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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' first year in Adam Gase's offense isn't what anyone wanted to see. New York finished last in the NFL in yards per game (273.0), fourth-worst in passing yards (194.4), second-worst in rushing yards (78.6) and second-worst in points per game (17.3).

Yes, Sam Darnold did miss the chunk of the early regular season, and the Jets saw improvement when he returned. But with Le'Veon Bell struggling to get anything going in his much-awaited return and the offensive line being extremely porous among other issues, it's safe to say this group needs a massive amount of improvement in 2020.

That's why GM Joe Douglas went out and fixed up the O-line and added a couple weapons at wide receiver in Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims. But there is one position group that could mesh everything together in this offensive rebuild. 

Tags: Chris Herndon, Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Entering his 16th year in the NFL this season, Frank Gore likely knew he wasn't going to find a starting job anywhere around the league. So, as he decided once again to own the title of oldest running back in the NFL for another season, Gore wanted to go play for a team with a dynamic running game and a lead back he thought he could complement well.

Gore found that with the Jets and Le'Veon Bell

The five-time Pro Bowler spoke with the media on Thursday via Zoom, where he mentioned that playing for head coach Adam Gase once again -- he did so with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and earlier in his career with San Francisco when Gase was an assistant -- was a big reason why he joined Gang Green. But the prospect of working with Bell, a running back he knows very well, was intriguing. 

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Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)
Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)

The Jets have already beefed up their running back depth this offseason, but could they look to add another quality back?

According to a report from Michael Silver of NFL Network, the Jets, Seahawks, and Eagles have shown interest in free agent running back Devonta Freeman

Per the report, the Seahawks have one-year deal worth up to $4 million on the table for Freeman, while the veteran has "attracted interest" from the Jets and Eagles.

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When Jets GM Joe Douglas called Mekhi Becton to say that he was being selected 11th overall, he mentioned a talk the two of them had about the Louisville product's goals in the NFL. Douglas said he was ready to work with him to get his "team and personal" ones accomplished.

It all starts next season.

During a Zoom conference call with media on Monday, Becton gave his rookie goals. It was one team goal and one personal goal. 

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Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

After just one season with the Jets, running back Ty Montgomery has found a new home. 

Montgomery has signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Friday afternoon, though terms of the deal were not given. 

The 27-year-old put up solid numbers as a receiver turned running back in three seasons with the Packers and a brief stint with the Ravens, leading the Jets to sign him to a one-year contract last April.

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Le'Veon Bell and Saquon Barkley will both enter the 2020 season with high external expectations.

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Maria Marino and Eamon McAnaney look at the projected season rushing totals for the duo and discuss which of the backs is more likely to go over that projected yardage ...

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The offseason roster-building is over, for the most part. What you currently see with your favorite NFL team is likely what you're going to get.

So what will you get in the AFC East in 2020? And how do the Jets stack up?

Here, with the help of some NFL sources, is a look at what and how those teams did, and what their outlook is for the (hopefully) upcoming season. They are listed in my projected order of finish in the AFC East:

Tags: Avery Williamson, CJ Mosley, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

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So many questions … Here are a few more you asked me in this week's edition of the SNY Jets mailbag:


Why haven't the Jets gone after Clowney? -- @BuddhaTaino

Money. Actually, it's more about player value. Jadeveon Clowney may be the best pass rusher on the market, but he wanted more than $20 million per year on a long-term contract, and then reportedly lowered his demands into the $17-18 million range. So far no one thinks he's worth that -- certainly not on a long-term deal. The Jets clearly don't.

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Adam Gase and Frank Gore go back quite a while, so there shouldn't be much surprise that the 36-year-old was brought into Gang Green's running back mix.

Gore was signed to a one-year deal by New York, providing more depth to a group that includes Le'Veon Bell and rookie La'Mical Perine.

Speaking to SNY's Jeane Coakley, Gase spoke about how Gore has been leading by example for a long time. 

