The Jets made three waiver claims this week, as well as signing Brady Quinn. We've already looked at Ben Ijalana and Scott Solomon, but today it's the turn for Bent's Game Analysis to look at running back Alex Green. Jets fans might not know too much about Green, so I've been looking at game footage to get some idea of what he brings to the table.

Green is a 6-0, 225-pounder who was a third round pick of the Packers in 2011. He didn't play much in his rookie season, but led the Packers in rushing last season, although he only averaged 3.4 yards per carry and did not score a touchdown. He was released in final cuts after rushing for just 72 yards on 21 carries in preseason. There's a more a detailed look at his performances with the Packers after the jump.

Who is Alex Green?

After transferring from a junior college, the 25-year old Green went to college at Hawaii, where he rushed for 1,199 yards and 18 touchdowns as a Senior. He ran a 4.45 forty at the 2011 scouting combine and the Packers selected him with the 96th overall pick. The Jets now have five of the top 100 picks from that draft on their roster (and seven of the top 126).

In his rookie season, Green played in just four games and saw action on offense in just two. He played a total of seven snaps, carrying three times for 11 yards and catching a six yard pass. He also committed one penalty on special teams.

In 2012, he ended up starting four games and rushed for 464 yards, as well as catching 18 passes for another 125 yards. He displayed an ability to handle a load when he carried at least 20 games for three straight games in October, but averaged just 2.4 yards per carry in those three games and only 3.4 yards per carry for the season as a whole.

If you're wondering if he was more productive in preseason, the answer is a resounding no, as he has averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on 55 preseason carries over the past three seasons. His 3.4 yards per carry this preseason actually represented his best preseason campaign.

Therefore, let's look back at his performances this preseason with the Packers so we can begin to assess his strengths and weaknesses.

2013 Preseason

Week One - Cardinals

Green saw action over the last three quarters but was always in a battle to keep his spot after the Packers had drafted both Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin and retained James Starks. In game one, he rushed seven times for 16 yards. His first six carries all gained between one and three yards, but he did finish up with an eight yard run and he made a cut and a spin move, then fell forward. In pass protection, he reacted late on a blitz pickup and allowed a quarterback hit.

Week Two - Rams

In the second game, he saw action in the second half and rushed for 15 yards on five carries. He also caught a 14-yard pass and had two other runs, one for no gain and one for seven to the outside, negated by penalties. 13 of his rushing yards actually came on one carry, as he made a cut upfield and then another cut at the second level. His 14 yard catch saw him release out for a screen pass and head upfield.

Week Three - Seahawks

In this game, he only played in the fourth quarter, although he did have one highlight on a toss sweep to the outside where he cut back up the seam to gain 31. His other carry went for no gain. In this game, the Packers started using him as a kick returner too and he showed good burst on a 32-yard runback.

Week Four - Chiefs

In the final game, he got the start but none of his seven carries gained more than three yards, gaining 10 in total. He also failed to gain any yards on a screen pass as he slipped over when he caught the ball. He did return one kickoff for 25 yards.

All told, 18 of his 21 carries went for three yards or less and the other three accounted for 52 of his 72 yards. While this is disappointing to say the least, it wasn't like he left a lot of yards on the field, there just wasn't much running room. However, you'd like him to create more than that, especially against backups. This does not bode too well.

Observations

Based on all the regular season footage I watched, here was my take on what Green brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - The Packers don't mess around with their running backs' positions too often. Green split out wide once in preseason and not at all (or in the slot) last year. The only time he wasn't a conventional running back in 2012 was when the Packers were in a victory formation.

He wasn't used a great deal in short yardage situations, carrying just eight times on third down with two yards or less to go. He converted five of these.

Running Ability - While Green's constant low averages are perhaps a cause for concern, some of that can be attributed to the Packers run blocking. They averaged just 3.9 yards per carry as a team and, in the postseason, when Green did not play, they gained just 76 yards on 31 carries. It's not like Green was completely incapable of having a statistically productive performance; in 2012 he had four games where he carried at least 10 times and averaged at least 4.8 yards per carry. At the same time, he had six games where he averaged 3.0 yards per carry or less.

When he does get into the open field, Green can look really good. Check out the moves on this run, the longest of his NFL career. His college highlight reels are littered with plays like that too. Mornhinweg's offense aims to get elusive runners into space and that's what you need to do with Green. Despite having a good combination of size and speed, so far in his NFL career he has needed there to be a hole in order to gain any yardage and doesn't often seem to make something out of nothing.

He doesn't really dance in the backfield and I wouldn't necessarily say he lacks vision, but you don't really see him try to cut back against the grain or anything like that very often.

