This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

Coming up, your breakdown of yesterday’s win in Jacksonville, together with detailed analysis of personnel groupings and individual performance.

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

The big story this week is how Mark Sanchez returned to the lineup and the Jets played conservatively all day, leaning on their running game to just about do enough to get him and the team another win. However, I'm going to shake things up today and start by talking about the defense.

Last week, I shared how much I enjoyed the Jets' 7-6 win over the Cardinals, because I like low scoring football. However, although yesterday's game again went into halftime with the score just 3-0, I actually enjoyed the second half more. Rather than repeating the dominant defensive performance of the previous week, the Jets were playing more of a bend-but-don't-break style in the first half, with a red zone turnover and a missed field goal helping to limit the damage. A return to the Henderson/Sutton era wasn't exactly what I was envisaging in my enjoyment of last week's display. However, in the second half, the Jets stepped it up, sacking Chad Henne three times, pressuring him repeatedly and holding him to just 11 completions on his last 30 pass attempts.

As a measure of how they weren't living up to last week's performance in that first half, you may recall that I noted last week how the Jets achieved a "win" (by their own grading system) on 37 of 43 plays last week. This week, in the first half, it was just 18 of 33. In fact, they had six "losses" on the first drive alone. The second half was much better, of course. 27 of 38, including 11 of 12 in the third quarter.

In the end, they generated more pressure than they have in any other game so far this season, including two that directly led to passes being intercepted. The run defense wasn't very impressive, but did well enough to force the Jags into passing downs, so they could rely on their pass rush and secondary to get them off the field.

There are still cracks, but it was another step in the right direction defensively. It's obviously important for Rex Ryan that the defense finishes the season strongly, because that's something he can hang his hat on in terms of justifying his job security.

Let’s look at the rest of those individual performances:

Defensive Line

We have to start by discussing the superb performances from Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. They each generated a lot of pressure, picking up two sacks and three hits between them. Wilkerson continues to use his hands superbly and is giving offensive linemen fits with a variety of pass rush moves. He even got close on a spin move this week. In the running game, he stuffed a couple of runs and did get some good penetration, but was also blocked out of a few plays. As for Coples, he showed great interior pass rushing ability when he bullrushed up the middle and almost sacked Henne and then later did the same thing and this time did pick up the sack. At the end of the game, he got pressure on Henne on consecutive plays, with the second one leading to Ellis Lankster's game-clinching pick. For Coples, there weren't many negatives either. He did have a facemask penalty and a missed tackle and - while he had no realistic chance of affecting the play - it was disconcerting to see how half-heartedly he jogged after Montell Owens on his touchdown run one play after Coples' sack. On the whole, though, this was the kind of breakout game we've been hoping for from Coples since he showed an ability to be productive in preseason.

While the Jaguars had some success running the ball, especially between the tackles (70 yards on nine carries), it was difficult to determine whether any individual was at fault because the Jets seemed to have the wrong "run fit" on a lot of the plays. While this is sometimes due to an individual error - for example, Kenrick Ellis shot the same gap as Wilkerson on one play, leaving a huge lane up the middle - it usually seemed to be a case of them not lining up correctly or adjusting to the Jaguars blocking scheme.

Another difference from last week may simply have been the fact that they only had seven days rest, so older guys like Sione Po'uha, Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas who responded so well to having ten days rest wouldn't have benefited in similar fashion this week.

That's perhaps not entirely fair to Po'uha, who did make a couple of big stops, including one on third and one. He was driven off the line badly on a second half play, but that was the only time that happened all day and the run actually ended up going for a loss, as Po'uha continues to solidify his play while still falling well short of what he capable of when healthy.

Mike DeVito found himself driven off the line a couple of times early in the game, but had a much better second half, generating one pressure and stretching a run out to the sideline well. Kenrick Ellis is seeing his playing time creep upwards too and, other than the apparent mistake mentioned earlier, was getting some good penetration.


