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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams celebrates with defensive end Sheldon Richardson after Richardson's tackle against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starters: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon

Projected backups: Sheldon Richardson, Lawrence Thomas, Deon Simon

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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JRSportBrief: Jets are tanking 00:01:20
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why it's a good thing that the Jets are now officially in tank mode

The Jets concluded their open OTAs on Tuesday at Florham Park, but the news was made off the field...


LB David Harris, who had been with the Jets since 2007, was cut after participating in full during Tuesday's OTAs, after which Harris' agents sharply critcized the Jets >> Read more from Ralph Vacchiano

Bent took a look at how the departure of Harris will impact the Jets' defense in 2017 >> Read more

After cutting Harris, it was revealed that the Jets will either trade or release WR Eric Decker >> Read more

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams
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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The NFL is investigating a weekend incident that involved Jets linebacker Darron Lee at a New York music festival, to see if he violated the league's personal conduct policy. But if he's disciplined at all, it won't be by Jets coach Todd Bowles.

Bowles said he had a long talk with Lee following the incident on Saturday, and excused it as just "an argument with his girlfriend." It occurred at the Governors Ball on Randalls Island and some of it was caught on a video that posted to social media. The highlight of the video was Lee's teammate, Leonard Williams, dragging him away from the unidentified woman.

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson laughs during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson laughs during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson said he is committed to being with New York for the 2017 season amid trade rumors that have surrounded him over the past several months.

Richardson acknowledged he has heard the rumors and is open to the possibility that this season, his fifth since the Jets drafted him 13th overall in 2013, could be his last with New York.

"I'd be a fool not to be open to it," he said, according to Newsday's Bob Glauber. "I just want to go out there and have a great season. I can get my trade value to go up. I can get traded during the season. Might get a first-round, second-round pick. You never know."

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Sheldon Richardson has been a regular at the Jets' offseason workouts, knowing every day there could be his last. He knows the Jets tried to trade him last season, and he surely knew they tried again during last week's NFL Draft.

But if he's bothered by that at all, his teammate, Leonard Williams, says it's hard to tell.

"I'm sure he's heard the rumors," Williams said on a conference call with the media on Wednesday. "He's not letting it affect him. He's just working while he is here and I respect him for that."

Tags: Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson
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Motivated Muhammad Wilkerson 00:02:29
The DNL crew discusses Muhammad Wilkerson's arrival at the Jets' Florham Park facility after coming off a disappointing 2016 season.

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For the first time in three years, Muhammad Wilkerson showed up for the start of the New York Jets' offseason training program.

The big defensive lineman was pictured at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Monday morning, as the team officially kicked off its voluntary workouts. Last year, Wilkerson declined to participate because he wasn't happy with being tagged as the Jets "franchise player." He skipped them in 2015 as he hoped to pressure the Jets to give him a new deal.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, David Harris, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (AP)
(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1.) CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The ides of the Jets taking a cornerback sixth overall seemed logical even before Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor after a street fight in Pittsburgh 10 days ago. He probably wasn't coming back anyway, certainly not as a corner, but the incident amplified the need at his position. The combine next week will help solidify Lattimore's status as a Top 10 player. It even could push him out of the Jets' reach and into the Top 5. (Last week: 1)...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Jets, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

1. Who is their quarterback?

They of course haven't answered this yet, but they did answer who'll be coaching the quarterbacks: new offensive coordinator John Morton and new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. Neither has an extensive resume at their current positions -- or really working with quarterbacks -- which is interesting if they're going to be entrusted with developing a young quarterback.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the New York Jets can begin cleaning up the wreckage from their 5-11 season and start yet another rebuilding project. Despite being on the cusp of the playoffs a year ago, they seem farther away than ever now.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest questions the Jets must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how they're doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser - USA Today)
(William Hauser - USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been 48 years and two weeks since the Jets shook up the world and changed the NFL with their victory in Super Bowl III, and they have since taken their fans on a long, depressing and at times torturous run. It's been so painful at times that it's easy to forget the Jets went to back-to-back AFC championship games just six years ago.

Of course, since then they've brought the pain: Six straight seasons without a playoff berth, only one season with a winning record, and it was all capped off by a miserable 5-11 season that felt worse since the Jets had so much optimism after going 10-6 in 2015.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Leonard Williams was one of the few bright spots in the Jets' mostly dismal season. And now the 22-year-old defensive end is being rewarded for that with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Williams, the youngest player to ever be voted by his Jets teammates as their MVP, was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad on Thursday as a replacement for injured Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack

Williams, who was voted a first alternate, had seven sacks for the Jets this season. For most of the season he was the best player on the Jets' disappointing defensive line...

