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BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one your breakdown of last night’s 24-21 overtime win over the Giants with detailed analysis of the offensive players, including the obvious talking point of the day.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle.

This week’s BGA is going to be two parts, so I’ll be back with the defensive analysis later. For now we’re focusing on the offense.

It’s what everyone has been talking about, a battle that’s been raging on throughout the summer. Should it be the much-maligned veteran whose inconsistent performances belie his high draft spot or the flavor-of-the-month rookie, who most are hoping will be a bargain and of whom we got our first extended look yesterday?

Offensive Line

The OL had an up and down night against the Giants athletic defensive line.

Yes, it’s the battle for the starting left guard spot! With Vladimir Ducasse being given a chance to start only to limp off early in the game, that shone the spotlight on Brian Winters, making his NFL debut following an ankle issue.

So, how did the rookie look? Regrettably, not so hot. Winters struggled really badly and seemed to be the primary reason why the offensive line struggled so much during the game. The Jets managed to rush for a pitiful 39 yards on 29 carries and there was a lot of pressure up the middle.

My initial assessment of Winters, having looked at footage from his college career and the Senior Bowl in particular, where he played guard, was that he was pretty raw and would need some seasoning before he would be ready to start at the NFL level. Many pencilled Winters in as the potential starter and he did seem to be progressing well at camp, based on reports. Missing time due to the ankle injury was without doubt a setback for him and the fact he’s not as far along as hoped should perhaps take that into account. It may also be true that the injury is still bothering him to some extent and maybe that limited his performance.

I can only judge him based on how he performed last night though and there were a lot of plays where he was badly beaten. He was driven into the backfield, failed to sustain blocks, missed blocks in space and got beaten several times in pass protection, including on the play where Geno Smith threw his first interception and a couple more where he was bullrushed into the backfield. Worst of all, he was the guy who allowed his man to get off his block to nail Mark Sanchez and knock him out of the game.

Winters is not a complete lost cause by any means. He showed some flashes of promise on the move and did settle down somewhat once the Giants started resting their starters. On Bilal Powell’s touchdown run, they ran behind him, although he never engaged his man cleanly and it was only Powell’s momentum that enabled him to break the plane. Perhaps his best block saw him pulling to the right and it looked like his man was going to beat him outside, so he flung himself sideways to prevent that. Even on that play it was more a case of effort and desire enabling him to make the block despite bad technique rather than all-round good execution. He deserves a pass because of the time he’s missed and the fact he was thrown into action against a very good Giants defensive line without first being able to get his feet wet against lower competition. Hopefully he can learn and adjust from some of the things that happened in this game.

One interesting observation was that, while Ducasse was in the line-up, they never pulled him, despite the fact he’s proven to be more than capable of carrying out such an assignment. Then when Winters entered in his place, they pulled him immediately on the first play (and regularly thereafter). I wonder if that was playing to Winters’ strengths or could they perhaps not see that as something Ducasse will succeed at on a regular basis? One theory I had is that the Jets were running their more straightforward plays early on, with a view to breaking out some of the more complex stuff as the game went on. If that’s the case, then Ducasse never got the chance to benefit from these tendency breaking runs that might have allowed him to excel. As it happens, he was never quite able to get it going.

Ducasse did make one very good block on the play before he limped off. That may even have been where the injury took place. He cut down a linebacker in the open field to spring Chris Ivory for a nice gain on a screen pass. The line as a whole did block well on the opening touchdown drive too, although mostly in pass protection. However, Ducasse was not faultless by any means. He didn’t really have any dominant blocks in the running game and there was one play where he let his man get off his block, albeit after driving him off the line. He allowed penetration on one play too, although he recovered well to drive his man upfield and out of the play. He was beaten twice in pass protection, once on a play where Nick Mangold came across to bail him out (and, to be fair, it’s possible Ducasse knew he had help behind him and directed his man in that direction). As Bassett noticed this morning there was also one play where both Ducasse and D’Brickashaw Ferguson were beaten on the outside and Geno Smith was nailed high and low (although he did get the throw away).

This goes back to something I’d spoken about last week and that had been a concern since the offseason began. While Ducasse might be individually capable of outperforming the incumbent starter, Stephen Peterman, the chemistry on the line was not as good. I was impressed by the cohesiveness of the line last week and, although Peterman didn’t play as well as Ducasse, I had worried that this would suffer if they made the switch. Sure enough, the chemistry was nowhere near as good and went downhill even further when Ducasse was replaced by Winters.

