Opening Statement…

It’s great to be back. All the things that we do in the offseason, I think the first time that I met you, we were just embarking on evaluating our staff, evaluating our roster, getting into free agency prep, getting into Indy (NFL Scouting Combine) prep, and then eventually the draft. It’s all for here.  It’s all for this day. It’s all for this time. This is where you feel like you’re back to football. Tomorrow we get the pads on. We’re through this acclimation period now, so it’s been a nice phase in and I can tell you I’m not the only one excited. (Head Coach) Rex (Ryan), his staff, our players, I think you’ve seen it, that we’re all extremely excited to get back to football and get going.

On when he expects Mike Goodson to report to camp…

I don’t know. There’s no timeline at all, so we’re just going to have to play that one by ear.

On how much background work they did on Goodson before they signed him…

It’s not isolated to one player. It’s not isolated to Mike Goodson. We do an extremely thorough job in examining background. I think as I said last time, we’re in a human business, so there’s a certain degree of unpredictability in anything you do. But you want to try to do as much background work on the people you bring into the organization, and that’s going to be consistent with anyone we bring in.

On preparing for losing a player…

I think we’re in a business of abrupt adjustments. You just get into a game, there are certain things you prepare for within the course of a play. It certainly holds true in personnel. It holds true in negotiations. It holds true in anything that we do. It’s just the nature of what we do, so you just have to be prepared to adjust.

On why Cliff Harris and Claude Davis were released after being arrested when Goodson was not…

We didn’t talk about their situation either at that time. Every case is individual. Every case has its circumstances surrounding it, so you take all that information in and you react accordingly. There were a lot of factors back then. We were just getting into a 90-man restriction. So, there are a lot of factors that go into decisions that are made. It may on the surface look like a knee-jerk reaction to something that happened, but it’s an accumulation of things and information.

On whether a player’s status on the team is one of those factors…

Of course you’re going to evaluate his status on the team, how long he’s been here, what he’s contributing, if you feel like it’s an isolated case, is there a pattern of behavior there, all those things factor into it, but his effectiveness as a player (and) as a person in the community (and) in the building, we take all those things into account.

On whether he expects Goodson to report to training camp at some point…

I really don’t know. We don’t know and we’re just taking it kind of like we do anything else, day-by-day. We’re operating with the things that we have in front of us today, and until that changes, we’ll stay the course.

On whether it’s his hope that Goodson will be with the Jets again someday…

Of course it’s our hope that Mike comes back and that he can contribute to the team.

On when he anticipates getting a deal done with Dee Milliner…

Whenever there’s more than one party involved, you don’t have total control over it. So, I really don’t know. All we can do is keep a constant line of communication open, which we have. I’ve talked through our differences and hopefully (we will) get (Dee) where he belongs, right here on the field.

On whether he is frustrated the team has not signed Milliner yet…

I don’t think it’s a frustration. I look at it (as) again we’re in an industry of adjustments. It’s not unlike we planned on seeing Aaron Berry compete through this training camp, and low and behold, on one of our first drills, he goes down with a season-ending injury. Dee (Milliner) is not here right now, (so) we adjust. I think we’ve done a marvelous job with that and we’ve maintained our focus right here with the players that we have on campus now, and we adjust going forward. I don’t think it’s frustrating as much as it is learning how to deal with what you have.

On whether he is maintaining communication with Goodson…

I’m not going to get into (that). That’s a private matter and I’d like to respect it that way.

On whether the team suggested that Goodson should not report on time…

Again, I’m not going to get into the specifics. It’s a private, delicate matter, but I can say we were aware that this was going to happen. It wasn’t a surprise and we understood the circumstances around it.

On how the team writes contracts…

I think anyone, agents included, if they look at our contracts and our clauses and they contain guarantees, the type of language that is in it, we’re pretty consistent. So, it shouldn’t be any surprise to identify or be hard to identify what is important to the Jets as far as contractual language is concerned. You look at our contracts and there’s going to be a common thread throughout.

