Just to note, this is from yesterday.  We'll keep you updated from the latest as we can today.

Opening Statement…

Today I thought was great. I’ve been really pleased with the first two days of practice. I like the way we’re competing with each other and yet still at the same time taking care of each other. I think that’s obviously important especially when you’re doing it with pads on. Unfortunately, we lost Aaron Berry with an ACL injury and that’s really unfortunate. The young man was in great shape and it just seems like every year something like that happens to somebody and it’s really unfortunate but I think he’ll come back strong and be ready to go and we’ll certainly miss him but he’s still a Jet. There’s no doubt about that. The practice, I’ll tell you I’ve been pleased with (Clyde) Gates. Obviously, he’s making some big plays. When you’re crossing the goal line with the ball, you have a tendency to notice the guy. He’s doing a tremendous job. I liked (Vidal) Hazelton, the way he played today. Not because he got in a little whatever but because he’s working to get open, he’s running routes well, and I thought he caught the ball well. And then on the defensive side of the ball, I think Antonio Allen jumped out to me. Jaiquawn Jarrett looked good. So that’s going to be great competition with those guys (as they) compete for that starting spot opposite (Dawan) Landry. It’s good competition. He made a great play in the end zone getting that one interception today and he challenges himself. Very few safeties are going to line up one-on-one against wide outs and yet he challenge(s) himself every day to do that. So I’ve been pleased with him. And then some corners that have been given an opportunity are stepping up like a guy like Ellis Lankster has been pretty impressive. So I’ve liked the way he’s competing. And Kyle (Wilson), obviously, I think he’s coming on. With that I’ll go ahead and open it up for questions.

On the system being a fit for Gates…

Well, I mean, we’re going to need to see the game action and all that but I think without question it’s a fit. If you’re a receiver it’s a fit. I mean, it’s tough, for each of Marty’s (Mornhinweg) years because I’ve had to defend against him and (Marty’s) got an excellent offensive mind. He’s kind of like (Dennis Thurman) in the fact (he is) somebody that’s seen and done it. I see DT’s been with me forever so we’re all part of each other, but the same kind of mentality I have on defense, like I’ve seen it, I’ve done it and defended it. He takes the same thing on (offense)…is it cocky? Yeah, probably. Confident, a little cocky. He can go home at night. At 9:30, he can go home. Why? He’s prepared. He’s ready to go. It’s not like he has to sit back and reinvent the wheel. He’s already done it. It’s impressive, I like watching our offense. Some of the screen things we do, some of the other things that we do down the field, he’s got a way of getting people the football. But you talk about Clyde Gates, most track guys are guys that are super fast, aren’t route runners. I think Clyde’s a route runner. I saw last year, I thought he really improved last year, the beginning of last year, whether it’s seeing a Santonio Holmes, being with Sanjay (Lal), I don’t know, you’d have to ask him. But he does a good job of running routes. And with that speed he has, the number one thing – well, you’re going to press him at the line. Well, if you miss him, you’re in trouble. The other thing is he’s able to get off the press and he does a great job even on the top of his route. So we’ll see. I think the big thing is availability in this league is probably as important as athletic ability and so proving that he can be durable and all that kind of stuff is going to be part of it as well.

On if Geno Smith will practice with the first team…

Oh yeah. We’ll have a method to the madness or whatever. He’ll certainly get an opportunity to run with the ones.

On if he can evaluate Smith easier when he plays with the starters…

Well, again, the way we split up routes, or reps, sometimes you’ll see the ones versus the threes. Sometimes you’ll learn a lot from the threes. If a guy’s stepping up and he can compete against (the ones), you feel pretty good about it. Maybe he’s not a three for long. Maybe you move guys up. But, they’re just reps right now. Obviousl, I think if it’s a live scrimmage rep, I think that’s probably a little different. But right now it’s more of an introductory-type thing. Whether it’s with the ones or the twos or whatever, both guys are going to be given equal reps with the ones and twos.

On if Mark Sanchez will throw with the starters for the first full-padded practice…

Well, we’ll see. I think I can sit back and say yes, but to be honest with you I know it’s going to be even with the reps so I don’t know what it calls for. I know one thing, that Geno did run that zone-read today and I’m not so sure we (could have) tackled him. That looked pretty good.

