Bent, theJetsBlog.com: A recent discussion in our comments section prompted a remark from one reader that Brandon Marshall was a “QB killer." It's no revelation that Marshall had some character issues over the early part of his career and, although he's taken steps to eradicate these in recent years, the struggles for Jay Cutler in Chicago have been attributed in part to Marshall.

I thought it would be interesting to investigate what constitutes a “QB killer,” whether Marshall’s presumed role in Cutler’s struggles has been fairly or unfairly attributed to him and if there’s any signs that this fits in with a pattern over the course of his career.

After the jump, I'll be recapping Marshall’s career in the context of who his quarterback was and how their performance with him as one of their primary targets compared with the rest of their career, without him as a teammate.

What is a QB killer?

While there’s no official definition of a QB killer, in this context, I suppose we are talking about a receiver whose actions destroy a quarterback’s confidence, sometimes irreparably. Such actions could constitute bad body language, chewing the quarterback out, in public or behind the scenes, and demanding the ball more.

Ironically, the name that comes up most often if you do a Google search is Rex Ryan, whose quarterbacks have struggled over the course of his career, but not through a lack of support so much as coaching deficiencies. Also, the jury is still out on whether the damage done by Ryan was (a) permanent or (b) inevitable anyway. That’s a different kind of “QB killer” as are the number of pass rushers who refer to themselves in the same manner.

Perhaps the most notorious receiver with that reputation from recent years is Terrell Owens. Of course, whether or not that reputation was justly or unjustly bestowed upon him would have to be the subject of a separate study, but the likes of Jeff Garcia, Drew Bledsoe, Tony Romo and Donovan McNabb all seem to have had their run-ins with him and underachieved as a result at one time or another.

One other memorable example was that of Jeremy Shockey, who constantly seemed to be complaining to Eli Manning that he wasn't getting the ball, often when the film showed he wasn’t really open. The predictable results were a loss of confidence and, in some cases, turnovers caused by Manning trying to force the ball to him. When Shockey got hurt late in the season, the to-that-point mediocre Giants went on a tear and ended up winning the Super Bowl with the less-talented, but less disruptive, Kevin Boss replacing Shockey. Manning would play the best football of his career during that run. This was a good example of addition by subtraction, I suppose.

Who has Marshall played with?

Before we dig deeper into the numbers, let's recap who Marshall’s quarterback was over the course of his career.

Marshall spent his first three years in Denver with Cutler as his quarterback after the pair were drafted together in 2006 (Cutler in the first round, Marshall in the fourth). In their rookie year, Jake Plummer was actually the starter until late in the year but Marshall was injured and didn’t have a significant or enough of a high profile role to be the determining factor in Plummer’s success or failure. Marshall, who caught 20 passes that year, didn't make his first start until after Cutler took over as the starter late in the year.

Cutler was traded away at the end of Marshall's third season, so Marshall played a year with Kyle Orton as his quarterback. Marshall himself was then traded to Miami where Chad Pennington would have been his quarterback but was injured on the first series of the season and would not play again. This meant Chad Henne was the starter in 2010. Matt Moore was the starter for most of 2011, taking over from Henne after an early-season injury.

After that, it was back to having Cutler as his quarterback, as he was traded to the Bears and spent three seasons in Chicago. However, during that time, Cutler missed half of the 2013 season with an injured groin and Josh McCown replaced him.

So, the quarterbacks we need to look at are Cutler, Orton, Henne, Moore and McCown.

What happened to each of them?

Before we look at the numbers, let's consider why these changes came about. Were quarterbacks being replaced, were they moving on or was it simply that Marshall moved away from the team?

Cutler

We need to consider Cutler twice, both in Denver and in Chicago. There’s an interesting contrast here, as Marshall was starting to establish himself when he first played with Cutler, but perhaps hadn’t quite peaked yet in terms of his questionable attitude. However, when they were reunited in Chicago, Marshall had reportedly matured, albeit that he was also perhaps past his peak as an elite-production receiver.

It’s somewhat surprising, therefore, that the Marshall-Cutler dynamic seemed to degrade more in Chicago than it did in Denver, although you could perhaps say that any dissension had accumulated over time, even with the gap in the middle.

Cutler’s departure from Denver had more to do with a dispute with Josh McDaniels than anything Marshall seemed to be involved with. However, in Chicago, there were reports that he and Cutler had a contentious relationship and eyebrows were raised last week when Marshall omitted Cutler from a list of his favorite team mates.

Orton

When Marshall left Denver, Orton remained and did begin the following season (and the one after that) as the starter. Most recently, Orton made an impact when he took over as starter for the Bills last season, but has since retired.

Henne

Henne remained as the starter after his first full season with Marshall, but then got injured and was replaced by Moore. He left Miami after that season, to pursue a better opportunity for playing time with David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill each being brought in after Marshall's departure.

