New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez 8/23

On what he thinks of the change at right tackle…

I trust coach’s decision.  I think both guys are going to help us.  Austin’s (Howard) earned his shot to play and I know that’s a good role for Wayne (Hunter).  Ultimately, its coach’s decision and both of those guys have my support, so whatever works best for the team.

On whether he thinks Hunter has been a scapegoat for the offensive problems this preseason.…

I don’t know. I’m sure on the outside it might look that way but we all had our share in not scoring a touchdown yet.  We’re in the red zone and I had a pass picked off and taken back for a touchdown. So, we all had our share of mistakes and we’ve all had games where we haven’t played our best.  It’s not just one guy’s fault, we all had a hand in it. 

On his goals for Sunday’s game…

I think the most important thing is just being sharp.  On Sunday night, we want to play well, we want to play fast (and) keep up our tempo.  And then when we get down into the red zone, we have to execute a little better.  We can’t have penalties. We have to avoid penalties and turnovers in the red zone.  That’s what has been keeping us from scoring.  Other than that, we move the ball fairly well between the 20’s. We have to keep that part of it up.

On what he liked about the offense from the Giants game…

There were a lot of good plays (and) some catches out on the edge by Patrick Turner.  Stephen (Hill) got involved with the second unit pretty well.  I thought the running game looked great.  I thought Matt Slauson and Nick Mangold and Shonn Greene, the three of them probably had one of their best 30 plays of football that they’ve ever had on film.  It looked awesome.  So there’s been flashes.  Now we just have to put it all together.

On how it would feel to score a touchdown this preseason …

Well, it’s nice.  Obviously, I’ve said it before, we’re an offensive unit.  The point is to be on the offensive and score points.  It obviously helps the defense and our team, so that’s the overall goal. We just have to keep on improving and the points will come.

On the decision to make a change at right tackle…

I think Coach had a good pulse on it and felt that this is the right time.  I trust Coach Ryan and Coach Sparano in that decision, a personnel decision.  Both of those guys (Howard and Hunter) are going to help us a lot and both of them are going to play a lot.  They both have my support and I think we’ll do alright.

On Howard’s progress…

Well, I know last year he showed some flashes on scout team and stuff when he had chances to play with the starting group, he did a good job.  All he’s been doing is improving this camp (and) this preseason.  He’s a tough competitor, a guy who wants to get it right, who wants to work hard.  So it’s been good to watch him mature a little bit and keep growing. 

On how it feels to have Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes back in some of the practices…

It’s great.  I love JK (Kerley).  He’s quick and explosive.  (We got) a mix of a little Santonio again out there today and it just felt like things started to click again.  (When) you get explosive playmakers like that back, it really can boost your offense.  

On if he feels that he’s had enough reps with Kerley and Holmes…

Well, you know, this game’s coming no matter what.  We can’t turn back now.  Those guys have to listen to their body and come back as soon as they’re ready.  But we’re pushing them hard and our training staff is doing a great job getting them back as soon as possible.  So, ready or not (the first game is coming).

On Hunter playing the Jumbo tight end role…

He’s done great in that role before as swing tackle.  I know Rex was quoted saying that.  Then that Jumbo tight end role, both of those guys work really well together.  I think Wayne knows that position better than anybody.  If that’s the right fit for our team, then that’s the direction we’ll go.  We have full faith in both of those guys and Coach Sparano and Rex’s decision.  

On if he will be concerned if they don’t score on Sunday….

I don’t think like that.  I just don’t think in hypotheticals like that.  All I can see is us doing well, and preparing well like we are, having a great practice again like we did today and staying positive through the whole thing and not worrying about it.  The points will come.

On what the offense needs to get out of Sunday’s game…

I think most importantly is just being efficient, keep up the pace and tempo. (We need to) take care of the football and once we get into the red zone we can’t hurt ourselves with penalties and a turnover like last week.

