Yesterday, the Jets announced several roster moves, including successful waiver claims on WR/KR Walt Powell and CB Philip Adams. Jets fans might not know too much about these two players, so I’ve been looking at game film to try and assess what each of them brings to the table. I looked at Powell earlier today but now we're turning our attention to Adams.

The 26-year old Adams is 5 foot 11, 193 pounds, and was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round in 2010. Since then, he's also played for New England, Oakland and Seattle. He has started four games in his career but received plenty of playing time as a nickel back.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from his career so far and from this year's preseason to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Phillip Adams?

Adams played collegiately at South Carolina State, where he intercepted three passes to become a first-team all Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection. Adams did not receive a combine invite, but put up pretty good numbers at his pro day, including a 4.50 forty time. The 49ers drafted him in the 7th round of the 2010 draft.

As a rookie, Adams didn't play much on defense, although he did register six special teams tackles. However, he broke his ankle late in the year. In 2011, he was released, but picked up midseason by New England to fill in as a slot corner in five games. New England released him again once everyone was healthy and he signed for Seattle for whom he played one game. Adams joined the Raiders in 2012 and played there over the last two years. On each occasion he didn't play much at the start of the year, but gradually increased his playing time and ended up starting a couple of games.

Adams re-signed with the Seahawks at the start of the free agency period, but was released during final cuts and claimed by the Jets who obviously lack depth at the position.

The Numbers

  • 53 games
  • Four starts
  • 66 tackles (including 11 on special teams)
  • Eight passes defensed
  • Three interceptions
  • One fumble recovery
  • 37 punt returns, 6.1 ypr average, three fumbles
  • Three 20+ yard returns, one 40+ yard return
  • One pressure in 14 pass rush attempts
  • Coverage numbers: 50-83-558yds, TD, 3INT
  • Slot coverage: 7-15-99yds in 97 pass plays while in the slot
I've reviewed footage from all four of Adams' seasons in the league and will give my general thoughts later, but let's focus on how he played in preseason, especially in light of the new emphasis on downfield contact.

2014 Preseason

Week 1 - at Denver

Adams entered at half time and played 27 snaps in this game. He wasn't targeted in 13 pass plays. He did make one play against the run, getting off his block to stop a runner for a short gain.

Week 2 - v San Diego

Adams first entered this game with four minutes left in the second quarter, this time playing 27 snaps. He was targeted once, but it was incomplete. However, he could have done a better job of getting his head turned around on a throw to the outside which was dropped. Adams was also flagged for illegal contact when he was playing off and put his hands on the receiver as he latched onto him downfield, away from the ball. He made a good play against the run as he run-blitzed from the slot and eluded traffic to make the stop for a short gain. He added a good tackle on special teams as he broke free up the middle, forcing the return man wide and pursued him across the field.

Week 3 - v Chicago

In this game, Adams entered during the third quarter and played 19 snaps. He had one tackle and was targeted twice, giving up a 14 yard pass. The catch he gave up came as he played well off his man as it looked like the Seahawks were trying to set a trap as the slot corner tried to get over but was blocked off by the slot receiver. On his other target, he was again playing well off, but the throw was off-line and a diving catch attempt was unsuccessful. That wouldn't have been a first down and the Seahawks were 34-0 up so perhaps playing prevent by design. Adams was also penalized for pass interference on a play where he was in a good position but had his hands all over the receiver before the ball arrived. Adams also fielded a punt but did not get any return yardage.

Week 4 - at Oakland

Adams played 38 snaps in this one, seeing action with the first unit in the nickel. Much was made over the fact that he gave up two touchdowns, although one came as he was in a good position in coverage and the ball was tipped right to the guy he was covering. The other was a bad one as he slowed up to look back at into the backfield and the receiver kept going. It was almost as if Adams thought he had deep help but it should have been obvious that he didn't.

Other than those two plays, he gave up one other catch, a 13-yard gain where he was covering in the slot and playing press with safety support behind him. He allowed the receiver an outside release and was beaten on a route to the outside and in front of the safety. He did have some good plays in coverage too though, including this pass breakup that led to a pick-six for his teammate. He also came up to make a tackle for a loss after Greg Little had initially made a first down catch but then spun out of a tackle and lost yardage. Adams added a tackle for a short gain on a run blitz, drew an offensive pass interference penalty and lined up as a gunner and blew by his man outside for an immediate tackle on a punt.

Here's my observations from watching the footage on Adams, including footage from his first four seasons in the league, divided into categories:

Usage

While Adams has mostly played on the outside, he does have some experience in the slot, especially in 2011 where that was his role with the Patriots. He did see time in the slot in preseason. While with the Raiders, he was usually left on one side or the other so he did face some top receivers.

Coverage skills

Adams had a couple of bad plays in preseason, but over the course of his career he's not been too bad in coverage. He struggled against the Broncos in the last game of last year, giving up six catches for 121 yards and a touchdown on just seven targets. Prior to that, he had decent coverage numbers (17-28-146 and a 74.4 quarterback rating). In that game, he was mostly matched up with Demaryius Thomas, a much tougher match-up than you'd ever expect him to have if called into action with the Jets. Four of his other 17 catches surrendered were by Dez Bryant in a match-up with the Cowboys. In 2012, he had given up catches on all six of his targets entering the final month of the season. However, he turned things around and only allowed three catches for 22 yards on nine targets over the last four games, with two interceptions.

