I've been charting games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling me to break down what to watch out for on gameday, so I'll be here every Sunday morning with an in depth breakdown of the Jets' opponent for each of the remaining games this season.

This afternoon, the Jets face the San Diego Chargers in a game that's been rendered pretty much meaningless by the Jets' loss on Monday night. The 5-9 Chargers, long since eliminated from playoff contention, are in a similar boat to the Jets, in that they may use these last two games to give playing time to some young players with an eye on the future. However, I will break down what they've been doing over the last few games anyway, so we have some idea of what to expect later today.

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

Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers has struggled badly this season as the Chargers' signal caller and his frustration regularly manifests itself in bad body language or temper tantrums. He's still your classic pocket passer, having only run the ball nine times and throwing the ball away a league-leading 38 times. His play this season has been remarkably inconsistent. Still, he was good against the Steelers two weeks ago and bad against the Panthers last week, so he may be due for a good game. When he's been bad, he's been very bad - per PFF, he's graded negatively six times this season, all below -2.0 and all losses.

Charlie Whitehurst is the backup, but hasn't played yet this season.

Offensive Line

The Chargers offensive line wouldn't be that bad apart from one major weakness. Undrafted rookie tackle Michael Harris, who had been starting on the left, currently has the worst pass blocking efficiency in the league at 87.1 per PFF. As a measure of how bad that is, Wayne Hunter's PBE was 92.8 in 2011. The Chargers just placed Reggie Wells, who started the last game at left tackle on injured reserve, but veteran Jeromey Clary (who was awful in 2011, but has played well this year) may be set to return after having missed a couple of games with a knee injury and Kevin Haslam may get the call at the other tackle position. Louis Vasquez is probably the Chargers' most reliable lineman at left guard, but center Nick Hardwick is another reliable veteran. Right guard Tyronne Green has missed the last few games with a hamstring injury as veteran Rex Hadnot has been filling in, but he could also be set to return as the Chargers' line looks set to be as close to full strength as its been for a while. Having said that, the patchwork line held up superbly against the Steelers.

Also on the bench is a familiar name - former Jet Colin Baxter - who filled in briefly for an injured Hardwick in the Steelers having recently re-signed with the Chargers for the third time.

Running Backs

The Chargers just put their lead back Ryan Mathews on injured reserve with a broken collarbone, but it looks like Ronnie Brown is another Charger set to make his return from injury this week and he will likely fill in. Brown has been averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has 46 catches in his third down back role, so he still has something left. When Mathews went down last week, Curtis Brinkley and Jackie Battle shared reps in the backfield. Brinkley is averaging less than three yards on his 35 carries so far this year, but Battle has been slightly more productive and had a game where he ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns back in September.

Le'Ron McClain is the Chargers fullback and could be another option to carry the ball in Mathews' absence.

Receivers

The third Charger to be placed on injured reserve this week was Michael Floyd, their leading receiver. However, Danario Alexander - the former Ram who they signed off the street at midseason - had been their top target in recent weeks. He didn't actually catch a pass in last week's blowout loss to Carolina, but prior to that had caught 33 passes for 555 yards and five TDs in the previous six games. Alexander has great size, but has been more of a possession receiver than a deep threat with just one catch on balls thrown more than 20 yards downfield this year.

Yet another injured player set to return today is former Bronco Eddie Royal, who has ability in the slot. However, their big-money acquisition in free agency - former Saint Robert Meachem - has not been getting much playing time and saw action on just one snap (a running play right at the end of the game) last week.

Antonio Gates is not the player he once was, but is still a productive receiving threat and can do damage in the red zone. They have depth behind him too, with Randy McMichael and Dante Rosario both decent blockers and receivers.

The Chargers do run a variety of packages on offense, but their bread and butter is a one back set with three receivers and Gates, who will sometimes be in the slot to create a four-wide set.

Defensive Line

The Chargers' base defense is a 3-4 and on passing downs they will usually simply take a lineman out for a slot corner. Within that though, they do have a mixture of personnel packages, especially in the front seven.

With nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin doubtful with a knee injury, expect Corey Liuget, Kendall Reyes and Cam Thomas to get the bulk of the playing time. That's a pretty solid unit, capable of generating pressure. Backup Vaughan Martin has struggled this year, but the Chargers have been gradually increasing Antonio Garay's workload. The former Jet cast-off is a solid player but missed the first half of the season.

