The Jets this week signed another veteran player when they signed safety Dawan Landry to a two-year, $3m deal.

The 30-year old, 6-1 220-pounder figures to fill one of the Jets' vacant starting safety roles, one of which resulted from the departure of his younger brother LaRon. The younger Landry started all 16 games for the Jets last year and went to the Pro Bowl, but signed with the Indianapolis Colts last month.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from last season, to review what he can bring to the Jets, focusing in particular on any differences and/or similarities between him and his brother.

Who is Dawan Landry?

A high school quarterback, Landry went to college at Georgia Tech and was eventually drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens. There he earned a starting job as a rookie, playing the first three years of his career with Rex Ryan as his defensive coordinator.

After starting 30 games in his first two seasons, Landry suffered a potentially career-ending spinal concussion injury early in the 2008 season. However, since then he's been perfectly healthy and hasn't missed a game in four seasons. In fact, he's only missed 31 snaps, including just one last year.

Landry has a reputation as an in-the-box safety, which makes sense by virtue of the fact that he was paired with one of the best coverage safeties of all-time in Ed Reed. However, Ryan's system requires both his safeties to be able to play in coverage and Landry did flash some ball-hawking skills in the passing game early in his career, intercepting five passes twice in his first four seasons. Here is a nice highlight reel showing some of that playmaking ability (and some big hitting) on display in those first few years.

Landry played for five years with the Ravens, before signing a five-year, $27m deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. He played two seasons with the Jaguars, who reportedly cut him due to his high salary and the fact they want to get younger at the position.

2012 Regular Season

Let's look in detail at Dawan's contributions during the 2012 season.

Week 1 - at Minnesota

In this game, Landry missed a tackle in the flat on a screen pass that led to a 20-yard gain. He also gave up two key catches - a 26-yarder to set up the game tying field goal and a 17-yarder to set up a field goal in overtime. Both of these came in zone coverage.

Week 2 - v Houston

In this game, he wasn't troubled in coverage and had 13 tackles. There was also one play that he blew up by taking out the lead blocker.

Week 3 - at Indianapolis

Landry made a couple of good plays against the run in this game and had his only pressure of the season, although Andrew Luck escaped and scrambled for a first down. He also got beaten for this short score.

Week 4 - v Cincinnati

Landry wasn't targeted at all in this game and had six tackles including one where he stuffed a run in the hole. He did slip on one running play, missing a tackle for a nine yard run.

Week 5 - v Chicago

In a blowout loss, he was targeted just once as Jay Cutler kept the play alive and Landry couldn't stay with the tight end as he scrambled. However, that first down was negated by a penalty. He did record nine tackles including one in the hole for a short gain.

Week 7 - at Oakland

In this game, he was beaten for a 17-yard gain on a post route by the under-appreciated Brandon Myers on a great throw by Carson Palmer. He also broke up a pass to Darren McFadden with a well-timed hit, although McFadden felt there should have been a flag.

Week 8 - at Green Bay

Landry gave up two short passes in this one but did make one good play against the run. He was called for a holding penalty as he hit the receiver as the ball arrived - except the ball never arrived because Aaron Rodgers had thrown a pump fake.

Week 9 - v Detroit

Landry was involved in a couple of big plays in this one, missing a couple of tackles and not getting over in time in coverage once. He also got beaten in man-to-man coverage for an 11-yard catch, although he was in pretty good position and the receiver made a diving grab.

Week 10 - v Indianapolis

Landry made some good plays in this one - a tackle in the hole, a touchdown saving tackle on third down at the goal line and a tackle in the flat on a well-read screen pass. He also added this, his only interception of the year. On the downside, he missed a tackle at the second level on a 19 yard end around, got frozen by a pump fake that allowed Andrew Luck to dive in at the pylon and got flagged for this extremely LaRon-esque hit on Luck.

Week 11 - at Houston

This was the game where the Jags built a big lead behind Chad Henne, only for the Texans to battle back and win 43-37 in overtime. After not being troubled in coverage the first time the teams met, Landry found himself chasing Andre Johnson around all day as the Texans attacked gaps in the Jags zone. There were two plays where Landry was at fault for biting on a play-fake, leading to 27 and 45 yard gains. Two more went for 23 and 19, with a 15-yard penalty tacked onto the second one for a hit on a defenseless receiver. There was also a short touchdown pass where Landry and a linebacker both ran with the outside receiver, leaving the tight end alone underneath. Landry did make one good stop at the goal line, but his day ended badly too, as he was unable to prevent Johnson's winning touchdown with this despairing dive at the 20.

