Opening Statement…..

How's it going?  Good to see all of you.  A lot of people here.  It's such an honor for me to be here.  I'm so excited about being a Jet.  Thank you all for coming.  First and foremost, I just want to thank the Broncos for my time in Denver.  It was an amazing tame.  I want to thank my teammates and fans for being such great teammates and such great fans.  I'm looking forward to my time in New York and my time as a Jet.  I'm so honored and humbled to be a Jet.  I'm so thankful that they wanted me.  I'm so excited about meeting my teammates.  I've had the pleasure to meet quite a few already.  I'm looking forward to my future as a Jet and I'm very, very excited about it. With that, I'd love to open it up for questions.

On the discrepancy between John Elway’s and his account on the trade to the Jets…

Well, I guess a little bit of the story was when I woke up Wednesday morning and talked to Coach Fox, they were very gracious the whole time.  Coach Fox, I specifically talked to him a lot throughout the process.  So he kind of told me some of the opportunities that were out there.  So I talked to him about it.  The next thing I know is I got a call from Mr. Tannenbaum and Mr. Ryan and they said I was a Jet.  I was really excited about it.  I’m like ‘All right, I'm excited.  When is the next flight out to New York?’  I was excited about it.  Then obviously the media circus happened and I found out a few minutes later there was a snag in the contract and I wasn't a Jet.  Then it was like five hours kind of waiting.  Coach Fox was keeping me updated on what was happening.  Then later on in the day, they said we have a few teams that are interested, similar deals.  He was very gracious to ask me what I thought.  So I talked to him very honestly about it.  I told him I would love to be a Jet.  I told him also the Jaguars are my hometown - whatever was best for them.  He said the same for me.

Ultimately, you know, they had my contract, they had all the power.  But he listened to me and what I had to say.  It was very gracious of them because they didn't have to do that.  They could have just done whatever.  But he listened to me and talked to me.  I told him I would love to be a Jet.  I love the coaches.  I had an opportunity to be with Coach Sparano at the Senior Bowl, I've had an opportunity to know Coach Ryan several times.

I also told him I would love to be a Jaguar, that was my hometown, so that would be exciting for me and whatever was best for them.  So I'm excited to be a Jet and I'm excited to be here.

On if he wants to be the starter…

I think everybody that puts on a uniform, you want to go out there and you want to play.  That's why you play the game of football.  I'm excited to be a Jet, to go out there and to help this team any way that I can.  Whatever my role is, however I can expand that role, I'm going to try to do that.  Every day in practice I'm going to go out there and compete and try to get better as a quarterback, try to figure out any ways possible to help this team any way that I can.

On how he feels that his presence on the team could create an issue…

I really don't pay too much attention to it.

I think the exciting thing is that me and Mark have a great relationship.  We have had a great relationship for the last three years I think.  We've been friends.  We've texted back and forth.  We've talked already.  We're going to have a great relationship and a great working relationship. I think we'll have a lot of fun together.

On if Coach Ryan has defined his role with the team…

I have had time to spend with Coach Ryan.  I think a lot of it has to do with how well it works, how it does in practice.  Obviously, you're not going to put something out there if it's not executed and not running well.  I think it matters how well we do, how well I can pick everything up, go out there and how well we're doing.  My goal is to go out there and try to execute as well as I possibly can and improve every single day and really feel comfortable with my role and expand that role by going out there and competing and playing well.  So I think it's just exciting that he's had faith in me and he believes in me as a football player and as a person to bring me here and make me a Jet.  I'm excited about the opportunity.

 

On how Sanchez was on the phone and how well they will work together…

Well, from my conversations with him, he was excited.  He was excited about working with me.  I'm excited about working with him.  I have a lot of respect for him as a football player, as a person.  He's always handled himself with so much class and integrity.  He's won a lot of games as a quarterback. I think we'll have a great working relationship.  We talked about that - just supporting one another in our roles.  I'm excited about that opportunity.  I think we'll have a great relationship and hopefully we'll be able to thrive together.

