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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Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills attempts to make the tackle at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor runs with the ball as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills attempts to make the tackle at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets and Redskins will have joint practices from Aug. 12 to Aug. 14 ahead of their preseason game on Aug. 16, and Washington's defense seems to be ready to go after current Jet wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

Redskins linebacker Zach Brown called out Pryor, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with New York after one year with the Redskins, by saying other members of Washington's defense "have it out for him."

"That's going to be something right there," Brown said on "Inside the Locker Room" on Team 980, according to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now ... [head coach] Jay [Gruden] ain't here to protect you anymore."

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Jamal Adams (center) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jamal Adams (center) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets S Jamal Adams has never liked to lose, and his father -- former NFL RB George Adams -- gave the perfect anecdote to explain why. 

"As a G.A. Giant, we didnt' lose," George told The Post's Steve Serby as he referenced Jamal's Pop Warner days. "I gave the ball to J., he got the first down, and they came out and measured and then they said, 'No, no, no. We gotta remeasure.' So they didn't give us a first down, so they got the ball and they scored and we lost.

"He cried like a baby. So what I told him, I said, 'That's life. That's football. You're gonna get some people to say one thing and it's another, but the thing is, I'm teaching you how to lose.' And that really just didn't set with him, because he just don't like losing."

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Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)
Sep 10, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) (Geoff Burke)

This offseason, the Jets signed QB Teddy Bridgewater, drafted QB Sam Darnold and re-signed QB Josh McCown. Regardless of who gets to be the starting quarterback, they're going to need someone to throw to. 

WR Terrelle Pryor, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal in March, certainly believes he can be that guy, after having 'minor' ankle surgery recently.

"Right now I'm healthy and I'm ready to get back to form and have a dominant year," Pryor said...

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General overall view of MetLife Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former Jets TE Kellen Winslow Jr., who was just arrested for suspicion of burglary last week, has even bigger problems with the law in his latest arrest. 

Winslow was arrested on Thursday and faces two counts of forcible rap, two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of forcible oral copulation, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. He also faces charges of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, residential burglary and indecent exposure. 

It is unknown whether or not Winslow's arrest last Thursday corresponds to this arrest...

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New York Jets cornerback Derrick Jones runs a drill during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Derrick Jones runs a drill during organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Derrick Jones was considered a bit of a long-term project when the Jets selected him with their final pick in 2017's draft. He's a terrific athletic with excellent size and length, but was considered raw having spent much of his collegiate career as a wide receiver, starting just eight games in total. The Jets carried him on their active roster all year, but he only suited up for three games and didn't get any defensive reps.

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Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A lot will change between mid-June and September 10th, the day of the Jets season opener, but if they were to play that week one game against the Lions tomorrow, Todd Bowles knows who his starting quarterback would be: Josh McCown. 

Bowles also confirmed that Teddy Bridgewater is the current backup, leaving rookie Sam Darnold as the third-string. But all three will have ample time during training camp to change his mind, when "a lot of things count."

"Josh will start come training camp and we will see what happens at the end of training camp," Bowles said after minicamp...

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg works out prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg visited the Patriots on Thursday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The Patriots currently have Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer and rookie seventh-round pick Danny Etling. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the Patriots aren't expected to sign Hackenberg, though he remains an option going forward...

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Elijah McGuire the new LT? 00:01:58
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell saying that Elijah McGuire could be the next LaDainian Tomlinson.

Entering his second season in the league, Elijah McGuire is expected to make an impact on the Jets in 2018.

The running back had 377 rushing yards in 2017 but those within the organization see something more in the 24-year-old-- they see one of the best running backs ever: LaDainian Tomlinson.

"He has the skillset to be a LaDainian Tomlinson, if he was given that opportunity," Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell said...

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See the Jets in minicamp action 00:00:59
SNY captures the highlights, routes and deep throws at New York Jets minicamp Thursday.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets are heaping praise on the shoulders of their prized rookie quarterback, but to them it's more than just dreamy hype. They're not just trying to sell everyone on the promise of Sam Darnold. They believe it. In fact, so far he's been even better than they expected.

That's why he has "a real chance" to be the opening day starter, according to a team source.

The 21-year-old Darnold has been that good since the Jets took him with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft. They've been giving him regular first-team reps throughout the spring and through this week's three-day mini-camp. And given how well he's handled them, this summer he can expect even more.

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

If there is one player Jets S Jamal Adams would like to emulate in his career, it would certainly be one of the best to ever play the safety position. 

Former Steelers S Troy Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro member, changed how safeties were perceived in the NFL. Polamalu wasn't just a ballhawk as his position was normally asked to do, but he was relentless on the blitz as well as run defense. 