On making the sure the offense stays positive…

Overall, it was a tough experience.  But at the same time, you take away a lot of the good things as well.  We were the number one offensive team in the league (in the red zone last season).  We ran the ball really well at times when we got back to our identity with our two-back stuff.  We can run the ball really well.  We have the guys up front that can move around on the offensive line and protect really well.  Now, we’ve added a couple more receivers and some of our guys are coming back.  We’re really in a good spot.  I know it doesn’t look like it from the outside, but that’s okay. The most important thing to learn from last year, other than taking care of the football, was stick with the guys in here.  Don’t worry about outside opinions.  Stay focused on our goals and our preparation and keep supporting each other, because that’s where I think some of the breakdown was last year.

On whether it’s unusual for him to have so many snaps in the preseason…

No, I think that’s pretty normal.  Pretty much what we’ve done before.

On the amount of time the third and fourth string get…

I mean, I’m sure that fourth game will be theirs.  So that’ll kind of even things out I’d assume.  But I mean playtime, that’s a coaching decision all the way.

On how Holmes looked today…

He looked pretty good today.  He was moving around well and our guy’s back, JK’s back too. That was awesome. It was good to see him running around making some great catches.  I know he’s got some fresh legs so that was nice.

On whether it’s important to get some reps with Holmes on Sunday…

Sure.  Hopefully, Santonio will be on the field.  We’re all pushing for him play. And he’s a competitor. He’ll do the right thing and get out there (when he’s ready). 

On how comfortable they are running the Wildcat without running it in the preseason…

I feel good about it. (laughter) It’s cool with me.

On what he feels good about…

I feel good about our tempo.

On areas where he’s grown…

I think a good example is just like today.  Today was hot, it was a long practice and the temptation is to, ‘Alright, I can kind of put one in here, I can go 90 percent. I can do this, I can double reset and wait on a route.’ Little things like that.  Then they start becoming habit.  So today was a great chance for me to pull Stephen aside, and pull a couple of the young guys aside, ‘Hey, don’t put one in today.  Fight it.  I know.  I know it’s hard, I know it is. Trust me I’ve been there.  Just fight through it, man. Stay positive. Smile. Run from drill to drill. I know you’re exhausted, but we’re going to get in that cold tub after and it’ll be fine.  And we’ll go study and get ready for tomorrow and get some good sleep.  But don’t fake it.’  I think that was a good example, just drawing from today.  Every day it’s a new challenge.  With different personnel in here and new guys around us, it all presents a new challenge. And now, I think one of the most important things I’m trying to do, with all this stuff, is just attack it. Whether it’s a blitz, I’m trying to attack it. Whether its coverage, lets attack their coverage.   Whether it’s a run check, I’m going to attack that.  Even if it’s an interview, whatever it is, I’m really trying be proactive about it and prepare and do my best.

On whether he talked to Hunter after the change his position…

Yes.

On his reaction to the change at right tackle…

Well, we trust coach’s decision and I have faith in both those guys. I know both of them can play well.  I know Austin’s really working hard.  I know Wayne knows that swing tackle position better than anybody. And he’s comfortable in that position.  The most important thing I think both of those guys would say it is, what’s best for the team. Coach said that was it and that’s it.

On the pressure of being a quarterback…

Like you said, it is a good thing.  For me it’s always been a good thing.  There’s more pressure in the playoffs, (and) that’s where I played my best.  Now, this year, each year, it seems to grow.  So, that’s good.  When expectations are high, usually performance is better. So, I’m okay with that.  I understand that’s part of the territory.  Anytime you ever feel that pressure, you just look around at the guys we have.  The guys that are going to take the pressure off you.  That’s where I’m pretty fortunate here to have a Nick Mangold and the offensive line we have.  To have Shonn Greene who can carry the rock 30 times a game.  Have receivers that can go out and make plays.  (To have) a Dustin Keller who I’ve been with for four years now.  So, it’s a good spot even though there’s a lot of pressure.

On if he has to give himself pep talks…

I’m confident in my ability.  My confidence never waivers.  I’ve said it before when I get out on the field I’m the best there’s going to be.  That’s just the way you’ve got to play. No matter what.  Anytime something bad happens, I got this from Coach Carroll, if you know your shooting percentage and you miss your first twelve shots, but you’re a 58 percent shooter, than lookout because your next 20 are going to be pretty good.  So it’s just the way things go, but I’m confident.

