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Jets don't rule out drafting Marcus Mariota

Oregon's Marcus Mariota warms up for the Valero

Oregon's Marcus Mariota warms up for the Valero Alamo Bowl against Texas in San Antonio on Dec. 30, 2013. Credit: AP / Eric Gay

The Jets haven't ruled out making a run at Marcus Mariota in the NFL Draft, even with quarterbacks Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick on their roster.

Asked specifically about the team's interest in Mariota, a projected top 10 pick, general manager Mike Maccagnan on Thursday insisted all options are on the table next month.

"I don't think any player is either on or off our board in terms of what we would do based on our current roster,'' said Maccagnan, who traded a late-round pick to the Texans last week in exchange for Fitzpatrick.

The Jets attended Mariota's pro day in Eugene, Oregon, earlier this month, and Maccagnan said the organization will be on hand for projected No. 1 pick Jameis Winston's pro day on March 31.

But even if they're unable to land either quarterback with the No. 6 pick, Maccagnan said he's comfortable going into training camp with Smith and Fitzpatrick.

"As it stands right now? Absolutely,'' he said.

Fitzpatrick, however, still is rehabbing the broken left leg he suffered in December. That means Smith and third-stringer Matt Simms will share the bulk of the reps during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. But Maccagnan expects Fitzpatrick, 32, to be full-go by training camp.

Maccagnan, who spent the 2014 season with Fitzpatrick in Houston, praised his work ethic, personality and leadership. He also cited Fitzpatrick's history with new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

Maccagnan, however, wouldn't say whether there will be an open competition between Smith and Fitzpatrick in camp.

"We have a lot of time ahead of us here before we get to the opening day roster,'' he said. "But I would say, simply, we're trying to make every position competitive. It's going to be a competitive environment, and we'll see how it all plays out.''

Although some have questioned his decision to spend $149 million on secondary upgrades without a franchise quarterback, Maccagnan preached patience.

"We're trying to build a foundation going into the future,'' he said, " . . . so we can't address every need or everything we may target initially.''

Maccagnan didn't give a timetable for completing defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson's contract extension but said: "Muhammad's obviously a very good player and we definitely want to keep him in the organization. That will be something that will kind of unfold here at some point in time in the future.''

According to Maccagnan, Osi Umenyiora's trip to the facility on Wednesday was only a 10-minute "social visit'' with coach Todd Bowles. Maccagnan said he had no idea the former Giants defensive end was in the building until much later. But even though it wasn't a formal free-agent visit, Maccagnan said the Jets "probably'' will talk internally about Umenyiora.

Notes & quotes: Speaking of former Giants, the Jets signed T James Brewer . . . Former Raiders WR Denarius Moore visited Thursday.

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