The Jets have been doing their due diligence on this year's core of receiver prospects, with reports that the Jets have set up private workouts with several of the draft's top prospects at the position such as Notre Dame's Michael Floyd and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey.  It's no secret that the Jets are in need of a receiver and are likely to target one early to get Mark Sanchez some help in his pivotal fourth season as a pro.

Following the jump, here's a breakdown of the draft's top eight receivers, all of whom have at least a second round grade.

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

2011 stats:  13 games, 122 rec, 1522 yards, 18 TDs

Height: 6'-1'' Weight: 207 lbs

40-Time: 4.46 (Pro Day)

Strengths: An ultra-productive wideout throughout his collegiate career, Blackmon is a strong and physical receiver that has drawn favorable comparisons to Baltimore's Anquan Boldin. He plays much bigger than his size suggests and he answered questions about his speed with a strong 40-time at Oklahoma State's pro day. Unlike his former collegiate teammate Dez Bryant, Blackmon is a clean off-the-field prospect and is the last player to have his effort questioned on the field. He may not be a elite deep threat in the NFL, but offers basically everything else: sure handedness, sound route running, red zone value, big time after-the-catch ability, and a tough and highly competitive nature.

Weaknesses: Despite his impressive 40-time, Blackmon's tape suggests that he's not going to be a vertical threat in the NFL and may struggle to separate against NFL corners. There is also some concern over his measurables as Blackmon measured in smaller than what scouts were expecting. While he was unbelievably productive in college regardless of competition, it may be a situation where physical limitations are more apparent in the NFL.

Projection: Blackmon is a consensus top ten pick and if the Jets want him will have to make a move up into the top six to have a shot. Blackmon could go as high as fourth overall to the Browns, though the likeliest destination is at sixth overall to the Rams. Ultimately the likelihood of Justin Blackmon wearing green and white this season is quite low.

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

2011 stats:  13 games, 100 rec, 1147 yards, 9 TDs

Height: 6'-3'' Weight: 220 lbs

40-Time: 4.42

Strengths: Floyd is the prototypical modern day number one NFL receiver. Notre Dame's most prolific receiver of all time, Floyd matched an outstanding college career with an impressive display in his combine workout in February. He's drawn comparisons to Larry Fitzgerald and while not on that level as a prospect is of a similar mold and a very talented player in his own right. Like Fitzgerald, Floyd's a big, strong and athletic target that is both reliable in the possession game and offers big play ability both down field and in the red zone with his size advantage and ability to out-jump defenders and high-point the ball. Experience in a pro style offense is also something Floyd benefitted from, playing his first two years in South Bend under Charlie Weis. Despite some off-the-field troubles, on-the-field maturity and effort aren't in question. In terms of on-the-field ability, some scouts feel there's not much difference at all between Blackmon and Floyd.

Weaknesses: Any team that takes a serious look at Floyd in the draft will have to be comfortable with a few red flags. Injuries have been a concern for Floyd over his four years at Notre Dame, most notably missing half of his sophomore year with a collar bone injury.  More concerning for teams will be Floyd's off-the-field issues. Since his freshman year at Notre Dame, Floyd has been arrested three times for alcohol-related issues. He was suspended by Notre Dame for his third incident in March of 2011, having the suspension lifted before the start of the season and had his captaincy revoked.

Projection: Floyd is an early-to-mid first round pick and the receiver the Jets are most likely to target in the first round. Projections have Floyd going as high as Jacksonville at seventh overall and his low-point projection would be the Jets at sixteen. While it's possible Floyd could fall that far, it's not likely given that almost every team picking between the Jaguars and Jets could use a receiver in some capacity. Although, we'll only truly know on draft day how teams value Floyd with his off-the-field issues and perhaps the Jets themselves may find him too risky. Trading up for Floyd, perhaps at ninth overall swapping with Carolina, is something the Jets could consider.

Kendall Wright, Baylor

2011 stats:  13 games, 108 rec, 1663 yards, 14 TDs

Height: 5'-10'' Weight: 196 lbs

40-Time: 4.61 Combine / 4.44 Pro Day

Strengths: No receiver helped his draft stock like Kendall Wright did this past season as Heisman winner Robert Griffin III's number one target. Outside of Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Kendall Wright is the most explosive offensive skill player in the draft and he has instant impact potential for a team as a slot receiver and kick returner. At Baylor Wright was a danger all over the field, showing the quickness to separate and create himself space in short areas as well as showing the long distance speed to get on top of a defense and burn teams deep. Wright is particularly dangerous after-the-catch and looks to score every time he gets the ball. Despite his slight frame, Wright never missed a game in college and displayed toughness playing through a few injuries. In addition to his instant impact potential, Wright has considerable upside and has drawn comparisons to Carolina's Steve Smith.

