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  1. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL network has taken the time to review every NFL team’s last 10 first round picks in a segment the network has titled, “hit, miss or meh”. According to Jeremiah, the Jets have had 5 hits, 4 misses and 1 “meh”. Some of Jeremiah’s “hits” may not sit well with Jets fans. Disgraced defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was in the “hit” category, a curious label given the fact that he was cut this off-season for lack of interest in playing football once he got a huge paycheck. Sheldon Richardson was also called a “hit”, despite never getting a second contract due to off-field issues, but from a pure performance standpoint, Richardson’s talent is undeniable. Perhaps the most encouraging part of Jeremiah’s rankings is that of the five “hits”, three of them have come in the las three years with Leonard Williams, Darron Lee and Jamal Adams. Click here to read the full story...
  2. While Jets fans and the rest of the NFL world are focused on which QB the team will draft with the #3 overall pick, there are still key positions that need to be addressed with their middle and late round picks. GM Mike Maccagnan certainly has his work cut out for him to round out the Jets roster, especially after trading away both of their second-round picks to the Colts. The Jets are in desperate need of an edge rusher, and can still use depth along the offensive line, a tight end, and a game-breaking running back. Let’s dive into some of the positions of need. Edge Rusher The Jets have been looking for a true edge rusher since the days of John Abraham. From Vernon Gholston, Quinton Coples, and most recently Lorenzo Mauldin, Gang Green has been unable to uncover a pass-rushing specialist through the draft. Although Mauldin showed potential in his rookie season with 4 sacks and 12 Quarterback hits, he spent last season on injured reserve after an up and down sophomore season. LB Jordan Jenkins has been a nice addition at the position, but rushing the passer isn’t exactly his forte as he’s better suited at setting the edge and stopping the run. Lorenzo Mauldin spent all of 2017 on IR after struggling in 2016. A few options that the Jets can look at in the third-round of the draft this Friday are DE Dorance Armstrong or LB Lorenzo Carter. Armstrong uses his long arms and quickness to come off the edge. He totaled 15.5 sacks from 2015-2017 for Kansas. 10 of those sacks and 20 tackles for a loss came during the 2016 season. Carter is an athletic, versatile LB that can rush the passer or drop back in coverage. Even though his numbers don’t jump off the page with 14.5 sacks over 4 seasons at Georgia, he should still be able to grow and be an immediate contributor for a team that is lacking at the position. Offensive Line Pro Football Focus’ 30th ranked offensive line 2017, the Jets allowed the 6th most sacks in the league with 25. They need to upgrade and add depth to the unit which clearly struggled last season. The 5 projected starters along the line figure to be Kelvin Beachum, James Carpenter, newly signed Spencer Long, Brian Winters, and Brandon Shell. Long was a solid acquisition but injuries are always a concern with him as he hasn’t played a full 16 game season since entering the league in 2014. If the Jets can land one of Oklahoma’s OT Orlando Brown, or Nevada’s G/C Austin Corbett it would give their offensive line a much-needed infusion of youth and talent. Both linemen have the size and technique to excel in the NFL but may need some time to put it all together. Corbett particularly could be a great selection since his versatility at guard and center would provide protection should the injury-prone Spencer Long be forced to miss time. Tight End With the departure of Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Gang Green has a glaring hole to fill at the tight end position. The recent acquisitions of Bucky Hodges and Clive Walford are low risk, high reward moves but offer depth more than anything else. Former 2017 fifth-round pick Jordan Leggett still has a lot to prove while Neal Sterling is untested and Eric Tomlinson is better known for his skills in the blocking game. If an athletic, pass-catching tight end such as Mike Gesicki or Mark Andrews is available when the Jets are on the clock with the 72nd pick, they may decide to pull the trigger. Both Gesicki and Andrews excel as receivers but offer very little in terms of blocking. In 2017 at Penn State, Gesicki compiled 57 receptions, 563 yards, and 9 touchdowns while Andrews totalled 62 receptions, 958 yards, and 8 touchdowns for Oklahoma. Andrews may be an ideal fit should the team draft fellow Sooner, QB Baker Mayfield. As we know the tight end can be a young Quarterback’s security blanket so New York would be wise to secure some young talent at the position. Running Back Although running back doesn’t seem to be an area of need with at least four already on the roster in Bilal Powell, Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire, and Thomas Rawls there is still a chance that the Jets add a home-run threat in the third-round given the depth of this class. N.C. State’s speedster, Nyheim Hines could be an option for the Green & White as we illustrated in our mock draft 2.0. Hines ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at last month’s combine and is a jack of all trades as he offers potential in the running game, as a pass-catcher, and as a returner. In his three seasons at North Carolina, he totalled 1400 rushing yards, 13 touchdowns, and averaged 5.4 Yards Per Carry while adding 89 receptions for 933 yards. If the Jets do draft an RB this early look for them to try to trade Bilal Powell for a day 3 pick but it won’t be easy. Powell will be 30-years-old in October and is due to make $4 million in 2018, but he still has some value as a runner and pass-catcher. It’s also possible that Thomas Rawls does not make the team out of training camp this summer which would create a spot for a rookie RB. It’s obvious that the Jets and GM Mike Maccagnan will have a lot of work to do this weekend to improve the team. With so many holes to plug along the roster and only 5 picks after the first-round, they must come away with an impact player in the third-round of the draft. Let’s see if Maccagnan can work his magic and unearth a mid-round gem. Click here to read the full story...
