AFC East: Chaz Schilens

Jets Twitter Mailbag

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It's the weekly Jets Mailbag and since Rich Cimini is out of the office this weekend, I'll be tackling your questions.

Jets: What we learned on Day 14

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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from the press box:

1. Not lacking in confidence: Mark Sanchez, commenting for the first time since Rex Ryan revealed his quarterbacks plans for Friday night, said he "earned the right" to start the preseason opener. I wouldn't get too comfortable if I were him because this quarterback competition is far from settled. If Geno Smith comes off the bench and plays well in Detroit, he will start the second game with a chance to nail down the starting job.

2. Chaz not a Sanchez fan: Chaz Schilens' most memorable moment as a Jet came last training camp, when he took umbrage to CB Antonio Cromartie telling ESPN he'd be the second-best receiver on the team if afforded the opportunity to play the position. One year later, the veteran receiver still is making news with his mouth, this time with the Lions. He told the Detroit Free Press he has "nothing good to say" about Sanchez, so "I'm not going to say nothing." Schilens is doing a lot of talking for someone who could be out of a job in a couple of weeks.

3. Climbing the Hill top: It's still early, but WR Stephen Hill is the most improved player on the team. The former second-round pick has impressed with his improved mechanics and route running, so much so that receivers coach Sanjay Lal highlighted a particular play in Wednesday's receivers meeting. Hill could be the No. 1 receiver, because it doesn't appear that Santonio Holmes will be ready for Week 1.

Ranking team needs: New York Jets

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The AFC East blog continues its series this week on ranking team needs.

Next we have the inconsistent New York Jets, who finished 6-10 this season.

No. 1 need: Quarterback

Analysis: It's no secret the Jets are hamstrung at quarterback. New York must get very creative to solve its quarterback puzzle. The dilemma is the struggling Mark Sanchez is due $8.25 million in guaranteed money next season. The Jets will pay it whether Sanchez plays or not. Cutting Sanchez would be even worse because of the approximate $17 million cap hit. So Sanchez will be in consideration for a starting job with whoever else the Jets can afford at quarterback under a tight cap. Do not expect New York to go after a top free agent, because the team simply doesn’t have the money for it. A rookie draft pick competing with Sanchez could be a possibility.

No. 2 need: Wide receivers

Analysis: Who will catch passes from New York's quarterback next season? No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes is returning from a season-ending foot injury. If Holmes returns back to form, that will be a good boost for the Jets. But who else can play receiver? Clyde Gates, Chaz Schilens and rookie Stephen Hill were all busts last year. That is why the Jets signed Braylon Edwards in the final month of the season. Hill has potential to make a jump in his second year, but that remains to be seen. The Jets need a more proven receiver opposite Holmes, and this is a good year to get a receiver in free agency.

No. 3 need: Safeties

Analysis: Both of the Jets' starting safeties are pending free agents who are not expected to return. New York veterans Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry both played well on one-year contracts. However, the Jets probably do not have the cap room to re-sign either player to a long-term extension. The Jets need to get younger and more athletic at safety. Expect this to be a focal point in the draft, where it is cheaper to improve the roster. New York would like Landry back, but he’s probably too expensive coming off a Pro Bowl season.

Honorable mentions: offensive line, tight end, linebacker
New York Jets No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes is "doubtful" for this week's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Monday. Holmes injured his ribs over the weekend during a team-wide scrimmage.

We wrote on Saturday that this is a golden opportunity for other receivers to step up. Receivers like Patrick Turner, Chaz Schilens and rookie Stephen Hill have all been up and down during camp. Second-year receiver Jeremy Kerley also has battled injuries.

Holmes is listed as day-to-day by the Jets, but he will probably sit this entire week out. That gives quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow plenty of reps to get comfortable with the other receivers.
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Now we find out who really is the second-best receiver for the New York Jets.

The Jets had some bad luck Saturday when No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes injured his ribs in a team-wide scrimmage. The team would not confirm when Holmes was injured. However, Holmes did take a big shot from cornerback Antonio Cromartie after making a catch, and that was one of the few high-impact plays Holmes had Saturday.

