Since I started writing for TJB, I’ve taken an intense interest into who exactly the Jets are looking at as they approach the draft.  Thus, for the past month or so, I’ve been working endlessly to try and find out what players the Jets have planned visits with, are interviewing (whether that means at the Senior Bowl or at the NFL Combine), and what guys the Jets looked at while attending their Pro Days. Many of these guys you will see below haven’t been linked to the Jets anywhere else online, meaning this is the first time you will have heard their names being mentioned in relation to the team. However, I need you to take me at my word; the Jets like these guys. So, without further ado, I present to you the first installment of the Jets 2014 Player Interest List.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

SS Nat Berhe (San Diego State) 5-11, 193, 4.46 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets met with Berhe at the Combine in Indianapolis. Easily one of the most interesting prospects in the draft, Berhe has all the talent in the world. As Tony Pauline noted, "Berhe is a three-year starter who led San Diego State in tackles during his senior and junior campaigns. Totals last year included 99 tackles with 6 PBUs. Posted 94 tackles the prior year. Undersized but quick, rangy safety with a solid game. Keeps the action in front of him, displays a quick burst moving in every direction, and takes proper angles to plays. Shows good recognition, plays heads-up football, and works well with cornerbacks. Easily gets outside the numbers, covers a lot of ground, and shows skill in zone situations. Possesses a terrific burst to the ball out of his plant and is a fierce run defender who goes after opponents." Berhe is clearly one to watch in the later rounds.

CB Bene Benwikere (San Jose State) 5-11, 195, 4.63 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets met with Benwikere at the East-West Shrine Game. As you can see from Shawn Zobel's analysis, Benwikere is probably the most underrated corner in the draft. "Field corner experienced working in Cover 2, Cover 3, and pattern concepts; moves inside to the slot in nickel packages. Smart, instinctive player who plays with good awareness and understanding of his responsibilities on his side of the field. Smooth, fluid athlete with natural change of direction skills. Opens his hips to turn and run with ease; has no trouble opening up off the ball and mirroring a receiver down the field. Displays the ability to work in trail technique, staying in the receiver's hip pocket before extending out at the last second to deflect the pass away as the ball reaches the receiver. Great awareness and understanding of how to drop back, read the quarterback's eyes, and break quickly to drive downhill and cut in front of the receiver for the interception. A ball hawk who attacks the ball while it's in the air. Very instinctive with the ball skills and body control to make plays on the ball that you desire from the position. Has a knack for putting himself in position to make a play on the ball. Shows the ability to climb vertically and win jump ball situations with the receiver. Times his jumps very well and shows the hands to consistently come down with the interception. Plays physically and will throw his body into the mix. Not a consistent impact defender in the run game, but gives enough effort here to think he can improve his tackling technique and play a bigger role here at the next level."

SS Deone Bucannon (Washington State) 6-1, 211, 4.49 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets brought in Bucannon as part of their 30 non-local pre draft visits. He arrived to NY on April 16th, and had his formal interview process the following day at the Jets team facility. Based on Bucannon's scouting report by CBS, it appears he can come in right away and contribute for a team. "Bucannon boasts an imposing build with broad shoulders and a thick, muscled-up top half. Best attribute may be his explosive hitting, as Bucannon at times appears as though he is shot out of a cannon, unloading on runners and receivers crossing the middle and forcing fumbles. Doesn't only rely on his big hits to create fumbles, also demonstrating the wherewithal to rip at the ball as he's making the tackle (career-high three forced fumbles in 2013). Also showed improved range and ball-skills in 2013, recording a career-high six interceptions in 2013 to give him 15 for his career... Enjoyed a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.  First-team All-American whose dependability near the line of scrimmage with 78 solo tackles (tied for 11th in the country) and three forced fumbles and in coverage -- six interceptions -- underscores his all-around ability.Bucannon's ideal size, hard-hitting style and fierce competitive nature are exactly what teams seek safety. However, his limited flexibility and poor awareness and reaction time in coverage are measured shortcomings."

CB Carrington Byndom (Texas) 5-11, 177, 4.36 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: An all around athlete, Byndom was interviewed by Jets scouts at the East-West Shrine game. After watching film here is what Ian Wharton had to say. "An NFL-size body with room to add muscle to his frame without losing quickness. Good arm length helps contribute to breaking up passes and “winning” at the line of scrimmage in press. He should get more effective when he beefs up with an NFL weight program. Very active defender against the run, he doesn’t shy away from crashing off of the corner to get to the ball-carrier. Most effective when he’s off of the line of scrimmage, in either cover 3 zone or off-man coverage. These allow him to see the ball and use his instincts to feel out the route. Locates the ball quickly when running downfield, parallel with the receiver, by turning his head and staying at the hip of the target. Active hands in coverage without getting too grabby. If he loses the jump ball, he will continue creating havoc on the receiver as he comes down by trying to pry the ball out. Good natural hip fluidity on intermediate and underneath routes keep him from being a liability when in physical mismatches. Uses space well, especially in the red zone. He’ll push the receiver towards the sideline when possible and keeps his eyes on the quarterback, while staying with his assignment. Very experienced player for Mack Brown and the University of Texas after playing in all 51 games possible, starting the last 39 at cornerback consecutively."

FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama) 6-1, 208, 4.58, 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: Clinton-Dix flew to NY for a visit with the Jets on April 24th. Jets scout Jay Mandolesi also attended Clinton-Dix's Pro Day. Largely regarded as the best safety in the draft, Rob Rang sees a bright future. "Possesses a lanky, athletic build with light feet, excellent fluidity and straight-line speed to handle deep and nickel coverage responsibilities. Good awareness. Tracks the action well, showing impressive key and diagnosis skills to get a jump on the ball or when attacking the line of scrimmage in run support. Decisive. When he sees the play developing Clinton-Dix doesn't waste time debating, instead exploding towards the ball, showing explosive closing ability. Very good ball-skills. Can climb the ladder and extend outside of his frame to pluck the ball. Physical defender, who looks to deliver the intimidating shot. Clinton-Dix was one of seven true freshmen to earn playing time in 2011 at Alabama and in 2012, he led the team with five interceptions, setting an expectation for a great junior year, and subsequent entry into the 2014 draft. While he posted respectable numbers as a junior -- 51 tackles, two INTs, four pass breakups -- he wasn't the consistent big-play finisher he was in 2013, and his season was clouded by a two-game suspension in October for a violation of team rules.Clinton-Dix's rare combination of size, speed, ball skills and football instincts give him a chance to be one of the best at the next level."

CB Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State) 5-11, 203, 4.51 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: The Jets brought Darqueze in for a pre-draft visit. Despite the fact that the Jets were the only NFL team not to attend his Pro Day, we hear Dennard is very high up on the Jets draft board. Here is Rang's take: "Well-built for the position with broad shoulders, long arms and good overall musculature. Confident, physical defender on the perimeter at his best providing man to man coverage and when attacking in run support. Doesn't extend an arm in press coverage, instead quickly turning to run with receivers, demonstrating the fluid hips and acceleration. Leans into receivers and uses the sideline to help narrow the space in which quarterbacks can attack. Good patience and body control to adjust when the ball is thrown. Doesn't panic, instead reaching to rip the ball away as the receiver attempts to catch it. Good ball skills. Locates the football and shows the hand-eye coordination to pluck it outside of his frame. Very good awareness and competitive spirit against the run. Fights through blocks and will take out the knees of oncoming blockers if necessary to leave teammates in position to make the splashy play. Physical and reliable open-field tackler who wraps his arms to secure the stop. As the first consensus All-American and Thorpe Award winner in school history, Dennard personified Michigan State's rise as Rose Bowl champions over the 2013-14 season. The three-year starter enjoyed his finest season, allowing just three receptions (on 31 attempts) of 15 yards or more to be completed on him all year long, while recording 14 pass broken up, including four interceptions. These numbers are similar to the production he enjoyed in 2012 (10 PBUs, three interceptions), speaking to the consistency with which he's become so highly regarded by NFL scouts. Perhaps most impressive is that Dennard's competitiveness extends to the running game. In an era of cover corners, Dennard plays with reckless abandon, taking on would-be blockers and filling in admirably in run support."

CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) 6-0, 190, 4.49 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: Fuller visited the Jets on April 23rd. CBS Sports sums him up best. "Physical demeanor with good length. Excellent toughness and energy -- plays like he's 25 pounds thicker. Good vertical leap and smooth hip action to flip-and-go. Good route recognition and outstanding read-and-react quickness to mirror or plant-and-drive to attack. Above-average anticipation and cover instincts. Studies receivers and does his homework to know what to look for without hesitation. Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks. Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player. Very good ball awareness and NFL ball skills. Good blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams.  A three-star recruit, Fuller played multiple positions over his four-year starting career in Blacksburg -- linebacker, safety, cornerback and nickel. An All-ACC performer the past three seasons, Fuller is rangy and light-footed with quick movements, long arms and can play man or zone coverage. Fuller is a string bean with limited room to get much stronger, but he plays bigger than he looks with the confidence and instincts to make plays wherever he lines up."

CB Keith Lewis (Virginia University of Lynchburg) 5-11, 194, 4.41 40yd dash

Projection: 6-UDFA Description: Due to the fact that he attended such a small school, Lewis had two Pro Days, one at Lynchburg on March 4, and the second at Richmond on March 18. The Jets attended both, with the sole purpose of seeing and working out Lewis. They spent time meeting with him after both Pro Days, showing immense interest.  Lewis absolutely tore it up, posting a 4.41 40 time, 3.9 short shuttle, 6.4 three cone drill, 14 reps at 225, and 10’6″ broad jump. The Jets have been in constant contact with Keith ever since, and it appears the interest is absolutely real.

CB Tevrin Brandon (Monmouth University) 5-9, 183, 4.34 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: Brandon started his career at UConn, but was dismissed in March 2012, following an arrest. He then transferred to Monmouth in New Jersey, where he instantly became the leader of the defense. The Jets attended Brandon's Pro Day and met with him, while also bringing him in as part of their Local Pro Day. We hear Brandon caught the eye of GM John Idzik at 1 Jets Drive, who was extremely impressed with his workout. Brandon is definitely one to watch as the Jets look to sign some UDFA's following the draft.

SS Dezmen Southward (University of Wisconsin) 6-0, 211, 4.40 40yd dash

Projection: 5-6 Description: Jets DB coach Tim McDonald flew down to Madison to personally attend Southward's Pro Day, where he recorded a vertical jump of 42 inches. We hear McDonald came away feeling very good about Southward. Here is Tony Pauline's scouting report.  Full-time starter the past two seasons totaling 69 tackles as a junior, then defending six passes last season. Underrated safety with excellent size. Aggressively goes after runners and displays an explosive closing burst. Plays heads-up football, keeps the action in front of him, and effectively picks up coverage assignments. Contorts to knock away passes. Better than average range, showing the ability to get outside the numbers in pass coverage or run defense. Southward was a forceful defender at Wisconsin and has shown terrific development the past three seasons. He offers potential as a zone safety though some scouts feel Southward can also line-up at cornerback."

