Earlier Tuesday, the Jets announced that they had signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis to the active roster.  Jets fans may not know too much about Lewis, so I've been reviewing game footage to assess what he brings to the table. Lewis actually was with the Jets briefly in 2012, but in those days I wasn't scouting every player added to the active roster. While ordinarily I wouldn't do a BGA for someone who had already been with the organization, I'll make an exception, as I did with Antonio Garay last year.

Lewis, 25,  is 5 foot 11, 190 pounds,  and has bounced round the league since going undrafted out of Arizona State in 2011. He has played in eight NFL games (all in 2012), with  five tackles, two passes defensed and one interception. He joins a Jets team that needs contributors at the cornerback position, with three of their top corners injured and a couple of guys lower down the depth chart also having missed time in the last week.

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

Who is LeQuan Lewis?

Lewis played at Arizona State, where he intercepted one pass in two seasons and averaged more than 25 yards per kick return, including this touchdown. He ran a 4.38 40 at his Pro Day in 2011 but went undrafted. As a rookie, he played for the Titans in preseason but had just two tackles and didn't make it through final cuts.

After a brief spell with the Raiders, Lewis joined the Jets during  the 2012 preseason, but was cut after one game. They brought Lewis back to play in the 2012 Bollinger Bowl, for which they only had five other active defensive backs, only to cut him again the day after and again a week later after signing him to the practice squad.

This time, Lewis was picked up by Dallas and played three regular season games for the Cowboys, although he only saw action on two defensive snaps. He was released by Dallas and picked up by Tampa Bay, where he played  five more games, seeing significant action on defense in three. But he injured his left knee and missed the last four games.

In 2013, he had a brief stint with the Bears, then ended up with the Patriots  in preseason, playing mostly on special teams. Before re-signing with the Jets Tuesday (a two-year deal), he had signed and been released by the Cardinals and had played briefly for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

Here's my observations from watching the footage on Lewis, divided into categories:

Usage

Since entering the NFL, Lewis has played exclusively on the outside. The only time I could find him an example of him playing the slot was with the Jets, where he backed way off and gave up an easy catch underneath.

Coverage skills

There wasn't much footage to review (only about 100 snaps total) but one pattern I did notice was that he was employed in press coverage a lot but wasn't particularly good at it.  He gave up two big plays on a fly pattern over the top, where the receiver deeked inside and then got a clean outside release and a quick slant where his man deeked outside and got a clean inside release. There was also one play where he tried to jam the receiver, but the receiver did a got much cleaner contact and knocked Lewis off balance to create separation. One other play Lewis was playing off and latching onto the receiver down the field  in tight coverage, but the pass was still completed for a third-and-long conversion by the sideline. The one interception he had came on an underthrown ball where he may have been beaten over the top, but Philip Rivers was under too much pressure to get enough on it.

Athleticism

Lewis is obviously pretty fast and displayed something you'll often see from young corners with raw athleticism. Poor technique, followed by using his athleticism to recover. On the play above where the receiver got separation at the jam, he actually broke up the pass by getting back into the play, although the pass was a little behind the receiver. Plays like that show some level of promise.

Physicality

As noted, Lewis didn't look 100 percent comfortable in press coverage, although that was perhaps more of a technique issue than a lack of physicality. On that play where he recovered to break it up, he was arguably a little too physical and could easily have been flagged for contact on the back side. After one special teams play, he was battling with a blocker and ended up provoking a punch to draw a flag.

Special teams

Here is somewhere Lewis can make his mark, not just in kick coverage but also as a kickoff returner. For the Bucs, he returned five kickoffs for 106 yards, although he only got past the 25 once, on a 33-yard burst up the middle. Obviously, the clip I linked to earlier is another sign of his skills in this area. As a gunner, he's fantastic at beating the vice to get down the field, but over and over again seemed to overpursue and/or miss the tackle. I didn't see him break down and make the first hit once, although again perhaps that's a technique he can learn. On one occasion, he did make the tackle after a 3- yard return, but on that play he missed the tackle and then made it at the second attempt when the return man decided to reverse field.

Run defense

The propensity to overpursue also showed up in run defense as he was left flat-footed by a cutback by the running back on the edge. Perhaps his best play against the run was a missed tackle, though this was more of a coverage play with Lewis coming off his man to tackle a back who caught a lateral pass in the flat. Despite missing the tackle, Lewis' intervention slowed the runner enough for his teammate to make the tackle for a loss.

Tackling

When able to line up his opponent, Lewis is an okay tackler. I didn't see anyone break out of a tackle; every tackle he missed was basically because he overran it or couldn't recover and was diving after the ball carrier in desperation.

Blitzing

Lewis has never blitzed in an NFL regular or preseason game and didn't have a sack in college. He might be pretty good at it with his speed, but it's not something I saw from him (and the chances are he would overrun the quarterback, based on his special teams film).

