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Jalen Ramsey/Trumaine Johnson
Jalen Ramsey/Trumaine Johnson

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Trumaine Johnson has become a weight around the neck of the Jets defense, and his benching on Monday night likely was the beginning of his end. The 29-year-old cornerback likely won't be in the long-term plans, as the Jets continue rebuilding their defense.

But don't expect him to be replaced by Jalen Ramsey, who has asked the Jacksonville Jaguars to trade him. Johnson's albatross of a contract makes it very difficult for the Jets to do that.

That's the part that makes the latest mess with Johnson so bad -- the fact that he's only in Year 2 of a five-year, $72.5 million contract. He's already been paid more than $26 million, and he's costing the Jets $12 million against the salary cap this season. And the way his deal is structured, they might have to endure his presence on the roster for another two years, at least.

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Ray Lucas and Bart Scott react to Trumaine Johnson's benching, their take on the situation might surprise you.

No one knew why cornerback Trumaine Johnson spent roughly the first three quarters out of action until head coach Adam Gase spoke briefly after the game.

Unable to sustain drive on offense, the defense suffered for the Jets in Monday's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Among the questions SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott had once the final horn sounded, what was the real reason why Gase and Gang Green kept Johnson on the sidelines?

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Trumaine Johnson reacts to not starting against the Browns. It was a surprising move that Gase said wasn't due to discipline reasons.

Decimated by injuries, including linebacker C.J. Mosley (strained groin) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle), the Jets trotted out a revised defense against a Browns offense littered with dangerous skill players but did not play Trumaine Johnson until the cornerback was forced into action.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, CJ Mosley, Odell Beckham Jr., Quinnen Williams, Trumaine Johnson
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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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OK, now what?

It was bad enough when the Jets learned quarterback Sam Darnold was out indefinitely with mono, but now they've lost backup quarterback Trevor Siemian, too. He suffered what looked like a nasty ankle injury in the first half of the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. That forced the Jets to turn to Luke Falk, who had been promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams

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Gregg Williams took the bait, because of course he did. That's exactly what he wanted to do. He didn't have to. He's a grown man, 61 years old, a coach with 30 years of NFL experience. He could have just let those nasty things that Odell Beckham Jr. said about him go.

But that's not Williams' style. He's a brash, harsh, tough guy who at the very least wants to project the image that he'll never back down from a fight. So when he was asked on Friday about Beckham's accusation that Williams ordered his players to intentionally injure the attention-seeking receiver two years ago, Williams began by saying this:

"Odell who?"

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Since Sunday's game, there's been a lot of attention centered around the team's kicking woes. Kaare Vedvik, who the Jets picked up to stop the bleeding in that department, missed both his attempts -- a 45-yard field goal and an extra point. 

On Tuesday, though, the Jets brought in their fourth kicker of the year in Sam Ficken after hosting multiple players at the team facility. So with that (hopefully) settled, here are some other issues the Jets will need to focus on:

Tags: Chris Herndon, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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The Jets' fourth-quarter breakdown on defense has been well publicized since the team's tough Opening Day loss to the Bills on Sunday. You can place blame where you want when analyzing what caused the defensive mishap, whether it be C.J. Mosley's absence or not enough pressure on Josh Allen

However, a recurring theme throughout the game was the Jets' struggling cornerbacks. 

Bills WR John Brown was a nuisance all day toward Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts -- the Jets' starting corners on the outside. He had seven receptions for 123 yards and the game-winning touchdown on his stat sheet at the end of the day, as they couldn't keep up with his blazing speed...

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) 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 wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets are heading into Week 1 with what looks like a clean bill of health.

The team announced their official injury report after Friday's practice. WR Robby Anderson (calf), CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring), and WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring) are all officially listed as questionable, but all three are expected to be able to play in Sunday's season opener against the Bills. 

All three were limited during practice on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

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Former Net Joe Johnson, left, is now a member of the Miami Heat and may face the Knicks Sunday. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Net Joe Johnson, left, is now a member of the Miami Heat and may face the Knicks Sunday. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

Could one of the top Nets players in the past decade be close to a return home?

According to a published report Monday from Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Brooklyn is among three teams set to work out Joe Johnson.

