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.

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

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

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

This week, we're splitting the BGA into two. We'll cover the offense here and defense and special teams in part two later today. Let's get going...

Quarterbacks

This was an interesting test for the first-string offense with Chris Ivory, Jeff Cumberland and Eric Decker all ruled out before kickoff. Geno Smith fared pretty well overall, although he did do most of his damage after the Bengals had removed most of their starters from the game. Still, the offense wasn't completely impotent against the starters - Smith completed five passes for 54 yards and the Jets rushed nine times for 37 yards in just over a quarter. In large part due to penalties, the Jets only scored three points against the starters but Smith regrouped and led two touchdown drives to make it a one-point game at the half.

Smith benefited from some good pass protection and did a fine job of surveying the field and confidently hitting on some downfield passes. As we've come to expect, he also made some good plays with his legs, including a short touchdown run after a nice fake. Overall, he completed 10-of-13 passes for 98 yards.

The one black mark was his interception, which came on a play where he released the ball as receiver David Nelson was making his break back to the ball and it seemed to be on Nelson quicker than he expected. You'll recall that this was a throw Smith seemed to be constantly late on last year before developing some good timing with Nelson. The fact Nelson didn't react to the ball was obviously a timing issue and I couldn't say who was at fault there. At least it wasn't a bad read by Smith.

Backup Michael Vick accounted for 70 yards and a touchdown through the air, but actually most of that yardage came after the catch as he got 26 yards on a screen to Daryl Richardson and 17 and a touchdown on another screen to Clyde Gates. The other three completions were all short dump-offs and he also had an 18 yard gain on a screen pass negated by a hold.

Once again Vick made a first down on a scramble and the touchdown drive essentially provided the Jets with the winning score. He did miss on a deep ball with his pass down the sideline to Jacoby Ford being slightly off-line and caught out of bounds.

Tajh Boyd saw reps this week with the third unit and continued the apparent struggles he's been dealing with in practice. His only completion was a low catch by Michael Campbell a yard short of the marker on 3rd and seven. Of his four incompletions, one was a deep ball that was broken up, but three were passes he could have hit on - one was too low and the others, including what should have been an easy dump-off to Chris Pantale, were too high. Boyd looked nervous. Clearly these are passes he is capable of making from his college film.

Matt Simms was rested this week, but nothing Boyd did will have loosened his grip on the third QB role ... if such a role exists.

Offensive Line - Starters

The offensive line put up some terrific numbers - no sacks and 169 yards rushing at five yards a pop - although that was partly mitigated by them combining for 90 yards in penalties. That's not including another 15 yards which was not assessed because there was already a penalty on the same play. As Bassett wrote last night, this amount of penalty yardage is a major concern and it's actually a credit to the offensive execution that they still put enought points on the board to win. Sure, some of the penalties may have been bad calls, unnecessary holds that didn't affect the outcome of the play or roughness penalties where cooler heads might have prevailed in a more meaningful game. However, the Jets need to ensure they play with much better discipline once the season gets underway.

If they do play with better discipline the signs are looking good for the offensive line this year. Pass protection was excellent with just a couple of individual breakdowns and plenty of plays where the quarterback had plenty of time to survey the scene. As for the running game, they were good throughout, but really picked things up in the second quarter. This coincided with Brian Winters getting into the game at left guard and he did have several key blocks on the two touchdown drives. Yes, it did also coincide with the Bengals taking their starters out of the game, but there was still an immediate cohesiveness that seemed apparent with the projected starters together for the first time.

It was surprising to hear that Aboushi would be getting the start, after Winters had been working mostly with the first unit recently and did perform well in game one. However, for Aboushi it was important to get him some quality reps at guard because he had to fill in mostly at tackle last week due to a couple of injuries at the back end of the roster.

Aboushi started off at left guard, then stayed at left guard while Winters got some reps at right guard. Finally, Winters got to run with the first unit at left guard and then later in the game, they both worked with the second unit on the right side with Winters at guard and Aboushi at tackle. As noted, the running game really picked up once Winters got in the game, but that's not to say that it was bad with Aboushi in and going up against starters. Although Geno Atkins was out, Brandon Thompson is a good young player against the run and Atkins' main strength is as a pass rusher anyway, so that was still a formidable test against a good front seven.

