New York Jets Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, 9.26

 Opening Statement…

That last ballgame I was proud of the guys. This team I think we talked about before, this team’s got some guts. (I’m) proud of the guys. We’ve got a heck of a staff regarding position coaches. Mike Devlin has done just a heck of a job with that line and we rely on that line. He’s a heck of a coach. Sanjay (Lal) has done a heck of a job with that receiving group. And they had a rough one the game before and then they came back and had a heck of a game. We had some players making plays time after time and then Bilal (Powell) sure had a great game. He’s breaking tackles and making guys miss. Now, I want to make it crystal clear that we’ve got a lot of hard work to do to get to where we want to be. There’s just no question about that. I’m sure you all saw the game. So, there we go. (There’s) a lot of hard work left. We’ve got to clean several things up. We’ve got to tighten a couple other things up. And then here we go. We’ve got a great opportunity on the road to get some business done that way. It’s also a great challenge. I will tell you, this Tennessee team, its defense, well, they’re a top 10 defense in many categories. I believe their seventh overall in many of the categories or top 10. They’re very fast at the linebacker spot – all of them can run. (I) coached against a couple of them. Their defensive front is just excellent and then (they’re) very aggressive in the secondary, so we’ve got, certainly, a great challenge and a lot of preparation and hard work left to do. It’s Thursday so our preparation has to be at an all-time high.

On if any of Powell’s runs against Buffalo stand out…

Well, there are several runs that pop into my mind. However, I certainly expect it from him. He expects it from himself. He turned it loose just a little bit. (He had) a heck of a ball game and (I) certainly was not surprised. He’s a little deceptive in how he goes about his game.

On how Powell is deceptive…

Well, I think he’s bigger than it appears. He’s stronger because he’s a little bit bigger than he appears. He’s a little quicker, a little faster. Really he is just a real natural football player. Things come easily to him. You teach him something and then he gets it very quickly. So, that’s the type of player he is and quite productive.

On if there is a specific amount of times he wants to throw downfield…

Every game’s different. (We have an) individual specific game plan. That’s the way we do it. Every game will be different that way.

On if playing against an aggressive Tennessee defense allows him to throw downfield…

Well, we’ll see. They can play it many different ways. They’re very good, very well coached. (It’s) just an excellent scheme. And they do mix it pretty well and it’s an unconventional mix in some cases and so we’ll see. We’ll see what we can get going here.

On if he wanted to throw downfield against Buffalo before or during the game…

Well, I’m not going to get into too many specifics on how we do things. But certainly we’ve got some players that can go just a little bit. There were some things that we wanted to get accomplished in that game and we got many of them accomplished (and) there are a couple we didn’t as well. That’s typical for a normal game.

On if his trust for Geno Smith is growing each week…

You’ve got to trust all of your players. That’s just simple. You’ve got to trust them all. I will say this with Geno, I’m impressed a little bit more every day. (He’s) an impressive young man, certainly talented. He’s got a lot of things to learn. Some of these things he’s seeing again for the first time. He’s got a lot of work to do for several years here. When we’re on the field, all the individual coaches – I lean on them, a lot (we) try to get guys in the right spots for their strengths and once it goes, that trust and communication are key in what we do.

On if time of possession is a priority or a byproduct of other things…

Well, it’s a secondary thing. The number of plays are more important. The things that I’m concerned more are the things that correlate to winning. Points, certainly. Turnover ratio, and we’ve got to get that squared away just a little bit. Yards per attempt in the pass. There’s some others there that correlate a little bit more to winning. And I’ve never been much of a time of possession (coach). Rex (Ryan) certainly is (joking). But the number of plays are even more important. I will tell you I do look at it, though (joking).

On if he spoke with Coach Ryan about throwing the ball downfield before being hired…

I’m not going to go backwards because we’ve talked about that before. I will tell you that Rex and I had spent a day together and I know this, that he wanted to be very aggressive and attack and that’s one reason that I ended up here I think.

On how often he uses the word “attack” in meetings…

Yeah, attack and aggressive. It’s a mentality.