On if he is surprised Milliner is holding out over a contract that is relatively small…

Well, it’s obviously not small to somebody, otherwise they would be here playing.  You try to talk it through, and understand, and this is in general, whenever you are trying to do a contract with a player.  We listen a lot and we try to understand their positions.  Hopefully, they listen to us a lot and understand our position, and we try to rationalize and get them in.

On if their philosophy regarding rookie contracts has changed due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement...

No, I think there is some more emphasis on contractual elements that perhaps weren’t quite as emphasized before, but they have always been around.  I don’t think all of a sudden with the new CBA, we’re seeing a proliferation of offsets or whatever else it would be.

On the use of offset language in contracts…

We’re not going to get into specifics.

On if he knew Rex Ryan was going to Pamplona and his reaction…

Well yeah, just run faster than the bulls (joking). Yes, he let us know that he was going out there and I thought it was pretty cool.  It had been a lifelong dream of his son, Peyton.  It was a family thing, and for them to do something special, that was pretty neat, but he let us know.

On if he was concerned of the potential danger of Ryan going to Pamplona…

Well I can say this, Rex holds the Jets, football, the NFL, to the same degree of importance that I do and that all of us do,  So I don’t think that he is going to let anything get in the way.  If he feels something is hazardous to his position here with the Jets I don’t think Rex would do it.  You know you trust him that way.

On if the distractions are lessened this year because of him…

Well, I think it’s us, it’s all of us together.  Life in the NFL, you are going to live with distractions and to the extent that you can maintain your focus on the tasks at hand, it sounds so simple, right? It sounds so trite, but it’s very difficult to do because we are covered the way we are, every movement that you do, and in our case here, the competitions that are going on.  But if you can just focus on the basics, and yes we have tried to instill that mindset not only with the players but throughout the organization and hopefully you’re sensing that.

On his role in making the starting quarterback decision…

Well I have a pretty big role in that.  I think we are going to discuss that much like we do anything.  It’s going to be a collective opinion.  We’re going to hash it out.  And it’s not limited to quarterbacks.  I know that’s front stage and center, but its every position, everything that we do, and it could be discussing schemes, different approaches to training camp.  I think you have noticed that we changed our schedule around a little bit.  We’ll discuss everything, and the beauty of our staffs, we have an extensive group, a lot of experience in the room.  So we can trade that and that includes the quarterback situation.  Obviously, we are going to talk with Rex, with Marty (Mornhinweg), with David (Lee), we’ll talk with the entire offensive staff, our scouts, and we have all our scouts here.  We have a lot input in that.

On who has the final say in the quarterback decision…

Again, it’s a collective effort.  And I think if you discuss it on a daily basis, this isn’t a one-time event that comes up and we have to make a quick decision.  This is over a period of time, so there is a lot of talk, discussion, debate that goes over these types of decisions. So when you ultimately make that decision, it may look like, ok on Thursday at 4 pm Eastern Time they made the decision on the starting quarterback.  Well that’s an accumulation of a lot of information and discussion and that’s what I mean that it’s a collective effort and it’s collaborative all the way.

On if the head coach as the final say on the roster…

Well yes I mean when you look at who is going to play, Rex and I are going to talk about that freely.  I like to believe, it has been the case so far, that if you put in that time and effort when you make the decision you feel like it’s a “we” decision it’s not on one individual.  It’s not like someone going to drop the gavel and do something that’s counter to what the Jets want to do.  We are all pulling in the same direction we are going to make the decision on our starting quarterback, the other 10 starters on offense, what we do schematically with those guys, it’s all going to be for the good of the Jets.

