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 two of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the defensive performance, including an in-depth breakdown of what was going on in the secondary and a few notes on special teams.

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

This week, we're splitting the BGA into two. We covered the offense earlier today but now turn our attention to the defense and special teams.

Defensive Line

Just like when the Jets met the Bengals last year, they struggled to generate much pressure. Again, it's difficult to be too critical though, since the Bengals either got rid of the ball quickly or left extra guys in to block. On the long touchdown pass, they left seven in to block against five pass rushers, so it's not surprising Dalton had plenty of time to get rid of the ball. Maybe with a healthier secondary they could have overcome this, but on the whole most of the best moments from the defensive linemen came once Dalton and Co. had departed. However, it's important to note that most of the starting offensive linemen played the entire first half other than Andrew Whitworth, who was replaced by Will Svitek early in the second quarter and the center who was replaced with less than two minutes to go, so they did make positive contributions against a solid group.

The Jets run defense looks to be in midseason form already. They gave up just 3.3 yards per carry and only two first downs in the first half. After Geno Smith's interception, the Jets did stop the Bengals' starters, forcing them to settle for a field goal after Damon Harrison burst into the backfield to tackle the runner on third down. On the previous drive, the Jets looked to have stuffed Cincinnati on third and goal, only for them to rugby-scrum their way over the line. Harrison also drew a hold on another play.

Muhammad Wilkerson was blocked out of a couple of plays early, but got some good penetration on a couple of plays and got into the backfield three times as a pass rusher to create some pressure. Sheldon Richardson had a better game this week, making an impact as a bullrusher, showing terrific athleticism and effort on a couple of plays in pursuit and stuffing one run. He could have had a sack on a play where Wilkerson flushed Matt Scott from the pocket, but Scott eluded his arm tackle. Yes, the impact from these two has perhaps been underwhelming so far, but stopping them for one quarter is one thing. Containing them for 60 minutes is another.

Leger Douzable did record a sack, although it came as Scott was trying to avoid pressure from elsewhere and ran into him. On other other play, Douzable was blocked out of the play, but it looked like he was held. Kenrick Ellis continues to be dominant off the bench, getting consistent penetration. He stuffed two runs, had a hit and a good bullrush as a pass rusher and drew a holding penalty. The Jets know they can rely on these two for consistent production.

TJ Barnes, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau, so impressive last week, had less of an impact this week, but all showed flashes. Barnes assisted on a tackle for a loss on a dump-off pass and got good penetration on one play. Hyder also got good penetration on one play and tackled the quarterback as he scrambled on another. Finau chased the quarterback from the pocket and out of bounds on one play and got into the backfield to create pressure on another.

Anthony Grady and Zach Thompson also saw action. Grady was driven back by a big double team but Thompson (who didn't play last week) had a big hit on the quarterback, dislodging his helmet and forcing the throw to fall well short of its target.

Edge rushers

Jason Babin got some work with the first unit this week in place of Quinton Coples. I was concerned that Coples was hurt, but he did return later in the half. With Coples, they talked all summer about how he's taking on more of a linebacker role this year but we haven't really seen any signs of that yet, he's just been used like he was last year. I wonder if they're keeping some of the new things he's going to be doing under wraps. Coples did get penetration to redirect a runner on one running play and eventually collected a half-sack but only played 15 snaps. Something interesting that I was speculating on when the Jets added Babin was that Coples has started to incorporate the spin move (a Babin speciality, but not something Karl Dunbar actively promotes) into his pass rushing repertoire. On one play, he got in Dalton's face by spinning inside on the left tackle.

Babin was a handful in the pass rush, but only really beat his man cleanly once, to the inside. For the second straight week he got caught inside on a run that was bounced outside too. Calvin Pace had one pressure, stuffed a run and made a good open field tackle and Garrett McIntyre had a half-sack and a quarterback hit on a play where he was unblocked off the edge.

There were some good flashes from the young guys as Trevor Reilly nearly got to the quarterback a couple of times and assisted on a tackle in the backfield, IK Enemkpali had another strip sack and one other pressure and Troy Davis beat his man inside on one play and created pressure on another.

Linebackers

David Harris and Demario Davis didn't quite look as sharp as in the first game, combining for just six tackles. Harris had a good open field tackle and a run stuff, but did miss a tackle. Davis did stretch a run out to the sideline, dropped deep to break up a pass and came unblocked off the edge for a strip sack, but he was also blocked out of a play by a pulling lineman, called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and juked in the open field on a third down dump off to the flat.

