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 Saints. 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.

Before we get started today, a little housekeeping. First of all, a small programming note. Watch out for plenty of BGA content between now and next week's game preview, including an Expendables update and an update on the draft picks situation. Then, starting with the Bills game following the bye, watch out for a new-look BGA over the remainder of the season. Finally, I want to revisit one of last week's questions where JetsFanSince98 asked me if any team had ever continued a win-loss-win-loss pattern throughout the season and ended up 8-8.

Having done some further research on this, I've discovered that the only other team to extend such a pattern into the 10th game was the 2005 Patriots, who broke that streak with a win to go to 6-4 and ended up going 10-6 and making it to the postseason as a wildcard. Therefore, if the Jets lose their next game and drop to 5-5 they will have done something unprecedented. The Patriots also went win-loss-win-loss in preseason that year, so the streak actually went 13 games if you include those.

Anyway, let's move onto this week's questions...

Dustin •

Curious if anyone else noticed, on one of the last drives, Geno's dismay after throwing an incomplete pass. He gestured as though the receiver was supposed to come back as the pass fell well short. I guess it makes me wonder if we'll have any real chance to analyze his play until he has some of his regular receiving options back. Until then, I expect a lot of miscommunication on routes.

Yes, that was on the throw to Hill on the penultimate drive. As I noted, Hill initially showed for a pass in the flat and then ran downfield. I suspect he was expecting to get the ball there. He then ran downfield and Smith threw it behind him as if he was expecting Hill to break back to the ball. These things do happen from time to time and I'd assume they will happen less once the Jets have a full compliment of receivers (which may only be a few games away, during which time some of the newer players will also have longer to get on the same page.

DarrolRayFanClub •

I believe it was 20-14 early in the third, right after Salas' big play that Geno threw the worst pass of the day, a floater attempt to Nelson into triple coverage. Was Hill open further down the field near the goal line, or was this a case of a TV angle making someone look open after the ball was thrown to someone else. Maybe he just underthrew Hill? Or just a boneheaded idea.

As I noted, it looked like Hill was open from the TV angle. Having looked at the coaches film, Greer jumped the route and if he didn't the pass to Nelson would probably have been a completion. As he jumped the route, Hill did indeed head out to the corner and the safety wouldn't have had time to get over if Smith had pump faked to Nelson and gone over the top. However, with the pocket collapsing due to Cameron Jordan bullrushing Ducasse into Smith, I'm not sure he'd have had time to do that. It definitely wasn't an underthrow intended for Hill.

somejetsfan •

Do you feel concerned about the anemic pass offense? We are in the 9th week and I kind of feel that Geno has somewhat regressed, the numbers definitely point in that direction. I know he does not have a great receiving corp around him but do you feel he is progressing in his reads, anticipation, accuracy, leading his receivers and pocket presence? We obviously cannot keep leaning on the run especially against better run defenses and I feel shielding him will be making the same mistake we did with Sanchez in his early years. Also this is kind of a trial period for Geno, Jets only have 7 more potential games to judge how good he is.

I didn't really expect the pass offense to be that good anyway and was surprised with some of the successes the Jets had in some earlier games. As long as the running game is working, that's okay, but then once teams put extra guys in the box, the Jets have to go back to showing they can attack single coverage. The fact that he's going to be going up against Buffalo - a team he had one of his better games against - with a full(ish) compliment of guys around him and two weeks to prepare is a verrry interesting test of how far he's progressed, or otherwise. I'm looking forward to it.

GhostofBrowningNagle •

Can you provide some perspective on the Jets 3rd and long success (or lack thereof) against a blitz? Seems that on many 3rd and long opponents send everyone and Geno is swallowed up. As usual, its probably one of those things where it seems significant at the time so I remember it more, even though it might not happen as often as I think.

I suspect it's one of those things that isn't as bad as it seems. A few weeks ago, the Jets were leading the league in 3rd and long conversions. In this game, they did deal with several third and long situations, converting only one (when Smith changed the play at the line and Salas ran for 44 on a WR screen). The Saints didn't always blitz though. On two they just did a good job in coverage and on one Smith was under immediate pressure because Winters missed his block. On the plays where they did blitz, there was one on an eight man rush (with seven blocking) where he had to get rid of it immediately and couldn't hit Nelson in single coverage and another where Cameron Jordan dropped into the flat and Smith seemed to sense this and threw it in the dirt. On the whole, his decision making when rushed was the one area I saw some improvement this week.

