The free agent period is just over a week away and the Jets have a large number of pending free agents yet not much cap room to re-sign most of their players. The likes of Dustin Keller and LaRon Landry are grabbing most of the attention as the team's marquee free agents, but both starting guards will also be free agents and the Jets will have some big decisions to make in terms of the future of the offensive line. After the jump, I'll go into the possibilities the Jets have, whether it's re-signing Moore and/or Slauson, looking for alternatives on the free agent market, giving current Jets a chance or looking towards the draft.

 

Pending Free Agents 

Matt Slauson

Slauson has started all 48 games for the Jets since taking over for Alan Faneca at left guard in 2010 and will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent. Slauson is the definition of a replacement level player, showing competence and durability as a starter between D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold though no where near the Pro Bowl level of the players he played in between. At 27 years old he's in the prime of his career and has chemistry playing between the offensive line's two cornerstones, but he is unlikely to get any better than he is now. Under Tannenbaum this past season the Jets were clearly anticipating the possibility of letting Slauson go, given the rotation at left guard that occurred during the past season with Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse. While nowhere near the top guard in the free agent pool, there will certainly be a market for a player like Slauson given his starting experience and durability and should the Jets wish to re-sign him they will almost surely face competition from teams looking to add a potential starter to their offensive line.

Probability of return: Low. Slauson is very much upgradable. While he wasn't exactly a weak link on the offensive line, he has more or less reached his ceiling and the Jets aren't in a position to re-sign him even as depth given the tight cap situation the Jets find themselves in. While he won't command a payday the likes of  Andy Levitre will, there will be a market for Slauson and the Jets are likely to be priced out of it. 

Brandon Moore

Moore has quietly been one of the best guards in the league over the past few seasons. He's spent his entire career as a member of the Jets and hasn't missed a start since becoming a starter in 2005. He'll be 33 years old in June and may soon see a decline in his performance, but there will certainly be a market for his services when he hits free agency regardless.

Probability of return: Moderate. A team looking for a quality stopgap at guard will have Brandon Moore in their sight and teams with a lot of cap room will be able to pay Moore a much better rate on a short term deal than the Jets will be able to. If the Jets prioritize re-signing Moore over other free agents they will have a decent chance to retain him, and there is the possibility that he may take a hometown discount so long as the Jets show him some respect with a decent deal. There is also the possibility however that John Idzik decides to put the focus on getting younger rather than investing precious cap room in an aging player like Moore. If significant cap space is used to successfully re-sign one of the team's key free agents like Dustin Keller or LaRon Landry, re-signing Moore at his market value becomes very unlikely. 

 

Current Jets

 

Vladimir Ducasse

When the Jets drafted Ducasse in the second round of the 2010 draft, Tannenbaum and Ryan expected too much of him too soon. Coming out of college he was a major project, but nonetheless he was expected to compete immediately to start at left guard with an eye to eventually kick out to right tackle. Three years later, Ducasse has yet to cement himself as a starter and is on the verge of being labeled a bust if he isn't one already. This past year he was clearly being groomed to start given his rotation at left guard with Matt Slauson, a move that was all but confirmed to be a front office directive during a media session with former offensive line coach David DeGuglielmo. With Tannenbaum no longer running the show however, it is unclear whether Ducasse will get a final opportunity to cement himself as a starter or whether John Idzik has other ideas.

Probability of starting: High. Matt Slauson is unlikely to return and the Jets won't be splashing cash in free agency for a quality starter like Andy Levitre, paving the way for Ducasse to have one final opportunity. He has yet to put it all together, but Ducasse does have very impressive raw talent and giving him an opportunity to hold down a starting position is the most efficient use of the resources the Jets have in what is going to be a transitional season. 

Caleb Schlauderaff  

The Jets acquired Schlauderaff from the Green Bay Packers in 2011 who traded him before his rookie season even officially went under way. Likely a Bill Callahan inspired acquisition, Schlauderaff could be a sleeper to compete for one of the guard spots if the guard position isn't prioritized in free agency.

Probability of starting: Low. Schlauderhaff is a sleeper to compete for a starting position, but expect the Jets to pursue a number of alternatives whether it be in free agency or through the draft.

 

Free Agents 

Geoff Schwartz, Minnesota Vikings

As reported by Tony Pauline, the Jets are expected to have interest in signing Schwartz as a cheap option to potentially start at guard. He started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010 as both a right tackle and right guard, but after signing for the Vikings in 2011 missed that entire season with a hip injury. This past year he was a backup to Brandon Fusco in Minnesota and will be looking for an opportunity to start for another team once free agency begins. He's just 26 years old, versatile and performed well at guard for the Panthers when he was given the opportunity to start in 2010.

Probability of signing: High. Given the cap situation the Jets find themselves in and with a number of free agents that are a higher priority than last year's starting guards, Schwartz seems exactly like the type of player the Jets should target and the reported interest makes sense. He'll fit in with the Jets tight budget, has starting experience, is young, versatile and hungry for a starting opportunity. 

Donald Thomas, New England Patriots

Originally signing with New England as a backup, Thomas started seven games last season for New England due to injuries along the Patriots offensive line and played competently at both guard spots. He's unlikely to return to the Patriots as a team will likely give him a shot as a starter, and likely on a modest contract as well. At 27 years old, he'll be looking for a multiyear deal and could be a medium to long term option for the Jets if they choose to pursue him.

Probability of signing: Moderately Low. Thomas won't be signing an enormous deal, but he'll likely command a starter level salary and if the Jets are looking to throw decent money at a guard they'll likely just as soon invest it in Matt Slauson or Brandon Moore. 

