During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday...

The first week of the season is always a tough one to gauge. Even the most convincing of wins can soon be put into context when you realize the following week the team you beat is going to struggle equally against all their opponents. In 1981, the Jets lost their opener 31-0 against the Bills but made the postseason for the first time since the 1960s. In 1997, they 41-3 against Seattle, but missed the postseason. Even as recently as 2010, the Jets opened with a listless 10-9 loss at home to the Ravens, but then won five straight and ended up with their best record in recent memory. In other words, the Jets can only beat what's in front of them, so all we can do is consider what the Browns have going for them.

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

Quarterbacks

Despite stalling for a while before making it official, coach Mike Pettine did eventually name journeyman Josh McCown as the team's starter. McCown started 11 games for the disappointing Bucs last year, coming off his best season when he posted a QB rating of over 100 in relief of Jay Cutler in Chicago. Despite playing for seven other teams before arriving in Cleveland, McCown has faced the Jets just once, with Quincy Carter stepping in for an injured Chad Pennington and 'out-dueling' him for a 13-3 win in 2004.

Backing up McCown is Johnny Manziel, last year's first-round pick, who has predictably been suffering growing pains since entering the league. For the time being, it seems like some of his personal and off-field issues might be under control, but his preseason preparation was bothered by an elbow injury.

The Browns added a veteran presence on Monday when they signed Austin Davis, who started eight games last year for the Rams and posted an 85.1 quarterback rating. It would seem unlikely he'd be ready to be activated yet though, unless he has to play because Manziel can't go.

The Browns did also have Terrelle Pryor on their roster, but were using him as a utility player and released him anyway on Thursday.

Offensive Line

The Browns offensive line is highly regarded with their most reliable players - as with the Jets - being at center and left tackle, where Alex Mack and Joe Thomas can still legitimately claim to be among the NFL's best.

They also get great play from their guards, John Greco, a 2008 third-round pick, and Joel Bitonio, last year's second rounder, with Mitchell Schwartz rounding out the lineup at right tackle. Schwartz is a better pass protector than run blocker, but did give up a team high seven sacks. Other than Mack, each of the starters had at least five penalties on the year, as compared to the Jets for whom only two starters had five or more penalties. Thomas led the team with nine.

While they have good continuity on the line with all five starters returning, none of their back-ups played for them last year. One is rookie Cameron Erving, who plays all five positions.

Running Backs

Despite the good blocking, Cleveland's running backs didn't have much success last season. Isaiah Crowell figures to start against the Jets. He ran for over 600 yards and eight scores last year, but his elusiveness numbers were poor. After a strange decision to trade Terrance West, who had shown some promise in his rookie year, that left them with just rookie Duke Johnson in reserve. Then they signed Robert Turbin, who backed up Marshawn Lynch for the last two years in Seattle but is out for four weeks with an ankle injury. Finally, they added some cover by calling up Shaun Draughn from the practice sqaud.

Johnson has good speed and can make contributions in the passing game, but he played just five snaps in preseason and has only just recovered from a concussion. As for Draughn, the Browns are his seventh team in a four year career where nearly all of his production (403 yards from scrimmage and two scores) came with the 2-14 Chiefs in 2012.

Another rookie, Malcolm Johnson, is listed as the starting fullback but he's more of a backup tight end and perhaps won't have much of a role.

Receivers

With Josh Gordon once again suspended, the Browns retooled their receiver position by adding a couple of veterans to complement Andrew Hawkins. The diminutive speedster Hawkins joined the team last year and caught 63 passes. Brian Hartline has been a thorn in the Jets side in the past and had 1,000 yard seasons in 2012 and 2013, but his production more than halved last year as the 28-year old was looking past his prime. Their bigger signing was Dwayne Bowe from the Chiefs. Bowe, 30, is coming off a frustrating season when no Chiefs receiver caught a touchdown pass. He's apparently shown a great attitude since arriving in Cleveland, but dealt with hamstring issues through most of preseason which affected his preparation and is still listed as questionable right now.