AJ Edds recorded five tackles, but also missed a couple of tackles, including one on third down in the flat where he tried to break up the pass with a big hit when he easily could have wrapped up the receiver for a loss. He did make a couple of good tackles after short completions.

Nick Bellore moved back up to the second unit as Jeremiah George paid the price for last week's struggles. Bellore was in on four tackles near the line and had a forced fumble. He did miss a tackle in the hole on one play though. For his own part, George avoided any big mistakes when he got in the game this week.

Undrafted rookie Steele Divitto was active in his first appearance on defense. He had a tackle in the backfield, an unblocked pressure and an open field tackle to force a punt. He did give up a first down in coverage though.

Breaking down the breakdowns

The Jets patchwork secondary clearly didn't manage to slow down Andy Dalton, who led two touchdown drives completing all eight of his passes. As I'd anticipated, the Jets experimented with a few things here, trying to confuse Dalton with some trap coverages. Most of Dalton's completions were actually attributable to that rather than to individual weaknesses. Let's look at some examples.

Check out how they're matched up on this play. Ellis Lankster is playing so far off his man at the top of the screen he isn't even in the picture. However, the yellow lines indicate that Calvin Pace is going to drop into the flat to prevent a quick throw out there for easy yardage.

As the play develops, Pace does enough to dissuade the throw and Dalton checks down underneath to one of his tight ends instead. David Harris has backed off and can make the tackle for just a four yard gain, so this play was actually pretty successful for the Jets.

What's crucial here is an adjustment Pace made since last week. You may recall that I noted how one of the catches TY Hilton made against Dimitri Patterson may have been partly because Pace didn't get far enough into the flat and therefore the easy quick throw could still be made with Patterson playing off. What was different this time was that Pace made two lateral slide-steps instead of just one and that shut off the angle a lot more effectively. Even more interesting was that this is an adjustment they made during the week at practice with Lankster intercepting Tajh Boyd in the end zone on a play where Pace did the same thing.

Let's move onto the next one. Once again you can see how they match up. Harris and Davis are bluffing a blitz up the middle, while the three receivers on the near side are all matched up against. The yellow lines indicate how Kyle Wilson blitzes from the slot, Dawan Landry drops back and Harris is expected to get across to cover the slot.

As you can see from the next image, Antonio Allen is pressing on the outside receiver but Harris has a long way to come and some traffic to navigate with the inside slot receiver crossing his path.

This creates a soft spot in the zone and whether it's by design or a read-react play, Dalton and AJ Green are on the same page. And, of course, being AJ Green, he's able to pick up some good yardage after the catch, even though Landry has dropped off to prevent a big gain. Any hesitation here and maybe this trap has a chance to work, but if the offense anticipates it, it's not well-designed. Back to drawing board on that one, I think.

This next completion is also caused by a failed trap. Here we can see Lankster playing off-coverage with Kyle Wilson matched up with the slot receiver. The yellow lines show where the players will go in coverage.

At the snap, Wilson drops off to cover the outside receiver, Lankster drops back and Landry steps up to pick up Wilson's guy in the slot. The hope here is that the quarterback sees Lankster dropped off and throws a quick pass to the outside without anticipating Wilson being able to jump the route. Wilson doesn't get there in time and again Dalton doesn't hesitate so the completion is made before Wilson can get over there.

Finally, this isn't a blown trap, but it does show how this completion to Green was caused by a coverage breakdown rather than poor individual play. On this occasion the yellow lines indicate how the bunched receivers will criss-cross to cause confusion.

Allen makes contact with the outside receiver (Green) and then appears to pass him off to Wilson as he anticipates the slot receiver breaking outside.

Wilson fails to recognize this though and you can see he stays outside with Green left open down the seam.

As you can see, it's oversimplifying matters to say that the Jets' corners were overmatched. Now, maybe the use of some of these traps were because they anticipated that the corners would be overmatched but I really do think they just used this opportunity to try some things. The things they tried need a bit of tweaking, but might have worked against a less-established quarterback-receiver combination.

Defensive Backs

So, taking the above into account, let's move on to the individual player analysis for the secondary. In his first game as a cornerback, Allen didn't look altogether out of place. His performance compares favorably to that of Patterson last week, for example. Green did school him on one route down the sideline, but other than that any issues weren't altogether his fault. I still don't think full-time starting cornerback is his future vocation, but I like his press coverage and man cover skills and the Jets should make use of them wherever matchups dictate that it would be appropriate to. At one point, the Jets went to the big nickel package on third and long with Allen playing the slot and Lankster and Darrin Walls outside. That's something I'd like to see used a lot during the season.

