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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PHOENIX - The Jets shed a group of veteran players this offseason, didn't make any big splashes in free agency, and the quarterback they brought in is a 37-year-old journeyman. Not surprisingly, the expectations for them this season couldn't be much lower.

Just don't try telling that to Todd Bowles.

Despite the look of his roster to outsiders, and the general perception that the Jets are beginning a total rebuilding job, the Jets head coach refused to downplay his team's chances heading into the 2017 season. He looks at the moves the Jets have made this offseason and believes they have given his team a chance to be competitive -- now.

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PHOENIX - The Jets' new offensive coordinator, John Morton, has never run an NFL offense before, never called plays in the league, and he hasn't revealed yet what kind of scheme he will run. But none of that should worry anyone, according to one of his former bosses.

Saints coach Sean Payton promised you'll be "impressed."

"Listen he's been around (Jon) Gruden, (Jim) Harbaugh, myself," Payton said on Wednesday morning during the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's very meticulous. I think he's going to be outstanding."

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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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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 set for Thursday.

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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Marc Malusis, Jon Hein and Willie Colon talk about whether Todd Bowles is the right man for the job.

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PHOENIX - The Jets weren't just bad last season, they were downright dysfunctional at times. Todd Bowles knows it. Everybody knows it. And the Jets coach expects that to change.

Just don't expect him to drop the hammer on his players, or tighten the rules on what at times appeared to be his loosely-run ship. Bowles, as a former player, understands that stuff happens. And he doesn't plan on taking control with some draconian approach.

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles came to the Jets as a defensive guru, but he plans on making the struggling Jets offense his project this year.

The third-year Jets head head coach promised that he will be "heavily more involved" in all aspects of the offense this season during an hour-long interview at the annual AFC Coaches Breakfast on Tuesday. He didn't say his decision had anything to do with the fact the offense ranked 26th in the NFL last season, or that he'll be breaking in a new offensive coordinator in John Morton.

He said it's all just part of his "evolution" as a head coach...

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles has declared he will hold an "open competition" at quarterback this summer between the three quarterbacks on his roster, and maybe even a fourth one from the draft. He did not promise veteran Josh McCown the job when the Jets signed him, and he wouldn't say his experience gives him any edge.

All of them will have an equal shot to be the Jets' Opening Day starter. And that's the right approach. It's also the only thing the Jets coach could do.

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The Jets have signed OL Jonotthan Harrison to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. 

Harrison, 25, played in 13 games for the Colts last season, including four starts.

He played 31 of 32 games for the Colts from 2014 to 2015, starting 19.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson is in Arizona for the NFL owners meetings, along with his brother Christopher, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets owner declined to talk to reporters on Sunday.

Woody Johnson has long been expected to be named the ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump's administration, although the president has not yet formally announced the appointment.

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Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)
Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)

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Mike Maccagnan wouldn't say if Josh McCown will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season - that, he insisted, is a decision for coach Todd Bowles. But he did say that McCown can still be a good quarterback, even as he closes in on 38 years old.

"I know he's had some injuries this past season, but the season before he played and actually did some good things for Cleveland," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "I still think he has good football left in him. We do think he has the ability to play and perform if needed."

The Jets signed McCown to a one-year, $6 million contract last week, with another possible (but unlikely) $7 million in incentives. Maccagnan said that the 15-year vet - a journeyman now on his eighth NFL team - was under consideration from the start of free agency, even as the Jets sorted through all their other options.

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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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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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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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DNL on new Jets quarterback 00:02:51
The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown. 

 


GEICO SportsNite: Josh McCown 00:01:28
Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)
(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

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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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

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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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

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...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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Jets making right moves in FA? 00:03:37
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.


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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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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(Brad Penner)

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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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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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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...

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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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))
(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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 (Steven Senne/AP)
(Steven Senne/AP)

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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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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.

 

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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