I wonder if the Jets made a bad mistake here. Ducasse hasn’t had many reps with the first unit but found himself performing well enough to get a shot with the starters, only to find that this had a detrimental effect on the unit as a whole. With most of the starters to be rested next week (one would assume) have the Jets painted themselves into a corner where they’re forced to choose between inferior individual play at the left guard position or inferior cohesiveness as a unit? (Obviously the injury would affect this too, but I don’t know anything about the severity yet).

As for Peterman, after struggling in the first two games, will he find himself back in the driver’s seat by default? (Whether that be by virtue of the injury or just the fact that the line perhaps won’t gel as fast with Ducasse in there). Could a platoon/rotation system be in the cards again, at least until the decision presents itself?

For his own part, Peterman struggled again, but it was difficult to know how much of that to attribute to him being uncomfortable with playing center and how much was just poor play generally. Peterman had one bad snap, although it wasn’t the one Mark Sanchez fumbled. He also gave up a sack on his and Sanchez’s first snap of the game. Peterman doesn’t really look a viable option as the emergency center, although it is very early in the day in terms of the experiment. However, it could be taking valuable preparation time away from someone who might need more reps with the starters, so it’s another tough call.

If Nick Mangold can remain healthy then the backup center is not an issue, but I got the sense he spent most of last night babysitting Winters and this impacted on his own effectiveness. There was a lot of pressure that came right up the middle and he had to save Winters on a couple of occasions, one of which was when the Giants pressurized Smith into an interception. They sent six on a blitz and the Jets had six men in to block, but Winters was the only guy to get beaten and the fact that Mangold had to step across to prevent his man from getting to the quarterback meant that Powell was left with the impossible task of picking up two blitzers at once.

Mangold did make some Mangoldesque blocks in the running game, but he also missed some and seemed to have a lot more on his plate, with rookies to his left and right behind him to worry about.

The other three starters felt the knock-on effects of all this too and none really stood out, especially when run blocking. Ferguson did set the edge well on Powell’s touchdown and, other than the play where both he and Ducasse were beaten for a hit, there was only one other time where he was troubled in pass protection (but he recovered to drive his man upfield at the last moment). Willie Colon allowed a couple of pressures – one as his man stunted around Mangold and another as he was driven back by a bullrush and knocked over. At right tackle, Austin Howard did hold up well in pass protection, but wasn’t as consistent as a run blocker, where he was called for a hold.

On the second unit, JB Shugarts and Oday Aboushi swapped roles and Aboushi looked more comfortable on the right side. On one play he took his man and drove him to the inside on a running play. He did get beaten outside for a pressure though. Shugarts made two errors – one leading to a pressure as his man shot the gap between him and Winters (although Winters was probably equally to blame). On another, he inexplicably gave his man a clean release to easily tackle Kahlil Bell in the backfield. Someone (presumably Shugarts) must have missed a call there, because he blocked that play like it was a screen pass.

Operating at guard again, Caleb Schlauderaff didn’t have much of an impact. On one play he was driven back into the way of a running back on a screen pass. None of the third stringers got to play this week.

Running Backs

Chris Ivory needs more of his yards to be vertical as opposed to horizontal.

With not much going on in the way of run blocking ahead of them, there wasn’t much the running backs could do. Chris Ivory did run for about 100 yards, unfortunately 85 of them were horizontal, as he twice showed some elusiveness to try and make something out of nothing on a busted play, but was unable to break away cleanly either time. He did have a couple of nice runs, a good gain on a screen pass and picked up the blitz well, but there wasn’t any production, highlighted by how he almost got tackled for a safety, just about managing to get out of the end zone.

Powell continues to start and did get in the end zone, as well as making some nice moves on a screen pass for a first down. However, he was beaten a couple of times in pass protection, dropped a pass and almost fumbled as he was ruled down. He also turned a big loss into an even bigger one on a play where he was blown up in the backfield.

Bell also had his best moment as a pass catcher, making a nice move on a screen. He too struggled in pass protection as he was driven into the quarterback on one play. Mossis Madu saw brief action and Chad Spann seems to have fallen back.

The fullback, Tommy Bohanon, had his ups and downs again. His consistency is mostly okay but there were still errors. His missed block led to Ivory nearly getting tackled for a safety and then on the next play he probably picked up the wrong blitzer, leaving another to have a clean run at Smith. There were some good lead blocks and one nice catch, but he’s still as much of a work in progress as most of his rookie counterparts.

Receivers

Kellen Winslow was one of Geno's favorite targets

On a day when the Jets offense racked up 420 yards, despite only managing 39 on the ground, there were obviously some productive outings for some of the receivers. For Stephen Hill, there was good mixed with bad. His four catches were encouraging, with one of them showing the deep separation we’ve been looking for since he was drafted. That exceeds the number of catches he had in the first two games combined. He’s also now drawn three first downs via penalty. However, he lost his cool badly and got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, then fumbled moments later. Nitpicking perhaps, but the long catch he did make didn’t exactly look natural or comfortable either.