Ball skills

As noted, Lewis had a pass breakup and an interception, so he's capable of making plays on the ball. There wasn't a large enough sample size to determine how often he might do this.

Instincts

Again there isn't much we can determine in terms of instincts from this footage. However, one other big play  he gave up was some kind of coverage breakdown, as the offense set up a bunch formation and Lewis followed the slot receiver, who was already being covered, to the outside and left the outside receiver open down the seam.

Demeanor

Lewis was pretty demonstrative after making a play. He seems to be a guy who gets fired up, at least.

Injuries

Lewis doesn't seem to have any major concerns. He missed four games with the knee injury at the end of 2012, although he was listed as questionable for two of those games and probable  for the last one, so they may have essentially been healthy scratches.

Conclusions

The media seems to be portraying this as a move for a player who will be camp fodder and is just needed as cover for the remaining preseason games. For once, I agree with them. Much like when he signed in 2012  to fill in so the team could rest most of its secondary contributors in the last preseason game, Lewis is a guy they know they can lean on to be the training camp equivalent of an "innings eater".

As with Michael Smith, maybe there's a small chance he could flash enough as a kick returner to earn a role with this team, but I think the chances of him earning a roster spot are extremely remote.

I'll be back tomorrow with our first full Expendables update, barring any unforeseen complications.

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The Jets got in the win column with a surprisingly easy 20-6 victory over the Dolphins in their home opener, riding a disciplined and efficient defensive performance.

We'll therefore start this week by focusing on the defense...

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Taylor Rooks, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata react to NFL teams protesting the national anthem and discuss what players and owners had to say.

From players on the field to acting owner Christopher Johnson and GM Mike Maccagnan, the New York Jets all locked arms during the national anthem before Sunday's 20-6 win over the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium in protest of President Donald Trump's comments from a few days ago.

The Jets had a team meeting Saturday and decided they would lock arms and stand for the anthem as a team. Groups of players from each team around the league on Sunday either locked arms or knelt during the anthem after Trump referred to NFL players who protested the national anthem as a "son of a bitch" and said they should be fired.

Johnson, who is the team's acting owner while his father, Jets owner Woody Johnson, serves as the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Trump administration, released a statement saying it was an "honor and a privilege" to join the players on the field on Sunday.

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The Jets Post Game crew keeps the analysis going, handing out report cards from the Jets' 20-6 win over Miami in their home opener.

 

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Todd Bowles and Josh McCown reflect on the Jets' first win of the season, a resounding 20-6 victory over Miami.

All that dismal 0-16 talk is over. And, the New York Jets ended it early with a stunningly dominant performance.

Josh McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, Bilal Powell ran for a score, and the Jets' defense frustrated Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins in a 20-6 victory Sunday in New York's home opener.

"Oh, man, it was awesome," McCown said. "It was special."

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September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets players lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets players lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Jets players locked arms during the national anthem on Sunday ahead of their game against the Dolphins.

Acting owner Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan joined the players by locking arms with them on the field.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will suit up for the Jets' Week 3 game against the Dolphins

Wilkerson missed practices during the week with a shoulder injury after suffering a shoulder injury during the team's Week 2 loss to the Raiders. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will return following his two-game suspension at the beginning of the season.

QB Christian Hackenberg, WR Chad Hansen, CB Derrick Jones, S Rontez Miles, OL Brian Winters, TE Eric Tomlinson, and TE Jordan Leggett are inactive.

 

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Todd Bowles tells Jeane Coakley what he's expecting to see from his team in its home opener at MetLife Stadium.

 

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Mike Westhoff, Ray Lucas and Willie Colon weigh in on the national conversation regarding athletes' right to protest.

Jets RB Matt Forte and T Kelvin Beachum were among NFL players who retweeted posts criticizing President Trump's comments on Friday about NFL players who kneel for the national anthem.

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Jets Pre Game Live breaks down what role emotions will play in the Jets' home opener against Miami.

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THE GAME

The Miami Dolphins (1-0) at the Jets (0-2) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets' victory vs. the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the Week 2 loss in Oakland, and discuss what the Jets need to do to secure their first win of the season. Later, Jonas and Willie debut two of the show's newest segments, "Willie's Story Time" and "How being an NFL player is better than being you."

Click below to listen!

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Jets CB Buster Skrine was fined $24,309 after being penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Raiders. 

In the third quarter, Skrine picked up on a short pass to RB DeAndre Washington, but he caught Washington with his helmet first resulting in a penalty that set up a 43-yard touchdown for the Raiders. 

The Raiders had four personal fouls in the game, but none were fined. 

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Jeane Coakley and Jets' tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins discuss playing for the first time since December and how he can help the team.

 

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G Brian Winters and TE Eric Tomlinson (knee) are out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Jets announced Friday.

Either Dakota Dozier or Brent Qvale will start at RG for Winters, Jets head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.

TE Jordan Leggett (knee) and S Rontez Miles (eye) are doubtful.