On this season…

It’s a big year for all of us.  We’re all ready just to start playing again.  I think the guys are excited.  I said it earlier in spring, there’s just a good vibe around here.  So, regardless of any outside pressure, we’re putting a lot of pressure on each other, on ourselves, so it’s good.

New York Jets Quarterback Tim Tebow, 8/23

On practice this week …

I feel like it’s been a really good week. I feel like we’ve done some things really well. We’ve gotten better every day. I feel like as we’re getting ready for this game against Carolina, we’ll be prepared to go out there and execute and hopefully do some good things.

On the change at right tackle…

Austin (Howard) has been doing a really great job throughout camp. Wayne (Hunter) has done a great job at times. Both of those guys have been competing hard and I’m proud of both of their efforts.

On whether it is hard knowing Mark Sanchez will play more against Carolina…

No, it’s not difficult. You just know your role and you try to do it the best you can. When you get opportunities you make the most of them.

On Jeremy Kerley…

I’ve had a chance a little bit to throw with him, to get a little timing down. He’s a very explosive player. I think his 40 time was about as fast as he plays on the field. He’s quick getting in and out of cuts, in and out of breaks. Some guys just have a knack for that and he really does. He’s just a great athlete. You can tell, I think he got drafted in baseball, that he can throw the ball well. He runs around. He can catch. He’s just smart. He’s just a football player and I think that’s a big time compliment you can give someone. He’s just good at playing the game of football.

On whether or not Kerley will make a difference…

I think overall for us, it’s just about executing on the same page. I think he’s someone that’s a big time weapon. I think he can be used a lot of different ways. He’s an explosive player as well.

On whether or not he would like to run the Wildcat during the preseason…

It’s ok. We’ve ran that play before. It doesn’t matter. Whatever I’m asked to do, I’ll do. I’m fine either way.

On spending time in the offseason working with other people…

That’s a good question. I definitely did work outside of here in our break time, working with Noel Mazzone and Tom House. I’m really just trying to continue to work on my fundamentals, getting better. I really feel like I made some strides there. I feel very comfortable with that. Those are things you continue to have to work on every day. I do work out with Coach Cavanaugh and Coach Sparano, when you get individual time to work .

On whether communication is important…

Yeah, you definitely have to have communication. I think that helps. I mean, you could choose not to, but I definitely choose to have open communication to let them know what I’m working on and why I’m working on it. Anyway I can get better and that’s been a great relationship so far.

On whether the coaches encourage him to get outside help…

They don’t necessarily encourage it to go out and do it, but encourage by meaning it’s great you’re going out and working. They know how comfortable I am with it too and those guys, so it helps.

On whether he thinks too many people are trying to help him…

No, not really. I think you just have to have the main voice and that’s definitely Coach Cavanaugh. Everybody can provide something new. You can learn from everyone. A quote I’ve always loved is, “In a multitude of counselors there is wisdom.” You can take wisdom from a lot of different people and find exactly what works for you.

On having fans at practice…

It’s feels good to be able to have practices that fans can come out to. That’s always great for the fans. I think there’s definitely a line where you want to work on some stuff. You also want to be open to the fans and let them be involved. It’s definitely been fun having them out there. Also, it’ll be interesting to see the dynamic when that changes.

On having to be ready to play at any moment…

I feel like I do that sometimes in practice, so I guess that gives you a little bit of reps at that. Also, I’ve done that a lot in my career. I did that my freshman year of college back and forth a lot, and my rookie year into the beginning of last year.

On if not starting poses a challenge when it comes time to perform…

I think it poses a challenge to make sure you’re always ready on the sideline. You have to continue to warm up and throw, loosen up and make sure you’re always ready. I have to continue to work on the sideline but that’s fine with me.

On learning the new offense…

I feel like it’s something we have down now. The more reps you can get in real live situations, the better it is. The communication between quarterback and receiver, running back and offensive line, the more reps you get in more live situations to see how everybody reacts is always great too.

