Running back Doug Martin from Boise State University

Since I started writing for TJB, I've taken an intense interest into who exactly the Jets are looking at as they approach the draft.  Thus, for the past month or so, I've been working endlessly to try and find out what players the Jets have planned visits with, are interviewing (whether that means at the Senior Bowl or at the NFL Combine), and what guys the Jets looked at while attending their Pro Days. Many of these guys you will see below haven't been linked to the Jets anywhere else online..meaning this is the first time you will have heard their names being mentioned in relation to Gang Green. But, I need you to take me at my word..the Jets like these guys. So, without further ado, I present to you the first official Jets 2012 Player Interest List.

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

CB Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama)  5-10, 191, 4.46 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets interviewed Jenkins at the Senior Bowl. Easily one of the most interesting prospects in the draft, Jenkins has all the talent in the world. However, he has major character flaws. In 2009 while a member of the Florida Gators, Jenkins got into a fight and was arrested. A year later, he was arrested twice in a three-month span on drug-related offenses. Then coach Urban Meyer finally had enough and kicked him off the team. Jenkins is a fantastic cover corner. He possesses elite quickness and above average speed. He is very aggressive when the ball is in the air, so much so, that he sometimes gets beat for big plays. Due to his size, Jenkins won't have much success in press coverage, but can run with receivers on shorts routes. If Jenkins didn't have any character issues he would likely be the first corner taken in the draft. However that is obviously not the case, so it is going to be interesting to see what team takes a chance on this talented but troubled kid.

CB D’Anton Lynn (Penn State) 6-0, 205, 4.77 40yd dash (son of coach Anthony Lynn)

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets met with Lynn at the Senior Bowl. Lynn had a disastrous combine. His 40time was the slowest time recorded by any defensive back this year. But there is an excuse for his bad performance. Lynn suffered a torn calf in Penn State's TicketCity Bowl loss to Houston. He attempted to play through the injury, and he never fully recovered. At the Senior Bowl, Lynn's coverage ability was suspect. He often got beat by wide receivers. However when healthy, Lynn can can play in press or zone coverage. He is a smart player, and stays within his boundaries. Lynn would likely be a special teams contributor if drafted, and work his way into the defense over time.

DB Trumaine Johnson (The University Of Montana) 6-2, 204, 4.61 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets have worked out Johnson. He has great size for a corner which in turn causes problems for possession receivers. He looks comfortable in zone coverage and has great footwork. He can play both cornerback and free safety. Johnson does have some question marks though. He was arrested for obstructing police officers in October, 2011. In 2009, he was suspended for his role in a fight at a fraternity party. He missed time in 2009 and 2008 with various injuries. On the field, his tackling technique is sloppy and he does not consistently wrap-up the ball carrier. He is raw in his recognition skills, but has all the physical tools necessary to develop into a starter down the line.

DB Jeremiah Brown (Wagner College) 6-1 205

Projection: UDFA Description: An all around athlete, Brown will be apart of the local visits. A hard worker and a natural born leader, Brown was named one of Wagner's four captains. Very raw and level of competition is a concern. However, Brown has experience playing on special teams and defense. He saw action at both cornerback and strong safety in college. He was also a wide receiver in high school. Has nice size for a corner and could prove to make an impact in camp.

DB Brandon Taylor (Louisiana State University) 5-11, 209, 4.58, 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: Taylor is scheduled to meet with the Jets before the draft. Rex Ryan flew to Louisiana to attend his pro day.  Taylor sometimes struggles in run support. He takes poor angles and is over aggressive at times, meaning he often gets beat by cutbacks. Scouts suggest that he should play in a zone scheme at the next level, as he has difficulty in man to man coverage. Taylor also has poor tackling technique, leaving his feet too easily and throwing his body at the ball carrier instead of wrapping. On the bright side, Taylor is very athletic and loves to make the big hit. He's tries to separate the receiver from the ball. He has nice speed for the free safety position, and has good ball skills. He can play center field, but also come up and play a physical game.

DB Jerron McMillian (University of Maine) 5-11, 203, 4.35 40yd dash

Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets have a workout with McMillian. A very instinctive football player, McMillian is one of the best run stoppers from the safety position in the draft. He goes the extra mile to prepare himself every week to play well. He rarely plays out of position.  He takes coaching very well. Has some off field issues, as he was arrested for on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and failure to submit to arrest. He can struggle in his transitional movements when playing the pass. He always feels comfortable against the run, so he looks to support the run first. Thus, this causing him to get beat in the passing game.  Level of competition is a concern, but McMillian should be a special teams player right away and work his way to become a role player in the defense.

