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 over the Rams, together with detailed analysis of personnel groupings and individual performance.

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Thank goodness for that. As a writer, there's nothing worse than the same old story, so it was refreshing to see the Jets flip the script and produce a different outcome this week.

The NFL continues to confound with any team seemingly capable of turning it on against an elite opponent or stinking up the joint against a cellar dweller from week to week and hardly anyone capable of getting any positive or negative momentum going. Perhaps we should have guessed that the Rams had peaked last week against the 49ers and the Jets were due to break out of their slump.

For much of the first half, the Jets were making many of the same mistakes which landed them in the 3-6 hole in which they entered the game. However, they were at last able to capitalize on some mistakes by their opponents and finally imposed their will for the first time in what seems like forever to give themselves some breathing room in the second half.

Let’s look at some of those individual performances:

Quarterbacks

Mark Sanchez has born the brunt of the criticism this week following two miserable performances against the Dolphins and Seahawks, but is he a terrible quarterback or was he just in a slump? In any sport, players can go into a slump. Sometimes you just need to make a four foot putt, or knock down a couple of free throws or get that bloop single off the end of the bat and suddenly you can string together a few good moments and put together a solid performance. For Sanchez, it was his throw to Joe McKnight in the second quarter to set up a field goal that got him going.

Prior to that throw, he was already 3-for-4 as they opened - as they often do - with some simple short passes to try and get him going. His throw over the top to McKnight was thrown with excellent touch and right on the money, hitting him in stride. From that point on, Sanchez wasn't flawless, but did seem to throw the ball with a lot more confidence.

Last week, many people poked fun at Sanchez's tendency to pump-fake while in the pocket. As we all know, Sanchez sometimes lapses into a bad habit of being hesitant before delivering the ball. However, this week they put some plays in the gameplan where Sanchez was able to use the pump-fake to set up some decisive throws. His touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens saw Jeremy Kerley cut his route short as Sanchez faked the toss to the outside on a bubble screen. Schilens didn't even need to make a double move as the cornerback and safety both came up fast, anticipating the short throw. While Sanchez's throw wasn't perfect, it was good enough. On the next drive, he pump-faked left on the quick slant to Schilens who was lined up out wide and then threw down the seam to Kerley for 32 yards. This time, it wasn't the pump fake that opened up the middle of the field for the deep ball, but he looked at the check down option underneath and the slot receiver was drawn to the outside by Clyde Gates staying out in the wide flat. Could it be that Sanchez feels more in rhythm when he pump-fakes first, so the Jets can facilitate this with some quick decoy routes that will have the added benefit of preventing him from staring down his primary intended target? Late in the third quarter, he pump-faked to Stephen Hill coming across the field and then found Konrad Reuland wide open in the left flat. On this occasion, Hill was wide open and was definitely expecting it to be thrown to him judging by his reaction. Sanchez never looked at Reuland, so I don't know if he somehow sensed that Reuland (who had thrown a block at the line of scrimmage that put the safety on the ground) would be wide open. Maybe Reuland yelled at him or maybe Sanchez has just lost confidence in Hill and just got lucky that Reuland was open when he decided to pull it back and look elsewhere. Either way, all these plays add up and can only be good for Sanchez's confidence.

Sanchez did get a bit lucky on a couple of plays - he was able to recover his own fumble, he had a pass go through McKnight's hands that was almost intercepted and he had a deep ball that easily could have been picked off because Hill lost it in the lights. None of these were his fault though. While a couple of his completions could have been slightly better placed and one of his incompletions was thrown slightly too late, he only had two really inaccurate throws all day and neither proved costly or were in danger of being picked off.

Sanchez has now had a quarterback rating of over 100 in three of the four Jets wins, with the one exception being the game in Miami where they easily could have lost. Hopefully that doesn't mean the Jets need him to perform at that level to win games. Instead, when you consider how they didn't really ask him to do anything too difficult, it should be a sign that adequate play from the quarterback position shouldn't be beyond our expectations with this offense. If he can build on the confidence yesterday's win should have given him, hopefully he can play well against New England for the second time this year.

