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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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets need all the help they can get as they try to quickly rebuild in one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. So they sure could use the pick near the top of the second round that they gave to the Indianapolis Colts.

Not that the Jets would do it any differently, of course. Dealing that pick (and two others) put them in position to draft quarterback Sam Darnold, the most important piece in their rebuilding puzzle and the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for 50 years. So there are no regrets, no hindsight and no wishing they still had two selections in the first 34 picks.

The Jets do still have two picks in the first two days, though. The NFL Draft is 2 1/2 months away and they'll have to get through the combine, the Pro Days and interviews before their draft board settles down. But here's an early look at what the Jets might do on Days 1 and 2:

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Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills announced they had signed former Jets center Spencer Long. The Jets had reportedly held out some hope of bringing Long back on a reduced salary having released him last week.

Now that Long is no longer an option, who could the Jets' starting center be in 2019?

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson made his choice on Dec. 30 when he fired Todd Bowles, but not Mike Maccagnan. It was a signal that he believed in his general manager, bought into his vision, and wasn't concerned about his spotty record.

And though Johnson insisted he would never give anyone a playoff mandate ("Absolutely not," he said), the message from his actions are perfectly clear: This is Maccagnan's roster, Adam Gase is Maccagnan's coach, and this is the offseason Maccagnan has to turn the Jets from laughingstocks into a winner.

In other words, as one of the most important offseasons in Jets' history begins, the pressure on Maccagnan is high.

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The Jets are sitting in a sweet spot in the upcoming NFL Draft. They hold a high pick (No. 3) in a draft that isn't thought of as quarterback rich. That means any team that wants a quarterback should want to move up to get their first choice, rather than wait and settle for seconds.

And the Jets are just the type of team that should be very interested in trading down.

For one thing, they already have their franchise quarterback.

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Last week, the Jets decided to let C Spencer Long go, as they declined to pay his $3.5 million roster bonus. They were, however, considering bringing him back at a reduced rate for the 2019-20 season, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

So much for that. 

The Bills, an AFC East rival, signed Long to a three-year deal, as he was a free agent once the Jets parted ways with him. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Long's deal is worth $13 million that could reach a max $15 million with incentives...

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Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has made it pretty clear: He wants out of Pittsburgh. 

The disgruntled Pro Bowl receiver, who was found guilty for reckless driving Tuesday morning after failing to show up to court, tweeted that he is moving on. 

"Thank you Steeler Nation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward.......#NewDemands," he wrote. 

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As the Jets consider how to improve their deficient pass rush, one of the biggest names set to become available might not make it to free agency.

Former NFL agent Joel Corry, who works for CBS Sports, told the Seattle Times he believes the Seahawks will use the franchise tag on Frank Clark. The 25-year-old edge rusher recorded a career-high 13 sacks for Seattle in 2018, and according to Pro Football Focus, Clark had 69 quarterback pressures.

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The Jets stuck to their word when it came to Kareem Hunt

The troubled 23-year-old running back signed with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, the team announced. He will join the Browns on a one-year deal and become a restricted free agent when the contract expires, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Hunt was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after the Chiefs released him mid-way through last season after a video surfaced of the running back assaulting a woman in a Cleveland-area hotel last February. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The high praise continues to come in for Sam Darnold. 

Despite a rocky rookie season for the Jets quarterback, the expectations for Darnold's future are still sky-high, with the latest bit of optimism coming from former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis

The former shutdown corner told TMZ last week that Darnold has what it takes to lead the franchise to its first Super Bowl since 1969. 

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets finally announced their coaching staff for 2019 on Friday and, although many of the hires had already been rumored, there were still a few surprises. Let's weigh up some of the more interesting aspects of this new staff.

A mixture of connections

Although this has been introduced as Adam Gase's staff, a few coaches that have no direct connection to Gase were hired. However, in these instances there are connections that lie elsewhere.

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Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Jim Bob Cooter was among 11 assistants new Jets head coach Adam Gase hired as part of his staff on Friday.

Cooter, who previously spent time as Detroit Lions offensive coordinator, will be New York's running backs coach.

Shawn Jefferson will be an assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, as he previously coached players like Calvin Johnson and Jarvis Landry.

