Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets swear they are not listening to the noise outside of their locker room, where they are surrounded by a near-universal prediction of doom and gloom. Some are bracing for an historic disaster of a season. Some are embracing it, hoping that when the dark clouds disperse there's a rainbow leading to USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

But what if the Jets aren't just in a state of denial? What if they sense something different going on with their rebuilding team? What if their dysfunctional, ugly, 5-11 season last year was rock bottom, and now there really is nowhere to go but up?

OK, maybe it's a stretch. But even the Jets are allowed to have hope in the spring? And it's not that those hopes are completely without reason. Here are five things happening right now that maybe - just maybe - could indicate that things for the Jets are going to be better than they seem:

1. Josh McCown looks sharp and strong - Yes, it's only spring and the quarterbacks are throwing "against air," as Jets coach Todd Bowles has said. Very little can be learned from 7-on-7 drills or even team drills where there's no contact and no defensive schemes.

Still, McCown - for a soon-to-be-38-year-old journeyman who his playing in his 16th season and for his eighth team - hasn't looked mediocre or old this spring. His passes have been sharp and on target and his arm has looked strong. He's also an incredibly positive and vocal leader on the field and is bursting with the energy of a man half his age. His voice can be heard booming with encouragement for his teammates, too, after almost every play.

Does that mean anything? Well, a fresh voice and a little energy is always good. He didn't experience last year's misery, so he doesn't have that dragging him down. And the better he looks, the easier it is to remember that two years ago, in eight starts for the Browns, McCown completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Twice in the last four years (including 2013 with the Bears), he's put up brilliant - albeit partial - numbers. Maybe it clicks for him in odd-numbered years?

2. John Morton is running a new and diverse offense the players seem to love - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, not to mention the results. Two years ago when the Jets were 10-6 and their offense ranked 10th in the league, no one had a major issue with Chan Gailey's scheme. But last year the offense finished 26th and the team and quarterback were a mess.

Right now there is no way to judge Morton, the new offensive coordinator, and his scheme, but it's not insignificant that his players are energized by what they see. Matt Forte, who felt his role was diminished last season, thinks Morton will use him more on third downs so he can flash his skills as a receiver, and that Morton might even line up him and Bilal Powell together in a two-back set. And the tight ends - remember them? If practice is any indication, Morton intends to include them in his scheme. A lot. And that's a drastic change from the last two years when the tight end was virtually ignored.

The players have to make it work, of course - especially if Morton is really intent on morphing his scheme from week to week to fit their opponent and situation. In the end, it will come down to the talent, particularly at quarterback and along the offensive line.

But a new approach that has re-energized his players can't be a bad thing.

3. Eric Decker looks healthy - At least, he did in the one OTA open to the media. That wasn't a guarantee coming off hip and shoulder surgery. He basically had two major rehabs, with twice the chance for things to go wrong.

But last week, while wearing a red non-contact jersey - seemingly unnecessary for a non-contact practice, but whatever - he looked fast. He made quick cuts. He was knocked down and got back up again. And he caught most of what was thrown his way.

That matters, because when the Jets let Brandon Marshall go they were left with no No. 1 receiver. Yes, they have a stable of young receivers they like - including a third- and fourth-round draft pick -- and Quincy Enunwa seems to be on the verge of a breakthrough. But the 6-3, 206-pound Decker has four seasons of 110-plus catches on his resume (and another with 96 catches).

He is the only true No. 1 receiver the Jets have. And last year, with Decker out and Marshall hurting for most of the season, the Jets really didn't have one at all.

4. Sheldon Richardson is happy and in a contract year - OK, maybe last year's misery was at least partially his own doing and blaming Marshall, his apparent nemesis, isn't fair. Or maybe it is. Regardless, Marshall is gone and Richardson has his "15 reasons" to be happy, and if that's what he needs to not sulk and play with some energy … well, OK. Whatever works.

He also should be plenty motivated too. It's embarrassing enough that the Jets tried to trade him last season and again during the draft and couldn't find a taker (at their price, anyway). It should be even more embarrassing to him that he had only 1 ½ sacks. And he knows that if he wants a huge, Mo Wilkerson-like contract from someone next March he's going to have to do better. Much better.

So he'll have a burr in his saddle, and apparently help from the coaches since defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers has vowed to stop moving Richardson around - including to linebacker - and to let him do what he does best. That theoretically means more of what he did when he was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he lined up as a "3 technique" player and could be turned loose on the quarterback.

