On Friday, the Jets announced that they had claimed running back Daryl Richardson off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. Jets fans might not know too much about Richardson, so I'll be looking at game footage to try and determine what he brings to the table.

Richardson is a 24-year old former 7th round pick, who has accumulated 974 yards from scrimmage in two NFL seasons. He was a backup as a rookie but won a starting job in 2013. However, he was dealing with a toe injury that affected his performance and eventually cut his season short after eight games. Richardson was waived by the Rams last week, after they had drafted Tre Mason in the third round of the draft. With Richardson out, another rookie - Zac Stacy - had established himself as worthy of a full time role alongside Isaiah Pead, making Richardson surplus to requirements.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing Richardson's career so far and looking at footage from last year to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Daryl Richardson?

The 5'10" 196-pound Richardson - a cousin of Jets wide receiver Clyde Gates - started to make a name for himself after transferring to Alibene Christian. He really started to get some draft buzz after an impressive performance at their pro day, where he ran a 4.47 forty yard dash and displayed a 40.5" vertical jump. Even more impressively, he had a 135" broad jump - more than any player at this year's scouting combine.

The Rams selected him in the 7th round and put him in a competition with his fellow rookie Pead to back up Steven Jackson. Richardson responded well, earning some good playing time from the start and eventually averaging 4.8 yards per carry and catching 24 passes. In 2013, the Rams let Jackson go and allowed Richardson and Pead to compete for a starting role. Richardson won the role, but struggled with a toe injury all year and was limited to eight appearances and 3.1 yards per carry.

Richardson was expected to compete with Pead, Mason and Stacy for a role in camp, but the Rams decided to let him go now instead.

Let's look at Richardson's numbers, then review what he brings to the table.

The Numbers

Two seasons

16 games (three starts)

167 carries, 690 yards (4.1 ypc)

38 catches, 284 yards (7.5 ypc)

78% catch rate

Three career fumbles (two lost)

24 broken tackles, including eight as a receiver

One penalty committed

Four 20+ yard runs

Two 40+ yard runs

Two sacks, two hits and seven pressures surrendered in 67 pass block snaps

Note: Some stats from this article are exclusively provided by Pro Football Focus.

Here are my observations based on watching footage in detail from the 2012 and 2013 seasons:

Usage - Richardson, as noted, did start three games. When not starting, he was always used in a rotational role rather than entering the game as a third down back. He did, however, see work in the two-minute offense at times. He was mostly employed in the backfield, only going into the slot or out wide a handful of times in each season.

Running Ability - When you watch highlights of Richardson, most of his bigger runs come when he uses his burst and acceleration to turn the corner on the outside. However, that burst can also get him to the second level on runs between the tackles. He doesn't have great size and won't break a ton of tackles, but he can make an effective side-step at the second level and seems to read his blocks well.

Although he has that speed to break a long run, I'd question whether he has true breakaway speed because of his lack of touchdowns and the fact that he was caught from behind on most of his longer runs. He did score once in a preseason game as a rookie and also found the end zone on a two-point conversion in his second NFL game.

Richardson doesn't have a lot of power, but on those runs where he can build up some momentum, he'll often finish the run by falling forward, especially when tackled by a defensive back.

Pass Protection - While he does lack ideal size, Richardson only gave up two sacks in pass protection in his first two seasons. He had one major issue as a rookie and that was that whenever he was to be targeted for a dump-off underneath, he often did a poor job of slowing down any blitzers, which meant that the quarterback didn't have time to get the ball to him. He seemed to have corrected that in his second year, but did still give up some pressure with a missed pick-up, a couple of plays where a pass rusher blew past him on the outside and by being rocked back off his spot by a blitzer a few times.

Receiving Threat - Like many of the players the Jets have targeted since Marty Mornhinweg's arrival, Richardson can do some damage if you get the ball to him in space. However, virtually all of his contributions come on dump-offs and checkdowns. There were two exceptions, one of which was in preseason. On one of those plays, he was initially covered in the flat, but then broke down the sideline when the quarterback rolled out to avoid pressure and gained 17. On the other, he basically ran a wheel route before AJ Hawk could get across and made a catch downfield for 24.

