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 Eagles, including a focus on the struggles of the offensive line, against the run and in the secondary. Oh, and maybe a little bit of ranting, because I was feeling left out. 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.

It’s an all-too familiar pattern. The Jets fall behind, perhaps due to an unfortunate bounce or an individual error, then they look to get back into the game only for a similar play to put them in an even bigger hole. They have enough opportunistic players on the team that they might make a few plays to make you think they’ve got a chance to get back into it, but with no margin of error remaining, the Jets are too inconsistent to climb back into it without making another mistake that completely kills any momentum they’ve built.

In the Rex Ryan era these “spiral out of control” games have happened four times against New England, earlier this year against the Ravens and in the postseason against the Steelers last year, which was the closest they came to completing the comeback. Clearly, this team lacks the firepower to overcome a deficit against teams with a lot of talent. That doesn’t mean they’re incapable of beating such teams, but they need to keep the game close in the early stages and establish themselves on both sides of the ball. Against San Diego, the Jets fell into a hole after their first possession ended with a freak touchdown on a fumble return for the Chargers and almost didn’t recover. In a similar situation, the Eagles never looked likely to surrender their early lead, which grew to 28 in the second quarter, as the Jets made more mistakes and the Eagles showed that – although their record is comparable to the Chargers – they have more talent and are not an easy team to knock off at home.

Essentially, the Jets had some bad luck/mistakes early on, fell behind and presumably let that take them out of their intended gameplan. They ended up looking like a team without a plan and that was reflected on the scoreboard.

This is a particularly difficult game to grade, because if someone made a couple of early mistakes as the Jets fell behind, but then made a handful of impact plays later on, what’s the use in that? Similarly, if a player was playing well early but then started playing poorly when the game got out of hand, isn't that even worse? As usual, I looked at every play to see who did their job and who didn’t - you can make up your own minds what to make of it all.

Quarterback

Considering how heavily the Jets lost this game, their quarterback didn’t have as much of a negative impact as you might expect. An early interception wasn’t really his fault, as his pass went through Santonio Holmes’ hands and he did make a few pretty nice throws.

His biggest mistake came on third and two, as the Jets looked to run the ball, but Sanchez got his wires crossed and expected LaDainian Tomlinson to be going to the right. He instead had to tuck and run, and then compounded his error by losing a fumble as he tried in vain to extend the ball past the first down marker. Later on, he had a pass intercepted which he never should have thrown – the defensive player was sitting on the quick slant to Holmes and the ball bounced straight up into the air.

Sanchez was also at fault on one of the times he was sacked, because he easily could have dumped the ball off to a wide open Tomlinson, who likely would have got down inside the five and perhaps would have scored. Instead, he hesitated and went down.

His job wasn’t made any easier by the amount of pressure he was under, although there were times when the protection held up well and he still couldn’t find anyone.

The concern now is that, even if by some miracle, the Jets sort out their pass protection issues before they face the formidable Giants’ front on Sunday, the chances are that Sanchez will still play poorly because the residual effect from those games where he's had to run for his life has tended to be at least a one-week hangover where he seems to lack confidence and misses too many throws because his timing is off.

He did complete a long bomb to Dustin Keller and made two great throws on his touchdown passes, but elite quarterbacks will march their team down the field to get them back in the game when the other team goes up big, so the size of the gap between Sanchez and those elite guys is readily apparent to everyone.

Even allowing for the pressure he was under, Sanchez’s accuracy on short throws could have been better this week. The Jets have used the screen to good effect in recent weeks, but the Eagles were well-prepared for it. Against the 9-wide style of defense, a screen pass can be a boom or bust play because there are more potential tacklers spread across the field, but – if you do get past the first wave – you can break into the open field. On Sunday, the Jets busted almost every time as each screen they set up looked set to go for big yardage, only for the one defender in the area to avoid being blocked and get to the receiver to blow it up. The one on the first drive should have been a 20-yard gain, but with three blockers out ahead of him, Tomlinson was hit in the backfield as soon as he caught the ball. Both Matt Slauson and Nick Mangold could have done a better job of blocking that guy and then the play would have been successful, but their job wasn’t made any easier by Sanchez’s ill-timed pass that wasn’t ideally placed. As we feared following the last two games, without the screen pass, the Jets passing attack is pretty one-dimensional.