On if someone specifically has the final say…

It’s a collaborative effort guys.  It’s not how it seems that you wake up one morning and everyone’s waiting out with bated breath on someone with the scroll (laughing).  That’s not it.  Especially this decision, there is so much that goes into it, and it is not going to be a surprise to anyone in the room.  So I don’t feel like when we make the decision and, there is a lot of input -  there is input from our offensive staff, there is input from our scouts, there will be input from of course me, and Rex.  We sit down and we talk about this on a daily basis.  So I think when we reach the culmination of gathering all that stuff deciphering and making that decision, it’s not a surprise.  There’s not a friction there or a surprise in the end where like, “Boy, I didn’t expect that”.  Whatever we do, it’s going to be vetted out to a point where everyone is involved. They’ll understand and there won’t be any surprise in the end.

On when he expects Santonio Holmes to return…

Shoot, we hope he’s back tomorrow, but it’s a tough one to gauge. I can say Santonio has been working his tail off. He was here voluntarily on his own working with (Head Athletic Trainer) John Mellody and our staff. He’s really focused on it and he continues to be. But, that’s a tough one to gauge. Another one I wish I had a timeline for you, but some of these things we just have got to let it take its course.

On whether there is a chance Holmes will miss the entire season…

We hope not. And again, we will take it through the summer. These next few weeks will be very telling. I can say, if you have a motivated staff, you have a motivated player, usually when you have all that pointing the same direction, there’s a good outcome and that’s what we’re hoping for.

On what position groups the team is trying to improve upon…

I don’t know if we’ll go position-by-position. What’s nice (is) we had a good look at everybody coming into training camp. In Braylon’s (Edwards) case, he certainly feels like he’s coming back home to the Jets. (He’s) had a lot of time, a lot of production here. (He) knows the room, knows Rex. I know him. We had him in Seattle last year. He certainly adds an element of experience and familiarity. You’ll see at wideout we’ve got a heady number there. Take a look at those and you’ll see a little ebb and flow throughout training camp. And that will be really respondent to how guys are doing. It’s a little premature right now. I’d like to get the pads on. Let the guys knock it around a little bit and see how they react.

On whether bringing Edwards back was a sign that Holmes is not where they thought he would be health wise…

No, not really. It was independent of that. I think what we’re trying to do is build the best cast of characters we have at any one position and it was more a function of that, than it was worrisome of one individual player. Just (us getting) the most quality depth that we can.

On why they didn’t re-sign Edwards earlier…

I think we wanted to take a good look at some younger guys during the offseason. We continue to do that. Like I said, we’re probably relatively heavy at the position in numbers and that’s kind of by design so we can take a look at them. Once again, Braylon, we looked at him as plug-and-play, that we would call him up the eve of training camp. We did keep in touch with him. He was keeping in great shape. You see him here. He’s in basically football ready shape. So we didn’t have any concerns that way. We felt that he was available for us.

On why he feels that Edwards can come in, learn and play in a new offense…

Braylon has played in a lot of different systems and he’s been successful in a lot of different systems. (It’s) not really a leap of faith because we’re at the forefront of training camp. We can install things. Braylon is a quick study. I can promise you that. He’s been around football. He’s been around the NFL long enough, where you put something in front of him, he’s going to digest it and he’ll be fine with it. Now applying it and applying it in this setting? I think it’s more important for him to be here in training camp. Are you questioning the guy’s conditioning? No, you wouldn’t question his conditioning or work ethic in the offseason. If he’s going to be a quick study, you can sign him on the eve of camp. Now you get the pads on, you see how he reacts then. I think really in that way, it’s an inappropriate time.

On if this season is a one year grace period for him…

No, I don’t think anyone looks at it as a grace period. Pressure is perceived, really. Our guys don’t feel pressure, Rex doesn’t feel pressure, and I don’t feel pressure. Our players, hopefully, we’re going to condition them that they don’t feel pressure. You can perform in whatever function you’re asked to do, whether it be the head coach, one of our players, or whether it be in my position. If you prepare well and you’re relaxed, you perform at your peak no matter what you’re doing. And I think that’s certainly an axiom that Rex lives by and an axiom that I live by. And you just let things roll and you go in confident and faithful that your preparation and your state of mind will allow you to perform well. That’s kind of where we are.

