On the pace of this game compared to the preseason games…

It felt fairly similar. Like I said, preseason games, regular season games, everyone’s out there competing. Everyone’s fighting. So, it felt pretty good.

On whether he thought he could draw a late hit penalty on his run play at the end of the game…

No, I wasn’t looking for it. Actually, just playing situational football. We had enough time there where I could scramble, get out of bounds, (and) at least get past mid field. Give us a chance to get a field goal off. It was bad on their part, on that guy’s part to cause that penalty, but it was good for us. (It) gave us some extra room and Nick Folk came up big as he always does.

On his emotions following the victory…

I feel the same. My emotions never change. Like I said, it’s great to come home with a victory. (The) defense did a phenomenal job out there on those guys. Gave us a chance to win the game late. My offensive line protected extremely very well. Running backs ran hard and receivers continually got open all night. It makes my job a lot easier. Like I said, it’s great to have teammates who support me, who have my back and are going to go out there and compete with me to the final whistle. And that’s what we did today.

On how it feels to get a win in his first NFL game…

It’s good to get a win for the Jets. It’s not about me. It’s about my teammates and this organization. So, it’s good to get a win for the Jets. But, we’ve got to put this one behind us and get prepared for a tough game coming up on Thursday night.

On what Coach Rex Ryan said to the team at halftime…

Keep competing. Keep fighting. Keep playing like a Jet and I think that’s what we did. The second half, we did a great job of competing. We were moving the ball on offense and the defense did what they always do, which was stop those guys and we came away with a victory.

On how he would evaluate his performance in his first game…

I had some ups and downs, but like I said, it’s not about me, it’s about this team and,iou  as a team, we won the game. Not all of them are going to be pretty. In this league it’s usually going to come down to some last-second plays. Just good, great, to come home with that victory and get a win and gain some momentum going (into) this next week.

On his resiliency during the game…

I don’t like to brag about myself. Resilience is something you have to have at this position. That’s something that I think was always instilled in me at young age. Like I said, I have teammates that I trust a bunch. And those guys go out there and compete and fight. When we have situations where, you know we have loss of yards, which by the way we had too many today, or we have turnovers or penalties, it’s never hanging your head. It’s never get down on someone. Instead, we look at the positives and try and get it back.

On when he took the big hit when he got sacked…

I mean I don’t think about that. I never think about the hit. I never look at the rush. I’m out there playing football and the game never changes for me. I’m always going to out there and try to execute as we should. Getting hit, that’s part of the game. Just have to get up and move onto the next play.

On what was going through his head in the last couple minutes of the game…

I stay focused on the game. Whatever the situation is, you’ve got to think positive and you’ve got to  try and figure out a way to pull it out. When we went up with the field goal, it was the defense’s turn. They gave up a field goal, but hey, now it’s the offense’s turn to bail them out, just as they had done for us the entire game. I’m never thinking about what-ifs or what we should’ve done. Instead, trying to make a play and resolve the situation.

On Kellen Winslow…

Well, Kellen is a veteran. He’s very crafty. He’s extremely smart and he’s great with communication. To have a guy like that on your side is great. He knows how to gets open in zones. He constantly got open all night. He had a really big game for us. He’s one of the main reasons why were able to pull it out late. Because he was able to find those windows and sit down for me.

On what he wants to work on for next week…

Every single thing. Everything was to improve. Like I always state, I’m never going to be complacent. I’m never going to be satisfied. Every single thing has to improve. I’ve got lots of room to grow and that’s what I’m here for. To help improve this organization and improve as a player.

On the advice Mark Sanchez gave him before the game…

Mark, he gave me some good advice man. Just play smart, be tough and not let the emotions get to me. “Its’ your first game, obviously you want to do well. You want to win and all these things are going through your head, but you can’t think about that. Those are distractions. We’ve got a game to play. As a quarterback, we’ve got to execute.” That was his emphasis. “Just go out there execute, have fun and play well.”

On the completion to Winslow that set up the touchdown…

Yeah, we improvised on that one. Kellen, he always tells me, “If you’re ever scrambling, if you’re every breaking the pocket, just find me. I’ll find you and get open.” And he did that on that play.

On whether they had some type of communication on that play…

I mean it’s just playing football. Breaking the pocket, we work on scramble drills all the time and he got open and made a great catch.

