Yesterday, the Jets signed free agent wide receiver Ben Obomanu. Jets fans might not know too much about Obomanu, so I’ve been looking at game footage in detail to investigate what he could bring to the table.

Obomanu is a 6-1, 205 pound receiver who was a 7th round pick out of Auburn in 2006. He has 4.45 speed and has caught 100 passes for 1,383 yards and seven touchdowns (including postseason games) in his career, the majority of which came in 2010 and 2011. He caught just four passes last year and missed the second half of the season with a wrist injury. He signed a one-year, minimum salary deal with the Jets per Jason at OTC.

After the jump, I review Obomanu's career and look in detail at footage from 2012 to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Ben Obomanu?

Obomanu was never an elite college player at Auburn, registering 97 catches and 18 touchdowns in four years. He never led the team in receiving yards, although he did lead them in receptions with a career-best 33 in his senior year. He ran a 4.45 at the 2006 scouting combine and showcased his athleticism with a 41 inch vertical and a 121 inch broad jump at his pro day as he would end up being drafted in the seventh round by the Seahawks.

After spending his rookie year on the practice squad, Obomanu made his debut in 2007. He had what looked like it might be a breakout game in week three, catching four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Saints. However, over the course of the rest of the regular season he didn't have another game with more than one catch, finishing with 12 catches on 29 targets. In the second round of the playoffs against the Packers, he had four catches for 63 yards and although the Seahawks lost, it gave them hope he was ready to step up in year two.

Unfortunately, he broke his collarbone in preseason and was placed on injured reserve missing the entire 2008 season. He didn't play much on offense in 2009 (just 64 snaps), but did carve a niche for himself on special teams, with 12 tackles. He ended up with just four catches and one lost fumble. In 2010, he finally got more of a chance, earning a starting role by week 11 and finishing with 30 catches and career highs for yards (494) and touchdowns (four), including a career-best 159-yard game against the Chiefs. He also had nine more catches in two postseason games. In 2011 he had another good year with a career high 37 catches and his second career 100-yard game.

2012 would prove to be a disappointing year as he caught just four passes and then suffered a wrist injury which saw him placed on injured reserve. He played 150 snaps in eight games and was targeted just eight times. The Seahawks were due to pay him $2.3m in 2013, so he became a cap casualty and joins the Jets who have roster spots up for grabs at the receiver positions, as well as a couple of injuries making front line reps available.

The Numbers

Five seasons (plus one spent on IR)

66 games

13 starts, of which seven were in 2011

87 catches, 1,209 yards, seven touchdowns (plus 13-174 in four postseason games)

13.9 yards per catch

57% catch rate

13 drops, of which eight were in 2011

Four carries for 41 yards (three first downs)

One fumble (lost) on offense, one fumble (not lost) on special teams

16 kick returns for 381 yards (23.8 average, 45 long)

29 special teams tackles, including 12 in 2009, two missed tackles, two penalties

Three offensive penalties committed

16 20+ yard plays and six 40+ yard plays

Let's look at footage from 2012 to get a sense of what he brought to the table last year before going into more detail about his abilities based on the highlights from earlier years.

2012 Preseason

Obomanu opened preseason as a starter, but missed the second and third preseason games with a minor injury and ultimately didn't make much of an impact with no catches on three targets and a five yard loss on his only touch (an end around). None of this was really his fault though - one pass was intercepted by linebacker Colin McCarthy who dropped into the passing lane and made a leaping catch, one was broken up on a back shoulder throw where the defender grabbed him before the ball arrived and should have been flagged and the other was also broken up as he was open near the goal line but the throw was made too late and the cornerback jumped the route. The end around wasn't his fault either, as he had nowhere to go. However, his failure to make an impact with the ongoing competition pushed him down the depth chart as there were reports that his drops issue from 2011 carried over into camp. Braylon Edwards would beat out Terrell Owens for the last spot with Obomanu's place on the team pretty safe due to his special teams contributions.

Week 1 - at Arizona

Obomanu was targeted just once in this game on a deep ball that was way overthrown. He didn't really get separation anyway. He did make an impact on special teams, making a good tackle in punt coverage despite being double teamed and also drawing a blatant holding penalty.