The other would-be starter, Jeremy Kerley, had a poor day. After starting off well with a third down conversion, he had two plays you could classify as drops and missed a couple of blocks badly in the running game.

By contrast, Ryan Spadola had a rocky start, but finished strongly. Some will say he shouldn’t have allowed Smith’s first interception to happen, even if the throw was slightly behind him. He bounced back late in the game with three big catches, including the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes left and the 70-yard catch and run to set up the game winning kick in overtime. Spadola certainly solidified his spot there, although he did it all against the Giants third secondary which was really bad. On the touchdown, the deep safety overran and basically let the pass fly right past him and on the long pass, Spadola immediately ran downfield and was wide open, so there must have been some kind of a breakdown.

Newest Jet Mohamed Massaquoi saw brief action and made a couple of catches including one where he found an open space downfield after the play was extended. He wasn’t able to get open deep on one pass that was broken up, though.

Ben Obomanu has now had two nice games out of three as he looks to earn a spot. He caught three passes for 56 yards, doing well to get into the end zone for the first score and catching a couple of other first downs including a 24-yarder.

Reserves Zach Rogers, Joseph Collins and Michael Campbell were all targeted at least once. Rogers had two catches.

At tight end, no touchdown for Jeff Cumberland this week and he also had a rough start as a blocker. However, later on he redeemed himself a little with two of the better blocks I saw from anyone on the day. Operating as a left tackle on an unbalanced line play, he blocked his man out of the play and then later set the edge really well.

Kellen Winslow Jr. had a good day in the passing game and was Smith’s favorite target, with four catches. I suspect he got lucky on the diving catch because that may have hit the ground as he landed. He twice caught short passes and had to try to elude defenders to get the first down, managing to go one-for-two in that endeavor.

Backup Konrad Reuland had a quiet game but that’s okay because when he stood out in the earlier games it was often for blocking mistakes. He caught one short pass. Chris Pantale failed to sustain his block on one running play, but he remains ahead of Hayden Smith in the unlikely event that the Jets would consider carrying four tight ends.

So, I guess that’s it for part one, we’ll be back later with … ah, wait a minute. Did I forget someone?

Quarterbacks

Smith’s eagerly anticipated debut didn’t go well. Prince Amukamura did the analysis for me when he said that Smith was locked onto his target all day. (Thanks, Prince). On the second interception in particular, he missed the end dropping off into coverage, which was very Sanchezian. Yes, Justin Tuck was well-hidden behind the enormous Shaun Rogers as the pass was being released, but that’s no excuse. When I saw his first interception, I knew people would defend him and say that it was the receiver’s fault (although Smith was still partly at fault for hitting him in the back hip). However, once you get to three interceptions in one half, that’s too much of a pattern to ignore.

Smith was clearly rattled by pressure, including on the third interception, an overthrow, and showed a disappointing lack of awareness when he stepped out of the end zone for a safety with the Jets up by one. (I would note, however, that this wasn’t a very good play call by Marty Mornhinweg. When close to the end zone, pulling a lineman in play action is asking for trouble – you’re not fooling anyone and it puts pressure on everyone to pick up the right guy.)

There was also a lot of pressure up the middle, for which Smith may have been partially responsible and there were times when he waited for his receiver to make their breaks instead of throwing them open. Most disconcerting of all, he didn’t hit many receivers in stride, despite the expectation that his accuracy would be better than that of Sanchez.

Now, Smith did have some quality moments, highlighted by his penalty-aided touchdown drive in the first half and another good drive to pad his stats after half time. Moreover, there was one area where he was unquestionably better than Sanchez has ever been and that’s in terms of the timing and accuracy of his short passes. Of course, the book on Smith in some circles was that short passes were all he could do, but we’ll have to wait and see how the rest of his game blossoms over time.

As for Sanchez, he wasn’t doing badly against backups – five for six with three first down throws – but there were still mistakes. The fumbled snap was disappointing and his sole incompletion came on a poorly timed screen pass (underscoring Smith’s superiority in that area). On another play, he did complete a screen pass for a first down to the left, but it looked like the receiver in the right flat (Reuland) had way more room to run and Sanchez didn’t see him. The injury obviously messes up whatever plans they had at that point (although the media seemed to have decided the competition was already over).

I won’t dwell on the decision to put him out there with the backups, but one point I haven’t seen made is that maybe it’s good to put him out there with an overmatched offensive line, so that they can prepare him for that situation in the event of a rash of injuries or whatever during the season.

