This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

Coming up after the jump, an analysis of yesterday’s loss to the Giants, including details of Darrelle Revis’ “decent” but wasted performance, the evolution of Sione Pouha and Dustin Keller’s eventful day. Remember, if you want me to look into anything in particular or go into more detail, leave a comment and I’ll include it in BGA Extra, which will follow in a few days.

Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Guh…well, that sucked. So many things went wrong that I don’t know where to start. Let’s just get right to the Playoff Hopes Autopsy Report:

Quarterback

If there’s one excuse I can’t use for how difficult it is to assess Mark Sanchez’s performance on Sunday, it’s that I don’t have a big enough sample size. Sanchez dropped back a staggering 71 times on Sunday, as the Jets ran a remarkable 97 plays, including penalties. Had Sanchez not been intercepted in the last minute, it probably would have gone over 100.

To put that into perspective, the Jets last ran that many plays against the Browns last year. Of course, that game went into the last minute of overtime, so it was 25% longer than usual. The Giants only ran 56 plays.

It’s not surprising therefore that Sanchez had to deal with almost two games-worth of pressure. Having said that, there were almost 50 plays where he dropped back with no pressure, so you’d expect him to have generated much more than 258 passing yards overall and a completion percentage barely over 50%, so I don’t think the fact he was under pressure a lot was an adequate excuse. He was five of 15 for 32 yards with a pick when pressured.

PFF only counted two dropped passes for the Jets, but it depends how strict you want to be. Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller and Santonio Holmes arguably could have had two each. Even if they weren’t straight drops, these were all passes where they could have helped out their QB – and this week there weren’t many examples of great catches that did bail him out. That’s a slightly better excuse.

Another excuse might be that although the protection held up plenty of times, the pressure had a bigger effect in that it meant he was rattled and perhaps dedicating more attention to where he was in the pocket and who was coming, than to actually reading the defense. Also, the fact that pressure was generated without blitzing – although they did blitz 18 times – meant that they could often drop a lot of guys into coverage to make his life harder. It’s also harder to complete passes when the defense knows you are passing.

That’s a point which is affected by the Jets’ near-abandonment of the running game in the second half. They had only passed 18 times until they fell behind for the first time late in the first half – a reasonable number (and they had started off being modestly successful). As the Giants stretched their 10-7 halftime lead into a 20-7 lead, it was understandable that the Jets might look to pass to get back into the game quickly, but once they pulled within 20-14 and had the ball with five minutes to go, surely they should have returned to a more balanced approach that had seen them have some success early on in the game.

It makes you wonder if the coaching staff lacks faith in the running game, or actually in Sanchez himself – insofar as they didn’t want him to lose any rhythm by taking the ball out of his hands, or they feel more confident that he can move the ball downfield if given three or four shots at a first down than they would if he only got one chance on third and four or something. In other words, they believe he can go 5 of 12 for 70 yards on a scoring drive, but don’t want to put him in a one-off do or die situation. In any case, on that drive, they perhaps would have run the ball if they gained positive yardage from the first down screen pass, which saw LaDainian Tomlinson get held up in traffic at the line, so Sanchez couldn’t get the ball to him with three blockers out in front. We shall never know.

So, what of Sanchez’s performance, then? He led one nice scoring drive, although they needed a 4th down penalty to preserve that one and then he led a scrappier drive down to the goal line, which he belated finished off following an exchange of turnovers.

Of the 29 passes that Sanchez failed to complete, five were batted at the line, five were deflected and two were intercepted. That’s 12 passes – more than 20% - where a Giants player got a hand on one of his passes first. Theoretically, any of these could have resulted in turnovers. That’s not good enough.

So, while Sanchez had a few nice throws and some gutsy scrambles, including one for a touchdown – where he had just about the easiest touchdown pass of all time to Matt Mulligan, but, perhaps wisely, decided to put his body (literally) on the line – he had a lot more in the way of bad throws. And that’s before we even get to his decision making in terms of getting rid of the ball.

I could get into how much of the pressure he was under he brought on himself, but he’s been punished enough. Again, literally.

Sanchez did get better this year, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Time has caused the memory of his late game and playoff heroics to remain fresher in the mind than all the bad throws and decisions he made last year. However, is his progress towards what the front office signed him to a $50m contract to be too slow? I’m beginning to think perhaps it is – we know how impatient these guys can be, so maybe we should be expecting the unexpected following the season.