Clearly Tim Tebow's offensive contributions were non-existent this week. Perhaps more troubling than his lack of statistical production and apparent bad reads was the fact he showed frustration after one play where Jeremy Kerley motioned into the backfield and took a handoff for a one yard loss. He appeared to be remonstrating with Reuland after the play. Reuland, a tight end on the right side, initially appeared to make his block, but there was a defensive lineman in the hole because he stayed at home even though Austin Howard and Brandon Moore pulled out left to try and get some misdirection going. However, having watched this a few times, it seems possible that Reuland was supposed to get outside leverage on his man to allow Kerley to run parallel to the line of scrimmage and get to the outside on the right. He was unable to set the edge and Kerley was forced to cut back inside. It's not clear whether Reuland missed his assignment or just failed to execute the block as intended. Either way, if the Tebow package is going to hardly be used and Tebow himself will get frustrated with teammates who don't come in and execute the plays, then he's not being the selfless, team-oriented, role player he's been advertised as.

With how predictable the packages have been in recent weeks, I wonder if they have some special wrinkles saved up for this week. They've certainly developed some tendencies, but I don't necessarily think that the Patriots have the kind of personnel in their front seven that will takes themselves out of plays or overpursue.

Offensive Line

Headline news on the offensive line this week was the performance of Austin Howard in the running game. Howard has been an above-average run blocker so far this season and I would rate this performance as comfortably his most consistent of the year. He had some good kickout blocks, got a consistent surge as a drive blocker and had no real negatives in the running game. Perhaps his best block saw him get to the outside and turn his man back to the inside to spring Gates for a 12-yard run on an end around.

Howard continues to struggle in the passing game compared with his teammates, but managed to limit the damage to one sack. He did also fall down on Sanchez's touchdown pass, but Nick Mangold proved his worth by coming across to pick up his man and enabling Sanchez to get the throw away cleanly.

Mangold had a slow start by his standards, but really started to dominate in the second half. There were some uncharacteristic missed blocks in the running game, but his overall contribution was excellent and he had no issues in pass protection. In fact, the pass protection on the interior continues to be solid as neither starting guard gave up a pressure either. Both starters were up and down in the running game though. Brandon Moore pulled a lot and was often the guy they tried to run behind. As you'd expect that led to several positive and negative plays from him. Matt Slauson had less of a key role and was also inconsistent, but did make a couple of solid blocks in the running game.

At the other tackle position, D'Brickashaw Ferguson once again didn't allow a hit or a sack as he continues to excel in pass protection. His run blocking was up and down, as he had some good kickout blocks and a good second level block on Bilal Powell's second touchdown but also had a handful of plays where he let his man get off his block to make a play.

For all his talk of wanting to show something against his former teammates, Jason Smith made a couple of mistakes and didn't have a major impact. He false started on one play and missed a couple of blocks in the running game. Vladimir Ducasse continues to rotate in for every third series at guard. This week, his three drives saw them go three and out and miss a field goal, drive from inside their own 30 to set up a made field goal and drive 38 yards for the final touchdown. Ducasse made a couple of minor mistakes but did get out in front of a screen pass well and led the way nicely for Powell's second touchdown. As it begins to look increasingly likely he'll be starting at guard next year, Ducasse is managing to hold his own and it's encouraging to see them producing with him in the game.

Running Backs

Shonn Greene has never been thought of as much of a "boom or bust" type back, but on Sunday 15 of his 18 carries went for four yards or less, netting just 30 yards total. However, on the other three carries, he read the hole well, broke to the second level and finished the run strong, picking up 10, 10 and 14 yards. 64 yards on 18 carries is a disappointing output, but he had 49 of those yards on his first nine carries and most of his second half carries amounted to little more than softening up the defense.

The main beneficiary of that was Powell, who was able to run for the first two touchdowns of his career. His 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was also the longest run of his career so far. He added two catches, including one to set up that second touchdown. On the downside, he was beaten three times in pass protection, including once for a sack. Watching him, I was wondering whether his injury has compromised his lateral movement. Greene also gave up a sack as he missed a cut block.

