Since conceptualizing the TJB Hall of Fame, we've always tried to recognize players from a variety of different eras - the Super Bowl team of the sixties, the dark dawn of the seventies, the resurgent days of the eighties. With this, thoroughly deserved and arguably long overdue induction, we can tick all these boxes. This Jet was around so long, he spanned a generation.

Guard Randy Rasmussen played for the Jets in three different decades and was the last of the Super Bowl champion 1968 Jets to hang up his cleats. For that whole time, he was a model of consistency, truly embodying the modern mantra of "Play Like a Jet" better than perhaps any player in team history.

Rasmussen was a Jet for 15 years and was a part of the team that won Super Bowl III and facilitated the AFL-NFL merger, but was also on the team that saw the advent of the Sack Exchange. He wore the classic uniforms, which the team returned to in 1998 and still wears to this day, but also wore the kelly green and white with the green helmet in the late seventies and early eighties. For many fans, he would be, simply, "Mr. Jet" and when he retired, there was talk that his number 66 jersey - currently worn by Willie Colon - should be retired.

He was a teammate of Snell, Grantham, Maynard and Mathis, but also a teammate of McNeil, Shuler, Gastineau and Klecko. He even has strong links to the current Jets regime as both Rex Ryan and John Idzik's fathers coached on teams he played for as a Jet.

As a rookie, back in 1967, Rasmussen would start every game at right guard as the Jets would finish 8-5-1 just one game out of first place behind the Houston Oilers in the AFL East. The Jets didn't start another rookie at right guard until 32 years later (Randy Thomas). It was a remarkable start to the career of an unheralded 12th round pick out of Nebraska-Kearney.

Ironically, his most triumphant moment came in the one season of his burgeoning career where he wasn't an ever-present constant. Despite Rasmussen starting all 14 games as a rookie, the Jets still took the opportunity to upgrade the position, signing three-time first team all-pro Bob Talamini, who had been an AFL all-star in each of the previous six seasons with the Oilers but was nearing the end of his career. This would relegate Rasmussen to the bench, limiting him to just seven starts during the regular season. However, when the Jets made an adjustment in the playoffs, shifting right guard Dave Herman out to tackle in place of rookie Sam Walton, this enabled Rasmussen to move back into the starting lineup.

Here's one for any trivia buffs out there: Rasmussen actually started the Super Bowl as an ineligible tight end, as the Jets made a pre-snap shift on the very first play, moving into an unbalanced line formation with Talamini shifting to right guard and Rasmussen moving to the outside of Winston Hill's right shoulder. The offensive line played a massive part in the Jets win, slowing down the formidable Colts' pass rush to protect Joe Namath and leading the way for Matt Snell to rush for 121 yards and a touchdown. Rasmussen certainly played his part in that, although he couldn't recall too much about it.

"That game was almost too much for me to comprehend, I think I woke up about a week later," he told the NY Times in 1982. "About all I remember was us running one play over and over, a play we called 19-Straight that had Matt Snell carrying to our left side. We kept running it because it kept working. But we thought it would. It's funny, we were such big underdogs yet we were so totally confident we were going to win."

Despite his confidence, he wasn't too enamored with Namath's famous decision to guarantee the Jets would win.

"I thought he was nuts when he said that," Rasmussen would tell the LA Times. "I thought he was crazy. We went down there (to Miami) the week before and one thing Weeb said was don't say anything in the paper to antagonize them. We know that we can beat them, but still let's not antagonize them. It all went well until Thursday."

Although he was against the guarantee, he would add, "You know, he didn't say anything we didn't really believe."

That belief helped spur the Jets to the biggest achievement in franchise history and was the crowning moment for many of the players on the team. However, for Rasmussen, his career was only just getting started.

Transitioning to left guard, he would go on to play in 207 games as a Jet, a number bettered only by placekicker Pat Leahy. His 198 starts are second in Jets history to Mo Lewis and his 144 consecutive games played are 5th best. For younger fans, it might put things in perspective to compare him to Brandon Moore, who could have bumped Rasmussen down to sixth on the consecutive games played list if he had stayed with the team for 2013. Moore has been a dependable mainstay with the Jets for a long time, but wasn't a regular starter until his third season and, to be honest, was often seen as a weak link during his first few years as a starter. Rasmussen not only was a dependable starter off the bat, but also lasted 15 years, 50% longer than Moore played with the Jets.

