The Jets this week announced the signing of tight end Shawn Nelson to the active roster. Unlike the Eron Riley signing, he was a free agent when they picked him up, so there is no requirement for them to keep him on the roster for a minimum of three weeks. Some have therefore suggested he’s only been signed to gain information on the Jets’ next opponents, his former team - Buffalo. However, the Jets have been looking at tight ends since Jeff Cumberland was injured and, with Matt Mulligan struggling, there might be an opportunity to stick. I have therefore been looking at game footage to get a feel for what he brings to the table.

Shawn Nelson was a 6-foot-5, 240 pound blocking tight end, drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft by the Bills. I say “was” because he bulked up during the lockout and the Bills were already listing him at 273 pounds back in August. However, he was 240 when the games I analyzed were played, so adjust your expectations in terms of speed, strength and mobility accordingly.

Nelson got plenty of playing time for the Bills in 2009 and although his 2010 season was eaten into by injuries and a suspension, there is plenty of regular season footage to analyze, unlike for the likes of Baxter, Schlauderaff and Riley, who only really played against backups in preseason.

However, I first became aware of Nelson back in 2005 when he caught six passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns to win MVP honors as Southern Miss beat Arkansas State in the New Orleanns Bowl. Back then, he was a 225-pound receiver, but they were already moving him around and using him in a variety of ways. By 2007, he had converted to tight end, although he was still considered more of a pass catching threat than a blocker. In a game against Boise State, he stayed in to block a lot early on, but later got open downfield for a 31-yard catch and scored a 22-yard TD on a screen pass as he ran untouched to the endzone. He could have had another touchdown, but badly dropped an over-the-shoulder catch in the endzone.

At the start of his rookie season, Nelson missed an entire week of OTAs due to “personal problems”. This is perhaps not a big deal, especially since the activities were not mandatory, although it was the first of many occasions where Nelson was not available. He made it into the rotation, even scoring a touchdown in his first game, but then injured his shoulder in week two and missed the next game. After returning to the lineup, he played in the next three games, before missing the next three with migraine issues.

In 2010, he injured his groin in preseason and had to have surgery. Then, it was announced that he had violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy and would be suspended for four games. He returned to the lineup in week seven and played the next five games, only to suffer more migraine issues and end up on injured reserve.

In 2011, he showed up 30 pounds heavier, which he had said was to help him with blocking. However, when the Bills surprisingly cut him, the media reported that it was because he showed up overweight. He hadn’t participated in any camp activities due to an undisclosed injury and the emergence of Scott Chandler obviously made him surplus to requirements.

Clearly, Nelson hasn’t been particularly reliable so far, although much of that probably isn’t his fault. Hopefully he’s spent the last two months getting in shape and re-dedicating himself to the game. Let’s now get a sense of how he performed when he DID play.

2009 Season

Week One – New England

Nelson caught two passes for 13 yards and (his only) NFL touchdown. He also dropped a pass and was called for two penalties.

An interesting sequence of plays late in the first quarter saw him line up on the right hand side and pull to the left three times. On the first one, he made a great seal block on the outside linebacker coming off the edge. This opened up a huge hole for a 17-yard gain. On the next one, a couple of plays later, the outside linebacker read the play and pinched in. Nelson couldn’t really find anyone to block and the run was stuffed. On the play after that, he pulled left again, but this time, as the linebacker avoided him, it was a play-action pass and he leaked into the flat to catch the ball and dive in at the pylon for a nine yard touchdown.

He also showed an ability to run block in space, sustaining his block well on Adalius Thomas on the edge for an 11-yard run that was negated by an illegal formation penalty and again on a 3rd and 3 conversion. However, on one similar play the linebacker battled with him to get outside leverage and in his efforts to allow the runner to turn the corner, Nelson grabbed his man’s arm and was called for a hold. The runner did get to the edge for a 12-yard gain, which was obviously called back. Nelson’s other penalty was a false start in the first quarter.

He was targeted another two times, with a pass in the flat being thrown too high so he had to jump to catch it and was held to a 4-yard gain. On another, he got good downfield separation going across the field on a square-in route, but the pass was thrown behind him and he dropped it.

Week Two – Tampa Bay

Nelson caught one pass for 13 yards, but left with a shoulder injury.