Matt Simms came in and performed admirably again, albeit against a weak third string secondary. He wasn’t as flawless as last week, with a few wayward throws, but his touchdown and long throw to Spadola were spectacular. Next week should be interesting between him and Greg McElroy (who is still nursing an ankle injury), assuming that the third string quarterback job is between the two of them. While Simms has looked good late in games, he hasn’t had experience against starters like McElroy has, so I don’t think you can call either of them a viable starter option at this stage, as impressive as they’ve both been at various times.

So, where does this all leave us?

Last week I received a mixed response to a comment I made on the blog:

Part of me wonders whether Geno running a vanilla offense is that far behind Sanchez in terms of gives-us-the-best-chance-to-win-ocity … That’s if Geno is only capable of running a watered-down version as some seem to be suggesting.
Allow me to re-visit that thought. Ignoring the possibility for the same excuses made earlier for Winters (reduced preparation time, possible lingering effects from previous injury), it did seem like Smith was just not ready. However, we’ve seen Sanchez run “air it out” and “play it safe” versions of multiple different offenses and he’s always struggled to limit the back-breaking mistakes in the “air it out” version, but isn’t accurate enough to move the chains on a consistent enough basis when playing it safe due to his lack of timing and accuracy in the short game. We’ve also seen Smith in a “play it safe” version (week one, after which everyone was asking whether he could perform with the offense functioning fully) and an “air it out” version (last night, after which the answer to that question would appear to be “not yet”).

So…with Smith not ready to run that kind of offense and Sanchez seemingly having worn out his welcome (as well as being hurt to the point that it may force their hand), is there a third option (no, not Simms/McElroy)? Could it be that the best option is a more conservative offense with a shackled Smith sticking mostly to those short plays he excels at and not taking undue risks? It’s a thought, at least.

The downside to this is that it’s going to undermine Mornhinweg, who seems to be one of the best things the offense has going for it right now. You’ll bring people into the box, gumming up the running game, and reduce the number of big plays being made downfield. Why neuter your best asset? However, on the understanding that this would buy Smith the time to gradually install the rest of the offense at a speed with which his comfort level can cope, could this be a workable plan? Maybe not, but to do that and lean heavily on the defense might be the best plan available to them, at least in the short term.

Part two will cover the defense. We'll be posting this tonight.

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Coleman on Jets and Giants OTA's 00:04:32
SNY Football insider Erik Coleman joins Daily News Live to break down the Giants and Jets feuding in the media during OTA's this week.

SNY Football insider Erik Coleman joins Daily News Live to break down the Giants and Jets feuding in the media during OTA's this week. 

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Best of Jets OTAs 00:02:29
SNY takes a look at the best moments from the first week of Jets OTAs in Florham Park, New Jersey.

SNY takes a look at the best moments from the first week of Jets OTAs in Florham Park, New Jersey.

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May 23, 2017; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (left) and offensive coordinator John Morton (right) watch organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
May 23, 2017; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (left) and offensive coordinator John Morton (right) watch organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets will hire their first woman coach, Collette Smith, who will intern as a defensive backs coach in training camp, the New York Daily News reports.

Smith, a Queens, New York native, has been serving as a coach and marketing executive for the New York Sharks of the Independent Women's Football League.

"I'm over the top. I'm humbled and I'm proud," Smith said. "This could have happened with any NFL team. But it just so happened that it was with my beloved New York Jets. This is bigger because of that."

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Harrison on Sheldon Richardson 00:00:20
Giants DT Damon Harrison reacts to Jets DL Sheldon Richardson's recent comments on Giants WR Brandon Marshall.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brandon Marshall was well aware of the "15 reasons" Sheldon Richardson had to be glad Marshall is gone from the Jets, and he knew the questions were coming. He even began his first press conference with the Giants by saying "Sheldon Richardson questions, go ahead and open it up."

But Marshall tried not to open up about his running feud with his former teammate. He preferred to stay as much as possible on the high road instead.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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WR ArDarius Stewart highlights 00:01:24
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from the Jets' third-round draft pick, Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart.

Third-round pick WR ArDarius Stewart has officially signed his rookie contract, according to the Jets.

Stewart recently spoke of his acclimation to the Jets saying, "It's going pretty good. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can as fast as I can. I'm just ready to get in, get deeper into the playbook, and see where it goes."

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GEICO SportsNite: QB competition 00:01:19
Christian Hackenberg impresses in Jets workouts and Josh McCown talks about competing for the starting QB position.

The Jets have been pleased with QB Christian Hackenberg's performance so far this spring, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Hackenberg is in the mix with Bryce Petty and newly acquired veteran, Josh McCown, for the Jets starting quarterback position. Offensive coordinator John Morton told NJ.com that the QBs will be "getting the same amount of reps [with the starters] throughout the week." 