Hands - Richardson doesn't look uncomfortable catching the ball, but has dropped five passes in two seasons. He had two drops in 2012 (one due to concentration) and three in 2013, but what's interesting about the drops in 2013 - especially in light of the comments above - was the fact that two of them didn't come from with him in the backfield. One was a crosser from the slot and the other was a shallow square-in (basically a screen pass) from out wide. His inexperience in these roles showed on those two plays but that was obviously something they'd worked on with him to improve his versatility. His other drop was a costly one though, as you can see here.

Fumbles - Richardson had three fumbles as a rookie - two as a runner and one as a receiver. Two of these were lost but the other bounced out of bounds. He did not fumble in year two. Two of the fumbles saw the ball stripped from his hands as he did a poor job of protecting it. The other was on a helmet-to-elbow bullseye by LaRon Landry, which I would say is easier to excuse. He did seem to protect the ball better in year two.

Short Yardage - Richardson won't be used in short yardage situations too often, but his burst can be an asset in such situations if you spread out the defense. He did have some short yardage conversions, but all of them saw him make a good cut or accelerate in the hole rather than use power.

Special Teams - Richardson doesn't have experience as a kick returner and didn't play on special teams at all so far in the NFL, although he has indicated that he would be willing to do so.

Instincts - Richardson does seem to make pretty good reads and the fact that a lot of those came on simple one-cut plays doesn't matter because it should fit in with how the Jets play. The fact his average yards per carry dropped so much in his second season can be at least partially attributed to his injuries and there were a lot of plays where he didn't have anywhere to go. He did show good instincts on that one play where he ran downfield for a catch, but in pass protection his decision making would often leave a lot to be desired. A few times, he had two blitzers coming at him and rather than picking up the first guy to do what he could to buy some time, he hesitated and ended up letting them both beat him on either side.

Injuries - As noted, Richardson was dealing with a turf toe injury throughout 2013, which reportedly limited his acceleration (perhaps his best asset) and his ability to plant and cut. In the second half of the season, he still practiced with the team right up to week 17 but was inactive on game days and ended up the year with a thigh injury, which may have been a cascade injury resulting from the toe. No surgery was planned for his toe as it was expected rest would fix the problem. He had been healthy in 2012.

Conclusions

Ordinarily when evaluating a player, I'll pay closest attention to the most recent game footage. However, as Richardson was dealing with an injury last season, it may be that the action from his rookie season will provide a more accurate approximation of Richardson's current capabilities. The Jets will be hoping that this is the case, especially given his better production in that season.

The thing that stands out is the drop-off in terms of yards per carry. In fact, Richardson - despite not being listed with any injuries - struggled at the end of his rookie season, so the reduction is even more pronounced if you compare his first 13 games (5.5 yards per carry) with that of his 11 games since then (2.8).

However, it's easy to get caught up in that and miss the fact that Richardson did make some strides in his second season. First of all, he set career highs in most snaps (62) and carries (20), displaying an ability to handle a starter's workload (although this was in the game where he first injured his toe). He also had a five catch game for the first time in his career, then had another the following week. He also caught a pass more than 10 yards downfield for the first time a regular season game, gaining 17. Prior to that, all his receptions were dump-offs or checkdowns. In addition, he didn't fumble, having done so three times as a rookie. Finally, he increased the percentage of time that he was trusted to stay in for pass protection (from 11% of all snaps or 18% of all pass plays as a rookie to 16% of all snaps or 26% of all pass plays).

With the Rams four deep at the position, it's perhaps not surprising to hear that Richardson was squeezed out, although comments made by the Rams' GM Les Snead in January do raise eyebrows:

“We're all better when we have competition. Daryl's the type of person, I do know this, when he was inactive he didn't like that. You do like the fact that he didn't like that. He's always said, ‘Hey, I want to start covering kicks and doing things like that.' He's trying to find his way back on the 46-man (game-day roster).”

