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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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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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)

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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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)

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)

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)

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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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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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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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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp to preview their first preseason game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, August 12.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The memories of Christian Hackenberg from last season are few and not very good. He had two ugly preseason performances and then was buried on the depth chart, only resurfacing to occasionally misfire in practice. His future didn't appear bright at all.

That's why all eyes will be on Hackenberg when the Jets open up their preseason slate against the Tennesssee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

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Jeane Coakley breaks down the latest news and updates from Jets camp as they get ready for their first preseason game on Saturday.

 

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Jets corner Buster Skrine thinks this year's secondary will not only be an improvement over last year's but that the group also has the potential to stand out. 

"This is my seventh year in the NFL and this is one of the most aggressive groups I've been around - and confident," Skrine said, according to Newsday.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg had another tough day at practice Wednesday, throwing two interceptions during team drills. It marked the second straight day that Hackenberg threw two picks during 11-on-11 drills. 

The second-year quarterback had not thrown an interception during his first eight practices of training camp. Head coach Todd Bowles is still confident in what Hackenberg can do on the field, regardless of what has happened the last two days. 

"It's practice," Bowles told reporters Wednesday. "The defense has got to get turnovers. I'd be concerned if they weren't. They got two today, but we're cleaning some things up, and we're learning as we go. It's going to be up and down every day, so we'll just go from there."

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Though the Jets lost WR Quincy Enunwa for the rest of the season, the other receivers are not viewing it as a setback, per Newsday's Kimberly A. Martin.

Leading the wide receiver corps now is WR Robby Anderson who saw limited time in his rookie year last season. The 24-year-old viewed the situation entirely different than the reporters asking him questions after practice Tuesday. 

"It's not a challenge," Anderson said, "it's an opportunity."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp in Florham Park to discuss the Jets' depth chart and how the offense can stay competitive this season.

 

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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Todd Bowles has had more than enough of the Sheldon Richardson-Brandon Marshall feud.

After 11 months of sniping back and forth between the two of them, and one day after Richardson reignited the war by ripping Marshall in a radio interview, the Jets coach made it clear he's had enough of their fighting. Bowles even grew testy with the media when asked about Richardson's latest remarks.

 

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Jets rookie S Marcus Maye has been one of the best players at training camp so far, per NY Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

Maye, the Jets' second-round pick out of Florida, was known to be extremely aggressive and instinctive coming in, and he has certainly shown CB Morris Claiborne he is NFL-ready.

"You can tell: He's a guy that's all about his business," Claiborne said. "He's just aggressive and smart. You wouldn't expect the football smarts from him at this stage. But he's picking up the defense well and going out and making plays."

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