Free agency is underway and the Jets have already signed a few guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. Over the next week or so (and throughout the free agent signing window), I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013.

In case you missed it, I looked at Antonio Garay yesterday. Today we move on to DE/OLB Antwan Barnes.

The 28-year old is 6-1 and 250-pounds and, like Antonio Garay, has been with the Chargers since 2009. He signed a three-year contract worth a possible $6m and looks set to compete for playing time on the outside following the departure of Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace.

Drafted in the fourth round out of Florida International, Barnes played two years with Rex Ryan's Baltimore Ravens before joining the Philadelphia Eagles and moving on to the Chargers.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at how well he performed last season, before considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Antwan Barnes?

Barnes played both as a defensive end and outside linebacker in college, where he set a school record for sacks, with 11 of his 22 career sacks coming in 2005. He rose up draft boards following a sparkling performance at the combine, where he ran a 4.43 forty and had 31 bench press reps, a 35-inch vertical and a broad jump of over 10 feet. The Ravens would eventually pick him in the fourth round.

Barnes made headlines almost instantly, as he was fined $12,500 for a vicious cheap shot on Eagles punter Sav Rocca in preseason. As a rookie he was primarily a special teamer, but did record 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He first gained some recognition by schooling Matt Light for a sack on Monday Night Football as the Ravens nearly knocked off the unbeaten Patriots in the game best remembered for Bart Scott throwing the penalty flag into the crowd, then added his second career sack against Miami a few weeks later.

In 2008, he played 13 games, but couldn't add to his sack totals, although he did manage to register five tackles, two QB hits and 11 pressures, as well as a pass defensed. 2009 began well for him, as he picked up his first career interception on this play, but it wasn't until later in the season that he started to see regular time, recording three more sacks. The Eagles traded a late round pick for him in 2010, but he didn't play much over the first few games and they ended up releasing him with just two tackles in two games to his name. San Diego picked him up and he has been there ever since, although the Jets did try and sign him two years ago. In 2010, he had 4.5 sacks and then in 2011 he earned more playing time, including five starts, when Shaun Phillips got hurt. Barnes would rack up a healthy 11 sacks and a career high 39 tackles.

In 2012, the Chargers brought Jarret Johnson and Melvin Ingram aboard, which with Phillips, Barnes and Larry English all already on the team created a bit of a log jam. With his playing time down, Barnes was still productive primarily in a sub-package role, but ended up with just three sacks and nine tackles, before being placed on injured reserve when he suffered a hamstring injury in week 13. Barnes averaged about 15 snaps per game, so let's look at what he did last season.

2012 Season

Week 1 - at Oakland

Barnes got his season off to a good start with a fumble recovery on this play. He would later add three pressures, showing an ability to get to the quarterback in a variety of ways. The first saw him make a quick step to the inside of the left tackle, the next saw him bullrush to push the left tackle back and flush the quarterback out of the pocket and the last saw him drive with a good initial thrust from the left side and then get around his man's outside shoulder.

Week 2 - v Tennessee

He didn't make much of an impact in week two as he saw action on just 10 snaps, recording one tackle.

Week 3 - at Atlanta

Barnes had two sacks and a pressure in this one, although one of the sacks was negated by a defensive penalty in the secondary. That one saw him blow by an attempted chip block by the slot receiver, who then stepped back and tripped the left tackle over so that Barnes could chase down Matt Ryan close to his own goal line. The one that did count saw him get inside leverage with a strong bullrush. He recorded a pressure on a play where he was initially blocked, but came off his man to the inside when Ryan stepped up in the pocket.

Week 4 - at KC

He saw more action in week four but didn't manage to generate any pressure. However, he made a good play against the run, setting the edge well and then coming off his block as the runner cut back inside to make a tackle for a loss.

Week 5 - at NO

In this game, Barnes saw a season high 31 snaps (in 2011, there were six games where he played more than 40). He got pressure on a number of occasions. First, he dipped his shoulder to the inside and then blew by the right tackle on the outside (although Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass on the play anyway). He then blew by the left tackle and chased Brees from behind as he rolled out to the right, hitting him as he threw a dump off for a short gain. Finally, he again got round the outside and Brees stepped up and rushed his throw, which was intercepted.

