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

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(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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DeShone Kizer highlights 00:01:19
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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

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

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

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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.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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

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

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

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

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

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

Or so we all thought.

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 (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)
(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to listen...

 

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

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

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

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

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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

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

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

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


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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

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

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

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(Brad Penner)

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

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

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(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...

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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))

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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets have re-signed LB/ST Josh Martin to a two-year, $4.3 million deal, the team announced Thursday night.

The fourth-year pro played in a career-high 15 games for New York last season, primarily on special teams.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

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