With the offseason well underway, the Jets have continued to sign some guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. I've been taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013. I originally wasn't going to do a BGA for David Garrard on the basis that he's already a well-known player that most Jets fans are likely to be familiar with. However, I saw so many people talking about how he hadn't played since 2010, that I thought I'd go back and review the tape from 2011 - where he made three preseason appearances with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Click the BGA link at the top of the page to look back at some of the scouting work I've done on some of the other signings the Jets have made since the end of the season.

The 35-year old Garrard is a one-time Pro Bowler who has a 39-37 career record in 76 career starts, all with the Jaguars. He did not play in 2011 due to a back issue and missed last season after a minor knee injury suffered a couple of days before preseason. Prior to that, he had a QB rating of at least 80 and a completion percentage of over 60% (two numbers Mark Sanchez has never achieved) in five straight seasons. He signed a one-year, $1.1m contract with just $100K guaranteed back in March and will be competing for a job with the Jets in camp.

After the jump, I'll briefly review his career so far and looking in detail at some of the footage from 2011 to try and evaluate what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is David Garrard?

Garrard was a fourth round pick out of East Carolina in 2002 and backed up Mark Brunell and Byron Leftwich early on in his career. He started three games over his first three seasons, then the last five games in 2005 and the last 10 games in 2006 following injuries to Leftwich. In 2007, he became the full-time starter, missing four games in the middle of the season, and led the Jaguars to a 9-3 record in his 12 starts with a career best 102.2 passer rating. He then led the Jaguars to a playoff win in Pittsburgh, setting up the game winning field goal with this memorable run on fourth down. The Jags fell short in New England the following week, despite a strong performance from Garrard who had a QB rating of over 100. Garrard started 46 of 48 games over the next three years and went to the Pro Bowl after initially being named as an alternate in 2010, but the Jaguars failed to make the playoffs again in those three seasons.

In 2011, he was the starter in preseason, but was dealing with a back issue and the Jaguars took the decision to roll with Josh McCown (who had played well in preseason) and Blaine Gabbert, who they had just drafted in the first round. Releasing Garrard also saved them $9m. Garrard almost signed with a couple of teams, including the Raiders in October, but then announced he was going to opt for surgery to get ready for the 2012 season instead (prompting the Raiders to trade for Carson Palmer, just a few days later).

In 2012, he signed with the Miami Dolphins, who were installing a West Coast offense that may have similarities to the scheme the Jets will run this year. He was playing well enough in camp that he was scheduled to start the preseason opener ahead of Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill. Unfortunately, he suffered a freak knee injury while playing with one of his kids in a swimming pool at home. This injury was reported as likely to affect him for 4-6 weeks, so the Dolphins took the decision to release him, again leaving another veteran option and a rookie picked early on in the draft to fight for the starting job. (Note: This saved them $2.25m of cap room). It was first reported in November that Garrard was 100% healthy (although he may actually have been fully healthy earlier than that), but he was unable to find a team who would take him into a new system at that stage in the year.

He therefore joins the Jets having missed two seasons in a row. However, he did play in the preseason in 2011, so that's the most recent footage we can look at to get an insight into what he's still capable of.

Let's look into some of the footage from 2011...

Week 1 - at New England

Garrard missed this game with a back injury.

Week 2 - v Atlanta

In his first start of the preseason, Garrard was 7-for-12 for 99 yards with an interception. He also ran for seven yards on two carries and was sacked once.

- His first drive opened with a simple three step drop and a quick slant for nine. You'd expect the timing and accuracy on such a straightforward throw to be perfect, but Mark Sanchez was inconsistent with these kinds of passes last year.

- He then took a five step drop and was under pressure almost immediately, throwing deep down the right sideline. The receiver got two hands on the ball, but Brent Grimes broke it up. This was a timing pattern, but the receiver didn't get any real separation.

- On 3rd and short, he picked up the first down on a QB sneak.

- The next series opened with a five yard loss on a counter play. A safety had sneaked up to the edge on this play and I wonder if Garrard should perhaps have audibled out of it. Having said that, maybe they didn't have that as an option in preseason.

- On the next play, he was flushed out of the pocket and checked down to his tight end for a short gain on the move.

- On third and 11, he slid to his right to avoid pressure up the middle and drilled a 30-yard strike down the middle. He was nailed as he got this throw off. This was a great throw.

- On the next play, they took a shot to the endzone and the receiver wasn't able to get beyond Grimes, who intercepted the overthrown ball easily in the end zone. This pass carried 60 yards in the air and was little more than an arm-punt ... although Grimes returned it into Jags territory, so he out-threw his coverage.

