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 loss to the Seahawks, together with detailed analysis of personnel groupings and individual performance.

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

For the second straight week, the Jets lost by 21 points. At last, some consistency!

The Jets did make some changes this week but none of them really had a significant positive effect. The end result was the same: Killer mistakes undoing any good work and preventing the Jets from stringing together enough plays to be successful.

While the Jets were in the game deep into the second half - and arguably blew so many chances while the game was close that they should have been leading - they're an easy team to beat right now. I'm just an amateur, but I could give any team a list of things to do against this Jets team that will be successful most of the time and will probably net you enough big plays to be the difference in the game. I'd also note that this was not the case over the past few years, where it was different things every week that would let the Jets down. While I'm not going to list those things here, because I don't feel comfortable with putting up a blueprint of how to beat the Jets, it probably doesn't matter because every team the Jets seem to face has done its preparation and identified these things for themselves. This enables them to exploit some very obvious weaknesses in the Jets line-up. (Maybe I'll do it after the season is over). Needless to say, when the Jets do the same things to their opponents, they never have quite the same level of success.

Let’s look at some of those individual performances:

Quarterbacks

If you've read BGA over the years, you'll know what I think about Mark Sanchez. When he isn't decisive, he isn't very good. His red zone interception and his fumble in the second half couldn't have illustrated this any better. I'm not sure what else needs to be said. However, let's not forget that when he is decisive, he can play well. So, how do they get him back to playing more decisively? Ummm...

Rex Ryan keeps saying that Sanchez gives the Jets the best chance to win. I think a decisive Sanchez does give them the best chance to win, but he hasn't been decisive. The indecisive Sanchez we've seen over the past few games isn't an upgrade over anyone. Not even Tim Tebow. Right now, his confidence looks crushed and the juggling act of trying to get Tebow involved while trying not to adversely impact Sanchez's rhythm is failing badly.

It's barely worth trying to break down Sanchez's throws because you could count the good ones on one hand. In fact, if you were being strict, you could probably count them on one finger. He hit Jeremy Kerley in stride for a big play and most of the rest of his completions were dumpoffs - and even some of those were inaccurate. He did hit Clyde Gates downfield for a first down, but that was a risky throw that a defensive back just missed getting his hands on. He also hit Dustin Keller downfield for two first downs but one was so low that Keller had to dive to catch it and the other saw Keller wide open but the ball was delivered late and floated to him, perhaps costing him some extra yardage.

As for the rest of his throws, there were ill-advised tosses into tight coverage and inaccurate passes where he missed his target. However, once again my biggest concern was his blitz recognition. On a couple of occasions, blitzers came unblocked off the edge to sack him. While it's possible one of his blockers missed an assignment, that's still almost certainly on him to make sure he calls the protection correctly and gets rid of the ball when he sees the blitz coming. In each case, Lex Hilliard - who one would expect to know Sparano's scheme as well as anyone - could have potentially picked up the blitz, but either ran an underneath route or blocked on the other side instead. The Jets have to be able to deal with this otherwise they may never put together another scoring drive.

Last week, I said the Jets needed a rethink in terms of Tim Tebow's role. With two weeks to prepare, they installed a new play where there was no back in the backfield so that his option changed from handoff/run to dumpoff/run. This did net them a few first downs but ultimately just 27 yards on eight plays. Once again, they had 3rd and two and then 4th and one but didn't use him and came up short. Then when they had third and goal at the two, they DID use him and Keller false started. Still no touchdowns for Tebow, which is hard to fathom. If the Jets had the best short yardage offense in the NFL (which they should) maybe that would have been enough to elevate them from underachieving to in-the-mix. It's probably too late now.

My proposal: Get them to alternate series instead of changing them out during a drive. Maybe give Tebow every third drive like they do with Vladimir Ducasse. If he goes three and out, so what? That's what Sanchez is doing half the time anyway. Even if they do adopt that plan, I still would bring in Tebow as soon as they got inside the three yard line and on every third or fourth and short.

