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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Here are the latest Jets rumors and reports leading into the NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night...


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According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, there are NFL teams "convinced" the 49ers will end up selecting DT Quinnen Williams with the No. 2 pick, and that the Jets will follow by taking Nick Bosa at No. 3. Freeman also reports there's chatter about teams considering trading up to try to get Williams.

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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)

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With the luxury of picking third in a draft with a number of potential impact defenders, the Jets are certain to have a top prospect fall to them. Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is one such prospect.

Williams had a breakout year in 2018, as he racked up eight sacks and was second in the SEC with 20 tackles for a loss. He's regarded as one of the most disruptive defensive tackle prospects in years. However, the Jets already have Leonard Williams and just re-signed Henry Anderson, so they don't necessarily have an immediate need at the position.

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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)
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)

With the NFL Draft kicking off Thursday night, rumors continue to fly left and right. And one of the latest comes from ESPN's Dianna Russini, who reports that Washington, which currently has the No. 15 pick, is targeting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins

We do know that the Jets are looking to trade down from the No. 3 overall pick, with sources telling SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Gang Green is "determined" to do so.

So could the Jets engage Washington on a trade for the third pick? If Washington firmly believes that Haskins is its guy, it may not want to risk waiting until No. 15 to get him.

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Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) (Philip G. Pavely)
Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) (Philip G. Pavely)

Le'Veon Bell wasn't at the Jets' voluntary minicamp that started on Tuesday, but head coach Adam Gase didn't seem too worried about it.

"It's voluntary -- that's what it is," Gase said. "It's the CBA, it's the rules. He was here that first week and got a lot of good information. The good thing is, having the iPads and things like that helps -- if a guy's not here, he can keep up on what we're doing as far as playbook goes. For him, he has a pretty good training regimen that he goes through."

Gase added that it's been a few seasons since Bell has gone through a full offseason, but knows how to handle it. Translation: Gase isn't worried about Bell getting ready without coming to voluntary camp.

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The Jets hit the field for the first time this season with a new head coach. The squad was excited and liked the energy from the first day.

There's one chance at a first impression, and it appears Adam Gase nailed his toward Jets franchise quarterback Sam Darnold

The key pairing in regards to the future of the organization are still getting to know one another, but have began on the right foot, it appears. On Tuesday, Darnold told reporters that working with Gase has been "awesome." 

"It's been nothing but good things," he said of Gase and the new coaching staff. 

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SNY Draft Analyst Rich Cirminiello previews the Jets NFL Draft, looking at who they should pick, avoid and a possible sleeper to steal.

Trading down is certainly on the table for GM Mike Maccagnan and the Jets on Thursday. 

But NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello sees trouble on the horizon for the Jets if they're not careful. 

If the Jets do trade down, here are two names they should steer clear from: 

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Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

After the first two picks are made in Thursday night's NFL Draft, there's a good chance the Jets won't be on the clock with the No. 3 pick for long. There are still plenty of indications that they want to trade down in the hopes of adding to their paltry collection of six picks.

That's understandable given how deep in talent the first three-to-four rounds of this draft are believed to be. It makes even more sense considering they don't have a second-round pick and have to wait out 65 picks before they make their second selection in Round three. And maybe GM Mike Maccagnan really will get an offer he can't refuse from some quarterback-needy team.

But unless he's really overwhelmed and doesn't have to drop very far, he should stay right where he is and take Kentucky's Josh Allen at No. 3 -- because Allen is exactly the type of defensive player the Jets so desperately need.

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Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

It'd be rather difficult for the Jets to mess up the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Gang Green will almost certainly come out with a game-changing talent up front, unless they opt to trade back, which is still entirely possible at this point. Here are some prospects they should target with their selection, along with commentary from NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello.

Nick Bosa, Ohio State, DE

"It's really a two-pronged approach. You stay at No. 3, you're going to get an elite defensive lineman," Cirminiello told SNY. "Nick Bosa is the best player in the draft. You didn't get to see that last year [at Ohio State] because he was injured. I think the Niners take him." 

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Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Jets could get their pass rusher without drafting one. 

