During the offseason, I’ll be looking back at certain aspects of the Jets’ season by analyzing data compiled from all nineteen games, rather than watching film. I will be tackling as many diverse topics as possible, but welcome your suggestions or requests in the comments.

In analyzing the way the Jets' season ended, one of the most eye-opening statistics all season involved missed tackles, as the Jets - by my count - missed 14 against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Even more revealing was the fact that they missed 13 in the first half - as they fell into a 24 point hole - and only one in the second half, as they battled back within one score.

Undeniably, missed tackles were a big factor in that game, which ultimately decided the fate of the 2010 Jets. However, were missed tackles a key issue during the season? How did the 2010 Jets compare with the other teams in the league and other Jets teams from recent seasons? Is there any correlation between the teams that don't miss a lot of tackles and the best teams in the league - and are the worst teams those ones that miss a lot of tackles? Finally, who were the most and least reliable tacklers on the Jets last season?

After the jump, I look at the data and investigate the above issues to try to determine how much of a difference it would make if the Jets performed better in this area.

Tackling the Data

In much the same way as they do not track dropped catches, the NFL does not keep track of missed tackles, presumably because they consider it too difficult to accurately determine when a tackle has been missed. Whenever I have been asked to look at missed tackles, I will count anything where the would-be tackler has the ball carrier lined up with an unimpeded opportunity to make the stop, or momentarily has them within their grasp. For the purposes of this analysis, I have used missed tackle statistics from ProFootballFocus.com in this article, to ensure I am working with an unbiased data set with the type of play that constitutes a missed tackle consistently defined.

Although this is an inexact science, at least it gives us a set of data that we can trust to be sufficiently accurate for the purposes of making comparisons. Note that I have ignored missed tackles on special teams or by offensive players following turnovers.

2010 Jets Analysis

We know the Jets had a strong defense in 2010. Was this because they tackled consistently, or could improved tackling have actually made the defense even more impenetrable?

Looking at the raw data, the Jets missed an average of 4.8 tackles per game. Is there a strong correlation between missed tackles and how the team performed though? Looking at the eight missed tackles in the 45-3 loss to New England and the one missed tackle in the 17-16 wild card win over Indianapolis, one might be forgiven for thinking that was the case. However, they had 11 in the Divisional Playoff win over the Patriots and only four in each of the two midseason games where the Browns and Lions took them into overtime.

4.8 missed tackles per game has the Jets ranked 11th best in the NFL in terms of not missing tackles. This tells us that there perhaps is some room for improvement, but that they are not too far off the pace of most of the teams in the league. All but seven teams had between 4.0 and 6.0 missed tackles per game.

So, is it the better teams that tend not to miss tackles? Actually, only four of the top ten made the playoffs. These included the Ravens, Bears and Steelers, three of the more respected defenses in the league, but the highest ranked playoff team was actually New England. The Patriots were only fourth in the league though, as three non-playoff teams missed fewer tackles per game than everybody else - Denver, Oakland and Dallas.

Is it possible to rationalize this? One theory I had was that these were teams that seemed to give up a lot of long plays. So, where the Jets might give up a touchdown on an eighteen play drive where they missed five tackles, as happened against the Steelers, these teams were giving up yardage to wide open receivers and offenses were not having to rely on someone avoiding or breaking a tackle to get the ball downfield on them.

Can a team that misses a lot of tackles still be successful, then? Looking further down the rankings, four of the bottom eight teams in terms of missed tackles did make the postseason, although all four were ousted in the first round.

The Cold Harsh Truth

In analyzing the data, I've taken postseason games into account, but this may not be fair to postseason teams. Anecdotally, missed tackles increase at the end of the season, with the weather getting colder and the statistics seem to bear this out. It's therefore likely that most of those playoff teams slid down the ranking by having me include the data from one (or more) extra cold weather game.

In fact, if you take out the last two postseason games - since the first one was in a dome anyway - the Jets would improve their position and end up tied with the Patriots in 4th place in the NFL.

One interesting pattern I noticed was this: Out of the six teams who missed the most tackles per game, only the Titans play their home games outdoors. The other five all play in a dome. Initially, you might think that this disproves the cold weather leading to more missed tackles theory, but when you think about it, it's perhaps more likely to mean that teams that are used to playing in domes struggle to adjust to playing outdoors more than the rest of the teams in the NFL. Sure enough, the bottom team in the league - Detroit - missed only 40 tackles at home but 67 tackles on the road. For the record, the other three dome (or retractable roof stadium) teams were 9th, 13th and 23rd and none made the postseason.