Offensive Line

After two consecutive solid performances against teams with decent pass rush ability, hopes were high that the Jets’ offensive line would be able to handle the Eagles front seven. Early signs were even positive, as Shonn Greene broke a couple of nice runs on the Jets first drive. Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there.

All eyes were on the inconsistent Wayne Hunter, as Jason Babin and Juqua Parker gave him fits all game. However, it’s very difficult to blame Hunter for the loss, because although he gave up an early sack to Babin, that was the only pressure he gave up until after the Jets were 28-0 down.

It was in the third quarter where Hunter really struggled, with another sack occurring as he and Brandon Moore each double teamed the same guy and Babin stunted around the outside. In that quarter, Hunter was beaten several times, but in the rest of the game, he managed to stay in front of his man almost all the time. Assuming the Jets made some adjustments at halftime, it seems likely that these weren’t something Hunter was adequately prepared for and it hurt their chances of getting back into the game.

After last week, where his pass protection was good, but his run blocking was poor, this week it was the other way around. He made a couple of decent blocks in the running game and only had one block that noticeably he failed to sustain. However, I had him down responsible for two sacks and five or six pressures and he compounded that with two false starts, even if the Jets did protest vehemently against one of them.

Hunter wasn’t alone in having problems in pass protection. Slauson and D’Brickashaw Ferguson were also caught out by a Babin stunt that led to a sack and Moore – who hadn’t given up a sack or a QB hit ALL season – got beaten for a sack on the play where Sanchez should have dumped it off to Tomlinson. The three of them also gave up four pressures between them.

Nick Mangold did not appear to be responsible for any of the pressure, although he might admit to part of the blame on those plays where there were missed assignments by his linemates, for not communicating the linecalls well enough. It wasn’t the same kind of dominating performance we’ve come to expect from Mangold, who had two missed blocks on screen passes and not as many punishing run blocks as had been the case in recent games, although that’s not to say that he didn’t have some good ones.

Moore got off to a great start, but seemed to struggle more and more as the game went on. I don’t know if his hip was bothering him, they made him take on tougher assignments or he just got frustrated and stopped trying, but it was a disappointing way to end what started out looking like a potentially dominant display.

Slauson also had a good start, making a couple of great pulling blocks to spring early runs. However, he also struggled as the game started to slip away from the Jets, missing some blocks on screen plays, false starting once and getting driven into the backfield on one play, so the runner had nowhere to go. He did finish with some decent blocks at the end, including one where he pulled and pancaked a linebacker, but it’s very difficult to assess such an uneven performance.

Ferguson did well to limit the amount of pressure he surrendered, but didn’t have any impact in the running game, except for one decent second level block. It wasn’t a bad performance, but expectations for Ferguson are so high, an average performance from him is almost as damaging as a poor performance from the likes of Hunter or Slauson, which you might half-expect and be prepared for.

As much as Hunter struggled, he didn’t look as bad as Vladimir Ducasse this week. I’ve been singing Ducasse’s praises recently as the Jets have been building his role and giving him some straightforward assignments and he’s been responding with largely error free performances. Unfortunately, this week was another setback. Not only was he inexcusably beaten inside in pass protection and called for a hold, but he also got beaten inside on two running plays, enabling his man to stuff each run up the middle. When you’re only on the field for a handful of plays, you shouldn’t be making the same mistake three times. The Jets were already trailing heavily when he made these mistakes, so you can’t pin the loss on him, but it was disappointing to see all his recent progress evaporate as if it never happened.

Since the Eagles got an extended look at Ducasse and Hunter in the Bollinger Bowl, I wonder if they identified some specific weaknesses in that seemingly-meaningless game and told their starters to attack these.

Running Backs

When Shonn Greene gained 33 yards on four carries, after the Jets had forced the Eagles to punt on their first possession, things were looking promising for the Jets. Unfortunately, they opted to go away from the running game when they fell so far behind. In fact, it’s not certain that he would have continued this early success – after all, his 14 carries from that point onwards netted him only 40 yards, which is less than three per carry.

Greene had a couple of nice runs, but also got beaten for a pressure and dropped an easy first down over the middle. That was the kind of mistake that only seems to happen in these “everything that can go wrong does go wrong” games.

