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.

Tomorrow night, the Jets face the Tennessee Titans, a team that has struggled this year, but is still regarded as a step up in quality from their last two opponents. However, the Titans are 4-9 this year and that makes them worse than every team the Jets faced before their current two-game winning streak. The Jets are 4-1 against sub-500 teams this year with their only loss being at home to the 5-8 Dolphins.

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

Quarterbacks

Jake Locker will face the Jets for the first time on Sunday. Statistically, he's a below average quarterback, but he does have an ability to extend plays and gain yardage with his legs, something the Jets have struggled to contain at times this season. Locker is 2-6 in his eight starts this year, but has shown flashes of potential, including on Sunday against the Colts where he was 15-for-20 for 213 yards and a touchdown at halftime (before going just 7-for-15 for 49 yards with two interceptions in the second half). The Jets' complex blitz schemes will hopefully confuse Locker, who completes 63% of his passes when not under pressure, but only 38% when pressured.

If Locker gets hurt or benched, veteran Matt Hasselbeck will step in.

Offensive Line

The Titans offensive line, which is above average when at full strength, has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks. Four starters are now on injured reserve. Michael Roos missed one game, but has otherwise started every game at left tackle and is a solid blindside pass protector. Fernando Velasco is the only player to start every game, but even he has had to move positions, sliding over from center to left guard last week to accommodate youngster Kevin Matthews. Right guard Deuce Lutui, once considered an elite prospect, hasn't lived up to his potential. However, he is now in his seventh season and will be making his 78th career start so he has plenty of experience. At right tackle, Mike Otto is basically a career backup, although he hasn't done too badly filling in over the last couple of weeks.

In pass protection, this unit has held up reasonably well, even in light of all the injuries, but their run blocking has been inconsistent. Their offensive coordinator (Chris Palmer) came under criticism during the offseason for putting together an offensive line that had a lot of size and weren't ideally suited to their zone blocking scheme. He lost his job three weeks ago. Dowell Loggains was promoted from QB coach to replace him.

Running Backs

The Titans running game depends almost entirely on Chris Johnson. However, some Titans fans feel that Johnson can't break tackles like he used to, so when the offensive line isn't creating holes, his impact is lessened. From 2008 to 2010, Johnson averaged 42 broken tackles per season, but since then has had only 51 in almost two years. He still has speed though, so the Jets will have to ensure they set the edge and maintain contain, something which could be a challenge if Bryan Thomas can't play. Behind the patchwork offensive line against the Colts, Johnson gained just 44 yards on 19 carries. The Jets, of course, ran for 252 yards against the same team.

Johnson will play virtually every snap, just bringing himself out for a snap or two when he needs a blow. The Titans occasionally go into a no-huddle spread offense, but Johnson will still stay in the game and split out wide. He does have over 220 career receptions, but seems to get most of these out of the backfield.

When Johnson does go to the bench, Darius Reynaud, who has playmaking ability himself, will fill in for him. Quinn Johnson is a reliable enough fullback, but doesn't play a great deal.

Receivers

Perhaps Tennessee's most dangerous receiving threat is tight end Jared Cook. After a 2011 campaign where he caught 49 passes for almost 800 yards, he looked set to break out and become a superstar. However, he hasn't really emerged as expected in 2012, with 44 catches but only 523 yards. He's still an athletic big play threat, although he has only had one play go for more than 30 yards since the opening weekend. EDIT: Actually, Cook just landed on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff, so that's one less guy to worry about.

Their most established wideouts are Kenny Britt and Nate Washington. Britt is on his way to a career year in terms of receiving yards, but is averaging less than 13 yards a catch after having averaged over 17 yards per catch in his first three seasons and has been slowed by injuries. Washington has always been a good deep threat and has caught 39 passes on the season, one less than Britt. Rookie Kendall Wright leads the team with 59 receptions, although he's averaging less than 10 yards per catch and hasn't had a 40-yard play or a 100-yard game yet.

