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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It hasn't been the start LB Lorenzo Mauldin wanted for his NFL career. 

The former 2015 third-rounder had two inconsistent seasons to begin his time with the Jets, and last season wasn't much better with season-ending surgery to repair his back. 

So, entering 2018 with just one year left on his rookie contract, Mauldin knows what he is playing for at this point. 

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When the Jets drafted QB Sam Darnold, it appeared inevitable that their former second-rounder, QB Christian Hackenberg, was the odd man out with four quarterbacks on the roster. 

That is why Jets fans probably weren't surprised to hear Hackenberg was traded to the Raiders Monday for a 2019 conditional seventh-round draft pick. And they also shouldn't be surprised to hear head coach Todd Bowles' reasoning on the matter as well.

"We have three quarterbacks. Obviously, we drafted Sam in the first. We like Teddy (Bridgewater). We like Josh (McCown). We just had one too many to get all of them reps, so we held him out today just because we had things in the works in case something happened," Bowles said after the team's first OTA on Tuesday. "So we just wanted to go with the three quarterbacks that we have and let these guys battle it out."

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The Daily News Live panel discusses the NFL owners' new national anthem policy and Jets owner Christopher Johnson's plan to resist it.

In the wake of the NFL's new national anthem policy, which requires all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" or stay in the locker room or another inside area until the anthem is completed, Jets owner Christopher Johnson said he would pay any fines the team gets if it happens.

In the new policy, which the NFLPA immediately fired back at, it says those who violate the policy will receive "appropriate discipline" from the commissioner. 

"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules," Johnson told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."

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The NFL announced a new national anthem policy on Wednesday, requiring all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

That policy, which stemmed from many players kneeling in protest last season for social justice reasons, was immediately challenged by the NFLPA, which issued a statement saying it would "review the new 'policy' and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."

In its statement, the NFLPA says the NFL "chose to not consult the union" while developing the new policy, and said that the vote by NFL club CEOs "contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values, and patriotism of our League."

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When the Jets claimed former Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia last week, it was one of the more interesting moves off the offseason. Garcia was selected with the 85th overall pick in the third round of last year's draft, but the Patriots have opted to give up on him already after a challenging rookie season.

For the Jets, it's a low-risk move to pick up a player with untapped potential, and could prove to be great value as he will remain on his rookie deal for three more years. If the move doesn't work out, the Jets won't owe Garcia any money or bear any kind of a cap hit, so they have little to lose.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks about Christian Hackenberg being traded to the Raiders, and why the QB struggled with the Jets.

The Jets have traded QB Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019, head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday. 

"We did everything we could," Bowles said about working with Hackenberg. "Sometimes it just doesn't work out."

Bowles added that Hackenberg was held out of OTAs on purpose on Tuesday in case a deal involving him was reached. Hackenberg had been lost in the shuffle in the Jets' QB logjam, with Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, and Teddy Bridgewater ahead of him on the depth chart. 

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Check out Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Quincy Enunwa and more in action at Jets OTAs on Tuesday in Florham Park.

The Jets took the field in Florham Park on Tuesday to kick off their first OTA session leading up to training camp in June. 

Of course, the biggest storyline heading into the new year for Gang Green is what will Sam Darnold's role be in his rookie season. Here he is already getting work in as practice begins.

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Jets WR Terrelle Pryor was one of the most notable players missing at the team's first OTA on Tuesday, and it wasn't because he didn't want to show up. 

Pryor, who had ankle surgery last November, has reportedly suffered another ankle injury this offseason, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 28-year-old converted receiver played in just nine games last season with the Redskins before a season-ending ankle injury ruined his one-year, "prove it" deal in Washington. He signed another with the Jets this offseason worth $4.5 million.

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The Jets signed fourth-round pick Chris Herndon, a tight end out of Miami (Fla.), on Monday, leaving first-round pick Sam Darnold as New York's only unsigned draftee.

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The Jets had a boatload of cap space as well as the No. 3 overall draft pick to work with this offseason. And LB Darron Lee thinks the moves made using those resources have looked good thus far.

The most notable of the acquisitions made by GM Mike Maccagnan include CB Trumaine Johnson, LB Avery Williamson, and first-round draft pick QB Sam Darnold. These three players are the crucial chess pieces Lee thinks will help them now and in the future.