While operating at guard, Aboushi fared quite well. He didn't surrender any pressure and although he let his man get off his block to stuff one run, he also made a good interior kick-out block on another run. When he moved to tackle in the second half it was a different story. He had a couple of good run blocks, but also got beaten a couple of times for a pressure and once on a running play that was stuffed in the backfield. He also got called for a blatant, but totally unnecessary hold, negating an 18-yard pass play. Right now, you'd have to feel more confident with him if called upon to fill in at guard than at tackle, so perhaps they need another backup tackle on the roster. Three of the four negative plays that I mentioned came on consecutive plays, but he was more settled other than that.

Winters gave up 50 yards in penalties, ruining what was an otherwise pretty encouraging performance. Other than the penalties, the only real negative was one play where he allowed a pass rusher to come free off his left shoulder and perhaps should have passed off the man he was blocking sooner to pick that up. As noted, he had some good run blocks, including a pulling reach block to seal his man back to the inside, one other pulling block and a good driving seal block on the first touchdown. He also got out in front of a screen to make a good block.

What's most encouraging about the left guard play is that - while there are obviously ups and downs with both contenders - D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold are looking good. Neither gave up any pressure and both made positive contributions in the running game with the Jets seeing plenty of success running wide left with Ferguson setting the edge. Mangold did a good job on Bilal Powell's touchdown and drove his man out of the play on Powell's long run. These two were also penalty free.

The right side of the line looks to be developing some good chemistry. Giacomini didn't allow any pressure this week after some wobbles in his first game and Colon just got beaten once on the inside leading to pressure and a holding call. Giacomini also had a bad penalty for an illegal block and each of them were flagged for fighting after Smith's interception. In the running game, other than one play where Giacomini was beaten inside for a run stuff, they both did solid work. Giacomini made some good blocks at the second level, which seems to be somewhere he's an upgrade over Austin Howard. That included on Powell's long run where Colon drove his guy laterally out of the play and Giacomini blocked a safety to the outside at the second level to open the running lane. Colon also made a good pulling block to spring a nice run off the left side.

Offensive Line - Backups

One innocuous play early in the second half provided a perfect microcosm of the game as a whole. Dakota Dozier - the second string left guard - immediately got rocked back and allowed his man to get upfield leverage. However, he kept his hands on him, moved his feet and managed to regain enough leverage to reanchor himself in front of Vick and enable Vick to dump the ball off for a short gain. While Dozier was dominated initially on that play and perhaps that's the primary cause for concern, he battled back into it and got the job done, from which we can take some positives. You can pretty much say the same thing for the Jets as a team after yesterday's game.

Other than that play, Dozier only had a couple of negatives and did do a good job of getting out in front of Clyde Gates on the screen pass for the go-ahead touchdown. I think he's a keeper, although I don't know if he'll see action this season.

Second unit left tackle Ben Ijalana settled down last week after a rocky start and continued that this week. He did get beaten outside for a pressure once and allowed his man to hit Michael Vick (although that was after he was initially blocked and Vick held the ball for a few seconds before rolling out), otherwise holding up in pass protection. Ijalana flashed terrific athleticism in getting out in front of the screen passes from Vick to Richardson and Gates which accounted for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Backup center Dalton Freeman impressed me this week. He held up well in pass protection and had a couple of good blocks to drive his man away from the play in the running game. He's definitely ahead of Caleb Schlauderaff, who had to wait to get into the game at guard this week with Winters getting extra second unit reps. Schlauderaff did have a couple of good run blocks though.

Schlauderaff entered with débutante Brent Qvale on the right side when Winters and Aboushi finally went to the bench. Qvale later moved to left tackle, giving Ijalana some rest and Bruce Campbell a chance for some reps at right tackle. Marcus Zusevics remains out while Patrick Ford and Will Campbell saw some late action at guard.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson had a nice output with 63 yards on 10 carries, as the Jets had good success running him around left end and also started to mix in the sprint draw - a Marty Mornhinweg staple which was seldom-used last season. It seemed like Johnson's running was a little labored at first, but he apparently shook the cobwebs loose eventually. To put up those numbers in one half is an encouraging sign for what he'll be able to do once he's playing four quarters.

