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

Bdarc23

Are the Jets horrible at covering the TE position? It seems like we get killed by every TE the Jets face. Gronk will get healthy for next week after looking at the tape.

They currrently rank 25th in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders. That's significantly down from last year, when they were 14th. I wouldn't say every tight end has been killing them, though. In the Bucs, Pats and Titans games, they gave up just four catches for 15 yards. Obviously Chandler, Gonzalez and Miller have produced well, though (21 catches between them).
Muheldon Harroples

On that sideline pass to Hill before the half, if he did get his forearm down to make it a catch, shouldn't he be down the split second he hits the ground since polamalu hit him? If that's the case, the clock should have kept running because he was down "in bounds" and we should have run out of time before the half.

The key is that (despite what the announcers said) he didn't need to get his forearm down for it to be a catch since he had already touched one foot down inbounds. Therefore, a hand or another foot would suffice, neither of which would constitute him being down until a knee, forearm, shoulder, butt or whatever touched the ground. His hand came down inbounds, establishing the catch and his forearm came down out of bounds, establishing that he wasn't down until he landed out of bounds. For once, the officials got it right.
'NYCPE'inGermany

Our D played well but everyone will continue to try to throw on us because teams have been having so much success at it. With Brady and Brees on the horizon, any adjustments we can make? More physical play from our DBs at the LOS? More LB chipping?

They have plenty of options open to them (Note: "They" = The Jets, not opposing quarterbacks), but I'd expect them to continue to mix up coverages the way they usually do. The one advantage this team has over those previous teams from the Rex Ryan era is that they can generate pressure without necessarily having to blitz. Physical play at the line is always desired, but unfortunately the one guy they have who is probably better at that than everybody else (Ellis Lankster) isn't getting playing time for whatever reason.

One nice adjustment they could make which would make a big difference would be to stop screwing up coverages and leaving people wide open. That's an individual adjustment everyone needs to make though.

Flood868

Why are the corners leaving so much space for shifty receivers like Brown? What happened to being physical and jamming guys at the line are the corners we have not good enough to do that?

I touched on this above, but that is certainly an area where the Jets can improve. Cromartie had improved in leaps and bounds over previous seasons, but I wonder if he's playing off his man because his recent injuries have caused him to lose confidence in his ability to recover.

They do run certain coverages where the cornerback has no safety coverage over the top (and again, this is something Lankster was able to handle last year and in preseason). This allows them to run certain blitz packages which perhaps they don't actually need to use. Often that will require the cornerback to play off their man because they can't afford to get beaten over the top. However, sometimes it's just been an error by the cornerback involved, as they've all been guilty of leaving too much of a cushion at times.

levi

This D seems to do great at first then teams get rolling on them. Does it seem to be fatigue or are the other teams making adjustments? Even the Buffalo game we let them right back in it. I haven't checked the stats but the opponents seem to be completing passes at an alarming rate for a D line that gets good pressure.

Yes, they've been allowing quarterbacks to complete 61.1% of their passes, up from 53.8% last year. However, they allowed 48% over the first three games and 78% over the last three, so this is more of a recent problem.

Fatigue is definitely a factor. Their pass rush has pretty much never been at full strength because Coples clearly isn't 100% yet based on his snap count and now Barnes is done for the year and they've also been limited in the secondary. In the Bills and Falcons game you could perhaps attribute some of it to the fact that they backed off into a softer defense with the lead and allowed the opposition to take what they were given, but that wasn't the case in the Titans or Steelers games.

Ryan has fixed secondaries in more disarray than this one during previous seasons. Let's see if he can repeat the feat.

a57se

It seemed like Pittsburgh abandoned the run even sooner then Atlanta. It looks like the way going forward against the Jets Defense is get the ball out of the QB's hand in less then 2.5 seconds. Seems to me the Jets ought to respond by pressing the receivers really hard at the line to disrupt their routes as much as possible. This is basically what Pittsburgh does to us and did to NE when they upset them a couple years ago. Any thoughts, Bent?

For the record, Atlanta ran the ball 14 times in the first half and eight times in the second half. Pittsburgh ran it nine times in the first half and 17 times in the second half. Of course, much of that was due to the fact that the Falcons had to pass while trailing and the Steelers had the lead and wanted the clock to keep moving even if they weren't making consistent yardage. I don't know if you could say they abandoned the run sooner, although I guess they did use it less in the first half (they both passed 19 times in the first half).

