The Jets brass was already out there for USC quarterback Sam Darnold’s Pro Day on Wednesday. They shifted to UCLA on Thursday to get another look at Rosen. They also attended his Pro Day last week.
The workout, like Darnold’s Pro Day, was conducted in a downpour.
From UCLA, the group will go to Wyoming for Josh Allen’s Pro Day on Friday and then to Oklahoma for a private workout with Baker Mayfield on Saturday.
Johnson, who played under the franchise tag for the last two years with the Rams, said he knows what he can bring to the Jets.
“I’m a game changer,” he said. “I’m a playmaker. I bring leadership to the team. I’m big, I’m fast, and I used to be a receiver back in college, so my hands have always been strong for me.”
The Jets are still shopping for free agents, but they are clearly now looking for bargains with players that remain on the market. They had former Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines in Florham Park for a visit Thursday, a source said. … The Jets and Giants were both among the teams that watched former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throw at the University of San Diego Pro Day on Thursday, according to ESPN.
“But then, even then, Jimmy had to really prove himself.”
Lynch did not elaborate on when Shanahan changed his mind, but it likely didn’t take long with Garoppolo’s performance to end the 2017 season. The career backup to Tom Brady started his first game with the 49ers in Week 13, beating the Bears with 293 yards passing, and never looked back, winning his next four starts, too.
“Kyle was really smart. He didn’t play [Garoppolo] right away,” Lynch explained. “He waited until he had a semblance of our scheme and when he did put him in, he put him in a position to succeed. Then, I would tell you that Jimmy really impressed Kyle to the point where he said, ‘This is our guy.’ …
“Our thought is if he can go through a complete offseason and really master the system, he can get even better.”
The 49ers bet a lot of money on that belief, signing the 26-year-old Garoppolo to the biggest contract in football at the time, for five years and $137.5 million. He got $74 million of that guaranteed and will accrue $27.5 million annually.