Following the injury to Kenrick Ellis on Monday Night, the Jets brought in some cover in the shape of former Colts nose tackle Daniel Muir. With Sione Po'uha's status still up in the air due to his back injury, it looks likely that Muir will have to split reps with undrafted rookie Damon Harrison and probably Mike DeVito at the nose tackle position. Jets fans might not be all that familiar with Muir, a sixth year veteran, so I've been looking at footage to try and determine what he could bring to the table.

Muir was undrafted in 2007 but made the Colts team and progressed to starter, almost winning a Super Bowl ring in 2009, as he started at defensive tackle in Super Bowl XLIV. He therefore has plenty of experience. However, he only played in four games in 2011 and failed to make the Packers roster this preseason.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his preseason performances and considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Daniel Muir?

A four year starter at Kent State, the 6-3 Muir was awarded first team all-MAC conference honors in his senior year. Weighing 303 pounds, he showcased some athleticism, running a 4.90 forty at his pro day, but went undrafted in 2007. He is currently listed at 322 pounds. The Packers picked him up and he was the only undrafted rookie to make their roster. He only played in three games, registering eight tackles, and went on to join the Colts from 2008-2010. Over that period, he started 24 games for them, including the Super Bowl in February 2010. He then went on to sign a one-year, $1.85m contract with the Rams in August 2011, but failed to make their opening day roster. Due to injury problems, the Colts brought back Muir for four games in the middle of last year. He was with the Packers in training camp this year, but had lots of competition at the defensive tackle position and wasn't able to win a roster spot.

Muir is regarded as more of a run stopper than a pass rusher, as he would usually come out of the game on passing downs, so it perhaps doesn't reflect too well on him that the Colts were 24th, 24th and 25th in the three years where he was getting a lot of playing time there. In 2009, his 52 tackles placed him fifth among all NFL defensive tackles (Kyle Williams led the league with 66 and nobody else had more than 56). However, as a pass rusher, he's only been credited with half a sack in his NFL career. However, he did get this sack against the Jets in the 2010 wild card game.

Muir played sparingly in his first two seasons, but was a full-time member of the defensive rotation for the Colts in 2009 and 2010. Despite being a productive tackler, he didn't force any fumbles and only batted down one pass. He also had seven missed tackles over that two year period. Other than his half sack, he had two QB hits and 15 pressures. In 2010, PFF rated him as the worst overall defensive tackle in the entire NFL. In 2009, he was slightly better, but still only 64th out of 87. He also graded out poorly in 2011, finishing 12th worst despite only playing four games, which translates to the worst grades in the NFL again on a per-snap basis. One limitation of these grades in that they don't necessarily account for whether a player is double-teamed, so that can often skew the rankings, but it's still a sign that Muir was not all that disruptive and found himself blocked out of a lot of plays. Muir's ratings were also affected by penalties, of which he has seven in his career, four of which were in 2010 (one holding and three neutral zone infractions).

However, a glimmer of hope exists in the form of this report (hat tio to LIJetsFan) that suggested he had a "terrific" training camp and was only squeezed out due to the Packers' depth at that spot. I'm therefore going to focus on the footage from his preseason games with the Packers which will hopefully give us the best idea of what he's capable of providing the Jets with right now.

2012 Preseason

Week One: San Diego

- On an outside run to the left, he managed to keep going downhill towards the run and got off his block to chase the runner down and make a diving tackle as he turned the corner for seven. A good, athletic, play that saved what could have been a bigger gain.

- Struggled to get off a single team block from the opposing center on a run to the outside.

- Beat his man in pass protection, tossing him aside, but he tripped over his teammate, who was cut to the floor, before he could get to the quarterback.

- Got off his block eventually in pass protection to rush up the middle, but the quarterback got rid of the pass before his pressure arrived.

- Was driven out of a play laterally.

- Was driven off the line initially, but managed to leverage his way in the direction of the run to help bottle it up.

- Shed his block to assist on a three yard run, but didn't get official credit.

