Last week, the Jets signed two of the players who were attending rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis to their 90-man roster. Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I've been reviewing game footage to try and get an idea of their strengths and weaknesses. We'll be looking at offensive tackle Markus Zusevics in a day or two, but today we focus on linebacker AJ Edds.

Edds is a 26-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins and is 6'4", 256 pounds. He suffered a torn ACL prior to his rookie season (2010) before playing a total of 11 games for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts in 2011. In 2012, he tore his ACL again. He was with the Patriots again for preseason in 2013, but did not make the final roster.

After the jump, a recap of Edds' career so far, together with a review of footage from 2011 and 2013 to assess what Edds brings to the table.

Note: Some statistics used in this article were exclusively provided by Pro Football Focus.

Who is AJ Edds?

Edds (pronounced "EEDS") attended college at Iowa where he was a productive tackler in a strongside linebacker role alongside Pat Angerer. However, he made his name for his coverage abilities, which led to him intercepting five passes in his senior year. After he ran a 4.62 forty yard dash at the combine, he was projected as a late-round pick but the Dolphins took him in the fourth round. He was expected to contribute from the get-go in nickel packages, but unfortunately tore his ACL early on in training camp.

In preseason in 2011, Edds led the Dolphins in tackles, but was still surprisingly cut two days after making it through final cuts. The Patriots snapped him up and he played for them in a couple of early season games, but then when they placed him on the practice squad, the Colts pounced and he played for them for the rest of the year. Edds only saw action on defense in three games, but did record 13 tackles in 11 games overall. He played 58 snaps against the Patriots in week 13.

In 2012, Edds tore his ACL again, just days into training camp with the Colts. He was back with the Patriots for preseason in 2013, but played just one game and did not make the team. The Jets signed him after he performed well at the rookie mini-camp last week, which he was attending on a tryout basis.

Let's look in detail at how he performed:

2011 Preseason

As noted, Edds led Miami in tackles with 18 and added a sack for good measure yet was still released in early September. In fact, in the first preseason game, Edds was one of the standout players. He had a sack, a couple of stops in the hole, one run stuff on the edge and a good play in coverage on third down. He did miss one tackle. In the next game, Edds gave up three third down catches, but on each of them he made a solid open field tackle to force a punt. He also downed a punt at the five yard line. Game three saw his role reduced, but he again forced a punt with a good open field tackle on third down and added a special teams tackle. In the last game, he had another special teams tackle and stuffed one run. The rest of his six tackles were downfield, but one of these was a great third down play where he covered the receiver at the marker as the quarterback rolled out and then came off his receiver to stop the quarterback just short of a first down as he tucked and ran.

2011 Regular Season

Week 2 - Patriots v Chargers: Edds played 10 snaps on defense and recorded a couple of tackles, including one where he came up and made an open field tackle after a five yard pass.

Week 8 - Colts at Titans: Edds did not play any snaps on defense, but did have a special teams penalty and a missed tackle on special teams.

Week 10 - Colts v Jaguars: Edds got into the game for three snaps, but the Jags ran three straight times and gained 27 yards. On the second of these - a 14-yard gain - Edds was blocked out of the play at the second level.

Week 12 - Colts v Panthers: Edds had a special teams tackle at the 20 early in the game, but the next time he was blocked at the point of attack and the return man went 76 yards.

Week 13 - Colts at Patriots: In this game, Edds played 58 snaps. He recorded nine tackles, although most of them were downfield gang-tackles. He was targeted once, unofficially, with Rob Gronkowski making a nine-yard catch for a first down on a well designed play where Julian Edelman was inside in the slot and ran between Edds and the other outside linebacker down the seam, with Gronkowski dropping in underneath from the outside slot to catch the ball and turn upfield. However, there were two other plays where they looked for Gronkowski and Edds was in a good position to see the ball fall incomplete. One was a holding penalty on New England anyway and the other saw the ball tipped so it fell short, although Edds would have made the third down stop even if Gronkowski had been able to make the catch with Edds on his back.

His best play against the run came late in the game where he was unblocked and came up to stuff a run in the hole. Gronkowski did score two touchdowns, although it would be harsh to blame either one on Edds. On the first one, Edds (#52) passed Gronkowski off to the safety, who as the announcer notes is out of position in two-deep coverage. On the second one, the Patriots shifted just before the snap and Brady lateraled to Gronkowski with blockers out in front of him, so Edds was never likely to get over and make a stop.

