Earlier this week, the Jets signed Brady Quinn to their active roster so they had a little more experience in terms of their depth at the quarterback position. Unlike most of the pickups this year, most Jets fans probably are pretty familiar with Quinn, but I'm going to take an updated look at how he performed this year in preseason and what he could provide the Jets with if called upon.

The 6-3 Quinn has been in the league since 2007, where he was a first round pick (22nd overall) for the Cleveland Browns. The Jets are his 6th NFL team and he has started 20 games in his career including nine with Denver in 2009 and eight with the Chiefs last year. He has never had a season where he achieved a completion percentage above 58% or a passer rating above 70 in his entire career.

After the jump, I'll briefly review his career so far in more detail and review the footage from preseason to try and evaluate what he could provide the Jets with this year.

Who is Brady Quinn?

The 28-year old Quinn was at one time considered to be a potential number one pick after excelling at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis. However, he dropped to the 22nd pick in the 2007 draft, where he was selected by the Cleveland Browns. He has made just 20 starts over the course of his NFL career with the Browns, Broncos and Chiefs and has also spent time with the Broncos and Seahawks. His career passer rating is just 64.4 and his best season was with Denver in 2009, when he completed just 53% of his passes with a 67.2 passer rating. In 2012, he had a career-best completion percentage of 58% but threw just two touchdowns to eight interceptions. However, he did win the AFC offensive player of the week when he completed 19-of-23 passes and threw two touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to just their second win of the season over Carolina last December.

As regular readers of BGA will know, I don't do detailed college scouting these days, because I prefer to concentrate on the pro game because it makes for easier comparatives. However, back in 2006-2008 I watched and scouting about 300 college football games for this and another site and Quinn was a guy who I saw a lot of - more than half of his games in his final two years. Here was my take on him at the time (for TJB):

Quinn, meanwhile, who was once the consensus number one pick, looks like he might slide down the draft boards. He thrived running Charlie Weis’ quick passing attack for Notre Dame, but concerns exist over how he performed against top level opposition and also over the fact that a lot of his long completions simply relied on the ability of his large, athletic contigent of receivers to outmuscle defensive backs in the air.

While there was no question about his ability to command an offense and dink-and-dunk the ball down the field with quick passing, I had doubts over his ability to fit the ball into tight windows of hit guys deep in stride. It seemed like a lot of his downfield completions saw guys like Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Maurice Stovall and Jeff Samardzija - all of whom were at least 6'4" - and the athletic Rhema McKnight (6'2") going up to get it over much smaller defenders on balls lofted down the middle.

My sense on Quinn was that he lacked what it would take to become an elite franchise quarterback, but I did think he'd have a career as a fringe starter or career backup. While it would have been a bad pick, that's not really a bad player to be adding into the mix as your third or fourth option when you have uncertainty at the position.

I'm going to look at how he performed in preseason and consider whether he is the type of player that could do a hold-the-fort type of job or could he even be anything more than that?

Let's look into some of the footage from preseason...

Week 1 - Cards

In the first game, Quinn was the number two, playing in the second and third quarters. He was 6-of-11 for 59 yards and a touchdown.

- On his first dropback, he hesitated and then was immediately under pressure, so threw the ball away into the ground

- On third and six, he completed a 15-yarder to a wide open receiver over the middle, despite being hit as he threw by a blitzing DB

- Again was hit as he threw deep down the right sideline. The ball was slightly overthrown, safely beyond the CB

- No pressure this time, as he threw deep down the right sideline again. This time, with the cornerback in tight coverage, he underthrew the ball and the receiver almost came down with it

- The next drive began with the ball already in the red zone. Quinn had a receiver open on a slant, but threw slightly behind him and high, allowing the defender to close

- On the next play, he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass over the middle. The receiver was all alone and there was no pressure

- Playfaked and threw a screen on the roll-out. Timing was okay, but the defense was all over it for a short gain

- On third and eight the pocket collapsed and he managed to get it to a receiver underneath under pressure, but the receiver wasn't able to get to the marker

- Sensed pressure off the right side and slid to his left before throwing a deep corner route with touch over the defender for the tight end to make a diving catch.

- On a dump to the flat, the back was stopped just short of the end zone

- On third and goal, Quinn's fade route to the left was overthrown

Quinn was under pressure a lot and his accuracy wasn't perfect, but he did make all the easy throws and didn't really come close to losing a turnover. The footwork he showed on the touch pass to the tight end was impressive and an indication perhaps of David Lee's influence (the two worked together privately in the 2011 offseason) so perhaps we can expect Geno Smith and Matt Simms to start showing similar signs?

Week 2 - Broncos

In this game, he was relegated to third string, entering late in the third. He completed 3-of-4 for 13 yards but did have a couple of other completions negated by penalties.

