2015 NFL Draft: Jets schedule private workout with Marcus Mariota

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With the QB question in flux, enter high-profile QB Marcus Mariota, who produced out of this world numbers as quarterback at Oregon, won the Heisman Trophy and then dominated combine workouts.

Mariota is going to have a private workout for the Jets, and the coaches are reported to have their eyes on him already as an option as their first-round draft pick, and someone that could right away help the Jets compete in 2015 with new coach Todd Bowles.

The Jets already grabbed a quarterback this offseason, that being Ryan Fitzpatrick, whom they got from the Houston Texans. Fitzpatrick though is going to be behind the 8-ball as he recovers from a broken leg, and likely won’t be ready to go till the start of training camp, missing all of the mini-camps.

Bowles admitted during his time in Phoenix at the owners meetings that he and the team are spending plenty of time looking at the QB spot and the teams options.

“We’re spending a lot of time on it, and we’ve still got to work the two guys out,” Bowles said.

“We’re going to do our homework on those guys at the top of the draft, but then we’re going to do our diligence on all the guys that could possibly go at [No.] 6. It’s not just the quarterbacks, it’s all of them. But, yes, we are going to look at [Mariota and Winston].”

With the 6th overall pick, the Jets may also look to make a deal with the Eagles, who are reported to be in love with Mariota, a player that Chip Kelly would love to have on his roster as the future long term QB.

For now though, there’s no doubt that the Jets have to make some tough decisions at the quarterback position. They can’t count long term on Fitzpatrick, and drafting a high profile player seems like the best option at the spot.

Bowles knows just how good Mariota is, and how quickly he can help the team as their long term answer at QB.

“He had a great career. He can throw it, he can run it. He’s a very athletic guy.”

The Jets can’t let all the good vibes of this offseason go away with not making a big splash at the QB spot. Drafting Mariota with the 6th pick may just be the option they need to put them right back in the thick of things in the competitive AFC East.

Jets Ink UFA OL James Brewer

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Offensive lineman James Brewer, an unrestricted free agent who spent the last four seasons with the Giants, signed with the Jets on Thursday, one day after his visit to One Jets Drive, Dom Cosentino of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

A league source confirmed a New York Post report that said the deal was for one year, though the financial terms were not disclosed.

The Giants had drafted Brewer out of Indiana in the 2011 fourth round. He played in only 26 games and made just starts, and can play both guard and tackle, which means he’s got versatility, depending on how the Jets plan to use him.

Brewer seems to fit the Jets in a backup role. Six of his starts with the Giants came at left guard, one at right guard, and one as a second tight end.

Jets Make Deal for Veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Jets have a new QB on the roster, as today the team made a deal for a late-round pick for former Bills, Texans and Bengals QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Jets Make it Official – Chan Gailey The Team’s New Offensive Coordinator

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The Jets on Tuesday made it official: Chan Gailey has been hired as the team’s offensive coordinator, Dom Cosentino of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Gailey, the former Cowboys, Georgia Tech, and Bills head coach, had been pegged several days ago as the guy head coach Todd Bowles wanted for the job. On Monday, word trickled out that Gailey’s hire was not a certainty. But then Gailey told NJ Advance Media’s Darryl Slater he wanted the job but that the two sides were still negotiating.

Gailey also told Slater he didn’t have much to say about quarterback Geno Smith, though he added he would “do what’s best for the personnel that we have.” Gailey’s also been out of coaching since being fired by the Bills after the 2012 season, but he doesn’t think that will hamper his ability to succeed as a coordinator.

Jets to Talk Again to Texans Director of College Scouting Mike Maccagnan for GM Job

The Jets are bringing back Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan for a second GM interview, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports citing league sources. He is the first candidate to receive a second interview.

He has ties to Charley Casserly, the consultant assisting owner Woody Johnson in the head coach and GM search along with Ron Wolf, that go way back, according to Dom Cosentino of the Newark Star-Ledger.

When Casserly was the general manager in Washington in 1994, he hired Maccagnan as a scout. And in 2000, as the Texans were preparing to get their start as an an expansion franchise two years later, Casserly, as their GM, brought Maccagnan in as a pro scout before quickly promoting him to coordinator of college scouting.

Maccagnan became the Texans’ assistant director of college scouting in June 2010 before being elevated to his current post 13 months later.

Jets Ask Permission to Talk to Saints Ryan Pace for Their GM Job

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The Jets have requested permission to interview Saints Ryan Pace for their open general manager job, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The Pace news was first reported by Metro’s Kristian Dyer.

Pace just completed his second season as the Saints’ director of player personnel. They are the only NFL organization he has ever worked for.

Pace overlapped with Jets coaching target Doug Marrone in New Orleans.

Marrone was the Saints’ offensive coordinator from 2006-08. Pace just completed his 13th season in the Saints’ player personnel department. He currently works with Loomis to oversee college and pro scouting. Before being promoted to his current role, Pace was the Saints’ director of pro scouting for six years.

Prior to that, he was a pro scout for the Saints from 2004-06, with his duties including evaluating draft prospects. Pace got his start in New Orleans as a scouting assistant in 2002, and before that as a game-day operations assistant in 2001.

Johnson Favorites A Tweet To Fire Idzik; Says Needs to Be More Careful

Jets owner Woody Johnson said he accidentally favorited a tweet from a twitter follower telling him to fire general manager John Idzik, Charles Curtis of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

User Jameson_Bond007 tweeted at Johnson, telling him it’s time to fire general manager John Idzik. Then he noticed Johnson had favorited his tweet.

Here’s what Johnson wrote in response to the “controversy”: Have to be more careful when scrolling through my Twitter feed. The tweet I most recently favorited was inadvertent.

WR Percy Harvin Sitting Out Practice With Ankle Injury

Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin has sat out practice while resting his severely sprained left ankle, which he played through Sunday at Tennessee, the Associated Press reports.

Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Harvin suffered a third-degree sprain two weeks ago at Minnesota, meaning the ligament is completely torn. Despite the injury, Harvin played against the Vikings, something Ryan says “very few guys will play off of.” He had no catches, but had a 10-yard run and returned a kickoff 33 yards.

Harvin’s availability Sunday against New England is uncertain, but he says the ankle feels “a lot better” than it did a week ago. He adds that he hopes to practice Thursday.