Comparing With Previous Years

Last season, the Jets missed 4.7 tackles per game, so there was hardly any difference between 2009 and 2010. However, if we go back to 2008 - the Mangini era - the Jets only missed 3.2 tackles per game, which would have placed them 2nd in the league in 2010.

Mangini preached discipline, but his defenses were nowhere near as successful statistically as the defenses have been for the last two years under Rex Ryan. Here's where the total number of missed tackles can be a misnomer. The weakness of those Jets teams under Mangini was their soft underbelly. Even jouneymen quarterbacks and over-the-hill receivers were able to pick up consistent yardage every time underneath, so teams were able to move the chains without the need to break too many tackles. Also, while they may have tackled at a better rate, this doesn't mean that they didn't give up a lot of yards after contact. In fact, in 2010, the Jets gave up slightly fewer yards per carry after contact that they did in 2008, despite the increased numbers of tackles that were missed.

2010 Individual Analysis

In terms of total missed tackles, the Jets "leaders" were as follows:

David Harris - 11

Drew Coleman - 9

Eric Smith - 8

Brodney Pool - 7

Calvin Pace - 6

Jason Taylor/Kyle Wilson - 5 each

Everybody else - 4 or less

Of course, this doesn't account for the fact that Harris is in on nearly every play, whereas someone like Kyle Wilson does not play much. Perhaps, therefore, it is more revealing to look at what percentage of potential tackles have been made. If someone made six tackles, but missed two, their tackle rate would be 75%. There are the players with the lowest tackle rate (ignoring anyone who played less than 300 snaps):

Wilson - 77.3%

Coleman - 81.6%

Dwight Lowery - 83.3%

Taylor - 86.5%

Smith - 88.2%

Pool - 88.3%

The first thing we notice is that most of these are defensive backs. That stands to reason, because they will have to make open field tackles more often, sometimes against bigger players, so it is perhaps better to look at the position groupings separately.

Defensive Backs

Continuing on with the defensive backs, then, we can see how those that struggled fared compared with the other defensive backs on the team:

Jim Leonhard - 93.1%

Darrelle Revis - 92.9%

Antonio Cromartie - 91.1%

Leonhard is a particularly interesting case study, as we can see from an article PFF did on 2009 tackle efficiency for safeties:

Jim Leonhard['s] TIR of 19.05 was seventh-worst in the list. Many Jets fans will point out that Leonhard played much of the year with a broken thumb, and a protective cast on his hand, and while this is true (three of his misses can be attributed to his first game playing with that cast), more than half of his misses came when he was fully healthy before any injury. And only two came after that first game back with the cast on his hand.

Leonhard's obvious improvements in this area may surprise those who felt he underperformed this season, but the high tackle rate for Antonio Cromartie - who has a reputation for being a bad tackler - is likely to be an even bigger surprise. Sure enough, last year he was not very efficient and was again mentioned by PFF when they looked at cornerbacks:

Recent Jets acquisition Antonio Cromartie has often had a reputation as a player who isn’t as keen on tackling as maybe he should be, and he finds himself just outside the bottom ten with a 16.22 TIR.

Cromartie's improvements don't necessarily represent that he has improved as a tackler, but could instead be indicitative that he has been coached to approach tackling conservatively and make sure the ball carrier doesn't get beyond him, even if that means he is able to pick up extra yards as Cromartie focuses on staying in front of him rather than aggressively trying to meet the runner as early as possible and risking a missed tackle.

The reason I suggest this is that Kerry Rhodes went completely the other way when he left the Jets. Rhodes has a similar reputation for not being a good tackler, and yet he posted similar efficiency numbers to Cromartie in his last year as a Jet. PFF also noted this:

Much has been made recently about the play of Kerry Rhodes and his tackling. Although this list doesn’t pretend to account for occasions where a player simply shies away from the tackling attempt, it shows that when Rhodes attempted a tackle, the new Cardinals safety was reasonably efficient at making it stick. His TIR of 9.09 was good enough to rank him inside the best 25 safeties on the season.

Although Rhodes sometimes threw his shoulder at a ball carrier rather than making a form tackle and often looked tentative and/or was dragged for extra yardage as he approached a ball carrier in the open field, the number of occasions he actually let his guy get away from him was surprisingly low. Contrast that with this season, where he gambled a lot more and ended up with the 3nd most missed tackles in the entire NFL - not just for safeties - and you can see why I might suggest that there's a difference in the way he's being coached or at least in how he has decided to approach the game. He was more statistically productive too, so his tackle rate was just outside the bottom ten, but that's still a huge drop-off from last year.