Offensive Line

The offensive line did not play well as a unit or individually. However, Wayne Hunter was the only one to receive a significant negative grade. Despite this, I thought his performance actually exceeded my expectations for him from a technique evaluation standpoint.

The Jets gave him some help, occasionally leaving a back in just in case and chipping his man with a tight end every once in a while, but most of the time he was left to his own devices against Justin Tuck. Although he gave up six pressures, Hunter didn’t allow a sack and only allowed Sanchez to get hit once. Even on the plays where he did surrender a pressure, I have to give him credit for sticking to his assignment and he was usually able to recover well enough to keep Tuck from getting to Sanchez cleanly and allowing him to get the throw away, usually by forcing him upfield or driving him out of the play as Sanchez stepped up to avoid him. He was only what I would call “cleanly beaten” twice, although one of those did lead to Sanchez’s first interception.

Hunter also graded positively in the running game, although his overall grade was hurt by his holding penalty, which seemed unnecessary, because he had Tuck well-blocked, but then tugged his jersey as he was going to ground.

Next week, Hunter will get to face Cameron Wake again. I have literally no idea how this will go. Wake tore Hunter a new one last year, but then Hunter kept him quiet early this season. If he sticks to most of the things he did in this game, then hopefully he’ll be able to limit the damage.

While I do think Hunter’s gone at the end of the season, but I don’t necessarily think his NFL career will be over. Sadly enough, there will always be starting jobs available for players of Hunter’s caliber.

Despite Hunter’s performance, I was far more concerned over the performances of Matt Slauson and D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

Ferguson had a rough day in the running game and, although he received a positive pass blocking grade from PFF, they did credit him with a sack and two hits allowed. It could have been more though. Sanchez’s incompletion that was originally called a fumble would have gone against him had it remained a sack. Also, there were two other sacks by Jean Pierre-Paul on his watch. One went down as a coverage sack and the other was credited to Slauson, but it was Ferguson who initially was beaten and Slauson just tried to make a last ditch save.

Slauson actually had his BEST game of the year as a run blocker, by some margin….and his WORST game in pass protection – again by some margin. PFF had him down for two sacks, one hit and three pressures, including the one above that could easily have gone to Ferguson and the one that ended up being a safety. There were a couple of other plays that also saw him get beaten, but where no pressure was recorded and he was bull rushed into Sanchez at least once too. Very discouraging. And unlike Hunter, Slauson WAS getting beaten cleanly.

Brandon Moore did give up two pressures, but had a positive performance in pass, run and screen blocking. His grade was ruined by his three penalties, although one of these was incorrectly attributed to him when it should have gone to Ferguson.

Nick Mangold had a solid performance, albeit not up to his usual dominant level. He only gave up one pressure, but did have a costly bad snap.

Vladimir Ducasse was mistake free this week, but only saw action on four snaps. In the two games before that it was 21 and then eight.

Running Backs

Shonn Greene carried just 14 times for 58 yards and now has 999 on the season. He made some nice cuts and had a couple of first downs with good second effort, but his hands let him down in the passing game.

LaDainian Tomlinson saw action on 62 snaps and Greene on 36 snaps. Clearly this is because of the pass-heavy gameplan, but is there more to this? Is Greene still hurting? Was it a benching? Tomlinson did catch six passes and gained 65 yards on 11 touches overall.

Joe McKnight saw action on three snaps, but his contribution has been pretty limited since that “break-out game” in Denver. I know he’s been hurt, but even before that he seemed to be making some contribution every week and that hasn’t happened for a while.

John Conner got a pretty good grade from PFF, but I was a bit frustrated with some of his blocks this week. He did make more good ones than bad ones – hence the positive grade – but I felt he missed some that he should have done a better job on. Perhaps the fact that my standards for him are increasing is a good sign.

Congratuations to Josh Baker for his first NFL touchdown. We’ll include him here because he was a FB/H-Back on his only snap this week. I think this kid is a keeper.

None of the backs recorded a broken tackle this week.

Receivers

With Sanchez dropping back over 70 times, some of the receivers must have had monster performances, right? Hardly.

Dustin Keller was really busy though. Eight catches for 77 yards sounds pretty good, but he was targeted 16 times overall! This is one week where you can’t complain that they didn’t try to make him part of the gameplan.

