This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

The Aaron Maybin signing was largely met with skepticism (and a little snarkiness) from analysts and fans alike, including myself. Maybin's numbers are not impressive and the chances of him making an impact on what is developing into a perennial top five defense, when he couldn't even get on the field for the struggling Bills seemed remote.

However, you can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket and the Jets' top brass obviously felt it was a low-risk move to bring him aboard and see what he had to offer.

After the jump, I'm going to share some detailed scouting notes on Maybin and try to assess exactly what he brings to the table.

The Numbers

As noted up top, Maybin's numbers in the NFL have not been very impressive. However, I've never been one to rely on numbers, so I'm going to be looking at how he performed. Before I do that, though, we need to set the scene by going through some of those numbers (courtesy of PFF).

Playing time:

2009: 232 snaps (42 in the opener against NE, no higher than 21 thereafter)

2010: 100 snaps (including 43 against New England)

Usage:

2009: 99 running plays, 131 pass rushes, dropped into coverage twice

2010: 29 running plays, 70 pass rushes, dropped into coverage once

In total, over the two years, he rushed the quarterback on pass plays 99% of the time.

Defensive Statistics:

2009: 10 solo tackles, two assists, two missed tackles

2010: Five solo tackles

Pass Rushing Numbers:

2009: No sacks, one QB hit, four pressures

2010: No sacks, one QB hit, five pressures

This compares closely to Vernon Gholston's pass rushing numbers: Two hits, nine pressures in 201 pass rush attempts versus two hits, fifteen pressures in 322 pass rush attempts. However, Gholston was rushing as part of a three man line rather than off the edge a higher percentage of the time. In 2010, for example, Gholston had 41 pass rush attempts as an edge rusher (out of 104) and Maybin had 33 (out of 70).

Special Teams Numbers:

2009: Two tackles, one assist, one penalty

2010: No tackles, one penalty

The Scouting Data

In order to scout Maybin, I decided to look at every snap of the game against New England in Week Three of 2010. Maybin was on the field for 43 snaps that day, so it represented almost half of his playing time for the entire season.

Selection Bias

At this point, I need to make a major disclaimer. While this game is indicative of Maybin's potential abilities, it must be taken into consideration that if he was getting that much playing time, he was obviously doing well in practice, so this may not be a fair representation of the rest of his career or where he is at now.

After this game, he didn't have another game where his snap count got into double figures. Was that because he was banged up? Did he get out of shape? Did he show poor attitude in practice? Did he fall out with the coaches? Nobody can know for sure, although there are all sorts of theories out there.

We must ensure we take into account the fact that the Aaron Maybin that caused the Bills to lose so much faith in him that they let him go even though they still owed him some guaranteed money is almost certainly not the same as the one who they decided was worthy of heavy reps against one of the league's top offenses last September.

So, whatever we get from this game, it should be considered as what Maybin is capable of...if and when he gets back to the way he was back then, whether that be by showing a better attitude, bulking back up or whatever. However, it's also true to say that if he can get back there, that doesn't represent his ceiling, because there's no way he could be considered to be the finished article at that stage of his career.

With the disclaimers out of the way, let's look at what Maybin did on every snap in that game against the Patriots. For the record, the 0-2 Bills ran the Pats surprisingly close, but ended up losing 38-30.

The Scouting Play-By-Play

Note: To save time, unless otherwise stated, Maybin lined up as a 4-3 DE on the right side and was in a one-on-one matchup with Matt Light.

First Half

1. Maybin rushed the passer and bounced off Light's initial block, but Brady threw a quick pass before he could put him under pressure.

2. Maybin lined up as a 4-3 OLB across from Alge Crumpler on the right side. Crumpler leveraged him to the inside and blocked him to the ground creating a hole for a five yard run.

3. Maybin lined up on the left against Sebastian Vollmer and tried to make a spin move, but Vollmer backed up and stayed comfortably in front as Brady threw another quick pass.

4. Maybin showed speed off the edge, beating Light and getting pressure on Brady, who once again threw a quick pass, otherwise Maybin could have hit him.

5. This time Maybin got a step to the outside, but Light easily re-directed him upfield so Brady could comfortably step up and throw.

6. Brady went on a seven step drop and looked downfield. Maybin, seeing that he couldn't get to him, backed off and tried to disrupt a passing angle.

7. Light handled him pretty easily, with some late help from Dan Connolly.

8. The Pats ran the ball away from him.

9. Maybin came off his block and made an inside move to get to Brady. I'd have credited this as a QB hit.

10. Light handled him easily this time and Brady made a first down completion, although the receiver lost a fumble downfield.

11. Maybin bit on a fake up the middle and lost contain as the Pats ran an end around to his side. The play gained five yards.

12. Maybin lined up on the left and fell on the pile after a five yard run up the middle.

13. Maybin made a good read as they ran the ball to the opposite side from him. However, he got caught up in traffic and couldn't disrupt the runner from getting through the line for a 20-yard gain. That wasn't his responsibility, but he almost managed to blow that play up.

14. He was blocked initially, but the runner slipped over and Maybin was able to get off his block and tackle him for no gain as he tried to get to his feet.