- Initially driven off the line, but then shed his block.

- Dropped off and hit the running back to knock the ball incomplete as he read and blew up a screen pass. Good instinctive and athletic play, which drew praise from Jon Gruden.

- Shed his block and hustled across to assist on a run over the left side, but didn't get official credit.

- Penetrated into the backfield and threw his man (the center) on the floor as the Colts stuffed a run on 3rd and short.

Muir played 35 snaps with the third unit, first getting into the game in the second quarter. While he was only officially credited with one tackle, his contribution helped the Packers hold San Diego to 68 yards on 29 carries. He was often double teamed in pass protection, failing to generate any kind of push, but did manage to get off some blocks to cause a bit of disruption.

Week Two: Cleveland

- Was driven out of a play, but it only went for a short gain.

- Got a decent push on a bullrush.

- Was driven off the line, but again the run only went for a short gain.

- Shot a gap into the backfield, got cut to the floor, got back up immediately to grab the runner from behind as he hit the hole and haul him down (although he didn't get official credit). Great athleticism as he stuffed the run for a short gain.

- Drew a holding penalty.

- Was driven off the line initially, but span off the block to get into the backfield. However, it was too late as the runner had already hit the hole.

- Held his ground at the point of attack and got off the block to get a piece of the runner for three.

- Was driven off the line in a short yardage situation.

- Got into the backfield and stuffed a run for no gain. Good quickness shown on this play.

- Was blocked to the ground on one play.

- Got into the backfield to late to stop the runner, but chased him down as he bounced outside and assisted on a tackle for a short gain.

Muir was in on 31 snaps, recording three tackles. Most of these were in the second half, but he did see some second quarter action, notably in goal line situations. There were several examples of him getting penetration and also of him getting driven off the line, but he usually was able to recover and none of these tended to go for big plays. He again flashed some athleticism, but didn't make any kind of contribution as a pass rusher.

Week Three: Cincinnati

- Driven off the line by a single team block from Bengals starter Clint Boling.

- Got a good push on a bull rush.

- Nearly jumped offsides twice, but managed to recover.

- Lined up at DE and got good penetration as he shot a gap.

According to NFL.com, he was only in on 13 snaps and recorded zero tackles. However, I'm sure he was in on more plays than that and when he was, he had a reasonable impact. He did see some third quarter action against starters.

Week Four: Kansas City

- Got penetration into the backfield, but there was nobody to clean up behind him, so the runner still got to the second level easily.

- Able to get across and cut off the runner's path on 3rd and three, but allowed him to fall forward for a five yard gain as he made the tackle. Gave up crucial yards after contact on this play.

- Assisted on a tackle for a short gain, as he shed a block and the run came right at him.

- Good penetration, as he redirected the runner to the outside, where he was stopped for a loss.

- Made a tackle for a short gain on another run basically right at him.

- Driven off the line by a double team, but was still able to leverage himself into the path of the run.

- Shot a gap into the backfield, but there was nobody behind him to clean up and the runner made a big gain.

- Shed his block and made a tackle for a short gain on another run right at him.

- Was driven off the line, but recovered to get back in on the tackle, although he didn't get official credit.

- Collapsed the pocket as the quarterback stepped up to avoid a rush off the edge, leading to a red zone interception.

- Used a duck-under move to beat his man and pressured the quarterback for the first time all preseason.

- Shed his block and got in on the tackle as the Chiefs made a short yardage conversion, but didn't get official credit.

- Beat his man to the outside in pass protection, drawing a holding penalty as he forced the quarterback to step up.

- Didn't get off his block, but got a piece of the runner on his way past to bring him down for five.

- Again shed his block to get in on a tackle, but didn't get official credit.

- Chased the QB out to the sideline and forced him to throw the ball away.

- Got good penetration and this time the run was stuffed behind him.

- Was driven well out of a play.

- Was drive back off the line.

- Was forced to the inside on a running play.