CB Dexter McDougle (Maryland) 5-10, 196, 4.50 40yd dash

Projection: 5-6 Description: McDougle visited the Jets on April 22nd.  McDougle stated at his Pro Day that the Jets are one of the 3 teams that have shown the most interest in him. Here is Wharton's take. "He has a thick, muscular frame that matches up well with stronger receivers. When he lines up directly over the receiver, he has quick, active feet that help him trigger and break towards the ball on curl routes. His ability to blanket receivers on intermediate routes gave him multiple opportunities in each game he played in during 2013. Good distance speed allows him to run with most receivers. He doesn’t have the elite 4.35 40-yard dash time that teams love, but his 4.5-type speed is good for the coverages he is best for. Although he only played three games in 2013 due to a shoulder injury, his burn percentage was 89 percent, which is excellent. His ability to cover intermediate and deep routes was impressive. He plays the ball well because he keeps his eyes on both the receiver and the quarterback throughout the play. He doesn’t lose track of the receiver, showing the ability to stay on the hip of the receiver. He's a good blitzer off of the edge with his speed and elusiveness. His hips are fluid, showing the ability to change direction quickly without having to round off routes. That quickness helps cover quick outs and double-moves downfield. He fits best in off-man and Cover 3 schemes due to his skills and physical traits. He primarily played in off-man at Maryland, so if he’s fully recovered from injury, he could earn snaps early in his career in that coverage scheme."

CB Bradley Roby (Ohio State) 5-11, 194, 4.39 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: John Idzik attended Roby's Pro Day where he spent time with Roby's mother following the workout. Jets contingent also took Roby out to dinner the night before his workout. Here's what Dan Kadar had to say. "Compiling 13 pass breakups and three interceptions in 2013, Roby has flashed reliable hands when he locates the ball. Roby's ball skills are also on display on special teams, where he's shown he can block punts (he even scored a touchdown blocking one against Northwestern in 2013). Needs to learn to time his jumps better – Abbrederis really took advantage in that area. Roby's biggest strength is his ability to run and cover against any type of wide receiver. When he's playing disciplined, Roby possesses impressive agility to mirror wide receivers, particularly on underneath routes. He's certainly fast enough to keep up on vertical routes against speed receivers. Bigger and stronger wide receivers can give Roby trouble because of his lacking physicality. This is especially notable on jump ball plays. He does, however, know how to body up receivers so they don't create a large window for the quarterback.  Roby's athleticism makes him one of the better off man cornerbacks in this year's draft. He is fluid in his backpedal and doesn't give up more space than he can close on. When he sees the ball in the air, Roby can close on it in a hurry. Has some experience in zone as well, and should be able to play it in the NFL.  Roby's natural athleticism often bails out his lack of technique and instincts. That's what a 4.04 three-cone and a 38.5-inch vertical leap will do for a player. Too often Roby gets burned because he'll have his eyes in the backfield. In turn, this will lead to Roby gambling on a throw and often missing out. A willing player against the run, Roby doesn't have the strength to always win here successfully. Blockers can neutralize him and ball carriers can run him over. If Roby can add some strength, he could be an asset in this area. It's unrelated to run support, but with nowhere else to put it, it's noteworthy that Roby is a capable blitzer. A wonderfully gifted athlete, Roby has the skills to be a shutdown cornerback in the NFL. His lapses in discipline – on and off the field – are the only things stopping him."

CB Antone Exum (Virginia Tech) 6-0, 213, 4.59 40yd dash

Projection: 5-6 Description: Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman attended Exum's Pro Day to personally check him out. DT was quoted as saying he was extremely impressed with Exum's tape. Here is Rang's scouting report. "Looks the part of an NFL safety, boasting broad shoulders and a thick frame, overall. Possesses a low, quick backpedal and fluid turning motion. Accelerates smoothly, showing good athleticism and straight-line speed to handle man coverage duties. Size and explosive leaping ability make him a difficult matchup for receivers in jump-ball situations. Shows good hand-eye coordination to knock away the ball once he locates it in the air. Flashes physicality as a hitter, as well as the vision and speed to take proper angles in pursuit. Highly versatile defender with experience playing three different positions in a pro-style scheme that has produced a number of NFL defensive backs. Quality special teams performer who projects well as a defender on kick and punt coverage units. Given the increasing complexity of passing attacks in the NFL, hybrid defensive backs capable of lining up in man coverage or dropping back deep in more of a traditional safety role have never held more value. Given Exum's experience at free safety, rover and cornerback, that might be music to his ears. Exum initially worked at free safety with the Hokies, playing in all 14 games and starting five in 2010 after redshirting his first season on campus. His first of two consecutive All-ACC campaigns also came primarily at free safety in 2011, when he led Virginia Tech with 89 tackles and posted 10 passes broken up, two forced fumbles and an interception. Exum's star really began to ascend in 2012 when he made the transition to cornerback and enjoyed his most prolific campaign, leading the team with five interceptions, amongst 16 passes broken up. Unfortunately, 2013 was a nightmare for Exum as he suffered a torn ACL and lateral meniscus in his right knee while playing in a pickup basketball game in January. When he was able to return late in the season, Exum suffered a second injury - a sprained left ankle - which sidelined him for the remainder of the year. Exum's senior campaign was limited to just three games in which he record four tackles and one pass defended." Speaking of his injury, Dennis Thurman also said he truly believed once healthy Exum will be back to his previous self.

