Opening Statement…

(Mark) Sanchez, looking right now, he’s still our starter right now. (laughter) So I’m going to put that out there like, ‘Wow, that got a little air time I think.’ I mean it’s funny because in all seriousness, he’s our starting quarterback and it doesn’t change and things and it is amazing though, how things take off a little bit. I thought it was a great practice except there was a little scary moment in practice. Eric Smith goes up to knock a ball down, comes down on his leg.  Luckily, it’s just a sprained knee, but I think Eric is probably going to miss this week with it.  I’ll be honest. I thought it was going to be much worse than that.  It’s actually good news, its bad news he probably won’t go this week, but it was good news that it was just a sprained knee.   But that was one of those things where you’re kind of, ‘Okay, I think we’ve had enough of these.’  Fortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be too long.  With (an) update on Kenrick Ellis, I know his MCL, it looks like he could be out a significant amount of time, maybe four to six weeks. We’re hoping with him, it won’t be more than four, but we’ll see.  I was hoping he could be back sooner, but we’ll find out there. Guys that won’t practice today will be Sione (Po’uha) with his low back again, he’s itching but I don’t think he’ll practice today.  Kenrick, obviously.  John Conner still with the hamstring, Nick Mangold with his ankle, Clyde Gates, shoulder, and obviously, Eric Smith with a knee.  Guys that will be limited Bart Scott, toe, Bryan Thomas hamstring, Stephen Hill, hamstring, Dustin Keller, hamstring, Jeremy Kerley, now he may be full but I’m listing him down as limited right now until we see otherwise. David Harris also with a hamstring, may be limited, but he may also be full, but right now I’ll just list him as limited.  Everybody else on this list will be full. That’s Aaron Berry, ribs, (Antonio) Cromartie, shoulder, (Nick) Bellore, shoulder, Sanchez, low back, Calvin Pace, achilles, Brandon Moore, hip, (Matt) Slauson knee, Austin Howard, back, Jeff Cumberland, ribs, and (LaRon) Landry, heel.

On if Jeremy Kerley is listed as limited due to a finger injury…

No, it was a finger, (but) I think the finger’s fine. He plays with a splint.  He had a little illness or whatever, so he may be full, but I’m putting it down as limited now until we see him out there.

On who he expects to play Sunday that is not practicing today…

I think Mangold.  I think Nick will probably be able to go.  Sione with a low back, we’ll see. I know he wants to go but that’s probably a questionable guy. Conner, I don’t see him going this week, with a hamstring (injury). Gates with a shoulder, not totally sure on that one either.  But, we’ll see.

On whether he has heard from the league regarding Matt Slauson’s block on Brian Cushing…

No, it was news to me.  I heard that the league is looking into that. Again, (on) my tape, when I saw it, and now I’ve seen the TV copies and all that. Obviously, it’s an unfortunate thing and we’ve talked about that. I know the intent of Matt Slauson was not to injure Brian Cushing, without question. We wouldn’t try to injure anybody, but a great player like Brian (getting injured) is really an unfortunate thing. So, it’s obviously in their hands.  I know the intent of our player though.

On if he is doing anything different in practice to improve the running game…

I mean, outside we’ve got to block and all that. There’s no like magic scheme to try to run.  Like, ‘Oh, we’re going to run the bend play, or whatever,’ like that’s going to get it going. We just have to block, we have to open things up and get some running room. That’s the main thing. I know there’s a lot of criticism that’s directed at Shonn (Greene) specifically. I don’t know if you have whoever as your running back, we have to create some running room. I think that’s the big thing. That’s what we’re working on.  I know we’re working on it and I think we’ll see improvements. I do. 

On if it has been a big adjustment for the line with the coaching change on offense…

We probably run a few more gap runs now than we did maybe last year, but I think it’s very similar.  Really, (with) every team there’s zone runs, there’s gap runs and all that stuff, but it’s still about getting movement and it’s about widening the hole if we can and getting our guy to get to the second level.

On whether the rotation at left guard is a disruption to the offensive line…

Well, Vlad (Vladimir Ducasse) is part of that unit. I think when you look at that and so is Jason Smith. Guys that are up, they’re all part of that unit.  The big thing (is) we all sing out of the same hymnal.  I think that’s kind of maybe overblown a little bit. I think that’s probably a bigger issue maybe in pass protection, with communication. When you approach it like, these seven guys make up that unit and they have to know each other and you’re not going to know anything about each other if you don’t play with the guy. I think this is an opportunity to get guys (to know each other) (and) Vlad’s earned that right to play. It’s not a whole lot different than rotating a defensive lineman or whoever. To become comfortable like you’re talking about, you have to be in there with each other and I think these guys are.  Like I said, Vlad is part of that unit.

