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40 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

Gilchrist is terrible how he is still on this team is beyond me. 

  • Generally, Macc is very conservatively only cutting people where he has a replacement and/or there is no dead money.
  • Gilcrist is still injured from an injury he incurred last year while under contract, so I think cutting him is complicated.
  • He may be able to turn it around, but that depends on how the Jets draft.

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Just now, varjet said:

 

  • Generally, Macc is very conservatively only cutting people where he has a replacement and/or there is no dead money.
  • Gilcrist is still injured from an injury he incurred last year while under contract, so I think cutting him is complicated.
  • He may be able to turn it around, but that depends on how the Jets draft.

He was one of many liabilities on the 2016 NY Jets defense. 

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23 minutes ago, joewilly12 said:

He was one of many liabilities on the 2016 NY Jets defense. 

He clearly was.

I do think the player performance is interconnected.  The combination of awful out-of-shape Revis, Skrine being over his head on the other side and coaches not adapting the defensive game plans basically made everyone look bad.  It is tough to fathom how a group can deteriorate so badly in one year.

No excuses, but in a best case Pryor and Gilcrist could be salvaged for a bit, but there are too many safeties in this draft.  The Jets can take 2 and be set for at least 4 years.  SS and FS.  For example, I have heard raves about John Johnson-look were he is ranked.

RANK PLAYER POS. POS. RANK SCHOOL CLASS HT. WT. PROJ. ROUND
5 *Jamal Adams SS 1 LSU Jr 6-0 214 1
14 *Jabrill Peppers SS 2 Michigan rSo 5-11 213 1
33 Obi Melifonwu SS 3 Connecticut rSr 6-4 224 1-2
60 *Josh Jones SS 4 NC State rJr 6-1 220 2
95 Eddie JacksonInjured SS 5 Alabama Sr 6-0 201 3
109 Justin Evans SS 6 Texas A&M Sr 6-0 199 3-4
151 Xavier Woods SS 7 Louisiana Tech Sr 5-11 197 4-5
187 Jadar Johnson SS 8 Clemson Sr 6-0 206 5-6
RANK PLAYER POS. POS. RANK SCHOOL CLASS HT. WT. PROJ. ROUND
6 *Malik HookerInjured FS 1 Ohio State rSo 6-1 206 1
44 *Budda Baker FS 2 Washington Jr 5-10 195 2
57 Desmond King FS 3 Iowa Sr 5-10 201 2
77 *Marcus Williams FS 4 Utah Jr 6-1 202 2-3
103 Marcus MayeInjured FS 5 Florida rSr 6-0 210 3
128 Rayshawn Jenkins FS 6 Miami (Fla.) rSr 6-1 214 4
168 John Johnson FS 7 Boston College Sr 6-1 205

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Todd Bowles will meet reporters at 10:15 a.m. ET Tuesday at the AFC coaches' breakfast, an annual event at the NFL owners' meetings. This will be his first time addressing the media since March 2 at the scouting combine, which was before free agency. A lot has happened.

The five most compelling questions for Bowles :

~ ~ 5. What's next for the needy secondary ? They replaced Darrelle Revis with Morris Claiborne, but he's only a one-year stop gap. Right now, their top three corners are Claiborne, Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams -- hardly ideal. Safety Calvin Pryor is on thin ice and his partner, Marcus Gilchrist, still is rehabbing a serious knee injury. Long story short, the Jets need reinforcements.

What Bowles should say: He should lobby for Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker or Marshon Lattimore in the draft.

rest of above article : 

>    http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/67797/jets-todd-bowles-should-declare-open-qb-competition-for-now

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Earlier this month, the Jets added Morris Claiborneicon-article-link.gif to their secondary and Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is happy for the 2012 sixth overall pick.

“Mo is a really, really good person and he’s a good football player,” Garrett said at the NFL Annual League Meeting. “There’s a reason we drafted him as high as we did. He’s done a good job bouncing back from injuries and playing at a high level. But we all know the nature of the National Football League and that business is a part of the game.”After periodically battling injuries throughout his six-year career, Garrett believes Claiborne played his best ball in 2016. In eight games last season, the LSU product allowed a 63.0 passer rating and limited opposing receivers to a 51.9% catch rate, which ranked 9th and 11th amongst CBs. The biggest question regarding Claiborne is durability, but general manager Mike Maccagnan told the media last week that the training staff conducted a physical before he signed.

