Over the next few weeks, I'll be looking at some of the players the Jets have added to the active roster since the end of the regular season. Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I'll be looking at NFL game footage to try and assess what they might be able to bring to the table.

We'll start with tight end Colin Anderson, who the Jets signed to a futures deal on New Year's Eve. Anderson was the only one of the eight players signed by the Jets that day who hadn't ended the season on their practice squad. They had, however, worked him out at the end of September. Anderson is 6'4" and 240 pounds and went undrafted out of Furman last year. He spent preseason with the Minnesota Vikings.

After the jump, a brief look at footage from his time with Minnesota to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Colin Anderson?

Anderson had a breakout year in 2011, catching 40 passes for 696 yards and seven touchdowns and capping off his season by throwing this touchdown pass on a gadget play against Florida.

Entering his senior year as a preseason all-conference selection, his numbers were down, as he caught just 30 passes for less than 500 yards and no touchdowns. He wasn't expected to be drafted despite some good numbers at his pro day, including a 36.5" vertical, a 4.32 short shuttle and a sparkling 6.85 three cone drill. His numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.80 seconds) and bench press (17 reps) were less impressive.

As expected, he went undrafted but did get signed by the Vikings and saw some playing time with them in preseason. Anderson only played 61 snaps in total and I acknowledge that this is a small sample size. However, in a way, this is an ideal way to evaluate players because for some that might be the only chance they get to show what they can do. Like the Jets would have when weighing up whether to sign him, we have to look at what's available to us to see if anything stands out. Let's therefore recap Anderson's performances in each game.

Week One - v Houston

Anderson played 10 snaps in this one, entering the game late in the third quarter. He was targeted twice, catching one pass for five yards on 3rd and 19 as he initially stayed in to block, then leaked out for a dump off pass underneath only to be tackled in the open field by a defensive back. The other target saw him line up at full back and run down the seam, but he struggled to locate the ball over his shoulder and it sailed beyond him and was almost picked off by the safety.

As a blocker, there was one play where he lined up at tight end and blocked down on the inside linebacker, who was able to eventually get off the block and in on the tackle. However, the replay showed that the runner was directed into him because the outside linebacker fought off a double team to redirect the runner inside. Otherwise, Anderson would probably have sustained his block long enough for the runner to get to the second level.

He also stayed in to block a few times in pass protection and although he didn't give up any pressure, he didn't exactly look comfortable. On three occasions, the main reason he didn't give up a pressure was because someone else got beaten worse than he did. On one play, he was double teaming on the right side and got rocked backwards into the quarterback, but the left tackle was cleanly beaten to the inside and committed a holding penalty as the quarterback was flushed out. He managed to stay in front of his man on another play, although he did start to lose his balance as the quarterback was sacked by a rusher going between right guard and right tackle. Finally, he was again driven back into the quarterback, but this time the pressure came in between the center and right guard. On this play, Anderson displayed good footwork to stay in front of the edge rusher. This was the same guy who drew the holding call earlier on, so Anderson handled his assignment one-on-one better than the left tackle on that particular play.

Week Two - at Buffalo

In this game, Anderson saw action on 15 snaps. On several of these, he ran a route, but was only targeted once and that pass was batted down at the line as he stopped his route just shy of the marker on 2nd and seven. On one of his other routes, he motioned from out wide into the left slot and then ran an in-route across the field. This drew the single-high safety into the middle and enabled the quarterback to throw a 35-yard touchdown into single coverage down the sideline.

As a blocker, there was one play in pass protection where he initially blocked his man, who then dropped off into coverage, causing Anderson to lose his balance and topple forward. I guess that's akin to a post-up defender "pulling the chair" in basketball. On one running play, he was driven back initially at the point of attack, but managed to re-anchor enabling the runner to gain positive yardage. There was also a play where he made a block from the slot, but the receiver next to him dropped a dump-off pass. On the next play, they ran the same play, but this time the receiver faked a screen and then ran down the sideline, but could not make the catch.

Week Three - at San Francisco

In this game, Anderson only saw action on one offensive play. On first and ten, the Vikings went with a three-TE set and Anderson leaked out and ran a downfield corner pattern off play-action. The 49ers read this well and the cornerback on that side dropped off and was in position, so the quarterback was forced to check down. It's still interesting to see that they installed a play where Anderson was the primary option.