On if he is comfortable playing a position other than quarterback…

I think, first and foremost, I'm a football player first and then a quarterback, although that is my dream, that's what I want to be.  That's what I believe I am, is a quarterback. But however I can help the team, however I can make a difference, however they can use me, I'll be open to it and work as hard as I can every time I step on that field.  I would give my whole heart to be the best Jet I possibly can be and help this team win football games.

On why he is so excited to be a Jet…

First and foremost, it was my relationship with the coaches.  It was having football coaches that believed in you, having football coaches that saw ability in me, and having coaches that I really respected for how they coach the game, for who they were.  I've always had a great relationship with Coach Ryan.  (I have a) relationship with Coach Sparano.  (I’m) also excited about working with Coach Cavanaugh.  Also you have so much support from Mr. Johnson, from Mr. Tannenbaum.  Look at these facilities.  They don't get much better.  There's a lot of pros here, not many cons.  I'm excited about that.

On how he can make sure he does not allow his popularity become a distraction to the team…

It's an honor for all you to show up to hear me say a few words today.  I really don't feel like it will be too much of a distraction because I honestly will try not to pay too much attention to it.  The reason we're doing this today is because I have bosses, too, and they wanted me to stand up and talk to all of you.  I can blame it on them because they made me do it, so...  (Smiling).

On he thinks Sanchez will respond to the pressure of having a player so popular as his backup…

I think Mark is very secure as a football player and a person,  and who he is.  I don't think he's going to let outsiders affect how he goes about his preparation or how he plays.  I think, you know, I'm excited about my role here, too, and my opportunity, my opportunity to compete.  I think working together we'll be able to encourage one another and be stronger together than we would be apart.

On if the criticism of him as a passer is fair…

I think I'm improving every single day.  I've been working very hard in L.A. with Coach Mazzone, who is a former Jets coach, working extremely hard to improve in every area of my game.  I'm excited about my future and just improving as a quarterback, as a football player, understanding defenses, understanding the schemes, how we go about it, how we take advantage of defenses, reads, fundamentals, all those things.  I'm excited about the opportunity.  I'm excited about my future.

On his relationship with Sanchez…

When was the first time we met?  I think it might have been at the ESPYs a few years ago.  I know we had to do one appearance at a Super Bowl a few years ago where we were throwing to fans and other people.  We had a good time with that.  We had to do a question and answer at one of those Super Bowl appearances as well where we got to hang out backstage for a while and then go out and have to answer some questions.

But we've always had a great relationship every time we've been together and hung out.  He's a very classy person with a lot of integrity.  He's also fun to hang around.  I think our quarterback room will be a lot of fun.

On how much pressure he is feeling from joining the Jets…

None actually.  I don't really feel too much pressure.  Just enjoying this opportunity, how exciting it is.  I'm excited to be a Jet.  I’ve got a long way to go before OTAs or training camp.  (I’ve got to) just continue to prepare and just continue to try to improve.  I'm sure there will be some pressure leading up to it.  But, you know, I've always enjoyed pressure.  Before every time I get up and give a speech, before every practice, before every football game I play, I always get a little bit nervous.  That's something that excites me.  I think that's something that I play better when I have more on the line.  That's something that I've always tried to thrive on.  When that feeling goes away, that will probably be the time when I stop playing football.  So I'm excited about just the support that we have as a Jet, the fans, how passionate they are.

I've been very blessed in my past to have passionate fans when I was at the University of Florida.  You know, Gator Nation is very powerful and it’s everywhere.  So that was a lot of fun.  Being a Bronco, they have extremely passionate fans, which I was very blessed to have support me.  Now being a Jet, it's awesome because you have so many fans that support us as Jets and they're so passionate.  I realized that when we played the Jets last year and we were playing them at our home field, and they had a lot of fans there.  They were cheering pretty loud.  That was exciting to see.  Now being a Jet, I'm looking extremely forward to our first game to see what the atmosphere is really like.

On his relationship with Coach Ryan…

Well, my relationship with him has always been great.  We've continued to build a relationship throughout the last few years.  Just in our conversations -- he actually has the same agent I have in Jimmy Sexton.  Gosh, I'm trying to remember the first place we met. (It) might have been at a Pro Day where we met.  I know we spent some time together at the Super Bowl this year.  We got to have a great conversation there. I've always watched him.  I got to see 'Hard Knocks', see how he coached, and that was fun.  From our conversations that we've had the last few days, I think he's just excited that I'm here.  I think it's a day-by-day process to see what happens and how well the Wildcat is working.