X-rays were negative Saturday night and Holmes did not suffer a broken rib. He will be day-to-day, according to the Jets.

After Cromartie's recent and controversial comments, there's been a lot of speculation on who truly is New York's second-best receiver. Now is a perfect time to find out with Holmes sidelined. There will be plenty of reps and opportunities for guys like Patrick Turner, Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, rookie Stephen Hill and maybe even Cromartie to step forward and show what they can do in training camp and the preseason.

All of New York's receivers have flashed potential at different points, but no one has really developed much consistency. Schilens was a star in minicamp. Hill started training camp fast but had a slow week. Turner is really coming on as of late, and Kerley has been injured but did good things last season. There are clearly more questions than answers with this group minus Holmes.

For the time being, the Jets need a new No. 1 option at receiver in training camp. But the receiver who steps up most in this role should be the new No. 2 receiver whenever Holmes returns from his rib injury.
Here is the part of the Antonio Cromartie controversy many are failing to address: New York's receivers have been pedestrian.

The Jets' receivers haven't necessarily lit it up in spring workouts or the start of training camp. Sure, Cromartie should not have made his thoughts public. But there are reasons why Cromartie feels he's the second-best receiver on the team.

Just last week, Jets head coach Rex Ryan expressed disappointment in Jeremy Kerley. Ryan said the second-year receiver needs to step it up. Stephen Hill is a rookie still getting used to the speed of the NFL game. And Chaz Schilens has flashed, but he's teased other teams before by not fulfilling his potential. There's also been minor injuries with this group.

New York's receivers still have a lot to prove after No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes. But could Cromartie light a fire under this group? The receivers have to face Cromartie every day in practice. So there's no lack of motivation after his comments.

If New York's "other" receivers step up their game from this point forward, Cromartie deserves some credit for the spark.
The New York Jets haven't played a preseason game and barely had a week of training camp. Yet, there are already hints of dissention in their combustible locker room.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie says he's the second-best receiver on the Jets. Understandably, some New York receivers weren't happy about it.

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"I think it's a slight, I'm not going to lie," Jets receiver Chaz Schilens told New York reporters. “I just wouldn't say it, it's not something I would say, but I'm not him I guess."

Are the Jets bickering already? Aug. 1 is considered early -- even for this team.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan quickly went on the defensive Wednesday. He learned last year how fragile the Jets' locker room is.

"I'm aware of what was said, OK?" Ryan said. "I'm on top of it. I'm telling you that right now. I'm on top of it, and it will not be a problem. And that's all that I'm going to say about the whole thing."

This reeks of 2011. There was bickering last year between the Jets' offense, which was ranked 25th, and New York’s defense, which was ranked fifth. The feeling was New York would've been a playoff team if the offense had its act together. It's a fair point.

However, this summer was supposed to be the start of a clean slate in New York. The Jets were in the process of repairing what went wrong inside their locker room. A cornerback saying he can do a receivers' job better than those who get paid millions to do it wasn't in the plans. It's a slap in the face both to Cromartie's teammates and the receiver position.

This is the first of many chemistry tests for the Jets. Ryan was na´ve to issues with his players last year. But these are things he must nip in the bud early before they get bigger.
New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie says he's the second-best receiver on the team after Santonio Holmes.

Is that a good thing for New York? Not at all.

The Jets' competition at receiver is wide open. Holmes is the clear No. 1. But rookie Stephen Hill, second-year player Jeremy Kerley and free-agent pickup Chaz Schilens are among those fighting to get in the starting lineup.

Cromartie says he can beat all of these receivers at their own game. I'd have to see it to believe it.

This isn't high school or college. There are very few players capable anymore of playing both ways in the NFL on a semi full-time basis. Even if Cromartie is one of them, it will be limited. The risk of injury is too high. He's being paid a lot of money to be a shutdown corner with teammate Darrelle Revis. That should be Cromartie's focus. The Jets also let him return some kicks last year.

Getting too many reps on offense would hurt Cromartie's bread and butter. Yes, he's one of the Jets' best pure athletes. So gimmick plays on offense are fine with Cromartie in moderation.