DB Omar Bolden ‏ (Arizona State University) 5-10, 202, 4.49 40yd dash

Projection: 6-7 Description: Bolden is visiting the Jets today, Friday, April 6. He missed eight games in 2009 with a knee injury, and the entire 2011 season with a ACL injury. When healthy, Bolden has a lot of talent. He is excellent in man to man coverage. He's not very good in zone coverage, but he has enough speed to makes plays on the ball. He changes directions very well and has a strong upper half. Bolden never covered the slot receiver in college. If he is going to succeed at the next level, he is going to learn to do that. He has a very high football IQ, so learning a system and understanding that he needs to stop peeking into the backfield when is is off in coverage shouldn't be a problem. A third round talent, Bolden could slip due to his medical past.

Analysis: We all know Rex loves corners. However, I just can't see them taking a cornerback early this year. It is not an area of need. With Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson the Jets are pretty much set at the cornerback position. However, if they draft a corner in the later rounds, I can see that player possibly coming in during dime and nickel packages, much like Marquice Cole did the past few seasons. They also need to replace Cole on special teams. While Ellis Lanskter will likely take that role, competition always brings out the best in people. In regards to the safety position, obviously LaRon Landry is going to be the starter at strong safety, and as it stands right now Eric Smith will be the starter at free safety. The Jets are using the excuse that Eric Smith played the  last month and a half of the season with a through torn meniscus. While I respect that, it doesn't make up for the fact that he struggled from the beginning of the season. Thus, I can definitely see the Jets trying to replace him in the draft. While we didn't include Mark Barron in this post, because the Jets haven't shown a lot of interest in him, that doesn't mean the will necessarily pass up on the Alabama safety when the pick at number 16. The Jets will likely look to add Jim Leonhard back in June, but he will be a backup. Moral of the story, Eric Smith should be very nervous come draft day, as it appears his job will be in jeopardy.

DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN

DT Michael Brockers (LSU) 6-6, 306, 5.36 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: The Jets are bringing Brockers in for a visit. Rex Ryan attended his pro day. A likely first round draft pick, there is a lot to like about Brockers. He has elite size, and scouts love the fact that he's versatile. He can play both the three and five techniques. Brockers exhibits overwhelming power at the point of attack. He's a smart player. He anticipates plays and makes good reads on screens. Brockers could have benefited from returning to school for one more year. He only started one season at LSU and is not yet polished as a pass rusher. When rushing the passer, his pad level rises especially outside. Brockers is a talented player, who has all the upside in the world.

DE Jack Crawford (Penn State) 6-5, 268, 4.79 40yd dash

Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets interviewed Crawford at the Senior Bowl. He is the definition of a raw prospect. He has only been playing football for 5 years, and has only played left defensive end. He was never asked to step back in coverage at Penn State. Thus, he lacks positional versatility. Crawford does have great form and has a long body type. He is also great at knocking down passes. Because he doesn't have a ton of strength in his lower half he generates very little push. He will likely never be a starter in the NFL, but he can be part of a rotation for years to come.

DT Mike Martin (Michigan) 6-1, 307, 4.98 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: Martin met with the Jets at the Senior Bowl. He is a relentless player, who is not known for his pass rushing abilities. He only knows who to bull-rush, and he doesn't have variety of moves while struggling to get off blocks. Where Martin has major success though, is in the run game. He's great at dragging runners to the ground by using his strength. He isn't afraid to chase plays down from the backside. He's a versatile guy, having played in both 4 and 3 man fronts in college.

DT Kendall Reyes (University of Connecticut) 6-4, 299, 4.95 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar worked Reyes out at his Pro Day. Reyes is known by scouts as more of a run stopper than a pass rusher. Due to the fact that he lacks closing speed and is inconsistent quickness off the snap, Reyes won't be getting a ton of sacks at the next level. However, in the run game, Reyes has the strength to stack and shed, and chase running backs in either direction from inside. Thus, he will likely be a late first early second round pick due to his ability to shed one-on-one blocks and double-teams with powerful leg action and violent hands.

