Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had, as expected, signed tight end Kellen Winslow to a one-year deal. Winslow had attended the recent mini-camp on a tryout basis and reports were that he had done a solid job. He will now attend camp to compete for playing time with the likes of Jeff Cumberland, Hayden Smith and Konrad Reuland.

Winslow, the son of a hall of famer, was the 6th pick in the 2004 draft, but has suffered some serious leg injuries early in his career, which continue to trouble him to this day. However, he has still been a productive player and his four 75-catch seasons are the third most in NFL history, behind only Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez. He does not have a good reputation as blocker though and has been a controversial figure over the years.

After the jump, I'll be looking back over his career with an in-depth look at last season in particular in order to assess what he brings to the table and whether the good outweighs the bad..

Who is Kellen Winslow Jr.?

Kellen Winslow was one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history and caught passes from Dan Fouts in San Diego's legendary "Air Coryell" offense. His son, Kellen Jr. attended the University of Miami, which had produced several elite tight end prospects over the previous few years, where he would catch 117 passes in two seasons. The 6-4, 247-pound Winslow Jr. would forego his senior year after winning the John Mackey award and all-American first team honors as a junior and lit up the combine with an excellent performance. Heading to the draft, his pedigree, skill-set and productivity made him one of the best tight end prospects of all time. Sure enough, the Browns took him with the sixth pick. That was a long time ago, though.

After suffering a broken leg in his first season, limiting him to just two games and five catches, Winslow badly injured his knee in a motorcycle accident and missed the entire 2005 season. His knee continued to be a problem, limiting him in practice and requiring at least five surgeries over the years. Despite this, after returning in 2006, he actually played all 16 games in five of the next six seasons, only missing six games in 2008 due to a staph infection. During this time, he was one of the most productive pass catching tight ends in the NFL.

2006 saw him catch a career-high 89 passes, although he averaged less than 10 yards per catch for the only time in his career. The following season, as his knee improved, he became more of a downfield threat, achieving career highs in yardage (1,106), yards per reception (13.5) and touchdowns (five, although he would match this twice later in his career). This would lead to the only Pro Bowl appearance of his career. In 2008, his production slipped because of the games he missed and at the end of the season, he was traded to Tampa Bay, who rewarded him with the biggest contract for a tight end in NFL history ($36m over six years).

In Tampa, he continued to be productive, averaging over 70 catches per season, scoring 12 touchdowns and playing in every game over the next three years. However, he did not get on well with new coach Greg Schiano and found himself traded for the second time in his career last May, this time to Seattle. Seattle released him at the end of preseason when he refused to take a pay cut and then New England picked him up but released him after one game for "personal reasons" according to Bill Belichick. It's believed he did not want to play for New England because he had realized he wasn't going to get many reps.

The Numbers

Eight seasons (plus one spent on IR)

93 games

80 starts

Never played in the postseason

438 catches, 4.848 yards, 23 touchdowns

11.1 yards per catch

66% catch rate (since 2007)

19 drops (since 2007)

One carry for seven yards

Seven fumbles (three lost)

12 tackles on turnovers

24 offensive penalties committed since 2007

57 20+ yard plays and five 40+ yard plays

Let's now take a more detailed look at what happened in 2012, since this affords us our most recent look at what Winslow is still capable of.

2012 Preseason (w/Seattle)

Week One: Tennessee

Winslow did not suit up for this game, although he had been practicing during the week and was expected to play.

Week Two: at Kansas City

After a Zach Miller concussion, Winslow was named the starter for this one and played during the first half. He was targeted once, making a catch for an 11-yard gain after getting a step on Wesley Woodyard on an out pattern. As a blocker, he didn't make any mistakes that affected plays, although he didn't really make any positive blocks to influence a play either. He did stay in to block once on a pass play though and on another play he initially double-teamed a pass rusher before leaking out on a route. It was interesting to note that Anthony McCoy was used as a motion tight end quite a lot, but Winslow was usually in-line (occasionally in the slot).

Week Three: at Denver

Winslow caught two passes in this game, for 23 yards and a touchdown. His first catch saw him motion over to H-Back and then catch a pass in the flat, but it was slightly behind him and he was tackled for a short gain. He then added a 21-yard touchdown, which you can see here. Obviously that wasn't particularly impressive, because it was more of a coverage breakdown. On one other play, he was wide open on an out pattern but Wilson opted to throw downfield. He was targeted one other time, down the middle, but the ball was thrown too far out in front of him.