“They’re getting an athlete that was good enough to be selected sixth overall in his draft class,” ESPN’s Ed Werder said. “And a cornerback that at the time the Cowboys picked him, they said he had the highest draft grade for a cornerback they ever applied to anybody since Deion Sanders.”Maccagnan targeted the 5’11”, 192-pound Claiborne in free agency because he fits Jets’ defensive scheme well because of his man coverage skills, something head coach Todd Bowles reaffirmed. Werder believes the highly touted college prospect could flourish with a change of scenery and a new scheme.

“He can certainly respond favorably to be coached differently,” Werder said. “Maybe he’ll be a better system fit for Todd Bowles than he was for Rod Marinelli. Marinelli doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the corners, he tries to win the game up front. So it’ll be interesting to see how Todd uses him and what level of productivity he gets out of him.”

 

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The Jets’ need for a quarterback has plenty of people paying attention to which draft prospects at that position they are spending time with this month.

That’s not their only position of need heading into this year’s draft, however. They were likely to be in the market for cornerback help even before the departure of Darrelle Revis and the addition of former Cowboy Morris Claiborne didn’t finish their search for help in that area.Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that University of Washington cornerback Kevin King is visiting with the team on Monday. King is a big corner at 6’3″ and 200 pounds and worked out well at both the Scouting Combine and at his school’s pro day.

King’s teammate Sidney Jones was expected to be a first-round pick before he tore his Achilles during that pro day. King wasn’t ranked quite as high as Jones before the injury, but will likely be the first Huskie corner off the board due to that development.The Jets have the sixth overall pick, which seems a bit early for King to come off the board but he could be in play when they’re on the board in the second round or if a trade drops them a bit later in the order on the opening night of the draft.

>     http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/04/03/jets-visiting-with-cornerback-kevin-king-monday/

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The Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans are both still in need of quarterback depth, despite Brock Osweiler changing teams. The Kansas City Chiefs could use another running back beyond newly acquired veteran C.J. Spiller. And the Seattle Seahawks are in a good position to draft for help at cornerback, with or without Richard Sherman on the roster.

With the draft set for just a few weeks from now, NFL Nation reporters pick out the position of need for each team in 2017.

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New York Jets

Safety

Marcus Gilchrist (knee surgery) probably won't be ready for training camp and Calvin Pryor is coming off a disappointing season. Backup Rontez Miles saw significant action in 2016, but he's not viewed as starting material. Look for the Jets to address the need in the draft, possibly with the No. 6 overall pick. Top prospects Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker could be in play for the Jets at that spot. -- Rich Cimini

rest of above article : 

>    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/32for32x170404/biggest-remaining-roster-hole-every-nfl-team-headed-nfl-draft-2017-offseason

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have signed former CFL CB John Ojo, the team announced. The 6-foot-3 Ojo, 27, was an all-star for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2015, but he ruptured an Achilles' tendon last June and missed the entire 2016 season. He was cleared a few weeks ago and reportedly drew interest from at least eight NFL teams. In 2014, he went undrafted by the NFL out of Florida A&M.

>    http://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets

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4 minutes ago, kelly said:

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have signed former CFL CB John Ojo, the team announced. The 6-foot-3 Ojo, 27, was an all-star for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2015, but he ruptured an Achilles' tendon last June and missed the entire 2016 season. He was cleared a few weeks ago and reportedly drew interest from at least eight NFL teams. In 2014, he went undrafted by the NFL out of Florida A&M.

>    http://www.espn.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets

hey !.. ya think he can play wr ?...

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They are hunting under every rock.

From a roster perspective, particularly if Claiborne is hurt again, is there a worse secondary in the NFL?  Even if you take away every team's best corner?  I don't think so.

This is where the wheels come off the cart of the Macc story.  This is the secondary after 2 years?

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GRADE 4.85?
  • 6'3"HEIGHT
  • 35 3/8"ARM LENGTH
  • 203LBS.WEIGHT
  • 9 1/2"HANDS

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

 Thin-ankled with vines for arms and a rare wingspan for a defensive back. Able to play the pocket and get his hands on throws other safeties can't. Big-time springs -- boasts a 41-inch vertical leap and can high-point interceptions. Balanced and controlled in his pedal. Dependable, wrap tackler. Nice range -- flashes the ability to swoop down or chase laterally and snare ball carriers. Makes the secondary calls and has good football intelligence and overall character. Serves as a jammer.