Week 6 - v Denver

Barnes was only on the field for seven snaps in this one, although he did make one good play, reacting well on a 3rd and 11 draw play to come off his block on the edge and make the tackle.

Week 8 - at Cleveland

In this game, he was only on the field for 12 snaps, but did make a couple of impact plays. He was able to hit the quarterback, coming off his man as the QB looked to escape pressure off the edge and he reacted well to blow up an attempted draw play on 3rd and long for no gain. There was also a short yardage play where they exploited him in the running game. This was well-designed, with the tight end coming back to block Barnes from the side to set the edge, something he obviously wasn't expecting.

Week 9 - v KC

Barnes got some good pressure in this one, although he also jumped offside on a key 3rd and five play. Again, he showed a variety of different ways of getting to the quarterback. First of all, he was standing up in the middle of the line and used his quickness to avoid the center on a blitz up the middle. Then he made an inside move from the right defensive end position - this pressure led to a pick six. Finally, he got to the quarterback cleanly on a well-exectuted stunt to the inside, but the quarterback was able to get rid of a quick throw.

Week 11 - at Denver

In Denver, he only saw action on six snaps, but did make an impact with a fumble recovery on a play where the halfback caught a pass and then the ball squirted out to Barnes. This might actually have been an interception rather than a fumble, but since the ball never hit the ground, the Broncos had no reason to challenge it.

Week 12 - v Baltimore

This was Barnes' most productive game of the year, with two sacks and a pressure. His first sack saw him size up the right tackle and get him on his heels, then just blow by him. His second saw him blow by the left tackle on the outside and strip the ball loose from Joe Flacco. There was one short yardage play where he was unable to set the edge. Again, this was a well designed play where the receiver motioned to his outside shoulder and then blocked him to the inside to prevent him from getting outside.

Week 13 - v Cincinnati

Barnes left the game early with a hamstring injury. In 14 snaps, the only thing of note he did was to commit a neutral zone infraction penalty. Barnes was then placed on injured reserve for the rest of the year.

Conclusions

Let's summarize my observations into categories:

Position

While Barnes is listed as a DE/OLB, he has played the majority of the time with his hand down (and made most of his better plays in that role). He only played 24 snaps from a standing position in 2012. However, he did play 203 snaps standing up in 2011 (out of 485 total). He played mostly on the right in 2012, although he did make some plays on the left. He played both sides in 2011.

His position in the Jets' system will most likely be Rush Linebacker, which is Terrell Suggs' role with Baltimore. Suggs also plays that position with his hand down the majority of the time and rarely drops into coverage, so Barnes would appear to be well equipped for this. He could also get some reps as a DE from a three-man front in pass rushing situations.

Pass rush

The best thing about Barnes' pass-rushing is his terrific production. He's been in the top 20 for pass rushing productivity at his position in each of the last five seasons, including 2nd and 3rd in the NFL in 2010 and 2011. Over those five years, he's generated 21.5 sacks, 15 hits and 80 QB pressures in just over 800 pass rush attempts. By way of a comparison, six Jets outside linebackers combined for just under 800 pass rush attempts last year and they generated nine sacks, 10 hits and 45 pressures between them.

Moves

Barnes is not really a technician like Garay, but he sure knows how to use his speed and size to get into the backfield. His best moves are straightforward drive ahead and then change direction type moves, whether that be via a dip of the shoulder, a jab-step or using leverage to create an angle and some separation. The bottom line is that he can win one-on-one matchups better than the Jets' starters at OLB throughout Ryan's tenure.

Run defense

Barnes didn't play against the run much in 2012 - about 20% of the time - but he did play the run almost 40% of the time in 2011, grading positively per PFF, so he has shown the capability to do that. Where Barnes does get caught out in the running game, it's usually by some kind of misdirection. On one play in 2011, he overpursued and got caught on the inside and the runner bounced the run to the edge. On another, he nailed the running back in the backfield, but the quarterback had kept the ball and was able to run for a first down to the outside. There were two examples noted above where he was in position to get outside leverage and set the edge on his man, only for another man to come down the line and surprise him by forcing him to the inside.

