New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 9-6, Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here is a position-by-position analysis of the game that dropped the Jets to 3-7 heading into a bye week.

Quarterbacks

Bent: Bryce Petty made his long-awaited first NFL start. It's been suggested there was concern Petty wouldn't be ready, but Chan Gailey certainly was, as he emptied out the safe, simple and conservative section of his playbook and gradually eased Petty into the game by not putting too much on his plate.

However, the well ran dry in the second half and the Jets were unable to build upon the quick drop passing attack that was effective in mitigating pressure from the Rams' front four earlier on.

Petty executed such passes pretty well all day, as the Jets spread the defense out and gave Petty a bunch of single-read quick throws reminiscent of those he'd have been required to throw all the time at Baylor.

When asked to do more, he made a couple of late reads and a couple more misreads, leading him to forcing throws into traffic or misfiring as he tried to overcompensate.

Petty avoided the major mistake until his final throw was intercepted to ice the win for the Rams. The only problem with that throw was that it was half a beat late, although it wasn't the first time he'd made that mistake -- a common one with inexperienced starters at the NFL level.

Of a greater concern were the plays when he didn't read a defender dropping off into a passing lane or primed to jump a route. This, more than anywhere, is where his abilities are not yet at an NFL-ready level. Until the Jets can develop him in that area, that's going to prevent them from running their offense effectively. For the time being -- assuming he gets another shot -- the Jets will need to pick their spots and otherwise find other, more creative, ways to enable him to be successful.

Yesterday, that involved leaning on the running game, throwing quick passes to backs out of the slot and plenty of safe conversions in the flat and on quick outs. They also converted on their only red zone trip with a beautifully-executed hook-and-ladder play.

What more could they have done -- and could they look to build into the gameplan as they gradually start to loosen the shackles? First off, they could look to go deep more often. Petty had a deep completion from his own end-zone to begin the 99-yard touchdown drive that led to the Jets' only points.

It might have been worth trying to do that more often, because it's not difficult to protect on a three or five-step drop with an immediate downfield throw if you leave extra blockers in. There's also no real need to read the coverage and, even if you throw an interception, at least that happens way down the field so it usually won't hurt you too much in terms of field position. On one other downfield throw, Petty overthrew a wide-open receiver on what could have been a 68-yard touchdown that might have been enough to win the game. Maybe a pump-and-go with the receiver making a double-move would have been effective in the second half as the Rams anticipated more of the same from the Jets.

The Jets also could have done more in terms of getting Petty on the move, just as a different way of mitigating any natural pressure. Having said that, he did a good job of avoiding a sack on one play but his throw on the move was one of his least accurate of the game.

On the whole, Petty handled himself fairly well and did some good things. An inauspicious start saw the team flagged for having 12-men in the huddle before Petty had thrown his first pass, forcing it into a third-and-long on which it came up short. The Jets then began their next drive on their own 1-yard line, so it wasn't exactly easy for him to develop any kind of an early rhythm.

Was Petty any more impressive than past backups like Brooks Bollinger, Kellen Clemens or Greg McElroy that earned a shot at starting for the Jets but never made it as a full-time starter? Not yet, at least. We need to see more -- and I hope we do.

The fact that the Jets still left Christian Hackenberg on the inactive list speaks volumes. Not only does is suggest the Jets have no desire to throw him into the fire yet, but it also gives the impression that Ryan Fitzpatrick must theoretically have been capable of starting if absolutely necessary. Had Petty been knocked out of the game, I doubt the reception that would have greeted Fitzpatrick would have been welcoming.

Running backs

Bent: With Petty at quarterback, that piled the pressure on the Jets' running game to be successful, and it didn't fare too badly with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell combining for 198 yards from scrimmage. That included eight plays of 10 yards or more. In fact, the Jets only had nine such plays all game.

