Here's the latest installment of Jake's player interest list, with details of who the Jets have shown interest in, together with accompanying analysis.

TE Jace Amaro (Texas Tech) 6-5, 265, 4.74 40yd dash

Projection: 1-2 Description: The Jets brought Amaro in for a visit and met with him at the Combine. This is NFL.com's profile of him. "Also played basketball as a Texas prep. Was a reserve as a true freshman in 2011, when he caught seven balls for 57 yards (8.1-yard average) and two touchdowns in 12 games. Was arrested in March 2012 on charges of credit-card fraud, though charges were later dropped. In the fall, started six of seven games played -- three at tight end, one at "H," one at "Y," one at "Z" -- and managed 25 catches for 409 yards (16.4) and four TDs. Missed the last six regular-season games after taking a hit against West Virginia, which caused a lacerated spleen, fractured rib and internal bleeding. Was ejected from Meineke Car Care Bowl against Minnesota for throwing a punch. Set an FBS record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2013, though he was used primarily as an inside receiver. Started 10 of 13 games and piled up 106 catches for 1,352 yards (12.8) and seven TDs. Excellent size with a well-proportioned frame and room for added bulk. Releases cleanly into routes. Moves like an oversized receiver. Good balance. Enough foot speed to stretch the seam. Good hands to extend and catch. Gives effort as a move blocker and can block out defensive backs. Flashes nastiness. Historic one-year production. Very productive, finesse, detached tight end who racked up exceptional production as a junior when he was essentially deployed as an inside receiver for the Red Raiders. Will be best utilized in a similar role in the pros."

TE Ted Bolser (Indiana) 6-6, 248, 4.72 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description: The Jets met with Bolser at the East-West Shrine game. Tony Pauline has a great scouting report of him. "Four-year starter named team captain as a senior. Career-best 41 receptions and 445 yards receiving came during his junior season. Well-sized tight end with average athleticism. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes, immediately gets to top speed, and extends his hands to make catches away from his frame. Runs solid routes, quickly getting into breaks then stays low on exit. Extends his hands and snatches the pass from the air. Breaks down and for the most part blocks with leverage. Bolser was highly thought off in the scouting community but a prospect who's been very average in all areas throughout his college career. He possesses the size and growth potential to line up as a third tight end if he takes his game to the next level."

TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa) 6-6, 265, 4.73 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: Fiedorowicz visited the Jets on Wednesday, April 9th. Ryan McCrystal explains what he brings to the table. "Prototypical size and strength. Reliable hands as a short-yardage possession receiver. Has a reputation as a hard worker and a respected teammate—given Coaches Appreciation award in 2013. A tough, physical and scrappy blocker. Displays consistent fundamentals when blocking on the move—decisive and clearly understands his assignments. Shows decent athleticism in tight spaces. Good body control—knows how to position himself when in tight coverage and when working along the sideline. Does a nice job adjusting to poorly thrown balls. Height and overall length gives him an impressive catch radius. Strong field awareness and is capable of finding space against zone coverage. Extremely durable throughout his career. Has experience on special teams coverage. Fiedorowicz is the prototypical No. 2 tight end. He can contribute in every aspect of the game: blocking, receiving and special teams. However, his limited athleticism holds him back in every area. Like most No. 2 tight ends in the NFL, he is most valuable as a blocker but has the skills necessary to occasionally break free off the line of scrimmage and make some key short-yardage receptions to help move the chains. While his ceiling is clearly limited, he's the type of valuable role player every good team needs."