Weaknesses: Wright surprised scouts by running a very poor 4.61 40-time at the NFL combine, but has seemed to clear any speed questions with a solid time at his pro day. The biggest concerns with Wright center around his slight build. He'll be more liable to injury in the NFL than he was in college playing in more games and against top competition. Press coverage is something Wright didn't deal with much in college and he'll see it much more in the pros, which may limit him to slot duty early in his career. Wright gives good effort but he won't be much a factor in the run game. Baylor ran a spread system and thus Wright is a bit raw in terms of overall route running in a pro style offense. While he possesses considerable upside, he may never develop into a true number one receiver and could cap as a complementary receiver and gadget weapon.

Projection: Wright is expected to be available for the Jets as he's slotted as a mid-to-late first round pick, but whether he the right fit for the Jets is another question. Between Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley, Kendall Wright doesn't really offer the Jets anything the offense already has and won't replace the red zone threat and big target the Jets need to replace after three seasons of Plaxico Burress and Braylon Edwards. If the Jets had moved Holmes in the offseason than Wright would have been a realistic possibility, but as it stands the Jets will likely look for a receiver that offers the offense something different.

Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

2011 stats:  13 games, 28 rec, 820 yards, 5 TDs

Height: 6'-4'' Weight: 215 lbs

40-Time: 4.36

Strengths: Stephen Hill is arguably the draft's most intriguing prospect. Following in the footsteps of former Georgia Tech receivers Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill declared early and wowed scouts with his size and incredible athleticism at February's combine. His natural ability and skill set may remind some of Randy Moss - Hill is nothing close to a polished receiver but he specialized as a deep threat for Georgia Tech's option offense leading the nation averaging nearly 30 yards per reception and like Moss is capable of making spectacular grabs. Unlike Moss though, being in a run-centric offense has helped Hill develop into an outstanding blocker and is known as a mature and hard working player in the locker room. Hill has the potential to be one of the best players to come out of this draft if he works at it, and has the right attitude to perhaps one day reach that potential.

Weaknesses: There's no bigger jump for a receiver to make in terms of scheme going from a triple-option offense in college to a pro style system in the NFL and Hill will have a lot to learn. Hill may be able to be an instant contributor as a deep threat in the NFL, but developing into a complete starting receiver will be a serious project that could take several years. Hill's success in the NFL will likely be dictated by which team drafts him. A team in desperate need of a receiver that expects Hill to start right away is taking an enormous risk, whereas a team that can show patience and allow Hill to work on his game and develop at a comfortable pace could reap the benefits a few years from now.

Projection: Hill's projected as a fringe first rounder, likely to go anywhere from the back end of the first round to the first few picks of the second round. Don't expect the Jets to consider Hill at 16, but if the Jets move back in the first round than Hill will be in the discussion. If the Jets draft another position in the first round, trading up in the second round is also a possibility if Hill gets through the first round without being drafted. If the Jets draft Hill, bringing in a stopgap number two receiver(Braylon Edwards?) to remove immediate expectations would make sense.

 

Rueben Randle, LSU

2011 stats:  14 games, 53 rec, 917 yards, 8 TDs

Height: 6'-3'' Weight: 210

40-Time: 4.55 Combine / 4.42 Pro Day

Strengths: Randle is a solid all-around target whose underwhelming college production is misleading given the mediocre quarterback play at LSU and Randle could end up being a better pro than college player. The short-to-intermediate areas are where Randle shines best, as he lacks downfield explosion but does a nice job running routes and recognizing coverages and is a big target for a quarterback to aim for. As typical with most LSU receivers, Randle blocks well and will be a valuable asset for teams that like to run the ball. While he's not a major deep threat, some scouts feel the 4.55 40-time at the combine doesn't do his on-the-field athleticism justice and he provided some evidence to that with an improved 4.42 4o-time  at LSU's pro day.