SS Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois) 5-11, 193, 4.48 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: The Jets sent a scout to Ward's Pro Day. Here is what WalterFootball had to say about Ward. "The NFL is a passing-driven league, and safeties with the ability to play some man coverage are a hot commodity. That makes Ward one of the more intriguing safeties in the 2014 NFL Draft. While Ward is undersized, his pass-coverage skills are special, and he looks like he will be an asset as a defender of slot receivers. Starting early in his career, Ward was an impact defender for Northern Illinois. He recorded 100 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up as a sophomore in 2011. The next season, Ward was even better with 104 tackles and three interceptions. He finished his junior year with a good game against Florida State and its talented wide receivers. In 2013, Ward had 95 tackles with seven interceptions and 10 passes defended. He followed that up with an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl. Ward did really well matching up in coverage against the all-star receivers. He picked them up down field and kept them from getting open. Ward did well in one-on-ones and looks ready to compete at the next level. Ward's best trait for the NFL is his ability to line up and cover slot receivers. His quickness, flexibility and fluid athleticism allow him to line up at the line of scrimmage or pick up slot receivers in off-man coverage. Ward will be a real asset to his defense when going against dangerous slot receivers. In the deep part of the field, Ward covers a lot of ground and is very smart about getting in position to defend deep wide outs. Coaches should be able to trust Ward as the deep safety over the top who can help his cornerbacks. Ward was a good run-defender in college, as his tackle totals indicate. He tackles well and does a nice job of weaving through blockers. Ward is smart about how he tackles by taking the legs out from underneath backs. However, Ward is undersized and could have some issues with power backs. The size could be a detriment for Ward in covering receiving tight ends and big wide receivers. He has the skills to match up on them and prevent separation, but tight ends and tall receivers will be able to make catches over him. Ward's size is the biggest negative, and if he were larger, he could be a first-round prospect. For the NFL, Ward will work well as a free safety who plays center field. His ability to match up on slot receivers will be a real asset for his defense. With Ward's coverage abilities, he should be a second-day pick in the 2014 NFL Draft."

FS Calvin Pryor (Louisville) 5-11, 207, 4.58 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: John Idzik attended Louisville's Pro Day and also brought Pryor in for a pre-draft visit. CBS has more. "Prototype body type with good anticipation and explosive closing speed. Reliable open-field tackler and intimidating presence. Lowers his shoulder on impact to create collisions in run support and when protecting the middle of the field in coverage. Good vision and spatial awareness to slip amongst the mass of humanity near the line of scrimmage to locate the ball. Shows no desire for self-preservation when taking on blockers, dropping to take them out at the knees and often is able to take out the ballcarrier. Very good ball skills. Can extend and pluck outside of his frame and shows excellent awareness to get his feet inbounds. Hakeem Smith and Pryor formed one of the best safety tandems in the country in 2013, compiling 69 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles, on his way to earning 2013 All-American Athletic Conference first-team honors.Has prototypical size and athleticism for the position and is one of the most well-round safeties in the class with explosive downhill reaction to the run, strong awareness in coverage and versatility to hold his own on the outside or in the slot. Pryor has elite tools and potential if he can harness his sledgehammer playing style with disciplined intensity."

CB Jason Verrett‏ (TCU) 5-10, 189, 4.38 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: Verrett visited the Jets on April 21st. Dane Brugler breaks it down. "Fluid body type with smooth hips to easily turn and adjust his frame. Excellent short-area burst and flexibility to seamlessly redirect his footwork to mirror receivers in space. Very good feel on an island ? baits and drives on throws with burst and timing. Improved instincts and awareness, not afraid to come off his man to make a play. Excellent ballskills and confidence to undercut routes and finish with the interception. Quick read/react skills. Adequate strength for his size and very active in run support. Will hold his ground at the point of attack. Very aggressive with the ball in the air and attacks it. Smart and sound with his cover assignments, always playing alert. Routinely made ?wow? plays on special teams coverage, including a blocked field goal in 2012. Heady player with high football character. Productive as a three-year starter, combining for 43 passes defended and nine interceptions in college. Verrett struggled with academics out of high school and went the JUCO route (Santa Rosa JC) for a season before enrolling at TCU. He earned a starting job right away and despite a rocky start, he showed steady improvement and had an All-American junior season in 2012, tallying 22 passes defended. Verrett battled injuries as a senior, but he was still productive and earned Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 ? shut down several of the conference?s top receivers and caused offenses to stop looking to his side of the field. He is like a magnet to the ball with excellent timing to plant, drive and arrive when the ball does with aggressive ballhawking skills. Verrett is scrappy and loves to play sticky and physical, which will cause some penalties, but it?s easy to love his confident mentality. His lack of size likely limits his NFL ceiling, but he has the easy change of direction skills, light feet and physical and mental toughness to shine in the NFL, ideally suited as an inside nickel corner."