It now looks like the Jets will be the ones to benefit from that competitiveness, if anyone. For Richardson to win a role would be a tall order, especially after the Jets signed Chris Johnson to add to a position where they already have solid contributors in Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. However, with Mike Goodson's legal status still up in the air, there could be a fourth spot up for grabs and throwing another capable player with upside into the mix can only be a good thing.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) tackles New York Jets running back Brandon Wilds (34) during the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) tackles New York Jets running back Brandon Wilds (34) during the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Bent, theJetsBlog.com:

Having looked at some of the players signed to futures deals since the end of the regular season, this week we'll be taking a look at two players added to the roster late last year to assess their chances of making the roster and contributing in 2017.

Running back Brandon Wilds was a rookie out of South Carolina and tight end Eric Tomlinson was in his second year out of UTEP. Both made their first NFL appearance with the Jets down the stretch in 2016. 

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The Jets have declined linebacker Erin Henderson's option for 2017, according to multiple reports.

By not bringing Henderson, the Jets save $2.57 million, which was his cap hit for next season. 

Henderson made 12 total tackles in just five games last year. He was also placed on the non-football injury list during the season. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Mangold 00:02:17
The Jets cut longtime center Nick Mangold in an attempt to clear cap space.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Nick Mangold, the center of the Jets' offensive line for more than a decade and "a cornerstone" of the franchise, in the words of owner Woody Johnson, is the latest casualty of the Jets' most recent attempt to rebuild.

The 33-year-old Mangold was officially released on Saturday in an expected, but still difficult move. He called it a "sad day" in his farewell post on Twitter, after being released by the only team he's played for since the Jets drafted him in the first round back in 2006.

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A general view of MetLife Stadium before the season opener for the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. (Danny Wild)
A general view of MetLife Stadium before the season opener for the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. (Danny Wild)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets' rebuilding project will need all the help it can get -- and it got some huge help on Friday afternoon in the form of an extra third-round draft pick.

The Jets were one of 11 teams to be awarded a third-round compensatory pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the league announced. Their comp pick will be 43rd in Round 3 - 107th overall.

The comp picks, according to the league, "are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors". Essentially, if a team loses more or better free agents than it signs, it is eligible for a comp pick the next offseason...

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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The NFL's free-agent signing period opens on March 9, but the offseason activity has already begun. 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.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets are already beginning to clear salary cap space, but they know they still have a lot of work to do if they're going to be players in this year's free-agent market. They could easily help heir situation and clear more than $13 million in space by cutting their two veteran receivers who'll turn 30 and 33 in March.

With a stable of young, promising receivers on the roster, and with a team that is most definitely not ready to win now, the idea of parting ways with Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall makes a lot of sense. Of course, it was only two seasons ago where they were as good as any 1-2 punch in football.

And that could be a good thing for a new, young quarterback to have...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets began the reshaping of their roster and the first of what could be many moves to help clear salary cap space on Thursday as they released two veterans -- kicker Nick Folk and right tackle Breno Giacomini.

The moves clear about $7.5 million in salary cap space and leave the Jets somewhere around $10 million under the projected NFL salary cap. They were actually over until last week, when they declined to pick up the option on veteran left tackle Ryan Clady.

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) stretches before a game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) stretches before a game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Whatever the Jets decide to do about Darrelle Revis between now and March 11, this much is known: He is contractually guaranteed to receive $6 million of his 2017 salary, no matter what.

Or, at least, probably.

Of all the issues hanging over the Jets cornerback at the moment, from his NFL future to the four felonies and misdemeanor he's been charged with after a recent street fight in Pittsburgh, that $6 million he's owed might be the most intriguing. A "guarantee" of course is never completely guaranteed, and there is some language in his deal - both specific and vague - that could allow the Jets either recoup it or not pay it at all.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1.) CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The ides of the Jets taking a cornerback sixth overall seemed logical even before Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor after a street fight in Pittsburgh 10 days ago. He probably wasn't coming back anyway, certainly not as a corner, but the incident amplified the need at his position. The combine next week will help solidify Lattimore's status as a Top 10 player. It even could push him out of the Jets' reach and into the Top 5. (Last week: 1)...

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Jets interested in Cutler? 00:02:44
Daily News Live talks about the Jets and their level of interest in quarterback Jay Cutler.

