A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Jets, Game Seven

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles speaks to reporters during NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles speaks to reporters during NFL football rookie minicamp, Friday, May 5, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons' schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season's end. We're up to Game Seven, when the Falcons will travel to East Rutherford, N.J. to face the New York Jets on Oct 29:



Falcons at New York Jets, at 1 p.m. Oct. 29

No longer with the Jets: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB Geno Smith, CB Darrelle Revis, C Nick Mangold, LT Ryan Clady, CB Nick Marshall and WR Brandon Marshall. Also, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey retired.  Quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo, running backs coach Marcel Shipp, defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, outside linebackers coach Mark Collins and defensive backs coach Joe Danna were not retained.

Key free agent signings/pickups: QB Josh McCown, CB Morris Claiborne, LT Kelvin Beachum and K Chandler Cantazaro.

New York Jets'  2017 NFL draft

1 6 Jamal Adams SAF LSU
2 39 Marcus Maye SAF Florida
3 79 ArDarius Stewart WR Alabama
4 141 Chad Hansen WR California
5 150 Jordan Leggett TE Clemson
5 181 Dylan Donahue DL West Georgia
6 188 Elijah McGuire RB Louisiana-Lafayette
6 197 Jeremy Clark CB Michigan
6 204 Derrick Jones CB Mississippi

Weaknesses: The Jets are trying to groom Christian Hackenberg to take over at quarterback. McCown was signed as a bridge to Hackenberg.  Wide receiver Eric Decker is expected to be recovered by hip and shoulder injuries by the start of training camp. A team with no quarterback is not going very far in today's NFL.

Strengths: Head coach Todd Bowles, who was a candidate for the Falcons' vacancy that went to Dan Quinn, got a franchise safety in Jamal Adams in the first round. It's not clear if the Jets are going to be patient enough to allow a full rebuild.

Comment: The Jets gutted their roster after going 5-11 last season. The prospects for 2017 are not very good and Bowles could be on the hot seat. The Jets have not been to the playoffs since 2010. Looks like another long season for Gang Green.


Exhibition season

Falcons at Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m. Aug. 10

Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers at 4 p.m. Aug. 20

Arizona Cardinals at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 26

Jacksonville Jaguars at Falcons at 7 p.m. Aug. 31

Regular season

Sept. 10 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Fox

Sept. 17 Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. NBC

Sept. 24 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. Fox

Oct. 1 Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS

Oct. 8 BYE

Oct. 15 Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS

Oct. 22 at New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m., NBC

Oct. 29 at New York Jets, 1 p.m., Fox

Nov. 5 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox

Nov. 12 Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., Fox

Nov. 20 at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Nov. 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 3 Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 7 New Orleans Saints (Thur), 8:25 p.m., NBC/NFL Network/Amazon

Dec. 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon). 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Dec. 24 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Fox

Dec. 31 Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox


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