With this weekend's Super Bowl being played at Metlife Stadium, the focus of the New York media has been shifted onto the Seahawks and Broncos, which has actually led to a refreshing change of perspective.

One angle that's been touched on several times is the fact that there are many similarities between the Seahawks and the Jets, whether that be in terms of the way the teams are currently constituted, or in the ways John Idzik is setting up the team with the intention of building them in the Seahawks' image. Rich Cimini wrote a thoughtful piece on that here.

After the jump, a breakdown of the main similarities that have been identified and a consideration of how accurate the comparisons are, as well as an analysis of whether there are any similarities that have been overlooked.

Direct connections

Clearly the most influential connection between the teams is the fact that Idzik is now the Jets general manager having been Seattle's vice president of football administration from 2007 to 2012 as they built the team which would win the NFC this year. The simplest narrative would be that Idzik was going to follow the Seahawks' blueprint to the letter, but as he says in Cimini's articles, while there are parallels, that's an over-simplified outlook on their approach.

There are some direct connections on the Seahawks coaching staff. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was the Jets head coach in 1994 having been on Bruce Coslet's staff as defensive coordinator for four years prior to that. While that connection has been the focus on much media attention in retrospective articles this week, it's such a long time ago that it doesn't realistically have any impact today. Similarly, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn coached with the Jets in 2007 and 2008 as a defensive line coach under Eric Mangini, but they've changed systems since then. He did coach while David Harris and Calvin Pace were on the team, but they won't have worked with him directly very often.

Surprisingly, there are no direct Jets connections on the Seahawks roster. However, it's worth noting that they have two key players - Quarterback Russell Wilson and Wide Receiver Percy Harvin - who we know the Jets were high on in the draft. Then-senior personnel executive Terry Bradway was said to be so high on Wilson that they referred to the quarterback as "Russell Bradway" behind the scenes. Also, the Jets were rumored to have tried to trade up for Harvin in 2009. Harvin ended up getting drafted by the Vikings and was traded to Seattle this season, although he has missed most of the season through injury. Another offensive player - Tight End Kellen Davis - was a Jets free agency target back in March.

Despite Idzik's arrival, he didn't get much production from any of the guys he brought over that he would have known from his Seahawks days. He did bring four former Seahawks - Brady Quinn, Braylon Edwards, Ben Obomanu and Kellen Winslow Jr. - but only one (Winslow, who ironically never contributed for Seattle) made any meaningful contributions and he isn't expected to remain with the team beyond this year.

Personnel

One comparison the media has made is that each team's coach would be characterized as a "player's coach". It's certainly interesting to see Carroll lead his team to the big game in light of how critical the media has been of Rex Ryan's coaching style in recent years. Perhaps this has some people rethinking their stance on whether it's possible to be successful if that's your style.

Another obvious comparison is the quarterbacks. Both Russell Wilson and Geno Smith are dual-threat quarterbacks with good athleticism. Of course, Wilson had a much better rookie season, although he was pretty inconsistent until midseason. While emulating Wilson might be an absolute best-case scenario for Smith in the short term and expecting that to happen would be seen as overly optimistic, there's no denying there are some similarities in their playing style.

Also of note is the fact that, as is the case with the Jets, many people point to the Seahawks' receiving corps as a weakness, something which they've been protesting is unfair during media week. However, the stats say that their leading receiver (Golden Tate) was only 46th in the NFL in receptions and 31st in yards so maybe Wilson deserves extra credit for producing when his best receiver isn't in the top 45 in receptions or the top 30 in yards. The reality with the Seahawks is that the injury to Harvin (and an injury to Rice later in the year) limited the production of two key players and moved some other players into more prominent roles than originally planned for. Ultimately, however, using the numbers of the leading receiver is a flawed method of evaluating a quarterback because injuries can cause targets to be spread around more thinly and also because if the quarterback played better, then the best receiver would have had better numbers.

The defensive personnel is one similarity that Idzik pointed out in the quotes included in Cimini's article. He talked about both teams being physical, fast and athletic on defense. However, they don't really compare directly. The Seahawks' strength is in their secondary, whereas their defensive line is founded more on strength in depth rather than impact play. Seven different players played more than 480 snaps and five more reserves combined for approximately another 300. Even if you count Quinton Coples as a defensive lineman, the Jets only used six defensive linemen all year. To make this comparison you have to get more into the strategic side of things.

Strategy

Much has been made of the Seahawks' use of the "4-3 under" defense under Carroll. Totally at odds with the Jets "3-4 base defense" of course...right? Not at all. As I wrote back in July, the Jets base defense actually has more in common with the 4-3 over/under defenses than the more vanilla Mangini 3-4 that some corners of the media still seems to think the team employs. Even when the Jets have four linebackers standing up, their alignment is often identical to a 4-3 over/under defense, just with the open side defensive end standing. The Jets regularly open the game in this look and actively use pre-snap shifts to vacillate between the over and under looks, adding a further hybrid element to the defense. This involves the defensive tackles shifting, often so that the nose tackle ends up in a two-gapping role.

Drafting Sheldon Richardson and tweaking Quinton Coples' role so that he was almost exclusively on the outside provided the Jets with ideal personnel to employ this look and the easy narrative would be that Idzik brought it with him from Seattle, but the reality is that the Jets have been using these packages throughout the Rex Ryan era.

