Since the Jets haven't signed a free agent for me to scout in almost four weeks, I've been watching footage of some of the bottom-of-the-roster guys to try and get an insight into what kind of potential they have and whether any of them could realistically be expected to step into an important role in 2013.

Today, I'm going even deeper to take a look at some of the lesser-known players expected to be bottom-of-the-roster guys and not really expected to challenge for a place on the team. The Jets have several players with NFL preseason or, in some cases, regular season experience that we haven't considered in any detail yet on BGA, so I've been looking at the footage to see if there are any players who might have the potential to push for a roster spot.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from over the last few years and give some background on some of these guys.

Bret Lockett, S, 6-1, 200

Our recent TJB podcast guest is one of the higher profile sleepers on the roster, mainly due to a well-publicized connection to Kim Kardashian. However, he's also played in 13 regular season games for the New England Patriots, including a handful of snaps on defense. These date back to 2009 though. He had gone undrafted in 2009 despite running a 4.45 forty at UCLA's pro day. In 2010, he missed the preseason with a chest injury and went onto injured reserve, then in 2011 he tore his groin in preseason and missed the entire season. He spent 2012 in the UFL.

Lockett saw extensive playing time at free safety in the 2009 preseason, registering eight tackles on defense and one on special teams. He also had another special teams tackle and a tackle for a loss negated by a penalty. He started one game, but six of his nine tackles came in the second half of games, against backups. In the regular season, he saw just five snaps on defense, at free safety in garbage time against the Titans - a 59-0 win in the snow. The only impact he made was to get in on a tackle for a loss, only to give up a 15 yard taunting penalty. He appeared in 12 other games on special teams only, registering seven tackles and a forced fumble. He made some good open field tackles and was able to beat his blocker to make the tackle on a couple of plays, but also was blocked out of a couple of plays and got called for two penalties. The forced fumble saw him strip the ball loose on a punt return, but the returner's team recovered. In 2011, prior to getting injured, he had one tackle on defense in preseason, a good open field stop downfield on a 13-yard run.

Bonus link: Here is Lockett's UFL highlight reel from this year, which does show some good hitting, open field tackling and special teams work.

Danny Lansanah, ILB, 6-1, 255

Lansanah is only a second year pro, although he is 27 having first entered the league in 2008. He was a guy I was intrigued by in that draft, due to his excellent size. He had been a first team all-Big East selection at UConn. However, after seeing action with the Packers in five games as a special teamer in his rookie season, he was unable to catch on with the Dolphins and Lions over the next few seasons and has been playing in the UFL for the last few years. Lansanah was pretty productive in the 2008 and 2009 preseasons, totalling 26 tackles including nine at or close to the line of scrimmage in 2009 alone. He also added a pass defensed.

In the 2008 regular season, he recorded two tackles on special teams, one of which saw him tackle the return man on a kickoff at the 13, despite being held. However, he did also have a missed block that led to his teammate being tackled.

Bonus link: Here's Lansanah's 2012 UFL highlight reel. This is less impressive than Lockett's featuring an interception on a tipped pass and some plays on special teams.

Titus Ryan, WR, 6-0, 200

Titus Ryan is even older than Lansanah - he just turned 29 last week. Ryan entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was thought to have a lot of potential as a return man after having run a 4.28 forty yard dash at Alabama's pro day. He entered the league with the Chiefs, recording one catch for six yards in preseason as a rookie. After having failed to make the team, Ryan went to play in the Canadian Football League for a couple of years, after which he was picked up by the Cowboys where he stood out at minicamp and was thought to have a shot at making the team. In the first preseason game, he made an immediate impact, returning the opening kickoff 38 yards before being knocked out of bounds. However, he looked uncomfortable fielding a punt later on and then suffered a wrist injury that would end his chances. Dallas brought him back for 2011, only for a foot injury to again lead to him being off the team. He played in the UFL last season.

