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The New York Jets have selected offensive tackle Mekhi Becton out of Louisville University with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

Mekhi Becton is a 21 year old, 6’ 7”, 369 pound mountain of an offensive tackle out of Louisville University. Becton has enormous length, bulk and power. Together with rare foot speed, quickness and flexibility for his size, Becton is the most physically gifted of the offensive tackles in this draft. Becton is a mauler in the run game. In pass protection his ridiculous size would overwhelm many college opponents. However, he needs coaching to improve his technique at the pro level if he is to be a top pass protector in the NFL. Becton may have the most upside of any tackle in this draft. It will be up to the Jets coaches to bring out every ounce of his incredible potential.

Welcome to the Jets Mekhi Becton. May you wreck opposing defenses for the next decade for the Green and White.

The Jets remaining picks in the 2020 NFL draft are as follows:

Second Round: Pick #48

Third Round: Pick #68 and Pick #79

Fourth Round: Pick #120

Fifth Round: Pick #158

Sixth Round: Pick #191 and Pick #211

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In an era in which running backs have been devalued, the Jets are one of eight NFL teams who actually spend more money on the position than they do on quarterbacks.

The Jets have a little over $9 million locked up in two quarterbacks right now – Sam Darnold and Mike White – but will spend around $18.4 million on four running backs – Le’Veon Bell, Trenton Cannon, Josh Adams and Kenneth Dixon. Darnold obviously takes up most of that money with an $8.3 million cap hit for the quarterbacks, while White costs $675,000. Bell, meanwhile, leads the running back group with a $15.5 million, while the other three cost less than $800,000 each.

While that may seem like a bad use of money, it makes sense if you look at the other seven teams who also pay less than $10 million for their quarterbacks. The Jets, along with the Jaguars, Texans, Broncos, Giants, Ravens, Cardinals and Patriots, all feature quarterbacks on cheap rookie contracts or ones who signed for the minimum. New York also just gave Bell a lucrative contract in 2019, similar to how the Texans, Broncos and Ravens are also paying for veteran running backs. The problem is, only three of those teams made the postseason in 2019 – the Texans, Ravens and Patriots. That season, only the Ravens actually paid less for their quarterback of those three.

It isn’t a bad thing to pay so little for a quarterback, especially when he’s on a rookie deal. Those contracts are the easiest path to success in roster building in the NFL. The Chiefs will spend less on Patrick Mahomes than the Jets did on Darnold in 2020, but they’ve been able to use their extra cap space more effectively to construct a contending team. The Jets need to do a better job of that this season or hope their offensive line plays better after a horrific 2019.

Spending a lot of cap space on running backs isn’t always a bad option, either. It just matters how and who you spend it on. The Jets rank third in cap space allocated to running backs behind the Rams and the 49ers, who finished first with $21.6 million spent. San Francisco’s running game actually fueled their journey to the Super Bowl, but they spread all their money out between five running backs – three of which were instrumental in their 2019 success.

Unless you’re a draft wizard, you have to spend money to create a competitive team. The Jets are fortunate that they still have a good, young quarterback on their roster with a small salary to offset the big contract they gave to Bell. That won’t last forever, though, and it will be telling how Joe Douglas builds the team around Darnold and Bell and if that will translate into more wins in 2020.

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The NY Jets will enter the 2020 NFL Draft looking for wide receiver help and it’s likely we see the team address the need on the second day of the draft.

While there’s been talk of the team selecting one with their first pick in Round 1, the overwhelming likelihood is that they draft an offensive lineman with that pick. That would leave the team no choice but to address the position in the second and/or third rounds.

And if that’s the case, USC Michael Pittman Jr. has been one of the names most often connected to the Jets at that spot.

Pittman excelled at USC earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors for his standout 2019 season. The Trojans named him the team MVP after he hauled in a team-leading 101 receptions for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Most analysts have projected the physical Pittman as an early Day 2 selection in the months leading up to the draft. And with the Jets picking at No. 48 overall — in the middle of the second round — the hope was that he’d be on the board by the time that pick rolled around.