On if he will rotate other running backs with Greene…

I think we’ve rotated.  I think (Bilal) Powell has really earned the right to play some, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. He’s been absolutely tremendous in pass protection, I mean absolutely tremendous. He’s shown some ability to run and things.  In an ideal world, you’d have two or three guys that you feel really good about. Have I lost confidence in Shonn Greene? The answer is no.  I think we just keep giving him the ball. He’s working extremely hard.  I just think it’s a matter of time before he starts popping. We all know, once he gets rolling, that the confidence (goes up).  The whole team’s lifted when your big back is running.

On whether Greene is frustrated with the run game…

I don’t sense it.  I sense just, (that) he’s working.  I see him really working, like he’s wanting it. That’s kind of the feeling that I get, like he’s wanting that ball under his arm. I don’t think he’s lost any confidence whatsoever. I just think he’s really trying to get rolling.  I think he made a couple (of) big runs in that game this past week, one was on that screen pass. There’s that power that he brings, he can run you over. Hopefully, we’ll get him rolling this week.  I believe with the way we’re working, I believe it’s going to get better.

On why the team doesn’t use the no-huddle offense…

We certainly could. That’s something that we could definitely look at.  A lot of it, you can go no-huddles out of certain personnel groupings and things like that.  I think, with no other better reason, it’s like, last week we’re playing with a receiver that just got here for three days or four days, whatever it was, and he’s forced into being the third receiver.  You’ve had some different cases. You think Dustin’s going to play and then he has a setback (and) can’t play. You have a brand new fullback in, who by the way, I thought had a tremendous game, with Lex (Hilliard). You can’t teach everything in one week. It does, it sometimes puts you on your heels a little bit in calling defense and that’s something certainly we look at.

On whether Gates will play on Sunday…

Again, I’m not sure. This one, I don’t want to rule him out by any stretch, because he still has that speed and all that.  Some guys respond differently off of injuries. It’s a shoulder. Could he play? We’ll see.  I think he could.

On if there are only four wide receivers if Gates is out for the game…

I think we’ve got four receivers, right?  We’d have four receivers anyway.

On if Hill will play on Sunday…

Yes.

On how Gates injured his shoulder…

I’m not even (sure), I just know it’s a shoulder.  It’s not anything that’s going to require surgery or anything like that. It (will) probably (just take a little time) to heal or something. As we looked at it, we don’t think it’s going to be a major injury, which obviously, (is) one that would require surgery.  (It’s) probably major to him, but (not a major injury). 

On if this is the most injuries he has experienced at linebacker…

We’re definitely banged up, losing (Josh) Mauga (and) having Bart fight through a toe injury that most people wouldn’t play with.

On Harris and Thomas being injured…

Yeah, both of them dealing with the hamstrings and all that.  There’s no doubt. We’re a little beat up.  Again, no excuses. We’re fortunate that we have a lot of depth at linebacker. We feel good about our depth. (We have) guys like Demario Davis stepping up (and) playing in expanded roles. He’s a young man that has a tremendous future in front of him, and even right now, doing some of the things he’s doing and also doing a great job on (special) teams.

On Cromartie matching up with Reggie Wayne…

It’s going to be tough. I think if (Wayne) just sat out there where he used to be, I think it’d be a little easier.  We’d be able to identify where he is but they’re moving him around a little bit.  It’s kind of hard to get your hands on him. They put him in the slot, they put him in a lot of bunches, they put him in what we call snugs, which is a two-man bunch. They don’t want you to get your hands on him, and that’s something that obviously, we’re going to try to do.  They’re not just going to let (Cromartie) go out there and ‘D him up’ from the line of scrimmage.  They’re going to move him.  But, that should be a really good matchup.

