Yesterday, the Jets signed future hall-of-fame defensive back Ed Reed to a veteran's minimum contract. Reed is obviously a well-known player, but there's plenty of intrigue over whether or not he's got anything left in the tank. He was released by the Houston Texans after they lost their seventh consecutive game for the first time in franchise history.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Reed's 2013 season to evaluate what he is still capable of bringing to the table.

Who is Ed Reed?

The 5'11" 205-pound Reed, now aged 35, was a two-time all-American at Miami and was a projected first round pick entering the 2002 draft. The Jets held the 22nd pick and desperately needed a safety, but opted instead to draft defensive end Bryan Thomas, whose stock had risen following a terrific performance at the scouting combine. Two picks later, the Baltimore Ravens selected Reed and the rest is history.

Reed is a nine time Pro Bowler with a defensive player of the year award (2004) and a Super Bowl ring (2012). He played 11 seasons with the Ravens but his contract expired at the end of last season. He signed a three year, $15m deal to play with the Houston Texans, but started just five games before he was released earlier this week. Reed underwent hip surgery during the offseason and missed most of training camp and the first two games of the season.

2013 Regular Season

Week 3 - at Baltimore

Reed got the start in Baltimore against his old team with the Texans losing in a blowout. He played most of the game in a deep safety role but was rested down the stretch. There weren't too many throws in his area, but that was partly attributable to them being dissuaded from throwing his way because he was lurking. He picked up a lot of direct coverage assignments, notably around the red zone where he was constantly in position. There was one throw in his direction, where he was in coverage support over by the pylon and closed to hit the receiver as the ball arrived (which was overthrown anyway). He made a couple of tackles, including one as he tracked across the field to force the runner out downfield after a 25-yard run and another downfield after a completed pass, where the receiver dragged him for five extra yards. The most important came as he made a touchdown saving tackle at the 10-yard line, just about getting enough of the receiver to force him to step out as he tried to juke Reed in the open field following a missed tackle by Brice McCain. He was mostly a non-factor in the running game because he was playing deep and not many runs made it to the second level.

Week 4 - Seattle

The Texans threw away the lead against Seattle and lost in overtime. Once again, no throws went in his direction, other than one that was tipped over the middle and just eluded him as he dove for a potential interception. He had three downfield tackles, but one of them was important as he just got enough of Russel Wilson's ankle in the open field to stop him short of the marker on 3rd and long and force a punt in overtime. On one other tackle, he pursued across the field to force the runner out for a six yard gain. He was blocked out of the play and to the ground on this spectacular run by Marshawn Lynch.

Week 5 - at SF

This game stands out because Reed was beaten for this 64-yard touchdown by Vernon Davis, which pretty much constitutes 90% of the case against Ed Reed being not washed up. However, it's pretty evident that this was a blown coverage. DJ Swearinger blitzes, Anquan Boldin runs an out route and Vernon Davis runs a go route. Both cornerbacks on that side (McCain and Kareem Jackson) follow Boldin out into the flat, leaving Davis open down the seam. Reed isn't blameless, because he takes a bad angle and gets beaten to the outside (which likely wouldn't have happened to the old Ed Reed). However, it's a clear blown coverage and Reed was scrambling to cover for someone else's mistake. Other than that play, Reed was in on a few downfield tackles and was blocked out of one running play down the field. There were two plays where he made a positive impact - one where he jumped a route, causing Colin Kaepernick to overthrow his intended receiver and another where he hit the receiver as the ball arrived on a play where Swearinger was responsible for the receiver in zone coverage. The receiver did hang on for a 13-yard gain though. Trailing 21-0 at the half, the Texans only used him on passing downs after half time.

Week 6 - Rams

The Texans held the Rams to 216 total yards in week six, but still somehow lost by 25 points. Reed started, but did not play in the last quarter and a half, as the Texans fell into a 24-6 hole. This was easily his most active game in run support so far, as he was in on a number of tackles, including two where he was in on the tackle in the hole to hold a run to a short gain inside the 10-yard line. PFF actually gave Reed "credit" for two missed tackles, but neither of these were particularly damaging. One came as he helped stack up a runner down the field and then let go of the pile to enable his teammates to finish the job. Another saw him come over from center field after a long pass was completed down the sideline, with the receiver hurdling over his diving tackle attempt, but on his way out of bounds anyway. The Rams actually were brave enough to test the deep middle once, but they picked their moment, doing it on a play where Reed covered the intermediate middle and Danieal Manning ran deep. The pass was overthrown. I would question whether Reed could have reacted better on this play, but I don't think the ultimate receiver was his responsibility.