It wasn't like the Jets were gaining consistent yards on the ground though. Despite his solid stats overall (98 yards rushing and another 11 yards on two catches), Forte was stopped for two or fewer yards 11 times, including seven in the first half. That represented half of his total touches. Still, he showed good vision and made some nice cuts to break out to the second level, as well as fighting for extra yardage on a couple of plays.

Powell continues to provide a spark, scoring the Jets' only points on the first half gadget play and later rescuing an inaccurately-thrown lateral to spin away for a nice first down run. Should he have run out of bounds just before halftime, though? Powell opted to cut back inside with a couple of seconds left when perhaps the Jets could have attempted an extremely long field goal or a Hail Mary pass. In a game in which neither team had many chances to score, that was potentially a wasted opportunity.

The recently-signed C.J. Spiller gained four yards on his first carry as a Jet, but disappointingly dropped his only target on a short throw to the flat, killing the Jets' momentum on the drive after Los Angeles took a fourth-quarter lead. They had gained six, 10 and seven yards on the first three plays of the drive to move to midfield, but Spiller's drop was the first of three straight incompletions.

Offensive line

Bent: Some of the struggles with the running game could be attributed to the offensive line, which missed some key guys and seemed destined to be overmatched against the Rams' excellent front. In that regard, they deserve credit for managing to compete as well as they did.

It's worth asking if the Jets miscalculated by not trying to run more in the second half. While part of this was attributable to their inability to sustain drives due to their passing game stalling, the Jets carried the ball just eight times in the second half, after having carried 17 times for over 100 in the first half. The Rams did the opposite, as they kept trying to run even though the Jets held them to just three yards per carry -- with 24 of their 39 yards coming on one play -- before halftime. They ended up with 125 yards.

In terms of pass protection, the Jets didn't face much of a challenge early on because Petty was getting the ball out almost immediately on most of his throws. But later, when required to hold up in protection, the Jets had some issues. Petty was sacked just once and hit three other times officially, but he was under pressure at least 10 times, mostly in the second half.

Breno Giacomini's best contribution was probably when he drew a personal foul by getting involved in a shoving match after a short yardage conversion. While he got burned for the Rams' only sack, he made fewer mistakes than he has in either of his other appearances so far this season.

James Carpenter deserves some serious credit because he successfully dealt with the formidable Aaron Donald one-on-one on a number of occasions. Donald definitely got the better of him a number of times, particularly when bull rushing or penetrating at the point of attack. Donald was frustrated for much of the game, but started to dominate down the stretch with his most impressive move seeing him bull rushing Carpenter into the backfield and then smoothly transitioning into a rip move to get by Wesley Johnson when he came over to help.

Johnson had some issues in the running game, both at the point of attack and in space, but the unit continues to function somewhat efficiently with him in there for Nick Mangold. This is nowhere near the mess that was created when Colin Baxter filled in for Mangold back in 2011.

Now the full-time left tackle, Ben Ijalana was beaten a few times in pass protection and allowed his man to bat down a pass, something which has been a constant issue for him all season. In addition, he had a penalty that negated a first-down completion. He made some good blocks in the running game, but on one of the key moments of the game, he was badly beaten inside on a run that was blown up in the backfield early in the fourth quarter. That play was second-and-3 at the Rams' 39, and the Jets failed to convert the third down and ended up punting. That was as close as they got to field goal range after their first score.

Brian Winters continues to play much more consistently than he ever has in the past, making some nice run blocks and only getting beaten once in pass protection. It's a shame he couldn't have performed like this over his first three seasons when the rest of the line was often doing well and he was the weak link. Shouldn't the Jets start to worry about the fact that Winters, Johnson and Ijalana are all out of contract at the end of the year? Not that they'd break the bank for any of those guys, but losing all three is going to destroy their depth, especially with Ryan Clady, Giacomini and maybe even Mangold as potential cap casualties.