Bonus links: Check out Ryan's returning ability and his receiving skills on these two plays from the CFL.

Travis Tripucka, LS, 6-1, 240

Tripucka, the son of former NBA all-star Kelly Tripucka and the grandson of former NFL quarterback Frank Tripucka, was the backup long snapper for the Rams in the 2012 preseason. He snapped on three punts and three kicks (two of which were missed). If I am to nitpick, one of the snaps to the punter was wide, almost leading to a block and one of the missed field goals came on a snap where the holder had to reach for the ball before getting it down. Tripucka earns approximately $300K less than current Jets long snapper Tanner Purdum, but it is unlikely the Jets would release Purdum for financial reasons because they already paid him a $130K signing bonus on his two year deal.

Jacquies Smith, DE/OLB, 6-4, 260

Smith, undrafted out of Missouri, got some playing time with Miami in preseason last year, lining up exclusively as a right defensive end. He had a few good moments as a pass rusher, including one play where he beat Bruce Campbell (acquired by the Panthers in a trade for Mike Goodson) to the outside and got hold of Jimmy Clausen from behind, only for Clausen to shovel the ball forward for an incomplete pass, as Smith clapped his hands in frustration. Smith also beat his man to the outside on a play where Clausen was sacked by Isaako Aaitui, who the Jets signed last year (only for him to get hurt almost immediately). Smith was clearly teeing off at the line with an emphasis on getting pressure on the quarterback, because whenever the Panthers ran the ball, they were able to take him out of the play pretty much routinely. There was only one good moment that he had against the run - a play where he took on the fullback, forcing the running back to cut back inside where he was stopped.

Smith spent time with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2012, but only recorded one tackle.

Ryan Quigley, P, 6-3, 188

Quigley was in camp with the Bears last year after having gone undrafted. When Adam Podlesh got hurt in preseason, Quigley made it onto the active roster for week one, but Podlesh recovered in time for the opener and Quigley was inactive and cut a few days later. His preseason numbers were not great (41.4 average, 39.3 net), but as regular BGA readers will know, I see ANPP (explained here) as a more accurate indication of punter performance than traditional numbers.

Quigley, buoyed by having six kicks inside the 20 and seven fair caught, ended up with an ANPP of 65% which is about average and certainly of an NFL-level standard. Robert Malone managed an above average 66.5% for the regular season last year, by way of a comparison. Quigley limited the punts returned to 34 yards on 16 kicks, 27 of which came on a play where the return man fumbled and Quigley himself came up with the recovery. One interesting wrinkle is that he kicked off once, landing the ball inside the five. That added versatility to be able to do a good job in an emergency could serve as a tie-breaker if he challenges Malone for the job in camp. Quigley also did well as a holder, especially in the Bears' win over the Redskins where he rescued a low snap to enable Robbie Gould to kick the game winning field goal from 57 yards out. He did have one punt blocked though, not that there was much he could have done about it.

Thomas Mayo, WR, 6-2, 205

Mayo has been making the most of his chance to get some quality reps at the OTA's due to all the injuries at wideout, although he was apparently at fault for the interception that Geno Smith threw on Wednesday, as the ball went through his hands. Mayo was unable to catch on with the Raiders last year and ended up playing in the Arena League. In preseason, he did get some playing time, but the only throw they made to him was a bubble screen where Terrelle Pryor threw the ball behind him and once he'd adjusted to make the catch, his momentum carried him to the outside rather than up the field, so he was blown up for a four yard loss. That play looked like it could have gone for decent yardage if the connection was timed better, because the slot receiver made a good block. However, we can't be sure if Mayo was at fault by turning for the ball while too far upfield.

