This is my first game as a weekend editor, so I’m testing things out. While watching the game, I’ve recorded my thoughts, which you’ll find below. Since this is preseason, I’m more than open to criticism. If you’ve enjoyed this, let me know, and if I’ve missed anything, speak up. Let’s go Jets!

The Jets won the coin flip but deferred, giving Cincinnati the ball to start things off. The Jets d-line dominated, and Bengals ran it twice and threw an incomplete pass before punting it to the Jets 43. Kerley caught the punt and blasted it 8 yards to the Bengals 49.

When the Jets got the ball, Sanchez’s confidence was still a little low, as it tends to be early in games. He hit Burress for a nice gain on his first passing attempt, but his second one, again to Burress, was into tight coverage. Then, his timing was incredibly out of sync with Keller on 3rd sending him to the sidelines visibly upset. Fortunately, his defense stepped up on the first play of the Bengals’ drive. Eric Smith picked off Andy Dalton’s pass, and make a very effective case for his starting at safety. Thinking quickly, he tossed the ball to Revis, a much more nimble and evasive player, who stretched the pick another 22 yards. Starting at the Bengals 16, Sanchez was back in it. He threw a quick TD pass to Holmes, and, thanks to his defense, he was soaring.

It was pouring rain out there. Buckets of it. Apocalyptic stuff. Staring down a freshman offense, Rex Ryan’s defense was chomping at the bit.  They forced Dalton back to a 4 and 27 on the 1, with a near-miss fumble recovery TD by the Jets. But the Bengals special teams unit stepped in, and sent the ball 77 yards, pinning the Jets at their own 22 yard-line on the punt.

Its verve lost, the Jets offense was shaky. Kerley picked up 5 yards on 2nd and 12, but a Vladimir Ducasse false start erased that, setting the Jets back to 3rd and 12. Tomlison ran it 6 yards on 3rd down, which was not nearly enough, and the Jets punted it.

Dalton didn’t fare much better his next time on the field. It’s hard to envy his position. He’s tasked with carrying the future of this franchise on his shoulders, and he’s standing in the pouring rain, just trying to make sure his passes fly straight. “It’s just preseason,” he tells himself, “it doesn’t matter.” But this feels like it matters quite a bit. His hurls miss high, low, and into the hands of Jim Leonhard, who carried one back to the Bengals 10 yard line. The Jets try throw it to no avail, and with a loss of 2 yards on a run on 2nd and a short pass on 3rd, have to settle for 3 points.

Back to the Jets defense. They stand strong, and the Bengals are forced to kick it after 3. Kerley shows promise on the return. He dodges one defender, and nearly slips away from another, and the Jets start on the 32. But, after a successful 7-yard pass to Keller, the Jets run a screen and a run to the left, and the Bengals guess right each time. Chris Bryan kicks the ball back to the Bengals, setting them at their own 30.

Settling in, Dalton started to take command of his offense. He and A.J. Green colluded to make an 8 yard reception on 2nd and 8, taking the Bengals to their own 40. After a pass that Bo Scaife tumbled through the Jets defense for 12 yards, Dalton took the Bengals down to the Jets 48. The 1st quarter ended. Immediately, Dalton tossed to Brian Leonard for 33 yards at the Jets 14 yard line.

Now, pinned against their own end zone, the Jets defense would be tested. On 1st down, Dalton overthrew A.J. Green. Kyle Wilson ensured the 2nd down reception he let up didn’t go further than 4 yards, tossing Jordan Shipley out of bounds. Fortune swings both ways. On the next down, Wilson gave up a pass on the 1 to the very same receiver, setting up 1st and goal. Dalton handed the ball to Leanard, who ran into a pile of humanity that landed into the end zone. With all the jerseys on the field, the initial call was inconclusive, and the NFL’s new replay rule was invoked. Evidence to the contrary was lacking, and the ruling on the field was upheld. The Bengals had scored, and, at 10-7, this game remained close.

That preface again. “It’s just preseason.” I know, I know. But Sanchez is throwing to a new receiver, a stranger, really, and he needs to find his rhythm. Kerley, again, was incredible. He caught the kickoff in the end zone and ran it to the 30, losing his helmet along the way. Sanchez connected with Burress in man coverage, and the Jets were at their own 49. Sacked for a loss of 2, Sanchez chucked it a few yards to Keller, who tried to add some yards but came up just one yard short on 3rd down.