Also on the roster are Taylor Gabriel, a nice UDFA find who caught 38 passes last year and two veterans who have never caught 20 passes in a season in Travis Benjamin and Marlon Moore.

At tight end, Jordan Cameron is gone, so last year's back-ups - Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray - each move up a spot. Rob Housler was added as the third tight end, while undrafted rookie EJ Bibbs showed promise in preseason but might not be ready to contribute as a blocker yet. None of them have produced like Cameron in the past, but at least they don't have the same durability concerns. Todd Bowles will be familiar with Dray and Housler who were on the Cardinals roster over the past few seasons.

Defensive Line

This was a weakness for Cleveland last year, but they retooled this offseason, clearing out some deadwood (including 2011 first-rounder Phil Taylor, who they released even though he had a $5.5 million guaranteed salary) and making a few key additions. The one returning starter is veteran Desmond Bryant who played more snaps and had more sacks (5.0) than any other lineman last year.

At the other end spot in the Browns' 3-4 base scheme is a veteran the Jets are more than familiar with, 30-year old former Dolphin Randy Starks. Starks was starting to show signs of wearing down last year, but should still provide an upgrade for the Browns. Returning John Hughes and Armonty Bryant each started at least two games last year, but would seem to be much better suited to an off-the-bench role. The 320-pound Hughes was one of the Browns' best run defenders last year, while Bryant is a former edge rusher who gets a lot of pass rush reps on the interior. Rookie third-rounder Xavier Cooper rounds out the rotation.

The Browns' biggest addition (literally) is first-round rookie Danny Shelton. The 340-pounder was solid against the run in preseason. They are thin behind him though (not literally) with Jamie Meder backing him up. Meder was an undrafted rookie last year but barely played. However, he was very impressive against back-ups in preseason.

Linebackers

The Browns let disappointing former second round pick Jabaal Sheard leave for New England after their big free agent signing Paul Kruger delivered with a double-digit sack season in 2014. The starter on the other side is a bit of a surprise though, as Scott Solomon - a former Jets cast-off - hung onto his starting spot with an impressive offseason over two highly-drafted pass rushers.

Former top ten pick Barkevious Mingo has been disappointing, but actually wasn't that bad last year and only lost out to Solomon because he missed all of the preseason with a knee injury. Rookie second rounder Nate Orchard showed some pass rushing promise in preseason and will likely contribute right off the bat as a dangerous situational rusher. Both Mingo and Orchard have been listed as questionable though.

On the inside, veteran Karlos Dansby is now 33, but still a good all-round linebacker and very capable in coverage. Chris Kirksey, a third round pick last year, started eight games and is currently listed as the other starter. The primary back-up is Craig Robertson, who started 11 games last year.

Defensive Backs

The Browns' defensive secondary is highly touted with three 2014 pro bowlers, Joe Haden at cornerback and Donte Whitner and Tashaun Gipson at safety. Gipson ended the season second in the league in interceptions, despite missing the last five games with a knee injury, and Haden had another solid year as a physical man-to-man cover corner, although he was penalized 10 times. Whitner joins as a free agent acquisition from the 49ers after being given a four-year, $28 million deal.

With Buster Skrine defecting to the Jets, the fourth starter is Tramon Williams, who could be seen as a weak link in this group, although the 32-year old was a pro-bowler himself back in 2010. He had a pretty good year with the Packers in 2014, with a key interception of Geno Smith in week two.

Justin Gilbert, the eight pick in last year's draft, has been a disappointment with many Browns fans feeling Pierre Desir, a fourth round pick, deserves more opportunities than Gilbert. Desir has been dealing with a head injury though. Another 2014 rookie, K'Waun Williams, went undrafted but actually fared better than either last year and will probably be the slot nickel. Gilbert and Williams are both listed as questionable due to injuries and Gilbert was also involved in a road rage incident on Friday.

In reserve at the safety position are Jordan Poyer, who has played sparingly since being a seventh round pick in 2013 and rookie fourth rounder Ibraheim Campbell, who played more snaps in preseason than anyone else on the team.

