Jets Come to Terms with Fourth-Round Pick WR Chad Hansen

The Jets on Tuesday announced the signing of former California wide receiver Chad Hansen, whom they drafted in Round 4 (141st overall). The Jets drafted nine players this year.

And so far, they have signed Hansen and their three sixth-round picks: cornerback Jeremy Clark, running back Elijah McGuire, and cornerback Derrick Jones.

These five draft picks remain unsigned: safety Jamal Adams (Round 1), safety Marcus Maye (Round 2), wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (Round 3), tight end Jordan Leggett (Round 5), and outside linebacker Dylan Donahue (Round 5).

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson Says He’s Ready to Prove His Big Deal Didn’t Make Him Lazy

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson enters 2017 intent on proving doubters wrong, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

He didn’t play well in 2016, after getting a lucrative contract last summer. But he was also rehabbing from a broken leg he sustained in the 2015 season finale.

Then again, Wilkerson didn’t do himself any favors by having tardiness issues that resulted in him being suspended for the first quarter of the Jets’ loss in Miami.

Wilkerson said Friday, during an interview with ESPN New York radio, that he wants to prove he isn’t just in it for the money — after his sack total dropped from 12 in 2015 to 4.5 last year.

“At the end of the day, I did have an injury,” he said of his 2016 struggles. “I didn’t use it as an excuse. Each and every week, I went out there and I did the best I could. I do have a chip on my shoulder. People feel that I was just money hungry – and I just took the money, and now I’m lazy. But I can prove to people that it’s more than about money with me.”

Wilkerson also responded to an offseason report that he appeared out of shape, while saying he is motivated in 2017 to play like he did before 2016.

“For me personally, it’s a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “Some stuff, like the whole weight situation, you’ve got some people who just blurt out stuff and put out stories for no reason. And there’s no truth behind it. I guess that’s the job. You have to write a story, if you want to say that.

“I’m a competitor. I know I didn’t play well last year. I know what I need to do, and know how to play. That’s why I have a chip on my shoulder, just to prove that I’m the same Mo that I’ve been playing [like] before last year.”

Jets WR Robby Anderson Arrested for Fighting With Officer Over the Weekend

The Jets are back in the news today for the wrong reasons, as one of their young players, wide out Robby Anderson, was arrested over the weekend for scuffling with a police officer.

TMZ has the details.

NY Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson — a rising star who had a solid 2017 season — was arrested at a music festival in Florida this weekend after allegedly fighting a police officer, TMZ Sports has learned.

The 23-year-old was at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami on Sunday –where stars like Migos, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage and Future performed — when he got into it with security.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Anderson was fighting with security after being told to leave.

He refused and that’s when a Miami PD lieutenant got involved and told him to sit on the ground.

That’s when things went from bad to worse …

“[Anderson] tensed his body and pushed [the officer]. [Anderson] was redirected to the ground and continued to fight with police and security.”

Anderson was arrested for felony resisting arrest with violence and misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer.

In the police report, Anderson is listed at 6’3″, 180 pounds.

The Jets were hoping for big things from Anderson in 2017 — he had 42 catches for almost 600 yards as an undrafted rookie in 2016.

Jets Release FS Marcus Gilchrist and CB Nick Marshall, Re-Sign ILB Bruce Carter

After drafting safeties in the first two rounds (Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye), the Jets on Thursday released injured free safety Marcus Gilchrist, Connor Hughes of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

The move creates $4.625 million in salary cap space, with $2.75 million in dead money attached. Gilchrist’s contract was set to expire after the 2018 season.

He sustained a torn patellar tendon in his knee Dec. 11 at the 49ers. It is unclear when he will be able to practice or play again.

Gilchrist had been with the Jets since 2015, but hadn’t been much of a difference maker lately. He had five interceptions and one forced fumble during his time with the organization.

In addition to releasing Gilchrist, the Jets on Thursday re-signed backup inside linebacker Bruce Carter and waived cornerback Nick Marshall and fullback Chris Swain — both reserve players. Marshall had been suspended four games in 2017 (performance-enhancing drugs).

Owner Woody Johnson Just Fine with a Youth Movement for the Jets

Jets owner Woody Johnson is well aware that 2017 could be a loss-filled season for his organization, which has one of the NFL’s least-talented rosters, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

But Johnson wants fans to take a bigger-picture view of the Jets’ get-younger, full-on rebuilding process. Because that’s what Johnson is doing.