On whether Cromartie has elevated his performance in the absence of Darrelle Revis…

No question. I think when he made the statement he did, it’s because he believes it.  And quite honestly, he has that kind of athletic ability where he could be the best corner in the league.  I think he definitely has stepped up. I see it in the meeting rooms. He’s even taken some of that leadership deal over with that backend. He understands Darrelle’s a great football player, but I think he took it as, “I have to step up now.” We’ve always said he has more ability than probably anybody I’ve ever seen at that position, him and Deion (Sanders).  He’s starting to play that way.  When we play against Miami, (Brian) Hartline’s targeted nine times with one catch.  He goes out and has 250 yards receiving the next week.  He’s matching up against guys. He’s doing a great job.  Andre Johnson with one catch for 15 yards, that’s impressive to say the least.  Now this one, Reggie’s going to catch his share, there’s no doubt, it’s not necessarily going to be a true isolation though because of where they put him.  I’m happy we got Cro to say the least.

On why Cromartie doesn’t play at the same level every game…

That’s an interesting thing because you’re exactly right. He has that ability to be the best, with Revis being out, I don’t disagree with him thinking he has that kind of ability because he does. Now (with) the focus and everything else, he is really elevating his game. I truly believe that.

On Cromartie as a receiver…

(He’s) not just a corner. Let’s face it. He was the second-best receiver on our team. (joking) After he went deep, (I thought), ‘Shoot man, he might have sold himself short.’ (joking) (laughter) I remember when he was at Florida State and I mentioned this before, at his pro day, he worked out as a corner (and) he also worked out as a receiver. Obviously, you never had tape to back it up, but watching him run those drills, he looked like a first-round receiver. That’s the ability he has. He has size, speed, change of direction skills and great ball skills. Even going into it, when we put him over there, it was in case you only have four receivers up (and) somebody goes down, you need a guy that can step in there. That’s basically what we do. We’re kind of training him for that. We’ve had to use him. Just like we kind of trained Joe (McKnight) for it, in an emergency situation to go play defensive back, I think Joe can do that.

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former QB Dan Orlovsky thinks the Jets are targeting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 3 pick in the Draft, and one of the reasons is very specific.

Orlovsky, who played under Kyle Shanahan, noted that Jets OC Jeremy Bates is from the Mike Shanahan coaching tree. And that one of the traits Shanahan loved about John Elway is that he would screw his back foot into the ground when he threw -- adding that Bates loves that trait in quarterbacks as well. 

"There's one guy in the Draft who has that trait," Orlovsky said earlier this week on SNY's Jet Stream podcast. "And it's Baker Mayfield. He does the same thing when he throws. And I just think that those coaches fall in love with traits of guys that remind them of players that they had success with in the past. I think that they're looking at Baker Mayfield and going 'that's our guy.'"

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Projecting trades in a Mock Draft is a futile effort. There are too many variables and rumors. It's mostly speculation. And really, it's just an exercise in fantasy football.

But … well, who doesn't love fantasy football?

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are ready to open their present that is the #3 pick in the NFL Draft. The guys discuss the possibility of the Jets trading up, yet again, and the crazy idea of selecting a non-QB (can someone say Bradley Chubb) with the 3rd overall selection. Plus, former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky calls in to give his insight into the top four quarterbacks.

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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer has the Jets taking Sam Darnold as their quarterback of the future at No. 3. 

Many experts believe Darnold could be the first overall pick by the Browns, and if he doesn't land with Cleveland, then the Giants would scoop him up at No. 2. However, with Josh Allen as Breer's No. 1 pick and the Giants electing to go with Saquon Barkley over a quarterback, Darnold drops in the Jets' lap. 

So, there is no need for the Jets to choose between Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield...

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate over Nick Mangold's chances at making the Hall of Fame and the Devils' chances at beating the Lightning.

After a year out of football, No. 74 is officially hanging up the cleats. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: On the lists of favorite players and all-time greats, you'll rarely find a center. They're buried in the trenches, often noticed only when a bad snap happens or a defensive tackle breaks through.

The same was probably true for Nick Mangold during his 11 NFL seasons - rarely noticed from the outside and incredibly underappreciated game to game. Yet somehow he still emerged from his long career as a fan favorite. And he definitely emerged as one of the Jets' all-time greats.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Nick Rose attempts a field goal during an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets were awarded kicker Nick Rose on Monday after the Los Angeles Chargers placed him on waivers, the team announced.

Rose made 11 of 14 field goals in 10 games with the Chargers and Washington Redskins last season and converted on 23 of 26 extra points. He went 1-for-3 as a member of the Chargers in Weeks 16 and 17, and 10-for-11 in eight games with Washington. His longest make last year was 55 yards.

