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 evidence is hard to refute. They jettisoned almost every recognizable veteran they had. They didn't add any significant free agents. The veteran quarterback they added is a 38-year-old journeyman. The Jets were 5-11 last season, and it's hard to argue this year won't be worse.

So yes, it sure does look like the Jets are "tanking" this season, with their eyes on the top of next year's quarterback-rich draft. They're not, of course. Tanking is almost impossible to do effectively, especially in the NFL. But they are doing a bit of scorched-Earth rebuilding and know they are in for a long, losing season.

There'll be a lot of short-term pain. And intentional or not, for the long run that's not so bad...

Tags: Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)
Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye run a drill during Jets rookie minicamp, (AP)

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Jamal Adams, the Jets' top draft pick and one of the cornerstones of their rebuilding project, agreed to terms on his rookie contract on Thursday night and is expected to be at training camp on time when it opens in eight days.

The agreement, announced by agents on Twitter and confirmed by the Jets on Friday, is projected to be worth about $22.2 million over four years with a signing bonus of approximately $14.3 million. The money is fully guaranteed for the No. 6 overall pick out of LSU. As with all first-round picks, Adams' deal also includes a team option for the fifth year.

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New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen runs a drill during their organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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When safety Jamal Adams agreed to his rookie contract Thursday, the Jets finally locked up all nine of their draft picks. And that's good; given the state of their roster, they're probably going to need all of them.

There certainly will be plenty of opportunities for all the draftees on this young and rebuilding team, and maybe even a few undrafted free agents too. The Jets will enter camp next Friday with an open mind at almost every position, both for this year and in the future. Almost all jobs will be somewhat up for grabs.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why Josh McCown just needs to hold down the fort for the Jets.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown gave his new team a vote of confidence in an interview with ESPN's First Take on Thursday, highlighting the positives he has seen from both veterans and newcomers alike.

"There's still some guys there that are pros," McCown said. "When you watch how a guy like Matt Forte comes in and does his job every day, Mo Wilkerson had a great spring, came in and worked hard, and our rookies coming along, Jamal Adams so impressive coming in as a rookie out of LSU, a high draft pick."

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

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Darron Lee had his ups and downs after being the Jets' first round pick last season, but the team seems compelled to proceed with the plan to build around him as one of the cornerstones of the defense. Entering his first season, everyone knew that Lee was a terrific athlete, but he still had to prove he had the instincts to play inside linebacker in a pro-style defense.

Preseason Stats: Four games, no starts, seven tackles, one sack

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the NFL is still reviewing an incident invovling Jets' LB Darron Lee and DE Leonard Williams from early June, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

The incident occured at Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in June where Lee had to be restrained by Williams after getting into an argument with a woman. An eye witness video showed Williams getting in between his teammate, and eventually, carrying him away from the argument.

Jets' head coach Todd Bowles later indentified the woman as Lee's girlfriend, and noted that the team will not be disciplining the linebacker. However, he thinks he needs to take caution in the future. 

"You don't want that stuff to happen, obviously," Bowles said earlier on the situation. "With social media going on these days, they've got to take better care of themselves. Darron understands that. I just know, from the past, any time you go to a concert, there's going to be trouble around, just as an ex-player and as a coach. When you go to a concert, a lot of things can happen. You have to be very mindful and very aware of where you are, and your surroundings -- and handle yourself better and keep yourself out of trouble."

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
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New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets punter Lachlan Edwards (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected specialists: Chandler Catanzaro (K), Lachlan Edwards (P), Tanner Purdum (LS), Jalin Marshall (KR/PR)

Key contributors: Rontez Miles, Josh Martin, Dylan Donahue, Juston Burris, Charone Peake

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Dexter McDougle, Jalin Marshall, Juston Burris, Loc Edwards, Nick Folk, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Rontez Miles, Tanner Purdum
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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs for a touchdown (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Speaking with the New York Post, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said he would not be surprised if the Jets have another struggling, losing season in 2017. 

"It's hard to argue [with] that," Enunwa said, "when everybody else sees all the stuff that's going on."

This offseason, the Jets have cut ties with many players, including receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Despite the possibility of another tough year ahead, Enunwa believes the players will still play hard when the season begins. 

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Former Jets QB Chad Pennington believes head coach Todd Bowles deserves the chance to turn the team around, per Brett Bonder of NY Daily News. 

If the Jets are to tank this sesaon, Pennington doesn't think it will be fair to put the blame on Bowles as he thinks he is the right guy for the job.

"My one hope for the Jets is that they give coach Bowles a chance to right the ship, don't pull everything away from him and then make him the reason why they're getting rid of him because of the lack of success," Pennington said. "He is the right guy, I think he showed that in his first year, last year wan an anomaly and this year you can see, wow, what a task he has."

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(David Butler II)

Former Jets WR Brandon Marshall said he requested his release because he couldn't deal with the Jets not having a chance this season, per ESPN's Eric Cimini. 