On if there is an over/under of times he uses the word “attack”…

I don’t know. It’s a mentality. You can run a deceptive play but you can still be very aggressive within that. We just want to be that mentality is important. It’s important to me, anyway.

On Smith’s demeanor on the sideline is as calm as it seems…

Yeah. (He’s) very mature that way, well beyond his years.

On if he likes being on the field to keep Smith calm…

Yeah. There’s a lot of reasons. You give up something to get something if you go up or down. When you go up, you give up the eyeball-to-eyeball and the gut instincts and the feel of individual players and as a group. But you give up a little bit of sight. And so I rely on the guys upstairs a lot that way. And they do a great job up there.

On how it is different calling plays on the field…

I will tell you, I haven’t put that much thought into that part of it. I think a coach could be equally effective both ways. I really do. It’s the eyeball-to-eyeball that sways me for that part I think.

On if his attack mentality has always been part of his coaching DNA or has it developed recently…

Well, no. Yeah, I would confirm that I think.

On his particular challenge of facing Gregg Williams’ Titans defense…

Well, talk about aggressive and attack. They do that. It’s going to be a real physical game, now. It’s just that simple. (Jerry) Gray is the coordinator and Gregg’s there and it looks like a pretty good mix. They’re going a heck of a job down there.

On the Titans blitzing 50 percent of the time…

Well, it’s close, yeah. It depends what you call a blitz, but yeah.

On what he considers a dropped pass…

We are very hard. The fellas are paid to catch the ball. We expect them to catch it. It’s that simple. If it’s even close we expect them to catch it.

On whether you expect the receiver to catch the ball even if they get one hand on it…

(If) they get a little finger on it, they should catch it.

On whether Smith has developed as he has expected…

I don’t know. It’s hard for me to answer because I haven’t put too much thought into that specific question. Everybody’s a little bit different, so they progress differently. Look, we’re going to go through some ups and downs here, so we understand that and he understands that. He understands now. He understands how important it is to take care of the ball and he understands the consequences of that. He’s working diligently to minimize those types of plays, and with the exception of that, I think he’s quite far along. I don’t want to speak to soon because we have a lot of learning to do and a long way to go here, but I will tell you I’ve been impressed with him on a daily basis.

On whether he considers a blitz when the defense brings more rushers than the offense has blockers…

No, well some of them get a little bit subjective, but when it’s five or more, typically I consider that a blitz.  You get into fire zones where it was initially five or six, some people call it a blitz, some people wouldn’t.

On whether he has noticed teams clogging up the middle to account for Kellen Winslow…

There’s no question that’s occurred, absolutely no question. That was one of the things we were talking about, I wanted to get Kellen (Winslow) going a little bit more and that’s one thing I didn’t get accomplished. That’s my responsibility. But clearly, our opponents up to date have known exactly where Kellen is, so that could be a good thing, in one aspect. Kellen has helped us an awful lot with his presence on the field. There’s no question about that.

On whether having a veteran receiver like Santonio Holmes helps Smith’s development…

He can make touchdowns. That’s a good thing (laughter). I know you’re here, and you’re right I think that Santonio (Holmes), just his work ethic alone, he’s in this building, and I’m not exaggerating much, 16 or 18 hours a day with his preparation, (working) on the field, in the meetings and with his treatment as well. He is a diligent, diligent guy. Football’s important to him, and he’s a real pro. So that alone goes a long way with any rookie, certainly at quarterback.

On whether it’s different coaching a rookie quarterback than a veteran one…

Yes, it’s certainly different, to teach it, correct it, re-teach it, correct it, forever, that’s what we do. We’re teachers first. Other than a little less sleep, it’s very rewarding that way, I think, for a lot of people. Our whole staff, I think is kind of in on that thing because we do everything together. Those position coaches who we have on offense, they’re heavily involved in every aspect offensively that we do. Yes, I enjoy the teaching part. There’s no question about that. The other thing is Kellen (and) Santonio, (are) in programs so (they don’t) practice (regularly). (The) preparation part is exciting for all of us and it’s really important right now because we have some players in a new system and some players who don’t practice regularly by plan. Geno, being in his first year and didn’t get as much time as we would have liked in the preseason and on and on and on. So, yes, it’s rewarding that way.