WEAKNESSES

 A bit high cut and leggy and does not pop out of breaks cleanly. Average foot speed and agility to transition (heavy speed turns) with quick-footed receivers in man coverage. Limited knock-back power and body strength. Could stand to improve route recognition and anticipation. Very ordinary production on the ball. Durability is an issue -- has been dinged up and missed considerable time. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

DRAFT PROJECTION

 Priority free agent

BOTTOM LINE

 Tall, lean, high-cut center fielder with backup potential as a deep safety. Is more of a rangy deterrent than a playmaking punisher, but will get a look for his measurables alone, especially in a league seeking secondary length now more than ever. Lacks ideal twitch and physicality for special teams and must prove worthy in this area to stick.

>     http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/john-ojo?id=2549912

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22 minutes ago, varjet said:

They are hunting under every rock.

From a roster perspective, particularly if Claiborne is hurt again, is there a worse secondary in the NFL?  Even if you take away every team's best corner?  I don't think so.

This is where the wheels come off the cart of the Macc story.  This is the secondary after 2 years?

The wheels have been off the cart for quite some time. 

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On 3/25/2017 at 0:53 PM, varjet said:

If Pryor had Hooker playing next to him the Jets could rival the Seahawks for the best S in football.  That being said, I would be very wary of giving Pryor a long-term deal, so this would be a 2 year deal at most.  With Hooker, perhaps Martin/Middleton/Miles work.

If the Jets end up with Adams, the better complement is someone closer to a FS, although they could "bulk" up and basically play 2 multipurpose safeties.

There are other good safeties (many actually).  Even if the Jets do not end up with Adams or Hooker, they can basically do a 80s 49ers where they use the draft to replace their secondary.

But it is not hard to see under most scenarios you move both Gilcrist and Pryor and start over.  

I assume you're referring to 1981 where the 49ers drafted Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, and Carlton Williamson in rounds 1, 2, and 3.  It wouldn't be the worst move for the Jets, especially considering it's supposedly a strong draft for DBs.

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This is the second in a series highlighting players who could be selected by the New York Jets with the sixth overall pick in the April 27 draft:

Player: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Height/weight: 6-foot, 214 pounds

Scouts, Inc. ranking: No. 4.

Draft projection: Third to 10th.

Scouting report: Older New York football fans will remember Jamal's father, George Adams, a first-round pick of the New York Giants in 1985. George definitely passed along his finest football genes. Jamal is regarded as one of the safest picks in the draft. He's a physical, two-way safety with impeccable leadership traits. He'd be a great fit in the Jets' locker room, which needs a few good men to take charge. Adams was a team captain in 2016, culminating his three-year career with a first-team, All-America selection. He's a tremendous run defender, capable of dominating in the box. His coverage skills are good, not great. He doesn't have the range of Ohio State's Malik Hooker, a ball magnet, but Adams has the athleticism to play the deep middle and cover tight ends in man-to-man situations. Safety is a pressing need for the Jets, who could be looking to replace the injured Marcus Gilchrist.

Key stats: Adams played in 37 games, starting 26 of them. He finished with 17.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, 15 pass breakups and two forced fumbles over his career. LSU allowed an FBS-low 16 touchdowns, and Adams was one of the reasons why. He showed his versatility by covering the slot on 251 of 802 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He had no penalties in 2016.

Red flags: He ran the 40 in only 4.56 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, but he eased concern by blazing a sub-4.4 time at his pro day. The only real knock against Adams is that he doesn't have elite range as a center fielder.

In his own words: "Leadership is definitely my main [attribute], as well as on the field. I can play everything in the back end, whether that's covering in the slot, whether that's playing man-free, whether that's being in the A and B gap, filling that hole, or locking down tight ends. I feel like I'm versatile to play everything in the back end, and that's what makes me a special player."

Scouts' take: NFC scout: "I think he's better than Landon Collins, coming out. This kid is special. You should see him on the practice field; he runs the entire defense." ... ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr.: "He can do anything you want -- center field, play in the box, he tackles well. He’s going to be a premier player. He’s going to go very high." ... NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah: "Talk about a guy that can set the tone with his temperament on the field. His energy is fantastic. You hear great stories about him from a leadership standpoint. Talked to folks at LSU. They say he's the best leader they've had there in 20 years."

