The Jets added three players to their active roster via waiver claims yesterday. Jets fans might not know much about these players, so I'm going to look at them in detail and investigate what they could bring to the table. Earlier, I looked at Clyde Gates but now I'm going to turn my attentions to another ex-Dolphin - Defensive Tackle Isaako Aaitui. (Note: The correct pronunciation for this appears to be Esau-arko Ah-ah-tui).

Most reports say that Aaitui - a 320-pound nose tackle with two-gapping ability - spent training camp last summer with the Dolphins, but I don't believe that's entirely accurate. They brought him in several times to try out, but never actually signed him until they added him to their practice squad in October, so he wasn't with the team in preseason. Still, Sparano would be familiar with him from that time. He did return for 2012, though, and played extensively in the preseason this year.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his preseason performances and considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

2012 Preseason

Aaitui basically spent the entire preseason on the third unit, so with several veterans head of him, it was apparent they were likely to try and add him to their practice squad if nobody else claimed him. This meant that his reps varied from game to game. In game four, he saw action in all four quarters as part of a rotation. On the whole, he averaged about 25 snaps per game.

For each game, I'm going to highlight all the plays where Aaitui did something of consequence or otherwise was involved in the success or failure of the play, using bold text to highlight particularly notable plays. I'll then summarize his performance.

Week One: Tampa Bay

- Held his ground at the point of attack and the runner ran into the back of his man before being stuffed for no gain

- Moved well laterally on a run to the edge and got in on the tackle for a short gain- Was driven off the line initially by a double team, but fought back

- Repelled on his intial pass rush, he tried a spin move, but the quarterback got rid of the ball

- Was almost driven out of the play but managed to recover, getting good leverage upfield to fight back into position

- Tossed his man aside and charged up the middle for a hit on the quarterback- Got some good pentration, leaving the runner with nowhere to go

- Couldn't get off his block, allowing a meaningless 19 yard run to the edge on the last play of the game.

Already in this game, it was apparent that Aaitui was drawing a lot of double teams. He managed to penetrate a few times to affect plays in the running game and showed good effort and counter-strength whenever he was pushed off the line.

Week Two: Carolina

- Was blocked to the ground, although this looked like it could have been a hold. The runner tripped over him for a short gain

- Got swallowed up by a double team, although he wasn't driven back off the line

- Beat his man on a stunt, but the quarterback threw a quick screen pass

- Drew a holding penalty at the point of attack on a running play that was bounced outside

- Picked up a sack as he easily beat the right guard on the inside and came up the middle

- Was called for a facemask penalty on the above play

- Beat his man into the backfield. The runner was stuffed for a loss

- Missed a tackle on a diving attempt to bring down the runner in the backfield

- Was blocked to the ground by another double team

- Moved well laterally to stay in front of a run that was stacked up for no gain

- Was blocked to the ground again.

In this game, Aaitui was having some issues staying upright, but when he kept his balance his did affect several running plays and was getting into the backfield a lot. The facemask penalty was just unlucky.

Week Three: Atlanta

- Got upfield and redirected the runner inside where he was stuffed for no gain

- They ran at him to convert in a short yardage situation

- He picked up his only tackle of the game on an 18-yard screen pass that he chased down from the opposite hashmark- Was blocked to the ground once

- Got driven back and turned around on one running play.

Aaitui didn't get many opportunities in this game, which ended up in a torrential downpour in the fourth quarter. However, the athleticism he showed on the screen pass was impressive. Once again, he was double teamed a lot, including in pass protection.