  3. If there’s one positive thing about being a brand new NFL GM taking over a team nearly bereft of talent, it’s that you may have a bit of extra time to spend in developing some of your young draft choices. After all, it’s not as if Jets GM Mike Maccagnan came to town with a robust group of quality players and few roster spots available. His predecessor, John Idzik, filled the roster with players who would have likely been viewed as camp bodies anywhere outside of his office. However, with three drafts in the rear view mirror, another draft just around the corner, and a spending spree in free agency, it’s going to be time for Maccagnan to start dumping previous picks who have either failed to impress on the field, or haven’t been able to stay on it due to injury. This means that Mac is likely on the verge of his first housecleaning after cutting just one drafted player (Jarvis Harrison) since taking over as Jets GM. While it may seem impressive to retain almost three entire draft classes, the number is misleading as several players have hung around by spending huge chunks of time on injured reserve. OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, WR Devin Smith, WR Charone Peake, CB Jeremy Clark, OLB Dylan Donahue and TE Jordan Leggett spent all or most of 2017 on injured reserve. Had they been healthy, there’s no telling who would have stuck and who would have been let go. Here’s a look at who could be sent packing by the time the team opens up their 2018 season on Monday Night Football in Detroit. OLB Lorenzo Mauldin: Mauldin spent all of last season on IR with a back injury after an up and down 2016 season. He’ll get his shot to win a job this season, but if the injuries persist and/or he doesn’t elevate his level of play, he could be gone. Mauldin did show some pass rush ability as a rookie, and his roster spot will be safe if that’s the case again this year. WR Devin Smith: Smith has spent more time on IR than he has as an active player. It would take a miracle for Smith to Stick this season, a devastating blow as the former second-round pick was lauded by experts at the time of his selection. Smith’s body hasn’t held up to the demands of the NFL. Bryce Petty: A project QB who was taken in the fourth round, things haven’t worked out for Petty thus far and he’s a likely casualty this off-season. DL Deon Simon: Simon was impressive two years ago and appeared to trending upward. He followed that with a strong pre-season in 2017 but the Jets opted to go with free agent addition Mike Pennel in Simon’s place, leaving him as the odd man out. The Jets are thin on the D-line this season so Simon has an outside chance to stick, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t. WR Charone Peake: A traits-based seventh round pick, Peake spent last season on IR and the Jets are currently carrying sixteen WR’s. Somebody has got to go. WR Charone Peake spent most of last season on injured reserve. QB Christian Hackenberg: Maccagnan’s worst pick to date, Hackenberg has yet to set foot on the field and the team just traded up to draft a quarterback later this week. OLB Dylan Donahue: Moving on from Donahue wouldn’t be all that likely after just one season if the only issue was his injury last year, but two DUI arrests since being drafted will have Donahue under the microscope. WR Ardarius Stewart: A third-round draft choice just one season ago, it’s hard to envision Stewart being cut by Maccagnan, but the situation doesn’t look all that good for the Alabama product. During the course of last season, Stewart was passed on the depth chart by fourth-round pick Chad Hansen. In addition, the Jets signed Terrelle Pryor and Quincy Enunwa is expected back this season. If Stewart is behind Pryor, Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Enunwa and Hansen, he’ll be competing with nine or ten players for the sixth receiving spot. As they say, “out with the old, in with the new”, so when the “new” comes in over the course of the next week via draft choices and undrafted free agents, it may be time for Mike Maccagnan to wave goodbye to those players who haven’t worked out up to this point. Click here to read the full story...