But if Cromartie is really the Jets' second-best receiver and they need a big role for him in the offense, New York's passing game is going nowhere fast.
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Another day at training camp:

1. Rex Ryan really, really, really wants to run the ball. Most teams emphasize the running game in the first full-pads practice, but the Jets took it to another degree. They ran on 22 consecutive plays at the outset, including plays from a 9-on-7 drill. "Twenty-two straight? I don't even know if I envisioned that much," Ryan said. Clearly, Ryan wanted to send a message and establish a tone. The Jets want to play Ground & Pound, and this was the start. Power football is a mentality. They lost it last season and desperately want it back.

2. Tebow not the only rain man: As promised, Ryan is back to being a presence in defensive meetings. He felt he lost touch with his roots last season, and he's making a concerted effort to get his hands dirty again. Said Bart Scott: "It's Rex's defense. Nobody can teach the defense like he can. He's the defensive version of Rain Man. He can teach things people don't see." Here's how I read that: Ryan will be calling the plays again on D.

3. Poor reception. The Jets continue to talk up their young receivers (well, except for Ryan calling out Jeremy Kerley), but I'm skeptical. In Sunday's practice, the receivers struggled to gain separation, as Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow were a combined 2-for-14. Yes, rookie Stephen Hill has talent, and ex-Raider Chaz Schilens has flashed some ability, but they could use another veteran in the mix. I'd call former Jet Braylon Edwards, who's starting to work out for teams. He auditioned for the Dolphins and will work out for the Seahawks, a source said. He has a knee issue that needs to be checked out, but I'd bring him in for a look-see.
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Examining a position group that could exceed its preseason expectations:

Most of what we've heard from the New York Jets this offseason was their renewed focus on running a "ground and pound" offense. But don't be fooled. New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano also wants improvements made in New York's passing game.

The Jets' offense was in shambles last season. The group finished 25th in the NFL, and didn't do anything particularly well on a consistent basis. Some weeks the Jets could run the football, some weeks they couldn't. Some weeks quarterback Mark Sanchez had success through the air, some weeks he'd get pummeled and forced into multiple turnovers.

Sparano is clear that New York's identity is running the football. But the team's potential hidden treasures at wide receiver also show a commitment to throwing deep when the situation calls for it. Stephen Hill, Chaz Schilens and Jeremy Kerley are three under-the-radar receivers to keep an eye on. This group, along with No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes, could help Sanchez take the next step.

Hill is particularly intriguing. He is a second-round draft pick from Georgia Tech who didn't catch a lot of passes, but made big plays in college nearly every time he touched the football. Hill has the size and speed to get behind the defense if opponents stack the line. Schilens showed flashes during his time with the Oakland Raiders, but couldn't avoid injuries. Kerley came on strong in the second half of his rookie season, and wants to build on that momentum.

The Jets must have the ability to throw when needed to be successful. These receivers and potential hidden treasures must step up this season when their number is called.
The New York Jets were one of several AFC East teams still searching for answers at wide receiver. But it appears free agent and former Jet Braylon Edwards will not be in their plans.

According to the New York Post, the Jets are satisfied with what they've seen at receiver in organized team activities and minicamps. The paper reports they have ruled out Edwards, because they feel comfortable with receivers Santonio Holmes, rookie Stephen Hill and backups Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens.

Edwards had a solid stint with the Jets in 2009 and 2010. He was a key part of New York's run to back-to-back AFC Championship Games. But injuries derailed Edwards in 2011 with the San Francisco 49ers and now he's looking to catch on with another team.

I watched New York's receivers in minicamp last week and thought Schilens and Kerley performed well in practice. Holmes and Hill, the projected starters, were nursing hamstring injuries. The Jets are tight against the cap and hope their receivers continue their momentum in training camp and the preseason.
Tom BradyAP Photo/Charles KrupaPatriots quarterback Tom Brady looks to have picked up where he left off last season.

The AFC East blog is wrapping up its two-stop minicamp tour in the Northeast with the New York Jets and New England Patriots. It was a fun week in which I was able to see both teams up close.