Now that’s not looking so likely.

Pittman’s stock has reportedly been on the rise with some even declaring him a first-round talent. In a normal year, Pittman would likely be a lock for the back-end of the first round.

But given the unusual depth in this year’s wide receiver class, Pittman could still fall to Day 2. But expecting him to fall all the way to No. 48 might be wishful thinking.

The Draft Network’s Jordan Reid had the following to say about the rising star wideout.

“Lots of love out there for USC WR Michael Pittman, Jr. Wherever he’s slotted in your rankings, push him up. Glowing reviews for him all-around. Football DNA, multi-time special teams player of year, and only getting better.”

That sure doesn’t sound like a player who’s going to be selected in the middle of the second round.

Pittman is a physically dominant receiver who has excellent body control, hands, and ball-tracking skills. He projects as a plug-and-play starting X receiver with the ability to be a very good starter if he could improve upon his release and technique.

But given his hands and catch radius, it’s easy to see why teams are so high on him.

The Jets would love to add a player like Pittman who could fill the massive hole at receiver right out of the gate. With only one starting spot locked down in the slot with Jamison Crowder, the Jets need all the help they could get on the boundary.

Pittman could be an ideal complement to the flashy Breshad Perriman who works more as a downfield deep threat. Pittman, who is a very capable downfield receiver in his own right, can work more as an underneath, possession receiver.

Not to mention his special teams prowess that helped him earn second-team All-Pac 12 for his work as a gunner.

The Jets would love for Pittman to fall to their No. 48 overall selection, but it’s looking more and more likely that they’ll have to either trade up or go in a different direction if they want to land him.

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The New York Jets face quite the quarterback conundrum at the quarterback spot as the NFL Draft approaches. It’s one they’re not used to, and one they’re somewhat blessed to encounter. But if they don’t handle it carefully, their new hope Sam Darnold could be the next name added to the list.

Per Ian Rapoport, the Jets interviewed quarterback James Morgan (virtually, of course) in their preparation for this month’s NFL Draft. The high school star from Green Bay threw for 8,654 yards and 65 touchdowns over four seasons at Bowling Green and Florida International. A strong showing at East-West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg thrust Morgan up the board in a talented quarterback class. Jalen Hurts, Cole McDonald, and Shea Patterson are among the other notable names that can go in the latter stages.

The Jets have, or better have, no interest in the top of the class headlined by LSU’s national champion Joe Burrow. They already have apparently found their long-term name, one that’s eluded them for decades.

Darnold has everything one’s looking for in a franchise face: talent, college heroics, respect for the game and his new city. The ability to throw the deep ball certainly helps, as does the way he can move around and extend the play.

Yet, Darnold isn’t there quite yet. For every flash of brilliance, there’s a head-scratching play. For every masterpiece like the one we saw against Dallas, there are ghost sightings like the Monday night disaster against New England.

Simply put, Darnold needs to learn a few more lessons before he can enter the NFL’s upper echelon of throwers. Thus, he is not in a position where he can be the oldest quarterback in the room. Media availability during his rookie campaign constantly featured tributes to his veteran mentor and synchronized hair-swiping specialist Josh McCown.

The Jets also should continue to contemplate the backup quarterback spot for practical purposes. Darnold has missed six games over his first two seasons due to injury and illness, games that have become Jets losses with no exception. Neither should be held against Darnold…football is an unpredictable, violent game…but that doesn’t mean the Jets shouldn’t be prepared.

Right now, the emergency plans come in the form of David Fales and Mike White. The recent re-signee Fales has thrown 48 passes over a six-year career. That’s 48 more than White, a former Dallas Cowboys draft-pick who was dumped for the undrafted Cooper Rush as the number two man behind Dak Prescott.

That contingency plan isn’t on the Jets’ roster right now. Nor should they look for it in the draft.