TE Troy Niklas (Notre Dame) 6-7, 270, 4.85, 40yd dash

Projection: 2-3 Description: Niklas was at the Jets facility for a visit on April 23rd. This is what Rob Rang of CBS Sports has to say. "Prototypical build for today's matchup nightmare at tight end. Excellent height, long arms and a well-built frame. Experience on the defensive side of the ball is shown with his physical nature on the field. Seems to enjoy blocking, rocking opponents with an impressive initial punch and latching on to control throughout the play. Keeps his legs driving through contact. Uses his height and strength to get open against tight coverage, consistently winning the physical battle with opponents to create space. Good leaping ability, flashing the ability to extend and pluck. Used in a variety of roles for the Irish, including as an inline blocker from both sides, split out wide and even used as an occasional H-back or as a third tackle in pass protection. Secures the football quickly and turns aggressively upfield, dragging would-be tacklers along the way. Good bloodlines. Nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Niklas signed with the Irish as one of the country's most highly regarded preps, distinguishing himself as an offensive and defensive lineman, as well as a tight end in high school. While overshadowed throughout his early career by future Mackey Award (and Cincinnati Bengals 2013 first round pick) Tyler Eifert, Niklas' imposing frame certainly caught the attention of Notre Dame's coaching staff, which moved him to linebacker as a true freshman to get him on the field. Niklas played in 12 games at outside linebacker, including starting against Michigan State. He recorded 20 tackles, including half a tackle for loss in his first year at the position. He made the switch back to tight end as a sophomore but clearly was a secondary target to Eifert, serving primarily as a blocking specialist. In 13 games (including seven starts), Niklas caught just five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown against Boston College. Niklas started all 13 games for the Irish and was third on the team in receiving with 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. With only one full season as a starter, Niklas was a surprise early entrant into the 2014 draft. His imposing frame and underrated athleticism, however, scream upside. While still a bit inconsistent as a receiver, Niklas also shows off the ability to extend and pluck tough passes outside of his frame. Scouts certainly are excited about his potential. The normally conservative Advisory Committee reportedly gave Niklas a second round grade, potentially hastening his early departure from South Bend."

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) 6-6, 262, 4.56 40yd dash

Projection: 2 Description: The Jets brought Seferian-Jenkins in for a visit. They also attended his Pro Day and TE coach Steve Hagen met with him at the Combine. Here's Rang again. Broad-shouldered, long-armed mismatch in the passing game with rare body control and soft hands for a man of his size. Good initial quickness off the snap and possesses very long arms and strong hands to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage. Reliable route-runner. Finds holes in the defense and settles, presenting a massive target to his quarterback. Catches the ball with defenders in close proximity due to his size advantage, as well as concentration and toughness to hang on while absorbing a hit. Impressive flexibility and body control for a man of his size. Adjusts well to the ball, showing the range to leap high or bend low, exhibiting an impressive catch radius. Smooth accelerator with at least fair top-end speed. Imposing ballcarrier with the ball in his hands, capable of running through arm-tackles. Improved significantly as a blocker in 2013, showing greater strength and aggression as the Huskies featured others in a new high-octane spread offense. Displayed humility and accountability by serving one-day sentence in jail and speaking to youth (along with the arresting officer, and a mother of a high school-aged student killed in a DUI-related accident) about the dangers of alcohol after pleading guilty to a DUI rather than pleading out and taking a lesser sentence. The Fox Island, Wash. native was a two-sport star at Gig Harbor high school and was rated as the No. 32 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com. Seferian-Jenkins caught 41 passes for 538 yards as a true freshman, and followed that up with 69 receptions for 850 yards in 2012. Seferian-Jenkins won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2013 and was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, according to the Seattle Times. He holds the school career records for tight ends for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. The 6-foot-7, 270-pounder announced he would forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I'm going to be enter the 2014 draft," Seferian-Jenkins said after the Huskies' 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl. "(It's) very exciting. The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level I the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world - it's a very exciting idea. I'm very exciting for the next chapter in my life." Seferian-Jenkins was expected to declare for the draft with the Washington program transitioning from former coach Steve Sarkisian to Chris Petersen and with senior quarterback Keith Price also leaving. Seferian-Jenkins entered the 2013 season already holding the Washington career record for tight ends with 110 catches, 1,390 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He was suspended after being charged with a DUI on March 9, but returned for the second game of the season and went on to catch 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 16-yarder from Price on Friday night. "I've done everything I can at the University of Washington. ... I know I'm ready for the NFL," he said, per the Times. "I need to take care of my mom and making sure she's financially OK. She's done so much for me, it's the least thing I can do."

