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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Dec 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal tight end Kaden Smith (82) catches a pass for a touchdown against the USC Trojans in the third quarter of the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Dec 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal tight end Kaden Smith (82) catches a pass for a touchdown against the USC Trojans in the third quarter of the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

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Over the next month or so, we're going to be reviewing some of the top draft prospects at each position to try and assess some potential candidates that the Jets will show interest in.

We begin today with a look at the 2019 tight end class.

Jets Needs: Tight ends

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets need all the help they can get as they try to quickly rebuild in one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. So they sure could use the pick near the top of the second round that they gave to the Indianapolis Colts.

Not that the Jets would do it any differently, of course. Dealing that pick (and two others) put them in position to draft quarterback Sam Darnold, the most important piece in their rebuilding puzzle and the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for 50 years. So there are no regrets, no hindsight and no wishing they still had two selections in the first 34 picks.

The Jets do still have two picks in the first two days, though. The NFL Draft is 2 1/2 months away and they'll have to get through the combine, the Pro Days and interviews before their draft board settles down. But here's an early look at what the Jets might do on Days 1 and 2:

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Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills announced they had signed former Jets center Spencer Long. The Jets had reportedly held out some hope of bringing Long back on a reduced salary having released him last week.

Now that Long is no longer an option, who could the Jets' starting center be in 2019?

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson made his choice on Dec. 30 when he fired Todd Bowles, but not Mike Maccagnan. It was a signal that he believed in his general manager, bought into his vision, and wasn't concerned about his spotty record.

And though Johnson insisted he would never give anyone a playoff mandate ("Absolutely not," he said), the message from his actions are perfectly clear: This is Maccagnan's roster, Adam Gase is Maccagnan's coach, and this is the offseason Maccagnan has to turn the Jets from laughingstocks into a winner.

In other words, as one of the most important offseasons in Jets' history begins, the pressure on Maccagnan is high.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are sitting in a sweet spot in the upcoming NFL Draft. They hold a high pick (No. 3) in a draft that isn't thought of as quarterback rich. That means any team that wants a quarterback should want to move up to get their first choice, rather than wait and settle for seconds.

And the Jets are just the type of team that should be very interested in trading down.

For one thing, they already have their franchise quarterback.

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Last week, the Jets decided to let C Spencer Long go, as they declined to pay his $3.5 million roster bonus. They were, however, considering bringing him back at a reduced rate for the 2019-20 season, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

So much for that. 

The Bills, an AFC East rival, signed Long to a three-year deal, as he was a free agent once the Jets parted ways with him. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Long's deal is worth $13 million that could reach a max $15 million with incentives...

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Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Los Angeles Chargers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Chargers won 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Los Angeles Chargers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Chargers won 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has made it pretty clear: He wants out of Pittsburgh. 

The disgruntled Pro Bowl receiver, who was found guilty for reckless driving Tuesday morning after failing to show up to court, tweeted that he is moving on. 

"Thank you Steeler Nation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward.......#NewDemands," he wrote. 

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Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

As the Jets consider how to improve their deficient pass rush, one of the biggest names set to become available might not make it to free agency.

Former NFL agent Joel Corry, who works for CBS Sports, told the Seattle Times he believes the Seahawks will use the franchise tag on Frank Clark. The 25-year-old edge rusher recorded a career-high 13 sacks for Seattle in 2018, and according to Pro Football Focus, Clark had 69 quarterback pressures.

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Nov 11, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs the ball during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 26-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Nov 11, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs the ball during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 26-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

The Jets stuck to their word when it came to Kareem Hunt

The troubled 23-year-old running back signed with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, the team announced. He will join the Browns on a one-year deal and become a restricted free agent when the contract expires, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Hunt was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after the Chiefs released him mid-way through last season after a video surfaced of the running back assaulting a woman in a Cleveland-area hotel last February. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The high praise continues to come in for Sam Darnold. 

Despite a rocky rookie season for the Jets quarterback, the expectations for Darnold's future are still sky-high, with the latest bit of optimism coming from former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis

The former shutdown corner told TMZ last week that Darnold has what it takes to lead the franchise to its first Super Bowl since 1969. 