This is the most hopeful the Jets have felt in their never-ending rebuild in a long, long time. But with that hope comes a sense of delicacy. Unforced errors and avoidable distractions must be kept to a minimum. Drafting a quarterback is one of the ways to buck that concept.

Today’s era of fantasy football and jersey sales dictates that not only must you rack up the wins, but you have to put on a show while doing it. It’s the football equivalent of a Michael Bay movie sweeping the Oscars. Vince Lombardi famously declared “winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing”. That bit of wisdom has appeared to have gone the way of the incidental facemask, the 20-yard extra point, and the Houston Oilers.

Sometimes, winning can’t save you. Alex Smith found that out the hard way in Kansas City. The veteran made his bread and butter mostly through routine checkdown throws, but nonetheless went 50-26 as the Chiefs’ starter. That didn’t stop Kansas City from trading up in the draft to take the electrifying Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech. Such misfortune came four years after Smith was not granted his starting job back after guiding San Francisco to a 6-2-1 mark before an injury. He lost the role to dual-threat sensation Colin Kaepernick back then.

Tyrod Taylor was another victim in 2017. He had guided the Buffalo Bills to their chance at the postseason in nearly two decades, but pedestrian numbers caused Buffalo brass to insert rookie Nathan Peterman midway through the season. Taylor won his job back temporarily, but, like Smith before him, lost out in the long-term to an exciting younger dual-threat in Josh Allen.

This fickle NFL world is not one for patience. The Mahomes process in Kansas City, for example, is one of the rare occasions where the practice of resting the rookie behind a veteran still went on. If a young backup quarterback steps in and completes a ten-yard pass nowadays, innumerable columns are launched expounding on why that understudy should get an expanded role.

That’s not the kind of pressure Darnold needs right now. If Darnold is already being told that a contingency franchise option is already in the cards, it could wreck his confidence. Such a phenomenon is not unprecedented, even from a day three option. Robert Griffin III was supposed to be the guy in Washington, but their long-term option wound being fourth-round man Kirk Cousins after injuries took over Griffin’s short-lived brilliance. It nonetheless created uncomfortable conversations about who would be the top man if and when Griffin was healthy that could’ve been avoidable.

What makes the Jets’ apparent quest for a quarterback all the more puzzling is that there are options available on the free agent market. If the Jets wanted the upgraded version of Fales…an experienced quarterback who has played in an Adam Gase offense and has proven very reliable as a fill-in starter…Matt Moore is literally right there. Another Super Bowl champion, the 47th edition’s MVP Joe Flacco, is also there for the taking. His brief time with the Broncos proved his days as a franchise starter are over. But the peace of mind of providing invaluable mentorship to Darnold and being just passable enough in case of an emergency (85.1 passer rating in eight Denver starts) could be one of the biggest additions to the Jets’ roster.

The value of an accomplished veteran backup was on display during the Mark Sanchez era. Mark Brunell, he of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ earliest glory days, threw only 15 garbage time passes in a Jets uniform. But the effect he had on a young Sanchez was apparent.

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“He has a calming presence when everything is spinning out of control,” Sanchez said of Brunell to Rich Cimini of ESPN during the summer of 2011. “When you’re not having a good game or practice is going too fast and you’re just not right, he’s got this way about him.”

Brunell was around for the Jets’ last playoff appearance. Over two seasons with Brunell backing him up (2010-11), Sanchez threw for 6,765 yards and 43 touchdowns. Those numbers dropped to 5,327 yards and 25 touchdowns in two New York years sans Brunell. Sanchez’s 2009 rookie backup (Kellen Clemens) was no issue, but his 2012 understudies were in a constant spotlight. Nothing more needs to be written about the disastrous Tim Tebow experiment, while national champion and draft pick Greg McElroy wound up briefly taking over for Sanchez in the season’s dying stages.

The fact that the Jets have plenty of other holes to fill in the 2020 draft should scare them further away from the quarterbacks. Even with an extra pick, needs on every side of the ball need to take precedent. The receiving group is very weak without Robby Anderson. General manager Joe Douglas hinted that the offensive line renovations might not be over. A spell option for Le’Veon Bell must be considered if both Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery find new homes.