DL/OLB Justin Francis (Rutgers University) 6-2, 268, 4.80, 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Francis is meeting with the Jets before the draft. Scouts have been questioning him regarding his past. In 2008, Francis pulled out a fake gun so he can steal a cell-phone from a man. He was arrested, charged robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and possession of a weapon on university property. He was consequently suspended for the entire 2008 season. However, a grand jury dropped the charges due to insufficient evidence. On the field, Francis has a very high motor. He is very explosive and has long arms and a good first step off the line. He's not a great edge rusher and is limited against the run. While he played defensive tackle in college, he is projected as an outside linebacker at the next level.

DL Josue Ortiz (Harvard University) 6-4, 257, 4.73 40yd dash

Projection: 7 Description: Ortiz is meeting with the Jets on April 13th. He was easily the best defensive tackle in the Ivy League for the past few seasons, causing havoc for the other teams that played him. He has a impressive first step and is advanced in using his hands to shed blocks and split gaps. Level of competition is always a concern, but he will be eager and willing to work and learn a defense.

DT Ronnie Cameron (Old Dominion University) 6-2, 304, 5.38 40yd dash

Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets have shown interest in Cameron per Kristian Dyer. While very raw, Cameron is a relentless player, who has a very quick first step. Scouts praise his ability to maintain his balance when asked to shed blocks. Likely a late round draft pick, Cameron has the ability to add quality depth for years to come. Cameron would be the first ever player to be drafted from Old Dominion.

DE Quinton Coples (University of North Carolina) 6-6, 284, 4.78 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: Rex Ryan flew to North Carolina's Pro Day to personally work out Coples. Coples has very long arms and is very athletic and strong at the point of attack. He can get around the edge and is amazing against the run. Coples does have some off field issues, as he was apart of the UNC Agent scandal. Scouts also knock his motor, saying he sometimes becomes lazy during games, especially when facing double teams. He will disappear  for a while during games, which makes scouts nervous. He is a very rare athlete. For his size, he has great speed and strength which allows him to get his way in to he backfield and destroy offensive lineman. If he is willing to put in the effort, he has all the tools to be one of the best players in the game.

DE Jake Bequette (University of Arkansas) 6-5, 274, 4.82 40yd dash

Projection: 5 Description: The Jets have a visit lined up with Bequette. A quick defensive end, he is fundamentally sound at finishing the job when he sacks the quarterback. Not an amazing athlete, Bequette struggles to overpower offensive lineman. One of the most experienced players in this draft, he has been a starter at the University of Arkansas for four seasons. He is solid against the run and does a great job at anticipating the snap count. While he lacks ideal straight line speed, he takes full advantage of his upper body strength. Expect him to be selected in the 5th round.

DE/OLB Andre Branch (Clemson University) 6-4, 259, 4.70 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan both personally attended Branch's pro day. A great all around athlete, Branch is a very good two-way defender and has a solid array of pass rushing moves. He has great hands and gets to the corner well. He is disciplined and has experience both playing with his hand in the dirt and standing up. While he is constantly improving in run support, he can be blown off the ball. At times he can play high, which in turn causes him to lose leverage. He is somewhat raw as a passrusher and will need to add some weight. The good news is, all of that is coachable and fixable, so Branch is a very intriguing prospect to say the least.

DE/OLB Ronnell Lewis (University of Oklahoma) 6-2, 253, 4.65 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets have a visit lined up with Lewis.One of the hardest hitting linebackers in the draft, he plays with an intensity that is unmatched. He has good speed and is extremely instinctive in open space. Meaning, he is great a tracking a ball carrier or adjusting to the quarterback in the pocket. He is great at causing turnovers as well.  The downside on Lewis is that sometimes his intensity can get the best of him. He needs to learn to play better with the system. He's never been a great pass rusher, and he isn't great at getting away from blockers. Furthermore his bull-rush can use some work. The good news is, all of that is coachable, so Lewis has sky-high potential.

DE/OLB Bruce Irvin (West Virginia University) 6-3, 245, 4.50 40yd dash

Projection: 2 Description: The Jets are flying Irvin in for a private workout. Irvin is one of the most interesting stories in the draft. A very talented but extremely raw player, Irvin did not graduate from high school. However, after spending some time at a juvenile detention center, he earned his GED, walked on at a JUCO and eventually enrolled at WVU. Scouts don't see him as an every down player to start his career.  They envision him as a situational pass rusher. A physcial player, Irvin has great explosion off the snap, and is a dangerous edge rusher. While he was a defensive end in college, he doesn't have the size to stay there in the NFL. Irvin has difficulty playing against the run. In fact, West Virginia often took him off the field in obvious rushing situations. He's very aggressive and has a tendency to jump offsides. Only played two years at West Virginia so his level of competition is a question, but if he adds some weight, with time and coaching Irvin can blossom into a very nice pass rusher.

