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

We're breaking down last night’s win over the Giants. Part one is here. In part two, we're focusing on the defense and special teams.

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

I’m going to start off today by addressing the long touchdown run on the first play and, more importantly, the Jets response to it. Obviously the play itself was extremely depressing to see. With Garrett McIntyre specifically given the starting role in place of Quinton Coples due to his ability to play the run and set the edge, they ran the ball right at him, blocked him to the inside and took it all the way for a long score. McIntyre wasn’t the only player at fault, you could probably name a handful of people, including (but not limited to) Antonio Allen – who lost contain – and Dawan Landry – who came up too fast and didn’t have the angle to get back. In short, the play was a disaster, but if you can fix what went wrong, then maybe that’s not as disconcerting as if a team was running off the edge for consistent yardage throughout the game.

David Wilson got the best of the Jets early on

Believe it or not, fixing what went wrong was exactly what they did. I’d be very interested to see if they changed their approach as a result of what happened on the first play or if the approach they used was just something which didn’t happen on that first play for whatever reason. Either way it worked.

For the rest of the game, the Giants gained 55 yards on 22 carries and every time they tried to run to the outside, they were forced back inside. What the Jets did differently was to use their inside linebackers to set the edge, therefore forcing the run back inside to where the defensive linemen – the strength of the team – were well placed to make the stop. While I’m accustomed to seeing one linebacker attack the line of scrimmage so that the other is free to roam sideline-to-sideline (aka the Bart Scott approach) or both backers staying at home and then reacting to the run as the linemen take on blocks (aka the When Bart’s Injured approach), this was a different development. The inside backer on that side was making a concerted effort to get outside and upfield and for the most part it worked. As I watched this, I was thinking that this would make them extremely susceptible to a cut-back run, but the linemen did such a good job of working their way downhill that it never happened.

This puts the onus on the other inside backer to try and stay out of traffic so that they can meet the runner in the hole (if there even is one), but having guys like Landry and Allen/Jaiquawn Jarrett who can come up into the box and help out in run support lessens the strain somewhat.

I shall take great interest in seeing whether this approach is something they’ll continue to use, some or all of the time.

Before we get to the individual player evaluations, I also want to talk about game planning. While there’s no question the Jets will be saving some things for the regular season, the Jets – who used a pretty consistent rotation over the first two games – used some specific packages last night that were obviously designed to make life difficult for the Giants. While you expect to see vanilla gameplans on both sides of the ball in preseason, the Jets did some experimenting last night, but were also, I believe, specifically tailoring what they did to the Giants’ strengths and weaknesses in an effort to win the game.

They did one or two interesting things in coverage, for example using their linebackers on slot receivers at the line quite a lot, with the option to press, drop off, pass off to a defender behind them and rush the passer or just slow them at the line and stay at home. However, I was most interested by what they did with their linemen.

Both Sheldon Richardson and Muhammed Wilkerson were used standing up in pass rush situations and not just at the line. Wilkerson lined up as a middle linebacker three times and came charging up the middle very effectively. The first time they did it, Eli Manning noticeably rushed his throw and it was incomplete. The second time, a back stayed in to pick him up and he just drove him back into Manning, knocking him down. Finally, on the third one, they managed to prevent him from getting pressure, but still had to get rid of the ball quickly. Something like that can be great, because the threat is always evident. As long as you don’t use it too much, the offense will have to adjust on the fly and you can probably set some traps for when the oppositions tries to counter it with a screen pass or something.

Anyway, it was anything but vanilla for the Jets on defense – you could tell Rex Ryan wanted this game. Now let’s look at the contributors.

Interior Line

Hey, did you see that new running back the Giants got? His name is “Muhammad Wilkerson”. I know, right, he’s supposed to be a Jets player, but he definitely spent most of the night in the Giants backfield. With constant penetration and a constant pass rushing threat, Wilkerson either directly or indirectly caused several running plays to be stuffed and Manning to be under pressure several times too. Maybe his most impressive play of the night, albeit not flashy, saw the Giants use another lineman to help out the first lineman and then a back to help him too, but Wilkerson just slipped between the three of them like an eel to generate a pressure.

I mentioned how some of the way Richardson is playing reminded me of the way Wilkerson played as a rookie last week. (Aside: That’s the sort of comment that, if Ryan said it, would be used by some beat writers as a condescending “Rex thinks Richardson is as good as Wilkerson” punchline for the next few years, probably until it became apparent that – even if he didn’t say it – it was becoming true. I’ve already witnessed some fans responding to one beat writer’s tweet by saying that he looks like a bust). Anyway, I want to expound upon my thought from last week.

