Last year, on June 14th, the Jets announced that they had signed Jordan White, the last remaining unsigned pick from their 2012 draft class. Third round pick Demario Davis had signed on June 2nd and the rest of the picks, including first rounder Quinton Coples had been signed back in May. Here we are on June 17th in 2013 and the Jets' three top picks remain outstanding. Is there any reason we should be concerned about this?

A look back at last year reveals that John Idzik's Seahawks signed all of their draft picks in one go, in the first week of May. However, the Jets may have slightly different organizational philosophies and have always been a team that deals with their rookies on a piecemeal basis. A look at the NFL's signing status page reveals that only eight first round picks have been signed, leaving 24 still unsigned. In terms of 2nd to 7th round picks, there remain 21 unsigned, of which Geno Smith is one.

As a general rule, we're in an era where the basic parameters for rookie deals are more or less set in stone and there really isn't much room for negotiation as a result. The rookie allocation - an amount set aside for rookie signings which counts against the cap but cannot be exceeded and does not allow for unused surplus to be used on veterans - is now so tight that that teams have no choice but to agree on a contract that slots in between the picks above and below it in terms of value, otherwise they won't be able to fit all their deals under that rookie allocation. Note: If you release a draft pick without signing them, your rookie allocation is reduced accordingly, so it's not possible to create more breathing room by doing that and spreading an allocation for six players across five contracts or whatever.

The new CBA places restrictions on the length of these deals. Also, all incentives are treated as likely to be earned and salary advances, option bonuses, buybacks, voidable years and renegotiating in the first three years are all prohibited under the new CBA, so you can’t use loopholes to get around the rookie allocation. There are also special rules that restrict the guarantee of future salaries and how much you can increase or reduce salaries by year-on-year, which means that there isn't much wiggle room in terms of how these deals are structured, either.

There are still some key negotiation points, as set out in this article from OverTheCap.com. So, while we may already have a good idea about what these contracts will look like in terms of size, structure and guarantees and might therefore be wondering what the hold-up is, there is still work to be done.

After the jump, I'll be looking at each of the remaining unsigned rookies and summarizing the details for those that did sign so far.

Let's first summarize the details for the draft picks that did sign. The guys at OverTheCap.com have been tracking rookie deals from around the league, so you can see where these deals are slotted and where the gaps are that have yet to be filled in.

Signings already made

The Jets have already signed Tommy Bohanon (four years, $2.2m), William Campbell (four years, $2.3m), Oday Aboushi (four years, $2.4m) and Brian Winters (four years, $2.9m). Of the four, Winters is the only one not due to receive a minimum salary in years 2-4. The only difference between the other deals is the size of the signing bonus, which obviously reduces based on how late you were selected. Due to the way the CBA treats 3rd to 7th round picks, each of these four has a playing time incentive in the fourth year which will elevate the total value of the deal to approximately $4m for Winters and $3m for the others. That incentive will be earned if they play 35% or more of the snaps in any two of the first three years - or 35% overall for the first two years.

Note: The first draft this fourth year option for 3rd to 7th round picks applies for is 2011. So far, none of the 2011 class have earned this, although Jeremy Kerley is extremely close. Bilal Powell met the 35% criteria last year, so he will have a shot at it this year if he earns a role, but Kenrick Ellis and Greg McElroy would need to basically be full time players and Scotty McKnight is, of course, long gone. Anyone who meets the criteria will see their 2014 salary escalated to the same sum as the lowest 2014 RFA tender (around $1.5m).

Sheldon Richardson

On the basis of the deals made so far by the Jets and those going on around the league, nothing out of the ordinary seems to have taken place, so we can expect Richardson's deal to fall in line with last year's 13th pick and the slotting that has taken place so far. The 14th pick, Star Lotulelei was signed for $9.6m over four years, so we can expect Richardson to get slightly more than this - likely about $10m.

In the first half of the first round, players get 100% guarantees, so that's not going to be a sticking point. Also, each first round pick from 11-32 automatically gets a fifth year option where the team can retain him for one more year with a salary equivalent to the average of the top 25 salaries (excluding the two highest) at his position. That option is exercised after year three, so the Jets will exercise that option for Muhammad Wilkerson - the first of their picks under the new CBA - at the end of this season (if they don't extend him).