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets finally announced their coaching staff for 2019 on Friday and, although many of the hires had already been rumored, there were still a few surprises. Let's weigh up some of the more interesting aspects of this new staff.

A mixture of connections

Although this has been introduced as Adam Gase's staff, a few coaches that have no direct connection to Gase were hired. However, in these instances there are connections that lie elsewhere.

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Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Jim Bob Cooter was among 11 assistants new Jets head coach Adam Gase hired as part of his staff on Friday.

Cooter, who previously spent time as Detroit Lions offensive coordinator, will be New York's running backs coach.

Shawn Jefferson will be an assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, as he previously coached players like Calvin Johnson and Jarvis Landry.

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The Giants and Jets organizations don't like each other very much, which happens when teams share a stadium and a city. The Jets have long had an inferiority complex from feeling like New York's little brother. The Giants have never hid their feelings of superiority when it comes to the Jets.

So neither franchise has ever been inclined to do anything that might even appear to help out the other, which is a huge part of the reason why the two have never made a trade.

It might be time they get over those issues and their egos, though. Because a trade of draft picks between the Giants and Jets this year makes a whole lot of sense.

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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)

The recognitions keep pouring in for Jamal Adams.

After making the Pro Bowl and being named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, the 23-year-old Jets safety was revealed Thursday as the No. 20 player on Pro Football Focus' list of the Top 101 players from the 2018 NFL season. 

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New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

To fit Gregg Williams' new 4-3 defensive scheme, the Jets will pick a defensive end, ESPN's Todd McShay predicts.

In his second mock draft, McShay believes the Jets will draft Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the No. 3 pick, predicting Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa goes No. 1 to Arizona and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen goes No. 2 to San Francisco.

"Henry Anderson is a free agent, and Leonard Williams has one year left on his contract, so defensive end is a need for Gang Green," McShay wrote. "Gary has good size (6-foot-5, 283) and athleticism with an explosive closing burst."

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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)

It appears as if the Jets want Leonard Williams to be a part of their future, at least for 2019. 

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets do not have any plans to trade the 24-year-old defensive end as he enters his fifth-year option. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano also reports a trade is unlikely and that the team is not actively pursuing one.

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We are very excited to announce that we have a new commenting platform that we'll be launching on Thursday.

SNY has partnered with Spot.IM to bring you a more dynamic commenting experience across our web site. In the process, we migrated your current Livefyre user accounts and hundreds of thousands of comments to the new system.

The look is slightly different than before and we've added some great, new features. You'll still be able to publish comments and follow conversations in real time. You'll continue to benefit from threaded conversations. And if you have notifications settings enabled, you'll receive emails alerting you when others reply to one of your comments or mention you.

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Feb 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium exterior and the State Farm Arena.The venue is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and the site of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium exterior and the State Farm Arena.The venue is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and the site of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

It was the first Super Bowl that people outside the state of Nevada could bet on, and New Jersey was among them. But it wasn't a profitable Sunday for the state. 

According to the Associated Press, sportsbooks operator in New Jersey saw $34.9 million in wagers, but they lost $4.6 million after having to pay out $39.5 million to winners. That means there were a lot of Patriots fans in New Jersey, who beat the Rams 13-3 with a -2.5 spread. 

Despite the pay backs, Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US which runs three total sportsbooks in New Jersey, saw the day as a success. He said Sunday "was by far our biggest day ever in New Jersey in terms of handle. It was really good."

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Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets center Spencer Long (61) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets center Spencer Long (61) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Jets are letting Spencer Long go, but they may try to bring him back.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Jets are declining to pay Long's $3.5 million roster bonus, which will make the center a free agent. The move clears $6.5 million in cap space and leaves no dead money.

While the Jets are interested in bringing back Long at a reduced cost, Vacchiano reports he might first sift through the market to see if he can get more money.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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There are still nearly three months until the NFL Draft, which means draft boards are only in their early stages and there is much scouting left to be done. Only a blurry picture has emerged of what the Top 10 looks like. It will come into focus after the scouting combine in late February and the Pro Days throughout March.

With both the Giants and Jets picking in the Top 10, though - again - it's never too early to take a peek at what the Top 10 might look like...

1. Arizona Cardinals - DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams has not been shy about his recruiting efforts for Le'Veon Bell, going as far as having lunch with the running back's agent last week. 