Special Teams

The Browns return game lacks an obvious threat as nobody had a 40-yard return last season. Benjamin did run a punt back for a 53-yard touchdown in preseason though. He will return punts and Moore is listed as the top kick returner, although some believe Gilbert was get those duties. In coverage, Moore, Poyer and another back-up defensive back Johnson Bademosi were the team's most productive tacklers.

The Browns have a proven punter and a completely unproven kicker. Former 49er Andy Lee is still one of the league's best punters and had a great preseason. However, their kicker Travis Coons has not kicked in an NFL regular season game after going undrafted last year. He made his only field goal in preseason after going 2-for-3 in preseason last year.

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I'll be back tomorrow to recap the game.

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

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The NFL's offseason started in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.

The Jets obviously still have plenty of holes despite a strong finish to their 7-9 season. Here's a look at the five areas - in order of importance -- that rookie GM Joe Douglas will need to address the most over the next few months:

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Alabama offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. (74) sets up to block against Auburn defensive lineman Big Kat Bryant (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) (Vasha Hunt/AP)

The Jets had a poor offensive line in 2019 and they waste little time addressing that in Pro Football Focus' latest mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Only one offensive lineman, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, is selected in the top-10 picks. He goes to the Browns at ten. That allows the Jets to nab Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills.

Here's the PFF pick explained: 

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The Jets have signed wide receiver Josh Doctson, the team announced Saturday.

Doctson, 27, began his collegiate career at Wyoming before transferring to TCU. He was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Redskins in 2016 and spent three seasons with Washington. 

After catching 81 passes for 1100 yards in 33 games, Doctson was cut by the Redskins in training camp prior to the start of the 2019 season.

He landed with the Vikings after clearing waivers, but suited up for just one game and didn't catch a pass. Minnesota waived Doctson in November. 

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Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 28, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) lines up during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Jets currently have the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, but the latest mock draft from CBS Sports has Gang Green moving up to select one of the top offensive linemen available.

Josh Edwards projects the Jets could send the 11th overall pick and their 2020 third-round pick to Arizona for the eighth overall pick, where they would select Louisville offensive lineman Mekhi Becton. Here's how CBS Sports explains the move:

"New York looks at the teams sitting 8-9-10 and decides they should nab one of those offensive tackles before a run occurs. Becton is off the board in exchange for No. 11 overall and a 2020 third-round pick. They have two third-round picks following an in-season trade of Leonard Williams."

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The NFL put on a good show on Thursday, making it seem like long-term labor peace was at hand. The owners voted on a comprehensive collective bargaining agreement, complete with a 17-game schedule, expanded playoffs, and more money and better benefits for players.

They were hoping for a quick approval. But the players have responded: Not so fast.

The NFL Players Association want to head back to the bargaining table, according to a report from the NFL Network, after the union's executive committee voted 6-5 to not recommend the owners' proposal to their 32 team representatives. It was a stunning reversal, considering that is the committee that negotiated the deal the owners accepted.

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Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 23, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Former Jets and Giants defensive lineman Damon "Snacks" Harrison will once again be looking for a new team.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Harrison is being released by the Lions after one and a half seasons with the team. 

Listed at 6-foot-3, 350 pounds, the run-stuffing specialist played 25 games with the Lions, with 24 starts. With Detroit, Harrison totaled 5.5 sacks, 49 combined tackles, eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.

The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.

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Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Changes are reportedly coming to the NFL's playoff structure.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current CBA proposal includes seven teams from each conference making the the playoffs (currently six teams from each conference make the playoffs), with only one team per conference getting a bye.

The new rule would add one more Wild Card team per conference (meaning the Steelers and Rams would have made the playoffs last season), while putting extra importance on securing the number one seed.

Also of note in the new CBA, the players on the teams with a first-round bye would now be compensated for that weekend, whereas they currently are not. 

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After Jets general manager Joe Douglas spoke to Robby Anderson at the end of last season, he said "He knows how valued he is here."

But the problem for the Jets is Anderson likely knows how valued he might be everywhere else, too.

