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When asked about 2nd-year RB Elijah McGuire on Thursday, Jets RBs coach Stump Mitchell compared the former 6th-round pick to a hall of famer. “He has the skill set to be a LaDainian Tomlinson, if he was given that opportunity,” Mitchell said, per the New York Post. Frankly, that's a laughable comparison. It would be for just about any RB, given that Tomlinson ranks among the best ever. But Mitchell's opinion could put McGuire more in the mix for touches this season than we might have expected. Mitchell added that he "told David Johnson the same thing" about his skill set, when Mitchell coached Arizona RBs. Mitchell added that McGuire doesn't face such an opportunity with the Jets, but Isaiah Crowell might be the only RB locked into a big role. We're far from excited about McGuire, but we'll be curious to see if he generates any training camp buzz.

Jets TE Chris Herndon was arrested and charged with DWI in New Jersey on early Saturday morning. The 4th-round rookie crashed into another car and a railroad motorcar at 4:45 am. The accident figures to earn him a suspension from the league. Herndon has a shot to carve out a role in the Jets' wide-open TE corps, but this obviously won't help his cause.

Jets HC Todd Bowles said WR Terrelle Pryor is out of OTAs with an ankle injury, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. We'll see how serious the issue is, but it's worrisome given recent history. Pryor's 2017 ended in November with ankle surgery after the Week 2 injury hobbled him for weeks. If this holds Pryor back into summer, he could quickly fall in behind Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa and perhaps others on the WR depth chart.

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (neck) was on the field for Tuesday's OTA session but was held out of team drills, according to insider Brian Costello. Enunwa missed the entire 2017 campaign with a bulging disc in his neck but is expected to be cleared for the start of this season. He led the Jets with 857 receiving yards on 58 catches back in 2016 and finds opportunity in a crowded but mostly unproven 2018 WR corps.

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) appears to be a full-go at OTAs, according to insider Manish Mehta. "Rolling out in 11-on-11 team drills. Looks really good," Mehta tweeted. It's not a major surprise considering Bridgewater was cleared to practice with the Vikings last October. The final step in his return from August 2016 knee injury is returning to game action. Unfortunately, he probably won't get that chance in New York with Josh McCown and Sam Darnold ahead of him on the depth chart. Bridgewater will hit free agency again next offseason.

The Jets used a 4th-round pick on Miami TE Chris Herndon. He tore his MCL in last year's regular-season finale and wasn't able to workout pre-draft, but Herndon looks plenty athletic on tape. He was a 3-year starter for the 'Canes and left school with a 12.2 yards-per-catch average. This landing spot is as good as it gets. Herndon's competition for 2018 snaps and targets consists of Clive Walford, Jordan Leggett and Eric Tomlinson.

The Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the 3rd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Turning 21 in June, Darnold is the youngest QB ever drafted. After redshirting in 2015 and serving as backup for the first 3 games of 2016, Darnold completed a sterling 67.4% of his passes with 29 TDs vs. 8 INTs over the final 10 contests. His numbers took a step back this past year, due in part to the loss of WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and a lingering ankle injury. But a 63.1% completion rate, 8.6 yards per attempt, 26 TDs and 13 INTs ain’t shabby. (Just ask Josh Allen.) Ball-security is the biggest knock against Darnold. On top of his 22 INTs over the past 2 years, he also lost 14 fumbles. Darnold has plenty of arm talent, though. And, while he won’t do a ton of damage on the ground, he’s mobile enough. In New York, he joins a QB room with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. Consider Darnold the favorite to be under center come Week 1.

The Jets have signed TE Clive Walford. The 2015 third-round was a major bust in Oakland, totaling just 70 catches and 6 TDs across the past 3 seasons. He's still just 26, though, and looked like a promising prospect coming out of Miami. Most importantly, Walford is joining a Jets TE depth chart that includes only Jordan Leggett, Neal Sterling and Eric Tomlinson. Walford might just be the favorite to lead the group in targets this year. He's not someone to aggressively pursue in early best-ball drafts, but he'll be worth monitoring this summer.