Gray17 •

I think many fans are disappointed with Stephen Hill's performance to date - apparently he gets good separation on many plays, but may not be running the route correctly or well, and he most certainly doesn't have great receiving skills (going up for the ball, stretching his arms out for the ball, catching with his hands, using his body better in positioning for the catch, fighting for the ball, etc). It's really unclear if he is learning or developing his weaknesses.

So two questions: (1) do you see any developmental arc over his time with the Jets that gives you any sign of hope? And (2) under the adage that teams should never draft project wide receivers in early rounds (that many of the best receivers are found in the middle and later rounds) - can you review the WR draft picks (and their performances thus far) from the first two rounds in the year Hill was picked and also look at notable receivers from the draft picked in the mid/late rounds? I know this is Monday Morning Quarterbacking (maybe Receivering), but is there anything to be learned on taking WR projects so early in the draft?

I agree that he doesn't look like a natural pass catcher, but as you suggest, he does have the ability to get open. The Jets haven't been throwing downfield much at all in the past two games and in the one before that they almost connected with Hill downfield on three occasions, which still served to help stretch the field. His recent contributions have been limited to short passes, clear out routes and blocking, but there is no doubt he's progressed in terms of the reliability of his hands, which was his biggest issue. Hopefully he can get it going again in the second half.

The only thing to be learned about when and where to take receivers is that the draft is a total crap shoot. However, from that draft Ryan Broyles and Brian Quick were drafted close to where he was and haven't been any better than him. Alshon Jeffrey and Rueben Randle seem to have progressed more in their second season that he has, but he's still not that far behind either in terms of productivity. With the benefit of hindsight, TY Hilton is the guy you'd take, or one of the Bengals picks (Sanu and Jones), but their faster development has probably happened as a result of superior play from the QB position.

I also suspect Hill is a little banged up and will hopefully be in better shape after the bye.

Adam Cohen •

Considering we broke off so many big runs, I was wondering if you could talk a bit about our use of play-action. Did we use it? How frequently? Was it successful? Also, if/when you get a chance to look at All-22, I was wondering if you could expand on Stephen Hill's performance. Was he getting any separation? Lastly, did Cromartie really get both feet in on his interception? I was in the stadium and the replays didn't show his feet, but I was quite surprised that it wasn't reviewed.

Cromartie's pick was clearly fine. He dragged his back foot. None of us thought it was inbounds in real-time either.

Assessing the play action is difficult because a lot of their play action was just a token fake hand-off followed by a quick pass rather than just a fake run where the quarterback can then survey the field. However, the numbers are that Smith was 4-for-7 for 58 yards on plays where he faked a hand-off and also rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown. Cribbs' 25 yard completion also came on play action.

As for Hill, he was used as a decoy quite a lot with Geno throwing a short pass or rolling out the other way on many occasions. There was one play - the one where Nelson gained 19 on a crossing route - where Hill burned his man and had a step on him but Smith took the easier option (and perhaps had to because a blitz was coming). I will say that Hill does draw a lot of defensive attention and definitely helped create room for Sudfeld on his second big reception. I was actually encouraged by watching him in detail, you certainly couldn't say that they blanketed him, he just wasn't a primary option most of the time.

Bdarc23 •

The BGA on Mangold and Brick have been pretty consistent this season and not particularly good or bad. For these 2 guys I'd expect them to be great every week. Do they look to have lost some ability the last 2 years or is it the offensive system?

With Mangold, I feel that his impact has been dampened by the situation at left guard. To me, the fact he is able to hold the fort while also keeping tabs on another guy is, in many respects, more impressive than a run-of-the-mill center playing a basic "snap the ball and then block someone or double team with one of the guards" role. Even if that guy grades out better by virtue of having more positive and/or fewer negative plays.

With Ferguson, it's similar. He is still a pass protector that you can rely on to only have a couple of lapses a game even if you leave him on an island and I would say that some of his pressures and sacks have again been partly caused by the issues at left guard. In terms of the running game, it's usually the same with Ferguson - if the line is doing well as a unit, he will make lots of effective blocks and grade out well, but if they're out of sync, none of his blocks will be effective and only his mistakes will stand out. I would say that his performance is a function of how well the line plays as a unit rather than the other way around, because most of the blocks that he does well occur after the run has developed (which doesn't happen when the line is struggling).

