One hot topic at the moment concerning the Jets seems to be the news that Quinton Coples has been permanently moved to outside linebacker. As BGA readers will know, this has been a proposition I've been intrigued by since the tail end of last season.

After the Jets drafted defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson last week, I wrote briefly about the option of using him there in certain packages here. However, now that they've announced this is happening, I'm going to look in more detail at what evidence there is that could indicate Coples will be productive in this role. I'll also delve into what the news that he's moving permanently actually means in practical terms.

After the jump, I'll lay out my thoughts, but before then, I'd recommend you read this recent study from ProFootballFocus into where pressure comes from and the effects that it has. My research also makes use of exclusive statistics provided by PFF which are not available to subscribers.

What is a "Rush Linebacker"?

One major problem with the complexity of Rex Ryan's defensive system is that - with all due respect - many media members don't understand how the scheme works, or at least simplify things too much when they are writing about the system to give the illusion that they don't really understand it. The scheme involves multiple fronts, personnel groups, formations, blitz packages, run fits and coverages so even when you comprehend the basics, you risk falling into a trap of over-generalizing. The Jets had five or more defensive backs on the field over half the time last year, so it's pretty rare for them to be in a base defense anyway. However, on the defensive line most of their subpackages operate under similar principles.

One of the key features of the defense is the role of the Rush Linebacker in the front seven (or sometimes six, in certain nickel packages). Since there are four players with "linebacker" in their job title, the media will often make the mistake of referring to Rex's defense as a 3-4 base and then comparing it with the other 3-4 defenses around the league, such as Pittsburgh or Houston - or Eric Mangini's 3-4 defense that the Jets ran from 2006 to 2008. In fact, the defense has more in common with teams like the Patriots and Cowboys ... and of course Baltimore, whose own version of the hybrid system evolved out of what Rex Ryan created as defensive coordinator there until he got the Jets' coaching job in 2009.

Essentially the "Rush Linebacker" is more "Rush" than "Linebacker". In fact, Karl Dunbar reportedly announced that Coples is moving to "rush" on twitter, which was the point at which this story seems to have gone public. The Rush Linebacker is primarily a weakside pass rusher that sometimes, but not necessarily the majority of the time, operates out of a standing stance. He can also play with his hand in the dirt and for certain players, that's what they will choose to do most of the time.

Since that player has the option to play with his hand in the dirt, thereby creating a situation where there are four down linemen, some people see this as a move towards a 4-3 defense, but ultimately it's the same defense, often operating with 46 principles. Most players won't see their role change regardless of whether Coples (or whoever the Rush Linebacker is) chooses to put his hand in the dirt. Of course there are certain personnel groupings that will operate better in a 4-3 than a 3-4 (and vice versa) and there will no doubt be some more conventional formations mixed in to exploit this.

What does Coples' move to Rush Linebacker actually mean?

The news that Coples is making this move - which may not prove to be permanent if it doesn't work out and probably doesn't preclude him from still getting plenty of reps on the inside - has created an interesting situation where you have people both overreacting to the news and underselling its importance.

Some people are overreacting because Coples was a down lineman last year and moving him to linebacker suggests he will have to pursue sideline to sideline and undertake coverage assignments. However, the Rush Linebacker role isn't that different to playing as a 4-3 defensive end, something Coples did on over 130 snaps last year. The role he'd be taking on is closely related to the role Terrell Suggs plays in Baltimore. Suggs dropped into coverage less than 8% of the time last year and when he did it would usually be just dropping off into an area or a passing lane, not tracking a receiver. Coples dropped into coverage 2% of the time last year, so this could well be something he does more of, but is never going to be a primary role or something easily exploitable. If he's coming off the weakside, there often won't be any receivers on his side anyway.

Despite the change in position, Coples is still going to rush the passer the majority of the time. The only change being that he will be an edge rusher more often (but not exclusively) and an interior rusher less often. We'll get into how he fares at each of those disciplines later on.

In simplistic terms, Coples is becoming an edge rusher in the Mario Williams or Julius Peppers mold, not being asked to turn into Jonathan Vilma overnight.

At the same time, a lot of people are writing this off as no big deal and suggesting that it won't mark a massive change to his role since he does so many different things anyway. To some extent that is reasonable, but there are some significant practical changes that will take place. The biggest of these is that Coples will now work primarily with the outside linebackers rather than the defensive ends in practice. We understand he did some of this last year, but was mainly under defensive line coach Karl Dunbar's supervision, whereas now he should be working with the linebacker coaches most of the time. Coples will also be referred to as a linebacker in team literature - note that they haven't changed this on the official website yet, but I'd expect that change to happen at some point soon. That shouldn't have any immediate effect though.