Week 2 - Dallas

Obomanu didn't make any impact in this game despite a season high 28 snaps. He did record a special teams tackle just before half time, falling on the punt returner for no gain following a muff.

Week 3 - Green Bay

Obomanu made his first catch of the season in this game on an eight yarder over the middle. He was targeted two other times, one on an out pattern where he was open but the throw wasn't wide enough and the defensive back got his fingertips to it and the other on a play where the quarterback basically threw the ball away to avoid pressure. Again he flashed on special teams, assisting on a tackle in punt coverage and downing a punt at the one. He did miss a block that allowed Sam Shields to come off the edge to stuff a run though.

Week 4 - at St. Louis

Obomanu's only contributions in this game were as a blocker. He had a couple of good second level blocks, including this one from the slot to spring Marshawn Lynch for a touchdown. However, he also failed to sustain a block on the outside, allowing his man to prevent the Seahawks from converting on a short yardage play and had another play where he allowed his man to get downhill to bottle up a run.

Week 5 - at Carolina

Obomanu made a nice play in this one, as he got the ball on an end around and found himself one on one against Charles Johnson in space. He put a move on Johnson and gained 11, but it would have been more if he didn't slip. He also had a holding penalty to negate an 11-yard run by Lynch, although this was a pretty bad call and looked to be a solid downfield block.

Week 6 - New England

Obomanu was targeted once in this game, but it was a low percentage play as they threw a jump ball down the middle on 3rd and 20 and Tavon Wilson broke it up. He also let Devin McCourty get off his block on a 3rd and five to make the stop for no gain.

Week 7 - at San Francisco

Obomanu finally got some decent looks in this game, catching three passes for 50 yards. His first catch was this 36-yarder as he made the catch down the seam and ran for additional yardage, only to slip again. His next catch was a swing pass that went for a two yard loss because of a bad block by Golden Tate. Finally, he caught this 16-yarder down the seam, but came up just short of the marker on 4th and 17, enabling the 49ers to run out the clock. He was targeted one other time, on a third down sticks play, but the throw was made late and too high. He did have one good block, coming from out wide to block down on the safety and enable Robert Turbin to get outside for a nice gain.

Week 8 - Detroit

Obomanu's last appearance of the season was highlighted by another good block to lead to this long touchdown by Lynch. The only real impact he made other than that was to recover a kickoff that was muffed by Leon Washington in the last minute.

Observations

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

Usage - Obomanu plays on the outside the majority of the time (about 75%) but has been used in the slot too. In 2012, he was in the slot for 50 snaps.

Deep threat - Obomanu is a true deep threat, unlike Chaz Schilens who was portrayed as a deep threat by the media last year due to his speed, despite the fact he'd only caught one long pass in the NFL and had always operated as a possession receiver. Obomanu can get separation down the field, as evidenced by the fact that 13 of his 66 receptions in 2010 and 2011 came on passes more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He's even had success against some good corners. I have several clips to illustrate this: Here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Blocking - As shown by a couple of the plays from 2012 linked to above, Obomanu has the ability to make some good blocks. It doesn't always hold true but often when a receiver plays a lot of special teams, they also fare well as a blocker because they're more used to physical play and hard work. He isn't perfect as a blocker, but is certainly willing and seems to do a good job of finding a man in space and sustaining his block by typical wide receiver standards.

Routes - Obomanu seems to be a decent route runner and is able to get separation downfield and in short-to-intermediate areas. He perhaps doesn't run the crispest of routes at times, but that's common among speedy players that don't need to have perfect technique to get open and I didn't see him run the wrong route or any signs of laziness. One place Obomanu's route running skills have been displayed is in the red zone. Look at the various ways he gets open on these touchdowns: Here, here, here, here and here. Red zone production could be somewhere the Jets need some help, especially with Dustin Keller's departure.

Hands - As noted elsewhere, Obomanu had a bad year for drops in 2011, with eight in 56 targets. That gave him the eighth worst drop rate in the NFL for receivers with a 25% snap count or higher. However, over the rest of his career, he's dropped just five balls on 97 targets. That's a drop rate only two receivers with more than 100 targets bettered last year, Anquan Boldin and Roddy White, so hopefully 2011 was an aberration. Looking at the footage, he doesn't look like the most natural pass catcher, but does catch the ball with his hands rather than his body. Having said that, there weren't many examples I saw of him making a spectacular catch, although he did go up to get the ball well on a few of the long passes linked above.