Tags: Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Bills-Jets 00:01:59
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Jets must contain LeSean McCoy and the Bills' running game in order to win on Sunday.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

THE GAME: The Buffalo Bills (7-8) at the Jets (4-11) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Here's your bright side to this game: The weather probably won't be frightful, with sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-40s and light winds.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Leonard Williams, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets released the following injury report prior to Saturday's game against the Patriots...

Out

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • DT Steve McClendon (hamstring) 
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Khiry Robinson, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • RB Matt Forte (knee/shoulder)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring) 

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Khiry Robinson, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

The Jets did not have any players named to the AFC's Pro Bowl roster.

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams was named a first alternate and Sheldon Richardson was named a fifth alternate. 

In his second season, Williams has appeared in all 14 games and recorded 59 total tackles and seven sacks.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Sheldon Richardson
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Jets were crushed by the Colts, 41-10, on Monday night at MetLife Stadium as they fell to 3-9 on the season. Bryce Petty replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick during the game and will be the starter for the remainder of the season. Here's insight and analysis regarding the Jets' awful Monday night performance...

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance speaks for itself. He only completed one pass beyond the first down marker, had a completion percentage below 50 percent, and punctuated his performance with an interception on the kind of forced throw he's been unable to get away with all season.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others, all which you can read here...

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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The Jets released their injury report after Friday's practice...

The following players are OUT for Sunday's game

  • TE Kellen Davis (hip)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps)

The following players are DOUBTFUL for Sunday's game

  • Brent Qvale (neck)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brandon Shell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Charone Peake, Darron Lee, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson said he believes he's the "odd man out" on the defensive line that features Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In anticipation of this weekend's blockbuster showdown with the Cleveland Browns, we had questions that needed answers. What's wrong with my team? Can they get over on another team that is clearly as (or maybe more?) unfortunate than my own? Is it wrong to have an existential crisis over a football team?Living in the heart of the South, it's not always easy to find kindred spirits so in touch with their misery of fandom. As a result, I often find myself bemoaning my team's fate to other likeminded fans. One such fan and good friend is Pat Leonard. Pat just started writing this year for one of my favorite blogs of all time, the Cleveland-centric Waiting For Next Year. I asked Pat five questions about the Browns, and I then had him ask five questions of his own about the Jets. Read Pat's reciprocal post on WFNY and stop by to say hello in the comments. WFNY and their readers are good eggs.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Geno Smith, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Brian Bassett
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Should Jets deal Richardson? 00:01:58
Jon and Chris debate whether the Jets should trade defensive end Sheldon Richardson based on what happens during the rest of the season.

Is it time for the Jets to trade Sheldon Richardson? SNY.tv's Brian Bassett and Bent discuss...The Jets got their second win last Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens and might slip the surly bonds of two wins with a Week 8 matchup against the Browns. So with the potential of being 3-5 after eight weeks is it already time to start breaking up the dynasty? There's been some discussion this week about who the Jets most tradable player is, and ESPN's Rich Cimini suggested the name of Sheldon Richardson as a potential target for acquisition by other teams.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, David Harris, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets' quarterback mess got all the headlines last week and again on Sunday, and that's certainly understandable. And it's a shame for Geno Smith that his big chance to revive his career ended in less than a half.But Smith, like Ryan Fitzpatrick, likely wouldn't have figured into the Jets' future regardless. So here's the real shame of what happened on Sunday for the Jets:If the rest of their team had played all season like they played in their 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens, they probably wouldn't have needed to switch quarterbacks at all and they wouldn't be sitting in this 2-5 hole.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Leonard Williams, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Sheldon Richardson was happy to be lined up on the defensive line during the Jets' 24-16 win against the Ravens Sunday.He had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and a sack."I mean, yeah, y'all must have forgot. Made Pro Bowl that year I played 3 Technique, then moved to outside linebacker," Richardson told reporters after the game. "I cause a lot more havoc when I'm close to the ball. The way this team is set up, potential-wise, I've got to play outside linebacker. I just picked up the slack."

