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Leonard Williams 1-on-1 00:02:05
New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams speak to SNY's Jeane Coakley about the Jets tough 33-0 loss to the Patriots.

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After his second interception of the game, with the Jets already trailing, 24-0, Sam Darnold was catching his breath on the sidelines, lamenting the blitzes that kept breaking through the offensive line. It was clear he was either rattled or, at the least, confused by what he was seeing.

That's when the ESPN mic caught him saying "I'm seeing ghosts."

That's not a good sign for a quarterback, but it's clear that's what was happening. He was under so much pressure in the pocket, forced to deal with pass rushers coming from everywhere, he couldn't get an accurate read on the coverage. He was seeing things that weren't there, and not seeing things that were there.

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New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) lines up with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) lines up with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

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After a disappointing start to the season, the Jets vowed to work towards improving matters coming out of the bye week. They made two lineup changes - one enforced due to injury and one that was apparently a coach's decision - but it didn't seem to help as they gave up a season-high 10 sacks in the loss to the Eagles.

In his appearance on ESPN Radio's Michael Kay Show on Monday, Adam Gase stated that the team is going to work some different combinations of players in practice to try and figure out which lineup works best. They will be keen to be competitive over the next few weeks to try and turn the season around, but with Sam Darnold returning to action on Sunday, protecting their prized asset becomes their number one priority.

Despite the gaudy sack numbers, was the offensive line really any worse on Sunday? A breakdown of the film reveals that only one of the sacks was registered within 2.5 seconds, as stand-in quarterback Luke Falk was slow to process, didn't get rid of the ball quickly enough, and didn't do a good job of moving around to extend plays.

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) blocks a pass made by New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) blocks a pass made by New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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With the Jets on their bye week, we've been reviewing some of the Jets players, looking in detail at their season so far and what to expect from them coming out of the bye week. We're looking at a mixture of players who've exceeded expectations and that have been disappointing so far. We continue today with a collective look at the offensive line.

Expectations prior to the season

Throughout preseason, the Jets expressed confidence in Jonotthan Harrison to man the center position, despite him having been far from convincing while relieving Spencer Long over the second half of last year. However, their actions belied that public display of faith, as they convinced veteran Ryan Kalil to come out of retirement, gave him a lucrative one-year deal and announced he would be the starter. They had already brought in veteran Kelechi Osemele via trade to be the starting left guard, hoping he'd bounce back from an injury plagued 2018 campaign.

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Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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Although the bombshell move for veteran center Ryan Kalil was announced yesterday, many Jets fans remain dissatisfied with the state of their offensive line. If anything, suggestions among some fans that the Jets should make another move have only intensified. Disgruntled Washington left tackle Trent Williams is the current object of their desire.

Reports indicate that the perennial Pro Bowler's relationship with medical staff is so fractured that he intends to continue holding out, even though he faces substantial fines. He obviously wants to be traded, with the Jets' divisional rival New England believed to be one potential suitor.

If the 31-year old becomes available, he would provide the Jets with a further upgrade to a unit that struggled badly last season but has since been bolstered by the additions of Kalil and guard Kelechi Osemele. On paper, it could give them one of the best starting groups in the league, while also blocking the Patriots from upgrading a potential problem area.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Kelvin Beachum, Sam Darnold
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The Jets weren't very aggressive in what was a shallow free agent market for centers back in March. They seemed content to go with Jonotthan Harrison at that position. Or at least former GM Mike Maccagnan did.

But coach Adam Gase was reportedly uncomfortable with that decision, and now new GM Joe Douglas found a solution. In the GM's first big splash since he was hired in June, he lured Ryan Kalil, a five-time Pro Bowl center, out of retirement on Thursday.

And that could be a huge boost to the Jets' offensive line.

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In a surprise, C Ryan Kalil is coming out of retirement to join the Jets, the team announced Thursday.