Despite these errors, I never saw any evidence that teams were able to exploit him in the running game. He is quick to get off blocks and explode to the ball and seems to hold his ground and read plays pretty well. This enabled him to make plenty of positive plays in the running game too. He also a pretty consistent tackler, with just four missed tackles in the last three seasons.

Coverage

Barnes doesn't drop into coverage very often - approximately once per game over the last five years - but seems capable enough of dropping off into an area to mix up the pass rush looks. You can see that he did that on the fumble and interception videos linked above - and then showed good reactions to the loose ball each time. I've seen concerns expressed that he isn't capable of covering a tight end in a man-to-man assignment, but that's not really something I'd expect him ever to do. He's been targeted in coverage twice in his career, giving up one catch for nine yards.

System Familiarity

As with Garay, the similarities between the Chargers' system and that of the Jets should prepare him well for the Jets' system. However, instead of a couple of months on the practice squad, Barnes has three years of experience playing for Ryan in Baltimore at the beginning of his career, so this should definitely ensure a smooth transition.

Batting passes

Unlike Garay, Barnes does get his hands up on the pass rush. He's been credited with four passes defensed in his NFL career, all of which were either batted at the line or deflected in the passing lane.

Athleticism

Barnes' combine workout numbers are outstanding ... and remarkably similar to those of a guy named Bryan Thomas. However, unlike Thomas, he does display that kind of athleticism on the field - even as he enters his late-twenties. Granted, Thomas was a good 15 pounds and four inches bigger than Barnes, but he was a more pedestrian run-stopping specialist in comparison to the more dynamic Barnes.

Penalties

Barnes has committed 14 penalties in five years, including six in 2011. Most of these are offside or encroachment penalties and - as I mentioned in the context of Garay - it could be a product of the fact that the Chargers get their defensive linemen to try to figure out the snap count and gamble to try and get a jump at times.

Instincts

As noted above, there were a couple of plays in the running game where he was caught out, but he does seem to have good reactions and made some good reads in the running game. Scheme familiarity will help with this.

Motor

Barnes seems to play hard and is capable of handling starter reps. In 2011, he had three games in a row where he was on the field for more than 50 snaps and played well.

Demeanor

Barnes is an excitable player, as shown by his reactions to some of his big plays. This hurt the team in 2011 when he got himself ejected against the Raiders - see footage here. Like Garay and Willie Colon, this could be another player who plays with a chip on his shoulder, which might be just what this team needs.

Overall

Unlike the other players the Jets just acquired, Barnes is entering his prime and hasn't had many injury issues. Even though he was placed on injured reserve late in the season, I get the impression he could still have played, but the Chargers opted to deactivate him to give some reps to young players like Bront Bird and Andrew Gachkar.

One outside-the-box thought I had was that maybe they could develop him into an inside linebacker to play some reps in the JACK role alongside David Harris. This wouldn't necessarily require him to read-and-react as much as a traditional inside linebacker, since his primary objective could still be to attack the line of scrimmage and take out a designated lead blocker. Players like Bart Scott, Adalius Thomas and Mike Vrabel have made such a transition in the past.

While his drop-off in playing time and total production last year is a concern, he still had four sacks (one negated) and likely would have amassed more in the Chargers' last five games, which featured some poor teams (including the Jets, who of course surrendered 11 sacks against them). Although his playing time dipped, his production as a pass rusher was still pretty good, although not as good as in 2010 and 2011 where he was producing at an elite level.

His role with the Jets will depend on how well he can perform against the run, but his performance in that discipline has been pretty consistent, with positive run defense grades for each of the last five years, albeit sometimes in a limited role. With the Jets expected to add at least one more outside linebacker, either via free agency or a high draft pick, Barnes looks set to contend for a starting role, but will certainly be expected to be productive in sub-packages.