Week Four - v Tennessee

We got a more extended look at Anderson in this game, as he played 35 snaps. He caught one pass for nine yards, but actually that doesn't tell the whole story. The one catch he did make came as he lined up out wide and broke to the inside to make a catch in front of the cornerback who hit him as the ball arrived for a first down. Despite the fact starters don't typically play much in the last preseason game, the cornerback he beat on that play was Alterraun Verner. On two other plays, Anderson drew a holding penalty to give the Vikings a first down, one on the outside linebacker at the line on a play where he wasn't targeted and one on a safety downfield as he was targeted on an out pattern.

It could have been a bigger day for Anderson in the passing game. On one play from the 11-yard line, he was wide open leaking into the flat and would have had a chance to score, but the pass was thrown well behind him and he barely got a hand to it as he reached back. On another play, he was again wide open in the flat, this time on 3rd and two. However, the quarterback inexplicably didn't throw to him for the easy first down, instead throwing downfield for an interception.

On another play, they dumped the ball to a running back in the wide flat for a touchdown. Anderson was in the slot on that side and although he didn't make a clean block, he did enough to slow the safety down and prevent him from being able to stop the runner from reaching the pylon.

Entering the fourth quarter, Anderson had been called upon to make two key blocks in the running game. On one, he met the linebacker in the hole and although he was able to get off the block to get in on the stop, Anderson did rock him initially, enabling the runner to get some momentum and pick up five. On another play, he stayed on his block well as the runner was re-routed in his direction.

In the fourth quarter, Anderson was called upon to run block a lot more and initially had very good results. On three consecutive plays, the Vikings gained 21 yards. The first one saw him seal the defensive end to the inside well. On the next play he lined up at full back on the right side and blocked the outside linebacker, initially driving him off his spot and then, as the linebacker re-anchored, he finished the block by driving him forward again and to the ground. Finally, he again lined up as a full back on the right side, this time rocking Scott Solomon off his spot at the point of attack. (You may recall Solomon, who had a brief spell on the Jets roster last season).

Anderson had one more impressive block in the fourth quarter, again sealing a defensive end on the edge, but this time driving him laterally and out of the play. After that, he got some tougher assignments, which he struggled with, although it says something that they even tried to use him in this way. Essentially, they tried to run behind him on three consecutive plays, while he blocked a defensive end. He was blown up and knocked over on the first and his man stood him up and got off his block to make the stop on the other two, first to the outside and then to the inside. These were pretty meaningless plays, though, as Minnesota lined up the game-winning field goal with just over a minute to go.

Conclusions

When evaluating a player I'm not too familiar with, it's often easy to predict what their deal might be before even watching any footage. Listed at 234 pounds when he left college, Anderson lacked ideal size to play tight end in the NFL and, on inspection of his pro day numbers, he didn't have the elite level athleticism that could facilitate a move to receiver. However, at 6'4" perhaps he would have the frame to potentially add weight and could then contribute at this level.

This type of prediction doesn't always prove accurate once you review the footage, but in the case of Anderson, I saw enough examples of him getting into good position only to be outmuscled by his man to back up the original hypothesis. If Anderson can bulk up, which presumably he's been doing ever since he entered the league, this will give him a chance to hold his ground at the point of attack better, sustain blocks longer and become even more effective when he does gain a leverage advantage. There were several plays where he displayed good technique as a blocker and I therefore feel like he has a shot to develop into a decent role player as a blocking tight end that can also line up at fullback.

In terms of being a pass catching threat, he did a few things but we didn't really get too much of an insight into what he's capable of. Again, making himself into a more physically imposing threat would perhaps help him here because he doesn't really rely on speed so adding some strength could improve his chances of gaining natural separation with his body.

I'll reiterate here that this is a small sample size and that Anderson is a long-shot to make the roster and might not even survive long enough to make it to training camp. However, with his first year at the pro level behind him, perhaps he has a shot to showcase some versatility and make a case for himself to get consideration for a roster spot or a chance at the practice squad to develop further.

We'll be looking at more players throughout April.

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Former Chargers G Orlando Franklin had a visit with the Jets today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Franklin, 29, was released from the Chargers after they drafted Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney in the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

He signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract with the Chargers in 2015. 

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The word that defined the Jets during the offseason was "rebuilding" - unless, of course, you were Jets GM Mike Maccagnan. To him, it was all about "competition". And with a roster in flux, he certainly has created a lot of that.

