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 cornerback Morris Claiborne warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

Morris Claiborne could have pursued a long-term contract with the Jets this offseason. But, he wanted to prove himself for his next contract instead. He bet on himself.

Claiborne inked a one-year, $7 million deal rather than a watered down multiyear contract.

"I'd rather bet on myself than anything," Claiborne said...

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New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee (Ron Schwane/AP)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to break down each position in terms of which players are fighting for those final roster spots. Who is in danger of being cut? Who has a chance to earn themselves a bigger role? We continue with a look at the inside linebacker position.

Probable roster locks

The initial plan for the inside linebacker position is clear: Darron Lee and Avery Williamson will start, barring injury. Beyond that, all bets are off, as everyone else will compete for the backup roles and to be employed as special teams contributors.

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets WR Robby Anderson now has both of his legal issues behind him. 

Anderson received six months of "non-reporting probation" stemming from his arrest on reckless driving charges from January, reports Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. The expectation, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, had been that the issue would be resolved before training camp in July. 

While he won't face any more legal ramifications, the incident is still under review by the NFL under their Personal Conduct Policy.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The never-ending rebuilding loop that the Jets always seem to be stuck in finally seems to have an end in sight. And they will have plenty of high hopes for the future when the full team reports for training camp on July 26.

Here is Part 2 of what to look forward to when Jets training camp begins...

The return of Quincy Enunwa and a better-than-you-think receiving corps

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Chad Hansen is looking to impact the Jets more in his second season, which is why he linked up with his former college quarterback who had great success in his second year.

Rams QB Jared Goff and Hansen played together at Cal, and they both spent time in Southern California working together in preparation for next year. Goff, who had a shaky rookie season, shined in his second year as he led his team to a NFC West division title. 

Hansen wants the same success as his former teammate in his second season, and he thinks he can do so in any role with the Jets. 

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe never-ending rebuilding loop that the Jets always seem to be stuck in finally seems to have an end in sight. And they will have plenty of high hopes for the future when the full team reports for training camp on July 26.

Here is Part 1 of what to look forward to when Jets training camp begins, which will be followed by Part 2 on Thursday...

The rise of Sam Darnold

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold works out during the team's NFL football organized training activities, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold works out during the team's NFL football organized training activities, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold has the eighth-best selling jersey in the NFL, ahead of Patriots QB Tom Brady, who comes in at No. 9.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley tops the list, which was released by the DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report.

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Nov 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) tries to get out of the grasp of Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the second half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Nov 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) tries to get out of the grasp of Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the second half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

Over the course of the offseason, the Jets have brought in a dizzying number of players. In addition to their six draft picks and several undrafted free agents, the Jets have acquired 24 veterans since the league year began. Let's attempt to rank each of those additions in terms of their importance for the upcoming season.

24. PK Nick Rose - Rose was brought in as competition at the placekicker position but was replaced four weeks later before he even got a chance to practice with the team.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to break down each position in terms of which players are fighting for those final roster spots. Who is in danger of being cut? Who has a chance to earn themselves a bigger role? We start with a look at the running back position.

Probable roster locks

Anything is possible, but the expectation heading to camp is that Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell will assume the top two spots. Powell is the incumbent veteran and a Todd Bowles favorite, so he's certainly expected to at least begin camp as the No. 1.

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills attempts to make the tackle at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills attempts to make the tackle at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets and Redskins will have joint practices from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 ahead of their preseason game on Aug. 16, and Washington's defense seems to be ready to go after current Jet wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

Redskins linebacker Zach Brown called out Pryor, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with New York after one year with the Redskins, by saying other members of Washington's defense "have it out for him."

"That's going to be something right there," Brown said on "Inside the Locker Room" on Team 980, according to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now ... [head coach] Jay [Gruden] ain't here to protect you anymore."

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Jamal Adams (center) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jamal Adams (center) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets S Jamal Adams has never liked to lose, and his father -- former NFL RB George Adams -- gave the perfect anecdote to explain why. 

"As a G.A. Giant, we didnt' lose," George told The Post's Steve Serby as he referenced Jamal's Pop Warner days. "I gave the ball to J., he got the first down, and they came out and measured and then they said, 'No, no, no. We gotta remeasure.' So they didn't give us a first down, so they got the ball and they scored and we lost.