The Jets reportedly have 'some interest' in Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler when or if he is cut, CBS Sports Jason La Confora reports. One possible reason for New York's interest is the presence of new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates, who coached Cutler with the Bears and Denver Broncos.

"They believe he can play in the elements that are a reality in the AFC East," La Confora said. "And they like his moxie and arm talent. And that was well before the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as their quarterback coach."

La Confora also mentions the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans as possible landing spots for the 34-year-old quarterback.

 

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Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the first half at New Era Field.  (Timothy T. Ludwig (USA Today))
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig (USA Today))

Darrelle Revis' future with the Jets was in doubt even before he was charged with four felonies for an incident outside a Pittsburgh bar back on Feb. 12. His cost, his skills, his age were all conspiring against him, and by March 11 he was surely going to end up an ex-Jet.

But while the Jets have some young corners on their roster, they don't necessarily have Revis' heir - the next shutdown corner to help lockdown their struggling secondary. Many NFL people believe they're most likely to look to the draft for Revis' replacement. But free agency could present some intriguing possibilities.

Here is a look at a few:

CB Stephon Gilmore (Bills) - For a cap-strapped team, they probably can't dip this deep into the free agent pool, especially if they decide to spend (or overspend) for a quarterback. But if they can't get one of the top quarterbacks or decide to go through the draft at that position, a free-agent corner would be a big help. And while Gilmore, 26, is no Revis-in-his-prime, he's the best on the market. The Pro Bowler had five interceptions this season and that could land him in the range of the five-year, $62.5 million deal the Giants gave Janoris Jenkins last offseason (with $28.8 million guaranteed). Of course, that's if he hits the market. He may get franchise-tagged by the Bills.

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GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:00:19
Darrelle Revis had his preliminary hearing regarding his altercation in Pittsburgh rescheduled for March 15.

Darrelle Revis' next court appearance, which was scheduled for Thursday, will now take place six days after the start of NFL free agency -- complicating the Jets' decision even more.

The preliminary hearing for Revis to answer the charges he's been hit with stemming from an incident in Pittsburgh back on Feb. 12 was officially postponed on Tuesday afternoon and rescheduled for March 15. The hearing will take place at 12:30 p.m. in front of Judge Jeffrey Manning, and Revis is obligated to appear in person -- assuming that hearing takes place.

A lot can happen between now and then, including a plea deal, another continuation, or the charges being dropped altogether. For now, though, Revis remains charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of making terroristic threats, robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault as a result of an apparent street fight nine days ago that left two men knocked out on a street corner around 2:30 a.m...

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Cleveland Browns free safety K'Waun Williams (36) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster)
Cleveland Browns free safety K'Waun Williams (36) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster)

Update (Feb. 21)

7:15 PM: Former Browns cornerback K'Waun Williams has agreed to a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network

The Jets made Williams a contract offer of their own Tuesday morning after he visited with the team last week, according to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media.

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New video emerges in Revis saga 00:03:06
TMZ released a video which may add new information to the Darrelle Revis assault case.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Darrelle Revis "absolutely" did not knock out two men on a street in Pittsburgh in the early morning hours of Feb. 12 and the voice heard bragging about it on a video of the aftermath of the incident was "NOT" Revis' voice, his attorneys said.

Their denial and defense of the Jets cornerback came on Sunday night, hours after a video was published on TMZ.com that allegedly showed the aftermath of the incident that ended with Revis facing a variety of charges from Pittsburgh police. The video shows two men on the ground, seemingly unconscious, and a voice can be heard saying "I knocked both of these m---f-ers out."

Then what sounds like the same voice can be heard saying "Shut up before I knock you're a-out next."

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

TMZ released footage of the aftermath of the alleged altercation New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was involved in.

The video shows two men lying on the ground unconscious with the voice of another person saying, "I knocked both of these m-----f---ers out." It is not known whether or not the man speaking in the video is Revis. Teammate Brandon Marshall said he didn't believe it was Revis'.

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Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bent, theJetsBlog.com: 

Over the last few weeks, we've been looking at some of the players signed to futures deals since the end of the season. Today we wrap up with a quick look at the other additions.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Revis, Jets 00:03:25
SNY insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Jets' options regarding Darrelle Revis and his recent criminal charges.

