Since the Jets haven't signed a free agent for me to scout in almost two weeks, I've been watching footage of some of the bottom-of-the-roster guys to try and get an insight into what kind of potential they have and whether any of them could realistically be expected to step into an important role in 2013.

In an under-the-radar move, the Jets signed safety Jaiquawn Jarrett to a futures contract, a move actually announced on the same day as Mike Tannenbaum's firing. What's exciting about Jarrett is that he was a second round draft pick in 2011. However, the fact that the Eagles gave up on him early in his second season is worrying. As Bassett wrote in January, the Jets have tried a number of these reclamation projects in the past (guys like Aaron Maybin, Jason Smith and Ricky Sapp) with mixed results. However, is there any chance that Jarrett could compete for a significant role in the Jets defense?

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Jarrett's first two seasons in the league to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Jaiquawn Jarrett?

Jarrett was a teammate of Muhammad Wilkerson's at Temple and impressed with his hitting, character and positional sense. However, he was regarded as somewhat undersized (under 6-0 and less than 200 pounds) and perhaps a step slow for the NFL level (4.62 forty time). It was therefore a surprise when the Eagles selected him in the second round, as he was considered at best to be a third or fourth round prospect.

Nevertheless, Jarrett made some plays in preseason and got some opportunities for significant playing time as a rookie when Nate Allen went down with an injury. Unfortunately for Jarrett, he did not fare well. He returned to the Eagles in 2012, but was cut early in the season after straining his shoulder and did not manage to find another NFL job.

He's regarded as more of an in-the-box safety, although he did have nine interceptions in his collegiate career, earning all-MAC conference first team honors in both 2009 and 2010. He also managed to remain injury-free throughout his four years at Temple.

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

The Numbers

Two seasons

13 games

Two starts

Six games where he saw action on defense

254 snaps

18 tackles (two on special teams)

Four missed tackles (one on special teams)

Coverage numbers: 7-for-11, 140 yards, no TDs, interceptions or passes defensed

Completion percentage: 63.6%

Yards per attempt: 12.7

QB rating: 107.2

No penalties

2011 Regular Season

Let's look in detail at Jarrett's contributions during the 2011 season.

He only played on special teams during the first half of the year, flashing once on a tackle down at the 15 in kick coverage against the Redskins. Allen's injury happened early in the Bears game in week nine, thrusting Jarrett into full time action.

Week 9 - v Chicago

Jarrett's first NFL action saw him do a reasonable job, but the Bears were still able to mount a comeback to win the game. He was targeted a couple of times, giving up a 14-yard completion downfield on a play where he was too far off his man in zone coverage. The opening touchdown also saw them exploit his lack of experience, as the Bears set up a bunch formation on the right side and tight end Matt Spaeth bumped him and then stopped his route at the goal line, as both Jarrett and linebacker Moises Fokou (#53) went to the outside receiver. While it appears that Fokou was likely the player most at fault on this play (which can be seen here), that may have been a product of Fokou reacting to Jarrett making contact with Spaeth. Jarrett did make one good play in coverage, coming over in support to help break up a pass. As a tackler, he made one mistake, allowing a ball carrier to break out of his grasp for an extra six yards. There was one other play where a runner dragged him for five extra yards. However, that came on an open field tackle which prevented what could have been a huge gain.

Week 10 - v Arizona

Jarrett started this game and had seven tackles. However, he also gave up four catches for 96 yards in a tight loss and was really picked on in the fourth quarter. The game started off reasonably well for him as he made a good play against the run. He read the play well as the runner tried to bounce a run outside and forced the runner back inside then made the tackle, forcing the Cards into a third and short situation. Later on in the first quarter, he ran across the field to make a touchdown saving tackle as Larry Fitzgerald got behind Kurt Coleman and down the sideline. In the second quarter, he got forced to the inside on one running play, but did make a good play downfield on an end around, forcing Andre Roberts to cut back inside, again probably saving a touchdown. In coverage, he got lucky on one play as he was caught peeking into the backfield and burned down the seam. The ball was overthrown otherwise it would have been a big gain. His did appear to be at least partially at fault on Fitzgerald's opening touchdown though.

Let's look in detail at this play. The Cardinals set up like this with Jarrett the weakside safety (ie towards the top of the screen).

They then sent Roberts in motion to the right side and lined him up in the slot. The Eagles adjusted by shifting their middle and left outside linebackers to the left, while Jarrett dropped off a few yards.