On Ryan joking that he won’t be here next year if the Jets draft Jadeveon Clowney…

Shoot, that draft is miles away. I’m focused right here in 2013. That’s pretty funny though.

On if Edwards and Kellen Winslow look different this year compared to when they were in Seattle together…

Well, actually it worked out for Braylon. We had a number of veteran receivers in for training camp and he basically beat them out, that old notion of competition. He did well and Kellen did as well. But if you noticed that roster, we had some pretty good tight ends. We’re happy to have both of them here, we really are. They’re vets, they were prepared. I think it shows, I think you’ve seen already in two short days on the field that they’ve made an impact, so we’re extremely pleased to have both of them on the Jets.

On whether Edwards was brought in to mentor the younger receivers…

That’s definitely a factor, whenever you can get a veteran presence in a room. Santonio is that veteran presence, despite the fact that he doesn’t have a jersey on running around with a helmet. He’s been a great mentor. Both Braylon and Santonio will certainly add that element, especially when you have a relatively young bunch of receivers.

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Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Jeff Adams (70) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bent, theJetsBlog.com: 

Over the last few weeks, we've been looking at some of the players signed to futures deals since the end of the season. Today we wrap up with a quick look at the other additions.

 

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SNY insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Jets' options regarding Darrelle Revis and his recent criminal charges.

Latest Update: (Feb. 17)

10:15 p.m. 

Darrelle Revis has been arraigned and was given a non-monetary bond, reports Coley Harvey of ESPN.

According to Harvey, Revis still has to attend all hearings in the case and cannot come in contact with the alleged victims or witnesses.

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SNY insider and former Jet Willie Colon weighs in on Darrelle Revis' future after being charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor.

SNY insider and former Jet Willie Colon weighs in on Darrelle Revis' future after being charged with four felonies and one misdemeanor.


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(Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

As bad as Darrelle Revis was last season, he kept insisting he was far from finished. Several times he made it clear he wanted to keep playing and was even willing to see if that could happen with the Jets. He seemed to be embracing his role as a future elder statesman on the team. He hinted he might accept a pay cut to stay. He even admitted he was willing to switch positions.

None of that matters anymore.

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(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The incident that has surely ended Darrelle Revis' Jets career, and could land him in jail, began with two star-struck men who seemingly couldn't believe they had run into the NFL player on the streets of Pittsburgh in the middle of the night. They asked if he was really Revis. They didn't believe his answer.

And everything escalated from there.

Much of the confrontation from early Sunday morning is on a cell phone video, too, according to the criminal complaint filed with the Pittsburgh Police and obtained by WTAE in Pittsburgh. The evidence was strong enough for Revis to be charged on Thursday with four felonies (two counts of aggravated assault and one each of criminal conspiracy and robbery) and one misdemeanor (making terroristic threats)...

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Jets in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. Last week we took a look at Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears quarterback who might hit the open market in the coming weeks. This week we turn inward and look at a proud Jet who is at the center of one of the team's biggest offseason decisions:

CB Darrelle Revis.

After a miserable season in which he was a shell of his former self it seems like a pretty simple decision for the Jets to let Darrelle Revis go -- especially since he's due $15 million in salary and bonuses in 2017 and his cap number is $15.3 million...

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets had such high hopes for their offensive line when they acquired left tackle Ryan Clady from the Broncos last April. But the experiment is over after less than a year.

The Jets have informed Clady's agent that they do not intend to pick up his option for the 2017 season, according to an NFL source. New York had until Wednesday to make a decision before the team would owe him a $1 million roster bonus. Clady also was scheduled to make a non-guaranteed salary of $10 million this year.

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(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1. CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The Jets should soon have some clarity on the Darrelle Revis situation since cuts around the NFL have already begun and he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11. Assuming he's not coming back - and if he does, assuming he'll come back as a safety - this position remains one of the Jets' biggest needs. Perhaps offensive line is bigger, but at the moment few scouts seem to believe there's a tackle worthy of a Top 10 pick. The big question with Lattimore? Will he even make it out of the Top 5? A strong combine or Pro Day performance could push him out of the Jets' reach. (Last week: 1).