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jeff Badet catches a touchdown pass against Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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Last week, we looked at some of the players who have been invited to attend an official pre-draft visit with the Jets. More names have leaked out over the past seven days, so let's break down some of the more interesting ones in detail.

Jeff Badet, WR, Oklahoma

Badet spent most of his collegiate career at Kentucky, but saw some high profile action last year after transferring to Oklahoma. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but if he had been, his pro day numbers for the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump would all have ranked first or second at the receiver position.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information...

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Former Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been suspended four games after violating the performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Friday. 

Sanchez, who last played for the Jets in 2013, was the Bear's third-string quarterback last season. He claimed that "unknowing supplement contamination" was the reason for his drug test to turn up positive. 

The 31-year-old took to Instagram to explain the whole story...

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The Jets have already begun condensing their roster for next season as the team announced several cuts on Friday. 

Among them was former Bears RB Jeremy Langford, who signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets worth $630,000 this offseason. The 26-year-old spent time jumping through practice squads last season, and though he was promoted to the Ravens' 53-man roster, an injury pushed him to the IR the same week he joined the team. 

Langford was released following his IR placement, and the former fourth-round pick wouldn't see time for the rest of the season.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) greets Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) during warmups before a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

WR Dez Bryant was released by the Cowboys on Friday afternoon, with Bryant reportedly hinting afterwards that he might be staying in the NFC East.

Bryant, 29, had a down year in 2017, with 69 receptions for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

"I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally," Bryant said late last season. "I feel like, if anything, I need to deal with in the offseason - is that. Like I said, there's only certain things I can control."

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

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The Jets are taking a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft. They know it. Everyone knows it. And they know everyone knows it. "I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind to think otherwise," was how one team official said it. The only lingering question is: Which one?

The Jets have had or will have had private meetings and workouts with all of the top four, and GM Mike Maccagnan has made the rounds at their Pro Days. When they traded up to No. 3 they were convinced that they'd be happy with choosing from whichever two (or three) fell to them. And obviously at least two of the Big Four -- USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen -- will still be there...

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon take their deepest dive yet into the NFL Draft. They discuss the latest with the four quarterbacks, as well as look back at Willie's draft process with the Steelers in 2006. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post joins the show to give his take on the draft and the possibility of Mike Maccagnan signing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) gestures after thrown a touchdown pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets' preseason schedule has been officially released for the 2018 season. 

The Falcons will be Gang Green's first opponent of the new year on their home turf. Then, they will hit the road to face the Redskins on Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

The annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium between the Jets and Giants will be the Week 3 matchup, with the Jets getting home field advantage.

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sees the Jets grabbing UCLA QB Josh Rosen with their third overall pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projects in his Mini Mock Draft 3.0. 

The Jets clearly traded up to the No. 3 slot to take one of the highly touted quarterbacks. With Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Giants respectively, Rosen appears the best option for the Jets in Kiper's mind. 

CLICK BELOW TO READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS

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Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 22, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) hurdles Miami Dolphins strong safety Nate Allen (29) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Having opted to let Austin Seferain-Jenkins leave in free agency, the Jets are relying on a group of young tight ends to replace his production, recently adding two more options to the mix.

It's possible the Jets could look to add to the group via the draft but, for now, let's consider what each of the tight ends currently on the roster brings to the table, and consider how they might be used in 2018...

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Top QB prospect Josh Rosen 00:01:13
Former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be taken as one of the top QB's in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft a little over two weeks away, the Jets continue to get their last live look at the top prospects they could select with their third overall pick. 

After Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wraps up his private workout with the Jets Tuesday, UCLA QB Josh Rosen will visit the team, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

After Rosen's visit, USC QB Sam Darnold is expected to be next on the list at some point later this week. Wyoming QB Josh Allen is also expected to visit at a later date.

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The Jets continue to bolster their defense with another addition at the second tier in vetearn LB Kevin Minter, the team announced Monday. 

Minter most recently played for the Bengals in 2017, where he tallied 32 tackles in nine games. 

He was a second round draft pick by the Cardinals back in 2013, and he would spend four seasons in Arizona before heading to Cincinnati. He totaled 175 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and six passes defended over 61 games (37 starts). 