Week 7 - at KC

Houston lost this one 17-16 to the unbeaten Chiefs. Reed had several negative plays in this one, including a couple of missed tackles and an overpursuit on the edge. He almost blew up two of those plays. There were also two completions for first downs credited as targeted against him, one on a zone play where Anthony Fasano was left alone in zone coverage over the middle and made an 11-yard catch down to the one and another as Jamaal Charles took a dump-off pass underneath and Reed chased him out to the sideline but couldn't prevent him from just making it to the marker ahead of him. He was also fooled on this touchdown run, taken out of a play that went for a 43-yard gain when his own man was blocked into him at the second level and jumped offsides on 3rd and five (although the Chiefs picked up the first down anyway). This was easily his roughest game, although these were mostly minor mistakes. There were a couple of positives - he cut down the lead blocker on a goal line play, forcing the runner to cut back inside where he was stopped and also got upfield on a blitz which prevented Alex Smith from rolling all the way to the right and made the angle for his throw tougher, leading to an interception.

Week 9 - Indianapolis

Against the Colts, Reed did not start and played 32 snaps, mostly on passing downs. The Colts won by three after a late touchdown and then a missed field goal as time expired. Reed had two downfield tackles including one where he had to fight off a block to force Donald Brown out of bounds after a long run. He also made a couple of good plays in coverage, in good position on a play where Andrew Luck threw it at his receiver's feet and closing well on a dump-off underneath to Brown, which was ultimately dropped anyway, but Reed was there to make the tackle. His one negative was an unnecessary roughness call, but this appeared harsh as he hit an upright receiver from behind as the ball arrived to break up a pass.

Week 10 - at Arizona

Reed's final appearance as a Texan saw him play just 13 snaps. Those plays netted just 28 yards, which perhaps bodes well for his chances of making an early impact in a limited role. He was in on an assist on an 11 yard pass completion and also contributed to a turnover when Carson Palmer was looking his way, but hesitated with Reed in good position and was stripped from behind.

Conclusions:

(Note: I'm going to try and be as objective as possible, but am fully prepared to make the disclosure that Reed is perhaps my favorite non-Jets player of all time.)

Clearly the Jets aren't getting the Ed Reed of old. However, with his level of experience, scheme familiarity, ball skills and what athleticism he has left, can Reed represent any kind of upgrade for this current Jets roster? At the same time, will the intangibles he brings such as leadership, mentoring the younger defensive backs on the team and the added motivation brought about by his arrival make a positive impact?

On the face of it, you have a bunch of negative plays from a guy playing on a losing team. However, what can't be measured is how often he forced quarterbacks to look elsewhere by being - or just threatening to be - in a position to disrupt a pass in his area. Teams clearly avoided throwing his way and on a snap-by-snap basis, it looked like he picked up the right guy and stayed with him when required and covered ground and reacted well when in center field. Reed would agree with this assessment.  "I’ve been saying that the whole year because I’ve been criticized just terribly," Reed told reporters on Thursday.  "I only had about four or five balls [this year] in my vicinity, (my) direction."  It's not often that you hear about a red zone weapon on defense, but that's a place where what I saw from him stood out as being more reliable than what you'd typically see from this Jets secondary.

The notion that he looks slow out there is nonsense. Maybe he looks slow by his own standards, but he closes to the ball well, covers plenty of ground and changes direction as sharply as most safeties I've watched this year. He's certainly no worse than Dawan Landry and an easy upgrade over Yeremiah Bell and Eric Smith in terms of range. If you're a step and a half faster than most safeties in the league and then you lose a step, then you've still got half a step to play with.

Some have suggested that he lost playing time because he was being outplayed by Shiloh Keo, but I don't think that's true either. Keo has twice as many missed tackles as Reed despite a similar number of snaps and was targeted seven times in the last four games with all seven completed for 76 yards. Keo got time because he is young and potentially a part of the Texans future, whereas it was apparent Reed was not.

If there's one negative I could pick out, it's that Reed often appeared to shy away from contact. However, for a deep safety who is often the last line of defense, that could perhaps be excused as playing conservatively and keeping things in front of him rather than risk making a mistake, much like Kerry Rhodes used to do. He did have a few missed tackles downfield, but these did not cost them much yardage, so they didn't come about by him being reckless. He also had a few at the line of scrimmage, which is when a safety might have more of an aggressive mindset in an effort to make a stop.