I don't think either of them have lost any ability based on how good they look when things are going well, but they have each made uncharacteristic mistakes at times and while I would like to credit that to issues with the system and the line gelling, I couldn't say for sure that this was the case.

1/12/69-OrangeBowl •

RE: Stephen Hill, you said "Disappointingly, he was completely shut out as a receiver with his only target being some kind of mix-up, as he initially showed for the ball in the flat and then ran a go-route as Smith threw behind him on third and long late in the game." I think on this play, it was 3rd down near the end and we needed a completion to hold onto the ball...it looked to me that Geno was peeved at Hill. As if Hill didn't realize that Geno would be under tremendous pressure and a go-route wasn't going to happen. Pull up and help your QB out. What do you think ?

I addressed this higher up, but you're right. His instincts in those kind of situations seem to be lacking. Jeff Cumberland has similar issues with that sort of situation.

rip •

Why is Hill non-existent in the passing game?

He's been inconsistent, with some good games and some bad (and this game where he was a non-entity) and the big plays have dried up over the last few weeks, but there may be other reasons for that (Geno being gunshy, Hill being injured, Marty being conservative, the lack of Holmes/Winslow/Cumberland/Kerley). He has progressed since last year, already eclipsing last year's numbers. Hopefully, he'll start to produce more once some of the other starters return.

MrM •

How many times was Hill on the field that was a passing play, and how often did he seem to get separation for more than a second or two? Did he somehow get into MMs doghouse? Or is he still injured, and they needed to get anyone who could run out there? Full speculation on that part, of course.

I've answered the rest of this above, but Hill ran a route on all 23 of Smith's dropbacks. He missed 10 snaps and all 10 were running plays.

Tk •

What do you think the plan is going to be for Harrison and Ellis. Harrison starts now and is doing a great job, but every time Ellis gets in I notice he gets great penetration. Are you noticing the same? Is there room, or enough snaps, to keep them both on the team?

I think the plan is going to be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but, yes, I've noticed Ellis. So have PFF, who have Harrison as the 4th best NT/DT in the league with a +20.8 rating in 275 snaps, but Ellis is 15th with a +9.0 rating in just 101 snaps. Sure there's room for both and the good news is they're both under contract for next year at a combined cost of about $1.2m.

levi •

After last weeks whooping the CBs and Dbs took I said the system is to complicated. This week Rex simplified it and they did much better. Its about time he starts listening to me. But seriously, did it seem like it helped them? I didnt notice any glaring coverage break downs like they usually have.

It helped, but there were some coverage breakdowns that I pointed out in my BGA. Pace vacated his zone, leaving his man open underneath, Davis was late getting over to cover a back a few times, Harris let a receiver run behind him and didn't pick him up and Jarrett picked up Graham when he criss-crossed with the outside receiver, but then allowed him to get by him on a double move. It's good to not see Kyle Wilson on this list for a change.

Brendan L •

Could you provide a bit more analysis on the play where Cromartie tripped while covering Meachem? It looked like Milliner ran a country mile to get to Meachem. I know he actually missed the tackle and a safety finally finished the job, but it really looked like an outstanding play by Milliner to save a TD on that play.

A few points on this play from the coaches film:

First of all, Cromartie's claims that he was interfered with seem justified here. There appeared to be a grab and a pull to get Cromartie off balance.

Secondly, Milliner did react well to come off his underneath route and get back into the play but Antonio Allen even covered more ground than he did.

Finally, this should have been an easy touchdown, even with how well Milliner recovered. Awful throw by Drew Brees, who wasn't pressured and should have put another 10 yards on the throw.

Nick •

Asomugha cut in San Fran, think Rex could rehab this guy?

Maybe, but I don't think Idzik will make the move (although I suspect Tannenbaum would).

I can see Asomugha contributing for a contender down the stretch. He has been banged up though.

jetsfan74 •

If I'm correct, didn't Allen lay the wood on Sproles that put him out of the game?

Yes, that happened on the third play of the game in the flat. Sproles played just two snaps.

jetsfann28 •

I know Coples had a better game this time around. Any comment on this analysis from PFF? "The move to outside linebacker hasn’t been great for Quinton Coples where his 4.9 Pass Rushing Productivity is second worst amongst 3-4 outside linebackers. As a rookie his Pass Rushing Productivity was 8.0 which was fifth best for 3-4 defensive ends."