Remember how it’s preseason? Exactly! It doesn’t matter. Let’s go for it on 4th! Let’s throw a pass to Santonio Holmes for a couple of yards and easily convert! That was fun!

The Jets took a timeout on 2nd and 9, then Sanchez faked the handoff, slipped away from a pass rusher, motioned to Burress, and threw the pass in the very direction that Plaxico was not running. The CBS color guy reminded me the Jets have not converted on 3rd down today. Yikes. They do not break the pattern. An attempt at a screen to Burress was knocked awry by a Bengal. This time, T.J. Conley contributed a punt that was lovely, and, though it ended up a touchback, it hit the end zone pylon a half-yard away from bouncing out of bounds.

We’re not playing against the Bengals this year (and likely won’t in the playoffs), so I don’t think it’s treasonous to root for their quarterback right now. Faced with a 3rd  and 9, he caught Andre Caldwell for 11 yards. Then, Leonard ran the ball another 11 to their own 43. On 1st down, the Bengals managed to move into Jets territory, but ran into a wall on 2nd. On 3rd, an incomplete pass to Green forced a punt.

When he’s caught the ball, Kerley’s looked great. Slippery and hard to tackle. But he’s still a rookie. With the ball slicing through the air at him, and two Bengals about to make a hit, he stepped out of the way of the ball at about the 20, and it bounced to the 1. That’s fair catch territory, Jeremy. Oh well. Glad it happened in preseason.

This I’m not glad about. With the ball on the 1-yard line, Ducasse jumped over the line, pushing the ball back.  Fortunely, on 2nd and 10, Sanchez threw the football into the hands of Keller, who took it 44 yards to the Jets 43. Tomlinson ran to the 44, and, on 2nd and 9, caught a ball and took it to the Bengals 45 for 1st down. Keller and Sanchez hooked up again, and brought the ball to the XX. The rookie Kerley was tested on 1st and 2nd downs and came up short. Granted, Sanchez threw it a bit high and a bit too close to the sideline, but the drop on 2nd down was aimed at the center of his jersey.

Now the wide receiver coaches know which drills Kerley needs to run this week. Remember, there’s a ring-wearing WR on the other side of the field. Despite Sanchez’s slight overthrow, Burress caught the ball in a gliding dive that landed in the end zone. The way a Super Bowl winner should, even 1000 days after the last time his feet touched a pro field. He might have some rust on him, but this guy came to play. Nick Folk hit the extra point, and with 51 seconds left in the 1st half, the Bengals offense barely tried to stop the Jets walking into the locker room winning 17-7.

On the field, his dark green shirt soaking wet and rain bouncing off his hat, Rex Ryan speaks to a reporter. “It’s all going according to plan,” he says. Despite a few missteps, the starting defense is solid. The offense isn’t quite there yet, but a few playmakers are getting it down. Sounds like the Jets. I guess believe him.

During halftime, I try to find wine and failed. Why do liquor stores in Manhattan close early on Sunday night? Why isn’t wine sold in supermarkets but really fancy beer is? Politics are confusing. Football isn’t. Football is pure. Football is honest. Two groups of men want to move a ball from one end of a field to the other. They might pretend to carry the ball when they intend to throw it, or vice versa, but we all know what they want to do. There’s no dissembling here.

The second half starts, and the starters are standing along the sidelines. After Kerley returns a kickoff into the end zone to the 29, McElroy is in, but doesn’t have a chance to do much before the Jets are pushed back to a 2nd and 18 on two penalties. With the long field, McKnight and Powell pitch in a couple of short runs. A punt, and the Bengals have it again.

At this point, Dalton is out of the game. Bruce Gradkowski is under center, and it’s hard to say that I don’t wish Dalton well. He’s got a heavy weight on his shoulders and I hope he carries it well. Anyway, we’re watching a team with an untested quarterback trying to make a name for himself. Their backup QB is not going to be nearly as exciting. Bruce Gradkowski makes a couple of passes but eventually comes up short at the Jets 38. The Bengals punt it to the 17.