On what he saw on the interception…

You know what, that was completely my fault. I had the check-down. I mean, it was there. (I) just put the ball a little too high and the guy made the play. (You’ve) got to move on from it. Those things happen. It’s a part of the game and it’s just something that I can learn from.

On being able to stay calm and play situational football…

I can’t tell you why, I just be myself out there. I’m never going to panic. I’m never in panic mode. It’s a game and it’s something that I’ve been playing my entire life. I’ve been in that situation plenty of time. Coach (David) Lee always tells us when you’re in tough situations, go back to your fundamentals.

On what sticks out to him about his play today…

Besides the turnovers, I can’t say any of it. Obviously with (our) defense, you never want to put them in tough situations. As long as we don’t turn the ball over, I think we have a chance to win every single game, so that’s something I’ll do a better job at – not turning the ball over. Not being so carless with the ball at times. If you eliminate those plays, I think the game goes a lot smoother for us.

On if he was surprised that someone else attempted passes on the first drive…

Not at all. We go over the script. I knew those plays we’re going to be called. Like I said, it’s not about me going to try and win the game on my own. That’ll never happen. It’s about every single guy out there. Those were the plays that were called and we try to execute it all.

On if he said anything to the offense in the huddle before the final drive…

I just go out there and told those guys it’s never over. I was on the sideline, talking with Kellen and we we’re going over situations.  What if this happens, if we had this much time, if they played this coverage. (I) talked with Willie Colon and told those guys hey, just give me some extra protection and we’ll find a way. And that’s what we did.

On the team’s defensive effort today…

Phenomenal. I mean that defense is great. Rex called a great game. The defensive line was stout man. Those linebackers and those safeties, I mean, I love playing with a team like this because you don’t have to go out there and be superman. Just go out there and play football, execute, be smart with the ball and you’ll have a chance late.

On if he expected the game to end like it did…

You know I would, I did. I expect us to win. If there’s time on the clock, I expect us to go out there and execute and that’s what we did today.

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To illustrate the lovely bond that bloomed between the 1969 Mets and their roommates at Shea Stadium, the Jets, John Schmitt tells the following story: 

Schmitt, the center on the Jets' Super Bowl III champs, brought his young son, John-John, to the ballgame one night to see the great Tom Seaver pitch. Schmitt ushered John-John into the Mets' clubhouse, where Seaver was getting a pre-game massage. Schmitt did not want to disturb a fellow athlete's prep, but Seaver insisted. 

"He got off the rubdown table, put on his jersey and hat and took a picture with us," Schmitt recalls. "He was great. Then he takes off his jersey, gets back on the table and went out and won the game that night.

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Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Jets camp is in full swing, and there's a buzz in the Florham Park air. There's a new head coach, a new GM, and lots of fresh faces on the field.

Which players have the potential to be unheralded X-factors for the Jets this year? Here's five guys who have stood out so far.

Jonotthan Harrison (C)

Harrison is a familiar face after starting nine games over the last two years, but there was some thought that the Jets may pursue an upgrade at center this offseason. Instead, they stuck with Harrison, and the results are paying off.

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Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Todd McShay won't be joining college teammate Joe Douglas in New York.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the 42-year-old analyst has elected to stay with ESPN rather than taking a job in the Jets' personnel department. 

Once Douglas was brought onboard, McShay told ESPN's Rich Cimini that he he was being considered for a front office position with the team. McShay and Douglas share a connection from their days together as teammates at the University of Richmond, but it sounds like McShay has decided to keep his current job in Bristol.

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Joe Douglas made another change to the Jets' roster on Thursday, adding CB Mark Myers.

Myers, a Southeastern University product, signed with the Buccaneers last May after impressing during rookie camp as a tryout player. Myers stuck around with the Bucs during the preseason, but was later released when the roster was trimmed to 53 players. 

Listed at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Myers started for four years at Southeastern, whose NAIA football program started from scratch in 2014.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - If there's one thing that defined the Jets in the final two years of the Todd Bowles Era, it was their maddeningly underachieving defense. Every year they seemed to have so much talent and potential, but the production just never matched.

The strong belief inside One Jets Drive is that storyline is about to change dramatically under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Because if he can't get something out of this defense, then it's possible that nobody can.

The 60-year-old Williams was the most interesting, controversial, and by far the best hire that Jets coach Adam Gase made when he assembled his staff over the last few months. And it didn't take long for Williams to leave his mark on the team. His loud, profane voice has dominated spring practices, the same way his defensive players have often dominated on the field...