Adams says it was Polamalu's smarts along with his physicality that makes him his role model now that he is in the NFL...

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May 22, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs after a catching the ball during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs after a catching the ball during organized team activities at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This offseason, Jets WR Robby Anderson has been battling numerous legal issues. He has been arrested twice in nine months, but the Jets have had his back throughout this process. 

That doesn't mean the NFL will. 

Anderson, who has one of his two legal cases still in the works, knows the NFL has the jurisdiction to suspend him for his run-ins with the police...

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Darnold impresses at Jets camp 00:03:04
Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates breaks down the performance of rookie QB Sam Darnold at the team's minicamp on Wednesday.

Jets QB Sam Darnold may be a rookie, but his new team isn't treating him like one. 

The No. 3 overall pick hasn't been eased into his new role with the Jets, but rather, the team is throwing everything they can at him. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said the entire playbook has been thrown his way during the team's three-day mandatory minicamp. 

The reason? Bates says that's how you see what Darnold can truly handle.

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Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With all NFL talk revolving around the new national anthem policy, Jets QB Josh McCown wants people to focus on the work behind the scenes that doesn't get as much recognition. 

McCown, who is a member of the Players' Coalition, has been a big supporter and advocate for social justice reform. For one, he was one of a few Jets members that signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other officials calling for bail reform in the country. 

It is work like that letter that McCown wishes got more attention than the anthem policy...

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Over the last few weeks, we've been looking back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Jeremy Clark spent virtually the entire 2017 on the injured list, which was something the Jets must have anticipated when they drafted him. Clark was recovering from a torn ACL when the Jets selected him in the sixth round, presumably on the basis that he'd have gone much sooner had he been healthy. He was unable to practice at training camp and his rookie season was essentially a redshirt year. However, the Jets were able to activate him at the end of the year and he made his NFL debut in the season finale.

Preseason Stats: Did not play.
Regular Season Stats: One game played.
Projected Role: Back-up cornerback.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg was waived by the Raiders on Tuesday.

Hackenberg was traded last month for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 -- a pick the Raiders will now get to keep. 

"I was disappointed in not really giving Christian the opportunity to go to camp," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after Tuesday's practice, per ESPN. "We felt like we needed to add a couple defensive linemen. We ran out of numbers, and that's not good at that position heading into camp."

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Sam Darnold on adjustments 00:00:32
Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold explains the challenges he's facing while making the adjustment to calling plays in the huddle in the NFL.

Jets QB Sam Darnold on Tuesday shed light on the learning curve he has experienced during his transition to the NFL.

"It hasn't been super easy to adjust but it's all the same plays," Darnold said on the first day of the Jets' mandatory minicamp. "It's just getting used to the different terminology... being able to picture the play in my head when it's called makes it easier to call it in the huddle."

Darnold, the Jets' first round pick this year, earned roughly 20 first-team reps, according to Newsday. QB Josh McCown led the pack with around 20 first-team reps, while Teddy Bridgewater also had a handful of first-team snaps.

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Jets QB's throwing deep 00:00:33
See Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown throwing darts to their receivers at New York Jets minicamp on Tuesday.

Check back here for highlights from the Jets' first day of mandatory minicamp...


The first day of the Jets' three-day mandatory minicamp kicked off on Tuesday, and rookie QB Sam Darnold continues to get some reps with the first-team offense. Throughout the day, Darnold bounced around the depth chart by taking most of his reps with the third team to go along with his few throws with the first team. 

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Last Thursday in San Diego, California, ex-Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested on suspicion of burglary at a mobile-home park, reports NBC San Diego's Rafael Avitabile.

A burglary call was made at around 2:30 p.m. by a neighbor in the Park Encinitas Mobile Home Park.

According to Winslow's publicist, Denise White, "An over-reactive neighbor called police after she saw Kellen walking around a mobile home." Winslow was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary as well as being held on $50,000 bail. 

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Five Things for the Jets 00:00:33
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Jets minicamp.

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The next few weeks and months are all about one thing for the Jets, really - the preparation for The Sam Darnold Era. It's going to begin at some point. The Jets believe it will be glorious.

The only question is: When?

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New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)
New York Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (60) walks off the field following training camp at SUNY Cortland. (Richard Barnes)

Former Jets OL D'Brickashaw Ferguson still gets asked if would kneel during the national anthem despite being out of the NFL today. 

Well, he broke that silence on Monday when he penned an article addressing that exact question. Ferguson began his piece by noting his thoughts about the anthem protests reached its peak while watching the Jets against the Dolphins last season.

He saw how the entire team locked arms on the sideline, and wondered what he could do. 

