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...

Week Two: A home opener for a play-off team, with one of the best quarterbacks in the league, coming off a heavy week one loss and facing a Jets' team coming off a comfortable win against a poor team in their home opener. Haven't we seen this before? It's almost an exact repeat of last year's week two clash against the Packers. As that game showed, even if you do match up well with an opponent and can get a lead on them, there's always a chance of the other team getting back into the game when their quarterback is good. The Jets will be underdogs here, but can they win?

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

Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck is widely regarded as one of the league's better quarterbacks, but he's at that point in his career where people are starting to pick out some weaknesses in his game. PFF ranked Luck outside their top ten quarterbacks in the league, but he's probably going to be the highest paid player in NFL history when he gets his extension next year. Maybe some of this is justified and maybe some of it is an overreaction to their blow-out loss in the postseason. I wonder if it's just become fashionable to nitpick him just recently since he's a guy everyone has been praising effusively since he entered the league.

Luck is usually pretty ruthless against the blitz, but that wasn't the case against the Bills in week one as he completed just nine of 23 passes. He has good mobility though and can convert first downs with his legs, which could be a warning sign for the Jets after they let Johnny Manziel escape the pocket several times on Sunday.

Veteran Matt Hasselbeck would step in if Luck went down. This is Hasselbeck's third year with the Colts and he has thrown just 56 passes since 2012 when he started five games with the Titans.

Offensive Line

The Colts offensive line is not one of the league's best, but they do have a solid pass protector on Luck's blindside as 2011 first round pick Anthony Castonzo has developed into a reliable player.

The situation at right tackle is less certain. Last year's second round pick Jack Mewhort was the starter at left guard in 2014 but is now the right tackle. He did start one game at right tackle last year, but that was the last game of the regular season and he moved back to guard for the postseason.

Against the Bills, the main problem was interior pressure. The starters are Lance Louis at left guard, Todd Herremans at right guard and Khaled Holmes at center. Holmes was thrown into the fire at the end of last year and held his own, barely. He struggled to anchor the line against Buffalo. Louis and Herremans have a lot of experience but both struggled last year. Louis started games at both guard spots for the Colts last season and the 32-year old Herremans was having a down year in Philadelphia before ending up on injured reserve with a torn bicep in November.

The Colts' bench includes three players who started 25 games between them for the team last year: 2014 UDFA Jonotthan Harrison (10 at center), Hugh Thornton (eight at guard) and Joe Reitz (one at guard and six at tackle).

Running Backs

With the Trent Richardson experiment long since abandoned, the Colts gave a somewhat surprising three-year deal to 11th year veteran Frank Gore. It remains to see how much Gore has left, but he wasn't very effective on Sunday. Still, he did rush for over 1,100 yards last year, his eight thousand-yard season in the past nine years (with the only miss in that span being 2010 where he missed five games and fell 147 yards short).

Backing up Gore, rookie Josh Robinson didn't make much of an impact last week either, but he is a promising youngster who finishes his runs well. Rookie Tyler Varga is listed as a fullback but he was actually used more as a back-up tailback in preseason. The Colts will motion their tight ends into the backfield sometimes though.

Receivers

TY Hilton is the Colts' best receiver, having caught over 80 passes for the second straight season in 2014, racking up a career-high 1,345 yards. Hilton did practice over the weekend after it was initially reported he might be out for a couple of weeks with a bruised knee.

If Hilton can't go, perhaps Andre Johnson will step up. Like Gore, Johnson is a once-great player who may not have much left. Last week, he was targeted 10 times, but accounted for just 24 yards. Another possibility for a bigger role will be Donte Moncrief, who caught six passes for 46 yards and a score against the Bills. Last year's third round pick has a nice combination of size, athletic ability and hands. One final option will be rookie speedster Phillip Dorsett - who the Jets apparently might have drafted instead of Devin Smith if he was still on the board. Dorsett has big play capabilities.