Nelson’s only target in this one saw him leak to the outside where he was wide open for a 13-yard catch and run.

As a blocker, he had mixed results. Early on, he drove DE Jimmy Wilkerson back five yards as the runner gained five up the middle. Later, he met an OLB in space and drove him out of the play as the Bills gained four more. After that, he did a good job of making a block at the second level, but then did not sustain the block and his man was able to get to the runner. That ended up being a six yard gain. Finally, a linebacker diagnosed the run and got to the hole before Nelson could make the block, beating him inside to stuff the run for a loss.

Week Four - Miami

Nelson made his return from injury but was not targeted.

An interesting sequence here saw him blocking Jason Taylor on the outside. On the first play, he met him on the edge and made a good kickout block to set up a nine yard gain. On the next play, he lost outside leverage and Taylor was able to string the play out for a loss.

Week Five - Cleveland

Nelson was targeted four times, but caught just one pass for no gain. He was in the game for a career high 67 snaps (85% of the time).

In this game, Nelson’s only catch saw a cornerback come off his man to tackle him in the backfield. This was almost a safety. As a blocker, he had problems sustaining his blocks on a couple of occasions. On one, his man got off his block on the outside and missed the tackle in the backfield before recovering to make the tackle for a loss with his second effort. On another, his man got off his block on the inside and held the run to a three yard gain.

Week Six - Jets

Nelson caught two passes for 34 yards and was called for one penalty. After this game, he missed three weeks with migraine issues.

This must be where Nelson first found his way onto Rex Ryan’s radar screen. Entering the game, the Jets were hitting the opposing quarterback five times per game on average and the Bills were not regarded as a strong pass-protecting team. However, in this game, they thwarted the Jets’ overload blitzes by leaving extra guys in, moving the pocket and generally being extremely well-organized in pass protection. Nelson was one of these guys, as he stayed in seven times and did not allow any pressure. Overall, the Jets blitzed 14 times, but had just one sack and one QB hit.

As a pass catcher, he had a 25 yard gain on a seam route and a nine yard reception on his only two targets.

In the running game, he threw a good early block to set up a 12-yard run, but was beaten on two runs that were stuffed either side of the end of the first quarter. He also had a false start. In the third quarter, he made three consecutive good blocks as the Bills gained nine yards on three straight runs. The first saw Terrell Owens gain nine on an end around as Nelson made a pulling block. Nelson also made a good pulling block on the third of those runs.

Week Ten - Tennessee

Nelson made his return and caught three passes for 13 yards and was also called for a hold on a kickoff. In addition, he recovered a fumble early in the second half.

His most important catch was a five yard gain as he leaked out into the flat on 2nd and 3. As a run blocker, he had a good early block where he blocked the first guy, then peeled off to block a second guy on the edge. The run went for seven yards. Later on, he tried to make a pulling block, but Kyle Vanden Bosch diagnosed the play and avoided him to make the tackle, albeit downfield for a five yard gain, so at least he did enough to enable the runner to get through the line. As a pass blocker, William Hayes got a step on him to the outside and used his strength to pressure the quarterback. This is the only pressure Nelson has given up so far in his career, having stayed in to block 79 times.

Week Eleven - Jacksonville

Nelson was thrown at three times and caught one pass for 25 yards. He also had a costly penalty.

His one catch, late in the second quarter saw him leap over a linebacker to make the grab downfield. On one of the other two targets, he was well-covered and the pass was broken up.

Late in the first quarter, he lined up in the slot and made a cut block on the defensive end to spring an outside run for a 9-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, blocking below the waist is illegal if you are lined up outside the tackle box, so the touchdown was negated.

Other than that, he had mixed results as a run blocker. He made a good second level block on an outside run for 11 and combined with a fullback to seal a run-blitzing linebacker on the inside as a run went outside. He also made two good pulling blocks, cutting his man to the ground on one. Unfortunately, those last three plays netted just seven yards as his linemates didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Another run went for four yards, but this time it was Nelson’s man who made the stop as he pulled but did not sustain.

Week Twelve - Miami

Nelson was in for 58 snaps, but caught just one pass for 22 yards. Overall, he was targeted four times and had one drop.