New York Jets Defensive Coordinator Dennis Thurman, 9.26

On how to prevent making a big mistake with Chris Johnson…

You hope not to. He’s one of the better running backs in the league. He’s explosive, he’s fast. You hope to corral him, you have to gang tackle him, you have to pursue the football and you have to wrap him up. If you don’t, he just has explosive speed. It’s something you have to be conscious of on every snap. We feel like we’ll be up to the task, we really do.

On Dee Milliner…

Injuries are a part of (the game). Realistically, we’ll coach up the guys that are on the field. He’s got to get healthy. Until he gets healthy, there really isn’t a whole lot to talk about.

On how much this injury sets Milliner back…

It would set any person back. At the same time, injuries happen. You lose guys, the next guy steps in and has to go play. Until the guy gets rehabbed and back out on the field, there’s really not a whole lot to talk about. One of the things I was taught about injuries, you can’t get emotional about them. They happen, they’re a part of football.

On on the Scott Chandler touchdown during the Buffalo game…

(It was a) blown coverage, a lack of communication. It happens. Realistically, we’re not going to be perfect right now, we have seven new starters on defense and we’re going to make some mistakes. We have to live with those. The key is not to replicate and duplicate mistakes. The key is to learn from it and move on and get ready to play the next play and then obviously the next game.

On if he is preparing to play without Milliner on Sunday…

We do what we do. You guys have seen that haven’t you. We haven’t changed much. This defense is not built on one player. This defense is built on having guys that can do multiple things. To play corner here for the New York Jets, you have to be able to play man-to-man. It doesn’t matter who the body is, it’s can he go out and do the job.

On what he has learned about Coach Mornhinweg and the way he calls offense…

Nothing. I’m not even looking at it. That’s his job, we have to do our job. Honestly, I being very honest I’m not being a wise (guy) but I mean we have a job to do. Our job, when our offense is on the field, my head is buried in the book trying to figure out what they’re doing to us. He has a job to do. We have a job to do. I really don’t pay much attention. Since I don’t pay much attention, (and) I don’t watch replays of a televised copy, I really don’t know what our offense is doing. I just look at the scoreboard and if they got some points, yay for us, then we have to go play defense.

On Kyle Wilson’s play during the Buffalo game…

It happens, it’s not a big deal. It’s a teaching moment, it gives us an opportunity to pull our guys together and say, “Hey, we have to be poised and we have to be in control out there.” Certain things are going to happen to you in a football game and on the football field. You don’t always have to try and take care of it and show bravado at that point in time. The football gods will allow you to get even with a guy, especially if he’s wronged you. It may not happen in that game, it may not happen the next time you play him. But at some point along the line you’ll get a chance, it will be a fair, clean hit and you’ll get your opportunity to get to pay him back. So you just have to wait and be patient and keep your head in the game.

On if it is easier to say Wilson’s play was not a big deal because they won…

No. It would be the same, it’s a teaching moment. There’s teaching moments in every game, win or lose. The most important thing is that you use the moments and the opportunities to teach these young guys not only the physical parts of the game but the mental and emotional parts of the game. Because being in control and having poise in tough situations when things appear to be unraveling is very important because at some point during the season you’re going to face that situation again. To be able to handle it in a different way will be a benefit to us.

On if Wilson should know better as he is in his fourth year…

Fourth year? You’re on the border. Yeah, I mean to a degree you would think so, but everybody’s personality is different. People react differently to different things. You hope to not have to deal with that situation ever, even if it’s a rookie. You hope to never have to deal with it but at the same time if you do, you deal with it. Kyle knows, he knows and hopefully he’s learned his lesson.

On if Wilson had done anything like that prior…

Not really, it happens. The most poised individual can unravel at times. People react differently to different things. Who knows what’s going on in someone’s personal life? I don’t know. You may take that out on to a football field. How people react and respond, you could have something else going on. Like I said, it’s a teaching moment. We’ll take advantage of and we’ve already taken advantage of it. We’ve dealt with this.