Tags: Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets defense 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports on the Jets defensive changes they look to make against the Arizona Cardinals in hopes of ending the losing streak.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - They opened the season with an explosion, and it was supposed to only be the start. The Jets may have lost that first game, but they sent a loud message with their seven-sack performance. They were surely going to have one of the NFL's most dominant defensive lines.

Who knew that dominance would disappear after only one game?

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

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PITTSBURGH - It would be great if Brandon Marshall's happy-face outlook was believable. It would be swell if a 1-4 record really did put the Jets in the "perfect position." It would be tremendous if there was any sign that they were capable of going on a run and finishing this season incredibly strong.

The reality, though, is something much different, much darker. And there was only one really believable quote to come out of the Jets' latest loss.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Samuel B. Roberts ‏on Twitter: "What is the biggest flaw the Jets have that can be fixed and how?"



Ralph Vacchiano: Right now the Jets have so many flaws, but probably the easiest one to fix wasn't supposed to be a flaw at all. The defensive line, which was absolutely dominant in the first game against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, has been something less in the three games since.

Considering the highly paid players and big talents they have up front -- Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams and even Steve McLendon in there -- they should have way more than four sacks in their last three games. They barely bothered Russell Wilson on Sunday, and he was playing with injuries to his knee on one leg and his ankle on the other. Those guys are way too good to be held in check for very long.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:01:45
Michelle Yu joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Jets' huge Week 2 game in Buffalo on Thursday night.

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THE GAME: The Jets (0-1) at the Buffalo Bills (0-1) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER: It's not fall yet, but it's Buffalo, so expect a crisp, cool night -- great football weather. Temperatures should be about 60 at kickoff and dipping into the mid-50s as the game goes along.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

While speaking to the New York media on a conference call Tuesday, Rex Ryan gushed about Jets DT Leonard Williams, who Ryan referred to as a "big monster."

"They drafted that other kid," Ryan said of Williams. "You guys know darn well you would've killed me if we would've drafted that kid. It would've been, 'Well, it's just about the defense.' No, it was about the best player and they certainly got one of the best players right there."

The Jets selected Williams with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, teaming him with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, draft picks made by Ryan during his time in New York, on the defensive line. The former Jets coach did not shy away from praising his old defense.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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The way the Jets lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday was absolutely painful, but it's made even worse by their opening schedule. Perhaps you've heard: It's brutal. And it gets worse as it goes along. That's why it was imperative that the Jets get off to a fast start.

They almost did. And then they didn't.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Jets 23-22. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Jets 23-22. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

We anticipated Leonard Williams was going to be stronger and in better shape entering his second season. He promised he was going to turn some of that pressure into sacks. The preseason saw him making big plays and standing out on the Jets' loaded front line. Now, Williams is really delivering on his awesome potential.

Williams had 2.5 sacks, racked up several pressures and generated constant penetration in the running game. However, it's not the production he generated that I'm excited about, it's the manner in which he did it.

Last year, Williams made a bunch of plays by powering through people or leaning on his brute strength and athleticism. However, what I saw from him yesterday was a tangible development toward becoming a true technician.

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Friday. Here's what we learned...

  • Jordan Jenkins is doubtful for Sunday's game
  • Leonard Williams and Brandon Marshall will both play.
  • David Harris and Bruce Carter are questionable.
  • Darryl Roberts and Bryce Petty are out.
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, David Harris, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams sacks Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles during the first half of the Jets preseason opener.  (Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))
Leonard Williams sacks Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles during the first half of the Jets preseason opener. (Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))

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BGA is back...and this time it's preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part three of a four-part breakdown of last night's preseason opener, focusing on the defensive front seven, including a look at two draft picks making their first appearance, signs of potential depth from some unexpected veteran sources and a focus on which of the longer-term projects are showing the most immediate promise.

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Williams on sophomore season 00:01:55
Jeane Coakley catches up with defensive lineman Leonard Williams to discuss expectations for his sophomore season in the NFL.

Leonard Williams wants to chill out a lot more this season.

The New York Jets defensive lineman mostly avoided ice baths as a rookie, preferring to pass on the ice cube-filled tubs in which many of his teammates would sit and shiver.

"These guys, as soon as they would get out of practice, they were getting recovery," Williams said. "I was always using the excuse that I'm young, so I'm going to recover and stuff like that."

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts to a sack by New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) reacts to a sack by New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

In between now and training camp, I'm looking at some of the veteran players on the Jets roster to assess what kind of contribution we might expect from them in 2016. Today, we're going to take a look at Leonard Williams and his potential development as he enters his second season.