For the Colts, their tight end play is crucial to their success. They run a lot of two tight end sets with Dwayne Allen and Cody Fleener providing match-up problems for their opponents. While Allen is more of a blocker and Fleener a pass catcher, each had eight touchdown receptions last year. Fleener has great chemistry with Luck, having been one of his favorite targets at Stanford. Look out for him lining up on the edge of the offensive line but remaining in a receiver stance instead of putting his hand in the dirt.

Jack Doyle, a 2013 undrafted free agent, provides more blocking from the tight end position coming off the bench.

Defensive Line

The Colts' defensive line took a hit when Arthur Jones was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury a couple of weeks ago. Jones, who got a $30 million contract as a free agent last year, had started nine games at defensive end. They did a veteran presence in the shape of former Dolphin and Ram stalwart Kendall Langford though. The Jets were interested in Langford back in March, but I'm sure he wouldn't be starting for them. In fact, would he have even made their roster?

The Colts' future is bright though, with two rookies in the starting line-up. David Parry, a fifth round pick, starts at nose tackle and Henry Anderson, a third-rounder, starts at end. The pair were both drafted out of Stanford, so they are used to playing together. I think these will develop into good players, Anderson sooner rather than later, but hopefully these are match-ups the veterans on the Jets offensive line will be able to take advantage of at times.

The Colts did recently trade for Cleveland's Billy Winn, who started 18 games in three seasons for the Browns so that's another veteran who might now be ready to contribute for them.

Zach Kerr, an undrafted free agent who was a rotational back-up last season, is the only player still on the roster out of the seven defensive linemen that got reps last year. The other two reserves are an undrafted rookie, TJ McGill, and another undrafted player from 2013, Earl Okine. Kerr is the only defensive lineman on the team listed at heavier than 310 pounds (334).

Linebackers

A potential big X-factor in this game could be the return of Robert Mathis. Mathis missed all of 2014 with a torn Achilles tendon but he had a monster year in 2013. If he can go, even in a situational role, this could be a big boost to the Colts' chances. Apparently, he's a game-time decision.

Even without Mathis, the Colts have a deep stable of linebackers and while they lack star power, they are anchored by a 2014 pro bowler in D'Qwell Jackson. Jackson is a good all-round, three-down linebacker, but maybe has lost a step in coverage at 31.

Another pro bowler, albeit not since six years ago, is Trent Cole who will play on the outside. The Colts gave Cole $16 million over two seasons and he falls into that same category as Gore and Johnson in terms of being a great veteran player, albeit one who, at 32, might not have much left. Cole is expected to help bolster the pass rush but didn't do much against the Bills, as the Colts had no sacks or quarterback hits. He was still productive last season, although he slumped down the stretch.

The other two starters are veterans Eric Walden and Jerrell Freeman. Walden, who was excellent in the postseason last year, plays the strongside and is productive against the run, as a pass rusher and in coverage. Freeman isn't very good against the run, but but graded out as the 2nd best ILB in coverage in 2014 according to PFF as he broke up five passes and displayed good open field tackling.

While the Colts have some nice depth behind these front four, they didn't use them much against the Bills. Jonathan Newsome, a fifth round pick last year, came off the bench all season but then started in the AFC Championship Game. Former first rounder Bjoern Werner has shown some promise against the run but he only played three snaps last week. Veterans Nate Irving and Sio Moore also have plenty of starting experience.

Defensive Backs

The Colts have one of the league's best corners but their depth is really shaky at the moment with a series of injury issues. They have three cornerbacks on injured reserve and although all three are rookies, one of them is third round rookie D'Joun Smith, who was just added to the list with a designation to return this week. In addition, two more cornerbacks have been ruled out for tonight.

Vontae Davis is easily their best cornerback and made his first pro bowl appearance last season. He drew the assignment of shadowing Sammy Watkins last week and pitched a complete shut-out. However, ex-Jets and current Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal seemed to suggest that Watkins was open quite a bit, they just didn't need to throw it to him.