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Joe Douglas' first full offseason with the Jets has been an eventful one.

After vowing to prioritize building around quarterback Sam Darnold, Douglas has delivered, though perhaps more so on the line than in terms of playmakers. Still, the Jets have seemingly addressed some previous weaknesses and have also added depth throughout the roster.

Unquestionably, there is still work to be done, but the Jets' 90-man roster certainly seems to be improved from the group that disappointed in 2019 with a 7-9 record, good for third in the AFC East.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Bilal Powell, Chris Herndon, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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It wasn't long after the Jets signed Le'Veon Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million contract last March that word got out that Adam Gase was against the signing. But any objection the Jets coach had wasn't really about Bell, it was about investing so much in one player at that particular position.

Because Gase understands that one running back isn't enough in today's NFL. Ideally, teams even need more than two.

And that's what was behind the signing of veteran Frank Gore on Tuesday -- adding depth to the Jets' backfield and lessening the load this season on the 28-year-old Bell. In 2019, Bell -- fresh off a year away from football -- had 63.9 percent of the Jets' runs from scrimmage (245 of 383). In fact, he had 79.5 percent of the Jets' runs by a running back (245 of 308) in the 15 games he played.

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Dec 15, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) is pressured by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Dec 15, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) is pressured by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

The Jets are adding an NFL legend to their 2020 roster, signing free agent RB Frank Gore to a one-year deal, per his agent Drew Rosenhaus. 

Gore, who owns the third-most rushing yards in NFL history with 15,347, will now back up Le'Veon Bell in what will be an interesting backfield to watch. With Bell's slashing abilities and Gore's brute strength up the middle, these two Pro Bowlers complement each other well. 

The Jets also want to get Bell's workload down, after taking 63.9 percent of the Jets' total rushes last season (245 out of 383 attempts) even though he missed a game. And for rushes by a Jets running back, he took 79.5 percent (245 out of 308 attempts). Gore can certainly help that area out.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas and Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Treated Image by SNY)
Jets GM Joe Douglas and Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Treated Image by SNY)

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While sorting through your Giants and Jets questions over the last few days, and answering them in my Jets and Giants mailbags, I noticed a few asking me to compare the two teams. So sure, I'll take my shot at evaluating how they measure up in my first Giants-Jets combo mailbag:

 

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Joe Douglas answered a lot of questions about his plan for the Jets with what he did in the NFL Draft last week, but he obviously didn't answer all of them.

Here are some of the ones you tweeted to me this week, along with my answers in the latest edition of the SNY Jets Mailbag:

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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At the end of his first draft as Jets general manager, Joe Douglas walked away with nine new additions to the roster, not including any undrafted free agent signings which will no doubt be finalized in the coming days.

Douglas will obviously be hoping that first round choice Mekhi Becton will be able to step in and contribute right off the bat, presumably as the starting left tackle. However, what about the other eight players they selected? What expectations should Jets fans have for each player's role in 2020?

Wide receiver Denzel Mims seems likely to have a role, especially with the Jets' lack of proven depth at the position. However, it might take him a while to get used to a pro-style system and become adept at running the full route tree because he played in a spread offense at Baylor. He therefore may not start, although he could have a specific role -- one that will perhaps involve him being a red zone threat.

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Everyone has seen the YouTube video of Jets fans expressing their anger and experiencing various degrees of pain through the NFL Drafts over the years. It's a classic, and it always resurfaces like an old football injury at this time of the year.

But times, they are a-changing - or at least that's the way it seemed during the first draft with new general manager Joe Douglas in charge. He made what appeared to be great value picks. He made outstanding trades that immediately worked out in his favor.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Bryce Hall (34) celebrates after a stop on fourth down during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Sep 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Bryce Hall (34) celebrates after a stop on fourth down during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

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It was hard to beat Joe Douglas' start to his first draft as GM of the Jets, getting the left tackle with the biggest upside in the first round and trading down and still getting a top receiver in the second. He even made a late trade with the Patriots to basically steal three picks.