The Jets signed RB Thomas Rawls. The 24-year-old has mustered just 3.0 yards per carry across 21 appearances over the past 2 seasons since a promising rookie campaign. He joins a Jets backfield that added Isaiah Crowell and returns Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. Perhaps Rawls' arrival puts Powell's roster spot in danger. But even in that case, Rawls wouldn't be more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Multiple outlets report that WR Terrelle Pryor has reached a deal with the Jets. Pryor, of course, spent last season in Washington, catching only 20 balls over 9 games before landing on IR with a left ankle injury. Before that, he managed a surprising 2016 breakout in a Cleveland offense with crappy QB play. The Jets currently sport Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater as potential 2018 starters and appear likely to add another QB in the upcoming NFL Draft. The WR corps returns 2017's top 2, Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. Off-field issues threaten Anderson's outlook, though, and Kearse's targets and catches last season stood well ahead of his numbers in Seattle. The Jets also tendered restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa at the 2nd-round level after he missed 2017 with a neck injury. We'll see how this offense shakes out, but there's at least room for Pryor to carve out a significant role. We'd still target Anderson 1st among Jets WRs in current best-ball drafting.

The Jets and RB Isaiah Crowell have agreed to a 3-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We're waiting for monetary details, but Crowell should be the favorite to lead New York's 2018 backfield in touches. The team has never seemed to want Bilal Powell in a lead role. Crowell saw his carry total climb all 4 years in Cleveland, although he topped out at a relatively modest 206 last year. He also averaged just 4.1 yards per carry in 2017, while ranking 39th among 51 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades. Football Outsiders, however, rated him 25th out of 47 in both main efficiency metrics. At this point, Crowell is tough to like as more than a lower-end RB2 in his new digs.

The Jets on Tuesday agreed to a 1-year, $10 million deal to keep QB Josh McCown as their starter, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. On the same day, though, the team also reached a 1-year deal with QB Teddy Bridgewater. Although McCown's getting starter money, it's a good situation for Bridgewater to get a starting shot at some point. Through 15 seasons, McCown has never played a full 16 games. His 13 starts in 2017 matched his career high and marked just the 3rd time he has reached 10 starts. We'll be interested to see what Bridgewater has when/if he hits the field. But this is not too intriguing a fantasy situation.

The Jets are expected to name Jeremy Bates their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bates spent last season as the Jets' QB coach, helping Josh McCown to a career year. He has just 1 season of experience calling plays, though, serving as Seattle's OC back in 2010. That squad -- quarterbacked by Matt Hasselbeck -- finished 28th in total yards and 23rd in total points.

Jets WR Robby Anderson was arrested in Florida early Friday morning, according to insider Andy Slater. Anderson is reportedly facing several charges, including harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest. He was also arrested last May at a music fest and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice. Anderson might be looking at a 2018 suspension.

The Jets have fired OC John Morton. He lasted just 1 season in the Big Apple. The 2017 Jets ranked 28th in total yards and 24th in points -- although they probably overachieved considering their talent-deprived roster. We'll see who the Jets bring in to replace Morton.

Jets DE Leonard Williams hurt his back in Sunday's loss to the Chargers and did not return. We'll see if he's well enough to play against the Patriots in the finale, but the situation at least adds risk to a guy who has mostly disappointed IDP owners all year. Teammate Muhammad Wilkerson, of course, has been a healthy scratch the past 2 weeks because of his crappy attitude.

Jets QB Josh McCown needs surgery on his broken left hand and is done for the season, HC Todd Bowles announced Monday. It ends a surprisingly effective campaign for McCown. He completed a career-high 67.3% of his passes and tossed 18 TDs to 9 INTs. His football future is uncertain, though, as a 38-year-old set to hit free agency. The Jets are a good bet to take a QB in the 1st round of this spring's draft.

There's "minimal damage" to Jets RB Elijah McGuire's ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. An x-ray came back negative, and the MRI results were "relatively clean." It sounds like McGuire has a shot to play against the Saints this weekend, but he won't be a fantasy option. The rookie totaled just 11 touches in 2 games prior to exiting Week 15 early.

Jets QB Josh McCown broke his left hand in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, HC Todd Bowles said afterward. The team doesn't yet know if McCown's season is over, Bowles added. The fact that it's his non-throwing hand helps, but we'd be surprised if the 38-year-old played through this for the 5-8 Jets. Next up on the depth chart is QB Bryce Petty, who went 2-of-9 for 14 yards in relief of McCown today. QB Christian Hackenberg is also still kicking around in New York.

Jets QB Josh McCown injured his left (non-throwing) hand in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Broncos. He's officially questionable to return, but we doubt he will. McCown took a beating all game, and the Jets are down big. QB Bryce Petty has replaced McCown.

Update: HC Todd Bowles said after the game that McCown broke his hand. That's sure to end the QB's season.

 
 
 

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