Marshall was on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show Thursday where he admitted his former team wasn't going to have a good 2017 season, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

"I wouldn't have made it through an entire season, knowing we didn't have a chance," Marshall said. 

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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

USC QB Sam Darnold said last week's report that he might remain in school instead of entering the 2018 NFL Draft did not come from him, but remained vague about his future.

"I don't really have many thoughts about that," the potential No. 1 pick said during an appearance on ESPN's "The Fix". "I don't think any team should tank their season because of me. I'm just taking this every day, one day at a time. That's all I can do."

"I'm looking forward to whatever lies ahead of my future," he said. "But I'm really just taking it one day at a time."

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(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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After a solid rookie season, Jordan Jenkins is hoping to thrive in a full-time role in 2017. The 23-year old has spent part of his offseason back in Georgia, working on his pass rush techniques with pass rush guru Chuck Smith.

Preseason Stats: Two games, two starts, four tackles, no sacks, two quarterback hits.

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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

Projected Starters: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye

Projected Back-ups: Rontez Miles

On the bubble: Shamarko Thomas, Ronald Martin, Doug Middleton, Corey White

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Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh took to Twitter to take some playful jabs at the Jets and their fans, but not before Jets defensive Muhammad Wilkerson chimed in.

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 (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
(Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets' plan to build a helicopter landing pad at their New Jersey training facility has drawn objections from some who question the need since an airport is just a couple of miles away.

The borough of Madison has lodged objections to the Jets' application, NJ.com reported. The borough says that there's "no demand" for a helipad so close to the Morristown Airport.

"Any purported public benefit from the availability of a helistop for emergency uses is illusive," officials wrote. The borough also argued that the pad could introduce a safety risk.

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 (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Projected Starters: Wesley Johnson, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Ben Ijalana, Kelvin Beachum

Projected Back-ups: Brandon Shell, Dakota Dozier, Brent Qvale

On the bubble: Jeff Adams, Ben Braden, Chris Bordelon, Javarius Leamon, Craig Watts, Alex Balducci, Jonotthan Harrison

Departures: Nick Mangold, Breno Giacomini, Ryan Clady

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(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

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Coming out of South Carolina, Brandon Shell's size and athleticism stood out, but he also impressed with his technique in pass-protection and his discipline. He posted outstanding pass-protection numbers against some good teams and when matched up with pro prospects. That bodes well for his ability to be successful at the NFL level, although he's not the type of tackle you'd typically leave out on an island.

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, one sack surrendered.

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New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine

Projected backups: Juston Burris, Marcus Williams, Darryl Roberts, Jeremy Clark,

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Marcus Williams
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Projected backups: Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Julian Howsare, Sheldon Richardson
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Jets' first round pick, S Jamal Adams, has already impressed his new teammates, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. 

The Jets were exuberant when Adams fell to their No. 6 slot in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was the player the wanted most. Participating at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Adams has shown his teammates, like CB Morris Claiborne, why the front office was so high on him.

"The things he has done so far?" Claiborne said. "He's unbelievable...He's been out here playing lights out. Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He's having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He's having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that's football." 

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Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) after making a catch during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

The Jets are interested in signing former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr, according to the New York Post.

The 25-year-old retired during the off-season due to neck and spine problems, but he is now trying to revive his career to after receiving positive news from his doctor.

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Fourth round pick Juston Burris has received plenty of buzz this offseason. He's been receiving lots of first-team reps and is reportedly in the mix to start alongside Morris Claiborne. However, what does his rookie season tell us about his chances and where he needs to develop to increase his role?

Preseason Stats: Four games, one start, five tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Demario Davis
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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

The Jets' new linebackers coach, Hall of Famer Kevin Greene, is looking to instill more aggression and power in his players, especially LB Lorenzo Mauldin.

The 25-year-old has shown spurts of potential in two seasons with the Jets, but his 2.5 sacks last season isn't the production they had expected. Greene intends to change that, and he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater why he uses this specific approach to his coaching. 

"Everybody at this level has skill, correct?" Greene said. "They'rea ll athletic, and agility and dexterity and all that stuff. Well, what separates people initially is their physical level of play. That's always our first step, is we have to play more physical than whoever is in front of us, because we're all athletic." 

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A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
A pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is broken up by Buffalo Bills cornerbacks Corey White and Kevon Seymour during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected starters: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson

Projected backups: Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Quincy Enunwa
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Preseason Stats: 17-for-47, 159 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, 1-15 rushing, one fumble

Regular Season Stats: Did Not Play

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Part 2 of Jets mini-camp 00:02:01
SNY delivers part 2 of an all-access behind-the-scenes recap of New York Jets minicamp, including the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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Behind the scenes at Jets camp 00:01:48
SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

SNY delivers an all-access behind the scenes recap of Jets minicamp, including all the sights and sounds from Florham Park.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jets' owner Woody Johnson as the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, the team confirmed on Thursday.

In the case that Johnson is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, he would hand over his duties as Chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, who will directly oversee the team's day-to-day operations.

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