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Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)
Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)

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The Jets recently announced they have signed 16 undrafted free agents. While most of them are longshots, inevitably a few are likely to make an impact on the main roster, as we discussed during the week. How likely is this, though? Let's review the top 10 best undrafted players from the past 25 seasons.

Remember, this only covers players who entered the league since 1994, so great players such as Bruce Harper, Pat Leahy, Victor Green and Bill Baird aren't included.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Robby Anderson didn't want things to turn out this way.

The wide receiver didn't want to be tendered as a restricted free agent because he wanted to commit his future to the Jets. But the team placed a second-round tender on Anderson in February, and on Thursday Anderson signed that tender, which is worth about $3.1 million.

April 19 was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. Anderson didn't sign one, so he was left to either hold out for a better deal or sign the tender.

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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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Sep 29, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Greg Dortch (3) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Rice Owls at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Sep 29, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Greg Dortch (3) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Rice Owls at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

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Last week, the Jets announced they had signed 16 undrafted rookies to their roster. Those 16 attended the rookie orientation over the weekend, along with the six draft picks, and will take the field for organized team activities next week.

NFL teams can usually count on getting some level of contributions from their undrafted free agents, and sometimes you can find a real diamond in the rough. For example, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay went to the Pro Bowl last year and JC Jackson played a big role for the Super Bowl champion Patriots, starting five games.

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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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The Jets went into the draft with three major holes and only really filled one of them in their six picks. However, they did a good job of bringing in players with upside that added depth and filled ancillary needs after the first round.

After the draft, Mike Maccagnan indicated that the team will continue making efforts to improve the roster. He suggested they will be looking at the remaining unsigned free agents, anticipating cuts from other teams and may be even looking at some trade possibilities.

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

 

The Jets have a new head coach and several new free-agent acquisitions, and quarterback Sam Darnold is optimistic about New York's potential heading into his second year in the NFL.

"It's going to be really fun to play with these guys and kind of get a feel throughout OTAs and training camp how we're going to do things," Darnold said, according to newyorkjets.com. "I'm really excited about where we're going."

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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PHOENIX - Mike Maccagnan's long rebuilding of the Jets should theoretically be complete now. Maybe not completely complete, as in they're ready to make a run to the Super Bowl. But, after two years of lavish spending and high draft picks, being a playoff contender shouldn't be unrealistic.

Not that Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is going to give Maccagnan a playoff mandate. But surely, the expectations have to be as high as a playoff berth now, right?

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Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy is tackled by New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson at Soldier Field. (Quinn Harris/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy is tackled by New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson at Soldier Field. (Quinn Harris/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets are nearing a deal with former Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy, SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bellamy and the Jets are close to a two-year deal with $2.75 million guaranteed at signing that could be worth as much as $7 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.

Bellamy, could be the second wide receiver to join the Jets in free agency, joining former Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder, who agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with New York on Monday.

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Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf runs the 40-yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf runs the 40-yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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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 wide receiver class.

Jets needs: wide receivers

Having signed Quincy Enunwa to an extension and Robby Anderson to a restricted free agency tender, the Jets should have their two leading receivers from last year back in the fold. However, they don't currently have much beyond those two. Charone Peake is still under contract and Andre Roberts could be re-signed, but most of their contributions in 2018 were on special teams.

Tags: Andre Roberts, Charone Peake, Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Oct 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) greets wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after a first quarter touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Oct 22, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) greets wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after a first quarter touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: INDIANAPOLIS - There are two prominent Pittsburgh Steelers who are both very available, and who will dominate the conversation in the NFL this offseason. Two years ago, the dynamic duo combined for 3,479 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The Jets, who desperately need impact offensive players, could really use both RB Le'Veon Bell and WR Antonio Brown.

Realistically, though, they only have a shot at one.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) scores a touchdown during the first half 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 wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) scores a touchdown during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets have issued a second-round tender to WR Robby Anderson worth $3.1 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Thursday. 

This tender doesn't necessarily mean Anderson is locked in with the Jets for the 2019 season. Teams that are interested in Anderson could issue an offer sheet that the Jets would have the chance to match. If the Jets don't match it, they would receive draft compensation.

Speaking back in November, Anderson didn't want to be tendered by the Jets, as he wants to be a part of their long-term plans. 

