Last night, the Jets announced that they signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson and wide receiver Jacoby Ford. Jets fans might not know too much about these two, so I've been reviewing game footage to get an insight into what each of them bring to the table.

We start with Patterson, who is a 30-year old journeyman who went undrafted in 2005 and didn't start his first game until 2010. The Jets will be Patterson's seventh NFL team. He spent last year with the Miami Dolphins with whom he was the opening day starter, but suffered a groin injury in week one that hampered him all year, limiting him to six games. He did, however, intercept four passes, tying a career high.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Patterson's 2013 season to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Dimitri Patterson?

Patterson started his collegiate career at Southeast Missouri State before later transferring to Tuskegee. Not surprisingly, he was undrafted in 2005, but the Redskins picked him up and he played in three games as a rookie, intercepting one pass. After spending time on the Vikings' practice squad in 2006, he signed a two year deal with the Chiefs and played in 20 games over the next two seasons. He then signed with the Eagles in 2009 and, after a year in a backup role, started nine games for them in 2010, intercepting four passes.

The Browns became his 5th NFL team in 2011 and 2012 where he was used as a slot corner in nickel packages and responded well. However, he struggled with an ankle injury throughout 2012 and was eventually cut loose late in the season, with the Dolphins claiming him off waivers.

Having overcome some initial struggles with Miami's zone-based system, Patterson would start on opening day in 2013 and finished with four interceptions in six games despite a groin injury that plagued him all year. He would eventually be placed on injured reserve late in the season.

Let's look at his numbers from his career so far:

The Numbers

Seven seasons

79 games

20 starts

176 tackles

35 passes defensed, two sacks, nine interceptions (one touchdown), one forced fumble

Coverage numbers (since 2007): 158-for-266, 1845 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions

Completion percentage: 59.4%

Yards per attempt: 6.9

QB rating: 83.0

30 penalties (includes 12 on special teams)

(Some statistics in this article are provided courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

Now let's briefly recap his performance from 2013:

Preseason

In preseason, Patterson played exclusively on the outside in the first three games, but then reverted to the slot in nickel packages in the fourth game. Miami had five preseason games last season, but Patterson sat out the last one. Patterson was targeted six times, giving up just two catches for 14 yards. The longest was a nine yard pass where he was 10 yards off his man at the snap with the right defensive end dropping off in a trap coverage. Patterson still closed well to make the stop. He did likewise on the other completion, which came on 3rd and seven and his stop short of the marker forced a punt.

There were a couple of plays where Patterson was in tight coverage leading to an incompletion and he also had one pressure as a pass rusher and made a couple of stops in run support.

In terms of negatives, there was one play where the outside receiver motioned into the slot and the result was that there was a man wide open over the middle. Also, Patterson was twice badly beaten on plays that ended up being incompletions. On one he missed the jam on the receiver but the ball was overthrown and on the other he initially had tight coverage but the receiver totally lost him on a whip route only for the quarterback to miss him with the pass. He did also have a pass interference penalty, but that looked harsh.

Week One - at Cleveland

Patterson's season got off to a great start, as he intercepted two passes and nearly a third. However, he left the game early with the groin injury. The first pick came as he stayed tight on Greg Little's 3rd and short crossing route. He likely would have made the stop shy of the first down anyway, but reacted well when the ball was off Little's hands and made a juggling catch. The second was slightly easier, as he reacted well to a ball tipped into the air and made a diving catch. He almost had another when he jumped a route and got his hands on the ball on the outside.

Patterson did give up three catches, although the longest - an 18-yarder where the receiver came in motion and then avoided his jam to get open on a slant - was negated by a penalty. He closed well on 2nd and 10 to limit a gain to eight and made a stop on 3rd a long on the outside (only to be called for a face mask penalty).

Week Seven - v Buffalo

In his return to action, there were a couple of mix-ups with Sean Smith. On one of these, the Bills stacked their receivers and one ran an out pattern, while the other ran a go route. Both corners went with the out route, although Patterson recovered to hit the receiver as he caught the ball over by the sideline. That was a 30-yard gain, but it did look as if Patterson's hit had knocked the ball loose so that might have been overturned if challenged. The other mix-up saw Smith react late and Patterson drop off on a quick out on third down. However, again, Patterson responded well and managed to stop Stevie Johnson just shy of the marker to force a fourth down.

On one other target, Patterson was in tight coverage and the pass was harmlessly incomplete. He also added a sack off the edge, although he did get juked in the open field by CJ Spiller on an 11-yard run.

Week Eight - at New England

Mixed results for Patterson in this game, starting positively with an interception as he jumped in front of Rob Gronkoswki on a quick out from the slot. That was a well disguised coverage and a good jump on the ball, but Brady did throw behind Gronkowski. He had another big play with a third down pass break up on the outside. That was very physical coverage and arguably could have been flagged.

