Opening Statement…

First off, thoughts and prayers go out to Chris Berman and his family. I know his father, Jim, was a longtime Jets supporter and fan of the Jets. But, (I) just wanted to throw that out. We’re thinking about you. As far as practice goes, it was (a) pretty good day today. (We) did make some mistakes, so we’re not there and it’s a good thing we never played because we made some mistakes that we need to fix. Guys were working hard. I think tomorrow should be a better day and we’ll be ready to roll. As far as guys that did not practice today, we have: Oday (Aboushi) is out with knee, did not practice. Quinton Coples with his ankle. Santonio Holmes with his foot. Both those things, (it) wasn’t like they had a setback. Those days were planned by our training staff. Dee Milliner was not able to practice today with his hamstring. Neither was Chris Ivory. These players were limited: Kenrick Ellis, back, Clyde Gates, knee, Kellen Winslow, knee and Sheldon Richardson, shoulder. So, that’s the list.

On Milliner’s injury...

It’s just that he wasn’t able to go today. Again we’ll see how he looks tomorrow and what the trainers, doctors tell us. But, he wasn’t able to go today.

On whether Darrin Walls will be the nickel back if Milliner is out…

That’s certainly a possibility. If that was the case, Kyle (Wilson) would be the nickel. Walls would go in and play the (outside) corner.

On whether he’s disappointed with Milliner…

No, just the opposite. The kid was coming and so we’ll see. Hopefully this isn’t that big of an issue because he’s certainly, he’s going like this (improving). Did he have a poor performance against New England? It wasn’t at the level we wanted him to play at? Yeah, absolutely, but that doesn’t mean we weren’t happy with him. He played well this past week. The kid is only going to do this (improve).

On whether he’s concerned with Milliner’s injury history…

But, how many games did he miss in college? Yeah exactly, I think one game. I think that was it. In this game, its 100 percent injury rate as we’ve always said. So, we know everybody gets hurt. This kid hasn’t missed time. We’ll see how he goes, later on this week with his hamstring. But, no we’re not concerned that he’s an injury thing. He played with a shoulder that probably could’ve been operated (on). Some guys might’ve had it operated on way earlier in the season. Instead, he goes all the way through, plays in the National Championship game, gets ready to run in the combine. Runs a 4.3 something, and then has the surgery. So, one thing we know about Dee, (he is a) very competitive young man. Hopefully, it won’t be long with this injury.

On how Milliner is dealing with the injuries and benching…

Well, the benching that happens to everybody, so I think that’s just part of it and he understands that. Everybody understands it.

On Milliner being competitive…

Oh yeah, you’ll see. You’ll get to talk to him today.

On whether he has concerns about the durability of players from the SEC…

No, sure don’t.

On whether his goals for the team have changed given the 2-1 start…

No. With us, every game we went into, we thought we’d win. So, we’re not where we wanted to be or probably expected to be, but hey, we’ll just keep working. Obviously, we know we have to improve a great deal. But, we’re working to get better each day and each week.

On proving people wrong…

Alright, we’ll see. It’s a long season ahead. I think I know what it’s going to look like, but we’ll see.

On evaluating Demario Davis coming out of college…

Well, he jumped off the tape. That’s what you look for. A guy that can run and hit and has the physical tools to play in this league, that’s the first thing you look for. Then you start bringing him in, even one of the 30 visits that we brought in, so we could spend more time with him in the classroom, see how he picks things up. See the feedback he gives you on his defense and all that. And then also understanding, how when you look at a guy, you kind of project the kind of teachers that you have around him (whether he) can he pick it up. With him, obviously we were really confident that Demario would be an outstanding pro and I think his situation was really an ideal situation in the fact that you had Bart Scott in front of him. Bart’s a tremendous player and a great mentor and leader, then he just kind of passed the torch onto Demario.

On his expectations for Bilal Powell when the season started…

I mean we knew he’d compete for playing time at that spot. We have a lot of confidence in Bilal and always did. The number one thing is, for a back, he’s outstanding in pass protection, let alone his running skills and pass receiving skills, so that we knew was a real positive about Bilal. But, did we think he’d have to carry it, how many, 27 times or something like that? We thought that’d be distributed maybe a little differently, but a couple of backs weren’t available.

On whether they would make a move at running back by the end of the week…

I guess anything’s possible, but we’ll see what happens. The good thing about our situation is Tommy (Bohanon) can play some tailback and Konrad (Reuland) can play some fullback as well. But again, with us, we’ll see how Chris is, but if we think we need to make a move, I’m sure we’ll consider it.

On whether he’d like to see the defense create more turnovers…

We’ll there’s no question. That’s something we need to get better at. We have to create some opportunities for our offense. Obviously, this week’s going to be a huge challenge in that regard. This team (the Titans) hasn’t turned the ball over yet. But again, yeah, we need to. We’re doing an outstanding job, especially in the red zone. I’m not taking that away from our defense at all. (Am I) pleased with it? I’ve kind of expected that we’ll play (well) on defense. It seems like we’ve had one major breakdown per game. If we can eliminate it, like I said, we’ll be pretty good. We gave up a touchdown on a blown coverage in the New England game and when Buffalo scored their touchdown, it was on a blown coverage also. Those are two right there, I don’t know how many touchdowns we’ve given up, I think (four) this season, and two of them were on blown coverages. If we fix them and continue to play well, especially in the red zone, we should be pretty good.

