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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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles has declared he will hold an "open competition" at quarterback this summer between the three quarterbacks on his roster, and maybe even a fourth one from the draft. He did not promise veteran Josh McCown the job when the Jets signed him, and he wouldn't say his experience gives him any edge.

All of them will have an equal shot to be the Jets' Opening Day starter. And that's the right approach. It's also the only thing the Jets coach could do.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Jets have signed OL Jonotthan Harrison to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. 

Harrison, 25, played in 13 games for the Colts last season, including four starts.

He played 31 of 32 games for the Colts from 2014 to 2015, starting 19.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson is in Arizona for the NFL owners meetings, along with his brother Christopher, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets owner declined to talk to reporters on Sunday.

Woody Johnson has long been expected to be named the ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump's administration, although the president has not yet formally announced the appointment.

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Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)
Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)

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Mike Maccagnan wouldn't say if Josh McCown will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season - that, he insisted, is a decision for coach Todd Bowles. But he did say that McCown can still be a good quarterback, even as he closes in on 38 years old.

"I know he's had some injuries this past season, but the season before he played and actually did some good things for Cleveland," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "I still think he has good football left in him. We do think he has the ability to play and perform if needed."

The Jets signed McCown to a one-year, $6 million contract last week, with another possible (but unlikely) $7 million in incentives. Maccagnan said that the 15-year vet - a journeyman now on his eighth NFL team - was under consideration from the start of free agency, even as the Jets sorted through all their other options.

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Should the Jets trade down? 00:03:02
The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Jets were so intent on acquiring more draft picks that just three weeks ago Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets were "open for business every round."

Now it sounds like he means every round except the first.

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QB Mitch Trubisky highlights 00:01:06
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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One year after using a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he "potentially" could draft a quarterback again. And no, he insisted, that wouldn't mean he's admitting a mistake on Hackenberg.

It would just be another step in the long process of finding "the right quarterback for this team."

"I don't think taking a player at one position is a referendum on another player," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. "I think the goal is to put together best roster you can. Of course quarterback is a very, very important position in this process. But I wouldn't necessarily view it as a referendum."

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DeShone Kizer highlights 00:01:19
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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Only time will tell if the Jets are serious about taking a quarterback in the first-round of the draft, but in the meantime they certainly are doing their homework.

The latest proof of that is the NFL Network report that they've already held a private workout with DeShone Kizer, the Notre Dame quarterback considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft. That explains why Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles skipped Notre Dame's Pro Day on Thursday and were both at Ohio State's Pro Day instead.

The Jets also have a private workout scheduled with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who revealed that "secret" to reporters at his own Pro Day earlier this week. And while it's not known if the Jets plan to do the same with Clemson's DeShaun Watson, it seems likely that they will...

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

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Marshon Lattimore highlights 00:00:35
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

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One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6)...

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 (Kyle Terada)
(Kyle Terada)

WR Quinton Patton has signed with the Jets, the team annnounced Thursday.

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers.

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Jamal Adams highlights 00:01:05
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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DNL on new Jets quarterback 00:02:51
The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown. 

 


GEICO SportsNite: Josh McCown 00:01:28
Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)
(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

Click below to listen...

 

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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Jets making right moves in FA? 00:03:37
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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(Brad Penner)

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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 (Daniel Powers (USA Today))
(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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 (Steven Senne/AP)
(Steven Senne/AP)

In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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