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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets have promised an aggressive approach to rebuilding their roster, and they certainly have plenty of holes still to fill as the trading deadline approaches on Tuesday afternoon. They have the salary cap room to add players. They haven't been afraid to spend draft picks to do it.

So how active will they be in the next few hours?

That will depend on the price and who is actually available. If they can pry an edge rusher like Chandler Jones away from the Arizona Cardinals, for example, it might be worth it. A team source said the Jets are definitely on the lookout for help at key positions, such as edge rusher and receiver, and they have no fear of being "aggressive" for the right guy.

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Punch-less Jets fall to Bears 00:01:21
Todd Bowles, Sam Darnold, Morris Claiborne and Jamal Adams comment on the Jets' mistake-filled 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears

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The Jets dropped to 3-5 on the season in Chicago on Sunday as the Bears were too strong for them and eased to a comfortable 24-10 win.

The Jets had only trailed 7-3 at the half with one breakdown making all the difference. Tarik Cohen was completed untouched on a 70-yard screen pass as the Jets sent a seven-man rush and left the speedy back completely unaccounted for.

Although they stifled the Bears' offense for the most part, the Jets couldn't get anything going on offense, even though they strung together a season-high 14-play drive to account for their only first-half points. Things didn't get any better in the third quarter as they failed to register a first down, enabling the Bears to build their lead.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Jets (3-4) at the Chicago Bears (3-3) at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The bright side is that this could be a lot worse. It's Chicago in late October, and a storm system is moving through, so if it's not dropping snow then consider it a win. However, even with temperatures in the low 50s, there are thunderstorms expected throughout the morning and they certainly could linger into the afternoon. And the winds will be whipping -- 15-20 mph. Sounds like last week at the Meadowlands (only slightly warmer), and the Jets remember how that went.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs against Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Hayes Pullard during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs against Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Hayes Pullard during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

On Wednesday, Jets head coach Todd Bowles announced RB Bilal Powell needed surgery on a neck injury, and it was "possible" it was career-threatening. 

Luckily, that is no longer the case. 

Calling it a "misunderstanding of things," Bowles took to the podium after practice Thursday to say Powell is expected to return next season...

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Bilal Powell career in jeopardy 00:00:58
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles reveals that running back Bilal Powell needs neck surgery, and his injury could be career threatening.

Not only is Jets RB Bilal Powell's season coming to an end, but there's a possibility it could be his career as well. 

During his press conference on Wednesday, head coach Todd Bowles said Powell will undergo neck surgery. He also said his injury was similar to that of WR Quincy Enunwa's that held him out all of last season. 

However, in Powell's case, the injury is worse. Bowles said it is "possible" it could be a career-ending injury. 

Powell's injury occurred during the team's Week 7 matchup against the Vikings. He had five rushes for 20 yards in the contest. So far this season, Powell rushed for 343 yards on 80 carries with one touchdown reception as well. 

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Bilal Powell (29) Jason McCourty (30) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Bilal Powell (29) Jason McCourty (30) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

The Jets have placed RB Bilal Powell on injured reserve with a neck injury, suffering another big blow to their already depleted offense.

Powell, who turns 30 on Saturday, left this past Sunday's loss to the Vikings with the injury. He is in the final year of his contract and his 2018 season is likely over.

‪The team signed S Ibraheim Campbell to replace Powell on the roster.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

‪The injuries continue to pile up for the Jets. 

Jets S Doug Middleton suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Vikings and is undergoing more tests, head coach Todd Bowles said in a conference call on Monday. 

A source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that it is not as severe as the one that kept him out all of last year but will still likely end his season. 

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Vikings pull away from Jets 00:01:25
Todd Bowles, Sam Darnold, Jermaine Kearse and Jamal Adams comment on the Jets' mistake-riddled, 37-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets could have made a huge statement by beating the Minnesota Vikings, a true NFC contender, in what would've been their biggest victory of the season. And the Jets' defense did all it could to make it happen.