With BJ Raji injured on the first snap, Muir basically played the whole game (53 snaps) only coming out in passing situations. The Packers won easily, although the Chiefs did rush for almost 250 yards at 5.6 yards per carry. They did get some decent yardage from draw plays against the pass defense though, so Muir wasn't entirely responsible. He was credited with five tackles. In this game, he actually made some contributions as a pass rusher, but it was clear he was worn down by the end.

Conclusions

Let's summarize my observations into categories:

Position

With the Colts in a 4-3 system, Muir played almost exclusively as one of two defensive tackles on the inside. While he did get some DE and NT reps, these situations amounted to less than two per game over the four years he played there. With the Packers now running 3-4, Muir was almost exclusively used at nose tackle, although he did play some DE as well. One observation is that he often lined up a yard back off the line of scrimmage. If you read BGA Extra this week, you may recall I got a question asking me why Kenrick Ellis does that.

Pass rush

Clearly Muir isn't known as a pass rusher, hasn't put up good numbers and usually comes out of the game in passing situations. He did show some flashes in the last game, but a lot of the time he was posing no threat whatsoever. This isn't a major problem, because on passing downs the Jets could employ someone like Wilkerson, DeVito or Coples at the nose tackle position, or even put two of those guys on the interior of a four man line with two hybrid linebackers (Maybin, Pace, McIntyre) outside them.

Moves

Muir usually seems to use brute strength to get off blocks, which often means he gets off the block too late to disrupt a play. However, I did see some quickness from him, shooting gaps and avoiding pass blockers. Also, he attempted to use a spin move at times.

Standing his ground

The main observation I had about Muir, is that he would usually play his opponent to a tie. By that I mean that he might get driven off the line, but if he did, he would either be able to hold his ground initially or he'd eventually get off the block and recover, so although they might be able to surge forward for a few yards, there was rarely a huge hole opened up. Similarly, when he did manage to get off a block or into the backfield, it usually wasn't immediately because it would only be on his counter move that Muir could get free. So this means he didn't blow up too many plays, but was able to get in on a lot of plays that were restricted to short gains. Further evidence of this comes from the fact that if Muir was taken out of a play, it often didn't go for a big gain, whereas there were some plays where he got into the backfield, only for the runner to still have room in behind him.

Goal line

Goal line defense is definitely one position where the Jets will need to use Muir, unless the Colts never end up in that situation. On the plays I saw, Muir generally did a good job of getting penetration, although this often didn't prevent the runner from scoring.

Playbook

Obviously one hurdle is the fact that Muir won't know the playbook yet, which could be a problem, especially with the way the Jets have been struggling with their run fits. However, he's been with a few different teams and has played in both 4-3 and 3-4 systems, so that could stand him in good stead. I'd imagine that they can give him (and Harrison, who let's not forget has next to no NFL experience) some simple assignments predicated on them just driving their man forward and reacting to the play. They could also use him (and Harrison) as the nose tackle on some of those passing situations in order to keep DeVito fresh, since that assignment amounts to taking on a double team, getting a surge if you can and there's no real downside because if you don't generate any pressure, you weren't really expected to anyway.

Instincts

On one outstanding play that I highlighted above, Muir made a great read to blow up a screen pass. His experience will no doubt give him the edge over Harrison in this area. Having said that, there were some examples in his Colts days of him making peculiar reads and taking himself totally out of a play by running away from the action. Also, it could be that some of the plays where he shot a gap and the play gained yardage might have been his fault because he was required to maintain his gap on those plays. That may be more ill-discipline than poor instincts though and is probably not uncommon when you have guys trying to make a roster by getting noticed.

Batting passes

In his entire NFL career, Muir has only batted down one pass and it's not difficult to see why. He often doesn't get any surge in the passing game which means he's well off the line of scrimmage. However, I did see him at least attempting to drop off into passing lanes where he wasn't getting anywhere with his pass rush.

Athleticism

Based on the preseason footage, Muir has impressive athleticism for a man his size. Chasing down plays when you're such a big man is always impressive to watch and the play where he was cut to the ground but got back up again to make the stop was great. He therefore doesn't compare with a slow-as-molasses Howard Green type and obviously he is a lot smaller than Harrison and Ellis. It will be interesting to see if he can hold his ground at the point of attack against his former teammates on the Colts line.

