Earlier this week, the Jets signed offensive lineman Erik Cook to their active roster. Jets fans might not know too much about Cook, so I’ve been looking at game footage in detail to investigate what he could bring to the table.

Cook was a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 and made his NFL debut in 2011, starting two games at center in place of an injured Kory Lichtensteiger. He was still with the Redskins in preseason last year, but was released on cut-down day and didn't play for anyone during the regular season. With the recent injury to Dalton Freeman, the Jets need depth at the center position. Unlike Mossis Madu, Cook is practice squad eligible.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from last preseason and from 2011 to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Erik Cook?

The 26-year old Cook is the younger brother of former second round pick Ryan Cook, who started 11 games last year for the Dallas Cowboys at guard. The younger Cook followed in his brother's footsteps by going to college at New Mexico and was drafted in the seventh round in 2010.

He spent the majority of the 2010 season on the Redskins' practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster, but was added to the active roster late in the season (although he was not activated for any games). In 2011, he made the active roster and was active for six games. He played 55 of 60 snaps in his NFL debut in week seven, following an early injury to left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (although the Redskins opted to use Cook at center and move center Will Montgomery to left guard), then started the next two games. He featured in one other game on offense that season, for just one snap.

Cook is listed at 308 pounds, but was reportedly 320 pounds while at Washington and weighed in at 318 when he attended the combine. He's also 6-6 which is considered pretty tall for a center, although he's actually only an inch or two taller than most of the top centers in the league.

2011 Regular Season

Week 6 – Eagles

Called into action without any real preparation time, Cook acquitted himself reasonably well here, although he was driven into the backfield twice on two runs that were blown up. There was also a play where he held up initially in pass protection, but then let his man get off the block and pressure the quarterback late. That play ended up being an interception. Confusion at the line also led him to get called for two false starts.

Week 7 – Panthers

In his first NFL start, Cook did pretty well early on. He made a good block on the move to the right on a run that went for seven and then on the next play, walled off a run blitzer up the middle so that the runner could make seven more on the left side. Later on he made a good block moving to his left to pick up a linebacker at the point of attack and spring the runner to the second level for 17. As the game went on, he wore down and started to have more negative plays. As in his debut, he allowed penetration a couple of times and there was a second level block he failed to make because he didn't get there in time. He was also responsible for a sack, as the Panthers fooled him by bringing a linebacker up to his shoulder and getting him to shoot the A-gap as the nose tackle dropped back. On balance this was his best game though.

Week 8 – Bills

To his credit, Cook didn't have any negative plays against the run in this game, managing to prevent penetration. However, he struggled in pass protection, giving up four pressures. Two of these saw him driven back into the quarterback, one saw the pocket collapse as the defense ran a twist stunt and the other saw him lose leverage immediately at the snap, so the pass rusher was able to force his way into the quarterback. Two of these plays ended up as sacks for other players.

Week 15 – Giants

The only other game in which Cook featured was this one, as Cook came in for one play, at left guard and the Redskins got stuffed for no gain on third and short (although Cook wasn't at fault).

2012 Preseason

It's interesting to look at the footage from last preseason to see whether Cook made any progress. Despite being the number two center throughout preseason, he didn't make the team, although that's likely because Lichtensteiger can play center in a pinch and they opted to keep third round guard Josh LeRibeus instead because of his greater upside.

Week 1 – Bills

Cook entered the game in the first quarter and played until well into the fourth quarter. He started well, driving his man out of the play on the move, so that the runner could cut upfield behind him. He also did quite well in pass protection, although he was mostly double-teaming with a guard and twice a pass rusher was able to split the double team between him and the right guard to generate pressure. Some of his old problems resurfaced here, as he was driven into the backfield a couple of times and allowed penetration on a play where he ended up getting called for a hold. He also struggled at the second level, missing a couple of blocks and then tripping as he was in position to make a clean second level block, after which he punched the turf in frustration. It seemed like they were asking him to carry out more difficult assignments than they did when he was filling in during the 2011 season, for obvious reasons.