Second-half preseason football is enjoyable in its own weird way. Right now, the McElroy-Cumberland Show is on, and it’s fun to watch these two work. During the drive, Cumberland catch two catches from the young QB, for 26 and 17 yards respectively. I’m looking forward to seeing him line up in double tight end sets with Keller. Joe McKnight took a couple of carries for 7 and 4 yards each. During a phone interview, Bill Cowher says, “I’m looking forward to September 11th, no doubt about it,” which makes me feel very uncomfortable.

McElroy is sacked on 3rd down, and the Jets opt to let Folk try to kick the ball 50 yards. The pressure is off, given that it’s still summer, but Folk sends it flying through the uprights, putting the Jets up 20-7. Two steps forward, one step back. Immediately after, Folk kicks the ball out of bounds and the Bengals start at their own 40.

Again, the Bengals have nothing, and I don’t expect them to. There are really only a few positions that are still exciting to look at. Kerley’s one of them. On a punt return, he makes another mental mistake fumbles a catch that sneaks out of bounds at the Jets 18 right before a Bengal falls on it. Don’t get me wrong, I want to love this guy. When the ball’s in his hands, he’s deadly. The trouble is making sure it gets there.

The backups play like backups. McKnight gets 4 yards and Jeff Cumberland drops a well-thrown ball. Patrick Turner saves the drive with a 7-yard gain on 3rd to take the Jets to their 29. Kerley is covered on 2nd down and makes a leaping catch…but is rather far out of bounds. A short throw on 3rd yields naught, and the Jets punt it to the Bengals 32.

An interception by Brashton Satele set up an impromptu goalline drill from the 4 for the backup offense. Satele is an interesting player. Originally signed by the Raiders, he ended up with the Jets after Oakland failed to execute his contract. Last year, he failed to make the team. I’m sure this interception return can’t hurt him. Once the Jets offense was on the field, Powell tried to run twice but the line can’t create a lane for him. The 3rd quarter ended.

On the 1st play of the last quarter, McElroy and McKnight showed why they’re professional football players. McKnight ran in front of a linebacker to the right, caught McElroy’s pass at the 2, and extended his body into the end zone for a touchdown. Novak’s kick was good are the Jets were winning 27-7. The game was becoming more and meaningless by the second.

The kickoff from Novak was a touchback. Dan LeFavour, the Bengals 3rd-string quarterback, is in. No disrespect meant to the players, but things are mattering less and less. CBS cuts to a sideline interview, and Wayne Hunter (I think) and Nick Mangold make funny faces in the background. If I had TiVo, I would have a picture for you. I don’t, which is disappointing, because their faces were very funny. The Bengals punt it and the Jets take over at the 29.

It’s time to test Powell some more. He runs twice for 2 yards each. McElroy throws it for 2 yards to Powell on 3rd, but there’s a penalty on the play. For a moment, it seems as though the Bengals weren’t paying attention and accepted the penalty. The referee corrects himself and the Jets are faced with 4th and 4. The Bengals get the punt at their own 25 after a fumble recovery.

LeFavour is quickly forced out of bounds on 3rd down after two short runs. Dan De Palma is on and returns the punt to the Jets 30. There are about 10 minutes left in the 4th, probably about 1,000 people left in the stadium, and the game has made the word “meaningless” meaningless. Bilal Powell spins through the defense for a first down. Even CBS is assuming that I don’t care what happening, because they’ve pushed the game into a tiny box while someone interviews Antonio Cromartie. The Jets punt into the end zone and the Bengals star at their own 20.

  • Note:  Every time there’s been a sideline interview tonight with a member of the Jets defense, someone from the television crew has very ironically asked them: “Your defense moved from 1st place in 2009 to 3rd place in 2010. What are you going to do to get all the way back to 1st place?” Revis and Cromartie both expressed mild annoyance before giving their smiling answers
If this game has a theme, it’s the following: the offense has its faults can make plays, but the defense is incredible. And it’s held true since. The 4th-quarter defense exemplifies the “bend but don’t break” mantra of the Jets. They let the Bengals move the ball to the Cincinnati 45 before Aaron Maybin knocked the quarterback to the ground on 3rd down, sending the ball flying. The Bengals recovered, but it’s 4th down. Another punt for the Bengals, this time to the Jets 11.