"He cried like a baby. So what I told him, I said, 'That's life. That's football. You're gonna get some people to say one thing and it's another, but the thing is, I'm teaching you how to lose.' And that really just didn't set with him, because he just don't like losing."

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Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)
Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)

This offseason, the Jets signed QB Teddy Bridgewater, drafted QB Sam Darnold and re-signed QB Josh McCown. Regardless of who gets to be the starting quarterback, they're going to need someone to throw to. 

WR Terrelle Pryor, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal in March, certainly believes he can be that guy, after having 'minor' ankle surgery recently.

"Right now I'm healthy and I'm ready to get back to form and have a dominant year," Pryor said...

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General overall view of MetLife Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former Jets TE Kellen Winslow Jr., who was just arrested for suspicion of burglary last week, has even bigger problems with the law in his latest arrest. 

Winslow was arrested on Thursday and faces two counts of forcible rap, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of forcible oral copulation, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. He also faces charges of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, residential burglary and indecent exposure. 

It is unknown whether or not Winslow's arrest last Thursday corresponds to this arrest...

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New York Jets cornerback Derrick Jones runs a drill during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Derrick Jones runs a drill during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Derrick Jones was considered a bit of a long-term project when the Jets selected him with their final pick in 2017's draft. He's a terrific athletic with excellent size and length, but was considered raw having spent much of his collegiate career as a wide receiver, starting just eight games in total. The Jets carried him on their active roster all year, but he only suited up for three games and didn't get any defensive reps.

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Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A lot will change between mid-June and September 10th, the day of the Jets season opener, but if they were to play that week one game against the Lions tomorrow, Todd Bowles knows who his starting quarterback would be: Josh McCown. 

Bowles also confirmed that Teddy Bridgewater is the current backup, leaving rookie Sam Darnold as the third-string. But all three will have ample time during training camp to change his mind, when "a lot of things count."

"Josh will start come training camp and we will see what happens at the end of training camp," Bowles said after minicamp...

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg visited the Patriots on Thursday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The Patriots currently have Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer and rookie seventh-round pick Danny Etling. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the Patriots aren't expected to sign Hackenberg, though he remains an option going forward...

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Elijah McGuire the new LT? 00:01:58
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell saying that Elijah McGuire could be the next LaDainian Tomlinson.

Entering his second season in the league, Elijah McGuire is expected to make an impact on the Jets in 2018.

The running back had 377 rushing yards in 2017 but those within the organization see something more in the 24-year-old-- they see one of the best running backs ever: LaDainian Tomlinson.

"He has the skillset to be a LaDainian Tomlinson, if he was given that opportunity," Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell said...

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See the Jets in minicamp action 00:00:59
SNY captures the highlights, routes and deep throws at New York Jets minicamp Thursday.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets are heaping praise on the shoulders of their prized rookie quarterback, but to them it's more than just dreamy hype. They're not just trying to sell everyone on the promise of Sam Darnold. They believe it. In fact, so far he's been even better than they expected.

That's why he has "a real chance" to be the opening day starter, according to a team source.

The 21-year-old Darnold has been that good since the Jets took him with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft. They've been giving him regular first-team reps throughout the spring and through this week's three-day mini-camp. And given how well he's handled them, this summer he can expect even more.

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

If there is one player Jets S Jamal Adams would like to emulate in his career, it would certainly be one of the best to ever play the safety position. 

Former Steelers S Troy Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro member, changed how safeties were perceived in the NFL. Polamalu wasn't just a ballhawk as his position was normally asked to do, but he was relentless on the blitz as well as run defense. 

Adams says it was Polamalu's smarts along with his physicality that makes him his role model now that he is in the NFL...

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May 22, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs after a catching the ball during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs after a catching the ball during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This offseason, Jets WR Robby Anderson has been battling numerous legal issues. He has been arrested twice in nine months, but the Jets have had his back throughout this process. 

That doesn't mean the NFL will. 

Anderson, who has one of his two legal cases still in the works, knows the NFL has the jurisdiction to suspend him for his run-ins with the police...

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Darnold impresses at Jets camp 00:03:04
Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates breaks down the performance of rookie QB Sam Darnold at the team's minicamp on Wednesday.