There may be suggestions in some circles that the Jets made this move in response to ending up with Richardson in the draft and it could be seen as something of a panic move after none of their desired OLB choices fell to them. However, based on what we've been told by multiple team sources, this was something that began before the draft. Maybe they would have moved Coples back inside had Barkevious Mingo or Dion Jordan fallen to them at the ninth pick of the draft, I don't know. However, the Coples moves was something where the wheels were already in motion.

Looking at 2012 Pass Rushing Data

I was interested by a comment made by Sackdance99 in the comments section earlier today that Coples will still get plenty of reps on the inside because he is a better interior rusher than off the edge. There are really two ways of reading "better" in that comment and rather than ask for clarification, I thought I'd just investigate both. One would be that "better" means "more productive" and the other would be that "better" means "more skilled". I'll therefore be looking at film later to see where and how he did the most damage, but let's first investigate the data in respect of his pass rushing numbers to investigate productivity.

One thing to bear in mind is that you would expect edge rushers to have better productivity anyway, so even if Coples was more productive from the edge, that wouldn't tell us too much unless the amount he was more productive by compared favorably to the usual differences between outside and interior pressure (discussed in detail in the PFF link above the jump). Also, we would need to look at per-snap or per-rush productivity rather than total productivity because, although Coples might have recorded more pressure on interior rushes, that may just be a product of the fact he rushed up the middle a lot more than off the edge.

Another PFF article commented briefly on the Coples move this morning and touches on those issues:

He played with his hand up on only 27 occasions last year and dropped in coverage a mere 10 times (none of which were from a two-point stance), but before you write it off consider that with a Pass Rush Productivity of 8.0 he had the fifth-best rating among his peers, which would have put him mid-table in the 3-4 OLB rankings despite having the clear disadvantage of rushing from the inside.

As I mentioned in my previous Coples article (linked earlier), most of those 27 snaps were from the "Amoeba" formation where there are no down linemen because the linemen and linebackers mill about at the snap to try and confuse the defense and shoot a gap. Coples was surprisingly effective at this which makes me wonder if he might choose to play standing up more often than we might expect from a defensive tackle making such a move. There were a handful of plays at the end of the year where he did line up as an outside linebacker in a standing position, including a couple where he beat the left tackle to generate pressure.

We're going to look at the pressure he generated last year and it breaks down between interior and edge rushing. However, first of all, let's look at how often he attempted to rush from each position:

4-3 Defensive End - 17%

3-4 Defensive End - 48%

Defensive Tackle - 28%

Standing - 7%

Immediately we can see that he doesn't have an enormous amount of experience rushing from the edge at the NFL level. However, we can also say that this would explain why he might have generated more interior pressure during the season. In terms of which side he rushed from, there were more reps from the right side (ie the blindside, and usually the weakside) but not significantly so.

Here's the position he was playing as he generated that pressure:

4-3 Defensive End - 13%

3-4 Defensive End - 39%

Defensive Tackle - 39%

Standing - 10%

(Note: These percentages represent the proportion of his total pressure generated from each position)

This suggests that he is more productive with an interior rush. However, a review of the film shows that often - not always - when he was lined up as a 3-4 defensive end, he was opposite and sometimes even outside an offensive tackle, so this should perhaps be treated as an edge rush attempt. So, perhaps a better way to break it down would be to see who he was matched up against:

Tackles - 42%

Guards - 23%

Centers - 13%

Coverage/Unattributed - 23%

Now we're starting to get a picture of how he actually has slightly more success on the outside. We're not going to be able to tell how that pressure was generated without looking at the film, which we'll do in the next section.

Before we move on though, let's analyze whether he generated more pressure from the right side or the left side of the defense. The easy answer is that, however you slice it, he was better from the right - going up against the left side of the offensive line.