Although he was never elected to the Pro Bowl or won any major awards, this was partly due to the fact that he played at the same time as several Hall of Fame AFC guards (such as Jim Otto, Gene Upshaw and John Hannah). That didn't mean he wasn't highly respected. Ewbank called him "the most coachable player I've ever had" and, for years, all the way up to the end of his career, head coach Walt Michaels would refer to him as "the team's most consistent player". Paul (Dr. Z) Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated referred to him in 1979 as the "No. 1 guy in the NFL who has never been picked for anything" and the Hall of Famer Hannah told Sports Illustrated that Rasmussen was a guy he "tried to copy".

There were tough times for the organization in between the Super Bowl win and the team that finally emerged as a contender again in the early eighties. Namath struggled to stay healthy and often tried to do too much when he was able to play. The Jets' only postseason appearance in that interim period was a 13-6 loss to the Chiefs in the AFL divisional playoff the year after their Super Bowl success. Over a decade of disappointment would take its toll with Rasmussen describing the last game of 1975 as the "worst day of his career" because most of the rest of the team had basically given up on the season.

Rasmussen was not the type to quit though and it's a testament to his dedication that his performance and effort levels never wavered, even when the team was struggling. Rasmussen didn't make headlines very often, although he did score a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone in a 1972 loss to Miami. That wouldn't happen again for a Jets offensive lineman until Matt Slauson did it in Denver over 39 years later.

They still had some successes, even in the post-Namath era. In 1978, the team was 3rd in the league in scoring with Matt Robinson starting 11 games. In 1979, despite the team's running back by committee philosophy, the line somehow managed to pave the way for the Jets to lead the league in rushing. The Jets achieved this over several teams with Hall of Fame running backs, while their best runners were Clark Gaines, Scott Dierking and Bruce Harper, none of whom were in the top ten in rushing.

Rasmussen showed his dedication after the 1980 season, where he suffered a serious knee injury and missed eight games. He undertook a lifting and conditioning regimen to restore his strength and quickness and improve the chances of extending his career. He would return to the starting lineup the following year and start 15 games.

In 1981, Rasmussen and the 10-5-1 Jets finally returned to the postseason, losing a heart-breaker to the Bills at Shea Stadium in the first round of the playoffs. This would, however, turn out to be his swan song.

Rasmussen, who turned 37 after the season, might have been able to play until he was 40, but opted to retire when the Jets told him Stan Waldemore would replace him in the starting lineup and they wanted him to be a backup. He was quick to point out that there was "no hard feelings" though and received a fitting tribute and a retirement ceremony from the Jets organization.

Although Rasmussen was someone who saw first-hand all the biggest moments in franchise history, that didn't stop after his career was over. In 1982 he was prepared to stick around just a phone call away in case the Jets needed reinforcements on the line. Waldemore would make it through the strike-shortened nine game season and the Jets would go on to reach the AFC conference title game without requiring Rasmussen's services. That wouldn't be the last time he closely oversaw what was going on with the Jets franchise as he moved onto a career as a radio broadcaster, working as a color commentator with Charley Steiner in 1987.

These days, Rasmussen's contributions to the Jets organization are often overlooked. We hope that selecting him for the TJB Hall of Fame goes some way towards addressing that injustice.

Congratulations to Randy Rasmussen, a great Jet, and welcome to the TJB Hall of Fame!

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The Class of 2017: Quarterbacks 00:05:06
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and draft analyst Tony Pauline take a close look at the quarterbacks available in the 2017 NFL Draft

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After not doing a Mock Draft in about a decade, I've now done two versions in less than three weeks - with a third (and final) version still to come. So with eight days to go until the draft, here's my SNY Mock Draft, version 2.0. The information comes from NFL sources, draft experts, and in some cases my own mind:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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Daily News Live: New York Jets 00:03:45
Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Daily News Live considers all of the Jets' options regarding the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft.


New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on looks on against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

The less the rest of the nation has to see the Jets, the better.

That seemed to be the thinking of the NFL and its partner networks as they made up the 2017 schedule. The Jets, coming off a 5-11 season and heading for a year that doesn't appear to be promising, are scheduled to play only one game in prime time on national TV - a league-mandated Thursday night game that every team must have.

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(Kelley L Cox)

The Jets will open the 2017 season in Buffalo against the Bills and close it in New England against the Patriots.

The Jets will also face the Raiders in Oakland in Week 2 and host the L.A. Chargers in Week 16...