- The next drive was pretty short lived. On the first play, he faked a handoff and rolled out to the right but nobody was opened so he ran for six yards and stepped out of bounds. They ran for a first down on the next play.

- He then handed the ball off to rookie Cecil Shorts on an end-around, but Shorts fumbled the hand-off and the Falcons recovered. The replay shows that the left side of the Jags line did an awful job and Shorts saw two guys in the backfield and looked up, causing him to drop the hand-off.

- His third and last drive of the day was impressive, although they immediately ended up in a 3rd and 10 situation after a run for no gain was followed by Garrard, with the pocket collapsing, throwing the ball a little too far out in front of his receiver on a crossing route.

- On third and long, he had to deal with a low snap and was hit as he threw, but still got enough on his throw to Shorts on a long out to get the first down. This wasn't a tight spiral, but the accuracy was perfect and he did well to get enough on it.

- After three straight runs picked up another first down, he faked a hand-off on first and ten, but was under pressure immediately. He did a good job of extending the play and getting back towards the line of scrimmage, actually breaking four tackles before being brought down for a short loss.

- On 2nd and 11, he threw a screen pass that went for 26 behind some good blocking. Again he was hit as he threw this.

- On the next play he threw for another first down inside the 20, with a well-timed throw to the receiver coming back to the ball. He didn't wait on the receiver to break back to the ball before throwing this.

- On first down he tried to squeeze a pass into a tight window to his tight end at the goal line, but Sean Weatherspoon was in blanket coverage and able to break it up. Garrard got enough on the throw that it wasn't in danger of being picked off.

- On second down, he picked up seven on a quick out, again delivered as the receiver was making his break.

- On third and three, he overthrew his H-back who ran a quick out pattern just beyond the marker at the five. It was the right read, but the ball sailed on him, although the replay shows that he was hit low as he released the throw and knocked down.

Until that last drive, he'd really only made one routine throw and one spectacular throw, but he drove the team 71 yards to set up a field goal with some nice plays. His decisiveness was good, leading to good timing on most of his throws, but he also impressed with his ability to extend plays. On his 12 throws, he was pressured four times and hit four times, as well as being sacked once. These pressures were mainly as a result of linemen getting beaten one-on-one, often badly.

Week 3 - at Buffalo

Garrard played the entire first half (five drives) and one drive at the start of the second half, completing 11-of-21 passes for 106 yards and rushing three times for nine yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked once.

- The first drive opened with a run for a loss, but on second and 11, he threw a slant for 12, with the pass delivered comfortably in between the cornerback and safety.

- After a holding penalty, Garrard threw underneath for eight as the defense dropped off, conceding the middle. He was hit as he got the throw off while falling backwards.

- The next play was a designed slant, but was batted down at the line. This was on the right guard, who allowed himself to get driven back into what should have been the passing lane.

- Finally, on 3rd and 12, the receivers ran clear-out routes and Garrard dumped the ball off to his back in the flat, but the cornerback read it and stopped him for no gain.

- On the next drive, he dropped back and initially had time, then stepped up into the pocket, but still couldn't find anyone so he tucked and ran. After momentarily contemplating a risky shovel pass to his back, he kept it and gained a couple.

- On 3rd and six, he again stepped up into the pocket and threw a deep out beyond his intended receiver. An incompletion, but a safe incompletion.

- To open up his third drive, he was pressured up the middle and smartly threw it into the ground at his running back's feet to avoid a sack.

- He stepped up into the pocket again on the next play to make a deep throw down the right sideline, dropped more or less perfectly in between the cornerback and safety. Unfortunately, Jason Hill short-armed the catch as he perhaps sensed the safety coming over.

- On third and long, the Bills rushed six and - after initially extending the play - Garrard was swarmed under for a sack.

- At this point, Garrard's offense had gone three and out twice in a row and the Jags trailed 17-0. However, they started to find their rhythm on the next drive.

- After three runs and a facemask penalty had the Jags already into Bills territory, his throw down the seam to his tight end was broken up by a safety and wasn't really open.

- On second and ten, he dumped it off to Shorts into the flat and it was dropped.

- On third and ten, despite being hit as he threw, Garrard zipped a first down throw to his tight end. This throw was actually slightly behind the receiver breaking to the outside, but still safely delivered in front of the defensive player.

- After two runs, Garrard threw a touch pass over the top and drew a pass interference call, although this looked harsh.

- After another run, Garrard was about to be sacked, but somehow broke several tackles and scored a spectacular touchdown which you can see here.

- The Jags got the ball back and ran a two minute drill just before the half. Garrard opened the drive by hitting his receiver on the outside for nine as he broke back towards the ball.

