With Darrelle Revis now in Tampa Bay, we wanted to take one long last look at his career with the Jets and reflect on how the situation came to where it ended on Sunday night.

Revis was a player that the Jets coaches, scouts and front offices knew they badly wanted as they approached the 2007 NFL Draft.  On draft's first day, the Jets traded their 25th, 59th and 164th overall picks to Carolina to gain the 14th pick and a sixth rounder allowing them to select Darrelle Revis, a player destined to become a cornerstone of the defense and looks to continue to in Tampa Bay.  In addition to Revis, the returned sixth rounder from Carolina later helped the Jets to trade up to acquire LB David Harris, now the only remaining defensive player still with the Jets from the 2007 season.

The Jets 2007 NFL Draft class might have only had four selections, but the impact of adding Harris and Revis was unquesioned for the Jets defense over the next six years.  “For the quality of players we were able to acquire," Mike Tannenbaum told reporters the night after the conclusion of the draft, "we thought it was worth it."  It might have seemed like a risk at the time, but former GM Mike Tannenbaum and coach Eric Mangini saw Revis as all reward.  The two had coveted Revis and had done as much homework as possible on the Junior cornerback from the University of Pittsburgh. When watching game film, Mangini marveled that Revis was almost never beaten by a receiver.  Eric Mangini once called Revis "inherently competitive" -- a prophetic phrase even in his desire to be one of the league's top paid players.  Tannenbaum famously quizzed the limousine driver who took Revis to and from the airport on his pre-draft visit to the Jets.  The Jets GM later quipped that “it was just another test he passed.”

Revis had to pass a lot of tests growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Aliquippa, PA.  Gangs, drugs and violence were fixtures in his community and while his family kept him close, there were too many sobering lessons for a young man of his age.  His family kept him away from most of it, but not all.  One of Revis' uncles once belonged to a gang at the Griffin Heights apartment complex in his town and Revis often begged his uncle to tag along.  After months, his uncle reluctantly agreed.  It was the first and last time Revis ever asked to join him.

Passing tests was easy for Darrelle and if he had passed every test leading in the pre-draft process, he and the Jets received an incomplete when both sides were unable to come to terms on a rookie contract prior to the start of training camp.  Getting rookies in on time was a source of pride for Tannenbaum and something that had only happened on his watch once prior with the Jets.

It had been ten years since rookie James Farrior held out in 1997, the year of  Mike Tannenbaum's first year in New York while working under Parcells.  Tannenbaum knew the importance of avoiding rookie holdouts, an event that could hold back rookies from valuable learning time in camp.  

The main holdup of the contract was over one issue, the length of the contract.  Revis had watched his uncle Sean Gilbert's process in the NFL and how teams can control players through extra years and franchising.  Staying away from a similar situation was something deeply ingrained into the rookie and he knew his conviction in seeing it address in his contract mattered.  Gilbert had sat out a whole season after a contract/franchising dispute with the Washington Redskins, a move which saw Gilbert traded to the Panthers after a year to get the deal he wanted.  At the time, the Jets were adamant about making the deal six-years and Revis's agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod  (who were mired in another Jets contract squabble with another client, Pete Kendall) preferred a five-year term for their rookie client and the inability to franchise.  While there had been many passes, the Jets worked late into the night on August 14th with Schwartz and Feinsod, while Eric Mangini visited with Revis's mother Diana Gilbert that night to encourage a deal.  A deal was finally struck the next day, August 15th 2007 and Revis jumped into practices.  It hadn't been four months since his drafting by the Jets and while the team might have known what they had on the field and in the gym, the clouds were already darkening over the front office.

Revis eventually settled on a generous contract that many thought exorbitant on the Jets part, based on where he was drafted.  The deal was a six year contract worth as much as  $36 million and which included $11 million in guarantees and a signing bonus of $4.7 million.  The contract also contained stipulations against franchising along with language to make the deal voidable or able to be bought back by the Jets.  While there was no franchising, it still allowed the Jets to bank on the fact they thought they had one of the league's very best cornerbacks and it didn't take them long to see it for themselves.  Revis got into camp late and while there was some initial hazing, his teammates quickly took him under their wing and he spent countless hours studying the team's defensive scheme as well as doing exhaustive film work. The talent and the hard work paid off and Revis tallied three interceptions and a staggering 17 passes defensed in his rookie year.