On what his role will be…

I think it's a day-by-day process, figuring out what works, how I can fit into this team and try to make this team a little bit better.  And that's my goal, by being on this team, be a great teammate, hopefully a good asset, and someone that can help us try to win a few football games.

On if he feels the wild cat can still work in the NFL…

I think one misconception is people think that the Wildcat is just a direct snap to a running back and you fake it and you run power or outside zone or inside zone.  I think that's a big misconception because I think when you have the ability to have 11 people touch the ball -- not 11 people, but you have five or six people that have the opportunity to touch the ball on every single play, I think it can be confusing.  I think it can make defenses play slow.  I think when you have a great offensive coordinator like Coach Sparano that can put together packages and plays, not necessarily have tendencies, then I think it can be effective.

On if he takes offense to the notion that this trade is a publicity stunt…

I really don't take offense to that.  I don't think it's true because I think the Jets get a lot of support as it is and have a lot of great fans.  I don't think it has much to do with that. I think it has more to do with just some coaches believing in me and hopefully thinking that I'm an okay football player.  I'm just excited I have the opportunity to be a Jet and hopefully I can add something to this great franchise and organization.

On how he feels that he is embraced because of his faith…

Well, obviously I'm someone that is very outspoken about my faith.  I've never been ashamed of it.  Anytime I get the opportunity, I always thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because that is the most important thing to me.  But I don't think all the attention is just because of my faith.  I think sometimes it adds a little bit to it.  I'm pretty sure I'm not the first athlete that has gotten on a knee and prayed.  Somehow it's known as Tebowing, and I'm not sure why.  It probably has a little bit to do with the hype.  But, you know, I think it's not all a bad thing.  If people are still somehow talking about prayer or talking about my faith, then I think that's pretty cool.

On what advice Sanchez has given him about dealing with New York…

He did say to get ready for y'all (the media) (smiling).

It's fun.  We have a great relationship.  He just said it would be fun working together.  You spend so much time watching film in the QB room, it's so important to have people in there that you like, that you can get along with, that you can joke around with, that you can make fun of, that you can have a great time.  Just as far as that goes, we'll have a great relationship.  Also you'll have McElroy in there, Alabama guy, so that will be tough, but it should be okay.

 

On if he plans on establishing a foundation in the New Jersey area…

Absolutely.  I'm looking forward to doing things here in New Jersey and in New York, figuring out a way to just try to make a difference and to try to help.  My foundation is something that is extremely important to me, something that I'm very proud of.  I'm so proud of the 650 orphans that we support, or the 18 Timmy’s  playrooms that we're building, or the hospital in the Phillipines that we're building because ultimately I know that's more important than anything I do on the football field, the ability to brighten a kid's day, the ability to make someone smile.  We're put on a pedestal as a football player which makes us no more important or no more special than anybody else.  You have an opportunity, I believe more than that, it's a responsibility to be a good role model, to set a good example and to make a difference in kids' lives, especially kids that are looking up to you because you play football.  I can still remember when I was eight years old and Danny Wuerffel came to my church as a Florida Gators quarterback.  I was probably the 120th kid in line and I waited an hour.  But he signed all the autographs and waited until I got to him and I still remember how that made me feel as a little boy.  I still have that autograph in my parents' house in Jacksonville, Florida, because I know how it made me feel.  Sometimes we can get so busy and caught up in the hustle and bustle, forget about being a role model, setting a good example and making a difference in people's lives that are looking up to us.  Ultimately I know that my biggest goal in being here and being a football player, is to set a great example, and I'm excited about this opportunity.

On how he will handle the demand of being in New York…

You know, I feel being at the University of Florida, you have a pretty big platform there.  Then just being a quarterback for two years in the NFL gives you a pretty big platform.  Ultimately I'm just going to be myself and just have fun with it and honestly not worry about what I can't control.  It's something I learned early on at Florida is if you can't control it, don't worry about it.  Honestly, I'm just going to try to be the best teammate, try to be the best football player that I can be and try to set a good example.  Besides that, I'm not really going to worry about too much else.