He did break 12 tackles in 135 carries in 2012, but only averaged 2.1 yards after contact per carry, which is not very good.

Pass Protection - Here is somewhere that Green can help the Jets. He stayed in to block 81 times and gave up just two pressures - good enough for the 7th best pass blocking efficiency rating in the league according to PFF. Where he did surrender pressure, it was because he failed to react in time or made a bad read, not because he was overpowered or missed his block. The Jets' backs gave up four sacks, one hit and nine pressures in just over 200 pass block snaps last year, so Green could play a role on third downs.

Receiving Threat - On the subject of third downs, his pass catching ability is another way he can help the team. Since he struggles to get to the second level on a regular basis, throwing him short passes was a good way for the Packers to get him out in space. He didn't run any routes, they were all on screens, swing passes and checkdowns, but he looks good catching the ball and turning upfield.

Hands - Green's hands aren't perfect, but he does look like a natural pass catcher. According to PFF numbers, he caught 18 passes on 28 targets, but some of those could probably be called throw aways. He did drop two - one on a screen pass where he must have just lost concentration and another on a shovel pass that went off his fingertips. There was also one play where he slipped as he caught the ball on another shovel pass and then had it stripped by a defensive lineman as he tried to get to his feet. However, this was his only NFL fumble.

Injuries - Green's rookie year was cut short when he suffered a knee injury, landing him on injured reserve after just seven games of the season. He'd also suffered an Achilles problem earlier in the year. In 2012, he was listed a few times with knee and shoulder issues and then missed time at the end of the year with a concussion.

Special Teams - Green could help out here. He was on the punt return unit as part of their punt block package and also on the punt unit blocking on the edge and getting out in coverage. He doesn't have any special teams tackles to his name, but did have one penalty. As noted, they gave him a chance to return a couple of kicks and he looked good doing so, but lacks experience as a return man.

Attitude - I didn't see anything from the footage to indicate that Green's attitude was anything out of the ordinary. He did get a taunting penalty in the last preseason game, but they never showed the incident that gave rise to it - and it was offset by an unnecessary roughness call.

Scheme Familiarity - Green obviously comes from a team with a west coast offense, so there should be some familiarity from that standpoint, although I do wonder if Green's initial lack of familiarity with that system is one of the reasons for the slow start to his career. In college, he played in a spread offense, so was used to there being much more running room. In terms of how well he fits the system though, his experience as a pass blocker and ability to catch short passes and make things happen in space should make him a good fit on third downs.

Conclusions

Green's departure from the Packers was inevitable after the two guys they added in the draft and his addition to the Jets could be a short term thing, unless he displays an ability to pick up chunks of yardage in the running game on a more consistent basis.

However, he does have a skill-set that would lend itself well to a third down back role, at least until Mike Goodson is ready to join the fray. He can catch passes and pick up the blitz and if you can get him into space, which Mornhinweg's offense is designed to do, he has the ability to make plays. He may also make contributions on special teams as well, if active.

We'll take a look at Brady Quinn tomorrow...

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(Ed Mulholland)

Jets' first round pick, S Jamal Adams, has already impressed his new teammates, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. 

The Jets were exuberant when Adams fell to their No. 6 slot in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was the player the wanted most. Participating at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Adams has shown his teammates, like CB Morris Claiborne, why the front office was so high on him.

"The things he has done so far?" Claiborne said. "He's unbelievable...He's been out here playing lights out. Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He's having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He's having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that's football." 

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

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The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

The 25-year-old has shown spurts of potential in two seasons with the Jets, but his 2.5 sacks last season isn't the production they had expected. Greene intends to change that, and he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater why he uses this specific approach to his coaching. 

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They'rea ll athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic." 

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A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

Tags: Deion Barnes, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

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Former Jets LB Larry Grantham dies at age 78: Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets' only Super Bowl team in 1969, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Apart from being a Super Bowl Champion, Grantham has been enshrined in the Jets Ring of Honor as well. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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Michelle Yu reports on the passing of former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets Ring of Honor, who was 78 years old.

The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.

Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa to discuss his expectations for himself and the young receivers for the upcoming season.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa after the conclusion of Jets minicamp to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

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Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.  (Bill Wippert/AP)
Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (Bill Wippert/AP)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, the Yankees drop their sixth straight, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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(Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

The Jets selected Maye in the second round of Apri's NFL Draft.

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Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday there is no frontrunner for the srarting quarterback job. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees lose in extra innings, Juan Lagares is injurede in a Mets loss and the Giants ink their first-round pick. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.

Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.


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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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