There were signs of greatness from Revis in his rookie season, but it wasn't without its low points.  Lee Evans got the best of Revis in an October game against the Bills and then in a 2007 December 9th matchup against the Browns, Revis had one of his toughest games.  Future Jet Braylon Edwards caught a number of key passes matched up against Revis, most notably in a one-two punch in the second half in which Edwards caught a 45-yarder to put the Browns in scoring reach.  Then two plays later, QB Derek Anderson went back to Edwards, who scored a four-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone.  Both passes came over Revis, who didn't mince words later in the locker room, "it wasn't a positive game for me."

To his credit, Revis bounced back with a solid game the next week against the then seemingly unstoppable Spygate Patriots.  Revis faced off against Randy Moss and held the Patriot receiver without a score for only the third time of the 2007 regular season.  Of course, with handshakes between Mangini and Belichick to obsess over, Revis's play got lost in the shuffle.

If 2007 was a baptism by fire, then 2008 was when Jets fans really began to see how valuable Revis could be to the team. Pro Football Focus ranked Revis as their third best corner that season, beating out much bigger names of the time like Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson and Asante Samuel among others. Revis's rapid growth at the start of the 2008 season was noticeable.  Within just a few games, it became clear what the Jets long-term goals were around Revis; to effectively match him up against an opponent's best receiver and have Revis neutralize them. "[The coaches] want to put our best against their best," Revis told reporters that September. "As a competitor, I want to go up against the best every week. That's why they drafted me, why they think I can do that job."  Over the course of the rest of that season, Revis only became more consistent in his play.  There were never bad games for Revis and his good games were getting better and he started impacting the game more and more.

2008 was also special in another way for Revis. Veteran corner Ty Law joined the team in November, just in time for a Thursday night matchup against the Patriots, a game the Jets won 34-31 in overtime.  Law also grew up in Aliquippa Pennsyvania and was an icon and mentor to Revis.  Law, who had played for the Jets in 2005 saw it as an opportunity to pass the torch to a fellow 'Quip. “That’s my little boy,” said the then 34-year-old Law. “I’ve watched him grow up and to be able to help him now, it’ll be a good deal. He’s wearing No. 24, and he’s representing me. He’s a stud, and it’s going to be more of a pleasure to watch him grow.”

Revis was progressively getting better over the course of 2008, but it was the proverbial tree-falling-in-the-woods.  Since all the media attention was locked on Brett Favre and the collapse of the Jets over the second half of the season, few noticed the quiet and steadily increasing play of Revis. The coach who brought him in just two years prior was now gone and the team was moving on to a new coaching paradigm in an attempt to get out from the shadow of the Patriots.  While Revis's game had been improving quickly, Revis himself openly stated that there were a few things he thought were lacking in Mangini.  "He needed to sit us down, correct the mistakes, and get more in-depth with what we need to do, and what we need to accomplish as a team," Revis told WFAN back in early 2009.   "He'll say one thing on the board, but then relating to the player, [he] had a tough time sometimes."

The Jets got a much more approachable coach in Rex Ryan and one who intricately knew how to use great cornerbacks.  In his introductory press conference, Ryan called Revis "the best cornerback" in the league.  While many were put off by Ryan's early boasting, calling Revis that during his first day on the job was prophesy.  Revis was named the AFC Defensive Player of the year, was the AFC reception return yards leader and racked up an unconscionable 31 passes defensed -- a number that has never been repeated.  He ranked first overall among cornerbacks according to Pro Football Focus and the Jets held top opposing wideouts to the lowest effectiveness over the course of the season.  In average yards allowed to oppsing #1 receivers, the Jets lead the league by a huge margin at just 30.5 yards per game.  The most impressive part?  He did it against some of the league's very best players that year: Andre Johnson, Randy Moss (twice), Marques Colston, Steve Smith, Roddy White, Reggie Wayne and Chad Ochocinco were among them and none of them had more than 70 yards a game.  The strength of Revis's play helped the Jets create one of the league's most suffocating defenses that year and allowed the team's rookie quarterback some breathing room to make a postseason bid.

As many fathers and uncles talk to their sons and nephews about the 1969 Amazins,  Willis Reed's Game 7 appearance or Maris & Mantle, the 2009 season by Revis has that same quality.   That season was poetry, poetry with a regular pattern.  As the season went on, the refrain was always the same.  The Jets would face off against an impressive receiver or quarterback and the question would inevitably be asked again; but can Revis dominate this game?  And each week the answer would always be a resounding YES.  Rex Ryan called the season "the best year a cornerback has ever had."

While 2009 didn't produce a Defensive Player of the Year honor for Revis (robbed in the voting by Charles Woodson) it did produce his now famous moniker Revis Island.  Revis Island of course was a figurative place where opposing receivers would get marooned or shipwrecked when up against the Jets and Revis.  It might have been small and inhospitable, but Revis Island was the one place where Jets fans could ruthlessly rule over any NFL team.  It was a clever and definitive of the post Mangini Jets and the fans embraced it lustily.  The zeitgeist reached a crescendo with Mayor Bloomberg's pronouncement that Manhattan was unoffically "Revis Island" for the team's 2009-2010 postseason run.  In what now seems in retrospect one of the most fitting acts, Revis sought trademark protection for the phrase.