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Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Dec 1, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) runs after the catch in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Jets continue to stack their wide receiving corps for next season as former Vikings WR Charles Johnson signed a deal with the team on Monday. 

Johnson, who was waived by the Panthers in July 2017, sat out all last season due to surgery on his right knee. He played for the Vikings from 2014-16, where he totaled 60 receptions for 834 yards and two touchdowns over 39 games. 

The Grand Valley State product was a Packers' seventh-rounder back in 2013, and after joinging the team's practice squad following camp that year, the Brown picked him up to join their 53-man squad. He dressed but never saw action with the Browns. 

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The Jets' free agency strategy 00:12:52
The Jets Nation panel analyzes the Jets' recent free-agent additions, including former Vikings franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Here is the most up-to-date information on whom the Jets have added and lost during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates.

JETS SALARY CAP SPACE

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Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 27, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) rushes against Boston College Eagles defensive tackle Noa Merritt (94) during the second half of the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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While the Jets are reportedly hosting Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen for official Draft visits this week, we've also been keeping an eye on who else is reportedly scheduled to attend. Last year, both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye took official visits before being selected with the Jets' top two picks.

Aside from the quarterbacks, most of this year's names that have leaked so far would be players the Jets might be hoping will drop to day three of the draft or maybe even be available as a priority free agent if they go undrafted. Let's look at some of the more interesting prospects...

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Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the NFL Draft just 17 days away, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is scheduled to meet with the Jets in Florham Park on Monday and Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

The Jets have already met with Mayfield on multiple occasons -- including at the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine -- and the team held a private workout with him. 

The 22-year-old Mayfield, who is expected to be selected early in the first round, threw 119 touchdowns in three seasons with Oklahoma and capped it off by throwing 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2017 when he started a career-high 14 games...

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the retirement of Matt Forte, the Jets have bolstered their depth in the offensive backfield with a couple of veteran additions. Let's give consideration to what each back brings to the table and how they might find a niche in the Jets' offense this season.

Bilal Powell...

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Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Sep 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Al Woods (99) and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) wait to take the field before the Colts game with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Jets on Thursday, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN. Hankins, who was cut by the Colts earlier this offseason, has also visited the Redskins.

After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, Hankins agreed to a four-your deal with the Colts worth $30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets were obviously looking for an upgrade at defensive tackle when they made their brief -- and ill-advised -- pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, they pulled the plug on that before it happened. Johnathan Hankins could turn out to be a much better fit...

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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 WR/DB and Super Bowl champion, Bill Rademacher, has passed at the age of 75, the team confirmed on Tuesday. 

Rademacher came out of Northern Michigan undrafted, and ending up joining the Jets as a receiver in 1964. He would play in New York for five seasons that included a Super Bowl title in 1968. 

After getting released in 1969, he joined the Boston Patriots where he played just two seasons before retiring. Radebacher, then, became the head coach of Norther Michigan, where he owned a 37-16-1 career record. 

Overall, he played in 58 games totaling 24 receptions for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield keeps notes on media members who are criticial of him, which former Jet and current SNY Jet Stream podcast co-host Willie Colon thinks is a bad sign.

"I saw it as a red flag," Colon said on Tuesday. "I did see it as a problem. This is a city that is notoriously known for its media. The New York media is unapologetic. Our beat writers make their name for being leaderless -- they're not rooting for you."

"Half the time, you have to earn it," Colon said about the respect of the media in New York. "And I think if you're Baker Mayfield, and you're already doing that without a team. Let's say you do get drafted by the Jets, there's three or four beat writers that will -- I promise you -- will say bad things about you and critique your game and who you are as a person. And may sometimes go over the line. And you're at the end of the locker like 'oh, I just checked twitter. Let me check this guy's name off.' That means you're focused on the wrong things. You should only be worried about being the best you can be for your team and winning football games."

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Nov 18, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson (4) scores a touchdown against Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Justin Lawler (99) during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Nov 18, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson (4) scores a touchdown against Southern Methodist Mustangs defensive end Justin Lawler (99) during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

The Jets currently own four day three picks and, having traded away two second rounders, will be keen to find some contributors. Last year, the Jets traded down a few times and ended up making six selections on day three. 

Let's highlight some players who could interest the Jets on day three this year.

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The Loud Mouths debate if it would be a boom or a bust for the Jets to trade a premium draft pick to acquire Rob Gronkowski.