Week 2 – Bears

In this game, Cook entered at the start of the second half and played until deep in the fourth quarter. Again, he saw himself driven into the backfield, on consecutive plays, but this time he was able to do enough to keep the lineman from disrupting the play as the first one went for eight and the next one picked up the first down. Signs of improvement there, perhaps. He also was starting to look increasing comfortable in pass protection. Still mostly double teaming, he was holding his ground a lot better when one-on-one. They also converted a fourth down on a quarerback sneak behind him. One negative was a botched exchange between him and Rex Grossman, which led to a false start being charged to Grossman.

Week 3 – Colts

In this game, he entered the game halfway through the third quarter and played the rest of the game. He had one impressive reach block where he was able to turn his man back to the inside, although the run only gained a couple of yards. There was also another play like in the last game where the action went to the right and he was able to drive his man out of the play to create a cutback lane. On another block on the move, he failed to sustain the block and his man got in on the tackle. However, there were signs that he was making adjustments and improvements, as he was initially driven into the backfield but worked hard to recover and hold his ground and was bullrushed into the quarterback, but was able to anchor himself just long enough to enable a long throw to be completed down the field.

Week 4 – Bucs

With many starters rested, Cook started this game and played into the fourth quarter. He had an interesting battle with Frank Okam, who didn't make the Bucs team but is an established NFL player who has started a total of six games in 2010 and 2011. There was some good and bad in this game from Cook, who made some good surging blocks at the point of attack and did have some success at the second level, as well as a good block where he turned his man to the outside. These were things we hadn't seen much of from him in the previous games. He did allow some penetration, but only once did his man blow up a run. There were also a couple of plays where he allowed his man to get off his block at the second level. He mostly did a good job in pass protection although he allowed his man to eventually get off his block for a late pressure and there was one play where three men rushed into the backfield with only one back to pick them up, while Cook was double-teaming with the other guard, so someone screwed up the protection there.

Bonus: There are links to two touchdowns scored by the Redskins with Cook at center here and here. Neither depended particularly on his block, but you get a good sense of how he was initially getting half beaten but then recovering with his strength to just about do enough to prevent his man from completely blowing up the play.

Observations

Based on all the footage I watched, here was my take on what Cook brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - Cook can play guard, but the Redskins felt he was better at center, which is why they moved Montgomery when Lichtensteiger went down. As noted, he played one snap at guard in 2011, but otherwise has just played center.

Athletic Ability - Cook's athletic numbers are not very impressive and he doesn't look like a natural athlete out there, but he can apparently dunk a basketball two-handed, which is no mean feat for a 320-pounder, even if they are 6-6. I'd say his agility and balance lets him down more than a lack of athleticism. He often ended up on the floor.

Run Blocking - I managed to last until now without mentioning pad level, which was the first thing that entered my head when the Jets signed a 6-6 lineman. Sure enough, Cook himself recognizes the importance of being able to gain the leverage advantage:

“I know I have to be low,” he said (in the WaPo article linked above). “The D-linemen and the nose guards I’ll be going up against, they definitely have an advantage of getting under me.”

This was never more apparent than in the last game, where he clearly lost the initial leverage advantage, but tried to regain it by lowering his head, but his man anticipated that and was able to peel off his block to get in on the tackle. So, this is an area where he knows he must improve (and has presumably spent the last year working on).

A common theme was Cook getting driven back into the backfield and allowing penetration. (Interesting side note: You may recall from my Willie Colon BGA that the main thing to have impressed me about his play at guard was that he hardly ever allowed any penetration - in a much, much bigger sample size). If he can improve his pad level and technique, then that will remove most of the negatives from his game. While he likely graded out negatively as a run blocker in virtually all of the games I watched, there were some impressive positive blocks too, so he has the potential to be a good run blocker if he can improve his consistency.

Pass Protection - Cook definitely looked more comfortable in the 2012 preseason games than he did in regular season action. However, it's difficult to know how much of that is attributable to the fact he's not facing starters. He doesn't really look comfortable at all when back-pedaling and can probably make some improvements to his technique there that will help him. His instincts were generally pretty good when operating as the spare man versus a conventional four-man rush and he fared better against the bullrush as time went on.