Nelson’s one catch here came on a crossing route. Aside from his drop, he also ran a poor route to allow Yeremiah Bell to jump in front of him and intercept a pass. He didn’t have much of an impact as a blocker.

Week Thirteen - Jets

Nelson was not targeted in this game, but again had an important role in pass protection, staying in to block on 12 snaps and helping limit the Jets to just nine QB disruptions.

Nelson’s best block here came on special teams as he met James Ihedigbo head-on and turned him around. You may remember Fred Jackson’s 36-yard run where Kerry Rhodes seemed to be running away from the ball carrier downfield. That play came about because Calvin Pace was blocked on the edge and David Harris got caught in traffic. On that play, Nelson was looking for someone to block at the second level, but there was nobody there. Bart Scott came from the opposite side and was almost able to blow the play up, but Nelson just saw him in time and got enough of him to spring the runner. Later on, despite the fact that the play only went for a two yard gain, he had a very impressive block on Shaun Ellis on the edge. Ellis couldn’t get off the block and was unable to drive Nelson off his spot as he did a good job of standing his ground and sustaining the block until after the whistle.

Week Fourteen – Kansas City

Nelson caught two passes for 19 yards, but also fumbled once.

Nelson had a nice downfield catch on a square-in route, showing soft hands as he got his hands to a high ball and then pulled down a juggling catch. His other catch in the flat, saw the ball stripped away from his grasp for a turnover.

As a run blocker, he did a good job of turning and driving a DE out of the play and forcing his man to the inside to create a small seam behind him. Both plays gained just four yards.

Week Fifteen – New England

Nelson was targeted five times and made a career high four catches, but for just 17 yards. He did recover a muffed punt on special teams, though.

On one of his catches, he was tackled for a loss and on another, he was hit for a short gain and fumbled the ball out of bounds. As a run-blocker, he did a good job of forcing Tully Banta-Cain to the inside, so that the runner could get to the edge for six yards, then made a second level block on another run for eight. However, he was beaten to the inside on a run that was stuffed for a one yard gain.

Week Sixteen - Atlanta

Nelson was not targeted in this game, but performed well as a blocker.

As a run blocker, Nelson did a decent job on DE Chauncey Davis, driving him five yards off the line on one play and turning him out of the play on a short yardage conversion. He also had a good block to drive a safety out of the play on a screen pass for an eight yard gain.

2010 Season

Week Seven - Baltimore

After missing the first six weeks due to injury/suspension, Nelson returned to the lineup and caught two passes for 16 yards on three targets. However, he also lost a fumble.

Nelson was targeted in the endzone late in the first quarter and seemed to have a size mismatch, but the pass was off-target and out of his reach. He did make a great first down catch where he made contact with his man downfield and then broke off his route to the outside. He used his size well on that one. His other catch was less promising as Ray Lewis was able to stop him for a short gain and then ripped the ball away from him as he fought for extra yardage. This was a crucial turnover in overtime that ended up costing the Bills the game.

As a run blocker, there were three runs for 32 yards where Nelson was involved in a key block. On the first, his man shed his block, but luckily Eric Wood was right behind him to block the guy anyway and the play went for 11. Early in the second quarter, he was matched up with Haloti Ngata, who shot the gap and beat him to the inside. However, Nelson used Ngata’s momentum to ride him out of the play and the runner cut back to where they had come from to gain 13. I don’t think that was by design, but if it was, Nelson did a great job. It’s more likely he got badly beaten, but made a good recovery and the back made a good read. Another run to the outside picked up eight as Nelson drove his man back and slowed him up enough to allow the runner to turn the corner.

Week Eight – Kansas City

Nelson was in for just six snaps and was not targeted. He did have a special teams tackle.

Week Nine - Chicago

Nelson was only in for one snap.

Week Ten - Detroit

Nelson was not targeted and was only in the game for 11 snaps.

In this game, Nelson did have one good block, meeting safety Louis Delmas on the edge and springing a huge run with a solid kickout block that he made look easy because of the size difference (six inches, 40 pounds).

Week Eleven - Cincinnati

Nelson was in for nine snaps, catching one pass for nine yards. He left the game with migraine issues and was ultimately placed on injured reserve.

