Dec 24, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs with the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) pursues during the second half at New Era Field. The Dolphins beat the Bills 34-31 in overtime. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 24, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs with the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) pursues during the second half at New Era Field. The Dolphins beat the Bills 34-31 in overtime. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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It seems like a lifetime ago, but back in September the Jets went to Buffalo and won 37-31 behind a tremendous performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The teams seemed destined to head in opposite directions at that time and that proved to be the case, but it would be the Jets who fell into a slump, while Buffalo unexpectedly moved into postseason contention.

The Bills were ultimately eliminated last week, following an overtime loss to Miami, and the 4-11 Jets are basically going through the motions as the season nears its merciful end. With Rex Ryan having been fired Tuesday, the game offers an opportunity for interim coach Anthony Lynn to make a case for a full-time head coaching job.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.

Quarterbacks

Backup EJ Manuel has been announced as Sunday's starter having not previously been needed this year. Manuel, a former first-round pick now in his fourth season, has had a disappointing career, but arguably had his best NFL performance against the Jets three years ago.

The Bills might also use this stage as an opportunity for rookie Cardale Jones to see his first action. Tyrod Taylor, who had been starting all season, has been benched following Ryan's departure and will be inactive.

The Bills are facing an interesting decision with regard to Taylor, who signed a multi-year extension in preseason. With reports indicating there is no immediate intention to renegotiate his current deal, the Bills have the option to release Taylor before March, or remain committed to him for big money over the next few years. That's part of the reason he won't play because an injury would have left the Bills on the hook for significant guarantees.

Taylor's 2016 season didn't make that dilemma any more straightforward as his numbers were similar to last year's pretty much across the board. Had he suffered a Fitzpatrick-style regression or made the leap like Derek Carr has, it would have been a lot easier to make that decision. Unfortunately, his performance falls within that dreaded middle ground and the decision to bench him this week suggests that they are leaning towards letting him go.

Offensive Line

The Bills' line has been reasonably good this year, led by left guard Richie Incognito who is still the key to the Bills' running game. He has been their most consistent lineman this season, especially in the second half of the year. 

Another leader, left tackle Cordy Glenn, has been a bit banged up. He has missed several starts including the past two weeks and has been ruled out for tomorrow. Reserve Cyrus Kouandjio has had to replace Glenn a few times and will likely start tomorrow. He actually had a great game last week against Miami.

The right side of the offensive line has been a weakness for the Bills for a while and Jordan Mills has continued to struggle at tackle. Mills has given up a team-high eight sacks and almost twice as much pressure as any other Bills lineman. John Miller has developed into a more consistent player in his second season, though.

Starting center Eric Wood was placed on injured reserve but Ryan Groy has filled in admirably while starting the last six games in his place. The losses of Wood and Glenn have meant that they don't have much experience left on their bench.

Running Backs

LeSean McCoy is headed back to the Pro Bowl after an excellent season that has seen him rush for over 1,200 yards already, along with 49 pass receptions and 14 total touchdowns. All of those numbers are significantly better than his 2015 production, as he has done a good job of proving he still has some gas in the tank. 

Reserve Mike Gillislee has provided an excellent change of pace and breakaway threat. While McCoy is averaging a healthy 5.5 yards per carry, Gillislee is even better at 6.2 and has also contributed eight touchdowns, including one against the Jets. McCoy averaged fewer than four yards per carry in three of his first four games, including the Jets game, but has only been below that mark just twice since then.

Rookie Jonathan Williams and veteran Reggie Bush get occasional touches, but neither has done much so far this year. Bush has netted minus-three yards on 12 carries and could become the first NFL player to carry the ball more than 10 times in a season only to end up with negative yardage.

At fullback, veteran Jerome Felton's playing time has been increasing as the season endures. He's averaged over 40 snaps per game over the last two.

Receivers

Sammy Watkins has missed half of the year due to injury and hasn't been close to 100 percent, even when he has been in the lineup. He's still been productive though, and leads the Bills with a 16.6 yards per catch average. However, the Bills have had a better record (4-4) when he doesn't play than they have had when he does (3-4). He's as close to full health as he's been all year right now, though, and is coming off a season-high 154-yard performance against Miami.

With Watkins out, the Bills' leading receiver had been tight end Charles Clay, who has caught 54 passes. Clay and backup Nick O'Leary have also made good contributions in the running game.