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Adam Gase talks at NFL Combine 00:01:05
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase talks about the new coaching staff looking to balance their roster out with free agency and the upcoming

Adam Gase addressed the media for the first time on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine since he was introduced as the Jets' new head coach in January.

Gase has now had some time to evaluate the players he is inheriting and was able to expand on his feelings on how he will utilize them and the potential he sees. 

Here are the takeaways from his latest press conference:

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

INDIANAPOLIS - The Adam Gase Era began six weeks ago when the new Jets coach took his seat in front of the media and said … well, mostly nothing. He barely gave a hint about his thoughts on the franchise or his plans for the future.

On Wednesday, that could change.

Both Gase and Jets GM Mike Maccagnan are expected to meet the media at the NFL scouting combine and will be quizzed a little more specifically about their plans for the franchise's future. They're likely to give more hints than actual direct answers. But here's a preview anyway of some of the key questions they're likely to be asked, and what they are expected to say:

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Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams before the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets need all the help they can get as they try to quickly rebuild in one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. So they sure could use the pick near the top of the second round that they gave to the Indianapolis Colts.

Not that the Jets would do it any differently, of course. Dealing that pick (and two others) put them in position to draft quarterback Sam Darnold, the most important piece in their rebuilding puzzle and the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for 50 years. So there are no regrets, no hindsight and no wishing they still had two selections in the first 34 picks.

The Jets do still have two picks in the first two days, though. The NFL Draft is 2 1/2 months away and they'll have to get through the combine, the Pro Days and interviews before their draft board settles down. But here's an early look at what the Jets might do on Days 1 and 2:

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: What's the best way for the Giants and Jets to catch up to the Patriots and Rams? Stealing some of their players would be a pretty good start.

While they won't be able to poach Tom BradyTodd Gurley, or any of the real elite players on either of the Super Bowl LIII teams, both of teams have a long list of intriguing players who are currently scheduled to become free agents on March 13.

Here are 10 - five from the Rams, and five from the Patriots - who should interest the New York teams the most:

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Who to watch in Senior Bowl 00:00:34
The Senior Bowl is this weekend in Mobile, Alabama. What players should Jets fans keep an eye out for?

As the Jets build their NFL Draft big board, making a stop at the Reese's Senior Bowl this week is a priority.

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was on hand Tuesday for the drills and practice that the top seniors in college football this season participated in. According to The Athletic's Connor Hughes, he was paying very close attention to the offensive and defensive line drills.

The Jets have many needs to attend to this offseason, so with that in mind, here are a few seniors to look out for this week in Mobile, AL…

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Two years ago, the Los Angeles Rams were 4-12 - their 13th straight season without a winning record. Their roster looked depleted, their future at quarterback seemed uncertain, and they had just hired a new head coach.

Their rise from those ashes to Super Bowl LIII has been lightning fast and absolutely remarkable. And to get there, they followed a plan that could very easily apply to the Giants and the Jets.

Here are some of the lessons they can learn from the new NFC champs...

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Two years ago, the Los Angeles Rams were 4-12 - their 13th straight season without a winning record. Their roster looked depleted, their future at quarterback seemed uncertain, and they had just hired a new head coach.

Their rise from those ashes to Super Bowl LIII has been lightning fast and absolutely remarkable. And to get there, they followed a plan that could very easily apply to the Giants and the Jets.

Here are some of the lessons they can learn from the new NFC champs...

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets offseason preview 00:01:49
A look at the running back and wide receiver position. Will the Jets fill needs via draft, free agency or trade?

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The Jets have now gone eight straight seasons without a trip to the playoffs, and their misery really runs deeper than that. In the last 12 seasons, spanning three coaches, they've had four winning seasons, and they've won double-digit games only twice.

Everyone knows the Jets haven't been to the Super Bowl in 50 years, but the bigger problem is they haven't even been a threat to get there very often. In the last 32 years they've had double-digit win totals six times and they've had back-to-back winning seasons only five times.

They may be 14-33 over the last three years and 24-39 under Todd Bowles, but the bigger picture is the entire franchise has been stuck in a cycle of mediocrity-at-best that they just can't figure out how to break.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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In his final home game of the season, Sam Darnold wasn't quite able to add out-dueling Aaron Rodgers to his résumé, but it was more down to defensive lapses than anything Darnold did wrong. Statistically, he had his best game of the year with 341 yards and three touchdowns, continuing to build momentum as we head to the end of the season.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold outdueled the Packers' Aaron Rodgers for most of Sunday's game.

