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2018 Schedule
5-11, 4th in AFC East

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets daily draft nugget: Does hand size matter for a quarterback? A lot of NFL people think it does, especially in cold-weather cities. GM Mike Maccagnan declined this week to say how much value he puts on hand size, saying he doesn't want to tip his intentions. If he picks Baker Mayfield (9 1/4 inches), we'll know it doesn't matter much in his opinion. Sam Darnold (9 3/8), Josh Rosen (9 7/8) and Josh Allen (10 1/8) have bigger hands than Mayfield.

NFL Nation Mock Draft: Mayfield goes to the Jets (1:44)
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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Former C Nick Mangold said goodbye to football on Tuesday, signing a one-day contract and retiring a Jet. At a news conference, he told reporters he didn't miss football last season as much as he expected. "That's when I knew I'm in a good spot," said Mangold, who sat out 2017 after being cut by the Jets. Former teammates D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Willie Colon, Brandon Moore and Ryan Fitzpatrick attended. So did John Schmitt, the center on the Super Bowl III team.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets daily draft nugget: No team has traded up into the top five more than the Jets — four times in the common-draft era (since 1967). None of the three previous picks (Mark Sanchez, Dewayne Robertson and Lam Jones) made a single Pro Bowl. The Jets also are part of another trend. Since 2013, only nine of the 12 first-round quarterbacks were taken with picks acquired via trade. The exceptions: Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Blake Bortles.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan was more tight lipped than usual today in his pre-draft session with reporters. He wouldn't confirm the obvious (they will draft a quarterback) and he wouldn't give any details on how they evaluate the quarterbacks. He wouldn't even comment on the importance of hand size when evaluating quarterbacks, saying it could tip their ... well, hand. Chances are, it'll be a Baker Mayfield-Josh Rosen decision. Some key people in the organization prefer Mayfield, but Rosen has some support as well.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets daily draft nugget: On Thursday, they're expected to use a first-round pick on a quarterback for only the fifth time in the post-Namath era. The others and their starting records: Richard Todd (40-47-1), Ken O'Brien (50-55-1), Chad Pennington (32-29) and Mark Sanchez (33-29). Four others drafted in the first round by other teams also have started for them: Tony Eason (0-2), Vinny Testaverde (35-26), Rick Mirer (2-4) and Michael Vick (1-2).

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets daily draft nugget: Everybody knows they need pass-rushing help, but it'll be tough to find one. They have no picks in the second round and the overall depth in this draft class is "terrible," according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. He said LSU OLB Arden Key, once considered a first-round prospect, is worth "a roll of the dice in the third round." The Jets have the eighth pick in the third round (72 overall).

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets daily draft nugget: NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said yesterday he "wouldn't be surprised at all" if the Jets pick Baker Mayfield. But that doesn't mean Mayock would endorse that decision. He said his top-rated QBs are Sam Darnold and Josh Allen. Some league insiders believe the Jets' choice could come down to Mayfield or Josh Rosen. Said Mayock: "I don't have either of them rated that highly."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have exercised the fifth-year option for DL Leonard Williams, they announced — one of the easiest decisions they've ever had to make.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

Travel distances can have a slight effect on team fortunes. This season, Oakland, Seattle, and the Chargers each travel about 30,000 round trip miles. At the other end of the spectrum are Carolina, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and the Jets who each travel fewer than 10,000 miles.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets daily draft nugget: One of the biggest heartbreaks occurred in 1997, when they owned the No. 1 overall pick and Peyton Manning decided to stay in school. Citing league rules, Bill Parcells never made an effort to sway Manning into turning pro, but he certainly could've sent a message through his father, Archie. Parcells wound up trading down twice, picking LB James Farrior with the eighth pick. He was a solid player (two Pro Bowls with the Steelers), but Parcells passed on two future Hall-of-Fame tackles — Orlando Pace (first) and Walter Jones (sixth).

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Team Stats

Passing Yards198.924th
Rushing Yards106.419th
Points For18.624th
Points Against23.9Tied-22nd