Weaknesses: Randle never really came into his own at LSU and his total production over three years matches what the likes of Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright did this past season alone. Though generally regarded as a good athlete, Randle's athleticism is not on the level of other prospects of similar stature such as Michael Floyd or Stephen Hill and thus Randle's upside in comparison to the two is questionable. Granted he's a less risky prospect than those two, but while those two receivers have legitimate superstar potential Randle may never become more than a good number two receiver.

Projection: Randle is generally regarded as an early second round pick that could sneak in to the tail end of round one for teams that could use a quality complementary receiver such as the Texans or Ravens. As for the Jets, he's a solid fit for the team schematically and in terms of skill set but won't be good value unless the Jets move around. If the Jets move back in the first round to the mid-to-late twenties or move up from the mid-second to the beginning of round two, Randle could be an option.

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

2011 stats:  13 games, 49 rec, 762 yards, 9 TDs

Height: 6'-3'' Weight: 216

40-Time: 4.50 (Pro Day)

Strengths: Alshon Jeffery at his best was one of the top receivers in the country, and after his sophomore season looked destined to be a top five pick. He's a size and athletic mismatch for essentially any defender up against him, displaying excellent ball skills with the athletic ability to out-jump and high point the ball. Jeffery's the type of receiver that may not have elite top end speed, but whose ability to get vertical means he's never truly covered. Jeffery utilizes his size well and isn't afraid to be physical, fighting off press coverage well and fearlessly going over the middle. After the catch Jeffery doesn't go down easy, often needing more than one defender to stop his forward progress. Jeffery's top speed isn't elite, but he reaches it deceptively quick and is explosive off the line for a player of his size.

Weaknesses: Jeffery is the definition of boom-or-bust prospect at the receiver position in this year's draft and whatever team takes him is taking a big gamble. Jeffery followed a sensational sophomore campaign by ballooning to a playing weight upwards of 230 pounds and the effect it had on his ability to perform was obvious. He has since trimmed back down to the weight he carried during his phenomenal sophomore season and ran well at his pro day, but the questions of his work ethic still remain and he will have questions to answer when teams bring him in for private workouts. One issue with Jeffery even before his weight issues was getting in and out of breaks, and route running will be an area he'll have to focus on getting better at when he reaches the NFL level.

Projection: Jeffery projects as an early-to-mid second round pick and could be an option for the Jets in the second round if the team addresses a different position in the first round and is comfortable with Jeffery's red flags. His upside is obvious and if a team gets a focused and hard-working Jeffery he could be the biggest steal of the draft and a top NFL receiver, but there are legitimate concerns over that possibility and there likely won't be any middle ground - he'll either be a star or useless.

Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers

2011 stats:  13 games, 115 rec, 1206 yards, 7 TDs

Height: 6'-2'' Weight: 211

40-Time: 4.67

Strengths: Mohamed Sanu is a versatile receiving weapon that can line up at any receiver position and even played wildcat quarterback for Rutgers his first two seasons. He may be the best pure possession receiver in the draft, as he boasts phenomenal hands and concentration with a fearlessness of going over the middle. Sanu practically made his living with the Scarlet Knights making himself available for the catch in short-to-intermediate areas and across the field. In many ways he exhibits the same qualities as Jerricho Cotchery, but is an even bigger target. Like Cotchery, Sanu is going to catch everything thrown his way and while lacking top end speed is deceptively very good after the catch.

Weaknesses: Sanu doesn't get much separation even at the collegiate level and is not going to be a deep threat in the NFL. He caps out as a possession receiver and teams looking for upside at receiver will want to look elsewhere. Competition level is a bit of a concern as playing in the Big East meant Rutgers were playing very little if any elite collegiate programs and thus Sanu was never truly tested by top quality.

Projection: Sanu is a projected second round pick that will probably be available where the Jets are picking. Unlike other possible second round picks at receiver like Alshon Jeffery or Brian Quick, Sanu is less about potential and flash and more about production albeit with limited upside. Especially given Tannenbaum's recent trend of selecting hometown prospects early on, it shouldn't surprise anybody if Sanu is drafted in the second round to plug the receiver need without gambling on more talented but riskier prospects.