JoJo Dickson, ILB, 6-1, 245

Dickson, who drew some praise from Kristian Dyer on Wednesday went undrafted out of Idaho in 2011 and joined the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was cut before preseason. They then re-signed him the following April, only to release him after a couple of weeks. The Browns picked him up and did give him some late game playing time in preseason last year. Dickson was used as a weakside OLB in the Browns' 4-3 scheme, although he came out of the game when the defense went to a nickel package. He was credited with one tackle, chasing the quarterback to the sideline and out of bounds having been in zone coverage for a one yard gain on third and long to force a field goal attempt. There were a couple of other plays where he was involved in the action - one saw him come across as the tight end broke a tackle, forcing the tight end to change direction and get tackled downfield, perhaps saving a touchdown. Dickson chased across to get in on that tackle. Another saw the running back fumble the ball and Dickson came up to down him in the backfield after he recovered it, although he was ruled down before that. Dickson also looked good covering a running back out to the flat and forcing the quarterback to go to a different option.

Vidal Hazelton, WR, 6-2, 209

Finally, Vidal Hazelton is a guy who was once thought to be an excellent prospect having teamed with Mark Sanchez at USC. However, he was slowed by an ankle injury in 2008 and transferred to Cincinnati, missing the 2009 season and losing momentum in the process. He then only ran a 4.62 forty at his pro day. Hazelton went undrafted and didn't make an impact with the Chargers in his rookie preseason (2011), but did get some opportunities in the following preseason with the Bengals. In the second game against the Falcons, he caught two short passes on consecutive plays, a screen pass where he was unable to beat the first man and a play where he stopped his route and held on to the ball on the outside despite a good hit from the defensive back. In the following game against the Colts, he had a nice 14-yard catch where he stopped his route on the outside again, but this time was able to turn it upfield for extra yardage. However, with a shot at making the team, they targeted him four times in the last preseason game and all four fell incomplete - one was a drop, one was broken up, one was high and behind him and the other one saw him slip over. He was also targeted one other time in the Colts game with the throw going behind him as there was obviously some kind of communication breakdown between him and the quarterback.

After the Bengals cut him, Hazelton spent the year on Tennessee's practice squad.

Bonus links: Hazelton is perhaps best known for this sensational catch while at USC. However, this clip shows some of his open field running skills, as he takes a Sanchez pass to the house in spectacular fashion.

Conclusions:

Of course, all of these players are considered extreme long shots to make the team this year, let alone make any kind of impact. However, there are some guys here who've been through camps before and therefore have an idea of what it takes to make it, so even if none of them end up on the team, they'll still hopefully push the guys who they go up against every day to get better.

While there wasn't anyone who stood out as having immense talent that has somehow gone unnoticed, there were flashes from each of these guys in their preseason cameos, so it will be interesting to see if they get a chance to play in preseason this year and can make some things happen again to turn some heads.

The three receivers - Mayo, Ryan and Hazelton - all benefit from the fact that not only is there no consensus top five at the moment, but there are also several injuries, giving guys like Mayo a chance for some extended reps. As we saw last year with Royce Pollard and Joseph Collins, wide receiver is one position where guys who are unlikely to make the team could be put in a position where they can get a chance to make some things happen.

At inside linebacker, the top four spots on the roster are presumably locked up (Harris, Davis, Mauga, Bellore) but then Dickson and Lansanah are the next men up, so any injuries there would presumably give one of these two an excellent chance to work with the second unit. Lansanah's special teams experience might make him a contender for a special teams role like Lance Laury or Larry Izzo have had in recent years with the Jets perhaps needing some leadership on that unit with their long time coach and captain both departing.

Safety is another position where the Jets currently seem to have roster spots there for the taking. While he might be the outsider in a battle for the fourth safety spot against guys like Rontez Miles, Jaiquawn Jarrett and maybe Donnie Fletcher (if they move him), Lockett's special teams play could force everyone in this battle to raise their game.

Special teams spots are always up for grabs, so although Robert Malone will enter camp as the favorite, if he falters Quigley might get a chance to impress. I think a change at long snapper is less likely, but you never know. There's no guarantee that Purdum will remain healthy.