Due to the magnitude of how well Revis played in 2009, the team's situation with Revis quickly shifted.  While the Jets didn't make it to the Super Bowl, the knew what they had in Revis and based on the prior negotiations over his rookie deal, the team approached Revis' agents seek a deal that would make Revis a Jet for the remainder of his career.  A deal was not struck and rumors of Revis' displeasure became reality when in spring a practice, Revis faked an injury to protest his contract situation.  That move was the warning shot across the team's bow that Revis was about to hold out until a new deal was struck.

For the most part, the public was on his side.  Having just become an NFL household name and doing so in such an impressive fashion, it was impossible for the Jets to ignore the public pressure and not do a deal.  Knowing that he was still a ways from free agency and having proven himself to be one of the best defenders in football, Revis and his agents were looking for a massive new contract once the Jets had opened Pandora's box in approaching him in the first place.

What followed was a very long process to get Revis and the Jets to create a new deal.  Media blackouts, clandestine meetings at the Roscoe Diner, irate conference calls with Rex Ryan ... more beseeching of Revis's mother and uncle ... the contract took months to renegotiate and gave both sides something they wanted, but wasn't without its thorns.  In the end, Revis got a huge payday worth $46 million over four years and assurances that the Jets could not franchise him, while the Jets got their star player plus the assurances that he would never hold out again because of severe penalties adding years back to the deal should he do so.

When the deal was struck, GM Mike Tannenbaum was open about how doubtful he was that a deal would get done.  "This was one of those things where I really wasn't optimistic," Tannenbaum said. "I really wasn't. I'm an optimist by nature, but this was really hard. There was a lot of heavy lifting, a lot of work put into it."

Revis was aware of the strain his holdout had been and acknowledged it on Twitter. "It not has only been hard on you [the fans] but it has for me too. I just want to tell y'all that I'm sorry for this process and I can't wait to get back on the field."

Revis was ready to get back to playing, but whether the Jets and Revis were both happy with their deal seemed uncertain.  The agents later referred to the deal as a "Band-Aid" disparagingly, but Revis' signing made for a fairytale ending for HBO & NFL Films and as neatly as possible squashed the Waiting for Godot storyline of the 2010 installment of Hard Knocks.

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Of course, less than a week after signing and this warm and fuzzy moment, Revis told NBC Sports that he might orchestrate yet another holdout the following year, should he need to do so.  To many, that was the point where his good will in the public started eroding.

After all the maneuvering leading into the season, 2010 didn't go as hoped.  Revis played well in stretches, his conditioning was questionable.  Against the Patriots in a September game, Revis pulled his hamstring on a pass to Randy Moss that ended up being a touchdown after a war of words between Moss and Revis during the previous postseason.  Revis then missed three games and admitted that absence from training camp might have been a factor.  In October of that year, he was ticketed for speeding when driving 80 mph in a 40 mph zone because he was late to practice.  Until a stellar late stretch and playoff run, 2010 was the most unRevislike season of his career.

Putting all the ugliness behind him, Revis returned to form in 2011 with another dominant season.  If the world wasn't paying attention in 2009, Revis made sure that wouldn't happen again in 2011 when he  intercepted Tony Romo to help the Jets clinch a victory on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 during a Sunday Night Football game.  A month later, Revis set a team record (tied) by returning an interception 100 yards against the Dolphins.

2011 was a statistical success, but missed the playoffs due to poor execution and a lack of chemistry and leadership from within.  At the 2012 Pro Bowl, Revis was asked about the on-field meltdown of Santonio Holmes against the Dolphins.  Revis answered that “this past year was very frustrating for not just me, but for the team as a whole,” Revis told NFL Network. “There was a lot of stuff going on… behind the scenes that I figured we would have [fixed] it [at the time]. Then everything would have been cool and we could have moved on. Obviously we didn’t. The season kind of spiraled late during the season.”

Revis also told reporters that he and Rex had a serious talk after the season ended and Revis mentioned that Rex Ryan didn't know all of the drama that was killing the Jets from within.  “After the season, [Rex and I] talked," Revis said from the Pro Bowl.  "Basically, he didn’t know a lot of things that were going on behind the scenes. It was just so much stuff. I’m really not going to get into it because some of the stuff is real deep. But he didn’t know a lot of the things. He wanted people to say things to him. But obviously it didn’t come out. It came out on the field (late in the season).”