The Pro Bowl safety has said he's tried to contact Bell himself but has not been able to reach through. 

Well, it appears Adams has gotten Bell's attention now. 

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The NFL's offseason is now underway it's going to be one of the most important in the history of the Jets' franchise. They have a new coach, they have a franchise quarterback, and they have about $100 million in salary cap room to spend on a relatively barren roster.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan can turn things around quickly. Or he could turn the Jets into an even bigger mess.

He's already begun making his plans to reshape the roster for the 2019 season, of course, and beginning Monday he can start to put that plan into action. The big day for the Jets will be the start of NFL free agency on March 13, but there will be plenty of cuts, restructured contracts and other maneuvers in the next few weeks as they get ready.

Tags: Brian Winters, Isaiah Crowell, Jamal Adams, Jermaine Kearse, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

Sony Michel scored the tie-breaking touchdown with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII, the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history, on Sunday.

Michel's 2-yard rush capped a five-play, 69-yard drive orchestrated by Tom Brady to break a 3-3 tie.

Julian Edelman totaled 10 catches for 141 yards, while Brady threw for 262 yards and an interception for his sixth championship in his career. Stephen Gostkowski's 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining made it a two-possession game.

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Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

Armed with roughly $100 million in cap space, the Jets could make free agent RB Le'Veon Bell one of their top targets. But the Steelers are still considering doing something that could throw a wrench into things for the Jets and any other interested team.

After Bell sat out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute, the Steelers are still considering using the transition tag on him for the 2019 season, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

If the Steelers place the transition tag on Bell, it would give them the opportunity to match any offer sheet Bell signs with another team...

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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)

Kevin Mawae thought his might be the year... and he was right.

The legendary Jets center was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

"It's unreal, surreal right now," he said from The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. "We're in the green room right now, getting ready for the start of the awards show. I'm just so excited."

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AFC safety Jamal Adams poses with Genesis sedan after being named most valuable defensive player in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
AFC safety Jamal Adams poses with Genesis sedan after being named most valuable defensive player in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams doesn't just hope to recruit football stars to New York.

Adams believes the Knicks will land three big-name NBA superstars: Kevin DurantKyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

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With Super Bowl LIII upon us, Ray Lucas and Ralph Vacchiano discuss how the Patriots will exploit Aaron Donald and Rams pass rush to win.

SNY's Jets analyst Ray Lucas and SNY's Jets beat reporter Ralph Vacchiano preview Super Bowl LIII ahead of the big game. 

Lucas details which Rams' pass rusher Bill Belichick will target. Vacchiano explains how the Patriots will completely eliminate Los Angeles' defensive line. 

What tactics do head coach Sean McVay and the Rams have up their sleeves to try and win their first Lombardi trophy since 2000?

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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)

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Sometime on Saturday, Kevin Mawae, a long-time fixture at center for the Jets, will learn whether he's finally been selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It'll be tough, since there are three other offensive linemen on the list of 15 finalists. But if he does get the call, the honor would be overdue.

He's not the only former Jet or Giant for whom that honor is overdue, of course. Nor is he the only one who figures to be enshrined someday soon.

Here's a look at five New York football icons who deserve their spot in Canton, and the chances of whether they'll ever actually get their bust:

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have the second-best odds among AFC East teams to win Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

The Jets are at 90/1 odds to win next season's Super Bowl, according to Bet DSI Sportsbook.

It's no surprise the Patriots have the best odds among AFC East teams at 8/1. The Bills are 100/1 odds, while the Dolphins are at 300/1 odds. The Rams are the NFL favorites for next season at 15/2 odds.

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Ralph Vacchiano argues the Jets are able and will have to spend a lot of money to sign big-name free agents this offseason.

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Jamal Adams is doing his best to sell the Jets to the free agent class of 2019, talking with agents, recruiting players on social media, and making a few calls to friends. It's good that the Jets have such a passionate ambassador.

Just don't expect his sales job to work.

Here's the truth about NFL free agency: There are only two things that matter to players on the market -- money (lots of it) and a chance to win a ring. Now the Jets do have plenty of money to spend and could be the high bidders on just about any player they desire.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Ralph Vacchiano
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