Over the past year, we’ve looked at the development curve of Quinton Coples through a prism of having seen Wilkerson develop one year ahead of him. Essentially, Wilkerson was great against the run with flashes as a pass rusher in his rookie year and Coples was great as a pass rusher with flashes against the run. So, with Wilkerson developing into a more rounded player in year two, making plays in both disciplines, the hope is that Coples will do the same thing in his second season. All on board with that so far? Hopefully.

There’s one major difference though. Maybe it’s just a product of having pass rushing as a specialism, but Coples seems to make a higher proportion of impact plays – a sack, a big hit, a tackle for a huge loss or whatever – but also has more mistakes or negative plays where his blocker gets the better of him than Wilkerson. So, while Wilkerson is much more consistent in terms of good plays versus bad plays, Coples is more inconsistent, but makes more of an impact with the type of good plays that he makes. Still with me so far? Good.

Now, what’s incredibly exciting about Wilkerson is that he’s ramping up those impact plays and making more and more of those, while still keeping up a high standard of consistency. The Jets are recognizing this and setting things up for him to succeed wherever possible. Coples will continue to make impact plays and hopefully improve his consistency as he goes along. Which brings us to Richardson. Richardson reminded me of Wilkerson because he was consistently making positive contributions with not many errors. So, I put him on the Wilkerson developmental curve. However, yesterday, he showed a few tantalizing glimpses that maybe he’s going to make some impact plays too.

Richardson had his first sack on an explosive burst into the backfield. That didn’t look like an aberration, as he added a hit and a pressure later on. Remember, Wilkerson only had three sacks as a rookie and wasn’t very productive in terms of pressure. Richardson still contributed in the running game too blowing up a run in short yardage and getting in on a tackle at the line and his desire to chase down plays is phenomenal. His game ended prematurely but he’s not seriously injured and definitely looks set to be a big contributor this year.

They weren’t the only two high level performers on the line, though. Perhaps the main beneficiary of the force-back-inside run stopping philosophy was Damon Harrison, who once again filled in at nose tackle with Kenrick Ellis out. Mostly by simply holding his ground and leveraging his way into the path of the cutback lane, Harrison got in on a series of tackles at or near the line of scrimmage. He actually led the team with seven tackles, including one where he sniffed out a screen pass and another where he was completely unblocked and able to pull the runner down in the backfield. Harrison actually missed three tackles too, but that’s a sign he was getting off blocks to slow the runner down for his teammates. He even had a pressure as a pass rusher. As I said last week, the Jets have a viable replacement in place if Ellis misses any time during the season. In fact, if he plays like this, Harrison will deserve to split time and maybe even challenge for the starting role.

Leger Douzable was another high level performer on the line. He got plenty of additional reps once Richardson left the game and played well into the second half. He had a sack, a hit, a batted pass and a couple of pressures as a pass rusher, but he is best known for his run stopping and he got plenty of penetration to blow up runs as well as getting in on a tackle near the line and one in the backfield. He was blocked out of a play right near the end of the game, but was otherwise difficult to criticize. While he did do a lot of this damage against backups, plenty of it came earlier in the game too. He looks like being a strong contributor this year too.

Antonio Garay has had a quiet preseason so far, but he started to show some signs last night. He got some good penetration on a couple of plays, drawing a holding penalty and got off his block to stuff the runner at the goal line on third down. Garay did allow himself to be driven off the line by a couple of double teams, but he is starting to pick things up.

I’ve already spoken about being impressed with Junior Aumavae and he once again got in on a couple of run stuffs in this game. However, Tevita Finau is making a late charge too. He got good penetration on a couple of plays and had a sack and a pressure. I did not see Lanier Coleman out there.

Edge Rushers

As noted, Garrett McIntyre was caught inside on the first play, but he didn’t let it happen again, keeping contain well on a couple of other plays, including one where he made the tackle himself for a short gain. He was one of the guys they employed in coverage a lot, which is something they have done before with him in preseason. He did give up a first down on a short pass and didn’t generate any pass rush.

Calvin Pace also failed to generate any pass rush, although he did make a couple of good plays against the run and was able to stay with his man on a throw to the end zone. Antwan Barnes didn’t make much of his extended playing time though, not really making any kind of an impact.