One of the biggest disappointments of the season so far has been the play of David Harris. Granted, that's a by-product of guys like Po'uha and Scott not being 100% and being unable to do their usual job of keeping blockers off him, but it's still a major concern - especially when he feasibly could be the only starting linebacker to return next year. The good news is that he turned in his best performance of the year against the Jaguars with ten tackles (including one for a loss) and a key pass defensed. He also added a sack, a hit and a pressure in the pass rush and had a forced fumble overturned by the replay booth. It wasn't a perfect performance - he did get caught in traffic on some of those runs up the middle - but it's good to see Harris is still capable of playing at a high level.

Alongside Harris, Scott of course gets some of the credit for keeping him clean, although he wasn't attacking the line of scrimmage with as much abandon as he did in the Arizona game and managed to run himself out of a few running plays. He came up big with the interception in the red zone and also had an impact as a pass rusher. While he gave up one first down catch, that was on a blatant pick play and he otherwise acquitted himself well in coverage.

On the outside, Calvin Pace had a poor game, although with news surfacing that Thomas may be unavailable for the rest of the year, I wonder if he could replace Thomas in his role as more of a primary edge setter, a role he handled well in Thomas' absence last year. Pace had a couple of missed tackles, only one pressure in 30 pass rush attempts and gave up three catches on three targets in coverage (although he was able to limit these to short yardage). He did get in on a couple of stops, but continues to be a disappointment. PFF have only given him a positive grade once since Week 2.

Before he got hurt, Thomas had a decent game. He made a couple of plays against the run and had one pressure. He was blocked out of two running plays that went for good yardage though.

While it will most likely be Coples that gets additional reps due to Thomas' absence, it also puts pressure on Garrett McIntyre to perform constistently, with Ricky Sapp waiting in the wings. We saw something good from McIntyre, as his hit - albeit unblocked on a delayed blitz - led to Scott's interception. However, we also saw something bad, as on Owens' touchdown run, he was swallowed up and blocked to the ground by a double team, creating the pile which Owens hurdled over to get to the second level. In McIntyre's defense, this came one play after the Thomas injury and he had to run onto the field and was barely in position as the ball was snapped. Other than that, he did get in on one run stuff, but didn't register any other pressure in 22 pass rush attempts, although he did help flush Henne from the pocket once.

Demario Davis rotated in for Scott a little more than last week, (five snaps instead of two), but it's apparent they don't trust him in coverage right now. He came out of the game to be replaced by Scott on one third and long play. I wonder if a healthy Josh Mauga would have made any impact this season.

Defensive Backs

The Jets secondary held yet another quarterback under 50%, which is especially impressive considering Revis is out. However, there were some disappointing breakdowns and the damage could have been worse if not for some dropped passes.

Antonio Cromartie turned in another confident performance, which he punctuated by breaking up a key pass down the stretch. His tackling this year has really improved, as evidenced by his excellent open field tackle on third down in the flat. He did give up a bit too much of a cushion on a couple of plays, but this might have been something the Jets were doing deliberately to perhaps set up some sort of trap. The thought of a healthy Revis and a Cromartie that plays with this kind of consistency is certainly enticing. One minor issue could be that he jumped a couple of routes, where maybe a double move would have allowed his man to get beyond him. I can't really criticize him for that unless it happens though, and the only time I can recall him getting caught out like that in recent weeks was on the WR-option gadget play in Seattle.

Kyle Wilson also seemed to play off his man on a few occasions. In assessing Wilson, I think he's become more physical in coverage this year and really improved his tackling (as shown on two good open field tackles yesterday). However, it seems like he gets involved in too many coverage breakdowns. There was one play yesterday where he was ten yards off the line of scrimmage on the right side with the only wide receiver on his side of the field lined up close to the edge of the line, but then another receiver motioned across and went out wide left. LaRon Landry came up into the box, as if to pick up the slot receiver and then you'd always expect Wilson to pick up the outside guy, but he was left completely uncovered for an easy 12 yards. It's almost as if Wilson fell asleep on that one. They also got lucky on another play where Wilson's man ran a crossing route and was completely uncovered, only to drop the ball. It looked like Wilson expected that to be a zone coverage, but every other receiver seemed to be accounted for and both safeties seemed to be too deep to pick that route up.