Latest Update: (Feb. 17)

10:15 p.m. 

Darrelle Revis has been arraigned and was given a non-monetary bond, reports Coley Harvey of ESPN.

According to Harvey, Revis still has to attend all hearings in the case and cannot come in contact with the alleged victims or witnesses.

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What is Revis' future with Jets? 00:04:30
SNY insider and former Jet Willie Colon weighs in on Darrelle Revis' future after being charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor.

SNY insider and former Jet Willie Colon weighs in on Darrelle Revis' future after being charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor.


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(Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

As bad as Darrelle Revis was last season, he kept insisting he was far from finished. Several times he made it clear he wanted to keep playing and was even willing to see if that could happen with the Jets. He seemed to be embracing his role as a future elder statesman on the team. He hinted he might accept a pay cut to stay. He even admitted he was willing to switch positions.

None of that matters anymore.

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(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The incident that has surely ended Darrelle Revis' Jets career, and could land him in jail, began with two star-struck men who seemingly couldn't believe they had run into the NFL player on the streets of Pittsburgh in the middle of the night. They asked if he was really Revis. They didn't believe his answer.

And everything escalated from there.

Much of the confrontation from early Sunday morning is on a cell phone video, too, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Pittsburgh Police and obtained by WTAE in Pittsburgh. The evidence was strong enough for Revis to be charged on Thursday with four felonies (two counts of aggravated assault and one each of criminal conspiracy and robbery) and one misdemeanor (making terroristic threats)...

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Jets in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. Last week we took a look at Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears quarterback who might hit the open market in the coming weeks. This week we turn inward and look at a proud Jet who is at the center of one of the team's biggest offseason decisions:

CB Darrelle Revis.

After a miserable season in which he was a shell of his former self it seems like a pretty simple decision for the Jets to let Darrelle Revis go -- especially since he's due $15 million in salary and bonuses in 2017 and his cap number is $15.3 million...

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 (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets had such high hopes for their offensive line when they acquired left tackle Ryan Clady from the Broncos last April. But the experiment is over after less than a year.

The Jets have informed Clady's agent that they do not intend to pick up his option for the 2017 season, according to an NFL source. New York had until Wednesday to make a decision before the team would owe him a $1 million roster bonus. Clady also was scheduled to make a non-guaranteed salary of $10 million this year.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1. CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The Jets should soon have some clarity on the Darrelle Revis situation since cuts around the NFL have already begun and he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11. Assuming he's not coming back - and if he does, assuming he'll come back as a safety - this position remains one of the Jets' biggest needs. Perhaps offensive line is bigger, but at the moment few scouts seem to believe there's a tackle worthy of a Top 10 pick. The big question with Lattimore? Will he even make it out of the Top 5? A strong combine or Pro Day performance could push him out of the Jets' reach. (Last week: 1).

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(Brett Rojo)

Mel Kiper's second Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Kiper notes that while the Jets have a quarterback problem to solve and could also draft a defender with the pick, Fournette may be the best player available and the Jets would "know they can get a ton of reps from Fournette right now, and this is a team that needs to be better."

Fournette had 129 carries for 843 yards and eight touchdowns last season for LSU, adding another 146 yards on 15 receptions...

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(Jerome Miron)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets haven't begun to clear the salary cap room they need to be active in free agency, so it remains to be seen just how active they will be. But they'll have to do something when the signing period opens on March 9 because they have plenty of needs.

So what will they do? Last week, I took a look at five free agents who could (or should) be on the Jets' radar at several positions. This week, I'll focus on the most important position -- quarterback. The Jets will likely at least look for a quarterback-of-the-future on the market. Whether they sign one might depend on the price.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Jets, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

1. Who is their quarterback?

They of course haven't answered this yet, but they did answer who'll be coaching the quarterbacks: new offensive coordinator John Morton and new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. Neither has an extensive resume at their current positions -- or really working with quarterbacks -- which is interesting if they're going to be entrusted with developing a young quarterback.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Ryan Fitzpatrick Era was never supposed to happen for the Jets, and it certainly never was expected to last two roller-coaster seasons. In the end, though, it was a wild ride that rescued a franchise in one of its darkest moments before leading it back into the darkness again.