Working with the second unit, Ricky Sapp was double teamed a ton, but was getting off blocks much better this week and generally causing a nuisance. He hit the quarterback once and beat his man to get into the backfield on three other occasions, but the pass was released before he could get there. More enticing was his play against the run, where he made two good stops at the line. The first saw him diagnose a play and shoot a gap into the backfield to force the runner back inside, then trip that player low for no gain. The other saw him chase a play down from the backside and make a tackle for a short gain. If that’s somewhere he can contribute, it could put him in line for a bigger role.

Some of the third stringers made an impact this week too. Troy Davis blew by a running back for a hit and then had another one negated because he accidentally hit the quarterback’s face mask. Jacquies Smith had a pressure and a cheap tackle for a loss after a fumbled snap. He also dropped into coverage a couple of times, getting beaten once, but doing well the next time on an incompletion. Finally, Sean Progar-Jackson broke up a pass.

Linebackers

After their disappointing performances last week, David Harris and Demario Davis made much better contributions this week. Maybe the edge-setting role was something that will work well for this tandem. Harris was blocked out badly on the touchdown run at the second level, but managed to stay clean most of the time this week. He created a pressure by driving his man back into the quarterback and stuffed a run as he was unblocked. Davis helped to blow up a screen, stuffed a run for a short gain with a big hit near the goal line and pressured Manning once. He did get badly driven out of a play by a tight end on one play, but otherwise put forward a disciplined performance.

The second unit employed the same approach to stopping outside runs, with Nick Bellore contributing to keep contain on one play. He also stuffed a run and had one pressure, although he was blocked out of one play at the second level.

Danny Lansanah made some noise with a couple of nice stops and a forced fumble. He also blew up a screen and almost made an unblocked tackle in the backfield that ultimately led to a run being stuffed by his teammate. However, he did have some issues in coverage, getting beaten for a first down on one play and showing poor awareness on another.

Jojo Dickson got some playing time, but didn’t manage to make an impact.

Cornerbacks

Keep that head on a swivel, Kyle Wilson!

Dee Milliner missed this game, but so did Ellis Lankster. After the last game, where Milliner was poor but Lankster played great, it will be very interesting to see where they stand on the depth chart. The Jets should have enough depth that they don’t need to play Milliner if he’s not 100% ready. Lankster apparently has a minor foot issue and was rested as a precaution.

Of those that did play, that meant an increased role for Darrin Walls and Kyle Wilson. Of the two, Walls had the better day. Wilson was flagged for pass interference three times and beaten for a long catch by Hakeem Nicks. He was in position on one incompletion, but overall was disappointing, with the old problem of not getting his head turned around seeming to return. Walls, on the other hand, was in pretty good position on five incompletions, one of which he broke up, and made a good play in run support. He wasn’t flawless though – on one of those five plays he didn’t get his head turned around either and was pretty physical with the receiver, so was lucky not to get flagged. He was also beaten a couple of times on third down, although one was dropped.

There’s not much to say about Antonio Cromartie. He was challenged deep once, but in perfect position. He was blocked off the edge on the opening touchdown run, but otherwise couldn’t really be faulted for anything.

Bassett noted Isaiah Trufant’s gutsy performance this morning and also described him as the NFL version of Hit-Girl on twitter, which I thought was great. Trufant is very willing in run support and was in on several plays here and also displayed a neat spin move to register a pressure on a blitz from the slot. He did get beaten for two first downs, one on a play where he was badly fooled by a double-move, though.

I was interested to see Royce Adams get some decent playing time towards the end. You may recall that, until he was injured in camp last year, Adams was 5th on the depth chart and looked set to make the roster. Adams broke up two passes and made a good open field tackle to force a punt. He did get beaten for two catches – one for a first down and one for 17 on 2nd and 22 as he was backed off. I liked what I saw from him though.

Safeties

After his poor start to the game (losing contain on the Wilson touchdown), Allen had his ups and downs. He was in position in coverage a few times, made a nice open field tackle and almost forced a fumble, but he was badly burned by Nicks for what should have been a touchdown. He gave up one other first down, but he was in a pretty good position on that play. It’s a little disconcerting that nobody has really stepped up at the “other” safety spot so far.

Relegated to second team reps, Jarrett made some good plays – a run stuff near the line, an open field tackle and a fumble recovery. He displayed pretty good recovery speed on one coverage play but was beaten on another and bailed out by a drop.