Will it work? No one will be more motivated than Richardson to make sure that it does.

5. The purge of veterans has turned into young legs and youthful energy - Here's a hidden truth about sports: It's much harder and uglier for a veteran team to lose, especially after it's had some success. That's what happened last season. The Jets came in, loaded with veterans, with high hopes after a 10-win season, and as soon as things went wrong (during a 1-5 start) they completely fell apart. They became miserable. They lost hope - especially the older players who just couldn't perform like they used to do.

Imagine if some of them had come back for another year? Would Marshall had been any better, healthier or happier in the same situation (and same locker room)? Would Darrelle Revis had come back overflowing with hope? That team almost had to be dismantled if Bowles had any hope of renewing the attitude and optimism in his locker room.

Maybe they're naïve or maybe it's just spring, but players that are left - mostly young ones - have embraced the rebuilding of the Jets. They seem to believe there is hope for the future, maybe even the immediate future. If the same, old, tired, disappointed players had returned this spring and been confronted with predictions of a 2-14 season, would they have responded with energy and enthusiasm?

This team has, in part because they're too young to know any better. Or maybe it's because they really feel they're at the start of something, not the end.

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.

The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.

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Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Changes are reportedly coming to the NFL's playoff structure.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current CBA proposal includes seven teams from each conference making the the playoffs (currently six teams from each conference make the playoffs), with only one team per conference getting a bye.

The new rule would add one more Wild Card team per conference (meaning the Steelers and Rams would have made the playoffs last season), while putting extra importance on securing the number one seed.

Also of note in the new CBA, the players on the teams with a first-round bye would now be compensated for that weekend, whereas they currently are not. 

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After Jets general manager Joe Douglas spoke to Robby Anderson at the end of last season, he said "He knows how valued he is here."

But the problem for the Jets is Anderson likely knows how valued he might be everywhere else, too.

The 26-year-old Anderson is set to hit the free agent market in March as one of the top receivers available -- and possibly the top target, according to some NFL sources, depending on which receivers actually shake free. That could mean a huge contract for Anderson, who may already be priced out of the Jets' range.

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With his future in Cleveland uncertain, Odell Beckham Jr. would view the Jets as an "ideal landing spot" if the Browns trade him, reports Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated.

The source Dyer spoke with said Beckham isn't actively seeking a trade, but that a return to New York would be "welcomed" by him.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Dec. 12 -- when the possibility of Beckham wanting out of Cleveland first arose -- that Beckham would "not be afraid of a return to New York." Vacchiano also listed the Packers, Vikings, and Rams among potential suitors for Beckham.

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Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports  (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 30, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs doesn't seem to be too attached to his current team. 

Diggs, who expressed frustration with the Vikings in October prior to the NFL trade deadline, removed all Vikings content from his Instagram account on Tuesday night, leading people to believe that he's once again ready to move on from the team. 

The only problem is that Diggs is still under contract with the team for four more years, and has about $48 million left on the contract that he signed just this past summer.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.

It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.

It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal. 

The latest report says things are status quo. 

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As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon, and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.

When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.

"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said on Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Daniel Brown (87) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Jets have signed tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday.

Brown made seven receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in 16 games (five starts) for the Jets in 2019. He also finished third on the team in special teams tackles with 11.

Brown, 27, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison in 2015. He played eight games for the Ravens from 2015 to 2016 before getting claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24, 2016.

In 34 career games with the Bears from 2016 to 2018, Brown made 29 receptions for 253 yards and one touchdown.

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Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Nov 25, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa RedBlacks defensive back Anthony Cioffi (24) tries to catch Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Chris Matthews (81) during the 106th Grey Cup game at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The Jets have added some secondary help, signing a former local product in safety Anthony Cioffi, the team announced on Thursday. 

The Springfield, NJ native was a four-year standout at Rutgers where he totaled 169 tackles, eight interceptions and 13 passes defended over 41 games. 

After graduating in 2016, Cioffi spent time in training camp with the Raiders in 2017. However, he would move on to the CFL, where he has been since 2018. He had a breakout year with the Ottawa Redblacks, tallying 61 defensive tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble over 18 games. 

The Jets don't need safety help with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye manning those positions. However, with the injuries the secondary as a whole endured last season, depth from a versatile player like Cioffi who can roam around is valuable. 