Conclusions

It’s not difficult to see why the Bills cut Shawn Nelson. When you’re a rebuilding team, you don’t want to rely on someone who has proven to be unreliable. However, Nelson showed flashes of being an emerging talent over those first two seasons, so if the Jets can nurture that, they may have found themselves a productive player.

Without knowing what kind of shape he’s in, it’s difficult to know how indicative of what we can expect from him this footage will prove, but Nelson showed that he can get downfield, catch the ball and run after the catch. He also showed that he has good strength and an ability to drive people, including defensive linemen, off their spots and to sustain blocks. Perhaps most importantly of all, he didn’t seem to make many dumb mistakes as a blocker and it was rare that he was cleanly beaten.

If this provides a realistic assessment of what Nelson is likely to be able to provide the Jets, then I would say he has more to offer as a pass catcher and blocker than Matt Mulligan does, based on current form. His consistency as a pass blocker has been much more reliable – although he only stayed in to block seven times in 2010. As a run blocker, his strength is impressive and he appears better at finding a man in space and at sustaining blocks than Mulligan. Drops and fumbles are always concerning, but less important if he's been brought in primarily as a blocker.

Even if he has worked his way back into shape, the question is how much effect will that extra 30 pounds have on his speed – he ran a 4.56 at the combine – and will it improve his blocking? If Nelson is ready to re-dedicate himself as his former teammate Aaron Maybin seems to have, then perhaps he is ready to turn his career around. If not, the Jets haven’t lost anything by trying – and, who knows, maybe they’ll pick up some useful information along the way.

Check back tomorrow for a midseason "Expendables" update!
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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

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

Previous Reports

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

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

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

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

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

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(USA TODAY)

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

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

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

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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


 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

 

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:16
Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss their disappointing 2016 season and looking forward to 2017.

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

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

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

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

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(Bill Wippert/AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

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

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

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


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

Latest Update (Jan. 4)

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

Previous reports (Jan. 2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The words came from his heart and the intent was to inspire, even if the sincerity and the message was often lost on some of his teammates. That was the problem Brandon Marshall faced this season. He wanted to unite his teammates. He divided them instead.

It's not that the Jets' locker room problems were his fault -- not by a longshot -- but there's no doubt the veteran receiver was in the center of it for much of the miserable, 5-11 season. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kevin Hoffman)

Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey announced his retirement on Tuesday.

"I informed Coach Bowles prior to the 2016 season that I would retire after this season," Gailey said in a statement. "I thought it was best to tell him early, so that he could begin to think about how he would move the team forward on offense. While we did not have the season we all wanted to have, I think there are some great people here at the Jets and in the New York/New Jersey area. I wish them all the best moving forward."

Gailey, who turns 65 years old on Thursday, served as the OC for the Jets from 2015-16.

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Jets fire five assistant coaches 00:03:24
Daily News Live dissects the Jets' decision to fire five assistant coaches following a 5-11 season.

Latest Update

1:30PM: QBs coach Kevin Patullo, RBs coach Marcel Shipp, DL coach Pepper Johnson, OLBs coach Mark Collins, and DBs coach Joe Danna will not return to the team in 2017, the Jets announced Tuesday afternoon.

All five assistants have been on Bowles' staff for the past two years.

"I appreciate all of their hard work and commitment and wish them the best," Bowles said.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(Kelley L Cox (USA Today))

In addition to six games against their AFC East rivals, the Jets will face the entire AFC West and NFC South, the Browns, and the Jaguars...



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(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J - Head coach Todd Bowles may be back for another season with the Jets, but it looks like one of his coordinators -- and possibly both of them -- might not be back with him.

The jobs of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers are in jeopardy and will be discussed when Bowles meets with Jets management and his coaching staff this week, according to a team source. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' future? 00:01:59
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano touch on various Jets topics including Todd Bowles job security, and the team's lack of chemistry in 2016.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg still hasn't taken a snap as the Jets quarterback, but he handled his first media firestorm without flinching at all.

The still unused second-rounder brushed off an ESPN report from Sunday that quoted an anonymous Jets coach saying Hackenberg regressed during his "redshirt" season and was so inaccurate that he "couldn't hit the ocean." Todd Bowles insisted that assessment was "not at all" true.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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