15. Once again they ran away from Maybin and the runner cut back across field for a 22-yard touchdown. Maybin couldn't get back into the play because Light smartly directed him upfield and away from the cutback lane.

16. With the Bills in a dime formation, Maybin rushed against Light as part of a three man line. He bullrushed and Light managed to just about fend him off long enough for Brady to get the pass away unencumbered.

17. From the same formation, Maybin tried a spin move, but was easily repelled.

So, for the first half, Maybin had a couple of pressures and a couple of minor missteps against the run, but nothing serious. In fact, he had made a play against the run, albeit largely by happening to be in the right place at the right time and the biggest runs were not his fault. He wasn't an easy matchup for Light and had tried some different things in an effort to put him under pressure.

Second Half

18. Tried a speed rush, but was redirected upfield again by Light. Brady threw another quick pass.

19. Another speed rush was handled comfortably, as Brady again threw a quick pass.

20. Maybin ran a stunt and Dan Connolly had to come over to pick him up. Maybin may have just about got his pads in front of Connolly before he made it all the way across, so you could perhaps call this a pressure, but it's debatable. Let's call it a half-pressure.

21. Once again, Maybin's speed rush saw him directed upfield so Brady could step up.

22. Light stayed in front of Maybin easily here. Maybin lost his helmet on the play, which could have been seen as a hands-to-the-face penalty.

23. Lining up as a 3-4 DE, Maybin was initially driven off the line, but he came off his block and managed to get back to the runner to stop him for a short gain.

24. Tried to speed rush, but Brady threw a quick pass.

25. Made an inside move, which the tackle picked up, but this created room for a stunting DT to get a pressure on Brady.

26. Light blocked him to the ground on his pass rush attempt. Brady ended up scrambling the other way for a first down.

27. Brady threw an immediate pass the other way.

28. Brady threw an immediate pass to his side.

29. Got a good bullrush on Light who was moving backwards, but recovered well and Brady got a quick pass away.

30. Brady rolled out to the opposite side and threw a touchdown pass.

31. Lined up on the left and came off the edge unblocked. He almost got there, but the run went the other way.

32. A slot corner was covering the man in motion to Maybin's side (LDE), but when the ball was snapped, the corner blitzed along with Maybin. LeVoir, who had replaced Vollmer at RT, picked up Maybin and then Maybin ended up driving him backwards into the path of the unblocked cornerback so LeVoir was able to shove him too, just about enabling Brady to get a quick pass off.

33. Maybin was blocked to the outside by LeVoir, as the run went up the middle. He hustled back and fell on the pile.

34. Handled easily by Light, buying time for Brady to throw a deep incompletion.

35. Maybin made an inside move to try and free up a stunting DT again, but this time the Pats picked it up well.

36. Lined up on the left and the run went the other way. LeVoir seemed to lazily just let him go.

37. The Bills stuffed a short yardage play as Maybin was initially blocked by a tight end, but then fell on the pile.

38. Maybin jumped offsides, but then tried to get back. Welker then jumped too, while Maybin was still in the neutral zone, so Maybin drew the flag. I'd like to say that was a smart veteran move by Welker, but it looked inadvertent.

38 (no snap on the last play). Lined up on the left, matched up with Gronkowski. Got some good penetration on that side, but Green-Ellis slipped through a gap for five up the middle.

39. On a short yardage conversion by the Pats, Maybin was blocked, but sort of fell backwards onto the pile.

40. Lined up on the right, but the Pats ran the other way (for a big gain).

41. Easily handled at the line and Brady threw a quick pass.

42. Was directed to the outside by Light and Brady stepped up to throw a quick pass.

43. With seven DBs in, Maybin lined up as a 3-4 DE on the right. Light cutblocked him to the ground.

In the second half, Maybin again created pressure a couple of times and made one good play against the run.

Officially, he was credited with three tackles and an assist and PFF credited him with three pressures. They gave him a negative grade overall, but he did get a positive grade for pass rushing and his overall grade would basically have been neutral if it wasn't for the penalty. Only four Bills had a positive grade defensively, so his relative performance was not bad.

What Else Did He Do Last Year?

Other than that game, Maybin was only credited with one QB hit, two pressures and two solo tackles, so I must reiterate that this is indicative of his potential, not a representation of what could be expected from him on a regular basis.

I sought out those other plays where he had some pass rushing success. Clearly, the selection bias here is even higher because I am only looking at the plays where he made an impact - and on basically every other play last year, he did not. However, let's review those.

- Against Miami, against Jake Long of all people (the irony should not be lost on any Vernon Gholston fans), he recorded his only QB hit of the season. On third and ten, he rushed to the outside, but bounced off Long's block to the inside and got a clean path to the quarterback. This disrupted the pass, because Henne had a man open downfield, but misfired.

- Against Pittsburgh, he beat Jonathan Scott with a speed rush off the edge. Scott essentially tackled him to prevent a sack and was called for a hold. Beating Scott is slightly less impressive than beating Long (or Matt Light). Scott was PFF's 8th worst rated tackle in 2010 and gave up six sacks, four hits and 27 pressures in 12 starts. By comparison, Long gave up just 12 pressures in 16 starts.