Landry didn’t do too well on that opening play either, but settled down and made some good contributions, breaking up a pass on fourth down and getting in on a run stuff near the line.

Finally, Josh Bush almost (and perhaps should have) made a diving interception on a tipped pass but gave up a first down in zone coverage.

Special Teams

A rough night for the kicking competition

This wasn’t a good week for special teams, what with all the missed tackles and missed field goals (whether or not they counted). However, there was one sparkling play I wanted to highlight. After Simms touchdown pass, he was flagged for excessive celebration and the Jets, protecting a three-point lead with two minutes left, were forced to kick off from their 20. Billy Cundiff unleashed a monster kick that was fielded by the return man a couple of yards deep into the end zone. However, you’d worry that he out-kicked his coverage on that play. Not so, as Adams got down there before everyone else and forced the return man to change direction by clattering into his lead blocker and knocking him flying. The next man down, Bret Lockett, broke the return man down and Rontez Miles followed up to trap him so that Lockett could get him down inside the 15. The Giants still tied the score, but that was a great play when the Giants probably expected to get the ball at about the 40.

Cundiff also managed to make the winning kick, but can’t have impressed when he missed it initially with Tom Coughlin trying to ice him. Of course, Nick Folk had already missed both in the same situation moments earlier, so maybe Cundiff has a lead now.

After missing last week, Robert Malone is probably back in the lead in terms of the punter battle, especially following a horrible shank by Ryan Quigley.

The coverage units missed Lankster. Sapp, Miles, Demario Davis and Lockett all made good tackles, but Jarrett, Bush and Troy Davis all missed tackles.

On the kick return unit, Mike Edwards didn’t help his cause by fumbling and Chris Pantale had a bad missed block. Wilson didn’t look that good returning kicks and the punt returners (Jeremy Kerley and Zach Rogers) didn’t make much headway.

Finally, for those of you interested in the long snapper battle, Pat Scales got in on another tackle this week, but also had one bad snap that Robert Malone did well to rescue.

Conclusions

I was extremely concerned by the run defense after the first play, but as noted they seemed to fix this pretty sharply so I feel a lot better about the run defense now. The potential on that line is incredible and if there are some weaknesses elsewhere on defense, you can still be very successful when your line is elite. There’s no better example of that than the Giants themselves over the past five or six years.

Of course, the big story is whatever happens at the quarterback position, but also to a lesser extent the left guard, backup center and number three quarterback. I’m not convinced the safety position is set yet, either.

Next week is the Bollinger Bowl, so named not as a slight to the caliber of players that will be getting the reps, but as a tribute to Brooks Bollinger’s fourth quarter heroics (three late TD’s to overturn a 27-7 deficit) in the same fixture back in 2005. It’s my favorite game of the year, but this year there is still much to be settled.

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(Kirby Lee)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com:

Last year's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl featured several players who went on to be drafted and make good contributions, including Jatavis BrownTrevone Boykin, and Ricardo Louis. Three of the undrafted rookies signed by the Jets after the draft and a couple of others who later signed with the team also played in the game. I reviewed this year's matchup to try and get an inside track on who raised their profile...

Quarterbacks

Most scouts seem to agree that ECU's Philip Nelson has the best chance of being drafted out of any of the quarterbacks in this game. In fact, Mike Martz, who was coaching one of the teams, said he views him as a future NFL starter. Moreso than any other quarterback, Nelson looked the part -- despite being only 6'1" -- but did throw a bad interception. The biggest name at quarterback was Greg Ward, who was once considered a Heisman Trophy candidate. Ward - who practiced at wide receiver during the week -- had his best moment after he left the game with an injury:

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Ralph Vacchiano, Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti give their take on the AFC and NFC Championship games.

Ralph Vacchiano, Marc Malusis and Chris Lopresti give their take on Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship games...

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets have signed WR Frankie Hammond to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Monday.

Hammond, 26, was recently part of the Chiefs' practice squad.

He signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida in 2013.

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Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets will hire Robert Nunn to be their defensive line coach, according to SiriusXM and Sporting News' Alex Marez.

Nunn, who was fired by the Browns after one season and replaced with Clyde Simmons, would be taking over for former defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, who was among several fired Jets assistants at season's end...