For the past three years, Jets fans seem to have spent the offseason writing off Powell and each time Powell has done nothing but make positive contributions. Powell contributed 54 yards and a touchdown on six touches, breaking several tackles in the process. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, he looked sharp and did a great job filling in for the injured Chris Ivory. The Jets are lucky to have Powell, who will likely be called upon to do that a time or two during the regular season too.

While I don't think he can oust Powell, Richarson did a good job of making a case for the team keeping four halfbacks on the roster showing great burst on his 26-yard catch and run. He also rushed for 23 yards on seven carries and had a good blitz pick-up.

Alex Green had a rough time of it, gaining just seven yards on six carries. None of this was really his fault, but he has yet to establish himself on offense and seems to be falling behind Richardson. He might be a superior special teamer, but I don't know that this will be enough to earn him a roster spot.

For the fullbacks, Tommy Bohanon had a nine yard catch but got trucked on a linebacker blitz and probably should have been flagged for a takedown on that play. Chad Young again had one outstanding block where he met a linebacker in the hole and kicked them outside to create a lane. He couldn't come up with a low Boyd pass though.

Receivers

None of the Jets receivers put up particularly good numbers, with the Jets only completing 16 passes, including just six of 14 in the second half. As noted, Nelson may have been at fault on the interception. He had two short catches. The only other wideout with two catches was Greg Salas who led the Jets with 31 yards, 20 of which came on a nice throw down the seam by Smith.

Jeremy Kerley - not targeted last week - picked up 21 on a quick slant and also had a good downfield block on Powell's long run. Stephen Hill's blocking was also good on a couple of occasions and he made a nice leaping grab on third down. However, he looked to have secured another reception over the middle, only to have the ball jarred loose by a combination of the safety and linebacker. Gates scored the touchdown but failed to come up with a third down catch with the Jets backed up near their goal line. He felt he was interfered with on that one.

Ford and Saalim Hakim were each targeted on an unsuccessful deep ball. Michael Campbell had one catch but fell to the ground just shy of the marker and had another high pass go off his hands.

Finally, Quincy Enunwa was not targeted but made a good block from the slot to help spring Gates for his touchdown.

At tight end, with Cumberland out, Jace Amaro had three catches for 42 yards, although one was negated by a penalty. Still he made a nice downfield catch and looks good running with the ball. It was good to see him catch the ball each time he was targeted too. He had a couple of run blocking plays where he could have done a bit better, but one time in pass protection he was blocking a defensive end one on one and although he almost got beaten outside he managed to stay on his man and hold up well. It did look like he was at fault on an early 12 men on the field penalty though.

Other than from Amaro, the Jets didn't get much from their tight ends. Zach Sudfeld was targeted twice but both were inaccurate throws that fell incomplete and Pantale had Boyd miss him in the flat. Pantale also missed one block.

Part two will look at the defense and special teams, including some detailed breakdowns of what was going on in the secondary. We'll be posting this later today.

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(Noah K. Murray)

It hasn't been the start LB Lorenzo Mauldin wanted for his NFL career. 

The former 2015 third-rounder had two inconsistent seasons to begin his time with the Jets, and last season wasn't much better with season-ending surgery to repair his back. 

So, entering 2018 with just one year left on his rookie contract, Mauldin knows what he is playing for at this point. 

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(Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray)

When the Jets drafted QB Sam Darnold, it appeared inevitable that their former second-rounder, QB Christian Hackenberg, was the odd man out with four quarterbacks on the roster. 

That is why Jets fans probably weren't surprised to hear Hackenberg was traded to the Raiders Monday for a 2019 conditional seventh-round draft pick. And they also shouldn't be surprised to hear head coach Todd Bowles' reasoning on the matter as well.