Brian Quick, Appalachian State

2011 stats:  12 games, 71 rec, 2001 yards, 11 TDs Height: 6'-4'' Weight: 220

40-Time: 4.55

Strengths: Brian Quick is a tremendous natural athlete who is relatively new to the game of football, only starting to play competitively during his senior year of high school but boasting the natural abilities that made him a talented prep basketball star. Quick is likely to be the first player from the FCS competition level selected in the draft and rightfully so, given his dominant 2011 season that saw him eclipse the 2000 yard mark in 12 games. What makes that so impressive is just how raw Quick is. At the Senior Bowl Quick claimed that he rarely ever received positional coaching at Appalachian State and that the experience working under Minnesota's coaching staff was his first time really receiving that kind of attention. Upside is the key with Quick, as he's far away from a polished player but has nice speed and acceleration for a player with a big frame and has the natural ability to go up and make a grab that one would expect from a former basketball star.

Weaknesses: Between being relatively new to the receiver position and playing his college football at a school in the FCS, Quick is a long ways away from being a regular contributor on the NFL level and it's going to take a few years if he's ever going to develop into one. Quick's NFL prospects are going to be very much dependent on the team he lands with and the amount of patience they're willing to have with Quick in addition to how hard Quick works to improve his craft. Despite his projection as a relatively high pick, the best destination for Quick will probably be a team that has no immediate need at receiver and can bring him along slowly.

Projection: Quick could go anywhere in the second round but will likely be available for the Jets should the team remain where they sit in the second. Although, given the Jets' need for a player who can contribute immediately Quick doesn't really make much sense. Just like a scenario where the Jets draft Stephen Hill, it would be wise for the Jets to find a stopgap veteran to play across from Holmes if the Jets do decide Brian Quick is the receiver the team wants to draft.

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The Jets have added a new linebacker following Avery Williamson's season-ending torn ACL.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they have signed veteran Albert McClellan and placed Williamson on Injured Reserve.

A 33-year-old out of Marshall, McClellan played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, before splitting time last season with the Ravens and Patriots. 

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Three Jets to bring to dinner 00:01:26
Jamal Adams is a given, but Trevor Siemian as a dinner guest? Adam Gase and Joe Douglas list the three Jets they would take to dinner.

Which three current Jets would you invite to dinner?

That was the question asked to head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, as they walked the Jets' practice field.

Jamal Adams seems like an obvious answer, but some of Gase's choices may be a bit of a surprise. 

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Former Jets quarterback Josh McCown, who retired in June after spending the last two of his 16 professional seasons with the team, has now decided to un-retire according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McCown will sign a one year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, making them his eleventh NFL team. The contract includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million, per source.

Last season with the Jets, he appeared in four games after starter Sam Darnold was out with a foot injury. McCown had been a strong mentor for the No. 3 pick in the 2018 Draft, and had spoken very highly of him.

"I root for those guys, and I want to see Sam have a lot of success. Now he has to make it happen. If he needs me, I'm only a phone call away," McCown said.

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Jamal Adams praises C.J. Mosley 00:01:07
Bart Scott asks Jamal Adams about his request for more "dogs," and how the addition of C.J. Mosley adds to the team and helps the defense.

Jamal Adams has already proven himself to be a leader on the back end of the Jets' defense.

This past offseason, the team went out and added CJ Mosley in free agency, adding another playmaker, and giving Adams another leader he can rely on in the Jets' front seven.

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The most important thing for every NFL team in every preseason game is to simply come out of it with their starting lineup intact. Whatever the starters get out of a few meaningless snaps is rarely worth the risk of a devastating injury.

The Jets and linebacker Avery Williamson were just reminded of that in the worst way possible, thanks to the worst decision of Adam Gase's short Jets career.

The Jets suffered a huge blow on Friday when their worst fears were confirmed - that Williamson suffered a torn ACL in the Jets' 22-10 win in Atlanta on Thursday night. And the insult to the injury is that it was truly meaningless and could have - should have - been avoided. The 27-year-old was injured with 3:52 left in the first half, long after all the other Jets defensive starters had departed.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)
New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)

The Jets received a big blow to their defense on Friday as linebacker Avery Williamson has suffered a torn ACL. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's first report on the injury. Williamson will miss the entire 2019 season. 

Williamson was curiously left in Thursday's preseason contest against the Falcons for an extended amount of time when he sustained the injury. 

Williamson went down on the field with approximately four minutes left in the first half while in coverage on a passing play. The Jets brought in a new defensive coordinator this offseason in Gregg Williams and Williamson was tabbed as the defensive play-caller on the field. 

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New Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said this week that he hasn't really started bringing the pressure with his play-calls yet.