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Elijah McGuire had what looked like being a breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 4, when he racked up 131 yards on 12 touches, including a spectacular 69-yard touchdown run. However, that breakout never fully materialized as he struggled to produce much over the rest of the year, other than the occasional flash. Will he be able to earn a more significant role in 2018?

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be looking back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Dylan Donahue will be hoping to bounce back after a rookie season that was cut short by injury and an offseason which saw him dealing with off-field issues. The coaching staff has been high on his potential, but he didn't really get much of a chance to deliver on that yet.

Preseason stats: Three games, four tackles, 0.5 sacks
Regular-season stats: Four games, five tackles
Projected role: Situational pass rusher

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)

After the Jets missed out on QB Kirk Cousins in free agency this offseason, the team almost had more cap space than they knew what to do with. 

They gave some of that money to QB Teddy Bridgewater, but they handed the most to CB Trumaine Johnson, who inked a big five-year, $73 million contract with the Jets. 

Johnson played for the Rams his entire career but was free to leave this offseason after the team acquired Aqib Talib, Sam Shields and  Marcus Peters. As the top corner on the market, he had options. But he chose to sign with the Jets to win games...

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New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL as a whole would prefer to have its players standing at attention during the national anthem, with no more player protests. For some owners, that's a patriotic gesture. For others, it's simply business. Mostly, though, NFL owners just really want this whole anthem/protest controversy to go away.

That's why it's so bizarre that the league has instead managed to make it infinitely worse.

The NFL knows it too, which is probably why Commissioner Roger Goodell remained so silent when President Donald Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles managed to turn the traditional visit to the White House by the Super Bowl champs into a political football earlier this week. Most of the Eagles weren't planning to go, so the president loudly cancelled the event.

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New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets are continuing to try and impact the community, as Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, along with QB Josh McCown, LT Kelvin Beachum and former Jets LB Demario Davis, sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for bail reform.

The letter was not only addressed to Cuomo, but also to the speaker of the house and the senate president. It brings up several points that the Jets hope lawmakers will take into account.

 

Some of the points raised are...

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)

With two NFL seasons in the books, Jets LB Jordan Jenkins knows what he needs to do to set himself apart in his third year: finish sacks. 

Jenkins was always known as a great run stopper, using his speed to scale sideline to sideline. However, the pass rush has been an element of his game that has been inconsistent. 

In his rookie season, Jenkins totaled 2.5 sacks while accumulating three in 2017. It might be progress, but those numbers don't jump off the page. That is why Jenkins is ready to set himself apart this season by making sure to get the quarterback to the ground, and ultimately, show people how dominant he can really be on the field.

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Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) stiff arms Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) stiff arms Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back J.J. Wilcox (27) during the second half at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Free agent S JJ Wilcox took a flight to New Jersey on Tuesday night, confirmed SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, and the Jets' signing of Wilcox became official on Wednesday, with the Jets waiving LB Freddie Bishop

Wilcox flew to New Jersey just hours after rejecting the 49ers at the last minute, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. One source told Schefter that Wilcox "flipped" after he was at the 49ers' offices to sign with them, and wanted to instead play for the Jets under head coach Todd Bowles.

Another source told Schefter that "he got stage fright." 

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be looking back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

What the Jets' coaching staff will hope to see from tight end Jordan Leggett this season hasn't really changed from a year ago, because he didn't get a chance to suit up during the season. He's therefore not had a chance to showcase his blocking, route-running or pass catching skills, other than in preseason.

Preseason Stats: Three games, five catches for 40 yards.
Regular Season Stats: Zero games played.
Projected Role: Reserve tight end.

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Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs between New York Jets strong safety Rontez Miles (45) and outside linebacker Erin Henderson (58) during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports  (Mark Konezny)
Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs between New York Jets strong safety Rontez Miles (45) and outside linebacker Erin Henderson (58) during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

Jets S Rontez Miles is expected to miss three-to-four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, confirms SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Along with Miles, the current safeties on the Jets' roster are Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Terrence Brooks, and Doug Middleton

Miles, 29, came off the bench in 13 games for the Jets last season after appearing in all 16 games (including four starts) for them in 2016.

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New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets LB Jordan Jenkins was among the many athletes displeased with President Donald Trump's decision to disinvite the Eagles from visiting the White House to acknowledge their Super Bowl victory this past season. 

Jenkins spoke after the Jets' OTA on Tuesday, and said he isn't sure if President Trump felt disrespected. But it still wasn't the right thing to do because the visit could have been more than just an acknowledge of the victory. 

"In my mind, I think it's immature when you do something like that," Jenkins told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "That's an immature thing to do...

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