It was quite the debut, really, but his work isn't finished yet. He inherited a roster filled with holes and he still has to fill a ton of them. The good news is he's now got even more picks to do it - with three picks in the fourth round on Saturday (120th, 125th, and 129th), and one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh (158th, 191st, 211th).

What is Douglas going to do with those six picks? Here are 10 players to watch for the Jets on Day 3:

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Jets OT Mekhi Becton
Jets OT Mekhi Becton

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As had been widely anticipated since the end of last season, Joe Douglas opted to use his first draft pick as Jets general manager on an offensive tackle.

With Andrew Thomas and Jedrick Wills Jr. both off the board, Douglas opted to select Mekhi Becton from Louisville over Iowa's Tristan Wirfs with the 11th overall pick.

Becton is the offensive lineman from this draft who arguably has the highest uspside. However, it's generally accepted that there are aspects of his game that are raw, so he'll need to develop better technique before he can realize that potential.

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With their 11th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jets decided to protect Sam Darnold by choosing Lousiville's Mekhi Becton

In his first 1-on-1 interview with SNY's Jeane Coakley, he wasn't shy at all when talking about what sets him apart from the rest of the offensive tackles in this draft. 

"I feel like I'm the most dominant tackle in this draft," he said confidently. "Honestly, the tape shows that you can see I'm dumping people and finishing every time."

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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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The Jets' draft history is so bad that Joe Douglas' honeymoon figures to be a short one. He can't possibly be instantly judged on his first draft class, but that's probably exactly what some skeptical fans are going to do.

They are hoping for success, or at least a first round that doesn't make them scream in agony and throw up their hands. They want a first-round pick they can be proud of, rally around, and feel confident that it was a good one. Image may not be everything when it comes to the long-term success of a prospect, but Douglas -- who holds the 11th overall pick on Thursday night -- is about to learn that first impressions matter, especially in New York.

So how can he make his first dive into the shark-infested waters of Jets draft history a good one -- or, at the very least, a safe one? Here's some advice on what he and the Jets need to do to make sure the first round is a success.

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs
Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

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It is no secret that both the Giants and Jets have been studying offensive linemen in this draft, and it's no mystery why. Both teams are determined to rebuild their lines and may use multiple picks on the first two days to do it.

And yes, both teams are eyeing the Big Four tackles at the top of the first round.

In fact, it's a good bet that both the Giants (at No. 4) and the Jets (at No. 11) will take one of those tackles with their first pick in the NFL Draft on April 23, and they both are looking at the exact same players. Based on conversations with a variety of scouts and team officials, there are four tackles who have risen above the others -- Iowa's Tristan Wirfs, Alabama's Jedrick Wills, Louisville's Mekhi Becton and Georgia's Andrew Thomas.

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K'Lavon Chaisson/Michael Pittman
K'Lavon Chaisson/Michael Pittman

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Since taking over the Jets 10 months ago, Joe Douglas has made one thing clear: He intends to build this franchise through the draft.

Now, since it's his first draft as an NFL general manager, we don't know a lot about his approach just yet. But it seems unlikely he would surrender draft capital to move up from the 11th pick in the first round. Most likely, he'll stay right where he is, and take an offensive lineman or a receiver.

But what about trading down?

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It took new Jets WR Breshad Perriman until his fourth NFL season to finally put up solid numbers on the stat sheet. Being a former first-round pick, it hasn't been what he expected.

But following a 2019 season that saw all career-highs, Perriman isn't holding back his expectations for 2020 with his latest team in New York. 

"I have no doubt in my mind that it will definitely be a season to remember for me, as far as production-wise," Perriman told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I'm just really excited for the opportunities that I will get, just being in a bigger role."

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One of the key pieces to the Jets' offensive line rebuild under GM Joe Douglas is the addition of Connor McGovern, likely to be the team's starting center come next season. 