DE/OLB Melvin Ingram (University of South Carolina) 6-2, 264, 4.79 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: Rex Ryan personally flew to South Carolina to attend Ingram's Pro Day. An all-around great athlete, Ingram is quick and agile. He has a relentless motor and is versatile. He can line up at defensive end, outside linebacker, or defensive tackle. Ingram has great leverage and good upper and lower body strength. However, he is undersized and inconsistent in run support. He has very short arms. Injuries are also a concern. Ingram missed the entire 2008 season with a broken foot.

DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw (The University of Alabama) 6-2, 272, 4.76 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: The Jets haven't met with Upshaw, but I included him on this list because Rex Ryan publicly came out and said "Everybody knows we like Courtney Upshaw.” Upshaw struggles to shed blocks when playing against the run. When he is going  up against a more physically imposing offensive tackle, he gets tossed around easily. There is a ton to love about him though. He's a disciplined player. He stays in his zone and is always aware. He is great a changing directions and is very active with his hands. He has the speed to succeed when rushing off the edge. He has some off the field issues however, as he was arrested for domestic assault in 2009. Charges were later dropped, however.

DE/OLB Delano Johnson (Bowie State University) 6-4, 270, 5.04 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets have shown a ton of interest in Johnson.  A tremendous athlete, Johnson can play both outside linebacker and defensive end at the next level. Johnson has impressed scouts with his explosive upper-body strength. While he is extremely raw and scouts are questioning his level of competition, Johnson has a chance to catch on as a special teams player. In fact, Johnson is an esteemed special teams player. In 2009, he tied the Bulldogs all-time record for blocks in a season and became BSU's all-time career blocked punts/kicks leader in 2010.

DE Whitney Mercilus (University of Illinois) 6-4, 265, 4.63 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: Rex Ryan attended Mercilus' pro day. He is extremely athletic and is constantly looking to force fumbles. He is active with his hands and has raw speed to turn the edge. He is very strong and is great at shedding blocks when rushing the passer. On the flip side, Mercilus  is a one-year wonder and his pad level after contact gets high. He will likely need to add weight if he wants to be successful at the next level. He doesn't have the fluid hips or the footwork necessary to play in coverage. He needs to learn to be more explosive off the line and stay in his lane.

OLB Julian Stanford (Wagner College) 6-2, 225, 4.51 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets worked out Stanford at his Pro Day and are bringing him in for a visit during the local players group. An premier pass rusher with an explosive first step, Stanford is one of the most underrated pass rushers in the draft. Usually blitzing off the edge, he goes 110% every play. Stanford has great speed and technique. As I said with his teammate Jeremiah Brown above, level of competition is a concern, but Stanford is an intriguing prospect to say the least.

OLB Cameron Collins (Oregon State University) 6-2, 230, 4.69, 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: Collins is meeting with the Jets on April 13th. A former safety, Collins is an athletic player who will likely be a key special teams player at the next level. He has a quick first step and gets up the field fast. Unfortunately, Collins is a reactive player and struggles to feel routes develop around him. He doesn't read and react quickly to the quarterback. He has a tendency to overrun the play, and takes a lot of false steps. However, he goes 110% every play, and effort is certainly not the problem.

LB Lavonte David (Nebraska)  6-1, 225, 4.62 40yd dash

Projection: 2 Description: The Jets interviewed David at the Senior Bowl. An impressive athlete, David is great in coverage and has quick footwork. He has experience lining up against slot receivers and  does a nice job tracking the quarterback’s eyes. David has the speed to stay with tight ends and receivers. On the flip side, David is undersized and doesn't have ideal height. He struggles to shed blocks and rarely ever blitzed in college. He is easily one of the best coverage linebackers in the draft, but his inability to blitz and stop the run is a cause for concern. In a 3-4 scheme, scouts see David as an inside linebacker.

