instead of entering the 2018 NFL Draft did not come from him, but remained vague about his future.

"I don't really have many thoughts about that," the potential No. 1 pick said during an appearance on ESPN's "The Fix". "I don't think any team should tank their season because of me. I'm just taking this every day, one day at a time. That's all I can do."

"I'm looking forward to whatever lies ahead of my future," he said. "But I'm really just taking it one day at a time."

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After a solid rookie season, Jordan Jenkins is hoping to thrive in a full-time role in 2017. The 23-year old has spent part of his offseason back in Georgia, working on his pass rush techniques with pass rush guru Chuck Smith.

Preseason Stats: Two games, two starts, four tackles, no sacks, two quarterback hits.

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Projected Starters: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye

Projected Back-ups: Rontez Miles

On the bubble: Shamarko Thomas, Ronald Martin, Doug Middleton, Corey White

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