Of those eight misses, there were three that he arguably should have caught, one that he appeared to lose sight of in the sunlight and the one that famously hit him in the face.

When I saw that one hit him as he didn’t even look back for the ball, I thought back to a recent game where someone made the observation that Santonio Holmes caught a touchdown pass where he deliberately didn’t make it look like the ball was on its way until the last moment and this meant that the defender didn’t have as long to react. I wondered if this was a similar situation to that, with Keller making it look like he was not involved in the play and then perhaps bursting into life, leaving behind the lulled-into-a-false-sense-of-security defender. Perhaps Sanchez just delivered it too early?

Having looked back at the play, I don’t think this is the answer, because Keller just grumpily pointed over at Holmes, as if to say “You were supposed to throw it to him.” Looking at the film, Sanchez looked left, didn’t like what he saw, so looked underneath to his second option instead…just like we’ve been wanting to see him do for weeks. It’s bad, bad news if the Jets have become so used to Sanchez never bothering to find his secondary reads that they’ve given up all expectation of ever getting the ball in those situations. Keller was actually only half-open and would have been sandwiched by two guys for a short gain, so maybe it wasn’t that damaging in the overall scheme of things, but there’s an overriding concern in situations like this one.

Was Keller just being lazy, has he tuned out his coaches or given up on the team? It doesn’t look like it, because despite these lapses in focus, he did make some big catches, looked fired up whenever he did and even made some good blocks, although he still had a negative grade. Also with a negative grade for blocking was Mulligan, who has actually been avoiding the big mistakes over the last three weeks, yet has had his three lowest rated games since week six. Go figure.

Plaxico Burress had three catches in the first half and none in the second half. It’s weird how his catches seem to come in bunches. Obviously he did catch one ball in the second half, but his touchdown catch was correctly negated by the officials – although judging by some of the catches Revis and Antonio Cromartie have given up this year, not every officiating crew would have flagged that.

Santonio Holmes had just four catches for 50 yards and the frustration over his lack of production continues. He also had two other catches that he should have held onto. Eight touchdowns each from Holmes and Plaxico Burress is a nice return, but Sanchez himself has six and is closing fast.

Jeremy Kerley looked comfortable and dangerous returning punts. If only he’d stayed healthy all year – although they actually won most of the games where a punt was muffed anyway. He had a couple of first downs, including a clutch 4th down catch, but he got very lucky when his fumble was reversed by replay. They got it right, but it was touch and go, so they could easily have stuck with the call on the field there.

Patrick Turner was in for 14 snaps and was targeted in the endzone on a play that was negated by a penalty.

Defensive Line

Earlier in the year, I suggested that the Jets should leave Sione Pouha in the game in pass rushing situations in order to prevent the Jets from being so susceptible to the run. I reasoned that pass rushing nose tackles are generally double teamed and therefore aren’t expected to get many pressures, so any deficiency in his pass rushing ability compared to the likes of Marcus Dixon is more than made up for by the fact that the other team is dissuaded from running. (I also reasoned that Bart Scott should stay in more often too, because any perceived weakness in his coverage skills would not be a dramatic drop-off compared to a backup defensive back, over whom he would possess much better attributes against the run).

Finally the Jets have started to do this and it is paying dividends. Not only is Pouha in the game and no doubt making teams think twice about running the ball, but he’s also contributing better than his history as a pass rusher would have ever led us to expect. In the last three games, Pouha has had a sack and six pressures, after having had just five pressures and no sacks in the first 12 games. On one play on Sunday, he beat his man, but then there was a back there to pick him up. No bother. He beat the back too, and flushed Manning from the pocket. Pouha is also contributing by getting a surge to collapse the pocket when used in this role.

Of course the concern over this is that Pouha will break down like he did at the end of last year, if they’ve increased his workload. However, they haven’t had to increase his workload that much, due to the fact that Dixon has been freed up to become part of the regular rotation and is flourishing. I was concerned that Pouha would be less dominant against the run and it is true that he was driven off the line by a couple of double teams on Sunday. However, he more than made up for that with a solid performance against the run, in which he was otherwise tough to move and registered three stops to complete an excellent all-round performance. For all the criticisms of this Jets team, the defensive line has been great, especially considering the lack of resources spent on it. However, Pouha is the main reason for that and his impending free agency is starting to loom as the biggest priority to address once the year is over.