Greg Toler is listed as the other starter but did not play in the opener and has also been ruled out for tonight's game. Toler didn't have a great year last season, with 11 penalties to lead the team. In his absence, veteran Darius Butler had a rough game, giving up six catches for 119 yards and a score on six targets. He is also out. While it should be a boost to the Jets that the number two and three corners are both out, it's possible neither is a particularly big loss because it was a potential area of weakness anyway. However, the depth behind those two lack any kind of experience.

Inexperienced youngster Jalil Brown entered the game in the nickel with Butler reverting to the slot last week. He's now going to be forced into the starting line-up. The third corner will be Sheldon Price, an undrafted free agent from 2013 who has never played a defensive snap in the NFL. The only other cornerback on the roster is undrafted rookie Eric Patterson, who didn't make their final roster out of camp but was re-signed a couple of days ago. The trio did do pretty well in preseason - Brown started the second game and held up pretty well against the likes of Miles Austin and Jordan Matthews - but they are completely unproven in real game action.

At safety, Mike Adams is another 2014 pro bowler, but he had a rough game against the Bills with four missed tackles. At the other safety spot is Dwight Lowery who Jets fans will be more than familiar with. Lowery started 18 games for the Jets between 2008 and 2010. Maybe Lowery will get some reps in the slot if others struggle there. A rookie - Clayton Geathers - is the third safety.

Special Teams

While Moncrief and Dorsett are listed as the kick and punt returner respectively, back-up slot receiver Griff Whalen got some work fielding punts last week after Dorsett struggled and Varga got some kick return reps.

As far as the kicking game is concerned, kicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Pat McAfee are about as established a tandem as you'll find anywhere around the league. Vinatieri did miss his only attempt last week though, albeit from beyond 50 yards.

The Colts' best special teamer in terms of kick coverage is back-up safety Colt Anderson. He was 7th in the NFL in special teams tackles last season.

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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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Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) blocks Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings/AP)
Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (74) blocks Miami Dolphins linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings/AP)

The Jets' offensive line was more than in-flux during the 2019 season. 

Injuries and below average play plagued the Jets throughout the year. That made just about everything that much more difficult for quarterback Sam Darnold, head coach Adam Gase and the rest of Gang Green's offense. 

While the Jets could use the 2020 NFL Draft to fix their offensive line, Pro Football Focus thinks they should get a head start in free agency with a big name.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a banner year for the Jets in terms of the their rookie picks in 2019. 

Still, Pro Football Focus didn't rank the newest Jets players last season that badly, slotting the group in as the 20th best rookie class in the NFL last season. 

That ranked as the best rookie class in the AFC East, at least.

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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)

As the 2020 NFL Draft gets closer by the day, mock drafts from respected experts continue to come out. This time, it's NFL.com's Bucky Brooks giving his first edition. 

Brooks, a former NFL return specialist, has been one of NFL.com and NFL Network's top draft analysts. And after doing his first evaluation of the top prospects, he believes that Jets GM Joe Douglas will find himself a new left tackle to work with in Louisville's Mekhi Becton at No. 11 overall. 

"Ultra-athletic edge blocker with the size, length and skill to blossom into an elite NFL offensive tackle," Brooks said about Becton. 

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Despite several players having dropped out, the teams on hand -- including the Jets -- had plenty of top draft prospects to evaluate in Saturday afternoon's Senior Bowl game.

While Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert won the MVP award, the Jets aren't currently in the market for a starting quarterback. However, let's recap some of the performances from players who could fill a potential need...

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In his second season in the NFL, Jets QB Sam Darnold was on a rollercoaster. He dealt with mono just as the season started, and as he made his way back, he even played through a thumb injury.

It was a strong second-half finish for the Jets, which showed great development from the USC product. Darnold reflected on that and much more with SNY's Jeane Coakley while meeting fans at Jets House...

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

During Pro Bowl practice on Saturday, some players around the league were asked their thoughts on Jets safety Jamal Adams.

Their answers? All praise for the LSU product.