There's no reason to believe he won't contribute, even if it's only as a designated pass rusher, but this is another move with upside. If he produce anywhere close to what he did in 2011, this could prove to be a bargain.

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New York Jets outside linebacker Kony Ealy celebrates with his teammates after his interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Kony Ealy celebrates with his teammates after his interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

Kony Ealy is downplaying the obvious story line now.

Sure, the defensive lineman was a Super Bowl star with the Carolina Panthers two seasons ago - and then got traded last March. Ealy is with the New York Jets these days, and insists that his past won't affect his approach.

No matter what team he's facing.

"I'm going to go out here and play the same game I've been playing for about eight weeks now," Ealy said Wednesday, "and try to focus on getting that `W.'"

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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a time this summer when it seemed that the only quarterback decision Jets GM Mike Maccagnan would have to make next spring was "Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen?" The Jets were going to stink. They were going to have one of the top two picks in the draft. One of those quarterback prospects would belong to them.

Three months and four wins later, the name of the future Jets quarterback is a little hazier. Darnold and Rosen remain in play, but it may take some maneuvering for the Jets to land them. They have options on the roster and can be players in free agency, too.

So it's a wide-open competition to see who'll be the Jets starting quarterback on Opening Day of the 2018 season. Here's a look at some of the choices they're likely to have...

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Despite early indications suggesting otherwise, Matt Forte (knee) was unable to practice again on Thursday. Forte has been out since first being injured on Nov. 2 against the Bills.

Rashard Robinson (illness) was out again, while Muhammad Wilkerson (foot) and Brian Winters (abdomen) were limited. 

Some good news on the injury front for Todd Bowles is that Morris Claiborne (foot) was a full participant. 

Coming off their bye week, the Jets return to action Sunday when they meet the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

At Linden High School's annual Thanksgiving rivalry game against Union High School in New Jersey, former Linden star Muhammad Wilkerson had his jersey no. 91 retired, via NJ.com

Wilkerson is still a vital part of his hometown, with the Jets practice facility less than an hour away, he's a community leader. He founded T.E.A.M. 96, a nonprofit focused on mentoring college-bound high school student-athletes, as well as giving out scholarships. 

"Linden Public Schools and the Linden Athletics family is truly honored to retire Muhammad Wilkerson's No. 91 jersey," said Linden Athletic Director Steven Viana, via a Linden Public School System press release. "Muhammad's accomplishments on the field are well-documented, but his contributions to our community and our students are most gratifying. He is a mainstay at our events, an avid supporter of anything and everything Linden."

Union spoiled Wilkerson's day by beating Linden 21-18.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today…

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The Jets will practice again today at Florham Park. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, the club announced Wednesday. 

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the deal is for two years.

The 32-year-old started 15 games for the Jets last season in what was statistically the worst year of his 10-year career.

The Jets cut Revis last Feb. 28, which freed more than $9 million in cap space.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

RB Matt Forte (knee), LT Kelvin Beachum (personal) and CB Rashard Robinson (illness) were the only Jets to not participate in Wednesday's practice. 

Forte was injured during the Jets' 34-21 win against the Bills on Nov. 2 and has not practiced since. 

CB Morris Claiborne (foot), DL Mo Wilkerson (foot), and G Brian Winters (abdomen) were limited participants.

Coming off their bye, the Jets return to action Sunday when they meet the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

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The Jets will practice again today at Florham Park. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week.  Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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The Manhattan District Attorney has opted not to bring charges against Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin, who was was arrested in June for misdemeanor assault.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

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The Jets practice for the second straight day. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles recently said he won't be switching quarterbacks anytime soon, and current starter Josh McCown agrees with him. 

Despite losing four of their last five games, the Jets are still in the thick of the AFC playoff race as they sit just one game back of the final Wild Card spot. McCown has been leading the Jets' offense all season, and with playoff implications still relevant, he doesn't see a reason to change now. 