Hackenberg, a second-round pick by the Jets in 2016, has yet to see the field in regular season play. 

Tags: Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Calvin Pryor (25) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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Calvin Pryor's absence from the Jets organized team activities (OTAs) lasted only one day.

The Jets' safety was apparently back with his teammates and out at practice for Day 2 of the OTAs on Wednesday. A league source confirmed to SNY that Pryor was expected to attend, and one report indicated he was present. However, there was no media access on Wednesday, and Pryor was not shown in any photos or videos on the Jets' social media posts.

All OTA practices are voluntary, according to NFL rules. Still, the absence of the 24-year-old Pryor on Day 1 was noteworthy given his current situation. The Jets recently drafted safeties in both the first and second rounds, and then declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent next March.

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(Kathy Willens/AP)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - He's been a disappointment on and off the field for most of the last two seasons, and he knows the Jets have tried their best to ship him somewhere else. Yet as the Jets begin preparing for the 2017 season, Sheldon Richardson is still on their roster.

And the Jets believe -- or at least hope -- he's returning more motivated than ever before.

"After just one day in OTAs, and watching him move around, this guy -- I shouldn't say (he has) a chip on his shoulder," said Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. "I think he kind of has something to prove."

That seems obvious given how the last two seasons have gone. He's been suspended twice -- four games in 2015 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and once last season after he was arrested for resisting arrest and other traffic violations when he was caught driving 143 miles per hour with a loaded gun and a 12-year-old in his car. He also had a disappointing five sacks in 11 games in 2015, and a dismal 1 ½ sacks in 15 games last year...

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JR Sport Brief: S. Richardson 00:01:29
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR lectures Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson took a swipe at former teammate Brandon Marshall on Tuesday after the Jets' first day of OTAs.

While answering a question regarding whether he wanted to remain with the Jets (he does), Richardson said the "locker room is a whole lot easier to get along with now."

After being asked why the locker room is better, Richardson said "let's just say there are 15 reasons why it's better." Marshall wore No. 15 with the Jets...

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Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets running back Matt Forte found former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's backfield rotation "odd" last season, according to Darryl Slater of NJ.com.

Running in a committee system alongside Bilal Powell, Forte thought Gailey didn't utilize his talents properly and decided to criticize him at OTAs Tuesday.

"Chan Kind of did me on first and second down, and then put Bilal in on third, which is odd to say the least," Forte said. 

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Unanswered Jets questions 00:05:26
Jon Hein and Sal Licata run through the latest Jets news, including Sheldon Richardson's recent comments and the battles for QB and safety.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - On the first day of spring practice, the Jets' presumed quarterback of the future was relegated to a far field to work with the third-stringers, while a 37-year-old journeyman got the first-team snaps on the main field. That's probably the way it'll be when training camp opens this summer.

But not definitely, because the Jets continue to insist that their quarterback depth chart is subject to change.

As they have all offseason long, the Jets insisted again on Tuesday that their quarterback competition will be wide open this year, and new offensive coordinator John Morton promised the three quarterbacks will all get reps with the first-team offense. On Day 1, Josh McCown got all the first-team snaps and Bryce Petty worked mostly with the second team, while off in the distance Christian Hackenberg worked with everyone else.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets OTAs 00:01:43
Jeane Coakley reports on the beginning of the Jets OTAs and Sheldon Richardson's comments on improved locker room camaraderie.

John Morton talks to his team during the team's organized team activities. (Julio Cortez/AP)
John Morton talks to his team during the team's organized team activities. (Julio Cortez/AP)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - As a first-time NFL offensive coordinator, John Morton's offensive philosophy is a bit of a mystery. And for now, he prefers to keep it that way.

The 47-year-old Morton, in his first interview since being hired by the Jets, promised that his offense would be "competitive" but wouldn't even broadly describe the type of scheme he plans to run. He even promised that the offense would change, depending on whom the Jets are playing.

For what it's worth, quarterback Josh McCown confirmed what everyone suspected -- that Morton, who spent time as an assistant at USC and with the 49ers and Saints, will be running a "West Coast-style offense". But Morton preferred to leave the specifics out.

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May 23, 2017; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs with the ball during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
May 23, 2017; Florham Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs with the ball during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - When the Jets took the field for their first practice of the spring, receiver Eric Decker was right there, running with the first-team offense.

That was far from a guarantee a few months ago.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Second-round safety Marcus Maye and fifth-round linebacker Dylan Donahue signed their rookie contracts with the Jets today following the team's first OTA practice, the organization reported.