If you treat all pressure against guards as being "up the middle" pressure came from:

Left side of the offensive line - 29%

Right side of the offensive line - 13%

Up the middle - 35%

Unattributed - 23%

However, if you treat each guard as being from the relevant side of the line, the difference is even more pronounced:

Left side of the offensive line - 45%

Right side of the offensive line - 19%

Up the middle - 13%

Unattributed - 23%

This is also backed up if we break down Coples' pressure by his position on defense at the snap:

Left Defensive End - 13%

Right Defensive End/LB - 45%

DT/NT - 36%

Amoeba - 6%

Looking at 2012 footage

You may wonder why it's necessary to break down the numbers by both offensive and defensive positions. There are two main reasons. One is that a 3-4 Defensive End could be matched up with a guard in certain fronts and a tackle in others. Similarly, although it didn't apply here, you might get an edge rusher being blocked by a tight end. The other reason is that the Jets will often run stunts, so a guy like Coples might start off matched up with a guard and generate pressure off the edge, or conversely might be matched up with a tackle, only to blitz up the middle. We can't get that from the data, so I instead went back to the footage to see if I could spot any developing trends.

Since the main thing I am looking for is pressure off the edge, we'll focus on examples of where he achieved that.

The first thing to note is that, although you would typically associate your edge rusher with speed rushing and getting around the outside, Coples did most of his damage with inside moves - or when he did get pressure to the outside, it was more of a power move than the type of speed move you can expect to see from Antwan Barnes.

Our first example comes from the first game of the season against the Bills. Coples lined up as a defensive end on the right side in a four man front. He beat the left tackle to the outside, but it wasn't a pure speed rush - he initially faked to the inside and then used his speed to get outside (actually getting called for roughing the passer on the play).

In week four against the 49ers, he created a pressure against each tackle with an inside move while lined up opposite them in a three man front. In beating the right tackle, he showed a good combination of speed and power to drive him back and then come off the block to the inside.

In week six, he had a big game, generating most of his pressure up the middle. However, one of his sacks saw him beat the left tackle around the outside (from a three man front). Again, this wasn't a speed rush, but more of a power move. He got outside leverage and drove powerfully upfield to get around the tackle's shoulder.

In the last game before the bye, against Miami, he was matched up with a tackle in a three man front and beat him with a quick inside move.

After the bye is where they started to use him standing up and he hit Russell Wilson in this situation in the first game following the bye. This was perhaps the closest thing we've seen to a pure speed rush so far, although he did it against the left guard, as the left tackle was forced to step to the outside to counter a wide edge rush. Coples blew by the guard on the outside and hit Wilson as he threw.

It was over the last four games where I really started to notice a trend towards bringing him off the edge. They did this on consecutive plays towards the end of the win over the Jaguars in Week 14. Operating from a three man front with the Jets in a prevent style defense protecting a seven point lead, the Jets lined up Coples on the left tackle's outside shoulder. He was matched up with Eugene Monroe, one of the league's better pass protecting tackles. On the first play, he faked to the inside and beat Monroe to the outside, then on the very next play he made a quick inside move and beat Monroe cleanly to force a bad throw that ended up being the clinching interception. You can see that play here (at 2:45).

The following game was the game against Tennessee where they lined him up as a weakside OLB against another top tackle, Michael Roos, and he beat him with an inside move for a hit. You've probably already seen my gif of this play.

Against San Diego, he did the same thing - beating the left tackle on the inside to hit the quarterback from a weakside OLB position. However, that was the only time he lined up there all day. Despite this fact, he showed more signs of having the skills to be a good edge rusher in that game. He had a sack on a play where he made a speed rush off the edge and then stepped inside the left tackle who was thrown off balance. He also had pressure three times on outside stunts where he lined up on the inside and ended up rushing around the edge. On one of these he ended up unblocked, but on the other two, his speed was too much for the tackle coming across and he got around them.

Finally, he beat the tackle to the outside for a pressure in the final game of the year in Buffalo - the same guy (Cordy Glenn) he beat in the first game of the year. Again, this wasn't a pure speed rush, he drove him back and then beat him outside.

Conclusions

The data analysis here does suggest Coples is capable of being productive from almost anywhere. The fact he is "moving to OLB" shouldn't prevent him from being able to do that. If anything, it will enable him to hone that part of his game and make himself all the more dangerous whenever they do employ him on the inside. The numbers certainly suggest he can do more damage on the weakside and that does correspond with what we've been hearing in terms of their plans for him.

In terms of the film analysis, while he did a lot of damage from three man fronts, there were some direct examples of him producing from the position he will be moving to. However, what's more exciting are the examples of success he showed working against tackles (including some good ones) and rushing off the edge. The fact that he showed an ability to do that is important, because that's what he'll need to do, regardless of how the other ten defensive players are aligned.

While I have focused primarily on the pass rush (and dismissed coverage as not likely to be a significant additional responsibility), there is of course the matter of how well he can play the run. I have chosen not to cover that here, but obviously that will play a huge part in how successful and permanent this experiment will be.