But in the end, the Jets learned what should have been obvious:

Sam Darnold isn't ready to be a contender just yet...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Copeland, Buster Skrine, Lachlan Edwards, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bilal Powell (29) Jason McCourty (30) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Bilal Powell (29) Jason McCourty (30) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Jets RB Bilal Powell won't return to Sunday's contest against the Vikings after suffering a neck injury. 

Powell recorded 21 yards on five rushes as well as one catch for five yards before exiting. 

Coming into this game, the veteran back totaled 323 yards on 75 carries, while hauling in 10 catchesd for 105 yards and a touchdown. 

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Jets talk 42-34 victory 00:01:09
Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Jermaine Kearse, Chris Herndon and Todd Bowles talk about the positives after a huge win over the Colts, 42-34.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As the Jets celebrated the 50th anniversary of their last Super Bowl championship team, Sam Darnold gave them even more reason to believe that the next one won't be too far off.

The 21-year-old Darnold, in his first real shootout against a top tier NFL quarterback, out-played Andrew Luck on Sunday afternoon. He completed 24 of 30 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to lead the Jets to a 42-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Luck was pretty good too (23 of 43, 301 yards and 4 touchdowns), except for the fact that he threw three interceptions. He also even nearly engineered a second-half comeback but fell an onside kickoff recovery short. But overall, Darnold was the more impressive quarterback for most of the game, after he shook off a shaky start. He did get help from a Jets defense that forced four turnovers, but the running game wasn't nearly as good as it has been...

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets running back Isaiah Crowell credited everyone but himself after he broke the franchise single-game rushing record in Sunday's 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

"I gotta give all the credit to the O-line," Crowell said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "I can't take the credit. Really, the holes were open. Anybody could've ran through them. It just happened to be me. ... I felt like [offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates] basically committed to the run, and I feel like our O-line did their thing."

Crowell totaled a career-high 219 rushing yards on 15 carries, which according to ESPN's Rich Cimini set the NFL record for yards per carry in a game (14.6). His highlight Sunday was a 77-yard touchdown run in a 21-point second quarter that sparked New York.

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) scrambles during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) scrambles during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

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After the conservative nature of their offensive approach during their Week 3 loss in Cleveland, the Jets were under pressure to take more downfield shots in Week 4. They did exactly that, but without any real success. Sam Darnold ended up with 17 completions on 34 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. His only interception was negated by a flag but he was sacked three times.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions:

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass under pressure from Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass under pressure from Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

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The Jets suffered a dispiriting 31-12 loss on the road in Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon. Let's break down how each unit performed...

Quarterbacks

Sam Darnold didn't throw an interception this week, although he had one negated by a penalty flag. He only completed 50 percent of his passes and was sacked three times as the Jets were shut out in the first half and didn't get into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Darnold missed on some deep balls, which could have made the game closer...

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Jags pound Jets 00:01:12
Todd Bowles, Leonard Williams and Sam Darnold comment on the Sunday's 31-12 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars

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Last season, the Jets didn't lose their third game until Week Six, but they've already dug themselves a hole this season, as the Jacksonville Jaguars handed them their third consecutive loss on Sunday. Once again, the Jets had a listless start and were unable to get back into the game as Jacksonville held on for a 31-12 win that arguably wasn't as close as the final score makes it sound.

On a hot and humid afternoon in Florida, it wasn't an ideal scenario for the Jaguars to march down the field on their two first possessions, chewing up over several minutes on each drive. However, the drive stalled in the red zone each time and Jacksonville settled for a pair of field goals and a 6-0 lead.

The Jets, by contrast, got off to a slow start offensively, as they once again seemed reluctant to throw downfield and punted after each of their first three possessions.

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Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Jets are on the hunt again for a big playmaker, this time in Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell

Hearing the news that Pittsburgh was listening in on potential trade offers for the Pro Bowler, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano the Jets are "monitoring" the situation, which means the team called to see if the reports were true. 