As always, I have to mention that I can never really be entirely sure who was responsible for any coverage breakdowns or if the communication in the secondary was adequate, but Wilson does seem to be involved in these situations quite a lot in recent weeks.

It looks like the Jets have a lot of faith in Lankster. When Cromartie left the game with his head injury, it was Lankster who was operating mostly without any safety help, something he seems to be doing a lot of in recent games. Lankster had two major negatives - giving up a first down catch on third and seven and letting a fourth down pass go through his hands for a first down that kept the potential game tying drive alive. Of course, he should have just knocked that last one down, but then he wouldn't have been able to actually ice the game on an interception two plays later. It's worth emphasizing that even on these two negative plays, he was still in good position, so it's rare that he gets beaten cleanly. There was one other play where he gave up a catch on the sideline only for the receiver to have stepped out of bounds. Again, I would give him credit on that play because he did a good job of funnelling the receiver to the outside. He did get blocked out of the play on Owens' touchdown run, but he's becoming pretty reliable in coverage and definitely seems like he has a future with the team.

LaRon Landry turned in another solid display too, although he was a bit too deep on several downfield completions and seems to be involved in too many of those coverage breakdowns. He was terrific in run support and made some good plays in coverage too. If he continues to play consistently over these last few games, that's going to make a tough decision for next year even tougher for the Jets.

Yeremiah Bell was also excellent in run support - he and Landry combined for 20 tackles and several of these were close to the line of scrimmage. He also broke up a pass and got to Henne once, but did give up a catch downfield and got caught up in traffic on the touchdown run.

Eric Smith was another player badly blocked out of the play on the Owens touchdown, but that was really his only negative. He had two pressures off the edge and recovered a fumble, only for the booth to overturn it. It was interesting to see rookie Antonio Allen re-enter to mix too. He made an impact as a pass rusher and while he only dropped into coverage seven times on 20 plays, he was in good position on one incompletion. He also drew a holding penalty as he forced a run to the outside.

Finally, Darrin Walls saw his first action of the year on defense. He replaced the injured Cromartie, but then did get back into the game once Cromartie made his return. All in all, he was in for eight snaps and thrown at once with the receiver dropping a wide throw.

Special Teams

Once again, special teams were a bit of a letdown. The Jets were very lucky not to have two punts blocked, either one of which could have cost them the game. The first one saw Tanner Purdum knocked over as CJ Mosley exploded up the middle and the second saw Lex Hilliard miss his block. To his credit, Robert Malone got both punts away superbly including one that was fair-caught by a receiver who had to run back 10 yards for to catch the 59-yarder. Malone did have two poor punts as well though.

Lankster had a great game on special teams. He's probably the closest thing they have to a primary gunner right now, because they're mixing up who gets that assignment. Wilson got down there quickly one time, only to get lit up by a huge block. They've also been using Landry in that role and Mardy Gilyard is more than capable too. In the return game, Joe McKnight, who was suffering from migraines overnight, saw one returnable kick dribble past him into the end zone. Jeremy Kerley had a good punt return, evading two tackles to set up a score.

I continue to wonder where Eric Smith's reputation as a good special teamer comes from. He has one special teams tackle this year. Last year's top special teamer Nick Bellore got in on one big hit, but also missed a tackle and has been a lot less productive than last year.


The Jets got Mark Sanchez to play within himself this week and it proved to be a winning strategy. However, failing to put up any points against one of the league's worst defenses in the first half can't have been the plan.