At the snap, Fitzgerald (the right wide receiver) and Roberts run a criss-cross, so Fitzgerald goes inside and Roberts goes outside. The linebacker made contact with Roberts to slow down his route and then basically did the same to Fitzgerald.

At this stage, the linebacker appears to pass off Fitzgerald to the man behind him. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (the left cornerback) seeming to have Roberts covered, Jarrett could easily have come up to make the tackle on Fitzgerald at this point, or even break on the ball if he anticipated quickly enough.

However, Jarrett pays no attention to Fitzgerald and goes with the other receiver, leaving the middle of the field wide open for an easy catch and walk-in touchdown.

Finally, you can see Rodgers-Cromartie giving the universal sign for "What the heck are you doing?"

In the fourth quarter, Jarrett was victimized for four big first downs. On the first, he was actually in terrific position, only to tip the ball into the air where Fitzgerald still made the catch. The next one, on a key third and five, saw Jarrett unable to stay with Fitzgerald in zone coverage - a difficult assignment even for an elite player - as he ran an inside route, then broke it off to the outside. On the third, they again motioned Roberts over to his side and then ran him on a crossing route for a 20-yard gain as Jarrett trailed him across the field. Finally, he was beaten for a huge gain over the top to set up the winning touchdown. There was a mix-up on the play, as he clearly wasn't expecting the cornerback to pass Fitzgerald off to him.

Some of the plays from that game (the in-out route, the tipped pass and the throw over the top) can be seen here. The first play is the one where he made a touchdown-saving tackle, although that isn't shown.

Week 11 - at New York Giants

After his struggles on defense, Jarrett returned to a special-teams only role over the next few weeks. He made a good block against the Giants to set up a big punt return, although he was lucky not to get called for a block in the back.

Week 13 - at Seattle

Jarrett made his return on defense against the Seahawks, but it didn't last very long. On his first snap, he took an awful angle on this Marshawn Lynch run and Lynch scored a 40-yard touchdown. That would end up being his only snap. Two weeks later, he saw action on four defensive snaps at the end of the Eagles blowout win over the Jets.

Week 16 - at Dallas

Against Dallas, he got another chance for some extended playing time, but didn't fare too well. On one play, he was way too far off his man in zone coverage, giving up an easy first down. He also had a bad missed tackle near the marker to allow a 3rd-and-13 conversion.

Week 17 - v Washington

Given an opportunity for his second career start, Jarrett didn't grasp the opportunity. He gave up two first downs in coverage in the first quarter, one as he initially ran with the fullback, then inexplicably dropped off and left him wide open on the outside for 20. The other saw a tight end motion to his side and then easily get inside leverage on him on a post pattern. He also had some mistakes in the running game, missing a tackle in the hole on a run that went for 28 yards and getting blocked to the inside on another play. There was another play where he got dragged for eight extra yards after having wrapped up the ball carrier. His only real positives saw him assist on a tackle for no gain in the red zone and almost intercept an overthrown pass - although that wouldn't have counted anyway because the Eagles roughed the passer.

His overall rating for the year from PFF was 18th worst in the league. However, many of those with lower ratings played considerably more than he did. Only Jordan Pugh and Jamarca Sanford had a worse rating on a per-snap basis.

Clearly Jarrett had his struggles during his rookie year, but was it too soon for the Eagles to give up on him? Let's see if there were any other positive signs from his preseason appearances in 2011 and 2012.

2011 Preseason

In his first game against Baltimore, he intercepted an overthrown ball, reading the quarterback's eyes well and making a low diving grab. He added a special teams tackle. The following week in Pittsburgh, he again showed promise, creeping up to the line with great timing to make a tackle for a loss and later assisting on a five yard run as he came from deep and made a big hit. He also made a tackle on a short grab underneath to force the Steelers into a third and long situation. In week three against the Browns he had a couple of tackles, but didn't make any obvious mistakes. Finally, in the Bollinger Bowl, he did get beaten across the field for an 11-yard catch by Jeff Cumberland.

2012 Preseason

In 2012, the Eagles opened against Pittsburgh again and Jarrett hesitated on a 4th and one play, making the tackle but only after the first down had been earned. He was also involved in a coverage mix-up that led to a 17-yard completion on 3rd-and-11, as he was late getting over - although this did appear to mostly be Nnamdi Asoumgha's fault. After Jarrett failed to make any kind of impact in New England, the Eagles headed to Cleveland and Jarrett was slow rolling the coverage over to the outside, giving up a 10-yard catch. In the final game against the Jets (backups), he started and made a couple of impressive plays. He closed and broke up a pass, came up fast to prevent a runner from bouncing outside and tackle him for a short gain and, most impressively of all, showed excellent instincts to blow up a screen pass (although his teammate was offside so the play was negated).