All that changed on Thursday night.

Actually, it didn't matter because he was getting plenty of pressure from his defensive line, but Williams turned up the heat in the second game of the preseason. The Jets were all over Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in a 22-10 win in Atlanta. They sacked him three times on the 17 times he dropped back to pass, and pressured him on almost every other pass. He was still 10 of 14 for 118 yards thanks to his talent and a porous Jets secondary. But by the time he left, one thing was clear:

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Darnold talks exciting offense 00:01:08
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold explains the impact running backs Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery will have in Jets offense.

Through two preseason games, the Jets have looked strong on both sides of the ball.

Sam Darnold and the first-team offense have shown efficiency moving the ball down the field, and Gregg Williams' defense proved on Thursday that they can bring the heat on opposing quarterbacks.

One glaring issue for the Jets through these two games, though, has been their kicking game.

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New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)

The Jets wide receiver room doesn't exactly scare anyone from top-to-bottom, but there's talent. 

The top-three targets for quarterback Sam Darnold on the outside are Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa. In that group, New York head coach Adam Gase doesn't want or see football players.

Instead, Gase wants basketball players, and he thinks he's got them. 

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets continue their preseason schedule on Thursday night on the road against the Falcons in Atlanta. Their first game was a loss in the "Snoopy Bowl" to the Giants, something they're looking to bounce back from tonight. 

It will definitely be a tough task to do so, especially when you consider one big strength and one big weakness for the Falcons and Jets respectively. 

Last season, the Falcons -- led by Matt Ryan on the offensive side of the ball -- were a pass-heavy team. That's not to say the rest of the NFL hasn't turned into that, but the Falcons did better than most teams. They finished fourth in passing offense for the regular season with 209.8 yards per game. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' hottest new commodity in Le'Veon Bell is still getting acclimated to his new team. He was absent from most of the team's offseason voluntary workouts as he continued his routine of working out in Miami to prepare for the new season. 

But, since Bell has been at training camp for the past few weeks, his new Jets teammates are learning what the dynamic running back is like on and off the field. 

In between the hashes, Bell is the exact same player that he was when we last saw him: a patient yet explosive back that knows how to read defenses and make his opponents miss. He didn't show that against the Giants in preseason Week 1 as he sat out, but there have been spurts at practice where he's shown his mastery with the ball in his hands. 

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From Alabama to New Jersey 00:00:32
Quinnen Williams may turn some heads when you hear how the Jets defensive tackle thinks New Jersey is just like Alabama.

As Quinnen Williams gets acclimated to his new team, the Jets first-rounder is also getting used to his new surroundings. 

Sitting down alongside his D-linemate Leonard Williams and SNY's Jeane Coakley, Quinnen Williams admitted that he has never been this far north. He has been in Alabama his entire life, growing up in Birmingham and playing in Tuscaloosa. 

But Quinnen Williams is slowly learning how cool New York City and New Jersey can be. And maybe one day soon Leonard Williams will take him out on the town...

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Darnold talks Gase relationship 00:01:33
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold discusses the relationship he has with new head coach Adam Gase and what's he's learned from him.

Sam Darnold had an impressive preseason debut last Thursday, and that may have a lot to do with his relationship with head coach Adam Gase.

The second-year quarterback was recently asked to describe what he enjoys the most about getting to know his new head coach, and Darnold explained that Gase has offered him advice pertaining to both on the field and off of it. 

"He's crazy in the best way. I think we all are," Darnold said about his head coach. "You've got to be a little crazy in this profession, and it's fun to be able to gameplan with him, talk about football, but the coolest thing is being able to talk to him about things outside football - family life, friends and family, all of that kind of stuff."  

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Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

After the Jets lost their top cornerback in Trumaine Johnson following Sunday's practice, GM Joe Douglas moved swiftly to help fill the void.

The Jets signed seventh-year veteran Marcus Cooper, the team announced on Tuesday, waiving tight end Nick Truesdell to create room.

The Detroit Lions cut Cooper on Monday.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets knew the cornerback position was their biggest flaw, even before Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring at practice on Sunday. They were shorthanded from the start at one of the most important positions in football.

Now, with Johnson out for the foreseeable future -- "I don't think it's going to be months," Adam Gase said, "but I mean, we'll see." -- the situation is dire.