McKnight gave the offense a spark with his first down catch and also showed good burst on a decent run over the right side. However, he did allow a short Sanchez pass to deflect off his hands and there was one play where he ran to the outside and was unable to turn the corner.

At fullback, Lex Hilliard got off to a pretty good start with some thumping blocks in the hole. However, as the game wore on his inconsistencies as a run blocker resurfaced.

Receivers

Schilens led the team in receiving this week, although Kerley wasn't too far behind. Schilens made a nice adjustment on Sanchez's touchdown throw and had two other first down catches. He did badly mess up a block on the play where Tebow rolled out and was tackled though, although he was matched up with a much bigger player.

Kerley had the big play down the seam and two other short catches, one for a third down conversion and one where he made a few extra yards by slipping a tackle. Teams are starting to show respect for him when he runs decoy routes now too.

Disappointingly, Stephen Hill had another bad drop and also lost the deep ball in the lights and was called for an offensive pass interference penalty. I continue to be impressed by his ability to get open, although if Sanchez has lost faith in him, then that could be a problem. I'm reminded of when Anthony Becht was dropping a lot of passes during the Chad Pennington era and then Pennington had a couple of interceptions or near interceptions where Becht was wide open but Pennington took something off the throw as if trying to lob him a beach ball. Hopefully Sanchez won't fall into the same trap. To Hill's credit, after badly missing a block early in the game, he did make some good ones later on.

It was a quiet game for Dustin Keller, which doesn't really fit into the theory that Sanchez needs Keller to be performing to play well. Keller did catch a couple of balls and didn't do a bad job as a blocker, but he wasn't a major part of their offensive success this week. His backups, Reuland and Jeff Cumberland caught a pass each. As noted, Reuland seemed to mess up his block on the Tebow/Kerley play. Cumberland also messed up one block but did set the edge well on another play.

Finally, Antonio Cromartie saw some offensive snaps this week. He also had a badly missed block as they ran the ball to his side of the field for some reason.

Defensive Line

It's good to see Muhammad Wilkerson's performance getting some recognition. Wilkerson has been playing well all year, but a lot of what he does goes unnoticed in the trenches. However, this week, he did some of his best work as a pass rusher for a change. This was the most disruptive game I've seen from him so far as a pass rusher, despite the fact he saw plenty of attention from double teams. It was highlighted by his strip sack in the first half, but he got close several other times. As noted last week, he had already emulated the amount of total pressure he recorded last season. If he carries on at this rate, he's likely to more than double last year's output. He actually made a slow start in the running game, but had more and more of an impact as the game wore on, getting plenty of good penetration and blowing up several runs in the second half.

Alongside Wilkerson, veterans Mike DeVito and Sione Po'uha each had positives and negatives. It wasn't a good sign for Po'uha when Robert Turner handled him easily one-on-one on the first play of the game. However, Po'uha did make a positive impact as the game went on and was getting double teamed a lot. Three times he was able to shed his block to stuff a runner, but the difference from last year is still apparent. Those plays would probably have been one yard gains last season, but are going for four or five yards this time. DeVito has likely been playing more than the Jets intended due to the injuries to Po'uha and Kenrick Ellis. He entered the game having been in on over 62% of the snaps - his career high being 57%. He did get handled at the point of attack a few times and only disrupted a couple of plays.

Ellis barely played (three snaps) before suffering another injury. When he has played this year, he's looked good most of the time. However, it has to be a concern that he can't stay on the field, especially with DeVito being stretched and Po'uha playing hurt. The fact the Rams fell behind and starting passing a lot afford the Jets a good opportunity to limit their reps, which they took.

Quinton Coples had a pretty quiet game and did get blocked out of a couple of plays. However, he was credited with a QB hit and three tackles, including one for a loss (on yet another play blown up by Wilkerson's penetration). It must be a good sign that he's still making contributions like these even on his quietest days.