- Play fake and dump to the flat for four was negated by a flag

- Another play fake and dump to the flat this time gained 17 as the back broke a tackle, but again was negated by a flag

- Play fake and quick throw underneath to receiver who couldn't make any extra yards as he was brought down in the open field

- Sensing pressure off the blind side, he rushed his throw which was low and wide on an out pattern, but safely out of the reach of any defenders

- Nobody open so he checked down to the back who was stopped for no gain

- Threw just behind his receiver on the outside at the marker, but he had enough momentum to get the first down for eight yards

- Closed the game out by taking three knees

Had those two plays negated by flags counted, Quinn's numbers would have been 5-for-6, 34 yards. That's not a million miles away from Geno Smith's first game: 6-for-7, 42 yards. He again was mostly taking what the defense would give him, but avoided mistakes.

Week 3 - Packers

Again working as the third stringer, Quinn entered late in the third and was 5-for-8 for 89 yards and the game winning touchdown pass.

- On his first dropback, he rolled right into pressure and was sacked

- His first throw was a deep bomb down the right sideline where his receiver almost caught it for a touchdown despite close and (overly?) physical coverage from the cornerback

- Picked up seven on a throw to his receiver crossing underneath

- Under pressure, so he smartly threw at his back's feet to avoid getting sacked

- On third and 13, he was sacked and lost a fumble (recovered by a teammate) but the play didn't stand because a defensive player was offside

- With the do-over on third and eight he was absolutely nailed as he tried to throw deep. The ball was well overthrown but they got the first down courtesy of a roughing the passer call

- Was flushed out of the pocket and threw safely out of bounds

- Threw incomplete to the flat, but the play was negated by a penalty anyway

- Found a man open underneath for seven under pressure

- Sat in the pocket confidently and threw to a receiver just beyond the marker, although he had to make a diving catch for eight and a first down

- Dumped to his running back under pressure and he had loads of room to run, gaining 25

- That set up the game-winning touchdown pass with just under nine minutes left. Quinn threw a long bomb to the end zone which his receiver was able to outmuscle the cornerback for, even though it was a slight underthrow, for a 42-yard score.

Another solid, unspectacular performance from Quinn with a strong finish. Some accuracy issues, but he handled pressure smartly for the most part, although he was bailed out on that fumble.

Week 4 - Raiders

Quinn saw action in the second half, completing eight of 15 passes for 110 yards.

- Rolled left and threw to the tight end in the flat, turning upfield for eight

- 14 more on the exact same play on third and one

- With nobody open, he took off but gained just one yard

- Immediate throw to his tight end on a quick out was off his hands, although it was a little high and hard

- Threw incomplete on third down. Looking for a back shoulder throw down the field, he was hit as he threw and the ball fell well short of the target

- With time in the pocket, threw deep and the receiver made a leaping 33-yard catch despite close coverage

- Flushed from the pocket, he rolled right and found the same receiver coming back to the ball for 17

- Ran that roll left and throw to the TE play again, for nine

- Was sacked on third and one, but they got the first down by virtue of a defensive hold

- Pass to flat was dropped. The play didn't count anyway due to a flag

- Throw down middle on 2nd and 22 was off the tight end's hands. Again it was a little high and hard

- On 3rd and 22, his receiver slipped coming out of his break back to the ball, so the pass was incomplete when the receiver might have had some space to run

- Threw low to a receiver underneath due to heavy pressure

- Back shoulder throw to his receiver was dropped. No idea if that was by design, a good read or just an underthrow

- Threw to back in the flat for six and a first down

- 16 more yards on a pass to the flat, this time to his tight end

- Short pass underneath was dropped as the receiver fell to the ground

- On 4th and 10, he threw a quick screen to his receiver split out wide, but the defense made a good open field tackle to stop him for seven

- Closed out the game by taking three knees.

Quinn was actually pretty efficient in this game once you factor in the plays where his receivers perhaps should have come down with the ball. However, throughout preseason, he was still mostly moving the chains with a diet of short passes and balls thrown up for his receivers to go and get, so the book on him doesn't seem to have changed much.

His final numbers:

22-for-38, 271 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions.

Before we go any further, let's compare those numbers to that of Geno Smith:

22-for-37, 246 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions

Interesting, huh? By being careful with the ball and not taking any unnecessary risks, Quinn ended up more productive than Smith and avoided any mistakes. First off, this is perhaps a sign of exactly what you want from your backup ("don't lose us the game"). However, it could also be seen as a sign of what Smith can achieve if he takes a slightly more conservative approach during the regular season, at least in the early going or until he starts to see the field a little better.

Conclusions

In all probability, Quinn has been brought in as emergency cover and may not see any action with the Jets or last very long on the active roster. However, with the inexperience of the two guys ahead of him, there's every chance he could be called upon to settle things down at some point.