As many people have said, this deal reminds them of when the Jets claimed Trevor Pryce from the Ravens back in 2010 and Pryce helped propel the Jets into the playoffs. In fact, I'm on record as saying they never would have made it without him. The circumstances are slightly different in that Pryce was released by the Ravens who had every intention of bringing him back, but just needed a roster spot temporarily and didn't expect he'd get claimed. In many ways, the signing has more in common with when the Jets signed Ty Law. No, not the first time, but when they re-signed him out of the blue on November 10th, 2008, at a time when the Jets looked likely to make the postseason. That didn't work out too well, but perhaps this one has a better chance of panning out.

As noted above, I am a big Ed Reed fan, so I am rooting for this to work, but I didn't see it as a move that had to be made. Landry and Antonio Allen were doing a fine job and Jaiquawn Jarrett and Josh Bush haven't let anyone down when called upon either. The potential downside of this move is therefore low - unless Reed plays poorly and still gets time over any of the above players.

Ultimately, this should be fun to watch unfold. If Reed's presence dissuades any quarterbacks from throwing in his direction, that plays into the hands of Rex Ryan's defense, perhaps moreso than any other team in the league.

Welcome to the Jets (at long last), Ed!

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New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed fourth-round pick Chris Herndon, a tight end out of Miami (Fla.), on Monday, leaving first-round pick Sam Darnold as New York's only unsigned draftee.

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The Jets had a boatload of cap space as well as the No. 3 overall draft pick to work with this offseason. And LB Darron Lee thinks the moves made using those resources have looked good thus far.

The most notable of the acquisitions made by GM Mike Maccagnan include CB Trumaine Johnson, LB Avery Williamson, and first-round draft pick QB Sam Darnold. These three players are the crucial chess pieces Lee thinks will help them now and in the future.

"This is a game of chess, not checkers," Lee told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "Adding those important pieces like Tru, Avery, and Sam is huge. It has us going in the right direction in my opinion, but implementing those guys in our brotherhood and our standard in what we have here is huge. Seeing how they're abiding by it also and they're jelling in smoothly with it -- it makes you excited. It can't help but make you excited because they're buying in."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence about the legalization of sports betting that the United States Supreme Court voted in favor for on May 14.

This enormously impacts the professional sporting world as Congress could now regulate sports betting if they wish to do so. However, if they elect not to, each State is allowed to act on its own in implementing their own system.

No matter what happened, Goodell's top priority is making sure that the integrity of the game continues to flourish moving forward with the ruling...

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Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

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With the first of their three sixth-round picks in last month's draft, the Jets selected Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson. This regime has already brought in several young cornerbacks, but none of them have managed to separate themselves from the pack.

Does Nickerson's skill-set give him a chance to eventually become the home-grown starter they've been trying to develop?

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Jets have signed DT Nathan Shepherd, who they drafted 72nd overall last month out of Fort Hays State.

Shepherd was an Division II All-America selection in his 2016 and 2017 seasons. Last season, he tallied 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) and four sacks. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If you're a team like the Jets, still in the beginning stages of a total rebuild, you can take a chance on raw players like Nathan Shepherd, a Canadian who was a smallish linebacker in high school before growing into an NFL-caliber defensive tackle at Division II Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

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The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 


New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo. 

Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.

"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said...

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.

"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"

And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him...

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for a special edition of The Jet Stream podcast where they take a deep dive into the Jets' newest quarterback, Sam Darnold. The guys chat with Sam's former offensive coordinator from USC, Tee Martin, about the kid's emergence in college and how he compares to Peyton Manning. Later, Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, joins the show to discuss what he's like off the field and his competitiveness on it.

Click below to listen...

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robby Anderson's felony resisting arrest with violence charge stemming from an incident at an event in Miami in May, 2017 will be dropped, his attorney, Ed O'Donnell told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

While Anderson's 2017 issue will be resolved, he is still dealing with his recent reckless driving arrest.

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Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

On day three of the draft, the Jets opted to trade a seventh-round pick for former Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson. However, this move has flown under the radar somewhat with the focus on the players brought in via the draft.  

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The Jets still have some money to spend, which is why they will be hosting free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro this week at their facility, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall by the Saints back in 2013, where he has spent the last five season. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 104 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defended. 

Last season, the 27-year-old tallied 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble over 14 games. 

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets had back-to-back picks in the sixth round of last month's draft, and they used the second of them to select defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the No. 180 pick. Let's provide some insight into what Fatukasi brings to the table and how he might fit in should he make the team.

Fatukasi is a player whose run-stuffing abilities have stood out over the past four seasons with UConn. He's strong at the point of attack, can get off blocks to make plays in the running game and can create penetration either with his strength or quickness.

