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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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Mark Gastineau is just the latest sad example of the damage football can do to a person and a human body. He admits he didn't play the game the right way. When he tackled he led with his head, and of course that's the part of the body that's betraying him now. The fact that he's been battling dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease for a year is likely not a coincidence at all.

But during the ex-Jet's stunning interview on WOR radio on Thursday night he didn't blame football specifically for his condition. In fact he praised the sport and insisted his problems could've been prevented. He said he knows there's a way to make the incredibly dangerous game of football safe for everyone.

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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)

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:

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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)

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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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)

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)

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)

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.

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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.

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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.' 

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

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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)

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.

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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.

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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))

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.

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The Daily News Live panel makes its prognostications on the NFL Divisional Round games this weekend.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...


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(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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