“Really, the way I want to be judged this year, hopefully, from the fans’ standpoint is just watch how we improve during the year,” he said Tuesday on ESPN New York radio. “And look at each individual on the team and see how they’re getting better. And if they’re getting better, that’s a mark of progress. That’s what we’re looking for.”

He was asked, then, if fans should judge 2017 not so much on wins and losses, but rather, on how younger players improve throughout the season.

“Exactly,” Johnson said. “If you want to go to the promised land, you’ve got to go in a certain direction. I think this a direction that we’ve never tried in 17 years that I’ve been involved with the Jets. We’ve never gone this way — build through the draft, build through young free agents that a lot of guys don’t even pay attention to.”

It was suggested to Johnson that fans should be “patient” this year.

“Don’t use the word patient,” he said. “They’re not patient. I think judge it by progress. So pay close attention to what’s going on.

“We’ve tried various things over the years that I’ve been involved with the New York Jets, and what we haven’t done is really concentrate on younger players, and making sure the coaching staff is capable of teaching those players and getting them better.”

“Because we’ve tried a lot of different things, and we’ve got to find a quarterback,” he said. “That’s a goal. I think what we’ve done over the years is traded picks away, and we’ve gone and we’ve had too big of an emphasis on free agency — and not enough emphasis on developing our own. I think you’re better off with a home-grown guy.”

Jets Won’t Pick Up Fifth-Year Option on Safety Calvin Pryor

The Jets have determined that they are not going to pick up the fifth-year option on safety Calvin Pryor, a 2014 first-round draft pick taken 18th overall.

Pryor has appeared in 44 games in his Jets career, pulling in two interceptions and 191 total tackles.

A Rundown of All the New York Jets 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Jets 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 6 (No. 6 overall)

Jamal Adams, S, LSU: The start of the draft worked out like a dream for the Jets (unless they secretly had their sights set on Trubisky)—a QB and a RB went in the top five, meaning they had their choice of Adams and O.J. Howard, among others. Adams is the right pick. Only the NFL’s aversion to taking safeties in the top five kept Adams from being a lock in a spot higher than this. He has all the makings of a defensive centerpiece at the next level. His arrival in New York might signal that Calvin Pryor’s days are numbered, because Adams should spend most of his time in the box and over the slot. Regardless, Jets coach Todd Bowles will max out the ways in which Adams can be useful. GRADE: A?

Round 2, Pick 7 (No. 39)

Marcus Maye, S, Florida: Two picks, two safeties for the Jets, who just remade the back end of their secondary by adding Jamal Adams and Maye. That’s a lot of physicality and versatility paired together, and it’s obvious Todd Bowles helped drive those picks. But back-to-back safeties when there are so many other needs here?? Grade: B-

Round 3, Pick 15 (No. 79)

ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama: Stewart is a lightning bolt with the ball in his hands—a raw receiver in his technique, but an exciting playmaker who can be used in myriad ways. He’s also something of a luxury pick, for a team with no room for one. There’s already speed in the Jets’ receiving corps.? Grade: C

Round 4, Pick 35 (No. 141) Chad Hansen, WR, Cal

Round 5, Pick 6 (No. 150) Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

Round 5, Pick 38 (No. 181) Dylan Donahue, DL, West Georgia

Round 6, Pick 4 (No. 188) Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

Round 6, Pick 13 (No. 197) Jeremy Clark, DB, Michigan

Round 6, Pick 20 (No. 204) Derrick Jones, DB, Ole Miss

Jets Go Defensive in Round One; Take LSU Safety Jamal Adams with 6th Pick in Draft

The Jets on Thursday got help in the defensive backfield, as the team picked LSU safety Jamal Adams with the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Adams, a 6-foot, 214-pounder from Lewisville, Texas, was considered by many the top safety prospect available. His father was the No. 1 pick — No. 19 overall — by the New York Giants in 1985 as a running back out of Kentucky. He played five seasons with the Giants and two with New England. They are the eighth father-son duo to share first-round status in NFL history.

The younger Adams finished his career with 209 tackles, 17.5 for loss, six interceptions and 23 pass breakups. He started 26 of 37 games in three seasons.

It’s the second time in 11 years that LSU has had two players selected within the top 6 picks. In 2007, JaMarcus Russell and LaRon Landry were chosen No. 1 and No. 6, respectively.

And it’s been 40 years since the New York Jets selected an LSU player. They took Dan Alexander in the 8th round of the 1977 NFL Draft and he went on to have a 13-year NFL career as an offensive guard.