Dixon didn’t have an enormous impact this week, but did get one hit on Manning, batted down a pass and got some good penetration in the running game. Mike DeVito started in his place and doesn’t look to be fully recovered from his knee injury yet, as he was handled easily by his blocker on two of the three Giants TD runs. (Although part of me wonders if the Jets let the Giants score on purpose down 20-14 with over two minutes left). DeVito did stuff three runs for short gains though, including two in the early stages, as the Jets held the Giants to six yards rushing in the first half.

Muhammed Wilkerson continues to be up and down, but did recorded another sack and was in on two tackles for losses. He let himself down with two missed tackles, though.

Martin Tevaseu was back in action for eight snaps and got good penetration on one play, but overall was a clear downgrade from Pouha.

Also, I was promised Potty wielding a club for Christmas, so I was upset to see that not come to fruition.

Linebackers

It was a good game by David Harris this week. He continued his recent spate of impact plays with a sack and a spectacular interception, but this week he also did a good job of keeping blockers off him and made some good plays against the run – although he did only make one stop and had one missed tackle.

Alongside him, Bart Scott had an eventful game and constantly seemed to be around the football. Oddly, he only blitzed three times, the fewest since the Pats game in week five where he was only in on seven pass plays. He was in on several stops for short yardage, but his best play saw him burst into the backfield to blow a play up, which Calvin Pace finished off with the tackle for a loss. He was also involved in a key play at the goal line where he was covering Travis Beckum and jammed him hard before the pass was thrown, knocking him off balance and causing him to drop the ball at the one yard line. He did have one missed tackle. It was interesting to see him contributing on special teams, where he had a good tackle on punt coverage.

Pace came off the edge to make two tackles for a loss, including the one mentioned above, to highlight a solid performance. He did get caught on the inside for a couple of big runs off the edge, though. He also just one pressure as a pass rusher.

Jamaal Westerman did a similarly solid job coming off the edge to blow up four runs. He had one QB hit, but was called for roughing the passer. His only other mistake saw him blocked out on Bradshaw’s last touchdown, which may or may not have been by design. It’s encouraging to see him playing the run better. It seems the competition with Garrett McIntyre has had a positive effect.

Aaron Maybin again did a good job of pressuring Manning, getting to him twice and nearly getting there one other time in just 15 pass rush attempts. However, his enthusiasm got the better of him late in the game and he was called for a costly late hit.

Josh Mauga was in on nine plays, unsuccessfully rushing the passer on five of them.

Defensive Backs

So Darrelle Revis is a “decent” cornerback is he? While the Giants may have laid temporary claim to the King of New York crown, there’s no question who the best player is after Sunday. Sorry, Jason Pierre-Paul. Revis broke up six passes and there wasn’t a hint of a penalty on any of them, just great technique again and again. One even ended up being intercepted. He did give up two catches, but one of these was for 11 yards on 3rd and 16, so he just gave the receiver a cushion and tackled him immediately to force a punt. The other catch was a 20-yarder, thrown high and to the inside down the seam with Hakeem Nicks high-pointing the ball for a leaping grab. Credit where credit’s due on that one, that’s impossible to cover, even for Revis. Even though they lost, this performance really was something special by Revis.

As always, Antonio Cromartie was a mixed bag. He looked comfortable and confident in coverage early and ultimately gave up just four yards on five targets with a pass defensed. Unfortunately, he gave up a lot more than that with two horrendous missed tackles, one of which led to the momentum-changing 99-yarder by Victor Cruz. Cromartie also did some damage with some poor kickoff return decisions, although he wasn’t helped by his blockers on the second one.

Kyle Wilson had a nice pass breakup on Cruz early on, but it all went downhill from there. Two bad missed tackles, including one on Cruz’s 99-yarder were just the start of his problems. Cruz burned him deep for another 36 yards later on and then beat him again but Manning’s throw to the endzone sailed on him.

Brodney Pool got off to a good start, breaking up a pass and getting an early pressure off the edge. However, he then gave up a catch to Cruz in the red zone and then missed the tackle, leading to a 29-yard gain. Later on, Ahmad Bradshaw ran over him in the secondary for another touchdown and he had to get tested for concussion.

It was a non-eventful day for Eric Smith, other than having the unfortunate task of trying to chase down Cruz on his touchdown. I don’t think he took a bad angle, just that he was never going to catch him. I haven’t seen the coaches film yet to see whether he was slow to react to the initial missed tackle, but from the point where you could see them both on screen, it never looked like Smith had a shot at catching him or even slowing him down.