One final point on the defensive backs, it's obvious that the Jets have coached their defensive backs to try and strip the ball when making a downfield tackle or one where they are second on the scene. This is why you will often see guys like Darrelle Revis stay on their feet and fish for the ball rather than making a physical stop on their man. This paid dividends several times during the season, with Drew Coleman perhaps partially making up for his nine missed tackles with six forced fumbles, a couple of which came after big plays, including a vital one against the Browns.

For the record, 40 NFL defensive backs were in double figures in terms of missed tackles in 2010, so no Jet made that list, although Coleman was close and Smith and Pool were not far behind.

Let's now consider how many yards were gained on plays where defensive backs missed tackles. Again, this is an inexact science, because I do not have enough information to determine how many extra yards were gained because of the missed tackle. However, it does enable us to compare which players were involved in some of the more costly plays. You would expect the yardage gained to be higher than for linebackers and linemen, since a lot of the tackle attempts would be made downfield.

Where two or more players missed a tackle on the same play, I have split the yardage equally between them. I have only looked at guys with at least four missed tackles.

Cromartie - 23.0 yards per play

Pool - 18.6 yards per play

Lowery - 17.0 yards per play

Coleman - 16.3 yards per play

Smith - 12.0 yards per play

Leonhard - 10.8 yards per play

Wilson - 8.4 yards per play

Notably, although Wilson had the lowest tackle rate, four of his five missed tackles were on plays that gained less than 10 yards, so he did not make any really costly mistakes with his tackling. The relative numbers do seem to correlate strongly with how close you might usually expect each of these players to play to the line of scrimmage. Dwight Lowery's average would have been 21.2 yards per play, but there was a 38 yarder that was negated by an illegal motion penalty.

Although nobody's stats are too bad, there is room for improvement and we can look back to the last couple of seasons to see whose performance improved or declined.

- As noted, Leonhard and Cromartie made big improvements on last year.

- Revis' tackle rate has consistently been in the low 90's in each of the last three seasons.

- Lowery was in the low 90's in each of the last two seasons, but dropped to the low 80's this year, although that was perhaps not unexpected with the move to safety.

- Coleman is consistently in the 80-85% range, which is slightly disappointing. Despite the forced fumbles, he does seem to miss a few too many tackles and in 2010, he also missed four on special teams.


Let's look at the tackle rates for the five main Jets linebackers in 2010:

Bryan Thomas - 98.2%

Bart Scott - 94.5%

David Harris - 90.0%

Calvin Pace - 89.7%

Jason Taylor - 86.5%

For Thomas, this was his second highly efficient season in a row in terms of his tackling. He was tenth in the league last year with a 96.3% tackle rate and actually improved on that. He is one of just a few players who is missing fewer tackles than he did in the final year under Mangini, where he was only just over 90%. Taylor, on the other hand, posted a tackle rate that would have placed him just outside the bottom ten last year. Calvin Pace, you may be surprised to learn, was a much less efficient tackler last year (below 85%), but was very efficient in the last year under Mangini (over 95%), so he seems to have found a happy medium. Bart Scott improved slightly over last year and David Harris posted similar numbers, but it is interesting to note that in 2008, Harris led the team at 98.2% (only one missed tackle) playing a role similar to Scott's current role, where he took on more blockers and was less statistically productive.

Let's look at how costly these missed tackles were:

Harris - 13.5 yards per play

Taylor - 7.6 yards per play

Pace - 6.1 yards per play

Scott - 6.0 yards per play

As you can see, if Harris misses a tackle, this tends to be more costly than if any of the other linebackers does. In fact, he's often the one to show up and limit the damage if another linebacker happens to miss. The Jets defense is designed in such a way that Harris is often in space and making a crucial tackle. Usually he does this, but on the 11 occasions he couldn't, nine of those plays went for 10 or more yards. For me, this underlines his importance and the Jets should be very wary of downgrading even slightly at this position. (Note: In 65 snaps in relief of Harris over the last two years, Ryan Fowler and Josh Mauga have three missed tackles and a 40% tackle rate. Try extrapolating that over a whole season!)

Bryan Thomas is not considered due to having fewer than four missed tackles on the year.

For more discussion on Bart Scott and missed tackles, re-read my BGA Extra on the AFC Title Game, where I dispute Rich Cimini's assertion that this was his worst game.