Whether that's a good thing remains to be seen, and depends on the talent he has assembled. He will have plenty of training camp position battles to watch, though.

Here's a quick look at the Top 5..

Tags: Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Jalin Marshall, Juston Burris, Lorenzo Mauldin, Ralph Vacchiano
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Even though they didn't pick a wide receiver in the first six rounds, a trio of rookie wideouts made significant contributions for the Jets in 2016. Charone Peake, who was selected in the seventh round, combined with undrafted rookies Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall to register 75 catches for 935 yards and four touchdowns.

Preseason Stats: Jalin Marshall: 9-94, Charone Peake: 10-103-TD, Robby Anderson: 13-264-3TD.

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

It's hard to pick out the most important players on a team that has such low expectations. In the case of the Jets, tomorrow matters more than today, and the most important players now might not be part of their long-term future.

Or to put it another way: Who is more important - Josh McCown or Christian Hackenberg? A resurgence by McCown could cause the Jets to surprise some people. But is that more important than Hackenberg proving whether he can be the Jets' quarterback of the future?

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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The evidence is hard to refute. They jettisoned almost every recognizable veteran they had. They didn't add any significant free agents. The veteran quarterback they added is a 38-year-old journeyman. The Jets were 5-11 last season, and it's hard to argue this year won't be worse.

So yes, it sure does look like the Jets are "tanking" this season, with their eyes on the top of next year's quarterback-rich draft. They're not, of course. Tanking is almost impossible to do effectively, especially in the NFL. But they are doing a bit of scorched-Earth rebuilding and know they are in for a long, losing season.

There'll be a lot of short-term pain. And intentional or not, for the long run that's not so bad...

Tags: Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)
Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)

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Jamal Adams, the Jets' top draft pick and one of the cornerstones of their rebuilding project, agreed to terms on his rookie contract on Thursday night and is expected to be at training camp on time when it opens in eight days.

The agreement, announced by agents on Twitter and confirmed by the Jets on Friday, is projected to be worth about $22.2 million over four years with a signing bonus of approximately $14.3 million. The money is fully guaranteed for the No. 6 overall pick out of LSU. As with all first-round picks, Adams' deal also includes a team option for the fifth year.

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New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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When safety Jamal Adams agreed to his rookie contract Thursday, the Jets finally locked up all nine of their draft picks. And that's good; given the state of their roster, they're probably going to need all of them.

There certainly will be plenty of opportunities for all the draftees on this young and rebuilding team, and maybe even a few undrafted free agents too. The Jets will enter camp next Friday with an open mind at almost every position, both for this year and in the future. Almost all jobs will be somewhat up for grabs.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why Josh McCown just needs to hold down the fort for the Jets.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown gave his new team a vote of confidence in an interview with ESPN's First Take on Thursday, highlighting the positives he has seen from both veterans and newcomers alike.

"There's still some guys there that are pros," McCown said. "When you watch how a guy like Matt Forte comes in and does his job every day, Mo Wilkerson had a great spring, came in and worked hard, and our rookies coming along, Jamal Adams so impressive coming in as a rookie out of LSU, a high draft pick."

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Darron Lee had his ups and downs after being the Jets' first round pick last season, but the team seems compelled to proceed with the plan to build around him as one of the cornerstones of the defense. Entering his first season, everyone knew that Lee was a terrific athlete, but he still had to prove he had the instincts to play inside linebacker in a pro-style defense.

Preseason Stats: Four games, no starts, seven tackles, one sack

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

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the NFL is still reviewing an incident invovling Jets' LB Darron Lee and DE Leonard Williams from early June, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

The incident occured at Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in June where Lee had to be restrained by Williams after getting into an argument with a woman. An eye witness video showed Williams getting in between his teammate, and eventually, carrying him away from the argument.

Jets' head coach Todd Bowles later indentified the woman as Lee's girlfriend, and noted that the team will not be disciplining the linebacker. However, he thinks he needs to take caution in the future. 

"You don't want that stuff to happen, obviously," Bowles said earlier on the situation. "With social media going on these days, they've got to take better care of themselves. Darron understands that. I just know, from the past, any time you go to a concert, there's going to be trouble around, just as an ex-player and as a coach. When you go to a concert, a lot of things can happen. You have to be very mindful and very aware of where you are, and your surroundings -- and handle yourself better and keep yourself out of trouble."