One thing about this game that reveals more about the reasons behind Winslow's departure from Seattle was McCoy's continued emergence. It was obvious he and Wilson had good chemistry, probably due to playing on the second unit together, which gave them the leverage to demand Winslow took a pay cut if he wanted to remain with the team.

Week Four: Oakland

As you'd expect, Winslow didn't play much in this last game, which mostly featured backups. He was targeted once on a throw down the middle which was too high and over his head, but he did get a couple of steps on his man.

2012 Regular Season (w/New England)

Week Three: at Baltimore

His cup of coffee with the Patriots saw him feature in just four plays before being granted his release the following week. The first play was actually a 59-yard gain as his route down the seam played a part in drawing the defense out of position on a pass to Wes Welker over by the sideline. On the next play, he and Rob Gronkowski made a double-team block, but the run was bottled up. In the second half, he was in on two plays and targeted on both. The first saw him run an out pattern on 2nd and six, but the ball was off his fingertips on a diving attempt for what would have been a first down. On the second, a slightly deeper throw on another out pattern saw him make the catch and step out for a 12-yard gain.

Summary:

There's not too much we can read into those four games, since he was only thrown the ball seven times. However, he did show an ability to get open and - as we'd expect - no significant impact as a blocker. He made a couple of plays - and looked good doing so - and other than one difficult drop, didn't really do anything to hurt the team. The fact he was released twice doesn't therefore seem to be connected to anything he did or didn't do on the field of play. As we've already touched on, there were other reasons and the footage would seem to back that up.

Now let's break down some observations about Winslow based on the above footage and some from earlier in his career.

Usage

Winslow is a guy that will be split out wide or in the slot quite often. In his last full season, he did that on 241 of 840 snaps. That's not quite as high of a percentage as Dustin Keller, but it's clearly a similar role, whereby neither of them would be required to make a key block very often and they would mostly be running routes or otherwise occupying a defensive player as a decoy.

Receiving threat

Winslow's numbers speak for themselves. If he returns to the level of production he had in each of his years with the Bucs this year, he'll surpass 500 catches for his career, which would put him in the top ten all-time for tight ends. He's capable of piling up a lot of short catches for modest gains and occasionally getting downfield to stretch the field. As I noted in last week's look at Marty Mornhinweg's offense, Winslow makes a lot of catches on throws down the seam, which could be a staple route in Mornhinweg's offense this year.

In each of his three years in Tampa Bay, he made three catches beyond 20 yards downfield. However, they targeted him progressively less with such passes (14 in 2009, seven in 2010, four in 2009). Maybe that's a sign that he is slowing down and perhaps is less of a threat downfield now unless the element of surprise is involved.

Routes

Winslow's route running has been praised in the past and he does make it look pretty effortless. Maybe he doesn't always come out of his breaks with the quickness or sharpness of a slot receiver, but that probably doesn't matter. Usually he will have an athletic advantage compared with any linebackers that try and cover him, so he often doesn't even need to run technically sound routes to get open.

Hands

Winslow's hands are very impressive, suggesting that even if he has lost a step, he can still make plays in the passing game. Reviewing all his drops shows that hardly any of them were routine plays. In fact, of the six he had in 2011, one was a catch anyway (he bobbled it and it was ruled incomplete, but the Bucs opted not to challenge because even though he clearly caught it, it was fourth down anyway). Two others would have seen him hold onto the ball but for a hit from a defensive back as he gathered it in. Two were slightly off target and off his fingertips and the last one was fired into his shoulder pad from close range.

He consistently catches the ball with his hands rather than his body, is able to go up and high point the ball and looks comfortable catching it. Here's a legendary catch he made while in college, a leaping catch from a couple of years ago and an insane one-hander on a tipped ball from 2010.

Yards after the catch

Winslow hasn't been a player that makes a lot of yardage once the ball is in his hands over recent years, averaging between three and four yards after the catch per reception over each of his three years with the Bucs. He did break 18 tackles though, 11 of them in 2010. He did make this memorable and spectacular move to get into the end zone against Seattle in 2010.

Demeanor

In recent years, I've noticed that Winslow seems to have calmed down somewhat on the field. He did seem to be more fiery and demonstrative when he was younger. However, maybe that's just because he lost motivation with the Bucs struggling in 2011. He is a guy that will jaw with an opponent and show frustration when he makes a mistake though.