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(Brett Rojo)

Mel Kiper's second Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Kiper notes that while the Jets have a quarterback problem to solve and could also draft a defender with the pick, Fournette may be the best player available and the Jets would "know they can get a ton of reps from Fournette right now, and this is a team that needs to be better."

Fournette had 129 carries for 843 yards and eight touchdowns last season for LSU, adding another 146 yards on 15 receptions...

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(Jerome Miron)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets haven't begun to clear the salary cap room they need to be active in free agency, so it remains to be seen just how active they will be. But they'll have to do something when the signing period opens on March 9 because they have plenty of needs.

So what will they do? Last week, I took a look at five free agents who could (or should) be on the Jets' radar at several positions. This week, I'll focus on the most important position -- quarterback. The Jets will likely at least look for a quarterback-of-the-future on the market. Whether they sign one might depend on the price.

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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Jets, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

1. Who is their quarterback?

They of course haven't answered this yet, but they did answer who'll be coaching the quarterbacks: new offensive coordinator John Morton and new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. Neither has an extensive resume at their current positions -- or really working with quarterbacks -- which is interesting if they're going to be entrusted with developing a young quarterback.

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Cleveland Browns free safety K'Waun Williams (36) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster)
Cleveland Browns free safety K'Waun Williams (36) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Aaron Doster)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets will get an early start on free agency and possibly on rebuilding their secondary when they visit with free agent cornerback K'Waun Williams on Wednesday, according to a league source

The 25-year-old former Cleveland Brown, and a native of Northern New Jersey, will arrive in town on Tuesday night, the source said, coming from Detroit where he is currently visiting the Detroit Lions. Williams also has several other teams hoping to line up visits with him in the next week or so, according to the source.

That make sense considering it wasn't that long ago that Williams was a promising young corner for the Browns who started 10 games as their nickel corner in 2014-15. But he sat out all of 2016 with an impingement caused by bone spurs in his ankle.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Ryan Fitzpatrick Era was never supposed to happen for the Jets, and it certainly never was expected to last two roller-coaster seasons. In the end, though, it was a wild ride that rescued a franchise in one of its darkest moments before leading it back into the darkness again.

For better or for worse, the Fitzpatrick Era officially ended on Friday when the contract that the 34-year-old quarterback signed last summer automatically voided. All that's left is a $5 million cap hit the Jets must endure during the 2017 season. And memories - more than a few good ones, and plenty of bad.

So was it worth it? That all depends on your perspective, how much your sights are set on the Jets' long-term future, and how much you value all the fun that was had in 2015 during the Jets' near-playoff-miss.

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Jets in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. This week we begin with one of the potential quarterback options for the Jets -- and one with ties to their brand new quarterbacks coach:

QB Jay Cutler.

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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)

Jets WR Brandon Marshall listed JJ Watt and Deion Sanders among the players he believes could be the best of all time, but one player was notably absent from his list: Tom Brady.

Marshall told NJ Advanced Media during a charity event for his Project 375 foundation that Brady is "not the best player ever," adding that his idea of the best player would be "a guy that I can put at corner, safety, defensive end, a guy that I can put back on punt return, chase down kicks." He also mentioned Reggie White and Jerry Rice as possible contenders for the best player ever, but conceded that it "would probably be impossible [to say for sure]." 

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

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Since the end of the season, the Jets have added several players to their 90-man roster. We've been looking at each of these players to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Today we're going to look at three additions on the defensive front seven; Kenny Anunike, Frank Beltre and Jeff Luc. All three are undrafted free agents but they have different roles. Let's compare their attributes, divided into categories.

Experience

At 27, Beltre is the oldest of the three, but actually has the least NFL experience. He played three preseason games with the Chargers in 2013 but has only played in the CFL since that time.