In his rookie season, Williams started 15 games and recorded 63 tackles and three sacks. Williams was thrown into the fire because of Sheldon Richardson's suspension and hit the ground running. However, he perhaps didn't make as many impact plays as some fans would have liked. What kind of progress can we expect from Williams as he enters his second season?

Note: Some stats from this article are exclusively provided by Pro Football Focus.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said he wants -- and believes he has earned -- a long-term deal with the Jets, but feels that the organization's lack of contract discussions indicate they do not want him back.

In an exclusive interview with the New York Post's Brian Costello, Wilkerson opened up about his lack of a long-term contract, how he wants to stay with the Jets and his health after breaking his leg at the end of last season.

"It's shocking. It's frustrating," Wilkerson told Costello. "Because I feel like I've earned it and I deserve it. It would be different if I was just a mediocre player. I feel like each and every week I'm dominating and it's showing. The stats speak for themselves. Basically, what more do I need to do? You know what I mean?"

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson may not report to training camp in late July without a new long-term deal after the team placed the franchise tag on him earlier this offseason, according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.

Wilkerson, who is still rehabbing a broken fibula that he sustained in Week 17 last season, did not show up to the Jets' organized team activities last week and will skip the Jets' mandatory minicamp that begins on Tuesday, according to Cimini. He cannot be fined for not participating because he has not yet signed his $15.4 million franchise-tag tender.

The deadline to sign a franchise-tagged player to a long-term deal is July 15, otherwise the player must play for his one-year deal.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets have picked up the 2017 option for defensive end Sheldon Richardson, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Richardson will earn $8.06 million in 2017.

Richardson will earn $1.78 million in 2016, according to Spotrac. He signed a four-year, $10.05 million deal with the Jets after he was drafted.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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SNY.tv looks at the best plays of the season from Louisville defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins.

Welcome to the eighth installment of the BGA: 2016 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I'll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In our previous installment, we looked at this year's running back class, and we now move on to look at interior defensive linemen.

I'll be discussing whether the Jets are likely to have a need at these positions, and reviewing some of the top prospects, along with some players who might be options later on. This section will cover defensive tackles, nose tackles and players I expect to line up primarily as 3-4 ends.

These articles are not necessarily meant to be exhaustive, so if you wish to bring some other prospects into the discussion, please do so in the comments section below.

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson
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(William Hauser)

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The paperwork has been filed with the NFL to officially place the non-exclusive franchise tag on DE Muhammed Wilkerson, according to multiple reports.

Wilkerson will make $15.7 million if he plays out the season under the terms of the tag. The non-exlusive tag allows the defensive end to talk to other teams, but the Jets will have the opportunity to match any offer. If the Jets choose not to match an offer, the team getting Wilkerson will have to surrender two first-round picks to New York.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Tennessee Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Jamari Lattimore and linebacker Demario Davis and safety Marcus Gilchrist during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Tennessee Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Jamari Lattimore and linebacker Demario Davis and safety Marcus Gilchrist during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff listed the Jets' positional needs as free agency and the NFL Draft near.

While Westhoff listed tight end, offensive line and possibly a running back (depending on what happens in free agency), he said the Jets' biggest need is to get another edge rusher.

"I would give anything to get an edge rusher," Westhoff told SNY.tv's Jeane Coakley. "All you have to do is watch the Denver Broncos. If any kind of edge rusher is there [at No. 20], that would be my first priority."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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(Joseph Maiorana)

Chris Burke of SI.com predicted both the first and second rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft in his latest mock (Feb. 11).

Burke has the Jets selecting Ohio State OLB Darron Lee in the first round (20th overall).

In the second round (51st overall), Burke predicts the Jets will draft Michigan State DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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(Kevin Hoffman)

It was awful that the Jets lost Muhammad Wilkerson to a broken leg in the third quarter on Sunday. Not only did it damage their chances of coming back -- they trailed 16-10 at the time -- but it is also a cruel blow for a player who was unable to negotiate a long-term deal in the offseason, but still played his heart out all season long.

Hopefully this will be something that can heal up in time for the start of the offseason program next season. It would be unfair for a principled guy like Wilkerson to have an injury at the worst possible time end up hurting his long-term earning potential.

