With the offseason well underway, the Jets have continued to sign some guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013. Today, I look at another recent signing, guard Stephen Peterman.

Click the BGA link at the top of the page to look back at some of the scouting work I've done on some of the other signings the Jets have made since the end of the season.

Peterman, a 31-year old, is 6-4 and weighs in at 323 pounds. He was drafted in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2004, but was released after two injury-plagued seasons. However, he soon found a new home and has been starting at right guard for the Detroit Lions for the past six seasons. Peterman signed a one-year, veterans minimum deal to join the Jets and should compete for a job with the likes of Vlad Ducasse, Willie Colon and Caleb Schlauderaff, along with the Jets' 3rd, 5th and 6th round picks.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Stephen Peterman?

Peterman was a tight end in high school but converted to guard when he went to college at LSU. There he was a three-year starter and part of the 2003 national championship team.

After being drafted in the third round by the Cowboys, Peterman suffered a serious knee injury that caused him to spend his rookie year on injured reserve. He also broke a finger and Bill Parcells was said to have grown tired of his slow recovery. Peterman made three appearances on special teams at the end of the year in 2005, but did not make it through final cuts in 2006.

Signed by the Detroit Lions, Peterman continued to develop and got two late-season starts, turning heads in an upset win over his former team. Tom Kowalski from Lions Insider saw plenty of reasons for hope:

When you look at his tape, you see a guy who has a great deal of toughness and tenacity. He also plays smart and moves fairly well. The most impressive thing, though - and it really showed in the game against the Cowboys and their athletic defensive linemen - was his ability to recover after getting beat initially. He would be at a leverage disadvantage very quickly in the play, but use his strength and footwork to regain the advantage.

Peterman won a starting job early in the 2007 season and has been the full-time starter since then. He did miss the last seven games of 2009 after landing on injured reserve with an ankle problem, but other than that has only missed two starts since being named the starter - both of them back in 2008.

Peterman has been completely healthy over the past two seasons and in 2010, although he was dealing with a foot issue all year, which affected him badly, he didn't miss any games. He struggled badly all year though, although he did play well over the last month. In 2011, he had a solid season and was ranked as PFF's 16th best guard. However, in 2012, although he graded out positively overall, he was down near the bottom of the league in terms of pass protection. Peterman's best season was probably the 2009 season that was cut short - he ended up ranked 14th despite missing the last seven games and could probably have finished in the top five if he'd stayed healthy and continued to play at the same level.

Let's get into the film to see what he's made of...

Observations

Based on all the footage I watched, here was my take on what Peterman brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - Peterman has just been a right guard for the Lions. He does have experience of playing at left guard in college though. In 2006, the Cowboys started working with him as a center, but that was the first time he had ever played the position. However, he said he enjoyed it, although he never got any regular season game experience. This could be important though, because they will need to have at least one active player who can slide over to the center position in the event of a Nick Mangold injury. Matt Slauson's ability to do this enabled the Jets to keep Caleb Schlauderaff on the inactive list in the past, freeing up a spot for a special teams contributor. Had there been a longer term injury (to Mangold or Slauson), then Schlauderaff would have been activated. Schlauderaff and UDFA Dalton Freeman are currently the only other players with experience of playing center (although there was some talk of Willie Colon being capable of playing the position back when he was a draft prospect at Hofstra).

Athletic Ability - Despite the fact he's played in a scheme where he's required to make blocks on the move, Peterman's athleticism does not really stand out. However, he does have the ability to make those blocks due to good technique and strength. Check out this play where Peterman gets out in front of a screen and makes the block on Patrick Willis. You'll note that he looks pretty slow getting out in front, but sizes Willis up well and ensures that he is able to prevent him from getting inside leverage, springing the runner for an eventual 50-yard gain. Guys like Mangold and Slauson look much better than that in terms of getting out in front on a screen pass, but they don't grade out as well in terms of screen blocking because Peterman is more consistent at making that block on in space.

Now that Peterman is 31, he may have lost a step or two, but his athletic numbers entering the NFL were not that impressive anyway. He ran a 5.46 forty at the combine and his vertical jump and broad jump were below 25 inches and eight feet respectively, a sign that he might have lacked explosiveness.

