Since the season ended, I've been charting a series of 2007 games, which - somewhat unexpectedly - gave me a different perspective on some of the issues affecting this current Jets team.

After the jump, we're wrapping up this series with a recap of what we've learned so far, together with some other interesting findings which I haven't mentioned yet.

What did we learn?

Some people had been saying "even Darrelle Revis had his struggles as a rookie" when discussing Dee Milliner's struggles in his rookie season. We therefore decided to open the series by carrying out a review of Revis' rookie season in order to make a comparison.

In week two, we considered the wisdom of those who were calling Quinton Coples' move to Rush Linebacker unprecedented within the context of a bigger, heavier defensive linemen being used in an OLB role in 2007.

Week three saw us using the unheralded terrific play against the run from a player in a similar role in 2007 to try and project where Kenrick Ellis' career might be headed.

Finally, last week, we looked at how Adrien Clarke's struggles at left guard compared with those of Brian Winters last season and wondered whether putting a rotation system in place could have improved Winters' consistency as it seemed to with Clarke.

That's not all we learned from watching the 2007 games though. There were a few more interesting nuggets, which while not worthy of a full BGA post, are certainly worth sharing in a wrapping-up-loose-ends summary piece.

D'Bust?

One of the most common arguments in 2007 on this site was that of whether D'Brickashaw Ferguson was a bust. The fourth overall pick in 2006 had started all 32 games in his first two years, with the Jets reaching the playoffs in year one, but finishing 4-12 in 2007. Ferguson was reportedly struggling to keep his weight up, was not impressive as a run blocker and - according to stats from STATS LLC - had given up 10 sacks as a rookie and 13.25 sacks in year two.

We know now that, whether or not he was a slow developer, Ferguson clearly wasn't a bust. He's continued to start 16 games a year, been voted to multiple pro bowls and is one of the most respected and reliable players on the team. Were people right to call him out as a bust after his second season though?

The first thing to note is that while I did not chart games back in 2007, I was convinced that 13.25 sacks number was bogus and argued repeatedly that he hadn't given up anywhere near as many sacks as that. I thought his pass protection - as he was left on an island pretty much all the time, which is impressive for a youngster - was well above average. However, without the stats available, all we had to go on was that statistic from STATS LLC. One game in particular had stuck in my head and that was when Kyle Vanden Bosch had matched up with Ferguson and been credited with three sacks against him. Rewatching that game revealed what I had thought was the case at the time - Ferguson was only blocking "KVB" on one of those plays and while he did give up that one sack, he did a good job on him overall.

For the whole season, PFF (who have since completed their charting and analysis for the regular season) have him down for nine sacks surrendered. In addition, they don't differentiate between sacks and half-sacks, so it's possible the total is even less than nine. That's not bad for a young left tackle left on an island all year and with a struggling player on his inside shoulder. His overall pass protection grade (which takes into account how badly beaten a player is when they do give up pressure) was well above average for that year.

Ferguson's run blocking was still poor at that point, but the main reason he was drafted was for pass protection and he had done a good job of that in his first two seasons. Over the next two seasons, while paired with Alan Faneca, he improved dramatically as a run blocker, especially in space where he had been lost in his first two seasons, and became the pro bowl level player the Jets hoped. Calling him a bust after those first two years was certainly premature, especially since he'd actually done better than advertised in his primary function.

The dawn of the Wildcat

You all know the story of how Tony Sparano, David Lee and Dan Henning shocked the Patriots - who had gone undefeated the previous year - by introducing the wildcat to the NFL and blowing them out by 25 points in an early 2008 game. The likes of Chad Pennington and Ronnie Brown ran a bunch of plays from the scheme that Lee had been using with great success featuring Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis at Arkansas and the Patriots had no answer. What an innovative introduction to the modern game. Except...

In a week 13 game in 2007, the Dolphins had actually been the victims of a wildcat-based gameplan from the likes of Eric Mangini and Brian Schottenheimer. Quarterback Kellen Clemens went to the sideline for two plays, lined up at wide receiver twice and the Jets even ran some wildcat-style looks with him taking the snap. These plays had some good success too as the Jets won 40-13. Check out Leon Washington running the read-option on the second play of this highlight reel for a score (and for a bonus, check out Clarke - #61 - making perhaps his best block of the year to spring Washington). Brad Smith also took a direct snap three times in that game.

So, while Lee probably had confidence his scheme could catch some teams out at the NFL-level, Mangini and co. had already identified this and blown the Dolphins out during the previous season and I'm sure the incoming coaching staff took note of this when they reviewed the film from the previous season.