Ultimately, the Colts were pretty much overmatched, but Edds didn't disgrace himself at all.

2013 Preseason

As noted above, Edds did make one appearance in preseason last year, in a game where he was credited with five tackles and played 18 snaps. On one play, he rushed the passer and got his hand up to deflect the pass which fell incomplete. One of his tackles saw him shed a block and stop the runner for a three yard gain, but the runner was able to fall forwards for the short yardage conversion. He gave up one catch for seven yards and there were a couple of plays where the quarterback looked his way but did not make the throw because he was in a good position.

Here's a summary of what I learned from the footage, divided into categories:

Usage

Edds played most of his snaps at middle linebacker in 2011, although that's because the majority were when Angerer (who ended up being his teammate in the pros as well) was out injured. The rest of his reps were as a 4-3 outside linebacker, so these roles would be most similar to an inside linebacker role in the Jets' defense. In preseason in 2013, New England were using both formations and he was either employed as a 4-3 outside linebacker or a 3-4 inside linebacker.

In that one game where he played over 50 snaps, the Colts eventually resorted to using him to cover the deep middle. The Colts were basically playing a variation of a Tampa-Two and his first steps at the snap were always back-pedaling. In essence, he was operating as a free safety, enabling Antoine Bethea to step into the box as an extra linebacker. This is similar to what the Jets did with Jonathan Vilma and Kerry Rhodes in 2006, but while that was done for specific reasons (Vilma's inability to handle the physicality of a 3-4 MIKE role and Rhodes' playmaking propensity), this was more of a (failed) tactical decision by the Colts to try and slow down the Patriots' high-powered offense.

Interestingly, at rookie mini-camp, Edds initially made an impact as a SAM linebacker. That's the role Calvin Pace currently has, and it makes sense for Edds because he has adequate size to set the edge and can match up directly with a tight end in coverage. However, Rex Ryan suggested that he was just as impressed when they moved Edds "to the weakside" and Edds made a "seamless transition." It's important to note here that Ryan obviously didn't mean the weakside edge rusher role currently occupied by Quinton Coples, but rather the weakside inside linebacker role currently occupied by Demario Davis. Edds is no edge rusher, but fits into Davis' role quite well. Adding to the confusion, in Ryan's defense, that role is called the WILL, whereas in some 3-4 alignments (including the one Eric Mangini brought to the Jets) the WILL is the weakside edge rusher.

Pass rush

Edds didn't blitz very often, but did have a sack in a 2011 preseason game. This came as he was totally unblocked on a well-timed blitz up the middle. The rest of his pass rushes came up the middle and usually resulted in a quick pass. He didn't get into the backfield, but with his bigger-than-usual size, he was able to rock his blocker back a few times.

Pursuit

At the snap of the ball, Edds is usually looking to negotiate traffic rather than aggressively pursuing the ball carrier. Most of the best plays he made saw him meet the runner in the hole, but there were a few when he chased to the outside. He definitely hustles and plays to the whistle, but is more likely to keep the run in front of him than aggressively take on a blocker. Where he was engaged with a blocker, there were a few occasions where he was unable to shed, but generally he does a good job of avoiding these situations.

Tackling

Technique-wise, Edds is a sound tackler and uses his size well. There was only a couple of plays where a runner slipped away from him, one of which was in kick coverage. However, there were a few occasions where a runner was able to drive him for a couple of extra yards. Edds is usually in the pile if there's a gang-tackle situation, but does show an ability to bring his man down in the open field.

Coverage

As noted, this is Edds' strong suit. In the Patriots-Colts game, he was sometimes employed in underneath zone coverage (usually David Harris' role in Ryan's defense) and sometimes would latch onto a slot receiver or tight end downfield or key a running back. Then, later on in that game, he was tasked with covering the deep middle. This led to him seeing a lot of coverage assignments against the likes of Wes Welker, Gronkowski and Edelman. Hardly any of the damage was done against Edds, but the Tampa-Two look was a complete failure as Tom Brady just picked the defense apart underneath. Still, the Colts (a very poor team that year) stayed competitive and only lost by seven.