Receivers

Bent: This was probably a frustrating game for the Jets' primary pass catchers. All in all, the Jets got just 22 yards on 12 targets to their top two receivers. Brandon Marshall caught four passes for 15 yards and Quincy Enunwa caught just one of his six targets for seven yards. Both made contributions as blockers, including on Powell's touchdown where Enunwa set the edge perfectly as Marshall made the pitch, but you'd expect more in terms of statistical production.

Robby Anderson is still finding ways to produce though, as he led the Jets with 69 yards on three catches. Most of that came on his 52-yard catch of a Petty bomb thrown from his own end zone. That was a tough catch with a defender draped all over him, which is an encouraging sign because his physicality at the point of the catch has been inconsistent so far.

Anderson's other two catches came up just short of the first-down marker, but he could have added a 68-yard touchdown on a play where the defense blew the coverage but Petty overthrew him. Anderson inexplicably seemed to slow down momentarily before breaking into the open field and perhaps would have been able to make the catch had he accelerated at full speed. He was also unable to get any separation on a crucial third down in the fourth quarter.

While it's apparent there are some areas where he needs to sharpen his skills, Anderson's production -- exactly 300 yards from scrimmage in the last eight games -- is encouraging, especially in light of some of the near misses that could have bolstered those numbers.

The other rookies, Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake, didn't produce much this week. Peake caught two short passes and had a third short catch negated by a penalty. Marshall wasn't targeted.

At tight end, Brandon Bostick had some really bad moments as a blocker. On one play, he was thrown into the end zone by his man, who blew up the run as the Jets tried to run their ball out from their own goal line. Bostick also had several other plays where he missed his block. However, he bounced back with a couple of good blocks late in the game, including a good lead block from the fullback position.

There were more encouraging signs from newly-signed Eric Tomlinson in his NFL debut. Tomlinson was in the starting lineup and sealed his man off effectively on the first snap. Later, he drove his man off the line and to the ground in dominating fashion. He was only in on a handful of snaps, but these flashes suggest he could be a serious asset to the running game. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, on the other hand, did not get any reps.

Defensive line

Bent: After a week when there were more revelations about Muhammad Wilkerson and his off-field behavior, you might have expected that he'd be motivated to put in a strong performance to remind everyone how good he is and re-establish himself as a leader. However, for the two and a half quarters, he provided them with absolutely nothing. No pressures, no tackles, no disruption.

Making matters worse, he was driven off the line several times again, just as he was down the stretch last week. This is something that simply never used to happen more than once or twice a game to Wilkerson.

Perhaps Wilkerson deserves a pass because it's been reported that he's still nowhere near 100 percent having come back from leg surgery at the end of last season. Even so, the idea Wilkerson's struggles are because he hasn't conducted himself with the same level of determination and professionalism as he was before he signed his extension is concerning.

Down the stretch, he at last made some contributions with a quarterback hit on a stunt and four run stuffs. Had he played like that all day, it could have been a classic Wilkerson performance. However, when that's his only production all day and he also has a series of negative plays, it's extremely disappointing, especially with the Jets having just invested so much into Wilkerson's future.

On the other hand, Sheldon Richardson was much more productive. His seven tackles included two in the backfield, and he had a quarterback hit and a couple of other pressures. Even this was somewhat disappointing though, as he didn't really make any of the kind of dominant plays we've become accustomed to over the years. He was also driven off the line on one play and missed a chance of a sack by overrunning Case Keenum in the pocket.

Leonard Williams blew up a few runs in the first half, but had a quieter second half and was handled at the point of attack on a few second-half runs. He had one pressure. Every now and again, Williams has a monster game like last week, suggesting he's about to break out fully. He so far hasn't been able to follow up with another big game, and that pattern continued.

Steve McLendon was credited with 1.5 sacks, as he was cleaning up pressure generated by other players. Amazingly, McLendon now has more sacks (a career-high 3.5) than either Richardson (1.5) or Wilkerson (2.5) so far this season. It's also more than Damon Harrison has in his entire career. Against the run, McLendon blew up one play but otherwise had a rough game and was routinely handled at the point of attack.