Not only that, you might think the Pistol is a recently new innovation at the NFL level, but look what the Jets were running back in 2007:

How the season affected the plans for 2008

Say what you will about Pro Football Focus' grading systems, but - based on the moves they made after the 2007 season - Mike Tannenbaum's Jets must have been using a similar system to grade the available talent at that time.

Kris Jenkins was their #1 graded DT/NT, Calvin Pace was the fourth best 3-4 OLB (and number one in coverage) and Damien Woody was the 2nd best tackle in the league on a per-snap basis. You may recall that Woody started off the season at guard before becoming the starting tackle for the last five games of the year. For the season as a whole, he gave up no sacks, no hits and just four pressures in 10 games (five starts at tackle with three more starts and two relief appearances on the interior). Even Alan Faneca, thought by some to be past his prime when the Jets signed him, was rated as the 5th best run blocking guard.

These were all moves that were questioned at the time for one reason or another. If PFF existed back then, they would certainly have been praising the Jets' offseason and projecting the team to bounce back from their 4-12 season, which of course they did with only one losing season since then (6-10 in 2012).

Getting it wrong

While I'd forgotten about the Jets using the wildcat before the wildcat was a "thing" in the NFL and I admitted in previous articles that I totally underestimated how well Sione Po'uha played in 2007 and was misguided to criticize Eric Mangini for the way he used Victor Hobson and Eric Barton that year, these weren't the only things I'd got wrong.

At the time, I didn't see many Washington games and had witnessed Pete Kendall making a few bad mistakes in those that I did see. Therefore, I was assuming the Jets had got rid of Kendall at about the right time. However, now that PFF has completed their grading for the year, it's apparent he was well above average, much like Matt Slauson was last year, in fact. I therefore stand corrected on that one, although I would maintain that this probably wouldn't have been enough to elevate this 4-12 team into playoff contention.

Something else I got wrong was that I over-estimated how well David Harris had played. Harris' rookie season was easily his most productive. However, while Harris racked up 127 tackles in just nine starts, he only had 45 stops. In 2009, he matched that tackles total - albeit in 16 starts - but had 57 stops. He also surpassed 50 stops in three of the last four seasons. This tells us that Harris made a high percentage of tackles downfield and at the second level and that his numbers were perhaps only as high as they were because there weren't many other guys around him making plays.

Over the past few seasons, Harris has been at his most effective when the defensive line has done a good job of occupying blockers and has struggled when his defensive line has been unable to keep blockers off him. That makes sense when looking at 2007, because DeWayne Robertson was in front of him most of the time and while - as I wrote in the Kenrick Ellis article from this series - he held his ground well in the running game and did well as a pass rusher, occupying blockers was never his strength. That's the main reason they traded him away and replaced him with Jenkins.

The Jets perhaps learned from that season just how effective Harris could be when you did keep him clean and have obviously been setting up their defense in such a way as he can be as productive as possible ever since then. While he's always struggled to get off blocks, that's one of those things where you can't necessarily blame him for that, as many of these defensive sets were perhaps designed for that not to happen.

Conclusions

It's been interesting to look back to 2007 and remarkable how many issues there were which bore some relation to things still going on with this Jets team.

With the passage of time, Eric Mangini has been remembered as a conservative coach and Brian Schottenheimer as a playcalling flop, but looking back to the early years of that regime shows plenty of creativity and innovation and it seems a shame that this waned over the next few seasons. Brett Favre's gun-slinging leading to a simplification of the offense and, while Schottenheimer stayed after Mangini's departure, Mark Sanchez's struggles to achieve a level of consistency that also led the Jets to - rightly or wrongly - simplify things for him to try and make his life easier.

That regime does also deserve some credit for the development of some of the players who contributed well in the Rex Ryan era and also for keeping the Jets relevant for the three year period bridging the Herm Edwards era and the Ryan era. Ultimately, the 2007 team had flaws which were exposed again and again. In 2008, they loaded the roster up with talent, but they didn't remove all of these flaws and that's ultimately why that team fell short. However, that talent injection did pave the way for some of the successes of the last five years. It even continues pay dividends with Pace still contributing and under contract for two more years.

Coming up tomorrow, the next part in our double team project. We turn our attention to the run defense, where we analyze the frequency and nature of double teams, looking for trends, patterns and anything else we can glean from the data. There's plenty more left in the series though, as in future installments we'll be looking at players around the league and datas from previous seasons to see how the data compares and start to draw some viable conclusions.

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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.

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(Brad Penner)

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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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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...

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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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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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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.

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(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.

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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)

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.

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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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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.

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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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