Finally, Smith obviously needs to improve his run defense based on last year, if he wants to be a factor in a full time role. However, if he gets a chance to rush the passer in preseason, perhaps he'll make a case for a situational role. He'll be behind Ricky Sapp to start with, but Sapp has had problems staying healthy, so if he (or one of the other edge rushers) goes down, then maybe Smith will get his chance.

All in all, while these guys are all long shots to make the roster and some might not even make it to camp, maybe someone will get their chance and show they have enough promise to earn a role or even just a spot on the practice squad and a chance to develop towards a second look next year. If not, there's no harm done and at least they have a handful of guys that have been through the process.

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(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the AFC Championship game:

Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) at the New England Patriots (15-2)

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Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau opens up about his apparent brain issues caused from playing professional football.

Jets all-time sacks leader Mark Gastineau told WOR Radio's Pete McCarthy that recent tests have shown he has signs of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and dementia.

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To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild…that is the question! This week, Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Joe Caporoso from TurnOnTheJets.com to find the answer. They take a look at what the Jets can do to start picking up the pieces heading into next season, and whether or not a complete teardown is necessary...

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Jets fans clamoring for Woody Johnson to give up control of the Jets may finally get their wish, but even with him planning to spend the next three years an ocean away, his departure is unlikely to have any tangible effect on the team.

The 69-year-old Johnson was officially named the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. It was a move that had been rumored for weeks and hardly surprising considering that Johnson is a major donor and fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party.

Johnson declined to address the possibility of this position when he met with the media shortly after his Jets completed their miserable, 5-11 season, and he hasn't spoken publicly on his future plans for the franchise. However, Pro Football Talk recently reported that he planned to give over control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. Neil Glat, the team president who handles most of the business operations and reported directly to Woody Johnson, could see an increase in power, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Part I ran on Wednesday. Here, as promised, is Part II:

If we do select a qb in draft. Do we sign a vet and go with 4? Or who gets the out? -- @wendo2000

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

Mel Kiper's first Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore with the sixth overall pick.

Kiper notes that the 6'1", 190-pound Lattimore "jumped to the top" of his rankings with a stellar season, adding that Lattimore has "all the traits to be a star."

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Here is Part I:

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Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 3, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James runs against Miami Dolphins linebackers Spencer Paysinger (42) and Jeff Luc (48) at Sun Life Stadium. (Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have signed linebacker Jeff Luc to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Luc, who has spent time with the Dolphins and most recently the Bengals, has also spent time as fullback.

In his four years in college at Florida State and Cincinnati, he recorded 200 total tackles.

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he believes his production on the field should make him desirable to any team, despite his $7.5 million salary cap, he told WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show. 

Marshall, in the final year of his contract with the Jets, told the show that he is one of the top receivers in the game, and that he is in fact underpaid for what his statistics show. 

 

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches from the sideline against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets and head coach Todd Bowles, after a tumultuous year of losing and locker room discontent, have "a lot to soul searching" to do going into next season, former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon told The JetsBlog Podcast. 

Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson both had various off-field issues this season, which Colon said is a problem with both themselves as individuals and how the team has handled them.

"The problem with Sheldon and Mo, and I talk about them candidly because I know those guys, I respect them as individuals, Colon said. "But the biggest problem they have, they feel what they do off the field shouldn't matter about their play on the field. That's the lack of accountability and maturity."

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Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jun 1, 2016; Oxnard, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams coach Jef Fisher (left) and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson at organized team activities at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets have hired defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, the team announced Wednesday.

Wilson, 34, was the Rams' DBs coach this past season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Position coaches often fly under the radar, but don't ignore the impact of this one because Dennard Wilson has a big job ahead of him. He has to rebuild a Jets secondary that was a mess last season, and he'll have to do it either without Darrelle Revis or with Revis trying to transition from cornerback to safety.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Marcus Williams
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(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets still don't know who their quarterback will be when the 2017 season begins, but the consensus inside their front office seems to be that whoever it is didn't finish the 2016 season on the roster. Their quarterback of the immediate future, at least, is likely to come from the outside.

