Earlier this week, the Jets signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson and wide receiver Jacoby Ford to one-year deals. Jets fans might not know too much about these two players, so I've been looking at game film to try and assess what each of them brings to the table. I took a look at Patterson yesterday, so now we turn our attentions to Ford.

Ford is a 26-year old receiver and kick returner who is listed at 5-9 and 190 pounds. The former fourth round pick out of Clemson has returned four kickoffs for touchdowns in his NFL career and has also caught 57 passes for 848 yards and three touchdowns. He's also rushed for two scores. However, all nine of his career touchdowns came in his first one and a half seasons, as he missed the second half of 2011 and all of 2012 with injuries and wasn't very productive in his return to action last year. Ford is best known for his speed. He was a highly decorated track athlete in college and ran a 4.28 forty yard dash at the 2010 combine.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Ford's career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Jacoby Ford?

The diminutive Ford went to college at Clemson where he was a productive wide receiver and kick returner between 2006 and 2009. He also competed as a track athlete, winning several titles including the 2009 NCAA championship in the 60-yard dash. It was no surprise when he ran well at the 2010 scouting combine, putting up a 4.28 in the 40-yard dash. This led to the Raiders drafting him in the fourth round.

As a rookie, Ford looked destined for stardom. He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and had a career year in terms of both receiving and rushing numbers. All that offensive production was squeezed into the last 10 games, as Ford was barely used on offense in the first six weeks. However, within a month, he'd racked up two 100-yard receiving games. Against the Chiefs in week nine, he returned a kickoff for a touchdown and caught six passes for 148 yards, including a 47-yard catch in overtime to set up the winning field goal. Ford was named Pepsi rookie of the week for his efforts.

In Ford's second season, he looked set to eclipse these numbers, but missed half the season with a foot injury, returning in week 16. He did return another kickoff for a score in week six. A recurrence of that foot injury caused him to require surgery and miss the entire 2012 season and in 2013 his production was disappointing. Ford did not have a kickoff return of longer than 30 yards, struggled with fumbles when moved onto punt return duty and saw his playing time and targets at receiver disappear, ending the season with less than 100 yards receiving.

The numbers

Three seasons (missed 2012 entirely)

38 games, 13 starts

57 catches, 848 yards and three touchdowns

53% catch rate

Seven drops

19 carries for 201 yards and two touchdowns

Eight tackles (one on special teams)

Nine punt returns for 77 yards, eight fair catches

75 kickoff returns for a 25.0 yard average, four touchdowns

Ten fumbles, with three lost (seven on special teams)

Five penalties

It's pretty obvious what Ford was capable of - here's a good highlight reel displaying just how dynamic he was in 2010 and 2011. However, two questions remain. One being what his weaknesses are, but the more overriding question being whether he can still make those kinds of plays. I'll therefore mostly be focusing on Ford's 2013 performance to get an insight into this.

Ford's foot injury had apparently fully healed entering preseason, but unfortunately he then had a minor injury to further set him back. Once the season got underway, he returned kickoffs for the first six games but then was moved out of that role and onto punts, which he was doing for the first time in his career and struggled with. Ford was only ever a fourth or fifth option at receiver and his reps dried up altogether towards the end of the year as the Raiders worked Andre Holmes into the lineup instead. Ford was actually healthy all year, but was a healthy scratch over the last three games. There was one minor spark in preseason, as he returned a kickoff 62 yards.

Observations

Based on all the footage watched, here was what Ford brings to the table, divided into categories:

Measurables - Ford is obviously very small, which doesn't help him in terms of staying healthy. He maintained in an interview yesterday that he's still as fast as he ever was. Ford once ran a 100-meter dash in 10.01 and returned a kickoff 100 yards in 11 seconds. Aside from his 4.28 forty time, the rest of his combine numbers were actually pretty unspectacular.

Usage - In 2013, Ford was lined up on the outside approximately two-thirds of the time and in the slot the rest of the time. He did not line up in the backfield although he has done that in the past. Ford has taken one wildcat snap in his career.

Deep threat - In 2013, Ford was targeted six times beyond 20 yards downfield (and twice more in preseason). The only success was a 22-yard catch on a back shoulder thrown down the seam. However, he has shown the ability to get downfield in the past, as you'll have seen if you watched the above highlight reel. In 2010 and 2011, he caught seven such passes for 251 yards on 17 attempts.

Blocking - With his relative lack of size, Ford doesn't contribute much as a blocker, but does appear to give a good effort. He did have one good block on a screen pass where he did a good job of preventing his man from getting to the outside in the slot. On another play he made a good initial block, but his man fought it off to get in on the tackle.

Routes - Most of the passes Ford caught last season were dump-offs in the flat, but he did have a couple of sticks plays. On one play, he faked on an end around and then reversed back on a wheel route in the other direction, but the disguise didn't really work. Perhaps the best route he displayed all year was a well executed slant for a first down in preseason where he planted hard to get a step on his man. On one outside route, he allowed Tim Jennings to muscle him towards the sideline so there wasn't much room for the quarterback to fit his throw.

Hands - Ford didn't have any bad drops last season. In fact, he only has two drops since 2010 per PFF. Ford did have one drop in the regular season and two more in preseason, but none of these were too bad. One was on a fourth down where he got open on a rub route but the pass was far too low. Another was disrupted by Jonathan Joseph on a throw that should have been further to the outside - and may even have been tipped by Joseph. The other saw him get a step on the outside, but the ball was high and behind him so he couldn't make a tough jumping catch on the sideline.

In terms of the catches he did make, I have to give him credit for hanging onto two downfield first down grabs where he was nailed as the ball arrived, one of which saw him sandwiched between three defenders. He didn't really make any spectacular catches last season, but you can get a sense of what he can do in the 2010/11 highlight reel above.