The Titans didn't use the no-huddle against the Colts last week, other than in a two minute drill at the end of the first half, but used it extensively against the Texans two weeks ago. I wonder if they see that as a way to counter a complex attacking defense, or just avoided using it because of the lack of preparation time, specifically for the offensive line. Either way, facing the Jets on Monday Night Football could be a situation where they might reintroduce this. If they do, look for Cook and Johnson to be in the game with three receivers.

Damien Williams is out with an injury, so the current fourth receiver on the depth chart is Mike Preston, a 2011 undrafted free agent who made his first ever appearance on offense in a NFL game last week. The backup tight ends are Craig Stevens (an all-round player who will often start) and Taylor Thompson, a blocking specialist.

Defensive Line

The Titans' defensive line definitely has the ability to generate pressure. On Sunday, they had 33 total pressures. By contrast, the Jets had 21 on Sunday against the Jaguars and that was their season high. Defensive ends Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley have combined for just 8.5 sacks officially, but Cameron Wake is the only 4-3 defensive end in the league with more QB hits than Morgan and Chris Long and Michael Bennett are the only ones with more pressures than Wimbley.

Against the run, the line is anchored by tackles Jurrell Casey and Sen'Derrick Marks. However, Wimbley struggles at times to get off blocks, so the Jets might look to run at him.

The Titans employ four backup linemen that don't play very much. The most interesting of these is Karl Klug, who last year had a sensational rookie season as a situation interior pass rusher. This year he hadn't been getting much playing time, but made a big impact against the Colts with two sacks, a hit and three pressures in just nine pass rush attempts, so he could be set to get a bigger role.

Linebackers

The Titans play with a four man front virtually all of the time. The only real exception to this (other than when they go to a prevent defense) is when Akeem Ayers comes up to the edge of a three man line on passing downs, although he sometimes plays with his hand in the dirt when he does this. Ayers is their most talented linebacker and capable of contributing as a pass rusher. With Colin McCarthy out, they've been rotating veterans Tim Shaw and Will Witherspoon at middle linebacker. Rookie Zach Brown will play most of the time at the other linebacker spot.

Since their front four is so good at generating pressure, the Titans will only blitz their linebackers (other than Ayers) a couple of times a game.

Defensive Backs

The Titans don't bother to match their cornerbacks up. Jason McCourty (Patriot Devin McCourty's older brother) plays on the left and Alterraun Verner plays on the right. Verner hasn't been beaten for a touchdown all year, whereas McCourty has given up six. Rookie Coty Sensabaugh (Cowboy Gerald Sensabaugh's cousin) has been the third corner in recent weeks, although the Titans do also run some three-safety sets.

At safety, the Titans have been weak. Michael Griffin will usually play every snap, but he's had a terrible season, with 20 missed tackles. Griffin is totally unpredictable from year to year. He was awful in 2009, average in 2010 and great in 2011. Jordan Babineaux gets most of the reps alongside him, although the Titans have been rotating some other guys in over the last few weeks.

Special Teams

As we've seen in recent weeks, the Jets are susceptible to special teams breakdowns and the Titans are just as capable of exploiting that as any of the Jets' recent opponents. Reynaud is a fine return man and they've always been a team that is a threat to block a punt. The kicking game is fine too, with reliable veteran Rob Bironas connecting on 82% of his field goals this year and the underrated Brett Kern 3rd in net average for punting.

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I'll be back on Tuesday to recap the game!

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

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 (Eric Hartline)
(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)
(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)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

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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GEICO SportsNite: Jets minicamp 00:02:24
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)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

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)
(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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(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

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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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New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)
New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)

Jets linebacker Demario Davis took a $2.7 million pay cut in order to help facilitate the trade that brought him back to New York, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Davis, who was set to earn $3.7 million in the final year of his contract, will now make $1 million this season. This includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a $900,000 base salary. He can also earn $1.225 million in incentives. 

Davis re-structured his contract at the time of the June 1 trade. 

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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said he was impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp. 

Elsewhere, Yankees lose and Mets win their respective rubber games and Joe Girardi would have no problem with Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby.

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