Opening Statement…

I’d like to start really today by talking about some guys we really don’t talk a whole lot about. Like Konrad (Reuland and Jeff) Cumberland, two young tight ends. I think they really had to step it up obviously, with the injury to (Dustin) Keller. But these two guys are really improving. Mike Devlin’s doing a great job coaching these guys but their blocking’s really improved. And really with Cumberland, more the in-line blocking, and (that’s) not bad for a college receiver but he’s doing a tremendous job for us. And then Konrad’s doing, the jack of all trades, the garbage man or whatever you want to call him, does the jobs nobody else wants. He’s part fullback, tight end, all these type of roles. It’s challenging mentally, now the kid’s from Stanford so it’s probably not too challenging, but he’s doing a great job. I see his blocking improving and things like that.

They’re a couple of guys we really don’t talk a whole lot about but they’re doing a tremendous job for us.  As far as who we’re up against this (week) in Tennessee, it’s a young very aggressive, attacking style football team. They have a lot of young talented playmakers on both sides of the ball.  I look on their defense. I look at these two guys, in particular, these two linebackers they have. You have (Akeem) Ayers who obviously is having a tremendous season - rushes the passer well, blitzes, can put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer, but he’s all over the place, very active guy from UCLA. I think he has 85 tackles and eight or nine passes defensed. He can do it all. Then this young guy, I think is going to be a good player for them, the kid from Carolina, Zach Brown I believe is his name.  Zach can really run. He can really run. He’s all over the place. And they’re active on the outside obviously with (Kamerion) Wimbley and with (Derrick) Morgan, the former first-round pick from Georgia Tech. So they have two really good guys there. They attack you with penetrating style of tackles. So it’s definitely going to be a challenge for us up front. And then offensively, the (Jake) Locker kid is a tremendous athlete. I mean, he can really run. He’s probably scrambling more than any quarterback we’ve seen maybe all season. He’s getting out and he’ll take off with his 4.5 speed, 230-pound guy, he’s got a strong arm and really I think this is kind of what the NFL is looking like for the next generation of quarterbacks. Those guys that can run, have those big arms and (are) big guys, kind of like the Cam Newton’s and Locker’s and all that type of stuff. It seems to be a trend in the NFL (and he’s) obviously, a very talented guy. The wideouts with Kenny Britt, (a) local product, and all that stuff and (Kendall) Wright, a couple first-round picks there. So they’re very talented. And oh, by the way you have Chris Johnson. So, obviously it’s going to be a big challenge to us but, it’s one we’re excited to be facing.

With that I’m going to give you the injury update here. All of these players will not practice today: Clyde Gates, concussion. He is doing better but he won’t practice today. Dustin Keller with his ankle. Again, we’ll see how that progresses during the week. He is getting better though. Stephen Hill, knee, Aaron Berry, hamstring, it seems like we can’t keep this kid healthy, and then (Bilal) Powell has a shoulder and a toe. I think he might have a fracture on a toe but we’re going to keep him out of practice, I think he’ll be alright though. Guys that are limited today: Sione Po’uha with a low back, (Damon) Harrison with an ankle, Braylon Edwards, hamstring (and) Bryan Thomas, chest, (all) will be limited today. And then the rest of these guys will be full: Kenrick Ellis, knee, Mark Sanchez, low back, Matt Slauson, knee, Jeff Cumberland, wrist, Calvin Pace, shoulder, Nick Mangold, shoulder, Bart Scott, toe, Brandon Moore, hip, LaRon Landry, heel, Joe McKnight, ankle and Tim Tebow, ribs.

On Braylon Edwards’ health…

Well, Braylon passed the physical. He’s been cleared to practice. I’m optimistic he’ll be ready to play on Monday. But again, I’m going to lean on our trainers and our doctors to make sure. I will say this about Braylon. He is extremely happy to be here. I think you guys will see that in the locker room. He’s hugging guys. He’s going crazy. I was happy to see him, despite the obvious comment. (laughter) See with the comment though, I look at it this way, Mike (Tannenbaum) and I are doing this, “Oh he’s talking to you. No, no he’s talking about you,” so we’re both okay with it. But it is funny because there are times when obviously you’ll make a comment, not that I have ever done this (joking), that you’re like, ‘Oh, gosh, I never wanted to say that,’ or, ‘That came out wrong,’ or whatever. But again, I’m happy to have Braylon back.

