Since the Jets haven't signed a free agent for me to scout in several 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. Today I'll be looking at running back John Griffin. This particular study could be of particular relevance in light of recent events, which may lead to an improvement in Griffin's chances of making the team.

Click the BGA link at the top of the page to look back at some of the scouting work I've done on some of the other signings the Jets have made since the end of the season.

Griffin made his first NFL appearance with the Jets last December but did not feature on offense. Prior to that, he had been a last minute cut for the Bengals in 2011 and spent time with the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL. He's listed at 5-11 and 208 and played his college football in the North East, with three years at Northeastern and one at UMass.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at footage from the 2011 season to see what he's capable of and assess his chances of competing for a roster spot.

Who is John Griffin?

After just playing one year of football at high school (where he set school records with 25 touchdowns), Griffin played his first three seasons of college ball at Northeastern. After a Junior year where he rushed for over 1,000 yards and caught 25 passes, he transferred to UMass, where he would earn All-CAA Third Team honors, despite backing up Jonathan Hernandez. He would rush for 843 yards in 11 games, averaging five yards per carry.

After not receiving an invite to the scouting combine, Griffin put up some impressive numbers at his pro day, notably a 6.82 three cone drill time which was bettered by just one running back (Christine Michael) at this year's combine. His short shuttle, vertical jump and broad jump would all have also ranked in the top ten had he attended the combine this year, although his forty time (4.57) and bench press (19 reps) were about average or maybe slightly below. However, the shuttle and jump scores are seen as signs of how sharply he can change direction and his explosiveness, which are obviously useful assets for a running back. Despite these impressive numbers, he was undrafted in 2011 and signed as an free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Although he was reportedly in the mix for a roster spot, he didn't make much of an impact in preseason and was one of the Bengals' final cuts. I'll be looking at footage of Griffin from the 2011 preseason later on. Griffin would spend the season with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, where he averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his first three games. At the end of the year, the Jets signed him to a futures contract and brought him to camp last year.

At camp, he turned heads and was thought to be in the mix for a roster spot with Shonn Green, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and Terrance Ganaway. Kristian Dyer wrote this after watching him at practice:

Griffin has good speed and feet and has shown some nice cutback ability. With the Jets looking for a change of pace back after Shonn Greene, Griffin’s ability to change directions and catch balls out of the backfield has created a bit of a buzz around Florham Park.

Unfortunately, Griffin suffered a high-ankle sprain which kept him out of action and the Jets released him with an injury settlement in August - before the first preseason game. This meant that, by rule, they were not able to re-sign him to the active roster until after Week 6, but we are told they kept lines of communication open and said they would consider bringing him back later in the season if they had room. In the meantime, the Jets added Jonathan Grimes in September and when that didn't work out, they signed Kahlil Bell to the active roster and Griffin to the practice squad in November. Griffin was told to get familiar with the playbook because they planned to activate him later in the year if things didn't work out with Bell and that proved to be the case as he lasted just two games and fumbled the ball against the Cards on his only touch.

(As a brief aside, my main reservation when the Jets signed Grimes was that he came from a zone blocking system in Houston that I anticipated would delay how quickly he'd be able to transition into the Jets offense. Ironically, had they stuck with him, he'd likely be a perfect fit for the system we're expecting them to run in 2013. Grimes re-joined the Texans, but they cut him and he got picked up by Jacksonville where he remains under contract).

Griffin featured on special teams only (nine plays) with the Jets, but looked pretty good getting down there and at least got a taste of the pro game. He remains under contract for the 2013 season, one of five tailbacks currently on the roster.

In terms of pro footage to potentially review, all we have to go on is the 2011 preseason footage, so let's look at that, then review what he brings to the table. (If you want to see some college footage, there are a couple of impressive highlight reels on youtube from 2010 and 2009).

Week One - at Detroit

In this game, he carried the ball twice for eight yards and was also given some work as a kickoff returner. He didn't look particularly good in that role, running right into a tackle at the 17 and losing a fumble on his first attempt and then running right into a tackler again at the 10 on his next attempt. On his first carry, he made a nice cut to pick up five and a first down on 2nd and 3. His other one saw him bounce to the outside, but he couldn't juke the tackler on the outside in the open field and was brought down for a three yard gain.

Week Two - at New York Jets

In this game, Griffin carried five times, gaining 14 yards, all in the fourth quarter. On his first carry, he had no chance as Ropati Pitoitua destroyed his blocker, so Griffin had nowhere to go. He showed good patience and toughness on his next carry as he initially had nowhere to go, so he bounced off his own man and dragged a defensive tackle for a couple of extra yards to make four yards out of nothing. His next carry was interesting, because he bounced outside and was one-on-one with Ellis Lankster on the outside. This was the kind of play that could have been stopped for no gain or could have gone for big yardage, but the two young Jets effectively played each other to a tie. Griffin did turn the corner, but Lankster managed to keep hold of him and drag him out of bounds for five. His next carry, on the next play, was probably his most impressive. His own man was driven into the backfield, but Griffin cut to avoid him and then made a cut again at the second level to avoid clean contact with Brodney Pool and keep going downhill so he could get to the marker for six yards. His last carry went for a loss as he showed some initial indecision and was tripped low. It looked like Griffin saw the hole here and was just about to burst through it when Kenrick Ellis got a paw on his ankle.