Along with the Nets, Johnson will perform in front of the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukeee Bucks.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

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General manager Joe Douglas has remained vocal about the fact that he's looking for upgrades. With the Jets being third in waiver priority, the chances are good that they'll land one or more of their targets via the waiver wire on Sunday afternoon.

Despite also having a high priority last year, the Jets opted not to make a single claim. Two of the main upgrades they were expected to make at the time had been at the kicker and return specialist positions. In the end, they stuck with Jason Myers and Andre Roberts with both ending up in the Pro Bowl. Of course, they've since let each of them go, though.

Let's break down the 10 most notable cutdown waiver claims of the past 10 years to generate some perspective:

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Nov 26, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts corner back Nate Hairston (27) celebrates a turnover in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)
Nov 26, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts corner back Nate Hairston (27) celebrates a turnover in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)

Jets GM Joe Douglas won't stop bringing in cornerback help, as he struck a trade with the Colts for CB Nate Hairston in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick, the team announced on Wednesday.

Hairston is entering his third season in the NFL after being drafted by Indianapolis in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

The Temple product had a solid rookie season, totaling 35 combined tackles (two for loss) with five passes defended and one interception. However, as Bleacher Report's Collin McCollough pointed out, the Colts switched to mostly zone coverage last season from man and Haiston struggled in the transition. 

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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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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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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.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) 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 cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Entering training camp, cornerback was viewed as one of the weakest positions on the Jets' roster. Many view Darryl Roberts, who started five games at cornerback last year and another five at free safety, as an inadequate option to start across from Trumaine Johnson. Johnson, of course, had his own issues with injuries and insubordination last year, too.

In the first preseason game, Roberts and Johnson weren't tested in their brief appearance. However, concern intensified about the depth on the roster, as the second unit struggled badly. Derrick Jones, who was released the next day, was burned for a long catch and Parry Nickerson gave up a number of catches, including one that went for a 51-yard touchdown. Rookie Kyron Brown also had a bad mistake that led to a 22-yard gain as he sought to jump the route on a pass to the slot receiver, leaving his man open on the outside.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) 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 cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Already thin at cornerback, the Jets suffered another blow within the position group Sunday.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring, head coach Adam Gase told reporters following practice, after intercepting quarterback Sam Darnold and running it back.

Johnson, who battled a quad injury in 2018 on the way to 10 appearances 40 tackles and four interceptions, is out indefinitely.

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Dec 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) reacts after an interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Dec 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) reacts after an interception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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The Jets announced Wednesday that cornerback Brian Poole has been added to the Active/Non-Football Injury list. This means they are a man down in the secondary for Thursday morning's practice and will continue to be until he's reactivated.

Listing him in that way doesn't save the Jets a roster spot and he can be activated at any time, as soon as he's ready to practice. It's merely a precautionary measure against him suffering further setbacks and remaining out for an extended time. Since Poole evidently showed up with the injury rather than suffering it during organized team activities, the team could in theory part ways with Poole in such a scenario without being on the hook for his salary. 
 
The reality is that this likely isn't particularly serious and the Jets could see Poole back soon. However, even if he returns within the next few days, he will have lost ground in the battle to earn the nickelback role he's been projected to win since the Jets signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal back in March.

Tags: Brian Poole, Buster Skrine, Derrick Jones, Jamal Adams, Morris Claiborne, Parry Nickerson, Trumaine Johnson
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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) reacts to his interception against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) reacts to his interception against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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There is widespread concern that the cornerback position could be a weakness for the Jets in the upcoming season. With roles available, could someone unexpected step up and become a key contributor?


Projected Starters: Trumaine Johnson, Darryl Roberts, Brian Poole (slot/nickel)

Projected Backups: Derrick Jones, Parry Nickerson, Blessuan Austin

On the Bubble: Arthur Maulet, Tevaughn Campbell, Mark Myers, Kyron Brown

Departures: Morris Claiborne, Buster Skrine, Rashard Robinson

The Rundown

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Each year, football fans anxiously await the new Madden NFL game to hit the shelves. But their player ratings generate even more buzz. 

Well, EA Sports has released their initial rankings for each team, and Jets fans may not like where their team has ended up. 