Looking at the drops he made in 2011, one was a concentration drop and the rest came under the category of non-routine catches that went off his fingertips, were thrown slightly behind him or went through his hands as he jumped for ball. One was an attempted one-hander and another saw him lose the ball as the defender hit him, knocking him out. Also, three of the drops came in the last game of the year, so he only had five in the first 15 games. In college, he had one high-profile drop to cause his team to lose to Eli Manning's Ole Miss, but none of his NFL drops have been as bad as that one.

Yards after the catch - This is an area where you might expect Obomanu to be outstanding, given his speed. However, in 2011, he averaged just 3.7 yards after the catch per reception, well below average. In 2010, he was a much better 5.8 YAC/reception, good for 11th best in the league. However, 50 of those yards came on an 87-yard touchdown where there was a coverage breakdown and he ran untouched to the end zone. If you exclude that play, it drops to 4.7 YAC/reception and down to 40th in the league. In terms of breaking tackles to make extra yardage, he had 11 broken tackles on 66 catches in 2010 and 2011. By way of comparison, Jeremey Kerley had seven on 56 catches last year, so that stacks up reasonably well. Kerley averaged 5.4 YAC/reception. Here is one play where he caught a short pass and ran for extra yardage.

Special Teams - This is one area where Obomanu was really impressive. The Jets already have a decent pair of gunners in Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant - and Joe McKnight is perhaps even better, although the Jets seem reluctant to use him in that role. Based on the footage here, Obomanu would seem to be an upgrade. He consistently did an excellent job of getting past the vice to get downfield and didn't allow the return man to elude him when he got down there. He's also returned kicks before, with his longest being a 45-yarder and his average a reasonable 23.8 in 16 attempts. He was working on kick returns at OTA's yesterday, so might be in the mix there.

Demeanor - In doing my due diligence on Obomanu, I found no details of any off-field issues and watching him on the field, he wasn't particularly demonstrative or excitable. He did show noticeable frustration at himself on a couple of his drops, though, but nothing too significant.

Conclusions

On the face of it, adding a guy that caught just four passes last year and was freely available at the end of May does little to inspire confidence. However, watching the footage of Obomanu was pretty encouraging and he does seem to have something to offer as a third or fourth option. Failing that, he also has the ability to be a solid special teams contributor (although I felt the same way about Mardy Gilyard).

Obomanu can be a good deep threat (and I once again reiterate that although the media said the same thing about Chaz Schilens, it's actually true this time), can contribute with his shiftiness in the red zone and isn't a bad blocker. All-in-all not a bad fallback option to have for depth purposes when some of the contenders for roster spots are unproven.

Whether the move was made with a view to him being a major contributor or just because the Jets were desperate for usable bodies in camp with most of their veterans out remains to be seen, but Obomanu clearly has some talent so could turn some heads in this competition for playing time.

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Peter Schrager of Fox Sports would be "shocked" if the Jets pass on Baker Mayfield if he's available when they pick at No. 3 during Thursday's NFL Draft, he said during Tuesday's Jet Stream Podcast on SNY.

Schrager spoke of "glowing reports" he received from the dinner Mayfield had with team brass a few weeks ago, and thinks the Jets are all-in on Mayfield -- even if Sam Darnold is available at No. 3.

"Everything I've been listening to for the last two, three months has been that Baker Mayfield -- if he's on the board -- is going to be the pick for the Jets," Schrager said. "That might include Sam Darnold as well -- if Darnold somehow falls. I think that they have been in love with Mayfield for this entire time. I'd be shocked if they went with one of the other guys."

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It will be a quarterback. But which one? At least two of Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen will be available when the Jets pick.

Lost in the shuffle a bit has been the fact that the Jets have a third round pick (72nd overall) as well. And SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello recently discussed who the Jets could take with that pick.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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With reports circulating Monday that Wyoming QB Josh Allen is no longer in consideration for the Browns' No. 1 pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter is now reporting that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the conversation. 

Schefter continues by saying the Browns may have their choice in mind for their first overall pick, and before that decision was made, Mayfield was a player in the mix.

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The Jets own the third pick in this year's draft, their highest since 1996. How have they drafted in the first round over the past five years?