The leading wide receiver, in terms of statistical production, has been Robert Woods, but it was third receiver Marquise Goodwin who made the most noise in the first matchup, blowing by Darrelle Revis for a long touchdown.

The Bills have placed three ex-Jets receivers on injured reserve since the start of the season in Greg Salas, Walt Powell and Percy Harvin. Depth instead now comes from veterans Justin Hunter and Brandon Tate.

Defensive Line

Like Watkins, star defensive lineman Marcell Dareus has missed half of the year, this time through a combination of injuries and suspension. Again, the Bills are 4-4 without him and 3-4 when he plays. Dareus has been productive when in the lineup though, with solid play against the run and 3.5 sacks in just seven games.

Kyle Williams has remained healthy this year and been his usual self with outstanding play against the run, while compiling five sacks of his own. It's always a tough assignment for Nick Mangold to face either of these two, so Wesley Johnson will have his work cut out. Johnson did well at guard in relief of James Carpenter in the first game, though.

The other starter is third-round rookie Adolphus Washington who has been promising but unspectacular so far.

Corbin Bryant, who had been starting for Dareus, went onto injured reserve in October, but former Jet Leger Douzable has been seeing plenty of playing time all year. 

Linebackers

The biggest surprise for the Bills this year has been Lorenzo Alexander. Alexander was a young starter with the Cardinals in 2013 but suffered a season-ending injury early in the season and hadn't started a game since then. He's made the most of his opportunity with the Bills, as he is headed to the Pro Bowl after a season that has so far seen him generate 13 sacks.

Jerry Hughes was the Bills' best pass rusher last year, but this year he's only had a disappointing six sacks and has played poorly against the run. He's also committed 36 penalties in the past three years.

First-round rookie Shaq Lawson missed the start of the year through injury but has shown some mild promise since returning. He has two sacks so far. Fellow high draft pick Reggie Ragland has missed the entire season, though.

With no Ragland, the Bills starting linebackers have been Preston Brown and Zach Brown. The latter has had a good season with a team-leading 138 tackles and four sacks. As for Preston Brown, while he has struggled he hasn't been close to as bad as last year where he graded out as the worst linebacker in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

Veterans Ramon Humber and Brandon Spikes provide depth off the bench and might be needed as both Browns are listed as questionable.

Defensive Backs

The Bills' starting cornerbacks have done a decent job this year, although they've not been as good as they were in 2015. They'll likely relish a chance to pad their stats against the turnover-prone Jets. Stephon Gilmore leads the team with five interceptions, but he's been ruled out for tomorrow due to injury. Ronald Darby - who intercepted two passes in the first three games of his rookie season - has now gone 28 straight games without one.

Corey Graham has had a strong year at free safety, but his partner has changed several times during the year because of injuries. Youngster Jonathan Meeks is currently listed as the starter but the Bills have basically been operating out of one-safety personnel packages over the last few weeks.

In sub-packages, Nickell Robey-Coleman continues to get a lot of work in the slot, but Corey White has been getting more reps in recent weeks. Late-round rookie Kevon Seymour has also been getting some playing time. They should all see increased time with Gilmore out.

Special Teams

Former Jet Dan Carpenter is still the Bills' kicker. He's missed six field goals this year, including five from within 50 yards. He also started a fight on Saturday. The Bills got rid of their kickoff specialist at the start of December, so Carpenter has also been kicking off over the past few weeks.

Statistically, punter Colton Schmidt has been one of the worst punters in the league this year, albeit still slightly better than Jets rookie Lac Edwards. Schmidt has booted a league-leading 18 punts out of bounds.

In the return game, Tate has been the primary return man all year. He's yet to break a 50-yarder but is still 3rd in total punt return yardage with a 12.0 yards per return average. He's also seventh in kickoff return yardage.

In coverage, Humber and Meeks have been their most productive tackles, with Alexander surprisingly not far behind despite his important role on defense.


I'll be back on Monday to recap the game.

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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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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(Jeremy Brevard)

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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:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brent Qvale, Chandler Catanzaro, Dakota Dozier, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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(Jerome Miron)

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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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...

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets center Kevin Mawae will find out Saturday if he will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

An eight-time Pro Bowler, Mawae is one of the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Last year, he made it to the top 10 of the finalists, though only five were selected.

"Last year, it was unexpected, making the top 10. It was pretty special," Mawae said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "If I don't make it this year, sure, I'd be a little disappointed, but it's an honor and privilege just to be on the list. It means I'm among the best 400 guys to ever put on a uniform."

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