Although the missed tackle numbers across the board are not bad for the linebackers, that doesn't account for when a player has been blocked out of a play. For Pace and Thomas in particular, this seemed to be an area where they regressed in 2010. If anything, Harris did a better job of avoiding that this year.

For the record, 11 inside linebackers were in double figures for missed tackles and 14 led the league. In terms of 3-4 OLB's, only six had six or more and eight led the league.

Defensive Linemen

Missed tackles are not generally a big issue for defensive linemen, especially when you have a three man front, which practically guarantees that each lineman will be engaged with a blocker.

However, the Jets did have some costly missed tackles from their linemen in the postseason.

In fact, Mike DeVito, Trevor Pryce, Sione Pouha and Shaun Ellis combined for seven missed tackles in the last two postseason games, after having had just seven between them in the first 17 games of the year.

DeVito was the only one with more than four and the total damage on the five plays where he missed a tackle was just 11 yards. However, Pryce and Pouha did give up 29 costly yards against the Steelers with two missed tackles each - despite entering the game with just one each.

Here were the tackle rates:

Pouha - 94.1%

Ellis - 91.7%

DeVito - 90.6%

These were the only three that played more than 300 snaps. All three posted similar tackle rates over the last two years.

For the record, there were only six 3-4 linemen with five or more missed tackles and seven led the league.


On its own, the number of missed tackles can be a very misleading statistic, but - given the correct context - it does allow us to investigate certain trends. Clearly the Jets are a team that does a good job of getting its defensive playmakers into a position where they can stop a play, which might lead to them being credited with more missed tackles than certain other teams, despite being more effective overall.

The team had games where they were able to overcome a lot of missed tackles and still win, but equally there were times when missed tackles were the main reason for their undoing. While there is always room for improvement, notably with certain individuals, the Jets as a team did a solid job of tackling for most of the year, compared to the rest of the league, so if they want the defense to improve, they will probably see more dramatic results from focusing on other areas, such as improving their depth and bolstering the pass rush.

As ever, I welcome any submissions for what you would like me to cover next week.

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
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Top quarterback prospect Josh Rosen isn't going to make any assumptions as to why the Jets traded up to No. 3. At least not publicly. 

The UCLA product spoke on "The Rich Eisen Show," and admitted working out for the Jets privately on Thursday. He also said that he found out New York traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 in the NFL Draft via Instagram. 

Eisen points out that the team traded up the day after viewing Rosen's skills at his UCLA Pro Day. However, Rosen stayed quiet when asked if he sees a connection there. 

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NFL draft prospect Josh Allen held his Pro Day on the campus of the University of Wyoming with the Jets and Giants in attendance.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen was the last of the "Big Four" quarterback prospects to participate in his Pro Day on Friday. 

Sixteen teams traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to take a gander at Allen and his famed cannon arm. Among them were the Giants, who had head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula, and senior vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara in attendance.

Allen's accuracy issue that arose in college (threw 56 perent over his three-year career) was the main question heading into the Pro Day. He did have a few throws that went awry, but reports said he was on target with most of the 60 tosses he had on the day. 

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Oct 23, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive Ndamukong Suh (93) walks the sideline before kick-off against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Jets have the biggest offer out to free agent DT Ndamukong Suh, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, who says Suh would need to take less money to go to another team -- and is considering doing so.

Suh told Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! that the Jets are a "serious contender" for his services, along with the Titans, Rams, and Saints.

Additionally, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has told Suh how the Jets envision utilizing him should he sign, according to Schultz...

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Nov 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Roberts (19) returns a kick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
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The Jets will sign WR Andre Roberts, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Roberts, 30, had one reception for 12 yards while playing 16 games and mainly serving in a special teams capacity last season for the Falcons.

He had 14 receptions for 188 yards and one touchdown in 16 games for the Lions in 2016.

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Free agent WR Allen Hurns will sign with the Cowboys, he told Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Wednesday's snowstorm in New York City has forced him to delay his visit with the Jets, and the team signed Terrelle Pryor the next day.

After the storm delayed his Jets visit, Hurns instead visited the Cowboys on Wednesday, according to Anderson.

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Washington Redskins' Terrelle Pryor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Washington Redskins' Terrelle Pryor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: With Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson coming off career-years and 2016 standout Quincy Enunwa set to return from a neck injury that caused him to miss the entire season, it's worth considering how the newest Jet, Terrelle Pryor, will fit into the Jets' plans for 2018.