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2016, McGovern went on to start 36 games with Denver, showcasing the ability to play both guard and center.

Shortly after the new league year began, Douglas and the Jets swooped in and inked McGovern to a three-year deal, and during his introductory conference call with reporters on Friday, McGovern explained why the Jets made so much sense for him. 

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The Jets only started their rebuilding project during free agency, and it's clearly far from finished. There is work to be done in several key areas, including at cornerback, receiver, and along the offensive line.

New GM Joe Douglas has eight draft picks to finish that work, including four valuable selections in the first two days of the draft. There's still a month to go before the first pick is made on April 23, but here's one look at how Douglas' selections could go in SNY's first Jets 7-round Mock Draft:

First round (11th overall) - Alabama OT Jedrick Wills

There is a very good argument for taking a receiver here, especially since it's possible no receiver will come off the board in the Top 10 picks. Taking the top-rated prospect at a position of need will be enticing.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

If the Dallas Cowboys "sense" that the Jets and Jamal Adams are having trouble coming to terms on a long-term extension, they will "circle back with a high pick offer," reports Mike Fisher 105.3 FM in Dallas.

Adams' future with the Jets first came into question just before last season's trade deadline, when reports surfaced that the Jets and Cowboys had engaged in trade conversations -- with Adams saying at the time that he would welcome a trade to his hometown team.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets took calls from several teams on Adams in advance of the deadline and appeared to come "fairly close" to trading him to the Cowboys.

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Jedrick Wills/Henry Ruggs III
Jedrick Wills/Henry Ruggs III

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If the 2020 NFL Draft continues to remain on schedule, the Jets have less than a month to decide what they want to do with their No. 11 overall pick -- if they haven't done so already. 

Jets GM Joe Douglas is leading his first draft ever in New York, so he definitely wants to get the pick right. For awhile, it looked like a new offensive tackle to cover Sam Darnold would be the only avenue for him to explore as NFL free agency kicked off.

Douglas added a few pieces to his line, an objective he had from the start. However, George Fant, a depth player with the Seahawks, being the only tackle that he brought in pointed to the fact that he might explore the deep market of first-round tackles. 

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas stated publicly that the team was going to make the offensive line a priority in free agency this offseason. And he wasn't kidding. So far, the Jets have agreed to terms with four new offensive linemen and re-signed last year's left guard, Alex Lewis.

Looking at the players the Jets have brought in, some very clear patterns have emerged, from which we can infer several things about the plans for Adam Gase's offense in 2020.

It's not completely clear where each of these pieces will fit into the offensive line next season, in part because the team probably hasn't finished in terms of its overhaul process. While it perhaps now seems unlikely they'll make a splashy move for a big name like Trent Williams, they could still opt to re-sign Kelvin Beachum and are still expected to draft at least one offensive lineman early on in next month's draft.

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Joe Douglas
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Jets general manager Joe Douglas told anyone who would listen that he was going to focus on rebuilding the offensive line this offseason -- and boy, did he ever. Four of the six free agents he signed from other teams were offensive linemen, and he brought back one from last year's Jets, too.

And that's great. The Jets' line should be better and stronger and deeper in 2020, which means more protection for quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Le'Veon Bell. The Jets' offense will be better, and obviously that's important.

But what about everything else Douglas still has to do?

Tags: Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Golden, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

Through the first wave of free agency, Joe Douglas and the Jets have taken time to improve the team's offensive line -- their No. 1 offseason priority -- while also bringing back a number of their own players who had hit the open market.

With moving pieces now falling into place, here's a look at how the Jets' depth chart may be looking right now (or at least our best guess), though there's still work to be done ...


QUARTERBACK: Sam Darnold, Mike White

This offseason, much has been made about the Giants' backup quarterback situation, but the Jets could also use a veteran signal-caller behind Darnold. Trevor Siemian and David Fales, both of whom saw playing time with Darnold dealing with mono last season, are both free agents, and the Jets must add to the QB depth chart.

