NY Jets news: Jets speak with Odell Beckham, draft meeting with QB prospect
By Justin Fried
Free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made an appearance at the NFL's league meetings on Tuesday, and the NY Jets brass made sure to get in a quick chat with their rumored free-agent target.
Beckham was spotted talking with both general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh in what could be considered an "informal" meeting of sorts. Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News referred to the chat as an "extended conversation."
The Jets have maintained their interest in Beckham, and although Douglas insisted the team doesn't have an official visit lined up with him just yet, many believe they're the current leaders in the clubhouse to sign the former All-Pro wide receiver.
If Tuesday's interaction is anything to go off of, the Jets and Beckham appear to be on very good terms with one another.
Jets will meet with Purdue QB Aidan O'Connell
The Jets aren't focusing solely on Aaron Rodgers as it pertains to the quarterback position this offseason. They're also scouring the 2023 NFL Draft class for potential players to add to their QB room.
One such individual might be Purdue's Aidan O'Connell who the Jets reportedly have a private visit/workout scheduled with. The Jets are clearly keeping an eye on the former Big Ten standout.
A two-year starter at Purdue, O'Connell is considered a Day 3 prospect in this year's draft. His below-average physical traits will likely prevent him from ever being a star at the next level, but he has the skill set to be a capable long-term backup.
Don't be surprised if the Jets draft a quarterback on Day 3. O'Connell seems to be someone they're keeping close tabs on.
Jets players want to switch to the No. 0
The NFL announced that, starting in 2023, players will be allowed to wear the No. 0 for the first time in league history. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley was the first to announce he'd be wearing the new number, just hours after the ruling came in.
It seems as though multiple Jets players are interested in donning the No. 0. Running back Michael Carter tweeted out a simple "I would like to wear #0," throwing his name in the hat.
Meanwhile, defensive end John Franklin-Myers responded to a tweet from Turn on the Jets' Will Parkinson that read "First Jet to wear 0 will be ______?" Franklin-Myers filled in the blank with his own initials: JFM.
It remains to be seen which Jets player, if any, will wear the No. 0 in 2023. Evidently, there could be some competition.