On the offensive side of the ball, Idzik made note of the fact that the teams are both strong up front and it's true that they each employ a solid running game led by a back capable of making yards after contact. The Seahawks beat the Saints in the first round of this year's playoffs while Wilson completed just two-of-nine passes in the second half. There aren't many teams that could win a game against a playoff team with numbers like that, but the Jets are arguably one of the others.

One major difference, though, was the fact that the Seahawks maintained this solid running game despite all their lost man-hours on the offensive line. The Jets' linemen didn't miss a single game due to injury, whereas none of the Seahawks started every game and they had to change their alignment several times. We don't know for certain that the Jets would have struggled with guys like Oday Aboushi and Caleb Schlauderaff forced into significant spot duty, but it does seem probable.

Building a contender

The Seahawks were 11-5 last year and then went 13-3 this year as they made the Super Bowl. However, looking back to the three years prior to that, they had to endure some futility. They won five, seven and seven games over the three previous seasons - although in the middle of those three seasons, they did win a division title and a first round playoff matchup.

The Jets will enter next year with eight, six and eight wins over their previous three seasons and will be hoping next year is where they can start to take things up a notch as the Seahawks did last year. The Jets are definitely a team in a position to invest in some talent (whether that be in terms of extending and retaining their own guys or via the draft and free agency), rather than being in a position where they need to consolidate their position and try to maintain continuity without compromising their cap situation.

The key to the Seahawks' rebuilding process has been building through the draft. Scoring major contributors like Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson in the middle rounds is a surefire way to bolster your talent, but the Seahawks also had some good depth from their recent drafts. Like the Colts, their 2012 improvement came about with several rookies starting and contributing which obviously affords them the financial flexibility to make other moves. For the Jets, while it perhaps won't be reflected in the win-loss column until next season - and there were undeniable teething troubles across the board - they did get significant contributions in terms of playing time from five of their 2013 picks, and should have plenty of picks this year too.

Cap situation

That brings us to the cap situation for each team. As you'd expect, with the Jets just getting started in the retooling process, they have much more cap room than the Seahawks. According to OverTheCap.com, only six teams have fewer cap dollars committed to 2014 than the Jets, whereas only six teams have more cap commitments for 2014 than the Seahawks. That doesn't tell the full story, because the Jets have a few contracts they'll be purging to create additional space and the Seahawks have a few key guys who will need to be extended soon.

For the Seahawks, it will be interesting to see whether the media overreacts to their upcoming cap situation, because it's analogous to what the Jets went through over the past few seasons. They're actually in a pretty similar situation to the Jets from 2010 to 2012, but should be absolutely fine for at least a few more years because (a) they don't have many needs, (b) they have a few bigger deals that can be purged with younger and cheaper guys capable of replacing those players and (c) they have some scope to restructure deals to create more space and extend their window if required. Add to that the fact that Wilson cannot (by rule) get an extension until after next season and the Seahawks have plenty of scope to keep their roster loaded for years to come, especially if they keep hitting on draft choices which will make their more higher priced talent expendable down the road.

Idzik will get a lot of praise from the media for "fixing" the Jets' cap situation and will likely get credit for following the sort of measured approach that the Seahawks are admired for, but in reality most of the moves the Jets made in 2013 were moves that Tannenbaum was destined to make anyway, due to the in-built flexibility in most of his contracts. The biggest difference here is nothing to do with cap management, but rather everything to do with personnel evaluation. Even with a cap structure in place, if you waste significant cap room on a player who under-performs - or cap room is wasted because a high-priced player misses a ton of time with injuries - then your roster flexibility might struggle to recover. Each of those things happened to the Jets too often over the last couple of years.

What about Denver?

Due to the Idzik connection, the comparisons between the Seahawks and Jets are inevitable, but what about the Broncos? If things went slightly differently, could the Jets have ended up more like the Broncos than the Seahawks by 2014? We can only speculate on how seriously the Jets considered trying to acquire Peyton Manning when he became available a few years ago. Most people seem to think he wouldn't have wanted to play for Ryan, but that's total speculation too. Who's to say he wouldn't have relished the challenge of playing across town (sort of) from his brother? It's a major "what if?" but although it's an over-simplification to suggest that Manning IS the Denver Broncos, there's no denying the influence he has on his offensive line, his receivers and the perception of the organization as a place free agents would want to be - and it's now obvious the Jets could have afforded to pay him if they got rid of Mark Sanchez, as I wrote at the time.

There are other similarities too. The Broncos employed the 4-3 under extensively over the last two seasons when Von Miller was available and he has produced incredible numbers, mostly from the strongside linebacker position that Calvin Pace plays, not - as you might expect - from the weakside edge rusher spot played by Coples.

Conclusions

It's interesting to look at the parallels between the Jets and Seahawks. Obviously, Seattle must be doing something right and the fact that the Jets are doing some similar things is a positive sign - as is the fact that the man now in charge of the Jets played an influential role with Seattle.

The biggest difference between the teams right now, other than how far along they are in their efforts to build a contender, is the fact that Seattle's roster is much deeper due to the success they've enjoyed in the draft in recent years. With up to 12 picks coming up this year, along with a favorable cap situation to try and fill some needs, the Jets have a good chance to start to make up some ground in that area.

Also critical is the fact that Seattle is getting consistently good play from the vital quarterback position. One way or another, the Jets will be hoping to close that gap too next season, but as we've seen in recent years, that's easier said than done.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to listen...

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

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

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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