On if he felt the Jets were a better fit for him than the Jaguars…

I can tell you this, I had a better relationship with the Jets coaches.  I knew them.  I know that Coach Mularkey and the coaches they have are great coaches, but I never met any of them.  I haven't had an opportunity to get to know them.  It would have been exciting.  It would have been fun to be home.  But this is exciting.  I'm so proud to be a Jet.  I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

This is a blessing for me and it's going to be a great opportunity.

On if he has to be careful in spreading his faith in New York and in the locker room…

Well, I think first and foremost it doesn't matter what market I was in, I don't think that necessarily played a big part in it. I just want to be myself.  When I'm asked about it, I won't be ashamed of saying that I serve my Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  In the locker room, it's not something that I'm super outspoken about.  It's just that's who I am and that's how I live.  I don't try to share it with a lot of guys.  I don't try to approach a lot of guys with it because I think the greatest way to share the gospel is by acting it and by them seeing who you are as a person.  That's how I approach it.  It's not by what I say, it's more about how I act and who I am as a person.  I think it is the greatest way you can have an impact on people's lives is your integrity, character and how you go about handling yourself.

On if he learned anything about himself from this process…

That's a very good question.

You know, I think I learned a lot of things about myself.  I think what also came to mind was you can't worry about what you can't control.  That was something that was reemphasized.  I think also something is you can't worry about sometimes how people can take something so little and make it big.  As far as like Tebowing goes, I've been doing that same routine for the last seven years, since my senior year in high school.  All of a sudden this last year it became a big deal that I was going to the end zone and getting on a knee before a game and praying.  I'll get up and do a few jumps and sprint down the sideline.  It's funny because all of a sudden it became a big story, but it's something I've done the last seven years.  For me it's not about changing anything, it's not about being anyone different, it's about being who I am and who I've always been and just trying to be the same person, continuing to work hard, continuing to treat people like I want to be treated, continue to do what's right and do my best.  Other than that, I really won't worry about too much else.

On if he is concerned that one of his sponsors (Jockey) placed a billboard outside of Lincoln Tunnel…

I don't think so.  Hopefully they know that I have nothing to do with that.  I don't think that it will really have an effect on the people in the locker room because there's not much I can do to control that (laughter).

On if he has an issue with discussing what his religious beliefs…

Not really.  We are at a press conference for a football team.  It's not exactly the platform to get up here and share everything you believe.  I have no problems ever sharing what I believe.  You know, I'm a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ.  That is first and foremost the most important thing in my life.  For me, it's about having a relationship with Christ, and that's pretty much it.  That's the basis of what I believe.  It's exciting for me to get opportunities to share that. But at the same time this is a press conference for the New York Jets football team.  So I feel like it's an opportunity to answer questions about my opportunity to be here as a Jet, and I'm excited about that.  Anytime I get an opportunity, I'm always going to talk about Jesus Christ and what He's done in my life.

On if he feels he needs to win over the locker room…

I don't think I'm necessarily trying to win over the locker room.  I'm trying to, every day in my actions, earn a little bit of respect from the guys in the locker room, by showing up, working hard, trying to be a great teammate, trying to improve on my skills, trying to make the Jets a little bit better because I'm on this team.  Whether that is by on the field or being a great teammate or encouraging other guys, I just want to make this team a little bit better because I'm here and earn their respect a little bit at a time by how I work and who I am as a person.

On if his marketing partners are excited about him being in a larger market…

I guess.  I haven't talked to anybody about that.  It's been a little bit of a whirlwind.  It was: I was traded, I wasn't traded, I was back as a Jet, then I was on a plane here.  My whole time here has been meeting with the coaches, getting to know them, getting all the physicals, getting the paperwork done.  That's pretty much what I've been doing.  I haven't had too much time to talk to any of them.  But I guess they are pretty excited, so....