For better or for worse, the Fitzpatrick Era officially ended on Friday when the contract that the 34-year-old quarterback signed last summer automatically voided. All that's left is a $5 million cap hit the Jets must endure during the 2017 season. And memories - more than a few good ones, and plenty of bad.

So was it worth it? That all depends on your perspective, how much your sights are set on the Jets' long-term future, and how much you value all the fun that was had in 2015 during the Jets' near-playoff-miss.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Jets in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. This week we begin with one of the potential quarterback options for the Jets -- and one with ties to their brand new quarterbacks coach:

QB Jay Cutler.

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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)

Jets WR Brandon Marshall listed JJ Watt and Deion Sanders among the players he believes could be the best of all time, but one player was notably absent from his list: Tom Brady.

Marshall told NJ Advanced Media during a charity event for his Project 375 foundation that Brady is "not the best player ever," adding that his idea of the best player would be "a guy that I can put at corner, safety, defensive end, a guy that I can put back on punt return, chase down kicks." He also mentioned Reggie White and Jerry Rice as possible contenders for the best player ever, but conceded that it "would probably be impossible [to say for sure]." 

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Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)
Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Since the end of the season, the Jets have added several players to their 90-man roster. We've been looking at each of these players to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Today we're going to look at three additions on the defensive front seven; Kenny Anunike, Frank Beltre and Jeff Luc. All three are undrafted free agents but they have different roles. Let's compare their attributes, divided into categories.

Experience

At 27, Beltre is the oldest of the three, but actually has the least NFL experience. He played three preseason games with the Chargers in 2013 but has only played in the CFL since that time.

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 (Rick Scuteri/AP)
(Rick Scuteri/AP)

The Jets have signed tackle Jeff Adams, the club announced on Wednesday. The 27-year-old ended this past season on the Houston Texans' practice squad after appearing in four games in 2014 and 2015. Adams has also been a part of the Cincinnati Bengals' and Miami Dolphins' practice squads.

Adams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 after playing collegiately at Columbia University

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and they're turning their Jets frowns upside down with some positivity. As they contemplate the future of Darrelle Revis, they turn the clock back to Revis past, with a deep dive countdown of their favorite moments in Revis / Jets history.

Click below to listen!

 

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The Jets have added four coaches to their staff for the 2017 season, hiring Jeremy Bates (quarterbacks coach), Mick Lombardi (assistant quarterbacks coach), Jason Vrable (offensive assistant) and Joe Giacobbe (strength and conditioning assistant), the team announced on Wednedsay.

Bates held the same position with the Jets in 2005 under then-head coach Herm Edwards. He was the Chicago Bears QBs coach in 2012 but was not retained and has been out of the NFL since. Lombardi was an offesnive quaity control coach with the 49ers this past season while Vrable was the assistant QBs coach for the Bills. Giacobbe was the director of player performance at Rutgers from 2012-2015.

 

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North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

As miserable as the Jets' 5-11 season was their consolation prize isn't bad. They stand to get a heck of a player with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft - perhaps a franchise-changing player, and maybe someone who can contribute right away.

That's no guarantee, of course, but it's a positive to focus on for a team that needs a lot of help in a lot of different areas. Maybe - just maybe - they could end up with the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for far too many years.

It's early, of course - very early - and a lot can change during free agency. But here's a look at five players the Jets might have their eyes on in the first round of the NFL draft, which takes place on April 27. SNY will be taking a weekly look at this board and charting who is rising and falling throughout the combine and Pro Day season, and as the Jets' potential needs change:

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

Former Jets' running back and broadcaster Mike Adamle revealed he his battling dementia and doctors think he may have CTE, the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday. Adamle, 67, played with the Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears during a six-year NFL career.

"It shook my world," Adamle said in an interview with NBC-5 in Chicago. "It just kind of a little bit worse sometimes every day."

Adamle is perhaps best known for his work as co-host of "American Gladiators" from 1989-1996.

 

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(Reinhold Matay (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

With one month to go until the NFL free-agent signing period opens on March 9, the Jets have some work to do. They have to make several cuts and restructure several contracts just to get under the 2017 salary cap, which figures to be somewhere around $168 million.