In terms of the less-than-2.5-seconds statistic, let's look into whether that's the key. Ben Roethlisberger was 17-for-21 when he threw before 2.5 seconds were up and 6-of-9 when he waited longer than that. Matt Ryan was 24-for-30 QB rating on quick passes and 12-for-15 otherwise. In fact, only EJ Manuel saw a significant improvement in his completion percentage when he had more time to throw. Maybe it's not as crucial as you think.

Pressing at the line would be one way to prevent those quick passes being completed at such a high rate.

ihatemarino

In your experience watching Rex Ryan defenses what is the greater equalizer on defense: talent or scheme? I know both are important and realize this is a very general question but I'm wondering what it is based on my perceived lack of talent this secondary has which in turn has lead to poor pass defense. Which lead me to my next question: is my perception accurate? Tennessee was a tough game for the D with all the turnovers but it seemed like Atlanta could pass at will on us especially intermediate passes. I never felt confident we could stop Ben if we needed to like we couldn't stop Matt Ryan last week though it never got to that point. And let's be honest, Brady and Freeman had brutal games. They missed the targets consistently even when open. Also Brady had a lot of passes dropped on him. Is my take accurate or am I making to much of what I've seen?

Ryan had the number one defense with Drew Coleman, Lito Sheppard and Dwight Lowery playing significant reps at cornerback, so I don't know if I'd agree that the team is currently hurting for talent. Losing Revis and having Cromartie banged up hasn't helped (nor have the injuries to the likes of Berry and Milliner), but the Jets have a group of guys that could all probably start somewhere in the NFL, in my opinion.

It's been a concern, definitely, but if they eradicated all the blown coverages, things would look a lot better.

Bdarc23

For the last 2 years it seems like every time the Jets blitz it gets picked up and it often costs them a 1st down passing play. Are the Jets bad blitzers compared to other top defenses? For example, it seemed like the Titans got to Geno two weeks ago on the blitz anytime they wanted to.

Obviously any blitz comes not without risk. In the Titans game, Tennessee blitzed 18 times, but three of their five sacks actually came when they didn't blitz. It was more effective though - Geno Smith was actually 16-for-19 when NOT blitzed.

The issue with the Jets is that teams are always anticipating a blitz and ready to get rid of the ball early. That can mean that the passes thrown when they blitz are rushed or ineffective and that's been the case in previous seasons. In other words, the THREAT of pressure has been more effective than the pressure itself. For that reason, I'm reluctant to dig into how often the blitz will generate pressure because that's not necessarily a measure of how effective it has been - especially when compared with teams blitzing against the Jets whose quarterbacks have been guilty of holding the ball for too long at times over the past few seasons.

I will share the following stats though. The Jets have blitzed just 64 times all season and only four of their 19 sacks came when blitzing. In 2010, they blitzed 27 times in the season opener alone.

Bdarc23

Are the Jets running the Revis defense with Cromartie in the role of Revis? Is Cro struggling because he is just not good enough be on an island?

They've actually been running a lot more zone coverages instead of leaving him in man-to-man coverage and that's been one area where he's been involved in a couple of coverage breakdowns. As we know, the book on Cromartie is that he is better in man-to-man than in zone, so the changing up of coverages has been detrimental to his performance. However, he has certainly been burned in man-to-man coverages a lot more than Revis would (or even than Cromartie himself was for the majority of last year). I'd imagine the injuries are a factor in that. He does seem a step slower.
WesleyWalker

Can you please discuss the Jets pass defense big picture? I can't quite extract from your player-by-player analysis the reason that the Jets have been so vulnerable to the quick passing game for the last two (three?) weeks. Both weeks, and especially this week, it seemed that our opponents were able to consistently move the ball from pretty deep in their own territory into field goal range by throwing lots of small passes. Is it a problem with scheme? Miscommunications? Talent in the backfield? What one or two changes do you think the Jets could make that would help the most help in this regard?

I've gone into more detail above, but I definitely think it's a combination of all the factors you listed. In terms of changes, they might like to try simplifying things rather than switching between coverages because the needle is swinging away from the benefit of confusing the opponent and towards the downside of giving up too many plays due to breakdowns. Also, I'm not going to stop beating the drum for Lankster until he gets an opportunity because his performance last year was better than much of what we've seen this year.
Jetsfan29

What are the defensive stats thus far?

That's a bit of an open-ended question!

The NFL ranks them 17th against the pass and 2nd against the run. Football Outsiders ranks them 16th against the pass and 1st against the run. PFF ranks them 1st against the run, 25th in terms of pass rush and 30th in terms of pass coverage.

Jetsfan29

Did WRs get open? Seems they were covered, but curious if Geno missed throws.