To give Sanchez some credit, he showed progress in some of the areas where he struggled last week. He opened the second half with a decisive, on-time throw to Chaz Schilens coming back to the marker for a first down and hit Jeremy Kerley on an identical quick slant to the one he chose not to throw last week for a third down conversion. He also hit his hot read a couple of times - maybe a hair late on the first one where Gilyard came up just short of the marker, but right on target to Kerley on another play (only for Kerley to fumble). So, there are signs that they're at least trying to work out the kinks.

Sanchez also had a good throw on the rollout to Schilens and the big throw down the middle to Jeff Cumberland in the fourth quarter was also well-thrown. He also created three other first downs, two on penalties and one on a smart, decisive tuck-and-run.

Was it perfect? Of course not. He badly overthrew an open Jeremy Kerley on a comeback route and lost a fumble, but let's face it, if Greg McElroy won the game posting the same numbers (12-for-19 with two drops) then we'd all be saying he was the future and that there's no way Sanchez could have achieved the same. Maybe this is enough to give him something to build on.

Before I move on, I must repeat what the announcer said during the game:

"Now you tell there anyone getting separation against man to man coverage?"

Here's the play he was talking about. You be the judge:

His conclusion was no, for some reason. I see four, maybe even five open receivers. If he dumped it to Kahlil Bell on the left side, that's a touchdown.

Of course, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy did not play. I wonder how long that will be the case.

Offensive Line

The second half display by the offensive line was phenomenal. If the reports about Brandon Moore ripping into them are correct, then the effect was obvious, particularly with the established veterans. Nick Mangold didn't have much of a first half impact, but looked as good as ever in the second half, moving guys all over the place. D'Brickashaw Ferguson missed a bad block in the first half and got beaten for a strip sack, but in the second half he had two tremendous blocks - a trap on the Bilal Powell touchdown run and a driving kickout block pulling to the right on the play just before it.

Other than that sack - the first Ferguson has given up all season - Sanchez was under pressure just twice. Once was on the play shown in the screen grab above, where he held onto the ball waiting for the routes to develop - which he was right to do - and Jeremy Mincey eventually got off Vladimir Ducasse's block to hit him as he released the throw. The other was a play where Austin Howard's man eventually got pressure, again after some time.

Howard continues to look really good at right tackle. He once again had a positive impact in the running game too, looking good on traps and kickout blocks. There was one interesting sequence on that second touchdown drive, where the Jets got the ball on the 46 and ran for a touchdown with Bilal Powell getting seven carries in a row. Howard had just made a great trap block and Powell went for 13, but on the next play, he let his man get into the backfield and blow up the run for no gain. Moore remonstrated with him after the play and of course the line re-grouped and ran it in three plays later.

Moore backed up his words with a standout performance. While he made a few mistakes, he had some physical blocks both on the move and going straight ahead. The other guard, Matt Slauson, turned in a solid display too, with more positives than negatives. Even the two backups, Ducasse and Jason Smith made an impact, leading the way on a third quarter run to the outside by Shonn Greene.

Running Backs

Greene and Powell both worked well in the running game, operating as a two-headed monster and proving Mangold's oft-repeated "keep swinging the ax" mantra (inherited from Alan Faneca, I believe) to be true. Powell gained a career-best 78 yards on 19 carries, but that included three carries at the end of each half where the Jets were more concerned with running clock than gaining yardage and were running into a heavy set. Those six carries netted just seven yards, but when it counted, Powell was picking up huge chunks - including that one-man drive for 46 yards and a score on seven carries.

Greene gained 77 yards on 20 carries, but was 13-for-55 in the second half, as he was tasked with the tough wear-down-the-defense role in the first half. It was good to see him get in the end zone again and he has very quietly racked up 883 yards on the season, with three games still to go. As I've noted, he is making much better reads over the last couple of months and I still believe you can attribute his slow start to the new scheme (which in turn caused the offensive line to start slowly), but he is running effectively within that system now. However, there was one play where he made the wrong read:

As you can see, had he bounced left, he looks like he could have had an easy first down. Dwight Lowery had crept up to the line, then backed off and although he was on the edge and perhaps would have been able to make the tackle, you'd expect Greene to have enough upfield momentum to at least get to the marker. As it happens, he just plowed into the line for no gain. Having said that, I present this because it's more of an aberration these days and he is making better reads overall.