So, what's the hold-up on Richardson? Well, there are three factors at play here. The first is the offset language issue mentioned in Jason's article from OTC about negotiation points linked to above:

This is something that will only come into play in the first 15 picks in the draft. The top picks in the draft will have their contracts fully guaranteed. What that means is if they are cut the team needs to pay them a check for future guaranteed salary and the player can then go find another job. If a contract contains offset language the team will get a credit, or payback, based on the amount of money the player earns with another team. If the contract contains no offsets the team does not get a credit for money earned elsewhere. As an example if a player has $5 million guaranteed, gets cut and finds a new job for $3 million the team that cut him is only on the hook for $2 million rather than 5 if there is offset language. If there is no offset language the player earns $8 million as there is no payback credit to his original team.

As the article goes on to say, more and more agents have managed to negotiate deals with no offset language in recent years. It's perhaps not a major issue and one that not many teams are likely to dig their heels in on, but certainly something worth watching. Of course, it's only an issue if your player is a complete bust that doesn't make it through four seasons. Even if that is the case, the kind of money at stake is a lot lower than when the Jets had Vernon Gholston on the team and were compelled to keep him a year longer than most expected because they were paying him several million either way. Richardson's third and fourth year salaries are unlikely to exceed $2m each.

The second sticking point is that the 12th pick, DJ Hayden is yet to sign. Rather than negotiate terms now, the Jets may prefer to wait until the pick immediately before Richardson is inked, so that they can narrow the deal parameters even further and let Hayden's agent do most of the work. That feeds into the offset language issue too, because if Hayden has offset language in his deal, then that might make it easier for the Jets to include it in Richardson's contract. Hayden's injury concerns (recent abdominal surgery) could be what are holding up the Raiders in terms of completing his deal.

The final sticking point would be Dee Milliner. Since Milliner is also unsigned and they'll be on the same team, this might impact the timing of the deal, any offset language or the way the deal is laid out. They won't want to be seen to prioritize one over the other or show any favorable treatment that could put an early dampener on their relationship with these players' respective agents.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith's deal should be pretty straightforward. He's slotted to earn around $5m over four years and second round picks are the only ones who don't have a fourth year escalator or a fifth year option - it's just a basic four year deal. Picks 34 through 38 are all signed, as are 40 through 42. So, what's the hold up with the 39th pick?

This comes down to Smith's decision to change agents. As was widely reported, Smith fired his agent and then hired Kim Miale of Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency. While Idzik said last week that the NFL's pending investigation into Jay-Z's role in this hire is not holding up his deal, it was a factor because the change occurred at a time where the Jets were prioritizing their negotiation of rookie deals, so they were unable to negotiate with Smith at that time. The rookie deals were then placed on the back-burner while the offseason program was conducted and will presumably now be re-prioritized.

Dee Milliner

Like Smith, Milliner changed his agents right at the time where the Jets might have been ready to negotiate with him. Now that the 8th pick - Tavon Austin - is signed, things should be set up for his new agent, Pat Dye, to negotiate with the Jets.

The offset language issue should be relevant again here. Austin signed a deal with no offset language, but that wasn't a surprise because the Rams don't usually include offsets for their first rounders anyway. Last year's ninth pick - Luke Kuechly - also got a deal with no offset language, but the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th picks did not, so it will be interesting to see what happens with the Jets and their two first rounders.

When they do finally settle on a deal, it will of course be a four year pact with 100% guarantees. Based on his slot in the draft, Milliner is going to end up earning about $12m or so over four years. However, he will also have that fifth year option which, as a top ten pick, will net him a salary in year five equivalent to the average of the ten highest paid cornerbacks in the league.

Conclusions

There doesn't seem to be any reason for panic at the moment. While there are a few finer points that will need to be agreed upon and one or two other dominos that need to fall, there's no reason to believe these deals won't get done in time for camp.

In the past, the Jets have left things late, signing their last few deals in the days leading up to camp, but that hasn't been the case since the new CBA came in. Hopefully, they will make this a priority so that they can avoid any last minute hiccups which could potentially jeopardize everyone being in camp on time.

Thanks to Jason from OTC for his input into this article.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Jets T Brandon Shell left the team's game against the Marlins on Sunday with a neck injury and is doubtful to return, the team announced.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson's is active for the Jets' Week 7 game against the Dolphins despite a lingering toe and shoulder injury that has put his status in jeopardy early this season.

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Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)

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THE GAME

The Jets (3-3) vs. the Miami Dolphins (3-2) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be hot, as usual, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It will also be windy, with sustained winds of 15-20 m.p.h. expected. And as always in Miami, there could be some late afternoon thunderstorms that potentially could impact the second half of the game.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at a tough loss to the New England Patriots. The guys discuss the brutal mistakes by the Jets which kept the Pats in the game, and the blown call at the goal line involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Plus, Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon joins the show to talk about the struggles of Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams, and his role on the team. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post calls in to give his take on the loss to NE, and how the Jets missed out on Deshaun Watson.