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jets are one of three teams that are interested in Seahawks franchise-tagged defensive end Frank Clark. 

The Colts and Chiefs are the other two teams that have talked with the Seahawks, who are reportedly seeking a first-round pick in return for Clark. 

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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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One of the prospects most commonly linked to the Jets in this draft cycle has been Kentucky edge defender Josh Allen. This makes a lot of sense, as Allen is considered one of the best pass rushers in the draft and that's arguably the Jets' biggest need.

With Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland currently projected as the starters on the edge, any rookie has a great opportunity to come in and play a big role and would be expected to win a starting job. The Jets have done their homework on Allen, whom they met with at the combine and then brought in for an official visit earlier this month.

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Oct 20, 2018; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard (60) celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports  (James Snook)
Oct 20, 2018; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard (60) celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports (James Snook)

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It's been a common refrain this season that the Jets need to overhaul their entire offensive line. However, they don't really have an urgent need to address the tackle positions in the short term, as the team has confidence in Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell. However, both Beachum and Shell are out of contract at the end of the year. While Shell is a candidate to sign a lucrative extension, Beachum will be 30 in June, so the Jets perhaps need to find his heir apparent.

Much of the attention in this draft cycle has been centered around Alabama's Jonah Williams at the tackle position, with Jawaan Taylor from Florida considered the primary alternative to Williams. However, Washington State's Andre Dillard's stock seems to be on the rise.

Could Dillard actually be the ideal fit to be the Jets' long-term solution on the blind side? Let's review what he brings to the table.

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs on to the field before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs on to the field before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The Jets have had some undrafted gems like Wayne Chrebet, Damon Harrison and Robby Anderson, but it's harder to find examples of late-round steals.  Chris Herndon was a good find in the fourth round, as were Jason Fabini, Kerry Rhodes and Bilal Powell. However, we're limiting ourselves to players they've found in the 5th round or later in this list.

10. OT Brandon Shell, 5th round, 2016

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Jets are notorious for their draft mistakes with ESPN's annual fan montage almost as much of an institution as the draft itself. Coming up with a top 10 ranking of the biggest mistakes in the last 25 years is therefore a challenging task.

10. Bryan Thomas, DE, 22nd pick in 2002

Thomas sneaks into the top-10 mainly because the Jets could have taken Ed Reed here. While Thomas was a solid Jet for over a decade, defensive end was a position of strength at the time with Shaun Ellis and John Abraham. The plan to move Ellis inside never really worked and Thomas' career got off to a slow start.  

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Sep 15, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye (21) during the first quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Kent State 63-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew OHaren)
Sep 15, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Amani Oruwariye (21) during the first quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Kent State 63-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew OHaren)

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An up-to-date depth chart for the Jets would currently have Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts as the starters with Brian Poole pencilled in as the nickel back. While the team might hold out hope that youngsters such as Derrick Jones or Parry Nickerson could step up and challenge for a role, they ideally need to improve their depth and find an upgrade to start over Roberts.

Whether or not they trade down in the draft, the Jets are expected to have their eye on a handful of potential day two picks at the cornerback position. They'll be looking for a long-term solution, but ideally will be targeting someone who can contribute right away.

One such cornerback who could potentially drop to the third round is Penn State's Amani Oruwariye, although some experts believe he could go earlier than that. If the Jets were to pick up a second-round pick in a trade down, could he be a possible target?

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Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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There are some impressive defensive prospects sitting at the top of the NFL draft this year, including a few that are a perfect match for exactly what the Jets need. They might even have their choice of any defensive player they want with the third overall pick.

But it seems they really would prefer not to make that pick.

According to multiple NFL sources, the Jets seem "determined" to trade down in the first round of the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday in Nashville. Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has made it clear several times that he's "open" to the idea, though he may be downplaying just how open to it he actually is.