At fullback, Hilliard had one good lead block, but also got pushed back into the runner once and did have a bad dropped pass.

Bell was in for just two snaps as a third down pass protector and McKnight was in for one play.


With the Jets not airing it out much this week, there's not much to judge the receivers on in the passing game.

Schilens had two solid catches downfield and one excellent block in the running game. Gilyard also got into the action with some good blocking and caught two short passes, although one of them saw him tackled just shy of the marker and the other saw him inexplicably step on the sideline just before the marker. He also failed to catch a low back shoulder throw by Sanchez, where the announcers felt his route wasn't great.

It's another blow to see Stephen Hill sidelined with what looks like a bad leg injury. He had seemed to be turning the corner only for this to come at a time when he looked set to get a ton of reps.

Kerley has had a good season, but it was disappointing to see him fumble the ball away on what otherwise would have been a good play. He did make one first down catch, but his other three catches were all quick tosses for short yardage.

Cromartie saw some brief action, catching one pass for a loss. I wonder if Cromartie and a healthy McKnight will be seen as better options than bringing in someone new and teaching them the playbook at this stage of the season.

The Jets used their four tight ends a lot, including Jason Smith. They combined for 114 snaps on 64 plays, despite the fact that Cumberland was injured for part of the game. Cumberland came up with the big catch, but had a poor day as a blocker, especially late in the game where the Jets were trying to run out the clock. Konrad Reuland, on the other hand, has his best game as a blocker so far this year. He was pretty inconsistent in the first half, but had an excellent second half making blocks at the second level. He also caught two short passes.

Finally, Hayden Smith saw his first meaningful action, getting in on 10 snaps. He didn't really do anything wrong, although I still sensed a slight hesitancy at times. However, once he locked onto a block, he seemed capable of holding his ground. If he can continue to get more comfortable, there's signs that he could harness the leverage techniques that will come naturally to him as a rugby player and turn himself into a competent blocker.


The Jets played this one pretty safe and came away with a relatively comfortable win, although they still needed a defensive stand to hold on. It's interesting that they're taking this approach now. As I noted last week, it was three years since they had won a low scoring game in the regular season, but now that's two in a row.

As a team, the Jets still don't look good. However, certain elements - the secondary, the running game, maybe even the pass rush - are starting to develop into the kind of staples you can lean on to get results in a late season game. Three games remain against teams that aren't very good, but probably still represent an upgrade over the last two teams they've faced, so getting to 9-7 will still challenge them.

However, if they continue to rely on those things they're doing well and avoid shooting themselves in the foot, then it's not out of the question.

Should they defy all logic and go on to scrape into the postseason, there's no way they look good enough to beat a playoff caliber team. However, you'd have said exactly the same thing in 2009, wouldn't you?

We're back to normal service now, so hit me with your BGA questions in the comments section and I will answer them for you in BGA Extra in a few days.

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double

Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Top quarterback prospect Josh Rosen isn't going to make any assumptions as to why the Jets traded up to No. 3. At least not publicly. 

The UCLA product spoke on "The Rich Eisen Show," and admitted working out for the Jets privately on Thursday. He also said that he found out New York traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the NFL Draft via Instagram. 

Eisen points out that the team traded up the day after viewing Rosen's skills at his UCLA Pro Day. However, Rosen stayed quiet when asked if he sees a connection there. 

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Daily News Live: Allen's Pro Day 00:03:23
NFL draft prospect Josh Allen held his Pro Day on the campus of the University of Wyoming with the Jets and Giants in attendance.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen was the last of the "Big Four" quarterback prospects to participate in his Pro Day on Friday. 