CB Rashaad Reynolds (Oregon State) 5-10, 189, 4.51 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: Jets interviewed Reynolds at the East West Shrine Game. Here's Rang on Reynolds. "Sports a compact, well-developed frame and looks the part of an NFL cornerback, demonstrating the quickness, fluidity and competitiveness in run support scouts are looking for. Asked to handle a variety of coverage responsibilities in OSU's scheme, including press-man, off-man and zone principles. Shows a quick, low backpedal to give ground quickly and can break downhill in a flash to close. Good straight-line speed to handle vertical routes. Tracks the ball well, showing very good leaping ability, excellent timing and the hand-eye coordination to snatch passes at their highest point. Good awareness to drop his deep responsibilities and come up in run support or to make the open-field tackle on underneath receivers. Aggressively fights through receiver blocks and throws his body into the path of would-be blockers to funnel running backs back inside, rather than allowing them the corner. Voted a team captain. Good athlete. Also participated on Oregon State's track team, running the 60 meters. A former high school wrestler, it's no surprise that one of Reynolds' strengths is his reputation for being willing to stick his nose into the action in run defense. A quarterback and cornerback in high school who was a three-time all-city player out of Pacoima, Calif., Reynolds was recruited as a cornerback and redshirted in 2009. He played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, serving as one of the team's top gunners on the coverage units. He entered the starting secondary in 2011, starting all 12 games after Brandon Hardin suffered a season-ending shoulder surgery. Reynolds took advantage of the opportunity, finishing with 68 tackles and eight passes broken up.Reynolds earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 as a junior, posting 16 passes defensed, including five in one half against Arizona. He also had five interceptions and was second on the team with 75 tackles.After being limited during spring practice in 2013 by a knee injury, Reynolds returned healthy in the fall and went on to play in all 13 games. He finished with 61 tackles, 3.5 for loss, a sack and a career-high six interceptions. He broke up four passes and had 10 passes defensed to go along with a pair of forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Reynolds was voted Second Team All-Pac-12 by the league's coaches."

CB Keith McGill (Utah) 6-3, 211, 4.51 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: McGill came in for a visit on April 22nd. We hear that McGill is very high up on the Jets draft board. Here's Wharton. "Standing at over 6'3", McGill is easily the largest defensive back in the 2014 NFL draft class. His size has coaches and scouts drooling over what they could do with a player this big and athletic. Ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and was a top performer in the vertical and broad jumps. Recognizes plays quickly and starts the play by backpedaling or attacking the line of scrimmage with efficiency. By starting the play in the right direction, McGill cuts down on wasted movement. Incredible length helps break up passes at the last second while in coverage. He can overcome mistakes with his size and still get a hand on the ball. Strong enough to disrupt receivers at the line and jam them on their routes. By disrupting the timing of the offense, the defense gains an advantage. Good ball skills in zone coverage, where he can focus on keeping the receiver in front of him and stay facing the line of scrimmage. Good closing burst helps provide interception opportunities. He was able to jam Arizona State star wide receiver Jaelen Strong in 2013, which helps project McGill’s NFL potential. He can line up against big receivers or slower tight ends in the slot and be a true asset to the defense. Possesses special teams value after playing as a gunner in 2013. Has positional versatility and likely fits better long term as a safety in a Kam Chancellor role. As much as teams love the size and straight-line speed McGill has, they shouldn’t overlook how much he struggles moving laterally. He’ll have to play as large as he is to succeed; even then, don’t expect him to be put on an island without safety help over top. He fits best with a press-man or on-ball zone defense that can use his strength and help cover his weaknesses at corner. His long term might include switching to become a full-time safety due to physical limitations."

FS A.J. Marshall (Wake Forest) 5-11, 189, 4.69 40yd dash

Projection: 6-UDFA Description: Marshall met with the Jets at the East-West Shrine game. He happens to be best friends with current Jets safety Josh Bush, who has taken his former Wake Forest teammate under his wing. Here's Wharton again. "Marshall is an experienced and versatile player coming out of Wake Forest, after he played in 44 games in his career and split time between cornerback and safety. In addition to his positional versatility, Marshall can line up at either safety spot as well. He was listed as a strong safety, but Wake’s defense had mirror safeties, which means both starters are able to fill the role of the other. This provides more balance to the defense and a sense of unpredictability, since the offense won’t be given as many hints pre-snap due to where the safeties line up. Aggressive at jumping underneath routes that slot receivers and tight ends run. The positive is this creates turnover opportunities or defensed passes. He played mostly in zone coverage, where he had to read the play quickly and react simultaneously. As a willing run defender, he crashed from a deep safety position to get involved in tackles often. He also didn’t hurt his team by taking bad pursuit angles, limiting the yards that the ball-carrier gained. Attacks the ball when he’s nearby. He acts as if he were the offensive player fighting for the ball.  Possesses enough closing burst and range to be responsible for half of the field in zone coverage. He’d fit into schemes that run a lot of Cover 2 man or zone. After he broke his fibula midseason, he returned for the 2014 NFL Shrine Game, showing toughness and determination to be on the radar of NFL teams. Marshall doesn’t have great eyes, instincts or physical abilities on the field. He’s a good player that needs development and in time can be a special teams ace and solid backup, which has value. For a team looking for overall team depth that runs a defensive scheme with two high zone safeties, Marshall can make an impact."

