USATSI_8396251_110579513_lowres

Maccagnan, Bowles will see Mariota up close Saturday

General manager Mike Maccagnan and first-year coach Todd Bowles will lead a Jets contingent to Eugene, Ore., Saturday to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in a private workout (Mehta, March 27).

The Jets hold the No. 6 pick in the draft, which begins April 30.

This will be the second time this month that Maccagnan has seen Mariota in person. He attended Mariota’s Pro Day workout March 12, which some viewed as disappointing.

Maccagnan said the Jets will also have a private workout with Florida State’s Jameis Winston. Winston and Mariota — the last two Heisman Trophy winners — are the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. Tampa Bay is widely expected to take Winston with the first pick.

On Tuesday, Jets owner Woody Johnson said Geno Smith was ‘way ahead’ of Mariota.

Thursday, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said “I don’t know how you’d pass him up” if Mariota is available at No. 6 (Cimini, March 26)

TJB Friday Chat – 2pm ET

Join us at 2:00pm ET for our weekly TJB chat.

In order to access the room, you must now sign up for a chatzy account at chatzy.com – click where it says log in/sign up in the top right hand corner. Obviously if you registered already, you can log into your existing account. You will then be able to access the room at the usual address – Chatzy.com/TJB where this week’s password is kelleninthename.

Apologies for this extra requirement, but it will allow us to moderate the chat more effectively and prevent any abuse or vulgarity. The action gets underway at 2:00pm ET.

BGA: Scouting Corey Hilliard

Earlier this week, the Jets announced that they had signed three more free agents and we’ve been looking at what they bring to the table. Yesterday, we looked at former Bears tight end Kellen Davis and over the weekend we’ll look at ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen, but today we look at former Lions offensive tackle Corey Hilliard.

The 29-year old Hilliard is 6’6″ and currently listed at 300 pounds. He was a sixth round pick for the Patriots in 2007, but failed to make their team. He was with the Colts over the next couple of seasons, but did not play much and didn’t play at all in 2009 despite spending time with the Browns and Lions. Having re-signed with the Lions for the 2010 season, he would play in 42 games, starting 12, over the next five seasons. Seven of those starts came in 2013. He missed most of the 2014 season with a foot injury though.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far, reviewing regular season footage to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Kellen Davis

Over the last few days, the Jets have announced three more free agency signings – Former Lions tackle Corey Hilliard, Ex-Washington defensive lineman Stephen Bowen and former Bears tight end Kellen Davis. I’ll be looking at what each of these players brings to the table over the next couple of days.

We’ll start by looking at Davis, a 29-year old former fifth round pick who is 6’7″ and 265 pounds. Davis spent his first five seasons with the Bears and was best known for his blocking but also caught 47 passes, 11 of which were touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, he’s spent time with the Browns, Seahawks, Giants and Lions, catching just three passes. The Jets almost signed him two seasons ago.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Davis’ career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

Jets sign Kellen Davis to one-year deal

The Jets have signed free agent tight end Kellen Davis to a one-year deal (Schefter, March 25).

Davis’ deal is for $950,000, with a $40,000 signing bonus and $40,000 first-game roster bonus, according to reporter Aaron Wilson (March 26).

Davis, 29, visited the Jets Tuesday (Rapoport, March 24).

Davis (6-foot-7, 265 pounds), will be entering his ninth NFL season. He played last season with the Lions, but did not have a reception and was limited to six games by injuries.

He spent the first six seasons of his career with Chicago, then joined the Seahawks in 2013, when he had three catches. Davis, who has 50 career catches, is said to be a strong blocker.

Jets help high school girl ask classmate to prom

Sarah Kardonsky of Division Avenue High School in Levittown, NY went all out with her prom proposal, asking the New York Jets to help her in a video (Yahoo Sports, March 25).

And of course, the Jets — and her date — said yes.

Kardonsky said her classmate Mike Pagano, who has autism, had asked her to prom but she already had a date.

“I talked to my other date who was okay with me doing this and I wanted to make it special for him,” Kardonsky said.

She reached out to several players on social media, and presented the finished video to Pagano in class, while sporting a Darrelle Revis jersey.