On why Edwards said his comment…

I have no idea. Why do you say it was me? I’m saying it wasn’t. You’re lumping me into this. (joking)

On Edwards’ comments…

Well, I don’t know. I have no idea. But we brought him back, so I don’t know.

On how long it will take Edwards to learn the playbook…

He’s a guy that’s played in the league a long time. Braylon’s smart. He’s a smart guy, so hopefully he’ll pick it up fast. I know Sanjay’s (Coach Lal) spending a lot of time with him and things. So we’ll see. But we did this (and) all I want is the exact type of game we had the last time we picked him up which was I think he scored a touchdown and set up two others. If he can do that, we’ll be okay. But again, it was funny, but when we did make that trade, it was like okay, how much (can we play him)? There were questions about how much we can really play the guy and he played a ton for us that game. But we’ll see how it goes.

On whether Edwards having a connection with Sanchez helps…

Yeah, I think obviously he’s familiar with him. I think that’s good that the quarterback is familiar with the receiver. The receiver, all they have to do is run the route and catch the ball, so I don’t think it matters who’s throwing it. For a quarterback, there’s a comfort level and, quite honestly, with the receivers there’s connections with the quarterback. Receivers will want a ball in certain areas. And if I’m running a slant there, maybe a receiver that wants the ball in front of them maybe wants it higher. There are some that want it lower, all those types of different things. I think obviously, he has that, spending two years here, he should have that kind of connection or rapport with the quarterback.

On whether he discussed Edwards’ comments with Tannenbaum before the team claimed Edwards…

Well, there are a lot of comments that get fired at me, so I’m okay with them. He knows what I’ve always thought about Braylon. I’ve always been a big fan of Braylon’s because I like the way he plays. I think that comment, please. I just want the player and I know that when he’s in our building and things, he’s had some success here. He took us into the playoffs both years. And again, I just like Braylon as a player and I like him as a person. There isn’t one guy in that locker room that’s always perfect with a comment here or there. And there are things privately where I’ve been called a lot worse from players. (laughter)

On the notion that other teams wouldn’t consider signing a player that has made comments of that nature…

Well, again, I just worry about one team, not every other team.

On why they didn’t sign Edwards before the season began…

Again, each time there are different circumstances. But even when he left here, you guys know I stand by my comments about him. I always liked Braylon as a player. But sometimes there are all kinds of guys that you wish you had or whatever, but maybe you, for whatever reason, at that time, can’t bring him in.

On whether the team had advanced notice of the Seahawks recovery timetable on Edwards’ injury before claiming him…

I really didn’t, but obviously we felt different.

On what makes him think Edwards can contribute…

I think he can. That’s why we brought him in. Obviously we feel good about it, the kind of player he is. As I mentioned before, he does have some chemistry with the quarterback (Sanchez). He’s familiar with him. The system may be different, but I think he’s a smart guy. I think he learns quickly (and) I think he’ll pick it up quickly. We’ll see how much he can help us.

On his comments about Tebow on Monday…

I think with any player, we’re all disappointed with what our record is. We’ve won six games. We’re 6-7. I think all of us are disappointed in that. As far as his particular role, the Wildcat and all of those type of things, we haven’t run them that much. Obviously, with the two cracked ribs, that’s something that has to be disappointing because you’re not going to do that. That’s what I feel. I think anybody, as a competitor, you want to win a ton of games. You want to win all of your games and we’re 6-7. I think that’s just disappointing for all of us. Again, with his role (and) having the rib (injury), these last few weeks obviously, his role has been diminished some. I don’t think he’s happy about that, but again, (I have) said I think he’s happy to be a Jet because I’ve seen him around his teammates. I think he likes his teammates (and) I think he likes the people around the building and the way we take care of our players. You’ll have to ask him, but I’m pretty sure he’s happy with that.

On Powell’s toe injury…

I think he’ll be okay with that. I’m no trainer or doctor, but I feel he’ll have a chance to go. That’s what’s been explained to me.

On whether Tebow will be the personal protector due to his injury…

I don’t really see him in that role. As far as the Wildcat, obviously with (his) ribs the way they are, that’s probably a role (in which), hopefully, once we get the okay with his ribs, maybe we can expand that. That’s probably not necessarily going to be a big factor in our game plan.