Donald Strickland and Isaiah Trufant both saw time at slot corner, but neither was thrown at.

I thought it was interesting that Tracy Wilson went to free safety for three plays while Pool was getting assessed for a concussion, although it’s worth remembering that Marquice Cole is injured. Wilson added a good special teams tackle.

Special Teams

Once again, both kickers are underwhelming. TJ Conley had one awful shank and a few others didn’t seem to be well-hit. Nick Folk missed a field goal that could have been big. What if the Jets were down three with the ball and five minutes to go instead of six?

Ellis Lankster, who had two fumble recoveries last week, had an interesting day and continues to do a great job of getting down the field. He had two chances to down punts inside the five and did it perfectly on one, but botched the other. He also had a penalty.

Speaking of penalties, Nick Bellore had two on special teams and is now 2nd in the league for special teams penalties. However, he also had three tackles and is 2nd in the league for that too.

It's a minor nit, but I didn't like the "onside punt" after the Giants got a safety to go 22-14 up with just over two minutes left. I'd have kicked away there, tried to force a three and out and then got the ball back with about a minute or so left. It just felt like a failed onside kick there ends the game (because they can kick a chip shot field goal after running the clock down) and even a successful one leaves you needing 75 yards. Anyone agree/disagree?

Conclusions

Like I said above. That sucked.

The Jets are actually mathematically alive, needing three teams to lose their games (none of which are easy) and could still scrape into the playoffs with a win over Miami. Some people are saying “who cares?” because they don’t think the Jets can beat Miami, but I still maintain that they CAN beat anyone. If you don’t think there’s any way they could have won last night’s game, you wouldn’t be – justifiably in most cases - complaining about all the things they did wrong. They just DON’T beat everyone they should…and after spending the best part of 300 hours watching, analyzing and writing about this team’s games over the last five months, I’m still not sure I’m any closer to determining what are the main reasons why that is.

So, they CAN beat Miami but, if the last month is anything to go by, they WON’T and then the doom-mongers' propechy will be fulfilled and everything negative that anyone ever said about the team will be proven true. Except that this is nonsense, because even though the overall outcome was a negative one, that doesn’t mean that every criticism levied at this team was fair*. Some were, some weren’t – and evaluating which is which is what we at BGA continue to strive to determine, in order to try and figure out what the front office SHOULD do this offseason…and then trying to figure out the reasons behind them doing what they ACTUALLY do.

* If a hypochondriac dies, does that mean he was right about EVERY illness he ever thought he had?

And if, by some festive miracle, the Jets should find themselves in the playoffs, I’ll be excited for the postseason. The Jets have backdoored their way into the playoffs in the past and anything can happen once you get there. Of course, they’ll have to fix a lot of things to make “anything” happen, but we’ll worry about that if it happens.

If not, it’s going to be a heck of an offseason…

Remember, if there's anything else you'd like me to comment upon or go into more detail about, let me have your suggestions in the comments and I'll respond in BGA Extra later in the week.
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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the AFC Championship game:

Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) at the New England Patriots (15-2)

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Mark Gastineau butts heads with a Dolphins' offensive lineman in 1986.
Mark Gastineau butts heads with a Dolphins' offensive lineman in 1986.

Jets all-time sacks leader Mark Gastineau told WOR Radio's Pete McCarthy that recent tests have shown he has signs of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and dementia.

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To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild…that is the question! This week, Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Joe Caporoso from TurnOnTheJets.com to find the answer. They take a look at what the Jets can do to start picking up the pieces heading into next season, and whether or not a complete teardown is necessary...

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Jets fans clamoring for Woody Johnson to give up control of the Jets may finally get their wish, but even with him planning to spend the next three years an ocean away, his departure is unlikely to have any tangible effect on the team.

The 69-year-old Johnson was officially named the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. It was a move that had been rumored for weeks and hardly surprising considering that Johnson is a major donor and fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party.

Johnson declined to address the possibility of this position when he met with the media shortly after his Jets completed their miserable, 5-11 season, and he hasn't spoken publicly on his future plans for the franchise. However, Pro Football Talk recently reported that he planned to give over control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. Neil Glat, the team president who handles most of the business operations and reported directly to Woody Johnson, could see an increase in power, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Part I ran on Wednesday. Here, as promised, is Part II:

If we do select a qb in draft. Do we sign a vet and go with 4? Or who gets the out? -- @wendo2000

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

Mel Kiper's first Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore with the sixth overall pick.