Surprisingly, Deon Simon was the defensive lineman with the most impressive highlight this week, throwing his blocker aside to blow up a run in the backfield. It's good to see a positive flash from Simon, who had underwhelmed and lost playing time in recent weeks following an encouraging start.

Anthony Johnson saw a couple of reps in his Jets debut and was in on the stop at the goal line where Benny Cunningham fumbled.

Linebackers

Bent: It was relieving to hear Darron Lee was back from injury because Julian Stanford had been totally overmatched alongside David Harris over the past few weeks. However, to my surprise, Stanford remained in the starting lineup and Lee only played sparingly in passing situations. Hopefully this is because they anticipated Lee would not be healthy enough to jump back into a starting role; if they felt he would be even less effective than Stanford has been, that's not a good sign.

In that rotational role, Lee had a couple of impressive moments, generating some pressure as a blitzer and breaking up an end zone throw on a wheel route to force the Rams to settle for a field goal. It will be interesting to see if the second half of his rookie season is as impressive as those of Harris and Jonathan Vilma, each of whom made a similarly slow start.

Stanford made fewer mistakes than last week, but still had a couple of bad missed tackles and was blocked out at the second level on a few late runs. There were also two running plays where he inexplicably ran away from the ball carrier in a situation where he might have been able to make a stop. It's difficult to work out what he was doing on this play, for example, as he engaged a blocker to his right rather than continuing to flow downhill to fill the obvious running lane to his left.



Harris had an active performance, leading the team with 11 tackles and adding a pass defensed and three pressures. He stuffed a couple of runs at the line and blew up a screen pass for a loss, but was blocked out of a handful of running plays. Harris and Lee were also each credited with a half-sack.

Lorenzo Mauldin had another disruptive game, although he was banged up and didn't play much compared to recent weeks. He was credited with 0.5 sacks and his pressure led to another sack. He was also in on a couple of run stuffs and almost intercepted another pass.

Jordan Jenkins was blocked off on a couple of running plays and also missed a tackle. He had two tackles, but didn't generate any pressure. It's been an underwhelming rookie season so far from Jenkins.

Mike Catapano did not make any significant contributions off the bench. Through nine weeks, he has just two tackles on the year.

Defensive backs

Bent: Darrelle Revis really struggled early on. The Rams converted three third downs by targeting him; otherwise, their offense was basically non-existent. Later on, he was burned for a deep catch. Revis settled down in the second half, with good coverage on two incompletions and an important tackle short of the marker, but was also penalized on an illegal hands to the face call.

It's extremely disconcerting to see Revis as the weakest link on the defense, especially when Wilkerson is also struggling to make an impact. While both played better later on, that's scant consolation when the Jets have Revis, Wilkerson and Fitzpatrick over $50 million between them this season. If it takes Revis until after halftime to warm up these days, perhaps he is no longer fit to be a starter at the NFL level, let alone such a highly-paid one.

Buster Skrine gave up a couple of first downs, but held up well for the most part, making a good third-down tackle, blowing up a screen pass and disrupting a throw on a blitz from the slot. Skrine was on the right end of a couple of officiating decisions, as he drew a flag for offensive pass interference and then had a flag for defensive pass interference on a pass breakup in the end zone picked up.

Remember a few weeks ago when Skrine was penalized four times? He's only been flagged once in the three games since. In a season and a half with the Jets, that's the only time he's had more than one penalty in a game. As suspected at the time, it seems that had more to do with Jerome Boger and his crew than Skrine himself. He's otherwise been their most consistent defensive back.

Darryl Roberts was the only other cornerback to see action as three cornerback options -- or four if you include Antonio Allen -- played solely on special teams. Roberts blew up a screen, broke up a pass on the outside and made a play in run support in a decent performance. He gave up one first down in coverage.

Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor have been playing much more consistently at safety over the past few weeks. Gilchrist was credited with a tackle for loss on a play he made in the flat and also had a touchdown-saving tackle at the goal line in the first quarter when the Rams ended up settling for a field goal. Pryor forced a fumble on a stop at the goal line and made another good play in run support, but did give up two first downs in coverage.

