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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. 

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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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.

Tags: Chris Herndon, Derrick Jones, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Parry Nickerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Trumaine Johnson
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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

Tags: Avery Williamson, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Marcus Maye, Rontez Miles, Trumaine Johnson
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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.

Tags: Charone Peake, Darryl Roberts, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Trumaine Johnson
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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

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Orleans Darkwa, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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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...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Demario Davis, James Carpenter, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Demario Davis, James Carpenter, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brent Qvale, Chandler Catanzaro, Dakota Dozier, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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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.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets ruled right guard Brian Winters out for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers and did not disclose whether defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson would play.

Winters has been dealing with an abdominal injury and did not practice on Thursday. Either Dakota Dozier or Brent Qvale will start in place of Winters, who has started in 13 games this season.

Wilkerson, who was benched for last week's game against the New Orleans Saints for showing up late to practice, returned to practice for the third straight day, however head coach Todd Bowles did not say whether or not Wilkerson would play.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are not going to make the playoffs, even if they're not ready to accept that. Their denial is understandable, though. The math says they're still in it. They're only two games back with five to go.

But they're also trending in the wrong direction - badly - having lost five of their last six games. They are 4-7, which currently seeds them 12th in the AFC. They'd have to win out and get help from the six teams in front of them. They're not good enough or lucky enough for all that...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Christian Hackenberg, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Buffalo Bills, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets lost their third game in a row and were once again left to regret several costly mistakes which could have turned the game in their favor. With a short turnaround before the next game, the coaching staff has a challenging week ahead. Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

In difficult conditions, this was another solid performance by Josh McCown, who threw two touchdowns and completed a high percentage of his passes. However, his limitations - or perhaps those of the offensive personnel surrounding him - were exposed on that last drive, as the Jets needed to go 97 yards in 67 seconds, and it took them seven plays and all of that time to barely get one-third of the way there.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets once again gave a good account of themselves in this game, but they had too many defensive penalties and the offense dried up in the fourth quarter, enabling Miami's come-from-behind win. Despite knocking Jay Cutler out of the game, the Jets were unable to protect a 28-14 lead, the first time since 1999 they've had a two score lead in the fourth quarter and not won. We'll start today by reviewing the offensive performance...

Quarterbacks

The late interception by Josh McCown ending up costing the Jets the win, as it set up the Dolphins' game-winning field goal. The wisdom of attempting to advance the ball from close to their own goal line rather than just taking their chances in overtime can be questioned. But this was McCown's fault, as his misread the coverage under pressure. His receiver had some separation on the outside, but the slot cornerback had dropped off and stayed at home rather than tracking the slot receiver down the field as was perhaps anticipated.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Wesley Johnson
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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets won their third consecutive game on Sunday, but this was a performance that was very rough around the edges. The Browns gained almost twice as many yards as the Jets (419 to 212) but kept shooting themselves in the foot whenever they had a chance to score.

In the second half, the Jets converted in the red zone to take the lead after a Browns turnover, before putting together a 97-yard drive for what would prove to be the clinching score.

Let's start this week by focusing on the offense:

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chandler Catanzaro, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Jets continued to confound their critics on Sunday, eventually pulling out a win over the Jaguars in overtime after having blown a 10-point fourth quarter lead. Big plays in the running game and effective pass coverage sparked the win, which was finished off by Chandler Catanzaro's game-winning field goal in the last minute of overtime.

Let's start this week by focusing on the offense...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Chandler Catanzaro, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the best part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

However, we're going to break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball first...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Chad Hansen, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Will Tye
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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The Jets' season got off to an inauspicious start with a 21-12 loss in Buffalo. Questionable coaching decisions, poor communication in the defensive backfield, an overly conservative offensive gameplan, and inconsistent tackling all contributed to the loss. However, the Jets still kept the game competitive into the fourth quarter.

Let's break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

From the outset, it was clear the Jets were going to operate a low-risk, short passing game. Josh McCown operated this gameplan efficiently for three quarters. He led an 11-play, 75 yard drive to bring the Jets within two points late in the third quarter. But from that point on, he threw eight passes, three of which were intercepted -- although one doesn't officially count because it was on a two-point conversion attempt. McCown completed just three of those eight passes for eight yards...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Will Tye
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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

Center Wesley Johnson has signed his restricted free agent tender for $2.75 million to return to the Jets, according to multiple reports

Johnson started the final four games with the Jets last year when Nick Mangold was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. 

During his three seasons with the Jets, Johnson has started in nine games, with eight of those coming in 2016. 

 

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Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after the win against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after the win against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

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Click here to read Part I of the Jets Notebook.

The Jets were a mess last season and at times they seemed out of control -- as dysfunctional as they were bad. Through it all, though, Todd Bowles did his best to remain a steady voice and presence, publicly unmoved by the chaos that seemed to be swirling around him.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Bryce Petty, Eric Decker, Marcus Gilchrist, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
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Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.

To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap.

In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay...

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Players always talk about the non-financial intangibles when they enter free agency, about their desire to find the right situation and play for a winner. But the truth about free agency often is this: Money talks.

Still, the real top players in the market sometimes have choices to make when the money is close, and that's where things could get interesting for Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets. He's got the money to spend to begin the makeover his roster (approximately $37 million in cap space and maybe more to come). But if his top targets end up with multiple, lucrative options, does the Jets GM have the rest of the package to lure those players to New York?

It could be an interesting question right off the bat with a report already emerging that the Chicago Bears are ready to battle the Jets for free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon. Not that the Bears are in great shape -- they're coming off a 3-13 season and have missed the playoffs the last six seasons just like the Jets. Maybe Glennon, or any player, could make the argument that the Jets are the more attractive spot between the two.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dallas Cowboys, Geno Smith, Jason Pierre-Paul, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Jets, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

1. Who is their quarterback?

They of course haven't answered this yet, but they did answer who'll be coaching the quarterbacks: new offensive coordinator John Morton and new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. Neither has an extensive resume at their current positions -- or really working with quarterbacks -- which is interesting if they're going to be entrusted with developing a young quarterback.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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