CB Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) 6-0, 202, 4.37 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: Gilbert visited the Jets on April 22nd. Rang takes a look at him. "In terms of pure athleticism, Gilbert is the class of the 2014 draft. He possesses remarkably light feet, allowing him to quickly drop in his backpedal while keeping his eyes trained on his receiver (and also sneaking a peek on the quarterback). The depth gained allows him to be patient when flipping his hips to turn and run downfield or plant and explode in either direction as receivers attempt to cross in front of him. Gilbert changes directions fluidly and has impressive acceleration to handle deep coverage responsibilities against speedy receivers. Gilbert possesses prototypical height and overall frame for the position with broad shoulders and long arms. He extends well to snatch the ball out of the air and times his leap well. Gilbert is a willing tackler, who closes quickly and effectively. Whether on kick returns or after interceptions, Gilbert's patience, vision and acceleration make him a threat to go the distance. Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard may have earned the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back but Gilbert could get the last laugh when it comes to the NFL. Given the way that the passing game has taken over the NFL, the value of defenders capable of creating turnovers has never been higher - and no one is better at this than Gilbert - a dynamic athlete who led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013 (two of which he returned for touchdowns) and has returned six kickoffs for scores over his career in Stillwater, as well. That mark put him just one kickoff return touchdown shy of the NCAA career record of seven, held jointly by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11).While scouts will certainly appreciate Gilbert's big play prowess (as well as his size and speed), it is important to recall the struggles with consistency that he suffered through as a junior after a breakout 2011 season."

CB Phillip Gaines (Rice) 6-0, 193, 4.38 40yd dash

Projection: 2 Description: Jets spent a lot of time with Gaines at the East-West Shrine Game. Behind the Steel Curtain does a fantastic job of explaining who exactly Gaines is. "When you think about college football programs that produce NFL talent Rice, isn't one that comes to mind immediately. Joining Conference USA in 2005 after formerly being in the Western Atlantic Conference (WAC) its players do not receive the national attention even if they deserve it. One player deserving is the Owls cornerback Phillip Gaines. Gaines has been the Owls best cover corner over the last two years. In 2012 he amassed 33 tackles, two tackles for loss and a ridiculous 18 passes defensed. In 2013 Gaines wasn't targeted as much however he finished with 36 tackles, four tackles for loss, four interceptions, and nine passes defensed. He earned 1st-team All-Conference USA honors for both of those years. He finished his college career 38 career pass break ups which is a Rice record. Gaines measured in at the NFL Combine at 6-foot, 193 pounds with 31 7/8 inch arm length. At the Combine he show cased probably his best asset, his athleticism. Gaines ran a 4.38s 40-yard dash (second fastest of all CB's at the  Combine behind Gilbert's 4.37), he completed the 3-cone drill in 6.67s (second fastest of all CBs and fifth fastest of all players at the Combine) and completed the 20-yard shuffle in 4.04s. ( fourth fastest among all CBs at the Combine.) On tape Gaines athleticism shows up frequently. He has a quick backpedal and he keeps his center-of-gravity low. His footwork is impressive and he shows off very quick feet. He confirmed this at the Combine easily moving through every drill.  He has the athletic ability to backpedal or shuffle and still make a play on any route. He effortlessly flips his hips to mirror a receiver through the route. The explosion out of his backpedal is apparent.  Great closing speed allows him to cover up any mistakes in his reads or gambles he takes. However Gaines is much more than just an athlete. He has tremendous awareness in zone coverage. Gaines has feels the routes behind him and flows with the QBs eyes to the football.  He has an obviously high football I.Q. and it shows up in games. He sees the field incredibly well and uses this awareness along with his speed to make plays on throws that may not originally have been in his zone. As a captain of the Owls Gaines showed leadership as well as toughness. Despite his size he isn't afraid to tackle and help in run support which is a plus for any cornerback. It isn't hard to see why Gaines was targeted only 40 times all year and allowed only 13 receptions in 2013 or on 32.5 percent of the passes thrown his way . With nine pass break ups and four interceptions, he had his hand on the ball 13 times of the 40 targets. This means that Gaines had his hands on the football almost 1 out of every 3 passes in 2013. That number is the same as Kyle Fuller and is better than top corners Gilbert (3.93), Dennard (4.25) and Roby (4.93). Of the other corners projected to go on or before Day 2 of the draft only Verrett (2.75) had a better pass defensed rate. Phillip Gaines is a long, athletic corner with excellent vision and movement skills. He will need to improve his strength to handle NFL receivers in man-to-man coverage. Gaines however displays good football I.Q. and awareness to suggest that he can excel in a zone scheme. The Steelers would be remiss to not look in to Gaines as a potential replacement for Ike Taylor. He possess all the necessary skills they desire. I have read that he is projected to go in the middle rounds but that doesn't match what I see on tape. Don't be surprise when Gaines ends up being drafted on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft because his play justifies just that."

CB Lew Toler (Rutgers) 5-10, 190, 4.50 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets brought in Toler as part of their local workouts. They also attended his Pro Day. Dan Duggan explains his story. "A fifth-year defensive back who transferred from Western Michigan, Toler became a starting cornerback in the second game of the season and held the position until he suffered a broken left arm against Louisville on October 10th. Toler broke his humerus, which is the bone in the upper arm, and missed the rest of the season. Toler was in a sling for two months and wasn't fully medically cleared until last month. When his arm healed he focused on training for Wednesday's pro day, where he ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash. After missing more than half of his senior season, Toler knows he has work to do to get on the NFL radar."

FS Jeremy Deering (Rutgers) 6-1, 209, 4.41 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: Deering was invited to workout at the Jets facility for their Local Pro Day following his Pro Day at Rutgers, which the Jets attended. Here is Tony Pauline. "Former receiver who moved to safety last season and started 10 games. Physical athlete still trying to find a position on the football field. Displays speed in a straight-line or laterally, has range in centerfield, and the ability to get outside the numbers to the flanks. Plays big, squares into tackles, and wraps up. Very athletic. Deering is an athletic prospect who showed flashes during his four years at Rutgers but never developed at any single position. He's a developmental prospect whose best chance at the next level is on coverage units."