At the moment, the Jets are a 78 overall with an 73 offense and 80 defense, which is good for the sixth-worst team in the game. The Dolphins, an AFC East rival, are the game's worst team at 72 overall, while the Bills are third-worst at 78 overall. The Super Bowl defending-champion Patriots are an overall 87. 

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For the second straight offseason, the Jets went on a huge spending spree, and this time it looks like they spent their money more wisely. They brought in stars and players who can truly make a difference.

At least that's what they believe.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets' offseason has been a wild roller-coaster ride. It started at the bottom when they fired their head coach, peaked during free agency and the draft, then went on a wild spiral downward when they fired their general manager … and then somehow managed to come out of it OK.

In fact, not only do they seem OK now that GM Joe Douglas and his good buddy, head coach Adam Gase, are in charge; they are convinced they are on an uphill climb again. They are loaded with optimism. They feel like they are finally headed in the right direction. They believe a return to the playoffs is near.

Maybe they're right. Or maybe they're fooling themselves. For now, though, there has been an unusual amount of hope and excitement around the Jets as they wrapped up their spring organized team activities and mini-camps. Time will tell if that's warranted or not.

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Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Jets camp is in full swing, and there's a buzz in the Florham Park air. There's a new head coach, a new GM, and lots of fresh faces on the field.

Which players have the potential to be unheralded X-factors for the Jets this year? Here's five guys who have stood out so far.

Jonotthan Harrison (C)

Harrison is a familiar face after starting nine games over the last two years, but there was some thought that the Jets may pursue an upgrade at center this offseason. Instead, they stuck with Harrison, and the results are paying off.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Chris Herndon, Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett, Leonard Williams, Neal Sterling, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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Now that the Jets have filled their general manager vacancy, there will inevitably be changes in the way the Jets put together their team. 

While Joe Douglas, like Mike Maccagnan before him, has a background in scouting, there are plenty of differences in his approach. 

Let's consider some of the main tenets, how they differ from those of Maccagnan and what this could mean for some of the players on the current roster.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Adam Gase will act mostly the Jets head coach this week, not the interim GM nor the leader of a search firm. Le'Veon Bell will be in a Jets uniform, mostly because it's mandatory. And young Sam Darnold will finally get a sense of what he can do in his new offense with all his weapons on the field.

For the next three days, as the Jets begin their three-day, full-team, mandatory mini-camp, it will be football first, with all the off-field drama of the last few weeks finally pushed aside. Gase's coaching -- not his front office power play -- will be the center of attention. And there will plenty of interest storylines to watch.

Here are the top five:

Tags: Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 9, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) catches a pass and is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Dec 9, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware (32) catches a pass and is tackled by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

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Earlier this offseason, we speculated on how the defensive players on the Jets roster would fit into new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' system. Let's now consider how the players brought in via free agency and the draft will fit.

Defensive Line

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Mike Maccagnan was announced at the Jets general manager in January 2015, after he beat out a handful of candidates, including current Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. After the disastrous outcome of using a search firm to find their previous general manager (John Idzik), the Jets' decision to hire Maccagnan came largely from the recommendation of the experienced pairing of Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf.

Early results for Maccagnan were good. Having been hired alongside Todd Bowles, Maccagnan made a couple of splashes and some shrewd moves, putting the team in position to make the postseason until they choked the opportunity away in the season finale in Buffalo.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Christian Hackenberg, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) reacts to his interception against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) reacts to his interception against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Last season, Jets CB Trumaine Johnson was the new kid on the block. He had to learn new schemes, meet and build relationships with new teammates, and get used to a new city. 

But, with new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams joining the team in 2019, Johnson will be one of the few Jets who already knows what to expect. 

For three seasons during his Rams career, Johnson had Williams as his defensive coordinator. He knows what system he likes to run, and of course, his very aggressive demeanor on the game and practice field. As they reunite again with Gang Green, Johnson is excited for the defense's potential under Williams' guidance. 