"If I had the control to pick one player that I could play with again, it would be him," Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White said to Ethan Greenberg. "Just the energy he brings to the field, the way that he plays the game, you have no choice but to respect it. He plays the game the way you it to be played. He plays hard. He's going to give you his best effort each and every snap, each and every practice. He's probably one of my favorite teammates ever. We still talk to this day, often we text back and forth during the season. We got a real brotherhood, he's one of my favorite people."

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The annual Jets House was held this weekend, bringing fans together with members of the team to meet and mingle, and SNY's Jeane Coakley was there to cover it. 

C.J. Mosley took the time out to speak with Coakley on how he's doing since having surgery six weeks ago, how he feels the Jets defense did this season with him on the sidelines for the most part, and who he likes in the Super Bowl.

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On the same day that Eli Manning retired from the game of football after a 16-year career with the Giants, another star New York quarterback sang some high praises for the two-time Super Bowl champion.

Joe Namath, who played 12 seasons in New York with the Jets and brought the city it's first Super Bowl back in 1969, believes that Manning might just be the best quarterback to ever play here.

"I was pretty good and did some things. Eli, I marveled at. He was remarkable," Namath told The Post Friday morning. "I wouldn't compare myself to Eli. He's done far more than I ever did on the field."

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CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy

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Among draft experts, there is a great debate about which wide receiver is the best in this year's NFL Draft. And that debate revolves around Alabama's Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb.

Both receivers check off all the boxes evaluators and coaches alike look for. Whether its top-notch speed, route-running, ball-tracking, or sturdy hands, Jeudy and Lamb possess the attributes necessary to translate their stellar college careers into NFL careers as No. 1 receivers. 

And the Jets could definitely use one of those for Sam Darnold

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Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; North outside linebacker Zack Baun of Wisconsin (56) works around North tight end Sean McKeon of Michigan (86) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)
Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; North outside linebacker Zack Baun of Wisconsin (56) works around North tight end Sean McKeon of Michigan (86) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)

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This Saturday afternoon will be one of the highlights of the offseason as the Senior Bowl takes place in Mobile, Alabama.

Jets scouts, coaches and front office personnel have been on hand to pay close attention to practice during the week, which is viewed as one of the most important events in the pre-draft process.

Let's consider some of the top prospects that play positions where the Jets will be specifically looking for reinforcements...

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Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

All but two teams -- the Chiefs and 49ers -- are left to worry about their offseasons with Super Bowl LIV set for Feb. 2. While NFL free agency kicks off in March, the efforts of scouting top NFL Draft prospects will ramp up. 

The Jets have the No. 11 overall pick in this year's Draft after picking at No. 3 in 2018 and 2019. Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams were used with those selections. 

Who will join them with the latest first round selection in GM Joe Douglas' first draft? Here's what experts believe will happen...

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Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) moves past Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas (32) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Dez Bryant last played an NFL game in 2017 as a member of the Cowboys, before Dallas cut him prior to the 2018 season. The wide receiver signed with Saints in November of 2018, but tore his Achilles tendon in just his second practice with the team.

But he's still holding out hope that he can latch on to an NFL team in 2020, and he's got at least one big fan in Jets safety Jamal Adams.

Bryant tweeted on Monday that he'd love to return to return to the Cowboys and serve in a role similar to the one Jason Witten did with Dallas this season.

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Darrelle Revis was watching the NFC Championship game on Sunday, and though the 49ers are headed to the Super Bowl, the former Jet DB was unimpressed with what he saw from their star cornerback, Richard Sherman

The sole inhabitant of "Revis Island" criticized Sherman for sitting in zone coverage, rather than travel with Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Mike Pennel (98) reacts to a replay of a Green Bay Packers touchdown during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Mike Pennel (98) reacts to a replay of a Green Bay Packers touchdown during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While the Jets hope their opportunity at playing in a Super Bowl is just around the corner, it won't be Super Bowl LIV. 

That game will be played between the 49ers and Chiefs after those two teams won the NFC and AFC Championship Games, respectively, on Sunday. 