But even though Rodgers finished with more passing yards and led Green Bay to three late touchdown drives, including the game-winning one in overtime, the Super Bowl champion Rodgers praised the 21-year-old Darnold after the Jets lost 44-38 at MetLife Stadium.

"I like his game," Rodgers said, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. "He threw the ball really well. He's moving around making throws on the run. I think he has a bright future."

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Despite losing Saturday's game, Jets QB Sam Darnold put together arguably his most complete performance of the season. He ended up with 253 yards and two touchdowns, adding three more first downs with his legs. Darnold completed 24-of-38 passes and didn't have an interception, although he threw five incompletions in a row with the game on the line in the last two minutes.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions:

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Sam Darnold needs more weapons 00:01:13
Sam Darnold played well in the 29-22 loss to the Texans. Ralph Vacchiano argues the Jets need to find more weapons for the QB.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With two minutes to go in the game and the Jets trailing and reeling, Sam Darnold made the kind of throw that star quarterbacks often make. It was 4th down and 14 and he fired it 20 yards down field, right on target.

It should have kept the Jets' desperation drive alive. Instead, the ball bounced right off Robby Anderson's hands.

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With just three games remaining in the regular season, many 4-9 teams would be going through the motions and playing out the string.  

Yet there are valuable insights to be gained from these games for the Jets, which may play into decisions about staffing changes once the season is over.

Let's consider what the organization can get out of the rest of the year:

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Until the final drive, Sam Darnold's performance in his return to the starting lineup would be defined by his best and worst play. However, Darnold's composure in leading the team downfield for the late game-winning score in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Buffalo Bills was exactly the kind of thing the Jets and their fans had been hoping to see from him this year.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions:

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What to make of Sam Darnold 00:00:51
Sam Darnold returned to action against the Bills. What should Jets fans takeaway from the young QB?s season so far?

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Fourteen years ago there was a young quarterback in New York who had struggled through an up-and-down rookie season. He showed flashes of his potential, but not nearly enough to convince everyone he would someday be the man to lead his franchise.

Then in Week 17, Eli Manning got the ball with 1:41 remaining and drove the Giants down the field for a game-winning drive capped by a 3-yard Tiki Barber touchdown run. The Giants beat the Cowboys 28-24 that day and it seemed like the moment that Manning arrived.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Though Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold practiced in full on Friday, head coach Todd Bowles did not say whether or not Darnold will start Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

"We'll decide that on Sunday," Bowles said, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano. "Both he and Josh (McCown) had good weeks."

Darnold, who has practiced in full the past two days, is expected to make his return from a foot injury that has kept him out the past three games. But Bowles has played his cards close to his hand and won't name a starter until the day of the game.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets, at 3-8, have nothing left to play for but their future over the last five weeks of the season. And with tons of pending free agents, their future could look a lot different than their present.

While they have some important core pieces in place -- quarterback Sam Darnold, safety Jamal Adams, defensive end Leonard Williams, for example -- they are still heading into an offseason that could see yet another complete overhaul of their roster. The Jets have $100 million or so in salary cap room to spend in free agency.

They also have 23 unrestricted free agents (and two restricted free agents) of their own.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

This season was supposed to be Jets WR Robby Anderson's year to breakout and prove to everyone doubting him that he is the Pro Bowl wideout he confidently pleaded to the camera after a touchdown last season. 

But that hasn't been the case for the 25-year-old, who has taken a couple steps back in 2018. 

First, it was Anderson once again falling into some legal trouble this offseason. And while maybe some stellar play on the field would turn some heads away from that off-the-field distraction, the ball just hasn't rolled in Anderson's favor through 12 weeks. 

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Nov 25, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) gets stopped by New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) after a 1st down run in the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 25, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) gets stopped by New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) after a 1st down run in the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets dropped to 3-8 on the season but surprisingly hung with the Patriots into the fourth quarter on Sunday afternoon at Metlife Stadium. However, they were left to rue some costly mistakes that made all the difference in the Patriots' eventual 27-13 win.

Offensively, the Jets had more success moving the ball this week, although they only managed to find the end zone once, on Jermaine Kearse's first half touchdown reception. Stand-in quarterback Josh McCown led a two-minute drill just before halftime and Jason Myers' fifth 55-yard field goal of the season sent the teams to the locker room tied at 10-10 but New England was able to pull away in the second half.