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Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to pass in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to pass in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Joe Flacco signed a one-year deal with the Jets last week, knowing full well that he was joining the team to be the backup to Sam Darnold

But for the 35-year-old Super Bowl-winning quarterback, his deal with the Jets is a chance to get back to playing the game he loves.

Flacco had neck surgery in April, after playing eight games of what turned out to be his only season with the Denver Broncos. Now, he's anxiously awaiting to do whatever he can for Gang Green, though he knows his recovery still has a quite some time to go.

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Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones
Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones

Jets QB Sam Darnold is entering his third season in the league and Giants QB Daniel Jones is entering his second. Both have been quite impressive, but they are behind rookie Joe Burrow (and some other questionably-ranked QBs) on NBC Sports Philadelphia's ranking of all 32 QBs in the NFL.

Darnold, who threw for 3,024 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts during a season that was interrupted by mono, was ranked 23rd, with Baker Mayfield No. 22.

Jones, who threw for 3,027 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 starts for a rebuilding Giants team, was ranked No. 26 -- just behind Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 25) and Teddy Bridgewater (No. 24).

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On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cleared local sports teams to begin training in the state. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy followed suit.

"Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition - if their leagues choose to move in that direction," Murphy said in a statement. "We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel."

The above gives the Jets and Giants clearance to open their facilities under the NFL's protocol, meaning limited business/front office staff can return.

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Tom Brady is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Jets should be glad to see him out of the AFC East. Brady had the Jets' number during his Pats career, going 29-7 against them in the regular season (though one of those loses came in a game Brady didn't start) and 1-1 in the playoffs.

But here are seven times the Jets took care of business against Brady.


1. On Dec. 22, 2002, the Jets defeated the Patriots 30-17, and went on to edge out the Pats as AFC East champs the following week. The Jets went 7-2 following head coach Herm Edwards' 'You play to win the game' speech.

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Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) leaves the field following the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) leaves the field following the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Sam Darnold is entrenched as the Jets' starting quarterback, but finding a veteran backup for him seemed to still be a need for the team. 

Now, it looks like the the Jets have found their answer in former Ravens and Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, as his agent announced that Flacco has signed a one-year deal with the Jets. 

SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that Flacco's deal is worth $1.5 million, though he could earn another $3 million in incentives.

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The Jets have no intention of trading Jamal Adams despite their latest impasse in contract negotiations, according to a source. And they expect that they will eventually sign him to a lucrative contract that, as promised, will make him a "Jet for life."

That has long been the plan, as both CEO Christopher Johnson and GM Joe Douglas have repeatedly said, and nothing has changed even though Adams' camp has grown frustrated with the pace of recent talks. As Douglas promised, he reached out to Adams' agents shortly after the draft for initial discussions about a contract. But the Jets' position is they want to wait before giving him a long-term extension.

Adams, who is entering the fourth year of his four-year, $22.2 million rookie contract, wants his money now.

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

General manager Joe Douglas has said time and time again that he wants to make safety Jamal Adams a "Jet for life," but the latest news regarding a possible contract extension doesn't sound very promising. 

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Adams' representation and the Jets have had multiple conversations since the NFL Draft, but the talks have "reached an impasse," as the Jets want to wait on a new deal for the star safety, while Adams' camp believes the Jets are "dragging their feet."

Per ESPN, the possibility of a trade has come up in recent talks, but the Jets have no desire to trade their young Pro Bowler, while Adams is believed to be open to being traded if things can't get worked out.

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Entering his 16th year in the NFL this season, Frank Gore likely knew he wasn't going to find a starting job anywhere around the league. So, as he decided once again to own the title of oldest running back in the NFL for another season, Gore wanted to go play for a team with a dynamic running game and a lead back he thought he could complement well.

Gore found that with the Jets and Le'Veon Bell

The five-time Pro Bowler spoke with the media on Thursday via Zoom, where he mentioned that playing for head coach Adam Gase once again -- he did so with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and earlier in his career with San Francisco when Gase was an assistant -- was a big reason why he joined Gang Green. But the prospect of working with Bell, a running back he knows very well, was intriguing. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

It has been speculation for a couple of years now, but Frank Gore doesn't listen to those who believes he is going to call it quits. He's had a great career -- Hall of Fame worthy -- but he's just not done yet. 

That's why Gore signed a one-year deal with the Jets this year, setting him up to play his 16th year in the NFL. It wasn't that hard of a decision to make, as he told media on Thursday during a Zoom conference call that he knew from his play last season he still had something left in the tank. 