Patterson did give up three catches, although the longest - a 26-yarder - came on what looked like a blatant push-off. One of the others was a 15-yarder in a tight window as he was all over the receiver. The third was a short gain where he reacted immediately to a quick throw on 2nd and 10 to force a third down. However, he again got the short end of the stick from the officials on the next play as Brady's incompletion down the right sideline was negated by a holding call on Patterson on the opposite side. Patterson merely appeared to jam the receiver, who slipped over. On one other play, Patterson anticipated well and blew up a screen by evading his blocker and tripping the runner.

Week Nine - v Cincinnati

Patterson was targeted a bunch in this game, giving up eight catches on 14 targets. He gave up just 81 yards though and did have another interception and a pass breakup. One play went for 26 yards on 3rd and 10 as he was draped all over the receiver who made a tough catch. That might even have been overturned had they challenged it, because the ball did hit the turf. Another went for 18 and this was a poor job by Patterson who allowed the receiver to get outside leverage, then box him out and break to the outside. Patterson never got his head turned and was never likely to get the push-off call he felt the play warranted. Only one other play went for a first down and that was an immediate dump-off for two yards on 2nd and one. The rest saw him close quickly to limit the damage although there was one other play where the Dolphins blew the coverage and Patterson had to run with the deep guy, leaving the tight end open in the flat on his side.

Patterson was in good position on several of the incompletions, a couple of which came while matched up with AJ Green. His interception saw him jump a telegraphed out-route to Green just before half-time to set up a field goal. Patterson also fought off a block to blow up a wide receiver screen in the backfield that was ultimately dropped.

He did have a potentially costly missed tackle on Marvin Jones, who caught a pass on a 3rd and eight crossing route. Patterson came up and missed him in the open field at the 40 and Jones went in for a 50-yard score. However, the touchdown was negated by a downfield hold.

Week 11 - v San Diego

Patterson only played 19 snaps in this one and was credited with two targets and one first down catch. That was harsh, because he was covering downfield and came up to make the tackle on Ryan Matthews who nobody had accounted for leaking into the flat.

Week 14 - at Pittsburgh

In this, his final appearance of the season, Patterson was partly at fault for this short Emanuel Sanders touchdown, as he backed off too far at the goal line and got turned around. Other than that, there was another blown coverage where Patterson was on the outside and Heath Miller ran down the seam and was wide open down the middle. The announcers attributed this to the inside linebacker biting on a play-fake.

Here's my observations from watching the footage, divided into categories:

Usage

As noted above, Patterson has experience in the slot and on the outside.

In an article published overnight, Rich Cimini stated that Patterson started on the outside, but reverted to the slot in nickel packages last season in Miami. That was the case in the first game of the season, but not in any of his other five games last year. In three of them, he started and Jimmy Wilson played the slot in the nickel and in the other two, he only played in nickel packages - on the outside. While he excelled in a slot role with the Browns, Patterson was mostly employed on the outside in Philadelphia too.

In Miami, Patterson played mostly on the right, as the Dolphins rarely matched up their top corner on the opposing team's number one receiver.

Coverage skills

As advertised, Patterson is a very physical corner who excels in press coverage. There were a couple of occasions where he missed his jam completely and got beaten, but most of the time this allowed him to stay tight with his man. Even on most of the receptions he gave up, he was close to knocking the ball loose or draped all over the receiver as the ball was caught.

Despite his documented struggles in adjusting to having to play off-coverage when he first arrived in Miami, he didn't fare too badly when used that way in 2013. He closes well on the ball and has good timing.

Athleticism

Now into his thirties, Patterson might well have lost a step since he was drafted, although he didn't play much early in his career so perhaps he has more tread on his tires than some players his age. Patterson's athleticism doesn't necessarily stand out, but he does have good closing speed and was able to run deep stride for stride with the likes of AJ Green, so it's not something that limits him. He did show good agility on one of his interceptions, breaking a couple of tackles as he tried to get positive yardage on the runback.

Physicality

As noted, Patterson is very physical which can, of course, be a risk in terms of penalties. There was certainly one play where he was draped all over the receiver that could have been flagged.

The penalties he did have in 2013 were a legitimate face mask call and a totally bogus defensive hold where the receiver slipped over at the jam. He also had a pass interference penalty in preseason that seemed to be nothing more than legal contact within five yards before the pass was thrown (although that particular play was not replayed).

From what I saw, he did a good job of staying just the right side of legal, but he has had penalty issues in the past with nine in 2010 (three holds, two illegal contact, two facemasks, one pass interference and one unnecessary roughness call).

Run defense

Patterson didn't make too many contributions in run defense, but didn't make too many mistakes either. There was one play where CJ Spiller was able to reverse his field and Patterson overpursued, but he otherwise remained disciplined. There was also a play where he held up the runner on the edge and had to wait for help to arrive to bring him down, getting driven for a few extra yards in the process, but ultimately that was a five yard gain on what could have been a touchdown if the runner got loose.

Tackling

Patterson did have a couple of missed tackles in the open field, but for the most part closed on the ball well and made secure tackles. He didn't make any especially big hits.