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he seems to be content with that for now, it's fair to wonder if he could be a fit in New York.

"I wouldn't mind being in Detroit for a while," Golladay told USA Today's Doug Farrar. "Everything should work itself out. I'm enjoying myself."

Originally a third-round pick of the Lions in 2017, Golladay has been tremendous with Detroit. surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three pro seasons. In 2019, he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving to be one of the league's best young wide receivers. He's also proven to be a big-play threat, as his 18.3 yards per reception ranked second in the NFL. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets made an addition to Adam Gase's coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Leigh Torrence as the team's assistant defensive backs coach. 

Torrence has been a member of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff for the last four seasons. He was hired as coaching intern in 2016 and was then promoted to a defensive assistant the following season.

The 38-year-old Torrence made the transition to coaching after spending spending parts of seven seasons with five different teams as a player. After going undrafted out of Stanford, Torrence had his most significant playing time with the Saints from 2008-11, where he was a member of the Super Bowl LIV championship team.

In New York, Torrence will work with Jets passing came coordinator/defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, and he'll be taking over for Steve Jackson, who was hired by Cincinnati as the Bengals cornerbacks coach.

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The NFL season officially came to a close last Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the San Francisco 49ers to bring capture the Lombardi Trophy.

So that's it for football until training camp opens in July, right?

"Not so fast," says the XFL.

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Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

More than 18 years after Michael Strahan broke Mark Gastineau's single-season sack record, the former Jets pass-rusher wants the world to know that he thinks the record should still belong to him.  

"I just want to be recognized for the record," Gastineau told ESPN on Monday. "You wouldn't want your son getting a record like that. I don't think it's good for the NFL. It was never good for the NFL, and I'm surprised the NFL didn't step in."

Strahan's sack in question came against the Packers during the final game of the 2001 season. Sitting at 21.5 sacks, Strahan needed just one to break Gastineau's record. With the Packers up 34-25 late in the game, Strahan blew past Packers tight end Bubba Franks and had a free shot at Favre, who went down to give Strahan the single-season record.

 

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Things didn't go according to plan for Chris Herndon in 2019. 

The Jets tight end was suspended four games for violating the NFL's PED policy, missed another four games with a hamstring injury, then fractured his ribs only 16 snaps into his season debut, ending his season. 

Without Herndon, Ryan Griffin stepped up.

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Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Pepper Johnson, was has been affiliated with both the Giants and Jets in his football career, was abruptly fired from his XFL gig only hours removed from the league's beginning over the weekend. 

Johnson, 55, was employed by the Los Angeles Wildcats as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The team announced he was relieved of his duties on Monday.

The Wildcats had lost their inaugural game, 31-17, to the Houston Roughnecks, a game which featured winning quarterback PJ Walker tossing four touchdown passes. 

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is listed at 100-1 to win the NFL MVP in 2020, according to BetOnline.ag.

Darnold played in Week 1 in 2019, but missed the next three games recovering from mononucleosis. He returned in Week 6 and played the rest of the season, finishing the year with a 7-6 record at quarterback. He threw for 3024 yards and a 61.9% completion percentage, along with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Darnold is joined at 100-1 by Giants running back Saquon Barkley, former Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr., former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and others. 

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) jogs on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Pro Football Focus named New York Jets safety Jamal Adams to their list of the top-101 players from the 2019 season recently. 

Between both New York football teams, the Jets and Giants, only Adams was selected for the list produced by the football analytics outlet. 

Adams slotted in at the No. 32 overall spot. 

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Free agency hasn't worked out well for the Jets. They spent a lot of money under former GM Mike Maccagnan and very few of those contracts have turned out to be worth the money. Some of them, in fact, now look like the worst deals the Jets have ever made.

So it's with that knowledge and a sense of great caution that the Jets head into their first offseason under new GM Joe Douglas. He's armed with about $50 million in salary cap space to spend, and likely a lot more coming when he's finished with his cuts. And he will spend, because he has to on a team filled with far too many holes.

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The Jets will head into the first free-agent signing period under new GM Joe Douglas with a ton of money to spend for the third straight year. This time they'll start with at least $50 million, and probably a whole lot more.

The question, though, is whether he'll spend it any better - or smarter - than former GM Mike Maccagnan did.