Analysis: If I were a betting man, I would put my money on the Jets drafting either Upshaw, Ingram or Coples with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Don't discount them possibly trading down to select a guy like Branch in the late first/early second. It is no secret that the Jets need a pass rusher. Aaron Maybin was great for the team last year, but it would be nice to select a guy who can be a great pass rusher for three downs, not just a guy like Maybin who is a situational pass rusher. A legit pass rusher who can stop the run would be ideal. At linebacker, aside from David Harris, the guys are getting old. Bart Scott and Calvin Pace likely won't be back next season, and who knows what's going on with Bryan Thomas. The Jets can use some nice, young, fresh blood. The Jets defensive line doesn't have any openings right now. If a guy above, like Jack Crawford, were to be drafted, he would be apart of the defensive line depth, along with guys like Marcus Dixon, Kenrick Ellis, Martin Tevaseu and Ropati Pitoitua. It is obvious that the Jets are looking for a versatile player..one who can play defensive end but also step back and be an outside linebacker.

OFFENSIVE LINE

OG Cordy Glenn (University of Georgia) 6-2, 345, 31 reps at 225

Projection: 1 Description: The Jets brought in Glenn for a private workout. Glenn has left scouts impressed with his versatility. While starting most of his college career at left guard, Glenn has also seen time at right guard and left tackle. Extremely athletic and agile for his size, Glenn is great at getting down the field. He gets to the second level quickly and can adjust to the moving target. Glenn can get a bit lazy, which in turn causes him to play either too high and/or get beat late off the snap. A potential first round pick, Glenn can step in right away at either tackle or guard.

OG Andrew Tiller (Syracuse University) 6-4, 324, 16 reps at 225

Projection: 5-6  Description: Tiller has a workout coming up with the Jets. A kid with excellent body length, Tiller is hard working who is very good in the run game. A functional short-area pass protector, Tiller works hard to finish blocks. Tiller has a tendency to play too upright and has pretty poor footwork. His weight is also something to keep an eye on. When he first arrived at Syracuse, Tiller weighed almost 400 pounds. If he can keep his weight down and learn proper technique, Tiller has the has all the tools necessary to be a nice player at the next level.

OG/OT Ronald Leary (University of Memphis) 6-3, 315, 30 reps at 225

Projection: 5-6 Description: Leary worked out for the Jets. While most teams see him as a guard, scouts love his versatility. He started the last three seasons at Memphis, playing as a left tackle in 2009 and 2010 before moving to the interior in 2011. Scouts praise his ability to change directions well. But, Leary does struggles in pass blocking situations. He also does not have very good footwork, which is scary to some teams. They question his ability to move from side to side. With time, Leary has the chance to be a serviceable player in this league.

OT Jeff Adams (Columbia University) 6-6, 306, 19 reps at 225

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: To say the Jets love Adams is an understatement. They worked him out at his Pro Day. But as if that wasn't enough, they are bringing him in  for a private workout.  Adams has long arms and big hands, while impressing scouts with his footwork. Furthermore, Adams is intelligent and hardworking. On the other hand, Adams needs to bulk up and learn to play with more leverage. Due to the fact that Adams hasn't played against top competition and that he has a lot to work on, he will likely be a 7th round pick.

C Ben Jones (University of Georgia) 6-2, 303 5.44, 29 reps at 225

Projection: 2-3 Description: The Jets brought Jones in for a private workout. A natural born leader, he makes great line calls before the play. He gets good leverage, is a solid cut blocker and moves well on pull blocks. On the contrast, Jones doesn’t always hit his defender straight on while pulling and he really doesn’t overpower defenders. Jones also loses technique when he gets to the second level. Scouts praise his toughness and work ethic.

OT/OG James Brown (Troy) 6-4, 307, 19 reps at 225

Projection: 3 Description: The Jets showed interest in Brown at the Senior Bowl. While Brown mostly played left tackle during his college career, most scouts project him as a guard in the NFL. A better run blocker than pass blocker, Brown isn't very athletic and scouts are not impressed by his footwork. With proper coaching and hard work, Brown can be a serviceable player down the line. However, he's not ready to be a starter just yet.

Analysis: I've been told time and time again that the Jets won't tackle an offensive lineman early. By checking out Glenn, the Jets are likely implementing their "leave no stone unturned" policy. Whether Jets fans want to hear it or not, Wayne Hunter and Vladimir Ducasse will likely compete for the starting right tackle job. The Jets love their backups: Austin Howard and Caleb Schlauderaff. If the Jets draft any of the players above, they wouldn't start in 2012. Rather, they would stay on the roster, learn the playbook from new offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and try to compete for a job next season. Speaking of offesnive lineman, keep an eye on two guys as camp approaches: Offensive guard Trevor Canfield and center Taylor Boggs. Canfield was with the Jets during camp last summer, and although was injured for most of camp, the Jets saw something they liked and kept him around for a while, even keeping him on the practice squad for a little bit. While they eventually released him on September 19, Canfield is back with the Jets and healthy. Boggs tore his ACL in camp last summer. The Jets could have easily got rid of him, but instead the placed him on IR. That obviously shows they like his potential.