When those two teams get after it in just about two weeks time, four players with connections to the Jets will feature on the two rosters. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets kicker Sam Ficken (9) kicks an extra point during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets kicker Sam Ficken (9) kicks an extra point during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Rick Gosselin, a 47-year veteran of analyzing special teams releases a yearly review and ranks the 32 units across the NFL. Last year, the Jets landed as the best unit in the league, but they're still highly-touted this season.

Gosselin's system has long been a highly-respected system to grade out the league's specialists. Teams are ranked in 22 kicking-game categories and assigned points according to their standing - one for best, 32 for worst.

The Jets landed at the No. 8 overall spot in Gosselin's latest ranking for 2019 with 324 overall points. 

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Jan 18, 2020; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Team East running back Benny LeMay (32) runs the ball in for a touchdown as Team West safety Austin Lee (23) defends during the first quarter at Tropicana Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA Today SPORTS)
Jan 18, 2020; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Team East running back Benny LeMay (32) runs the ball in for a touchdown as Team West safety Austin Lee (23) defends during the first quarter at Tropicana Field. (Douglas DeFelice/USA Today SPORTS)

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Two college all-star games took place over the weekend with plenty of Jets personnel reportedly on hand for a closer look at some potential 2020 draft picks -- the East-West Shrine game on Saturday afternoon with the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl kicking off later that evening.  

Of the two, the Shrine game is the higher profile event, with Folorunso Fatukasi being a recent example of someone who impressed the Jets there and went on to be drafted by them. However, the team also picked up a handful of undrafted free agents from last year's Collegiate Bowl rosters.

Let's identify some players who may draw interest from the Jets based on their performance over the weekend.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on 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 head coach Adam Gase looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets appear to have an opening on their coaching staff, where they see a defensive position coach depart for a job elsewhere in the league.

Assistant defensive backs coach Steve Jackson is leaving New York to become the Cincinnati Bengals' cornerbacks coach, according to a Sunday evening report from Brian Costello of the New York Post.

The 50-year-old Jackson spent the past two years with the Jets, coming over to New York after serving as the Tennessee Titans' safeties coach from 2016-17.

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January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in attendance during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in attendance during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Even as the NFL playoffs wind down with Championship Sunday setting the scene for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, Tom Brady's highly anticipated offseason decision is already making headlines.

Since the Patriots' 2019 season ended with Jan. 4's 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Round, New England and the 42-year-old quarterback have a major choice on the horizon.

Set to hit free agency after he completed his 20th year in the league -- all with the Patriots -- Brady's potential departure from New England could land him outside the AFC East for the 2020 campaign.

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Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Skimming through myriad mock drafts that have surfaced ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, many believe Jets GM Joe Douglas will be targeting a No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold. There are a few playmakers for New York to choose from, including Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins

Having a top receiver is definitely a need for the Jets, but is that what they should be focused on with the No. 11 overall pick? What about protecting Darnold? 

While there's multiple playmakers to salivate over in the first round, there's just as many offensive linemen to bulk up that unit for the Jets. 

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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)
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)

Legendary Jets offensive tackle Winston Hill is taking his rightful place in Canton, Ohio.

Hill, who starred with the Jets from 1963-1976, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday. 

Hill passed away in 2016 at the age of 74.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

Joe Douglas is heading into his first offseason as the Jets GM, and he knows there is a lot on his plate. Multiple holes need to be filled, especially on the offensive line front and the secondary. 

Knowing how crucial his first offseason calling the shots is, Douglas is already on the ground getting to work. 

Douglas is at the East-West Shrine Bowl at Tropicana Field assessing some of the best college seniors the NCAA had to offer this season ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. And, according to the Pro Football Network, he has brought reinforcements with him. 

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Adam Gase
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Ryan Tannehill, of all quarterbacks, secured a place in the AFC championship game on Saturday, and that has spawned a cottage industry bashing of his former coach, Adam Gase. After all, the theory goes, Tannehill finally became the quarterback everyone thought he could be as soon as Gase was no longer his coach.

It's a nice theory. And for anyone who hates Gase or thinks the Jets made a mistake by hiring him, it fits the narrative.