  4. After trading up on St. Patrick’s day to put his team in position to draft a franchise quarterback in less than a week, year two of the New York Jets re-build appears to be coming along nicely for GM Mike Maccagnan. Through free agency, Maccagnan has solidified his secondary by signing cornerback Trumaine Johnson and bringing back last year’s number one cornerback Morris Claiborne. The receiving corps has been upgraded by adding Terrelle Pryor, and the addition of Avery Williamson means the Jets get younger and better at inside linebacker. Spencer Long also offers an upgrade over Wesley Johnson at center where the Jets were a disaster last season. Even with all of the upgrades made through free agency, the decade-long need for an edge rusher still remains, and whether it’s round 3 or round 7, the Jets have to find a player who is capable of, at the very least, providing consistent pressure off the edge. So who could the Jets target to take on that role? Here are a few possibilities. Kemoko Turay, Rutgers: Turay was our projected Jets pick in our mock draft 2.0 and was also mentioned by Kristian Dyer of Metro as a defensive sleeper in this draft on last week’s episode of JetNation radio. Turay’s numbers at Rutgers won’t jump off the page (14.5 sacks in 34 games), his film and measurable show an explosive player who has currently been mocked anywhere from early round 2, to late round 3. Uchenna Nwosus, USC: Following a relatively quiet first few seasons at USC, Nwosu blew up in his senior year, picking up 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Having picked up the game during high school, Nwosu is still learning on the job and could become a mid-round option for the Jets. NFL.com currently has him rated as a round 3 or 4 choice. Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State: Mata’afa may be the most difficult projections in this class following a collegiate career in which the projected edge rusher was asked to line up as a 250 lb defensive tackle. Mata’afa played at a high level, racking up 21 career sacks (10.5 in 2017) and is currently projected to be on the board in round 5. Mata’afa’s relentless motor jumps out on film. Kylie Fitts, Utah: An ultra-productive edge defender, Fitts will fall in this draft due to durability issues. He missed large chunks of two different seasons in college but still managed to pick up an impressive 11 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in just 22 games. Leon Jacobs, Wisconsin: Explosive traits make Jacobs a worth late-round project off the edge and his 4.48 40 at the combine opened plenty of eyes. Joe Ostman, Central Michigan: Ostman’s level of competition will be brought in to question as a Central Michigan product, but his productivity is far too good to ignore. While he picked up just five sacks over his first three seasons, Ostman piled on an impressive 21 sacks over the course of his final two years. Much like Dylan Donahue, Ostman is a small school/high motor player who put up big numbers. Ostman could be a day three selection. With an upgraded secondary, an effective pass rusher becomes the second biggest need on Mike Maccagnan’s shopping list and there are a few options available at multiple spots throughout the draft. Click here to read the full story...
  5. Brian Costello of the New York Post managed to get a peek at the Jets’ 2018 schedule. Here it is in its entirety with a few things worth noting. Win/loss predictions at this point are beyond silly, so we’ll take a pass on that. Week 1: @Detroit- The Jets travel to the motor city for a Monday night season opener. No doubt the NFL is anticipating Gang Green snagging an exciting young QB on draft day, but not anticipating Todd Bowles giving the starting nod to Josh McCown. Week 2: vs Miami- The Jets home opener is their first division match-up of the year as Ryan Tannehill returns under center for the Phins. Week 3: @Cleveland- The Jets take on the Browns in what could turn out to be a match-up of a pair of rookie quarterbacks as both the Jets and Browns are expected to go that route in the draft. Josh Allen vs. Sam Darnold? But who’s suiting up for which team? Week 4: @Jacksonville- The Jets go to Jacksonville to face one of the best young defenses in the NFL. No matter who lines up under center, the Jets O-line will have their hands full. Week 5: vs Denver- The Jets host the Broncos and Case Keenum at MetLife Stadium. Week 6: vs Indianapolis- Jets potentially hosting one of the best QB’s in the NFL if Andrew Luck is back in action. Week 7: vs Minnesota- After being snubbed by quarterback Kirk Cousins this off-season, the Jets get a chance to make him regret it on their home turf. Week 8: @Chcago- Off to the windy city to face a revamped Bears offense with Mitchell Trubisky in the midst of his sophomore season. Week 9: @Miami- It’s the second meeting of the season against the Dolphins, this time in South Beach. Week 10: vs Buffalo- A division match-up against a Bills team that has a lot of work to do in re-assembling their crumbling offensive line. Week 11: BYE Week 12: vs New England- It’s a late-season meeting with the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Hopefully Tom Brady’s last game on the Jets’ home turf. Week 13: @Tennessee- It’s off to the Music City for an early December meeting against what should be a potent Titans offense. Week 14: @Buffalo- Any December game in Buffalo has the potential to be a nightmare depending on the elements. Week 15: vs Houston- If DeShaun Watson picks up where he left off last season, the Texans are a team nobody will want to face. Week 16: vs Green Bay- Muhammad Wilkerson makes his return to New Jersey and for the fist time in three years, might be seen on the Jets home field playing like he’s interested in being there. Week 17: @ New England: Tom Brady’s final NFL game? We hope so. See you at MetLife in 2017, Jets fans. Click here to read the full story...