Rontez Miles made a couple of contributions in brief action off the bench, making a stop in the flat and a third-down tackle to force a punt.

Special teams

Bent: In a tight game, Nick Folk failed to score for the first time since the Jets were shut out 31-0 by the Chargers in 2014. Entering this year, Folk had never missed an extra point, but this was his second miss of the season. It didn't matter in the end, but it could have been crucial. Folk kicked off just twice, with one touchback.

Punter Lac Edwards is still struggling to hit his stride at the NFL level. It seems like most of his kicks either travel too far or he gets under the ball and lays it up too short. Three of his first four punts were returned more than 10 yards. Then, as he adjusted, his last four punts were all 35 yards or fewer with only one landing within the 20.

In a 9-6 game, when there's a difference of over 12 yards between the net averages of two punters who kicked 15 times between them, this has a major impact. Rams punter Johnny Hekker's performance called to mind Brandon Fields' similar performance when the Dolphins beat the 2010 Jets 10-6 in a similar game. That underlines how far away the Jets are from having a good punter, despite using a draft pick on Edwards.

Jalin Marshall continued to struggle, as he muffed yet another punt before being temporarily replaced by Nick Marshall. Spiller was also uninspiring in the return game and Brent Qvale had a bad missed block in space.

In kick coverage, Allen was credited with two tackles, including one where he saved a potentially longer return over by the sideline. He's been valuable on the second wave this year. The only time the first wave got to the return man was when Nick Marshall got downfield well to blow up a punt return.

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Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) blocks Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings/AP)
Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) blocks Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings/AP)

The Jets' offensive line was more than in-flux during the 2019 season. 

Injuries and below average play plagued the Jets throughout the year. That made just about everything that much more difficult for quarterback Sam Darnold, head coach Adam Gase and the rest of Gang Green's offense. 

While the Jets could use the 2020 NFL Draft to fix their offensive line, Pro Football Focus thinks they should get a head start in free agency with a big name.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a banner year for the Jets in terms of the their rookie picks in 2019. 

Still, Pro Football Focus didn't rank the newest Jets players last season that badly, slotting the group in as the 20th best rookie class in the NFL last season. 

That ranked as the best rookie class in the AFC East, at least.

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Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

As the 2020 NFL Draft gets closer by the day, mock drafts from respected experts continue to come out. This time, it's NFL.com's Bucky Brooks giving his first edition. 

Brooks, a former NFL return specialist, has been one of NFL.com and NFL Network's top draft analysts. And after doing his first evaluation of the top prospects, he believes that Jets GM Joe Douglas will find himself a new left tackle to work with in Louisville's Mekhi Becton at No. 11 overall. 

"Ultra-athletic edge blocker with the size, length and skill to blossom into an elite NFL offensive tackle," Brooks said about Becton. 

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Matt Peart (Vasha Hunt)
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Despite several players having dropped out, the teams on hand -- including the Jets -- had plenty of top draft prospects to evaluate in Saturday afternoon's Senior Bowl game.

While Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert won the MVP award, the Jets aren't currently in the market for a starting quarterback. However, let's recap some of the performances from players who could fill a potential need...

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In his second season in the NFL, Jets QB Sam Darnold was on a rollercoaster. He dealt with mono just as the season started, and as he made his way back, he even played through a thumb injury.

It was a strong second-half finish for the Jets, which showed great development from the USC product. Darnold reflected on that and much more with SNY's Jeane Coakley while meeting fans at Jets House...

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

During Pro Bowl practice on Saturday, some players around the league were asked their thoughts on Jets safety Jamal Adams.

Their answers? All praise for the LSU product.