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(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the AFC Championship game:

Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) at the New England Patriots (15-2)

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To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild…that is the question! This week, Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Joe Caporoso from TurnOnTheJets.com to find the answer. They take a look at what the Jets can do to start picking up the pieces heading into next season, and whether or not a complete teardown is necessary...

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Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau opens up about his apparent brain issues caused from playing professional football.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Mark Gastineau is just the latest sad example of the damage football can do to a person and a human body. He admits he didn't play the game the right way. When he tackled he led with his head, and of course that's the part of the body that's betraying him now. The fact that he's been battling dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease for a year is likely not a coincidence at all.

But during the ex-Jet's stunning interview on WOR radio on Thursday night he didn't blame football specifically for his condition. In fact he praised the sport and insisted his problems could've been prevented. He said he knows there's a way to make the incredibly dangerous game of football safe for everyone.

Even though he is dangerously wrong...

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Gastineau on health issues 00:04:48
Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau opens up about his apparent brain issues caused from playing professional football.

Jets all-time sacks leader Mark Gastineau told WOR Radio's Pete McCarthy that recent tests have shown he has signs of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and dementia.

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Jets fans clamoring for Woody Johnson to give up control of the Jets may finally get their wish, but even with him planning to spend the next three years an ocean away, his departure is unlikely to have any tangible effect on the team.

The 69-year-old Johnson was officially named the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. It was a move that had been rumored for weeks and hardly surprising considering that Johnson is a major donor and fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party.

Johnson declined to address the possibility of this position when he met with the media shortly after his Jets completed their miserable, 5-11 season, and he hasn't spoken publicly on his future plans for the franchise. However, Pro Football Talk recently reported that he planned to give over control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. Neil Glat, the team president who handles most of the business operations and reported directly to Woody Johnson, could see an increase in power, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Part I ran on Wednesday. Here, as promised, is Part II:

If we do select a qb in draft. Do we sign a vet and go with 4? Or who gets the out? -- @wendo2000

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(Jeff Hanisch)

Mel Kiper's first Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore with the sixth overall pick.

Kiper notes that the 6'1", 190-pound Lattimore "jumped to the top" of his rankings with a stellar season, adding that Lattimore has "all the traits to be a star."

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Here is Part I:

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Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have signed linebacker Jeff Luc to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Luc, who has spent time with the Dolphins and most recently the Bengals, has also spent time as fullback.

In his four years in college at Florida State and Cincinnati, he recorded 200 total tackles.

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he believes his production on the field should make him desirable to any team, despite his $7.5 million salary cap, he told WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show. 

Marshall, in the final year of his contract with the Jets, told the show that he is one of the top receivers in the game, and that he is in fact underpaid for what his statistics show. 

 

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets and head coach Todd Bowles, after a tumultuous year of losing and locker room discontent, have "a lot to soul searching" to do going into next season, former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon told The JetsBlog Podcast. 

Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson both had various off-field issues this season, which Colon said is a problem with both themselves as individuals and how the team has handled them.

"The problem with Sheldon and Mo, and I talk about them candidly because I know those guys, I respect them as individuals, Colon said. "But the biggest problem they have, they feel what they do off the field shouldn't matter about their play on the field. That's the lack of accountability and maturity."

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Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets have hired defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, the team announced Wednesday.

Wilson, 34, was the Rams' DBs coach this past season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Position coaches often fly under the radar, but don't ignore the impact of this one because Dennard Wilson has a big job ahead of him. He has to rebuild a Jets secondary that was a mess last season, and he'll have to do it either without Darrelle Revis or with Revis trying to transition from cornerback to safety.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Marcus Williams
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(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets still don't know who their quarterback will be when the 2017 season begins, but the consensus inside their front office seems to be that whoever it is didn't finish the 2016 season on the roster. Their quarterback of the immediate future, at least, is likely to come from the outside.

Just who that will be is still unknown, and there are many options being considered, according to team sources. There is a lot of internal support for Mike Glennon, the 27-year-old Bucs backup who will become a free agent on March 9. But even if he emerges as the object of the Jets' desire, he could be prohibitively expensive. The Bills, Browns and 49ers all figure to be in the market for a quarterback. Maybe a few other teams, too, like the Bears.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Former Steeler Willie Colon rips Antonio Brown for being more worried about himself than the team after posting a video of Mike Tomlin.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall criticized Steelers WR Antoino Brown for the postgame locker room Facebook video that Brown posted following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City on Sunday.