Just who that will be is still unknown, and there are many options being considered, according to team sources. There is a lot of internal support for Mike Glennon, the 27-year-old Bucs backup who will become a free agent on March 9. But even if he emerges as the object of the Jets' desire, he could be prohibitively expensive. The Bills, Browns and 49ers all figure to be in the market for a quarterback. Maybe a few other teams, too, like the Bears.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Former Steeler Willie Colon rips Antonio Brown for being more worried about himself than the team after posting a video of Mike Tomlin.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall criticized Steelers WR Antoino Brown for the postgame locker room Facebook video that Brown posted following Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City on Sunday.

"You would never see this in New England, right?" Marshall said on last night's episode of Showtime's Inside the NFL. "What it does is it keeps the New England Patriots on task. It keeps them marching in a single-file line: 'This is the New England way, and this is how we do things.' 

"You only have three or four minutes after the game to be with your teammates and really enjoy the moment or Band-Aid each other up. So that's precious time, and that time shouldn't be live-streamed for anyone to see."

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

Chicago Bears OLB coach Clint Hurtt will not join Todd Bowles and the New York Jets nearly a week and a half after they had reportedly reached an agreement, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

The Jets and Hurtt never reached an agreement after Hurtt reportedly declined an extension with the Bears, according to Cimini.

The Jets fired OLB coach Mark Collins, along with four other assistants, after the season.

Hurtt served as an assistant coach at Louisville, Miami and Florida International.

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New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets guard Brian Winters (67) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Brian Winters would've been one of the better guards on the free agent market and he could've cashed in even bigger than the four-year, $29 million deal he got from the Jets. 

But instead of looking for more money and maybe a better situation, the 25-year-old Winters decided to stay put because he believes that, despite the misery of the Jets' 5-11 season, there are much better days for the franchise ahead.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum, Wesley Johnson
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Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.  (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))
Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))

The Jets are expected to have interest in Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Glennon, 27, is an unrestricted free agent after playing behind Jamesis Winston the last two seasons in Tampa Bay.

As a starter, Glennon has a career record of 5-13.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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DNL pick'em: Divisional Round 00:04:27
The Daily News Live panel makes its prognostications on the NFL Divisional Round games this weekend.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the two AFC divisional-round playoff games this weekend:

Houston Texans (10-7) at the New England Patriots (14-2)

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

11:27 p.m: Eric Studesville has decided to remain with the Broncos as the team's running back coach, according to Mike Klis of 9News.

Previous Reports

The Jets interviewed Studesville for their vacant offensive coordinator position, reports Rich Cimini of ESPN.

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Attracting a new offensive coordinator might not be easy for the Jets, writes Brian Costello in the NY Post.

"The view in league circles is the Jets are going to have a tough time convincing any candidate with options to take the job because of how they compare with other teams looking for an offensive coordinator," writes Costello.

Costello notes that there haven't been any reports or other indications that any candidate has turned down an interview request from the Jets, but says the job is viewed as unattractive due in part to head coach Todd Bowles' job security and the unsettled quarterback situation.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by former New York Jets guard and current SNY Analyst Willie Colon for a deep dive into the Jets locker room. They talk about the best leaders on the current team, what to do about Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, the mindset of a player making a position change, and much more as a busy offseason for Gang Green gets going. 

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(USA TODAY)

The Jets have signed LB Frank Beltre to a reserve/future deal, the team announced Friday.

Beltre, 26, spent time with the Chargers in 2013 and Raiders in 2014, and played with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL from 2014 to 2016.

The Jets agreed to reserve/future deals with WR DeShon Foxx, FB Julian Howsare, and WR Myles White on Wednesday.