Can he handle such a role? Based on preseason, perhaps he can. Quinn didn't move the team up and down the field in preseason and has never shown the ability to do that during regular season action throughout his career (surpassing 200 yards just five times in his 20 career starts). However, he did manage to make a handful of plays, despite not being helped much by his protection or his receivers and when you're able to lean heavily on your defense, that can win you games as long as you avoid back-breaking mistakes.

I'm not expecting Quinn to become a full time starter here, or even to be particularly fun to watch if he gets into any games as a backup. However, in terms of being capable of performing a specific game manager role, he could be equipped to do that and nobody can really say for sure how close to being ready to do that Geno Smith and Matt Simms are. Therefore, I don't think it's a terrible move in terms of giving you a safety net for your worst case scenario (or just injuries, in fact).

Remember, based on last year, the Jets only need competence from their quarterback to be competitive most weeks, not elite play. Maybe that's not something beyond the reach of a guy like Quinn.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are finally ready to see who the Jets select in this year's NFL Draft! Will it be Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen? To get their answer, they welcome the NFL Network's Peter Schrager to the show for his take on each quarterback, and discuss why Rosen is the guy and why Mayfield is mostly definitely not.

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Jets' third-round options 00:05:01
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will take in the third round of the draft.

The bulk of the attention has been on who the Jets will do with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft.

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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Top QB prospect Baker Mayfield 00:01:01
Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

What is NFL Draft week without some drama over the No. 1 pick?

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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Nick Mangold retires from NFL 00:02:30
After spending eleven seasons with the Jets, Nick Mangold announces his retirement from the NFL.

Nick Mangold, who spent 11 seasons with the Jets, announced his retirement at the team's facility after signing a one-day contract on Tuesday. 

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Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan discusses the team's strategy for its No. 3 overall pick with the draft just a few days away.

New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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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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Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Nov 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (right) and UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) shake hands after their game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

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.

So, who will it be?

At least two out of the group of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen will be available for the Jets. 

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy/AP)

The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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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. 

Hall of Famer and former Jets QB Joe Namath loves what he has seen from Mayfield over the years of watching him play. He recently watched the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Eve, and after his daughter asked if he had seen anything like the back-and-forth bout, he responded saying he wouldn't want to be going up against Mayfield...


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The Jets have not stopped looking for help on their defensive line as they hosted numerous free-agent linemen on Monday. 

Former Bears DT Lamarr Houston and former Patriots DT Chris Jones were among those looking to impress the Jets. Houston split time with the Bears and Texans last season, totaling five sacks over 10 games. A former second-round pick by the Raiders back in 2010, Houston is entering his ninth season in the NFL this year. 

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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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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.

"It's definitely time to step up and take it to the next level," Williams said last week via Vacchiano. "That comes with a lot. It's just not my play on the field. It comes with my leadership, how I approach work, how much time I'm putting in outside of the mandatory hours into my craft, into my game."

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Who will the Jets select #3? 00:05:13
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will select third overall in the NFL Draft.

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In less than a week, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan will make the most important draft pick of his tenure with the team, the one that surely will define his legacy.

No pressure, right?

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Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

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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

Nickerson is a four-year starter who was a constant standout on the Tulane defense. During his career, he recorded 16 interceptions, broke up another 31 passes and scored two defensive touchdowns. He turned heads at the scouting combine when he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are ready to open their present that is the #3 pick in the NFL Draft. The guys discuss the possibility of the Jets trading up, yet again, and the crazy idea of selecting a non-QB (can someone say Bradley Chubb) with the 3rd overall selection. Plus, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky calls in to give his insight into the top four quarterbacks.

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The Jets will open the 2018 season in Detroit against the Lions on Monday night football, and finish things in Week 17 on the road against the Patriots.

Their entire 2018 schedule has been confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and is below...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former QB Dan Orlovsky thinks the Jets are targeting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 pick in the Draft, and one of the reasons is very specific.

Orlovsky, who played under Kyle Shanahan, noted that Jets OC Jeremy Bates is from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. And that one of the traits Shanahan loved about John Elway is that he would screw his back foot into the ground when he threw -- adding that Bates loves that trait in quarterbacks as well. 

"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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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)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer has the Jets taking Sam Darnold as their quarterback of the future at No. 3. 

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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Mangold's Hall of Fame chances 00:04:59
Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate over Nick Mangold's chances at making the Hall of Fame and the Devils' chances at beating the Lightning.

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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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)
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)

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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)
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)
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)
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)

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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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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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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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon take their deepest dive yet into the NFL Draft. They discuss the latest with the four quarterbacks, as well as look back at Willie's draft process with the Steelers in 2006. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post joins the show to give his take on the draft and the possibility of Mike Maccagnan signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets' preseason schedule has been officially released for the 2018 season. 

The Falcons will be Gang Green's first opponent of the new year on their home turf. Then, they will hit the road to face the Redskins on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

The annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium between the Jets and Giants will be the Week 3 matchup, with the Jets getting home field advantage.

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