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The Giants and Jets organizations don't like each other very much, which happens when teams share a stadium and a city. The Jets have long had an inferiority complex from feeling like New York's little brother. The Giants have never hid their feelings of superiority when it comes to the Jets.

So neither franchise has ever been inclined to do anything that might even appear to help out the other, which is a huge part of the reason why the two have never made a trade.

It might be time they get over those issues and their egos, though. Because a trade of draft picks between the Giants and Jets this year makes a whole lot of sense.

Tags: Eli Manning, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The recognitions keep pouring in for Jamal Adams.

After making the Pro Bowl and being named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, the 23-year-old Jets safety was revealed Thursday as the No. 20 player on Pro Football Focus' list of the Top 101 players from the 2018 NFL season. 

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New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

To fit Gregg Williams' new 4-3 defensive scheme, the Jets will pick a defensive end, ESPN's Todd McShay predicts.

In his second mock draft, McShay believes the Jets will draft Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the No. 3 pick, predicting Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa goes No. 1 to Arizona and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen goes No. 2 to San Francisco.

"Henry Anderson is a free agent, and Leonard Williams has one year left on his contract, so defensive end is a need for Gang Green," McShay wrote. "Gary has good size (6-foot-5, 283) and athleticism with an explosive closing burst."

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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

It appears as if the Jets want Leonard Williams to be a part of their future, at least for 2019. 

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets do not have any plans to trade the 24-year-old defensive end as he enters his fifth-year option. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano also reports a trade is unlikely and that the team is not actively pursuing one.

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SNY has partnered with Spot.IM to bring you a more dynamic commenting experience across our web site. In the process, we migrated your current Livefyre user accounts and hundreds of thousands of comments to the new system.

The look is slightly different than before and we've added some great, new features. You'll still be able to publish comments and follow conversations in real time. You'll continue to benefit from threaded conversations. And if you have notifications settings enabled, you'll receive emails alerting you when others reply to one of your comments or mention you.

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Feb 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium exterior and the State Farm Arena.The venue is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and the site of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 4, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; General overall view of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium exterior and the State Farm Arena.The venue is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and the site of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

It was the first Super Bowl that people outside the state of Nevada could bet on, and New Jersey was among them. But it wasn't a profitable Sunday for the state. 

According to the Associated Press, sportsbooks operator in New Jersey saw $34.9 million in wagers, but they lost $4.6 million after having to pay out $39.5 million to winners. That means there were a lot of Patriots fans in New Jersey, who beat the Rams 13-3 with a -2.5 spread. 

Despite the pay backs, Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US which runs three total sportsbooks in New Jersey, saw the day as a success. He said Sunday "was by far our biggest day ever in New Jersey in terms of handle. It was really good."

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Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets center Spencer Long (61) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets center Spencer Long (61) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Jets are letting Spencer Long go, but they may try to bring him back.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Jets are declining to pay Long's $3.5 million roster bonus, which will make the center a free agent. The move clears $6.5 million in cap space and leaves no dead money.

While the Jets are interested in bringing back Long at a reduced cost, Vacchiano reports he might first sift through the market to see if he can get more money.

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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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There are still nearly three months until the NFL Draft, which means draft boards are only in their early stages and there is much scouting left to be done. Only a blurry picture has emerged of what the Top 10 looks like. It will come into focus after the scouting combine in late February and the Pro Days throughout March.

With both the Giants and Jets picking in the Top 10, though - again - it's never too early to take a peek at what the Top 10 might look like...

1. Arizona Cardinals - DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams has not been shy about his recruiting efforts for Le'Veon Bell, going as far as having lunch with the running back's agent last week. 

The Pro Bowl safety has said he's tried to contact Bell himself but has not been able to reach through. 

Well, it appears Adams has gotten Bell's attention now. 

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The NFL's offseason is now underway it's going to be one of the most important in the history of the Jets' franchise. They have a new coach, they have a franchise quarterback, and they have about $100 million in salary cap room to spend on a relatively barren roster.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan can turn things around quickly. Or he could turn the Jets into an even bigger mess.