Didn't see any obvious missed opportunities other than the deep ball he threw to Hill. I wonder if a pump fake to Reuland and then a throw down the middle to Cumberland would have removed the safety from the equation and given him an open receiver at the goal line.
Jetsfan29

How many play action passes did we throw?

Just 10, including only one in the last 20 minutes. Smith completed six for 60 yards but had one interception.
Jetsfan29

Why wasn't Cumberland utilized more?

He's been in and out of the gameplan throughout the season, so it's really not a surprise to see him catch just one short pass in the first half and then have a productive second half with 55 yards on three catches. As the number one tight end for the time being, he will draw more defensive attention, but generally his first half inactivity was merely a product of the playcalling, because they passed just seven times in the first 29 minutes and many of those were quick passes to the outside.
juunit

On the opening kickoff, Trufant ran across the formation, ending up running down the middle of the field and making the play. Was that a break from the norm or have we been doing that on kickoffs with regularity?

They don't always do it and it's not always Trufant - sometimes Lankster does it instead or even in addition to Trufant, but it is nothing new. The reason you won't have noticed it before is that the TV camera often focuses on the kicker rather than a wide angle shot.
a57se

How many hospital balls has Geno thrown so far? By my count he is up to at least eight as he added three more this game.

Depends how you define hospital balls, but if you're talking about plays when his receiver got hurt, one of those was the throw to Hill just before halftime which was arguably one of his best throws all day, so I don't know if that's a bad thing.
Rayman

It seemed like geno threw behind receivers on multiple occasions. Any validity to this statement and if so, was it mechanics, or confusion on coverage (ie Geno reading zone -sit in the holes, and WRs reading man?)

He has been, at times, throughout the season and you can't always tell the reason why. Again, I'd say it's a combination of all those factors you listed.
Prof. Mike

I am curious if you have the numbers for when Geno is in shotgun v. under center. I know a knock on him coming out of college was that he might struggle to adapt from the NFL since he would be transitioning from a shotgun offense to a prostyle (even though WVU ran a prostyle the year before) and I am curious to see if that has been the case thus far.

Some interesting numbers here. First of all, he threw the ball 11 times from under center in game one but that's easily a season high and he's only averaged just under six a game since then. Also, he had more success in that game, completing nine of 11 for 85 yards (with one touchdown and one interception). Overall, he is 25-for-40 for 294 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions (61.9 QB rating). That means that when in the shotgun, he's been 88-for-149 for 1,196 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions (79.1 QB rating). Over the last three games, he's been an efficient 11-for-16 for 178 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions when under center (87.0 QB rating).

Note: There is one pass that doesn't count as either because Bilal Powell took the snap and Smith was initially lined up out wide.

GhostofBrowningNagle

I'm sure someone, somewhere, has figured out the record of teams coming off a bye against teams coming in on a short week. Anyone have any idea what that might be? I'm curious how much of an advantage its proven to be historically...or if there is even a large enough sample size. Seems like it happens a few times a season. If we could go back ten years that would have to be a decent number of games i'd think?

This is a couple of weeks out of date, but I found the following from covers.com - "Since 2001, teams coming off the bye week are 201-172-3". I can't find any "coming off a short week" stats, sadly.
By-Tor

Looking at guys like VJax they seem pretty huge. Do you think Hill has room to grow into his body some more? I cringe every time he gets hit.

I know what you mean, Hill looks very lean and lanky. I think that's just the way he's built, but I'm sure the Jets will look to build him up as much as they can without compromising his athletic gifts.
MaynardFan

Geno usually has a good touch on long throws. Did Hill stutter step after Geno threw the bomb to him in the 2nd qtr or did Geno just get too much on it?

He just got too much on it. Didn't see any kind of stumble.
a57se

Oh, one other observation, did Troy Polamalu look chubby out there?

No.
Bdarc23

The Jets avg'd 17.6 ppg last year and are now at 17.3 this year. The offense appears just as bad this year as it did last year. The QB play is just as bad. Is it just my disappointment with yesterday's game or are people giving way too much credit to the genius of MM and the play of Geno?

Well, they are gaining 36.5 yards more per game, but that's still only good enough to place them 20th in the NFL, so I would agree that they are getting too much credit in some quarters. Injuries have been a factor though, just like last year, where they were statistically one of the worst offenses in the league but wouldn't have been with everyone healthy.
Jetsfan29

Genos 1st int, do you think that Cumby ran the wrong route or did Geno actually think Reuland would beat double coverage in the end zone? Also, did Cro actually get beat as bad as the replay looks? Or was it a coverage breakdown? Looks like he was getting beat and everytime we play Pitt Cro gives up the long TD.