Run Blocking - Peterman graded out well as a run blocker in 2012. He has the ability to use his strength to gain a leverage advantage at the point of attack and the mobility to make pulling blocks or get to the second level. Check out this play for a good example of run blocking from Peterman (#66 at right guard). Here are a couple of images from the coaching film to show what a good job he did on that play:

As the ball is handed off, Peterman starts to block the defensive tackle to his right.

As the double team comes from the right tackle, Peterman is able to prevent the defensive tackle from getting to the inside. Linebacker Russel Allen (#50) comes across and is positioned to make a tackle in the hole if the runner cuts back.

The runner does cut back, but Peterman peels off his block to take on Allen.

Peterman gets outside leverage on Allen.

He is then able to continue to drive Allen to the inside, creating a huge hole for the runner to go in basically untouched.

For the most part, Peterman does a consistent job as a run blocker and would probably handle those aspects of his role well, if he were to get playing time with the Jets.

Pass Protection - Here is where there is some cause for concern. Peterman gave up more pressure than any other guard in the NFL last year and watching the film reminds me of when I reviewed film on Alan Faneca in 2010. Peterman seemed to struggle with his lateral movement, found it difficult to anchor against a bullrush and didn't do a good enough job of preventing his man from getting separation. As with Faneca in 2010, it's difficult to avoid attributing this to the aging process, especially with no reported injuries to pin it on. Peterman himself admitted that his foot injury impeded his ability to anchor himself back in 2010 and we've seen in recent years the effect a knee injury can have on a guard's lateral movement (Matt Slauson in the second half of 2010). However, since no injuries were reported, can we realistically expect Peterman to do better in 2013?

On this example his lack of lateral quickness is exposed as Israel Idonije uses his quickness to easily get inside leverage and blow by Peterman for the strip sack. Based on the comments earlier in this article, it sounds like he had the strength and technique to recover from that kind of situation earlier on in his career, but perhaps that's no longer the case. On this example, Peterman pulls right and doesn't manage to secure his block so that when Matt Stafford is forced to step up, it's easy for Shea McClellin to get off the block and pick up half a sack. Finally, on this play Letroy Guion is able to create separation and causes Peterman to overbalance and topple over.

Peterman was much more reliable in 2011, so maybe there are some correctable reasons for his 2012 struggles, but watching the film doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Also, the Lions offense has plenty of quick passing specifically designed to mitigate pressure, so Peterman's numbers might have been even worse in another system. Since Mark Sanchez has a habit of holding the ball for too long or not anticipating pressure, I could imagine that a higher percentage of those pressures allowed by Peterman would result in sacks or hits if Sanchez was his quarterback as opposed to the 19.6% that resulted in a sack or hit on Stafford. Then there's the actual effect that the pressure has on each of those quarterbacks. Stafford's QB rating under pressure per PFF was 62.4, whereas Sanchez's was 43.3 last year.

Of course, Sanchez might not be starting, but since the alternatives are two young guys who might not yet be prepared to anticipate the rush at the NFL level and one old guy who might lack the mobility to escape the rush these days, protecting whoever gets the job should be a priority.

Scheme Familiarity

One thing Peterman will bring to the team is experience and hopefully a good understanding of the system Mornhinweg will be running. Peterman joined the Lions in 2006, three and a half years after Mornhinweg had left his post as their head coach. I'm not sure how many of his philosophies remained in place on offense after his departure, but the Lions do currently run a West Coast style offense with a stretch/zone blocking scheme, so there should be plenty of overlap.

Instincts - As you'd expect from such an experienced player, Peterman seems to have a good understanding of what his role is and how to deal with situations like stunts. The book on him coming out of college was that he has good instincts anyway. Where he was beaten, it was usually because he was at an athletic or technical disadvantage, not due to confusion.

Attitude - Jets fans might remember that there was some controversy involving Peterman following the Jets' overtime win in Detroit in 2010. He was initially fined for two blocks that Bart Scott had described as "dirty" but then let off on appeal. Despite this reputation he's not been that heavily penalized - committing 25 penalties over the past five seasons, 12 of which were during that 2010 season where he was playing hurt. He had just four in 2012, so plays with good discipline and there are plenty of comments online about how tough and hardworking he is.

Back in 2011, he did get penalized on this bizarre play.

Conclusions

Having watched the footage on Peterman, unless there's some reason for his struggles in pass protection, that seems to be the reason he was still available and ultimately signed for the minimum. While he still shows good technique in the running game and as a blocker on screen passes, the Jets have relied on solid pass protection from the right guard position over the last few years and if Peterman was to win the starting job and struggle like he did in 2012, that could sink the Jets' season.