The 26-year-old Anderson is set to hit the free agent market in March as one of the top receivers available -- and possibly the top target, according to some NFL sources, depending on which receivers actually shake free. That could mean a huge contract for Anderson, who may already be priced out of the Jets' range.

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With his future in Cleveland uncertain, Odell Beckham Jr. would view the Jets as an "ideal landing spot" if the Browns trade him, reports Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated.

The source Dyer spoke with said Beckham isn't actively seeking a trade, but that a return to New York would be "welcomed" by him.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Dec. 12 -- when the possibility of Beckham wanting out of Cleveland first arose -- that Beckham would "not be afraid of a return to New York." Vacchiano also listed the Packers, Vikings, and Rams among potential suitors for Beckham.

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Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports  (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs doesn't seem to be too attached to his current team. 

Diggs, who expressed frustration with the Vikings in October prior to the NFL trade deadline, removed all Vikings content from his Instagram account on Tuesday night, leading people to believe that he's once again ready to move on from the team. 

The only problem is that Diggs is still under contract with the team for four more years, and has about $48 million left on the contract that he signed just this past summer.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.

It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.

It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal. 

The latest report says things are status quo. 

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As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.

When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.

"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said on Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Jets have signed tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday.

Brown made seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts) for the Jets in 2019. He also finished third on the team in special teams tackles with 11.

Brown, 27, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison in 2015. He played eight games for the Ravens from 2015 to 2016 before getting claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24, 2016.

In 34 career games with the Bears from 2016 to 2018, Brown made 29 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown.

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Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The Jets have added some secondary help, signing a former local product in safety Anthony Cioffi, the team announced on Thursday. 

The Springfield, NJ native was a four-year standout at Rutgers where he totaled 169 tackles, eight interceptions and 13 passes defended over 41 games. 

After graduating in 2016, Cioffi spent time in training camp with the Raiders in 2017. However, he would move on to the CFL, where he has been since 2018. He had a breakout year with the Ottawa Redblacks, tallying 61 defensive tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble over 18 games. 

The Jets don't need safety help with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye manning those positions. However, with the injuries the secondary as a whole endured last season, depth from a versatile player like Cioffi who can roam around is valuable. 

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he seems to be content with that for now, it's fair to wonder if he could be a fit in New York.

"I wouldn't mind being in Detroit for a while," Golladay told USA Today's Doug Farrar. "Everything should work itself out. I'm enjoying myself."

Originally a third-round pick of the Lions in 2017, Golladay has been tremendous with Detroit. surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three pro seasons. In 2019, he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving to be one of the league's best young wide receivers. He's also proven to be a big-play threat, as his 18.3 yards per reception ranked second in the NFL. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets made an addition to Adam Gase's coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Leigh Torrence as the team's assistant defensive backs coach. 

Torrence has been a member of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff for the last four seasons. He was hired as coaching intern in 2016 and was then promoted to a defensive assistant the following season.

The 38-year-old Torrence made the transition to coaching after spending spending parts of seven seasons with five different teams as a player. After going undrafted out of Stanford, Torrence had his most significant playing time with the Saints from 2008-11, where he was a member of the Super Bowl LIV championship team.

In New York, Torrence will work with Jets passing came coordinator/defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, and he'll be taking over for Steve Jackson, who was hired by Cincinnati as the Bengals cornerbacks coach.

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The NFL season officially came to a close last Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the San Francisco 49ers to bring capture the Lombardi Trophy.

So that's it for football until training camp opens in July, right?

"Not so fast," says the XFL.

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Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

More than 18 years after Michael Strahan broke Mark Gastineau's single-season sack record, the former Jets pass-rusher wants the world to know that he thinks the record should still belong to him.  

"I just want to be recognized for the record," Gastineau told ESPN on Monday. "You wouldn't want your son getting a record like that. I don't think it's good for the NFL. It was never good for the NFL, and I'm surprised the NFL didn't step in."

Strahan's sack in question came against the Packers during the final game of the 2001 season. Sitting at 21.5 sacks, Strahan needed just one to break Gastineau's record. With the Packers up 34-25 late in the game, Strahan blew past Packers tight end Bubba Franks and had a free shot at Favre, who went down to give Strahan the single-season record.