Offensive Line

Other than those mix-ups that led to unblocked rushers coming off the edge, Sanchez can't really blame his pass protection too much. Austin Howard did get beaten badly for a sack and also gave up a handful of pressures and D'Brickashaw Ferguson gave up a big hit from Chris Clemons. He only got beaten for one other pressure though - on the first play of the game. The interior line didn't surrender any pressure, other than on one play where Tebow held the ball for far too long and Mangold's man eventually got into his face. That play ended up being a first down due to a penalty. Off the bench, Jason Smith gave up a pressure, as did Ducasse, who blocked his guy initially but then allowed him to stunt to the outside.

The running game wasn't too bad with 84 yards on 22 carries despite not breaking a single run of 10 yards. The fact that they fell behind really hurt the Jets by taking away the option of continuing to run the ball. The starters basically all did okay in the running game, with Mangold and Brandon Moore standing out. When runs did fail it often came down to bad reads or bad blocks by the fullback or tight ends. That includes Jason Smith who allowed his man to burst into the background to blow up Shonn Greene on fourth and one.

The Jets have had some success in recent weeks when Ducasse entered the game, but he didn't get much of an opportunity this week. They gained 12 net yards on 11 plays with him in there. It wasn't directly his fault - in fact he had a good driving block on one play - but that was disappointing to see.

As a whole, the offensive line isn't playing badly right now. I can't see any obvious changes that they could make with this unit to improve matters.

Running Backs

Shonn Greene picked up 58 yards on 15 carries, but was unable to benefit from continuing to carry the ball deep into the fourth quarter and wearing down the defense. Contrast that with Marshawn Lynch, who only gained 45 yards on his first 15 carries, but was able to carry the ball another 12 times for 79 more yards as the Jets defense became worn out. Greene's vision and decision making have been a lot better in the last few games, but here he left some yards on the field as he went up the middle for a short gain when there was a wide open lane over the right side.

Bilal Powell's return to the lineup saw him gain seven yards on his only carry before going down with an injury on special teams. He also caught a four yard pass which was notable because since week three he had been targeted nine times with just one catch for one yard (although four of those were batted down at the line).

Lex Hilliard's struggles extended beyond the mix-ups in pass protection. He also had an inconsistent day as a blocker, dropped a pass and got beaten for a pressure. He and Greene did catch one short pass each.

Receivers

Once again Jeremy Kerley led the Jets in receiving, although other than his 43 yard catch (where he was caught from behind for at least the third time this year), he was targeted seven times for a total of just 14 yards. Still, that was much better than any of the other receivers. Clyde Gates caught one ten yard pass, Stephen Hill had no catches on two targets, Chaz Schilens wasn't targeted and Jason Hill didn't even get on the field.

At tight end, Dustin Keller's performance was extremely disappointing too. He ended up with three catches for 47 yards, but had two costly false start penalties, a third down drop and a couple of bad missed blocks.

The backups, Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland each had at least one bad block and weren't targeted in the passing game, although Reuland did draw a holding penalty on one of Tebow's throws.

Defensive Line

As I've already mentioned, the run defense held up well until late in the second half, where I would attribute the fact that Lynch was able to break some longer runs to the tiredness of the Jets' front seven. The pass rush was also good, although much of the pressure actually came from the linebackers.

It was a case of good news/bad news in respect of Sione Po'uha. The good news was that he had a strong start to the game and was more disruptive than he has been in most of the games so far this season. It certainly looked like the two week layoff had had a positive effect on his ailing back, although I hasten to add that a performance like this still falls well short of his outstandingly consistent play last year where he was extremely disruptive in almost every game. The bad news is that, although he still played quite well, he wasn't as good in the second half as he was in the first half. Maybe that was because he would suffer more than most with the strain that the Jets' offensive woes put on the defense, but it will depend on how he responds to treatment this week as to whether there's any chance at all of him being able to play two games in five nights in the run-up to Thanksgiving.

Mike DeVito was also up and down, but did make some big impact plays - notably the strip sack that led to a touchdown and a big wrap-up tackle in the backfield. There were a few plays where he got driven off the line or to the ground and there was also a play where he could have had another sack on Russell Wilson but missed the tackle.