Week Four: Dallas

- Got a surge and collapsed the pocket to flush the quarterback out. He ended up rolling out and getting sacked

- Came up the middle as he stunted to pressure the quarterback- Got good penetration and redirected the runner twice on one series

- Destroyed the right guard as he bullrushed powerfully and hit the quarterback- Chased down the quarterback and tackled him downfield for a seven yard gain, although there was holding on the play anyway

- Was driven way off the line on one running play, after the run had gone in the other direction, perhaps showing tiredness or a lack of effort

- Shot a gap to beat the left guard to make a tackle in the backfield- Was initially driven off the line by a double team, but fought it off and stuffed a run up the middle for no gain- Was driven out of one other play

This was Aaitui's best game in terms of impact plays, although he did show signs of tiredness towards the end. Fighting off double teams to make plays and getting into the backfield is impressive stuff. He even dropped into coverage twice, showing off more athleticism.

Conclusions

This looks like a move made with an eye on next year. Having added Kenrick Ellis and Quinton Coples to the defensive line rotation, it's likely that Marcus Dixon would have regularly been on the inactive list in 2012 and he would be a restricted free agent in 2013. Therefore, the Jets are clearly thinking ahead to how they address their defensive tackle depth when Sione Po'uha and Mike DeVito inevitably move on. Although they've already found one possible diamond in the rough with Damon Harrison this offseason, it makes sense for them to hedge their bets with Ellis far from a sure thing at this stage of his career.

I don't buy the suggest that letting Marcus Dixon go was a "penny pinching move" because the amount saved ($150K) could just as easily have been saved in a number of other ways. Gates over White cost them an extra $75K, as did McIntryre over Sapp, Trufant over Posey and any other number of possible moves they could have made. They could save over $100K just by keeping one fewer player on the practice squad all year. As Bassett identified a week or so ago, Mike Tannenbaum is always looking to maximize value, so if he sees greater upside at a position which will require depth in a year or two, it makes sense.

I was impressed by Aaitui, so maybe it's not even certain that Dixon would have had a better season than him in 2012. Dixon was employed primarily as a pass rusher during the first half of 2011 and did not produce much, albeit often rushing 3-on-5 or 4-on-6. It was only in the second half of the year when he was filling in on running downs for the injured Ropati Pitoitua and Devito that he started to get into the backfield and make some plays. While he was unquestionably one of the most improved Jets over the second half of the season, it's possible he benefited from the fact that he was playing alongside Po'uha and Wilkerson and they were drawing double teams to help make his life a little easier.

Aaitui looks like more than just a space stuffer. While he took on a bunch of double teams, what stood out was his athleticism. He had some nice production as an interior pass rusher and affected a load of running plays with his penetration. There were some signs of rawness and he did end up on the ground quite often, but if I put together a highlight reel of all his best moments, you'd all be seriously drooling over his potential. Yes, all his reps came against backups, which would lead me to think it's unlikely he could have the same effectiveness if called into action during the regular season, but the same was also the case for Dixon this preseason and their production was similar, with each having their best game in week four.

The most head-scratching element of this pickup is the fact that the Jets already have Damon Harrison on the 53-man roster. He's showing so much promise that they obviously don't feel they can afford to expose him to another team at this time. To persevere with this move suggests they hold Aaitui in similar regard in terms of his potential. He does look like a great prospect, but that I'm not entirely sure whether he's ready to do anything for them this year. We'll have to wait and see if he sticks around.

I'll be back with a look at Konrad Reuland later.

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double

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The evidence is hard to refute. They jettisoned almost every recognizable veteran they had. They didn't add any significant free agents. The veteran quarterback they added is a 38-year-old journeyman. The Jets were 5-11 last season, and it's hard to argue this year won't be worse.

So yes, it sure does look like the Jets are "tanking" this season, with their eyes on the top of next year's quarterback-rich draft. They're not, of course. Tanking is almost impossible to do effectively, especially in the NFL. But they are doing a bit of scorched-Earth rebuilding and know they are in for a long, losing season.

There'll be a lot of short-term pain. And intentional or not, for the long run that's not so bad...

Tags: Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)
Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)

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Jamal Adams, the Jets' top draft pick and one of the cornerstones of their rebuilding project, agreed to terms on his rookie contract on Thursday night and is expected to be at training camp on time when it opens in eight days.