On if Wilson’s last penalty call was fair…

If the official threw the flag, he saw it the way he saw it. We don’t really get an opportunity to question those guys. They got 15 yards and we had to go deal with it, and we felt like we did.

On whether he told Wilson about the “Football gods”…

Yeah, that was part of it. That was part of the conversation. It happens. Trust me, when guys have been wrong on that football field by someone, ask them, did they get a chance to get revenge? More times than not, ok they’ll tell you “yes.” It happens that way - just the way it’s supposed to happen.

On how Wilson was wrong…

In his own way he felt like certain things that happened to him out there and he felt that he had gone to the official and felt like he talked to him and nothing changed.

On how much of a threat is Jake Locker to make plays with his legs…

(He’s a) tremendous (threat). He’s a great athlete. He’s got good size, good speed and he’s a treat anytime he has the ball under his arm. The guy is an excellent football player and he’s doing a good job of leading them. They’ve been down in some games and he’s brought them back. They had a legitimate chance to win that Houston game. So, they’re 2-1 and they’re playing at home. It’s going to be a tough game.

On whether the defense has to be perfect when playing against Johnson...

Yeah, because he has the ability to break the long one at any point in time. He’s a threat from anywhere on the field. He’s a threat anytime he has the ball under his arm. So, yeah, you do, you have to play almost a perfect game in terms of wrapping him up, knowing where he is, setting the edge, catching screen passes, catching swing passes. It’s constant and he’s a threat at all times.

On what needs to happen to maintain pressure on the quarterback…

Well, you know, we’ve got to go do our job. It’s about being able to convert from a run threat opportunity in terms of the offense to being able to convert to a pass rusher and we feel like we have athletes up there that can do that. And those guys are getting coached by, I think, one of the best defensive line coaches in the league in Karl Dunbar. And he’s not only done a wonderful job with our young guys, his record speaks for itself, for what he did at Minnesota. So, we’re happy to have him.

On the competiveness amongst the defensive linemen…

They’re very competitive. I mean, when you have guys that are similar in age, they’re all defensive lineman, they’re good athletes, they’re all talking about, “Hey, who’s going to get the most sacks? Who’s going to get to the quarterback first? Who’s going to make the most tackles?” I mean it becomes a competitive thing within the group. As long as it remains positive, it’s a good thing and they’re all pushing each other to get better. It’s good to see.

On how much they expected Quinton Coples to play against Buffalo…

We didn’t anticipate him playing as much as he played, but he said he felt good and he wanted to play. You could sense that when he was out, that watching Mo (Muhammad Wilkerson) and Sheldon (Richardson) and watching Snacks (Damon Harrison), that he was dying to get back out on the field. His rehabilitation was fantastic. He did a great job with our trainers and our doctors, so for him it was an opportunity to get back out on the field and get with his guys. He did a nice job for us.

On whether he got on Richardson for celebrating before the play was over…

Another teaching moment (laughter). The play’s not over until the whistle blows. It’s fun. Some of it appears to just look crazy, but in the meeting rooms it’s actually fun, especially now. That part of it is good after you win, because the teaching moment doesn’t have to be so serious. But, it’s a teaching moment and you can have some fun with it. You always have to play until you hear the whistle blow and that was one of the things we had to stress to our guys is that if you don’t hear the whistle blow, don’t stop.

On whether there has been an emphasis on takeaways this week in practice…

Yeah, I mean but you always emphasize taking the ball away. But, to me that comes with a more experienced team because they know what they’re supposed to be doing. They know what the offense is trying to do to them, so they’re not out there thinking as much. When you’re a younger defense, there’s times where those guys are just trying to get done what they need to get done. If you starting thinking, “Oh, god I got to take the ball away,” then that becomes your focus. Usually takeaways, in terms of interceptions, by defensive backs and linebackers, come when you’re doing your job. Fumbles (are) a matter of being aggressive, putting your helmet on the ball, striping the elbow, pulling the ball out and those types of things. I mean, we had two opportunities in the game, but we didn’t get them in terms of fumbles. Interceptions come when you’re playing from out front a lot of times and the other team’s forced to have to throw the football.