Edds seemed to be in a good position more often than not and didn't let anyone get behind him. He had a good sense of the five yard contact buffer zone and used it to his advantage. In particular, Edds made a lot of plays where he allowed the receiver to make the catch on third down but tackled them short of the marker to force a punt.

Instincts

Edds is regarded as smart and the fact that he was already able to contribute in two different positions shows that he could be a versatile player that will adjust well to different situations. He didn't make any obvious mistakes in coverage, although I would note that there were a few times where he continued to run deep with a receiver and didn't realize that the ball had been passed underneath, so he ran himself out of the play when he could have turned around and made a tackle. He does seem to read the game well and avoid getting caught up in traffic but perhaps could have reacted a beat sooner on some running plays, to make the tackle before the runner can build up any momentum.

Playbook

Iowa and Indianapolis don't really have too much in common with the Jets' system, so there may be a learning curve there. However, New England's system - while there are still some differences - does have more common elements, so having passed through there may help the transition. As noted, he's regarded as smart, so hopefully will pick up the system sooner rather than later.

Athleticism

On the broadcast of one of the games I watched, the announcer described Edds as "not a guy that wows you athletically, but still constantly around the football" (or words to that effect). I'd go along with that (although he wasn't around the football that much when he was covering the deep middle because Tom Brady just kept throwing underneath). Still, Edds has impressive size and can run with a tight end or on special teams, so he's not necessarily unathletic.

Special Teams

This is where Edds will likely have to carve himself a niche. He contributed in kick and punt coverage, playing both guard and tackle on the punt unit, so he was able to show that he could get downfield and block a punt rusher. On one play on the punt return unit he was called for a holding penalty at the line, but that was an aggressive block on one of the linemen, where he just took it too far over the edge and pulled him down. There were two plays on special teams where he was knocked down but got up to make the tackle, showing a good desire to keep playing to the whistle.

Injuries

As noted, Edds has suffered a torn ACL on two occasions. Other than that, he had a concussion in 2011. He also missed the last few games of the 2011 season after suffering an ankle injury on a dirty block by Nate Solder on the final defensive play of the Patriots-Colts game where he first played a significant role on defense.

Overall

Having not even been on the 90-man roster a week ago, Edds would appear to be the longest of long-shots to make the team and have any meaningful contributions during the season. However, it's not entirely unheard of for a tryout player to end up on the active roster (James Ihedigbo and Matt Simms being the two most recent examples).

Edds could in theory appear on the depth chart as a back-up for either Pace or Davis and that versatility helps his chances. The fact the Jets drafted three guys who are also competing for those roles does not, although he obviously shone brightly in comparison to them last week.

If Edds can stay healthy, he could contribute as a special teamer, a backup at more than one position and could maybe even stake a claim to being a regular in certain packages that could make use of his coverage abilities. After the draft, Rex Ryan spoke about his plans for Nick Bellore and Jeremiah George. Throwing Edds into that mix could be a good hedge against either injuries or the rookie not catching on as fast as the Jets are hoping.

I'll be back with a look at Zusevics later this week.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

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As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

Click below to listen

 

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team.  Today we'll look at defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time anybody saw Christian Hackenberg in a game was the preseason finale almost a year ago. It was a disaster. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception, too.

It was a much, much different and better Hackenberg that the Jets got to see on Saturday night.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Josh McCown threw the Jets' first touchdown of the preseason and the team's defense tallied eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets kept the Titans out of the endzone for the duration of the game, allowing only a field goal on a five-play, 49-yard drive in the third quarter. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The good news is the Jets really have no choice but to play most of their starters in their preseason opener. Or maybe that's the bad news given the low expectations for this team.

But Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles have promised competition all summer long for almost every job on the roster, and the competition begins for real against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Not all jobs are up for grabs, of course, but quite a few are.

Here's an inside look at some of the battles and 10 intriguing players to watch:

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

Some of the Jets' newest additions, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and S Marcus Maye, had high praise for their new head coach, Todd Bowles. 

Both appeared on SNY's The Jet Stream podcast, and when asked who is most impactful to the Jets this season, Seferian-Jenkins showed love to his coach. 

"I would definitely say, first of all, coach Bowles," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon. "I never had a coach like that, that really just says a real, honest thing. Just tells you the truth. He doesn't want to lie to you, he doesn't want to sugarcoat anything. I think he's a phenomenal coach."

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