"We have three quarterbacks. Obviously, we drafted Sam in the first. We like Teddy (Bridgewater). We like Josh (McCown). We just had one too many to get all of them reps, so we held him out today just because we had things in the works in case something happened," Bowles said after the team's first OTA on Tuesday. "So we just wanted to go with the three quarterbacks that we have and let these guys battle it out."

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Daily News Live: NFL's new rule 00:04:34
The Daily News Live panel discusses the NFL owners' new national anthem policy and Jets owner Christopher Johnson's plan to resist it.

In the wake of the NFL's new national anthem policy, which requires all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" or stay in the locker room or another inside area until the anthem is completed, Jets owner Christopher Johnson said he would pay any fines the team gets if it happens.

In the new policy, which the NFLPA immediately fired back at, it says those who violate the policy will receive "appropriate discipline" from the commissioner. 

"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules," Johnson told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."

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New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL announced a new national anthem policy on Wednesday, requiring all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

That policy, which stemmed from many players kneeling in protest last season for social justice reasons, was immediately challenged by the NFLPA, which issued a statement saying it would "review the new 'policy' and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."

In its statement, the NFLPA says the NFL "chose to not consult the union" while developing the new policy, and said that the vote by NFL club CEOs "contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values, and patriotism of our League."

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When the Jets claimed former Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia last week, it was one of the more interesting moves off the offseason. Garcia was selected with the 85th overall pick in the third round of last year's draft, but the Patriots have opted to give up on him already after a challenging rookie season.

For the Jets, it's a low-risk move to pick up a player with untapped potential, and could prove to be great value as he will remain on his rookie deal for three more years. If the move doesn't work out, the Jets won't owe Garcia any money or bear any kind of a cap hit, so they have little to lose.

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Bowles talks Hackenberg 00:00:32
Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks about Christian Hackenberg being traded to the Raiders, and why the QB struggled with the Jets.

The Jets have traded QB Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019, head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday. 

"We did everything we could," Bowles said about working with Hackenberg. "Sometimes it just doesn't work out."

Bowles added that Hackenberg was held out of OTAs on purpose on Tuesday in case a deal involving him was reached. Hackenberg had been lost in the shuffle in the Jets' QB logjam, with Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, and Teddy Bridgewater ahead of him on the depth chart. 

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Darnold in action at Jets OTAs 00:00:37
Check out Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Quincy Enunwa and more in action at Jets OTAs on Tuesday in Florham Park.

The Jets took the field in Florham Park on Tuesday to kick off their first OTA session leading up to training camp in June. 

Of course, the biggest storyline heading into the new year for Gang Green is what will Sam Darnold's role be in his rookie season. Here he is already getting work in as practice begins.

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

Jets WR Terrelle Pryor was one of the most notable players missing at the team's first OTA on Tuesday, and it wasn't because he didn't want to show up. 

Pryor, who had ankle surgery last November, has reportedly suffered another ankle injury this offseason, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 28-year-old converted receiver played in just nine games last season with the Redskins before a season-ending ankle injury ruined his one-year, "prove it" deal in Washington. He signed another with the Jets this offseason worth $4.5 million.

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New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed fourth-round pick Chris Herndon, a tight end out of Miami (Fla.), on Monday, leaving first-round pick Sam Darnold as New York's only unsigned draftee.

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(Stan Szeto)

The Jets had a boatload of cap space as well as the No. 3 overall draft pick to work with this offseason. And LB Darron Lee thinks the moves made using those resources have looked good thus far.

The most notable of the acquisitions made by GM Mike Maccagnan include CB Trumaine Johnson, LB Avery Williamson, and first-round draft pick QB Sam Darnold. These three players are the crucial chess pieces Lee thinks will help them now and in the future.

"This is a game of chess, not checkers," Lee told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "Adding those important pieces like Tru, Avery, and Sam is huge. It has us going in the right direction in my opinion, but implementing those guys in our brotherhood and our standard in what we have here is huge. Seeing how they're abiding by it also and they're jelling in smoothly with it -- it makes you excited. It can't help but make you excited because they're buying in."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence about the legalization of sports betting that the United States Supreme Court voted in favor for on May 14.