His son, Frank Gore Jr., thought so as well. 

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Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)
Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)

The Jets have already beefed up their running back depth this offseason, but could they look to add another quality back?

According to a report from Michael Silver of NFL Network, the Jets, Seahawks, and Eagles have shown interest in free agent running back Devonta Freeman

Per the report, the Seahawks have one-year deal worth up to $4 million on the table for Freeman, while the veteran has "attracted interest" from the Jets and Eagles.

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Big things are expected out of both Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones in 2020, but which of them is more likely to exceed their passing touchdown projection for this upcoming season?

SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Jonas Schwartz discuss that topic in the latest Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
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ESPN's Mike Greenberg is sick of the Sam Darnold disrespect. 

During "Get Up" on Wednesday, Greenberg asked his panelists Tim Hasselbeck and Domonique Foxworth who will be the best quarterback in the AFC East in three years. Greenberg believes there is only one true answer, but he is astounded to here something else. 

At first, Foxworth and Greeny agreed that Bills QB Josh Allen, who Hasselbeck picked, won't be that guy. He statistically was the least accurate quarterback last season with a 58.8 completion percentage.

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By all indications, general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets' personnel staff addressed many of the team's areas of need this offseason. Particularly on the offensive line and at wide receiver, the Jets will have a bit of a different look in 2020.

But looking ahead to the 2020 season, there are a handful of players whose play will dictate whether the Jets will improve on last year's 7-9 record, or if they'll fall flat in Adam Gase's second season.

With Tom Brady now calling Tampa Bay home, the AFC East could be up for grabs, but can the Jets capitalize? The answer to that question may very will hinge on the play of these five players… 

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Jets GM Joe Douglas had a mission of adding not just starting offensive linemen to his roster this offseason, but having depth behind them as well. That's why Cameron Clark, a tackle out of UNC Charlotte, was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

And who was one of the first people to hit him up to congratulate him? None other than the Jets' first-round pick, Mekhi Becton.

"I talked to Mekhi the day before the draft, all of us were talking. When I got drafted, he hit me up," Clark told the media on Monday during a Zoom conference call. 

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When Jets GM Joe Douglas called Mekhi Becton to say that he was being selected 11th overall, he mentioned a talk the two of them had about the Louisville product's goals in the NFL. Douglas said he was ready to work with him to get his "team and personal" ones accomplished.

It all starts next season.

During a Zoom conference call with media on Monday, Becton gave his rookie goals. It was one team goal and one personal goal. 

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The Jets continue to hold their virtual offseason program via Zoom meetings, but that isn't stopping quarterback Sam Darnold from getting some throws in at the beach.

In a video posted by former NFL quarterback and now noted passing instructor Jordan Palmer, Darnold is seen working on his footwork before airing one out, all while seemingly still practicing proper social distancing. 

It was reported in late March that Darnold was quarantining in southern California while working out with Bills quarterback Josh Allen and new Redskins quarterback Kyle Allen as well. 

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Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

After just one season with the Jets, running back Ty Montgomery has found a new home. 

Montgomery has signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Friday afternoon, though terms of the deal were not given. 

The 27-year-old put up solid numbers as a receiver turned running back in three seasons with the Packers and a brief stint with the Ravens, leading the Jets to sign him to a one-year contract last April.

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MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets. (Treated Image by SNY)
MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets. (Treated Image by SNY)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all 32 clubs on Friday night explaining that team facilities can begin to reopen on May 19, but only in places where local restrictions have been eased. 

Because New Jersey still has strict stay at home restrictions in place, the Jets and Giants are currently among the group of teams that cannot reopen on Tuesday.

"It takes more time than four days to reopen a facility that has been shut down for two months," the Giants said in a team statement, via SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "We are subject to state regulations. Bottom line, when we are cleared on all fronts to go back, we will, in an orderly, systematic, safe way to protect those in our building. It has been a process and protocol we have been developing for the last month or two."

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Big things are expected out of both Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones in 2020, but which of them is more likely to exceed expectations?

SNY's Justine Ward and Chris Williamson debate in the latest Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Eight days after the NFL announced the 2020 regular season schedule, the Jets have announced their preseason schedule. 

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m.

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Joe Namath seems like a given, but if there was a Mount Rushmore of New York Jets players, who else would make the cut?