Attitude - Other than when he punched the turf in frustration, there wasn't too much in the way of demonstrative behavior from Cook, although he did display a nasty streak when he aggressively threw a guy on the floor at the end of a play. Here is a really nice article, well worth reading, that gives some insight into his character.

Scheme familiarity - The Redskins operate a zone blocking system, so he should be well-versed in the stretch/zone running plays expected to be a staple of this year's offense. They also installed the pistol last year, so he might have the leg-up on some of the team in that regard, if Bassett's sleuthing was correct and this is something the Jets will install.

Conclusions

Obviously Cook will be a long shot to make the roster, but it's nice to have someone in the fold with real NFL experience, especially with Freeman's prognosis not yet known. The Jets were using Stephen Peterman there at practice yesterday and I believe Colon can also play the position in a pinch, so the Jets have a plan in place in the event of a short-term Nick Mangold injury, but need to ensure they have more options than just Caleb Schlauderaff just in case someone is needed for more extended work.

In comparison with Colin Baxter, Cook was much better in the regular season games, so he's a step up in that regard. It's also useful to compare their preseason performance, since they'd both have been going against backups. Baxter didn't do a bad job overall, but was completely dominated by a couple of NFL-level players (notably DeMarcus Dobbs) so while Cook's consistency perhaps wasn't as good, he more capable of holding his own at the top level.

Cook did show promise at times, although it was readily apparent that he had plenty of room for improvement. I always like to see players making adjustments and improving at their area of weakness and the fact he was able to show signs of this gives some hope that he can continue to improve. While he struggled for the most part, his regular season experience is going to come in handy if he ends up on a roster and gets called into action again.

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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins catches a touchdown pass during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The play was overturned on review for failure to maintain possession of the ball. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins catches a touchdown pass during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The play was overturned on review for failure to maintain possession of the ball. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

This season, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been vocal with his battle through alcoholism and desire to stay sober. Today was day number 365 without alcohol for the tight end, one full year. He celebrated with a deep, thoughtful Instagram post. 

Seferian-Jenkins began his post by talking about reflection. Reflection would be a theme in the words he wrote with his picture, sitting alone in a room with a tasteful bit of sun coming through the windows.

"I had to reflect and evaluate where I was in my life," Seferian-Jenkins said. "Reflect on where I wanted to be: as a brother, a son, an athlete, but most importantly a person in this world. 365 days ago I had to come to the realization that what I was doing was never going to reflect who I knew I was meant to be if I didn't change..."

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December 26, 2010; Tampa, FL, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

It's been reported that the top candidate for the Jets offensive coordinator vacancy is Jeremy Bates, currently the team's quarterbacks coach after returning to the league following a four-year hiatus from football. 

Former NFL QB and current ESPN analyst Matt Hasselbeck crossed paths with Bates in Seattle in 2010, where Bates was the OC and Hasselbeck the starting QB.

"Just turn on the 2008 Mike Shanahan film," said Hasselbeck, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. "That's his vision for the offense he'd like to run..."

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Sal and Jon discuss what the future holds for Jets WR Robby Anderson after his recent arrest and what the Jets should do with him.

Jets WR Robby Anderson has been arrested on nine charges in Florida. The charges, according to police records, are resisting an officer/obstruction without violence, harm to a public servant or family, fleeing/eluding while lights/siren active, reckless driving, failure to drive in a single lane, two counts of disobeying/avoiding a red light, speeding, and turning without a signal. 

Anderson was reportedly driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone. After being arrested and put in the patrol car a bit after 2 a.m., Anderson threatened to sexualy assault the arresting officer's wife, according the police report

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Robby Anderson is a good, young, speedy receiver with the potential to be a very good NFL player. But he's not so good and his potential isn't so high that he's not expendable if he becomes more trouble than he's worth...

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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

With the Browns, Giants and Broncos all ostensibly needing quarterbacks, as well as the potential for trades, three quarterbacks could already be gone by the time the Jets are on the clock at no. 6. 

But, according to NFL.com's first mock draft, the Giants will pass on Josh Rosen, as will the Broncos, leaving the Jets to select him. 

The 6-foot-4, 218 pound Rosen had his best year with UCLA this season, throwing for 3,717 yards, 26 touchdowns, and a 62.5 completion percentage -- all of which are career highs...