On whether he studies less compared to when he first got here…

It’s hard to say. Obviously, in OTA’s it was something that was obviously very fresh for us (and) it was nonstop looking at it. Now, it’s more of trying to get the fine details, fine points, audibles, and checks. It’s always probably the same amount of studying. You went from regular math to now algebra as Coach Sparano talks about.

On if he wanted a live rep with the Wildcat play this preseason…

It’s fine. We had a few live reps in practice, but I’ve ran that stuff before so I’ve had reps in my life at it.

On whether he thinks the game plan should remain a secret during preseason…

Yeah, I just think we continue to work on it in practice when we need to. We can get good reps in practice. I don’t think it’s something you have to do in a preseason game.

On why he went on Boomer Esiason’s show…

I went on it because Bruce (Speight) and the PR department told me to.

On Esiason’s show…

I don’t have any problem with Mr. Esiason or them. That’s his opinion, everyone has their opinion and that doesn’t change my perspective of the show or him as a person. I wouldn’t be afraid of going on.

On what he thinks about Esiason’s comment that he should be cut…

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and that’s his opinion. I guess you could say it’s a little fuel to  the fire but not really. I’ve heard a lot of negativity my whole life and I don’t really let that get me too high or too low. I just want to be the same person and have a smile on my face. I never change based on one person’s analysis of me or how I play. I think the better thing you could say was when he said he wouldn’t mind having me as a son-in-law. I’d rather have that compliment than him thinking that I’m a quarterback.

On whether he takes Esiason’s comment about being a bad quarterback but a good guy as a compliment…

I would rather be known as someone with good character than a good football player but I do want to be known as a good football player as well.

On if he will get some reps next week against Philadelphia…

I have no idea.

On how the change at right tackle affects him…

I mean just as far as feeling it, it’s a little bit harder to feel being my blind side. Both of those guys have worked hard in camp and just competed well. Austin has done some good things and Wayne has done some good things. I’m just proud of their effort.

On his communication with Howard…

I think you just want to be clear with your calls and everything. It’s new for everybody so you want to be exciting and clear but for him, he’s done a good job. He’s gotten everything down. It’s just having confidence in your guys.

On continuing to grow from last year…

I think you just continue to work on your fundamentals. You continue to try and get better at the little things. When you get opportunities, try and show that. I think at times I’ve been able to show some of those things. I just continue to get better and when you get opportunities, try and make the most of them.

On if he has to adapt to his new role…

I don’t think so. For most of this training camp, OTA’s, minicamp, I’ve been just a regular quarterback. I’ve been training as a quarterback. When I’m going to be in the game for a lot of that, yeah, there will be chances of running, chances (for) options, reads and things like that but you’re still a quarterback. You still have to read the defense, make reads and make checks. (There’s) a lot of thinking, a lot of thought process, a lot of decisions (that) go into that and ultimately, at quarterback, what you do is you make decisions. That’s what I’m trying to do back there so you’re still being a quarterback even though people might look at it differently.

New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes, 8/23

On if he will be able to play on Sunday…

I feel pretty confident that I can come back and play this week.  The things that (Head Athletic Trainer) John Mellody and the rest of the training staff have been doing for me has been really good.  I have been working a lot extra, overtime spending with these guys treatment wise and they are doing a really good job trying to get me back on the field.

On if he has a back injury in addition to a rib injury…

There is a lot going on on the left side, with the hamstring, the ribs, the back but all that stuff is finally clearing up right now and as you can see, practice has been pretty good to me.  I got a chance to get a couple of reps with the ones.  It feels pretty good to be out on the field again.

On if it is important to play in Sunday’s game…

I honestly think it would be to get the speed back up and get the feel of the game, try to get my wind back and play behind these guys and hopefully as much as I can do for the team come Sunday, Coach (Ryan) will allow that to happen and we will move forward from there.