That remains to be seen, of course, but Douglas will have to begin this offseason erasing some of Maccagnan's mistakes. There are plenty of players on the roster with huge salaries who aren't exactly living up to the numbers. Douglas will have the opportunity to clear a few of them out.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The 2019 Giants season ended up being a start of a rebuild, and as often happens in such cases, the team underwhelmed in the win column. In their own right, the Jets weren't rebuilding and had higher hopes heading into last season, but didn't have the year their fans had hoped for, either. 

Despite both teams hitting their unders in 2019, the two are trending in opposite directions in the eyes of oddsmakers early in the 2020 offseason. 

The Giants, entering 2019 with a win total of six and missing that with four wins, see their over/ under increase to 6.5, according to OddsShark. 

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell's Jets tenure has been rocky, with head coach Adam Gase seemingly unhappy from the get-go with how much they spent to sign him and GM Joe Douglas refusing to rule out a trade.

But Bell, who is entering the second year of a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, seems confident he's staying put.

"Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes," Bell told TMZ Sports. "We'll see."

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Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) makes a catch against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

While the Jets could use some help in the trenches at the 2020 NFL Draft, but Pro Football Focus says one offensive playmaker is simply too good to pass up. 

The football analytics outlet has Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy falling all the way to the No. 11 pick, and the Jets scoop him up. 

The upcoming class of wideouts has long said to be a talented and deep group, but the Jets are still able to make Jeudy the first one off the board.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2019 season in the history book after the Chiefs' win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the Giants and the Jets have some of the most salary cap to make their moves before next season. 

According to Spotrac, the Giants and Jets are both in the top 10 in terms of NFL teams with the most salary cap space heading into the offseason. 

The Jets round out the top 10, while the Giants slide in at No. 6. 

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There are still nearly three months to go until the NFL Draft, and teams are a long ways away from having their draft meetings and finalizing their boards. It's too early to know anything, really, especially with the scouting combine still three weeks away.

But it's never too early to take a look, so here's a projection of how the first 11 picks of the draft will go, including the picks for the Giants (at 4) and Jets (at 11). Their needs are easy to figure out, even if it's still too difficult to zero in on the players:

1. Cincinnati Bengals - LSU QB Joe Burrow

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

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Jets GM Joe Douglas has a plethora of options to work with at No. 11 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and that's mainly because there are holes left and right on his current roster. But one of, if not the, biggest hole to fill is on the offensive line.

It was a rough 2019 season for that Jets unit, which had Sam Darnold running for his life, and Le'Veon Bell left without many holes to run through. The Jets tried a bunch of different variations with the players they had, but nothing they did had positive results.

More help is definitely needed, and it could be coming in the form of Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With the Chiefs beating the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the 2019-20 NFL season officially came to a close. And with the season over, it's time to look ahead to the 2020-21 season and Super Bowl LV, taking place on Feb. 7, 2021 in Tampa.

The Chiefs are the favorites to repeat, with the Ravens and 49ers right behind them.

As far as the Jets -- who finished the season 7-9 with a late surge -- their odds are not great.

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Before they entered the league as top-10 picks in the 2017 NFL draft at sixth and 10th, respectively, Jets safety Jamal Adams and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes first crossed paths while playing Texas high school football.

So when Kansas City won 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, Adams took to Twitter and congratulated Mahomes with an angle on the past.

Separated by an approximate two-hour car drive roughly 130 miles or so apart with Adams at Carrollton (Texas) Hebron and Mahomes in Whitehouse High School, Adams and Mahomes came up along similar paths, which gave the Jets safety a glimpse into what the Chiefs quarterback was capable of.

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Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles during his press conference following their playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) smiles during his press conference following their playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had fans sitting on the edge of their seat when he tweeted a cryptic photo on Thursday of Super Bowl week.

Some thought Brady could be announcing his retirement during the big game, but it looks like Brady was just teasing an ad he would be featured in for the Super Bowl.

"To my teammates, my family, and most of all, my fans, you deserve to hear this from me," Brady said. "Hulu doesn't just have live sports... so it's time to say goodbye to TV as you know it. But me? I'm not going anywhere."

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Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

Tom Brady made fans wonder what his plans are for the future, after teasing a Super Bowl commercial on Twitter.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport mentioned that it is a real possibility that Brady could return to New England.

Sources say that the Patriots are willing to pay Brady in excess of $30 million per year to keep him, according to Rapoport.

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