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Mike Vick on the 2017 New York Jets: ‘Man, good luck’

The Jets have now used nine straight first-round picks on defensive players since taking quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2009. And why not, considering Gang Green has ranked in the bottom half of the league in scoring defense in five of the past six seasons.

The Jets have a long way to go to challenge for the AFC East, but Thursday’s decision gives this team one of the draft’s most treasured assets. It’s a start.

With strong-armed Josh McCown at the helm, coach Hue Jackson leaned hard on the vertical passing game, throwing the ball 20 times over Cleveland’s first 25 plays to help forge a 20-7 lead at the half. McCown picked up where he left off in Week 2, ripping through New York’s secondary for completions of 35, 32, 32, 24, 18, 17 and 15 yards. The offense vanished in the second half, though, with two straight punts before McCown — 25 of 49 for 341 yards and two scores — tossed back-to-back fourth-quarter picks to refocus Cleveland’s attention on what really matters today: the Indians.

Anyone still doubting Terrelle Pryor isn’t watching him play. The massive-bodied Browns receiver piled up 101 yards playing primarily against . The Jets cornerback found out what NFL defenses have discovered week after week: Pryor makes plays no matter who he faces. The quarterback-turned-wideout crossed the 100-yard barrier with three-plus minutes left in the first half, but disappeared along with the rest of Cleveland’s offense down the stretch. While elements of his game still require refinement, Pryor’s performance won’t stop the questions around the spotty play of Revis.

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This is an interesting time for the Jets. While owner Woody Johnson has been criticized up and down in recent years, he recently admitted he is finally pushing for a youth infusion on the roster. While this does not necessarily include the term “rebuild” I am guessing that’s implied.jersey

Comments like these from Vick, I feel, used to stick in the organization’s craw and keep them competitive during times when it should have powered down the engines and focused on repairing some glaring holes that were developing on the roster. At the moment, the team is hurting across their offensive line, in the secondary, at linebacker and in the backfield. One reason? When general manager came aboard, their immediate instinct was to take one last run at the Patriots by signing the likes of Darrelle Revis and and cheap jerseys and trading for Brandon Marshall. They didn’t trade valuable end-of-career assets for picks. They didn’t play young talent and lean on a new coaching staff.

If multiple teams clear Orr medically, his market will heat up fast. For teams needing to upgrade their defense like the Colts and Lions to push toward the playoffs, Orr could be a difference maker.

A young playmaking middle linebacker hitting free agency in June is rare. The Ravens were in negotiations with the undrafted free agent before learning of his condition. If several teams don’t have the same concerns Baltimore’s doctors did about Orr continuing to play, a bidding war could ensue.

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Make no mistake about it: The Jets have given up on next season, choosing to gut a bottom-barrel roster that has already dumped Pro Bowlers Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie over the past 18 months.

While young defenders Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams all remain, the Jets are years away, on paper, from sporting a competitive roster. From another angle, though, New York has been without a franchise quarterback for seemingly eons. Landing the first pick in the draft — if that’s the goal — would potentially solve that problem for years to come.

The odd component is watching Davis head back to New York. In a way, it defines the Jets’ desperation to get Pryor off the roster. Davis was a player apparently not worth the two years and $8 million the Browns signed him for back in early March last year in the Jets’ eyes. Now, he could find himself working back into the starting lineup. Davis started 15 games for Cleveland last year with two sacks and 59 solo tackles. Before that, he was a 16-game starter for the Jets each of the last three years.

So it goes in the NFL where the new Browns regime has established itself as one of the league’s more enjoyable wheeler and dealers. After stripping the roster of all their dead weight like Justin Gilbert and Barkevious Mingo via trade, they acquired Brock Osweiler from the Texans and now Pryor from the Jets.