Conclusions:

There's no doubt that Jarrett struggled with the Eagles in his rookie year. He seemed to get confused in coverage, made some mistakes as a tackler and was out-physicalled on a number of occasions. It's telling that not many Eagles fans were sorry to see him go when they released him. As much as recent Jets' second rounders Vladimir Ducasse and Stephen Hill have been criticized, could you imagine a situation where Hill was released early in 2012? Or if Vlad had been released in September 2011? Obviously, Jarrett fell out of favor fast.

Andy Reid admitted it was a bad pick, implying that Jarrett was not a good fit for their scheme, with some Eagles fans noting that he has had a tendency to reach for "overachievers" in the past and this time got burned. If it is scheme-related, though, perhaps there's a chance that he could fit better into a different system.

Let's therefore consider briefly the Eagles and their application of the "wide nine" defense (which, ironically, they abandoned anyway in December). Although there are intricacies up-front and at the line, that doesn't affect the safeties, which are generally pretty uniform in their assignments. The Eagles tend to employ one deep safety and one about 5-6 yards from the line of scrimmage, outside the tackle box. The Jets system is, of course, much different to this, because the safeties are interchangeable and often switch places just before the ball is snapped. They also only really employ a true deep safety in sub-package situations. The Eagles safeties are interchangeable too and - despite his reputation for being better in the box - Jarrett was the deeper guy about 60% of the time. They also seemed to avoid placing him in man coverage assignments too often - he only matched up against a receiver in the slot three times. As you will note from some of the analysis above, teams often motioned a receiver over to his side to exploit his inexperience in coverage situations.

Although, on balance, Jarrett did not look good, he was just a rookie at the time. Had Antonio Allen or Josh Bush been forced into extensive action last year, I don't doubt that either would have struggled. That being the case, would we be advocating cutting them now? Instead, they weren't forced to play before they were ready and now will get a chance to try and prove they can handle a bigger workload. Had Philadelphia's safeties remained healthy throughout the 2011 season, would Jarrett's rookie struggles have instead happened on the practice field and given him a better chance to build his confidence before getting to play? It's difficult to know. Had he not played in 2011 such that the only footage to assess him on was the preseason footage, then I probably would have a more optimistic outlook. The Jets now have a chance to find out if he still has the potential to play at this level.

For Jarrett to stand a chance in the competition for playing time at the safety spot, he probably needs to have bulked up since last September in order to compete physically. He's obviously overmatched in direct coverage and isn't much of a pass rusher either (no pressure in 14 blitzes in 2011, no sacks in his college career), so his best role would seem to be as a run stopper in the box (a role he's slightly undersized for) or as a deep safety in coverage support. In terms of size, skill-set and 40 speed, he compares pretty closely to Eric Smith, whose role is up for grabs. Jarrett will perhaps need to contribute more on special teams to earn that kind of role though.

It seems like a long shot for Jarrett to make the roster, but right now he's actually the Jets' most experienced safety. If nothing more, he should provide a good measuring stick against the progress of guys like Allen and Bush once the Jets take the field this Summer.

Until the Jets make some more signings, I'm going to continue to look at some of the long-shot sleepers at the bottom of the roster. The next one will follow in a few days.

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double

 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the AFC Championship game:

Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) at the New England Patriots (15-2)

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Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau opens up about his apparent brain issues caused from playing professional football.

Jets all-time sacks leader Mark Gastineau told WOR Radio's Pete McCarthy that recent tests have shown he has signs of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and dementia.

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To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild…that is the question! This week, Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Joe Caporoso from TurnOnTheJets.com to find the answer. They take a look at what the Jets can do to start picking up the pieces heading into next season, and whether or not a complete teardown is necessary...

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Jets fans clamoring for Woody Johnson to give up control of the Jets may finally get their wish, but even with him planning to spend the next three years an ocean away, his departure is unlikely to have any tangible effect on the team.

The 69-year-old Johnson was officially named the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. It was a move that had been rumored for weeks and hardly surprising considering that Johnson is a major donor and fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party.