The agreement, announced by agents on Twitter and confirmed by the Jets on Friday, is projected to be worth about $22.2 million over four years with a signing bonus of approximately $14.3 million. The money is fully guaranteed for the No. 6 overall pick out of LSU. As with all first-round picks, Adams' deal also includes a team option for the fifth year.

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New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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When safety Jamal Adams agreed to his rookie contract Thursday, the Jets finally locked up all nine of their draft picks. And that's good; given the state of their roster, they're probably going to need all of them.

There certainly will be plenty of opportunities for all the draftees on this young and rebuilding team, and maybe even a few undrafted free agents too. The Jets will enter camp next Friday with an open mind at almost every position, both for this year and in the future. Almost all jobs will be somewhat up for grabs.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why Josh McCown just needs to hold down the fort for the Jets.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown gave his new team a vote of confidence in an interview with ESPN's First Take on Thursday, highlighting the positives he has seen from both veterans and newcomers alike.

"There's still some guys there that are pros," McCown said. "When you watch how a guy like Matt Forte comes in and does his job every day, Mo Wilkerson had a great spring, came in and worked hard, and our rookies coming along, Jamal Adams so impressive coming in as a rookie out of LSU, a high draft pick."

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Darron Lee had his ups and downs after being the Jets' first round pick last season, but the team seems compelled to proceed with the plan to build around him as one of the cornerstones of the defense. Entering his first season, everyone knew that Lee was a terrific athlete, but he still had to prove he had the instincts to play inside linebacker in a pro-style defense.

Preseason Stats: Four games, no starts, seven tackles, one sack

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the NFL is still reviewing an incident invovling Jets' LB Darron Lee and DE Leonard Williams from early June, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

The incident occured at Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in June where Lee had to be restrained by Williams after getting into an argument with a woman. An eye witness video showed Williams getting in between his teammate, and eventually, carrying him away from the argument.

Jets' head coach Todd Bowles later indentified the woman as Lee's girlfriend, and noted that the team will not be disciplining the linebacker. However, he thinks he needs to take caution in the future. 

"You don't want that stuff to happen, obviously," Bowles said earlier on the situation. "With social media going on these days, they've got to take better care of themselves. Darron understands that. I just know, from the past, any time you go to a concert, there's going to be trouble around, just as an ex-player and as a coach. When you go to a concert, a lot of things can happen. You have to be very mindful and very aware of where you are, and your surroundings -- and handle yourself better and keep yourself out of trouble."

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
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New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)

Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Dexter McDougle, Jalin Marshall, Juston Burris, Loc Edwards, Nick Folk, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Rontez Miles, Tanner Purdum
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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking with the New York Post, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said he would not be surprised if the Jets have another struggling, losing season in 2017. 

"It's hard to argue [with] that," Enunwa said, "when everybody else sees all the stuff that's going on."

This offseason, the Jets have cut ties with many players, including receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Despite the possibility of another tough year ahead, Enunwa believes the players will still play hard when the season begins. 

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Former Jets QB Chad Pennington believes head coach Todd Bowles deserves the chance to turn the team around, per Brett Bonder of NY Daily News. 

If the Jets are to tank this sesaon, Pennington doesn't think it will be fair to put the blame on Bowles as he thinks he is the right guy for the job.

"My one hope for the Jets is that they give coach Bowles a chance to right the ship, don't pull everything away from him and then make him the reason why they're getting rid of him because of the lack of success," Pennington said. "He is the right guy, I think he showed that in his first year, last year wan an anomaly and this year you can see, wow, what a task he has."

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(David Butler II)

Former Jets WR Brandon Marshall said he requested his release because he couldn't deal with the Jets not having a chance this season, per ESPN's Eric Cimini. 

