The Darrelle Revis situation is at once the most understandable, ridiculous and thoroughly frustrating scenario the Jets and their fans have had to go through in the past 12 months. That’s saying something.

But to understand this situation, we have to look back at 12 months’ worth of poor decisions and strange fascinations that got the Jets in this spot in the first place and why the man that made those decisions could not have solved the Revis problem.

From hiring Tony Sparano as the one to take Mark Sanchez to the next level by taking the ball out of his hands (think about that) to then extending Sanchez for millions of guaranteed dollars and trading for Tim Tebow, it was a strange offseason. Made even weirder by Rex Ryan calling the talent-deficient roster possibly the best team he’s had since he came to New York (ego boost, anyone?) and proceeding to watch said team collapse in on itself, betrayed by, guess what – a lack of talent, particularly at quarterback.

There was the buttfumble – the moment that will forever capture the 2012 Jets – and the brief love affair with Greg McElroy, all while the healthy-but-not-enough-to-play Tebow sat and watched. Six different wide receivers started a game this season, while nine caught passes from three different quarterbacks. A team that based itself on ground and pound was outrushed by its opponents nine times while the defense allowed the seventh-most rushing yards in the league.

It was a circus, complete with the New York Post back page cover. And it all – along with many, many more stories, stats and stupor-inducing snapshots – got general manager Mike Tannenabum fired.

Which brings us back to Revis’ contract. A contract negotiated by Tannenbaum to be a “stop-gap” deal (or whatever language you choose to use) until the parties could negotiate a true “lifetime contract” for arguably the best cornerback since the greatest cornerback ever. That never happened – partly due to burnt bridges on both sides, partly due to the Jets finally having leverage over Revis.

What the Jets do with Revis all trails back to Tannenbaum. He drafted him. He helped hire a staff that cultivated Revis’ talent. He negotiated a contract through an extremely contentious process that alienated Revis’ agents and probably partly Revis, too. But the Jets could not have gotten out of this situation if Tannenabum were still in place. There needed to be a new voice on the phone to other teams, in negotiations with Revis’ agents and in the meeting rooms where the Jets will ultimately decide what to do with their franchise player.

Understandable

The fact that the Jets are exploring, did explore or will explore trading Revis should surprise no one. He’s one season away from enacting an opt-out clause and becoming an unrestricted free agent. The Jets can’t use the franchise tag on him and he’s thought to want the most expensive contract for a defensive player in the history of the NFL. He’s also coming off an ACL injury, but the perception of players returning from that injury was forever altered by Adrian Peterson’s recovery. While normally teams would be reluctant – or at least knock down their off – to trade for a player rehabbing an ACL injury, recent history has shown that players can not only come back but still be the dominant force they were before the injury.

The Jets, meanwhile, are in awful shape. They have almost no leverage outside of the injury, although Revis’ agents will use Peterson’s recovery in contract talks as much as the Jets will in trade talks. They have a roster devoid of talent in almost every personnel group, especially at the offensive skill positions. The one strength they do have is at cornerback. When Revis went down, Antonio Cromartie elevated his game to an elite level and became a special player for most of the season. Cromartie also has a reasonable contract with two years left on it, but assuming a good year next year, you can put your money on Cromartie holding out entering 2014 training camp unless he gets paid. That means you are looking at having to pay two Pro Bowl cornerbacks within the next calendar year – something a team that needs to spread out its defense-heavy salary cap throughout the roster cannot do.

All of this with a new GM in charge. No GM gets hired without the previous GM leaving the roster in rough shape, be it through financial means or by lack of talent. For the Jets, it’s a bit of both, although the financial fix is a much quicker one and should be under control entering next offseason. John Idzik’s job then, as any new GM does, is to evaluate the entire roster from top (Revis) to bottom (Sanchez – HAH!). He must decipher which players are worth paying and which are not and measure that against the current NFL landscape, while also keeping an eye on which players are on the come or will need to paid within that GM’s immediate tenure. Everyone, except for Mo Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Nick Mangold should be up for trade and if someone calls asking, then Idzik should, and likely will, pick up and hear them out. But he will do so with the idea in mind that he is not just trying to build the league’s best defense as it feels like they’ve done in the Rex era. Idzik’s job is to build a complete team and if you can free up $16 million in future salary, plus untold annual bonus cash, while also landing multiple high-value assets in the process, then that’s something ANY new GM would consider.

Ridiculous

Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback in football right now and the best cornerback since Deion Sanders, although Charles Woodson fans might have a fair argument. His 2009 season is the stuff of legend and there are a lot of people who, rightfully so, cringe at the thought of him finishing his career in another jersey.  How do you replace a guy like Revis? Some would argue the Jets did just fine this year, with a combination of Antonio Cromartie stepping up, improved safety play and solid efforts from guys like Isaiah Trufant and Ellis Lankster (No, not you Kyle Wilson. No, I mean it -- sit down, Kyle!).

To that, I say – there is no replacing Darrelle Revis. You can guard against his absence for stretches and you can mix and match players depending on the matchup (Trufant vs. Welker), but in the end, there is no accounting for his absolute dominance on one side of the field. Cromartie played fantastic this year, but if he is the only cornerback next year and it’s Wilson, Trufant or Lankster opposite him, guess who teams are going to throw at? Yeah – exactly. And that’s assuming one side of the field is locked down and unapproachable. Would anyone dare to say that Cromartie shut down one side of the field on a weekly basis this season? Of course not. As good as his year was, it wasn’t Revis. Teams could still throw on him and they did – sometimes to a good amount of success.