Week 12 - v Tennessee

Landry had a much easier game this week, registering nine tackles. He did give up two first downs and got blocked out on a running play that went for 31, but he also made a good open field tackle on a third down dump-off pass to force a punt.

Week 13 - at Buffalo

Landry made a couple of good plays in this one, blowing up a run and reading and blowing up a screen pass in the flat. However, he did miss a couple of tackles and overpursued badly on a CJ Spiller touchdown run. The Bills also threw a touchdown pass to Scott Chandler between Landry and the other safety.

Week 14 - v New York Jets

Landry made a couple of excellent open field tackles on Mardy Gilyard and Konrad Reuland, one to force a punt and the other for a short gain. There was also a play where he was clearly picked and probably should have got an offensive pass interference call. He gave up one first down where he was too far off his man as Mark Sanchez rolled out and got driven back in the running game on two plays that netted 24 yards by Reuland and Vladimir Ducasse.

Week 15 - at Miami

Landry blew up one run in the hole to force a third and one and made an immediate tackle on a third down dump-off to force a punt. He was credited with giving up a 37-yard completion, but review of the film seemed to indicate this was the cornerback's fault. Landry was at fault when he missed a tackle downfield which turned a Reggie Bush 20-yard run into a 53-yard run though.

Week 16 - v New England

Landry was solid in this game, making a couple of good plays against the run. He did give up one first down catch in zone coverage that was negated and had a missed tackle, but it only cost them a couple of yards.

Week 17 - at Tennessee

Landry only gave up seven yards on three targets in this game, but that's misleading because he did get burned down the seam by Nate Washington, who then dropped the ball. He did make one good play in coverage, as he was in position to blow up a screen pass, forcing the quarterback to throw it at the receiver's feet. However, he got blocked off the line on a short touchdown run.

Comparison With LaRon Landry

Let's look at a few categories to compare Dawan with his brother, whose role he looks set to replace.

Measurables

LaRon, who was seven pounds lighter than Dawan entering the NFL, is now listed as five pounds heavier having bulked himself up significantly as he made the transition from a pure coverage safety to more of an in-the-box role (although it's fair to say that officially listed NFL weights are notoriously unreliable). LaRon was without question the better athlete, running an eye-popping 4.35 forty at the combine. Dawan's 4.6 forty is a reasonable time for a safety but obviously he lacks LaRon's range and closing speed. Having said that, LaRon's recent heel injuries may have slowed him down somewhat, so that perhaps narrows the gap despite the fact Dawan is now in his thirties.

Usage

As noted above, LaRon made a transition from pure coverage safety to more of an in-the-box role. To a lesser extent, Dawan has also been used in the box more and more over the past few years, as this chart (with data exclusively provided by PFF) illustrates:

As you can see, Dawan's percentage of time spent in the box (within eight yards of the line of scrimmage) has been on the rise over the last four years. Back in 2008 and 2009, you can see how LaRon was in the box less than Dawan ever was with Baltimore, but played in the box more and more as he bulked up over the next couple of years. However, as a function of the dual responsibilities for safeties in Rex Ryan's scheme, the amount he was in the box dropped back down to 40% in 2012. The good news is that Dawan has been preparing for just such a role over the last few years, by increasing his amount of time spent in the box up to just that kind of number. 2008's high percentage shows how Dawan also has experience of an even heavier in-the-box workload, although that was only one and a half games before his serious neck injury.

It's a common misconception that LaRon played more of a coverage role last year because Yeremiah Bell is more of an in-the-box safety. Bell was actually in the box a lot less than LaRon - just 26% of the time. We can expect whoever is paired with Dawan to operate more in coverage, but they will be interchangeable. In fact, Dawan's role could change from week to week if he was paired with someone like Josh Bush one week and then someone like Antonio Allen the next. Either way, he's going to play in the box and in coverage.

Coverage

Speaking of coverage, let's consider that next.

Long time readers of BGA will know that I am always skeptical of coverage numbers (and ratings in general) for safeties, so I'm going to do my best to look beyond the numbers. However, let's first look at the 2012 coverage numbers in isolation:

Yards per Target: LaRon 10.2 // Dawan 8.5

Yards per Coverage Snap: LaRon 0.92 // Dawan 0.66

Completion Percentage: Laron 59% // Dawan 68%

They both gave up 30 catches, but Dawan gave those up in fewer targets. However, more damage was done on the catches given up by LaRon, so Dawan's efficiency is slightly better.

My first observation is that Dawan surrendered a much higher completion percentage, but was targeted less often. Unfortunately, the numbers alone don't tell us whether this is (a) because Dawan was in position more often so they didn't attempt to throw his way as much, (b) because Dawan was in coverage support rather than directly covering a potential receiver more often than LaRon was or (c) maybe just because the Jags had worse talent in their defensive backfield than the Jets so it was easier to find a wide open alternative. It could be any of these, or a combination thereof and the numbers alone don't tell us one way or another.