Linebackers

The linebackers didn't make much of an impact against the run this week, with the Rams picking up 114 yards at almost six yards per carry due to a bunch of missed tackles and players getting blocked out of plays. David Harris had four tackles and the rest of the linebackers had just six between them. Harris actually graded out poorly against the run, but did contribute well in the pass rush, getting a handful of pressures. He also made a couple of good plays in coverage, although he was clearly at fault on the Rams' first touchdown because he picked up the halfback when he motioned to the slot and followed him to the outside, leaving the middle unattended. It was clear that at least one of the cornerbacks on that side (Cromartie and Kyle Wilson) thought they were in zone coverage because they both stayed out there rather than following their man to the middle of the field.

Bart Scott will make more headlines for his performance in the locker room than on the field this week. He did get in on a run stuff, recovered a fumble and took out a few blockers to enable teammates to stop running plays, but his overall impact was muted. Probably his worst moment on defense saw him too busy communicating with Wilson about where to go in coverage, so he wasn't ready for the snap and the run up the middle went for a decent gain.

After a terrific performance last week, Bryan Thomas didn't do as well this week. He had one pressure and was inconsistent against the run. On the other side, Calvin Pace had a couple of pressures, but didn't have much of an impact against the run either.

Demario Davis got plenty of playing time and there were signs that he's making some progress. He had a couple of pressures, made some good plays in coverage and showed good instincts on one run to blow it up in the hole. He did get lost in zone coverage once and had one missed tackle, but overall it was a more consistent performance than last week and he is hopefully getting more comfortable at this level.

Garrett McIntyre contributed well again with some good pass rushing, a good stop against the run and a key fumble recovery. However, he did have a roughing the passer penalty for helmet-to-helmet contact. Maybe activating Ricky Sapp (and releasing Aaron Maybin) has sparked McIntyre to raise his game. Sapp looked good again, getting close to Sam Bradford on a number of occasions. There were only two plays where Roger Saffold managed to neutralize him easily. Sapp almost got to Bradford on a quick throw as he was unblocked coming off the edge and followed that up by beating his man on the outside to force Bradford to step up, just avoiding his grasp. He also got in Bradford's face on his second touchdown pass, forcing him to throw off his back foot.

Defensive Backs

This week, Cromartie had a bit of a letdown as he was beaten for a touchdown and two first downs and also had two missed tackles. On one of the first downs, he lost Danny Amendola on a whip route, a matchup which I could have told you in advance wasn't likely to end well for Cromartie (who will likely draw the Brandon Lloyd assignment on Thursday). Cromartie did have good coverage on one throw to the end zone and also broke up a third down pass with a big hit, so it wasn't all bad. He also managed to avoid getting flagged, which is an achievement in itself when Jerome Boger's crew is working the game. That may have factored into some of the plays he gave up though.

The other cornerbacks - who will be tested on Thursday - did pretty well, apart from Wilson being involved in the mix-up on the first touchdown. Wilson did give up five other catches on nine targets, but none of them were for more than 10 yards and he was in good position on three other plays including a two-point conversion that he broke up. Ellis Lankster also broke up a pass and was in good position on a throw to the end zone. He ended up surrendering just an eight yard catch on four targets, although it was for a first down. He should also have had a sack, but missed the tackle and did jump offside once.

Despite Bassett writing earlier today that LaRon Landry played great, the film shows otherwise, as he had two bad missed tackles and a third that was negated by a penalty. He also gave up a first down in coverage. While he was correctly credited with two forced fumbles, one of these merely saw the receiver drop the ball as he was tackled in the open field and then easily fall back on it, so it was never really a potential impact play. The other, however, was a huge play and Landry did have two other positive contributions - one good open field tackle on a short pass and a pressure as he guessed the snap count and shot a gap to flush Bradford.

Landry and Yeremiah Bell did combine for 14 tackles, though, with Bell in on two tackles in the backfield. He also had a nice pass breakup, but did also get burned down the seam for the 36-yard play that set up the opening score. The Jets got a surprise contribution from their other safety, Eric Smith, who jumped a route for a first half interception and made a tackle in the backfield on another pass play. Overall, his coverage numbers were great with just two catches for 17 yards on the seven throws into his coverage. He did get beaten downfield twice though, with one falling incomplete.