Muhammad Wilkerson scored his first NFL touchdown when he ran back the fumble forced by DeVito, but that was not his only impact, as he added a forced fumble, a couple of QB hits, a pressure and four run stuffs, including one on third down. He did see a lot of double teams too and wasn't always able to hold his ground. He was driven out of the play on Lynch's short touchdown run for example. However, this was another dominant performance from the second year man.

Quinton Coples didn't have as much of an impact as Wilkerson, but still came up with a couple of pressures and a tackle for a loss. Although it was otherwise a quiet game, he did manage to limit any negative plays, although he was another one to miss a potential sack on Wilson by letting him break his tackle.

Finally, Damon Harrison was active once again, but only really saw action in the goal line packages. He almost made the stop on Lynch's touchdown run, getting some penetration and grabbing hold of Lynch, but was unable to prevent him from breaking the plane.

Linebackers

It was the linebacker position that yielded the most interesting performances this week, almost across the board. The Jets had made some tweaks to their rotations, notably making Aaron Maybin a healthy scratch and promoting Ricky Sapp to the active roster for his first NFL game. They also gave Garrett McIntyre some rotational reps and split duties between Demario Davis and Bart Scott alongside David Harris.

The first thing to note, which I would imagine went largely unnoticed, is that Bryan Thomas had probably his best performance since 2010. Thomas had three pressures and half a sack as a pass rusher and was in on four run stuffs, including one on a key third down play. He did a good job of setting the edge all day and wasn't really taken out of any plays.

Perhaps the most confounding performance came from Calvin Pace. Pace had a terrific first half performance with four pressures, a fumble recovery and a batted pass with no real negative plays. However, the script flipped and he was as bad in the second half as he had been good in the first half. It started with a bad missed tackle on third down in the flat, then continued as he misread and overran the play three times, enabling Wilson to roll out to the right for some big first downs. Finally, he had another missed tackle. In the second half, he had no positive plays, making it one of the more Jeckyll/Hyde type performances I can recall seeing.

I don't think he's going to grade out that badly but I was extremely disappointed with the performance of David Harris. Although the defense played well in the first half, Harris was rarely around the football which is completely out of character. He had hardly any influence on the fact that the Jets were able to more or less shut the Seahawks down for most of the half. At the same time, it didn't seem like he was getting taken out of too many plays, which is usually the case in his quieter performances. Maybe the Seahawks deliberately stayed away from him and tried attacking different parts of the defense instead. I don't know. Harris made more noise in the second half, getting in on four run stuffs, including one in the backfield and adding a half sack and one pressure. He did also have two bad missed tackles - one to enable Lynch to break it to the second level for the first time all day and the other to allow Golden Tate to break away from him in the flat and convert on third down.

For someone who was not expected to play, Scott played extremely hard. He was attacking the line of scrimmage all day and blew up several runs. He also added a sack and a pressure. It wasn't until late in the game that he had any negative plays, as he was another one that seemed to tire at the end.

I still believe that Scott's recent reduction in playing time is more down to his health than his level of play and this game was further evidence of that as he certainly outplayed Davis. Davis overpursued a couple of plays, took some bad angles, gave up a couple of catches and got blocked out of a few plays. He did get some pressure in the pass rush, but let himself down with a missed tackle on Wilson in the pocket.

In his NFL debut, Sapp gave a strong account of himself. He chased Wilson out to the sideline on one play and beat the left tackle on the outside a few times, including once where he chased Wilson from the pocket. He also had one blitz where he lined up on the edge and went up the middle, creating a lane for his teammate to get the sack. There was one running play where he was driven back off the line and then tried to get back into the play but Lynch was able to drive the pile for about eight yards, but other than that he didn't do anything wrong - although maybe he should have recovered that fumble. He seems to have done enough to earn at least a second look.

McIntyre stuffed one run and beat his man for a pressure, but Marcus Dowtin and Nick Bellore just played on special teams.