On how far he thinks the Jets can go this season…

I'm blessed to be on a very good football team, a great defense, great offensive line, great skilled athletes.  It was a great game when we played each other last year.  I'm excited to be on a football team that's a tough football team, that's a physical football team, a football team that has won a lot of games over the last few years.

Hopefully by me being here, we can be a little bit better and I can add something to this team.  That is my hope and prayer.  I'm excited to be on this football team, excited to have the support that we have.

It truly is a blessing to be on this team, to be on a team that has won so many football games.  When you watch the New York Jets play, you see a team that is physical, that wants to win, and that's exciting.  It's always a lot of fun to be on the tough team and the physical team.  I believe that's what you have when you're on the New York Jets.

On if he understands people anger about him being traded from Denver after helping the Broncos win a playoff game…

It was a special season last year, that I was able to be a part of just a little bit of, with some great teammates, some great coaches.  Will have a lot of great memories a long time from last season, some of the comebacks, some of the wins, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.  That will always be part of my career and special memories.  They went away that they thought was best for the organization.  I'll never blame them for that.  I'm excited about being a Jet, excited about the support I have here.  I wish the Broncos nothing but the best.  They got one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game in Peyton Manning.  He's always been extremely classy and very supportive of me.  I wish him nothing but the best.

There's no ill will towards the Broncos, Peyton Manning or anybody.  I wish them nothing but the best.  It will be a lot of fun when we get to play each other.  I wish them nothing but the best.  I know they're going to have a great team and win a lot of games this next season.  I'll always have a lot of friends on that team.  I'm always going to root for those guys 'cause we went through a lot together.

It will be exciting to watch and see how they do.  But I'm worried about being a Jet and I'm excited about being a Jet.  This is where I want to be.

On if he has a message for Giants fans…

Not really.  I'll leave that talk to other people.  I'm not qualified to get in that argument.  I'm excited to be here.  You have to congratulate the Giants on winning a Super Bowl and having a great team.  I wish them nothing but the best as well.

On how he will deal with the locker room…

Honestly it really doesn't bother me at all.  I think it's my job to come in here and try to earn guys' respect by how I work.  I want them to respect me by me coming in here and working hard, proving myself in the weight room, in sprints, when we're running, on the practice field.  I can't control doing this press conference.  You can blame the guys upstairs.  They wanted me to do that, so I have no say over that at all either.  I'm just having fun with it, make the best of whatever situation I'm dealt.

I'm so honored to be here.  It's such a blessing for me.  I'm excited about getting to know those teammates, building a relationship.  I have been able to know quite a few of them already.  I'm excited about it.

It truly is an honor to be a Jet and I'm so grateful to be here.

Thank you all.  God bless.

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Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Nov 26, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) returns his interception against the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

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With the first of their three sixth-round picks in last month's draft, the Jets selected Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson. This regime has already brought in several young cornerbacks, but none of them have managed to separate themselves from the pack.

Does Nickerson's skill-set give him a chance to eventually become the home-grown starter they've been trying to develop?

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, of Fort Hays State, runs drills during the North team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Jets have signed DT Nathan Shepherd, who they drafted 72nd overall last month out of Fort Hays State.

Shepherd was an Division II All-America selection in his 2016 and 2017 seasons. Last season, he tallied 38 tackles (12.5 for loss) and four sacks. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If you're a team like the Jets, still in the beginning stages of a total rebuild, you can take a chance on raw players like Nathan Shepherd, a Canadian who was a smallish linebacker in high school before growing into an NFL-caliber defensive tackle at Division II Fort Hays (Kan.) State.

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The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

The New York Jets hosted the "Taste of the Jets" event to help raise money for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 


New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo. 

Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.

"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said...

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.

"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"

And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him...

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New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets first round pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back for a special edition of The Jet Stream podcast where they take a deep dive into the Jets' newest quarterback, Sam Darnold. The guys chat with Sam's former offensive coordinator from USC, Tee Martin, about the kid's emergence in college and how he compares to Peyton Manning. Later, Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, joins the show to discuss what he's like off the field and his competitiveness on it.

Click below to listen...

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during second half against Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robby Anderson's felony resisting arrest with violence charge stemming from an incident at an event in Miami in May, 2017 will be dropped, his attorney, Ed O'Donnell told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

During the incident, Anderson allegedly fought with arresting officers.