Finally, Josh Bush was on the field for one snap and Aaron Berry for two, before injuring his quad. Berry almost had a sack.

Special Teams

Let's face it, if Wilson's muffed punt had been recovered by the Rams, Nick Folk's blocked field goal had stayed in bounds and been returnable and the officials hadn't spotted the hold on Chris Givens' kickoff return for a touchdown, we'd probably be staring at yet another blowout loss for the Jets. Those are the sort of things that have been going against the Jets in recent weeks, underlining how a major breakdown can turn a potential win into a heavy defeat.

They weren't the only letdowns, either. The fake punt was doomed to fail, not just because the Rams had their defensive personnel in against the Jets punt coverage offensive line (which is essentially comprised of all the backup linebackers on the roster), but because James Laurinaitis was keying Hilliard the whole way with nobody in a position to block him, so it was a bad read by Tebow. The only chance the play would have had of working would have been in Tebow was able to keep the ball, get outside on Chris Long - who seemed to have him sized up pretty good - and maybe pitch the ball to the punter if he wasn't able to turn the corner. For that to work, the punter would need to catch the ball and run about 15 yards with it, which would never have happened unless Schilens and Eric Smith were able to sustain their blocks for several seconds. In other words, too many things would have had to go right for that option to work. Ultimately, I agree with the TV crew who said that Tebow should have realized they were in their base defense and audibled to a punt.

Despite kicking two field goals of over 50 yards, Folk's misses are starting to pile up as feared. Ferguson was at fault on the one that was blocked and he looked like he was blaming his holder, Robert Malone, on the other one. Malone fared slightly better as a punter, although he did boom one into the end zone. He did have one that bounced to a stop inside the five though.

The Jets also almost lost an onside kick after it careened up off Hilliard's heel and Keller had to make a diving smother. On the kickoff return, Bush had a bad missed tackle and Berry was unable to make the tackle in the open field. However, on one other kickoff, Berry chased the return man across the field and Bush made a solid tackle, so they did at least improve on that.

Other than a good kickoff return from McKnight, the one bright spot was Schilens. He had two good tackles and also maintained his lane well to lead to the tackle by Bush referenced above. He also drew the holding penalty that negated Givens' runback.

Conclusions

While this was an encouraging win for the Jets, I'm not yet convinced that this is a sign that they're about to turn their season around. In truth, this performance wasn't all that different from how the Jets played over the last two weeks in two games they ended up getting blown out in. What was different was that they finished drives, got a few lucky breaks and made some key plays at the right time. That meant they had the lead in the second half and were able to close the game out instead of chasing the game.

I'm sorry to say that this could indicate that this Jets team has a very fragile psyche and that they perhaps suffer from a tendency to let things get to them when not everything is going their way. That can have a negative affect on things like body language, motivation, effort and confidence.

However, the good news is that the boost in confidence they got from this performance will hopefully carry over to the next few games and if they can get off to some good starts they should remain competitive. When a team does have a tendency to respond negatively to adversity, that's not easy to turn round without anything positive to build upon. Now they've had a positive performance, hopefully there's more of a chance to get everyone on the same page and for more focused and opportunistic performances like the one against the Rams to be seen more often over the second half of the season.

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 on Wednesday or Thursday.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially picked up DL Leonard Williams' fifth-year option, keeping Williams with the team through 2019 at least. 

Williams, 23, the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will make $14.2 million in 2019, assuming he's considered a defensive end. If they try to say he's a defensive tackle, the contract will be $11.4 million, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The contract becomes fully guaranteed next March.

"It's definitely time to step up and take it to the next level," Williams said last week via Vacchiano. "That comes with a lot. It's just not my play on the field. It comes with my leadership, how I approach work, how much time I'm putting in outside of the mandatory hours into my craft, into my game."

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Who will the Jets select #3? 00:05:13
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will select third overall in the NFL Draft.

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In less than a week, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will make the most important draft pick of his tenure with the team, the one that surely will define his legacy.

No pressure, right?

