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Since we've started the TJB Hall of Fame, we have always tried to recognize players from a variety of different eras of the Jets whether they are Super Bowl champions from the sixties, the dark days of the seventies, the rising team of the eighties or even more recent times. We have also tried to recognize those who had long and storied careers with the team, but also those whose contributions with the team while valuable, were short-lived due to the nature of the sport. With our last induction of the 2013 TJB Hall of Fame class we want to recognize a player who had a key role in helping the Jets become the resurgent team they were in the eighties, Lance Alan Mehl.

Lance Mehl played eight seasons for the New York Jets from 1980-1987 after a stellar career as an All-American at Penn State University. Mehl's talent for the game at higher levels became clear when as a backup at Penn State, Mehl tallied three sacks in limited playing time. The following season as a junior, Mehl became the Linebacker in "Linebacker U" and accumulated 96 tackles and four interceptions on a team that finished the regular season undefeated but lost to Alabama in their bowl game. As a senior, the co-captain's work on the field only improved and he earned second-team All-America honors.

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Offensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?3? 315 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Offensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?4? 320 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Offensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?7? 309 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Defensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?5? 305 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Defensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?4? 320 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Guard/Center

Height / Weight: 6?4? 302 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Center

Height / Weight: 6?4? 307 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Offensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?5? 308 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Offensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?4? 306 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Right Tackle

Height / Weight: 6?7? 333 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Offensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?7? 308 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Tight End

Height / Weight: 6?4? 240 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Tight End

Height / Weight: 6?6? 255 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Wide Receiver

Height / Weight: 6?3? 205 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Wide Receiver

Height / Weight: 6?4? 215 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Wide Receiver

Height / Weight: 6?3? 200 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Wide Receiver

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Tight End

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Tight End

Height / Weight: 6?5? 260 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're doing our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season. ?See the full list of players we've covered so far here.

Position: Wide Receiver

Height / Weight: 6?3? 233 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height / Weight: 6?5? 288 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height / Weight: 6?4? 346 lbs

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The Jets will go into the 2013 season without Darrelle Revis, but will the cornerbacks be stronger on the whole this year? ?Last year Antonio "Robin" Cromartie proved his mettle without Batman, this year the team drafted the best overall cornerback in the class and they have solid depth with guys like Aaron Berry, Isaiah Trufant and Ellis Lankster.

But the biggest argument? ?According to the NY Post's Zach Braziller, ?Rex Ryan has been very impressed with Kyle Wilson's offseason work. ?On Wilson,?Ryan said the Jets 2010 first rounder has had his best spring as a pro this week, ?and it?s not even close."

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As we've done in years past, we're going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height / Weight: 6?4? 350 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.

Position: Linebacker

Height / Weight: 6?1? 251 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.

Position: Defensive Line

Height / Weight: 6?4? 315 lbs

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As we've done in years past, we're going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.

Position: Defensive End

Height / Weight: 6?4? 265 lbs.

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As we've done in years past, we're going to start up our Roster Countdown series of posts as we get ready for the regular season.

Position: Defensive End

Height / Weight: 6?6? 290 lbs.

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John Idzik has made it clear that the Jets would look to field roster spots in the 2013 through undrafted rookie free agents. ?Former Clemson OC Dalton Freeman might have gone undrafted, but that doesn't mean he might not be a fit for the team. ?We'll take a look at Freeman in this post.

Height: 6'5" Weight: 291 lbs

Hands: 10" Arm Length: 31 1/4"40 Yard Dash: 4.97?Bench: 34 reps

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John Idzik has made it clear that the Jets would look to field roster spots this season through undrafted rookie free agents. ?Former Tennessee WR Zach Rogers went undrafted and the Jets added to the competition at one of the team's depth-challenged units ... we'll take a look at Rogers in this post.

Zach Rogers

Height: 6'0" Weight: 182 lbs

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This week, John Idzik made it clear that the Jets would look to field roster spots this season through undrafted rookie free agents. ?Former California University safety Rontez Miles went undrafted, we'll take a look at Miles in this post.

Rontez Miles

Height: 6'0" Weight: 203 lbs

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This week, John Idzik made it clear that the Jets would look to field roster spots this season through undrafted rookie free agents. ?Former Virginia Tech WR Marcus Davis went undrafted, and was cut less than a month after signing with the Giants. ?Even so, in putting in a waiver claim the Jets got a physically gifted player to add to the competition at one of the team's depth-challenged units ... we'll take a look at Davis in this post.

WR Marcus Davis

Height: 6'3" Weight: 233 LBS

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All over the country, NFL Draft prospects will be watching intently for their name to be called. ?Army QB Trent Steelman, who is trying to convert to a Julian Edelman style wide receiver answered some questions about his experience so far in the draft process, what his plans are for this weekend and how much contact he's had with the Jets. ?