Sixteen teams traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to take a gander at Allen and his famed cannon arm. Among them were the Giants, who had head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula, and senior vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara in attendance.

Allen's accuracy issue that arose in college (threw 56 perent over his three-year career) was the main question heading into the Pro Day. He did have a few throws that went awry, but reports said he was on target with most of the 60 tosses he had on the day. 

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Oct 23, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive Ndamukong Suh (93) walks the sideline before kick-off against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Oct 23, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive Ndamukong Suh (93) walks the sideline before kick-off against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Jets have the biggest offer out to free agent DT Ndamukong Suh, reports Ian Rapoport of, who says Suh would need to take less money to go to another team -- and is considering doing so.

Suh told Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! that the Jets are a "serious contender" for his services, along with the Titans, Rams, and Saints.

Additionally, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has told Suh how the Jets envision utilizing him should he sign, according to Schultz...

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Nov 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Roberts (19) returns a kick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Nov 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Roberts (19) returns a kick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Jets will sign WR Andre Roberts, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Roberts, 30, had one reception for 12 yards while playing 16 games and mainly serving in a special teams capacity last season for the Falcons.

He had 14 receptions for 188 yards and one touchdown in 16 games for the Lions in 2016.

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Free agent WR Allen Hurns will sign with the Cowboys, he told Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Wednesday's snowstorm in New York City has forced him to delay his visit with the Jets, and the team signed Terrelle Pryor the next day.

After the storm delayed his Jets visit, Hurns instead visited the Cowboys on Wednesday, according to Anderson.

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Washington Redskins' Terrelle Pryor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Washington Redskins' Terrelle Pryor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Bent, Follow on Twitter: With Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson coming off career-years and 2016 standout Quincy Enunwa set to return from a neck injury that caused him to miss the entire season, it's worth considering how the newest Jet, Terrelle Pryor, will fit into the Jets' plans for 2018.

Some are already speculating that this signing could make Kearse expendable. Trading Kearse would save the team $5 million and could enable them to recoup some of the value they surrendered in last week's trade up to No.3 in the Draft.

With Enunwa's availability uncertain and Anderson's ongoing off-field issues, Pryor's inclusion means the team doesn't have to depend on both players being available all year. Pryor is coming off an ankle surgery himself. Given the uncertainty here, it seems more pragmatic to retain Kearse and decide after the season who to build around. None of the four are under contract for 2019, although Anderson will be a restricted free agent...

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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Vacchiano's mock draft-Top 5 00:01:02
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses who he thinks will be the top five players selected in the NFL Draft.

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The Jets' big move from No. 6 to No. 3 in the draft has certainly shaken up the Top Five, where there is almost certain now to be a run on quarterbacks. The consensus around the league is that at least two, probably three, and maybe four quarterbacks will go in the first five picks.

Of course, there are just over four weeks until the NFL Draft begins on April 26, so a lot can still change. For now, here's a projection of how the first 10 picks will go...

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(Geoff Burke)

The Jets appear to be closing in on a big-name receiver.

Former Redskins and Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is expected to sign a deal with the Jets, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. Pryor reportedly had the Seahawks on his list, as he visited them as well. However, the Jets clearly had the better deal in place. 

Pryor, who turns 29 in June, began his career as a quarterback with the Raiders, but shifted to receiver in 2015 with the Browns and took off the following year, reeling in 77 catches for 1,007 yards.  

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:00:48
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson discusses his decision to sign with the Jets and how he believes he can help the team next season.

The Jets' free agency strategy 00:12:52
The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The official signing period begins Wednesday at 4 p.m., so be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.


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Top QB prospect Sam Darnold 00:01:02
Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It's not a lock yet, but buzz is growing regarding the likelihood of the Browns selecting USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 1 pick in next month's Draft, reports Albert Breer of

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano had Darnold to the Browns in his Mini Mock Draft earlier this week.