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Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the last few weeks, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. With the visits ending earlier this week, let's take a final look at a selection of the players New York brought in.

Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

Nickerson is a four-year starter who was a constant standout on the Tulane defense. During his career, he recorded 16 interceptions, broke up another 31 passes and scored two defensive touchdowns. He turned heads at the scouting combine when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are ready to open their present that is the #3 pick in the NFL Draft. The guys discuss the possibility of the Jets trading up, yet again, and the crazy idea of selecting a non-QB (can someone say Bradley Chubb) with the 3rd overall selection. Plus, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky calls in to give his insight into the top four quarterbacks.

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The Jets will open the 2018 season in Detroit against the Lions on Monday night football, and finish things in Week 17 on the road against the Patriots.

Their entire 2018 schedule has been confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and is below...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former QB Dan Orlovsky thinks the Jets are targeting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 pick in the Draft, and one of the reasons is very specific.

Orlovsky, who played under Kyle Shanahan, noted that Jets OC Jeremy Bates is from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. And that one of the traits Shanahan loved about John Elway is that he would screw his back foot into the ground when he threw -- adding that Bates loves that trait in quarterbacks as well. 

"There's one guy in the Draft who has that trait," Orlovsky said earlier this week on SNY's Jet Stream podcast. "And it's Baker Mayfield. He does the same thing when he throws. And I just think that those coaches fall in love with traits of guys that remind them of players that they had success with in the past. I think that they're looking at Baker Mayfield and going 'that's our guy.'"

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer has the Jets taking Sam Darnold as their quarterback of the future at No. 3. 

Many experts believe Darnold could be the first overall pick by the Browns, and if he doesn't land with Cleveland, then the Giants would scoop him up at No. 2. However, with Josh Allen as Breer's No. 1 pick and the Giants electing to go with Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, Darnold drops in the Jets' lap. 

So, there is no need for the Jets to choose between Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield...

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Mangold's Hall of Fame chances 00:04:59
Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate over Nick Mangold's chances at making the Hall of Fame and the Devils' chances at beating the Lightning.

After a year out of football, No. 74 is officially hanging up the cleats. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: On the lists of favorite players and all-time greats, you'll rarely find a center. They're buried in the trenches, often noticed only when a bad snap happens or a defensive tackle breaks through.

The same was probably true for Nick Mangold during his 11 NFL seasons - rarely noticed from the outside and incredibly underappreciated game to game. Yet somehow he still emerged from his long career as a fan favorite. And he definitely emerged as one of the Jets' all-time greats.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets were awarded kicker Nick Rose on Monday after the Los Angeles Chargers placed him on waivers, the team announced.

Rose made 11 of 14 field goals in 10 games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins last season and converted on 23 of 26 extra points. He went 1-for-3 as a member of the Chargers in Weeks 16 and 17, and 10-for-11 in eight games with Washington. His longest make last year was 55 yards.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

Badet spent most of his collegiate career at Kentucky, but saw some high profile action last year after transferring to Oklahoma. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but if he had been, his pro day numbers for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump would all have ranked first or second at the receiver position.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. 

Sanchez, who last played for the Jets in 2013, was the Bear's third-string quarterback last season. He claimed that "unknowing supplement contamination" was the reason for his drug test to turn up positive. 

The 31-year-old took to Instagram to explain the whole story...

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The Jets have already begun condensing their roster for next season as the team announced several cuts on Friday. 

Among them was former Bears RB Jeremy Langford, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets worth $630,000 this offseason. The 26-year-old spent time jumping through practice squads last season, and though he was promoted to the Ravens' 53-man roster, an injury pushed him to the IR the same week he joined the team. 

Langford was released following his IR placement, and the former fourth-round pick wouldn't see time for the rest of the season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

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The Jets are taking a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft. They know it. Everyone knows it. And they know everyone knows it. "I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind to think otherwise," was how one team official said it. The only lingering question is: Which one?