Johnson declined to address the possibility of this position when he met with the media shortly after his Jets completed their miserable, 5-11 season, and he hasn't spoken publicly on his future plans for the franchise. However, Pro Football Talk recently reported that he planned to give over control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. Neil Glat, the team president who handles most of the business operations and reported directly to Woody Johnson, could see an increase in power, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Part I ran on Wednesday. Here, as promised, is Part II:

If we do select a qb in draft. Do we sign a vet and go with 4? Or who gets the out? -- @wendo2000

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

Mel Kiper's first Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore with the sixth overall pick.

Kiper notes that the 6'1", 190-pound Lattimore "jumped to the top" of his rankings with a stellar season, adding that Lattimore has "all the traits to be a star."

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Here is Part I:

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Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have signed linebacker Jeff Luc to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Luc, who has spent time with the Dolphins and most recently the Bengals, has also spent time as fullback.

In his four years in college at Florida State and Cincinnati, he recorded 200 total tackles.

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he believes his production on the field should make him desirable to any team, despite his $7.5 million salary cap, he told WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show. 

Marshall, in the final year of his contract with the Jets, told the show that he is one of the top receivers in the game, and that he is in fact underpaid for what his statistics show. 

 

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets and head coach Todd Bowles, after a tumultuous year of losing and locker room discontent, have "a lot to soul searching" to do going into next season, former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon told The JetsBlog Podcast. 

Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson both had various off-field issues this season, which Colon said is a problem with both themselves as individuals and how the team has handled them.

"The problem with Sheldon and Mo, and I talk about them candidly because I know those guys, I respect them as individuals, Colon said. "But the biggest problem they have, they feel what they do off the field shouldn't matter about their play on the field. That's the lack of accountability and maturity."

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Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets have hired defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, the team announced Wednesday.

Wilson, 34, was the Rams' DBs coach this past season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Position coaches often fly under the radar, but don't ignore the impact of this one because Dennard Wilson has a big job ahead of him. He has to rebuild a Jets secondary that was a mess last season, and he'll have to do it either without Darrelle Revis or with Revis trying to transition from cornerback to safety.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Marcus Williams
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(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets still don't know who their quarterback will be when the 2017 season begins, but the consensus inside their front office seems to be that whoever it is didn't finish the 2016 season on the roster. Their quarterback of the immediate future, at least, is likely to come from the outside.

Just who that will be is still unknown, and there are many options being considered, according to team sources. There is a lot of internal support for Mike Glennon, the 27-year-old Bucs backup who will become a free agent on March 9. But even if he emerges as the object of the Jets' desire, he could be prohibitively expensive. The Bills, Browns and 49ers all figure to be in the market for a quarterback. Maybe a few other teams, too, like the Bears.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Former Steeler Willie Colon rips Antonio Brown for being more worried about himself than the team after posting a video of Mike Tomlin.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall criticized Steelers WR Antoino Brown for the postgame locker room Facebook video that Brown posted following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City on Sunday.

"You would never see this in New England, right?" Marshall said on last night's episode of Showtime's Inside the NFL. "What it does is it keeps the New England Patriots on task. It keeps them marching in a single-file line: 'This is the New England way, and this is how we do things.' 

"You only have three or four minutes after the game to be with your teammates and really enjoy the moment or Band-Aid each other up. So that's precious time, and that time shouldn't be live-streamed for anyone to see."

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Louisville Cardinals defensive line coach Clint Hurtt (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)
Louisville Cardinals defensive line coach Clint Hurtt (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Chicago Bears OLB coach Clint Hurtt will not join Todd Bowles and the New York Jets nearly a week and a half after they had reportedly reached an agreement, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

The Jets and Hurtt never reached an agreement after Hurtt reportedly declined an extension with the Bears, according to Cimini.

The Jets fired OLB coach Mark Collins, along with four other assistants, after the season.

Hurtt served as an assistant coach at Louisville, Miami and Florida International.

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New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Brian Winters would've been one of the better guards on the free agent market and he could've cashed in even bigger than the four-year, $29 million deal he got from the Jets. 

But instead of looking for more money and maybe a better situation, the 25-year-old Winters decided to stay put because he believes that, despite the misery of the Jets' 5-11 season, there are much better days for the franchise ahead.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum, Wesley Johnson
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Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.  (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))
Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))

The Jets are expected to have interest in Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Glennon, 27, is an unrestricted free agent after playing behind Jamesis Winston the last two seasons in Tampa Bay.