On defense, the Jets played well in stretches, but there were still far too many breakdowns in the defensive secondary, with wide open receivers being able to exploit gaps in the Jets' coverage for several big plays. Sony Michel and James White also had big days running the football, combining for over 200 yards -- the majority of which came in the second half.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is still uncertain for Sunday's game against the Patriots as he looks to return from a strained right foot.

Darnold dressed for practice for the second straight day but did not participate again, however he said he feels he's getting closer to returning.

"Every single day I feel like I'm progressing and I'm doing so much more in terms of learning and all that," Darnold said, according to NYJets.com's Randy Lange. "So hopefully I can do a little bit more tomorrow and see where we go from there."

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The Jets will head into the offseason with more salary cap space than almost every other team in the NFL. They've vowed to be aggressive. They have an obvious need for offensive play-makers.

And they have absolutely no excuse to do whatever it takes to make sure they land free agent running back Le'Veon Bell.

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot strain) will be inactive against the Bills on Sunday afternoon.

Darnold's status had been in doubt all week, and it was revealed Thursday that Josh McCown would get the start. However, head coach Todd Bowles had not ruled Darnold out as the potential backup.

However, the Jets' hand was tipped a bit on Saturday when SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that QB Davis Webb was going to be activated from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game...

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Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: In Sunday's loss to Miami, Sam Darnold came up short as he threw a season-high four interceptions and was sacked a season-high four times.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions:

1st quarter, 2:59. Scoreless game. 1st-and-10 at the Jets' 16

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Eagles needed a wide receiver, and struck a deal with the Lions for Golden Tate last Tuesday. But before that trade was made, they inquired with the Jets about Robby Anderson, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

It is unknown what the Eagles would have offered for the 25-year-old, but they dealt away a third-round pick for Tate. Anderson is also a restricted free agent at the end of the season, while Tate will be an unrestricted free agent at the age of 31. 

Anderson, who will be active on Sunday after missing last week's game with an ankle injury, has hauled in 17 receptions on 36 targets for 314 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. 

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (25) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (25) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets could be getting some help to its depleted running game this weekend. 

RB Elijah McGuire was activated from the injured reserve and is reportedly trending toward playing on Sunday, according to head coach Todd Bowles. 

McGuire, who rushed for 315 yards and had 17 receptions in his rookie season last year, returns after missing the first eight games with a foot injury. 

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The Jets' season is starting to look like a disappointment and is on the verge of becoming as bad as it was last year. But perspective is needed, because the Jets' plans never really focused on this season.

This season was all about developing their franchise quarterback and building toward being a contender in 2019 and beyond.

So keep that in mind when evaluating where they are at the half-way point of the season. With that, here are some first-half grades for a few of the players, decision-makers and decisions that have the Jets sitting at 3-5, but convinced their future is bright.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

Wide receivers Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Robby Anderson (ankle) again did not participate in practice, but there was some good news for the Jets on Thursday amid all their injuries.

CB Trumaine Johnson was listed as limited on the Jets' injury report, practicing with the team for the first time since suffering a quad injury on Oct. 4. His status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, however, remains unclear. 

WR Andre Roberts was also limited and added to the injury report with to a back issue after fully practicing on Wednesday.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Another week, another long injury report for the Jets.

Wide receivers Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Robby Anderson (ankle) were among the eight Jets who did not participate in practice on Wednesday.

Joining them were CB Trumaine Johnson (quad), TE Neal Sterling (concussion), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DL Steve McLendon (ankle), LB Frankie Luvu (neck) and DB Mo Claiborne (not injury related).

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Khalil Mack (52) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Khalil Mack (52) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Jets right tackle Brandon Shell won't have to bear the responsibility of stopping Khalil Mack, who has been ruled inactive before the team faces Chicago on the road Sunday afternoon.

Sam Darnold and the offense may have caught a break as it looks to move to .500.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson (groin) will also be out for the Bears, while Gang Green has seven inactive players: WR Robby Anderson, CB Trumaine Johnson, CB Derrick Jones, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, OL Dakota Dozier, WR Quincy Enunwa and DL Folorunso Fatukasi.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Dakota Dozier, Derrick Jones, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets continue to be decimated with injuries. 

WR Robby Anderson (ankle) and CB Trumaine Johnson (quad) were ruled doubtful in Friday's injury report for Sunday's game against the Bears. 

WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) will also miss his second straight game, leaving Sam Darnold without two of his biggest threats in the passing game. 

Tags: Buster Skrine, Morris Claiborne, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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It is no secret the Jets' receiving corps is depleted, as it certainly showed during the team's loss to the Vikings last week. 

Qunicy Enunwa, who has been Sam Darnold's favorite target through the first few weeks of the season, has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Now, Robby Anderson is banged up with his own ankle injury, and his status for Sunday's contest on the road against the Bears is up in the air. 

With both these receivers out last week (Anderson was hurt mid-game), Jermaine Kearse was the only healthy starting receiver on the turf. That left Darnold having to throw to players like Charone Peake and Andre Roberts, who weren't getting the job done. 

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) runs into the end zone while scoring on a pass from quarterback Josh McCown, not pictured, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

WR Robby Anderson missed his second straight Jets practice on Thursday with an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he'll play Sunday against the Bears.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said described the injury as being "in between" a high and low sprain. Bowles said he isn't sure when Anderson suffered the injury, but added that the receiver got tangled up a few times during the team's loss to the Vikings and the issue worsened after the game. (Associated Press)

The Jets are already without WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) for at least another two weeks, which means QB Sam Darnold may be forced to rely heavily on newly-signed WR Rishard Matthews.

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 (Richard Mackson)
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The Jets are in desperate need for another wide receiver, and one potential option has officially been taken off the market.

The Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Cowboys in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick on Monday. 

The Jets, who lost WR Quincy Enunwa for an extended amount of time with a foot injury and waived WR Terrelle Pryor -- who has a groin injury -- would have made sense from a needs standpoint to make a play for Cooper. 

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Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets keep insisting they're not the same, old Jets, and that they're not going to fall apart like they did last season. Even on Sunday, when they were clearly out-classed on the field, they swore they were ready to be a playoff contender now.

"I think we're there," Jets safety Jamal Adams said. "I think we're close. This team is a great team. We have a 53-man roster full of a lot of talent. There's no waiting for next year, or rebuilding. There's none of that. This team can be special."

It's a nice thought, but it might not be the Jets' reality. And their 37-17 loss to the Vikings made that crystal clear. These Jets are headed in the right direction. They've got some terrific building blocks in place...

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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)
Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)

As the Jets released their final injury report on Friday, CB Buster Skrine was added to the list of players that are deemed inactive for their Sunday afternoon game against the Vikings. 

Skrine, who is dealing with a concussion, joined WR Quincy Enunwa and S Marcus Maye among those sidelined for the Week 7 matchup. 

Even worse is the fact that CB Trumaine Johnson (quad) and WR Terrelle Pryor (groin) were listed as doubtful for Sunday. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis joins them on that list as well...

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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)

DL Leonard Williams (back) and WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) returned as full participants in Thursday's Jets practice after missing practice the previous day.

While that's good news for the Jets ahead of Sunday's Week 7 game against the Vikings, there were plenty of players who remained on the "did not participate" list.

RB Isaiah Crowell (foot), WR Terrelle Pryor (groin), DB Buster Skrine (concussion), DB Trumaine Johnson (quad), WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and DB Marcus Maye did not practice for the second straight day.

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

QB Sam Darnold (elbow) appeared on Wednesday's Jets injury report, but said the issue is "nothing crazy," per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Darnold said he banged his right elbow while making a tackle following his interception during Sunday's win over the Colts. He added that it didn't affect him at all in practice, which he participated in fully on Wednesday.

Head coach Todd Bowles also told reporters he isn't worried about the rookie.

However, DL Leonard Williams (back), WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) and RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) highlighted a long list of Jets who did not practice.

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(Richard Mackson)

The Raiders are awful again, and are reportedly ready to trade some of their most valuable assets -- including WR Amari Cooper. Should the Jets have interest?

Cooper -- the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 Draft -- left the Raiders' Week 6 loss due to a concussion and has had a down 2018 so far after having just 48 receptions for 680 yards in 2017. But he was highly productive during his first two years in the league when the Raiders were actually competitive. 

He had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie season in 2015 as the Raiders went 7-9. During Oakland's 12-4 season in 2016, Cooper reeled in 83 catches for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns.

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Danny Abriano
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In Sunday's 42-34 win over the Colts, Jets QB Sam Darnold put together his most complete performance as a pro, completing 24 of 30 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions...

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