Tomlinson had one half-decent run, but didn’t have much success with his four catches. On the play where he and Sanchez got their wires crossed, it did look like the draw play would have given him a good chance of a first down.

Joe McKnight saw some action late in the game, gaining 27 yards on the only successful screen pass of the day, thrown by Mark Brunell (who I didn’t mention in the quarterbacks section, but he misfired horribly on his other two pass attempts). McKnight apparently injured his shoulder, so he may be done for the year, although we await confirmation of his status.

As for John Conner, he made a nice gain on a FB dive play, but his blocking was inconsistent once again, although he did have a couple of good ones.

Receivers

With a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and a dropped pass in the redzone that ended up being intercepted, Santonio Holmes – having won two of the last three games for the Jets – pretty much lost them this one. Though those two plays alone weren’t insurmountable, they both came at the worst possible time and put the Jets in a hole that they were always battling to climb out of.

He did catch four passes, including a touchdown, but even that left a sour taste in the mouth, after his mindblowingly senseless celebration penalty with the Jets down 28-9 (although it didn’t actually hurt the Jets in the end). Holmes is now tied for the Jets lead in touchdowns despite the tight coverage he often faces which seems to have curtailed his statistical production. That’s a sign of his talents, but he’s got a long way to go if anyone’s going to discuss him as a potential hall-of-famer (his stated goal for his career in the offseason) with a straight face.

Plaxico Burress drew a pass interference flag and had a beautiful diving catch for a meaningless late score. That catch? His only one in the last ten quarters. He’s actually been pretty good value for money this year, but he needs to finish strong if any team is going to give him a decent contract next season.

Jeremy Kerley had a couple of nice first downs, but Patrick Turner did not record a catch.

Defensive Line

For once, the Jets didn’t dominate upfront on the defensive side of the ball, as the shifty LeSean McCoy was able to break several runs and Mike Vick did some damage with his legs too. Between them, the Eagles running backs accounted for exactly five yards per carry with McCoy getting in the end zone three times. How did they do it?

On the face of it, Muhammed Wilkerson showed more in this game than any other, with several impact plays. He had a sack, a pressure, a tackle for a loss, a tackle for no gain and a play that he strung out to the sideline well for no gain. Unfortunately, he also had more negative plays than he had in any other game, as he kept getting caught inside or driven out of the play, missed two bad tackles and jumped offsides. He lost contain on Vick’s touchdown and missed a tackle on McCoy's longest one. It definitely seemed like the Eagles were targeting him and though he responded well a couple of times, they ultimately saw plenty of success in doing this.

It was surprising to see the Jets run defense struggling even though Mike DeVito returned to the line-up. There may have been some lingering effects from his recent knee injury, as evidenced by how easily he was blown off the line on McCoy’s second quarter touchdown. He did stuff one run, forced a fumble and had one pressure, but he didn’t otherwise have a major impact.

Sione Pouha has been superb in recent weeks. This week, he didn’t have the same impact in the running game, but it might have been the best pass rushing performance he’s had all year. He had a couple of pocket-collapsing bullrushes and flushed Vick from the pocket three times.

Marcus Dixon had a sack and a hit and stuffed one run, but it was all in garbage time. He was also called for a roughing the passer penalty, although it seemed to be harsh. Ropati Pitoitua got good penetration on one play, but was blocked out of at least three running plays. He did have one good bullrush, but Vick was able to get the pass away before the pocket collapsed completely.

Linebackers

Over the last few weeks, Calvin Pace has been doing a great job of stopping runs getting to the outside. You’ll often see him blocked by a tackle or tight end on the edge and perhaps assume he’s been blocked out of the play, but actually he is working hard to get upfield and force the runner to cut back. Unfortunately, he had a couple of slip-ups on Sunday. He was blocked to the ground on one play, letting the runner get to the edge and tried to get off his block to make a play and ended up getting caught on the inside on another play. Pace was also blown up and driven back into the endzone on one of McCoy’s touchdowns and had a missed tackle. He did stuff a couple of runs early on and got a couple of pressures, although one of these saw him flagged for roughing.