Moore

When Marshall left the Dolphins, Moore remained with the team and had a chance to begin the following season as the starter, only to lose the job to Ryan Tannehill after the team initially seemed primed to give it to Garrard only for Garrard to get hurt. Moore has been one of the highest paid back-ups in the league since that time, but hasn't been called upon to play much with Tannehill establishing himself ahead of him.

McCown

McCown relinquished the starting role back to Cutler once Cutler had recovered from his groin injury at the end of the 2013 season, although this was controversial, as many fans felt McCown should have kept the job. He signed to Tampa Bay after the season where was the starter, but lost time to an early-season thumb injury and ending up having a disappointing season before moving onto Cleveland.

Conclusions so far

Cutler is probably the best quarterback Marshall has played with, even though he is considered to have struggled over the last two seasons. Their relationship seems to have somewhat fallen apart, but it's difficult to know how much of his on-field struggles are attributable to Marshall. Coaches apparently blamed Cutler for making poor reads and audibles. Also, at times last season, Marshall was hurt, limiting his production which you can't really blame him for. If anything, Marshall being a negative influence might have led us to expect Cutler to fare better without him, but that wasn't the case as Marshall missed the last three games and Cutler still struggled. Maybe his confidence was already shot by then though.

For the other four quarterbacks, it will be interesting to compare the numbers they achieved with Marshall in the line-up with their numbers generally over the course of their careers. From this initial look, however, we can surmise that if there was any damage done, it wasn't permanent, because each player has had some level of success since being separated from Marshall.

With or without you

Let's look into how each quarterback performed while throwing the ball to Marshall and then put that in the context of their career numbers.

Cutler

Cutler's numbers have actually been pretty consistent over the course of his career. He's never had a QB rating of 90, but he's only had a rating of below 80 once. That happened in his first year in Chicago, as Cutler threw a career-worst 26 interceptions (eight more than he ever threw with Marshall as a team mate). Maybe you could say this was residual damage from his first three seasons with Marshall, but that doesn't really hold water because Cutler's numbers peaked in that third season and he went to the pro bowl with a career-best 4,526 yards to his name.

He's never actually been close to that number again, with the nearest actually being last season when he had just over 3,800 despite missing one game (a game that Marshall also missed). In fact, despite the negative outlook for the season as a whole, Cutler had career bests in touchdown passes (28) and completion percentage (66%) in 2014 and his two best passer ratings of his career in 2013 and 2014.

While Cutler may have underachieved, you can't say that his numbers were ever negatively affected by Marshall's presence. In fact, the opposite seems to be the case and if there are any negatives to having Marshall as a team mate, the positives he brought to the table apparently outweigh these.

Orton

2009 might have been where Marshall's bad attitude was at its apex. You may recall him lazily going through the motions in camp and trying to get himself traded.

Nevertheless, Orton passed for 3,802 yards and 21 touchdowns, both career-highs. His quarterback rating of 86.8 was only one point lower than his best ever, which was last year in Buffalo.

In an interesting development, Orton came out of the block on fire in 2010, after Marshall's departure. In the first five games, Orton led Denver to a 3-2 start as he passed for 347 yards per game and eight touchdown passes to just three interceptions. Over the remainder of the season, however, his numbers dropped off, so this is probably too small of a sample size to suggest Orton was better off without Marshall.

Henne

Henne is another player who put up career numbers throwing the ball to Marshall. This was one of three times he had started 13 games in his career and he had career-bests in yardage (3,301) and touchdown passes (15). However, he did also have a career-worst 19 interceptions.

Nevertheless, he retained his starting job the following season and his numbers weren't bad before he got hurt.

Moore

Moore obviously set career highs in his one year with Marshall too, passing for 2,497 yards, 16 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in 12 starts. However, that was inevitable because he's only started 13 other games in his entire career combined, all of them over his first three seasons as a Carolina Panther.

Moore's passer rating in Carolina had been 73.9, so his performance in that 2011 season (87.8) was again a step up from this. However, he's the one example of someone who, since playing with Marshall, hasn't been a starter. I don't think you could say Marshall contributed to "killing" his career though, since Moore had his best season that year. As noted, Moore is still being paid handsomely to back up Tannehill. Despite only making five appearances and completing just 15 passes, he's earned almost $11m over the last three seasons.

McCown

McCown, a career journeyman, has started 49 games in his career, so the eight appearances (five starts) he made with Marshall's Bears in 2013 is a small proportion of his total career. Nevertheless, this is notable for how much better he played than he ever had in the past. McCown, who had never had a quarterback rating higher than 75 in a season before, put up a rating of 109.0 by throwing 13 touchdown passes and just one interception. This culminated in a three week spell where he averaged over 350 yards per game and threw eight touchdown passes, only to then be benched for Cutler the following week. McCown exceeded 350 yards twice with the Cardinals in 2005, but otherwise had never done up to that three week spell.

