Now that the season is over, I'll be writing analysis articles each week until the beginning of the league year and also during the period between the draft and training camp. I'll be breaking down some of the data from the 2012 season and revisiting some of the things I wrote about over the last two offseasons to see if any patterns identified at the time have continued or if any new patterns have developed.

In this week's BGA, I'm going to talk about special teams. Clearly 2012 was a disappointing season for this unit in Mike Westhoff's farewell season.

For additional perspective on special teams, listen to Corey and Bassett on this week's TJB Podcast here.

After the jump, I'm going to be looking at the personnel usage on special teams to give some insight into who were the key special teams contributors. I'll also look at production on the coverage units and assess how well Robert Malone punted in his first season with the Jets.

Introduction

Coach Westhoff's swansong was anything but the fairytale ending he no doubt anticipated when he made the decision to stay on for one more year last January. It's impossible to know how much of a factor he was, but conspiracy theorists will wonder whether his heart was in it. Maybe the team tuned him out, knowing he wouldn't be back next year. Maybe he saw things going downhill and couldn't motivate himself to get things turned around. Given Westhoff's exemplary reputation, that seems unlikely. People will also wonder if his replacement (Ben Kotwica) was involved in the coaching more than in the past and if that had a detrimental effect.

While this is a valid discussion, my sense all year was that they had so many injuries (including many under-the-radar low-profile absences) that this would have meant the special teams unit was in a permanent state of flux, constantly cycling guys into unfamiliar roles. It's a scary thought, but maybe if it weren't for Westhoff's coaching acumen, things could have been even worse.

In recent years, it's been almost a reflex action to describe any special teams breakdowns as "uncharacteristic", but last year it was extraordinary for the Jets to get through a whole game without some kind of blunder. There were too many to list: Blocked kicks, long returns, fumbles in the return game ... it seemed like every week there was a costly setback and not many big special teams plays of their own to offset against these.

In looking at the personnel, which was clearly weakened by all the injuries, it's worth considering who were the main participators on special teams in 2012 and if any of the key contributors will need to be replaced.

Usage

Using my own game charts and data from NFL.com, I compiled special teams participation details for each Jets player in 2012. This lists, as accurately as possible, how many plays they were on the field for.

Seven guys were on the field for more than 200 special teams plays. Two, Eric Smith (266) and Lex Hilliard (203) will almost certainly not be back next season. Three linebackers led the way - Demario Davis with 348, Nick Bellore with 317 and Garrett McIntyre with 296. Ellis Lanskter and Josh Bush were also out there for more than 200. It's not just backups that contribute though - David Harris was out there for 134 plays. Even Mike DeVito saw action on over 100 special teams plays, including some as an offensive lineman on the kicking unit.

Not everyone contributes. Key contributors that never saw the field on special teams included Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. Of course those last two only played a handful of games between them (and Holmes has occasionally returned kicks in the past). Most defensive regulars end up at least getting some reps with the field goal defense. On that unit, you would usually find most of the defensive starters will stay on the field. For most of the season the Jets rested LaRon Landry in these situations (although by the end of the year, he was covering kicks at times). On that unit, you might occasionally get someone making an effort to block the kick, but for some players these reps can constitute merely standing in position and watching the ball sail over your head. That's not quite as taxing as running full speed 50 yards or more downfield to cover a kick, so perhaps not all special teams contributions should be considered equal.

Within those units, there are some interesting points to note. The punting unit for example is an interesting one. The offensive line essentially consisted of long snapper Tanner Purdum and whichever backup linebackers were on the active roster (usually Bellore, McIntyre and Davis along with whoever was active out of Josh Mauga, Ricky Sapp or Marcus Dowtin). When Bellore caught that pass against the Colts, he was actually lined up at right tackle, but the Jets must have declared him eligible and ran with an unbalanced line.

Special teams participation can be valuable to lower paid players because it can make a big difference to their overall playing time percentage which factors into the calculation of their share of the Performance Based Pool. This is a $3.6m fund that each team distributes between all its players every March based on a complicated formula that rewards low-paid players who get plenty of playing time most of all. For a guy like Bush, who hardly played on defense, this could be worth over $60,000 to him, which for a guy only earning the minimum salary in each of his first four seasons is not an insignificant sum.

Production: Coverage Units

For the purposes of tracking special teams tackles, I have used data from PFF, which is notoriously more accurate than the official data from the NFL, where they've been known to credit players with the tackle who aren't even on the field.