  6. With the NFL draft just over a week away and the New York Jets going in to the event with just six draft choices, there will undoubtedly be those fans hoping to see Gang Green make some moves just before or during the draft to pick up an extra selection or two via trade. How realistic is that possibility with only one pick before pick 72 that’s already earmarked for a quarterback and a roster with few players who are in demand? Not very, but there are a couple of ways GM Mike Maccagnan can make something happen. First and foremost, the most valuable commodity Maccagnan has to work with is the team’s third round draft choice (72nd overall), but how far would the Jets be willing to move down in a draft where they’ll have no choices between no. 3 and no. 72? Probably not very far, meaning very little compensation is likely if a deal is made. In terms of players the Jets could look to move, the possibility of adding anything more than some 6th or 7th round picks is unlikely, but here are a few names to watch along with what cap saving it would bring according to overthecap.com. RB Bilal Powell: The Jets have added free agent running back Isaiah Crowell and made a push to add running back Jerick McKinnon before bringing in Thomas Rawls. Powell is no spring chicken and with a much younger Elijah McGuire on the roster, it’s not out of the question to assume Powell could be moving on. In a deep draft class however, few teams would be willing to give up much for an aging running back. (Cap savings if traded: $4 million) LG James Carpenter: Carpenter played extremely well in the team’s power run scheme in years 1 and 2 with the team, but a switch to more zone hurt Carpenter and the offense a great deal in 2017. A team looking for a mauling left guard could call the Jets about Carpenter as the team should be looking for an eventual replacement in the draft. (Cap savings if traded: $4.7 million) WR Jermaine Kearse: By no means are we suggesting the Jets should look to trade Kearse, but if the team is going to take a look at a player who could bring something back in trade, Kearse has to be on the list. A quality receiver at a fair price ($5 million) in 2018, Kearse may be expendable as the Jets now have Terrelle Pryor, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa to go along with Chad Hansen and Ardarius Stewart who are set to enter year two. With a WR class that isn’t generating much buzz, there may be a team willing to part with a late-round pick for Kearse’s services. (Cap savings if traded $5.5 million) QB Bryce Petty: Following an unimpressive showing at QB for Gang Green, Petty wouldn’t command more than a conditional 7th round pick at some point. However, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, there were teams showing interest in Petty this past off-season when he hadn’t done very much as a starter up to that point. (Cap savings if traded: $705,000) There’s not much there to trade away, but if Gang Green comes away with a franchise QB, five additional players and combine that with their haul in free agency, things will still be looking up for the team’s long-term future. Click here to read the full story...
  7. The draft is fast approaching and Kristian Dyer of NY Metro calls in to talk about prospective picks at the quarterback position. Kristian also gives his sleeper picks and offers a tip of the cap to Nick Mangold. Glenn Naughton goes over the depth chart at wide receiver for the Jets and what they need to do to set up their new QB for success. Click here to read the full story...
  8. Nick Mangold announced on Twitter that he will sign a one-day contract with the Jets next week, and then retire. The Jets drafted Mangold with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft. He made 7 pro bowls with the team and played in 140 career games. You can read more and see what Jets fans are saying about Nick Mangold’s retirement. Click here to read the full story...