Perhaps the best job all day of keeping contain was by Jamaal Westerman, which is a positive sign. Westerman not only maintained outside leverage, but also drove his man upfield and forced the runner to cut back inside where he was stuffed. If Westerman could master this role, they might have more of a pass rushing threat on the field when they’re in their base defense without sacrificing anything in the running game. Westerman also had a couple of pressures and a forced fumble on special teams, but missed a tackle and had a penalty on special teams too.

Speaking of the importance of maintaining contain, a good example happened on McCoy’s long touchdown run in the fourth quarter involving Bart Scott. Scott attacked the hole as McCoy looked set to run off left guard, but he did it – I’m sure deliberately – by attacking his outside shoulder so that he couldn’t bounce it to the outside. McCoy slipped off Scott’s arm tackle but was forced to cut to the inside, where Wilkerson should have tackled him in the backfield. Unfortunately, Wilkerson missed the tackle and McCoy was able to reverse his field and get to the outside on the right side instead. While Scott will undoubtedly get graded down for this particular play, because he didn’t secure or at least slow down the runner well enough, I believe the fact that he attacked the runner in such a way that he could only escape to the inside where there was help is part of his assignment, but it’s an interesting example of discipline and gap control nevertheless.

Other than that – and a big completion to Celek where he might have had support over the top if Kyle Wilson didn’t slip over – Scott had a solid enough performance, with a sack, a tackle for a short gain and a key assist at the goal line, but I still feel the Jets are diluting his influence by getting him to play disciplined gap control rather than attacking the line of scrimmage with what could almost be described as recklessness, even though he does carry out both roles well.

Much like the situation with Wilkerson, David Harris made several impact plays, but was also involved with a lot of negative plays to overshadow his positive contribution. Harris had an interception, a pressure, a tackle for no gain and a tackle for a loss, but overpursued on one of McCoy’s touchdowns, gave up a couple of big pass plays, missed a tackle in the hole and got driven out of a play at the second level.

Aaron Maybin, for once, was unable to generate any pressure in pass rushing situations. Garrett McIntyre saw some action in garbage time and missed another tackle. Josh Mauga also saw action late.

Defensive Backs

As usual, we’ll start with Darrelle Revis, but it was a pretty inconsequential performance from the PFG one. Revis gave up three big catches, although one was negated by a penalty and only one was a first down on a leaping catch by DeSean Jackson. He was better than Antonio Cromartie though. Cromartie was burned for a touchdown and gave up two other big plays. He also didn’t do a very job of downfield tackling on McCoy’s long touchdown. At least he didn’t fumble a return, I guess, although I can’t be alone in expecting it every time he gets tackled.

With Jim Leonhard out, there were only two obvious coverage breakdowns. The first was the long completion to Celek where Bart Scott ran with him across the field and Wilson slipped downfield and was late getting over. I’d need to see the coaches film to see if Wilson had responsibility for him there, or if he just reacted to the play and came off his man. The other saw Celek make a huge gain with Eric Smith chasing after him. On this play, Smith was covering a slot receiver, playing off him, and David Harris was covering Celek. Harris backpedalled and Celek broke off his route as the slot receiver ran an out pattern. Harris and Smith both seemed to react to the receiver and Celek – either by design or by craftily reading the situation – actually ran a stop and go/post route. Harris was in no man's land with his momentum carrying him in the other direction as Celek re-accelerated. However, Smith was closer to the sideline, so he had a long way to go to make up ground on Celek. In these situations, it’s impossible to know who was at fault, although one report suggested Smith was chewed out by Rex immediately afterwards, so it seems likely he either blew his assignment or his call of the coverage.

Other than that, neither safety made any mistakes and there were no obvious breakdowns. Smith had five tackles – for once not on players he’d given up first down catches to. Pool broke up a pass, recovered a fumble and had a pressure, so hopefully his comfort level is growing and he will continue to make plays like these.

The bigger concern is that the Eagles (per Eric Smith) apparently knew all of the Jets’ calls and what they were running defensively. It’s no wonder they looked so impressive moving the ball. Maybe the Jets would have been able to change things up with Leonhard in there, but their limited preparation time clearly hurt them in that regard. They probably already had to simplify things, so kudos to the Eagles for being ready, I guess.

The one saving grace if that is true is that the last team they’ll want to go sharing that information will be the Giants.