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Who should the Jets pick at six? 00:05:25
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss who the Jets will select with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft. 

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Njoku discusses the NFL draft 00:05:15
Miami tight end David Njoku discusses his senior season and how he is handling the pressure that comes with being a top draft pick.

 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

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Here is the most up-to-date information on what the Jets have done during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The signing period will continue through the NFL draft and right up until the start of training camp in July, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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

The Jets will meet with Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore on Tuesday, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Gareon Conley, another CB from Ohio State, will visit the Jets on Tuesday as well.

Lattimore, 20, became a starter for the Buckeyes this past season, and was given First Team All-Big Ten honors.

The 6'0", 194-pounder redshirted during his first season at Ohio State in 2014 and was limited to just seven games in 2015 due to hamstring issues.

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Motivated Muhammad Wilkerson 00:02:29
The DNL crew discusses Muhammad Wilkerson's arrival at the Jets' Florham Park facility after coming off a disappointing 2016 season.

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For the first time in three years, Muhammad Wilkerson showed up for the start of the New York Jets' offseason training program.

The big defensive lineman was pictured at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Monday morning, as the team officially kicked off its voluntary workouts. Last year, Wilkerson declined to participate because he wasn't happy with being tagged as the Jets "franchise player." He skipped them in 2015 as he hoped to pressure the Jets to give him a new deal.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, David Harris, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

In addition to meeting with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday, the New York Jets also met with Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster and NC State safety Josh Jones, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Jets, who own the No. 6 pick in next week's NFL Draft, have given no indication as to which player they might pick, as a sample of 30-plus mock drafts has New York picking between eight players, ranging from quarterbacks to cornerbacks.

Foster, who recorded five sacks and 115 total tackles in his senior season with Alabama in 2016, is a 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker who did not participate in the NFL combine.

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 (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

CB Marcus Williams has signed his free agent tender with the Jets, the team announced Monday.

Williams, who has spent the last three seasons with the Jets, has eight interceptions over the last two seasons. 

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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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The only consensus among the mock drafters on whom the Jets will take at No. 6 is that there is no consensus -- and that's unusual for such a high pick this late in the process.

But with only 10 days to go until the first round of the NFL draft begins, the picks in 32 mock drafts examined by SNY are split fairly evenly among eight players. The belief seems to be that the Jets will use the pick to fix their secondary (50 percent of the mock drafts have them going corner or safety), though some still believe they'll take a quarterback (32 percent).

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Tight end David Njoku highlights 00:01:34
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku.

The New York Jets will meet with Miami tight end David Njoku on Monday after his previously scheduled meeting with thwe Giants was canceled, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

After having a formal interview with the Giants at February's NFL Combine, Njoku was scheduled to meet with the Giants for a second time on Monday, according to The Record's Art Stapleton. Instead, the New Jersey native will meet with the Jets. 

The 20-year-old Njoku, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, had 43 catches and eight touchdowns for the Hurricanes last season.

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California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb this week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Webb, 22, threw for 4,295 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his senior season with Cal. In his four-year college career, which includes three seasons at Texas Tech, he threw for 9,852 yards, 83 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

Webb, a 6-foot-5, 229-pound quarterback, has drawn comparisons to Brock Osweiler, according to his NFL.com draft profile page.

"He obviously is going to need coaching after being in those offenses at Texas Tech and Cal," one AFC scout told NFL.com. "I think he has enough between the ears to unlearn some of his bad habits and start to get things right. I see another Nick Foles if you give him time to develop."

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Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley intercepts the ball intended for Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets will meet with former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley this week, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Conley, whom Scouts Inc. rates as the No. 21 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, totaled four interceptions and eight passes defensed in 13 games with the Buckeyes last season.

A 6-foot, 195-pound junior, Conley ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash, had a 37-inch vertical leap and recorded a 6.68-second three-cone drill time at the NFL combine.

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 (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets have terminated the contract of LB Julian Stanford.

In 2016, Stanford notched 15 solo tackles and assisted with 7 more across 9 games. He did not record a sack or interception. His lone season with the Jets, which began on the practice squad, ended when an ankle injury landed him on injured reserve.

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(Scott Galvin)

Jets CB Nick Marshall has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, the league announced Friday.

Marshall is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are joined by Jets and NFL Draft writer Jeff Lloyd as Draft Season is in full swing, and this week they take a close look at the offensive options in the draft, even if they don't love what they see.