There are some definite positives to this move though. Peterman has experience and enough scheme familiarity that he can impart plenty of wisdom onto some of the younger guard candidates. He has also been healthy for the past few years, which hopefully makes him a good fallback option. He is reliable in the running game, suggesting he can do a good job in a backup role even if that means they give him help in pass protection. Finally, he offers them the possibility of keeping a backup lineman on the active roster who can snap the ball in the case of emergencies.

When the Jets first expressed interest in Peterman, I saw him as a long time starter that fits the system and could come in and compete for the starting job with the Jets. However, his struggles in pass protection lead me to reset my expectations. If Peterman does make this team, I expect it to be as a backup and I'd have faith that he'd provide them with decent short-term depth in that role. However, if he ends up starting in the long term, that likely means that one of the other candidates they hoped would emerge has fallen short and this could be a problem.

Still, for a minimum salary deal, I do like the pickup for the reasons stated in the second paragraph of this section. There will definitely be some worse players than Peterman playing guard this year around the league.

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Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony (44) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony (44) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Jets unfortunately lost LB Avery Williamson for the season after he suffered a torn ACL against the Falcons in preseason Week 2. But GM Joe Douglas was quick to fill his roster slot on Tuesday. 

The Jets announced the signing of LB Stephone Anthony, a four-year NFL vet and former first round pick back in 2015. 

Spending the past two seasons with the Dolphins, Anthony has Jets ties with head coach Adam Gase at the top of that list. Having played with the Saints for his first two seasons, he also knows linebackers coach Joe Vitt. 

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Despite what was reportedly a "very attractive offer" from the Jets, veteran wide receiver Dontrelle Inman instead chose to sign with a different NFL team in the AFC on Tuesday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the sixth-year pro was "impressed" with the Jets' pitch, but will head back to his former team as he signs with the Los Angeles Chargers.

"Inman strongly considered them," Rapoport said of the Jets, who are likely to carry six wide receivers on the 53-man roster under first-year head coach Adam Gase.

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For Jets a change is in the air 00:01:35
Ralph Vacchiano talks about how a change is noticeable at Jets camp with Gase and Douglas' improved relationship between coach and GM.

"There really is a new energy inside the Jets building about the pairing of general manager Joe Douglas and coach Adam Gase," SNY's Ralph Vacchiano said. "A feeling that can best be described as, thinking that they finally have a general manager and coach on the same page, who can work together, who can think alike."

The Jets hired Gase as their head coach in January, he went 23-25 in three seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach from 2016-2018. Joe Douglas was hired in June as the general manager, after working as the Philadelphia Eagles' vice president of player personnel from 2016-2019. The two worked together for the Chicago Bears in 2015, while Gase was an offensive coordinator and Douglas was the director of college scouting.

"Of course, Douglas and Gase have a long history together," Vacchiano said. "Douglas, in many ways, was Gase's hand-picked general manager and the truth is, well we anticipate things will go smoothly, we're not really going to know until the off-season. That's where the bulk of Douglas's work -- team building -- is going to be."

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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Derrick Kindred (26) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Derrick Kindred (26) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Jets continue to reshape their secondary this season, as GM Joe Douglas brought in CB/S Derrick Kindred off waivers on Tuesday, the team announced.

Kindred rejoins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who he worked with on the Browns for the past two seasons. A former fourth-round pick by Cleveland back in 2016, Kindred had been working with the Colts this preseason, but he was waived by the team this week. 

The 25-year-old has 42 games of NFL experience, where he's started 17 times. Last season, the TCU product tallied 45 combined tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defended. 

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Why Mosley chose the Jets 00:01:32
C.J. Mosley tells Bart Scott how Jamal Adams' intensity helped him choose the Jets in free agency.

Before C.J. Mosley signed with the Jets in the offseason, he and Jamal Adams were teammates in last year's Pro Bowl, while Mosley was still a member of the Ravens. 

It didn't take long for Mosley to take note of the standout safety out of LSU. 

"One of the first things I noticed was his voice," Mosley said of Adams. "It takes a lot when guys come to the Pro Bowl to be amped up and ready to play. I saw the competitiveness in that. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Christian McCaffrey has quickly developed into one of the NFL's most versatile running backs with the Panthers. With his size, speed, and ability to catch the ball, he is everything teams are looking for in today's backfield. 