I'm really encouraged by Coples, he seems to be improving week on week and since his return Wilkerson had absolutely taken off. The numbers will come around. His injury and the number of double teams he was seeing meant that he got off to a slow start, but he was still contributing by helping create pressure for others.

As I pointed out in my analysis during the offseason (here and here), they moved him about a lot last year and he had plenty of pressure when lined up outside and matched up with a tackle. Not that much has changed - he's been standing up on less than one play in every eight and has dropped into coverage just 10 times.

canizare1 •

This is probably too late, but Cimini noticed on the last drive that there was a play where Cromartie operated as a safety. Is this something the jets have employed before? Is it a strategy used for late two minute drill type situations where they can use Cromartie's range/speed to cover ground on throws that need to be made down the field when the offense needs to pick up big chunk plays?

Cromartie has been a safety on 39 snaps this year, but only a deep safety once. It's usually just because the other team just has one receiver and so one of the cornerbacks reverts to safety, but the Jets also like to sometimes put a cornerback in press coverage and another cornerback behind them 10 yards off, so that the corner can blitz and the deeper corner (who would be classed as a safety) can play off-coverage on the receiver. In terms of employing Cromartie as a center fielder, the Jets don't really do that and given his struggles in zone coverage over the course of his career, that's probably just as a well because read/react is not his strong suit.

JetFanOverseas •

One question regarding Folk's kickoffs. He has gotten many more touchbacks this year than in previous years. Do you think this is due to: a) a stronger leg from better offseason conditioning, b) a less tired leg because of fewer practice kicks being attempted with Kotwica during the week after Westy allegedly overtaxed his leg in practice, or c) were his kicks shorter in previous years because of a deliberate Westhoff policy of trying to aim shorter but higher to avoid the possibility of a long return?

Any time someone asks me a question like this with a bunch of possible answers, it's nearly always the same answer: It's a combination of these factors! Since I've pointed out the fact that he always seems to start the season strong, but then gets inconsistent as soon as he misses a couple, I'm really hoping reason (b) is the key factor here, because that offers hope that he can sustain it (like he was able to early in his career). Of course, it corresponds with the cold weather too, so there's almost certainly a "combination of these factors" element there, too.

JetFanOverseas •

Could you explain the changed approach to pass defense in this game in greater detail? Were we playing more zone than our usually predominant man coverage? Also, did our DB's do any more hitting at the line this week? That has been something we have completely failed at this year and it has driven me nuts, as the receivers just have free release and room to run untouched for 10 yards, allowing the QB to throw to open men within 2-3 seconds and thus avoiding our pass rush (that was how Dalton, in particular, was able to kill us). I seemed to notice, especially in covering Graham, that the DB was pasted right on the line of scrimmage and directly in his face.

Schematically it wasn't *that* different. They played zone over the middle, which they usually do anyway and brought guys up to cover in the slot, which again is something they usually do. One change was that Dawan Landry was a deep safety 87% of the time - the most he's been there all season, but not that dramatic of an increase over his average (76%). They had two deep safeties on 28 plays, including on many passing downs, so that's the cover two look Lynch referenced in his comments. They also only used three cornerbacks, instead opting for a three safety package in the dime. They didn't noticeably make contact, jam or disrupt at the line any more than they usually would and they still had the cornerback lined up in press coverage but not making contact on regular occasions.

JetFanOverseas •

Why was Stephen Hill shut out? Was he unable to get sparation all day? Also, how often did he run deep routes, if any? Have you noticed any recent patterns, because he has totally gone awol during the last few weeks. Finally, did you notice any plays where Geno was looking deep but didn't throw because he had no time or because nothing opened up, or did he simply not have any deep playcalls at all?

I think I've covered most of this above, but it does give me a chance to mention one play where Jabari Greer blitzed from the corner and Greg Salas was wide open running a fly pattern towards the left sideline. On that play - and a couple of the Hill plays I mentioned above, Geno perhaps didn't have time to see that and had to choose an alternative option (in this case, he tried to scramble and got tackled in the pocket for no gain).

dave from haifa •

Could I get the Mo Hula dance gif? surprised no one has asked for it before me.

JayM provided this, not me...

dave from haifa •

Looking ahead, Baltimore and Cleveland still have great defense, and Carolina has been unstoppable of late. What are your thoughts on how the Jets match up against these three and how they should attack them? Winning 2 out of three should be enough to earn an invitation to the dance at 9-7, no?

