Free agency is underway and the Jets have already signed a few guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. Over the next week or so (and throughout the free agent signing window), I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013.

In case you missed it, I looked at Antonio Garay two days ago and Antwan Barnes yesterday. Today we move on to RB Mike Goodson.

Goodson is only 25 and stands 6-0 tall, weighing in at 212 pounds. He was a fourth round draft pick out of Texas A&M and established himself as a solid third-down back with Carolina before moving on to the Raiders last season. He's been backed up some good players in his first four seasons, so this might be his best chance to make a name for himself with Shonn Greene's departure leaving a void in the Jets running back rotation. Goodson signed a three-year deal worth a possible $6.9m but only about half of that money is guaranteed and his cap hit this year is just $1.4m.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at how well he performed last season, before considering what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Mike Goodson?

Goodson had a good college career at Texas A&M, where he split carries with 300-pounder Jorvorskie Lane. He was on the board when the Jets picked Greene in the third round of the 2009 draft, but eventually lasted until the fourth round where the Carolina Panthers picked him up. He didn't get many opportunities behind DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart at first, seeing action on just 50 snaps as a rookie and also contributing on special teams. However, in 2010, an injury to Williams afforded him the opportunity for some regular playing time and he responded well, gaining over 750 yards from scrimmage with 40 catches and a 4.3 yards per carry average. He also led the team in rushing touchdowns with three and peaked with two consecutive 100-yard rushing games in the middle of the year. Despite his solid 2010 performance, 2011 was a major letdown as he struggled to stay healthy and barely got on the field on offense before going onto injured reserve with a hamstring issue in November.

After the 2011 season, he was traded to Oakland for Bruce Campbell and backed up Darren McFadden. When McFadden inevitably got injured in week nine, Goodson was ready to step in, only to suffer a high ankle sprain that would keep him out for five weeks too. Still, Goodson did make some good contributions, catching 16 passes and rushing for 221 yards at an average of 6.3 yards per carry.

Let's look at his numbers, then review his 2012 season in depth, before looking at what he brings to the table.

The Numbers

Four seasons

40 games

Three starts, all in 2010

160 carries, 722 yards, three touchdowns (4.5 ypc)

59 catches, 524 yards, one touchdown

82% catch rate, eight drops (seven in 2010)

Seven career fumbles (none since 2010)

44 broken tackles, including 15 as a receiver

91 kick returns for 21.9 yards per return

Four special teams tackles, one missed tackle

Two special teams penalties

One offensive penalty committed

Eight 20+ yard plays (five as a receiver)

Four 40+ yard plays (one as a receiver)

Three sacks, two hits and three pressures surrendered in 100 pass block snaps

2012 Season

Week 1 - v San Diego

Goodson - who suffered a scary neck injury in preseason - was only on the field for three snaps, carrying twice for 13 yards. 11 of those yards came on a draw play on 2nd and 35 as he showed good burst to cut through a big hole.

Week 2 - at Miami

Goodson made an early impact with this 64-yard catch and run for a touchdown. He was completely untouched thanks to good blocking, but it gives you an idea of his breakaway speed. Goodson had two other catches - an 11-yarder on a checkdown where he slipped a tackle underneath and an 8-yarder on a screen pass. His only carry of the day saw him make an ill-advised attempt to bounce the ball outside and he lost six yards. He also had a couple of ineffective cut blocks in pass protection and was bullrushed into Carson Palmer on one play - although later on, he did anchor himself much better to handle a bullrush well.

Week 3 - v Pittsburgh

Again, Goodson was only on the field for three snaps in this one. His only "carry" was a pass out to the flat that was so far behind him it was ruled a lateral. Goodson failed to make it to the marker on 3rd and three. On special teams, he had a career-best 51 yard kickoff return, racing across the field and then following his blockers down the sideline. He should have recovered a surprise onside kick late in the game, but failed to do so.