I'd also caution that if you look at coverage grades on PFF these include tackles on passing plays, so if you missed a tackle or forced a fumble or something, you'd receive a positive or negative coverage grade despite the fact that it's not really evaluating how well the safety performed at stopping his man catching the ball or being in the right position. I mention this just as an example of how misleading those numbers can be because a sure tackler who is below average in coverage will typically end up with a better "coverage" grade than someone who misses a lot of tackles but is above average at covering receivers.

There's an even bigger reservation I have than these and that's the fact that it is notoriously difficult to evaluate whether or not a safety was in the right place on any given play if you don't know the assignments on any given play. Teams use a similar rating system to PFF, but they can grade their own players more accurately because they have this knowledge.

So, how can I go beyond the numbers to try and assess how good they are in coverage? Other than what we already know - their numbers were similar, LaRon is faster and covers more ground and Dawan tends to gamble less often to keep plays in front of him - I did make some observations about the Jaguars defensive scheme compared to that of the Jets.

What I noticed was that their cornerbacks played a lot of zone. Cornerbacks would cover receivers close to the line and then pass them off to the safeties if they continued downfield. They seemed to do this more than the Jets do, which led to Dawan ending up with a receiver in his area that he then had to pick up. On many of the catches he gave up, the pass was thrown at the perfect moment so that Dawan was too far off his man as the cornerback passed his man off to Landry. I'd say this takes pressure off the cornerbacks and puts more of an onus on the safeties in coverage. It might also be one explanation for Derek Cox's sparkling coverage numbers in 2011 (league lowest numbers for completion percentage - 32.1% - and QB rating - 44.5 - on throws into his coverage).

A look at the plays on which LaRon and Dawan were directly matched up with a player at the snap (out wide or in the slot) shows that there was not much difference between how often they were required to do this. LaRon did it 122 times, Dawan 107. (Although theoretically, on some of these plays, Landry might have played zone so he'd have been passing off his man to someone behind him too.)

All of this would suggest that Dawan was targeted less not because he was in direct coverage less, but because he wasn't often the player whose guy was open. That should bode well, especially in a scheme where there could be less of an onus on the safeties to be in direct coverage down the field.

When he was in direct coverage, Dawan did get beaten a few times for catches, but wasn't often burned for a big gain like LaRon was on Thanksgiving against Julian Edelman for example (I won't link to this one). These were more of the getting beaten by a step and the quarterback making a perfect pass variety.

For their careers, Dawan actually has twice as many (12) interceptions as LaRon. However, nine of these were before 2010, as were 20 of his 30 career pass breakups. One thing you'll have picked up from that highlight video earlier on is that Landry threw and received a lot of lateral passes, mostly with Ed Reed on the other end. Here is a play where he scored on a lateral in 2010.

Run defense

Over the courses of their careers, LaRon has been the slightly more productive tackler, by a margin of 6.0 to 5.7 per game. Of course that doesn't necessarily mean he was making all those tackles in the running game. In fact, Dawan made more tackles than any other NFL safety on running plays in 2012.

Their contribution in this area is pretty similar. They can both come up into the box and blow up a play and don't get blocked out of plays too often. Dawan usually reads plays pretty well based on what I saw from him last season, but he is prone to the occasional mistake. Witness how he takes a poor angle here and overpursues leading to a CJ Spiller touchdown.

Tackling

Missed tackles are another area where stats can sometimes be misleading. Dawan had 10 missed tackles in 2012, which no doubt hurts his run defense grade. However, because he was so productive, he was actually the 9th most efficient tackling safety in the league (again per PFF). He won't have got credit for a positive play on many of the tackles that occurred downfield, but the fact he does that at a high percentage when compared to other players has value that the statistics don't take into account. Look at it this way. If Dawan was in position to make 100 downfield tackles and missed 10, he'd likely end up with a worse run defense grade than someone who only got in position to make 50 tackles and missed eight. Had that second player been on a defense where runners got to the second level more often, his contribution would have been a lot worse.

Dawan's ninth best tackle efficiency in 2012 was no fluke - he was 7th in 2010 and 22nd in 2011 - so he is a reliable tackler despite the high missed tackle numbers - 37 in four seasons. That does compare favorably with LaRon, who despite missing half of 2010 and half of 2011 missed 38 in four seasons.