On Quinton Coples’ growth…

I think just his…and if I say ‘maturity’ I’m going to get killed for it because people are going to say ‘Oh well come on, Coples is not mature.’ Yeah, he is. But he’s, I think just knowing the pro game and working at a higher tempo. I see him doing it. We’ll give him a lot. He’s playing in, he’s playing outside, he’s doing a lot of different things. And you can’t do that if you don’t know what you’re doing so I see that from him. Obviously he’s jumping out to everybody because you see the athleticism. I think that’s what jumps out at you. But I see the other things, too. I see he’s not making the mental mistakes. We’re challenging him mentally. We’ll say ‘Oh, by the way, you play D-end right now,’ (and we) haven’t even gone over it with him. But he has to pay attention in the meetings and things like that. Again, I’ve been kind of impressed with him. Muhammad Wilkerson though, if you just watch a guy that is the man, I know (Quinton)’s going to jump out at you, there’s no question, but to me Muhammad Wilkerson’s the guy that should be getting most of the focus.

On Kyle Wilson’s role…

Well again, he’s competing for a starting job as a corner. Could we use him at other areas? Absolutely. We put him as the starting nickel. He’s been a starting nickel here for the last couple years, but even some safety, some different roles that we can play. The great thing about Kyle is he’s smart and you can put him anywhere. He kind of gives us some matchup things. If we prefer to play another corner, we can do that. If we want to play him as a safety, we can do that also and, obviously, as a corner. Right now he’s competing for the starting corner job.

On if he is mindful of a plan beyond 2013…

Well sure. I think when you look at it. That’s going to be more of the when you get down to what the roster looks like and all that stuff. Obviously, you’re winning for now…that whole thing about win for now and you’re also trying to develop for the future. Certainly, I’m mindful of that.

On whether Dee Milliner will need to catch up since he missed off-season time on the field…

Well, we’ll find out when that time comes. I think with Dee he did a great job in the classroom. So it wasn’t like he was missing time in the classroom. And he was on top of it. So I think from a mental part, certainly I would expect him to be able to jump in and go but you’re right, he hasn’t been out there physically. He had the surgery and things like that. So I guess we’ll find out when he shows up.

On if he talks to John Idzik about Milliner…

I talk to John every day and several times a day but it’s not that Dee is really the topic of conversation. We might talk about it but it’s certainly not where the focus of the conversation generally is. We’re talking about what we observed on the practice field and the way people are picking things up in the classroom and things like that.

On how disappointing Milliner’s absence is given his disappointment with Darrelle Revis in previous years…

Well, I’m frustrated by it. I’m disappointed he’s not here. I’d like for Dee to be here. There’s no question. But I think with Darrelle’s contract, he was under contract. And I think that was a lot of my frustration, was that we had a player that was under contract and wasn’t there. A player and an organization are going to do what’s in the best interest of each other or whatever. Certainly the organization is and the player will also and that’s fine. But if a guy was under contract then I think that would be…that’s where I would have the biggest frustration. Here, this is business. It’s not the first time that a player is not here because he didn’t sign a contract.

On if he has reached out to Milliner…

No.

On if he senses the players miss Revis or if they use it as motivation to prove themselves…

I think both statements are true. I think both statements are true because you’re always going to miss a teammate, and especially a good teammate. He was a great player and he’s a good teammate. So certainly you miss that. There’s a lot of guys, Jim Leonhard, you miss a lot of guys. But, at the same time, you’re right it’s not about one guy and it wasn’t about one guy when he was here. We had a lot of good football players. But, was he a phenomenal player? absolutely. But we have a lot of good football players here, on both sides of the ball. And I think us, you see a lot of joy out there because the guys are having fun. They’re competing against each other and they’re enjoying it, and it’s good competition. We think that we’re going to be ok.

On the cornerback competition…

Unfortunately losing Aaron (Berry), because that was a young man that we really liked and we thought could be in that competition. But we have Kyle (Wilson) as a starter now, and he’s being pushed by Ellis (Lankster) and (Darrin) Walls. (Isaiah) Trufant, Trufant is more of a nickel, as we know, (Trufant) a tough little hombre, but he’s truly more of your inside-type corner. But he’s outstanding in some of the things that he does. And then you have some young guys competing as well. Finally get (Mike) Edwards on the field, start seeing what he can do. Donnie Fletcher, I like the fact Donnie can do a lot of things. We train him in similar roles like we do Kyle (Wilson). Outside, nickel, corner, safety, a lot of different roles for him also.

On any changes with Mike Goodson…

No. Same thing guys.

On David Harris’ shape coming into camp…

Absolutely. I’m spreading the rumor he’s on the lap band, but I’m not sure he was (joking). No, he looks outstanding. He is quick, and I think we all took it personal. We never played to our expectations, and so every one of us is like, no, no, I’m going to be at my very best, and that’s what I think you see in David (Harris). He proves it by the shape that he came in, and the way he’s leading this team.