Kiper notes that the 6'1", 190-pound Lattimore "jumped to the top" of his rankings with a stellar season, adding that Lattimore has "all the traits to be a star."

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Here is Part I:

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Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have signed linebacker Jeff Luc to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Luc, who has spent time with the Dolphins and most recently the Bengals, has also spent time as fullback.

In his four years in college at Florida State and Cincinnati, he recorded 200 total tackles.

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he believes his production on the field should make him desirable to any team, despite his $7.5 million salary cap, he told WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show. 

Marshall, in the final year of his contract with the Jets, told the show that he is one of the top receivers in the game, and that he is in fact underpaid for what his statistics show. 

 

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets and head coach Todd Bowles, after a tumultuous year of losing and locker room discontent, have "a lot to soul searching" to do going into next season, former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon told The JetsBlog Podcast. 

Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson both had various off-field issues this season, which Colon said is a problem with both themselves as individuals and how the team has handled them.

"The problem with Sheldon and Mo, and I talk about them candidly because I know those guys, I respect them as individuals, Colon said. "But the biggest problem they have, they feel what they do off the field shouldn't matter about their play on the field. That's the lack of accountability and maturity."

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Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets have hired defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, the team announced Wednesday.

Wilson, 34, was the Rams' DBs coach this past season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Position coaches often fly under the radar, but don't ignore the impact of this one because Dennard Wilson has a big job ahead of him. He has to rebuild a Jets secondary that was a mess last season, and he'll have to do it either without Darrelle Revis or with Revis trying to transition from cornerback to safety.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Marcus Williams
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(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets still don't know who their quarterback will be when the 2017 season begins, but the consensus inside their front office seems to be that whoever it is didn't finish the 2016 season on the roster. Their quarterback of the immediate future, at least, is likely to come from the outside.

Just who that will be is still unknown, and there are many options being considered, according to team sources. There is a lot of internal support for Mike Glennon, the 27-year-old Bucs backup who will become a free agent on March 9. But even if he emerges as the object of the Jets' desire, he could be prohibitively expensive. The Bills, Browns and 49ers all figure to be in the market for a quarterback. Maybe a few other teams, too, like the Bears.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Former Steeler Willie Colon rips Antonio Brown for being more worried about himself than the team after posting a video of Mike Tomlin.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall criticized Steelers WR Antoino Brown for the postgame locker room Facebook video that Brown posted following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City on Sunday.

"You would never see this in New England, right?" Marshall said on last night's episode of Showtime's Inside the NFL. "What it does is it keeps the New England Patriots on task. It keeps them marching in a single-file line: 'This is the New England way, and this is how we do things.' 

"You only have three or four minutes after the game to be with your teammates and really enjoy the moment or Band-Aid each other up. So that's precious time, and that time shouldn't be live-streamed for anyone to see."

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Louisville Cardinals defensive line coach Clint Hurtt (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)
Louisville Cardinals defensive line coach Clint Hurtt (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Chicago Bears OLB coach Clint Hurtt will not join Todd Bowles and the New York Jets nearly a week and a half after they had reportedly reached an agreement, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

The Jets and Hurtt never reached an agreement after Hurtt reportedly declined an extension with the Bears, according to Cimini.

The Jets fired OLB coach Mark Collins, along with four other assistants, after the season.

Hurtt served as an assistant coach at Louisville, Miami and Florida International.

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New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Brian Winters would've been one of the better guards on the free agent market and he could've cashed in even bigger than the four-year, $29 million deal he got from the Jets. 

But instead of looking for more money and maybe a better situation, the 25-year-old Winters decided to stay put because he believes that, despite the misery of the Jets' 5-11 season, there are much better days for the franchise ahead.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum, Wesley Johnson
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Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.  (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))
Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))

The Jets are expected to have interest in Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Glennon, 27, is an unrestricted free agent after playing behind Jamesis Winston the last two seasons in Tampa Bay.