While Anderson's 2017 issue will be resolved, he is still dealing with his recent reckless driving arrest.

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Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Oct 29, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (96) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

On day three of the draft, the Jets opted to trade a seventh-round pick for former Colts defensive lineman Henry Anderson. However, this move has flown under the radar somewhat with the focus on the players brought in via the draft.  

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The Jets still have some money to spend, which is why they will be hosting free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro this week at their facility, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Vaccaro was drafted 15th overall by the Saints back in 2013, where he has spent the last five season. His best year came in 2015 when he totaled 104 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and five passes defended. 

Last season, the 27-year-old tallied 79 tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble over 14 games. 

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi participates in workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets had back-to-back picks in the sixth round of last month's draft, and they used the second of them to select defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi with the No. 180 pick. Let's provide some insight into what Fatukasi brings to the table and how he might fit in should he make the team.

Fatukasi is a player whose run-stuffing abilities have stood out over the past four seasons with UConn. He's strong at the point of attack, can get off blocks to make plays in the running game and can create penetration either with his strength or quickness.

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South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
South squad offensive tackle Antonio Garcia of Troy battles defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon of Villanova in a blocking drill during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets claimed former Patriots offensive lineman Antonio Garcia off waivers and cut kicker Nick Rose, the team announced on Monday.

Garcia, 24, was a third-round pick last season but did not appear in a game after he had reportedly developed blood clots in his lungs, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Former Jets coach Chuck Knox, who was paramount in the Jets drafting Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath, died Saturday at 86. 

Knox started his vast coaching career with the Jets in 1963 as part of Weeb Ewbank's first Jets staff. Knox was big on the run game, which awarded the nickname of "Ground Chuck."

However, he saw something in Namath during his time at the University of Alabama, and knew the Jets needed him...

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park on Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorst added that every professional sports league had been involved, but with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 15, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins center Spencer Long (61) lines up against the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jets C Spencer Long is ready for an injury-free 2018 season with his new team.

Last season, Long was only able to make six starts for the Redskins due to a knee injury and was placed on IR in November. The ailment plaguing the 2014 third-round pick was rooted in a chronic quad issue which was corrected this offseason by surgery and an improved regiment.

"It was basically like a fraying rope," Long said...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets 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 running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With their final pick of the 2018 draft, the Jets selected Virginia State running back Trenton Cannon.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

In the post-draft Honeymoon period, most fans, players and media alike are heaping praise on QB Sam Darnold. But Darnold's teammate T Kelvin Beachum wants to wait before he fully joins the fray. 

Beachum started all 16 games for the Jets last season, blocking for Josh McCown and Bryce Petty. At some point this season, he may be blocking for Darnold. 

"I've heard that he is a great person," Beachum said via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "I'm excited to get him in that room." 

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets have four quarterbacks on their roster, which seems like one too many. They cut Bryce Petty last week to clear at least a little room on their depth chart, but they still have another move to make. Or maybe two.

Whatever they end up doing, the Jets' quarterback situation isn't as clear cut as some think, from the identity of the Opening Day starter all the way down to the likely odd-man out. As Todd Bowles said last weekend, the Jets are "open to anything right now" -- especially at quarterback.

"We're going to let it all play out before make those kinds of decisions," he said.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Noah K. Murray)

For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.

Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.

Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown
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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets 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 tight end Chris Herndon (89) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets selected tight end Chris Herndon with the first of their day three picks in the 2018 draft last month. Herndon, who went to college at Miami, was injured towards the end of the 2017 season, which may have prevented him from going earlier. The Jets scooped him up with the 107th overall pick and will be hoping he proves to be a bargain. Let's weigh up his likely role in 2018 before reviewing his strengths and weaknesses.

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New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets first round draft pick Sam Darnold works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Jets have consistently said they don't want to throw their No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold into the fire this season. Former Giants QB Phil Simms doesn't understand why. 

Simms looks at Darnold's situation as being the potential Jets savior at quarteback. In turn, he needs to get on his feet and hit the ground running. 