On the difference between Tennessee’s team this year and last year…

I think it’s a big difference, their team’s different. Just the people they have in there, they put a lot of resources into that offensive line. Obviously you got (Andy) Levitre coming over from Buffalo, a high price free agent and then you draft (Chance) Warmack from Alabama. Those are two really, really good football players and then you got the two former Pro Bowlers. They’re really running the ball. They are committed to it. (Their) time of possession is like almost four or five minutes different from the previous season. (Do) you expect it out of a (Coach) Mike Munchak team? Yeah, I think so. I don’t think there’s any doubt.

On what he remembers from last year’s game against Tennessee…

You look at the tape and you learn from it. You do all that type of stuff, but obviously it was a very disappointing night for us.

On if the identity of the defense has shifted from the secondary to the defensive line…

No, it’s our defense. You’ll do things based on your players, but obviously you mention the front. We have some very talented guys (that) we put some high picks into. Like I said, we have three first-round picks in a row in that defensive line and every one of them are hits. That bodes well for us moving forward.

On how important it is for a linebacker to be agile…

I think a big thing that we like to do is play our sub-defense if you will, (our) third-down defense with two inside linebackers. If you can do that, you’ll stop the run better. Sometimes you’ll have mismatches as far as beating protections, beating a back, something like that. It’s hard because you have to be able to run with tight ends, you have to be able to run with backs, man coverage, certain zone coverages. That’s why you’ll see a lot of teams just play with one linebacker. With us, we’ve always preferred to keep both of them out there.

On Justin Hunter…

He made a huge play this past week, obviously. He’s a guy, a down-the-field guy, a tall, linear type receiver. The thing I’m impressed with is that he goes up for the ball. He competes for it. He always did that in college as well. It’s not surprising that he made that catch at the end of the game there. What is a little surprising is the big kid out of Rutgers (Kenny Britt), he hasn’t played as much as what I remember in the past.

On how Ellis Lankster got to where he is now…

Just hard work. He’s a guy that puts the work in. Obviously, he’s got the toughness, he’s got the mentality to play corner. You have to forget the play before and move on if (you do) get beat. I love his competiveness. He’s a tough guy, there’s no doubt.

On a clip from NFL films from the Buffalo game regarding the playbook…

What happens with that, each week you have a different game plan. It’s about this thick or whatever. Every now and then, somebody will fly off the radar, give me the bible, I want to see this, this and this from it. That’s not in your game plan specific book. That’s in the stuff you did in training camp or something you’ve done in the past. I call it a bible. That time I was probably looking for the real Bible too, but that’s how it goes (laughter).

On if he had the book with him…

I didn’t have it with me.

On if he received it by helicopter…

No, but we found a way to get it.

On if Santonio Holmes is back to his old self…

If he says no, then I’ll say no. Guys, he had the most yards that he’s ever had in a game, so that was encouraging. My favorite catch is the one he went up in between two defenders, way up high and caught the ball. (He has) great hands. As I always said, I hope he plays. Now you guys know why I was hoping he plays. He is a legitimate number one receiver.

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(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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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (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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( Adam Hunger)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson says head coach Todd Bowles has been more strict than in the past, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. 

Bowles has been left with a young team following the Jets' roster purge that including veterans like C Nick Mangold and LB David Harris. With his job possibly in jeopardy, he has been putting emphasis on working harder.

"It's completely different from the last couple years," Richardson said at minicamp. "A lot more strict now. We weren't loose [in the past], but it's a lot more strict now. It's even more enforced than what it has been in the past."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning in Manhattan for his alleged role in a nightclub attack that took place on April 2, according to TMZ Sports.

Mauldin, who is also being sued in civil court, was not arrested or charged after the incident. The Jets said earlier this month that they're aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

An NFL spokesman told ESPN's Rich Cimini that the league is looking into the incident. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Former Jets LB David Harris has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $6.75 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots offered Harris more than the Jets offered him earlier this month prior to his release, reports Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

Harris visited with the Patriots on Wednesday after speaking with head coach Bill Belichick (and coaches from five other teams) earlier this week, notes Florio.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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(Mike Dinovo)

The Jets have signed former Bears WR Marquess Wilson, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson only played in three games last season as he was on the IR with a broken foot. He is a big target, standing at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and will add some competition before training camp begins.

In four seasons with the Bears, Wilson played in 31 games, hauling in 56 receptions for 777 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

Tags: Deion Barnes, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets minicamp 00:02:24
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and Defensive Lineman Sheldon Richardson break down Jets minicamp and their expectations for the season.