TE Eric Ebron (North Carolina) 6-4, 260, 4.56 40yd dash

Projection: 1 Description: Ebron recently refused to confirm that the reported visit he supposedly made to the Jets in April had actually taken place. However, he did acknowledge that they were interested in him, even though he suggested he'd had no contact with any coaches. This is Dane Brugler's scouting report. "Smooth, gliding athlete with easy acceleration to speed past defenders in coverage and finish. Agile feet and dangerous after the catch to create with quick cuts to make defenders miss. Quick release off the LOS with route fluidity and natural flexibility. Smooth adjustments to pluck the ball with his hands away from his body - large catching radius. Physical when he wants as a blocker with strong initial power at the point of attack. Very good toughness and plays unintimidated and confident. Good football awareness and plays alert. Versatile experience lining up in-line, but mostly in the slot - also plays on special teams coverage. Still far from his ceiling. The highly athletic Ebron caught 28 passes for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior in high school, and played wide receiver for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team.He appeared in 10 games as a true freshman at North Carolina, catching 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. However, Ebron did not play in the Independence Bowl game due to academic reasons. Ebron caught 40 passes for 625 yards and four touchdowns in a breakout 2012 season, setting school records for a tight end in both categories. He earned second-team All-ACC honors and caught at least two passes in all 11 games.He ratcheted up the production another level in 2013, establishing school records for single-season receptions (62), single-season receiving yards (973), career receptions (112) and career receiving yards (1,805) at the position "I'm proud of what he's accomplished and how he's represented North Carolina," Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora said upon Ebron announcing on Nov. 25 that he was leaving for the 2014 NFL Draft despite having a year of eligibility remaining. "We're sad to see him go but excited for his future."With multiple tight end formations becoming all of the rage in today's NFL, oversized, athletic pass-catchers have never been more valued. Ebron needs polish but he boasts the tools to warrant strong first round consideration."

TE Paul Carrezola (Rutgers) 6-2, 244, 4.84 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets invited Carrezola to their Local Pro Day workouts. The following is College2Pro's scouting report. "Good all around athlete. Nice size. Easy for a quarterback to spot. Can beat linebacker in coverage. An Excellent competitor. Good intangibles. Tries tremendously hard. At times can be highly effective blocker. May not be a draft pick but has shown enough to be in a NFL training camp competing for a roster spot. Carrezola also can long snap."

TE Mike Naples (Boston College) 6-4, 243, 4.83, 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: Naples was another player who attended the Jets local workouts. According to NFL Draft Scout, he missed time in 2013 with a back injury. He ended up with 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. Naples, who ran a 4.81 at his pro day but did put up some good numbers in the other disciplines, is also capable of long snapping.

TE Mike McLafferty (Monmouth) 6-4, 252, 4.82 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: McLafferty was also at the Jets Local Pro Day. Tony Pauline gives us more. "Efficient tight end who does the little things well. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and strong at the point. Turns defenders from the line of scrimmage and seals open the running lanes. Fluid releasing off the line into pass routes, stays low exiting breaks, and extends to make the tough catch in a crowd. Sturdy receiver who takes a pounding but holds onto passes. McLafferty really does not stand out in any single aspect of his game but gets the most from his ability. His play on special teams this summer will dictate whether or not he lands on a roster."

TE Crockett Gillmore (Colorado State) 6-6, 260, 4.80 40yd dash

Projection: 4-5 Description: The Jets were at his Pro Day.  McCrystal again: "Prototypical size for the tight end position. Has the height to contribute as a possession receiver.  Size and overall strength gives him potential as a blocker once he refines his technique. Shows flashes of dominance as a move blocker, and has the skill set to continue to develop in this area. Quick off the snap as a blocker and gets into position to engage his assignment.  Has big hands and he's developed into a fairly reliable target on short-yardage throws. Consistently catches the ball away from his body and quickly secures it. An extremely tough runner after the catch who looks for contact and will gladly lower the shoulder and flatten smaller defensive backs. Has just enough speed and quickness to get open on short and some intermediate routes. Route running is consistent, and he's mastered the short comeback route and in and out routes. Relatively quick in his breaks which gives him just enough room to create some space for targets on those shorter routes. Lined up in a variety of spots in Colorado State's offense, including on the line, in the slot and occasionally out wide. Praised as a team leader by coaching staff."