"If I had the control to pick one player that I could play with again, it would be him," Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White said to Ethan Greenberg. "Just the energy he brings to the field, the way that he plays the game, you have no choice but to respect it. He plays the game the way you it to be played. He plays hard. He's going to give you his best effort each and every snap, each and every practice. He's probably one of my favorite teammates ever. We still talk to this day, often we text back and forth during the season. We got a real brotherhood, he's one of my favorite people."

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The annual Jets House was held this weekend, bringing fans together with members of the team to meet and mingle, and SNY's Jeane Coakley was there to cover it. 

C.J. Mosley took the time out to speak with Coakley on how he's doing since having surgery six weeks ago, how he feels the Jets defense did this season with him on the sidelines for the most part, and who he likes in the Super Bowl.

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On the same day that Eli Manning retired from the game of football after a 16-year career with the Giants, another star New York quarterback sang some high praises for the two-time Super Bowl champion.

Joe Namath, who played 12 seasons in New York with the Jets and brought the city it's first Super Bowl back in 1969, believes that Manning might just be the best quarterback to ever play here.

"I was pretty good and did some things. Eli, I marveled at. He was remarkable," Namath told The Post Friday morning. "I wouldn't compare myself to Eli. He's done far more than I ever did on the field."

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Among draft experts, there is a great debate about which wide receiver is the best in this year's NFL Draft. And that debate revolves around Alabama's Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb.

Both receivers check off all the boxes evaluators and coaches alike look for. Whether its top-notch speed, route-running, ball-tracking, or sturdy hands, Jeudy and Lamb possess the attributes necessary to translate their stellar college careers into NFL careers as No. 1 receivers. 

And the Jets could definitely use one of those for Sam Darnold

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Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; North outside linebacker Zack Baun of Wisconsin (56) works around North tight end Sean McKeon of Michigan (86) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)
Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; North outside linebacker Zack Baun of Wisconsin (56) works around North tight end Sean McKeon of Michigan (86) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)

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This Saturday afternoon will be one of the highlights of the offseason as the Senior Bowl takes place in Mobile, Alabama.

Jets scouts, coaches and front office personnel have been on hand to pay close attention to practice during the week, which is viewed as one of the most important events in the pre-draft process.

Let's consider some of the top prospects that play positions where the Jets will be specifically looking for reinforcements...

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Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

All but two teams -- the Chiefs and 49ers -- are left to worry about their offseasons with Super Bowl LIV set for Feb. 2. While NFL free agency kicks off in March, the efforts of scouting top NFL Draft prospects will ramp up. 

The Jets have the No. 11 overall pick in this year's Draft after picking at No. 3 in 2018 and 2019. Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams were used with those selections. 

Who will join them with the latest first round selection in GM Joe Douglas' first draft? Here's what experts believe will happen...

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Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Dez Bryant last played an NFL game in 2017 as a member of the Cowboys, before Dallas cut him prior to the 2018 season. The wide receiver signed with Saints in November of 2018, but tore his Achilles tendon in just his second practice with the team.

But he's still holding out hope that he can latch on to an NFL team in 2020, and he's got at least one big fan in Jets safety Jamal Adams.

Bryant tweeted on Monday that he'd love to return to return to the Cowboys and serve in a role similar to the one Jason Witten did with Dallas this season.

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Darrelle Revis was watching the NFC Championship game on Sunday, and though the 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl, the former Jet DB was unimpressed with what he saw from their star cornerback, Richard Sherman

The sole inhabitant of "Revis Island" criticized Sherman for sitting in zone coverage, rather than travel with Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Mike Pennel (98) reacts to a replay of a Green Bay Packers touchdown during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Mike Pennel (98) reacts to a replay of a Green Bay Packers touchdown during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While the Jets hope their opportunity at playing in a Super Bowl is just around the corner, it won't be Super Bowl LIV. 

That game will be played between the 49ers and Chiefs after those two teams won the NFC and AFC Championship Games, respectively, on Sunday. 