How active they'll be in free agency depends on how much cap room they're able to clear. It also depends on how much -- if anything -- they devote to finding a starting quarterback on the free-agent market.

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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed long-snapper Josh Latham, the team announced Tuesday.

Latham, who spent three years as the long-snapper for Sacramento State, has never appeared in the NFL.

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Former Green Bay Packers DL Mike Pennel (Mark Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)
Former Green Bay Packers DL Mike Pennel (Mark Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets claimed former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers, the team announced Tuesday.

Pennel, 25, has recorded one sack and 40 combined tackles in 37 games over the past three seasons with Green Bay. He recorded seven combined tackles in eight games last season.

Pennel was suspended four games last season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Darron Lee, the New York Jets' promising young linebacker and their first-round pick in last year's draft, says he is OK after being attacked in a bar in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old explained the incident in some detail on Monday in a video posted to his Twitter account, in which he showed off a bruise under his right eye and what he said were "bumps all around my head." He insisted he was attacked without provocation and he had no idea by whom.

Tags: Darron Lee, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the New York Jets can begin cleaning up the wreckage from their 5-11 season and start yet another rebuilding project. Despite being on the cusp of the playoffs a year ago, they seem farther away than ever now.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest questions the Jets must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how they're doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

The New York Jets are targeting former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to be their new quarterbacks coach, The MMQB's Albert Breer reports.

The organization had Bates, who was the Jets' quarterbacks coach in a 4-12 2005 season which featured five different quarterbacks, including Brooks Bollinger, in mind for their offensive coordinator vacancy before they signed John Morton, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Bates served as the Chicago Bears' quarterbacks coach in 2012 and Seahawks offensive coordinator in 2010.

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Falcons fan Sal Licata vents his frustrations after the Falcons' loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell of the Seahawks may forever be known for the single dumbest play call in Super Bowl history, when they called for a pass instead of a run from the 1 yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, leading to a Malcolm Butler interception and handing the Patriots a championship.

But Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan of the Falcons gave that inexplicable decision a run for its money on Sunday night.

Their brain-frozen play calling with four minutes left in Super Bowl LI snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and gift-wrapped a championship opportunity to the Patriots again. In a span of three mind-boggling plays, they went from being well within range of a game-sealing field goal to punting the ball away and putting it back in Tom Brady's hands...

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(AP)

The Jets have opened at 75/1 odds to win Super Bowl LII, according to a list released by Bovada sportsbook in Las Vegas.

Among the Jets' AFC East rivals, the Patriots -- at 5/1 -- have the best odds in the NFL. The Dolphins have 50/1 odds, while the Bills opened at 66/1.

Only the Bears (100/1), Browns, and 49ers (both at 150/1) have worse odds than the Jets.

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 (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets and their fans have endured 48 years of pain without a Super Bowl, made worse by 12 years without a division title and now six straight years without a trip to the playoffs. It has to hurt more that the dominant team of this era is from their own division, led by a coach (Bill Belichick) they once had for one day in 2000 and a quarterback (Tom Brady) they, like everyone else, passed over in the 2000 draft.

So watching the Patriots' epic comeback and 34-28 overtime win in Super Bowl LI on Sunday night had to be especially painful.

But don't worry: There's a good chance the pain is going to get much worse.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Many current and former Jets took to Twitter to react to the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI...

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Marcus Williams, Quincy Enunwa
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The guys on FNNY discuss what went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, as well as Tom Brady's place in NFL history.

What went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, and what is Tom Brady's place in NFL history?

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 (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Ronald Gasser, who shot and killed former Jets RB Joe McKnight, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a second-degree murder charge, according to the Associated Press.

The 55-year-old Gasser, who had initially been charged with manslaughter, was indicted last week, NBC Sports reported.

McKnight, who was 28 years old, was killed in a shooting in Louisiana in December.

A witness said an argument took place between McKnight and the shooter before the shooter opened fire multiple times.

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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:01:31
Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots
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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at Super Bowl LI …

NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons (13-5) vs. AFC Champion New England Patriots (16-2)

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