You know I don't like to look ahead! One game at a time!

Anyway, the Jets have never matched up well with Baltimore, but the Cleveland game is winnable. I haven't seen much of the Ravens and Browns yet this year, so you'll have to wait until I preview those games for a detailed take.

As for the Panthers, it took a year or two longer than I expected, but they've been on the brink of contention for a while now. They have a solid secondary, two good pass rushing ends, a good run stuffer in Star and versatile linebackers. Their offense is solid too and Cam Newton is a rarity in that his numbers don't tend to sink when he's pressured. This might not be a great matchup for the Jets, either, but if the secondary can get it together by then, it might give them a good chance.

Marcus •

I felt all the playing time for Troy Davis/Ricky Sapp/Josh Bush was a play to rest up starters for a "last stand" on the Saints' final possession - Would you agree with that assessment?

It wasn't - because they were direct injury replacements for Pace, McIntyre and Allen, none of whom re-entered the game for the final series. The only other starters that did miss a few snaps - presumably because they were exhausted rather than any pre-planned move - were Coples and Wilkerson, who each re-entered the game for that last series and did benefit from the rest by creating some crucial pressure. I assume Coples would have been replaced by McIntyre in that situation. Douzable replaced Wilkerson.

I hope this tells the team that they will be better off giving reps to their backups (whoever they may be) than trotting out a tired Pace and/or Coples. Give them a few plays to catch their breath and reap the benefits. Sapp and Davis brought good energy and Idzik indicated on Monday that he was delighted with their contributions.

Lam Jones •

Graham obviously played more than the 20 or so snaps he played last week; did the Jets have a consistent plan for him that you noticed? Also, how do you think seeing Sproles leave so early affected their use of more zone coverage schemes?

A consistent plan for him is exactly what they didn't have. They mixed up how they dealt with him and who was matched up with him all game long. And, yes, he played 60 snaps. I don't know if losing Sproles affected their gameplan, because Thomas is almost as much of a pass catching threat.

a57se •

If Allen is out for any extended time, do you think Miles replaces him? He is the most athletic of the remaining safeties.

I don't think so - I think he's been called up for special teams duties mainly. I'd expect Jarrett to move into the starting lineup and they'll revert to a four cornerback dime package and/or use Josh Bush more.

Dyl •

Random question: Any idea why Millner (1 snap) and Wilkerson (6 snaps per PFF) were off the field for some snaps?

Any time a defensive back only misses a small number of snaps, it's usually one of two things. Either they came out in a short yardage situation or they got banged up or worn out covering a play and came out briefly to get checked out or take a blow. In Milliner's case, it was the former. He came out for an extra linebacker as the Jets went with a 4-4-3 look on 3rd and inches (when Collins dropped the ball).

Wilkerson came out three different times, for Douzable, including on the penultimate drive of the game. I assume he just needed a breather each time and, again, I approve of using Douzable in this way.

NickyBoomBoom •

How much penalties have Wilkerson drawn already...I feel like OL always false start when he is lined up against them.

I can't tell you how many false starts were caused by him spooking someone, but he has been held seven times since the beginning of preseason and still made the play anyway on four of those.

Bdarc23 •

What am I missing about Allen and the TEs? We say he did great against Gronk who had a career high in receptions and Graham goes 9/116/2tds. It seems like TEs are absolutely feasting on the Jets. Tony Gonzalez had 14 receptions and even Heath Miller with his best game of the season. These are top TEs but these are big performances even for Gronk, Graham (who is hurt) and Gonzalez.

Allen only played 16 snaps in the Atlanta game and was never targeted when on Gonzalez. In Sunday's game, he was targeted twice while covering Graham - a five yard gain and a pass break up. He did give up five catches for 77 yards to Gronkowski, but that was on 13 targets and he had two breakups and a pick six. When employed in this way, he has been good.

This is one area where the PFF ratings and coverage numbers can be misleading. Allen ranks poorly in coverage because he gets difficult assignments which are going to lead to him getting beaten a few times a game and grading out negatively, but that doesn't give him sufficient credit for all the times he covers his man so well that he isn't even targeted - as against a deep safety like Dawan Landry who rarely covers one on one and therefore when he comes over to break up a pass, he'll either break it up and get credit, or not get there in time but not get hit with a negative play or have the coverage numbers count against him because that player is being covered by someone else. Essentially Allen might give up a few plays a game, but he gives up fewer than most other people would in the same situation and enables the Jets to not have to double team that player.