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
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New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)

Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Dexter McDougle, Jalin Marshall, Juston Burris, Loc Edwards, Nick Folk, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Rontez Miles, Tanner Purdum
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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking with the New York Post, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said he would not be surprised if the Jets have another struggling, losing season in 2017. 

"It's hard to argue [with] that," Enunwa said, "when everybody else sees all the stuff that's going on."

This offseason, the Jets have cut ties with many players, including receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Despite the possibility of another tough year ahead, Enunwa believes the players will still play hard when the season begins. 

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Former Jets QB Chad Pennington believes head coach Todd Bowles deserves the chance to turn the team around, per Brett Bonder of NY Daily News. 

If the Jets are to tank this sesaon, Pennington doesn't think it will be fair to put the blame on Bowles as he thinks he is the right guy for the job.

"My one hope for the Jets is that they give coach Bowles a chance to right the ship, don't pull everything away from him and then make him the reason why they're getting rid of him because of the lack of success," Pennington said. "He is the right guy, I think he showed that in his first year, last year wan an anomaly and this year you can see, wow, what a task he has."

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Former Jets WR Brandon Marshall said he requested his release because he couldn't deal with the Jets not having a chance this season, per ESPN's Eric Cimini. 

Marshall was on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show Thursday where he admitted his former team wasn't going to have a good 2017 season, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

"I wouldn't have made it through an entire season, knowing we didn't have a chance," Marshall said. 

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USC QB Sam Darnold said last week's report that he might remain in school instead of entering the 2018 NFL Draft did not come from him, but remained vague about his future.

"I don't really have many thoughts about that," the potential No. 1 pick said during an appearance on ESPN's "The Fix". "I don't think any team should tank their season because of me. I'm just taking this every day, one day at a time. That's all I can do."

"I'm looking forward to whatever lies ahead of my future," he said. "But I'm really just taking it one day at a time."

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After a solid rookie season, Jordan Jenkins is hoping to thrive in a full-time role in 2017. The 23-year old has spent part of his offseason back in Georgia, working on his pass rush techniques with pass rush guru Chuck Smith.

Preseason Stats: Two games, two starts, four tackles, no sacks, two quarterback hits.

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Projected Starters: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye

Projected Back-ups: Rontez Miles

On the bubble: Shamarko Thomas, Ronald Martin, Doug Middleton, Corey White

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Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh took to Twitter to take some playful jabs at the Jets and their fans, but not before Jets defensive Muhammad Wilkerson chimed in.

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The New York Jets' plan to build a helicopter landing pad at their New Jersey training facility has drawn objections from some who question the need since an airport is just a couple of miles away.

The borough of Madison has lodged objections to the Jets' application, NJ.com reported. The borough says that there's "no demand" for a helipad so close to the Morristown Airport.

"Any purported public benefit from the availability of a helistop for emergency uses is illusive," officials wrote. The borough also argued that the pad could introduce a safety risk.

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Projected Starters: Wesley Johnson, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Ben Ijalana, Kelvin Beachum

Projected Back-ups: Brandon Shell, Dakota Dozier, Brent Qvale

On the bubble: Jeff Adams, Ben Braden, Chris Bordelon, Javarius Leamon, Craig Watts, Alex Balducci, Jonotthan Harrison

Departures: Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady

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Coming out of South Carolina, Brandon Shell's size and athleticism stood out, but he also impressed with his technique in pass-protection and his discipline. He posted outstanding pass-protection numbers against some good teams and when matched up with pro prospects. That bodes well for his ability to be successful at the NFL level, although he's not the type of tackle you'd typically leave out on an island.

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, one sack surrendered.

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New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine

Projected backups: Juston Burris, Marcus Williams, Darryl Roberts, Jeremy Clark,

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Marcus Williams
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Projected backups: Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Julian Howsare, Sheldon Richardson
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(Ed Mulholland)

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

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

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

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Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

The Jets are interested in signing former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr, according to the New York Post.

The 25-year-old retired during the off-season due to neck and spine problems, but he is now trying to revive his career to after receiving positive news from his doctor.

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Fourth round pick Juston Burris has received plenty of buzz this offseason. He's been receiving lots of first-team reps and is reportedly in the mix to start alongside Morris Claiborne. However, what does his rookie season tell us about his chances and where he needs to develop to increase his role?

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, five tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception

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

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Demario Davis
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The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

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

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

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

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Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa
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