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

It's the green and white, with their locker room dysfunction, fans who like to spell out the team name and their controversial coach who was initially thought as a genius but is now seen by many, perhaps unfairly, as stubborn and out-of-touch. Wait...are the Jets facing the 2015 Eagles or the 2014 Jets? While they have been struggling so far this season, the Eagles have historically had the Jets' number. The teams met most recently in December 2011, as the Jets were aiming to go to 9-5 on the season and lock down a playoff berth. The Eagles' 45-19 win sent the 2011 season into a spiral as the Jets lost their last three to miss the postseason at 8-8. In fact, it pretty much sent the Rex Ryan era into a tailspin, as the Jets were 32-19 under Rex prior to that game, but 18-33 thereafter. Can the Jets finally beat them for the first time ever in a regular season game?

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

Quarterbacks

Chip Kelly gave up a future second-round pick to land Sam Bradford in a trade for incumbent starter Nick Foles in the offseason. Bradford had been regarded as a disappointment with the Rams, after being drafted first overall and failing to lead the team to the postseason in five injury plagued seasons that saw him miss a total of 32 games, including the entire 2014 season. It was thought that much of the negativity surrounding Bradford was due to the fact he was one of the last players to receive a rookie deal under the old CBA, so he was dramatically underperforming his $76 million contract. He couldn't actually be that bad could he?

It's still early, but few are convinced the bust assessment has been unfair from his two starts so far with the Eagles. Bradford, who has already dealt with a lot of injuries since entering the league, including two ACL tears, was already hurt once in preseason and some fans are wondering how much longer he'll last. However, it was his poor play in the first two games which had some media members asking if he might be benched already. While he passed for 336 yards in a competitive loss in Atlanta, he only had 224 yards against Dallas - and 84 of those came on a meaningless drive in the last five minutes. He also threw two interceptions in each game.

If Bradford is benched or injured, both of which are potentially in play, it will be a familiar face that takes over. Former Jets starter Mark Sanchez is the current number two after last season starting a handful of games in place of an injured Foles. Generally speaking he played well against poor defenses and struggled against good defenses last year. The Eagles' number three, Thad Lewis, will presumably be inactive.

Offensive Line

Everyone is talking about how awful the Eagles' offensive line was against the Cowboys, but they actually only gave up one hit and one sack officially. They were pretty bad in the running game though.

The line was a major strength for the Eagles last year though, led by left guard Evan Mathis and left tackle Jason Peters. The Eagles eventually released Mathis to save money and it's hurting the line as a whole because his replacement, Allen Barbre, is a major downgrade. This has also had a knock-on effect on Peters, who has been a lot less dominant so far. Peters is still a great pass protector, but the left side of the line isn't as effective in the running game with Barbre in there. Barbre is a pretty good athlete, but he's also 31 and had started just eight games entering this season, all of which were at tackle and seven of which were with the Packers all the way back in 2009.

The other guard, Andrew Gardner, is another player who's been in the league a while, but not played much until recently. He started the last six games of 2014 at right guard, prior to which he only had two career starts, earlier in the 2014 season, at tackle. The Eagles were happy enough with his performance in those six games to make him the starter, despite the fact he gave up four sacks.

The other two starters are Jason Kelce - a solid veteran center who is also adjusting to the fact he no longer has Mathis alongside him - and Lane Johnson - a former first round pick who is developing into an excellent right tackle. All five starters have at least one penalty through two games though, with eight between them.

On the bench, the reserves include Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly, who started 10 games between them for the Eagles last year.

Running Backs

After letting Lesean McCoy leave in the trade for Kiko Alonso, the Eagles gave DeMarco Murray a $40 million mega-deal to be their lead back. Murray had a sensational 2014 season, rushing for 100 yards in each of the first eight games to break an NFL record. Despite breaking his hand in December, Murray broke the Cowboys' franchise record with 1,845 yards. This season, however, he's already frustrated with his role running behind a struggling line and amassing a shockingly low 11 yards on 21 carries in the first two games. Still, he showed how dangerous he is if you can get him into space when he hurdled a defender on his way to a 22-yard gain on a short pass last week.

Murray is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury some suspect might not be legitimate. If he is limited or misses out altogether, his reserves have plenty of ability as former Charger Ryan Mathews has two thousand-yard seasons to his name and the diminutive Darren Sproles is as dangerous as ever at 32. Mathews hasn't played much so far, carrying just four times for four yards.

The Eagles do not use a full back and the only other running back on their roster is Kenjon Barner who is primarily a special teamer.