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 (Kyle Terada)
(Kyle Terada)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Even after the Jets drafted safeties in the first and second rounds last month, head coach Todd Bowles insisted there was still a place for Calvin Pryor. He talked about his plans to use three safeties in some defensive packages. And he seemed to believe Pryor could handle the increased competition, too.

"If you're afraid of competition," Bowles said earlier this month, "you don't need to be here."

On Tuesday, the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) for the Jets, the 24-year-old Pryor wasn't here.

That's not to say that he's afraid of the competition he'll surely get from Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets' first- and second-round picks. But with no reason given for why he was one of the very few Jets to skip the voluntary practice, it's hard to believe his absence isn't somewhat related. After all, the drafting of Adams and Maye was a clear signal that Pryor isn't in the Jets' future plans.

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New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey talks with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey talks with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick explained losing his job as the starter last season as "a game of musical chairs," in an interview at Buccaneers OTAs.

After an abysmal 81-yard performance on Monday Night Football against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13, Fitzpatrick was ousted from his position as the Jets starter. Bryce Petty, a 2015 fourth-rounder, took his place for the rest of that 41-10 loss as well as the final four games of the season. 

Fitzpatrick was 3-8 as a starter last season. He threw for 12 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and a 56.6 completion percentage. 

The Buccaneers signed Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $3 million deal this offseason. 

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New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith watches team warm up from sidelines before game against Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith watches team warm up from sidelines before game against Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets WR Devin Smith has cleared waivers and been placed on injured reserved, the team announced.

He had been waived/injured on Monday.

Smith suffered a torn ACL last season for the second time since the Jets drafted him in the second round in 2015.

"It's bad luck and bad timing because the kid worked so hard to get back," head coach Todd Bowles said during the NFL Draft, according to a press release. "He has to persevere and adversity will help him get stronger. But unfortunately in this game, over my course of time playing and coaching, you see these types of things. Some of the best athletes get hurt and don't get a chance to get on the field and it's just bad timing, bad luck."

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(Kyle Terada)

Roger Goodell announced the NFL will be more laid back when it comes to touchdown celebrations this season, according to his Commissioner Letter. 

The NFL has been harsh when it came to players getting creative in the end zone, and after speaking with over 80 current and former players, Goodell decided it was time for that to change. 

"We are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays," Goodell said in his letter.

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(Brad Penner)

Former Jets CB Darrelle Revis may not find a new home in the NFL soon due to his bleak market value, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Released by the Jets on March 9, there has been no talk about Revis generating interest around the league. Cimini states his decline in performance and lack of passion and commitment have turned off any potential suitors at the moment.

Revis is no longer the shutdown corner he used to be due to age and injuries from his ten-year career. His latest injury came in 2012 when he tore his ACL in Week 3. He would need microfracture surgery to repair it which ended his season. This was one reason the Jets traded him to the Buccaneers the following year.

Last season, Revis had a significant lapse in production as he secured only one interception which came in Week 17. He amassed five in 2015, which was good for sixth-best in the NFL.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrickthe team announced Friday morning.

The deal is for one year and worth $3 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Fitzpatrick appeared in 14 games for the Jets last season, throwing for 2,710 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. 

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McCown on team chemistry 00:01:51
Jeane Coakley talks to new Jets QB Josh McCown about how Bart Scott's Taste of the Jets event is bringing the whole team together

Jeane Coakley talks to new Jets QB Josh McCown about how Bart Scott's Taste of the Jets event is bringing the whole team together.

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Leggett on Jets offense 00:01:43
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano talks with Jets rookie tight end Jordan Leggett about his adjustment to the NFL and his role in the team?s offense.

The Jets have signed fifth-round pick Jordan Leggett who the team selected with the 150th overall pick in last month's NFL Draft...

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Jets running back Matt Forte says the Jets do not want a repeat of last season's locker room issues this year.

"Being in that locker room and going through that season, we know what the issues were," Forte told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "We identify those issues as a group and meet with the coaches and talk about, 'How do we change that? How do we change the culture in the locker room? How do we change the mistakes we made last year?'"

Forte went on to say that team leaders have conducted "a lot of meetings" with the coaching staff throughout the offseason, and have relayed the message to the rest of the team. The veteran running back touched on a topic that was brought up by WR Quincy Enunwa at the end of last season, about how the Jets simply did not play as a team.

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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))

Jets linebacker David Harris said on Monday at a charity golf outing that former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis still has "a lot of football left in him."

"I think he'll keep playing," Harris said. "I think he has a lot of football left in him. He didn't have his best year last year, and he knew that. But I'm sure somebody will pick him up. He knows too much of the sport and he's too good of a player to be finished.