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and linebackers coach Joe Vitt were quick to get past talking about their relationship

Don't ask Joe Vitt about his relationship with Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

The Jets' senior defensive assistant had little to say Thursday when asked about working under Williams again, like the pair did in New Orleans, where they were both involved in "Bountygate." 

"This is a National Enquirer question, or what?" Vitt tersely retorted. "I like Gregg. Me and him are friends. Next question." 

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams stretches before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams stretches before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Jamal Adams has already expressed his fondness for new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Perhaps one reason why is the tough love Williams showed him early on.

Williams recalled the first thing he said to the Jets' Pro Bowl safety the first time they met, and surely it'll light a fire within Adams.

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At 42 years old, did new Jets GM Joe Douglas feel it was time for him to become a general manager? Was an opportunity like this something he was waiting for?

"I don't know if you know you're ready until you actually get there," Douglas told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday. "It's almost like the feeling before me and my wife Shannon were getting ready to have our first child."

Douglas added he thought he was prepared to be a father, and then when the baby was born, "whoa."

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Aug 30, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Montrel Meander (30) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Aug 30, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Montrel Meander (30) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Joe Douglas has officially added to the Jets' roster for the first time as the team's GM.

During his introductory press conference, Douglas said that the Jets would use their No. 3 claim in the waiver wire to their advantage, and he's already making good on that claim in the early days of his tenure, as the Jets claimed CB Montrel Meander off waivers from the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday afternoon.

A Grambling State product, Meander originally signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He spent the majority of the season on the Browns' practice squad before finishing the year with the Raiders.

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The Jets introduced their new GM, Joe Douglas. Douglas said his relationship with Adam Gase and Sam Darnold at QB made it a good match.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- In Joe Douglas' first year in the Philadelphia Eagles front office they made a bold trade up in the draft to land quarterback Carson Wentz. Douglas quickly realized two things: The Eagles had the right guy at quarterback, and they needed to move quickly to build a winner around him.

There was an excitement and a sense of hope and purpose back then about the Eagles' immediate future - something that thanks to the presence of quarterback Sam Darnold, the Jets' new general manager is absolutely feeling again now.

"There was a sense of urgency in Philadelphia knowing that we had a young quarterback and we want to put the pieces around him," Douglas said. "I think there's going to be that same urgency here with a young quarterback like Sam. I think once you know you have the right guy, that's the sense of urgency. Let's go win right now. I think that confidence is here right now."

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Joe Douglas caught up with Jeane Coakley and shared that Sam Darnold was a big reason he thought the timing was right to join the Jets.

"This is a good day, a really good day."

That's how Jets CEO Christopher Johnson opened up the press conference to introduce new GM Joe Douglas at the Jets facility in Florham Park on Tuesday. 

Johnson and the Jets moved on from now-former GM Mike Maccagnan, though he did complete their draft and free agent moves. Head coach Adam Gase was given the interim role, as the Jets went searching for someone who "shared my vision for the team," as Johnson put it. 

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New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

It wasn't long before new GM Joe Douglas made his first move for the Jets, as TE Neal Sterling was released on Tuesday

Sterling re-signed with the Jets this offseason on a veteran minimum contract, but he has been injured this offseason which has kept him out of team practices.

With Chris Herndon having a solid rookie season in 2018, and Trevon Wesco drafted in the fourth round back in April, the Jets had the depth to let him go. Jordan Leggett is also on the Jets' depth chart...

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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)

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The Jets are scheduled to introduce their new general manager, Joe Douglas, to the media on Tuesday afternoon. Here are 10 questions we'd like to see Douglas answer:

1. What is your current assessment of the roster you are inheriting?

While Douglas may not go into specific players or position groups, it's important to get some sense of how far away he feels the team is from being a contender. Mike Maccagnan expressed confidence in the team a few months ago, but - having inherited it rather than built it himself - Douglas might be more willing to be honest about some of the weaknesses.

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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. was found guilty on Monday of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year in a town north of San Diego.

The verdict was reached in San Diego Superior Court, where the 35-year-old former NFL player was also found guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct but not guilty of one count of a lewd act. 