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May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall answers questions from the media during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall answers questions from the media during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Following Robby Anderson's arrest, former Jets teammate and mentor Brandon Marshall believes Anderson is 'hurting himself tremendously' and hopes the Jets star reaches out to head coach Todd Bowles for help. Marshall also said he'd offer Anderson some tough love.

Anderson was arrested on nine charges in Florida on Friday. The charges, according to police records, are resisting an officer/obstruction without violence, harm to a public servant or family, fleeing/eluding while lights/siren active, reckless driving, failure to drive in a single lane, two counts of disobeying/avoiding a red light, speeding, and turning without a signal. 

"He has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a Jets' all-time great, and a superstar in this league," Marshall told Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media. "Right now, he's hurting himself tremendously..." 

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

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Heading into the 2017 season, it was thought that the Jets would need to lean on their running game to be competitive. However, the running game was ranked just 19th in the NFL. Moreover, they ranked near the bottom of the league in short yardage situations and in terms of their percentage of runs that got stuffed.

The Jets have three picks in the top 50 in the upcoming NFL Draft and plenty of cap space with which to build their 2018 roster. Could the addition of an elite back elevate the Jets' running game to greater heights or is this mainly just a function of the run-blocking up front?

The contributions the Jets got from their running backs in 2017 were pretty much as expected. Matt Forté showed the occasional flash but continues to look like a player who is past his prime. Bilal Powell will give you a game or two of excellent production as a lead back but continues not to be durable enough to sustain that over any extended period. Rookie Elijah McGuire showed some potential, but also ran hot and cold...

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
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Since the turn of the century, the Jets have had 15 quarterbacks start an NFL game for them. The good, the bad and the ugly: can you name them all?

Between the quarterbacks, the Jets have had moderate success. A pair of AFC Championship games, but not without its share of disappointment, led by the men under center. 

The walk down memory lane will spark some memories and names. Over the timeframe, the Jets have had five head coaches: Bill Parcells, Herm Edwards, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan and, currently, Todd Bowles.

Test your recent Jets knowledge below with the quiz...

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Jan 6, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) during practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Jan 6, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) during practice at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

In ESPN Mel Kiper's first mock draft, the Jets select Alabam CB Minkah Fitzpatrick with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Fitzpatrick is widely considered the best cornerback among this year's prospects, and Kiper even views him as the best secondary man who can also play safety. The Jets already have two stout safeties in rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye this season, but adding another dynamic player to the bunch would only enhance an already young defense that is on the verge of breaking out. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: While he had a versatile role at Alabama, with plenty of reps as a slot corner or as a linebacker in dime packages, the majority of Fitzpatrick's reps were at the safety position. He has played some cornerback in the past, but it's difficult to project whether he'd be able to step in on the outside and start from day-one.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Batesduring the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Batesduring the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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John Morton is out as the Jets' offensive coordinator due to irreconcilable differences of philosophy with Todd Bowles and a loss of too much faith from his players. The Jets players -- and Bowles -- clearly believed their offense should've been a lot better than it was.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton bumps fists with offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) and offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton bumps fists with offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) and offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Jets were expected to be one of the worst offenses in the NFL last season - maybe one of the worst in NFL history. But under first-year offensive coordinator John Morton they did more offensively than anyone imagined.

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Jets rookie S Jamal Adams was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team for the 2017 season. 

The Jets' 2017 first-rounder had a stellar rookie campaign, posting 83 combined tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and six passes defended. He did, however, fail to secure his first career interception this year. 

An LSU product, Adams thought he should have made the Pro Bowl this season, but vowed he would make it every season from here on out...

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On Daily News Live, the crew discusses the success of Doug Marrone in Jacksonville, and wonders if the Jets missed the boat with him.

On Daily News Live, the crew discusses the success of Doug Marrone in Jacksonville, and wonders if the Jets missed the boat with him. 


New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

For well over a year now, the Jets' top priority has been clear: They must find a solution to be their franchise quarterback. After all, it's common knowledge that all the best teams are the ones with settled situations at the quarterback position.