Learn more about Steelman here, here, here and follow him @Trent_Steelman on Twitter.

1) How do you feel about your chances this weekend at the draft?I feel good. I know that whatever happens, it is all a part of God's plan for me and I trust that. Even though there maybe some uncertainty with me, I think the teams realize the value I bring to them table: versatility, strong work ethic, and leadership. All I am looking for is that one opportunity and I promise I will not let whoever takes that chance down.

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Yesterday the Buffalo Bills cut one of the league's better safeties in the league, George Wilson.

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The Jets are likely going to be out two starting safeties once free agency starts and one backup should they make the move to cut Eric Smith. ?There has been a drought of safeties who are solid in coverage in the past few years and this year the floodgates seem to have been released. ?Now,?maybe the Jets bring back Yeremiah Bell since he could come cheap, but George Wilson might be an interesting option as well and would better serve the Jets in coverage. ?Wilson was cut over a $4.4 million cap figure (a $2.9 million salary) and he's 32 years old. ?Wilson is still a solid player in coverage and is a willing contributor in run support. ?His days might be numbered, but he's still able to play well enough and might be had at a value.

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LOS ANGELES -- Today in sunny Southern California, the NFL Players association will host their second annual Collegiate Bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson, set for 6PM ET and airing live on ESPN2.

While the event is still building it's brand, the league is paying attention. ?Many NFL teams had scouts represented and watching practices this week while draft luminaries like ESPN's Todd McShay were in attendance as well. ?To help the players get some critical tips on their technique, the NFLPA brought in a host of former players like Priest Holmes, Kevin Mawae and Isaac Bruce among many others to act as assistant coaches.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? There was no player availability for the Jets on Tuesday but the one player who did speak to the media could be the team?s starting quarterback next year and he didn?t sound bitter at the news of the firing of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.

Second-year quarterback Greg McElroy only made two appearances and one start in 2012 for the Jets but what he did show was that despite a porous offensive line that he was a player with some potential. In his NFL debut, McElroy entered the Jets Week 13 game against the Cardinals with the offense sputtering and the Jets down 3-0. He led them to the game?s only touchdown drive in a 7-6 win and eventually earned a start in Week 16.

Tuesday on SiriusXM?s Mad Dog Radio channel with host Bruce Murray, McElroy responded to the firing of Sparano, becoming the first Jet to do so.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? The Jets may be 6-8, but there is still plenty to play for in the remaining two games of the season. For starters, there is a host of young talent that will be looking to make its mark and get valuable experience.

If the Jets weren?t going to make the postseason, perhaps it was best for their long-term viability and the development of their young players to be eliminated now and let the younger players develop. Last year, they closed out the season with three straight losses, going into the final game of the season in Miami at 8-7 and with a chance of making the playoffs. All the starters played and the younger players watched from the sideline. Now with the playoffs out of reach, a number of young Jets players are eyeing some experience.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? An unusual name popped up on the Jets injury report on Thursday but a back injury to Nick Folk won?t keep the Jets kicker out for Sunday?s game against the Chargers.

On Wednesday, Folk had a ?tweak? he suffered during practice while taking a field goal kick. Due to the soft nature of the practice fields in December, Folk slipped slightly during his follow-thru, causing him to land awkwardly on his left foot and his back to react. It wasn?t anything major but enough for him to get wrapped up and treated after practice.

?I just skipped and had to catch myself with my left foot. Just tweaked it,? Folk told The Jets Blog.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? The Jets are enjoying a season best two-game winning streak and their rookie defensive end was a major reason why they emerged from Jacksonville last week with a hard-fought win.

At a time when most rookies begin to hit a wall, Quinton Coples seems to be getting stronger, at least based off his performance against the Jaguars last Sunday. In what was an overall outstanding defensive effort, Coples registered two tackles and a sack, his third of the season. He credits his experience early in the season when he was thrown into action early and forced to adapt to the league for helping him now.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Braylon Edwards is back and this is supposed to help Mark Sanchez.

Image via NJ.com

The second coming of Edwards, who played with the Jets two seasons and left as a free agent in 2010, is supposed to help the entire team but no one more than Sanchez. With Sanchez in 2009 and then in 2010, Edwards enjoyed two solid seasons with a combined 88 catches for 1,445 yards and??11 touchdowns. Now with his return, he?s expected to help a quarterback who is No. 34 in ESPN.com?s QBR ranking.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? For Jets running back Kahlil Bell, he is hoping to once again enter the ?Circle of Trust.?

In the 4th quarter of the Jets win over the Cardinals this past Sunday, Bell got his first opportunity to do something with the ball in his hands when quarterback Greg McElroy swung a pass to him. Making the catch, Bell saw that the outside of the field was bottled up and tried to cut into the middle of the field where he found ?the teeth of their defense.? Bell fumbled the ball and the Cardinals would get a field goal to cut the game to 7-6, a score line that would prove to be the game?s final outcome.