SKILL PLAYERS

QB Dan Di Lella (University at Albany) 6-5, 232, 4.80 40yd dash

Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets are bringing DiLella in for a private workout. Currently training with former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington and former NY Giants quarterback Scott Brunner, Di Lella is known for his arm strength and great frame. Di Lella can make all the throws at the next level. His throwing technique has come into question, so much so, that he has made adjustments to it during the pre-draft process. He is working on learning to read NFL defenses. His level of competition is a question.

RB Robert Turbin (Utah State University) 5-10, 222, 4.50 40yd dash

Projection: 3 Description: The Jets are bringing Turbin in for a private workout April 9th. A power running back, Turbin is very athletic and has quick feet. He uses good balance and runs behind pads, often showing good leverage. On the flip side, there are some concerns regarding Turbin's game. He missed the entire 2010 season with a knee injury. Turbin also has a tendency to fumble, especially when getting into open space. Scouts often mention that he doesn't have great vision. While he has good hands out of the backfield, he doesn't have very good burst after the catch to immediately get up the field.

RB Terrance Ganaway (Baylor) 6-0, 241, 4.62 40yd dash

Projection: 5 Description: Ganaway met with Jets officials during the Senior Bowl. A true power-back, Ganaway lacks elite speed. He likely won't be a homerun threat in the NFL. Furthermore, Ganaway doesn't have very good hands at all. In fact he only had six catches throughout the entire 2011 campaign. There's a lot to like about him though. He is tremendous at holding onto the the ball. He has great technique, barley ever fumbling. He is also a very patient runner. He has the awareness to wait for holes to open up, and knows how to set up his blocks. It usually takes multiple defenders to take him down. While he might never be a starter in the NFL, he has the ability to become a prominent third down back, if he can learn how to catch.

RB Doug Martin (Boise State) 5-9, 219, 4.48 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets met with Martin in Mobile, Alabama during the Senior Bowl. A thick back that runs low to the ground, he accelerates into the line of scrimmage very well. He is able to move in crowded spaces very successfully and is agile and has great balance. Martin doesn't have top-end speed that will allow him to become a big-play threat. He is not a very good pass protector and his ceiling is somewhat limited at the next level. That being said, he will likely be the second running back taken in this draft, either in the late first round or early second.

RB Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati) 5-10, 193, 4.42 40yd dash

Projection: 2 Description: An elusive back, the Jets met with Pead at the Senior Bowl. In addition to being a very good runner, Pead has also shown the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. He has great acceleration when getting into the open field, and has shown the ability to make the first man miss. Pead needs to learn how to drive his body with his hips and thighs. He needs to improve his vision and his footwork. Pead also has experience lining up in the slot, where he showed good hands and was impressive getting upfield fast.

RB/FB Cody Johnson (University of Texas) 5-11, 252, 4.72 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Johnson has received interest from the Jets. While Johnson played running back in college, scouts project him to be a fullback at the next level. Johnson has the bulk to absorb an oncoming rusher and has great hands coming out of the backfield. Unfortunately, Johnson has never played on special teams, so that will take some time for him to learn. Secondly, Johnson is not very quick out of his stance. With time, he has the potential to be a solid player in the NFL, but it will take a lot of work from Johnson and the coaching staff.

FB/HB Evan Rodriguez (Temple University) 6-1, 239, 4.58 40yd dash

Projection: 5 Description: Muhammad Wilkerson's friend and former teammate, Rodriguez has a private workout coming up with the Jets. Scouts see him as an H-back at in the NFL. He doesn't have great speed and isn't a traditional fullback. Rodriguez can seal and block the edge, line up out wide or go in motion. He also has the ability to play special teams. He has proved to be an upright runner. If he learns to play with a better bend, Rodriguez has all the tools to succeed. A great kid with a high football IQ, look for him to be chosen on the in round 5 of the 2012 NFL Draft.