- On the next play, he threw a quick release slant to his receiver on the left, enabling him to put a move on the slot corner and gain 17.

- He then made a throw to the outside for five. The timing was a little off on this play, as the defensive back was able to close and make a hit as the ball arrived, so it perhaps could have been delivered a beat sooner.

- His fourth straight completion went for 19 as this time the receiver broke off his route and Garrard looked to him as a secondary option. He put good zip on this throw to enable the receiver to beat the defensive back who was only a couple of yards off him when it was delivered.

- The Bills rushed two defensive backs on the next play and Garrard was flushed from the pocket, so he checked down to his tight end on the roll but it was dropped.

- On second down, he stepped up and checked down to his tight end for seven.

- On third and three, he extended the play but nobody was open so he threw the ball away out of bounds and the Jags settled for a field goal.

- Garrard's final drive opened with a short run and then he hit his receiver breaking to the inside for seven. The Jags ran for the first down on third and short.

- He then hit his receiver for a short gain on a designed QB screen.

- On third and three, he threw deep down the sideline. His receiver got separation, but the ball was thrown too far ahead of him and fell incomplete.

- On fourth and three, he threw a touch pass over the top and again got a pass interference call. This time, the cornerback clearly grabbed the receivers hand to slow him down, although it may not have been catchable.

- After a short run, they ran a screen pass to the right side, but the linebacker read the play and jumped into the passing lane to blow it up. Garrard read this well and didn't make the throw, instead tucking and running to set up third and four.

- On third and four, he hit his receiver over the middle at the two and the Jags ran for a TD to tie the score on the net play.

Until the two minute drill, the Jags again didn't do a very good job of protecting Garrard and again it appeared to be linemen losing matchups rather than blitzes not being recognized and picked up. The quicker passing game helped Garrard get into a better rhythm. Although he was only 11-for-21 there were three or four incompletions that should have been caught. It was also good that he brought them back from 17-0 down.

Week 4 - v St. Louis

As is the norm in the final preseason game, the starters didn't get many reps in this one. Garrard ran two drives completing just one-of-five passes for 11 yards. He was also sacked once.

- The first drive opened with two runs and then Garrard made an accurate deep throw that led to another pass interference call for 35 yards. He was hit as he threw and got a lot of air under the ball, but it was dropped in nicely over the cornerback's head as he turned to look back at the ball.

- After a run went for a loss, Garrard pump-faked and then threw the ball low out to the flat just to get rid of it. He was again hit as he threw.

- On third and long, the Rams sent a five man rush which Garrard initially stepped up to avoid, but then was sacked for a short loss.

- The next drive began with the Jags back at their own six, although they gained 14 on the ground on the first play. At last with some time, Garrard overthrew a pass down the middle with his receiver running a post-route. This was basically double-covered and Garrard may have thrown it over the top on purpose.

- On the next play, Garrard made a great throw just beyond the marker for a first down. The receiver broke off his route with the ball already on the way and Garrard was hit as he threw.

- After another run went for a loss, Garrard had time and made a throw to the outside, but it was incomplete. A linebacker hit the receiver as the ball arrived and the replay showed this should have been pass interference.

- Finally, on 3rd and 13, Garrard just missed with a wide throw to the outside. He was absolutely nailed in the back by Chris Long as he released this throw, which may have exacerbated his injury issues.

Despite only going one-for-five, Garrard actually did make a couple of good throws in this one, but didn't have much chance. He dropped back to pass seven times and there were only two where he didn't get hit.

I hesitate to read too much into preseason numbers, but overall Garrard completed just 50% of his passes and had a QB rating of 56.5. However, there were mitigating circumstances - three thrown away, four dropped. Also, he was hit as he threw several times per game and you couldn't say that he brought this pressure on himself. The Jaguars featured Will Rackley (PFF's worst rated guard in the NFL in 2011) at guard and Guy Whimper (gave up a league-high 14 sacks in 2011) at tackle and both were badly beaten in one-on-one situations many times.

Conclusions

Garrard might be getting a familiar feeling as he heads into the offseason program with an established veteran and a high draft pick to compete for the starting job with. He was good enough at camp to actually win that battle in each of the last two years, only for his injuries to thwart him. Obviously although he was winning the competition, he wasn't winning it convincingly enough that the team felt it was worth keeping him on the roster and instead decided to bank the cap saving and get younger at the position. The cap saving is only $1m this year if the Jets don't keep him on the team, but if he is unable to stay healthy for the third straight year, it's hard to imagine the Jets will keep him around.