Around four minutes left. It’s time for the deeper parts of the roster to show what they’ve got. After stomping the defense for a 1st down on 3rd and 1, Chris Jennings explodes through the line, breaks a tackle, and takes the Jets to the Bengals 8. And we’re at the 2-minute warning.

At this point, both teams acknowledge how silly they’re being. The Jets take a few knees to end the game and the Bengals don’t use any of their timeouts. We get a chance to reflect.

Overall, I’ve liked what I’ve seen. Having held the Bengals offense to 7 points in the 1st half, the defense was as dominant as it could be. While they exhibited problems in the red zone, especially after the Leonhard interception, I can’t help but be excited about the Jets offense. Our running game is working, and their receiving corps holds quite a bit of promise. Sanchez has managed the throw the team down the field despite the fact that he’s been lacking at least one receiver in each game he’s played. I cannot wait to see what this offense looks like when Holmes, Burress, and Mason are all waiting for Sanchez’s snap at the line of scrimmage.

As far as the back-ups go, Kerley has shown some flashes, but also has some issues. If he wants to fulfill his potential, he needs to get better at holding onto the ball. Ducasse was better today, but still had some lapses. Cumberland had one drop that I saw, but figures to be a big part of the offense this year. I know it’s just preseason, but I enjoyed this game, and am looking forward to seeing a real one.

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Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (DL19) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (DL19) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

A week from today, the Jets will have the No. 3 pick heading into Nashville for the 2019 NFL Draft. And GM Mike Maccagnan is expected to take one of the top defensive playmakers in the draft -- if he doesn't trade down of course. 

Players like Josh Allen and Nick Bosa are at the top of the pack among prospects. There is also Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle out of Alabama, that the Jets could consider at 3. 

Jets DE Leonard Williams has seen Williams in action during his offseason training in California, and admitted the kid is "a freak."

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Oct 20, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) applies pressure on Navy Midshipmen quarterback Garret Lewis (7) as guard David Forney (68) blocks during the second quarter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 20, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) applies pressure on Navy Midshipmen quarterback Garret Lewis (7) as guard David Forney (68) blocks during the second quarter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Most of the focus heading into the draft has been centered around the Jets using their top picks to fill needs. However, could they instead stick to a "best player available" philosophy and use their first pick on a player they feel has a chance to be elite, regardless of their position?

In terms of athletic potential, there's few prospects in this class that rival Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver, and he's potentially versatile enough that the Jets might feel good about Gregg Williams finding a role for him within their defense. If the Jets trade down, could Oliver be the top player on their board?

Projected Pick: Top-10

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass while Green Bay Packers defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass while Green Bay Packers defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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A week-by-week look at the Giants' 2019 schedule, and some way-too-early predictions that are sure to change a lot:

Week 1 (Sept. 8) - @ Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

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There's just a little more than a week to go and still some mystery - even at the top of the NFL Draft where the smart money is still on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa going 1-2 to the Cardinals and the 49ers.

If that doesn't happen, it could have a huge impact on the Jets - especially if Murray falls and teams that love him want to trade up.

For now, though, let's assume Murray-Bosa will go 1-2 as expected. If that happens, here's a look at how the Jets' six picks could go:

First round (3rd overall) - DE/LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

We already knew the Jets' 2019 opponents, but on Wednesday we found out the full schedule -- including a home opener against the Bills, three prime time games, and Le'Veon Bell's revenge game against the Steelers in Week 16.

Most pivotal stretch

The Jets play five games this season against teams who made the playoffs in 2018, and four of those games come in a row -- two on the road and two at home.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets will begin the 2019 season at MetLife Stadium -- and the second game of the season will feature a homecoming of sorts, as Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium as a member of the Browns.

New York's first road game will be at the Patriots in Week 3, and Le'Veon Bell's revenge game against the Steelers will come at home in Week 16.

Here is the full schedule, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post:

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Oct 27, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Brian Burns (99) during the first half against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Myers)
Oct 27, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Brian Burns (99) during the first half against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Myers)

It's well-documented that the Jets haven't had a player that can create constant pressure off the edge for some time. While Muhammad Wilkerson and Calvin Pace each posted seasons with double-digit sacks in recent years, Wilkerson did much of his damage on the interior and Pace was in more of a clean-up/contain role. You'd need to go back to John Abraham -- whom the Jets traded away 13 years ago -- for the last player who was a consistent threat off the edge.