It just doesn't fit the facts.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold reportedly had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb on Tuesday, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Darnold is not expected to miss any time as the surgery was performed by the Jets team doctors.

He originally suffered a thumb injury on Oct. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, though, he never missed any time due to the injury. He wore a brace on his left hand under a glove for the rest of the season.

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On Thursday, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum talked to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the Giants new head coach Joe Judge, going over the challenges that Judge could face.

"Well I think that's really a big part of the interview process," Tannenbaum said. "I want to know what's your first 90 days like or what is it going to be like if Saquon Barkley doesn't show up on the first day of the voluntary offseason program? What's your message to him? Whats's your message to the team? What's your message to the media?"

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Kyle Phillips (98) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Kyle Phillips (98) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

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Over the last week or so, we've been taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We conclude today with a look at defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, who was an undrafted free agent signed in May.

Phillips was one of three undrafted rookies to see action with the Jets this season, but he was the only one to make the opening day roster. In fact, the other two - cornerback Kyron Brown and wide receiver Jeff Smith - each played just one game before suffering a season-ending injury.

After being inactive on opening day, Phillips was active for every other game and finished the season with 39 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He was also credited with one pass defensed.

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Dec 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jehu Chesson (16) works out prior to the game at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jehu Chesson (16) works out prior to the game at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets have signed wide receiver Jehu Chesson to a reserve/future contract.

Chesson, 26, was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 139 pick in the fourth round in the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan.

He finished his rookie season with two receptions for 18 yards in 12 games, but was waived prior to the 2018 season. The Washington Redskins signed him soon after and he bounced between their active roster and practice squad. He had one reception for seven yards in 12 games with the Redskins in 2018.

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) makes a catch against New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Over the last week or so, we've been taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each member of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue today with a look at cornerback Bless Austin, who was selected in the sixth round.

For much of the season, Austin was a forgotten man, as he was on the non-football injury list rehabbing a serious knee injury. However, he was activated in November and soon found himself in a starting role after Darryl Roberts got injured and Nate Hairston was benched. Over the next five weeks, Austin and Arthur Maulet provided the Jets with the most consistent cornerback play the team enjoyed all season and it looked like Austin was establishing himself as a potential starter for 2020 and beyond.

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Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Celebrity comedians Trevor Noah (left) and Jerry Seinfeld (center) and Larry David (right) watch an opening day game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Celebrity comedians Trevor Noah (left) and Jerry Seinfeld (center) and Larry David (right) watch an opening day game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

If Mike Maccagnan listened to Larry David before the 2018 NFL Draft, things would have turned out pretty, pretty, pretty good.

During an appearance Tuesday on The Michael Kay Show, the Curb Your Enthusiasm star and Seinfeld co-creator explained how he tried to make Jackson to the Jets happen.

"I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson," David said. "I have a witness -- yes, I have a witness."

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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Over the last week or so, we've been taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue with a look at linebacker Blake Cashman, who was selected in the fifth round out of Minnesota.

Cashman took advantage of the Jets' injury issues at inside linebacker as he got the opportunity to start five games and he was productive in those games, racking up 33 tackles, three quarterback hits, a pass defended and a fumble recovery. He ended the season with 40 tackles in seven games. However, he suffered a season-ending injury in the Jacksonville game and missed the second half of the year.

When Cashman was drafted, it seemed most likely that he'd primarily be a core special-teamer and perhaps work toward getting some reps as a situational coverage linebacker. However, when Avery Williamson was lost for the year in the preseason, Cashman suddenly became the primary backup at inside linebacker and was thrust into a full-time role due to CJ Mosley's opening day injury.

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas previously said he wouldn't hang up if and when trade calls come in on either running back Le'Veon Bell or safety Jamal Adams.

Speculation has surrounded both players since early in the 2019 season. 

Listening to trade calls still be true, but the GM changed his tune a bit on Monday. Douglas praised both Adams and Bell instead of discussing those potential calls. 

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