 

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Things didn't go according to plan for Chris Herndon in 2019. 

The Jets tight end was suspended four games for violating the NFL's PED policy, missed another four games with a hamstring injury, then fractured his ribs only 16 snaps into his season debut, ending his season. 

Without Herndon, Ryan Griffin stepped up.

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Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Pepper Johnson, was has been affiliated with both the Giants and Jets in his football career, was abruptly fired from his XFL gig only hours removed from the league's beginning over the weekend. 

Johnson, 55, was employed by the Los Angeles Wildcats as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The team announced he was relieved of his duties on Monday.

The Wildcats had lost their inaugural game, 31-17, to the Houston Roughnecks, a game which featured winning quarterback PJ Walker tossing four touchdown passes. 

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is listed at 100-1 to win the NFL MVP in 2020, according to BetOnline.ag.

Darnold played in Week 1 in 2019, but missed the next three games recovering from mononucleosis. He returned in Week 6 and played the rest of the season, finishing the year with a 7-6 record at quarterback. He threw for 3024 yards and a 61.9% completion percentage, along with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Darnold is joined at 100-1 by Giants running back Saquon Barkley, former Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr., former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and others. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Pro Football Focus named New York Jets safety Jamal Adams to their list of the top-101 players from the 2019 season recently. 

Between both New York football teams, the Jets and Giants, only Adams was selected for the list produced by the football analytics outlet. 

Adams slotted in at the No. 32 overall spot. 

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Free agency hasn't worked out well for the Jets. They spent a lot of money under former GM Mike Maccagnan and very few of those contracts have turned out to be worth the money. Some of them, in fact, now look like the worst deals the Jets have ever made.

So it's with that knowledge and a sense of great caution that the Jets head into their first offseason under new GM Joe Douglas. He's armed with about $50 million in salary cap space to spend, and likely a lot more coming when he's finished with his cuts. And he will spend, because he has to on a team filled with far too many holes.

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The Jets will head into the first free-agent signing period under new GM Joe Douglas with a ton of money to spend for the third straight year. This time they'll start with at least $50 million, and probably a whole lot more.

The question, though, is whether he'll spend it any better - or smarter - than former GM Mike Maccagnan did.

That remains to be seen, of course, but Douglas will have to begin this offseason erasing some of Maccagnan's mistakes. There are plenty of players on the roster with huge salaries who aren't exactly living up to the numbers. Douglas will have the opportunity to clear a few of them out.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Brian Winters, Quincy Enunwa, Steven McLendon, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The 2019 Giants season ended up being a start of a rebuild, and as often happens in such cases, the team underwhelmed in the win column. In their own right, the Jets weren't rebuilding and had higher hopes heading into last season, but didn't have the year their fans had hoped for, either. 

Despite both teams hitting their unders in 2019, the two are trending in opposite directions in the eyes of oddsmakers early in the 2020 offseason. 

The Giants, entering 2019 with a win total of six and missing that with four wins, see their over/ under increase to 6.5, according to OddsShark. 

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell's Jets tenure has been rocky, with head coach Adam Gase seemingly unhappy from the get-go with how much they spent to sign him and GM Joe Douglas refusing to rule out a trade.

But Bell, who is entering the second year of a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, seems confident he's staying put.

"Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes," Bell told TMZ Sports. "We'll see."

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Danny Abriano
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Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

While the Jets could use some help in the trenches at the 2020 NFL Draft, but Pro Football Focus says one offensive playmaker is simply too good to pass up. 

The football analytics outlet has Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy falling all the way to the No. 11 pick, and the Jets scoop him up. 

The upcoming class of wideouts has long said to be a talented and deep group, but the Jets are still able to make Jeudy the first one off the board.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2019 season in the history book after the Chiefs' win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the Giants and the Jets have some of the most salary cap to make their moves before next season. 

According to Spotrac, the Giants and Jets are both in the top 10 in terms of NFL teams with the most salary cap space heading into the offseason. 

The Jets round out the top 10, while the Giants slide in at No. 6. 

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