The leading tackler on the coverage units this year was Davis, with 10 solo tackles (although if we're factoring in assists, Josh Bush had three of those to go along with eight solo tackles for a team-leading total of 11). Bellore was just behind Davis with nine solo tackles (and one assist). That actually represented a drop-off for Bellore, who had 15 solo tackles on special teams in 2011, which was good for third in the league.

The most distressing drop-off came from Eric Smith, who - as noted above - is still a consistent participator on special teams but is a guy who I've been saying for a while hasn't been having the same kind of impact on special teams as he did a few years ago. In 2009, Smith had 16 special teams solo tackles. That dropped to 12 in 2010, six in 2011 and last year he had just two tackles, one of which wasn't until the last game of the season. However, going by some of the comments made when he was released last week, people still consider him to be a key contributor on special teams. I'd suggest this is nowhere near the kind of loss people are suggesting.

In terms of potential replacements for Smith, Bush and Antonio Allen combined for 14 total tackles on just 13 more special teams plays than it took Smith to compile two, so hopefully the Jets are in good shape in terms of the special teams contributions from their safety position - even if they bring in (or back) a veteran that will play almost exclusively on defense.

Punting

Regular BGA readers will be well aware of my ANPP punting metric which analyzes punter performance more accurately than any standard punting statistics (or combinations thereof) by expressing each punt as a percentage of an expected maximum, which should account for good directional punting and how often a punter outkicks his coverage. For details on the calculation go here but essentially what you need to know is that 70 is considered elite, 60 is considered not good enough to retain your job and every punter's expected ANPP should fall somewhere on that scale (with 65 being about average).

First we consider the raw punting statistics and can note that Malone set a Jets franchise record with a 45.8 yard net. (Staggeringly, despite being a franchise record, this was only good for 19th in the league). His net average, however, was just 39.4, which is below average. That suggests that his directional punting and return mitigation was below par, although a low net can also be a product of the fact that a lot of drives stall near midfield, so there may have been a lot of good punts which can still have a negative effect on net average.

He was 12th in the league for most return yards allowed, slightly below average, and didn't have a good ratio of kicks inside the 20 compared with touchbacks (just under 4:1). However, several other punters, including Shane Lechler and Mat McBriar had an even worse ratio and ex-Jet Steve Weatherford (considered one of the best directional punters in the league) was only just ahead of him at just over 4:1. He also posted the second best punt of the year in terms of hang time, but was one of only four punters in the league to have more than one punt blocked. We'll see how these numbers combine to give us his ANPP for the year in a few paragraphs.

First, for perspective, let's go back over some recent ANPP numbers:

Ben Graham 2008 - 58% (lost job)

Reggie Hodges 2008 - 61%

Steve Weatherford 2009 - 64%

Steve Weatherford 2010 - 68% (but only 55% in the postseason)

TJ Conley 2011 - 66%

Having worked out the numbers for Malone, his 2012 season ended up with him at 66.5%. This represents a slight upgrade over TJ Conley last season and is slightly better than Steve Weatherford's average in his two seasons here.

In fact, with a couple of games to go, his numbers were even better, but he allowed Michael Spurlock to return one for a touchdown and put his last two kicks of the year in the end zone. Entering Week 16, he was actually at 68.5% which would have represented the best punting performance by a Jets kicker since I've been tracking these numbers had he sustained it over the last two games.

Kicking

Nick Folk is an unrestricted free agent and rumor has it that the Jets could be set to pursue someone cheaper. He hasn't done a bad job with the Jets and never really cost them any games, but has always been streaky as a field goal kicker and isn't very good at kicking off.

His kicking off wasn't bad in 2011, as the Jets' opponents started at the 20.7 yard line, 6th in the league for anyone with more than 50 kickoffs. However, his numbers - of course partially due to the coverage units - regressed in 2012, as the average start line was 21.5 (which is below average) and he had five fewer touchbacks than in 2011, ending up with the fewest touchbacks of any kicker with more than 50 kickoffs.

As for his field goal kicking, his overall success rate has been acceptable, but there has been a trend since the end of the 2008 season. Since then, he has made a phenomenal 45 of 49 field goals in Weeks 1-7, but only 43 of 70 (just 61%) in Week 8 or after. That wasn't a trend in the early part of his career - he made 13 of 13 after week 7 in 2008 - but it has been ever since his hip surgery that offseason. Maybe the cold weather is a factor - over the last three years, he makes 97% of his field goals when the temperature is above 60 degrees, but only 65% when it is below that.

To be fair to Folk, two of those missed kicks in 2012 were blocked and some were long range kicks, but it's still not an encouraging pattern and one the team is no doubt aware of.