Quarterbacks have a 72.4 rating when throwing at Allen, which is eighth best among the 29 safeties who have been targeted more than 20 times. Not bad, especially considering the caliber of tight ends he's been matched up with.

a57se •

What was Jarrett doing on Graham? I was shocked when I saw his lame attempt at a tackle.

Nice play design by the Saints. Graham motioned from the outside to the slot and Jarrett went with him, leaving Cromartie on the outside receiver. Then the outside receiver ran a post route to take Cromartie out of the equation as Graham ran an out-and-up and Jarrett reacted late to the fact he had nobody behind him and took a bad angle, perhaps affected by the criss-cross action of their routes.

The tackle was all about leverage. He couldn't get back into the play and Graham was able to use his 61-pound weight advantage.

Bdarc23 •

Was there anything different this week in terms of scheme for the DL to suddenly get lots of pressure compared to "the game that must not be named" in the prior week?

I think the fact that Brees doesn't get rid of the ball quite as quickly as Dalton and also that the Jets pressure up the middle was able to disrupt his vision and ability to slide in the pocket to create passing lanes had more of an effect on him. Also, their personnel on the line isn't as good. I don't think the team did a significantly better job of jamming receivers at the line, although they may have deterred them from making the early passes by being in the area.

'NYCPE'inGermany •

On one of Graham's TD catches, I thought I saw Pace give a half-hearted swipe at him, as if he thought about chipping him. If he did, it may have slowed him just enough to prevent the TD. Did you see this on that specific play?

I see what you mean, but I don't know if that was his assignment on the play. He wasn't lined up opposite Graham, who motioned into the slot as described above, he just dropped off into his general area and then let him go. That might have been all he was supposed to do there, to prevent him from releasing inside and deter a quick pass.

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That's it for this week. Thank you for your great questions and comments. I'll be back with more stuff over the next week or so, as mentioned above.

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Schefter continues by saying the Browns may have their choice in mind for their first overall pick, and before that decision was made, Mayfield was a player in the mix.

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Nick Mangold retires from NFL 00:02:30
After spending eleven seasons with the Jets, Nick Mangold announces his retirement from the NFL.

Nick Mangold, who spent 11 seasons with the Jets, announced his retirement at the team's facility after signing a one-day contract on Tuesday. 

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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan discusses the team's strategy for its No. 3 overall pick with the draft just a few days away.

New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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The Jets own the third pick in this year's draft, their highest since 1996. How have they drafted in the first round over the past five years?

2017: Safety Jamal Adams, No. 6

It's too early to tell how Adams' career will pan out, but the signs so far have been promising. He started every game in his rookie year as the Jets' secondary definitely played better than it had in 2016. On the field, Adams had his ups and downs, but he showed flashes of brilliance in a versatile role. Off the field, he's played a big part in the ongoing culture change that has galvanized the team and has also been a useful tool in player recruitment.

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Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

It will be an absolute stunner if the Jets don't take a quarterback after trading up to No. 3 in the NFL Draft, which takes place on Thursday night in Dallas.

So, who will it be?

At least two out of the group of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen will be available for the Jets. 

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)

The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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Broadway Joe loves Broadway Baker. Or at least that's what could be Baker Mayfield's nickname if the Jets were to select him with their No. 3 overall pick. 

Hall of Famer and former Jets QB Joe Namath loves what he has seen from Mayfield over the years of watching him play. He recently watched the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Eve, and after his daughter asked if he had seen anything like the back-and-forth bout, he responded saying he wouldn't want to be going up against Mayfield...


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The Jets have not stopped looking for help on their defensive line as they hosted numerous free-agent linemen on Monday. 

Former Bears DT Lamarr Houston and former Patriots DT Chris Jones were among those looking to impress the Jets. Houston split time with the Bears and Texans last season, totaling five sacks over 10 games. A former second-round pick by the Raiders back in 2010, Houston is entering his ninth season in the NFL this year. 

Jones played for the division-rival Patriots in 2013 and 2014, where he finished with nine sacks and 79 tackles over 28 career games. He most recently played for the 49ers in 2016, where he had 17 tackles over six games. He did not play for an NFL squad in 2017. 