Defensively, a weak pass rush and shallow secondary must be addressed. Even a kicker should be considered with the on-again/off-again inconsistency of Brett Maher being the only option of the roster.

At the end of the day, the interview with Morgan (and perhaps others) could well be simply the Jets doing their due diligence. Any advantage one can gain during this most unusual draft process is there for the taking. But the Jets can’t afford to make this a priority.

Time will tell if Darnold is the savior under center the franchise has long sought. Drafting a quarterback, inadvertent as it would probably be, would provide a premature “no” to that question, or at least hasten the path to that answer.

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After bolstering the offensive line and signing a few more players, the New York Jets’ activity level in free agency has slowed significantly.

In recent days, most news involving the Jets is about who’s not joining. While the majority of non-draft-related work is done, the team missed on a couple of remaining targets. Perhaps more notably than anything else, New York’s front office also decided not to pursue an available All-Pro lineman.

“The New York Jets signed left tackle George Fant in free agency and appear more interested in trying to build through the draft than paying a steep price for Williams,” ESPN’s John Keim reported.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News previously said New York looked into acquiring Williams last season. However, per Mehta, the Jets have “no interest” in dealing their second-round pick (No. 48 overall) of the 2020 NFL draft for Williams.

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Whether it’s the right choice is less important than understanding the impact of that decision for the Jets.

New York holds the No. 11 overall pick in the first round, along with that second-round selection. The roster’s biggest needs are offensive tackle, wide receiver and edge-rusher.

As always, the key question is how the team perceives a prospect compared to the draft community. Still, some mix of top-tier linemen and receivers should be available to the Jets. Names to know include Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills and receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas, Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs, Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton and Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb.

Considering the depth of talent at receiver in the 2020 class, aiming for an offensive lineman at No. 11 is reasonable.

Since leading wideout Robby Anderson bolted for the Carolina Panthers, though, New York should target a receiver early to pair with recent signing Breshad Perriman. Connor Hughes of The Athletic said the Jets offered $10 million but weren’t willing to match Carolina’s $12 million guaranteed in 2020.

Former Jets’ WR Robby Anderson is signing a two-year, $20 million deal including $12 million in year one with the Carolina Panthers, per source.

Given those situations, it’s clear why New York focused on signing defenders to short-term contracts in free agency.

One expected addition won’t happen, though.

Brian Costello of the New York Post reported that the Jets had agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with safety Marqui Christian. However, they failed to finalize the contract.

Christian totaled 55 appearances over four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He contributed 36 tackles in each of the past two years and would have served as a backup in New York behind All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

While the Jets continue looking to patch that roster hole, they will also be eyeing a punter or two.

According to Mehta, the Jets pursued Sam Martin before he signed a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos. Mehta noted New York is still in contact with Matt Darr, while 2019 punter Lachlan Edwards remains a free agent.

The only punter on the roster is Ian Berryman, a Western Carolina product who lost the Pittsburgh Steelers’ competition in 2019 but otherwise has no NFL experience.

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A report from Brain Costello of the New York Post has revealed that free safety Marqui Christian will not join the New York Jets. Reports from last week indicated that Christian was set to don green, but this appears to no longer be the case.

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Costell’s report states that Christian and the Jets could not agree on contract terms. The former Los Angeles Ram was originally set to join on a $2 million contract for one year.

Christian, 25, was a Division II star at Midwestern State, earning All-American honors in 2015. He played his success into a fifth-round selection by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 draft. Arizona waived him in September 2016, but was immediately picked up by Los Angeles and built a four-year NFL career by working special teams into his repertoire.

In New York, Christian was expected to compete for a reserve safety position behind Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Matthias Farley is under contract for another year, while seasoned New York veteran Rontez Miles is up for free agency. The Jets also released Christian’s fellow former Ram Blake Countess earlier this month.

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The Jets have signed CB Pierre Desir.