SNY's Justine Ward and Eamon McAnaney discuss on the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Some more questions, and some more answers, in the latest edition of my SNY Jets mailbag:


If the reports are true that Logan Ryan is signing with the Jets, do you think their secondary can be a top 5 unit this season? - @SpriggsyFresh

First, let me tell you about what I've reported and what I know about Ryan and the Jets: They have had some interest in him for a while, but they needed his asking price to go way down. I assume by now it has. I know the Jets have spoken to his agent. But they haven't made a formal offer and as far as I can tell, nothing is imminent.

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Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) runs onto the field before the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) runs onto the field before the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

The Jets have been connected to veteran CB Logan Ryan for awhile now, with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reporting the team has remained in touch with his agents regarding a potential deal for next season. 

Speaking with Peter Schrager on Good Morning Football Thursday, Ryan addressed the Jets rumors, and he agrees it would make tons of sense to return to his Jersey roots. 

"The Jets, it makes a lot of sense because I'm from the area," Ryan said. "I went to Rutgers, 20 minutes from (MetLife Stadium) so familiar with New Jersey. Blue collar, that's how I grew up. I came out of Rutgers in the third round to New England, had to do my job, [and I] continue to do that. That would make sense for sure, but like I said, I'm just trying to do what's best for my family and everything like that."

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Le'Veon Bell and Saquon Barkley will both enter the 2020 season with high external expectations.

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Maria Marino and Eamon McAnaney look at the projected season rushing totals for the duo and discuss which of the backs is more likely to go over that projected yardage ...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Saquon Barkley
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The offseason roster-building is over, for the most part. What you currently see with your favorite NFL team is likely what you're going to get.

So what will you get in the AFC East in 2020? And how do the Jets stack up?

Here, with the help of some NFL sources, is a look at what and how those teams did, and what their outlook is for the (hopefully) upcoming season. They are listed in my projected order of finish in the AFC East:

Tags: Avery Williamson, CJ Mosley, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up 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 quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The NFL recently released the schedule for the 2020 season, with the caveat that things are flexible between now and Week 1 (and beyond) due to the uncertainty surrounding all activity in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the league currently plans to start the season on time, it's very likely that a coronavirus vaccine will not be ready by then. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that a vaccine would "more likely than not" be ready within a year or two.

With the preseason scheduled to begin in roughly three months, Jets QB Sam Darnold was asked Monday whether he was apprehensive about returning before a vaccine is available.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Danny Abriano
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Logan Ryan (Winslow Townson)
Logan Ryan (Winslow Townson)

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from sources that while interest is certainly high on the Jets' end regarding free agent CB Logan Ryan -- as well as other teams having interest -- no formal offer has been made. Still, the Jets remain in touch with his agents. 

The Jets have the cap space to sign Ryan, with OverTheCap estimating it's just under $15 million at the moment. According to Vacchiano, Ryan was seeking a short-term deal worth around $10 million per season, similar to his contract with the Tennessee Titans that was three years and $30 million. But being on the market so long lowers his price tag, so Douglas can scoop him up for a steal. 

New York has already brought in Pierre Desir this offseason, but there is still some uncertainty at the corner position opposite him in Gregg Williams' defense. Bringing in Ryan would shore that spot right up, with some solid depth players in Bless Austin, Arthur Maulet, Nate Hairston and a fifth-round pick who could turn out to be a steal in Virginia's Bryce Hall

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CJ Mosley/Jamal Adams
CJ Mosley/Jamal Adams

C.J. Mosley doesn't want to hear anything about Jamal Adams being on the trade block. 

The Pro Bowl linebacker spoke to ESPN about the current speculation surrounding Adams, the trade rumors that have come up recently and his contract situation. If Adams were to leave the Jets, Mosley would think it preposterous. 

"To me, I wasn't too worried about that," he told ESPN. "That would be a crazy move."

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As we celebrate Mother's Day, SNY's Jeane Coakley shares a special message to all the moms out there who are working so hard and doing such a great job, even in these uncertain times.

"Just know that you are doing a great job," said Coakley. "To all the mom's out there, you're going to have bad, bad days. I have terrible days, but I also have some great days. 

"I'm never going to get these days back with my kids, so I'm just trying to enjoy that moment."

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Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

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So many questions … Here are a few more you asked me in this week's edition of the SNY Jets mailbag:


Why haven't the Jets gone after Clowney? -- @BuddhaTaino

Money. Actually, it's more about player value. Jadeveon Clowney may be the best pass rusher on the market, but he wanted more than $20 million per year on a long-term contract, and then reportedly lowered his demands into the $17-18 million range. So far no one thinks he's worth that -- certainly not on a long-term deal. The Jets clearly don't.

Tags: Jordan Jenkins, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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