Jets QB Sam Darnold may be a rookie, but his new team isn't treating him like one. 

The No. 3 overall pick hasn't been eased into his new role with the Jets, but rather, the team is throwing everything they can at him. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said the entire playbook has been thrown his way during the team's three-day mandatory minicamp. 

The reason? Bates says that's how you see what Darnold can truly handle.

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Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With all NFL talk revolving around the new national anthem policy, Jets QB Josh McCown wants people to focus on the work behind the scenes that doesn't get as much recognition. 

McCown, who is a member of the Players' Coalition, has been a big supporter and advocate for social justice reform. For one, he was one of a few Jets members that signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials calling for bail reform in the country. 

It is work like that letter that McCown wishes got more attention than the anthem policy...

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Over the last few weeks, we've been looking back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Jeremy Clark spent virtually the entire 2017 on the injured list, which was something the Jets must have anticipated when they drafted him. Clark was recovering from a torn ACL when the Jets selected him in the sixth round, presumably on the basis that he'd have gone much sooner had he been healthy. He was unable to practice at training camp and his rookie season was essentially a redshirt year. However, the Jets were able to activate him at the end of the year and he made his NFL debut in the season finale.

Preseason Stats: Did not play.
Regular Season Stats: One game played.
Projected Role: Back-up cornerback.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday.

Hackenberg was traded last month for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 -- a pick the Raiders will now get to keep. 

"I was disappointed in not really giving Christian the opportunity to go to camp," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after Tuesday's practice, per ESPN. "We felt like we needed to add a couple defensive linemen. We ran out of numbers, and that's not good at that position heading into camp."

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Sam Darnold on adjustments 00:00:32
Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold explains the challenges he's facing while making the adjustment to calling plays in the huddle in the NFL.

Jets QB Sam Darnold on Tuesday shed light on the learning curve he has experienced during his transition to the NFL.

"It hasn't been super easy to adjust but it's all the same plays," Darnold said on the first day of the Jets' mandatory minicamp. "It's just getting used to the different terminology... being able to picture the play in my head when it's called makes it easier to call it in the huddle."

Darnold, the Jets' first round pick this year, earned roughly 20 first-team reps, according to Newsday. QB Josh McCown led the pack with around 20 first-team reps, while Teddy Bridgewater also had a handful of first-team snaps.

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Jets QB's throwing deep 00:00:33
See Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown throwing darts to their receivers at New York Jets minicamp on Tuesday.

Check back here for highlights from the Jets' first day of mandatory minicamp...


The first day of the Jets' three-day mandatory minicamp kicked off on Tuesday, and rookie QB Sam Darnold continues to get some reps with the first-team offense. Throughout the day, Darnold bounced around the depth chart by taking most of his reps with the third team to go along with his few throws with the first team. 

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Last Thursday in San Diego, California, ex-Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested on suspicion of burglary at a mobile-home park, reports NBC San Diego's Rafael Avitabile.

A burglary call was made at around 2:30 p.m. by a neighbor in the Park Encinitas Mobile Home Park.

According to Winslow's publicist, Denise White, "An over-reactive neighbor called police after she saw Kellen walking around a mobile home." Winslow was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary as well as being held on $50,000 bail. 

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Five Things for the Jets 00:00:33
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Jets minicamp.

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The next few weeks and months are all about one thing for the Jets, really - the preparation for The Sam Darnold Era. It's going to begin at some point. The Jets believe it will be glorious.

The only question is: When?

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New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)
New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)

Former Jets OL D'Brickashaw Ferguson still gets asked if would kneel during the national anthem despite being out of the NFL today. 

Well, he broke that silence on Monday when he penned an article addressing that exact question. Ferguson began his piece by noting his thoughts about the anthem protests reached its peak while watching the Jets against the Dolphins last season.

He saw how the entire team locked arms on the sideline, and wondered what he could do. 

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Elijah McGuire had what looked like being a breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 4, when he racked up 131 yards on 12 touches, including a spectacular 69-yard touchdown run. However, that breakout never fully materialized as he struggled to produce much over the rest of the year, other than the occasional flash. Will he be able to earn a more significant role in 2018?

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