As a starter, Glennon has a career record of 5-13.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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DNL pick'em: Divisional Round 00:04:27
The Daily News Live panel makes its prognostications on the NFL Divisional Round games this weekend.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the two AFC divisional-round playoff games this weekend:

Houston Texans (10-7) at the New England Patriots (14-2)

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

11:27 p.m: Eric Studesville has decided to remain with the Broncos as the team's running back coach, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Previous Reports

The Jets interviewed Studesville for their vacant offensive coordinator position, reports Rich Cimini of ESPN.

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Attracting a new offensive coordinator might not be easy for the Jets, writes Brian Costello in the NY Post.

"The view in league circles is the Jets are going to have a tough time convincing any candidate with options to take the job because of how they compare with other teams looking for an offensive coordinator," writes Costello.

Costello notes that there haven't been any reports or other indications that any candidate has turned down an interview request from the Jets, but says the job is viewed as unattractive due in part to head coach Todd Bowles' job security and the unsettled quarterback situation.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by former New York Jets guard and current SNY Analyst Willie Colon for a deep dive into the Jets locker room. They talk about the best leaders on the current team, what to do about Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, the mindset of a player making a position change, and much more as a busy offseason for Gang Green gets going. 

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(USA TODAY)

The Jets have signed LB Frank Beltre to a reserve/future deal, the team announced Friday.

Beltre, 26, spent time with the Chargers in 2013 and Raiders in 2014, and played with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL from 2014 to 2016.

The Jets agreed to reserve/future deals with WR DeShon Foxx, FB Julian Howsare, and WR Myles White on Wednesday.

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Leonard Williams was one of the few bright spots in the Jets' mostly dismal season. And now the 22-year-old defensive end is being rewarded for that with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Williams, the youngest player to ever be voted by his Jets teammates as their MVP, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Thursday as a replacement for injured Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack

Williams, who was voted a first alternate, had seven sacks for the Jets this season. For most of the season he was the best player on the Jets' disappointing defensive line...

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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall invited the Giants' wide receivers down to his house in Miami during Tuesday's episode of "Inside the NFL."

"I want to say thank you," Marshall said. "Thank you to the New York Giants wide receivers for taking all of the attention off of myself and my fellow Jets. I have a place in Miami...You guys are awesome. Thank you."

 

 

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Should Jets draft Watson? 00:03:10
Willie Colon and Jon Hein argue about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick.

Willie Colon and Jon Hein talk about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick...


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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

 

LB David Harris had 95 tackles in 15 games for the Jets this season, which was his 10th with the team.

The 32-year-old had just 0.5 sacks in 2016 after racking up 4.5 in 2015 and 6.0 in 2014.

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(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Nick Mangold missed eight games due to ankle injuries this past season, last playing on Dec. 5 against the Colts.

The 32-year-old Mangold has a cap hit of $9.075 million next season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

University of North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky has declared for the NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported in December that the Jets are believed to have a strong interest in Trubisky. 

"They got their eyes set on the North Carolina quarterback," a rival scout told Mehta. "The Jets are all over this kid. All over him. They'll probably deny it if you ask, but they love that kid. That's their guy. They're not going to get him though, because I think that kid is going to get over-drafted."

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Cornerback Darrelle Revis finished off the 2016 season with 53 combined tackles but had just one turnover (an interception), which came in the final week of the regular season. 

All year, the 31-year-old corner dealt with questions about his inconsistent play and effort. He has three years left under his current deal and would not become an unrestricted free agent until 2020, when he is 34. 

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett kick off 2017 with a "now what?" podcast after a horrible season. They react to the Woody Johnson and Mike Maccagnan media gatherings, examine the recent coach departures, and take an early look at how the Jets can properly re-build their franchise.


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Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets will sign CFL linebacker Frank Beltre to a reserve/futures contract, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Beltre, originally an undrafted free agent out of Towson University, spent brief tenures with the Chargers and Raiders before heading to the CFL in 2014. 

He had 19 tackles and three sacks in nine games with Calgary this past season. 


Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)
Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets coach Todd Bowles is hiring former Bears assistant Clint Hurtt to coach the outside linebackers, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News

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Sheldon Richardson had 62 tackles 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

He also engaged in a locker room feud with WR Brandon Marshall.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

Brandon Marshall had 59 receptions for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

Dealing with hip and shoulder injuries for most of the season, his production was down from his record-setting 2015 campaign, when he reeled in 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Before 2015, the 32-year-old Marshall had recorded double-digit touchdowns three times before in his career -- twice with the Bears (2012 and 2013), and once with the Broncos (2009).