On whether blitzing a lot increases the chance of a giving up a big play…

I mean, you live by it, sometimes you die by it. It’s worked for us. Being aggressive and being an attacking defense is better than being a bend and don’t break. I’ve never been one of those guys to sit back and get cut up. You still bleed and if you’re going to die, die all at once. Don’t die slow.

On whether there is a solution to giving up a big play even when you do blitz…

Oh yeah, because everyone has a job to do and all 11 guys have to do their job. Then there’s times you play in the National Football League, those other guys get paid too, I mean they have some talented players as well, so it happens.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson is in Arizona for the NFL owners meetings, along with his brother Christopher, according to Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets owner declined to talk to reporters on Sunday.

Woody Johnson has long been expected to be named the ambassador to the United Kingdom in President Donald Trump's administration, although the president has not yet formally announced the appointment.

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Josh McCown led the Browns down the field on their initial drive. The drive stalled after McCown's fumble in the end zone, and the quarterback suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. (AP)

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Mike Maccagnan wouldn't say if Josh McCown will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season - that, he insisted, is a decision for coach Todd Bowles. But he did say that McCown can still be a good quarterback, even as he closes in on 38 years old.

"I know he's had some injuries this past season, but the season before he played and actually did some good things for Cleveland," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. "I still think he has good football left in him. We do think he has the ability to play and perform if needed."

The Jets signed McCown to a one-year, $6 million contract last week, with another possible (but unlikely) $7 million in incentives. Maccagnan said that the 15-year vet - a journeyman now on his eighth NFL team - was under consideration from the start of free agency, even as the Jets sorted through all their other options.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not the Jets should trade down so they can acquire more draft picks.

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The Jets were so intent on acquiring more draft picks that just three weeks ago Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets were "open for business every round."

Now it sounds like he means every round except the first.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former UNC quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Mitch Trubisky.

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One year after using a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said he "potentially" could draft a quarterback again. And no, he insisted, that wouldn't mean he's admitting a mistake on Hackenberg.

It would just be another step in the long process of finding "the right quarterback for this team."

"I don't think taking a player at one position is a referendum on another player," Maccagnan said on a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. "I think the goal is to put together best roster you can. Of course quarterback is a very, very important position in this process. But I wouldn't necessarily view it as a referendum."

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Draft prospect DeShone Kizer.

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Only time will tell if the Jets are serious about taking a quarterback in the first-round of the draft, but in the meantime they certainly are doing their homework.

The latest proof of that is the NFL Network report that they've already held a private workout with DeShone Kizer, the Notre Dame quarterback considered to be one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft. That explains why Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles skipped Notre Dame's Pro Day on Thursday and were both at Ohio State's Pro Day instead.

The Jets also have a private workout scheduled with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who revealed that "secret" to reporters at his own Pro Day earlier this week. And while it's not known if the Jets plan to do the same with Clemson's DeShaun Watson, it seems likely that they will...

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Jets are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

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Brian Bassett is joined by SNY Analyst and former New York Jet Willie Colon for an all-new podcast, as they cover all the angles of the Jets rebuild - including Josh McCown, the future at running back, the state of the defense, and whether or not Todd Bowles will be around to see it all through.

Click below to listen!

 

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.

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One day after sending a large contingent to North Carolina to watch quarterback Mitch Trubisky at his Pro Day, the Jets rolled out their big guns for the Pro Day at Ohio State.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles were both in attendance at the Buckeyes Pro Day, according to reports out of Columbus, Ohio, along with representatives of every other NFL team -- including Giants scouting director Marc Ross. Maccagnan and Bowles were surely taking a close look at cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker -- two strong candidates for the Jets to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft.

And for what it's worth, they chose a trip to Columbus over a trip to South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame was holding its Pro Day on Thursday. The star of the Fighting Irish showcase was another quarterback -- DeShone Kizer -- who could go in the first round (though likely not as high as 6)...

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WR Quinton Patton has signed with the Jets, the team annnounced Thursday.

He had visited with the team this past weekend.

Last season, Patton recorded 37 catches for 408 yards with the 49ers.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of LSU safety Jamal Adams.