Perhaps Allen's biggest mistake went largely unnoticed. On the Mohamed Sanu touchdown, where Kyle Wilson was burned, Rex Ryan said that Dawan Landry had blown the coverage. Landry didn't get over in time after Wilson was beaten at the line. However - bearing in mind that I don't have the benefit of all-22 footage during preseason - I think the fact Allen had also been beaten by Green played into that and might have drawn Landry away from the deep middle. As noted, Wilson was involved in a couple of those plays detailed above too.

Lankster was the one guy who totally held his own. He opened up on Green for the first play, but they put Allen on him for most of the time thereafter (with Rex saying in the postgame presser that this change was made right before the game). Lankster pitched a shut-out, although he was only targeted twice. He almost intercepted one of those but just failed to get his second foot down inbounds. He played more off-coverage than I expected, but never seemed to be out of position.

With Lankster having solidified himself as - at least - a viable emergency option, Walls made a case for himself with a late interception. That comes just a week or so after Ryan made reference to his bad hands in a press conference. He gave up a couple of short catches but was in a good position on three incompletions, including one over by the sideline that was originally ruled a catch but overturned by the replay booth.

Ras-I Dowling suffered a groin injury on special teams early on and therefore missed the chance to get any reps. The beneficiary was rookie Brandon Dixon who got some time with the second unit and impressed with a pass break-up on the outside. He did get lucky on a couple of plays - a deep pass where he lost track of the ball but the receiver did too and a 4th down pass that was dropped, but considering he didn't play on defense last week, this was a good start to his career.

The only other cornerback to see significant action on defense was Johnny Patrick, another player who did not play last week. Patrick struggled, giving up a couple of first downs, but he did make a good open field tackle on one short completion. LeQuan Lewis got into the game late.

At safety, Landry and Jaiquawn Jarrett got the start, but it was first round pick Calvin Pryor who impressed. He had a game high six tackles, including one for a loss and impressed in coverage, where he broke up a pass and as a blitzer where he batted a pass down, recorded one pressure and recovered a fumble.

In my article on the Allen experiment, I wondered whether the Jets would borrow from the Patriots playbook and have their corners pass off any downfield routes to Pryor. That's exactly what happened on the play where Pryor broke up the pass, as you can see here.

The one negative I had on Pryor was that he came up too fast on a running play and allowed the runner to cut back up the middle. I did also note that there were two plays where he closed to make the tackle after someone else had been beaten for a first down. Kerry Rhodes used to do this a lot and was unfairly blamed for giving up those catches, so that will be something to watch out for if Pryor gets criticized for his coverage play.

As noted, Landry was apparently at fault on the Sanu touchdown, but did make a couple of good plays against the run and in coverage. Jarrett wasn't exploited at all, although he did give up a first down on a play where he was draped all over the receiver downfield. He added a fumble recovery, but did miss a tackle in the flat.

Rontez Miles continues to flash, blowing up one play with an open field tackle in the flat and also hitting the quarterback unblocked off the edge to draw an intentional grounding penalty. It does seem like Josh Bush has fallen way behind. He didn't get into the game until late, although he did have a nice pass break-up.

Special Teams

Let's wrap up with some bullet point notes on the special teams:

- Ryan Quigley punted three times and Jacob Schum punted four times. Quigley's numbers were much better, albeit helped by a bad bounce that turned a Schum punt into a 27-yarder. A 47.3 net average for Quigley is nothing to be sniffed at though.

- Nick Folk made a field goal and an extra point, while Andrew Furney kicked one extra point. Quigley again kicked off twice, interestingly.

- Jacoby Ford had a couple of decent returns, but Jeremy Kerley made an awful decision to field a bouncing punt inside his 20 with seconds remaining in the first half

- Reilly had two tackles, including one with a forced fumble

- Hakim had a spectacular play as a gunner to tackle the punt returner, but missed a tackle as well

- Enemkpali's blocked punt for a safety was a good play, but he had a penalty on special teams for the second week in a row

- George got away with a face mask penalty on his special teams tackle

- Lankster didn't play as much on special teams because he was starting, but he lit someone up as the vice and that might have set up a decent return if the punt didn't veer out of bounds

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

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

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

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

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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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