Defensive Backs

Antonio Cromartie continues to lead the secondary, making a big hit in the flat and breaking up a pass in the end zone. However, that pass breakup came as he was fooled by a flea-flicker and had to recover and he was also fooled on the WR option pass and beaten for a score. It's good that Cromartie has been more aggressive in run support this year - and he did make one good run stop - but the Seahawks took note of that and exploited it. Cromartie also overpursued on one other running play. His performance in coverage has been almost flawless since Revis went down, but he can't afford to try and do too much and start missing coverage assignments as a result.

Kyle Wilson got off to a disappointing start, giving up a first down on Seattle's second play of the game and then a touchdown on the next play. In each case, he was in pretty good position, but still continues to be out-physicalled by receivers at this level. Despite all the vitriol hurled at him, it is worth noting that he didn't give up a catch over the entire rest of the game and was in good position on two more incompletions.

With Isaiah Trufant suffering an early injury, Ellis Lankster saw a lot of action as the slot corner. While he did a great job as a pass rusher (one hit, one pressure, one strip sack), he also got beaten for a touchdown and one other first down and missed a couple of tackles.

At safety, Yeremiah Bell was flagged for an illegal hit late in the game on what was one of the worst calls of the season so far. However, he got away with a flag despite the protestations of the crowd when he tackled a scrambling Wilson on the outside. Alongside him, LaRon Landry had a poor game with three more missed tackles, a blown coverage and a pass interference penalty in the end zone. There was also one play where he lined up close to the line of scrimmage and shot the gap which not only opened up a big hole behind him, but also took out his teammate (Thomas) on his outside shoulder, preventing him from being able to stop the play too. Landry did make one good open field tackle on Wilson.

Eric Smith also saw plenty of action but did not have much of an impact - positively or negatively.

Special Teams

The special teams unit continues to be a disaster. Nick Folk had a kickoff out of bounds, Kerley had another momentum-shifting muff and Robert Malone continues to outkick his coverage. Marcus Dowtin added a penalty, Lankster had a missed tackle, Hilliard badly blew a block and Gates had only one kickoff return past the 20.

On the positive side, Malone did land four kicks inside the 20 and Aaron Berry and Davis each had good tackles in coverage.

This unit is still playing poorly though and we don't expect that from a Mike Westhoff unit. It's a sorry state of affairs in what should be his farewell season.

Conclusions

While, on paper, this looked like a really tough game for the Jets, in weighing it up during the week, I was confident that the Jets could do a pretty good job defensively against the run - especially once I heard that Po'uha and Scott would play. What I was not expecting was for the Jets to be able to get so much pressure on Wilson, although I did have hope that the secondary could limit the damage. In that respect, you could say that the defensive performance exceeded my expectations. With the running game still not clicking on all cylinders, but still much better than it had been early on in the season, everything was set up for Sanchez to be able to win this game for the Jets.

In retrospect, maybe it was set up for Sanchez to be the difference in the game and that he was. While I don't expect big numbers from Sanchez, especially against the Seahawks' formidable secondary, it shouldn't be too much to ask to expect mild competence. However, even this eluded him and this turned out to be yet another game where the Jets are chasing uphill all day long and suffer constant setbacks as they perpetually shoot themselves in the foot. It's not all his fault and, as noted above, he IS capable of playing well. Right now, the Jets season is taking on the same characteristic as those all-too-often seen games. They are chasing uphill and suffering constant setbacks. The margin of error which was already almost nothing is now at absolute zero and the Jets seemingly have no traction whatsoever to turn things around.

There are some (other) lousy teams on the schedule coming up, so plenty of winnable games, but unfortunately the Jets have three games to make up just to get to .500 and right now don't look like a team that's capable of winning one in row, let alone three. Still, a win on Sunday against Schottenheimer, Hunter, Mulligan and Co. gets them back to 4-6 and they made the postseason from 4-6 in 2009, so you never know...

...okay, sometimes you know.

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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GEICO SportsNite: Mangold 00:01:13
Nick Mangold officially retires after 11 seasons as a member of the New York Jets.