"This is a game of chess, not checkers," Lee told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "Adding those important pieces like Tru, Avery, and Sam is huge. It has us going in the right direction in my opinion, but implementing those guys in our brotherhood and our standard in what we have here is huge. Seeing how they're abiding by it also and they're jelling in smoothly with it -- it makes you excited. It can't help but make you excited because they're buying in."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence about the legalization of sports betting that the United States Supreme Court voted in favor for on May 14.

This enormously impacts the professional sporting world as Congress could now regulate sports betting if they wish to do so. However, if they elect not to, each State is allowed to act on its own in implementing their own system.

No matter what happened, Goodell's top priority is making sure that the integrity of the game continues to flourish moving forward with the ruling...

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With the first of their three sixth-round picks in last month's draft, the Jets selected Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson. This regime has already brought in several young cornerbacks, but none of them have managed to separate themselves from the pack.

Does Nickerson's skill-set give him a chance to eventually become the home-grown starter they've been trying to develop?

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The Jets have signed DT Nathan Shepherd, who they drafted 72nd overall last month out of Fort Hays State.

Shepherd was an Division II All-America selection in his 2016 and 2017 seasons. Last season, he tallied 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) and four sacks. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If you're a team like the Jets, still in the beginning stages of a total rebuild, you can take a chance on raw players like Nathan Shepherd, a Canadian who was a smallish linebacker in high school before growing into an NFL-caliber defensive tackle at Division II Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo. 

Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.

"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said...

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Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.

"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"

And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him...

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for a special edition of The Jet Stream podcast where they take a deep dive into the Jets' newest quarterback, Sam Darnold. The guys chat with Sam's former offensive coordinator from USC, Tee Martin, about the kid's emergence in college and how he compares to Peyton Manning. Later, Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, joins the show to discuss what he's like off the field and his competitiveness on it.

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Robby Anderson's felony resisting arrest with violence charge stemming from an incident at an event in Miami in May, 2017 will be dropped, his attorney, Ed O'Donnell told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

While Anderson's 2017 issue will be resolved, he is still dealing with his recent reckless driving arrest.

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On day three of the draft, the Jets opted to trade a seventh-round pick for former Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson. However, this move has flown under the radar somewhat with the focus on the players brought in via the draft.  

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The Jets still have some money to spend, which is why they will be hosting free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro this week at their facility, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall by the Saints back in 2013, where he has spent the last five season. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 104 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defended. 

Last season, the 27-year-old tallied 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble over 14 games. 

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets had back-to-back picks in the sixth round of last month's draft, and they used the second of them to select defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the No. 180 pick. Let's provide some insight into what Fatukasi brings to the table and how he might fit in should he make the team.

Fatukasi is a player whose run-stuffing abilities have stood out over the past four seasons with UConn. He's strong at the point of attack, can get off blocks to make plays in the running game and can create penetration either with his strength or quickness.

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South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets claimed former Patriots offensive lineman Antonio Garcia off waivers and cut kicker Nick Rose, the team announced on Monday.

Garcia, 24, was a third-round pick last season but did not appear in a game after he had reportedly developed blood clots in his lungs, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86. 

Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."

However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him...

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park on Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorst added that every professional sports league had been involved, but with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.

Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.

"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With their final pick of the 2018 draft, the Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

In the post-draft Honeymoon period, most fans, players and media alike are heaping praise on QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's teammate T Kelvin Beachum wants to wait before he fully joins the fray. 

Beachum started all 16 games for the Jets last season, blocking for Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. At some point this season, he may be blocking for Darnold. 

"I've heard that he is a great person," Beachum said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I'm excited to get him in that room." 

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets have four quarterbacks on their roster, which seems like one too many. They cut Bryce Petty last week to clear at least a little room on their depth chart, but they still have another move to make. Or maybe two.

Whatever they end up doing, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't as clear cut as some think, from the identity of the Opening Day starter all the way down to the likely odd-man out. As Todd Bowles said last weekend, the Jets are "open to anything right now" -- especially at quarterback.

"We're going to let it all play out before make those kinds of decisions," he said.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.

Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.

Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets selected tight end Chris Herndon with the first of their day three picks in the 2018 draft last month. Herndon, who went to college at Miami, was injured towards the end of the 2017 season, which may have prevented him from going earlier. The Jets scooped him up with the 107th overall pick and will be hoping he proves to be a bargain. Let's weigh up his likely role in 2018 before reviewing his strengths and weaknesses.

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