Some are already speculating that this signing could make Kearse expendable. Trading Kearse would save the team $5 million and could enable them to recoup some of the value they surrendered in last week's trade up to No.3 in the Draft.

With Enunwa's availability uncertain and Anderson's ongoing off-field issues, Pryor's inclusion means the team doesn't have to depend on both players being available all year. Pryor is coming off an ankle surgery himself. Given the uncertainty here, it seems more pragmatic to retain Kearse and decide after the season who to build around. None of the four are under contract for 2019, although Anderson will be a restricted free agent...

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses who he thinks will be the top five players selected in the NFL Draft.

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The Jets' big move from No. 6 to No. 3 in the draft has certainly shaken up the Top Five, where there is almost certain now to be a run on quarterbacks. The consensus around the league is that at least two, probably three, and maybe four quarterbacks will go in the first five picks.

Of course, there are just over four weeks until the NFL Draft begins on April 26, so a lot can still change. For now, here's a projection of how the first 10 picks will go...

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The Jets appear to be closing in on a big-name receiver.

Former Redskins and Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is expected to sign a deal with the Jets, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. Pryor reportedly had the Seahawks on his list, as he visited them as well. However, the Jets clearly had the better deal in place. 

Pryor, who turns 29 in June, began his career as a quarterback with the Raiders, but shifted to receiver in 2015 with the Browns and took off the following year, reeling in 77 catches for 1,007 yards.  

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The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The official signing period begins Wednesday at 4 p.m., so be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.


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Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It's not a lock yet, but buzz is growing regarding the likelihood of the Browns selecting USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 1 pick in next month's Draft, reports Albert Breer of SI.com.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano had Darnold to the Browns in his Mini Mock Draft earlier this week.

Darnold's pro day was yesterday, with the Giants, Jets, and Browns among the teams in attendance.

"He's going number one," an AFC executive told Breer. "Everyone out there today saw the Browns' franchise quarterback."

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Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Jets are holding a private workout with UCLA QB Josh Rosen in Southern California on Tuesday, per The Post's Brian Costello. 

This comes a day after Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, HC Todd Bowles, OC Jeremy Bates, and more were present at USC for Sam Darnold's Pro Day in the rain. 

The Jets currently hold the No. 3 pick after working a trade with the Colts to swap picks. The move indicates that New York wants one of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft. Rosen is called the most pro-ready quarterback by many experts. 

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Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)

The Jets are reportedly one of two finalists for the services of WR Terrelle Pryor, reports Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. The Seahawks are the other team Pryor is considering signing with.

The 28-year-old was a big free-agent target last offseason after producing a 1,000-yard season on 77 receptions with the Browns in 2016. He eventually signed a one-year, $6 million pact with the Redskins, but his production fell drastically due to injury. 

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New Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater discusses his one-year deal with the Jets and his excitement for the opportunity to play in New York.

New Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater said during a conference call on Wednesday that he's not sure if he'll be participating in offseason practices.

"That's not something I'm comfortable talking about right now," Bridgewater said. "I'm pretty sure that will be a discussion I have with the training staff and we'll come up with a plan moving forward."

Bridgewater also sidestepped a question about whether he would be comfortable backing up Josh McCown, instead focusing on his eagerness to embrace competition.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Back in January, we wrote about how the Jets' 2018 offense might differ from last year's, in light of the coaching changes. We concluded that the main difference between John Morton's west coast-style offense and that of Jeremy Bates would probably be in terms of the running game, which is expected to become more of a zone-based system.  At its heart, the scheme would still be a west coast style offense.

With the Jets having moved into prime position to take one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft, it's well worth considering how each of them might fit into the current system.

Ideally, a west coast quarterback needs to exhibit quick decision making, precise accuracy and ball security. A strong arm isn't essential - as Chad Pennington showed when running Paul Hackett's overly conservative scheme for the majority of his career.

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Jets OLB Dylan Donahue checked into rehab following a DUI arrest last month, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon discuss Mike Maccagnan's surprising trade that sent the Jets up the draft board to No. 3. The guys debate whether the move was a wise one, and react to last week's biggest free agent signings. Later, Connor Hughes of The Athletic joins the show to talk about the trade and what offensive weapons the team will have heading into next season.

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The Jets newest LB Avery Williamson didn't really know what he was walking into in New York. But, after taking a step back and officially inking his new deal, his excitement for next season is through the roof.

"It's a lot of excitement. New team, new city, new fans. A whole lot of excitement," Williamson said in a conference call with the media on Tuesday.

Williamson, a 26-year-old middle linebacker, had several suitors this offseason. However, the Jets simply presented the best deal in his eyes. 