I was intrigued by a comment I read from a Bucs fan who said that Winslow gets upset if he isn't getting a lot of looks and this causes the quarterback to force the ball to him, leading to interceptions. I therefore went back and reviewed all the times Josh Freeman was intercepted trying to throw it to him in 2011. Sure enough, this happened nine times and nearly all of them were head-scratching "why did he throw that?" type passes. Also, nearly all of them were either in the red zone or on the first play of a drive, situations where Winslow might specifically be demanding more of the ball. Some were of the variety where Freeman stared down his target and didn't see another defender coming off their man to jump the route and some where where he was hesitant and then threw it late, both situations Mark Sanchez finds himself in far too often in recent times.

So, there may be some truth to this - I can certainly remember a similar situation with Jeremy Shockey and Eli Manning in the past whereby you could see Shockey demanding the ball even when he wasn't open and the inevitable Manning forced throw that gets picked a play or two later. However, I could not find any direct evidence of Winslow looking like he was frustrated at not getting the ball. That doesn't mean it didn't happen, but it seems more likely Freeman just started struggling and tried forcing it to his best target a bit too often - a theory strengthened by the fact that in 2009 and 2010 Freeman-to-Winslow only led to an interception twice (one each year).

Run blocking

I found it a little difficult to get a read on Winslow's blocking, by virtue of the fact they rarely employed him in a key role. I didn't see anything impressive from him, but at the same time, he didn't make any terrible mistakes. I don't want to say he wasn't trying (and, of course, some of the footage was from preseason, so even if he wasn't trying, maybe it's not that big of a deal), but I did get a sense he was doing the bare minimum most of the time. He'd stay on his guy, slow him down, but if the run wasn't coming to his side, he wouldn't maintain leverage and rarely played to the whistle unless he had to.

In one way, maybe this is like his route running - if he's going to get open anyway, then he doesn't need to run a perfect route because the play will still work. This could be the sign of an experienced player not expending too much energy on things that don't make a difference and concentrating on those things he can do well which have an impact. Like I say, that's just a sense I get, because he seems to be under control and it seems like the game comes pretty naturally to him. By contrast, I always got the sense Keller - who did make improvements as a run blocker - was really trying hard, just made a bunch of mistakes.

Maybe as he becomes more experienced and thinks about reinventing himself to stick around into his thirties, Winslow could start to channel his experience and become more of a blocker. It would be reminiscent of Bubba Franks, another Miami product who was better known as a pass receiver who joined the Jets at about this stage of his career and - although Rex Ryan was mocked by the media for suggesting he could serve as a blocking tight end for them in 2009 - he actually didn't do a bad job as a blocker in 2008.

Pass blocking

As a pass blocker, Winslow has stayed in just 73 times from 2008 to 2012. That's less than Keller, which is not a good sign in terms of how much his teams trusted him in that role. Having said that, Winslow has only surrendered one pressure (no sacks), whereas Keller gave up a sack and four pressures in 111 pass block snaps. Where I saw him in this role, he again uses his big frame to get in front of his man and the play almost always saw some kind of quick pass. I doubt they would use him too often on a play where the he had to sustain his block to buy time for a downfield route.

Off-field attitude

One of the bigger reservations about Winslow is that he has been a controversial figure over the years. At Miami, he had to issue an apology after making a fired-up speech comparing himself to a soldier. In Cleveland, he was suspended by the team after criticizing their handling of him while he was dealing with the staph infection. In Tampa, he was traded after bad-mouthing the organization and coaching staff. Other than these three examples, he has always been brash, outspoken and overconfident. That could be a combustible mix when facing the New York media if things aren't going well. The hope is that last season may have been a humbling experience for him and maybe he will mature as he enters his thirties, but this must be something the Jets weighed up against the potential benefits of bringing him in.

Conclusions

Here is a move with plenty of pros and cons. Winslow is an extremely talented player, who has had seasons where he put up numbers twice as good as all of the other tight ends on the roster combined have ever managed in their entire careers. However, he's a controversial figure with an injury history and might not have much left in the tank.

The good news from the Jets perspective is that the deal comes with no real financial risk and that the tight end competition has been bubbling along nicely during the offseason program, so the Jets do have other options if the Winslow move doesn't work out.

At his best, there's no question he's a better pass catcher than any of the tight ends (and arguably most of the wide receivers) on the roster. It just remains to be seen how close to his best he can be in 2013. Hopefully, the young guys behind him will learn some things that will elevate their game as well.

Exclusive stats from Pro Football Focus were used in this article.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, what could have been. 

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

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

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

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