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Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27:

1.) S Jamal Adams, LSU - From the beginning, I've been focused on a cornerback for the Jets in this spot and Marshon Lattimore sure is a possibility (see below). But after free agency, it's clear that safety is the Jets' biggest unfulfilled need. No, they didn't do big things at corner either, but they have young players they liked and they added some potential in Morris Claiborne. At safety, though, they don't have much after striking out on Tony Jefferson in free agency. Calvin Pryor is in the last year of his contract and Marcus Gilchrist could be a salary cap casualty after the season. The 6-foot, 214-pound Adams is the best at his position in the draft and could be the leader of the Jets' secondary for years. (Last report: 2)...

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Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

TE Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Rivera visted the Jets on Monday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.

Rivera caught 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with Oakland last season. 

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson took to Instagram to refute a recent report that he is out of shape. 

In a video posted to his Instagram story, Wilkerson is seen running on a treadmill while sarcastically responding about his conditioning. 

"They say I'm fat and out of shape," he said. "Ha-ha. Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you."

Wilkerson was referencing an article by the Daily News' Manish Mehta from last week. In the piece, Mehta quotes unnamed scouts who said the 27-year-old looked out of shape when he attended the Temple Pro Day in Philadelphia.

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Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the third quarter in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Mel Kiper's third Mock Draft for ESPN has the Jets selecting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

Kiper notes that if the Jets are going to go with Josh McCownBryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg at quarterback, they are going to need someone to catch passes, and at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard is Kiper's top-ranked pass-catcher. While his numbers were not staggering at Alabama, Howard "has all of the athletic attributes of a top-tier player, though, and he was one of the most impressive prospects at the combine."

Howard caught 45 passes for 595 yards and three touchdowns last season. In his four years at Alabama, the 22-year old accumulated 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Weighing the Jets QB options 00:01:15
Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets' quarterback quandary after signing Josh McCown.

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One day after signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown, the Jets' search for their quarterback of the future continued in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Jets had a group of scouts and coaches -- reportedly including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates -- in attendance there on Tuesday for the University of North Carolina's Pro Day, where the star attraction was Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. And they're interested enough in the 22-year-old that Trubisky told reporters the Jets have set up a private workout with him, too.

The Jets currently are slated to pick sixth in the upcoming NFL draft and Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson are the only quarterbacks most NFL scouts and talent evaluators consider to be potential Top 10 picks. Some don't think any of the quarterbacks are Top 10 worthy, which means they could be available if the Jets decide to trade down.

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GEICO SportsNite: Josh McCown 00:01:28
Taylor Rooks talks with SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano on the Jets signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Josh McCown is not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, but neither were any of the other quarterbacks available on the free-agent market. There was no ideal answer to the Jets' biggest question.

But McCown is the perfect player to get them closer to the answers they need.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eli Manning, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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The No. 1 priority for the Jets heading into this offseason was unquestionably to find a quarterback. Nothing else came close. Without a quarterback, nothing else really mattered. The Jets were desperate.

Or so we all thought.

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(Kelley L Cox/USA Today Sports Images)

Writer/director Spike Lee said it's "fishy" that free agent QB Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, mentioning the Jets among the teams that could use Kaepernick.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," Lee wrote on Instagram. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee, who recently had brunch with Kaepernick, added that Kaepernick being unsigned "stinks to the high heavens."

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Chase Daniel (10) runs past New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent quarterback Chase Daniel will visit with the Jets on Monday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Last Monday, Daniel asked the Eagles for his release after they traded for veteran QB Nick Foles.

The 30-year-old backup quarterback visited with the Saints over the weekend, but left New Orleans without a deal.

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:00:53
After reports that QB Josh McCown left his visit with the Jets without a contract, Ray Lucas discusses if signing the veteran is a fit.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets' latest search for their quarterback of the future could be nearing a temporary conclusion. And if it is, they'll have yet another short-term answer to the franchise's biggest problem.

Josh McCown, a 37-year-old journeyman free agent, continued his visit with the Jets for a second day on Saturday, according to an NFL source. The two sides are serious enough about each other that they've discussed contract parameters, the source said. Indications were that his visit was going very well.