On Mark Sanchez being anxious for his return…

I think Mark just misses smiling at me on the field (joking), come practice days he does it all the time.  I think that is what really gets us going, once we start our meetings and practices for the day.  I am excited, just as well as the guys are, to see me back on the field, but we have got to take it one step at a time, make sure we do not have any setbacks come September.

On the offense…

There is a learning curve for us right now, (with us) having a new offense thrown at us and the things that Coach Sparano is expecting from us, we have to get better as a group.  We have to play better all around, especially with our receivers.  We have to be a lot more physical than what we have been showing.  It doesn’t show up as much in the games, but as far as film work has been going it has not been good for our group in particular so to help myself and this group get back on the field is what we are going to be looking forward to.  I think it will help get us going.

On if he will wear a protective vest if he plays on Sunday…

I have no clue.  I have no clue what the trainers have for me right now.  We have been working on a few things but I am not sure.  I feel pretty good.  I didn’t wear anything today at practice and I ran a few routes with the individuals and even went against the defense today and I felt pretty good so we will see.

On how he feels right now…

I am good. I would say I am ready to roll but I know the trainers wouldn’t like to hear that from me right about now.  Like I said, I have got to take it one day at a time.  I can’t push it too early right now and just wait and see. 

On the Jets struggling on offense in the first two games…

It’s the preseason. Last (time) I checked it counts in September and I think our guys will get the ball rolling come September. (There are) things that we have been doing correctly, (like) running the football pretty well. I think we just need to get going from that standpoint and the rest will just fall in line for us once we get the ball rolling.

On Stephen Hill…

Stephen Hill has shown a lot of progress, being a rookie, jumping into a starting role into a brand new offense, coming from running a triple-option in college and into being in a role where routes have to be consistent, crisp, down to a “T” and the attention to detail has to be there. His role has grown a lot in what he has learned from Coach Sanjay (Lal) and myself in the receiving room.

On running secret plays and attention to detail…

I wouldn’t say it’s a secret, but what we do here is work on the details and the things we need to correct. I think everything you’ve pretty much seen is how we’re going to come out this season, but the attention to detail is going to have to be a lot better than what it has been. The things that we’re going to do this season, why give everyone a clue right now? Leave them all guessing, show it on Sunday when it really counts and we’ll just punch them in the mouth from there.

On if attention to detail has been emphasized…

No question, from the time Coach Sparano put the plays on the board, he has details put beside every route, besides every offensive lineman, every tight end, every quarterback (and) every step to everybody doing the right thing is what we pay attention to once we’re in meetings. I think that’s going to be a key for us coming into this season, paying attention to the details.

On whether he has built chemistry with Tim Tebow…

Being Florida guys, I think that builds enough chemistry amongst ourselves and also with Coach Urban Meyer coaching the Buckeyes, we do a little talking amongst ourselves. I’m always prepping him on the sideline. I’m always messing with him throughout the day while we’re at practice and I think he feeds off that. We have a good relationship.

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It hasn't been the start LB Lorenzo Mauldin wanted for his NFL career. 

The former 2015 third-rounder had two inconsistent seasons to begin his time with the Jets, and last season wasn't much better with season-ending surgery to repair his back. 

So, entering 2018 with just one year left on his rookie contract, Mauldin knows what he is playing for at this point. 

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When the Jets drafted QB Sam Darnold, it appeared inevitable that their former second-rounder, QB Christian Hackenberg, was the odd man out with four quarterbacks on the roster. 

That is why Jets fans probably weren't surprised to hear Hackenberg was traded to the Raiders Monday for a 2019 conditional seventh-round draft pick. And they also shouldn't be surprised to hear head coach Todd Bowles' reasoning on the matter as well.

"We have three quarterbacks. Obviously, we drafted Sam in the first. We like Teddy (Bridgewater). We like Josh (McCown). We just had one too many to get all of them reps, so we held him out today just because we had things in the works in case something happened," Bowles said after the team's first OTA on Tuesday. "So we just wanted to go with the three quarterbacks that we have and let these guys battle it out."

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The Daily News Live panel discusses the NFL owners' new national anthem policy and Jets owner Christopher Johnson's plan to resist it.