Click below to listen!

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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.

The Jets are bringing in North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky for a visit today, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Trubisky is widely regarded as the top quarterback prospect in this year's NFL Draft.

The Jets have made their interest in Trubisky known over the last month. New York sent a large contingent of scouts for the quarterback's pro day, and followed it up with a private workout in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Center Wesley Johnson has signed his restricted free agent tender for $2.75 million to return to the Jets, according to multiple reports

Johnson started the final four games with the Jets last year when Nick Mangold was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. 

During his three seasons with the Jets, Johnson has started in nine games, with eight of those coming in 2016. 

 

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QB Pat Mahomes highlights 00:01:22
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes II.

Latest Update (April 12)

10:00AM: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes is visiting with the Jets today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Mahomes would have hired Jeremy Bates to be his private QB coach this offseason, but was unable to once the Jets hired Bates as the team's QB coach, Schefter added. The two have mutual respect for each other.

With the draft 15 days away, the Jets are reportedly looking hard at the quarterbacks available.

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Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets held a workout with former Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Knight, 23, threw for 2,432 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games with the Aggies last year.

In three prior seasons with the Oklahoma Sooners, Knight threw for 3,424 yards, 25 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets will play three preseason games at MetLife Stadium this year.

New York will open its preseason slate at home against the Tennessee Titans between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14, then face the Detroit Lions on the road in Week 2, played between Aug. 17 and Aug. 21.

The Jets will be the road team when they face the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in Week 3, played between Aug. 24 and Aug. 28, then end their preseason schedule at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 31.

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GEICO SportsNite: Willie Colon 00:01:32
Willie Colon calls it quits for his career in the NFL and hosted a retirement party Friday attended by friends and teammates.

 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Jets added free agent cornerback John Ojo on Friday. The 6'3, 205 lb former Edmonton Eskimo has spent the past three years in the Canadian Football League.

His CFL run was highlighted by a 41 tackle, five interception season in 2015. 

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett deliver a new podcast, as they dive into the potential trade market for Sheldon Richardson (if there is one), and start prospecting for new Jets recruits as the NFL Draft approaches.

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Malik Hooker highlights 00:00:35
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Ohio State safety and NFL Draft prospect Malik Hooker.

Ohio State S Malik Hooker and Missouri DE Charles Harris are among the defensive Draft prospects the Jets will visit with on Thursday and Friday, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The Jets have the sixth overall selection in the Draft, which takes place April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Hooker was a First Team All-Big Ten selection this past season.

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(Ron Chenoy)

The Jets have signed TE Brian Parker, the team announced Thursday.

Parker, who played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2015 (making one reception), initially signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

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RB Leonard Fournette highlights 00:02:11
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

I don't remember doing a mock draft any time in the last 20 or so years (though I did find internet evidence of one in 2010). I'm still interpreting my record in all the other years to be perfect -- no misses. But, as they say, "No guts, no glory". It's time to put that streak on the line with my first Mock Draft for SNY. It won't be my last, either. I'll be revising this up until Draft Week. So keep checking back. This is simply version 1.0:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Yeah, they need a quarterback, but he's the best player in the draft and they have a decent young QB on the roster. Plus they have the No. 12 pick (so stay tuned).

2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford
They need a quarterback too, but they have a new coach and GM on long-term deals. They can wait until there's a better QB crop.

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Should Jets trade for Sherman? 00:01:57
Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss if the Jets should make a trade for Richard Sherman.

Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss if the Jets should make a trade for Seahawks CB Richard Sherman.

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RB Leonard Fournette highlights 00:02:11
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

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When Leonard Fournette, the star running back at LSU and a possible target for the Jets with the sixth pick of the draft, weighed a surprising 240 at the NFL scouting combine in early March, he blamed it on drinking way too much water.

Apparently, all that water weight is now gone.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Former Jets center Nick Mangold is making his first known free-agent visit to meet with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, according to a report.

The 33-year-old, who was released by the Jets in February, was expected to arrive in Baltimore late Tuesday night, according to ESPN. The Ravens traded their starting center, Jeremy Zuttah, to the San Francisco 49ers last month but did not bring in a replacement.

They do have two in-house candidates - John Urschel and Ryan Jensen, both of whom are 25. If healthy, the 33-year-old Mangold could conceivably compete for that job, or at least provide a veteran mentor to help the young centers.

Tags: Nick Mangold, Ralph Vacchiano
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