If it does, it could drive a further wedge between players and the owners, as players will be less likely to risk playing out their contracts when they feel they are underpaid, but teams will view this as underlining the reason you should never give a player a huge contract with a ton of guaranteed money before you have to.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leger Douzable, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (Jim O'Connor)
Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) (Jim O'Connor)

On Sunday, New England ran the ball a lot more than they did the last time these teams met, but the Jets were equal to the challenge, holding the Patriots to three yards or less on 16 of their 22 carries and an average of just 2.9 yards per carry.

New England had more success throwing the ball, but it wasn't easy for them, as the Jets generated some good pressure, especially in the second half.

In a departure from the norm, Leonard Williams started getting some reps as the strong-side defensive end this week. He actually had more reps outside the tackle in this game than in the rest of the season combined. That might be because the Jets wanted to put their two most powerful pass-rushers -- Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson -- on the inside, knowing that interior pressure is something that typically gives Tom Brady problems.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leger Douzable, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker celebrates his game-winning touchdown pass from New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker celebrates his game-winning touchdown pass from New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

By taking advantage of the New England Patriots' questionable decision after the overtime coin flip, the New York Jets now control their own destiny in the AFC East.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Eric Decker in overtime after Bill Belichick opted to kick the ball after he won the coin toss, leading the Jets to a 26-20 win at Metlife Stadium on Sunday.

Coupled with a Pittsburgh Steelers loss, the 10-5 Jets will reach the playoffs with a win against the Buffalo Bills next week.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Calvin Pryor, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Eisenberg
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(Kevin Jairaj)

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Cowboys.

Lamjones (via e-mail): On the Thompkins play, which I agree pretty much decided the game, was Fitzpatrick making a read in your opinion that the safety wasn't going to come over or was it a fortunately timed breakdown in coverage? It seemed like he threw the ball before the safety committed. So was he consciously taking advantage of a mistake or just a lucky SOB?

A review of the footage seems to indicate he was waiting for Thompkins to get behind the defender and released his throw as soon as he took off with the cornerback flat-footed, so it seemed like it was well-timed and well-anticipated. I don't think he had time to look at the safety, other than his initial checks, because he got hit as soon as he let it go. However, it wasn't a risky pass based on the safety's initial position. If the safety had better position it still would have been completed. It just would have been a 25-yard gain instead of 43, so that was the extent to which the play was lucky.

Tags: David Harris, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Muhammad Wilkerson will often have much of his more disruptive work overlooked because other players will finish off plays that he almost single-handedly blew up. This week, he was the beneficiary and was able to be the one to finish off quite a few plays himself.

By sending blitzers up the middle, the Jets were able to force the Titans to single-block Wilkerson at times, which led to him spending a lot of time in the backfield. Wilkerson -- playing all four quarters this week -- ended up with three sacks, a forced fumble, a run stuff, a hit, three pressures and a pass deflection. He now has 12 sacks on the season, which is the most by a Jets player since 2003. If he can surpass 13, we'll be able to say it's the most by a Jets player since the Sack Exchange era.

Leonard Williams had a sack and two pressures and was in on two run-stuffs. His sack came as the Titans tried to pick him up with a blocking back after he had slapped the left guard aside, but Williams just destroyed him. That's the kind of sign that shows he's hopefully going to develop into the kind of dominant player that Wilkerson is. Williams now has 2.5 sacks on the year, with two over the last two weeks. He also had 1.5 during the preseason.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) was held out of practice Wednesday. (AP)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (thumb) was held out of practice Wednesday. (AP)

- Jets focused on Mariota [Newsday]

- Bowles and Jets see Giants win as affirmation [CBS New York]

- Rookie Williams continues to grow into role [ESPN New York]

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Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) celebrates beating the New York Giants in overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 6, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) celebrates beating the New York Giants in overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

After Sunday's game, a common refrain on sports radio was apparently that the Jets defensive line had failed to record enough pressure against an injury-plagued Giants line, while the Giants had generated constant pressure. However, the Jets were under pressure 26 times in 59 dropbacks according to PFF's numbers, while the Giants were under pressure 19 times in 38 dropbacks.

That's less pressure, but a greater rate of pressure, especially since the Giants blitzed 18 times to the Jets' 11 and also left in extra blockers to pass-protect at a greater rate.

The main reason for this was probably the Jets' smart decision to mitigate pressure by running a lot of screens and quick passes. For once, the Jets got rid of the ball half a second quicker than their opponents on average, something which is exceedingly rare for them. Kudos to the coaching staff for that, but the criticism of the linemen still seems somewhat unjust in light of the above numbers.

Tags: Leger Douzable, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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