He's already begun making his plans to reshape the roster for the 2019 season, of course, and beginning Monday he can start to put that plan into action. The big day for the Jets will be the start of NFL free agency on March 13, but there will be plenty of cuts, restructured contracts and other maneuvers in the next few weeks as they get ready.

Tags: Brian Winters, Isaiah Crowell, Jamal Adams, Jermaine Kearse, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

Sony Michel scored the tie-breaking touchdown with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII, the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history, on Sunday.

Michel's 2-yard rush capped a five-play, 69-yard drive orchestrated by Tom Brady to break a 3-3 tie.

Julian Edelman totaled 10 catches for 141 yards, while Brady threw for 262 yards and an interception for his sixth championship in his career. Stephen Gostkowski's 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining made it a two-possession game.

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Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates a third quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

Armed with roughly $100 million in cap space, the Jets could make free agent RB Le'Veon Bell one of their top targets. But the Steelers are still considering doing something that could throw a wrench into things for the Jets and any other interested team.

After Bell sat out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute, the Steelers are still considering using the transition tag on him for the 2019 season, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

If the Steelers place the transition tag on Bell, it would give them the opportunity to match any offer sheet Bell signs with another team...

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

Kevin Mawae thought his might be the year... and he was right.

The legendary Jets center was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

"It's unreal, surreal right now," he said from The Fox Theatre in Atlanta. "We're in the green room right now, getting ready for the start of the awards show. I'm just so excited."

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AFC safety Jamal Adams poses with Genesis sedan after being named most valuable defensive player in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
AFC safety Jamal Adams poses with Genesis sedan after being named most valuable defensive player in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams doesn't just hope to recruit football stars to New York.

Adams believes the Knicks will land three big-name NBA superstars: Kevin DurantKyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

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With Super Bowl LIII upon us, Ray Lucas and Ralph Vacchiano discuss how the Patriots will exploit Aaron Donald and Rams pass rush to win.

SNY's Jets analyst Ray Lucas and SNY's Jets beat reporter Ralph Vacchiano preview Super Bowl LIII ahead of the big game. 

Lucas details which Rams' pass rusher Bill Belichick will target. Vacchiano explains how the Patriots will completely eliminate Los Angeles' defensive line. 

What tactics do head coach Sean McVay and the Rams have up their sleeves to try and win their first Lombardi trophy since 2000?

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NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)
NFL former player Kevin Mawae during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. (Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

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Sometime on Saturday, Kevin Mawae, a long-time fixture at center for the Jets, will learn whether he's finally been selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It'll be tough, since there are three other offensive linemen on the list of 15 finalists. But if he does get the call, the honor would be overdue.

He's not the only former Jet or Giant for whom that honor is overdue, of course. Nor is he the only one who figures to be enshrined someday soon.

Here's a look at five New York football icons who deserve their spot in Canton, and the chances of whether they'll ever actually get their bust:

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have the second-best odds among AFC East teams to win Super Bowl LIV in 2020.

The Jets are at 90/1 odds to win next season's Super Bowl, according to Bet DSI Sportsbook.

It's no surprise the Patriots have the best odds among AFC East teams at 8/1. The Bills are 100/1 odds, while the Dolphins are at 300/1 odds. The Rams are the NFL favorites for next season at 15/2 odds.

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Ralph Vacchiano argues the Jets are able and will have to spend a lot of money to sign big-name free agents this offseason.

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Jamal Adams is doing his best to sell the Jets to the free agent class of 2019, talking with agents, recruiting players on social media, and making a few calls to friends. It's good that the Jets have such a passionate ambassador.

Just don't expect his sales job to work.

Here's the truth about NFL free agency: There are only two things that matter to players on the market -- money (lots of it) and a chance to win a ring. Now the Jets do have plenty of money to spend and could be the high bidders on just about any player they desire.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jamal Adams hasn't been shy while calling for the Jets to trade for Antonio Brown and sign Le'Veon Bell. On Wednesday, he went into detail about it.

And while many (including one former teammate) think the Jets should shy away from Brown because of his off-field issues, Adams made it clear he doesn't really care.

"Can he help us win? That's the main thing with me," Adams said Wednesday. "That should be the main thing with the organization."

Tags: Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold
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