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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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles came to the Jets as a defensive guru, but he plans on making the struggling Jets offense his project this year.

The third-year Jets head head coach promised that he will be "heavily more involved" in all aspects of the offense this season during an hour-long interview at the annual AFC Coaches Breakfast on Tuesday. He didn't say his decision had anything to do with the fact the offense ranked 26th in the NFL last season, or that he'll be breaking in a new offensive coordinator in John Morton.

He said it's all just part of his "evolution" as a head coach...

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles has declared he will hold an "open competition" at quarterback this summer between the three quarterbacks on his roster, and maybe even a fourth one from the draft. He did not promise veteran Josh McCown the job when the Jets signed him, and he wouldn't say his experience gives him any edge.

All of them will have an equal shot to be the Jets' Opening Day starter. And that's the right approach. It's also the only thing the Jets coach could do.

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The Jets have signed OL Jonotthan Harrison to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. 

Harrison, 25, played in 13 games for the Colts last season, including four starts.

He played 31 of 32 games for the Colts from 2014 to 2015, starting 19.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson is in Arizona for the NFL owners meetings, along with his brother Christopher, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets owner declined to talk to reporters on Sunday.

Woody Johnson has long been expected to be named the ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump's administration, although the president has not yet formally announced the appointment.

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Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)
Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)

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Mike Maccagnan wouldn't say if Josh McCown will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season - that, he insisted, is a decision for coach Todd Bowles. But he did say that McCown can still be a good quarterback, even as he closes in on 38 years old.

"I know he's had some injuries this past season, but the season before he played and actually did some good things for Cleveland," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "I still think he has good football left in him. We do think he has the ability to play and perform if needed."

The Jets signed McCown to a one-year, $6 million contract last week, with another possible (but unlikely) $7 million in incentives. Maccagnan said that the 15-year vet - a journeyman now on his eighth NFL team - was under consideration from the start of free agency, even as the Jets sorted through all their other options.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

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The Jets were so intent on acquiring more draft picks that just three weeks ago Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets were "open for business every round."

Now it sounds like he means every round except the first.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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One year after using a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he "potentially" could draft a quarterback again. And no, he insisted, that wouldn't mean he's admitting a mistake on Hackenberg.

It would just be another step in the long process of finding "the right quarterback for this team."

"I don't think taking a player at one position is a referendum on another player," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. "I think the goal is to put together best roster you can. Of course quarterback is a very, very important position in this process. But I wouldn't necessarily view it as a referendum."

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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Only time will tell if the Jets are serious about taking a quarterback in the first-round of the draft, but in the meantime they certainly are doing their homework.

The latest proof of that is the NFL Network report that they've already held a private workout with DeShone Kizer, the Notre Dame quarterback considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft. That explains why Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles skipped Notre Dame's Pro Day on Thursday and were both at Ohio State's Pro Day instead.

The Jets also have a private workout scheduled with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who revealed that "secret" to reporters at his own Pro Day earlier this week. And while it's not known if the Jets plan to do the same with Clemson's DeShaun Watson, it seems likely that they will...

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

Click below to listen!

 

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

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One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6)...

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WR Quinton Patton has signed with the Jets, the team annnounced Thursday.

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown. 

 


Weighing the Jets QB options 00:01:15
Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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GEICO SportsNite: Josh McCown 00:01:28
Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

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Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

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Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

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The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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Jets making right moves in FA? 00:03:37
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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 (Daniel Powers (USA Today))
(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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 (Steven Senne/AP)
(Steven Senne/AP)

In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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