Athleticism

Adams has pretty good measurables (including a 34.5 inch vertical leap and a 124 inch broad jump) and his recovery and straight line speed seem good. He looks particularly fast when coming forwards.

Physicality

Adams was used in press coverage quite a bit and did a much better job of adjusting to the new emphasis than Leon McFadden. I wonder if his lack of size relative to the other Seattle defensive backs was a factor in him not making that team, which might be less of an issue for another team. Four of the five corners on their roster are over six feet tall.

Special teams

Adams is another player who has experience of being a punt gunner. The Jets have a lot of options for this position in 2014, which is important given Ellis Lankster's release. He made one good play in preseason, but hasn't quite stood out in this role as Lankster did in the past. Adams was also used in a variety of other special teams roles, including in kick coverage, as a blocker and in the vice role. The fact he has a lot of experience of fielding punts at the NFL level is important too, as I suspect the Jets fear Jalen Saunders might not be ready to do this yet. Adams' numbers are not great but he did have a long return for a touchdown in preseason as a rookie.

Run defense

Adams' play against the run was perhaps one of his most impressive traits from watching this film. He seemed to have a knack to come up and make a stop and isn't afraid to stick his nose into the action. I didn't see him allowing himself to be blocked out of too many plays either.

Tackling

Tackling, unfortunately, seems to be one area where he struggles. He's good at attacking when going forward, but when he's in the open field or chasing after someone, his technique can get sloppy, leading to a lot of missed tackles. He had nine missed tackles last season and in 2011 he had five missed tackles and only made eight. Bear in mind that if a player misses a tackle on a pass play, that will count against their coverage grade on PFF, so any low coverage grade might not always be as much of an indication of how badly someone struggles in terms of covering their man as you might first think.

Blitzing

There isn't much to review here, but as noted he made some good plays when run blitzing. The one pressure he had came as he blitzed from the slot and missed the tackle on the quarterback who was sacked as he stepped up.

Ball skills

Adams managed to deflect some passes and has three interceptions in his career. One of these was as easy as you could get as he passed his man off to the safety at the back of the end zone and the quarterback just threw it straight to him. Another saw him intercept Peyton Manning, who underthrew a receiver as Adams dropped off with a safety coming across to give him coverage over the top. Manning, under pressure on the play, never should have made that throw and Adams made an athletic diving grab. The third one also came on an underthrow as he had press coverage with safety support behind him. That seems to be a situation within which he fares pretty well. I would note that sometimes his timing is slightly off when trying to play the ball in coverage.

Instincts

Other than the touchdown he gave up over the top, I didn't see Adams involved in any coverage breakdowns. As noted, he seems to have a knack of making plays against the run and avoiding blockers.

Demeanor

Adams doesn't particularly seem to be one of your really demonstrative cornerback types. I didn't really see any bad calls go against him though.

Injuries

Adams hasn't been affected too badly by injury although he did end up on season ending reserve right at the end of the year in both 2010 (broken ankle) and 2012 (groin). He also had a concussion in 2012. He was not listed on the injury list at all last season.

Conclusions

As a fan of Ellis Lankster, I was disappointed in the moves yesterday and not particularly impressed with Leon McFadden's film. I therefore had low expectations for this one, but actually Adams isn't bad. He made one really bad mistake in preseason, but other than that was right in the mix for a roster spot in a deep Seahawks secondary.

I guess what Adams offers that Lankster doesn't is an ability to play in the slot. He's also more experienced despite having entered the league a year later, has slightly better size and offers the added value of being an option to return punts. I assume those must be things the Jets covet for their fourth and fifth cornerback.

Adams is not practice squad eligible and therefore this move hasn't been made with a view to adding him onto the practice squad once the team who got rid of him has already filled theirs up as may be the case with McFadden and Powell. However, as a vested veteran, the Jets might not necessarily want Adams on the opening day roster which will guarantee his salary for the whole year. How he fares in practice, together with the injury situation for the opener will ultimately determine his fate.

Unless the Jets make any more signings between now and opening day, I'll be back on Sunday morning to preview the season opener!

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

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As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

Click below to listen

 

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley about the Jets' preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.

 

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This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team.  Today we'll look at defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time anybody saw Christian Hackenberg in a game was the preseason finale almost a year ago. It was a disaster. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception, too.

It was a much, much different and better Hackenberg that the Jets got to see on Saturday night.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Josh McCown threw the Jets' first touchdown of the preseason and the team's defense tallied eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets kept the Titans out of the endzone for the duration of the game, allowing only a field goal on a five-play, 49-yard drive in the third quarter. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The good news is the Jets really have no choice but to play most of their starters in their preseason opener. Or maybe that's the bad news given the low expectations for this team.

But Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles have promised competition all summer long for almost every job on the roster, and the competition begins for real against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Not all jobs are up for grabs, of course, but quite a few are.

Here's an inside look at some of the battles and 10 intriguing players to watch:

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