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South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets claimed former Patriots offensive lineman Antonio Garcia off waivers and cut kicker Nick Rose, the team announced on Monday.

Garcia, 24, was a third-round pick last season but did not appear in a game after he had reportedly developed blood clots in his lungs, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86. 

Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."

However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him...

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park on Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorst added that every professional sports league had been involved, but with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.

Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.

"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With their final pick of the 2018 draft, the Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

In the post-draft Honeymoon period, most fans, players and media alike are heaping praise on QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's teammate T Kelvin Beachum wants to wait before he fully joins the fray. 

Beachum started all 16 games for the Jets last season, blocking for Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. At some point this season, he may be blocking for Darnold. 

"I've heard that he is a great person," Beachum said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I'm excited to get him in that room." 

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets have four quarterbacks on their roster, which seems like one too many. They cut Bryce Petty last week to clear at least a little room on their depth chart, but they still have another move to make. Or maybe two.

Whatever they end up doing, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't as clear cut as some think, from the identity of the Opening Day starter all the way down to the likely odd-man out. As Todd Bowles said last weekend, the Jets are "open to anything right now" -- especially at quarterback.

"We're going to let it all play out before make those kinds of decisions," he said.

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For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.

Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.

Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets selected tight end Chris Herndon with the first of their day three picks in the 2018 draft last month. Herndon, who went to college at Miami, was injured towards the end of the 2017 season, which may have prevented him from going earlier. The Jets scooped him up with the 107th overall pick and will be hoping he proves to be a bargain. Let's weigh up his likely role in 2018 before reviewing his strengths and weaknesses.

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Jets have consistently said they don't want to throw their No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold into the fire this season. Former Giants QB Phil Simms doesn't understand why. 

Simms looks at Darnold's situation as being the potential Jets savior at quarteback. In turn, he needs to get on his feet and hit the ground running. 

"He'll fit in fine," Simms told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at BTIG Charity Day on Tuesday. "If I was the Jets, I would play him from Day 1. That's just me. Start him. Let's go. Got a long offseason, training camp, preseason games. They probably won't [start Darnold in Week 1].

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New York Jets legend Joe Namath shares his thoughts on the team's rookie QB Sam Darnold, and what lies ahead for the new signal caller.

Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath spoke Tuesday about the recently-drafted Sam Darnold and whether starting him this season should be on the table.

"First of all, anybody that is starting on that field has to have convinced their teammates that he's worthy to start," Namath said. "And for a 20-year-old rookie quarterback, that's gonna be tough to do early on. Because the big leagues -- pro football -- is different than college football."

While Namath thinks Darnold and any rookie has a lot to prove, he believes he should be out there if he shows he's ready.

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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is confident Sam Darnold is the answer his team's decade-long quarterback question.

Johnson was present at BTIG Charity Day, where he appeared for the Lupus Research Alliance, on Tuesday. He had some strong words about his No. 3 overall pick, saying the moment Darnold's name was called, it was the start to the Jets' revival.

"I honestly think (people) are going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new gear -- that they became a new team," he told reporters.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets announced they have signed K Taylor Bertolet, while waiving CB Bryson Keeton

Bertolet was a tryout at the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend. The Texas A&M product spent time with the LA Rams in training camp last season. In his senior year back in 2015, Bertolet was a perfect 38-for-38 in extra-point attempts and 22-for-31 (71 percent) in field goals.

The Jets now have three kickers on their current roster with Cairo Santos and Nick Rose to compete with Bertolet at camp. 

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets selected defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd with their lone Day 2 pick in the 2018 draft. Shepherd, who attended Fort Hays State University, raised his stock throughout the offseason and was selected by the Jets 72nd overall. Let's consider his strengths and weaknesses and how the Jets might use him in 2018.

Shepherd is expected to be raw, having only played college football at Division II schools. That's a concern for a player who took a circuitous path to the NFL and will turn 25 during his rookie season.

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed two draft picks and two undrafted free agents on Sunday.

Defensive end Folorunso Fatukasi and defensive back Parry Nickerson, both sixth-round picks, and linebackers Frankie Luvu and Anthony Wint, agreed to terms with New York as the Jets begin minicamp.

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Ralph Vacchiano reports on the impressions of Sam Darnold at the Jets minicamp and Jeane Coakley speaks with Todd Bowles about the young QB.

Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg has apparently made major changes to his throwing motion in an attempt to revitalize his stalled NFL career.

He just never bothered telling his current team about his plans.

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