Motor

Muir played over 1,000 snaps during 2009 and 2010, so clearly is a guy who can handle a lot of playing time. We saw signs of this in preseason, especially in the last game. Playing 53 snaps is not something the Jets would usually expect out of their starting defensive tackles, let alone a rotational player, so it's impressive enough that he managed to handle that workload. As you can see from the analysis, he was getting handled at the end of the game, though, as it was clear he was tapped.

Demeanor

Muir seems like a popular guy, quite energetic and got fired up after some big plays. I didn't see any examples of him complaining to the officials or getting chippy with an opponent.

Overall

Muir has established himself as a rotational level player in this league. Even when he was starting, the fact he was struggling, suggests he would have been better off in a straightforward role. For the Jets, his experience is very valuable and they absolutely need bodies at defensive tackle this week - even if Po'uha can unexpectedly go. It will be interesting to compare his performance (and Harrison's) with that of Martin Tevaseu, who has been doing reasonably well in a backup role with the Colts.

If Ellis and Po'uha can get healthy again, you wonder how long Muir will actually be here. Even if he sees more action than and outplays Harrison, I'd imagine that the Jets would prefer to keep Harrison in light of his potential, especially since if they let Muir go but then need him again later in the year, he could be still available. For Sunday, though, he'll almost certainly be needed at some point and will hopefully be fired up to prove himself against his former team.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

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The Jets were so intent on acquiring more draft picks that just three weeks ago Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets were "open for business every round."

Now it sounds like he means every round except the first.

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One year after using a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he "potentially" could draft a quarterback again. And no, he insisted, that wouldn't mean he's admitting a mistake on Hackenberg.

It would just be another step in the long process of finding "the right quarterback for this team."

"I don't think taking a player at one position is a referendum on another player," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. "I think the goal is to put together best roster you can. Of course quarterback is a very, very important position in this process. But I wouldn't necessarily view it as a referendum."

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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Only time will tell if the Jets are serious about taking a quarterback in the first-round of the draft, but in the meantime they certainly are doing their homework.

The latest proof of that is the NFL Network report that they've already held a private workout with DeShone Kizer, the Notre Dame quarterback considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft. That explains why Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles skipped Notre Dame's Pro Day on Thursday and were both at Ohio State's Pro Day instead.

The Jets also have a private workout scheduled with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who revealed that "secret" to reporters at his own Pro Day earlier this week. And while it's not known if the Jets plan to do the same with Clemson's DeShaun Watson, it seems likely that they will...

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

Click below to listen!

 

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

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One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6)...

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WR Quinton Patton has signed with the Jets, the team annnounced Thursday.

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

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Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

Click below to listen...

 

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Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

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The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

Click below to listen!

 

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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Jets outlook for 2017 00:03:24
The Daily News Live panel wonders if the Jets have already given up on the 2017 season given the current makeup of the team.

Maccagnan's seat warming up? 00:02:42
Jon Hein and Dan Graca discuss if Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan should be on the hot seat as the Jets enter free agency.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.

So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?

Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:

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Jets lack of free agent activity 00:03:06
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate just how depressing the first day of free agency has been for the New York Jets and their fan base.

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham  met with the Jets on Friday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in 11 games last season with the Rams, rushing 21 times for 101 yards.

Cunningham signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise.

Since debuting in 2013, he's carried the ball 171 times for 748 yards and four touchdowns in 57 career games with the Rams.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets have re-signed LB Corey Lemonier, the team announced Thursday night.

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Lions on Dec. 26 and appeared in New York's Week 17 game against the Bills.

Lemonier has appeared in 51 career games since he was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets have re-signed LB/ST Josh Martin to a two-year, $4.3 million deal, the team announced Thursday night.

The fourth-year pro played in a career-high 15 games for New York last season, primarily on special teams.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

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