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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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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The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

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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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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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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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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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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.

Click below to listen!

 

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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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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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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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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. 

 


Weighing the Jets QB options 00:01:15
Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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)
(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)
(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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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Jets outlook for 2017 00:03:24
The Daily News Live panel wonders if the Jets have already given up on the 2017 season given the current makeup of the team.

Maccagnan's seat warming up? 00:02:42
Jon Hein and Dan Graca discuss if Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan should be on the hot seat as the Jets enter free agency.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.

So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?

Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:

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Jets lack of free agent activity 00:03:06
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate just how depressing the first day of free agency has been for the New York Jets and their fan base.

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham  met with the Jets on Friday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in 11 games last season with the Rams, rushing 21 times for 101 yards.

Cunningham signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise.

Since debuting in 2013, he's carried the ball 171 times for 748 yards and four touchdowns in 57 career games with the Rams.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets have re-signed LB Corey Lemonier, the team announced Thursday night.

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Lions on Dec. 26 and appeared in New York's Week 17 game against the Bills.

Lemonier has appeared in 51 career games since he was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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