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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There is less than a month to go until the Jets can use their six picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Here's a look at how those picks might go:

First round (3rd overall) - DE/LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

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Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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The Jets have only six picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and with so many holes on their roster, they'll need to use them wisely. It's still early, but here's a look at how those six picks could go:

First Round (No. 3 overall): DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama

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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

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With the exception of a couple of vague tweets heard 'round the NFL, Le'Veon Bell was one of the quietest free agents in the league on Monday. If the Jets were looking to make some noise by signing the NFL's No. 1 free agent, it looks like they're going to have to wait.

For the moment, as multiple NFL sources told SNY, the Jets are believed to be the favorite to land the 27-year-old running back. But the truth is, only Bell knows for sure for whom he will toll. He said on Twitter he had more than two teams to choose from. The Jets, 49ers, Eagles, Raiders, Dolphins and Bears had all been mentioned as possible destinations.

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Mar 4, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive back Greedy Williams (DB34) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 4, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive back Greedy Williams (DB34) goes through workout drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Over the next month or so, we're going to be reviewing some of the top draft prospects at each position to assess some potential candidates that the Jets will show interest in. We continue today with a look at the 2019 cornerback class... 

Jets Needs: Cornerbacks

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Todd Bowles doesn't have the time to dwell on the past, Sam Darnold speaks on consistency and Trumaine Johnson talks about missing practice

It is almost certain that the Jets' season finale against the Patriots on Sunday will be Todd Bowles last game as head coach for New York. But he can't focus on that at the moment. 

Instead, he's leaving the "what-ifs" aside to hopefully finish another rough season on a high note. 

"I don't have time for the 'what-ifs' right now," Bowles said after practice on Wednesday. "The games come too quickly every week. We don't have enough time for me to stand up here and tell everything I've learned this year. You learn a long list of things as a coach every year, every game."

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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Jets CB Trumaine Johnson was absent from practice on Wednesday, and it wasn't due to injury. 

Instead, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters Johnson was out due to an "in-house matter that we're dealing with." Bowles wouldn't delve into that matter, but when asked if he would be on the field for the Jets' season finale against the Patriots on Sunday, he replied "we'll see."

This doesn't seem like a good situation in the slightest of the 28-year-old cornerback the Jets signed to a five-year, $72.5 million deal this past offseason. If he misses this game, it would be his sixth game not suiting up this season after missing five straight weeks (Week 5-9) with a quad injury. 

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New York Jets defensive back Trumaine Johnson (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive back Trumaine Johnson (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets DB Trumaine Johnson said he expects to return Sunday against the Bills after missing the last five games with a quad injury.

Johnson on Thursday practiced fully with the team for the first time since suffering the injury.

Asked if he was ready to go, Johnson answered, "Of course." (ESPN)

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New York Jets defensive back Trumaine Johnson (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive back Trumaine Johnson (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets ruled cornerback Trumaine Johnson, tight end Neal Sterling and wide receiver Charone Peake out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

New York also listed safety Marcus Maye, who missed the first three games of the season but debuted last Sunday vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, as questionable with an ankle/foot injury.

Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and cornerback Darryl Roberts, who respectively suffered injuries to their hip and hamstring Thursday, practiced in full on Friday.

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs with the ball against Jacksonville Jaguars corner back Jalen Ramsey (20) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs with the ball against Jacksonville Jaguars corner back Jalen Ramsey (20) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The injury bug hit the Jets at practice Thursday ahead of their Week 5 matchup with the Broncos.

WR Quincy Enunwa (hip), CB Trumaine Johnson (quadricep) and CB Darryl Roberts (hamstring) were all hurt during practice.

Jets coach Todd Bowles did not address the players' availability for Sunday's game against the Broncos, but said they will each receive treatment and will be evaluated by the training staff tomorrow and Saturday.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Over the next few weeks, we're going to break down each position in terms of which players are fighting for those final roster spots. Who is in danger of being cut? Who has a chance to earn themselves a bigger role? We continue today with a look at the offensive linemen.

Probable Roster Locks: 

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Elijah McGuire had what looked like being a breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 4, when he racked up 131 yards on 12 touches, including a spectacular 69-yard touchdown run. However, that breakout never fully materialized as he struggled to produce much over the rest of the year, other than the occasional flash. Will he be able to earn a more significant role in 2018?