The 2019 Draft gives the Jets a realistic chance to address this need once and for all. Nick Bosa or Josh Allen could be available with the Jets picking third and could provide an immediate upgrade over the current candidates to start -- such as Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland. However, the Jets might instead move back to pick up more draft capital.

If the Jets opt to trade down, one of the top edge rushers who might still be available is Florida State's Brian Burns. Could he be the guy they target to upgrade their pass rush?

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Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery (88) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery (88) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Jets landed their top free agent target in Le'Veon Bell this offseason, but they went right back into the free agency pool to find his backup in Ty Montgomery as well. Montgomery officially signed with the Jets on Monday, and he couldn't be happier to get started with Gang Green. 

"It's a fresh start," Montgomery told newyorkjets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "It's a new opportunity and it's a great opportunity. I get to go out there and I speak for myself with my play. Finally. And I'm looking forward to that."

Montgomery had a pretty rough 2018 season, which is why the fresh start feels so good. He played in seven games with the Packers -- the team he spent the previous three seasons with -- but was traded the game after fumbling a key kickoff return after the Rams in Week 8. He was shipped to Baltimore to play for the Ravens, however he didn't see many touches. 

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Mar 4, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive back Greedy Williams (DB34) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 4, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive back Greedy Williams (DB34) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Although the Jets re-signed Darryl Roberts and added Brian Poole in free agency, most Jets fans would like to see an upgrade to their cornerback group. General manager Mike Maccagnan admitted last month that Roberts is unproven, so perhaps he would feel more comfortable with one of the top draft prospects as his second starter.

The Jets' draft strategy could therefore entail trading down and targeting the top cornerback prospects. Many experts believe Greedy Williams from LSU could be the first cornerback to be selected. Is he a good fit to be the Jets' top pick?

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Sep 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) in action during the game against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) in action during the game against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

While Quinnen Williams' pre-NFL Draft visit with the Jets has been well documented, the team is hosting another intriguing name -- who also plays Williams' position -- on Tuesday. 

Former Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver is also meeting with the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rappaport. The Jets own the No. 3 pick in the draft, and while Williams is certainly an option at that spot, Oliver is not as highly touted.  

ESPN's Todd McShay has Oliver going 18th overall to the Vikings in his latest mock draft, in which he has the Jets pouncing on Williams with the third pick. But with the looming possibility the Jets could trade down in the first round, Oliver becomes a viable option for a team that could address its need on the interior defensive line through the early portions of the draft. 

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Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Alabama DT Quinnen Williams will visit the Giants and Jets this week, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams is regarded as one of the top defensive players in the draft, with some scouts going as far as labeling him the best defensive player in the draft. 

Both the Jets and Giants are expected to target defensive players in the draft and while Williams is not necessarily a pass rusher, he is still talented enough to make an immediate impact on any team's defensive front. 

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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

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Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) rushes by Oakland Raiders defensive end Fadol Brown (95) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) rushes by Oakland Raiders defensive end Fadol Brown (95) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

RB Ty Montgomery, who signed a one-year deal with the Jets earlier this week, showed promise in his first few years with the Packers, but fell out of favour last year and ended up being traded to Baltimore. What could the former third-round pick bring to the table with the Jets and how will he complement Le'Veon Bell?

Montgomery is an interesting player who was drafted as a wide receiver but was forced into a position change in 2016 due to injuries. He handled the change so impressively that the Packers decided to make the move permanent in 2017. This wasn't as outlandish as it perhaps seemed at the time, as Montgomery had played running back in high school and even carried 39 times in college -- including 23 in his senior year.

With his experience at wide receiver and his ability to also return kick-offs, Montgomery is regarded as a versatile triple-threat option. On a team that already has a stable of versatile backs, he could fit in well...

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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Leonard Williams is already a fan of his new defensive coordinator. 

The Jets hired veteran defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as they revamped their coaching staff this offseason and their defensive tackle is expecting big things. 

"I feel like that kind of energy brings the best out of people," Leonard Williams told nyjets.com. "Same with our offensive line coach (Dowell Loggains) and head coach (Adam Gase) -- he's a great, passionate offensive coach -- so I feel like practice is going to be really competitive and it's going to be able to push our team."