Watching the footage of Garrard from 20 months ago does show a guy who still has the mobility and pocket presence to extend plays, is accurate on short-to-medium passes, is unafraid to take a shot downfield and fearless in the pocket. While you can't read too much into preseason numbers, what's apparent from watching footage of Garrard after having watched Mark Sanchez all year is that he trusted his receivers and trusted his arm. And, while he had no reason to trust his protection, he did have the confidence in himself in the pocket to make throws under pressure and to move well within the pocket to create passing lanes.

This may not be a situation that is feasible, but Sanchez could actually learn a lot from Garrard. If that happens, whether as a result of Garrard passing off some of his wisdom and experience or merely by him seeing some of the things Garrard can do and learning from them, then the Garrard move could prove positive even if, as some believe, he isn't physically capable of winning a role this year.

I do like Garrard and if he is healthy, I see him as a competent starter, capable of leading a team like the Jets to a winning record and serving as a solid stop gap for a year, if not longer. Sanchez's confidence and that of the fans and his teammates in him seemed to have eroded to the point where a return to form seemed implausible as recently as a few months ago. However, maybe the new coaches and personnel around him will represent enough of a fresh start that he could yet redeem himself. I suppose anything is possible and it should certainly be fun to watch unfold.

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

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

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

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

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and SNY NFL Draft Expert Rich Cirminiello discuss who the Jets will select third overall in the NFL Draft.

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

No pressure, right?

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

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

Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sees the Jets grabbing UCLA QB Josh Rosen with their third overall pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projects in his Mini Mock Draft 3.0. 

The Jets clearly traded up to the No. 3 slot to take one of the highly touted quarterbacks. With Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Giants respectively, Rosen appears the best option for the Jets in Kiper's mind. 

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Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Having opted to let Austin Seferain-Jenkins leave in free agency, the Jets are relying on a group of young tight ends to replace his production, recently adding two more options to the mix.

It's possible the Jets could look to add to the group via the draft but, for now, let's consider what each of the tight ends currently on the roster brings to the table, and consider how they might be used in 2018...

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, the Jets continue to get their last live look at the top prospects they could select with their third overall pick. 

After Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wraps up his private workout with the Jets Tuesday, UCLA QB Josh Rosen will visit the team, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

After Rosen's visit, USC QB Sam Darnold is expected to be next on the list at some point later this week. Wyoming QB Josh Allen is also expected to visit at a later date.

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The Jets continue to bolster their defense with another addition at the second tier in vetearn LB Kevin Minter, the team announced Monday. 

Minter most recently played for the Bengals in 2017, where he tallied 32 tackles in nine games. 

He was a second round draft pick by the Cardinals back in 2013, and he would spend four seasons in Arizona before heading to Cincinnati. He totaled 175 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and six passes defended over 61 games (37 starts). 

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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Jets continue to stack their wide receiving corps for next season as former Vikings WR Charles Johnson signed a deal with the team on Monday. 

Johnson, who was waived by the Panthers in July 2017, sat out all last season due to surgery on his right knee. He played for the Vikings from 2014-16, where he totaled 60 receptions for 834 yards and two touchdowns over 39 games. 

The Grand Valley State product was a Packers' seventh-rounder back in 2013, and after joinging the team's practice squad following camp that year, the Brown picked him up to join their 53-man squad. He dressed but never saw action with the Browns. 

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The Jets' free agency strategy 00:12:52
The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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While the Jets are reportedly hosting Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen for official Draft visits this week, we've also been keeping an eye on who else is reportedly scheduled to attend. Last year, both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye took official visits before being selected with the Jets' top two picks.

Aside from the quarterbacks, most of this year's names that have leaked so far would be players the Jets might be hoping will drop to day three of the draft or maybe even be available as a priority free agent if they go undrafted. Let's look at some of the more interesting prospects...

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

With the NFL Draft just 17 days away, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is scheduled to meet with the Jets in Florham Park on Monday and Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Jets have already met with Mayfield on multiple occasons -- including at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine -- and the team held a private workout with him. 

The 22-year-old Mayfield, who is expected to be selected early in the first round, threw 119 touchdowns in three seasons with Oklahoma and capped it off by throwing 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2017 when he started a career-high 14 games...

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the retirement of Matt Forte, the Jets have bolstered their depth in the offensive backfield with a couple of veteran additions. Let's give consideration to what each back brings to the table and how they might find a niche in the Jets' offense this season.

Bilal Powell...

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Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Jets on Thursday, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. Hankins, who was cut by the Colts earlier this offseason, has also visited the Redskins.

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, Hankins agreed to a four-your deal with the Colts worth $30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets were obviously looking for an upgrade at defensive tackle when they made their brief -- and ill-advised -- pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, they pulled the plug on that before it happened. Johnathan Hankins could turn out to be a much better fit...

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