The Jets have arguably a bigger threat in Le'Veon Bell as their running back entering the new season, a player McCaffrey can thank for helping him back in his college days when he was envisioning himself in the league. 

McCaffrey spoke on NBC Sports' Peter King's podcast, and explained how Bell reached out to him while he was at Stanford trying his best to get NFL teams on his radar. He said Bell, who was with the Steelers at the time, was more than willing to offer advice whenever he could. 

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Sometimes it just takes a step away from the game to realize that you're just not done with it yet. Just ask Brett Favre. He did it numerous times. 

This is Ryan Kalil's first time returning to the game after announcing his retirement after last season. Jets GM Joe Douglas convinced him that it wasn't his time to lock up the cleats and pads for good, and he knew it was the right move on Sunday -- when he was pacing the Jets' locker room getting ready for his initial first team reps of training camp. 

"Everyone was making fun of me, I was pacing the locker room like 30 minutes before anybody else was dressed," Kalil told The Post's Mollie Walker after practice. "It's why I came back. I love football. I just do." 

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Jets head coach Adam Gase had a simple, three-word response when asked if he regretted leaving in Avery Williamson as long as he did in Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons.

"Yes, I do."

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Gase on Bell and Williamson 00:01:31
Adam Gase informed everyone that Le'Veon Bell won't play in the preseason while admitting he regrets Avery Williamson getting hurt.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Le'Veon Bell takes the field on Opening Day, he will have gone 19 months without playing in an actual NFL game. And as much as he says he'll be ready, and the Jets believe him, there's no way anyone can know for sure.

But that's OK. A little mystery is better than an untimely injury - especially one that could ruin the Jets entire season. That's why Adam Gase is smart to be cautious with his star running back. And the decision he announced on Sunday night to keep the 27-year-old Bell out for the entire preseason is absolutely the right move.

The last thing the Jets need is to lose Bell before they even have a chance to use him. They spent $52.5 million on him in March, even upping their offer to seal the deal, because they knew he'd be the linchpin of Gase's attack. They viewed him as the perfect weapon to help their young, star quarterback and a way to take the pressure off their undermanned receiving corps.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell did not suit up for either of the Jets' first two preseason games, and as head coach Adam Gase told reporters following Sunday's Green and White scrimmage, he won't see the field until their Week 1 matchup with the Bills on Sept. 8. 

"Le'Veon will not play this week," Gase said. "He won't play in the fourth game. We will be holding him until the season." 

Gase had previously hinted at the possibility of keeping Bell on the sidelines until the regular season opener following Saturday's practice.

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Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants once learned the lesson in the most painful way possible. For years they took their specialists for granted. They got kickers and punters as cheaply as possible, converted long-snappers from other positions, and considered all three very disposable and interchangeable parts.

Then came their horrific loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs in 2003, when they lost 39-38 on a dreadful triple disaster by their long-snapper, punter/holder, and kicker when they were lining up for what should've been a game-winning kick.

That's when GM Ernie Accorsi vowed: Never again. And that offseason he went on a special spending spree, bringing in quality veterans at long-snapper (Ryan Kuehl), punter (Jeff Feagles) and kicker (Mike Hollis, and later Steve Christie). He did not want to see his team lose a game ever again just because he tried to save a few bucks at those positions.

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As a defensive back for the team from 2015-18, Buster Skrine has seen the Jets' quarterbacks firsthand across four years in New York.

Now with the Chicago Bears, Skrine discussed where his former team is heading under Sam Darnold.

Skrine returned to MetLife Stadium on Friday for week two of the preseason in the Bears' 32-13 loss to the Giants. After the game, he spoke to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media and had high praise for his former quarterback.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

For the second-straight game, the Jets took the field for a preseason meeting without running back Le'Veon Bell on Thursday. That same trend could continue during their final two preseason games as well. 

New York head coach Adam Gase indicated on Friday that Bell, 27, didn't play during the team's exhibition against the Falcons because of a good week of practice. 

"I just liked his week of practice," Gase said. "He got a ton of reps this week."

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

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

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

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

Which three current Jets would you invite to dinner?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All that changed on Thursday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Detroit Lions cut Cooper on Monday.

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

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

Tags: Brian Poole, Jamal Adams, Parry Nickerson, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Williams on competition at camp 00:01:25
Gregg Williams says if you have to tell players they need to be competitive then they're not the right players, and high praise for Quinnen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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