Week 4 - at Denver

Goodson rushed for 22 yards on three carries here, but his three catches lost yardage overall. He picked up eight on a run with a good burst and then 13 on a draw play as he slipped a tackle at the second level, but his other carry was the most exciting. On 3rd and two from their own 12, the Raiders threw a lateral to Goodson in the left flat, but he was swarmed upon by several defenders. He reversed his field and went all the way back to his goal line, eluding several tackle attempts before stiff-arming a defender at the marker. He was awarded the first down, but the replay booth ruled that he had stepped out of bounds one yard short. Goodson also caught three passes, but two went for no gain and another went for a five yard loss as he couldn't avoid the first defender. There was one play-action pass where he gave up a pressure because he was unable to get into position to block a defensive back blitzing off the edge.

Week 6 - at Atlanta

Goodson was productive in this game, with 113 all-purpose yards, including 96 from scrimmage. He gained 59 yards on four carries, 43 of them coming on one play where he burst through a big hole and broke tackles at the second level and downfield. He did have one other good downhill run for six yards. His only catch saw him gain 37 on this play. He also bounced a run outside and broke a tackle for 14 and caught an easy screen pass for nine, but these two plays were negated by penalties.

Week 7 - v Jacksonville

Despite his good performance in week six, Goodson was only on the field for seven snaps this week, catching a six-yard swing pass for his only touch. He did return four kickoffs though, with his best runback going for 45 yards, as he made a good cut to bounce to the outside and embarrassed the kicker in the open field before running out of room.

Week 8 - at Kansas City

Again, he didn't play much this week with just six offensive snaps and two kick returns. He cut back and broke two tackles on a dynamic 21-yard run, but his three other carries only accumulated one yard in total.

Week 9 - at Tampa Bay

Goodson got plenty of playing time this week, after Darren McFadden went down with an early injury. Unfortunately, Goodson then injured himself too. He only carried the ball twice, getting stuffed both times, but did catch six passes for 52 yards, all of them on dump-offs underneath or in the flat and four of them going for first down yardage.

Week 14 - v Denver

Goodson made his return five weeks later, but did not play on offense. He returned two kickoffs for 34 yards.

Week 15 - v Kansas City

This was Goodson's most productive offensive performance of the year, as he gained 89 yards on 13 carries and caught a 14-yard pass. Almost half of the rushing yards came on this spectacular run. He would have had over 100 yards, but he had a 12 yard run to the outside negated by a hold. He had three good cutback runs for eight, 11 and nine yards respectively, dragging a defensive back for extra yardage on one. There was one play where he caught a toss on the left side and hesitated momentarily so was swarmed upon for a big loss. The 14-yard catch saw him catch the ball in the flat on the outside and then cut back to the middle.

Week 16 - at Carolina

In this game, he was held to 12 yards on four carries. That included a play on 2nd and three where he danced a bit in the backfield and only got back to the line of scrimmage. He did make one good play as a receiver, cutting to the inside to convert a third and four play over the middle.

Week 17 - at San Diego

Goodson had a 17-yard kickoff return to open the game and bounced a nine yard run off the edge with his only carry. He then sparked a brawl between both sets of players and ended up getting himself (and Takeo Spikes) ejected after just four snaps, ending his season prematurely.

Conclusions

Let's summarize my observations into categories:

Usage - Goodson saw action both in third down situations, often as a pass blocker, as well as rotating in for a series at a time here and there. He lined up wide or in the slot a few times, but didn't make any kind of impact when he did.

Running Ability - What Goodson brings to the table is quickness and elusiveness. He doesn't run with great power, but usually does a good job of hitting the hole with a good burst. His vision is pretty good and there were only a few examples of him being indecisive or dancing around in the backfield. PFF rated him as the most elusive running back in the NFL in 2012 with at least 50 touches (based on tackles broken and yards after contact). With the bigger sample size in 2010, he ranked 6th.

Where Goodson will really help the Jets is downfield and at the second level. His ability to avoid tackles there (as shown on some of the clips linked to above) will be a boost to a team whose running game was highly ranked overall, despite being only 24th in second level yardage and 29th in open field yardage per Football Outsiders.