"He'll fit in fine," Simms told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at BTIG Charity Day on Tuesday. "If I was the Jets, I would play him from Day 1. That's just me. Start him. Let's go. Got a long offseason, training camp, preseason games. They probably won't [start Darnold in Week 1].

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Namath talks Darnold 00:01:07
New York Jets legend Joe Namath shares his thoughts on the team's rookie QB Sam Darnold, and what lies ahead for the new signal caller.

Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath spoke Tuesday about the recently-drafted Sam Darnold and whether starting him this season should be on the table.

"First of all, anybody that is starting on that field has to have convinced their teammates that he's worthy to start," Namath said. "And for a 20-year-old rookie quarterback, that's gonna be tough to do early on. Because the big leagues -- pro football -- is different than college football."

While Namath thinks Darnold and any rookie has a lot to prove, he believes he should be out there if he shows he's ready.

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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is confident Sam Darnold is the answer his team's decade-long quarterback question.

Johnson was present at BTIG Charity Day, where he appeared for the Lupus Research Alliance, on Tuesday. He had some strong words about his No. 3 overall pick, saying the moment Darnold's name was called, it was the start to the Jets' revival.

"I honestly think (people) are going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new gear -- that they became a new team," he told reporters.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets announced they have signed K Taylor Bertolet, while waiving CB Bryson Keeton

Bertolet was a tryout at the team's rookie minicamp this past weekend. The Texas A&M product spent time with the LA Rams in training camp last season. In his senior year back in 2015, Bertolet was a perfect 38-for-38 in extra-point attempts and 22-for-31 (71 percent) in field goals.

The Jets now have three kickers on their current roster with Cairo Santos and Nick Rose to compete with Bertolet at camp. 

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North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
North Squad defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State stretches during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets selected defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd with their lone Day 2 pick in the 2018 draft. Shepherd, who attended Fort Hays State University, raised his stock throughout the offseason and was selected by the Jets 72nd overall. Let's consider his strengths and weaknesses and how the Jets might use him in 2018.

Shepherd is expected to be raw, having only played college football at Division II schools. That's a concern for a player who took a circuitous path to the NFL and will turn 25 during his rookie season.

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Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi reacts after a sack. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed two draft picks and two undrafted free agents on Sunday.

Defensive end Folorunso Fatukasi and defensive back Parry Nickerson, both sixth-round picks, and linebackers Frankie Luvu and Anthony Wint, agreed to terms with New York as the Jets begin minicamp.

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GEICO SportsNite: Sam Darnold 00:03:53
Ralph Vacchiano reports on the impressions of Sam Darnold at the Jets minicamp and Jeane Coakley speaks with Todd Bowles about the young QB.

Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass 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 quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg has apparently made major changes to his throwing motion in an attempt to revitalize his stalled NFL career.

He just never bothered telling his current team about his plans.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Ralph Vacchiano
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Sam Darnold fumbled the first snap of team drills on his first two days in a Jets uniform, and he fumbled five snaps overall. That was eye-opening because he had some fumbling issues at USC that were a cause for concern for some.

But get over it. It was the first two days of an NFL career that likely will last more than a decade and he was working with a tryout center who's NFL career will likely be over by Sunday afternoon. In the bigger picture, there was a lot to like about the Jets' 20-year-old franchise quarterback who looked poised, accurate and showed off a strong arm throughout the weekend...

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets 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 running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's not Sam Darnold, but it's a start: Jets sixth-round draft pick RB Trenton Cannon signs his rookie deal, the first of the team's draft picks to do so. 

Cannon, who played his college ball at Virginia State, led the CIAA (Division II) in rushing after posting 1,638 yards on 212 attempts (148.9 per game). He also scored 17 touchdowns, which led his Trojan team. 

"I'm feeling good, just settling on in," said Cannon, via Jets official site. "Right now I'm getting into the playbook, learning the plays."

Cannon adds running back depth to Gang Green, who lost Matt Forte to retirement. He joins a running backs room that is led by Bilal Powell and sophomore Elijah McGuire

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The Jets today announced that they had signed seven undrafted free agents, so let's take a look into what each of them brings to the table...

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