After hearing about ball security all this week, a big thing around the Jets facility right now, the Jets running back knows he has some ground to make up.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? At some point, the play of Mark Sanchez might cost Jets head coach Rex Ryan his job. But running the ball might just save it.

Both the Jets head coach and the one-time franchise quarterback are forever linked. It was Sanchez who the Jets traded up to select No. 5 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, essentially anointing him the franchise quarterback before a single NFL snap. And it was Ryan who put the system in place for Sanchez to be successful those first two years in the league, asking him to manage games and limit mistakes. The formula worked as the ?Sanchise? led the Jets to consecutive AFC Championship Games behind a strong ground game.

That success is the polar opposite of the last two years where the Jets are 13-15 and Sanchez has started in every one of those games. The team has become more dependent on the passing offense and turnovers are up and time of possession is down. So will a quarterback who is stagnant at best and most likely has regressed as a player drag his head coach down with him?

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? The ?Summer of Vlad? is now over and Jets fans have to be wondering what will become of the versatile Vlad Ducasse after he was a highly touted second round pick three years ago.

On Thursday, Jets offensive line coach?Dave?DeGuglielmo said that the left guard rotation involving starter Matt Slauson and Ducasse wasn?t his doing but came from upper management. The conclusion drawn by many is that Ducasse is being force-fed snaps in order to justify his high selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.?The Jets Blog spoke with two NFL talent evaluators, one from the AFC and another from the NFC, about Ducasse and their thoughts on him.

Both individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they?re not allowed to make statements to the media per the policy of their respective teams.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? The game of football has been compared to many things, most often being called a battle. But never, never in the history of the NFL has anyone compared any part of the game to cellular respiration.

Eric Smith runs back interception against Rams

That is, until one talks with Eric Smith.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? The affable, somewhat sarcastic, always approachable Nick Bellore is a marked man in the Jets locker room.

Bellore and his beard

For 22 days now, the Jets linebacker has been the target of his teammates as part of the ?No Shave November? fad as he has been growing a beard and has refused to touch his burgeoning growth. Now itchy and thick, Bellore needs to endure a little more than a week before he can think about trimming let alone shaving the beard. It is a burden he feels he carries for the Jets team because of the sheer awesomeness of his facial hair.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? It could be ?Go Time? soon for Jets cornerback Aaron Berry.

Signed by the Jets on Oct. 1 of this season, Berry came to the team with a reputation as a tough and tenacious cornerback who also had a nose for some occasional trouble. It was a string of arrests that led him to being banished from Detroit and allowed the Jets to scoop him up out of free agency.

His contributions have been limited so far but last week in Seattle he registered his first two tackles of the season. Now with the midweek news that Isaiah Trufant is out for the year with a knee injury, it could be time for Berry to step-up.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Jets starting right tackle Austin Howard knows a different side to Wayne Hunter.

He is of course the most polarizing man on the Jets last year not named Brian Schottenheimer and fans loved to abuse and ridicule Hunter. The Jets starting right tackle last year, Hunter had his ups and downs last year and graded out as the worst lineman on the team, seemingly often victimized off the edge with a good pass rush. But Howard knows a different side to Hunter, who was his mentor and friend.

And on Sunday in St. Louis, Hunter and Howard will meet again on opposing teams. Hunter was traded to the Rams this season for jumbo tight end and reserve offensive lineman Jason Smith.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Now a Jet, former Rams first round pick Jason Smith won?t admit to any special emotions or feeling this Sunday in St. Louis. Instead, he?s having too much fun in green and white to admit to that.

Smith endured an up and down tenure with the Rams, where four years ago he was a first round pick. Expectations were high, some of which he met and some of which were unfulfilled and led him to becoming a bit of a whipping boy among the Rams fan base. He was traded to the Jets this season in exchange for the much maligned Wayne Hunter and with his new team he?s primarily been used as a jumbo tight end.

There?s no extra feelings for Smith this week leading up to a return to the team that drafted and then three years later traded him. ??I play for the Jets and that?s my life now,? Smith told The Jets Blog.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? On a day where Tim Tebow and anonymous quotes were all the talk at the Jets facility, punter Robert Malone somehow squeezed out a rare compliment from head coach Rex Ryan on Wednesday afternoon. The irony is that he has Tebow to thank for it.

Ryan was talking about the impact that Tebow has had on his team this season and mentioned the once scoffed at idea of his role on special teams as a personal punt protector. Tebow?s impact has been felt on special teams, including most recently in Week 6 when the Jets faked a punt and he tossed to linebacker Nick Bellore for a 23-yard gain and a first down. It was a major moment in what turned out to be a Jets blowout win over the Colts.

But what?s not been talked about is the impact that Tebow?s presence is having on Robert Malone?s ability to punt.

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