I know Smith said this was supposed to be a throw away, but having seen the coaches film, it still looks to me like Smith was looking for Cumberland by the pylon. Looking at Cumberland's route, I think he was always going to break inside, but I think Smith was expecting him to read the coverage and go to the pylon where he would have been open. Two possibilities here. Either the throw-away line was because he didn't want to blame Cumberland or he saw Cumberland break to the inside but had already started his throwing motion so he tried to put some extra juice on it to throw it away in that direction, but failed to anticipate the safety heading in that direction.

It's obvious from his reaction that Cromartie was expecting help to the inside, so that excuses him slightly. However, there was no help to his inside and he perhaps should have realized that because the safety was up in the box. While Cromartie was beaten for a touchdown in last year's meeting, he actually only gave up four catches for 56 yards (no touchdowns) in his previous two encounters against the Steelers with the Jets.

JayM

Do you know the stat of the jets short yardage efficiency? It seems that the Jets have not been doing to well this year.

Offense or defense? Eh, whatever, I'll give you both.

On offense, their power success per FO is 50%. That's 23rd in the league and a drop from last year where they were 10th at 67%. On defense, the success rate is 45% which places them 4th.

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That's it for this week. Thank you for your great questions and comments. Sorry it was a day late. I'll be back on Sunday to preview the Patriots game.

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Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

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With the first of their three sixth-round picks in last month's draft, the Jets selected Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson. This regime has already brought in several young cornerbacks, but none of them have managed to separate themselves from the pack.

Does Nickerson's skill-set give him a chance to eventually become the home-grown starter they've been trying to develop?

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Jets have signed DT Nathan Shepherd, who they drafted 72nd overall last month out of Fort Hays State.

Shepherd was an Division II All-America selection in his 2016 and 2017 seasons. Last season, he tallied 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) and four sacks. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If you're a team like the Jets, still in the beginning stages of a total rebuild, you can take a chance on raw players like Nathan Shepherd, a Canadian who was a smallish linebacker in high school before growing into an NFL-caliber defensive tackle at Division II Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

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The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 


New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo. 

Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.

"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said...

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.

"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"

And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him...

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for a special edition of The Jet Stream podcast where they take a deep dive into the Jets' newest quarterback, Sam Darnold. The guys chat with Sam's former offensive coordinator from USC, Tee Martin, about the kid's emergence in college and how he compares to Peyton Manning. Later, Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, joins the show to discuss what he's like off the field and his competitiveness on it.

Click below to listen...

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
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Robby Anderson's felony resisting arrest with violence charge stemming from an incident at an event in Miami in May, 2017 will be dropped, his attorney, Ed O'Donnell told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

While Anderson's 2017 issue will be resolved, he is still dealing with his recent reckless driving arrest.

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Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

On day three of the draft, the Jets opted to trade a seventh-round pick for former Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson. However, this move has flown under the radar somewhat with the focus on the players brought in via the draft.  

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The Jets still have some money to spend, which is why they will be hosting free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro this week at their facility, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall by the Saints back in 2013, where he has spent the last five season. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 104 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defended. 

Last season, the 27-year-old tallied 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble over 14 games. 

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets had back-to-back picks in the sixth round of last month's draft, and they used the second of them to select defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the No. 180 pick. Let's provide some insight into what Fatukasi brings to the table and how he might fit in should he make the team.

Fatukasi is a player whose run-stuffing abilities have stood out over the past four seasons with UConn. He's strong at the point of attack, can get off blocks to make plays in the running game and can create penetration either with his strength or quickness.

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South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets claimed former Patriots offensive lineman Antonio Garcia off waivers and cut kicker Nick Rose, the team announced on Monday.

Garcia, 24, was a third-round pick last season but did not appear in a game after he had reportedly developed blood clots in his lungs, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86. 

Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."

However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him...

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park on Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorst added that every professional sports league had been involved, but with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.

Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.

"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With their final pick of the 2018 draft, the Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

In the post-draft Honeymoon period, most fans, players and media alike are heaping praise on QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's teammate T Kelvin Beachum wants to wait before he fully joins the fray. 

Beachum started all 16 games for the Jets last season, blocking for Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. At some point this season, he may be blocking for Darnold. 

"I've heard that he is a great person," Beachum said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I'm excited to get him in that room." 

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets have four quarterbacks on their roster, which seems like one too many. They cut Bryce Petty last week to clear at least a little room on their depth chart, but they still have another move to make. Or maybe two.

Whatever they end up doing, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't as clear cut as some think, from the identity of the Opening Day starter all the way down to the likely odd-man out. As Todd Bowles said last weekend, the Jets are "open to anything right now" -- especially at quarterback.