Return Game

Jeremy Kerley smashed the NFL's all-time fair catch record, which is a sign of his tentativeness when fielding punts. He constantly seemed to field punts that seemed destined to bounce into the end zone, left punts that needed to be fielded and waved for a fair catch when it appeared he had room to run. After a season that began in such promising fashion for him following a touchdown return in the opener against the Bills, he made too many handling errors and seemed to lose all confidence. That, coupled with his emergence as an offensive threat last year, should mean the Jets look to replace him next year.

Another guy who could get a bigger role on offense next year is Joe McKnight. However, if he does continue to return kicks, then he has put up some impressive numbers. The Jets' official site reported that McKnight's two-year kick return average of 29.4 yards per runback was the best in the NFL since Gale Sayers in 1965/66. Should he make the team, Royce Adams (who was the number five cornerback in camp until he tore up his knee) is one potential option to return kicks if the Jets do decide to increase McKnight's role on offense (or even defense!)

Conclusions

It's difficult to tell where last year's special teams unit fell apart. Even if my theory is correct that all the forced chopping and changing had an adverse effect, that still makes it difficult to assess how good this special teams unit could be when fully healthy and we have no idea how well the new coordinator will fare as Westhoff's replacement.

It's therefore difficult to draw too many overriding conclusions for this article, but hopefully you learned a few things you did not realize about those oft-overlooked units in this article. Feel free to expand the discussion in the comments to anything special teams related.

I'll be back next weekend with something else. I've got several articles in the works, but if there's anything you'd like me to investigate or revisit, let me know in the comments.

Tags: BGA, Editorial Aside, Bent Double

The Class of 2017: Quarterbacks 00:05:06
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and draft analyst Tony Pauline take a close look at the quarterbacks available in the 2017 NFL Draft

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After not doing a Mock Draft in about a decade, I've now done two versions in less than three weeks - with a third (and final) version still to come. So with eight days to go until the draft, here's my SNY Mock Draft, version 2.0. The information comes from NFL sources, draft experts, and in some cases my own mind:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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Who should the Jets pick at six? 00:05:25
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

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They are coming off a miserable 5-11 season, released many of their most recognizable players, and they are beginning what looks like a complete rebuilding job.

So yes, the Jets need pretty much everything.

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 (Matthew Emmons)
(Matthew Emmons)

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One last look at the top players on the board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick on April 27:

1.CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - He has been in the No. 1 spot on this board almost from the beginning because of his skill and because he seems likely to be there at 6. The Chicago Bears seem to like him at 3 and there's a chance the Tennessee Titans will take him at 5, but both teams seem to have other priorities. If he gets through to the Jets, it will be hard to pass up this 6-foot, 193-pounder who could give them the shut-down cornerback they haven't had since Darrelle Revis was still Darrelle Revis. (Last report: 1)...

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets Draft 00:02:39
Jeane Coakley and Willie Colon discuss if the Jets should take a TE, the QB situation and the offensive line ahead of Thursday's draft.

Boom or Bust: Jabrill Peppers 00:01:50
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Jets would be smart to use their first-round pick to select Michigan's Jabrill Peppers.

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After initially being "open for business" with the sixth pick of the draft and admitting a desire to trade down, Mike Maccagnan seemed to close up shop on Monday. Now the Jets GM says "We feel pretty good at 6 right now."

And they should, because if the sudden frenzy over the quarterbacks in this draft is more than just a smokescreen, the Jets will end up with a better player at 6 than they previously believed.

For the longest time it didn't look like any quarterback would go in the first five picks of the NFL draft. The scouting world was down on all of the top quarterbacks in the draft and few believed any were worthy of even a Top 10 pick. The idea that any of them could end up as the top pick seemed crazy -- as crazy as the idea that two could go in the Top 10...

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has spent a lot of time this offseason looking at the quarterbacks in this draft. But that isn't necessarily unusual. In fact, he said, the Jets "feel pretty good" about the quarterbacks they already have.

"We have the two young guys (Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty) and we like both of them in terms of ability and potential," the Jets GM said during his pre-draft press briefing on Monday. "We feel pretty good about the guys we have."

That hasn't stopped him from looking, of course, and at least considering the possibility of the Jets drafting a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick. They have scouted the top quarterbacks in the draft heavily this offseason and many believe the Jets will take one in that spot...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants, Jets eye tight ends 00:05:01
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

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Who should the Jets pick at six? 00:05:25
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

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Daily News Live: New York Jets 00:03:45
Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.


New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

The less the rest of the nation has to see the Jets, the better.