Kyle Wilson was beaten for another big gain by Celek and also missed a tackle as he tried to sack Vick, letting him get away for a positive gain. He did have two other pressures. Donald Strickland was in good position on a downfield throw and made a good open field tackle in the flat.

In garbage time, Tracy Wilson had a nice hit and also made a good special teams tackle, although he missed another two. Isaiah Trufant came on for one play and was embarrassingly trampled over by the receiver for an easy first down. It’s easy to see where his weakness lies – he apparently just isn’t big enough to play in the NFL.

Special Teams

The special teams had a positive performance this week. Nick Folk hit both of his field goals and TJ Conley landed two of his six punts inside the 20, although he did struggle to get the Jets out from under their own goalposts in the third quarter.

There were a couple of pretty good returns from McKnight, Cromartie and Kerley and some good tackles from the likes of Mauga and Tracy Wilson, although there were also a few missed tackles, including one from debutant Gerald Alexander. Ellis Lankster did a good job of getting downfield and was rewarded with two fumble recoveries.

Conclusions

It goes without saying – the Jets are broken right now.

Can they be fixed? It doesn’t look likely, but I have a hard time accepting that the game would have turned out anything like it did if the Jets didn’t have some big plays go against them early to put them in a hole. With an offense that thrives on balance and breaking tendencies and a defense that likes to mix things up and set traps, this team is not built to fall behind and change things on the fly…and that’s a problem.

How can you avoid falling behind early on in games? A conservative approach would seem to make sense, but the game didn’t spiral out of control because they didn’t adopt such an approach on Sunday.

Player focus remains a major concern and an area which the coaching staff should think long and hard about how they can go about making improvements in. We’ve seen the team come out flat to start games or fall apart when they are trailing far too often this season, when that’s something that should happen less and less as the front office are adding those players hand-picked to excel at the coaches' schemes.

Last time Jim Leonhard was lost for the season, the Jets gave up 45 points, but we were led to believe that wouldn’t happen this time, because the secondary had learned to cope last year and they had a week to prepare instead of just a few days. If the reason the defense played so shoddily can be attributed to Leonhard’s injury, that’s still not an acceptable excuse. They should have people ready to fill in for each other at a moment’s notice. You only need look at Pittsburgh, where they hardly give any playing time to their backups, but as soon as a starter goes down, the next man up knows his role and seems to perform well.

I imagine the Jets were forced to take some short cuts due to the truncated off-season program, but they still should have themselves prepared for any eventuality, whether that be shutting down a high-powered offense with a backup in your secondary and somebody different making the calls back there, or simply having a plan for when you’re way behind and need to get back in the game.

A couple of weeks ago, I said I was convinced 10-6 would be good enough to get a wild card spot in the AFC, but that I wasn’t sure that the (then 6-5) Jets would be able to get to 10-6. With two weeks to go, it’s still on the cards, with their next opponent also struggling. Whether they can feel good about their chances of making any noise if they do make it is another matter.

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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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.

Tags: Charone Peake, Quincy Enunwa
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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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

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

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

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

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

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


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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

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

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

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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 (Daniel Powers (USA Today))
(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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 (Steven Senne/AP)
(Steven Senne/AP)

In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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On Guard with Willie Colon 00:04:08
Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.

Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.


GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:04:54
The Jets informed Darrelle Revis of his impending release next week amid issues off the field and declining performance on the field.

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Darrelle Revis' long and sometimes stormy tenure with the Jets has officially come to an end.

The Jets released the 31-year-old on Thursday, on the first day of the NFL's new league year. It was "100 percent" a football decision, according to a team source, and not at all related to his recent legal troubles in Pittsburgh.

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 (Andrew Weber)
(Andrew Weber)

The Jets have re-signed LT/RT Ben Ijalana to a two-year deal worth $11 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Ijalana, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jets last season.

He made $760,000 in 2016...

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Jets Nation: Free Agency Special 00:03:24
In a special Free Agency edition of Jets Nation the panel discuss if they were surprised by any of the Jets' recent free agent moves.

SNY had full coverage of the opening of NFL Free Agency at 4PM on Thursday with a special Jets Nation: Free Agency Special.

Jeane Coakley hosted with former Jets Ray Lucas and Willie Colon and longtime Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff. Ralph Vacchiano was around providing the latest news and notes as the Jets looked to reshape their roster.
 

 

 

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