Receivers

The receiver position is another where the Eagles decided to take a chance by letting a trusted veteran (Jeremy Maclin) go. So far this hasn't gone too well, as rookie Nelson Agholor and veteran Riley Cooper have accounted for just 61 receiving yards between them. Second-year man Jordan Matthews has produced well, but also has three drops. Matthews has been playing primarily in the slot this year.

In reserve, the Eagles have Josh Huff and Seyi Ajirotutu, each of whom have been dealing with injuries, and veteran Miles Austin. Austin caught 47 passes last year with the Browns.

At tight end, the Eagles have two dangerous weapons in Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. Celek has been struggling along with the rest of the line in blocking situations though.

Defensive Line

The Eagles have a solid defensive line, although they are dealing with the loss of starter Cedric Thornton to injury. The other two starters, nose tackle Bennie Logan and defensive end Fletcher Cox are both playing well, especially Cox, who is the best interior lineman the Jets have faced so far this season and the biggest test so far for a Jets' line that struggled at times on Monday night. The Eagles tend to play a pure 3-4 two-gapping defense more than any other NFL team.

With Thornton out, Vinny Curry will likely get most of the reps. He's an interesting case who is a little undersized to play as a 3-4 end, so they were planning on converting him to outside linebacker after he racked up nine sacks last year. He played mostly as a pass rushing linebacker in the first couple of games, but they'll probably need him at defensive end this week.

The Eagles actually plan to start Brandon Bair, who played over 200 snaps in a rotational role last season, rather than Curry. He didn't play in the first two games. Another back-up end, Taylor Hart, is another player who has been ruled out. Also in reserve is nose tackle Beau Allen, who Jets fans will remember gave Wesley Johnson such a tough time in the Bollinger Bowl.

Linebackers

The Eagles have more issues at inside linebacker with Alonso and fellow starter Mychal Kendricks both ruled out through injury. However, earlier in the offseason, there was some talk that the Eagles might trade an inside linebacker because they had surplus depth at the position. Demeco Ryans is an experienced starter but he's seen better days and has been removed from the game on passing downs at times in recent years, so his coverage might be a weakness they could exploit if he's forced to play every down.

Rookie third rounder Jordan Hicks will likely be thrown into the fire alongside Ryans. He played over 50 snaps against Dallas. The recently re-signed Najee Goode may also get reps and former Packer Brad Jones is also on the roster, but they haven't been using him on defense so far.

On the outside, both Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham continue to provide experience and a pass rushing threat with Curry rotating in with them over the first two weeks. If either starter needs a break and Curry is needed on the line, then someone they haven't been using so far will have to step in, possibly Jones or last year's disappointing first round pick, Marcus Smith.

Defensive Backs

The Eagles shored up their secondary by signing former Seahawk Byron Maxwell to a huge $11 million per year contract during the offseason and, so far, that's not paying off. Primarily a number two corner last year in Seattle after being a slot specialist prior to that, Maxwell has never really operated as a number one corner, although the Seahawks corners do stick to one side of the field, so he will have seen tough mismatches. He's really struggled so far this season, giving up 15 catches for a league-leading 240 yards, two scores and two penalties.

Former Dolphin Nolan Carroll is the other starter and he's holding up pretty well so far this season. The Eagles haven't really used any of their back-up corners, but their roster includes journeyman EJ Biggers and rookie Eric Rowe. As you'll recall from the Bollinger Bowl, Rowe looks extremely raw, so it's not surprising that he's not been getting any reps.

Another former Seahawk, Walter Thurmond, is following in the footsteps of veteran Malcolm Jenkins by making the conversion to safety this year and the pair start there together in the base package. Jenkins actually plays as a slot corner in the nickel package while back-up safety Chris Maragos - a special teamer - enters as the fifth defensive back.

Special Teams

The Eagles kicking game remains in the hands of punter Donnie Jones and placekicker Cody Parkey. Parkey, an undrafted rookie last year, missed four field goals in 2014, including two from less than 40. He's already missed one of three this year. The 35-year old Jones is not one of the league's best and had one blocked for a touchdown last week. In kick coverage, Maragos and Carroll had double digit tackles on special teams last season.

In the return game, the Eagles have the dangerous Sproles back to return punts, although Barner is another option because he ran two back for touchdowns in preseason. Agholor did it in college too. With Huff, the starting kick returner, listed as questionable, the Eagles might opt to use Barner who was inactive in week one but active and unused in week two. Alternatively, they might get Sproles to do it if Huff cannot.