There has been no offers made at this early stage, as the conversation is "very, very premliminary."

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets blew a 14-0 lead and lost 21-17 to the Browns on Thursday night. Let's break down how each unit performed.

Quarterbacks

Rookie Sam Darnold had his worst game so far, although he was arguably somewhat hamstrung by an overly conservative game plan. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards and threw two interceptions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Cleveland Browns, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Neal Sterling, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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The Jets suffered a disheartening 20-12 defeat to the Dolphins in their home opener on Sunday afternoon. Let's break down how each unit performed.

Quarterbacks

While Sam Darnold passed for over 330 yards and a touchdown, the Jets missed several opportunities to get back into the game. There is cause for concern over Darnold's ability to see the field as he didn't anticipate a safety sitting on the route on his first interception and failed to see a couple of wide-open receivers that were open for potential big plays...

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa celebrates a first down during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa celebrates a first down during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets may not have a player who's regarded as a true No. 1 wide receiver or running back, so they're embracing the depth they have on offense.

"You can't win with one player,'' Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro. "We need every man that's dressed to contribute. If everyone shows their talent -- and it's our job as coaches to showcase what they do best -- then it takes a team effort and you get a team win.''

New York entered the season without a receiver who was regarded in the same tier of stardom as players like Antonio Brown or Julio Jones, but it did boast its depth. After all, the Jets, thanks to a receiving corps of Quincy EnunwaRobby AndersonJermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor, are the only team with four players with an 800-yard season.

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The Jets opened their season in improbable fashion as they beat down the Lions 48-17 in Week 1 in Detroit. Here are grades for each unit...

Quarterbacks

Rookie Sam Darnold couldn't have had a worse start as his awful first pass was intercepted and returned for a score. But once his "Welcome to the NFL moment" was out of the way, he settled down nicely and had an efficient performance. He completed a deep ball -- something he didn't get a chance to do in the preseason -- for a touchdown to Robby Anderson and made some good throws on the move.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson celebrates with quarterback Sam Darnold after the two connect for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson celebrates with quarterback Sam Darnold after the two connect for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold rebounded from his first NFL pass attempt, a pick-six, by throwing for two touchdowns and leading New York to a season-opening 48-17 rout over the Detroit Lions on Monday at Ford Field.

Darnold completed 16 of 21 touchdowns and threw touchdowns to Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, becoming the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for multiple touchdowns in his NFL debut.

His first pass attempt was exactly like how Brett Favre and Jameis Winston's ended up: intercepted and returned for a touchdown. After scrambling out of the pocket, he threw across his body intended for Bilal Powell, but Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs jumped the route and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. 

From there, however, the 21-year-old Darnold, the youngest player to start in Week 1 since the AFL-NFL merger, was strong.

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Jets fall to Dolphins, 20-12 00:01:00
Todd Bowles, Sam Darnold, and Jamal Adams look back at mistakes, and look ahead to what's next after the Jets fell to the Dolphins, 20-12

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Jets fans filled the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon, hoping to see for themselves what all the Sam Darnold excitement was about. Instead, they got reminder of the truth about rookie quarterbacks: No matter how good they are, they all struggle and make inexcusable mistakes.

In other words, The Darnold Era hit its first bump in the road.

It's not that Darnold was bad. He wasn't. He 25 of 41 for 334 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, and he had some really terrific throws and moments in the Jets' 20-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins. It's just that he did what he mostly avoided doing in the opener last Monday night. He made some big mistakes in some big spots.

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SNY gives out the Jets grades 00:00:58
Bart Scott, Ray Lucas, and Willie Colon deliver their grades for the Jets in their Week 1 Reports Cards following the big win over Detroit.

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Sam Darnold's debut began with the most Jet-like first pass in franchise history. After more than 40 years of waiting for a franchise quarterback, the first thing he does is throw a pick-six?

