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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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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(Kirby Lee)

"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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(Glenn Andrews)

In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

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In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:06:46
Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely.

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Chris Carlin and Jon Hein host Loud Mouths from the Mall of America to discuss the Super Bowl and how they think it will play out.

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THE GAME

The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.

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(Brad Mills)

With the Alex Smith trade complete, it appeared the Redskins were going to allow Kirk Cousins to look for his lucrative deal in free agency. Now, they could have a change of heart.

Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on Cousins just so they could trade him, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The reasoning behind this decision would be for the Redskins to get back what they dished out in the trade with the Chiefs. So, instead of getting nothing in return by allowing the hottest free-agent commodity to walk, Washington is looking for something in return. 

However, if they do make that decision to tag him, it comes with a lot of risk considering Cousins is allowed to make his own decision. First, he can wait as long as he wants to sign the franchise tag, which would have the Redskins biting their fingernails as they watch the $34.5 million stay on their books.

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(Jim Brown)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae was not among the players selected on Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2018.

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Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Retired NFL football coach Bill Parcells chats with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, not pictured, before a spring training baseball game between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, March 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/AP)

On Thursday night, ESPN aired their newest documentary "The Two Bills", which chronicled the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. Most of the filming took place at MetLife Stadium, but both Bills refused a request to do an interview in the Jets locker room. 

Belichick infamously left the Jets after one day as head coach and is the current head coach of division rival Patriots, so that was understandable. But why Parcells? Does he hold animosity towards the Jets? 

Well, Parcells clarified that it was not that he has ill will towards the Jets, it was just time to go that day...

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(David Butler II)

Winter was always coming for the Jets, even if Bill Belichick stayed in New York. 

George R.R. Martin, writer of the famous HBO series "Game of Thrones," is a lifelong Jets fan, and he doesn't believe Belichick could have solved the team's problems back in 2000 when he was set to become the head coach before leaving last minute for the Patriots. 

Don't get Martin wrong, though. The Jets would have likely had more success, but five Super Bowl titles is a lot to predict. 

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Matt Forte doesn't want his time in New York to come to an end in 2018. 

The 32-year-old running back wants to stay with the Jets next season because he has some unfinished business. Forte finished 2017 on the IR in a season that saw his career lows in carries (103) and yards (381). 

If Forte is to retire, he wants it to be on a good note. 

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Jan 23, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; South Squad tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota St. (86) catches a pass against inside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel of Clemson (56) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 23, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; South Squad tight end Dallas Goedert of South Dakota St. (86) catches a pass against inside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel of Clemson (56) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: In the 2017 season, Jets tight ends combined to catch 68 passes for 598 yards and four touchdowns, led by Austin Seferian-Jenkins. That was a huge improvement on the previous two years, where Jets tight ends had combined for just 26 catches for 268 yards and one touchdown. However, the only tight end still under contract for 2018 is Jordan Leggett, who didn't play in his rookie year due to knee issues. Clearly the Jets will need to make some moves.

They've already reached out to Seferian-Jenkins, although he reportedly turned down a modest two-year deal. Blocking specialist Eric Tomlinson could also be someone they seek to retain. While Leggett has potential, who could the Jets target in the draft that could compete for time and develop into a long-term contributor?

According to draft experts, the top-rated prospects heading into the scouting combine at the end of February include Oklahoma's Mark Andrews, South Dakota State's Dallas Goedert and Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jordan Leggett
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