But before we head back to our Miami headquarters, here are some things we liked and disliked from the Patriots and Jets:

Things we liked

No. 1: Patriots QB Tom Brady

Brady looked sharp, as expected, and was by far the best quarterback I saw during my two stops. He was accurate and his passes had zip. Brady also is concentrating on his mechanics and it shows. On Wednesday Brady made several big connections in team drills with Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker and tight end Aaron Hernandez. Brady's two deep touchdown throws to Welker were particularly impressive.

Brady, 34, is in great shape and says he's already at his ideal playing weight of 228 pounds. He was very modest about his minicamp performance. But we liked what we saw from the future Hall of Famer.

No. 2: Jets’ defense

Watching the Jets practice and talking to players in the locker room, it's clear the Jets' defense is hungry. The defense was a top-five unit last year, but the players still do not feel they played to their standards. The Jets' defense was flying around the football in minicamp and appears to be getting its swagger back.

In-house players such as linebacker Bart Scott and second-year defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson look in great shape and much improved. Outside additions such as rookie defensive end Quinton Coples and veteran safety Yeremiah Bell also are making plays. If the Jets can get hard-hitting safety LaRon Landry (Achilles) healthy, they will have defensive playmakers at nearly every position. Jets linebacker Calvin Pace says they want to be the No. 1 defense in the NFL this season. If everyone stays healthy, the Jets could have a shot.

No. 3: Jets WR Chaz Schilens

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AP Photo/Julio CortezChaz Schilens stood out among the Jets' wide receivers at minicamp.
During my Tuesday trip to Florham Park, N.J., Schilens was the receiver who made the most plays in practice. The former Oakland Raider has good size, strong hands and athleticism. Schilens could be an underrated find if he’s able to stay healthy, which has always been an issue.

Schilens made a play Tuesday that most Pro Bowl receivers couldn’t make. One-on-one against Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Schilens beat Revis to the corner of the end zone, leaped over the cornerback and snatched a high pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez for a touchdown. It was the most impressive catch of practice, especially considering who Schilens beat.

The Jets need playmakers on offense. Schilens will earn playing time if he makes more plays like that in training camp.

Things we didn't like

No. 1: Patriots QB Brian Hoyer

I didn't take over the AFC East blog last year until the start of the regular season. So I was curious to see a player like Hoyer, who backed up Brady last season and got most of his work in training camp and the preseason. I thought Hoyer struggled in practice.

Hoyer's size and arm strength looked average and his accuracy and decision-making weren't great this week. In team drills Wednesday, he threw a bad interception in coverage to Patriots rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower. According to the Boston Globe, Hoyer also threw two picks on Tuesday.

This could be the year that Ryan Mallett pushes -- and perhaps surpasses -- Hoyer for the No. 2 job in the preseason. Mallett, a 2011 draft pick, still has a lot to learn but has the physical tools (size, arm strength) Hoyer lacks.

No. 2: Patriots CB Ras-I Dowling

Dowling was another player I missed watching in training camp and the preseason last year and was curious to see where he stood. Dowling is a former second-round pick whom New England had high expectations for until a hip injury in 2011 put him on injured reserve.

In some ways, Dowling could be considered an extra draft pick this year. He played in just two games as a rookie and is trying to work his way back into football shape. But Dowling still looks a step slow and had trouble covering quick receivers. He has to make a lot of progress between now and training camp in order to win a meaningful role in the secondary.

The Patriots need play-making cornerbacks. Dowling was that type of player in college but still has a lot to prove at the NFL level.

No. 3: Jets WR injuries

Speaking of injuries, I didn't get a good evaluation of New York's receivers this week, because many of them were banged up. Projected starters Santonio Holmes and rookie second-round pick Stephen Hill both have hamstring injuries. Backup Patrick Turner also is banged up.

The good news is we got to see receivers like Schilens, Jeremy Kerley and Royce Pollard get extra work. But Holmes and Hill are the big guns the Jets will be relying on this season. Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow need reps with New York's starting receivers, because the team is learning a new offense under first-year offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Holmes, Hill and Turner will have to make up for missed time next month in training camp.

Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday morning in the AFC East: Morning take: "Scared" is a pretty strong word. I don't know about that. But rest assured teams have taken notice of the Bills' offseason moves. Buffalo must now earn their respect on the field.
Morning take: Stallworth last played for New England in 2007. But he's been in various systems since then and has to re-learn some things. Stallworth is one of several receivers who has to earn a roster spot.
Morning take: The stadium could definitely use improvements. But it's the atmosphere that needs an upgrade the most. The only way to fix that is by winning consistently.
  • New York Jets backup receiver Chaz Schilens was one of the stars during their first day of minicamp.
Morning take: Schilens made some nice plays, including a touchdown catch over Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis that you rarely see. Injuries have been Schilens' biggest issue in the past. So he must stay healthy.

Ranking the AFC East WR corps

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1. New England Patriots: To say New England now has abundance at this position would be a massive understatement. Wes Welker’s and newly signed Brandon Lloyd’s roles are pretty clearly defined, but the Patriots also have Deion Branch, Anthony Gonzalez, Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Chad Ochocinco, Julian Edelman, special-teams star Matthew Slater and seventh-round pick Jeremy Ebert all competing for roster spots and roles in this offense.

Welker turned 31 this month, but he has caught more than 100 passes in four of the past five seasons, including a whopping 122 last year. How much does the premier slot receiver of this generation have left? That is hard to guess, but Welker still creates all sorts of problems for every defense he faces and Tom Brady has extreme confidence in him.

With Lloyd in the picture, Welker’s catch total could decrease, as Lloyd is sure to find some favorable matchups now on the perimeter -- often deep downfield. He is an acrobatic receiver who has a ton of big-play ability. Lloyd’s downfield ability is a huge reason New England added him to an already extremely potent passing attack.

Branch will be 33 before the season starts and has appeared in all 16 games only one time in his 11 seasons. Branch is a Brady favorite, but Lloyd is going to cut into Branch’s production in a big way. Still a solid receiver, Branch isn’t someone who can consistently torture single coverage like Lloyd can.

Gaffney hasn’t missed a game in five years and quietly had a pretty good season for the Redskins last year, despite a questionable supporting cast. He is also over 30. I could see him sticking in New England, as the Patriots were very aggressive in pursuing him after his release in Washington.

Gonzalez didn’t play a snap last year and has appeared in only 39 games in his five-year career. Durability is clearly the biggest knock on Gonzalez, but at one point, he and Peyton Manning had a good thing going. This former first-round pick might surprise in a new uniform if he is able to stay healthy.

The 34-year-old Ochocinco was a great player in Cincinnati, but did next to nothing in his first year in New England. He lacks the discipline in his route running to be a regular contributor and is wildly inconsistent, with very few impressive showings. Ochocinco was not a good fit in New England from the start.

Stallworth is yet another over-30 wideout with a checkered history. He is also a former first-round selection and still has the speed to get deep, which is an element the Patriots look to infuse back into their passing attack. One interesting aspect of choosing which wideouts to keep from this huge group is that most of the veteran receivers discussed above offer little-to-nothing on special teams. But any way you cut it, the Pats are pretty loaded at wideout.

2. Buffalo Bills: Although the Bills locked up Steve Johnson, wide receiver is a spot where you can argue they are not noticeably improved from a year ago. Johnson is clearly the top option at wide receiver for Buffalo, but the Bills also will have Donald Jones, David Nelson, Marcus Easley and third round pick T.J. Graham competing for playing time in an offensive system that could feature a high percentage of three-wide receiver sets.

Johnson eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons and crossed the goal line 17 times over that stretch. He has had some ups and downs and isn’t a special talent when comparing him to other teams’ top wide receivers, but there is also a lot to like about what Johnson brings to the Bills’ offense. He has done some of his best work against the top corners in this league.

Jones played only eight games last year, catching just 23 passes with one touchdown. But he has good deep speed and flashes some big-play ability to go along with enough size to be a starter opposite Johnson. Nelson is a big-bodied slot receiver in the Marques Colston mold. He stepped up for the Bills last season and is the second-most reliable member of this group. I especially like what Nelson offers in the red zone.