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Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) rushes by Oakland Raiders defensive end Fadol Brown (95) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) rushes by Oakland Raiders defensive end Fadol Brown (95) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Jets have been searching for running back depth behind marquee signing Le'Veon Bell, and on Thursday they got their man.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the club is signing Ty Montgomery to a one-year deal. Montgomery was scheduled for a visit earlier Thursday with the Jets, a day after they met with Spencer Ware

Montgomery spent the first three-plus seasons of his career with the Packers before they traded him to the Ravens in October. The trade came two days after Montgomery fumbled late in a game against the Rams when he ran a kickoff out of the end zone, ignoring instructions to take a knee. 

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Safety Jamal Adams was one of the key Jets players who recruited running back Le'Veon Bell to New York.

Turns out, he also had a role in bringing linebacker C.J. Mosley to the Meadowlands as well.

"Obviously he's a tremendous player, I was excited to get him," Adams said, according to newyorkjets.com. "I kind of recruited him at the Pro Bowl. I didn't think they'd get rid of him, no one did. He came to us and I can't tell you how excited I am."

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Dec 9, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) runs against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Dec 9, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) runs against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Jets may have landed their guy in RB Le'Veon Bell this offseason, but that doesn't mean they're finished looking for running backs in free agency. 

Spencer Ware, the former Chiefs running back, visited the Jets today, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. And according to ESPN's Field Yates, Gang Green will have another running back meeting on Thursday in the versatile former Packer Ty Montgomery

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported the Jets are not sold on Eli McGuire and Trenton Cannon has too small a sample size after his rookie season in 2018, which is why they're looking for depth. Other than free agency, the Jets have been diligent in scouting the top running backs in the NFL Draft as well. 

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Mike Maccagnan
Mike Maccagnan

With just over two weeks left until the NFL draft kicks off, here's our Jets Mock Draft 4.0:

First round (3rd overall) - DE/LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

If you buy into the theory that the Cardinals are taking Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray No. 1 (and I do), be assured that the 49ers will take Ohio State's Nick Bosa with the second pick. That leaves the Jets with the choice of three options: Allen, Alabama DT Quinnen Williams or trade down. They would surely trade down if the right deal comes along. If not, the choice is tough. Many scouts think Williams might be the best defensive player in the draft, but Allen is the edge rusher the Jets so desperately need. Finding edge rushers has proven to be exceedingly difficult (and expensive) so it makes more sense to go with the 6-5, 260-pound Allen here.

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Sep 30, 2017; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Troy Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers (12) looks to pass downfield during the game between the LSU Tigers and the Troy Trojans at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Sep 30, 2017; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Troy Trojans quarterback Brandon Silvers (12) looks to pass downfield during the game between the LSU Tigers and the Troy Trojans at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

The Jets have added more quarterback depth behind Sam Darnold.

They announced Wednesday morning that they signed QB Brandon Silvers, who had recently played for the Memphis Express of the AAF before the league shut down. Silvers had 777 yards passing, four touchdowns and one interception in three starts.

Silvers was a four-year starter at Troy University, where he last played in 2017. 

Tags: Davis Webb, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold
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Aug 30, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (left) and quarterback Josh McCown (right) warm up before a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 30, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (left) and quarterback Josh McCown (right) warm up before a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Jets will not have to travel far for their first preseason game. 

They'll take on the Giants during Week 1 of the preseason (Aug. 8-11) for a "road game" at MetLife Stadium before hitting actually traveling and playing the Falcons in Atlanta in Week 2 (Aug. 15-18). 

During Week 3 (Aug. 22-25), when the starters are expected to play the most, they'll host the Saints. Finally, they'll wrap up the preseason slate against the Eagles (Aug. 29-31). 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

 

The Jets have a new head coach and several new free-agent acquisitions, and quarterback Sam Darnold is optimistic about New York's potential heading into his second year in the NFL.

"It's going to be really fun to play with these guys and kind of get a feel throughout OTAs and training camp how we're going to do things," Darnold said, according to newyorkjets.com. "I'm really excited about where we're going."