On whether Tebow will be active on Monday…

Oh yeah, I think he’s improving, I just don’t think improvement to where you’re going to run the power, counters and all that other stuff, I’m not sure about that.

On what Tebow can do…

He can be the backup quarterback and run some base things. Again there’s always a chance you can put him in that role (running the Wildcat).

On using Tebow as the backup quarterback instead of McElroy…

I feel better about Tim in that role. That’s (what) I’ll always do, and (everyone) is tired of me saying it, but I feel he gives us the best opportunity. That’s why I’ve said all along that he’s our number-two quarterback. That’s how I feel.

On if McElroy will be active on Sunday…

That’s a possibility, but each week is different. You look at your roster (and) where you’re at, there could be some injuries. Could this guy play? This guy is active. Maybe you need insurance at a different position. I’m not sure, but I think it’s something I’ll consider.

On whether Tebow has more injuries than the two fractures…

No.

On if Tebow has damaged cartilage in his ribs…

No, and the thing is, he’s been cleared to play all that time. I’m more comfortable with him playing now than I was a few weeks ago. I feel better about him playing. The way he’s worked out on the practice field, we’ve increased his reps. The day before the game, he was throwing it pretty good.

On if he has ever held out a player who is cleared to play by the trainers…

Yes, a guy can be cleared to play, but if (I am thinking), ‘Hey, he’s cleared to play, but he has two broken ribs or (another injury), I want to make sure the player is ready to go when he’s ready to protect himself and be productive.

On if he thinks Tebow would not be productive if he played with his injury…

No, I think he can be productive. I do. I just think the Wildcat, when basically you’re a running back, sometimes I don’t think I want him running as much, obviously as he was earlier in the season. I think that was it, but I feel okay with him playing quarterback. Last week, our quarterback got hit one time. Unfortunately, it was a strip sack (laughs), but if we can protect him that well, (then) we should be fine.

On whether they can run the Wildcat with Tebow being hurt…

Can we run some Wildcat plays? Sure, absolutely.

On whether he is more comfortable with Tebow running the traditional offense than the Wildcat…

Yes, I think if he was completely healthy and didn’t have the ribs, then you would want to combine that. That’s what is really tough to defend. Again, he’s probably going to sit back and say, “I’m fine, I can run it.” So, we’ll see.

On having Tebow run the traditional offense combined with the Wildcat…

Okay, we’re going to run the Wildcat. No, I’m just kidding, but just to get out of this conversation. (laughter) Again, I prefer that he be able to do both.

On deciding Tebow should be the backup quarterback instead of McElroy…

Again, there are a lot of things that go into the decision. Obviously, Tim’s had many more reps and I’m just more comfortable with Tim. I like Greg. I think Greg has improved a ton since his rookie year. I (have) always liked Greg, but I felt his arm strength had to improve to play at this level and I think he’s done that. I think his arm is getting better. I’m excited about Greg. I am. The fact that I have Tim over him doesn’t mean that I don’t like Greg as an option at quarterback. I like Greg.

On how much he’ll pay attention to the Cincinnati and Pittsburgh games…

I’ll watch (them), but I don’t think you can get emotionally invested in (them) because you have to go out and do your job or it makes no difference. That’s where we have to be. Obviously, we’ll watch (them). I’m pulling for Dallas like crazy, but that’s it. You can be watch it and you can be cheering for whoever but, at the end of the day, you have to take care of your business. That’s where our energy needs to be focused.

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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)
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)
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?

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brian Winters, Elijah McGuire, Matt Forte, Wesley Johnson
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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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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets have created plenty of big headlines this offseason, but the news hasn't always been so good. Over the past year alone, four Jets players have been arrested a total of six times, three for driving while intoxicated. That's a terrible look for the Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles regime.

But it's not a sign that their disciplinary process is faulty -- at least not according to Bowles. In fact, the Jets coach insisted on Tuesday that despite the rash of arrests "Our disciplinary process is fine."

"There's nothing wrong with the disciplinary process," Bowles said. "The arrests are going to happen and you deal with them as they come."

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Check out Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold celebrating his 21st birthday by throwing a beautiful bomb at OTAs today!

Jets QB Sam Darnold's 21st birthday was on Tuesday, and he celebrated by throwing bombs to his teammates at OTAs. 

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