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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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Tom Brady/Sam Darnold
Tom Brady/Sam Darnold

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INDIANAPOLIS - Though nobody seems to know for sure, the general consensus at the NFL Scouting Combine this week is that Tom Brady will be playing somewhere other than New England this season. Maybe Las Vegas or Los Angeles, or possibly even in Tennessee.

But really, if you're a Jets fan, who cares where he goes? As long he's out of the AFC East.

No matter what the Jets do this offseason to continue the rebuilding of their team, nothing would help them more than Brady actually getting out of the division for the first time since he was drafted 20 years ago. He's been an absolute nightmare for them -- and the Dolphins and the Bills during his 19 seasons as the Patriots' starter.

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K'Lavon Chaisson
K'Lavon Chaisson

The Jets are in the need of a pass rusher this offseason, and with Ohio State's Chase Young definitely off the big board by the time No. 11 comes around, there are other options to choose from if GM Joe Douglas wishes to go that route in the first round. 

K'Lavon Chaisson out of LSU is one of those players. 

Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Chaisson talked about the prospect of playing in New York, and said he would definitely be able to adapt to big city life.

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The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting begins on Thursday when the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends kick off drills to see which prospects can stand out among the rest. 

Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...

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Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

All NFL eyes are on Indianapolis this week for the 2020 Scouting Combine, and the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends will take part in on-field workouts on Thursday.

Wide receiver is undoubtedly a position of need for the Jets, and they may already have their targets set on one of the draft's fastest players.

While listing out five Combine performances that should intrigue the Jets, ESPN's Rich Cimini listed Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, noting that the Jets 'have had their eye on him for a while.'

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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Douglas said the magic words on Tuesday, that he wants Jamal Adams to be "a Jet for life." It's exactly what the 24-year-old Adams wanted to hear, especially if that means a lucrative, mega-contract is in the works.

And it probably is -- eventually. Douglas, the Jets GM, conceded he's had "some preliminary talks" with Adams' agent. And Adams has previously said he expects to sign a contract extension with the Jets this offseason.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets GM Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets GM Joe Douglas speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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INDIANAPOLIS - Adam Gase sees big things for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2020. But that's only if the Jets can keep him healthy.

That's why they are so focused this offseason on what could be a complete overhaul of their offensive line.

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Georgia's Andrew Thomas has long been one of the top offensive tackles in this year's draft class, and you can be sure the Jets -- who need tons of offensive line help this offseason -- will be scouting him heavily leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Thomas let the crowd of reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday know that the Jets have already started looking into him, as he had an informal interview with the organization this week. 

"I met with the Jets," he said. "Just a lot of film, breaking down my film and little things like critiquing my technique."

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6-foot-7, 367-pound Louisville OT Mekhi Becton could be a perfect fit as the Jets look to fortify their line in front of Sam Darnold. And Becton recently met with Joe Douglas and Co.

Becton also expects to meet with the Giants.

"I just like how grimy you guys are," Becton said about New York. "Just love the New York griminess."

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Despite being at the NFL Combine and getting to look at a bunch of young talent, Jets GM Joe Douglas still feels the biggest needs for the team will come in free agency.

"Obviously, 21 UFAs, three RFAs, we have quite a few," Douglas said to SNY's Jeane Coakley on Tuesday in Indianapolis. "So this is an important week for us to get with not only those 21 guys and three RFAs and their representatives, but also others and just see what it's going to look like, so we have a lot of holes to fill moving forward."

Douglas said during his press conference at the combine that he wanted to make All-Pro safety Jamal Adams a "Jets for life," and he reiterated that sentiment later in the day with Coakley.

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As the NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis, large parts of each team's staff head there to scout out and interview players, including Jets head coach Adam Gase.

The Jets' first pick of the draft comes at No. 11, and will continue drafting six more times come the last weekend of April, so SNY's Jeane Coakley asked Gase what he and the organization are looking for.

"For us, the interviews are the biggest thing, you get everything else on tape..." Gase said on Tuesday. "Seeing a guy face-to-face, being able to ask him questions, really finding out his football intelligence, kinda finding out who these guys are. It's real important for the coaches and then personnel guys are able to use the numbers and watching these guys work out live to their advantage."

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When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for his QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to learn.

But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. 

"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.

Here are the takeaways...

Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'

"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."

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Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy is arguably the best receiving prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft class, so media members flocked to his podium on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine to hear what he had to say before his workout and interviews with teams this week. 

Well, he may want to retract one statement.

Jeudy was seen wearing a Star of David chain around his neck, and one reporter asked him why he wears it. This was his answer:

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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)
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)
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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Robby Anderson
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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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