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The Jets re-signed KR/WR Kalif Raymond to their practice squad after cutting him earlier in the week.

Raymond muffing a punt during the Jets' loss to the raiders in Oakland.

"He's got some tools to develop," coach Todd Bowles said on Thursday. "There are some things we like about him with his speed and catch radius as a receiver, so he's worth bringing back."

Bowles indicated Raymond would likely remain on the practice squad but added that there's still a chance he could make the active roster.

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According to offensive coordinator John Morton and Matt Forte, the Jets are looking to utilize all three running backs in their home opener.

 

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The panel breaks down the positives and negatives from Sunday's game and how the Jets can learn from that loss and work towards a win.

 

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The Jets have signed DE David Bass and cut LB Freddie Bishop to make room on the roster.

Bass, who was selected 233rd by the Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft, had been released by the Seahawks on Tuesday.

Bishop had been signed from the practice squad to the active roster last week.

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Jeane Coakley talks with quarterback Josh McCown about the Jets' home opener and with CEO Christopher Johnson about Todd Bowles' future.

 

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It's been a tough two weeks of the season for Jets linebacker Darron Lee, and head coach Todd Bowles wants to see more out of the second-year player. 

Standing at 6-foot-1 and 231 pounds, Lee has looked overmatched at times during the Jets' first two games this year. So far Lee has 12 tackles and one sack. 

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) looks to the fans prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) looks to the fans prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (bruised shoulder) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, but he believes he'll be ready to play against the Dolphins on Sunday. 

Wilkerson suffered the injury during last week's matchup in Oakland, but does not think the bruise is too serious. Head coach Todd Bowles also said he doesn't believe the injury will keep Wilkerson out of action. 

Below is the rest of the Jets' injury report from Wednesday's practice: 

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Christopher Johnson, the Jets' acting owner as his brother Woody Johnson serves as Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Donald Trump, says the team isn't tanking.

"It couldn't be further from the truth," Johnson told reporters on Wednesday. "I want to win every game. Every player in that locker room wants to win. What you're seeing, I think, are growing pains. These are young guys. There are some older guys on the team. Some of them, they're doing an extraordinary job. But I think you're going to see this team get better and better and better. That's what I'm looking for. And we are definitely not tanking."

The Jets, who have started the season 0-2 and are expected to have one ot the worst records in the NFL this season, trimmed the roster of the majority of their veterans during the offseason.

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Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Jets held workouts with six players on Tuesday, reports NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

The team worked out wide receivers Corey "Philly" Brown, Josh Huff, and Paul Turner; defensive ends Datone Jones and Alex McCalister; and defensive tackle Stefan Charles.

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Jets defense may have allowed 45 points to the Raiders this past Sunday, but they are not embarrassed as they believe the unit as taken positive steps forward. 

The Raiders racked up 410 total yards as they had both the run and pass game working in their home opener. Though it was a bad performance, LB Darron Lee spoke about why there were no heads hung in the locker room following the game. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game...

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 2...

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Latest look at the next Jets QB 00:00:44
SNY.tv takes a look at how the top collegiate quarterbacks did on the field last weekend.

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Another loss for the Jets, another step closer to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Of course, even if they don't land the top spot they seem sure to land something in the Top 10, where they'll have a shot at one of the many top college quarterbacks available. Here's a look at some of them, and how their stock has risen or fallen from last week...

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Jets WR Jermaine Kearse notched his first touchdowns with the team in the loss to the Raiders on Sunday. 

Kearse and another Jets newcomer, QB Josh McCown, have found chemistry early this season. McCown found the 27-year-old seven times for 59 yards in the season opener against the Bills. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterKearse continued his strong start as a Jet by leading them with 64 yards on four catches, including two touchdowns. He showed some veteran smarts with a subtle push-off on the first touchdown and made a tough catch with a defender draped over him for his other score. However, his other three catches -- one of which was negated by a penalty -- were short of the first down marker. >> Read more about the receivers and the Jets' offensive performance in Bent's Game Analysis.

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After putting up 38 total yards in their season opener, the Jets' run game saw an increase in production in loss to the Raiders Sunday. 

Veteran RB Matt Forte was the leader of the running back committee after posting a dismal 16 yards on six carries against the Bills last week. He posted 53 yards on nine carries with his longest being a 16-yard gain.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: After a disappointing first game, the Jets had more success with their running game this week, as three backs combined for 95 yards on 21 carries.

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the best part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

However, we're going to break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball first...

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) prepares to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) prepares to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Jets QB Josh McCown threw for his first touchdowns as a Jet in the team's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. 

McCown was held without a passing touchdown in the season opener against the Bills, but he made up for it with two in Oakland. However, it wouldn't be enough as the Raiders racked up points in front of their hometown fans. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterOn paper, McCown had a very good game. He came away with two touchdown passes and a 113.1 quarterback rating and even contributed 31 yards on the ground. However, there were a series of mistakes that are not reflected in his passing numbers...

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