On Rontez Miles’ injury…

He’s got a hip. Again, the severity of it, I’m not real sure, but it’s keeping him out. And it’s something he had at the mini camp, and he’s still not back from that yet.

On where his statement, “we’re going to be ok” comes from…

Through everything I’ve seen. The fact that we probably had more guys at our volunteer camps than anybody in the league. I know they work extremely hard. We came back in shape, for the majority of the team was in great shape. And we have some talent, and I think when you look at the systems we play, I think we have excellent systems, and I think again, how many wins, I don’t know, we’ll see. I know one thing, we’re going to show up with everything we have, we’re going to play that way, we’re going to practice that way, and we’re going to attend meetings the same way. We know that we have to be at our very best. And I’m confident that we’ll be there.

On if his daily discussions with John Idzik go beyond this year…

We talk about everything. The majority of our conversations are about the present. But, absolutely. I mean, hey, I know who’s in the draft for next year, like some of those guys that I’ve seen just by watching tape of guys. Safe to say I won’t be here if we draft (University of South Carolina DE Jadaveon) Clowney, I can just say that right now. I think we can say that without hesitation. Kid ran a lot of 4.46 80 or something like that. And they’re one of the best teams in South Carolina too (joking).

On how difficult it is for a defensive back to defend the read-option…

Well it wasn’t just the DB it was that defensive end. I was like ohhhh, I don’t know if he would have got him. But it was kind of cool to be able to do that. And we can be very multiple. You’ve got David Lee here, who’s had a lot of experience with it. Obviously Marty’s (Mornhinweg) had experience with it, running some of that stuff. I think the league (if) you look at Buffalo, the young man they drafted (from) Florida State, I’m sure they’re going to do that. I think the league, you have to be prepared for all of it, and he has that type of athleticism where he can do some of that as well.

On the read-option in the NFL, and why it’s suddenly working now… 

I think part of it is that a lot of these quarterbacks, people will just take that big defensive end and hit you right in the face. So I remember Fran Tarkenton with 30 stiches or whatever it was, got knocked out – some guy from Detroit hit him, I’m like mmm, that’s probably the last time they run the read-option with Fran Tarkenton. But, even the rules have changed. If you’re getting your quarterback hit in the face with a helmet, I don’t know how much of this zone read we’d see. But it’s certainly, our rules are in place to protect the players and that’s where they should be. But maybe that’s part of it as well. It’s always that the zone read and the option, it’s just mathematics. The offense is trying to get a numbers advantage, and I think on defense you kind of think unless you’re using the quarterback, that you actually have an extra defender. When you’re involved with the quarterback or the wild-cat guy, then it’s 11 on 11 football.

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With the Jets holding the no. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, there's a chance Saquon Barkley falls to them. The electric running back would welcome that possibility as a boyhood Jets fan. 

As all Jets fans understand and admit, there have been more than enough tough times while being a fan of the team. He jokes that if Jets GM Mike Maccagnan asks what he could do for the team, he might be a bit shy in his answer due to his fandom.

"I'll probably be a little more shy 'cause I was a Jets fan growing up, a true, true Jets fan," Barkley said...

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Jets 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (23) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. The Miami Dolphins defeat the New York Jets 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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The next stop for David Harris figures to be the Jets' Ring of Honor.

Harris, who spent 10 years as the anchor of the Jets defense before he was released last year, announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday afternoon. The 34-year-old inside linebacker ended his 11-year career through a short statement released by his agent on Twitter, less than three weeks after reaching the first Super Bowl of his career with the New England Patriots - although he wasn't activated for the game.

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The Jets have seen Sheldon Richardon, Damon Harrison, and Quinton Coples depart within the past few seasons. With the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson thought to be imminent, they suddenly find themselves in a position where they lack depth on the defensive interior.

In addition, a potentially promising pipeline of young depth hasn't really materialized. Deon Simon and Claude Pelon couldn't crack the rotation, and spent most of the year on the practice squad, while Lawrence Thomas became a full back. Leonard Williams will be back, but his 2017 season was arguably just as disappointing as Wilkerson's, and he might find that teams can more readily gameplan around him if he's not surrounded with the same kind of talent...

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down which quarterbacks have the most to prove at the upcoming NFL Combine.

Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, and Lamar Jackson are among the top prospects.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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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)

In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has seen his draft stock significantly rise all season. After leading his Sooners team to the College Footbal Playoff with gutsy drives and precision passing all season long, Kiper thinks he is the starter -- and leader -- the Jets need under center. 

READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS BELOW

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brent Qvale, Chandler Catanzaro, Dakota Dozier, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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 (Glenn Andrews)
(Glenn Andrews)

In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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 (Chuck Cook)
(Chuck Cook)

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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