TE Jordan Najvar (Baylor) 6-6, 256, 4.88 40yd dash

Projection: 7-UDFA Description:  Jets attended his Pro Day. McCrystal once more: "Elite height and good overall bulk. Strong enough to hold his ground as a blocker. Leaping ability is only average, but coupled with his height he has potential to be a weapon in jump-ball situations. Demonstrated reliable hands with solid fundamentals on his limited opportunities. Good all-around athleticism, coupled with his height and long arms, gives him a huge catch radius. Ability to get to the second level and block on the move made him an extremely valuable asset to Baylor's running game. Shows good mobility as a blocker and is capable of hitting his assignments on the move. Has experience lining up as an in-line tight end and also as an H-back in Baylor's offense. Does a nice job setting up as a blocker off the snap and sliding off into a delayed route. A tough runner after the catch who will lower his shoulder and break some tackles. Performed well at the Shrine Game, showing he has the tools to play a more expanded role in an offense than he did at Baylor. Intelligent player on and off the field. Najvar's role in Baylor's offense doesn't really exist in the NFL, at least not in a full-time capacity. While he doesn't stand out in any one area, he's well-rounded and should be able to be used situationally to create mismatches. His blend of size and modest athleticism makes him an ideal second option at tight end because he can be used to block but is also capable of sliding off the line and turning himself into a quality possession receiver. His route running will need to be developed, but he has potential as a weapon in the red zone."

TE Jacob Pedersen (Wisconsin) 6-4, 238, 4.82, 40yd dash

Projection: 5-6 Description:  The Jets flew to Madison for his Pro Day. McCrystal provides a better look at Pedersen's game. "A versatile weapon who was used as an in-line tight end, H-back and in the slot. Height and weight will limit the teams interested in him, but his size and athleticism are ideal for an H-back or a flex tight end in certain systems. Uses leverage to hold his ground against bigger lineman in pass-protection. Does a great job getting to the second level as a blocker—locates assignments quickly and takes efficient angles to get into position. Reliable possession receiver on short routes with good hands. Excels as a receiver when working against zone coverage—does a great job finding the soft spot. A reliable check-down option who does a nice job working back to the quarterback and fighting to get open when the initial play breaks down. Shows great body control adjusting to poorly placed and difficult to handle passes. Has experience on the kickoff coverage team. Three-year starter with plenty of experience against top competition and has remained durable throughout his career. A tough competitor who was always willing to do the little things for the team—despite limited stats, he played a crucial role in Wisconsin's offense the past three seasons. Pedersen's measurables will cause him to be removed from some draft boards. However, he has the tools to play a very specific role as an H-back or a flex tight end and his experience in that role could make him an intriguing prospect for certain teams. He may be limited to a backup job, but in the right system he can certainly play a valuable role due to his specific skill set."

TE Kaneakua Friel (BYU) 6-4, 254, 4.89 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets were also at his Pro Day. Here's Pauline. "Two-year starter who totaled 11 receptions, 128 yards, and 1 TD as a senior after junior totals of 30 receptions, 308 yards, and 5 TDs. Usually reliable pass-catching tight end coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, displays reliable hands, and consistently makes catches away from his frame. Effectively finds the open space in the defense, adjusts to errant throws, and flashes athleticism. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and shows vision. Entering the season, Friel was graded as a potential late-round pick but failed to meet expectations in 2013 and will fall out of the seven rounds. He possesses the size and pass-catching skill to make a roster as a third tight end in a West Coast or timing offense."