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The Jets had a boatload of cap space as well as the No. 3 overall draft pick to work with this offseason. And LB Darron Lee thinks the moves made using those resources have looked good thus far.

The most notable of the acquisitions made by GM Mike Maccagnan include CB Trumaine Johnson, LB Avery Williamson, and first-round draft pick QB Sam Darnold. These three players are the crucial chess pieces Lee thinks will help them now and in the future.

"This is a game of chess, not checkers," Lee told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "Adding those important pieces like Tru, Avery, and Sam is huge. It has us going in the right direction in my opinion, but implementing those guys in our brotherhood and our standard in what we have here is huge. Seeing how they're abiding by it also and they're jelling in smoothly with it -- it makes you excited. It can't help but make you excited because they're buying in."

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Brian Winters remembers everything about the moment his 2017 season went off the rails. He remembers the time, the place, the play, and without question, the pain.

"It was second quarter in Oakland (in Week 2) with five minutes to go before half when we were driving in to the north end zone. I still remember it like it was yesterday," said the 26-year-old guard. "It was an outside zone play and (running back) Bilal (Powell) was trying to stretch it outside of me, so I went to continue to push my guy through. And as soon as I pushed through I felt like a pop."

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In 2017, the Jets outperformed most preseason projections, many of which considered them to be the league's worst team with some even suggesting they'd be historically bad on offense, and would struggle to win a game as a result.

Although the season ended with a whimper after Josh McCown's season ending hand injury in December, the Jets still won five games. Even so, they found themselves last in the AFC East for the second straight year.

 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

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Ideally, Mike Maccagnan would prefer to build a team through the draft, to spend time developing his own players, and then paying them before they hit the open market. Spending big in free agency isn't usually the most efficient way to rebuild a program.

But the reality is the Jets have more than $90 million of space under the $177.2 million salary cap, and Maccagnan plans to spend a lot of it...

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Three years ago, the Jets seemed to have the makings of the best defensive line in football. They added Leonard Williams to a line that already featured Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Damon Harrison. The potential seemed to be huge.

Now Wilkerson, Richardson, and Harrison are all gone, and Williams is coming off a disappointing, two-sack season. So, it makes sense that the Jets will spend a bunch of their $90 million or so of salary cap space in upgrading their defensive line

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL scouting combine kicks off in Indianapolis on Tuesday, with more than 300 college football players, and more than a thousand agents joining GMs, coaches, scouts, doctors, executives from every NFL team. Here's what to watch for with the Jets -- and what the Jets will be watching -- over the next week:

What They're Watching 

Chances are someone from the Jets will be staking out Mike McCartney, the agent for free-agent QB Kirk Cousins, to watch his every move...

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL scouting combine kicks off in Indianapolis on Tuesday, with more than 300 college football players, and more than a thousand agents joining GMs, coaches, scouts, doctors, executives from every NFL team. Here's what to watch for with the Jets -- and what the Jets will be watching -- over the next week:

What They're Watching 

Chances are someone from the Jets will be staking out Mike McCartney, the agent for free-agent QB Kirk Cousins, to watch his every move...

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

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The Patriots predictably disposed of the Jets effortlessly in the season finale, winning 26-6. From the Jets' perspective, the game was fairly meaningless, and they used it to get another look at some of the players whose future roles with the team are uncertain.

Let's break down the offensive performance from Sunday's game...

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Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Korey Toomer celebrates with defensive end Tenny Palepoi after sacking New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Korey Toomer celebrates with defensive end Tenny Palepoi after sacking New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets were competitive again, as they have been in every home game this year, but struggled to generate enough offense or any impact plays on defense. Meanwhile, the Chargers managed to keep their playoff hopes alive in a sloppy game that saw the teams combine for 18 punts. For New York, there's the sense that the conclusion of the season next week will predominantly be a relief to players and coaches alike for the Jets.

Let's break down the offensive performance from Sunday's game:

Quarterbacks

Bryce Petty was once again erratic and is doing little to convince anyone he has much of a future at this level. Statistically, he's been worse than he was last year, and the Jets' resolve to get him to throw downfield more often didn't manifest itself, as he averaged just four yards per attempt for the day and threw just one pass in the third quarter -- the only quarter in which the Jets scored any points.

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