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Former Jets LB Larry Grantham dies at age 78: Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets' only Super Bowl team in 1969, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. Apart from being a Super Bowl Champion, Grantham has been enshrined in the Jets Ring of Honor as well. 

Elsewhere in New York sports the Mets dropped a slugfest to the Dodgers, the Yankees lose their top prospect to injury, and the NBA draft is just two days away. 

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( Adam Hunger)

The Jets' roster purge and commitment to begin rebuilding this season earned them a "C+" offseason grade, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

As the offseason is normally used to rebuild rosters, the Jets tore theirs down thanks to move made by owner Woody Johnson. Among the roster cuts were LB David Harris and WR Eric Decker, which saved the Jets almost $14 million in payroll alone. C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis were also part of the 11 veterans the Jets go rid of this offseason. 

Cimini said the grade should be worse considering the Jets now have one of the worst rosters in the NFL, but looking at the big picture, the Jets are acknowledging their rebuild and will have $80 million to work with next offseason.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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GEICO SportsNite: Larry Grantham 00:00:26
Michelle Yu reports on the passing of former Jets linebacker Larry Grantham, a member of the Jets Ring of Honor, who was 78 years old.

The Jets announced former LB Larry Grantham, a Ring of Honor member and Super Bowl III champion, has died at age 78.

Grantham opted to join the AFL's New York Titans despite being drafted in the NFL by the Baltimore Colts in 1960. The Titans became the Jets in 1963, and Grantham would stay with them until his retirement in 1972. 

He was the starting linebacker for the Jets' Super Bowl III championship team where he called all the plays on defense. Grantham played in 175 career games, and was a five-time AFL All-Star and a five-time all-NFL selection. 

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Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa to discuss his expectations for himself and the young receivers for the upcoming season.

SNY's Jeane Coakley talks to Quincy Enunwa after the conclusion of Jets minicamp to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.

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Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.  (Bill Wippert/AP)
Former Jets wide receiver signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (Bill Wippert/AP)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is now a Tennessee Titan after agreeing to a deal on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Jacob deGrom homers, the Yankees drop their sixth straight, Bradley Wright-Phillips scores twice and the Rangers, Islanders and Devils announce their protected players list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft. 

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Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Decker (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets wide receiver Eric Decker agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Sunday.

Decker, 30, played 33 games with the Jets over the past three seasons, totaling 163 catches, 2,183 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

Decker had appeared healthy entering organized team activities in May after he missed 13 games last season due to rotator cuff and hip injuries.

New York released him last Monday when they were unable to find a trading partner. The Jets will face a $1.5 million cap hit this year and next after releasing Decker.

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(Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's really quite an accomplishment for the Jets to come off a disappointing and perhaps disastrous 5-11 season and find a way to get worse. But they did it. They purged their roster of most of their veterans and replaced them with untested, unknown players. They're playing the long game, even though their short term looks rather bleak.

Who knows if they're "tanking" with their eyes on a top draft pick next season? Maybe they're just acknowledging the need to experience short-term pain for long-term gain. Whatever it is, there isn't a lot of hope for the 2017 season. Their eyes are on 2018, or perhaps beyond.

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Rookie Marcus Maye on minicamp 00:01:51
SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

SNY's Jeane Coakley chats with Jets rookie safety Marcus Maye about his first minicamp in the NFL.

The Jets selected Maye in the second round of Apri's NFL Draft.

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Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)
Jets quarterbacks practice during minicamp on Wednesday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday there is no frontrunner for the srarting quarterback job. 

Elsewhere, the Yankees lose in extra innings, Juan Lagares is injurede in a Mets loss and the Giants ink their first-round pick. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:02:10
Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.

Jeane Coakley talks to Jets coach Todd Bowles as they wrap up spring practices about the quarterback competition and the rookie safeties.


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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson wants to stay with the team for the rest of his caeer, but is not open to giving a hometown discount. 

The Jets, who finished 5-11 last season, are entering a rebuilding phase. But Richardson wants to be a part of it.

"A lot of guys just want to go jump on a bandwagon," Richardson told Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News earlier this week. "Older guys. Later in their career, it's easy to go jump into a good situation. It's a free market, so by all means, do your thing. But me personally, I like to make history, not be a part of it."

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( Adam Hunger)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles insinuated the team's starting QB is job still up for grabs, noting Thursday that there is currently no frontrunner.

The Jets, who are expected to turn to Josh McCown as their starter, have also been giving reps to Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.

McCown, 37, signed a one-year deal worth $6 million this offseason.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)
New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis (56) comes away with a fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Steven Ryan)

Jets linebacker Demario Davis took a $2.7 million pay cut in order to help facilitate the trade that brought him back to New York, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Davis, who was set to earn $3.7 million in the final year of his contract, will now make $1 million this season. This includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a $900,000 base salary. He can also earn $1.225 million in incentives. 

Davis re-structured his contract at the time of the June 1 trade. 

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said he was impressed with Christian Hackenberg's passing in minicamp. 

Elsewhere, Yankees lose and Mets win their respective rubber games and Joe Girardi would have no problem with Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby.

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