Pass Protection - Goodson's pass protection numbers are okay but not great and there were some signs of weakness in that area. He doesn't always anchor himself too well, so can be susceptible to a bullrush. Also, while he can execute a cut block well, there were a few examples of him not making the block well enough so his man was still able to get after the quarterback. He does seem to have improved since 2010 though (when he gave up three sacks) and looked more comfortable in 2012 as the season went on. I'd give him credit for recognizing and picking up the blitz well most of the time. The only time he didn't do this was off a playfake where he didn't have much chance of selling the run effectively and still blocking the defensive back coming off the edge, but even on this occasion he saw the rush coming and at least made an effort to get out there and slow the blitzer.

Receiving Threat - In the passing game, almost every single one of his 59 career receptions was either a swing pass, a designed screen to the flat or a dump off underneath. The only exceptions to this were the one play where he ran an inside route to convert on 3rd and four and another in 2010 where his quarterback was scrambling so he ran down the sideline and made a low, diving catch for 15 yards. Obviously once he has the ball, his elusiveness is a factor.

Hands - Goodson's hands were a bit of a concern after 2010. Although he had 40 catches, he also dropped seven passes. He also had a drop on just three targets in 2011, but in 2012 he seemed to have fixed this, catching all 16 of the passes thrown his way. Other than the diving catch mentioned above, many of these were routine catches, although he did have to adjust to make the catch in the flat on several balls thrown either behind him, or slightly too far out in front.

Fumbles - Fumbles are a major concern, as he not only has seven fumbles in his four seasons - six of them in 2010 - but has also fumbled seven times in preseason and muffed three kickoffs that were not counted as fumbles in 2010.

Of those six in 2010, actually only three came while rushing the ball. One was a wildcat snap almost over his head and two were on kickoffs (one as the ball literally just slipped out of his grasp before he was even tackled). Of the other three, one came as his was hit at the line of scrimmage and the other two saw him make a nice run only to have the ball stripped from behind. He lost four of the six. Ironically, 2010 was the only preseason campaign in which he did not fumble. In every other preseason, he's had at least two fumbles and then seems to have made the adjustment once the season started (albeit with not as big of a sample size in any of those years as in 2010). Perhaps we should be concerned if he doesn't fumble in preseason.

In 2012, he did not fumble in 98 touches, although there was one play where he probably should have recovered a surprise onside kick against the Steelers, only to let the ball go through his hands. You will note from some of the plays linked to above that he was protecting the ball as he was tackled from behind which was how a couple of his fumbles in 2010 occurred.

Special Teams - Goodson has proven himself to be a reasonably good kick returner over the course of his career, improving his average in each of his seasons, with a career-best 23.4 yards per return average in 2012. He's never run one back for a touchdown in the regular season, but this play from 2010's preseason shows what he is capable of. Goodson has also played on coverage units, but only has a couple of tackles and hasn't made much of an impact there.

Instincts - As noted, Goodson seems to make good reads, both as a runner and a pass blocker and has a good feel for avoiding contact. There was one play where he arguably displayed poor instincts, catching a pass that had been tipped into the air for a big loss when he probably should have batted it down.

Attitude - Goodson is another excitable and driven player, but has courted controversy in the past. He was fined as a rookie for making a throat slash gesture to Giants fans in preseason and the ejection in the last game of 2012 was another incident where he lost his cool.

Conclusions

There's no question Goodson is a dynamic runner and has a skill-set that could make him productive in a lead back or 3rd-down specialist role. While there are areas where he could be better - pass protection, fumbles, hands, kick return average - he made improvements in every single one of these areas in 2012, so there is reason for optimism that he's going to be a lot more reliable.

Whether some of these issues return to plague him once he earns much more playing time remains to be seen, but it's a good sign that he seems to have worked at his weaknesses. If he can stay healthy, Goodson does possess a big-play ability that the Jets haven't really had since Leon Washington left and this is another low-risk deal that will give him every chance to capture that role.