Desir was released by the Colts March 21 after he started in 11 of the 12 games he appeared in this past season, totaling 50 tackles, 11 pass defenses and 3 interceptions. The seventh-year pro was originally drafted by the Browns in the fourth round out of Lindenwood in 2014 and spent two seasons in Cleveland before he was waived. The Chargers claimed Desir in 2016 but was released in October and then signed to the Seahawks practice squad. The 6’1″, 192-pounder was a final cut that year and the Colts claimed him. The 29-year-old has appeared in 61 games (36 starts) in his career, tallying 210 tackles, 34 PD, 5 INT and 2 forced fumbles.

Desir, a Lindenwood product, reunites with Jets assistant GM Rex Hogan, who served as Indy’s VP of player personnel from 2017-18, and his former teammate CB Nate Hairston.

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The NY Jets are still in the infancy stage of the offseason, but that hasn’t stopped them from making roster moves. And on Thursday, the team signed formed CFL star Anthony Cioffi to a two-year contract.

Free agency may not start until March 18th, but starting this past Tuesday, NFL teams were eligible to sign CFL free agents and the Jets took advantage of this signing the hybrid safety.

Cioffi is a local New Jersey product who grew up in Springfield and attended college at Rutgers. The 25-year-old would play all four years with Rutgers starting in the secondary in his final two seasons.

In 122 career collegiate games, Cioffi amassed 122 tackles, eight interceptions, and 2.5 sacks establishing himself as one of the cornerstones of Rutgers’ secondary.

But despite his college success, Cioffi went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft and signed on with the Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately, he failed to make the team out of training camp and went unsigned for the remainder of the season.

Cioffi would be signed by the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Redblacks in April of 2018 and he would spend the next two seasons in a starting role for his new CFL team.

In 33 career games, Cioffi totaled 97 defensive tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions while playing a hybrid safety/linebacker role. That prompted the Jets to take a chance on the athletic defensive back.

At just 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, don’t expect Cioffi to play any linebacker in the NFL. But his impressive speed and athleticism should give him a decent shot of sticking around on special teams.

Cioffi was a track and field star in high school winning the 2012 New Jersey state title in the 100 meters with a time of 10.86, defeating future Baltimore Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett.

The Jets currently have five safeties under contract — including Cioffi — with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye holding down the starting roles and Blake Countess and Matthias Farley still under contract as backups.

The team also has longtime veteran Rontez Miles who is set to be an unrestricted free agent and the oft-traveled Bennett Jackson who will be an exclusive-rights free agent. Not to mention any other offseason pick-ups that may be made.

Cioffi will have his work cut out for him, but the New Jersey native is a fun story and his incredible speed could help him carve out a role on the roster. Excelling on special teams will be his key to earning a 53-man roster spot come August.

The competition is stacked, but expect Anthony Cioffi to make the absolute most of this opportunity.

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The Jets officially have five cornerbacks on their roster — Pierre Desir, Brian Poole, Bless Austin, Nate Hairston and Kyron Brown. They’ve also reportedly agreed to terms with Arthur Maulet, who started six games for the Green & White last season. The club let go of their opening-day boundary starters from 2019 — Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts — and it seems likely the Jets will add to the position through the draft.

Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah is the consensus top corner in the class, a potential top-5 pick and has been projected as early as No. 3 to the Lions in mock drafts. Okudah was a one-year starter for the Buckeyes and registered 3 INT this past season in addition to 9 PDs, 2 FF and 34 tackles, earning first-team All-American, fist-team All-Big-Ten and Jim Thorpe Award finalist honors.

C.J. Henderson is another popular first-round name, but the No. 11 pick may be too rich for the Florida product, according to some draft pundits. Henderson, however, has been linked to the Jets in certain mock drafts. The 6’1″, 204-pounder led the Florida Gators with 11 PDs this past season and earned first-team All-SEC honors. The Miami native ran a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash at the combine.

