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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

Tags: Deion Barnes, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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Matt Forte runs against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (AP)
Matt Forte runs against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (AP)

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

The following players will be OUT for Saturday's game against the Dolphins

  • LB Mike Catapano (knee)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • DT Steve McLendon (Hamstring)
  • CB Buster Skrine (concussion)
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Jalin Marshall, Khiry Robinson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, 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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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

As expected, Erin Henderson was in the starting lineup alongside David Harris. Also as expected, Darron Lee entered the game on passing downs, which translated to more snaps than Henderson because the Jets were in nickel or dime the majority of the time -- mostly 4-2-5.

Lee's first game was interesting to review. He made some encouraging contributions, including a couple of tackles in the flat. However, there were a handful of plays where he had a blink-and-you-miss-it momentary hesitation and ended up getting there just too late. If he could've made quicker reads and arrived at the ball quicker, then there were at least three plays he potentially could have prevented from being a first down or touchdown.

Here's one of them, on the game-winning drive. It's nit-picking to the nth degree because Lee obviously stays at home until he's certain the ball hasn't been handed off to the back. But that false step in the other direction and his pursuit angle made all the difference in terms of him being able to make the stop short of the marker or maybe even close to the line of scrimmage.

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Erin Henderson, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano
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New York Jets defensive end Mike Catapano warms up before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Mike Catapano warms up before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mike Catapano was sitting in his sixth-grade music class when panic suddenly filled the room.

His instructor was distraught, having just heard that each of the towers at the World Trade Center, where one of his loved ones worked, had been hit by a plane.

"You're young, so you don't really know exactly what's happening," the New York Jets linebacker recalled of the Sept. 11 attacks. "Was it a crash? Was it an attack? You're just so confused."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets rookie linebacker Jordan Jenkins left practice with a calf injury, the severity of which was not immediately known.

Jenkins, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia, is considered a front-runner to open the season as a starter at outside linebacker.

He came off the field midway through practice Monday and remained on the sideline the rest of the session. Coach Todd Bowles said he would know more later in the day after talking to the trainers.

Tags: Calvin Pace, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Trevor Reilly
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New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

In between now and training camp, I'm looking at some of the veterans on the Jets roster to assess what kind of contribution we might expect from them in 2016. We're going to shift gears and take a look at the practice squad in terms of who is eligible, how it will likely be made up and what we can learn from who was on there during the 2015 season.

Note: Pro Football Focus exclusively provides some stats from this article.

The basic rules

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Dakota Dozier, Deon Simon, Dexter McDougle, Jace Amaro, Jarvis Harrison, Julian Howsare, Mike Catapano, Ronald Martin, T.J. Barnes, Taiwan Jones, Trevor Reilly, Wes Saxton
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New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) as he runs the ball during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) as he runs the ball during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Demario Davis and Erin Henderson have been splitting time at the will position recently, but this week it was Henderson who got the majority of the snaps there for the first time. Henderson produced well, with 11 tackles, including one for a loss.

However, David Harris was even more productive, as he had 14 tackles. That's the most he's had since 2009. Harris was also credited with two sacks - both on scrambles - and had a tackle for a loss and a pass break-up.

For Davis, who is now out of contract, he did stuff three runs, although two of those were late in the game when the Bills were trying to run out the clock. I'd imagine the fact that Rex Ryan went after Davis with good success in the previous Bills-Jets game factored into his reduction in playing time.

Tags: Calvin Pace, David Harris, Demario Davis, Erin Henderson, Jamari Lattimore, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Taiwan Jones, Trevor Reilly
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets have placed defensive end Mike Catapano on injured reserve, ending his season, the team announced.

Catapano suffered a possible Lisfranc ankle injury against the Giants.

Taking Catapano's place on the active roster is safety Ronald Martin, who was signed from the practice squad. Martin has been added to the active roster three times this season.

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(AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Monday. Here are five things we learned...

1.) CB Darrelle Revis is still progressing through the concussion protocol while doing light physical acrivity, and is feeling a lot better.

2.) DE Mike Catapano (foot) will be out at least a few weeks due to a possible Lisfranc injury, and could be shut down for the season.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Mike Catapano
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New York Jets linebacker Jamari Lattimore (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets linebacker Jamari Lattimore (Ed Mulholland)

Last week, Demario Davis split time with Erin Henderson for the first time all season. He actually responded well to a reduced role, avoiding any major mistakes. This week, the Jets also employed Jamari Lattimore, so it was basically a three-man rotation and a further reduction in playing time for Davis.

Lattimore had a rough day as two third-down conversions were completed just over his head and another one saw the receiver elude him to get to the marker. He was also blocked out of a play at the second level. Henderson fared a little better with a pressure and a couple of run stops. He did miss a tackle, though.

Davis came up big on third down with a nice open-field tackle in the flat, although the receiver almost got away from him for a potential big gain. Davis was solid against the run, but he also missed the tackle that allowed Odell Beckham to break away for his long touchdown reception, although that was little more than a diving attempt in desperation.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Calvin Pace, David Harris, Demario Davis, Erin Henderson, Jamari Lattimore, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano
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NMiami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 38-20. (Ed Mulholland)
NMiami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 38-20. (Ed Mulholland)

Having hardly used their edge rushers since early in the season, the Jets ran a load more packages with them in yesterday's game. Ironically, had he still been here, this would have been a gameplan which would have allowed Quinton Coples to finally have a chance for some decent playing time. Then again, this approach might have been specifically installed in an effort to prevent Coples from revealing too much about the Jets gameplan to his new team.

In this game, the Jets ran multiple packages with Lorenzo Mauldin and Mike Catapano as the two pass rushing ends. Both had more pass rush reps yesterday than Coples has in any game this season. As I said last week, it's difficult to know whether to classify Catapano as an end or a linebacker, but here he actually lined up several times as a middle linebacker in passing situations and dropped into coverage several times. That's not something he's ever done before at the NFL level.

Mauldin responded with a sack and a fumble recovery and Catapano had one quarterback hit and a couple of pressures, but actually their pass rushing production was pretty disappointing and there were a lot of plays where Ryan Tannehill had plenty of time. You have to wonder how Coples himself would have produced if given the same assignments.

Tags: Calvin Pace, David Harris, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Trevor Reilly
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 (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets recently added defensive lineman Mike Catapano to their active roster. He played his first game for them in the loss to Houston on Sunday, although he only saw action on one defensive snap. Jets fans might not know too much about Catapano, so I've been looking at game footage to try and assess what he brings to the table.

The 25-year-old Catapano is listed at 6'4" weighing 285 pounds and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 draft by the Chiefs. He saw action in 15 games as a rookie, albeit mostly on special teams, registering four tackles and a sack. He missed all of 2014 due to illness and was released this September after the preseason. Catapano was added to the Jets' practice squad in September and was promoted to the active roster last week.

Let's recap Catapano's career so far and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses...

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The Jets placed running back Zac Stacy on IR on Saturday. (AP)
The Jets placed running back Zac Stacy on IR on Saturday. (AP)

The Jets activated wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and signed defensive end Mike Catapano for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Enunwa will return to the Jets after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He has eight catches for 94 yards this season.

Catapano, 25, will join the Jets after spending the 2013 season with the Chiefs, playing 15 games. A third-year player out of Princeton, Catapano was a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.

To make room on the roster, the Jets placed running back Zac Stacy, who suffered a fractured ankle in the Jets' Nov. 12 game against the Bills, on injured reserve and waived safety Ronald Martin.

Tags: Mike Catapano, Quincy Enunwa, Ronald Martin, Zac Stacy