  9. With only one other kicker under contract (Cairo Santos), the Jets have claimed and been awarded former Chargers kicker Nick Rose. Rose has one full season under his belt in which he went 11-14 with a long of 55. Click here to read the full story...
  10. While plenty of players are brought in to meet with the team brass in the lead up to the draft, some names jump out more than others if you’re keeping track, and the Jets hosted a good one yesterday according to multiple sources. Ruters edge rusher Kemoko Turay paid the Jets a visit and he’s undoubtedly a player the Jets should pounce on if he’s there when they’re picking in round three. The Rutgers product has been projected as going anywhere from early/mid round two, to round four. We projected him to Gang Green in our mock draft 2.0 based more on his traits than his production as he was moved around quite a bit by Rutgers and didn’t rush the passer nearly as much as he would have in some systems. Here’s what NFL.com had to say about Turay: Explosive edge defender with the coveted traits of an NFL pass rusher. Turay is still behind on feel and skill in that area and will need to develop a go-to move and a workable counter to beat NFL tackles. However, his ability to chase and tackle could translate right away. Turay splashed at Senior Bowl practices and certainly helped his cause to go on day two of the draft. Just nine more days, Jets fans, and some of our questions finally start getting answered. Click here to read the full story...
  11. With so much off-season attention being paid to what the New York Jets are going to do with the third overall pick in this year’s draft, one topic that hasn’t gained as much attention as it should is the group of targets GM Mike Maccagnan has assembled over the past couple of seasons that could lead to one of the more explosive offenses in the NFL if things go even moderately well at quarterback. Whether it’s Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold or Josh Allen lining up under center over the next few seasons for Gang Green, the bottom line is that whoever the quarterback is, they’ll be set up to succeed every time they drop back. By signing free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and teaming him with Robby Anderson, the Jets have a pair of outside receivers who come in at 6′ 3′ and 6′ 4” respectively, and both run the 40 in under 4.4 seconds as Pryor was clocked at 4.38 at his pro day, and Anderson ran an even more impressive 4.34 at his. As any NFL fan who follows the game can tell you, 40 times don’t mean a thing if you can’t get open and catch the ball, but both Anderson and Pryor have shown they can do that. Just two seasons ago with the Cleveland Browns, playing with the likes of Cody Kessler, Robert Griffin III and even Josh McCown for a few games, Pryor posed a stat line of 77/1,007/4, despite the weak QB room. Robby Anderson could be in for a huge year in 2018. Then of course, there’s Anderson. An undrafted free agent out of Temple who has had some issues off the field, but on it, has been an eye-opening player from the day he arrived at Florham Park. In two seasons with the Jets, Anderson has only scratched the surface in terms of how productive he can be, and that has been due to his QB play more than it has been his ability to beat opposing cornerbacks. Some of the best corners in the NFL have been victimized by Anderson’s explosiveness and struggled to keep up with a receiver who narrowly missed his first 1,000 yard season in 2017. The 1,000 yard is a mark Anderson would have likely reached if not for Josh McCown missing the season’s final few weeks. Even still, Anderson finished the season with 63 catches for 941 yards and 7 touchdowns. Try to find another NFL team with two proven receivers checking in at 6′ 3” or more, both running legitimate sub 4.4’s who have shown they can produce in the NFL and you’d be hard-pressed. With the amount of stress Pryor and Anderson should be able to put on opposing safeties deep down the field, operating underneath should offer ample opportunities for the team’s receivers, running backs and tight ends. The Jets are hoping to see Quincy Enunwa do plenty of celebrating this year. One receiver who should have room to work with out of the slot, the H-back position or tight end, depending on where he lines up, is the returning Quincy Enunwa who missed all of last season following surgery for a bulging disk. Whether or not Eunwa will be the same physically punishing player he was pre-surgery remains to be seen, but given his size and 4.45 40 time, it’s safe to assume that if he’s a full go, he can be a force for the Jets as he’ll draw plenty of match-ups against inferior linebackers and lower-tier cornerbacks. Remember, Enunwa did manage to produce 857 yards and 4 touchdowns on 58 receptions just two years ago as a de facto no. 1 and 2 target with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty under center. If and when he’s the third or fourth option, things could get interesting. When the Jets deploy four and five receiver sets, it will be any combination of the three receivers listed above, teamed with Jermaine Kearse, who had a career year last season (65/810/5) and possibly one last year’s two rookie receivers in Ardarius Stewart and Chad Hansen. Another potential under the radar difference maker has recently been brought in as well. The team added former Vikings free agent receiver Charles Johnson last week. Johnson hasn’t been heard from all that much over the past few seasons, but when targeted in 2014, he was a productive role player, pulling in 31 balls for 475 yards and 2 touchdowns. In terms of the track team this receiving corps is shaping up to be, the 6′ 2” Johnson can hold his own, having been clocked at 4.39 at his pro day coming out of Grand Valley State. Yes, the Jets are currently carrying 16 receivers on the roster, but the group we’ve listed contains those players most likely to have an impact in 2018, giving their shiny new quarterback a plethora of options to throw to on game day, putting the offense in position to be far better than it has in year’s past. Add to these receivers the fact that all of their running backs are adept at catching the ball out of the backfield and a tight end group, that while inexperienced, may have quite a bit of room to make plays in the passing game, and it may not take as long for a young quarterback to make plays and develop than many expect. We can only hope. Click here to read the full story...