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Vacc's 3 Keys to a Jets win 00:01:37
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former NFL running back Curtis Martin recalls some of the most dramatic moments of his life, including two near-death experiences, as well as his relationship with Bill Parcells, Bob Kraft, and the infamous trade that sent him from the Patriots to the Jets.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets vs. Miami 00:01:54
With Muhammad Wilkerson likely a game-time decision to play Sunday, Jeane Coakley talks to Leonard Williams about stepping up his game.

 

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The last time the Jets had Bilal Powell in the lineup, at full strength, he ran all over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Forced into the lead back role with Matt Forte sidelined, he ran for 163 yards on 7.8 yards per carry, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

He's back this week in time for the Jets game in Miami on Sunday, and so is Forte, with both apparently as close to full strength as they're going to be. But the Jets can't revert to their old habit of splitting their backfield duties.

They need Powell to carry the load.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, and will be a game-time decision, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, and didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario.

However, Bowles added that the team has discussed the possibility of giving Wilkerson one or two weeks off.

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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

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The Jets are preparing for the trip to Miami, so there will be no media access at Florham Park on Friday. The entire term, apart from Muhammad Wilkerson, practiced without limitation yesterday, so they are in good shape for the road trip.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will preview the game and send his three keys. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets defense 00:01:25
Ralph Vacchiano reports in from Jets practice to address the question that is on everyone's mind; when will the Jets finally get a sack?

 

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Jenkins on overcoming addiction 00:03:29
On Jets Game Plan, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins sits down with Jeane Coakley to share about how he overcame his battle with addiction.

 

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the day the Jets re-signed Muhammad Wilkerson in the summer of 2016 to a blockbuster, five-year, $86 million contract, they made it clear they were banking on him and not Sheldon Richardson. Fourteen months later, Richardson was traded.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

RB Bilal Powell, who missed last week's game due to a calf injury, practiced on Thursday and will return when the Jets face the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, head coach Todd Bowles said.

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) was the only Jets player who didn't practice on Thursday.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Powell should hopefully give a boost to the Jets' struggling running game, although I suspect the team's inability to get the running game going has more to do with how overmatched the Jets have been in the trenches...

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

He may be one of the most productive tight ends in football at the moment, but Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins admits his career was taking a dive before joining the Green and White. 

Seferian-Jenkins has caught 23 passes over the last four weeks of the season. It could be more if he didn't have to serve a two-game suspension that stems from his DUI arrest last September when he was with the Buccaneers.

But ASJ doesn't mind the numbers. He is happy that he is still playing the game he loves in the first place. 

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The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

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The Jets practice today at Florham Park. Will Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, or Robby Anderson return to practice after sitting out on Wednesday?

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings...

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DNL: 2017 Jets season so far 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses the Jets' season so far including if Todd Bowles deserves more credit and which player has disappointed the most.

 

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets featured many key players out during practice Wednesday including RB Bilal Powell, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and WR Robby Anderson. 

Powell, who is nursing a calf injury, stretched with the team, but he didn't participate in anything else. He already missed last week with the same injury.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, He didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario for No. 96...

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Daily News Live: Cool your Jets 00:03:02
The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

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Daily News Live: Colon 00:01:10
Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

After a hot start to his rookie season, Jets S Jamal Adams became the latest victim of Patriots' star TE Rob Gronkowski in the Jets' 24-17 loss on Sunday. 

Adams had troubles with Gronk from the beginning of the game. The Jets had a 14-0 lead when Patriots QB Tom Brady launched a ball toward the back of the end zone intended for Gronkowski. Adams made a play on the ball, but refs said that he made too much contact with the 6-foot-6 tight end resulting in a pass interference call.

Dion Lewis would score on the next play, and Adams was still surprised as to why the refs threw the flag. 

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continue to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season. Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 6:

Defensive Line

The defensive line once again didn't make any major contributions, with New England rushing for 118 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry and officially surrendering just four quarterback hits and no sacks. However, that was partly due to the Jets' gameplan. They didn't blitz much, sending just four rushers on average. And some of the bigger runs they gave up came with pass defense personnel on the field or one of Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson on the bench...

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets are off today.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

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Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets assigned wide receiver Jalin Marshall to the practice squad on Monday after they waived him on Saturday.

Marshall, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was waived to make room for cornerback Xavier Coleman on the team's active roster for Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

The 22-year-old Marshall recorded 14 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last season. He also returned 18 punts for 100 yards and 13 kickoffs for 324 yards.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road. 

The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back. 

"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

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