>     http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/68089/jets-also-need-qb-in-secondary-and-jamal-adams-could-be-that-guy

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The New York Jets were hit with their third suspension in six weeks on Friday, as cornerback/punt returner Nick Marshall was banned four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Marshall, wide receiver Jalin Marshall and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will begin the regular season on the suspended list.Seferian-Jenkins will sit the first two games because of a personal conduct violation, stemming from a DUI last September while he was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Jalin Marshall will serve a four-game suspension for violating the PED rules. He issued a public apology, saying he mistakenly took a medication one time without receiving an exemption.

Like the others, Nick Marshall will be eligible to participate in the offseason program and preseason practices and games. Offseason workouts begin Monday.

Best known as the starting quarterback for Auburn in 2013 and 2014, Marshall appeared in eight games last season for the Jets. He played only one defensive snap. He was used to return kickoffs (12 for 228 yards) and punts (six for 39 yards).After college, Marshall announced he was giving up quarterback to play cornerback in the NFL. He was undrafted, but he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent and wound up playing 13 games in 2015 on special teams.

>     http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19159552/new-york-jets-cornerback-nick-marshall-banned-four-games-violating-league-ped-policy

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Gareon Conley will be one of two Ohio State cornerbacks attending the draft in Philadelphia this year and he’ll be a fairly short drive away from the city on Monday.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Conley will visit with the Jets at their facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. Conley joins teammate Marshon Lattimore, LSU’s Tre’Davious White, Washington’s Kevin King, USC’s Adoree’ Jackson and Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie as cornerbacks scheduled to attend a draft that’s generally rated as very strong at the position.

Lattimore is usually at the top of the rankings for those players, but Conley isn’t seen as too far behind his fellow Buckeye and is widely expected to be off the board in the first round. Those projections don’t usually have him going as high as No. 6, but he could be a more realistic option for the Jets if they are able to trade down from their original slot.

Ohio State safety Malik Hooker is also expected to be drafted early on April 27, although he won’t be joining Conley and Lattimore in Philadelphia.

>     http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/04/16/gareon-conley-set-to-visit-jets-on-monday/

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On 4/15/2017 at 9:27 AM, kelly said:

The New York Jets were hit with their third suspension in six weeks on Friday, as cornerback/punt returner Nick Marshall was banned four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Marshall, wide receiver Jalin Marshall and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will begin the regular season on the suspended list.Seferian-Jenkins will sit the first two games because of a personal conduct violation, stemming from a DUI last September while he was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Jalin Marshall will serve a four-game suspension for violating the PED rules. He issued a public apology, saying he mistakenly took a medication one time without receiving an exemption.

Like the others, Nick Marshall will be eligible to participate in the offseason program and preseason practices and games. Offseason workouts begin Monday.

Best known as the starting quarterback for Auburn in 2013 and 2014, Marshall appeared in eight games last season for the Jets. He played only one defensive snap. He was used to return kickoffs (12 for 228 yards) and punts (six for 39 yards).After college, Marshall announced he was giving up quarterback to play cornerback in the NFL. He was undrafted, but he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent and wound up playing 13 games in 2015 on special teams.

>     http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19159552/new-york-jets-cornerback-nick-marshall-banned-four-games-violating-league-ped-policy

What?  Only 3 guys opening the season on suspension?  These guys just aren't trying.  Glad Todd brought law and order to the team this year. :)

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42 minutes ago, flgreen said:

What?  Only 3 guys opening the season on suspension?  These guys just aren't trying.  Glad Todd brought law and order to the team this year. :)

This is Todd Bowles fault ?  Wow .

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1 hour ago, flgreen said:

Rex got blamed every time a player screwed up.  Why does Bowles get a bye?  WOW

So this is a you blame my guy so I'm going to blame your guy conversation .  I'm too old to play the school girl part, sorry. 

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2 hours ago, Tinstar said:

So this is a you blame my guy so I'm going to blame your guy conversation .  I'm too old to play the school girl part, sorry. 

No this a a blame the guy who should have been fired at the end of this season for losing  the team, making horrible on field decisions, and the few things he says always seem to be stupid.  Like when Fitz was a FA, naming him starter, or his more recent one Covering for lazy players.  Can't remember his exact quote, but it was along the lines of "Some times players are late for meetings, no big deal"

Your also wrong on Rex being my guy.  Wasn't really crazy about Rex being named HC, strongly felt it was going to end badly,    Couldn't complain much though, guy went to back to back AFC championship games.  When he was fired it was the right time.  Just never understood why all the hatred, guy brought the Jets to some very exciting times.  Just like I never understood the hatred for Pennington.