White is a former fifth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys, but he doesn't have the experience many teams look for at the backup spot.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Brian Winters, Chris Herndon, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Neville Hewitt, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold
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Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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While we've looked in detail at potential free agent targets for the Jets, they may also be looking at opportunities within the trade market. 

Let's take the Jets at their word and assume that trading Le'Veon Bell or Jamal Adams away isn't in their plans despite earlier rumors. We can also safely rule out them trading up in the draft. However, let's consider some more realistic potential trade targets they could consider making a move for:

OT Trent Williams

It's not every day that a seven-time Pro Bowler hits the market, so it must be tempting for the Jets to look into making a move for Williams. Acquiring the 31-year old would address arguably their biggest need by giving them elite protection for Sam Darnold. Williams has given up just one sack since 2016.

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There are certainly more important things to think about at the moment with coronavirus concerns taking priority around the country. Other major sports leagues like the NBA, NHL, and MLB have suspended or delayed their seasons, while the NFL might be making moves that could impact important parts of the offseason. Several NFL agents and league insiders told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that there seems to be at least a possibility of a delay to free agency. The negotiating window is scheduled to open at 12 p.m. ET on Monday.

But, in the case that free agency does in fact start on time next week, the Jets might look at last year as a blueprint to spending their cap room. 

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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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Last week, the Jets -- who are expected to be active in free agency -- were linked with a move for free agent tackle Jack Conklin. In fact, initial reports indicated that Conklin had already made up his mind that he was signing with the Jets, although later reports walked that back and said they'd be one of multiple suitors.

Those later reports that softened the position could have come from the Jets, as a pre-emptive strike against allegations of tampering if they'd already negotiated with him while still under contract, or by Conklin's agents in an effort to make it known they're still available for business. However, if the later reports are true, then the Jets could end up in a bidding war.

Conklin is one of the top offensive linemen on the market and will command a large salary with several teams vying for his services. With so much cap room at stake, the Jets need to optimize their outlay. With that in mind, is Conklin an ideal fit for their system or would they be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?

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Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting continues on Friday as running backs, offensive linemen, kickers and special teamers take the the field.

Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...


1) Louisville T Mekhi Becton

It's no secret that the Jets need a lot of help on the offensive line this offseason. Really, every spot along the offensive line is due for an upgrade, and when it comes to protecting quarterback Sam Darnold, finding someone to protect the all-important blind side for years to come is the key. 

At the tackle position, Mekhi Becton is a physical freak. Weighing in at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton would be the heaviest tackle drafted in the last decade, and he'd instantly become the second heaviest tackle in the NFL behind Trent Brown of the Raiders.

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When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for his QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to learn.

But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. 

"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.

Here are the takeaways...

Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'

"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.

The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.

It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.

It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal. 

The latest report says things are status quo. 

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Free agency hasn't worked out well for the Jets. They spent a lot of money under former GM Mike Maccagnan and very few of those contracts have turned out to be worth the money. Some of them, in fact, now look like the worst deals the Jets have ever made.

So it's with that knowledge and a sense of great caution that the Jets head into their first offseason under new GM Joe Douglas. He's armed with about $50 million in salary cap space to spend, and likely a lot more coming when he's finished with his cuts. And he will spend, because he has to on a team filled with far too many holes.

Tags: Brian Winters, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell's Jets tenure has been rocky, with head coach Adam Gase seemingly unhappy from the get-go with how much they spent to sign him and GM Joe Douglas refusing to rule out a trade.

But Bell, who is entering the second year of a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, seems confident he's staying put.

"Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes," Bell told TMZ Sports. "We'll see."

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Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

All but two teams -- the Chiefs and 49ers -- are left to worry about their offseasons with Super Bowl LIV set for Feb. 2. While NFL free agency kicks off in March, the efforts of scouting top NFL Draft prospects will ramp up. 

The Jets have the No. 11 overall pick in this year's Draft after picking at No. 3 in 2018 and 2019. Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams were used with those selections. 