Putting both quotes together was troubling, for a variety of reasons.  The Jets players didn't have the leadership and communication skills needed to handle the bad blood between players during the course of the 2011, but Revis didn't seem able to take the mantle of leader of this team, though there was every reason for him to be.  Revis was one of the team's longest tenured defenders.  Revis was the team's best player by far, shutting down opponents week in and week out.  Revis worked harder than most anyone else on the team and younger players emulated his work ethic.  Revis made more money than anyone else on the team during the 2011 season.  Revis had everything going for him to be the one player that all the others would follow without question, but when it came to squashing locker room controversy and pulling the team together, he took a passive role in explaining and resolving the problem and in notifying his coach, just according to his own quotes.

After taking $25 million in compensation in 2011 through bonuses and salary, there were rumblings about Revis' discontent with his 2012 salary as the Jets prepared for the 2012 NFL Draft.  Revis was set to make $46 million over the course of his four years, but the numbers were swinging to the Jets favor in 2012.   The threats of a potential holdout seemed real, but they went nowhere and the public started to feel the fatigue of the third threat of a holdout in six years.  With just two years left on his contract should he not hold out as opposed to four years at a salary that would greatly displease Revis should he stay away from camp, the team's cornerback chose to quietly show up for training camp and put his contract complaints for 2012 behind him.  Revis had made his point; if he was going to stay with the Jets, he wanted a new contract after the 2012 season ended.

Then the 2012 season happened.  In the season opener, Revis suffered a concussion which kept him off the field in Week 2.  In his first game back on September 23, Revis tore the ACL on his left knee in a non-contract injury.  The injury was obviously serious and his return for the season seemed doubtful.  Rex Ryan held off putting Revis on IR for a few weeks, hoping he could come back for the playoffs, but as the season unfolded Ryan eventually relented.

As soon as Revis was taken off the field, the questions began about what his long-term viability with the Jets might be.  Had fans already seen Revis play his last game with the Jets?  Coming off injury, it seemed unlikely that the Jets were going to renegotiate the contract with Revis, something he was already upset over in leading into 2012.  How was the situation about to get better?  If anything the injury made the situation infinitely more complex.

We all know what happened from here, but in the end the Jets and Darrelle Revis parted because they didn't see eye to eye on matching up his contributions to compensation.  Revis is assuredly one of the best players in the league and deserves to get recognized for that.  But the team who quizzed his limo driver for dirt, the team who risked a daring draft day trade to pick him, the team who broke their normal protocol to renegotiate his deal earlier than they normally would had gone as far as they felt possible.

Revis is betting on himself, and rightly so.

Jets are betting on themselves, and rightly so.

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JRSportBrief: NFL work stoppage? 00:01:54
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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

 

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

 

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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Noah K. Murray)

Some of the Jets' newest additions, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and S Marcus Maye, had high praise for their new head coach, Todd Bowles. 

Both appeared on SNY's The Jet Stream podcast, and when asked who is most impactful to the Jets this season, Seferian-Jenkins showed love to his coach. 

"I would definitely say, first of all, coach Bowles," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon. "I never had a coach like that, that really just says a real, honest thing. Just tells you the truth. He doesn't want to lie to you, he doesn't want to sugarcoat anything. I think he's a phenomenal coach."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp to preview their first preseason game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, August 12.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The memories of Christian Hackenberg from last season are few and not very good. He had two ugly preseason performances and then was buried on the depth chart, only resurfacing to occasionally misfire in practice. His future didn't appear bright at all.

That's why all eyes will be on Hackenberg when the Jets open up their preseason slate against the Tennesssee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

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Jeane Coakley breaks down the latest news and updates from Jets camp as they get ready for their first preseason game on Saturday.

 

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Jets corner Buster Skrine thinks this year's secondary will not only be an improvement over last year's but that the group also has the potential to stand out. 

"This is my seventh year in the NFL and this is one of the most aggressive groups I've been around - and confident," Skrine said, according to Newsday.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) attempts to pass during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg had another tough day at practice Wednesday, throwing two interceptions during team drills. It marked the second straight day that Hackenberg threw two picks during 11-on-11 drills. 

The second-year quarterback had not thrown an interception during his first eight practices of training camp. Head coach Todd Bowles is still confident in what Hackenberg can do on the field, regardless of what has happened the last two days. 

"It's practice," Bowles told reporters Wednesday. "The defense has got to get turnovers. I'd be concerned if they weren't. They got two today, but we're cleaning some things up, and we're learning as we go. It's going to be up and down every day, so we'll just go from there."

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