The Jets have had or will have had private meetings and workouts with all of the top four, and GM Mike Maccagnan has made the rounds at their Pro Days. When they traded up to No. 3 they were convinced that they'd be happy with choosing from whichever two (or three) fell to them. And obviously at least two of the Big Four -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen -- will still be there...

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon take their deepest dive yet into the NFL Draft. They discuss the latest with the four quarterbacks, as well as look back at Willie's draft process with the Steelers in 2006. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post joins the show to give his take on the draft and the possibility of Mike Maccagnan signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets' preseason schedule has been officially released for the 2018 season. 

The Falcons will be Gang Green's first opponent of the new year on their home turf. Then, they will hit the road to face the Redskins on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

The annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium between the Jets and Giants will be the Week 3 matchup, with the Jets getting home field advantage.

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Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sees the Jets grabbing UCLA QB Josh Rosen with their third overall pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projects in his Mini Mock Draft 3.0. 

The Jets clearly traded up to the No. 3 slot to take one of the highly touted quarterbacks. With Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Giants respectively, Rosen appears the best option for the Jets in Kiper's mind. 

CLICK BELOW TO READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS

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Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Having opted to let Austin Seferain-Jenkins leave in free agency, the Jets are relying on a group of young tight ends to replace his production, recently adding two more options to the mix.

It's possible the Jets could look to add to the group via the draft but, for now, let's consider what each of the tight ends currently on the roster brings to the table, and consider how they might be used in 2018...

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Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, the Jets continue to get their last live look at the top prospects they could select with their third overall pick. 

After Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wraps up his private workout with the Jets Tuesday, UCLA QB Josh Rosen will visit the team, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

After Rosen's visit, USC QB Sam Darnold is expected to be next on the list at some point later this week. Wyoming QB Josh Allen is also expected to visit at a later date.

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The Jets continue to bolster their defense with another addition at the second tier in vetearn LB Kevin Minter, the team announced Monday. 

Minter most recently played for the Bengals in 2017, where he tallied 32 tackles in nine games. 

He was a second round draft pick by the Cardinals back in 2013, and he would spend four seasons in Arizona before heading to Cincinnati. He totaled 175 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and six passes defended over 61 games (37 starts). 

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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Jets continue to stack their wide receiving corps for next season as former Vikings WR Charles Johnson signed a deal with the team on Monday. 

Johnson, who was waived by the Panthers in July 2017, sat out all last season due to surgery on his right knee. He played for the Vikings from 2014-16, where he totaled 60 receptions for 834 yards and two touchdowns over 39 games. 

The Grand Valley State product was a Packers' seventh-rounder back in 2013, and after joinging the team's practice squad following camp that year, the Brown picked him up to join their 53-man squad. He dressed but never saw action with the Browns. 

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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. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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While the Jets are reportedly hosting Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen for official Draft visits this week, we've also been keeping an eye on who else is reportedly scheduled to attend. Last year, both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye took official visits before being selected with the Jets' top two picks.

Aside from the quarterbacks, most of this year's names that have leaked so far would be players the Jets might be hoping will drop to day three of the draft or maybe even be available as a priority free agent if they go undrafted. Let's look at some of the more interesting prospects...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the NFL Draft just 17 days away, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is scheduled to meet with the Jets in Florham Park on Monday and Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Jets have already met with Mayfield on multiple occasons -- including at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine -- and the team held a private workout with him. 

The 22-year-old Mayfield, who is expected to be selected early in the first round, threw 119 touchdowns in three seasons with Oklahoma and capped it off by throwing 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2017 when he started a career-high 14 games...

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the retirement of Matt Forte, the Jets have bolstered their depth in the offensive backfield with a couple of veteran additions. Let's give consideration to what each back brings to the table and how they might find a niche in the Jets' offense this season.

Bilal Powell...

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Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Jets on Thursday, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. Hankins, who was cut by the Colts earlier this offseason, has also visited the Redskins.

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, Hankins agreed to a four-your deal with the Colts worth $30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets were obviously looking for an upgrade at defensive tackle when they made their brief -- and ill-advised -- pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, they pulled the plug on that before it happened. Johnathan Hankins could turn out to be a much better fit...

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