This weekend, however, that narrative was flipped on its head. Matt Ryan lost to Nick Foles, Ben Roethlisberger got beaten by Blake Bortles and then, in dramatic fashion, Case Keenum beat Drew Brees. In all three cases, the team with the established signal-caller was upended by a team led by a relative novice.

They say defense wins championships, and three of the four teams left standing represent the NFL's best defenses. The one exception is in New England, where the Patriots are headed to yet another AFC championship game in spite of a defense that ranks in the bottom five. Even their win this week saw Tom Brady - the ultimate argument against needing a high pick to find your franchise quarterback - leading his team past a former top-two pick in Marcus Mariota.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - The average ticket price for a Jets game is going down.

And for some, the lower price could be available for the 2019 season, too.

More than half of MetLife Stadium's ticket prices will decrease, with the rest of the building remaining flat. No prices will increase for 2018, when the Jets have the Packers, Vikings and Broncos among visiting teams. For fans who meet the renewal deadline of March 1 and enroll in an automatic payment plan, the team will give a price freeze for 2019, when the Steelers, Cowboys and Giants will be visitors for the Jets.

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In Bleacher Report's latest mock draft, the Jets select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

Standing at 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, Allen's arm strength backs up his height and weight. He is also good with his feet as his stature doesn't hinder his mobility. 

Josh McCown may have had a career year with the Jets, but he isn't the long term solution, and neither is Bryce PettyChristian Hackenberg hasn't gotten a shot yet, but the Jets clearly don't see him as NFL ready. Allen could jump into the quarterback race this offseason, and come out on top ready for Week 1. 

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This Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the Jets' Super Bowl II victory over the Balitmore Colts, 16-7, in Miami. 

That championship still stands as the franchise's only Super Bowl win, and the last time the team has made it to the title game. 

"Broadway" Joe Namath led the Jets in the Orange Bowl, and helped New York become the first AFL team to win the Super Bowl. 

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Daily News Live: ASJ on season 00:06:46
Jonas Schwartz sits down with Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to discuss his thoughts on this past season and look ahead to 2018.

The Jets and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will continue contract negotiations after the 25-year-old tight end reportedly rejected a two-year, $8 million deal, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

Seferian-Jenkins said he hopes he and New York could reach a deal before he hits free agency and would "absolutely" want to return.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws the ball as New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) chases in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

The Jets will reportedly be interested in quarterback Kirk Cousins when free agency begins in March, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

Cousins, 29, is expected to be a hot commodity in the offseason assuming the Washington Redskins don't franchise tag him for a third straight year. 

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Aug 31, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford (33) runs with the ball during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Aug 31, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford (33) runs with the ball during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Jets signed RB Jeremy Langford to a reserve/future contract, the club announced Wednesday.

Langford, 26, was the Bears' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Michigan State University. He appeared in 28 games -- five starts -- in his two seasons with Chicago, rushing for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

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Last week, we discussed the possibility of the Jets targeting Kirk Cousins if he hits the open market.

However, the various pros and cons connected with such a move would become moot if Cousins doesn't hit the open market. A less-attractive alternative more likely to be available is Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Could he be someone the Jets are monitoring?

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New York Jets' offensive coordinator John Morton talks to his team during the team's organized team activities at its NFL football training facility, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets' offensive coordinator John Morton talks to his team during the team's organized team activities at its NFL football training facility, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets offensive coordinator John Morton will remain with the team amid speculation that he was being considered for the Raiders' offensive coordinator job. 

 

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Rashard Robinson (Geoff Burke)
Rashard Robinson (Geoff Burke)

Jets CB Rashard Robinson was arrested in December after police found him in possession of edible marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

 

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With the offseason ahead, one position on which some people may be divided is the Jets' receiving corps. Do the Jets need to upgrade, merely add some depth or are they essentially set at the position?

During the offseason last year, the Jets' receiving corps was ranked as the worst in the NFL - and this was before Eric Decker was released and Quincy Enunwa and Quinton Patton suffered season-ending injuries.

However, once the season got underway, the Jets fared better than expected in the passing game, making it difficult to know how they'll approach this position with so many other needs.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Brandon Marshall, Chad Hansen, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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Jonas Schwartz sits down with Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins to discuss his thoughts on this past season and look ahead to 2018.