"I'm pretty sure he'll get picked up," he said. "I know Darrelle. He works hard. He's a student of the game. He loves football. So I think somebody will give him a shot.

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Chad Hansen talks joining Jets 00:03:52
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano catches up with rookie WR Chad Hansen to talk about his long road to the NFL Draft, and his opportunity with the Jets.

The Jets have signed wide receiver Chad Hansen, their fourth-round selection out of California in last month's NFL Draft, the team announced on Tuesday.

Hansen (6'2", 202) ranked third in the FBS as a redshirt junior last season, with 9.2 catches/game and fourth with 124.9 receiving yards/game. He totaled 92 catches for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing two games with an ankle injury...

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Derrick Jones on minicamp 00:02:13
SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie cornerback Derrick Jones about his first workouts with the team.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie CB Derrick Jones about his first workouts with the team, and starting to learn the playbook.

 

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New York Jets player Jamal Adams (33) during New York Jets mini rookie camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets player Jamal Adams (33) during New York Jets mini rookie camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Jets linebacker David Harris was surprised when the Jets selected safeties in the first two rounds of last month's NFL Draft.

"It's very odd to have two safeties get drafted in the first and second rounds," Harris said to Connor Hughes of NJ.com. "All you can do is trust [the front office's] decision and try to move on." 

New York selected LSU's Jamal Adams at No. 6, and 33 picks later, took Florida's Marcus Maye. It marked the first time in franchise history the Jets selected two safeties, and also defensive backs, with its first two picks.

While he expected the team to draft one safety, Harris said management "surprised everybody" by doubling down and selecting two. 

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Update (May 16)

8:55AM:  An arraignment hearing has been set for Jets WR Robby Anderson on June 6, according to Miami-Dade court records.

Anderson has been participating in the Jets' voluntary offseason program. 

New York is scheduled to practice on June 6.

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(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed LB Jevaris Jones and released LB Austin Calitro, the team announced Monday.

Jones attended the Jets' recent rookie minicamp.

He had 106 tackles last season for Division II Shorter University.

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(Kelley L Cox)

The Jets currently have 100-to-1 odds to reach Super Bowl LII, according to a list released by Bovada sportsbook in Las Vegas.

Their odds are tied with the Browns for the worst in the AFC.

The Jets currently have 150-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII. They opened at 75-to-1 odds shortly after the Super Bowl in February, which moved to 150-to-1 odds on April 1...

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(Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets QB Christian Hackenberg is more confident and comfortable heading in to his second season with the team, he said Monday, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Hackenberg, who will battle with Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting job, said he's excited about the opportunity.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said earlier this offseason that there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback job...

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Chad Hansen talks joining Jets 00:03:52
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano catches up with rookie WR Chad Hansen to talk about his long road to the NFL Draft, and his opportunity with the Jets.

In the last two years, the Jets have loaded up on young wide receivers. With all of the depth New York now has at the position, the team is ready for a great competition as the young receivers prepare to battle for a spot on the roster.

Quincy Enunwa and possibly Robby Anderson look like the two receivers whose spots on the team are secure, while veteran Eric Decker is returning from hip and shoulder surgeries and doesn't necessarily fit with the Jets' youth movement.

Second-year players Anderson, Charone Peake, and Jalin Marshall will compete in training camp with third-round pick ArDarius Stewart and fourth-round pick Chad Hansen as the young receivers fight to get on the field.

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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a catch during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) makes a catch during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Jets WR Eric Decker is recovering well from hip and shoulder surgeries that were completed at the end of 2016.

According to SB Nation's Gang Green Nation, Decker said he is "back" and has "been doing everything." 

"The first phase was just the workout, so we were in the weight room and running," Decker said. "Now, we're on the field and I've been out there as a full participant. I feel great. It was a long four or five months, but to be where I am now and feel how I do, I'm excited."

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Marcus Maye on joining Jets 00:02:43
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets rookie Marcus Maye about being drafted and playing alongside fellow rookie safety Jamal Adams.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets rookie Marcus Maye about being drafted and playing alongside fellow rookie safety Jamal Adams.

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JR Sport Brief: Jets predictions 00:01:45
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR has some solid advice for Muhammad Wilkerson and the rest of the Jets.

In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR has some solid advice for Muhammad Wilkerson and the rest of his Jets teammates.

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(Brad Penner)

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The Jets have seemingly been searching for a franchise quarterback since Joe Namath was wearing green. So it's no surprise that Namath doesn't want to see them waste any more time in their search.