WR DeVier Posey (Ohio State) 6-2, 209, 4.54 40yd dash (brother of CB Julian Posey)

Projection: 5-6 Description: The Jets met with Posey at the Senior Bowl. However, all 32 NFL teams, except for the Chicago Bears and the Jets, attended Ohio State's Pro Day on Friday, March 9th. Thus, it makes me question if the Jets were not very impressed with Posey when they first met with him. Posey leaves many scouts frustrated. A fast receiver that can easily stretch defenses, Posey possesses very nice body control while in the air. However, Posey is extremely inconsistent and doesn't show enough fight or determination to fight through press coverages. He is not very disciplined and doesn't show proper concentration needed to succeed in the NFL.

WR Joe Adams (Arkansas) 5-11, 174, 4.38 40yd dash

Projection: 4 Description: The Jets also met with Adams in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl. While not the biggest receiver in the draft, Adams is one of the fastest players available. A duel-threat talent, he can return punts as well. Scouts see him lining up in the slot at the next level. Adams does have a fumbling problem, and isn't a great route runner. However, he catches the ball well in traffic, and despite his height, is surprisingly good at breaking tackles. Due to his speed, he gets good separation and can outrun almost any cornerback in the game. Adams is a very talented wide receiver, that has potential to be very successful in this league.

WR Marvin McNutt (Iowa)  6-3, 216, 4.52 40yd dash

Projection: 4-5 Description: The Jets brass met with also met with McNutt at the Senior Bowl. Scouts enjoy the fact that he has fantastic body control along the sidelines and going over the middle. He's very strong after the catch and often drags defenders or runs away from them. McNutt does have a tendency to drops passes and he struggles to gain separation against physical corners. While he doesn't have great acceleration, he is a willing blocker and is known for his ability to make the acrobatic catches.

WR T.J. Graham (N.C. State)  5-11, 182, 4.41 40yd dash

Projection: 6 Description: The Jets worked out Graham at the Senior Bowl. Graham, who also is on the NC State Wolfpack track and field team, is a duel-threat player. A kick returner and wide receiver, Graham is usually the fastest man on the field and is great at running vertical routes. But, that is also his weakness. Due to the fact that NC State often had him run vertical routes, Graham is not a very good route runner and he’s not physical and lacks ideal strength for a wide receiver. Graham also doesn’t change directions well.

WR Gerell Robinson (Arizona State) 6-4, 220, 4.58 40yd dash

Projection: 6-7 Description: The Jets showed a lot of interest in Robinson at the Senior Bowl. A big target, Robinson is a big play threat who has a strong upper body and destroys smaller cornerbacks.  He is very difficult to get down after the catch, often dragging receivers with him as he runs. Unfortunately, he has stiff hips and has trouble getting separation in man coverage on short routes. He has pretty short arms for a big guy, so he isn't able to high point the ball. Robinson isn't the most athletic receiver in the draft, and it takes him some to to get to full speed. He will be a nice developmental prospect for some team.

WR Alshon Jeffery (University of South Carolina) 6-3, 216, 4.56 40yd dash

Projection: 2 Description: The Jets brought Jeffery in for an official visit on April 5th. Rex Ryan also attended his Pro day. A physical freak of nature, he has very strong hands and excellent body control. He tracks the wall well over both shoulder and is as tremendous red zone threat. Jeffery doesn't have great footwork, and scouts are scared he is going to be a bust at the next level. He doesn't have a great work ethic and drops a lot of passes. He didn't run very complex routes in college and is not a very experienced blocker. Jeffery has insane potential and is very hard to tackle in the open field. With time, he can develop into a top receiver in this league.

TE Orson Charles (University of Georgia) 6-3, 251, 4.75 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: The Jets also had a private workout with Charles. He was projected be a possible late-first early second round pick. That was until he arrested on charges of DUI Alcohol and driving minimum speed in Mid-March. Now slated to be a third-fourth round pick, Charles will be a steal for whatever team selects his. Charles has soft natural hand and is versatile. He played both on the line and split out into the slot and is effective running crossing routes as well as running vertical routes. While known as more of a pass catching tight end, he's working hard to become a better blocker. He does have a tendency to drops easy passes and has difficulty running curl routes. He also frustrated fans at Georgia by disappearing for long stretches of a game. Charles can be a very special player, he just needs to stay focused on and off the field.

TE Michael Egnew (Missouri) 6-5, 251, 4.60 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: The Jets met with Egnew at the Senior Bowl. A big prospect, Egnew is athletic and works well in space. He can create after the catch and has great body control. He is not used to lining up in the three point stance, and he will need to likely add some weight. He's purely a pass catching tight end. Very limited in his ability to block, Egnew will need to be coached up at the next level. Scouts also love his ability to box out defenders.