Darnold's pro day was yesterday, with the Giants, Jets, and Browns among the teams in attendance.

"He's going number one," an AFC executive told Breer. "Everyone out there today saw the Browns' franchise quarterback."

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Jets are holding a private workout with UCLA QB Josh Rosen in Southern California on Tuesday, per The Post's Brian Costello. 

This comes a day after Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, HC Todd Bowles, OC Jeremy Bates, and more were present at USC for Sam Darnold's Pro Day in the rain. 

The Jets currently hold the No. 3 pick after working a trade with the Colts to swap picks. The move indicates that New York wants one of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft. Rosen is called the most pro-ready quarterback by many experts. 

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Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)
Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)

The Jets are reportedly one of two finalists for the services of WR Terrelle Pryor, reports's Mary Kay Cabot. The Seahawks are the other team Pryor is considering signing with.

The 28-year-old was a big free-agent target last offseason after producing a 1,000-yard season on 77 receptions with the Browns in 2016. He eventually signed a one-year, $6 million pact with the Redskins, but his production fell drastically due to injury. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Bridgewater 00:01:05
New Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater discusses his one-year deal with the Jets and his excitement for the opportunity to play in New York.

New Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater said during a conference call on Wednesday that he's not sure if he'll be participating in offseason practices.

"That's not something I'm comfortable talking about right now," Bridgewater said. "I'm pretty sure that will be a discussion I have with the training staff and we'll come up with a plan moving forward."

Bridgewater also sidestepped a question about whether he would be comfortable backing up Josh McCown, instead focusing on his eagerness to embrace competition.

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Top QB prospect Baker Mayfield 00:01:01
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Back in January, we wrote about how the Jets' 2018 offense might differ from last year's, in light of the coaching changes. We concluded that the main difference between John Morton's west coast-style offense and that of Jeremy Bates would probably be in terms of the running game, which is expected to become more of a zone-based system.  At its heart, the scheme would still be a west coast style offense.

With the Jets having moved into prime position to take one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft, it's well worth considering how each of them might fit into the current system.

Ideally, a west coast quarterback needs to exhibit quick decision making, precise accuracy and ball security. A strong arm isn't essential - as Chad Pennington showed when running Paul Hackett's overly conservative scheme for the majority of his career.

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Jets OLB Dylan Donahue checked into rehab following a DUI arrest last month, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon discuss Mike Maccagnan's surprising trade that sent the Jets up the draft board to No. 3. The guys debate whether the move was a wise one, and react to last week's biggest free agent signings. Later, Connor Hughes of The Athletic joins the show to talk about the trade and what offensive weapons the team will have heading into next season.

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(Christopher Hanewinckel)

The Jets newest LB Avery Williamson didn't really know what he was walking into in New York. But, after taking a step back and officially inking his new deal, his excitement for next season is through the roof.

"It's a lot of excitement. New team, new city, new fans. A whole lot of excitement," Williamson said in a conference call with the media on Tuesday.

Williamson, a 26-year-old middle linebacker, had several suitors this offseason. However, the Jets simply presented the best deal in his eyes. 

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(Brian Spurlock)

Top quarterback prospect Josh Allen loves the Jets' trade to get the No. 3 pick in this year's draft. 

Speaking to SiriusXM NFL Radio, Allen believes the Jets made the right deal based on who they want to pick come April. 

"If they find the guy that they fall in love with, I think that's a team's job to go get him," Allen said. "If they feel like that's the future of their program, I think what they did -- they only traded, what, three second-round picks?...To keep their first-round pick next year was pretty big...I think they still got some good quality there."

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Detroit Lions outside linebacker Brandon Copeland blocks a punt by New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions outside linebacker Brandon Copeland blocks a punt by New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed linebacker Brandon Copeland, who missed last season with a torn pec, to a contract on Monday night. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

Copeland, 26, recorded 30 combined tackles, half a sack and one forced fumble in 32 games with the Detroit Lions from 2015 and 2016.