Marshall was on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show Thursday where he admitted his former team wasn't going to have a good 2017 season, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

"I wouldn't have made it through an entire season, knowing we didn't have a chance," Marshall said. 

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USC QB Sam Darnold said last week's report that he might remain in school instead of entering the 2018 NFL Draft did not come from him, but remained vague about his future.

"I don't really have many thoughts about that," the potential No. 1 pick said during an appearance on ESPN's "The Fix". "I don't think any team should tank their season because of me. I'm just taking this every day, one day at a time. That's all I can do."

"I'm looking forward to whatever lies ahead of my future," he said. "But I'm really just taking it one day at a time."

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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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After a solid rookie season, Jordan Jenkins is hoping to thrive in a full-time role in 2017. The 23-year old has spent part of his offseason back in Georgia, working on his pass rush techniques with pass rush guru Chuck Smith.

Preseason Stats: Two games, two starts, four tackles, no sacks, two quarterback hits.

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(Kirby Lee)

Projected Starters: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye

Projected Back-ups: Rontez Miles

On the bubble: Shamarko Thomas, Ronald Martin, Doug Middleton, Corey White

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Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh took to Twitter to take some playful jabs at the Jets and their fans, but not before Jets defensive Muhammad Wilkerson chimed in.

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(Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets' plan to build a helicopter landing pad at their New Jersey training facility has drawn objections from some who question the need since an airport is just a couple of miles away.

The borough of Madison has lodged objections to the Jets' application, NJ.com reported. The borough says that there's "no demand" for a helipad so close to the Morristown Airport.

"Any purported public benefit from the availability of a helistop for emergency uses is illusive," officials wrote. The borough also argued that the pad could introduce a safety risk.

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Projected Starters: Wesley Johnson, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Ben Ijalana, Kelvin Beachum

Projected Back-ups: Brandon Shell, Dakota Dozier, Brent Qvale

On the bubble: Jeff Adams, Ben Braden, Chris Bordelon, Javarius Leamon, Craig Watts, Alex Balducci, Jonotthan Harrison

Departures: Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady

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Coming out of South Carolina, Brandon Shell's size and athleticism stood out, but he also impressed with his technique in pass-protection and his discipline. He posted outstanding pass-protection numbers against some good teams and when matched up with pro prospects. That bodes well for his ability to be successful at the NFL level, although he's not the type of tackle you'd typically leave out on an island.

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, one sack surrendered.

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New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine

Projected backups: Juston Burris, Marcus Williams, Darryl Roberts, Jeremy Clark,

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Marcus Williams
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Projected backups: Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Julian Howsare, Sheldon Richardson
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(Ed Mulholland)

Jets' first round pick, S Jamal Adams, has already impressed his new teammates, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. 

The Jets were exuberant when Adams fell to their No. 6 slot in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was the player the wanted most. Participating at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Adams has shown his teammates, like CB Morris Claiborne, why the front office was so high on him.

"The things he has done so far?" Claiborne said. "He's unbelievable...He's been out here playing lights out. Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He's having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He's having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that's football." 

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Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

The Jets are interested in signing former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr, according to the New York Post.

The 25-year-old retired during the off-season due to neck and spine problems, but he is now trying to revive his career to after receiving positive news from his doctor.

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Fourth round pick Juston Burris has received plenty of buzz this offseason. He's been receiving lots of first-team reps and is reportedly in the mix to start alongside Morris Claiborne. However, what does his rookie season tell us about his chances and where he needs to develop to increase his role?

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, five tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Demario Davis
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(Eric Hartline)

The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

The 25-year-old has shown spurts of potential in two seasons with the Jets, but his 2.5 sacks last season isn't the production they had expected. Greene intends to change that, and he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater why he uses this specific approach to his coaching. 

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They'rea ll athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic." 

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A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa
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(Brad Penner)

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Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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Part 2 of Jets mini-camp 00:02:01
SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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Behind the scenes at Jets camp 00:01:48
SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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