- Also against Pittsburgh (even though he was only on the field for four snaps), Maybin beat Scott to the inside for another pressure. The Steelers probably got away with a hold here, as Maybin drove Scott back and Roethlisberger collided with him. What happened next was pretty impressive. Scott fell on top of Maybin and Roethlisberger took off running. Maybin then crawled out from under Scott's body, chased Roethlisberger out to the sideline and got a good hit on him. Unfortunately, it was still a first down scramble, but the hustle was remarkable.

Conclusions

Clearly Maybin's lack of playing time was down to something going on behind the scenes, because his performance against the Patriots certainly seemed to merit more playing time, but instead his reps all but dried up, even though the Bills were struggling. Then when he did get a few reps against the Steelers and made a few impact plays, this didn't translate to more playing time either.

Maybin graded out poorly against the run in 2009, so maybe that explains why he didn't get much playing time that year, but he hardly played against the run in 2010, and when he did - as in the Pats game - it seems like he fared reasonably well.

I came away impressed with Maybin's pass rushing ability, bearing in mind that I had deliberately selected a game in which he did well by his standards - and that I had low expectations to start with. I also noted that he dived onto piles and chased after lost causes, which were things I know Gholston was - perhaps sometimes unfairly - chastised for not doing often enough.

The challenge for the Jets now is going to be to get Maybin mentally, physically and emotionally back to where he was early last season. If he can bring what he did in that Pats game to the Jets, they can certainly use someone who will present the opposing left tackle with a challenge and perhaps even beat a one-on-one matchup from time to time.

I'm still extremely guarded in my optimism, but perhaps I was too quick to be totally dismissive of this deal. Yes, signs point to Maybin being the next Jarron Gilbert, but even he made the active roster before the end of his first season, so perhaps it is too soon to count out the same thing happening to Maybin after all.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

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Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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Free-agent WR Quinton Patton met with the Jets on Saturday, the team announced. 

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers. 

The 2013 fourth-round pick has 73 career catches for 880 yards. 

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

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Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

Click below to listen!

 

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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Jets outlook for 2017 00:03:24
The Daily News Live panel wonders if the Jets have already given up on the 2017 season given the current makeup of the team.

Maccagnan's seat warming up? 00:02:42
Jon Hein and Dan Graca discuss if Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan should be on the hot seat as the Jets enter free agency.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.

So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?

Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:

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Jets lack of free agent activity 00:03:06
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate just how depressing the first day of free agency has been for the New York Jets and their fan base.

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham  met with the Jets on Friday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in 11 games last season with the Rams, rushing 21 times for 101 yards.

Cunningham signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise.

Since debuting in 2013, he's carried the ball 171 times for 748 yards and four touchdowns in 57 career games with the Rams.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) fumbles the ball after being sacked by New York Jets linebacker Corey Lemonier (44) and New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets have re-signed LB Corey Lemonier, the team announced Thursday night.

The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Lions on Dec. 26 and appeared in New York's Week 17 game against the Bills.

Lemonier has appeared in 51 career games since he was selected by the 49ers in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Josh Martin (95) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets have re-signed LB/ST Josh Martin to a two-year, $4.3 million deal, the team announced Thursday night.

The fourth-year pro played in a career-high 15 games for New York last season, primarily on special teams.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

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On Guard with Willie Colon 00:04:08
Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.

Willie Colon joins DNL to discuss the Giants acquisition of Brandon Marshall and the Jets quarterback situation as free agency begins.


GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:04:54
The Jets informed Darrelle Revis of his impending release next week amid issues off the field and declining performance on the field.

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Darrelle Revis' long and sometimes stormy tenure with the Jets has officially come to an end.

The Jets released the 31-year-old on Thursday, on the first day of the NFL's new league year. It was "100 percent" a football decision, according to a team source, and not at all related to his recent legal troubles in Pittsburgh.

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 (Andrew Weber)
(Andrew Weber)

The Jets have re-signed LT/RT Ben Ijalana to a two-year deal worth $11 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Ijalana, 27, played in all 16 games for the Jets last season.

He made $760,000 in 2016...

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Jets Nation: Free Agency Special 00:03:24
In a special Free Agency edition of Jets Nation the panel discuss if they were surprised by any of the Jets' recent free agent moves.

SNY had full coverage of the opening of NFL Free Agency at 4PM on Thursday with a special Jets Nation: Free Agency Special.

Jeane Coakley hosted with former Jets Ray Lucas and Willie Colon and longtime Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff. Ralph Vacchiano was around providing the latest news and notes as the Jets looked to reshape their roster.
 

 

 

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The Jets have released RB Khiry Robinson, the team announced Thursday.

Robinson, 27, signed with the Jets last March after missing the end of the 2015 season due to a broken leg. 

He reinjured the leg during a preseason game against the Eagles and was waived/injured on Sept. 4. Robinson re-signed with the Jets on Dec. 7 but reinjured the leg against the Patriots in Week 16.

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