EDIT:  Not to mention the fact that the original post was meant to be light hearted.  Thought for sure the :) at the end would give it away.

Oh well

 

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Position : Secondary

Current personnel: Cornerback -- Buster Skrine (signed through 2018), Morris Claiborne (2017), Marcus Williams (2017), Juston Burris (2019), Darryl Roberts (2018), Dexter McDougle (2017), Bryson Keeton (2018), Nick Marshall (2017), John Ojo (2019); Safety -- Calvin Pryor (2017), Marcus Gilchrist (2018), Rontez Miles (2017), Doug Middleton (2017), Ronald Martin (2017).

Key newcomers: Claiborne (free agent/Dallas Cowboys).

Departures: Darrelle Revis (released).

Projected starters: CB1 Claiborne, CB2 Skrine, CB3 Williams, SS Pryor, FS Gilchrist (injured).

Overview: Welcome to the construction zone. The Jets are in the process of overhauling their once-formidable secondary, which played horribly last season. After cutting Revis, they didn't pursue any of the big-name corners in free agency, settling for the oft-injured Claiborne on a one-year deal. Right now, they don't have a true shutdown corner, hardly the ideal situation for a defense predicated on man-to-man coverage. Even if Burris develops into a solid starter, the Jets still need another long-term answer because Claiborne and Williams will be free agents next year. Incredibly, they're hurting more at safety than corner. Gilchrist (major knee surgery) is a question mark for training camp, leaving the inconsistent Pryor as the only starting-caliber player. The entire secondary situation must be painful for coach Todd Bowles, a former safety who needs lockdown players on the back end to play his blitz-oriented system.

The last defensive back drafted: Burris was selected in the fourth round last year, flashing some promise in limited action.

Potential targets: Many mock drafts have them picking a defensive back in the first round, either safety Jamal Adams (LSU), safety Malik Hooker (Ohio State) or cornerback Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State). The Jets have met privately with all three. Adams likely is the preferred choice, but he may not be available at No. 6. Hooker and Lattimore have high ceilings, but they're both one-year starters recovering from offseason surgery. The Jets also met with their Ohio State teammate, Gareon Conley, who could be the second-best corner in the draft. He doesn't have Lattimore's elite athletic traits, but he's experienced and can play a press-man technique. Kevin King (Washington) and Damontae Kazee (San Diego State) also took visits to the Jets. This is one of the best cornerback classes in years; the Jets should be able to find a good one in the second or third round. The Jets also are showing interest in the second-tier safeties, Marcus Maye (Florida) and Josh Jones (North Carolina State). A late-round wild card is Nate Holley (Kent State), who was recently cleared of felony assault and kidnapping charges. The Jets dispatched an official to meet with Holley, who is trying to convince teams the charges were bogus.

Need factor (based on a scale of 1 to 10): Cornerback -- 9; Safety -- 10.

>      http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/68343/how-the-jets-can-address-their-abandoned-island-in-the-secondary

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-- One day after picking Jamal Adams, regarded in scouting circles as a transformative safety, the New York Jets evidently felt their secondary needed a little more transforming.

Oops, they did it again, taking Florida safety Marcus Maye in Friday night's second round -- the first time in Jets history that two defensive backs were chosen in the first two rounds of the same draft.

Talk about doubling down.

Talk about a weird draft.

The safety position was a glaring weakness last season and, yes, they went into the draft with only one healthy, starting-caliber safety on the roster -- Calvin Pryor. The other starter, Marcus Gilchrist, is recovering from major knee surgery and will begin training camp on the PUP list.

No doubt, it was a need, but this was a case of overkill. With so many other deficiencies, the Jets could've gone in a few different directions with their second-round pick (39th overall).

General manager Mike Maccagnan, explaining the unconventional strategy, chalked it up to his best-player-available credo, saying Maye was too good to pass up. He added, "We're going to try to make every position as competitive as possible."

Taking the glass-half-full view, the Jets turned a weakness into a potential strength. The safety position has grown in importance in the NFL, and we've seen in recent years how a dominant safety tandem can galvanize a defense. The Seattle Seahawks, with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, come to mind. You need good safeties to handle the New England Patriots and their band of tight ends, led by Rob Gronkowski. On Friday, Adams said one of the first thoughts that came to his mind after getting drafted was that he'd have to face Gronk.