Analysis: The Jets taking a look at only one quarterback is not a big surprise. With Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy all under contract, I can't see the Jets going into the season with four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Thus, Di Lella will likely be an extra arm in camp (think Chris Pizzotti, Drew Willy) who can be stashed on the practice squad if they really like him. As far as running backs are concerned, the Jets have Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight, Bilal Powell and John Griffin under contract. Of that group Greene is the only proven back. We haven't seen a lot of Bilal Powell to judge him, but it seems as if the Jets are interested in taking a running back again. I do see a trend in the Jets scouting power running backs. It is no secret that the Jets need a #2 wide receiver next to Santonio Holmes. Of the guys mentioned above, Alshon Jeffery has a shot to be a number two at the next level right away. The rest of the guys will need work and some time before they are starters. Thus, that makes me believe that Jets will go after a veteran receiver in free agency after the draft concludes. As far as tight ends go Dedrick Epps, Josh Baker and Jeff Cumberland, along with newly signed Hayden Smith and of course, Dustin Keller round out the Jets tight end crew. The Jets need a guy to replace Matt Mulligan as the blocking tight end. Could that be Hayden Smith? Possibly..but if not the Jets should draft a blocking tight end.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Michael Barbour (East Carolina University) 5-10, 185

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: Barbour flew to New York to meet with Mike Westhoff and the Jets brass. After transferring from Maryland in 2009, he played two seasons at ECU: 2009 and 2010. Barbour was 28/35 in his two year career, while having a long of 58. While he didn't handle the kickoff duties for East Carolina, he does have a big leg and his impressive season in 2010 left him on the official watch list for the prestigious Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award in 2011.

Brian Stahovich (San Diego State) 6-0, 211 4.78, 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets had a private workout with Stahovich. Stahovich, an All-Mountain West Conference selection, averaged 43.4 yards per punt last season.  He had 61 punts in 2011, just 15 of which were returned. Over a quarter of his attempts were 50 yards or greater.

LS Travis Tripucka (University of Massachusetts) 6-2, 240Projection: UDFA Description: The grandson of NFL player Frank Tripucka and the son of NBA standout Kelly Tripucka, Travis has a workout coming up with the Jets. An all around athlete, Tripucka originally came to UMass on a scholarship to play lacrosse, but ultimately made it as a long snapper on the football team, and the rest is history.

LS Ray Wegrzynek (Kean University) 6-2, 290

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets have been in contact with Wegrzynek according to Kristian Dyer. Considered one of the best long snappers in the draft, Wegrzynek Started off at Rutgers, but transferred after the 2007 season. Played both defensive tackle and defensive end in college.

Analysis: Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff announced that this is the best group of special teamers he has ever seen (he's been in the league since 1981). While they gave Nick Folk a new contract at the start of free agency, that doesn't mean he will 100% make the 53-man roster. Folk struggled on kickoffs last season. And regarding the punting situation, TJ Conley just was not good enough. With 10 drafts picks, I wouldn't be surprised to see them take either a kicker or punter in the the 6th or 7th round to try and give Folk and Conley competition in camp. The two long snappers are interesting. Tanner Purdum is still under contract, but it's possible they are looking for a replacement. Or, it could just be for an extra body in camp. Last year, the Jets signed Barbour's college teammate, East Carolina LS Wilson Raynor as a extra guy in camp. Regardless, this is something we will keep an eye on as camp approaches.

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

The Jets have hired Robert Nunn to be their defensive line coach, according to SiriusXM and Sporting News' Alex Marez.

Nunn, who was fired by the Browns after one season and replaced with Clyde Simmons, takes over for former defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, who was among several fired Jets assistants at season's end...

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(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at the AFC Championship game:

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

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

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Former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau opens up about his apparent brain issues caused from playing professional football.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

Even though he is dangerously wrong...

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

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

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

Latest Update

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

Previous Reports

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

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(Brad Penner (USA Today))

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

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

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

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

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(USA TODAY)

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

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

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

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

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

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

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

Tags: Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

So, should he stay or should he go?

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(William Hauser)

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Maccagnan 00:02:16
Jeane Coakley catches up with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to discuss their disappointing 2016 season and looking forward to 2017.

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

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

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

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

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(Bill Wippert/AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

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

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

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


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

Latest Update (Jan. 4)

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

Previous reports (Jan. 2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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