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(Kim Klement)

The Jets are bringing back DL Xavier Cooper on a one-year deal for next season, per Daily News' Manish Mehta

Cooper began the 2017 season with the 49ers before becoming cut in late October. The Jets scooped him up on Halloween, and he ended up playing eight games, totaling 10 tackles and one sack in the process. 

The 26-year-old filled in during Muhammad Wilkerson's suspenion, and impressed as a fill-in. He will likely be vying for a depth role on the defensive front as well this season.

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Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

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Now that the first and second waves of free agency are winding down, NFL teams are fairly limited in their options. There may still be upgrades available, but most players still on the market are damaged goods in one way or another.

However, with plenty of cap space still remaining and, let's face it, several positions at which they could still upgrade, perhaps the Jets are in a position whereby they could explore the trade market instead.

The Jets just gave up three second-round picks to move up in the draft, probably taking them out of contention if a star player like Dez Bryant became available. Perhaps they could trade for someone without reducing their total number of picks by way of a pick exchange or even deal a veteran player from a position of strength. Would they be prepared to trade Bilal Powell, Jermaine Kearse or one of their young backup receivers or cornerbacks?

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Ralph Vacchiano joins Daily News Live to discuss which quarterback the Jets might take with their No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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(Brad Rempel)

The Jets' newest QB Teddy Bridgewater can't wait to be a part of what his new team is building. 

The 25-year-old made his move to the Jets official on Sunday when he signed a one-year, $6 million deal that has $9 million in incentives tied to it. He becomes another young asset for the Jets, and he couldn't be any happier to try and revitalize his career in this environment. 

"I'm excited about the direction we're headed in," Bridgewater told's Ethan Greenberg. "I'm excited to be a part of something that can be very special and I just look forward to getting to work with the guys and a great year."

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(Brad Mills)

The Jets may be looking to bring in more offensive help as free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor is expected to visit the team on Tuesday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Pryor, who is currently meeting with the Seahawks Monday, will fly directly to the east coast for his meeting tomorrow. 

He was a big free-agent target last offseason after producing a 1,000-yard season on 77 receptions with the Browns in 2016. He eventually signed a one-year, $6 million pact with the Redskins, but his production fell drastically due to injury.  

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The Jets made a solid offer, but it wasn't enough to land one a dynamic weapon in RB Jerick McKinnon this offseason.

McKinnon was high on the Jets' list of players they sought with their generous cap space this offseason, according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta. However, he eventually signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers that includes $12 million guaranteed for next season. 

Like the Jets, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan understood how versatile McKinnon's skill set could be in his offense, which is why he made such a hard push for him. Jets' OC Jeremy Bates and run-game coordinator Rick Dennison both worked under Kyle's father, Mike Shanahan, so it isn't surprising a player like McKinnon was high on their radar. 

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Armed with $90 million-plus in salary cap space and extra draft picks, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has been a busy man the last few days. He's reshaped his roster, reset the quarterback position, and possibly put his franchise in contention for the next few years.

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Football Night in New York discusses the Jets' trade to receive the No. 3 overall pick and debate which QB they should draft.

The Jets are expected to sign LB Kevin Pierre-Louis to a two-year deal worth $6 million, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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(Brad Penner)

Ernie Accorsi knew back in 2004 that he would always be remembered as the GM that brought Eli Manning to the Giants. Whether it worked out or not, that would be his legacy, regardless of everything else he accomplished in his career.

That's the way it now is for Mike Maccagnan. He began to define his legacy as the Jets GM with the bold trade he made on Saturday to ship three second-round picks to Indianapolis to move up from 6 to 3 in the NFL draft. And in less than six weeks, on April 26, he will further define it when he picks the player he expects will be the Jets' long-awaited franchise quarterback.

Now he just better be right...

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