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The New York Jets have brought in Josh Allen for a visit. Plus, an update on the Kony Ealy sweepstakes. 

The New York Jets are looking under every rock for a quarterback. That’s called doing your due diligence, so give credit where credit is due.

The Jets are doing what they have to do to prepare themselves for that fateful day on April 26. No, not my birthday, although that is important too. That same day also marks draft day.

General manager Mike Maccagnan has been getting heated when he gets interrogated about his questionable draft history at the game’s most important position since arriving back in 2015.

“It doesn’t faze me,” Maccagnan said of the criticism to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “It’s the college draft. [There are] guys you’ll hit on and guys who don’t pan out. That’s part of the process. We feel pretty confident with this year’s group and where we’re situated.”

“We do think there are some very good quarterback prospects in this class,” Maccagnan said to Cimini. “They all have different strengths and maybe some different areas of concern or weakness. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve been to all these pro days, because there are some real viable guys there that you think may be good additions if they fall to us in the right spot.”

Ultimately for better or for worse, Maccagnan’s legacy will be defined by what he does with the No. 3 pick. If he hits a home-run, he should enjoy multiple championships in the largest market in America. If he misses, Maccagnan loses his job and the team spirals down back into ineptitude.

The Jets have been making a lot of noise recently as it pertains to the second and third-tier free agent market. So it would make sense to try and bring back a key rotational cog in Kony Ealy.

He was a pass deflection machine last year. To put that into perspective, Ealy had as many pass deflections last season (9) as Darrelle Revis did during his huge 2015 campaign (9).

He’s drawing some serious interest from what I’m hearing on these secondary markets so if the Jets want to keep him, they may have to cough up some guaranteed dough.

While the weather outside hasn’t screamed “spring,” the better weather is on its way. But until that happens, here is a light at the end of the tunnel to get you through the NFL offseason…although there really isn’t technically an offseason in the NFL with all the events that occur.

In chronological order, there’s the NFL Draft from April 26-28. Then there will be a mandatory rookie minicamp shortly after the draft, followed by OTAs (offseason training activities). Plus, mandatory minicamp runs from June 12-14. That will bring us to the absolute lull of the offseason and that’s the “dead period,” which covers the end of mandatory minicamp through the start of NFL training camp at the end of July. That one month of absolute nothingness is the worst, but we’ll embrace that in due time.

Until then, let’s continue with hope and prayer that everyone is tied for first place and the Jets can turn it around this year.

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