After Okudah and Henderson, there are a cluster of corners whose names could be called. Below is a list of six prospects who could be selected in the first two days of the NFL Draft:

Trevon Diggs, Alabama (6’1″, 205) — The younger brother of Bills WR Stefon Diggs, Trevon was a four-star high-school recruit and the No. 1 wideout in Maryland, according to Scout.com. He started as a two-way player when he arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2016 before transitioning to defense. Diggs became a full-time starter in 2018 and recorded 20 TKL, 1 INT and 6 PD in six games before breaking his foot. He earned second-team All-SEC honors this past season, starting 12 contests, intercepting 3 passes and tying for the team lead with 8 PD.

Jeff Gladney, TCU (5’10”, 191) — Gladney earned first-team All-Big 12 honors this past season with 31 tackles, 1 INT and a conference-high 14 PDs in 12 starts. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler referred to the New Boston, TX native as a “junkyard dog” because of the competitive nature he plays with. He totaled 146 tackles, 5 INT and 37 PDs in four seasons for the Horned Frogs.

Kristian Fulton, LSU (6’0″, 197) — Fulton, a two-year starter for the Tigers, posted 38 tackles, 1 INT and a team-high 14 PDs during LSU’s national title run. The New Orleans native tallied 25 TKL, 1 INT and 9 PD in 2018, but missed the final three games with an ankle injury.

Jaylon Johnson, Utah (6’0″, 193) — Johnson earned second-team All-American and first-team Pac-12 honors in 2019, totaling 36 tackles, 2 INT and a team-high 11 PDs. He played through a torn labrum this past season and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Johnson had surgery scheduled March 4 following the NFL Scouting Combine and will be ready for his rookie season after an estimated five-month recovery. Johnson, a business major, maintained a 3.6 GPA to earn Pac-12 All-Academic honors twice in addition to his work on the football field.

A.J. Terrell, Clemson (6’1″, 195) — Terrell, a former top-15 overall recruit, was a two-year starter for the Tigers. The Atlanta, GA native started all 15 games in 2018 during Clemson’s national championship run and posted 54 TKL, 7 PD, 3 INT and 2 FF. His third and final interception came against Alabama in the championship game, picking off Tua Tagovailoa and scoring. Terrell started all 15 games again this past season and totaled 37 TKL, 6 PD and 2 INT.

Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn (5’10”, 198) — The son of two Olympic track athletes, Igbinoghene broke the Alabama state record in the triple jump in high school. The Trussville, AL native began his football career as a WR and was a top-25 recruit at the position. He became the Tigers’ primary kick returner in 2017 and moved to the defensive side of the ball in 2018. This past season, Igbinoghene started all 13 games and recorded 42 TKL and 7 PD in addition to averaging 35.2 yards per kick return.

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The New York Jets will re-sign veteran cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year deal worth $5 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Poole was one of the Jets’ top priorities on defense, as they felt he played well last season in the slot. They’re still looking for a No. 1 corner to join Blessuan Austin on the outside. A source said they’re interested in re-signing Arthur Maulet, who would provide depth.

Trumaine Johnson, coming off two disappointing seasons, will be officially released Wednesday.

Poole, 27, was a pleasant surprise last season for the Jets, who signed him to a one-year, $3 million contract as a non-tendered free agent from the Atlanta Falcons.

Used mostly to cover slot receivers, Poole wound up playing 68% of the defensive snaps, more than any cornerback on the roster. He missed two games due to a concussion.

Poole claimed the nickelback job in the preseason and finished as one of only six players in the league with more than 300 snaps in the slot, according to NFL NextGen Stats. Of the six, he ranked third in passer rating against (91.1). He was one of the Jets’ most consistent defenders and impressed the coaching staff with his physical style of play. Despite his aggressiveness, he committed only three penalties.

Poole had only one interception, which he returned for his first career touchdown. The touchdown gained acclaim because Poole, celebrating near the end-zone seats, had the ball snatched out of his hands by a fan. Using social media, he later recovered the ball.

Poole, who broke into the league in 2016 as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Falcons, has four interceptions and five sacks in four seasons.