That seems to position McCown as the leader of the dwindling pack of Jets' quarterback options. The Jets are also interested in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, according to a source, and though he was expected to be brought in for a visit that has not happened yet. A team source confirmed the Jets have no interest in ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and beyond that the market is extremely thin.

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CB Morris Claiborne has signed with the Jets, the team announced. 

It will be a one-year deal worth $5 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old Claiborne had 26 tackles and one interception in seven games last season for the Cowboys.

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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I will always kind of have that regret because I wanted to do so many things for that franchise.....I'm not a quitter, I don't like to lose and I don't like to give up on things. Sometimes in business you have to go your separate ways."

Click below to listen...

 

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) scrambles away from Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (99) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Free agent QB Josh McCown will visit the Jets on Friday and Saturday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McCown, 37, recently visited with the Cowboys.

He completed 90 passes for 165 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions in five games last season for the Browns...

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Smart or Disappointing 00:02:19
Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing off season

Marc Malusis and Dan Graca discuss if the jets had a smart or disappointing offseason.

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Jets making right moves in FA? 00:03:37
The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether or not the Jets have been right in their approach to free agency so far this offseason.


 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

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The Jets claimed defensive tackle Mike Pennel off waivers in February, only to let him go a month later. Now they are bringing him back again.

The 25-year-old Pennel has signed a one-year deal with the Jets, his agent, Andy Simms, confirmed on Twitter. The former Green Bay Packer will be in the mix this summer to make the team on the Jets' crowded defensive line.

Pennel was once seen as a promising player. The 6-4, 332-pounder even started five games with the Packers in 2015. But his career took a bad turn last season when he was suspended twice -- for the first four games and then the last four games -- for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy...

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(Brad Penner)

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Let me get you started with the questions, because I know the big one that's on everybody's mind:

Q: What are the Jets going to do at quarterback?

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) carries the ball ahead of San Francisco 49ers strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced. 

Late last September, Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI charge and was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Three days later, the Jets claimed him off waivers. 

In seven games with the Jets, he recorded 10 catches for 110 yards. 

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Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field.  (Brad Mills (USA Today))
Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills (USA Today))

A Pittsburgh judge has dismissed all charges against former Jets CB Darrelle Revis.

According to reports, Revis' childhood friend appeared before the judge with his attorney and said he pulled the accusers off Revis and punched them.

Pittsburgh police charged Revis with four felonies, including two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy/aggravated assault and one count misdemeanor count of making terroristic threats for the incident that took place in the early morning hours of Feb. 12.

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are looking for a versatile third running back and kick returner and had made an offer to Travaris Cadet, but he has chosen to remain with the Saints, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Cadet was also weighing an offer from the Bills.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, Cadet -- who visited with the Jets this past weekend -- has spent most of his five NFL seasons with the Saints. He had 40 catches and four receiving touchdowns for New Orleans last year, where new Jets offensive coordinator John Morton was the receiving coach...

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Dont'a Hightower returns to Pats 00:02:26
The Daily News Live team talks about Dont'a Hightower's decision to re-sign with the defending-champion Patriots rather than the Jets.

Free agent LB Dont'a Hightower has returned to the Patriots, signing a four-year, $43.5 million deal that includes a $19 million signing bonus.

The 27-year-old All-Pro visited the Jets on Monday and the Steelers on Tuesday. 

There were reports that New York was among the highest bidders for Hightower's services, reportedly offering him more than $12 million per year.

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(Daniel Powers (USA Today))

Update: 

The Jets have offered free agent LB Dont'a Hightower more than $12 million per year, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole.

Jason La Confora reported yesterday that the Jets had offered the most money for Hightower. La Confora said that the 27-year-old was not inclined to take New York's offer.

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(Steven Senne/AP)

In today's Jets mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the quarterback situation, the possibility of tanking, and the Jets' potential pitch to Dont'a Hightower...