If you’re going to only pay one cornerback a hefty sum, then it should be the one who you can absolutely count on to eliminate one of the team’s best receivers without question. Going forward, the Jets won’t have a guy like LaRon Landry this season, which will hurt the secondary, particularly a secondary where both cornerbacks need support at times. With Revis, one side of the field or one player is taken care of for most of the game. That allows the Jets to mix and match their coverages and have the safeties support the secondary and/or nickel cornerback and vice versa. With Revis in tow, you can use essentially three to four player to cover the other half of the field. As we saw from 2008 to 2011, that’s a huge advantage that makes Rex’s defense and his pass rush much better – just ask opposing quarterbacks.

The final difference between Revis and the other cornerbacks in the league, particularly on the Jets, is there is no “type” that Revis covers best. We’ve seen him shut down everyone from Terrell Owens, Andre Johnson and Roddy White to smaller guys like Wes Welker and Stevie Johnson. Hell, the Jets even used him on Aaron Hernandez and occasionally Rob Gronkowski. He is the most versatile defender on the field while also being the best defender on the field. Think about that. Cromartie, on the other hand, struggles greatly against smaller, quick receivers that need to be jammed at the line of scrimmage. He has a “type” that he does best against. The taller, more athletic types that get down the field are his specialty. That’s why you would often see Cromartie cover the downfield threat while Revis would match up against Welker or whomever that week. There is no replacing Revis. Not with Cromartie, a draft pick or a scheme. You can get by for a time, but eventually, your defense will suffer and teams will pick at your holes.

Frustrating

Do those last two sections feel like contradictions to you? That’s because they kind of are, but they’re also the two sides to this argument. When a team is faced with dealing a player on the level of Revis, there’s never a clear answer. The Steelers could get away with trading Santonio Holmes because the positives of getting rid of him were pretty much on par with the negatives of losing him. The same goes for Antonio Cromartie and the Chargers. It made sense for those teams to deal those players. For the Jets, you are trading a once-in-a-generation player who is due a massive payday from a team whose entire defense is based around that player’s skillset. It sucks and there’s no getting around that.

When this is all said and done, there will be people on both sides that scream about how bad of a deal this is for the Jets and there will eventually be people on one side that crows about how the Jets should have kept him or should have dumped him. Parts of the NFL media corps will shred the Jets if they trade Revis for not sticking by their franchise player, for sending a bad message to future Jets that the organization doesn’t value loyalty. If they keep Revis, parts of the NFL media corps will count beans and pennies and salary cap space and point to how no team in this year’s conference title games had any corner with the talent or the paycheck of a newly signed Revis.

And in the end, neither side will be wrong. This is an issue that divides both sides and there will be positives and negatives no matter what happens. The only winner in this entire situation is the Jets. No matter whether they keep Revis or trade him, the Jets win. They win because they drafted and developed a player into a premier asset and they have two choices. They can either cash that asset in and reap the rewards in terms of draft picks and cheap young talent, or they can sign him and enjoy five years of having the most dominant secondary player in two decades on their side. And that would not have been the case with Mike Tannenbaum still in place.

John Idzik has an advantage Mike Tannenbaum never would have had -- time.

If Mike T were still in charge, the entire situation would be negatively charged from the beginning. Much like lame-duck coaches tend to coach differently in a year they’re trying to save their jobs, so do lame-duck general managers. If Mike T had stayed, he would have been in a desperate situation, managing to put together a team that would preserve his lifespan as Jets GM for another year. Do you think he’d be looking for the best deal for the Jets for the next five to seven years? No, he would have been looking for the best deal (trade or contract) for the 2013 Jets, because the 2013 Jets are the ones that will decide whether he gets to keep his job.

If Mike T ended up choosing the contract route, he would have been negotiating from a weaker stance. Revis’ agents would have known he was desperate to keep his job. They would have driven as hard a bargain as possible, knowing that Tannenbaum had made the decision he had to keep Revis. Plus there’s already an aura of bad blood that would have put the Jets behind the proverbial 8-ball from before legit contract talks even began.

If Mike T went the trade route, he likely would have done so while those frustrating contract negotiations with Revis’ agents were floundering, putting him out of the ledge in league circles. People talk about how the Jets have lost leverage in trade talks now, but how do you think their leverage would have been if a desperate Mike T was the one making the phone calls?

With a new general manager in place, the Jets are starting from ground zero in both aspects. John Idzik doesn’t have to show any loyalty to Revis or his agents because he’s never dealt with them. Whatever bad blood there might be is between the agents and Woody, but a good GM and a good contract negotiator (which is Idzik’s specialty) keeps that out of the board room. In league circles, Idzik is evaluating which trade would help him for the next four or five years because he knows he doesn’t have to deliver a playoff team in year one. Just by hiring a new GM, the Jets have regained as much of the leverage as they possible could have in this situation.

In the end, Idzik will talk contract with Revis’ agents. At the same time, he’ll talk trade with other general managers and he’ll choose whichever option best suits his long-term vision for the club. Whether Revis stays or Revis goes, the Jets will win because Idzik will be negotiating from even ground instead of Mike T feeling like the weight of the world is on top of him.

And they never could have gotten here if the last 12 months hadn’t been such a mess.

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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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(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dylan Donahue, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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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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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.

Click below to listen

 

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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:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Chris Harper, Christian Hackenberg, Juston Burris, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

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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