Pass Rushing

Both players have 5.5 sacks in their careers, but Dawan got three of his in his rookie season and LaRon has always been a much more productive pass rusher in terms of pressure generated. Having said that, LaRon didn't register a sack with the Jets last season, so maybe teams are more prepared for a safety blitz against teams like the Jets and Ravens with their exotic blitz packages than they would be against a team like the Redskins, where LaRon was more productive. The Jags rarely rush their DBs - Dawan did it just 17 times last year, getting just one hurry.

Discipline

As you'll have seen from some of the plays highlighted above, Dawan does have a streak of recklessness in him. The good news is that he will still bring some of that presence over the middle that fans appreciated from LaRon, but the bad news is that Dawan may from time to time make a mistake or give away a penalty like his brother. Having said that, I'd go along with the prevailing notion that Dawan is slightly less reckless than LaRon and the footage I saw together with some of his numbers bear this out. For the record, they each had eight penalties called on them over the last four seasons, but LaRon did of course play 16 fewer games than Dawan.

Special Teams

Like LaRon, Dawan hardly plays on special teams any more - not unusual for a 30-year old safety. I mention it here for completeness, but don't expect much of a contribution in this area.

Conclusions:

I was really enthused by the Dawan Landry signing, which I thought would represent good value on the basis that Dawan would bring many of the same things to the table as his brother, but for a fraction of the price. Dawan might not be quite as good as LaRon, but he's almost as good and the slight downgrade is worth it when you're also saving $2m this year (based on last year's salary for LaRon) or $4.5m per year over the next two (based on his current contract). Hopefully, Dawan also represents less of an injury risk too - and should pick up the scheme faster than his brother did, by virtue of his three years of experience playing Rex Ryan's system in Baltimore.

Having said that, watching footage of a slightly worse version of LaRon Landry - a player I felt was overrated last year anyway - was a little depressing in places. However, in the days running up to the Dawan signing, I had started to think that maybe the Jets would have been better off if they had just paid the $6m to retain LaRon after all, so getting Dawan for a fraction of the price was definitely a move I endorse. He's a definite upgrade, a solid veteran presence and someone who can help the younger players.

My hope is that Dawan will be a better scheme fit than LaRon as he will play with more discipline which is something this defense lacked at times in 2012. Couple that with the fact he's good value and a good bet to stay healthy and this is a move I am extremely hopeful will pay dividends.

Unless the Jets make any other signings in the lead-up to the draft, I will return to looking at some of the long shots at the other end of the roster.

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or so we all thought.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Free-agent WR Quinton Patton met with the Jets on Saturday, the team announced. 

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

The 2013 fourth-round pick has 73 career catches for 880 yards. 

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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."

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

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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))

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)

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


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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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


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

Click below to listen!

 

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

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

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

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

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

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

 

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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.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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On Guard with Willie Colon 00:04:08
Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.

Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.


GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:04:54
The Jets informed Darrelle Revis of his impending release next week amid issues off the field and declining performance on the field.

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Darrelle Revis' long and sometimes stormy tenure with the Jets has officially come to an end.

The Jets released the 31-year-old on Thursday, on the first day of the NFL's new league year. It was "100 percent" a football decision, according to a team source, and not at all related to his recent legal troubles in Pittsburgh.

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 (Andrew Weber)
(Andrew Weber)

The Jets have re-signed LT/RT Ben Ijalana to a two-year deal worth $11 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Ijalana, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jets last season.

He made $760,000 in 2016...

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Jets Nation: Free Agency Special 00:03:24
In a special Free Agency edition of Jets Nation the panel discuss if they were surprised by any of the Jets' recent free agent moves.

SNY had full coverage of the opening of NFL Free Agency at 4PM on Thursday with a special Jets Nation: Free Agency Special.

Jeane Coakley hosted with former Jets Ray Lucas and Willie Colon and longtime Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff. Ralph Vacchiano was around providing the latest news and notes as the Jets looked to reshape their roster.
 

 

 

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The Jets have released RB Khiry Robinson, the team announced Thursday.

Robinson, 27, signed with the Jets last March after missing the end of the 2015 season due to a broken leg. 

He reinjured the leg during a preseason game against the Eagles and was waived/injured on Sept. 4. Robinson re-signed with the Jets on Dec. 7 but reinjured the leg against the Patriots in Week 16.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

League executives are not high on the idea of signing CB Darrelle Revisreports Manish Mehta in the NY Daily News.

Revis, 31, was released by the Jets last week. It was a move Jets head coach Todd Bowles said had to do strictly with football, and not Revis' recent arrest.

"Have you seen his tape?" one general manager told Mehta. "I wouldn't let him play for me for free."

"Revis is done," another front office executive told Mehta. "You respect the body of work throughout his career, but all good things come to an end." 

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