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The new-look Jets reported for work for the first time under new head coach Adam Gase on Monday, for the start of their offseason workout program. Some roster shuffling and a free-agent spending spree has made them look a lot different than when last season ended.

But the transformation is not complete.

Despite all their free-agent additions over the last 13 months, there are still holes to fill in the Jets' lineup. And with free agency basically over, their last chance to do it is really the upcoming draft. So here's a look at what's left on the Jets' "to-do list", and some of the players they could add at the NFL Draft, which is now about two weeks away...

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Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The NFL Shop need to update its Le'Veon Bell Jets jerseys. 

Now that the team has reported for offseason training and the new uniforms have been revealed, the new Jets running back announced on Monday that he will continue to wear No. 26. 

Bell posted a rendering of himself in the new Jets uniform on Twitter Monday, which read, "It's a New Era in NY, go grab that Gang Green 26."

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye
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Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi State defensive lineman Montez Sweat (DL51) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi State defensive lineman Montez Sweat (DL51) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Since the Jets traded John Abraham prior to the 2006 draft, the team has never really had a productive edge rusher that can rack up sacks and generate consistent pressure. Could the 2019 draft be where they finally address that need?

Much has been made of the fact that either Josh Allen or Nick Bosa might be available when the Jets make the third pick in this month's draft, either of whom would be viewed as a promising solution to one of the team's biggest weaknesses. However, the Jets may instead opt to trade down, especially if Bosa and Allen are the first two players selected and neither available to them. If they do, who could they target to address this need?

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Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants receiver Quadree Henderson (15) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants receiver Quadree Henderson (15) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets have claimed KR/WR Quadree Henderson, per ESPN's Field Yates.

Henderson was waived by the Giants on Thursday, as they will likely use newest S Jabrill Peppers and WR Corey Coleman in their return game. The Jets, on the other hand, released Andre Roberts despite putting together a Pro Bowl season in 2018. 

The 22-year-old Henderson was in his first season with the Giants last year. He was primarily used as the team's punt and kick returner when he did get between the hashes. In five games, Henderson totaled 68 yards on nine punt returns and 112 yards on five kick returns.

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) gets called for pass interference in front of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) in the 1st half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) gets called for pass interference in front of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) in the 1st half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Jamal Adams is not buying Rob Gronkowski's retirement. 

The Patriots tight end revealed on March 24 that he was stepping away from football at the age of 29 after a nine-year career that included three Super Bowl championships. 

The Jets' Pro Bowl safety, however, does not expect the retirement to last very long. 

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Is Jamal Adams the LeBron James of the NFL?

When it comes to his recruiting efforts, he just may be. At least according to Adams.

The Jets safety, who was in New York City on Thursday to unveil the team's new uniforms, likened himself to the NBA star when asked about his efforts on recruiting Le'Veon Bell to sign with the Jets. 

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New uniforms for the Jets 00:01:10
Sam Darnold, Leonard Williams, and Jamal Adams model the new uniforms for the New York Jets, and share their excitement for their new look.

The Jets' new look for 2019 goes beyond the players and coaching staff -- they will have new uniforms, too. 

On Thursday, the Jets unveiled new Nike uniforms, including a new-look helmet and football-shaped logo, that they will wear next season. 

The new uniforms include five different combinations: a green top with white pants, a white top with green pants, all-green, all-white and an all-black alternate uniform that will be worn a maximum three times next season.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Sam Darnold
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Free agent DT Ndamukong Suh raised some eyebrows on Monday when he posted a video to his Twitter account of him passing MetLife Stadium. Being a free agent, Suh passing the home of the Jets and Giants would understandably spark some conversation. 

However, he said it was merely an April Fool's joke as he was "in NYC for business meetings."

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Tags: Avery Williamson, Leonard Williams, Scott Thompson
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Sam Darnold visits the Bronx 00:02:03
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold takes in all the sights and sounds during his first visit to Yankee Stadium.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sam Darnold was all smiles Wednesday as he took in pre-game warmups at Yankee Stadium. It might have been the gorgeous weather, but Darnold's got another reason to be so happy these days.

The Jets quarterback is delighted by the addition of running back Le'Veon Bell to Gang Green's offense this offseason. He's so geeked about it he's already been watching film of Bell's moves.

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Anthony McCarron
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