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

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Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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(Mike Dinovo)

The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

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Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

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Former Jets LB Larry Grantham dies at age 78: Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets' only Super Bowl team in 1969, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Apart from being a Super Bowl Champion, Grantham has been enshrined in the Jets Ring of Honor as well. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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Michelle Yu reports on the passing of former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets Ring of Honor, who was 78 years old.

The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.

Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa to discuss his expectations for himself and the young receivers for the upcoming season.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa after the conclusion of Jets minicamp to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

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Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.  (Bill Wippert/AP)
Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (Bill Wippert/AP)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, the Yankees drop their sixth straight, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

The Jets selected Maye in the second round of Apri's NFL Draft.

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Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday there is no frontrunner for the srarting quarterback job. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees lose in extra innings, Juan Lagares is injurede in a Mets loss and the Giants ink their first-round pick. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.

Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.


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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)
New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)

Jets linebacker Demario Davis took a $2.7 million pay cut in order to help facilitate the trade that brought him back to New York, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Davis, who was set to earn $3.7 million in the final year of his contract, will now make $1 million this season. This includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a $900,000 base salary. He can also earn $1.225 million in incentives. 

Davis re-structured his contract at the time of the June 1 trade. 

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Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said he was impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp. 

Elsewhere, Yankees lose and Mets win their respective rubber games and Joe Girardi would have no problem with Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby.

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Jeane Coakley breaks down the latest from the New York Jets training facility as Quincy Enunwa talks about his new role in the offense.

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(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite evidence to the contrary, Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates has been impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp, according to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News. 

Bates, who previously coached the team's quarterbacks in 2005, likes the precision of Hackenberg's passes thus far at camp. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who struggled in 2016, said he's ready to rebound this season.

"I want to pretty much have one of my best years ever," Wilkerson said Wednesday, according to the NY Post. "I plan on being dominant."

The 27-year-old Wilkerson, who signed a five-year deal worth $86 million before last season, had 4.5 sacks, 58 tackles, and one forced fumble in 15 games. He had ammassed 12.0 sacks in 2015.

Wilkerson said the leg he broke during the final game in 2015 was strong enough to play on last season, but that it impacted his performance. And he bristled at those who suggested he was mailing it in.

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Jets QB Christian Hackenberg has been making lots of awful throws this spring -- first during OTAs and again on Tuesday when minicamp began.

A few of the team's beat writers tweeted during OTAs that Hackenberg had been hitting those on the sidelines with errant throws. On Tuesday at minicamp, one of those throws was filmed...

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New York Jets quarterbacks Josh McCown (15), Christian Hackenberg (5) and Bryce Petty (9) work out during NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterbacks Josh McCown (15), Christian Hackenberg (5) and Bryce Petty (9) work out during NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Josh McCown is still standing in front of Christian Hackenberg for the starting quarterback role. 

Elsewhere, Odell Beckham Jr. speaks, and the Yankees and Mets both have their respective win streaks snapped. 

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Darron Lee, Lorenzo Mauldin and Leonard Williams are surprised by the Jets' decision to release David Harris and Eric Decker.

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It doesn't seem to make any sense that the Jets are rebuilding and going with young players at every position, but they will almost certainly be led by a 38-year-old quarterback. Everywhere else, the Jets purged their roster of veterans so the young players could get an unimpeded opportunity.

Yet McCown, who has no viable future with the Jets beyond this season, still stands in second-year pro Christian Hackenberg's way.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Jets quarterback Josh McCown said he has been working with younger quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty in the team's mandatory minicamp this week.

The veteran 37-year-old, who signed a one-year deal with the Jets this off-season, said Hackenberg and Petty have often asked him questions as they continue to learn the quarterback position.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wasn't afraid to voice his disapproval of the Jets cutting veteran LB David Harris, per Manish Mehta of NY Daily News. 

Jets owner, Woody Johnson, made the call to cut Harris as he looks to shed payroll for the upcoming season. Upon hearing the news, Richardson said what many were most likely thinking. 

"It shocked the s--t out of me," Richardson said. "It is a business. But after a while it don't become a business. Dave wasn't (greedy). I know him, so I know he would have taken something (a fair and reasonable pay cut). I know he wasn't busting nobody over there. He don't want to play for free, either."