For Ford, the bigger issue is that he sometimes fails to protect the ball downfield. Most of his fumbles came at the end of a run where he had initially beaten a tackle or two. This happened twice on punts in 2013, which was perhaps an adjustment he needed to make in a role which was new to him at the pro level.

Yards after the catch - Ford's numbers here are strong, but that's largely because he catches a lot of screen passes. Even last year, his average YAC per catch would have placed him in the top 20, although he fell just short of the snap count requirement. In 2011, he was 4th among players with at least 200 snaps, although he only broke a total of three tackles.

Instincts - I didn't see any blown assignments by Ford, who also seems to have excellent instincts as a runner. At times, he did run back kicks where there was little chance of him getting back to the 20, but you can perhaps attribute that to poor blocking as much as poor reads. Also, some of these were in preseason, where he was likely to run the ball out no matter what.

Special Teams - Ford's return abilities have been well documented, but he was not very impressive last year apart from on that one return in preseason. Other than on returns, he is sometimes employed as a punt gunner, albeit only a handful of times last year. However, he has the pure speed to be effective in such a role.

Ford has said he'll be in the competition for the kickoff and punt return role. On the face of it, Ford's cameo as a punt returner didn't go too well last year, as he had three fumbles and only nine returns. Only one of the fumbles was a muffed catch and that bounced right back to him. However, there was one punt that he misjudged terribly and missed his catch altogether. The opposition recovered the ball, but replays ultimately showed that Ford had somehow managed not to touch it as he missed the catch and then the ball bounced over him as he fell over. He did look more comfortable catching the ball from that point on and did show some promise in terms of his ability to make the first guy miss and make decent yardage, he just needed to protect the ball better at the end of these returns.

Attitude - All indications are that Ford has a good attitude. He was arrested on a DUI charge last year, but the district attorney declined to charge him.

Injuries - Ford's injury history can be summed up in one word which should send shivers down the spine of any die-hard Jets fans: Lisfranc. While Ford's Lisfranc injury was apparently not as severe as the one which felled Santonio Holmes in 2012, it did re-occur in the following season, requiring surgery. Now one year removed from that surgery, the hope would be that he might be closer to his old self than he was last season. As noted, he was healthy throughout 2013, apart from a sprained knee that hampered him in preseason.

Conclusions

When he first entered the league Ford was such an exciting and dynamic player. I wish I could tell you that's the guy the Jets are getting here, but obviously that's not possible. Still, if healthy, he brings a playmaking ability that the team hasn't had for some time.

Searching Dolphins blogs after the Patterson signing, I saw lots of comments that their fans had hoped he'd return and were disappointed to lose him to a division rival. However, the sentiment among the Oakland fanbase mostly seems to be that they're glad to see the back of Ford after his disappointing last few seasons.

Recovering from a Lisfranc injury isn't a straightforward thing, as Santonio Holmes showed last season, so the possibility exists that Ford was slowed down by that last year and might be closer to his old self in 2014.

From the 2013 footage, Ford still has that initial burst and some good elusiveness, but the Raiders just weren't able to get him into the open field too often for him to hit top gear. Maybe that says more about them than Ford himself. He definitely needs to protect the ball better though.

I wouldn't say Ford's spot on next year's team is guaranteed. However, he has a good chance to win the kick returner role and also contribute as a fourth or fifth option on offense. I wouldn't be surprised if they put in some special packages for him as they did with the likes of Saalim Hakim, Greg Salas and Josh Cribbs last year.

Ultimately, this is yet another low-risk move with potential upside. As we've seen, sometimes those work out and sometimes they don't, but the good news is that if it doesn't pay off, they haven't hurt themselves in the long run.

Some stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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When the Jets claimed former Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia last week, it was one of the more interesting moves off the offseason. Garcia was selected with the 85th overall pick in the third round of last year's draft, but the Patriots have opted to give up on him already after a challenging rookie season.

For the Jets, it's a low-risk move to pick up a player with untapped potential, and could prove to be great value as he will remain on his rookie deal for three more years. If the move doesn't work out, the Jets won't owe Garcia any money or bear any kind of a cap hit, so they have little to lose.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks about Christian Hackenberg being traded to the Raiders, and why the QB struggled with the Jets.

The Jets have traded QB Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019, head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday. 

"We did everything we could," Bowles said about working with Hackenberg. "Sometimes it just doesn't work out."

Bowles added that Hackenberg was held out of OTAs on purpose on Tuesday in case a deal involving him was reached. Hackenberg had been lost in the shuffle in the Jets' QB logjam, with Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, and Teddy Bridgewater ahead of him on the depth chart. 

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Check out Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Quincy Enunwa and more in action at Jets OTAs on Tuesday in Florham Park.

The Jets took the field in Florham Park on Tuesday to kick off their first OTA session leading up to training camp in June. 

Of course, the biggest storyline heading into the new year for Gang Green is what will Sam Darnold's role be in his rookie season. Here he is already getting work in as practice begins.

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Washington Redskins' Terrelle Pryor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Washington Redskins' Terrelle Pryor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Jets WR Terrelle Pryor was one of the most notable players missing at the team's first OTA on Tuesday, and it wasn't because he didn't want to show up. 

Pryor, who had ankle surgery last November, has reportedly suffered another ankle injury this offseason, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 28-year-old converted receiver played in just nine games last season with the Redskins before a season-ending ankle injury ruined his one-year, "prove it" deal in Washington. He signed another with the Jets this offseason worth $4.5 million.

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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.

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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)

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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Namath talks Darnold 00:01:07
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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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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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