FS Stephen Obeng-Agyapong (Penn State) 5-11, 210, 4.58 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Bronx native was brought in by the Jets as part of their Local Pro Day. While he is listed as a FS, he played a lot of hybrid box safety/WLB this year. The safety-turned-linebacker had 34 tackles this season, including 20 solo tackles. He also forced and recovered a fumble along with an interception in the first game of the season against Syracuse. He's likely to be an undrafted free agent.

CB Kendall James (Maine) 5-11, 180, 4.44 40yd dash

Projection: 6-7 Description: James, who Mel Kiper Jr. called the "the biggest sleeper of the mid-round corner(backs) group," was brought into 1 Jets Drive on their Local Pro Day. Here is Ian Wharton. "Great speed and quickness allow him to run with any receiver and route, unlike some cornerbacks who are linear athletes, only being able to post an impressive 40-yard dash time due to straight-line speed. James also has great lateral agility that will help him play either outside cornerback or slot corner, which requires short area speed over distance speed. Played his best in off-man coverage. He can close quickly on underneath routes or turn his hips and run with receivers on deep routes. Keeps his head up and eyes on the quarterback throughout the play. He can play in zone coverage and find the ball quickly, giving the defense a chance for a turnover. Adds good value as a special teamer, where he starred for Maine. He gives great effort on every snap and can tackle elusive returners. Aggressive when jumping routes but doesn’t do so recklessly. He reads the offense effectively and notices subtle hints by the quarterback and receiver. Sticks his nose in every running play, which is important for a potential slot cornerback. He looks comfortable roaming around the line of scrimmage. It takes a tough mindset to play slot, and James isn’t lacking a tough mindset. Great productivity while at Maine, showing he isn’t just a track athlete. Great leaping helps overcome lack of height when in traffic. Has the speed and agility to be a potential kick returner, although he doesn’t have much experience there now.  James has great speed, quickness and ability to stick with receivers on all routes. His biggest issue right now is his small frame and lack of length. He competes hard every play and should be a rotational or slot cornerback throughout his career. If he had ideal size and frame, he’d be a Day 2-type player, but the NFL is getting bigger, not smaller."

CB Reuben Johnson ‏ (Stony Brook) 5-10, 190, 4.56 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: Johnson was at the Jets facility for their Local Pro Day. He transferred to Stony Brook in 2013 after leaving Cincinnati. He was off to a great start this season, starting two games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in week three. He made six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, at Buffalo on September 14th. He was also named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week on September 9th. He recorded two fumble recoveries, forced a fumble and added four tackles in Stony Brook debut at Rhode Island on September 7th. According to a Stony Brook press release, "Johnson played three seasons for the Cincinnati, appearing in 31 games. Statistically, his sophomore season was his best as Johnson started 11 of 12 games, recording 62 tackles, including 11 against Louisville and eight against Oklahoma, five pass breakups, a sack and an interception.  The south New Jersey native played in eight games in 2011, making six tackles. He did not play last season due to an injury and served as a student assistant under former coach Butch Jones.  Johnson played in 11 games as a true freshman on a Cincinnati squad that earned a BCS bid to the Sugar Bowl.  A three-star recruit who starred in football and track, Johnson was rated as one of the top seniors in the state."

SS Chris Poston ‏ (Emporia State) 6-1, 195, 4.50 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: Former Jet and current scout Aaron Glenn watched Poston this season and we hear he came away extremely impressed. Poston was named first-team All-MIAA despite missing four games with a broken thumb.  He had four interceptions in seven games and added 38 tackles on the season.

SS Ahmad Dixon ‏ (Baylor) 6-0, 212, 4.64 40yd dash

Projection: 6 Description: Jets defensive backs coach Tim McDonald flew to check out Dixon's Pro Day. Here's what Brugler's scouting report on Dixon. "Extremely fast downhill and loves to get his hands dirty in the run game, striking through his target with strong hands to finish. Dixon has an accurate first step with the quickness and range to play both sidelines with an alert, active mentality. Displays the feet and overall body coordination to hold up on an island if needed. Excellent size/speed athlete with the fluidity and natural speed to cover the entire field, making plays behind the line of scrimmage and in the deep half of the field. Works hard to shed blocks to make open-field stops and is a physical tackler. He is confident in coverage to jump routes and aggressively go after the ball. Born and raised in Waco, Dixon had a roller coaster recruitment that included commitments to Texas and Tennessee before he finally decided to stay home and attend Baylor. He started two seasons at the team's nickel "Bear" position, which is a hybrid LB/S role, but moved to safety for his senior year in 2013. Baylor is known for its explosive offensive attack, but the Bears have some playmakers on defense as well, most notably Dixon, who patrols the entire field. Dixon might be the top SS prospect for the 2014 Draft."

CB Demetri Goodson ‏ (Baylor) 5-11, 194, 4.52 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: Demetri is Mike Goodson's brother. He was a former ‏Gonzaga point guard, who quit to transfer to Baylor to pursue a football career. Jets defensive backs coach Tim McDonald attended his Pro Day. Here's Draft Insider. "Full-time starter as a senior finishing the year with 26 tackles, 3 INTs, and 10 PBUs. Played in just four games the prior year struggling with a broken arm. Nice-sized college cornerback who projects as a dime back at the next level. Fluid backpedaling, quickly transitions off the line, and stays with assignments. Smooth flipping his hips to transition to any area of the field, shows athleticism, and plays heads-up football. Quick up the field to defend the run, squares into opponents, and wraps up when tackling. Goodson is an athletic prospect who showed terrific development last season and offers ability in either a zone system or backed off the line of scrimmage. He comes with a special teams mentality, which is added value."