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Former Jets WR Kenbrell Thompkins is among 12 players trying out for the Jets at minicamp Monday, per AP's Dennis Waszak. Jr.

Thompkins, who didn't play in the league last year, spent the 2015 season with the Jets. He played in seven games, hauling in 17 receptions for 165 yards. 

Other notables on the list are former Jaguars RB Denard Robinson, veteran WR Dexter McCluster, and RB Bobby Rainey, who spent time with the Giants last season. 

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay)

Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson is trying out with the Jets at minicamp this week, Robinson's agency announced on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Robinson carried the ball 41 times for 144 yards last season, appearing in 14 games for the Jaguars.

In four seasons in the NFL, Robinson has rushed the ball 263 times for 1,058 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per carry, with five touchdowns. The 26-year old back has added 47 receptions for 310 yards, all during the last three years.

The former Michigan quarterback had a tryout with the Bears last month, but left without a contract.

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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs on the field for the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) runs on the field for the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

After failing to find a trade partner, the Jets released wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees and Mets continued their winning streaks, and made selections in the MLB Draft, 

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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon

Projected backups: Sheldon Richardson, Lawrence Thomas, Deon Simon

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins discusses his role in the Jets offense and his mindset heading into camp.

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets released wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday after they were unable to find a team as a trading partner.

"We think very highly of Eric. Our focus right now is seeing our young players, how they do," GM Mike Maccagnan said earlier this week in a press release.

New York had reportedly discussed trading Decker to the Baltimore Ravens among other teams, however were unable to eat enough of Decker's $8.75 million cap hit for 2017 to make the numbers work, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Todman returns a kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)
Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Todman returns a kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets are expected to sign running back and kick returner Jordan Todman to a contract, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Todman, 27, recorded 59 rushing yards on nine attempts in 16 games last season for the Indianapolis Colts. As a kick returner, he totaled 16 returns for 478 yards, including a 99-yard return for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9.

A sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Todman played 33 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2012 to 2014 and played 11 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. 

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 (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The old battle cry from venters that "You can't tell the players without a scorecard" has never felt more appropriate than it does now, heading into the Jets' full-team minicamp. So many familiar names and faces are gone. Really, almost every familiar name and face is gone.

The Jets might want to consider handing out nametags, too.

For better or for worse - and yes, it's likely for worse - the Jets get their first, full look at the purged roster that GM Mike Maccagnan has assembled when their three-day minicamp kicks off on Tuesday morning. They have so much work to do - work that likely won't be completed until 2018, or perhaps later - and so many questions to answer.

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 (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starter: Josh McCown

Projected back-ups: Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Jets have announced they have waived LB Randell Johnson.

A seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2014, Johnson didn't record a stat with the Jets last season, only playing in a single game. 

Johnson played two seasons with the Bills, recording five total tackles and one fumble recovery in 15 games. 

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(Mike Dinovo (USA Today))

Recently-retired QB Jay Cutler said he 'balked' at the potential of signing quickly with the Jets this offseason before the team signed Josh McCown.

Cutler was contacted by the Jets soon after being released by the Bears but wasn't ready to make up his mind on his next move.

"I kind of balked at that because I didn't really want to jump into anything," Cutler told Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier this week. "Whether they would've offered me a contract or that it would've worked out, I have no idea. That's something the Jets know more than I know."

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Spencer Paysinger heads onto the field before a game against the San Diego Chargers. (AP)
Spencer Paysinger heads onto the field before a game against the San Diego Chargers. (AP)

The Jets have signed former Giants and Dolphins linebacker Spencer Paysingerthe team announced Friday morning.

Paysinger spent the last two years with the Dolphins, appearing in 29 games (three starts) and recording 83 tackles. 

The 6-foot-2, 249 pound Paysinger joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons in New York, and was a part of the Super Bowl XLVI championship team.

In his six NFL seasons, Paysinger has played in 91 games (17 starts) and has racked up 157 tackles on defense and 70 more on special teams.

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