That seemed to be the thinking of the NFL and its partner networks as they made up the 2017 schedule. The Jets, coming off a 5-11 season and heading for a year that doesn't appear to be promising, are scheduled to play only one game in prime time on national TV - a league-mandated Thursday night game that every team must have.

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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

The Jets will open the 2017 season in Buffalo against the Bills and close it in New England against the Patriots.

The Jets will also face the Raiders in Oakland in Week 2 and host the L.A. Chargers in Week 16...

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Njoku discusses the NFL draft 00:05:15
Miami tight end David Njoku discusses his senior season and how he is handling the pressure that comes with being a top draft pick.

 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

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Here is the most up-to-date information on what the Jets have done during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The signing period will continue through the NFL draft and right up until the start of training camp in July, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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Marshon Lattimore highlights 00:00:35
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

The Jets will meet with Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore on Tuesday, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Gareon Conley, another CB from Ohio State, will visit the Jets on Tuesday as well.

Lattimore, 20, became a starter for the Buckeyes this past season, and was given First Team All-Big Ten honors.

The 6'0", 194-pounder redshirted during his first season at Ohio State in 2014 and was limited to just seven games in 2015 due to hamstring issues.

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Motivated Muhammad Wilkerson 00:02:29
The DNL crew discusses Muhammad Wilkerson's arrival at the Jets' Florham Park facility after coming off a disappointing 2016 season.

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For the first time in three years, Muhammad Wilkerson showed up for the start of the New York Jets' offseason training program.

The big defensive lineman was pictured at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Monday morning, as the team officially kicked off its voluntary workouts. Last year, Wilkerson declined to participate because he wasn't happy with being tagged as the Jets "franchise player." He skipped them in 2015 as he hoped to pressure the Jets to give him a new deal.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, David Harris, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

In addition to meeting with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday, the New York Jets also met with Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and NC State safety Josh Jones, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Jets, who own the No. 6 pick in next week's NFL Draft, have given no indication as to which player they might pick, as a sample of 30-plus mock drafts has New York picking between eight players, ranging from quarterbacks to cornerbacks.

Foster, who recorded five sacks and 115 total tackles in his senior season with Alabama in 2016, is a 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker who did not participate in the NFL combine.

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(Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

CB Marcus Williams has signed his free agent tender with the Jets, the team announced Monday.

Williams, who has spent the last three seasons with the Jets, has eight interceptions over the last two seasons. 

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QB Mitch Trubisky highlights 00:01:06
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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The only consensus among the mock drafters on whom the Jets will take at No. 6 is that there is no consensus -- and that's unusual for such a high pick this late in the process.

But with only 10 days to go until the first round of the NFL draft begins, the picks in 32 mock drafts examined by SNY are split fairly evenly among eight players. The belief seems to be that the Jets will use the pick to fix their secondary (50 percent of the mock drafts have them going corner or safety), though some still believe they'll take a quarterback (32 percent).

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Tight end David Njoku highlights 00:01:34
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku.

The New York Jets will meet with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday after his previously scheduled meeting with thwe Giants was canceled, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

After having a formal interview with the Giants at February's NFL Combine, Njoku was scheduled to meet with the Giants for a second time on Monday, according to The Record's Art Stapleton. Instead, the New Jersey native will meet with the Jets. 

The 20-year-old Njoku, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, had 43 catches and eight touchdowns for the Hurricanes last season.

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California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb this week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Webb, 22, threw for 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his senior season with Cal. In his four-year college career, which includes three seasons at Texas Tech, he threw for 9,852 yards, 83 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

Webb, a 6-foot-5, 229-pound quarterback, has drawn comparisons to Brock Osweiler, according to his NFL.com draft profile page.

"He obviously is going to need coaching after being in those offenses at Texas Tech and Cal," one AFC scout told NFL.com. "I think he has enough between the ears to unlearn some of his bad habits and start to get things right. I see another Nick Foles if you give him time to develop."

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Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley this week, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Conley, whom Scouts Inc. rates as the No. 21 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, totaled four interceptions and eight passes defensed in 13 games with the Buckeyes last season.

A 6-foot, 195-pound junior, Conley ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, had a 37-inch vertical leap and recorded a 6.68-second three-cone drill time at the NFL combine.

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(Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets have terminated the contract of LB Julian Stanford.

In 2016, Stanford notched 15 solo tackles and assisted with 7 more across 9 games. He did not record a sack or interception. His lone season with the Jets, which began on the practice squad, ended when an ankle injury landed him on injured reserve.

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Jets CB Nick Marshall has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, the league announced Friday.