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(Rick Scuteri/AP)

The Jets have signed tackle Jeff Adams, the club announced on Wednesday. The 27-year-old ended this past season on the Houston Texans' practice squad after appearing in four games in 2014 and 2015. Adams has also been a part of the Cincinnati Bengals' and Miami Dolphins' practice squads.

Adams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 after playing collegiately at Columbia University

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and they're turning their Jets frowns upside down with some positivity. As they contemplate the future of Darrelle Revis, they turn the clock back to Revis past, with a deep dive countdown of their favorite moments in Revis / Jets history.

Click below to listen!

 

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The Jets have added four coaches to their staff for the 2017 season, hiring Jeremy Bates (quarterbacks coach), Mick Lombardi (assistant quarterbacks coach), Jason Vrable (offensive assistant) and Joe Giacobbe (strength and conditioning assistant), the team announced on Wednedsay.

Bates held the same position with the Jets in 2005 under then-head coach Herm Edwards. He was the Chicago Bears QBs coach in 2012 but was not retained and has been out of the NFL since. Lombardi was an offesnive quaity control coach with the 49ers this past season while Vrable was the assistant QBs coach for the Bills. Giacobbe was the director of player performance at Rutgers from 2012-2015.

 

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North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

As miserable as the Jets' 5-11 season was their consolation prize isn't bad. They stand to get a heck of a player with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft - perhaps a franchise-changing player, and maybe someone who can contribute right away.

That's no guarantee, of course, but it's a positive to focus on for a team that needs a lot of help in a lot of different areas. Maybe - just maybe - they could end up with the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for far too many years.

It's early, of course - very early - and a lot can change during free agency. But here's a look at five players the Jets might have their eyes on in the first round of the NFL draft, which takes place on April 27. SNY will be taking a weekly look at this board and charting who is rising and falling throughout the combine and Pro Day season, and as the Jets' potential needs change:

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(Jim Brown)

Former Jets' running back and broadcaster Mike Adamle revealed he his battling dementia and doctors think he may have CTE, the New York Daily News reported on Wednesday. Adamle, 67, played with the Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears during a six-year NFL career.

"It shook my world," Adamle said in an interview with NBC-5 in Chicago. "It just kind of a little bit worse sometimes every day."

Adamle is perhaps best known for his work as co-host of "American Gladiators" from 1989-1996.

 

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

With one month to go until the NFL free-agent signing period opens on March 9, the Jets have some work to do. They have to make several cuts and restructure several contracts just to get under the 2017 salary cap, which figures to be somewhere around $168 million.

How active they'll be in free agency depends on how much cap room they're able to clear. It also depends on how much -- if anything -- they devote to finding a starting quarterback on the free-agent market.

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(Jim Brown)

The Jets have signed long-snapper Josh Latham, the team announced Tuesday.

Latham, who spent three years as the long-snapper for Sacramento State, has never appeared in the NFL.

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Former Green Bay Packers DL Mike Pennel (Mark Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)
Former Green Bay Packers DL Mike Pennel (Mark Hoffman/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets claimed former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers, the team announced Tuesday.

Pennel, 25, has recorded one sack and 40 combined tackles in 37 games over the past three seasons with Green Bay. He recorded seven combined tackles in eight games last season.

Pennel was suspended four games last season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

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New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Darron Lee, the New York Jets' promising young linebacker and their first-round pick in last year's draft, says he is OK after being attacked in a bar in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old explained the incident in some detail on Monday in a video posted to his Twitter account, in which he showed off a bruise under his right eye and what he said were "bumps all around my head." He insisted he was attacked without provocation and he had no idea by whom.

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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the New York Jets can begin cleaning up the wreckage from their 5-11 season and start yet another rebuilding project. Despite being on the cusp of the playoffs a year ago, they seem farther away than ever now.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest questions the Jets must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how they're doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

The New York Jets are targeting former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to be their new quarterbacks coach, The MMQB's Albert Breer reports.

