Mark the Jets as one team that’s not taking Jimmy Garoppolo lightly.

Asked Monday about the possibility of Tom Brady’s absence opening the door for them in the AFC East, the Jets said all the right things.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

Mark the Jets as one team that’s not taking Jimmy Garoppolo lightly.

Asked Monday about the possibility of Tom Brady’s absence opening the door for them in the AFC East, the Jets said all the right things.

“(Jimmy) Garoppolo can play,” New York coach Todd Bowles told the Daily News. “They don’t worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It’s theirs until somebody takes it from them.

“They got a good team,” Bowles added. “It’s not just us. It’s everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They’re a tough team. They’re a tough out. They’ve had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There’s a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They’ve found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to.”

Are the Patriots more vulnerable now without Brady for the first quarter of the season?

”I don’t know,” said New York defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. “I don’t like playing the Patriots when (Brady is) not on the field. I like knocking the top dogs off their chair. Personally, I like the challenge. I like going against the best.  He’s one of the best. Probably the best to ever play.”

That’s not to suggest that Richardson has gone soft on the prospect of his division rivals.

“Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean I have to be disrespectful to them,” he said.

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Christopher Price

There have already been a few changes to ESPN’s NFL programming this season with the addition of Randy Moss and now it appears there will be another shake up.

There have already been a few changes to ESPN’s NFL programming this season with the addition of Randy Moss and now it appears there will be another shake up.

According to the New York Daily News, analyst Tom Jackson is likely out at the network after 28 years.

Once source told the paper he is weighing his options, while another said the odds of him returning are “long.”

Following last season ESPN parted ways with Mike Ditka (he remains with ESPN in a limited capacity), Cris Carter, and Keyshawn Johnson. There are also reports that this will be Chris Berman’s last season with the network as well.

In addition to Moss, ESPN has hired Matt Hasselbeck, and Charles Woodson for their NFL shows this season.

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Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been treated very differently by the NFL.</p>
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Join Chris Price of WEEI.com for a pre-camp chat Tuesday at noon.

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Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Clay Harbor, Tre’ Jackson, Dion Lewis, Shaq Mason and Sebastian Vollmer were all placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Patriots, according to Monday’s NFL transaction wire.

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Clay Harbor, Tre’ Jackson, Dion Lewis, Shaq Mason and Sebastian Vollmer were all placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Patriots, according to Monday’s NFL transaction wire.

No big surprises here, as some of them were slowed by injury at the end of the 2015 season (like Lewis), while others had offseason surgeries or procedures (like Edelman) and missed portions of the spring workouts.

The PUP list allows players who are unable to start training camp the ability to sit out until the medical staff provides clearance. Once they are medically cleared, they’re allowed to practice immediately. For the players who start training camp on the list, they will be eligible for the reserve PUP list at the start of the regular season — as long as they have never been removed from the Active PUP list during training camp.

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Christopher Price

How the Patriots balance quarterback reps between Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady will be one big thing to look for at camp this summer.</p>
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In the wake of the NFL’s decision to clear Peyton Manning in the Al-Jazeera/HGH case, the NFLPA has issued a statement.