Marshall is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Jets and NFL Draft writer Jeff Lloyd as Draft Season is in full swing, and this week they take a close look at the offensive options in the draft, even if they don't love what they see.

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QB Mitch Trubisky highlights 00:01:06
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

The Jets are bringing in North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky for a visit today, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Trubisky is widely regarded as the top quarterback prospect in this year's NFL Draft.

The Jets have made their interest in Trubisky known over the last month. New York sent a large contingent of scouts for the quarterback's pro day, and followed it up with a private workout in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg
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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Center Wesley Johnson has signed his restricted free agent tender for $2.75 million to return to the Jets, according to multiple reports

Johnson started the final four games with the Jets last year when Nick Mangold was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. 

During his three seasons with the Jets, Johnson has started in nine games, with eight of those coming in 2016. 

 

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QB Pat Mahomes highlights 00:01:22
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes II.

Latest Update (April 12)

10:00AM: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is visiting with the Jets today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Mahomes would have hired Jeremy Bates to be his private QB coach this offseason, but was unable to once the Jets hired Bates as the team's QB coach, Schefter added. The two have mutual respect for each other.

With the draft 15 days away, the Jets are reportedly looking hard at the quarterbacks available.

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Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets held a workout with former Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Knight, 23, threw for 2,432 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games with the Aggies last year.

In three prior seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners, Knight threw for 3,424 yards, 25 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets will play three preseason games at MetLife Stadium this year.

New York will open its preseason slate at home against the Tennessee Titans between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14, then face the Detroit Lions on the road in Week 2, played between Aug. 17 and Aug. 21.

The Jets will be the road team when they face the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in Week 3, played between Aug. 24 and Aug. 28, then end their preseason schedule at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 31.

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GEICO SportsNite: Willie Colon 00:01:32
Willie Colon calls it quits for his career in the NFL and hosted a retirement party Friday attended by friends and teammates.

 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Jets added free agent cornerback John Ojo on Friday. The 6'3, 205 lb former Edmonton Eskimo has spent the past three years in the Canadian Football League.

His CFL run was highlighted by a 41 tackle, five interception season in 2015. 

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett deliver a new podcast, as they dive into the potential trade market for Sheldon Richardson (if there is one), and start prospecting for new Jets recruits as the NFL Draft approaches.

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Tags: Sheldon Richardson
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Malik Hooker highlights 00:00:35
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Ohio State safety and NFL Draft prospect Malik Hooker.

Ohio State S Malik Hooker and Missouri DE Charles Harris are among the defensive Draft prospects the Jets will visit with on Thursday and Friday, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Jets have the sixth overall selection in the Draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Hooker was a First Team All-Big Ten selection this past season.

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

The Jets have signed TE Brian Parker, the team announced Thursday.

Parker, who played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2015 (making one reception), initially signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

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RB Leonard Fournette highlights 00:02:11
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

I don't remember doing a mock draft any time in the last 20 or so years (though I did find internet evidence of one in 2010). I'm still interpreting my record in all the other years to be perfect -- no misses. But, as they say, "No guts, no glory". It's time to put that streak on the line with my first Mock Draft for SNY. It won't be my last, either. I'll be revising this up until Draft Week. So keep checking back. This is simply version 1.0:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Yeah, they need a quarterback, but he's the best player in the draft and they have a decent young QB on the roster. Plus they have the No. 12 pick (so stay tuned).

2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford
They need a quarterback too, but they have a new coach and GM on long-term deals. They can wait until there's a better QB crop.

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Should Jets trade for Sherman? 00:01:57
Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss if the Jets should make a trade for Richard Sherman.

Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss if the Jets should make a trade for Seahawks CB Richard Sherman.

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RB Leonard Fournette highlights 00:02:11
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

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When Leonard Fournette, the star running back at LSU and a possible target for the Jets with the sixth pick of the draft, weighed a surprising 240 at the NFL scouting combine in early March, he blamed it on drinking way too much water.

Apparently, all that water weight is now gone.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Former Jets center Nick Mangold is making his first known free-agent visit to meet with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, according to a report.

The 33-year-old, who was released by the Jets in February, was expected to arrive in Baltimore late Tuesday night, according to ESPN. The Ravens traded their starting center, Jeremy Zuttah, to the San Francisco 49ers last month but did not bring in a replacement.

They do have two in-house candidates - John Urschel and Ryan Jensen, both of whom are 25. If healthy, the 33-year-old Mangold could conceivably compete for that job, or at least provide a veteran mentor to help the young centers.

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