The organization had Bates, who was the Jets' quarterbacks coach in a 4-12 2005 season which featured five different quarterbacks, including Brooks Bollinger, in mind for their offensive coordinator vacancy before they signed John Morton, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Bates served as the Chicago Bears' quarterbacks coach in 2012 and Seahawks offensive coordinator in 2010.

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Falcons fan Sal Licata vents his frustrations after the Falcons' loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell of the Seahawks may forever be known for the single dumbest play call in Super Bowl history, when they called for a pass instead of a run from the 1 yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, leading to a Malcolm Butler interception and handing the Patriots a championship.

But Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan of the Falcons gave that inexplicable decision a run for its money on Sunday night.

Their brain-frozen play calling with four minutes left in Super Bowl LI snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and gift-wrapped a championship opportunity to the Patriots again. In a span of three mind-boggling plays, they went from being well within range of a game-sealing field goal to punting the ball away and putting it back in Tom Brady's hands...

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(AP)

The Jets have opened at 75/1 odds to win Super Bowl LII, according to a list released by Bovada sportsbook in Las Vegas.

Among the Jets' AFC East rivals, the Patriots -- at 5/1 -- have the best odds in the NFL. The Dolphins have 50/1 odds, while the Bills opened at 66/1.

Only the Bears (100/1), Browns, and 49ers (both at 150/1) have worse odds than the Jets.

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(Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets and their fans have endured 48 years of pain without a Super Bowl, made worse by 12 years without a division title and now six straight years without a trip to the playoffs. It has to hurt more that the dominant team of this era is from their own division, led by a coach (Bill Belichick) they once had for one day in 2000 and a quarterback (Tom Brady) they, like everyone else, passed over in the 2000 draft.

So watching the Patriots' epic comeback and 34-28 overtime win in Super Bowl LI on Sunday night had to be especially painful.

But don't worry: There's a good chance the pain is going to get much worse.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates a two-point conversion against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Many current and former Jets took to Twitter to react to the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI...

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The guys on FNNY discuss what went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, as well as Tom Brady's place in NFL history.

What went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, and what is Tom Brady's place in NFL history?

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(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Ronald Gasser, who shot and killed former Jets RB Joe McKnight, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a second-degree murder charge, according to the Associated Press.

The 55-year-old Gasser, who had initially been charged with manslaughter, was indicted last week, NBC Sports reported.

McKnight, who was 28 years old, was killed in a shooting in Louisiana in December.

A witness said an argument took place between McKnight and the shooter before the shooter opened fire multiple times.

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Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots
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(Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at Super Bowl LI …

NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons (13-5) vs. AFC Champion New England Patriots (16-2)

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LaDainian Tomlinson played the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Jets. (Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE)
LaDainian Tomlinson played the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Jets. (Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Jets center Kevin Mawae is passed over in this year's vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but LaDanian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor, who played briefly with the Jets, made it in.

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The DNL panel debates the idea of the Jets drafting Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson after stating he would like to play for the Jets.

New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New Orleans Saints wide receivers coach John Morton against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets' decision to hire John Morton as the team's new offensive coordinator was endored by future Hall of Famer Drew Breesaccording to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Brees has known Morton for over a decade, as the two spent three seasons together in New Orleans - 2006, 2015, and 2016- while Morton served as the team's receivers coach. 

Over the last two seasons, the Saints have scored more touchdowns and produced more yards than any team around the league.

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Former Jet Erik Coleman joins DNL to discuss the top storylines heading into Super Bowl LI from Houston.

Former Jet Erik Coleman joins Daily News Live to discuss the top storylines heading into Super Bowl LI.

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Former Jets linebacker Mo Lewis chats with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

Former Jets linebacker Mo Lewis chats with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

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

A year after lobbying the Jets to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall may be "retired" from offering his quarterback suggestions, but that doesn't mean he won't offer his thoughts on the Jets quarterbacks.

And when it comes to the two young ones on the current roster, the veteran receiver apparently likes what he's seen.