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Williams on competition at camp 00:01:25
Gregg Williams says if you have to tell players they need to be competitive then they're not the right players, and high praise for Quinnen.

The Jets' intensity level at training camp thus far has been through the roof, and that's always a good sight when there is so much change going on with a franchise. Head coach Adam Gase is setting the tone early on with his offensive group, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is doing the same with his unit. 

When those competitive juices do get flowing at practice, the Jets have seen a scuffle or two occur on the gridiron. 

And that's perfectly fine for Williams in particular. Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Williams explained to the media that he loves his highly-competitive group, and the fights and arguments at practice will happen when everyone is competing for a job on the 53-man roster. 

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Namath on Darnold's improvement 00:01:10
New York Jets Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath discusses the expectations and improvement he's seen in starting quarterback Sam Darnold.

If there's anyone who knows what it takes to play quarterback for the Jets, it's probably the man who was under center for the team's lone Super Bowl appearance and victory. 

And Joe Namath continues to be impressed by the player who is now taking snaps for Gang Green some 50 years later, Sam Darnold.

"I liked what I saw of him physically when he was at Southern Cal before he got here," Namath said. "When he got here, I liked what the coaches and players had to say about him.

 

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Following the first week of the exhibition season in the NFL, the optimism surrounding both of New York's football teams is through the roof. 

The Jets' Sam Darnold led a single drive that was near perfect, as the second-year pro was 4-for-5 passing with a touchdown. The Giants' once looked down upon rookie QB in Daniel Jones was one pass better, as he was 5-for-5 passing with a touchdown.

So... Jets vs. Giants Super Bowl?

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Joe Douglas' go-to Karaoke song 00:00:52
Jeane Coakley finds out that Joe Douglas and Adam Gase might sing Pearl Jam and Take Me Home, Country Roads as their Karaoke choices.

For players, coaches and general managers alike, training camp is a grind. Between meetings, workouts and practices, it can sometimes seem the work never stops. So, every now and then, who doesn't need to blow off some steam and belt it out at karaoke night?

Well, Adam Gase, for one. The Jets head coach told SNY's Jeane Coakley that he'd "never be asked to do karaoke and would decline if he was." But general manager Joe Douglas takes Gase for a grunge guy, saying he could "crush" Pearl Jam, given the opportunity. 

Douglas is more of a low-key, country-western guy himself, tapping Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as his specialties when he gets the mic. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold said following his team's preseason opener against the Giants last week that he's hoping the first-team offense gave fans a "taste" of what's to come in 2019.

The second-year QB was 4-for-5 passing in the game with a touchdown pass. Running back Le'Veon Bell didn't play in the game and the starters only played one series. Regardless, the group left a good impression.

The Jets will continue their exhibition season on Thursday against the Falcons and head coach Adam Gase revealed that the team will probably give fans a bigger taste than it did in Week 1. 

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The Jets have a favorite for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in running back Le'Veon Bell

BetOnline recently released odds for the honor, and Bell is tied with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the favorite to win the award at 4/1 odds.

Bell, 27, would be a true comeback, as he signed a four-year deal worth $52.5 million and $35 million guaranteed this offseason after sitting out the entire 2018 season while looking for a new contract from the Steelers. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Entering training camp, cornerback was viewed as one of the weakest positions on the Jets' roster. Many view Darryl Roberts, who started five games at cornerback last year and another five at free safety, as an inadequate option to start across from Trumaine Johnson. Johnson, of course, had his own issues with injuries and insubordination last year, too.

In the first preseason game, Roberts and Johnson weren't tested in their brief appearance. However, concern intensified about the depth on the roster, as the second unit struggled badly. Derrick Jones, who was released the next day, was burned for a long catch and Parry Nickerson gave up a number of catches, including one that went for a 51-yard touchdown. Rookie Kyron Brown also had a bad mistake that led to a 22-yard gain as he sought to jump the route on a pass to the slot receiver, leaving his man open on the outside.

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When the Jets took the practice field on Monday, there was a bit of a change at cornerback. 

While Darryl Roberts have been the starting corner on the right side with the first-teamers thus far, undrafted rookie Kyron Brown out of Akron was opposite him. And Brown was exposed early on during team drills, as Robby Anderson flat out beat him on a crossing route for a 40-yard gain. 

