Player News - Jets

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Jets coach Todd Bowles plans to be more involved on the offensive side of the ball in 2017.

"It's just the way I feel as a coach, and have evolved to, and where I need to be," Bowles said. "To understand everything from that (offensive) standpoint, I need to be heavily involved." Bowles is also relinquishing defensive play-calling duties to DC Kacy Rodgers. Headed into his third-year on the job, Bowles appears to believe he needs to be more CEO-minded in his approach.
Mar 28 - 5:52 PM

Jets signed G/C Jonotthan Harrison, formerly of the Colts.

A restricted free agent, Harrison wasn't tendered a contract by the Colts. Harrison has been a jack of all trades, even playing a little tackle, but saw his snaps decline each of the past two seasons. He was still on the field for 453 plays in 2016, but was not effective. Ideally he'd be the rebuilding Jets' primary reserve along the interior.
Mar 28 - 3:10 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said there will be an open competition at quarterback.

Bowles said Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg will all get their chance to win the starting job. The coach also did not rule out the possibility of a rookie being added to the mix. McCown is the favorite to win any competition, but he has not been able to stay healthy the last several years. It is likely multiple quarterbacks start for the Jets in 2017.
Mar 28 - 10:21 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan declined to say whether the team would pick up SS Calvin Pryor's fifth-year option for 2018.

That means he's probably a goner after this year. Pryor arrived in New York with huge expectations but has been a colossal bust, grading out as PFF's No. 87 safety out of 91 qualifiers in 2016. ESPN's Rich Cimini previously suggested the Jets could look to trade Pryor, but we imagine interest would be scant.
Mar 24 - 2:44 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan wouldn't commit to Josh McCown as the team's starting quarterback.

Maccagnan said that decision will be made by coach Todd Bowles. He added that it's "highly unlikely" the Jets will add another quarterback in free agency but acknowledged that drafting one is a possibility. McCown is still the odds-on favorite to start but it's a near certainty that his body will break down at some point. That would open the door for Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg to make starts later in the year.
Mar 24 - 2:37 PM

Jets signed WR Quinton Patton, formerly of the 49ers.

Coming off a career high 37 catches for 408 yards, Patton is reuniting with WRs coach John Morton, who coached Patton the first two years of his career under Jim Harbaugh. Not an explosive athlete, Patton makes his name with competence and sure hands. He'll fight for No. 3 or 4 duties in New York.
Mar 23 - 2:53 PM

ESPN New York expects Jets QB Christian Hackenberg to make starts in 2017.

Buckle up. Hackenberg was so bad as a rookie the Jets were loath to even give him quality practice reps, but reporter Rich Cimini expects 2017 to be about "(finding) out about (Hackenberg)." An anonymous Jets source told the New York Daily News in January that he already knew about Hackenberg, declaring he would "never make it." Hackenberg was viewed as a colossal reach at No. 51 overall last spring and did nothing as a rookie, either in practice or the preseason, to change that perception.
Mar 21 - 3:55 PM

Jets signed QB Josh McCown, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year, $6-million contract.

The $6 million is fully guaranteed, and he can earn an additional $7 million in playtime and team-based incentives. Set to turn 38 in July, McCown is the definition of a stopgap option who the Jets will hope can give them competent quarterback play while they revamp their quarterback room. Unfortunately, McCown seems to get hurt every time he touches the field at this point in his career, making it very unlikely he lasts a full season. Unless they are content to watch Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty start multiple games, the Jets still have some work to do.
Mar 20 - 7:08 PM

Free agent WR Quinton Patton visited the Jets.

It's his first known visit. Jets OC John Morton was Patton's WR coach for two years in San Francisco. His scheme familiarity makes him a potential fit in a sub-package role. Patton is coming off a career high 37 catches and 408 yards.
Mar 18 - 4:49 PM

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports Josh McCown's visit with the Jets is "going very well" and the two sides have "discussed contract parameters."

It seems each side is serious about a deal. In theory, McCown is a good stop-gap option and mentor as the Jets attempt to develop Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but McCown has not lasted more than a few games before getting hurt the last couple years. If the 37-year-old ends up being the Jets' only addition at quarterback, Petty or Hackenberg likely will see the field in 2017.
Source: SNY
Mar 18 - 1:04 PM

Free agent Josh McCown is visiting the Jets on Saturday.

It's his second visit after meeting with the Cowboys last week. Unlike in Dallas, McCown would have a chance to start in New York where the Jets are undergoing a full rebuild. If he signs, the 37-year-old could be used as a one-year seat-warmer while the Jets groom a franchise quarterback. McCown has been a serviceable backup throughout his career but has also proven extremely fragile.
Mar 17 - 12:03 PM

Jets signed DT Mike Pennel to a one-year contract.

Pennel was mostly a reserve his three years in Green Bay, though he made three starts in 2015. He was waived after closing out 2016 with a four-game substance-abuse suspension. Going on 26, Pennel is a Dontari Poe-esque 6-foot-4, 332 pounds. He's depth for a top-heavy defensive line that massively underachieved in 2016.
Mar 16 - 4:11 PM

Jets signed CB Morris Claiborne, formerly of the Cowboys, to a one-year, $5 million contract.

Claiborne had been drawing interest from the Ravens, but the Jets swooped in after Baltimore opted for Claiborne's old teammate, Brandon Carr. The No. 6 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Claiborne had the looks of a massive bust, but seemed to be turning his career around last season before suffering a severe groin injury. Injuries have been a problem for the 27 year old. Claiborne will likely get the opportunity to start in New York, but he'll have to earn it. He's a body for a team that needs them.
Mar 16 - 4:03 PM

NFL suspended Austin Seferian-Jenkins two games for violating the substance abuse policy.

The suspension stems from his September DUI. Seferian-Jenkins can participate in OTAs/preseason, but will miss the first two weeks. It shouldn't impact his roster spot, as he won't count against the Opening Day 53. The Jets have just Braedon Bowman, Eric Tomlinson and Jason Vander Laan behind ASJ.
Mar 15 - 5:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have "touched base" with free agent Josh McCown.

McCown has generated scant interest since being released by the Browns in February. Considering the sorry state of the Jets' quarterback room, McCown would almost certainly take snaps in 2017. That would be bad news, as the 37-year-old seemingly can't go more than 15-20 plays without getting hurt.
Mar 13 - 3:45 PM


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