"You would never see this in New England, right?" Marshall said on last night's episode of Showtime's Inside the NFL. "What it does is it keeps the New England Patriots on task. It keeps them marching in a single-file line: 'This is the New England way, and this is how we do things.' 

"You only have three or four minutes after the game to be with your teammates and really enjoy the moment or Band-Aid each other up. So that's precious time, and that time shouldn't be live-streamed for anyone to see."

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Louisville Cardinals defensive line coach Clint Hurtt (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)
Louisville Cardinals defensive line coach Clint Hurtt (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Chicago Bears OLB coach Clint Hurtt will not join Todd Bowles and the New York Jets nearly a week and a half after they had reportedly reached an agreement, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

The Jets and Hurtt never reached an agreement after Hurtt reportedly declined an extension with the Bears, according to Cimini.

The Jets fired OLB coach Mark Collins, along with four other assistants, after the season.

Hurtt served as an assistant coach at Louisville, Miami and Florida International.

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New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Brian Winters would've been one of the better guards on the free agent market and he could've cashed in even bigger than the four-year, $29 million deal he got from the Jets. 

But instead of looking for more money and maybe a better situation, the 25-year-old Winters decided to stay put because he believes that, despite the misery of the Jets' 5-11 season, there are much better days for the franchise ahead.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum, Wesley Johnson
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Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.  (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))
Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))

The Jets are expected to have interest in Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Glennon, 27, is an unrestricted free agent after playing behind Jamesis Winston the last two seasons in Tampa Bay.

As a starter, Glennon has a career record of 5-13.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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DNL pick'em: Divisional Round 00:04:27
The Daily News Live panel makes its prognostications on the NFL Divisional Round games this weekend.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the two AFC divisional-round playoff games this weekend:

Houston Texans (10-7) at the New England Patriots (14-2)

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

11:27 p.m: Eric Studesville has decided to remain with the Broncos as the team's running back coach, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Previous Reports

The Jets interviewed Studesville for their vacant offensive coordinator position, reports Rich Cimini of ESPN.

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 (Brad Penner (USA Today))
(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Attracting a new offensive coordinator might not be easy for the Jets, writes Brian Costello in the NY Post.

"The view in league circles is the Jets are going to have a tough time convincing any candidate with options to take the job because of how they compare with other teams looking for an offensive coordinator," writes Costello.

Costello notes that there haven't been any reports or other indications that any candidate has turned down an interview request from the Jets, but says the job is viewed as unattractive due in part to head coach Todd Bowles' job security and the unsettled quarterback situation.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by former New York Jets guard and current SNY Analyst Willie Colon for a deep dive into the Jets locker room. They talk about the best leaders on the current team, what to do about Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, the mindset of a player making a position change, and much more as a busy offseason for Gang Green gets going. 

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(USA TODAY)

The Jets have signed LB Frank Beltre to a reserve/future deal, the team announced Friday.

Beltre, 26, spent time with the Chargers in 2013 and Raiders in 2014, and played with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL from 2014 to 2016.

The Jets agreed to reserve/future deals with WR DeShon Foxx, FB Julian Howsare, and WR Myles White on Wednesday.

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Leonard Williams was one of the few bright spots in the Jets' mostly dismal season. And now the 22-year-old defensive end is being rewarded for that with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Williams, the youngest player to ever be voted by his Jets teammates as their MVP, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Thursday as a replacement for injured Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack

Williams, who was voted a first alternate, had seven sacks for the Jets this season. For most of the season he was the best player on the Jets' disappointing defensive line...

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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall invited the Giants' wide receivers down to his house in Miami during Tuesday's episode of "Inside the NFL."

"I want to say thank you," Marshall said. "Thank you to the New York Giants wide receivers for taking all of the attention off of myself and my fellow Jets. I have a place in Miami...You guys are awesome. Thank you."

 

 

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Should Jets draft Watson? 00:03:10
Willie Colon and Jon Hein argue about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick.

Willie Colon and Jon Hein talk about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick...


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

 

LB David Harris had 95 tackles in 15 games for the Jets this season, which was his 10th with the team.

The 32-year-old had just 0.5 sacks in 2016 after racking up 4.5 in 2015 and 6.0 in 2014.

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 (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Nick Mangold missed eight games due to ankle injuries this past season, last playing on Dec. 5 against the Colts.

The 32-year-old Mangold has a cap hit of $9.075 million next season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

University of North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky has declared for the NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported in December that the Jets are believed to have a strong interest in Trubisky. 