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NC State Wolfpack guard Garrett Bradbury against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the college football opener at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports)
NC State Wolfpack guard Garrett Bradbury against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the college football opener at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon/USA TODAY Sports)

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The center position remains one of the Jets' biggest needs following the departure of Spencer Long in the offseason. While the Jets opted to re-sign Jonotthan Harrison and claim to have been encouraged by his progress in his eight starts last year, he's not widely viewed as a starter-level performer. The Jets will therefore be keen to find an upgrade, both in the long and short term.

As usual, there are only a few NFL-ready center prospects that could be immediately installed into the starting lineup. With no second-round pick, there's concern among the fanbase that all the potential rookie starters at the position will be off the board by the time the Jets make their first selection in Round 3.

They may instead decide to prioritize the position and target Garrett Bradbury, who is considered by most experts to be the center most likely to come off the board first. If they trade back, is this a viable strategy?

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Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (DL19) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (DL19) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

A week from today, the Jets will have the No. 3 pick heading into Nashville for the 2019 NFL Draft. And GM Mike Maccagnan is expected to take one of the top defensive playmakers in the draft -- if he doesn't trade down of course. 

Players like Josh Allen and Nick Bosa are at the top of the pack among prospects. There is also Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle out of Alabama, that the Jets could consider at 3. 

Jets DE Leonard Williams has seen Williams in action during his offseason training in California, and admitted the kid is "a freak."

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Oct 20, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) applies pressure on Navy Midshipmen quarterback Garret Lewis (7) as guard David Forney (68) blocks during the second quarter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Oct 20, 2018; Annapolis, MD, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) applies pressure on Navy Midshipmen quarterback Garret Lewis (7) as guard David Forney (68) blocks during the second quarter at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Most of the focus heading into the draft has been centered around the Jets using their top picks to fill needs. However, could they instead stick to a "best player available" philosophy and use their first pick on a player they feel has a chance to be elite, regardless of their position?

In terms of athletic potential, there's few prospects in this class that rival Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver, and he's potentially versatile enough that the Jets might feel good about Gregg Williams finding a role for him within their defense. If the Jets trade down, could Oliver be the top player on their board?

Projected Pick: Top-10

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass while Green Bay Packers defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass while Green Bay Packers defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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A week-by-week look at the Giants' 2019 schedule, and some way-too-early predictions that are sure to change a lot:

Week 1 (Sept. 8) - @ Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

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There's just a little more than a week to go and still some mystery - even at the top of the NFL Draft where the smart money is still on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa going 1-2 to the Cardinals and the 49ers.

If that doesn't happen, it could have a huge impact on the Jets - especially if Murray falls and teams that love him want to trade up.

For now, though, let's assume Murray-Bosa will go 1-2 as expected. If that happens, here's a look at how the Jets' six picks could go:

First round (3rd overall) - DE/LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

We already knew the Jets' 2019 opponents, but on Wednesday we found out the full schedule -- including a home opener against the Bills, three prime time games, and Le'Veon Bell's revenge game against the Steelers in Week 16.

Most pivotal stretch

The Jets play five games this season against teams who made the playoffs in 2018, and four of those games come in a row -- two on the road and two at home.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets will begin the 2019 season at MetLife Stadium -- and the second game of the season will feature a homecoming of sorts, as Odell Beckham Jr. returns to MetLife Stadium as a member of the Browns.

New York's first road game will be at the Patriots in Week 3, and Le'Veon Bell's revenge game against the Steelers will come at home in Week 16.

Here is the full schedule, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post:

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Oct 27, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Brian Burns (99) during the first half against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Myers)
Oct 27, 2018; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Brian Burns (99) during the first half against the Clemson Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports (Melina Myers)

It's well-documented that the Jets haven't had a player that can create constant pressure off the edge for some time. While Muhammad Wilkerson and Calvin Pace each posted seasons with double-digit sacks in recent years, Wilkerson did much of his damage on the interior and Pace was in more of a clean-up/contain role. You'd need to go back to John Abraham -- whom the Jets traded away 13 years ago -- for the last player who was a consistent threat off the edge.

The 2019 Draft gives the Jets a realistic chance to address this need once and for all. Nick Bosa or Josh Allen could be available with the Jets picking third and could provide an immediate upgrade over the current candidates to start -- such as Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland. However, the Jets might instead move back to pick up more draft capital.