He does seem to anticipate well, notably on a couple of quick passes to the outside, where he fought off a receiver's block to blow up the play.

Blitzing

Patterson was only used as a blitzer twice all season, but does have the burst that would seem to make him effective in that role. He recorded one sack on a play where nobody blocked him and he was all over the quarterback in an instant. Also, in preseason, he forced an incompletion by getting around a blocker to pressure the quarterback.

Ball skills

Patterson's ball skills are one of his more impressive traits. He had a couple of difficult interceptions in the first game of the season. Other than one play where he failed to get his head turned, he did a good job of locating the ball and getting his hands on the ball to disrupt passes.

Instincts

As noted above, Patterson anticipates well and has good reactions. However, at times, teams were able to exploit confusion in the secondary by stacking their receivers or motioning them pre-snap.

There were several plays where the Dolphins had blown coverages that led to opportunities for easy first downs involving Patterson. I don't think all of these were his fault and his impressive recovery speed prevented most of these from being too damaging, but it would still be a minor cause for concern as he joins a team as be one of the elder statesmen where blown coverages have been an issue too.

Demeanor

Patterson wasn't particularly demonstrative on the field, although he did appeal for a push-off penalty on a couple of occasions (one where he clearly had a case and another where he did not).

When he makes a big play, he likes to dance.

Special teams

Patterson has hardly played any special teams over the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was a pretty effective special teamer, with eight tackles in coverage in 2010. I wouldn't expect him to make much of a contribution here with the Jets though.

Injuries

As noted, Patterson was bothered by an ankle injury throughout 2012 and a groin injury throughout 2013. Clearly this is a concern going forward.

Off-field issues

I could not find any examples of off-field concerns for Patterson.

Conclusions:

It's clear to me that, while he isn't a shutdown cornerback in the Darrelle Revis mold, Patterson is a starter-level player, whose skill-set seems to fit in well with what Rex Ryan looks for in a cornerback.

The injury situation should be closely monitored as I don't think it would be wise to enter into the season with Patterson penciled in as a full-time starter without a viable replacement on the roster. Still, that will depend on how high the Jets are on some of the players they already have on the team.

I like the fact he has shown aptitude both in the slot and on the outside because that could give the Jets more flexibility in terms of how they use Kyle Wilson and finding reps for the likes of Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster.

While Patterson might prove to be a stop-gap starter at best, the Jets are smart to bring a player like him aboard, in order to bring some much-needed experience to their secondary unit.

I'll move on to Ford tomorrow, before we return back to looking at some of the players added to the roster since the end of last year (barring any further signings in the meantime, of course).

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Mar 14, 2018; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield participates in passing drills during Pro Day at Everestt Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

What is NFL Draft week without some drama over the No. 1 pick?

With reports circulating Monday that Wyoming QB Josh Allen is no longer in consideration for the Browns' No. 1 pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter is now reporting that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the conversation. 

Schefter continues by saying the Browns may have their choice in mind for their first overall pick, and before that decision was made, Mayfield was a player in the mix.

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The Jets own the third pick in this year's draft, their highest since 1996. How have they drafted in the first round over the past five years?

2017: Safety Jamal Adams, No. 6

It's too early to tell how Adams' career will pan out, but the signs so far have been promising. He started every game in his rookie year as the Jets' secondary definitely played better than it had in 2016. On the field, Adams had his ups and downs, but he showed flashes of brilliance in a versatile role. Off the field, he's played a big part in the ongoing culture change that has galvanized the team and has also been a useful tool in player recruitment.

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It will be an absolute stunner if the Jets don't take a quarterback after trading up to No. 3 in the NFL Draft, which takes place on Thursday night in Dallas.

So, who will it be?

At least two out of the group of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen will be available for the Jets. 

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The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?

Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else. 

Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.

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Broadway Joe loves Broadway Baker. Or at least that's what could be Baker Mayfield's nickname if the Jets were to select him with their No. 3 overall pick. 

Hall of Famer and former Jets QB Joe Namath loves what he has seen from Mayfield over the years of watching him play. He recently watched the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Eve, and after his daughter asked if he had seen anything like the back-and-forth bout, he responded saying he wouldn't want to be going up against Mayfield...


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The Jets have not stopped looking for help on their defensive line as they hosted numerous free-agent linemen on Monday. 

Former Bears DT Lamarr Houston and former Patriots DT Chris Jones were among those looking to impress the Jets. Houston split time with the Bears and Texans last season, totaling five sacks over 10 games. A former second-round pick by the Raiders back in 2010, Houston is entering his ninth season in the NFL this year. 

Jones played for the division-rival Patriots in 2013 and 2014, where he finished with nine sacks and 79 tackles over 28 career games. He most recently played for the 49ers in 2016, where he had 17 tackles over six games. He did not play for an NFL squad in 2017. 

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

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

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

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

No pressure, right?

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

Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK BELOW TO READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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