The Jets legend made it clear that he wants to see Christian Hackenberg emerge as the starting quarterback for his old team this season, not the soon-to-be-38-year-old Josh McCown. Speaking before the United Way's Gridiron Gala in Manhattan on Tuesday night, Namath said he understands why the coaches might go with McCown.

But he said if there's a chance the 22-year-old Hackenberg is the future, then the future has to be now...

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Elijah McGuire on his future 00:02:26
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano talks with Jets rookie running back Elijah McGuire about being drafted and his professional football future.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano talks with Jets rookie running back Elijah McGuire about getting drafted by the Jets and what he can add to the team.

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa misses a catch against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa misses a catch against Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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A year ago at this time Quincy Enunwa was just a former sixth-round pick with modest credentials who had been used mostly as a pseudo-tight end in the Jets' offense. He hadn't had his breakout season yet. And he was very deep in the shadow of some talented veterans on his team.

One year later, he's essentially the elder statesman and potentially the Jets' No. 1 receiver.

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Cornerback Jeremy Clark, one of the Jets' three sixth-round picks in the NFL draft, officially signed his rookie contract on Wednesday. Now he can focus on getting on the field.

Clark, whom the Jets took with the 13th pick of the sixth round (197th overall), became the last of the Jets' three sixth-rounders to sign, joining Ole Miss cornerback Derrick Jones (20/204) and Lousiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (4/188). The 6-3, 220-pound Clark, though, isn't quite ready to join his teammates. He's still rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered early in his final season at Michigan.

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NFL legend Joe Namath arrives on the red carpet prior to the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kevin Jairaj)
NFL legend Joe Namath arrives on the red carpet prior to the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kevin Jairaj)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Woody Johnson thinks this Jets season should be measured by progress, not wins. Some Jets fans think the team should tank the whole season to secure the No. 1 pick in next year's draft. The expectations for this team could not be much lower.

Joe Namath understands all that. But count him among the few who believe the Jets will be a better team this year.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is pursued by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is pursued by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

As bad as things were for the New York Jets last season, most people think things are about to get even worse. But not Muhammad Wilkerson. He sees something different.

After a miserable 5-11 season, he sees the Jets on the way back up.

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Baylor Bears wide receiver KD Cannon celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Boise State Broncos in the first quarter during the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Baylor Bears wide receiver KD Cannon celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Boise State Broncos in the first quarter during the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets acquired former Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, the team announced.

Cannon, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound receiver, was waived on Sunday after the 49ers signed him as an undrafted free agent.

He scored 27 touchdowns and recorded 3,113 receiving yards in three seasons at Baylor, including 13 touchdowns and 1,215 receiving yards in his junior season in 2016.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets will play three preseason games at MetLife Stadium this year.

New York opens its preseason slate at home against the Titans on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to Detroit to play the Lions on Aug. 19 at 7:30 pm.

The Jets will be the road team at MetLife Stadium against the Giants on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., before closing the preseason by hosting the Eagles on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.

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Donahue talks rookie camp 00:02:37
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets rookie linebacker Dylan Donahue about rookie minicamp, getting drafted and his small school background.

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It was a long road to the NFL for Dylan Donahue, from an NAIA school in Montana to a junior college in San Diego, to a Division II school in Georgia. Those aren't the places prospects usually go to get noticed.

Good thing for him he caught a Pro Football Hall of Famer's eye.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)

Former Jets quarterback Michael Vick, who doesn't know which quarterback will get the starting job this season, is not optimistic on the Jets' chances this year.

"Man, good luck," Vick said to Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com with a laugh. "I don't even know who the quarterback is going to be. Good luck. I know there's three of them."

The Jets do have three quarterbacks under contract, and will hold an open competition throughout training camp to determine who will be the starter. The team signed veteran Josh McCown to battle against youngsters Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.

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GEICO SportsNite: Willie Colon 00:01:38
Willie Colon talks with former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at his golf outing on the outlook for quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Brick, Colon and Mangold reunite 00:02:33
It's a New York Jets offensive line reunion, as Willie Colon chats with D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold on Monday at his golf outing.

It's a New York Jets offensive line reunion, as Willie Colon chats with D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold on Monday at his golf outing.

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Leggett on Jets offense 00:01:43
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano talks with Jets rookie tight end Jordan Leggett about his adjustment to the NFL and his role in the team?s offense.

Jordan Leggett is aware of how little tight ends have mattered to the Jets over the last two seasons. But he's been assured that's all about to change.

After talking with new offensive coordinator John Morton, Leggett - a tight end out of Clemson whom the Jets took in the fifth round of the draft - is convinced that he can be a big part of the Jets' new scheme. He said Morton, the former New Orleans Saints receivers coach, "loves" tight ends and plans to use them as a "go-to" guy in his passing attack.

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