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Leonard Williams was one of the few bright spots in the Jets' mostly dismal season. And now the 22-year-old defensive end is being rewarded for that with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Williams, the youngest player to ever be voted by his Jets teammates as their MVP, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Thursday as a replacement for injured Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack

Williams, who was voted a first alternate, had seven sacks for the Jets this season. For most of the season he was the best player on the Jets' disappointing defensive line...

Tags: Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall invited the Giants' wide receivers down to his house in Miami during Tuesday's episode of "Inside the NFL."

"I want to say thank you," Marshall said. "Thank you to the New York Giants wide receivers for taking all of the attention off of myself and my fellow Jets. I have a place in Miami...You guys are awesome. Thank you."

 

 

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Should Jets draft Watson? 00:03:10
Willie Colon and Jon Hein argue about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick.

Willie Colon and Jon Hein talk about who the Jets should draft with their first-round pick...


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LB David Harris had 95 tackles in 15 games for the Jets this season, which was his 10th with the team.

The 32-year-old had just 0.5 sacks in 2016 after racking up 4.5 in 2015 and 6.0 in 2014.

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Nick Mangold missed eight games due to ankle injuries this past season, last playing on Dec. 5 against the Colts.

The 32-year-old Mangold has a cap hit of $9.075 million next season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Oct 15, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) attempts a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

University of North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky has declared for the NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Manish Mehta of the Daily News reported in December that the Jets are believed to have a strong interest in Trubisky. 

"They got their eyes set on the North Carolina quarterback," a rival scout told Mehta. "The Jets are all over this kid. All over him. They'll probably deny it if you ask, but they love that kid. That's their guy. They're not going to get him though, because I think that kid is going to get over-drafted."

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New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) runs off the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Cornerback Darrelle Revis finished off the 2016 season with 53 combined tackles but had just one turnover (an interception), which came in the final week of the regular season. 

All year, the 31-year-old corner dealt with questions about his inconsistent play and effort. He has three years left under his current deal and would not become an unrestricted free agent until 2020, when he is 34. 

So, should he stay or should he go?

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett kick off 2017 with a "now what?" podcast after a horrible season. They react to the Woody Johnson and Mike Maccagnan media gatherings, examine the recent coach departures, and take an early look at how the Jets can properly re-build their franchise.


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Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 14, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets logo prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets will sign CFL linebacker Frank Beltre to a reserve/futures contract, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Beltre, originally an undrafted free agent out of Towson University, spent brief tenures with the Chargers and Raiders before heading to the CFL in 2014. 

He had 19 tackles and three sacks in nine games with Calgary this past season. 


Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)
Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (55) reacts after a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens in October. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets coach Todd Bowles is hiring former Bears assistant Clint Hurtt to coach the outside linebackers, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News

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Sheldon Richardson had 62 tackles 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

He also engaged in a locker room feud with WR Brandon Marshall.

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

Brandon Marshall had 59 receptions for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games for the Jets this past season.

Dealing with hip and shoulder injuries for most of the season, his production was down from his record-setting 2015 campaign, when he reeled in 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Before 2015, the 32-year-old Marshall had recorded double-digit touchdowns three times before in his career -- twice with the Bears (2012 and 2013), and once with the Broncos (2009).

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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:16
Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss their disappointing 2016 season and looking forward to 2017.

Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty (9) and Christian Hackenberg warm up before a preseason game. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets second-round draft choice last year, "will never make it", an unidentified Jets starter told the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The comment came a week after a Jets source told ESPN that Hackenberg, taken with the 51st overall pick out of Penn State, couldn't "throw the ball into the ocean."

General manager Mike Maccagnan, who was retained along with coach Todd Bowles by Jets owner Woody Johnson, will be under intense pressure to fix the QB situation during the offseason.

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Eric Decker had nine catches for 194 yards and two touchdowns this past season, with his season ending after Week 3 due to a rotator cuff injury that required surgery.