When those two teams get after it in just about two weeks time, four players with connections to the Jets will feature on the two rosters. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets kicker Sam Ficken (9) kicks an extra point during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets kicker Sam Ficken (9) kicks an extra point during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Rick Gosselin, a 47-year veteran of analyzing special teams releases a yearly review and ranks the 32 units across the NFL. Last year, the Jets landed as the best unit in the league, but they're still highly-touted this season.

Gosselin's system has long been a highly-respected system to grade out the league's specialists. Teams are ranked in 22 kicking-game categories and assigned points according to their standing - one for best, 32 for worst.

The Jets landed at the No. 8 overall spot in Gosselin's latest ranking for 2019 with 324 overall points. 

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Jan 18, 2020; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Team East running back Benny LeMay (32) runs the ball in for a touchdown as Team West safety Austin Lee (23) defends during the first quarter at Tropicana Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA Today SPORTS)
Jan 18, 2020; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Team East running back Benny LeMay (32) runs the ball in for a touchdown as Team West safety Austin Lee (23) defends during the first quarter at Tropicana Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA Today SPORTS)

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Two college all-star games took place over the weekend with plenty of Jets personnel reportedly on hand for a closer look at some potential 2020 draft picks -- the East-West Shrine game on Saturday afternoon with the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl kicking off later that evening.  

Of the two, the Shrine game is the higher profile event, with Folorunso Fatukasi being a recent example of someone who impressed the Jets there and went on to be drafted by them. However, the team also picked up a handful of undrafted free agents from last year's Collegiate Bowl rosters.

Let's identify some players who may draw interest from the Jets based on their performance over the weekend.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets appear to have an opening on their coaching staff, where they see a defensive position coach depart for a job elsewhere in the league.

Assistant defensive backs coach Steve Jackson is leaving New York to become the Cincinnati Bengals' cornerbacks coach, according to a Sunday evening report from Brian Costello of the New York Post.

The 50-year-old Jackson spent the past two years with the Jets, coming over to New York after serving as the Tennessee Titans' safeties coach from 2016-17.

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January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in attendance during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in attendance during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Even as the NFL playoffs wind down with Championship Sunday setting the scene for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, Tom Brady's highly anticipated offseason decision is already making headlines.

Since the Patriots' 2019 season ended with Jan. 4's 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Round, New England and the 42-year-old quarterback have a major choice on the horizon.

Set to hit free agency after he completed his 20th year in the league -- all with the Patriots -- Brady's potential departure from New England could land him outside the AFC East for the 2020 campaign.

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Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Skimming through myriad mock drafts that have surfaced ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, many believe Jets GM Joe Douglas will be targeting a No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold. There are a few playmakers for New York to choose from, including Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins

Having a top receiver is definitely a need for the Jets, but is that what they should be focused on with the No. 11 overall pick? What about protecting Darnold? 

While there's multiple playmakers to salivate over in the first round, there's just as many offensive linemen to bulk up that unit for the Jets. 

Tags: Brandon Shell, Jamison Crowder, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Legendary Jets offensive tackle Winston Hill is taking his rightful place in Canton, Ohio.

Hill, who starred with the Jets from 1963-1976, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday. 

Hill passed away in 2016 at the age of 74.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

Joe Douglas is heading into his first offseason as the Jets GM, and he knows there is a lot on his plate. Multiple holes need to be filled, especially on the offensive line front and the secondary. 

Knowing how crucial his first offseason calling the shots is, Douglas is already on the ground getting to work. 

Douglas is at the East-West Shrine Bowl at Tropicana Field assessing some of the best college seniors the NCAA had to offer this season ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. And, according to the Pro Football Network, he has brought reinforcements with him. 

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Ryan Tannehill, of all quarterbacks, secured a place in the AFC championship game on Saturday, and that has spawned a cottage industry bashing of his former coach, Adam Gase. After all, the theory goes, Tannehill finally became the quarterback everyone thought he could be as soon as Gase was no longer his coach.

It's a nice theory. And for anyone who hates Gase or thinks the Jets made a mistake by hiring him, it fits the narrative.