Other than his five carries, Griffin was also thrown to once, but the pass was low and out of his reach in the flat. He likely would have had a chance to pick up some yardage there because he looked to have had Garrett McIntyre, who had dropped off to cover him, well beaten. In pass protection, Griffin tried to make a cut block on one play, but it was ineffective.

Week Three - v Carolina

As is often the case in the third preseason game, the starters and primary backups got most of the reps here for the Bengals. Griffin got just one carry and was tackled for a loss as he was unable to avoid a virtually unblocked defensive end in the backfield.

Week Four - v Indianapolis

Conversely, in the final preseason game, Griffin got plenty of chances, carrying 10 times and catching one pass for a total of 37 yards. Six of those ten carries were stopped close to the line of scrimmage, although that was mostly due to bad blocking. He did show some indecisiveness on a couple of runs, but that may have been because he was waiting for some kind of hole to develop. A couple of the runs went to the outside and were stretched out all the way to the sideline by the defense and a couple more saw him just plow ahead up the middle. On another he almost slipped and one saw him start to cut back and then change his mind, giving the defensive back a chance to come up. He showed some flashes on his other four carries - a burst outside for six, a run off the edge following his blocks downhill for five, a six yard run on a 3rd and long draw play where he broke a tackle in the hole and drove ahead at the second level and an eight yard run where he slipped a tackle to get to the outside and then went out of bounds.

As a pass catcher, he had a nice play where he caught a pass underneath and avoided the first tackler to pick up eight yards. However, he dropped the ball in the flat on his other target. Griffin may also have missed an assignment on one play where the quarterback ended up rolling out on a broken play and missed a block that led to his quarterback getting hit on a quick pass. He did show good hustle to recover a fumble on one play though.

Overall, Griffin's numbers were not impressive - 50 yards on 18 carries - but a lot of that could be attributed to poor blocking in front of him. He did flash some burst, vision and shiftiness, but unfortunately wasn't able to get out to the second level where he could make an impression and improve his statistical productivity.

Conclusions

Unfortunately, we don't have a lot to go on because he wasn't able to make much of his limited opportunities in 2011 and didn't get a chance to play in preseason last year. However, there were plenty of positive comments about how he practiced from both the Bengals and the Jets and the fact that the Jets kept him in the system is obviously a sign that they do still see some potential in him.

Here's what running backs coach Anthony Lynn has to say about Griffin's chances:

He was really raw when he got here at first but I'm expecting John to really compete, not just be a camp guy but compete for playing time. He's a big back ... He's fast, he's quick, he can make people miss inline and he does some really nice things that I like.

In light of the Mike Goodson arrest, it will be interesting to see what their plans are for the running back position. If Goodson is to be released, which I understand is a possibility, then they will likely add another tailback to go into the offseason with five as they usually do. However, I would expect it to be a cheap young prospect rather than an established veteran. That being the case, Griffin would likely move up to fourth on the depth chart, which should see him get some opportunities in preseason. Before the Goodson arrest, Kimberley Martin of Newsday wrote a good article about Griffin's optimism despite the challenge ahead of him.

Barring injury, Griffin was seen as a long shot to make the roster, but now that Goodson's status could be up in the air, perhaps his chances have improved. Although he didn't stand out in preseason the way Chris Ivory did early in his career to earn a role, he did show some flashes and some of his college highlights are very impressive. Although it's a lower level of play, Griffin did rush for 96 yards on 17 carries (including several nice runs) against Michigan, a team whose defense featured several players currently under contract with NFL teams (eg 2nd round pick Jonas Mouton and new Jets guard William Campbell).

In order to have a shot at earning a role with the Jets, Griffin is going to need to create a niche for himself. He looks to be a natural pass catcher and, if they can get him into the open field - which is what this offense is supposedly designed to do for its backs - that seems to be where he can turn some heads. I haven't seen much from him in terms of pass blocking, but hopefully that's been something he's worked hard at over the last couple of years.

Griffin could be someone to keep an eye on, especially in light of Goodson's situation and Joe McKnight's recent comments. The competition this summer should be pretty good, even if they are a man down.

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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The NFL has cleared Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams of any violations of league rules after an investigation into an incident at a New York music festival in June turned up a lack of evidence.

The incident involved Williams dragging Lee away from what Jets coach Todd Bowles later described as "an argument with his girlfriend" during the Governors Ball on Randalls Island. The argument and the aftermath were caught on video and posted to social media.

The Twitter user who posted the video said the woman was "shaken and in tears" after the incident. The user also described Lee as "aggressive" and claimed the Jets linebacker "started to manhandle" the woman, "grabbed" her, and "started dragging her away."

Upon announcing that the league's investigation was closed, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email "Following a review, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to getting a five-year contract extension to remain in his position atop the league, according to multiple reports.

According to the Sports Business Journal, Goodell will earn close to what he is during his current contract, which is set to end in 2019. Goodell has presided over the NFL since 2006 since he took over for Paul Tagliabue. The extension would keep him on as commissioner until 2024.

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After losing some veterans on the offensive line, the Jets are looking for some answers and reliability in the trenches as they march toward the regular season. 

The offense struggled as a whole in Saturday's loss at the Lions, producing just 85 rushing yards and six total points. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg only went 2-of-6 for 14 yards in the first half. Head coach Todd Bowles attributes that to some issues on the line. 

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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Daily News Live: Bowles' future 00:04:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:01:46
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

Click below to listen

 

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley about the Jets' preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.

 

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This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team.  Today we'll look at defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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