Linebackers

This is a unit that has used a bunch of different players in recent weeks, so it's hard to predict who will be on the field. Donald Butler, who had missed some games with a groin injury, is another returning player and when he was healthy, he and 15th year veteran Takeo Spikes had been starting on the inside. However, they've also been giving starter reps to Demorrio Williams (although he's been listed as questionable) and former Patriot Gary Guyton on the inside. Two youngsters in their second season, Andrew Gachkar (a 7th round pick) and Bront Bird (an undrafted free agent) have been getting worked into the rotation for the first time in recent weeks. Bird in particular has flashed some playmaking ability, especially in coverage.

The Chargers have depth on the outside too, despite the fact that Antwan Barnes (11 sacks in 2011) landed on injured reserve earlier in the season. Jets fans will be particularly interested to see Melvin Ingram, who many people believe they should have drafted. Ingram has been employed almost exclusively as a conventional outside linebacker - often in pass rushing situations. He is definitely capable of generating pressure, but only has one sack and two hits.

The starters have been veterans Shaun Phillips and Jarrett Johnson. Phillips has had a poor year, but still leads the team in sacks. Johnson, who the Jets supposedly targeted during the offseason, has always been better against the run than as a pass rusher. Also getting reps will be Larry English, but the 2009 first round pick has been a big disappointment and is still failing to make much of an impact.

Defensive Backs

The Chargers are another team that doesn't match their cornerbacks with a receiver, instead assigning them to a particular side. Quintin Jammer plays left cornerback and Antoine Cason plays on the right. Neither is having a good season, as they've combined for 13 penalties. Safety Eric Weddle is still one of the best cover safeties in the NFL and is probably devastated that Mark Sanchez has been benched. The other safety spot is manned by Corey Lynch, who's been decent since taking over from injured ex-Jet Atari Bigby a few weeks ago.

Off the bench, Marcus Gilchrist gets most of the reps at slot corner, but struggles in coverage. He's decent against the run and rushing the passer though. Former USC product Shareece Wright may also get some looks and I;d expect rookie Brandon Taylor to get some work as a third safety.

Special Teams

Nick Novak, yet another Jets cast-off, is doing a good job as the kicker in the absence of former Jets postseason hero Nate Kaeding. He's missed just twice in 17 field goal attempts. They also have a solid veteran punter in Mike Scifres - who beat out current Jets punter Robert Malone in preseason. They've used several different return men this year, with limited success, but if Royal returns, he's capable of being a dangerous punt returner.

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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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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Jets' first round pick, S Jamal Adams, has already impressed his new teammates, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. 

The Jets were exuberant when Adams fell to their No. 6 slot in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was the player the wanted most. Participating at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Adams has shown his teammates, like CB Morris Claiborne, why the front office was so high on him.

"The things he has done so far?" Claiborne said. "He's unbelievable...He's been out here playing lights out. Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He's having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He's having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that's football." 

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Demario Davis
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(Eric Hartline)

The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

The 25-year-old has shown spurts of potential in two seasons with the Jets, but his 2.5 sacks last season isn't the production they had expected. Greene intends to change that, and he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater why he uses this specific approach to his coaching. 

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They'rea ll athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic." 

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A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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( Adam Hunger)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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(Mike Dinovo)

The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

Tags: Deion Barnes, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

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Former Jets LB Larry Grantham dies at age 78: Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets' only Super Bowl team in 1969, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Apart from being a Super Bowl Champion, Grantham has been enshrined in the Jets Ring of Honor as well. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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( Adam Hunger)

The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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Michelle Yu reports on the passing of former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets Ring of Honor, who was 78 years old.

The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.

Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa to discuss his expectations for himself and the young receivers for the upcoming season.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa after the conclusion of Jets minicamp to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

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Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.  (Bill Wippert/AP)
Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (Bill Wippert/AP)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, the Yankees drop their sixth straight, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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(Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

The Jets selected Maye in the second round of Apri's NFL Draft.

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Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday there is no frontrunner for the srarting quarterback job. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees lose in extra innings, Juan Lagares is injurede in a Mets loss and the Giants ink their first-round pick. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.

Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.


 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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( Adam Hunger)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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