As a starter, Glennon has a career record of 5-13.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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DNL pick'em: Divisional Round 00:04:27
The Daily News Live panel makes its prognostications on the NFL Divisional Round games this weekend.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the two AFC divisional-round playoff games this weekend:

Houston Texans (10-7) at the New England Patriots (14-2)

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

11:27 p.m: Eric Studesville has decided to remain with the Broncos as the team's running back coach, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Previous Reports

The Jets interviewed Studesville for their vacant offensive coordinator position, reports Rich Cimini of ESPN.

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Attracting a new offensive coordinator might not be easy for the Jets, writes Brian Costello in the NY Post.

"The view in league circles is the Jets are going to have a tough time convincing any candidate with options to take the job because of how they compare with other teams looking for an offensive coordinator," writes Costello.

Costello notes that there haven't been any reports or other indications that any candidate has turned down an interview request from the Jets, but says the job is viewed as unattractive due in part to head coach Todd Bowles' job security and the unsettled quarterback situation.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by former New York Jets guard and current SNY Analyst Willie Colon for a deep dive into the Jets locker room. They talk about the best leaders on the current team, what to do about Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, the mindset of a player making a position change, and much more as a busy offseason for Gang Green gets going. 

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(USA TODAY)

The Jets have signed LB Frank Beltre to a reserve/future deal, the team announced Friday.

Beltre, 26, spent time with the Chargers in 2013 and Raiders in 2014, and played with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL from 2014 to 2016.

The Jets agreed to reserve/future deals with WR DeShon Foxx, FB Julian Howsare, and WR Myles White on Wednesday.

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Leonard Williams was one of the few bright spots in the Jets' mostly dismal season. And now the 22-year-old defensive end is being rewarded for that with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Williams, the youngest player to ever be voted by his Jets teammates as their MVP, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Thursday as a replacement for injured Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack

Williams, who was voted a first alternate, had seven sacks for the Jets this season. For most of the season he was the best player on the Jets' disappointing defensive line...

Tags: Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall invited the Giants' wide receivers down to his house in Miami during Tuesday's episode of "Inside the NFL."

"I want to say thank you," Marshall said. "Thank you to the New York Giants wide receivers for taking all of the attention off of myself and my fellow Jets. I have a place in Miami...You guys are awesome. Thank you."

 

 

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Should Jets draft Watson? 00:03:10
Willie Colon and Jon Hein argue about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick.

Willie Colon and Jon Hein talk about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick...


 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

 

LB David Harris had 95 tackles in 15 games for the Jets this season, which was his 10th with the team.

The 32-year-old had just 0.5 sacks in 2016 after racking up 4.5 in 2015 and 6.0 in 2014.

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(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Nick Mangold missed eight games due to ankle injuries this past season, last playing on Dec. 5 against the Colts.

The 32-year-old Mangold has a cap hit of $9.075 million next season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

University of North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky has declared for the NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported in December that the Jets are believed to have a strong interest in Trubisky. 

"They got their eyes set on the North Carolina quarterback," a rival scout told Mehta. "The Jets are all over this kid. All over him. They'll probably deny it if you ask, but they love that kid. That's their guy. They're not going to get him though, because I think that kid is going to get over-drafted."

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Cornerback Darrelle Revis finished off the 2016 season with 53 combined tackles but had just one turnover (an interception), which came in the final week of the regular season. 

All year, the 31-year-old corner dealt with questions about his inconsistent play and effort. He has three years left under his current deal and would not become an unrestricted free agent until 2020, when he is 34. 

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett kick off 2017 with a "now what?" podcast after a horrible season. They react to the Woody Johnson and Mike Maccagnan media gatherings, examine the recent coach departures, and take an early look at how the Jets can properly re-build their franchise.


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Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets will sign CFL linebacker Frank Beltre to a reserve/futures contract, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Beltre, originally an undrafted free agent out of Towson University, spent brief tenures with the Chargers and Raiders before heading to the CFL in 2014. 

He had 19 tackles and three sacks in nine games with Calgary this past season. 


Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)
Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets coach Todd Bowles is hiring former Bears assistant Clint Hurtt to coach the outside linebackers, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News

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Sheldon Richardson had 62 tackles 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

He also engaged in a locker room feud with WR Brandon Marshall.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

Brandon Marshall had 59 receptions for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

Dealing with hip and shoulder injuries for most of the season, his production was down from his record-setting 2015 campaign, when he reeled in 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Before 2015, the 32-year-old Marshall had recorded double-digit touchdowns three times before in his career -- twice with the Bears (2012 and 2013), and once with the Broncos (2009).