Easley showed promise coming out of college but has no production yet in the NFL due to injuries. But he is big and fast. Keep an eye on him. I like his chances in this offense. Graham has a ton of work to do with his development as a wide receiver, but he has extreme speed and explosiveness. It might take time for him to be able to get on the field, but once he does, Graham could open up a lot of room for everyone in this offense.

He isn’t a wide receiver so I am not including him in my ranking process, but with Fred Jackson back to being healthy, I expect C.J. Spiller to line up more on the outside and run wide receiver routes.

3. New York Jets: I am still very much a believer in Santonio Holmes as a player, but outside of Holmes, the wide receiver cabinet is rather bare for New York. You can blame the quarterback play for sure, but there is no way around it -- Holmes had a dismal season for the Jets last year. A player who has shown up huge on the biggest of stages, Holmes was clearly frustrated with his situation last season en route to accumulating a measly 654 receiving yards. I can’t say I condone Holmes’ behavior last season, but his numbers likely would have been much better with more efficient quarterback play.

To bolster this position for the long term, the Jets used a second-round pick on Stephen Hill. Hill is the ultimate size/speed prospect and should immediately have an impact on deep routes to help keep the Jets’ opponents off the line of scrimmage to some degree. But Hill has a lot of work to do with the route tree before he can be considered a true complement to Holmes.

They also picked up the often-injured Chaz Schilens in free agency. Schilens appeared in 15 games last year for the Raiders but accumulated only 271 receiving yards. In the two seasons prior, Schilens missed 19 of a possible 32 games with injury. When healthy, Schilens has used his size, route running and strong hands to move the chains in this league. The Jets could really use that.

Jeremy Kerley could be poised to make an impact in his second season. He demonstrates a lot of quickness and could become the next big contributor out of the slot in the AFC East. Patrick Turner saw snaps last year and is still in the equation. He is a big-bodied receiver who doesn’t separate all that well or stretch the field. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Jets were to add another free-agent wide receiver to the mix before training camp.

4. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins could presently have the worst group of wide receivers in the NFL. Davone Bess and Brian Hartline top Miami’s depth chart. That is frightening.

Bess is a prototypical slot receiver with excellent short-area quickness. He is good after the catch and can thrive with a strong supporting cast on the outside, but he is by no means a feature receiver. Bess is dependable, but not much of a factor near the goal line. Hartline can stretch the field, but he too doesn’t excel in the red zone. To me, Hartline is a borderline starter in any situation. He also will not be able to be the focal point of the passing attack. In what is sure to be a run-first offense in Miami, Bess and Hartline also offer very little as blockers.

The only other notable veteran here is Legedu Naanee, who was unspectacular for the Panthers in 2011. Naanee does have some ability and his blocking will endear him to this coaching staff in their run-first offense. Maybe this change of scenery and opportunity for playing time pays off for Naanee. Clyde Gates, a fourth-round pick from a year ago, will get ample opportunity to step up in his second season. Gates has rare long speed but caught only two passes in his rookie season. A full offseason could help quite a bit, but he has a long way to go in terms of learning the nuances of the position.

The Dolphins used late-round picks to add B.J. Cunningham and Rishard Matthews to this equation. In a deep receiver draft, the Dolphins made excellent value picks here, as both youngsters have intriguing size and movement skills. But counting on late-round rookies to kick start a passing game is far from a wise wager. The Dolphins need to improve at wide receiver in a big way, especially if they plan on maturing Ryan Tannehill as an NFL quarterback properly.
The New York Jets were hoping for a bigger name with more starting experience to back up Mark Sanchez. But after giving Sanchez a $58.25 million contract that ensures he will be the starter for at least the next two years, the pool of quality candidates dwindled.

The Jets finally found their backup quarterback Friday. New York announced it agreed to a one-year contract with former Detroit Lions reserve quarterback Drew Stanton. He spent the past four years in Detroit, and three years of those behind Lions franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Stanton, who has four career starts, has thrown for five touchdowns and nine interceptions. He's not the kind of quarterback who can challenge and push Sanchez. But New York showed that's not the goal after giving Sanchez the contract extension.

Here are some other free-agent notes around the AFC East Friday:

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