Who will join them with the latest first round selection in GM Joe Douglas' first draft? Here's what experts believe will happen...

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Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Skimming through myriad mock drafts that have surfaced ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, many believe Jets GM Joe Douglas will be targeting a No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold. There are a few playmakers for New York to choose from, including Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins

Having a top receiver is definitely a need for the Jets, but is that what they should be focused on with the No. 11 overall pick? What about protecting Darnold? 

While there's multiple playmakers to salivate over in the first round, there's just as many offensive linemen to bulk up that unit for the Jets. 

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas previously said he wouldn't hang up if and when trade calls come in on either running back Le'Veon Bell or safety Jamal Adams.

Speculation has surrounded both players since early in the 2019 season. 

Listening to trade calls still be true, but the GM changed his tune a bit on Monday. Douglas praised both Adams and Bell instead of discussing those potential calls. 

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New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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Over the next week or so, we're taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue today with a look at tight end Trevon Wesco, who was selected in the fourth round out of West Virginia.

On the face of it, Wesco had a disappointing season, as he only caught two passes, struggled in pass protection and did little to elevate the Jets' underwhelming running game. However, there were signs of usefulness throughout the season and some evidence of progression.

He typically had mixed results as a run blocker from the tight end position early in the season but seemed to improve his consistency as the season went along. He seemed to hold up well at the point attack and was able to handle assignments that required him to set the edge against defensive linemen while at times flashing dominance against smaller players in space.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets is up in the air, and GM Joe Douglas did nothing on Tuesday to shut down the trade rumors that have been surrounding the running back for months.

Asked point blank if he wanted Bell to be part of the team next year, Douglas hedged.

"My personal experience with Le'Veon has been very positive," Douglas said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do as a person, as a teammate. ... he's one of our best workers, he's one of our best teammates. He connects and engages with everybody, so I can't say enough positive things about Le'Veon."

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The season has come and gone for the Jets, with the first year of Adam Gase's term as head coach ending in a 7-9 season that got off to a tumultuous start and ended on a high note.

After a 1-7 start that included Sam Darnold's absence with mono, a rough start to Le'Veon Bell's career in New York, and Jamal Adams trade rumors, Gase and the Jets righted the ship and won six of their last eight games.

Gase held his final press conference of the year on Monday to cap off the season, so here are a few takeaways...

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Le'Veon Bell didn't have the first season he expected to with the Jets, as he failed to reach the 1000-yard rushing mark.

"It's been a different season," Bell said. "I didn't break a thousand yards. It's disappointing. Obviously you know, that's like a marker every running back sets to get a thousand yards, but it didn't happen this year. I just got to work harder and get better for next year."

Bell finished the season with 789 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

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With Buffalo locked into the fifth seed and the Jets eliminated from playoff contention about a month ago, Sunday's game predictably took on the characteristics of a game where nobody really wanted to be there. Sam Darnold's one-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder in the fourth quarter ultimately keyed the Jets 13-6 win.

In pouring rain, the Jets - playing mostly against back-ups - led just 3-0 at the half following a disjointed affair that featured turnovers, missed kicks and all-around sloppy play.

The second half wasn't any less scrappy, even though the rain eased off a bit, but the Jets finally drove for the game's only touchdown after the Bills had tied the score. Darnold's pass to Crowder finished off a drive keyed by a couple of nice plays by back-up receiver Vyncint Smith.

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It seems the NFL doesn't care that Le'Veon Bell said earlier this season that he was done taking HGH blood tests, as the league issued yet another round of random testing to the running back on Friday.

Friday's test marks the sixth time this season that Bell has been chosen to submit a blood test to league officials. However, it's not clear whether or not Bell submitted the test or not.

"I said what I said last time, so we'll cross that bridge if we've got to cross it," Bell said. "It seems kind of odd, that's crazy, ain't it? It feels like they're trying to clone me or something."

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