It's a good thing nobody in New York would ever overreact to one play!

Because after that, the kid was pretty good. And the Jets were even better.

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Jets talk big win in Detroit 00:01:26
Sam Darnold, Todd Bowles, Quincy Enunwa, and Darron Lee talk about a big opening week win for the Jets on Monday night in Detroit

Sam Darnold's NFL debut started with a pick-six. The rest of it went smoothly.

The Jets rookie quarterback threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-21 passing, Darron Lee had two of the Jets' five interceptions (including a pick-six) and Andre Roberts returned a punt for a touchdown as New York scored 31 unanswered points in a 48-17 win over the Detriot Lions 41-17 on Monday at Ford Field.

After Matthew Stafford's touchdown pass to Golden Tate tied the game at 17 in the third quarter, Darnold led a six-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 21-yard touchdown to Quincy Enunwa that made it 24-17.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Todd Bowles has never acknowledged that the Jets are a rebuilding team, no matter how obvious that may seem. He won't address the likely struggles his team will face with a 21-year-old rookie quarterback leading the way.

In fact, with a straight face, he refuses to rule out any possibility for his young team -- including the possibility of winning it all.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One New York rookie running back has already generated tons of buzz this season. But is expected for Giants RB Saquon Barkley given his No. 2 overall pick status. 

But, just a few miles away, the 204th overall pick Trenton Cannon is thriving at Jets training camp. 

Cannon has been turning heads early on as he looks to be a depth piece behind veterans Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell. And it's Cannon's breakaway speed that is making the Jets smile.

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Bilal Powell (29) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Bilal Powell (29) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Last week, we broke down the quarterback battle, which is sure to headline training camp this year for the Jets. Let's break down the other battles for starting roles and consider the candidates at each spot.

Running back - Bilal Powell v Isaiah Crowell

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Jacksonville Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to break down each position in terms of which players are fighting for those final roster spots. Who is in danger of being cut? Who has a chance to earn themselves a bigger role? We start with a look at the running back position.

Probable roster locks

Anything is possible, but the expectation heading to camp is that Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell will assume the top two spots. Powell is the incumbent veteran and a Todd Bowles favorite, so he's certainly expected to at least begin camp as the No. 1.

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire lunges for yards defended by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the next few weeks, we're going to look back at last year's rookies in an effort to assess what their role will be in 2018 and where we can expect them to make improvements on what they brought to the table last year.

Elijah McGuire had what looked like being a breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 4, when he racked up 131 yards on 12 touches, including a spectacular 69-yard touchdown run. However, that breakout never fully materialized as he struggled to produce much over the rest of the year, other than the occasional flash. Will he be able to earn a more significant role in 2018?

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) during the third quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) during the third quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

New Jets running back Isaiah Crowell looks to make an immediate impact in New York's backfield after spending four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Crowell, who recorded 853 rushing yards and 182 receiving yards last season for the Browns, joined a Jets backfield that also includes Bilal PowellElijah McGuire and the newly-acquired Thomas Rawls.

"I want to be a big-time player here," Crowell said, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello. "I want to prove it to my coaches and my teammates that I've got what it takes to be an every-down back and help my team win games."

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets added running back help in the sixth round, selecting Virginia State RB Trenton Cannon with the No. 204 overall pick. 

Cannon led the CIAA (Division II) in rushing after posting 1,638 yards on 212 attempts (148.9 per game). He also scored 17 touchdowns, which led his Trojan team. 

Cannon adds running back depth to Gang Green, who lost Matt Forte to retirement. He joins a running backs room that is led by Bilal Powell and sophomore Elijah McGuire

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The Jets made a solid offer, but it wasn't enough to land one a dynamic weapon in RB Jerick McKinnon this offseason.

McKinnon was high on the Jets' list of players they sought with their generous cap space this offseason, according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta. However, he eventually signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers that includes $12 million guaranteed for next season. 