Marshall, speaking again on WFAN from the Super Bowl Media Center in Houston, Marshall had nothing but praise for second-year pro Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg. He stopped short of endorsing either as the Jets' starter in 2017, but he made it clear he believes the potential in both is there.

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(Robert Deutsch)

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Since the end of the season, the Jets have added several players to their 90-man roster. Over the next few weeks, we'll be looking at each of these players to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

We start by looking at the three wide receivers: Deshon Foxx, Darius Jennings, and Myles White. All three are undrafted free agents with similar skill-sets. Let's compare their attributes, divided into categories.

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Former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

Former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker speaks with SNY's Jeane Coakley at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

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Willie Colon on Super Bowl, Jets 00:04:37
Former Jets guard Willie Colon offers his Super LI predictions and discusses Brandon Marshall and the Jets.

Marshall criticizes Jets 00:03:35
The Loud Mouths discuss recent comments made by Jets WR Brandon Marshall, declaring the locker room a "toxic environment" last season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

\Brandon Marshall's numbers took a big dip last season and, at age 32, it looked like the beginning of a late-career decline. But the Jets receiver apparently doesn't agree with that sentiment.

In fact, he guarantees that next season, at age 33, he'll be right back up at the top of the charts.

Marshall vowed that he will be a "top-five" receiver again while making an appearance on ESPN's First Take during Super Bowl hype week in Houston on Wednesday. He acknowledged the misery of his 2016 season, in which he had just 59 catches for 788 yards. But to him, that was a blip on his radar, not a sign of diminishing skills...

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(Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Head coach Todd Bowles turned to an old friend to help fill out his coaching staff when he hired former Arizona Cardinals assistant Stump Mitchell to be the Jets' new running backs coach on Wednesday.

Bowles and Mitchell worked together in 2013-14, when Bowles was the defensive coordinator on Bruce Arians' staff in Arizona. The 57-year-old Mitchell helped develop David Johnson into a dual-threat star in Arizona. He also had success earlier in his career as the Seattle running backs coach from 1999-2007, when he helped develop Shaun Alexander, and again In Washington (2008-09) with Clinton Portis...

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Former Jets tight end Anthony Becht chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

Former Jets tight end Anthony Becht chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley at the Jets House event in Manhattan.

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Brandon Marshall clarified his comments insinuating he would take a pay cut to remain with the Jets, reports Daniel Popper of the NY Daily News.

Following the Jets season finale, Marshall remarked that he would "play for free" and that his "bills were paid" when asked if he would consider restructuring his contract.

"I didn't say I'll take a pay cut," Marshall said Tuesday, referring back to his previous statement. "What I said was I love football so much that I would play football if my bills were paid. I wasn't talking about the New York Jets, or any other team for that matter. I was talking about my love for the game, and how I'm at a point in my career, too, where it's not about the money."

Marshall is owed $7.5 million in the final year of a three-year deal. However, none of that money is guaranteed and the Jets can free themselves of Marshall's contract by releasing him at no expense this offseason. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets new OC 00:01:46
Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Jets hiring John Morton as their new offensive coordinator.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The New York Jets found a big piece to their offensive puzzle when they finally hired an offensive coordinator on Tuesday. But nothing they do really matters until they find a quarterback -- which remains the biggest piece of all.

That piece is going to be the real key to the success of John Morton, whom the Jets hired as offensive coordinator. Morton has never been a coordinator in the NFL, though he held that position at USC from 2009 to 2010. He was a wide receivers coach in San Francisco from 2011 to 2014 and again in New Orleans for the past two years.

It's somewhat alarming that he's never called plays in the NFL, but it's really surprising that the Jets had to go with an inexperienced coordinator to replace veteran Chan Gailey, who retired after two seasons on the job. The Jets' job wasn't exactly an attractive one, considering head coach Todd Bowles enters the 2017 season on the hot seat and the Jets don't have an obvious quarterback

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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