Before undergoing the rotator cuff surgery, the 29-year-old Decker also had surgery on his hip, and it's unclear whether he'll be 100 percent for the start of next season.

Decker joined the Jets before the 2014 season, when he had 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns. In 2015, he had 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Chip Kelly a fit with Jets? 00:00:46
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate whether or not Chip Kelly would be a good fit with the Jets on their offensive staff.

The Eagles have denied the Jets' request to interview QB coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

DeFilippo finished his first season as Eagles QB coach following one year as the Browns' offensive coordinator and three years as the Raiders' QB coach.

DeFilippo worked with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in 2016, as the former No. 2 pick threw for 3,782 yards (most among rookies), 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions (tied for ninth in the league).

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he was disappointed with the team's 5-11 finish this season, and wouldn't put a timetable on when they would be a perennial contender.

"We're obviously not happy with our record. But I do think we made some progress [with the youth]," Maccagnan told reporters while alluding to players such as OL Brandon Shell and CB Juston Burris. "We have some pieces we feel good about."

Maccagnan said he felt comfortable signing Ryan Fitzpatrick this past offseason, noting that all options -- internal and external -- will be on the table for 2017 at quarterback.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Woody Johnson on keeping Bowles 00:02:36
Jets owner Woody Johnson discusses the Jets' disappointing season, his decision to keep Todd Bowles and the team's future plans.

Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed confidence in head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan while speaking with reporters on Thursday.

"They will get this done, in my opinion," Johnson said about Bowles and Maccagnan.

"I have confidence in Todd Bowles," Johnson added. "I'm still very much in his corner. ...I think he's going to get better. I'm happy to have him and Mike. ...they have a plan to make the team better. They have a way to judge accountability and judge performance."

Johnson said there's no mandate for the Jets to make the playoffs next season, noting that mandates don't work, but added that he's "in the game of winning."

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The Jets worked out Olympic sprinter and projected wide receiver Tre Houston on Thursday, a source told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News.

Houston, who worked out with the Chiefs last week, was also given a physical by the Jets.

The 26-year-old Houston is a native of Bermuda.


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(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed former Assumption College long snapper Zach Triner to a reserve/future contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Triner got a tryout with the Houston Texans last spring, but did not make the team.

The Jets brought Triner in for a workout in early December.


Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)
Denver Broncos defensive end Kenny Anunike (68) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Chris Humphreys)

Latest Update (Jan. 4)

The Jets have signed K Ross Martin to a reserve/future contract for 2017, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon. Martin connected on four of his six field goal attempts during the preseason. The Jets cut him on Aug. 28.

Previous reports (Jan. 2)

The Jets have signed five players to reserve/future contracts for 2017, the team announced Monday afternoon.

All five players were signed to the team's practice squad in December, while two of them originally signed with New York following the 2016 NFL Draft.

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets C Kevin Mawae is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, the NFL announced Tuesday night during its Gold Jacket Finalists special on the NFL Network.

After beginning his career in Seattle, Mawae arrived in New York in 1998 and spent the next eight seasons with the Jets. During those eight years, Mawae made six Pro Bowls and was a five-time First Team All-Pro.

The center finished his career in Tennessee, making another two Pro Bowls and being named First Team All-Pro twice more.

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Does Marshall deserve blame? 00:02:37
Daily News Live analyzes the recent remarks made by wide receiver Brandon Marshall about the Jets disappointing 2016 season.

Brandon Marshall made his scheduled appearance on Showtime's Inside the NFL following the conclusion of the Jets' 2016 season on Tuesday night.

Among the topics Marshall addressed were when he first saw the season begin to slip away, experiencing the other side of the New York media, his relationship with Sheldon Richardson and what he learned from this season.

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Jets season report cards 00:04:52
The Jets Extra Point panel grades the Jets on their performance on both sides of the ball this season.
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