Like the Jets, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan understood how versatile McKinnon's skill set could be in his offense, which is why he made such a hard push for him. Jets' OC Jeremy Bates and run-game coordinator Rick Dennison both worked under Kyle's father, Mike Shanahan, so it isn't surprising a player like McKinnon was high on their radar. 

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

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The Jets are looking to add some running back help. And if they can take a key player away from the New England Patriots, even better.

They'd accomplish both if they're able to sign free agent Dion Lewis, whom they are interested in according to an NFL source. The 27-year-old Lewis is one of the top backs on the market, and the Patriots are trying to lure him back too.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) warms up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

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Ideally, Mike Maccagnan would prefer to build a team through the draft, to spend time developing his own players, and then paying them before they hit the open market. Spending big in free agency isn't usually the most efficient way to rebuild a program.

But the reality is the Jets have more than $90 million of space under the $177.2 million salary cap, and Maccagnan plans to spend a lot of it...

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Three years ago, the Jets seemed to have the makings of the best defensive line in football. They added Leonard Williams to a line that already featured Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Damon Harrison. The potential seemed to be huge.

Now Wilkerson, Richardson, and Harrison are all gone, and Williams is coming off a disappointing, two-sack season. So, it makes sense that the Jets will spend a bunch of their $90 million or so of salary cap space in upgrading their defensive line

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Orleans Darkwa, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is pursued by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell on a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter during an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Heading into the 2017 season, it was thought that the Jets would need to lean on their running game to be competitive. However, the running game was ranked just 19th in the NFL. Moreover, they ranked near the bottom of the league in short yardage situations and in terms of their percentage of runs that got stuffed.

The Jets have three picks in the top 50 in the upcoming NFL Draft and plenty of cap space with which to build their 2018 roster. Could the addition of an elite back elevate the Jets' running game to greater heights or is this mainly just a function of the run-blocking up front?

The contributions the Jets got from their running backs in 2017 were pretty much as expected. Matt Forté showed the occasional flash but continues to look like a player who is past his prime. Bilal Powell will give you a game or two of excellent production as a lead back but continues not to be durable enough to sustain that over any extended period. Rookie Elijah McGuire showed some potential, but also ran hot and cold...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Matt Forte
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(Brian Fluharty)

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The Patriots predictably disposed of the Jets effortlessly in the season finale, winning 26-6. From the Jets' perspective, the game was fairly meaningless, and they used it to get another look at some of the players whose future roles with the team are uncertain.

Let's break down the offensive performance from Sunday's game...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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Head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Bryce Petty talk about the Jets' loss to the Patriots in their final game of the 2017 season.

The Jets were limited to just two field goals in a season-ending 26-6 loss to the Patriots on Sunday in Foxboro. >> Box Score

 

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Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Korey Toomer celebrates with defensive end Tenny Palepoi after sacking New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers inside linebacker Korey Toomer celebrates with defensive end Tenny Palepoi after sacking New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets were competitive again, as they have been in every home game this year, but struggled to generate enough offense or any impact plays on defense. Meanwhile, the Chargers managed to keep their playoff hopes alive in a sloppy game that saw the teams combine for 18 punts. For New York, there's the sense that the conclusion of the season next week will predominantly be a relief to players and coaches alike for the Jets.

Let's break down the offensive performance from Sunday's game:

Quarterbacks

Bryce Petty was once again erratic and is doing little to convince anyone he has much of a future at this level. Statistically, he's been worse than he was last year, and the Jets' resolve to get him to throw downfield more often didn't manifest itself, as he averaged just four yards per attempt for the day and threw just one pass in the third quarter -- the only quarter in which the Jets scored any points.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs against Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Hayes Pullard during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs against Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Hayes Pullard during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets running back Bilal Powell credited New York's offensive line for scoring a 57-yard touchdown and totaling 148 yards on the ground in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

"The offensive line did a tremendous job of getting on their guys, executing the run game," Powell said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "We knew the look that we needed and they got into the looks that we did and we just executed the play."