Kevin Boothe, New York Giants

A Giant since 2007, Kevin Boothe has seen sporadic starting periods for the Giants during his tenure with the blue side of New York, culminating in a 2012 season where he started all sixteen games for the first time in his career. At age 29 going on 30, Boothe would be nothing more than a stopgap but brings solid run blocking ability to the table and is a well disciplined player, being called for just one false start last season.

Probability of signing: Moderate. Boothe won't be an expensive signing, and the Jets could be an attractive option for him given he's both a New York native and has spent the majority of his career residing in the area. 

Chad Rinehart, Buffalo Bills

Starting most of the year for the Bills in 2011, Chad Rinehart played pretty well but ultimately ended up as a backup entering 2012 behind Andy Levitre and Keith Urbik. He entered the starting lineup once more this past season once Urbik sustained injury early in the season, but Rinehart ended up on injured reserve soon after. He'll be 28 when the season starts and will be looking for a starting opportunity, and he could be a solid option for the Jets if the ankle injury that sidelined him this past year has completely healed.

Probability of signing: Moderate. Rinehart could be a solid medium term option if the Jets can get him on a modest salary. He'll be looking for a starting opportunity come free agency and it's something the Jets could offer him. Given his injury and lack of consistent starting experience, the Jets may also be able to get him on a one year "prove it" deal also. 

 

The Draft: Possibilities in the First Two Rounds

Chance Warmack, Alabama

In a draft class that experts are calling weak in the top end, if there is one truly elite prospect for his position it's Chance Warmack from Alabama. Typically unheard of for a guard, Warmack is a top five player on most draft boards and getting shouts as a potential top ten pick. Drafting a guard at ninth overall would be a reach in most drafts, but Warmack would be the exception to the rule and would be able to slide in immediately. From day one he would almost certainly be an upgrade over Matt Slauson.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. The collective groan of Jets fans would be palpable if the Jets passed on a top pass rusher if available with the ninth pick, but given the possibility of the top ten seeing an early run on pass rushing prospects the Jets may not get the value they want if the right player isn't available. If such a scenario occurs, the Jets would have to give Warmack serious consideration. Trading down would be the alternative, but in this draft there aren't many players that teams would be willing to trade up for. 

Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

As rare as it is to see a draft where a guard has a legitimate first round grade, it's even more rare to see a draft with two. Jonathan Cooper is not the celebrated elite prospect that Warmack is, but some experts feel there is not a whole lot of difference between the two and Cooper also projects as an immediate starter on the NFL level.

Probability of drafting: Low. Cooper is a legitimate first round prospect and would instantly upgrade the Jets offensive line, but in terms of value he will not be worth the ninth pick and he's not going to be available in the second round. He would certainly be an option if the Jets move down in the first round, but as the draft isn't strong on the top end the Jets aren't going to have many potential trade partners to move down. 

Larry Warford, Kentucky

Warford is in the top 32 on some draft boards and thus may sneak into the first round, making it possible for the first round of the draft to see three guards taken. Warford is a classic mauler, weighing in at over 330 pounds and would compete for a starting spot if not earn it outright should the Jets draft him.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. Warford if available in the second round may be the ideal combination of value and need for the Jets. Other positions may be prioritized in the first two rounds, but if the Jets don't successfully land potential starters at guard in free agency nor draft Warmack in the first round Warford becomes a player to look out for. 

Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

Declaring for the draft as a center, Frederick also is being looked at as a guard prospect and is regarded as a prospect that could go as early as the beginning of the second round. As a Wisconsin offensive lineman, Frederick has a strong college pedigree following in the footsteps of Peter Konz, Kevin Zeitler and Gabe Carimi.

Probability of drafting: Low. Most draft boards consider Frederick to be a mid-to-late second round pick, and is a more natural center prospect than guard prospect. He shouldn't be ruled out completely for the Jets in the second round, but there will probably be better value available in the early second round, possibly even at guard if Warford is also available. 

Barrett Jones, Alabama

Jones is the classic technician in the interior, not possessing an imposing body frame but showcasing excellent technique and understanding of the game. Jones is an incredibly versatile prospect, playing center his senior season but also starting over 20 games as a guard over his college career and as a junior won the Outland Trophy for his excellent performance as a left tackle. Due to foot surgery, he hasn't been able to work out physically for any NFL franchises and won't be able to at all for the entire draft process which may hurt his draft stock.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. The opinion on where Barrett Jones will be drafted varies, with some experts feeling he could go as early the beginning of the second round with others feeling he'll be a late second round or early third round pick. If he is indeed available for the Jets in the third round, he would certainly be one of the top options on the Jets draft board, particularly if the first two rounds go by without the Jets drafting an interior lineman. 

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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Daily News Live: Bowles' future 00:04:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:01:46
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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Jets Training Camp report 00:01:37
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

Click below to listen

 

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley about the Jets' preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.

 

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This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team.  Today we'll look at defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time anybody saw Christian Hackenberg in a game was the preseason finale almost a year ago. It was a disaster. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception, too.

It was a much, much different and better Hackenberg that the Jets got to see on Saturday night.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Josh McCown threw the Jets' first touchdown of the preseason and the team's defense tallied eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets kept the Titans out of the endzone for the duration of the game, allowing only a field goal on a five-play, 49-yard drive in the third quarter. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The good news is the Jets really have no choice but to play most of their starters in their preseason opener. Or maybe that's the bad news given the low expectations for this team.

But Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles have promised competition all summer long for almost every job on the roster, and the competition begins for real against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Not all jobs are up for grabs, of course, but quite a few are.

Here's an inside look at some of the battles and 10 intriguing players to watch:

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