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Top quarterback prospect Josh Allen loves the Jets' trade to get the No. 3 pick in this year's draft. 

Speaking to SiriusXM NFL Radio, Allen believes the Jets made the right deal based on who they want to pick come April. 

"If they find the guy that they fall in love with, I think that's a team's job to go get him," Allen said. "If they feel like that's the future of their program, I think what they did -- they only traded, what, three second-round picks?...To keep their first-round pick next year was pretty big...I think they still got some good quality there."

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The Jets signed linebacker Brandon Copeland, who missed last season with a torn pec, to a contract on Monday night. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

Copeland, 26, recorded 30 combined tackles, half a sack and one forced fumble in 32 games with the Detroit Lions from 2015 and 2016.

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The Jets are bringing back DL Xavier Cooper on a one-year deal for next season, per Daily News' Manish Mehta

Cooper began the 2017 season with the 49ers before becoming cut in late October. The Jets scooped him up on Halloween, and he ended up playing eight games, totaling 10 tackles and one sack in the process. 

The 26-year-old filled in during Muhammad Wilkerson's suspenion, and impressed as a fill-in. He will likely be vying for a depth role on the defensive front as well this season.

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Now that the first and second waves of free agency are winding down, NFL teams are fairly limited in their options. There may still be upgrades available, but most players still on the market are damaged goods in one way or another.

However, with plenty of cap space still remaining and, let's face it, several positions at which they could still upgrade, perhaps the Jets are in a position whereby they could explore the trade market instead.

The Jets just gave up three second-round picks to move up in the draft, probably taking them out of contention if a star player like Dez Bryant became available. Perhaps they could trade for someone without reducing their total number of picks by way of a pick exchange or even deal a veteran player from a position of strength. Would they be prepared to trade Bilal Powell, Jermaine Kearse or one of their young backup receivers or cornerbacks?

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Ralph Vacchiano joins Daily News Live to discuss which quarterback the Jets might take with their No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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(Brad Rempel)

The Jets' newest QB Teddy Bridgewater can't wait to be a part of what his new team is building. 

The 25-year-old made his move to the Jets official on Sunday when he signed a one-year, $6 million deal that has $9 million in incentives tied to it. He becomes another young asset for the Jets, and he couldn't be any happier to try and revitalize his career in this environment. 

"I'm excited about the direction we're headed in," Bridgewater told Jets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "I'm excited to be a part of something that can be very special and I just look forward to getting to work with the guys and a great year."

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(Brad Mills)

The Jets may be looking to bring in more offensive help as free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor is expected to visit the team on Tuesday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Pryor, who is currently meeting with the Seahawks Monday, will fly directly to the east coast for his meeting tomorrow. 

He was a big free-agent target last offseason after producing a 1,000-yard season on 77 receptions with the Browns in 2016. He eventually signed a one-year, $6 million pact with the Redskins, but his production fell drastically due to injury.  

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The Jets made a solid offer, but it wasn't enough to land one a dynamic weapon in RB Jerick McKinnon this offseason.

McKinnon was high on the Jets' list of players they sought with their generous cap space this offseason, according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta. However, he eventually signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers that includes $12 million guaranteed for next season. 

Like the Jets, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan understood how versatile McKinnon's skill set could be in his offense, which is why he made such a hard push for him. Jets' OC Jeremy Bates and run-game coordinator Rick Dennison both worked under Kyle's father, Mike Shanahan, so it isn't surprising a player like McKinnon was high on their radar. 

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Armed with $90 million-plus in salary cap space and extra draft picks, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has been a busy man the last few days. He's reshaped his roster, reset the quarterback position, and possibly put his franchise in contention for the next few years.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets trade up 00:06:30
Football Night in New York discusses the Jets' trade to receive the No. 3 overall pick and debate which QB they should draft.

The Jets are expected to sign LB Kevin Pierre-Louis to a two-year deal worth $6 million, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ernie Accorsi knew back in 2004 that he would always be remembered as the GM that brought Eli Manning to the Giants. Whether it worked out or not, that would be his legacy, regardless of everything else he accomplished in his career.

That's the way it now is for Mike Maccagnan. He began to define his legacy as the Jets GM with the bold trade he made on Saturday to ship three second-round picks to Indianapolis to move up from 6 to 3 in the NFL draft. And in less than six weeks, on April 26, he will further define it when he picks the player he expects will be the Jets' long-awaited franchise quarterback.

Now he just better be right...

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