The Jets trailed 7-0 early in the third quarter after Chargers kicker Nick Rose missed a 47-yard field goal. New York took over at their own 37-yard line, and on third-and-4 from their own 43, Powell took a toss from Bryce Petty and broke free down the left side for his fifth touchdown of the season.

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Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (99) and cornerback Trevor Williams (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (99) and cornerback Trevor Williams (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the end this will be another losing season and another year where the playoffs happen without them. And in the end, it's probably another in a decades-long string of disappointments given how many of these games the Jets should have won.

 

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Bowles and Petty on Jets loss 00:01:59
Todd Bowles and Bryce Petty discuss the Jets' 14-7 loss to the Chargers on Christmas Eve.

Bilal Powell accrued a game-high 145 yards rushing and the Jets' defense kept the Chargers at bay, but Bryce Petty struggled with accuracy and the Jets sputtered en route to a 14-7 loss at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. >> Box Score 

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles and QB Bryce Petty discuss their inability to convert on big plays and capitalize on three forced turnovers.

In Bryce Petty's first start of the season after Josh McCown's season-ending injury, the Jets lost to the Saints 30-19. The defense played admirably against the league's offense, but struggled in covering the dynamic backfield of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

Petty completed 18 of 37 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Elijah McGuire led the team in receiving with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. 

Bilal Powell led the team in rushing with 44 yards on 13 attempts with a touchdown...

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

The Jets recorded 100 yards of total offense and turned the ball over twice as they were shut out against Von Miller and the Denver Broncos, 23-0, Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Josh McCown threw an interception and lost a fumble before leaving the game late in the third quarter due to a left hand injury. Bryce Petty completed just two of nine passes for 14 yards in his absence.

Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 48 rushing yards on 19 attempts, while Robby Anderson, who totaled 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the past two games, was limited to three catches for 27 yards.

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New York Jets center Wesley Johnson cannot grab the ball after New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown fumbled for a turnover in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets center Wesley Johnson cannot grab the ball after New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown fumbled for a turnover in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's hard to call them the "same old Jets" because things aren't as bad and dysfunctional as they've been in the past. They are building something, even if the growing pains are increasingly painful.

But Sunday's loss, on the heels of a string of bad losses, sure did have the "same old" feel.

How else to explain the Jets once again holding their own against one of the better teams in the NFL only to maddeningly throw it all away in the fourth quarter, this time with their already thin playoff hopes clinging to the line? Their 35-27 home loss to the Carolina Panthers was their fifth loss in six games, and it felt like all the others. If only they hadn't made so many mind-boggling mistakes at key points late in the game.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Buster Skrine, Carolina Panthers, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

When Bilal Powell was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Jets, he was joining a backfield that included the legendary LaDainian Tomlinson. 

Powell only appeared in two games that season but the knowledge he picked up from Tomlinson in the Hall of Famer's final season was invaluable to his career...

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(Aaron Doster)

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Unlike the previous week, the Jets offense looked stale in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday.

Consistency is what the players didn't see from the unit after the game. As the Jets tried to find a rhythm, something would halt them in their tracks. Josh McCown says it's on the veterans like him because they didn't pull the team together. 

"Myself and the other veterans have to pull these [young] guys along, help us find consistency and be better," McCown told Jets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "Because every unit, at some point this year, has played and shown that they can play with the best in the league. But we have to do that for four quarters week in and week out and we didn't do that today. We have to take these next two weeks to get healthy, look in the mirror and figure out ways to do that and be better, so we can make a run down the stretch."

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chad Hansen (16) reacts with a towel over his head during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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What a waste of an opportunity.

That's the only way to describe that hideous, 15-10 loss the Jets had on Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets had showed so much promise in recent weeks. They were 10 days removed from their best win of the season. They were getting everyone excited as they sat on the edge of the AFC playoff picture.

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