"They got their eyes set on the North Carolina quarterback," a rival scout told Mehta. "The Jets are all over this kid. All over him. They'll probably deny it if you ask, but they love that kid. That's their guy. They're not going to get him though, because I think that kid is going to get over-drafted."

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Cornerback Darrelle Revis finished off the 2016 season with 53 combined tackles but had just one turnover (an interception), which came in the final week of the regular season. 

All year, the 31-year-old corner dealt with questions about his inconsistent play and effort. He has three years left under his current deal and would not become an unrestricted free agent until 2020, when he is 34. 

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett kick off 2017 with a "now what?" podcast after a horrible season. They react to the Woody Johnson and Mike Maccagnan media gatherings, examine the recent coach departures, and take an early look at how the Jets can properly re-build their franchise.


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Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets will sign CFL linebacker Frank Beltre to a reserve/futures contract, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Beltre, originally an undrafted free agent out of Towson University, spent brief tenures with the Chargers and Raiders before heading to the CFL in 2014. 

He had 19 tackles and three sacks in nine games with Calgary this past season. 


Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)
Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets coach Todd Bowles is hiring former Bears assistant Clint Hurtt to coach the outside linebackers, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News

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Sheldon Richardson had 62 tackles 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

He also engaged in a locker room feud with WR Brandon Marshall.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

Brandon Marshall had 59 receptions for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

Dealing with hip and shoulder injuries for most of the season, his production was down from his record-setting 2015 campaign, when he reeled in 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Before 2015, the 32-year-old Marshall had recorded double-digit touchdowns three times before in his career -- twice with the Bears (2012 and 2013), and once with the Broncos (2009).

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:16
Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss their disappointing 2016 season and looking forward to 2017.

Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets second-round draft choice last year, "will never make it", an unidentified Jets starter told the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The comment came a week after a Jets source told ESPN that Hackenberg, taken with the 51st overall pick out of Penn State, couldn't "throw the ball into the ocean."

General manager Mike Maccagnan, who was retained along with coach Todd Bowles by Jets owner Woody Johnson, will be under intense pressure to fix the QB situation during the offseason.

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 (Bill Wippert/AP)
(Bill Wippert/AP)

Eric Decker had nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns this past season, with his season ending after Week 3 due to a rotator cuff injury that required surgery.

Before undergoing the rotator cuff surgery, the 29-year-old Decker also had surgery on his hip, and it's unclear whether he'll be 100 percent for the start of next season.

Decker joined the Jets before the 2014 season, when he had 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns. In 2015, he had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Chip Kelly a fit with Jets? 00:00:46
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate whether or not Chip Kelly would be a good fit with the Jets on their offensive staff.

The Eagles have denied the Jets' request to interview QB coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

DeFilippo finished his first season as Eagles QB coach following one year as the Browns' offensive coordinator and three years as the Raiders' QB coach.

DeFilippo worked with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016, as the former No. 2 pick threw for 3,782 yards (most among rookies), 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions (tied for ninth in the league).

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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he was disappointed with the team's 5-11 finish this season, and wouldn't put a timetable on when they would be a perennial contender.

"We're obviously not happy with our record. But I do think we made some progress [with the youth]," Maccagnan told reporters while alluding to players such as OL Brandon Shell and CB Juston Burris. "We have some pieces we feel good about."

Maccagnan said he felt comfortable signing Ryan Fitzpatrick this past offseason, noting that all options -- internal and external -- will be on the table for 2017 at quarterback.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Woody Johnson on keeping Bowles 00:02:36
Jets owner Woody Johnson discusses the Jets' disappointing season, his decision to keep Todd Bowles and the team's future plans.

Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed confidence in head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan while speaking with reporters on Thursday.

"They will get this done, in my opinion," Johnson said about Bowles and Maccagnan.

"I have confidence in Todd Bowles," Johnson added. "I'm still very much in his corner. ...I think he's going to get better. I'm happy to have him and Mike. ...they have a plan to make the team better. They have a way to judge accountability and judge performance."

Johnson said there's no mandate for the Jets to make the playoffs next season, noting that mandates don't work, but added that he's "in the game of winning."

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The Jets worked out Olympic sprinter and projected wide receiver Tre Houston on Thursday, a source told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Houston, who worked out with the Chiefs last week, was also given a physical by the Jets.

The 26-year-old Houston is a native of Bermuda.

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