2017: Safety Jamal Adams, No. 6

It's too early to tell how Adams' career will pan out, but the signs so far have been promising. He started every game in his rookie year as the Jets' secondary definitely played better than it had in 2016. On the field, Adams had his ups and downs, but he showed flashes of brilliance in a versatile role. Off the field, he's played a big part in the ongoing culture change that has galvanized the team and has also been a useful tool in player recruitment.

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It will be an absolute stunner if the Jets don't take a quarterback after trading up to No. 3 in the NFL Draft, which takes place on Thursday night in Dallas.

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Broadway Joe loves Broadway Baker. Or at least that's what could be Baker Mayfield's nickname if the Jets were to select him with their No. 3 overall pick. 

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Jones played for the division-rival Patriots in 2013 and 2014, where he finished with nine sacks and 79 tackles over 28 career games. He most recently played for the 49ers in 2016, where he had 17 tackles over six games. He did not play for an NFL squad in 2017. 

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The Jets have officially picked up DL Leonard Williams' fifth-year option, keeping Williams with the team through 2019 at least. 

Williams, 23, the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will make $14.2 million in 2019, assuming he's considered a defensive end. If they try to say he's a defensive tackle, the contract will be $11.4 million, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The contract becomes fully guaranteed next March.

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No pressure, right?

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Over the last few weeks, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. With the visits ending earlier this week, let's take a final look at a selection of the players New York brought in.

Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

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"There's one guy in the Draft who has that trait," Orlovsky said earlier this week on SNY's Jet Stream podcast. "And it's Baker Mayfield. He does the same thing when he throws. And I just think that those coaches fall in love with traits of guys that remind them of players that they had success with in the past. I think that they're looking at Baker Mayfield and going 'that's our guy.'"

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Many experts believe Darnold could be the first overall pick by the Browns, and if he doesn't land with Cleveland, then the Giants would scoop him up at No. 2. However, with Josh Allen as Breer's No. 1 pick and the Giants electing to go with Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, Darnold drops in the Jets' lap. 

So, there is no need for the Jets to choose between Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield...

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After a year out of football, No. 74 is officially hanging up the cleats. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: On the lists of favorite players and all-time greats, you'll rarely find a center. They're buried in the trenches, often noticed only when a bad snap happens or a defensive tackle breaks through.

The same was probably true for Nick Mangold during his 11 NFL seasons - rarely noticed from the outside and incredibly underappreciated game to game. Yet somehow he still emerged from his long career as a fan favorite. And he definitely emerged as one of the Jets' all-time greats.

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets were awarded kicker Nick Rose on Monday after the Los Angeles Chargers placed him on waivers, the team announced.

Rose made 11 of 14 field goals in 10 games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins last season and converted on 23 of 26 extra points. He went 1-for-3 as a member of the Chargers in Weeks 16 and 17, and 10-for-11 in eight games with Washington. His longest make last year was 55 yards.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

Badet spent most of his collegiate career at Kentucky, but saw some high profile action last year after transferring to Oklahoma. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but if he had been, his pro day numbers for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump would all have ranked first or second at the receiver position.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. 

Sanchez, who last played for the Jets in 2013, was the Bear's third-string quarterback last season. He claimed that "unknowing supplement contamination" was the reason for his drug test to turn up positive. 

The 31-year-old took to Instagram to explain the whole story...

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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Jets have already begun condensing their roster for next season as the team announced several cuts on Friday. 

Among them was former Bears RB Jeremy Langford, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets worth $630,000 this offseason. The 26-year-old spent time jumping through practice squads last season, and though he was promoted to the Ravens' 53-man roster, an injury pushed him to the IR the same week he joined the team. 

Langford was released following his IR placement, and the former fourth-round pick wouldn't see time for the rest of the season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

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The Jets are taking a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft. They know it. Everyone knows it. And they know everyone knows it. "I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind to think otherwise," was how one team official said it. The only lingering question is: Which one?

The Jets have had or will have had private meetings and workouts with all of the top four, and GM Mike Maccagnan has made the rounds at their Pro Days. When they traded up to No. 3 they were convinced that they'd be happy with choosing from whichever two (or three) fell to them. And obviously at least two of the Big Four -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen -- will still be there...

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