If the Jets opt to trade down, one of the top edge rushers who might still be available is Florida State's Brian Burns. Could he be the guy they target to upgrade their pass rush?

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Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery (88) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 23, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery (88) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Jets landed their top free agent target in Le'Veon Bell this offseason, but they went right back into the free agency pool to find his backup in Ty Montgomery as well. Montgomery officially signed with the Jets on Monday, and he couldn't be happier to get started with Gang Green. 

"It's a fresh start," Montgomery told newyorkjets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "It's a new opportunity and it's a great opportunity. I get to go out there and I speak for myself with my play. Finally. And I'm looking forward to that."

Montgomery had a pretty rough 2018 season, which is why the fresh start feels so good. He played in seven games with the Packers -- the team he spent the previous three seasons with -- but was traded the game after fumbling a key kickoff return after the Rams in Week 8. He was shipped to Baltimore to play for the Ravens, however he didn't see many touches. 

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Mar 4, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive back Greedy Williams (DB34) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 4, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive back Greedy Williams (DB34) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Although the Jets re-signed Darryl Roberts and added Brian Poole in free agency, most Jets fans would like to see an upgrade to their cornerback group. General manager Mike Maccagnan admitted last month that Roberts is unproven, so perhaps he would feel more comfortable with one of the top draft prospects as his second starter.

The Jets' draft strategy could therefore entail trading down and targeting the top cornerback prospects. Many experts believe Greedy Williams from LSU could be the first cornerback to be selected. Is he a good fit to be the Jets' top pick?

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Sep 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) in action during the game against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 8, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver (10) in action during the game against the Arizona Wildcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

While Quinnen Williams' pre-NFL Draft visit with the Jets has been well documented, the team is hosting another intriguing name -- who also plays Williams' position -- on Tuesday. 

Former Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver is also meeting with the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rappaport. The Jets own the No. 3 pick in the draft, and while Williams is certainly an option at that spot, Oliver is not as highly touted.  

ESPN's Todd McShay has Oliver going 18th overall to the Vikings in his latest mock draft, in which he has the Jets pouncing on Williams with the third pick. But with the looming possibility the Jets could trade down in the first round, Oliver becomes a viable option for a team that could address its need on the interior defensive line through the early portions of the draft. 

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Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Alabama DT Quinnen Williams will visit the Giants and Jets this week, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams is regarded as one of the top defensive players in the draft, with some scouts going as far as labeling him the best defensive player in the draft. 

Both the Jets and Giants are expected to target defensive players in the draft and while Williams is not necessarily a pass rusher, he is still talented enough to make an immediate impact on any team's defensive front. 

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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

Click below...

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Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) rushes by Oakland Raiders defensive end Fadol Brown (95) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Nov 25, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) rushes by Oakland Raiders defensive end Fadol Brown (95) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

RB Ty Montgomery, who signed a one-year deal with the Jets earlier this week, showed promise in his first few years with the Packers, but fell out of favour last year and ended up being traded to Baltimore. What could the former third-round pick bring to the table with the Jets and how will he complement Le'Veon Bell?

Montgomery is an interesting player who was drafted as a wide receiver but was forced into a position change in 2016 due to injuries. He handled the change so impressively that the Packers decided to make the move permanent in 2017. This wasn't as outlandish as it perhaps seemed at the time, as Montgomery had played running back in high school and even carried 39 times in college -- including 23 in his senior year.

With his experience at wide receiver and his ability to also return kick-offs, Montgomery is regarded as a versatile triple-threat option. On a team that already has a stable of versatile backs, he could fit in well...

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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)

Leonard Williams is already a fan of his new defensive coordinator. 

The Jets hired veteran defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as they revamped their coaching staff this offseason and their defensive tackle is expecting big things. 

"I feel like that kind of energy brings the best out of people," Leonard Williams told nyjets.com. "Same with our offensive line coach (Dowell Loggains) and head coach (Adam Gase) -- he's a great, passionate offensive coach -- so I feel like practice is going to be really competitive and it's going to be able to push our team."

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