FS Terrence Brooks ‏ (Florida State) 5-11, 198, 4.42 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: Rex Ryan and John Idzik were both at his Pro Day on March 18th. This is Ian Wharton said about the free safety. "Extremely rangy deep safety that allowed the Florida State defense to play aggressive fronts and not have to keep extra defensive backs in coverage. Proved to be capable of reading and covering the downfield seam route by tight ends when in zone coverage. Understands his own capabilities very well, as he will let the quarterback see the receiver open in his assigned zone, then jump the route after the quarterback releases the pass. Being able to manipulate quarterback into thinking the receiver is open is a difficult skill, but Brooks demonstrated this throughout his 2013 season. Locates and tracks the ball very well once the pass is released. Most safeties in this class will drop their eyes to reach the receiver before the reception is completed to jar the ball loose, but Brooks plays the ball, creating more opportunities for defensed passes and interceptions. Possesses a strong closing burst to reach the intended receiver or ball-carrier to finish the play. Very efficient at recognizing routes, often breaking with the receiver that the quarterback is looking at. The lack of wasted movement indicates strong instincts and the ability to process information quickly. He’s able to read plays well and maintain impressive gap integrity. He doesn’t overcommit to play action or where the ball-carrier seems to be going. Defenders that are too aggressive will try to mirror the ball-carrier and be vulnerable to cutbacks, leading to big gains. Brooks plays the ball-carrier safer, and limits big plays. Above average at shedding blocks, staying active with his hands and using agility to get around blockers. Quick acceleration in space, reaching top speed in a few steps. Special teams value after primarily playing there his first two seasons. Brooks is the best deep, center field type safety in the 2014 NFL draft class due to his combination of natural instincts and high football IQ. Brooks, alongside Louisville’s Calvin Pryor, is fighting for the top ranked true free safety in the class, and with a good combine showing, don’t be surprised if he sneaks into the bottom of the first round come May 8."

Analysis: We all know Rex loves corners. Thus, with Dimitri Patterson the current starting corner opposite Dee Milliner, it is no surprise everybody is mocking a CB to the Jets in the first. I can definitely see them taking a CB at 18. From what I'm hearing, the Jets are very high on Darqueze Dennard. Should the Jets go CB in round 1, I believe he'd be the selection. If they decide to go WR round 1 and wait to take a corner in the mid-rounds, look for Dexter McDougle or Keith McGill to be the pick. I can absolutely see the Jets taking 2 corners as well. Keith Lewis in the 6th round is a possibility the Jets are strongly considering as well right now. As far as the safety position goes, the Jets are happy with Antonio Allen and Dawan Landry starting for this season. That being said, it would make sense for the Jets to draft a guy like Berhe in the mid-rounds to contribute immediately on special teams while learning and being groomed by Landry.

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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the AFC Championship game:

Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) at the New England Patriots (15-2)

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To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild…that is the question! This week, Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Joe Caporoso from TurnOnTheJets.com to find the answer. They take a look at what the Jets can do to start picking up the pieces heading into next season, and whether or not a complete teardown is necessary...

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Gastineau on health issues 00:04:48
Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau opens up about his apparent brain issues caused from playing professional football.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Mark Gastineau is just the latest sad example of the damage football can do to a person and a human body. He admits he didn't play the game the right way. When he tackled he led with his head, and of course that's the part of the body that's betraying him now. The fact that he's been battling dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease for a year is likely not a coincidence at all.

But during the ex-Jet's stunning interview on WOR radio on Thursday night he didn't blame football specifically for his condition. In fact he praised the sport and insisted his problems could've been prevented. He said he knows there's a way to make the incredibly dangerous game of football safe for everyone.

Even though he is dangerously wrong...

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Gastineau on health issues 00:04:48
Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau opens up about his apparent brain issues caused from playing professional football.

Jets all-time sacks leader Mark Gastineau told WOR Radio's Pete McCarthy that recent tests have shown he has signs of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and dementia.

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Jets fans clamoring for Woody Johnson to give up control of the Jets may finally get their wish, but even with him planning to spend the next three years an ocean away, his departure is unlikely to have any tangible effect on the team.

The 69-year-old Johnson was officially named the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon. It was a move that had been rumored for weeks and hardly surprising considering that Johnson is a major donor and fundraiser for Trump and the Republican Party.

Johnson declined to address the possibility of this position when he met with the media shortly after his Jets completed their miserable, 5-11 season, and he hasn't spoken publicly on his future plans for the franchise. However, Pro Football Talk recently reported that he planned to give over control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson. Neil Glat, the team president who handles most of the business operations and reported directly to Woody Johnson, could see an increase in power, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

If we do select a qb in draft. Do we sign a vet and go with 4? Or who gets the out? -- @wendo2000

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

Mel Kiper's first Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore with the sixth overall pick.

Kiper notes that the 6'1", 190-pound Lattimore "jumped to the top" of his rankings with a stellar season, adding that Lattimore has "all the traits to be a star."

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Colon discusses Brown's video 00:02:42
Former Steeler Willie Colon rips Antonio Brown for being more worried about himself than the team after posting a video of Mike Tomlin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

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

Previous Reports

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

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

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

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

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

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(USA TODAY)

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

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

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

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 (USA Today)
(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Bill Wippert/AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

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

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

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


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

Latest Update (Jan. 4)

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

Previous reports (Jan. 2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Sheldon Richardson
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