TE Colt Lyerla (Oregon) 6-4, 242, 4.61 40yd dash

Projection: 3-4 Description: Jets Director of College Scouting Jeff Bauer attended his Pro Day.Rang continues. "Physical marvel with excellent athleticism, good hand-eye coordination and toughness after the catch. Possesses impressive straight-line speed, as well as the agility and balance to operate in space. Attacks defenders as a run-blocker, getting an explosive initial pop on his opponent and extending his arms and keeping his legs churning to sustain. Shows the competitive spirit befitting his prep past as a linebacker. Recorded a 40-inch vertical and 10'10 broad jump during the 2010 National Underclassmen Combine as a high school senior.  Lyerla is a physical marvel with excellent athleticism, good hand-eye coordination and toughness after the catch. He possesses impressive straight-line speed, as well as the agility and balance to operate in space.Perhaps due to the incredible talent competing for the ball at Oregon, he never emerged as a statistically dominant player in Eugene. He caught just two passes for 26 yards in an abbreviated 2013 campaign and his career-high 25 catches for 392 yards and six scores in 2012 aren't exactly eye-popping, given his size and athleticism. Capable of lining up at tight end as well as receiver, athletic seam threats like Lyerla have never been more popular than now and he is clearly a first round talent.While he possesses tantalizing upside, NFL teams will certainly have to do their homework on Lyerla, who comes with alarming off-field issues, most important a Dec. 27, 2013 guilty plea for possession of cocaine. Lyerla had left the Ducks program on Oct. 7, 2013, believing he did so on good terms."I love everyone at Oregon; everyone's on good terms, I believe," Lyerla said at the time. "Just for my own benefit, it was time to move on."I wish nothing but the best for coach Helfrich and the team. I love the University of Oregon and am so thankful for every opportunity that I had. I'm going to use everything I learned from this program and do my best to be successful in whatever happens in the future."Lyerla said walking away from the No. 2 team in the country was "completely my decision," and had nothing to do with missing the Colorado game, which Oregon won 57-16."

TE Ernst Brun Jr. (Iowa State) 6-2, 253, 4.80 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets were at his Pro Day. An All-Big 12 honorable mention pick by the Associated Press in 2012. Last season was named a team co-captain and played in eight games while slowed by injuries. Finished his career with 32 catches for 377 yards and six touchdowns. In, per the Iowa State website, "he had strong debut season for the Cyclones, earning Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors by the AP  … started last 11 games … made 26 receptions for 330 yards and six touchdowns … six TDs tied for the most in a season by an ISU tight end … his 26 catches tied for the ninth on ISU’s single-season list for a tight end … came up big for Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl, making four catches for a career-high 102 yards, including a career long 69-yard TD catch … made career high six catches for 76 yards in win over Baylor."

TE D.J. Tialavea (Utah State) 6-4, 267, 4.97 40yd dash

Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets were at his Pro Day. Pauline took a look at his film. "Part-time starter the past three seasons. Played in six games last year before undergoing foot surgery, finishing the year with 17 receptions, 93 yards, and 3 TDs. Blocking tight end who's limited as an offensive threat. Strong at the point, plays with a nasty attitude, and is always looking for someone to hit. Removes defenders from the line, opening up holes for the running game, and anchors in pass protection. Bends his knees and plays with leverage. Quickly releases into routes. Tialavea is an intense prospect who looks like a tight end in a guard's body. If healthy, he'll offer possibilities as a third tight end brought onto the field in goal- line and short-yardage situations."

TE Kevin Greene (USC) 6-3, 247, 4.43 40yd dashProjection: UDFA Description: A very impressive athlete, Greene spent the majority of career at DE. However, in front of multiple Jets personnel at his Pro Day, he worked at a TE where he had practiced with the Trojans last fall due to injuries. Greene ran a 4.40 forty yard dash at the Detroit Super Regional Combine.