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had his career revitalized this season, which is why he wants to stay with the team that gave him his second chance. 

The Jets took a shot on Seferian-Jenkins, who was caught up in off-the-field drama before he joined the team. He repayed them with his best year in the NFL, and he wants to continue being an asset in their offensive scheme. He is currently a restricted free agent with the Jets being the only team allowed to negotiate his terms. 

Seferian-Jenkins is hoping he gets a deal done with the Jets, and doesn't have to start contacting other teams.

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(Ron Chenoy)

In The Post's latest mock draft, the Jets select Wyoming's Josh Allen with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

The Jets have yet to see Christian Hackenberg on the field, and Bryce Petty wasn't the answer after Josh McCown went down with a season-ending injury. In turn, the Jets take Allen -- a 6-foot-5, 233 pounder who can let it fly. For his size, Allen is extremely mobile as well.

Allen didn't have the best of seasons with the Cowboys as he battled injuries. He finished with just 1,812 yards, a 56.3 completion percentage, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. But in his sophomore season, Allen totaled 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. 

Allen would be another quarterback to add to the Jets' competition this offseason. The Jets have not made it clear whether or not McCown will return for another season in Green and White, which is why Allen enters the mix to vie for the starting role. 

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for the final episode of the season as the guys welcome WFAN radio personality and huge Jets fan Joe Benigno to the show for his take on the 2017 Jets. It gets heated as Colon and Benigno debate the warrants of Todd Bowles' coaching ability, and if he deserved to be retained after another losing season.

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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Plenty of attention this year has been on the Jets positioning themselves to potentially select their quarterback of the future in the draft. With the sixth pick in hand and the consensus top five QB prospects all having thrown their name into the hat for April's draft, they seem to be well-placed to make this happen. However, could another viable option soon become available?

It's rare for a top quarterback to hit the open market, but it's not impossible that it could happen with Kirk Cousins. Washington currently controls his rights, but they'll have to decide whether to franchise him again, sign him to a long-term deal or let him hit the open market.

While the latter of those options might seem the least likely for a player who was third in the league in passing yards in 2016, his numbers regressed this year and the team ended up with a losing record. So far, in three years as a full-time starter, Cousins has started just one postseason game -- a 17-point loss to the Packers 12 months ago...

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty prepares to take the snap against the Los Angeles Chargers during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty prepares to take the snap against the Los Angeles Chargers during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Bryce Petty said he hopes he returns to New York during the offseason despite the odds he wouldn't be the starting quarterback in 2018.

"I try not to put too much thought into things that I can't control," Petty said, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "Hopefully it's here. I want to be here. But if it's not, that's okay too. It's a business. Everybody understands that."

Petty, who went 0-3 in the final three games of the season as Josh McCown's replacement, will be entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal and would have a cap hit of $843,425 next season. 

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Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Eighteen years ago today, January 4, Bill Belichick resigned from his one day stint as head coach of the Jets. Before January closed that year, Belichick took the head coaching job with the Patriots. There still has been no resignation, nor firing, from that job. 

Belichick and the Patriots have been the NFL's pillar of excellence in his tenure in New England. Belichick and Tom Brady, taken in Belichick's first draft a few months later, have won five Super Bowls together and appeared in seven. 

The Jets, meanwhile, have two AFC Championship appearances to point to in that time span. 

Oh, what could have been. 

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Sep 23, 2017; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles cornerback Derwin James (3) reacts during the second half against North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Vastola)
Sep 23, 2017; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles cornerback Derwin James (3) reacts during the second half against North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Vastola)

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Now that the season is over, the Jets find themselves in a familiar spot with the opportunity to add a difference-maker in the draft. With the standings finalized, the Jets now know that they'll be picking sixth for the third time in the last four years as general manager Mike Maccagnan has been presented with a golden opportunity to find some cornerstone pieces to build a young nucleus.

Priority number one remains the same: The team must find a franchise quarterback. This year's class initially looked like a strong one with USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Josh Allen of Wyoming headlining the class. Over the course of the season, though, apparent weaknesses for each of the top three prospects' were laid bare. 

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