Since leaving the Bears, which he did to get an opportunity to start, he had a disappointing year with the Bucs and is now in the mix with the Browns. I don't think you could attribute his disappointing 2014 to anything from 2013, because his confidence was presumably at an all-time high (despite the fact they benched him to accommodate Cutler right at the end of the season).

Final Conclusions

The evidence here seems to suggest that, rather than being a so-called "QB killer," Marshall has typically had a positive influence on the numbers of those quarterbacks he had played with. Now, maybe there are some negative things he has done over the course of his career that have caused his quarterbacks to underachieve, but the pattern has been that the quarterback's numbers are enhanced by his presence, so the benefits he brings seemingly outweigh any negatives. In fact, he has arguably helped most, if not all, of the quarterbacks he has played with earn a lot more money.

As a bigger receiver, with an ability to create separation and go up to get the ball in a crowd, Marshall has everything you could want in a receiver to become the proverbial "quarterback's best friend," even if he isn't his "best friend" in the traditional sense of the word.

Funnily enough, though, this offseason seems to have revealed that Marshall and the incumbent starting quarterback, Geno Smith, are building a pretty close friendship which perhaps bodes well in terms of Smith's confidence.

Should Smith falter, then Marshall's success with McCown bodes well in terms of him being able to help an experienced veteran such as Ryan Fitzpatrick to elevate his game as well. We saw that to some degree with Andre Johnson last year as Fitzpatrick posted comfortably the best quarterback rating of his career.

While I'm not in the locker room, so I can't make too many judgments about the relationship between Marshall and his quarterbacks and the effect of this on performance, most of the signs appear to be positive in terms of the hope that he can help to elevate the numbers of whoever will be starting at quarterback for the Jets this season. Let's hope this pattern continues.

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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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CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy
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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)

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)
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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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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. 

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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
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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)
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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)
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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. 

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New York Jets center Jonotthan Harrison (78) lines up in the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets center Jonotthan Harrison (78) lines up in the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Dolphins, Rams, Bengals and Chargers. What do those four teams have in common?

They were the only teams to have their offensive lines ranked worse than the Jets in Pro Football Focus' final offensive rankings following the 2019 NFL season. 

The oft-struggling Jets line landed at No. 28 in the analytics outlet's final numbers. 

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New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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Over the next week or so, we're taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue today with a look at tight end Trevon Wesco, who was selected in the fourth round out of West Virginia.

On the face of it, Wesco had a disappointing season, as he only caught two passes, struggled in pass protection and did little to elevate the Jets' underwhelming running game. However, there were signs of usefulness throughout the season and some evidence of progression.

He typically had mixed results as a run blocker from the tight end position early in the season but seemed to improve his consistency as the season went along. He seemed to hold up well at the point attack and was able to handle assignments that required him to set the edge against defensive linemen while at times flashing dominance against smaller players in space.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Chuma Edoga (75) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) (Stephen B. Morton/AP)
New York Jets offensive tackle Chuma Edoga (75) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

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Over the next week or so, we're taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue today with a look at tackle Chuma Edoga, who was selected in the third round of this past year's NFL Draft.

Of course, any discussion of the Edoga pick needs to acknowledge the fact that the Jets had already made a pick earlier in the round. That proved disastrous, as edge rusher Jachai Polite had a disappointing training camp and didn't even make it onto the practice squad, let alone the opening day roster.  

The Edoga pick was more successful, as the 22-year old made it onto the roster and ultimately made eight starts. However, his rawness was exploited during those appearances, leaving many fans concerned that this will also prove to be a wasted pick. Edoga ended up the season on injured reserve.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up 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 strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Jets safety Jamal Adams has been named an AP first-team All-Pro, it was announced Friday.

Adams, who was named a second-team All-Pro last season, was named to his second straight pro bowl earlier this season.

The star out of LSU has been the anchor of the Jets' defense over the last few seasons and was at the top of nearly every key defensive statistic for Gang Green this year.

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After having the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft in 2018 and 2019 and nabbing Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams, the Jets find themselves all the way down at No. 11 for the 2020 draft.

But there will still be plenty of elite players to choose from.

Here's how the latest mocks see things shaking out...

Tags: Brian Winters, Quincy Enunwa, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Jets' 6-2 finish has given the franchise a renewed sense of hope, even though GM Joe Douglas didn't want to use that word. Hope, he said, is "not a strategy." The only way they can really capitalize on their strong finish is with a plan.

And they'll need a good one, too, because while Douglas is right that "Going 6-2, that's not luck," it's also not the sign of a finished product. The Jets were a disappointing 7-9 overall this season and did not look like a franchise on the verge of a long-awaited breakthrough. They have big, gaping holes throughout their roster.

So there is a lot of work still to do.

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