  12. The NY Jets announced a few minor roster moves today. They have waived Jeremy Langford (RB), Joel Stave (QB), Jahad Thomas (RB) and Daniel Williams (WR). Langford joined the Green & White’s practice squad on Dec. 8 and signed a reserve/future contract with the team in January. The former Bear has rushed for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career. The Jets signed Stave to their practice squad on Dec. 12 and he signed a reserve/future contract the following month. A Temple product, Thomas first joined the Jets towards the end of training camp last year and was waived before the regular season. He spent time on and off the practice squad throughout the season and was promoted to the active roster for Week 17. Williams signed with the team in August of 2017, but didn’t make the 53-man roster. The Jackson State product signed a reserve/future contract in January. Click here to read the full story...
  13. Tune in as we break down the latest JetNation.com mock draft from rounds 1-7 as well as Mike Maccagnan’s hits and misses in the draft since taking over GM duties a few seasons ago. Glenn Naughton talks about what the Jets will be thinking heading into the upcoming NFL draft. Click here to read the full story...
  14. There are plenty of opinions floating around the internet from pundits, writers and bloggers in regards to who the best quarterback in this draft is, and which one the Jets should take in a couple of weeks. According to Kristian Dyer of NJ Metro, the answer to both questions are one in the same if you ask former NFL scout Dan Shonka. When quizzed on the topic, Shonka had this to say, according to Dyer: “Baker Mayfield is the best quarterback in the 2018 draft”, and “I believe they (the Jets)will take Mayfield.” Shonka, who currently works for ourlads.com, a scouting site/service that offers in-depth analysis of draft eligible players, and he had some high praise for Mayfield in his report, citing his arm strength, poise and toughness, among other things. Many believe Gang Green is currently torn between Mayfield and UCLA’s Josh Rosen, but it appears the decision is an easy one for at least one former talent evaluator. Click here to read the full story...
  15. Somewhat contrary to his head coach’s comments at the NFL owners meetings last month when Todd Bowles wasn’t completely clear on the current status of Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, the linebacker elaborated on his readiness via his personal twitter account. After Bowles said Mauldin is “moving around a lot better”, he went on to say he was merely “hopeful” that Mauldin would be able to participate in spring workouts. Mauldin tweeted out earlier today that he’s “far beyond ready” with a picture of himself celebrating on the field at MetLife Stadium. Perhaps Mauldin is referring to being mentally ready versus physically ready, so we’ll have to wait until workouts to find out. The former Louisville linebacker has had an up and down time with Gang Green through his first three pro seasons. Used as a situational pass rusher as a rookie, Mauldin looked impressive at times, picking up 4 sacks in limited action. In year two, he played in roughly 40% of the team’s defensive snaps in weeks 1 and 2, but that number never hit 30% in the four weeks that followed and Mauldin played a season-low 6 snaps in week four according to pro-football reference. After a return to a more prominent role from weeks 7 through 11, Mauldin was out for the season with an injury following a week 11 loss to the New England Patriots, and he hasn’t played a regular season snap since, missing the entire 2017 season with a back injury. General Manager Mike Maccagnan is hoping for a strong return from Mauldin as injuries to his second round pick (WR Devin Smith) and Mauldin (3rd round), have rendered his first draft with the Jets a failure beyond Leonard Williams whom he took with the sixth overall pick. Click here to read the full story...
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