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Flight Deck with Rich Cimini

ESPN's Rich Cimini discusses the revamped Jets front office. Guest Jim Nagy longtime scout and director of the Senior Bowl gives insight on GM Joe Douglas and Jets draft picks

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets GM Joe Douglas is hiring former Colts VP of player personnel Rex Hogan as assistant GM, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. This is a surprise because Bears executive Champ Kelly had been considered the favorite. Douglas has no background with Hogan, but Hogan is familiar with some of the roster because he was the Jets' director of college scouting from 2015 to 2017 under ex-GM Mike Maccagnan — the Leo Williams/Darron Lee/Jamal Adams drafts. Douglas also is hiring longtime personnel man Phil Savage as a senior adviser and Chad Alexander (Ravens) as director of player personnel, per Schefter.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Just recently, Jets QB Sam Darnold was asked, "Who's your new Josh McCown?" Not wanting to slight his teammates, Darnold said nice things about the other QBs on the roster, led by Trevor Siemian. Truth is, Darnold will miss McCown, who announced his retirement on Monday. Darnold has known for months McCown wouldn't be back, so this isn't shocking news. Still, he's bound to experience some Josh withdrawal once the season begins. He was tied to McCown's hip last season, leaning on him before, during and after games. They lived in the same building. They ate together. Watched film at night together. When Darnold struggled, he got pep talks from McCown, an unselfish player with vast experience — a rare combo. Darnold will get coached up by Adam Gase & Co., but it won't be the same as having a teammate/mentor.

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Josh McCown is retiring from the NFL after a 17-year career - The Players Tribune

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears executive Champ Kelly is under serious consideration for a prominent role in the Jets' front office, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Kelly, the Bears' assistant director of player personnel, interviewed for the GM job that went to Joe Douglas. Kelly and Douglas worked together in Chicago, so there's familiarity. Kelly also knows Adam Gase from years together in Denver. Indications are that Kelly could have the title of assistant GM. ESPN's Todd McShay has withdrawn from consideration, per Mortensen.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Another day, another cornerback. Jets GM Joe Douglas has signed former Bucs CB Mark Myers, who was an undrafted free agent in 2018. He has no NFL experience. The Jets waived S John Battle.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets held the final practice of the offseason on Thursday. Call it a patchwork day. Several backups, including rookies, were used with the first team because a handful of vets were missing (it was voluntary). For instance: DTs Quinnen Williams and Nathan Shepherd got work with the first defense. WR Robby Anderson remained on the sideline with an apparent injury. RB Ty Montgomery capped a strong offseason with a good showing. The Jets love his versatility. A natural wide receiver, he could see time in both positions throughout the season. RB Bilal Powell was limited to individual drills, but he made a nice catch and received a compliment from Adam Gase.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

First acquisition for GM Joe Douglas: The Jets have claimed CB Montrel Meander on waivers from the Raiders. He has ties to DC Gregg Williams, as he spent 12 weeks on the Browns' 2018 practice squad. First of many waiver pick-ups for Douglas.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Douglas is getting a late start, but he insisted it's not too late to improve the Jets' roster. "The hunt never stops for players," he said. Douglas noted the Jets are No. 3 in the waiver priority, and he suggested they will be active in that area. Translation: Look for a lot of roster churning. He acknowledged that cornerback is one area that needs to be addressed.

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New Jets GM cites 'urgency' to win with Darnold

New Jets GM Joe Douglas, whose relationship with coach Adam Gase was a factor in his taking the job, said QB Sam Darnold is an "exciting piece" who has helped create a "sense of urgency" to win.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

A few takeaways on Joe Douglas' introductory presser: 1.) True to his roots as a former offensive lineman, Douglas is a blue-collar guy with a clear vision of how he wants to build the team. He said it starts with the quarterback and both lines. 2.) Adam Gase was happier than he was at his own intro presser. Clearly, he has a comfort level with Douglas. 3.) Instead of yapping about a long-team plan (see: rebuilding) and tamping down expectations, as Mike Maccagnan often did, Douglas said there's "a sense of urgency" because they have a young QB in Sam Darnold.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards197.825th
Rushing Yards101.426th
Points For20.823rd
Points Against27.629th