Nick Mangold officially retires after 11 seasons as a member of the New York Jets. 


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)

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports would be "shocked" if the Jets pass on Baker Mayfield if he's available when they pick at No. 3 during Thursday's NFL Draft, he said during Tuesday's Jet Stream Podcast on SNY.

Schrager spoke of "glowing reports" he received from the dinner Mayfield had with team brass a few weeks ago, and thinks the Jets are all-in on Mayfield -- even if Sam Darnold is available at No. 3.

"Everything I've been listening to for the last two, three months has been that Baker Mayfield -- if he's on the board -- is going to be the pick for the Jets," Schrager said. "That might include Sam Darnold as well -- if Darnold somehow falls. I think that they have been in love with Mayfield for this entire time. I'd be shocked if they went with one of the other guys."

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are finally ready to see who the Jets select in this year's NFL Draft! Will it be Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen? To get their answer, they welcome the NFL Network's Peter Schrager to the show for his take on each quarterback, and discuss why Rosen is the guy and why Mayfield is mostly definitely not.

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Jets' third-round options 00:05:01
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will take in the third round of the draft.

The bulk of the attention has been on who the Jets will do with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft.

It will be a quarterback. But which one? At least two of Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen will be available when the Jets pick.

Lost in the shuffle a bit has been the fact that the Jets have a third round pick (72nd overall) as well. And SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello recently discussed who the Jets could take with that pick.

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

What is NFL Draft week without some drama over the No. 1 pick?

With reports circulating Monday that Wyoming QB Josh Allen is no longer in consideration for the Browns' No. 1 pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter is now reporting that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the conversation. 

Schefter continues by saying the Browns may have their choice in mind for their first overall pick, and before that decision was made, Mayfield was a player in the mix.

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Nick Mangold retires from NFL 00:02:30
After spending eleven seasons with the Jets, Nick Mangold announces his retirement from the NFL.

Nick Mangold, who spent 11 seasons with the Jets, announced his retirement at the team's facility after signing a one-day contract on Tuesday. 

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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan discusses the team's strategy for its No. 3 overall pick with the draft just a few days away.

New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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The Jets own the third pick in this year's draft, their highest since 1996. How have they drafted in the first round over the past five years?

2017: Safety Jamal Adams, No. 6

It's too early to tell how Adams' career will pan out, but the signs so far have been promising. He started every game in his rookie year as the Jets' secondary definitely played better than it had in 2016. On the field, Adams had his ups and downs, but he showed flashes of brilliance in a versatile role. Off the field, he's played a big part in the ongoing culture change that has galvanized the team and has also been a useful tool in player recruitment.

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Damon Harrison, Darron Lee, Dee Milliner, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson
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Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

It will be an absolute stunner if the Jets don't take a quarterback after trading up to No. 3 in the NFL Draft, which takes place on Thursday night in Dallas.

So, who will it be?

At least two out of the group of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen will be available for the Jets. 

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)

The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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Broadway Joe loves Broadway Baker. Or at least that's what could be Baker Mayfield's nickname if the Jets were to select him with their No. 3 overall pick. 

Hall of Famer and former Jets QB Joe Namath loves what he has seen from Mayfield over the years of watching him play. He recently watched the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Eve, and after his daughter asked if he had seen anything like the back-and-forth bout, he responded saying he wouldn't want to be going up against Mayfield...


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Vacc's Mini Mock Draft has Jets tabbing Mayfield >> Read more

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The Jets have not stopped looking for help on their defensive line as they hosted numerous free-agent linemen on Monday. 

Former Bears DT Lamarr Houston and former Patriots DT Chris Jones were among those looking to impress the Jets. Houston split time with the Bears and Texans last season, totaling five sacks over 10 games. A former second-round pick by the Raiders back in 2010, Houston is entering his ninth season in the NFL this year. 

Jones played for the division-rival Patriots in 2013 and 2014, where he finished with nine sacks and 79 tackles over 28 career games. He most recently played for the 49ers in 2016, where he had 17 tackles over six games. He did not play for an NFL squad in 2017. 

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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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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

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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