The reason Brown was in with the first team to begin with was due to Trumaine Johnson's hamstring injury that now has him out indefinitely. The Jets were already short when it comes to cornerback depth. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Already thin at cornerback, the Jets suffered another blow within the position group Sunday.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring, head coach Adam Gase told reporters following practice, after intercepting quarterback Sam Darnold and running it back.

Johnson, who battled a quad injury in 2018 on the way to 10 appearances 40 tackles and four interceptions, is out indefinitely.

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Maye returns to practice 00:01:01
Jets safety Marcus Maye and Head Coach Adam Gase on Maye's return to practice after being sidelined since last season by a shoulder injury

Early Sunday morning, the Jets announced that starting safety Marcus Maye had been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform List. The 2017 second round pick out of Florida had been out with nerve damage in his shoulder. When asked by media how it feels to be back, he responded with pleasure.

"It felt great, it's been a long process, but just getting out there running around and getting the feel of things, being out there with the guys, definitely feels good to be back," Maye said.

Maye was then asked if the process to getting back healthy has taken longer than he thought it would. "Yeah, but it wasn't in my control, nothing we could do about it," Maye said. "You just have to put your head down and go to work everyday, keep the same mindset knowing that it's going to get better and knowing the time is coming."

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Darnold talks toughest critic 00:02:34
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets QB Sam Darnold about his toughest critic and learning discipline at a young age

For most quarterbacks, being your own worst critic comes with the job title. But for Sam Darnold, he definitely has some outside critiques that get to him. 

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Darnold, who explained how head coach Adam Gase as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains are always chirping to him whenever they can. Entering his sophomore season, the Jets believe Darnold is their quarterback of the future, but tapping Darnold's true potential is what Gase and his staff are looking to do. 

And with that comes some constructive criticism -- nothing Darnold can't handle. He tells Coakley how he's become such a coachable player over the years, and it starts with a lesson from his mom at 12 years old...

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets K Chandler Catanzaro has been struggling this training camp, and instead of letting the team decide what to do with him, he made the choice for them by retiring. 

Reports have been surfacing that Catanzaro wasn't consistent at training camp, and it spilled over into the first preseason game against the Giants on Thursday night. The veteran only hit one of his three extra-point attempts, but knocked in his only field goal at 34 yards. After missing his first PAT, his second was a straight shank that left Jets fans scratching their heads. 

Announcing his early retirement, Catanzaro's career ends after six NFL seasons. He began his time in the league with the Cardinals, where he would spend his first three seasons. He, then, made his way to the Jets in 2017, a season where he hit 25-of-30 field goals and made all 29 of his extra-point attempts.

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Dec 31, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh (7) misses a field in the last two minutes of the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Dec 31, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh (7) misses a field in the last two minutes of the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

The Jets brought back kicker Chandler Catanzaro this offseason, but the team could already be looking to replace him. 

Catanzaro, 28, missed two extra points in the Jets' preseason opening loss to the Giants on Thursday. 

The New York Daily News reports that the Jets will now hold workouts with kickers on Saturday, potentially to compete with Catanzaro as training camp rolls on. Potential kickers working out for the Jets include former All-Pro Blair Walsh, Chris Blewitt and the Jets could be interested in Kaare Vedvik

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Mar 9, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Salt Lake Stallions tight end Nick Truesdell (85) is defended by San Diego Fleet safety Jordan Martin (22) during the second quarter at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Mar 9, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Salt Lake Stallions tight end Nick Truesdell (85) is defended by San Diego Fleet safety Jordan Martin (22) during the second quarter at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Jets signed tight end Nick Truesdell on Saturday and released another former Mike Maccagnan draft pick in cornerback Derrick Jones

Trusedell returns to the Jets having signed with the team on Aug. 4. His first tenure with the Green & White only lasted two days before he was released to make room for offensive lineman Alex Lewis, who the Jets traded for.

Trusedell has bounced around indoor football leagues and landed on the Colts for a short stint in 2016. The 29-year-old was also cut by the Vikings in 2017 and played in the recently defunct AAF with the Salt Lake Stallions.

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Millennials and YouTube 00:00:58
Quinnen Williams: "I got the money, I got the face, I got the brains" when it comes to running a business and learning from YouTube.

Quinnen Williams' NFL career with the Jets is just beginning, but that doesn't mean the rookie isn't thinking about life after football.

The Jets defensive tackle spoke about how he's taking time to learn to save his money, and how he thinks he could have a career in the business world after football.

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