It just doesn't fit the facts.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold reportedly had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb on Tuesday, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Darnold is not expected to miss any time as the surgery was performed by the Jets team doctors.

He originally suffered a thumb injury on Oct. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, though, he never missed any time due to the injury. He wore a brace on his left hand under a glove for the rest of the season.

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On Thursday, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum talked to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the Giants new head coach Joe Judge, going over the challenges that Judge could face.

"Well I think that's really a big part of the interview process," Tannenbaum said. "I want to know what's your first 90 days like or what is it going to be like if Saquon Barkley doesn't show up on the first day of the voluntary offseason program? What's your message to him? Whats's your message to the team? What's your message to the media?"

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Kyle Phillips (98) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Kyle Phillips (98) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

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Over the last week or so, we've been taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We conclude today with a look at defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, who was an undrafted free agent signed in May.

Phillips was one of three undrafted rookies to see action with the Jets this season, but he was the only one to make the opening day roster. In fact, the other two - cornerback Kyron Brown and wide receiver Jeff Smith - each played just one game before suffering a season-ending injury.

After being inactive on opening day, Phillips was active for every other game and finished the season with 39 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He was also credited with one pass defensed.

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Dec 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jehu Chesson (16) works out prior to the game at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jehu Chesson (16) works out prior to the game at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets have signed wide receiver Jehu Chesson to a reserve/future contract.

Chesson, 26, was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 139 pick in the fourth round in the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan.

He finished his rookie season with two receptions for 18 yards in 12 games, but was waived prior to the 2018 season. The Washington Redskins signed him soon after and he bounced between their active roster and practice squad. He had one reception for seven yards in 12 games with the Redskins in 2018.

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Over the last week or so, we've been taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each member of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue today with a look at cornerback Bless Austin, who was selected in the sixth round.

For much of the season, Austin was a forgotten man, as he was on the non-football injury list rehabbing a serious knee injury. However, he was activated in November and soon found himself in a starting role after Darryl Roberts got injured and Nate Hairston was benched. Over the next five weeks, Austin and Arthur Maulet provided the Jets with the most consistent cornerback play the team enjoyed all season and it looked like Austin was establishing himself as a potential starter for 2020 and beyond.

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Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Celebrity comedians Trevor Noah (left) and Jerry Seinfeld (center) and Larry David (right) watch an opening day game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Celebrity comedians Trevor Noah (left) and Jerry Seinfeld (center) and Larry David (right) watch an opening day game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

If Mike Maccagnan listened to Larry David before the 2018 NFL Draft, things would have turned out pretty, pretty, pretty good.

During an appearance Tuesday on The Michael Kay Show, the Curb Your Enthusiasm star and Seinfeld co-creator explained how he tried to make Jackson to the Jets happen.

"I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson," David said. "I have a witness -- yes, I have a witness."

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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Over the last week or so, we've been taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue with a look at linebacker Blake Cashman, who was selected in the fifth round out of Minnesota.

Cashman took advantage of the Jets' injury issues at inside linebacker as he got the opportunity to start five games and he was productive in those games, racking up 33 tackles, three quarterback hits, a pass defended and a fumble recovery. He ended the season with 40 tackles in seven games. However, he suffered a season-ending injury in the Jacksonville game and missed the second half of the year.

When Cashman was drafted, it seemed most likely that he'd primarily be a core special-teamer and perhaps work toward getting some reps as a situational coverage linebacker. However, when Avery Williamson was lost for the year in the preseason, Cashman suddenly became the primary backup at inside linebacker and was thrust into a full-time role due to CJ Mosley's opening day injury.

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas previously said he wouldn't hang up if and when trade calls come in on either running back Le'Veon Bell or safety Jamal Adams.

Speculation has surrounded both players since early in the 2019 season. 

Listening to trade calls still be true, but the GM changed his tune a bit on Monday. Douglas praised both Adams and Bell instead of discussing those potential calls. 

Tags: Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell
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