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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:16
Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss their disappointing 2016 season and looking forward to 2017.

Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets second-round draft choice last year, "will never make it", an unidentified Jets starter told the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The comment came a week after a Jets source told ESPN that Hackenberg, taken with the 51st overall pick out of Penn State, couldn't "throw the ball into the ocean."

General manager Mike Maccagnan, who was retained along with coach Todd Bowles by Jets owner Woody Johnson, will be under intense pressure to fix the QB situation during the offseason.

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(Bill Wippert/AP)

Eric Decker had nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns this past season, with his season ending after Week 3 due to a rotator cuff injury that required surgery.

Before undergoing the rotator cuff surgery, the 29-year-old Decker also had surgery on his hip, and it's unclear whether he'll be 100 percent for the start of next season.

Decker joined the Jets before the 2014 season, when he had 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns. In 2015, he had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Chip Kelly a fit with Jets? 00:00:46
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate whether or not Chip Kelly would be a good fit with the Jets on their offensive staff.

The Eagles have denied the Jets' request to interview QB coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

DeFilippo finished his first season as Eagles QB coach following one year as the Browns' offensive coordinator and three years as the Raiders' QB coach.

DeFilippo worked with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016, as the former No. 2 pick threw for 3,782 yards (most among rookies), 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions (tied for ninth in the league).

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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he was disappointed with the team's 5-11 finish this season, and wouldn't put a timetable on when they would be a perennial contender.

"We're obviously not happy with our record. But I do think we made some progress [with the youth]," Maccagnan told reporters while alluding to players such as OL Brandon Shell and CB Juston Burris. "We have some pieces we feel good about."

Maccagnan said he felt comfortable signing Ryan Fitzpatrick this past offseason, noting that all options -- internal and external -- will be on the table for 2017 at quarterback.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Woody Johnson on keeping Bowles 00:02:36
Jets owner Woody Johnson discusses the Jets' disappointing season, his decision to keep Todd Bowles and the team's future plans.

Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed confidence in head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan while speaking with reporters on Thursday.

"They will get this done, in my opinion," Johnson said about Bowles and Maccagnan.

"I have confidence in Todd Bowles," Johnson added. "I'm still very much in his corner. ...I think he's going to get better. I'm happy to have him and Mike. ...they have a plan to make the team better. They have a way to judge accountability and judge performance."

Johnson said there's no mandate for the Jets to make the playoffs next season, noting that mandates don't work, but added that he's "in the game of winning."

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The Jets worked out Olympic sprinter and projected wide receiver Tre Houston on Thursday, a source told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Houston, who worked out with the Chiefs last week, was also given a physical by the Jets.

The 26-year-old Houston is a native of Bermuda.


 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed former Assumption College long snapper Zach Triner to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Triner got a tryout with the Houston Texans last spring, but did not make the team.

The Jets brought Triner in for a workout in early December.


Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)
Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)

Latest Update (Jan. 4)

The Jets have signed K Ross Martin to a reserve/future contract for 2017, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. Martin connected on four of his six field goal attempts during the preseason. The Jets cut him on Aug. 28.

Previous reports (Jan. 2)

The Jets have signed five players to reserve/future contracts for 2017, the team announced Monday afternoon.

All five players were signed to the team's practice squad in December, while two of them originally signed with New York following the 2016 NFL Draft.

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, the NFL announced Tuesday night during its Gold Jacket Finalists special on the NFL Network.

After beginning his career in Seattle, Mawae arrived in New York in 1998 and spent the next eight seasons with the Jets. During those eight years, Mawae made six Pro Bowls and was a five-time First Team All-Pro.

The center finished his career in Tennessee, making another two Pro Bowls and being named First Team All-Pro twice more.

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Does Marshall deserve blame? 00:02:37
Daily News Live analyzes the recent remarks made by wide receiver Brandon Marshall about the Jets disappointing 2016 season.

Brandon Marshall made his scheduled appearance on Showtime's Inside the NFL following the conclusion of the Jets' 2016 season on Tuesday night.

Among the topics Marshall addressed were when he first saw the season begin to slip away, experiencing the other side of the New York media, his relationship with Sheldon Richardson and what he learned from this season.

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Jets season report cards 00:04:52
The Jets Extra Point panel grades the Jets on their performance on both sides of the ball this season.
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