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:16
Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss their disappointing 2016 season and looking forward to 2017.

Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets second-round draft choice last year, "will never make it", an unidentified Jets starter told the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The comment came a week after a Jets source told ESPN that Hackenberg, taken with the 51st overall pick out of Penn State, couldn't "throw the ball into the ocean."

General manager Mike Maccagnan, who was retained along with coach Todd Bowles by Jets owner Woody Johnson, will be under intense pressure to fix the QB situation during the offseason.

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(Bill Wippert/AP)

Eric Decker had nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns this past season, with his season ending after Week 3 due to a rotator cuff injury that required surgery.

Before undergoing the rotator cuff surgery, the 29-year-old Decker also had surgery on his hip, and it's unclear whether he'll be 100 percent for the start of next season.

Decker joined the Jets before the 2014 season, when he had 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns. In 2015, he had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Chip Kelly a fit with Jets? 00:00:46
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate whether or not Chip Kelly would be a good fit with the Jets on their offensive staff.

The Eagles have denied the Jets' request to interview QB coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

DeFilippo finished his first season as Eagles QB coach following one year as the Browns' offensive coordinator and three years as the Raiders' QB coach.

DeFilippo worked with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016, as the former No. 2 pick threw for 3,782 yards (most among rookies), 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions (tied for ninth in the league).

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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he was disappointed with the team's 5-11 finish this season, and wouldn't put a timetable on when they would be a perennial contender.

"We're obviously not happy with our record. But I do think we made some progress [with the youth]," Maccagnan told reporters while alluding to players such as OL Brandon Shell and CB Juston Burris. "We have some pieces we feel good about."

Maccagnan said he felt comfortable signing Ryan Fitzpatrick this past offseason, noting that all options -- internal and external -- will be on the table for 2017 at quarterback.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Woody Johnson on keeping Bowles 00:02:36
Jets owner Woody Johnson discusses the Jets' disappointing season, his decision to keep Todd Bowles and the team's future plans.

Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed confidence in head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan while speaking with reporters on Thursday.

"They will get this done, in my opinion," Johnson said about Bowles and Maccagnan.

"I have confidence in Todd Bowles," Johnson added. "I'm still very much in his corner. ...I think he's going to get better. I'm happy to have him and Mike. ...they have a plan to make the team better. They have a way to judge accountability and judge performance."

Johnson said there's no mandate for the Jets to make the playoffs next season, noting that mandates don't work, but added that he's "in the game of winning."

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The Jets worked out Olympic sprinter and projected wide receiver Tre Houston on Thursday, a source told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Houston, who worked out with the Chiefs last week, was also given a physical by the Jets.

The 26-year-old Houston is a native of Bermuda.


 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed former Assumption College long snapper Zach Triner to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Triner got a tryout with the Houston Texans last spring, but did not make the team.

The Jets brought Triner in for a workout in early December.


Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)
Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)

Latest Update (Jan. 4)

The Jets have signed K Ross Martin to a reserve/future contract for 2017, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. Martin connected on four of his six field goal attempts during the preseason. The Jets cut him on Aug. 28.

Previous reports (Jan. 2)

The Jets have signed five players to reserve/future contracts for 2017, the team announced Monday afternoon.

All five players were signed to the team's practice squad in December, while two of them originally signed with New York following the 2016 NFL Draft.

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, the NFL announced Tuesday night during its Gold Jacket Finalists special on the NFL Network.

After beginning his career in Seattle, Mawae arrived in New York in 1998 and spent the next eight seasons with the Jets. During those eight years, Mawae made six Pro Bowls and was a five-time First Team All-Pro.

The center finished his career in Tennessee, making another two Pro Bowls and being named First Team All-Pro twice more.

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Does Marshall deserve blame? 00:02:37
Daily News Live analyzes the recent remarks made by wide receiver Brandon Marshall about the Jets disappointing 2016 season.

Brandon Marshall made his scheduled appearance on Showtime's Inside the NFL following the conclusion of the Jets' 2016 season on Tuesday night.

Among the topics Marshall addressed were when he first saw the season begin to slip away, experiencing the other side of the New York media, his relationship with Sheldon Richardson and what he learned from this season.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Sheldon Richardson
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Jets season report cards 00:04:52
The Jets Extra Point panel grades the Jets on their performance on both sides of the ball this season.
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