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Is it worth the #Jets going after a Brock Osweiler or Chase Daniel if other teams are on the hook for their salaries? -- @MiniHulk5

If you mean that's because their prices will be lower, I wouldn't worry about that. Yes, Osweiler and Daniel are already making money this season from their old teams, so perhaps they'd be willing to take less from their new one. But really, how high is their value going to be anyway? Right now I only count four teams without a starting quarterback - the Jets, Browns, Texans, and 49ers. The Texans are probably going to get Tony Romo and the other two are drafting 1-2 in April...

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9.  (Bill Streicher (USA Today))
Aug 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Howard Jones (95) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 17-9. (Bill Streicher (USA Today))

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Howard Jones, a defensive end who can play linebacker in a 3-4 defense and who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will make a free-agent visit to the Jets on Friday, an NFL source confirmed.

The visit, reported by ESPN, will be a chance for the Jets to check on his rehabilitation from a torn ACL that limited him to just eight games last season. In 2015, before he got hurt, he showed a lot of promise with five sacks in 12 games, including five starts. He had two sacks that season in his NFL debut.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

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Patriots still tormenting Jets 00:02:49
The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.

The Daily News Live crew discusses how the Patriots are dominating the Jets in every aspect this offseason.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back with a new podcast, and for the Jets, it's been a few weeks of out with the old, and in with the…well, not much. The guys say goodbye to Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, and Nick Folk, and look ahead to what comes next as the Jets look to re-build around QB TBD.

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The Jets don't seem to be in any hurry to figure out their starting quarterback for 2017 and they are "considering all options," according to a source. At the moment there are many. None of them are great.

But Jay Cutler does appear to be up near the top of their list.

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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Cutler to NY? 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest on the New York Jets and Giants in free agency.

The Jets have called to express interest in free agent QB Jay Cutler, who was released by the Bears last week, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Cutler, 33, completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in five games last season for the Bears while dealing with two separate injuries.

He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Jets sat on the sidelines during the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, choosing to avoid some of the crazy contracts being thrown around. But they have done some spending, re-signing a few of their own players and bringing in a new left tackle and a new kicker.

So what's next? Well, the biggest question of all still hangs over the Jets since they don't yet know who their starting quarterback will be in 2017. Pretty much every other question pales in comparison to that one, and they don't appear much closer to answering it right now.

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 (Matt Kartozian)
(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Kelvin Beachum started 15 games last season for Jacksonville (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Jets are still searching for a quarterback, but now they have someone who can protect his blindside.

Taking their first dip in this year's free-agent pool, the Jets signed former Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum on Friday night. He figures to immediately become the starter on the left side, taking the place of the Ryan Clady/Ben Ijalana combo the Jets used last season.

The Jets also filled two other key vacancies on Friday night when they signed former Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who replaces the recently released Nick Folk, and they re-signed long-snapper Tanner Purdum.

Beachum (6 foot 3, 308 pounds) was the big get for the Jets. A former seventh-round pick of the Steelers, he was on his way to becoming one of the best left tackles in the NFL before he tore his ACL during the 2015 season. He proved his recovery, though, by starting 15 games at left tackle for the Jaguars last year.

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Jets outlook for 2017 00:03:24
The Daily News Live panel wonders if the Jets have already given up on the 2017 season given the current makeup of the team.

Maccagnan's seat warming up? 00:02:42
Jon Hein and Dan Graca discuss if Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan should be on the hot seat as the Jets enter free agency.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

The first few hours of the NFL's free-agent frenzy didn't clear up the Jets' quarterback question, but the landscape changed a bit and may have increased their options. Jay Cutler, as expected, is now available. And Brock Osweiler, unexpectedly, is available too.

So what are the Jets doing and who are they looking at, and do they have any idea who their quarterback will be in 2017?

Here's a look at their current options, just a few hours after the market opened with the Jets standing relatively still:

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Jets lack of free agent activity 00:03:06
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate just how depressing the first day of free agency has been for the New York Jets and their fan base.

Free agent RB Benny Cunningham  met with the Jets on Friday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports.

The 26-year-old appeared in 11 games last season with the Rams, rushing 21 times for 101 yards.

Cunningham signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and has spent his entire career with the St. Louis/Los Angeles franchise.

Since debuting in 2013, he's carried the ball 171 times for 748 yards and four touchdowns in 57 career games with the Rams.

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