Prosecutors used DNA evidence and pointed to GPS locations that placed Winslow where the women said the assaults happened to make their case while the defense argued inconsistencies in the accuser's stories and that the sex was consensual. 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (unsurprisingly) had a loud offseason. For the most part, everything went pretty well. They hired a new coach, won the Le'Veon Bell sweepstakes, and drafted Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick in the draft. Then, they fired GM Mike Maccagnan after the draft, and new head coach Adam Gase briefly served as the interim GM. With new GM Joe Douglas in the fold, the organization appears finished with its major offseason moves.

For a franchise that seemingly can never escape controversy, the Jets enter the 2019 season with an exciting roster and plenty of reasons to feel optimistic. These are a few of them...

Sam Darnold's progression

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Reunited and it feels so good for Bilal Powell and Sam Darnold.

The Jets and Powell initially parted ways this offseason, but he still finds himself with New York heading into the new season. After a workout on Friday, Powell signed a one-year deal to come back to Gang Green. 

Darnold only had Powell in his backfield for seven games during his rookie season under center, but he is pumped to have him back in the mix when training camp kicks off in July. 

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Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) reacts against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (93) reacts against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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New Jets general manager Joe Douglas spent most of his career with the Baltimore Ravens although he's been with Philadelphia for the past three years. Prior to that, he spent a year with the Bears, which is where his path crossed with that of then-Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase. With Gase and Douglas reunited in New York, it's worth looking back at the players drafted by Douglas' teams to see if we can identify any potential future targets for the Jets.

Ironically, two of the biggest offseason acquisitions for the Jets were two of the best draft picks from Douglas' time with the Ravens. Baltimore selected CJ Mosley in the first round in 2014 and Kelechi Osemele in the second round in 2012 and they've made six pro bowl appearances between them. However, are there any other selections that Douglas' teams made in the past who could be targets if they become available?

DL Timmy Jernigan - Philadelphia 

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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The Jets have had their share of dysfunctional coach-GM relationships over the last decade, and there's no guarantee that this one will be any different. Give two alpha males relatively equal power -- or any power, really -- and clashes are bound to happen. There's always a chance things can get bad.

But at least this time the Jets are starting out on the right foot, even if they got there in a backwards way. Because a huge key for any sports operation is for a coach and general manager to share the same vision, to be able to work together and solve their differences in a professional way.

So it's nothing but a good thing that Joe Douglas, the new Jets GM, was the hand-picked choice of new Jets coach Adam Gase. Yes, that's the reverse of how it usually happens. But in the end, it won't matter how they got there, as long as the Jets' two most powerful people begin and remain on the same page.

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Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Sep 3, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; ESPN broadcaster Todd McShay walks on the sidelines before the game between West Virginia Mountaineers and Virginia Tech Hokies at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Joe Douglas may not be the only new addition to the Jets front office. 

The newly-hired GM is looking to build a staff around him and is considering ESPN college football analyst Todd McShay, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

McShay, who has never worked in an NFL front office, told Cimini that he is one of several options Douglas is considering. The two were teammates together at the University of Richmond. 

 

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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)

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Now that the Jets have filled their general manager vacancy, there will inevitably be changes in the way the Jets put together their team. 

While Joe Douglas, like Mike Maccagnan before him, has a background in scouting, there are plenty of differences in his approach. 

Let's consider some of the main tenets, how they differ from those of Maccagnan and what this could mean for some of the players on the current roster.

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Jets have chosen former Eagles VP Joe Douglas as their new General Manager

The Jets have found their next general manager.

The team announced on Friday evening that Joe Douglas, formerly the Eagles vice president of player personnel, has agreed to terms to join the Jets' front office.

Per SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano, Douglas did not make this easy for the Jets. The negotiations lasted several days and it took several offers from the Jets before Douglas finally accepted, according to an NFL source. At one point, some people close to him thought he would eventually turn the Jets down.

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets have brought back a familiar face.

After running back Bilal Powell worked out with the Jets earlier in the day, the team announced on Friday afternoon that they had agreed to terms. The specifics of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

Powell, 30, played seven games with the Jets last season before he underwent season-ending neck surgery, which at one point was believed to be career-threatening, too. 

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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The Jets should have a new general manager in place by next week, and it most likely will be Joe Douglas, the Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel.

But it's not a done deal yet, and it's not a lock that he's going to get the job.

