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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Nov 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) tries to get out of the grasp of Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the second half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
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Over the course of the offseason, the Jets have brought in a dizzying number of players. In addition to their six draft picks and several undrafted free agents, the Jets have acquired 24 veterans since the league year began. Let's attempt to rank each of those additions in terms of their importance for the upcoming season.

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

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

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

Probable roster locks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell saying that Elijah McGuire could be the next LaDainian Tomlinson.

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

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

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SNY captures the highlights, routes and deep throws at New York Jets minicamp Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown throwing darts to their receivers at New York Jets minicamp on Tuesday.

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


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

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
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Last Thursday in San Diego, California, ex-Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested on suspicion of burglary at a mobile-home park, reports NBC San Diego's Rafael Avitabile.

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

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

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

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

The only question is: When?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

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

Dylan Donahue will be hoping to bounce back after a rookie season that was cut short by injury and an offseason which saw him dealing with off-field issues. The coaching staff has been high on his potential, but he didn't really get much of a chance to deliver on that yet.

Preseason stats: Three games, four tackles, 0.5 sacks
Regular-season stats: Four games, five tackles
Projected role: Situational pass rusher

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)

After the Jets missed out on QB Kirk Cousins in free agency this offseason, the team almost had more cap space than they knew what to do with. 

They gave some of that money to QB Teddy Bridgewater, but they handed the most to CB Trumaine Johnson, who inked a big five-year, $73 million contract with the Jets. 

Johnson played for the Rams his entire career but was free to leave this offseason after the team acquired Aqib Talib, Sam Shields and  Marcus Peters. As the top corner on the market, he had options. But he chose to sign with the Jets to win games...

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New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL as a whole would prefer to have its players standing at attention during the national anthem, with no more player protests. For some owners, that's a patriotic gesture. For others, it's simply business. Mostly, though, NFL owners just really want this whole anthem/protest controversy to go away.

That's why it's so bizarre that the league has instead managed to make it infinitely worse.

The NFL knows it too, which is probably why Commissioner Roger Goodell remained so silent when President Donald Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles managed to turn the traditional visit to the White House by the Super Bowl champs into a political football earlier this week. Most of the Eagles weren't planning to go, so the president loudly cancelled the event.

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New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets are continuing to try and impact the community, as Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, along with QB Josh McCown, LT Kelvin Beachum and former Jets LB Demario Davis, sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for bail reform.

The letter was not only addressed to Cuomo, but also to the speaker of the house and the senate president. It brings up several points that the Jets hope lawmakers will take into account.

 

Some of the points raised are...

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)

With two NFL seasons in the books, Jets LB Jordan Jenkins knows what he needs to do to set himself apart in his third year: finish sacks. 

Jenkins was always known as a great run stopper, using his speed to scale sideline to sideline. However, the pass rush has been an element of his game that has been inconsistent. 

In his rookie season, Jenkins totaled 2.5 sacks while accumulating three in 2017. It might be progress, but those numbers don't jump off the page. That is why Jenkins is ready to set himself apart this season by making sure to get the quarterback to the ground, and ultimately, show people how dominant he can really be on the field.

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Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) stiff arms Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) stiff arms Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Free agent S JJ Wilcox took a flight to New Jersey on Tuesday night, confirmed SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and the Jets' signing of Wilcox became official on Wednesday, with the Jets waiving LB Freddie Bishop

Wilcox flew to New Jersey just hours after rejecting the 49ers at the last minute, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. One source told Schefter that Wilcox "flipped" after he was at the 49ers' offices to sign with them, and wanted to instead play for the Jets under head coach Todd Bowles.

Another source told Schefter that "he got stage fright." 

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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

What the Jets' coaching staff will hope to see from tight end Jordan Leggett this season hasn't really changed from a year ago, because he didn't get a chance to suit up during the season. He's therefore not had a chance to showcase his blocking, route-running or pass catching skills, other than in preseason.

Preseason Stats: Three games, five catches for 40 yards.
Regular Season Stats: Zero games played.
Projected Role: Reserve tight end.

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