TE Xavier Grimble (USC) 6-3, 247, 4.43 40yd dashProjection: UDFA Description: The Jets sent multiple scouts to his Pro Day. Here's Rang. "Grimble looks like a power forward on the field, possessing broad shoulders and a well-built frame. While he isn't exactly light-footed, he has deceptive speed down the seam due to his long strides and is an imposing runner after the catch who can bull his way through would-be tacklers. He can extend to make the tough catch and is a solid run blocker who keeps his shoulders square and has long, strong arms to lock out his opponent. Good vision and hand-eye coordination to track the ball over his shoulder. Uses his frame well to buy space and can make the contested catch with defenders draped over him. Coming off a poor season and could slip in the draft to the point where he's a steal. Draft stock took a hit from being considered a mid-round prospect entering his junior season. While star wideout Marqise Lee's struggles with durability in 2013 played a well-documented role in the Trojans' inconsistencies early in the season, nagging injuries to Grimble, another talented pass catcher, also had a big impact. Grimble earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2012, catching a career-high 29 passes for 316 yards and five scores to earn recognition in a conference boasting some of the elite tight ends in the country. Rather than build upon his breakout campaign, however, Grimble struggled in 2013, catching just 25 passes for 271 yards and watching his touchdowns plummet to just two on the season. The lack of ideal production led Grimble to announce as late as Dec. 10 that "it probably would be best for me to return to school." Instead, he surprised the Trojans and scouts by announcing that he was giving up his final year of eligibility to head to the NFL a year early. Grimble isn't an elite athlete but he does possess the frame as well as the strength and experience in a pro-style offense scouts are looking for. He isn't an elite receiver but has functional hands and is bullish after the catch."

Analysis: Tight end is a position where we can confidently predict that the Jets will add at least one player over the next few days. However, exactly where they make that move is up in the air. While the Jets moved quickly to retain Jeff Cumberland, the other three tight ends on the roster have just five catches between them in the NFL and none of them are especially accomplished as blockers. The Jets have had some bad luck with drafting tight ends in the first round in previous years, although the Dustin Keller pick in 2008 didn't work out too badly. There's often value to be found in the middle rounds though and Marty Mornhinweg was able to get good contributions out of Brent Celek, a 5th round pick.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back (and on time) with a new podcast, as they sort through all of the Todd Bowles comments from the NFL Owners Meetings. They also discuss the apparent QB competition, if Christian Hackenberg truly has a Jets future, what the NFL Draft may deliver, and the search for hope on the current roster. 

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Don't think for a second that Todd Bowles hasn't noticed what's been going on up in New England this offseason. The Super Bowl champs have had one of the finest offseasons in the NFL. The rich have gotten much richer, and the gap between them and the Jets is as wide as it's ever been.

But at this point Bowles can't -- and doesn't -- see the Patriots as competition. Yes, if the Jets are ever going to be serious contenders again they'll have to dethrone the monsters of the AFC East. They just have bigger problems at the moment -- getting their own franchise turned around...

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The Jets will have a private workout with University of North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky on Thursday, according to a report from the NY Post.

One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown last week, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C., when they attended North Carolina's Pro Day to watch Trubisky. A group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- were in attendance.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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PHOENIX - The Jets shed a group of veteran players this offseason, didn't make any big splashes in free agency, and the quarterback they brought in is a 37-year-old journeyman. Not surprisingly, the expectations for them this season couldn't be much lower.

Just don't try telling that to Todd Bowles.

Despite the look of his roster to outsiders, and the general perception that the Jets are beginning a total rebuilding job, the Jets head coach refused to downplay his team's chances heading into the 2017 season. He looks at the moves the Jets have made this offseason and believes they have given his team a chance to be competitive -- now.

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PHOENIX - The Jets' new offensive coordinator, John Morton, has never run an NFL offense before, never called plays in the league, and he hasn't revealed yet what kind of scheme he will run. But none of that should worry anyone, according to one of his former bosses.

Saints coach Sean Payton promised you'll be "impressed."

"Listen he's been around (Jon) Gruden, (Jim) Harbaugh, myself," Payton said on Wednesday morning during the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's very meticulous. I think he's going to be outstanding."

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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PHOENIX - The Jets weren't just bad last season, they were downright dysfunctional at times. Todd Bowles knows it. Everybody knows it. And the Jets coach expects that to change.

Just don't expect him to drop the hammer on his players, or tighten the rules on what at times appeared to be his loosely-run ship. Bowles, as a former player, understands that stuff happens. And he doesn't plan on taking control with some draconian approach.