The Jets have a plan, according to coach Todd Bowles. He said he'd like to use more three-safety packages than a year ago, perhaps dusting off a scheme he used in his days as the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator. He used Deone Bucannon in a hybrid safety/linebacker role, something he will consider this coming season. He said he's not sure which one -- Pryor, Adams or Maye -- would be the new version of Bucannon.

"We have a bunch of packages where we play three safeties at one time," Bowles said. "It's something we'd like to do, but we didn't have that luxury last year."

Bowles said Adams and Maye "complement each other well." In college, Maye played the post more than Adams, who was used closer to the line of scrimmage and sometimes in man-to-man coverage out of the slot.

"They'll play off each other well," Bowles said.

As for Pryor, his future appears up in the air. Maccagnan didn't deny reports that he's shopping the former first-round pick, saying "a lot of things come up in conversations." But he also sounded like he's willing to keep Pryor.

"I don't think there's any reason why we can't keep Calvin on this team in terms of the salary cap," he said.

He's right. Pryor, entering the final year of his rookie contract, is counting only $2.7 million on the cap, so it's not like he's a financial drain. There's no sense of urgency to ship him out. Gilchrist? They can't count on him because he's only four months removed from major knee surgery.

"We added two good players," Bowles said of Adams and Maye. "We were disappointed in our secondary last season. Hopefully, these two guys will make us better going forward."

>      http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/68462/jets-employ-curious-strategy-are-two-safeties-really-better-than-one

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-- Calvin Pryor figured to be on thin ice once the Jets drafted Jamal Adams with the No. 6 pick Thursday night. When Friday rolled around, and the Jets took another safety -- Florida's Marcus Maye -- in the second round, it essentially sealed his fate in New York. 

But is there a chance the Jets keep all three in 2017 ?

"I don't think there's any reason why we can't keep Calvin on this team," general manager Mike Maccagnan said Friday night. "You can't have enough good players at any position. We'll let this thing play itself out and see how things develop."

In all likelihood, Maccagnan's words are just that: Words. The Jets were reportedly shopping Pryor on Day 2 of the draft -- which Maccagnan didn't deny Friday night -- and come Saturday, will likely pick up talks again. If a team offers them something (anything) for the third-year former first-round pick, they'll ship away Pryor.But if the Jets are forced to keep him, coach Todd Bowles has made a three-safety package work before. 

Before taking over as the Jets coach in 2015, Bowles was the Cardinals' defensive coordinator. He was the mastermind behind the hybrid linebacker/safety position current played by Deone Bucannon. Bucannon was too small to be a linebacker, but too big to be a safety. Instead of playing him out of position, Bowles invented one to maximize his talents. 

Bucannon will evade blocks near the line, cover running backs out of the backfield, tight ends in the flat. He does a little bit of everything, but not too much of one thing. In 2015, he had 112 tackles, three sacks, three defended passes and an interception.Pryor has some similar traits to Bucannon. The two are similar in size (Pryor is 5-11 and 207, Bucannon 6-1 and 211), and tested similarly at the NFL Combine. Bucannon is a better player than Pryor, but there's enough crossover. The Jets experimented with Pryor at linebacker a bit last year.

Theoretically, the Jets could deploy a defense featuring Adams at strong safety, Maye at free, and Pryor down near the line in Bucannon's hybrid role. 

"We have a bunch of packages where we play three safeties at one time," Bowles said. "We like to do that. We didn't have the luxury last year, but we have that in our packages."I don't know which one [will play Bucannon's role] yet. We need to get them all in and start messing around with the pieces. Then it will work itself out."Pryor is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, and the Jets have yet to make a decision on whether to pick up his fifth-year option. They have until May 3rd to decide.

Pryor has just two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 44 career games. 

>     http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2017/04/could_jets_keep_calvin_pryor_even_after_drafting_j.html#incart_river_index

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With the No. 39 pick in the second round of the NFL draft, the Jets decided to take another safety in Florida product Marcus Maye.

It was another wise pick from general manager Mike Maccagnan and company, as Maye has the potential to form a dangerous combo with fellow safety and first round pick Jamal Adams.

Here are five things to know about the Jets’ newest defensive back.

>       http://jetswire.usatoday.com/2017/04/28/5-things-to-know-about-jets-second-round-pick-marcus-maye/

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