"We're going to let it all play out before make those kinds of decisions," he said.

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For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.

Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.

Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets selected tight end Chris Herndon with the first of their day three picks in the 2018 draft last month. Herndon, who went to college at Miami, was injured towards the end of the 2017 season, which may have prevented him from going earlier. The Jets scooped him up with the 107th overall pick and will be hoping he proves to be a bargain. Let's weigh up his likely role in 2018 before reviewing his strengths and weaknesses.

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Jets have consistently said they don't want to throw their No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold into the fire this season. Former Giants QB Phil Simms doesn't understand why. 

Simms looks at Darnold's situation as being the potential Jets savior at quarteback. In turn, he needs to get on his feet and hit the ground running. 

"He'll fit in fine," Simms told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at BTIG Charity Day on Tuesday. "If I was the Jets, I would play him from Day 1. That's just me. Start him. Let's go. Got a long offseason, training camp, preseason games. They probably won't [start Darnold in Week 1].

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Namath talks Darnold 00:01:07
New York Jets legend Joe Namath shares his thoughts on the team's rookie QB Sam Darnold, and what lies ahead for the new signal caller.

Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath spoke Tuesday about the recently-drafted Sam Darnold and whether starting him this season should be on the table.

"First of all, anybody that is starting on that field has to have convinced their teammates that he's worthy to start," Namath said. "And for a 20-year-old rookie quarterback, that's gonna be tough to do early on. Because the big leagues -- pro football -- is different than college football."

While Namath thinks Darnold and any rookie has a lot to prove, he believes he should be out there if he shows he's ready.

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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is confident Sam Darnold is the answer his team's decade-long quarterback question.

Johnson was present at BTIG Charity Day, where he appeared for the Lupus Research Alliance, on Tuesday. He had some strong words about his No. 3 overall pick, saying the moment Darnold's name was called, it was the start to the Jets' revival.

"I honestly think (people) are going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new gear -- that they became a new team," he told reporters.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets announced they have signed K Taylor Bertolet, while waiving CB Bryson Keeton

Bertolet was a tryout at the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend. The Texas A&M product spent time with the LA Rams in training camp last season. In his senior year back in 2015, Bertolet was a perfect 38-for-38 in extra-point attempts and 22-for-31 (71 percent) in field goals.

The Jets now have three kickers on their current roster with Cairo Santos and Nick Rose to compete with Bertolet at camp. 

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets selected defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd with their lone Day 2 pick in the 2018 draft. Shepherd, who attended Fort Hays State University, raised his stock throughout the offseason and was selected by the Jets 72nd overall. Let's consider his strengths and weaknesses and how the Jets might use him in 2018.

Shepherd is expected to be raw, having only played college football at Division II schools. That's a concern for a player who took a circuitous path to the NFL and will turn 25 during his rookie season.

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed two draft picks and two undrafted free agents on Sunday.

Defensive end Folorunso Fatukasi and defensive back Parry Nickerson, both sixth-round picks, and linebackers Frankie Luvu and Anthony Wint, agreed to terms with New York as the Jets begin minicamp.

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Ralph Vacchiano reports on the impressions of Sam Darnold at the Jets minicamp and Jeane Coakley speaks with Todd Bowles about the young QB.

Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg has apparently made major changes to his throwing motion in an attempt to revitalize his stalled NFL career.

He just never bothered telling his current team about his plans.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Sam Darnold fumbled the first snap of team drills on his first two days in a Jets uniform, and he fumbled five snaps overall. That was eye-opening because he had some fumbling issues at USC that were a cause for concern for some.

But get over it. It was the first two days of an NFL career that likely will last more than a decade and he was working with a tryout center who's NFL career will likely be over by Sunday afternoon. In the bigger picture, there was a lot to like about the Jets' 20-year-old franchise quarterback who looked poised, accurate and showed off a strong arm throughout the weekend...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's not Sam Darnold, but it's a start: Jets sixth-round draft pick RB Trenton Cannon signs his rookie deal, the first of the team's draft picks to do so. 

Cannon, who played his college ball at Virginia State, led the CIAA (Division II) in rushing after posting 1,638 yards on 212 attempts (148.9 per game). He also scored 17 touchdowns, which led his Trojan team. 

"I'm feeling good, just settling on in," said Cannon, via Jets official site. "Right now I'm getting into the playbook, learning the plays."

Cannon adds running back depth to Gang Green, who lost Matt Forte to retirement. He joins a running backs room that is led by Bilal Powell and sophomore Elijah McGuire

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The Jets today announced that they had signed seven undrafted free agents, so let's take a look into what each of them brings to the table...

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