"I guess we're both kind of on the same page with that," McCown told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There wasn't a scenario where I saw it either. I think it's good to hear it, but we were already on the same page. So I don't know if that was necessarily a new thing." 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The bye week couldn't have gone much better for the Jets, who sat at home getting rest as the AFC playoff picture collapsed around them.

The Jets may have lost four of their last five games, but thanks to a group of increasingly mediocre, imploding, and very flawed teams in their conference, they just can't seem to slip out of the playoff picture. And in part because the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins lost on Sunday, the Jets will return to action this week just one game back in the race for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

"I think it energizes us more than anything," Jets quarterback Josh McCown said. "We can't look back, obviously. Every team that has lost any game this year across the league would look and wish they had it back, especially if you are in the AFC. But more than anything it energizes us to know that we're still in the thick of things here with the last six weeks to play."

Yes, their schedule is difficult. But at this point, it's possible 8-8 might be good enough to snag the last playoff spot in this top-heavy conference. So the Jets are alive. And here - in current order of the conference standings - is a look at the rag-tag collection of "contenders" that might stand in their way:

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles throws a football during warmups prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles throws a football during warmups prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on Monday:

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Jets mid-season report cards 00:09:19
The Jets Nation crew take a look back at the Jets' first half of the campaign and hand out their mid-season report cards.

Former Jets LB and current SNY Jets contributor Chad Cascadden gives his midseason grades.

Tune in to the Jets Nation Midseason report tonight at 6:30 on SNY!


Offense Overall: (C)

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When Bilal Powell was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Jets, he was joining a backfield that included the legendary LaDainian Tomlinson. 

Powell only appeared in two games that season but the knowledge he picked up from Tomlinson in the Hall of Famer's final season was invaluable to his career...

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Oct 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Oct 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe most important football game for New York will not take place at the Meadowlands on Sunday. It will take place 2,800 miles away at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the future of one or both of the New York teams may be on display Saturday night.

And yes, both the Giants and Jets will both have scouts in the press box watching UCLA take on USC - along with 18 other NFL teams. Their eyes will be fixed on Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen and Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold - the odds-on favorites to be the first and second picks of the 2018 draft.

The Jets, of course, are desperate to find their franchise quarterback. And the Giants are searching for the heir to their 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. Right now, the Giants seem to be in the best position to grab the quarterback they desire. But a few more losses over the final six games, and perhaps a trade up, and the Jets could be in position, too.

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New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets CB Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his hit on Bucs WR DeSean Jackson last Sunday, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The third quarter hit on Jackson yielded an unnecessary roughness penalty. It was the 11th time this season Skrine has been penalized, which is the most by any defensive player in the NFL. 

It is also the second time Skrine has been fined this season. He was docked for a hit on Raiders RB DeAndre Washington in Week 2. 

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The Jets have finally reached their bye week, and it's probably at the right time after a dreadful loss to the Tampa Buccaneers. The guys discuss the defeat, as well as a recap of the season so far.

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The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Friday:

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The Jets are scheduled to return to practice on Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.

The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.


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(Kim Klement)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.

Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.


NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))
NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))

Mike Westhoff, who had been working for SNY as Jets contributor, is coming out of retirement to join the Saints as a coach.

The 69-year old Westhoff, who was a special teams coach for the Jets from 2001 to 2012, is joining the Saints in the same capacity.

"I didn't want to regret something I didn't try," Westhoff said, according to the NY Post.

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Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Steve McLendon
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 (Jerry Lai)
(Jerry Lai)

Former Jet Bart Scott will join Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray as the team to replace Mike Francesa on WFAN, per the NY Daily News. 

The annoucement has yet to be made by WFAN itself, but it was first reported that Carlin and Scott were to take part of the team taking over for the legendary Francesa. 

Scott currently works with ESPN 98.7 while Carlin talks for WIP radio in Philadelphia. Gray works for SI Now and CBS Sports Radio. 

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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Cast your votes below for the Jets offense, defense, special teams and coaching during the first half of the season and see the results on Jets Nation: Mid Season Report on Thursday 11/16 at 6:30PM.

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