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially picked up DL Leonard Williams' fifth-year option, keeping Williams with the team through 2019 at least. 

Williams, 23, the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will make $14.2 million in 2019, assuming he's considered a defensive end. If they try to say he's a defensive tackle, the contract will be $11.4 million, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The contract becomes fully guaranteed next March.

"It's definitely time to step up and take it to the next level," Williams said last week via Vacchiano. "That comes with a lot. It's just not my play on the field. It comes with my leadership, how I approach work, how much time I'm putting in outside of the mandatory hours into my craft, into my game."

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will select third overall in the NFL Draft.

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In less than a week, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will make the most important draft pick of his tenure with the team, the one that surely will define his legacy.

No pressure, right?

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Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the last few weeks, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. With the visits ending earlier this week, let's take a final look at a selection of the players New York brought in.

Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

Nickerson is a four-year starter who was a constant standout on the Tulane defense. During his career, he recorded 16 interceptions, broke up another 31 passes and scored two defensive touchdowns. He turned heads at the scouting combine when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are ready to open their present that is the #3 pick in the NFL Draft. The guys discuss the possibility of the Jets trading up, yet again, and the crazy idea of selecting a non-QB (can someone say Bradley Chubb) with the 3rd overall selection. Plus, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky calls in to give his insight into the top four quarterbacks.

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The Jets will open the 2018 season in Detroit against the Lions on Monday night football, and finish things in Week 17 on the road against the Patriots.

Their entire 2018 schedule has been confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and is below...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former QB Dan Orlovsky thinks the Jets are targeting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 pick in the Draft, and one of the reasons is very specific.

Orlovsky, who played under Kyle Shanahan, noted that Jets OC Jeremy Bates is from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. And that one of the traits Shanahan loved about John Elway is that he would screw his back foot into the ground when he threw -- adding that Bates loves that trait in quarterbacks as well. 

"There's one guy in the Draft who has that trait," Orlovsky said earlier this week on SNY's Jet Stream podcast. "And it's Baker Mayfield. He does the same thing when he throws. And I just think that those coaches fall in love with traits of guys that remind them of players that they had success with in the past. I think that they're looking at Baker Mayfield and going 'that's our guy.'"

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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)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer has the Jets taking Sam Darnold as their quarterback of the future at No. 3. 

Many experts believe Darnold could be the first overall pick by the Browns, and if he doesn't land with Cleveland, then the Giants would scoop him up at No. 2. However, with Josh Allen as Breer's No. 1 pick and the Giants electing to go with Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, Darnold drops in the Jets' lap. 

So, there is no need for the Jets to choose between Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield...

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate over Nick Mangold's chances at making the Hall of Fame and the Devils' chances at beating the Lightning.

After a year out of football, No. 74 is officially hanging up the cleats. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: On the lists of favorite players and all-time greats, you'll rarely find a center. They're buried in the trenches, often noticed only when a bad snap happens or a defensive tackle breaks through.

The same was probably true for Nick Mangold during his 11 NFL seasons - rarely noticed from the outside and incredibly underappreciated game to game. Yet somehow he still emerged from his long career as a fan favorite. And he definitely emerged as one of the Jets' all-time greats.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets were awarded kicker Nick Rose on Monday after the Los Angeles Chargers placed him on waivers, the team announced.

Rose made 11 of 14 field goals in 10 games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins last season and converted on 23 of 26 extra points. He went 1-for-3 as a member of the Chargers in Weeks 16 and 17, and 10-for-11 in eight games with Washington. His longest make last year was 55 yards.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

Badet spent most of his collegiate career at Kentucky, but saw some high profile action last year after transferring to Oklahoma. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but if he had been, his pro day numbers for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump would all have ranked first or second at the receiver position.

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. 

Sanchez, who last played for the Jets in 2013, was the Bear's third-string quarterback last season. He claimed that "unknowing supplement contamination" was the reason for his drug test to turn up positive. 

The 31-year-old took to Instagram to explain the whole story...

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The Jets have already begun condensing their roster for next season as the team announced several cuts on Friday. 

Among them was former Bears RB Jeremy Langford, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets worth $630,000 this offseason. The 26-year-old spent time jumping through practice squads last season, and though he was promoted to the Ravens' 53-man roster, an injury pushed him to the IR the same week he joined the team. 

Langford was released following his IR placement, and the former fourth-round pick wouldn't see time for the rest of the season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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