In the wake of the NFL's new national anthem policy, which requires all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" or stay in the locker room or another inside area until the anthem is completed, Jets owner Christopher Johnson said he would pay any fines the team gets if it happens.

In the new policy, which the NFLPA immediately fired back at, it says those who violate the policy will receive "appropriate discipline" from the commissioner. 

"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules," Johnson told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we're all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don't want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won't. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that's just something I'll have to bear."

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New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets players and coaching staff lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL announced a new national anthem policy on Wednesday, requiring all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem."

That policy, which stemmed from many players kneeling in protest last season for social justice reasons, was immediately challenged by the NFLPA, which issued a statement saying it would "review the new 'policy' and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement."

In its statement, the NFLPA says the NFL "chose to not consult the union" while developing the new policy, and said that the vote by NFL club CEOs "contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values, and patriotism of our League."

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When the Jets claimed former Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia last week, it was one of the more interesting moves off the offseason. Garcia was selected with the 85th overall pick in the third round of last year's draft, but the Patriots have opted to give up on him already after a challenging rookie season.

For the Jets, it's a low-risk move to pick up a player with untapped potential, and could prove to be great value as he will remain on his rookie deal for three more years. If the move doesn't work out, the Jets won't owe Garcia any money or bear any kind of a cap hit, so they have little to lose.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks about Christian Hackenberg being traded to the Raiders, and why the QB struggled with the Jets.

The Jets have traded QB Christian Hackenberg to the Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019, head coach Todd Bowles announced on Tuesday. 

"We did everything we could," Bowles said about working with Hackenberg. "Sometimes it just doesn't work out."

Bowles added that Hackenberg was held out of OTAs on purpose on Tuesday in case a deal involving him was reached. Hackenberg had been lost in the shuffle in the Jets' QB logjam, with Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, and Teddy Bridgewater ahead of him on the depth chart. 

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Check out Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Quincy Enunwa and more in action at Jets OTAs on Tuesday in Florham Park.

The Jets took the field in Florham Park on Tuesday to kick off their first OTA session leading up to training camp in June. 

Of course, the biggest storyline heading into the new year for Gang Green is what will Sam Darnold's role be in his rookie season. Here he is already getting work in as practice begins.

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Washington Redskins' Terrelle Pryor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Jets WR Terrelle Pryor was one of the most notable players missing at the team's first OTA on Tuesday, and it wasn't because he didn't want to show up. 

Pryor, who had ankle surgery last November, has reportedly suffered another ankle injury this offseason, per the Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 28-year-old converted receiver played in just nine games last season with the Redskins before a season-ending ankle injury ruined his one-year, "prove it" deal in Washington. He signed another with the Jets this offseason worth $4.5 million.

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New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed fourth-round pick Chris Herndon, a tight end out of Miami (Fla.), on Monday, leaving first-round pick Sam Darnold as New York's only unsigned draftee.

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The Jets had a boatload of cap space as well as the No. 3 overall draft pick to work with this offseason. And LB Darron Lee thinks the moves made using those resources have looked good thus far.

The most notable of the acquisitions made by GM Mike Maccagnan include CB Trumaine Johnson, LB Avery Williamson, and first-round draft pick QB Sam Darnold. These three players are the crucial chess pieces Lee thinks will help them now and in the future.

"This is a game of chess, not checkers," Lee told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "Adding those important pieces like Tru, Avery, and Sam is huge. It has us going in the right direction in my opinion, but implementing those guys in our brotherhood and our standard in what we have here is huge. Seeing how they're abiding by it also and they're jelling in smoothly with it -- it makes you excited. It can't help but make you excited because they're buying in."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence about the legalization of sports betting that the United States Supreme Court voted in favor for on May 14.

This enormously impacts the professional sporting world as Congress could now regulate sports betting if they wish to do so. However, if they elect not to, each State is allowed to act on its own in implementing their own system.

No matter what happened, Goodell's top priority is making sure that the integrity of the game continues to flourish moving forward with the ruling...

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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.

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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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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(Kirby Lee)

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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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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