Character be damned

Anyone who says the Jets are copying the Patriots blueprint are wrong. There is no way the Jets would sign a player with wide receiver Dante Stallworth's background.

The Patriots signed Stallworth on Saturday, a few days after the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he is in the NFL's substance-abuse program.

The Jets, under the leadership of GM Mike Tannenbaum and Coach Eric Mangini are staying away from players with Stallworth's off-the-field-resume.

But whatever you think of Stallworth the person, you can't argue with his talent. With his 4.3 speed, he's going to be very hard for the Jets corners to deal with twice a year.

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