This enormously impacts the professional sporting world as Congress could now regulate sports betting if they wish to do so. However, if they elect not to, each State is allowed to act on its own in implementing their own system.

No matter what happened, Goodell's top priority is making sure that the integrity of the game continues to flourish moving forward with the ruling...

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Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

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With the first of their three sixth-round picks in last month's draft, the Jets selected Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson. This regime has already brought in several young cornerbacks, but none of them have managed to separate themselves from the pack.

Does Nickerson's skill-set give him a chance to eventually become the home-grown starter they've been trying to develop?

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Jets have signed DT Nathan Shepherd, who they drafted 72nd overall last month out of Fort Hays State.

Shepherd was an Division II All-America selection in his 2016 and 2017 seasons. Last season, he tallied 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) and four sacks. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If you're a team like the Jets, still in the beginning stages of a total rebuild, you can take a chance on raw players like Nathan Shepherd, a Canadian who was a smallish linebacker in high school before growing into an NFL-caliber defensive tackle at Division II Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets charity 00:01:47
The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 


New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo. 

Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.

"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said...

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.

"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"

And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him...

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for a special edition of The Jet Stream podcast where they take a deep dive into the Jets' newest quarterback, Sam Darnold. The guys chat with Sam's former offensive coordinator from USC, Tee Martin, about the kid's emergence in college and how he compares to Peyton Manning. Later, Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, joins the show to discuss what he's like off the field and his competitiveness on it.

Click below to listen...

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robby Anderson's felony resisting arrest with violence charge stemming from an incident at an event in Miami in May, 2017 will be dropped, his attorney, Ed O'Donnell told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

While Anderson's 2017 issue will be resolved, he is still dealing with his recent reckless driving arrest.

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Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

On day three of the draft, the Jets opted to trade a seventh-round pick for former Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson. However, this move has flown under the radar somewhat with the focus on the players brought in via the draft.  

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The Jets still have some money to spend, which is why they will be hosting free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro this week at their facility, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall by the Saints back in 2013, where he has spent the last five season. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 104 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defended. 

Last season, the 27-year-old tallied 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble over 14 games. 

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets had back-to-back picks in the sixth round of last month's draft, and they used the second of them to select defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the No. 180 pick. Let's provide some insight into what Fatukasi brings to the table and how he might fit in should he make the team.

Fatukasi is a player whose run-stuffing abilities have stood out over the past four seasons with UConn. He's strong at the point of attack, can get off blocks to make plays in the running game and can create penetration either with his strength or quickness.

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South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets claimed former Patriots offensive lineman Antonio Garcia off waivers and cut kicker Nick Rose, the team announced on Monday.

Garcia, 24, was a third-round pick last season but did not appear in a game after he had reportedly developed blood clots in his lungs, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

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

Former Jets coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86. 

Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."

However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him...

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park on Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorst added that every professional sports league had been involved, but with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.

Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.

"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With their final pick of the 2018 draft, the Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

In the post-draft Honeymoon period, most fans, players and media alike are heaping praise on QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's teammate T Kelvin Beachum wants to wait before he fully joins the fray. 

Beachum started all 16 games for the Jets last season, blocking for Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. At some point this season, he may be blocking for Darnold. 

"I've heard that he is a great person," Beachum said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I'm excited to get him in that room." 

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets have four quarterbacks on their roster, which seems like one too many. They cut Bryce Petty last week to clear at least a little room on their depth chart, but they still have another move to make. Or maybe two.

Whatever they end up doing, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't as clear cut as some think, from the identity of the Opening Day starter all the way down to the likely odd-man out. As Todd Bowles said last weekend, the Jets are "open to anything right now" -- especially at quarterback.

"We're going to let it all play out before make those kinds of decisions," he said.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.

Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.

Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets selected tight end Chris Herndon with the first of their day three picks in the 2018 draft last month. Herndon, who went to college at Miami, was injured towards the end of the 2017 season, which may have prevented him from going earlier. The Jets scooped him up with the 107th overall pick and will be hoping he proves to be a bargain. Let's weigh up his likely role in 2018 before reviewing his strengths and weaknesses.

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