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles came to the Jets as a defensive guru, but he plans on making the struggling Jets offense his project this year.

The third-year Jets head head coach promised that he will be "heavily more involved" in all aspects of the offense this season during an hour-long interview at the annual AFC Coaches Breakfast on Tuesday. He didn't say his decision had anything to do with the fact the offense ranked 26th in the NFL last season, or that he'll be breaking in a new offensive coordinator in John Morton.

He said it's all just part of his "evolution" as a head coach...

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PHOENIX - Todd Bowles has declared he will hold an "open competition" at quarterback this summer between the three quarterbacks on his roster, and maybe even a fourth one from the draft. He did not promise veteran Josh McCown the job when the Jets signed him, and he wouldn't say his experience gives him any edge.

All of them will have an equal shot to be the Jets' Opening Day starter. And that's the right approach. It's also the only thing the Jets coach could do.

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The Jets have signed OL Jonotthan Harrison to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. 

Harrison, 25, played in 13 games for the Colts last season, including four starts.

He played 31 of 32 games for the Colts from 2014 to 2015, starting 19.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson is in Arizona for the NFL owners meetings, along with his brother Christopher, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets owner declined to talk to reporters on Sunday.

Woody Johnson has long been expected to be named the ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump's administration, although the president has not yet formally announced the appointment.

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Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)

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Mike Maccagnan wouldn't say if Josh McCown will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season - that, he insisted, is a decision for coach Todd Bowles. But he did say that McCown can still be a good quarterback, even as he closes in on 38 years old.

"I know he's had some injuries this past season, but the season before he played and actually did some good things for Cleveland," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "I still think he has good football left in him. We do think he has the ability to play and perform if needed."

The Jets signed McCown to a one-year, $6 million contract last week, with another possible (but unlikely) $7 million in incentives. Maccagnan said that the 15-year vet - a journeyman now on his eighth NFL team - was under consideration from the start of free agency, even as the Jets sorted through all their other options.

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Should the Jets trade down? 00:03:02
The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

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(Brad Penner)

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The Jets were so intent on acquiring more draft picks that just three weeks ago Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets were "open for business every round."

Now it sounds like he means every round except the first.

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QB Mitch Trubisky highlights 00:01:06
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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One year after using a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he "potentially" could draft a quarterback again. And no, he insisted, that wouldn't mean he's admitting a mistake on Hackenberg.

It would just be another step in the long process of finding "the right quarterback for this team."

"I don't think taking a player at one position is a referendum on another player," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. "I think the goal is to put together best roster you can. Of course quarterback is a very, very important position in this process. But I wouldn't necessarily view it as a referendum."

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DeShone Kizer highlights 00:01:19
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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Only time will tell if the Jets are serious about taking a quarterback in the first-round of the draft, but in the meantime they certainly are doing their homework.

The latest proof of that is the NFL Network report that they've already held a private workout with DeShone Kizer, the Notre Dame quarterback considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft. That explains why Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles skipped Notre Dame's Pro Day on Thursday and were both at Ohio State's Pro Day instead.

The Jets also have a private workout scheduled with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who revealed that "secret" to reporters at his own Pro Day earlier this week. And while it's not known if the Jets plan to do the same with Clemson's DeShaun Watson, it seems likely that they will...

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

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Marshon Lattimore highlights 00:00:35
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

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One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6)...

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(Kyle Terada)

WR Quinton Patton has signed with the Jets, the team annnounced Thursday.

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers.

Tags: Charone Peake, Quincy Enunwa
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Jamal Adams highlights 00:01:05
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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DNL on new Jets quarterback 00:02:51
The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the Jets new man under center, journeyman quarterback and ex-Brown, Josh McCown. 

 


GEICO SportsNite: Josh McCown 00:01:28
Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

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Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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(Vincent Carchietta)

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

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The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Juston Burris, Marcus Williams
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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

Click below to listen...

 

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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Jets making right moves in FA? 00:03:37
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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(Brad Penner)

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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 (Daniel Powers (USA Today))
(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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 (Steven Senne/AP)
(Steven Senne/AP)

In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith
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