The 42-year-old Douglas remains the prohibitive favorite to replace the fired Mike Maccagnan as the new Jets GM, but a team source cautioned that the hire isn't the slam dunk so many believe it is. The Jets appear to be impressed by Scott Fitterer, the Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel. And Gase has ties to Champ Kelly, the Chicago Bears assistant director of player personnel, too.

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In a sense, mandatory minicamps are like the first day of school. Players have been around their teammates during OTAs, but like the summer, you don't necessarily see everyone. 

But minicamp brings forth the entire 90-man roster, and for players on the defense like Jamal Adams, they couldn't wait for recess. That's how Adams referred to the team drills on Day 1, as the defense dominated throughout the day. 

"It's a lot of fun. It's like recess for us, you know what I mean?" Adams told reporters. "We go out there, we have fun, we're flying around the ball, and we're doing what we love to do. I think that's what it's about."

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Jets first-round pick Quinnen Williams has been limited during OTAs with a calf injury, but the team is optimistic he'll be a full participant in next week's final OTA session.

"He'll be full-go next week, which will be great," Adam Gase said on Wednesday. "I think he'll be alright. It's always unfortunate anytime that you're missing reps. I still think the meeting times have been very valuable for him.

"Anytime a big guy has any type of calf injury, it could be a time-consuming type thing. So we want to be careful bringing him back. [I've] had some experiences in the past where I've seen guys where it lingers, and [they're] rushing back too fast. You just have to be careful, I think we're in a good place right now. We've done it the right way."

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According to a police report, Le'Veon Bell's home in Hollywood, Florida was the site of an apparent robbery.

On May 25th, Bell reported to police that he returned home from the gym to find his closets rummaged through and his jewelry missing.

The report lists the two women in question, who were nowhere to be found when the star running back returned home, as Bell's girlfriends, and the Jets' running back claims that $520,000 worth of jewelry was taken.

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson fired general manager Mike Maccagnan on May 15, making new head coach Adam Gase the interim GM. Here's the latest on the Jets' search for a new general manager ... 


June 5, 6:15 PM:

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets held second interviews, presumably over the phone, with all the candidates they had already brought in: Joe Douglas, Scott Fitterer, Champ Kelly, and Terry Fontenot.

According to SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets spoke to all four candidates (again) about everything from money to whether they'd definitely take the job to their expected staff. Vacchiano says that the Jets are gathering all the info that they can to make a final deicison.

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New York Jets wide receiver Deontay Burnett catches the ball against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller at Soldier Field. (Quinn Harris/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Deontay Burnett catches the ball against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller at Soldier Field. (Quinn Harris/USA TODAY Sports)

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Which under the radar players have been making an impression at minicamp?

For obvious reasons, much of the attention at the Jets' mandatory minicamp has been centered around players like Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams. These, after all, are the players whose performance in 2019 will be most influential in shaping the Jets' destiny.

However, with head coach Adam Gase confirming 100 percent attendance and only a few players sidelined due to injury, there are plenty of other players who are competing for roles. Let's consider some of the less high-profile names who have made an impression.

Tags: Deontay Burnett, Derrick Jones, Jamal Adams, Jeremy Clark, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Rontez Miles, Sam Darnold
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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) before his game against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) before his game against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets are only through two days of minicamp without pads, but Jets receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson can already anticipate the impact that Le'Veon Bell will have when he's on the field.

"[He's a] dynamic back," Enunwa said after Tuesday's session. "That's a guy who's been doing it for years, proven that he can do it over and over again, and even though we didn't have pads on and he didn't take a lot of reps, you can kind of see what he's able to do with the ball in his hands."

Adding Bell to the fold will do more than just boost a unit that was the 26th-ranked rushing offense last year. Bell's ability to line up in several different formations and be a receiving threat out of the backfield will pay dividends for his receivers...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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Adam Gase on Sam Darnold 00:01:36
Adam Gase says he and quarterback Sam Darnold are getting better with communicating with each other and Darnold likes being direct.

The first day of Jets minicamp had a bubble of excitement surrounding it. Most of it was due to Le'Veon Bell being in the building, but it was the first time every Jets player on offense and defense could compete together this offseason. 

But as team drills got underway, it was the defense that was winning. 

Gregg Williams' aggressive defense was showcased on Day 1, as solid coverage and turnovers were created in the non-contact drills. And a couple of those turnovers came from QB Sam Darnold, who wasn't too pleased with his performance. 

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold
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