The 34-year-old Kalil retired after last season, but is returning on a one-year, $8.4 million deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed

Kalil -- who has been named to the Pro Bowl five times -- weighed in on the move when tweeting shortly after the news broke:

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets draft Chuma Edoga in 3rd 00:00:47
New York Jets take offensive lineman Chuma Edoga out of USC in the 3rd round who is Sam Darnold's former teammate.

The Jets traded up from their second third-round pick, moving from No. 93 to No. 92 to grab USC offensive tackle Chuma Edoga. The Jets gave the Vikings their seventh-round pick (No. 217) to jump one spot.


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Oct 20, 2018; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard (60) celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports  (James Snook)
Oct 20, 2018; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard (60) celebrates a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports (James Snook)

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It's been a common refrain this season that the Jets need to overhaul their entire offensive line. However, they don't really have an urgent need to address the tackle positions in the short term, as the team has confidence in Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell. However, both Beachum and Shell are out of contract at the end of the year. While Shell is a candidate to sign a lucrative extension, Beachum will be 30 in June, so the Jets perhaps need to find his heir apparent.

Much of the attention in this draft cycle has been centered around Alabama's Jonah Williams at the tackle position, with Jawaan Taylor from Florida considered the primary alternative to Williams. However, Washington State's Andre Dillard's stock seems to be on the rise.

Could Dillard actually be the ideal fit to be the Jets' long-term solution on the blind side? Let's review what he brings to the table.

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Vacc talks Jets "D" 00:01:10
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano shares some insights on who the Jets may be targeting in the NFL Draft to improve their pass rush

INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase set the stage for an aggressive offseason for the Jets when they met the media at the NFL scouting combine last week, in part because they have no choice. They have a depleted roster, tons of cap room, a high draft pick, and a willingness to trade.

So how will they reshape their roster? They didn't exactly lay out a blueprint. But from their press conferences and plenty of info from NFL sources, here are 10 things we learned about the Jets' plans while they were at the combine...

1. The Jets aren't trading for Antonio Brown

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Oct 28, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (78) rushes as Florida Gators offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (65) blocks during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 28, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Trenton Thompson (78) rushes as Florida Gators offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (65) blocks during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Over the next month or so, we're going to be reviewing some of the top draft prospects at each position to assess some potential candidates that the Jets will show interest in. We continue today with a look at the 2019 offensive tackle class...

Jets Needs: Offensive Tackles

While the prevailing wisdom is that the Jets desperately need to upgrade on the offensive line, they don't have an urgent need to bring aboard a starter for 2019.

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Jets GM takes stock of season 00:02:01
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan talks to SNY's Jeane Coakley about Sam Darnold's development, and his hopes for the rest of the season.

While the Jets didn't make a move at the trade deadline earlier this week, GM Mike Maccagnan said the team was pursuing a move and that New York would be "very active" during free agency in the offseason.

"I feel very good about where the team is right now ... but we're not where we want to be," Maccagnan said on Thursday, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.

Though Maccagnan said he was frustrated at the Jets' 3-5 record, he said he found rookie quarterback Sam Darnold's growth promising and believes the Jets, who are projected to have at least $90 million in salary cap space in the offseason, according to Over The Cap, are putting themselves in a position to "springboard this thing forward," according to The Athletic's Connor Hughes.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold recovers a high snap as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Malveaux applies pressure during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold recovers a high snap as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Malveaux applies pressure during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets dropped to 3-6 with a disappointing loss in Miami on Sunday. Let's evaluate three of the New York's best performers and three players who struggled.

Losers

QB Sam Darnold

While some of his struggles were in part attributable to the poor performance of his offensive line, Darnold had an erratic performance that saw him throw a career-worst four interceptions, one of which was returned for the game's only touchdown. He was also lucky not to be intercepted on a few more errant throws.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Miami Dolphins, Elijah McGuire, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Sam Darnold
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Khalil Mack (52) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Khalil Mack (52) Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Jets right tackle Brandon Shell won't have to bear the responsibility of stopping Khalil Mack, who has been ruled inactive before the team faces Chicago on the road Sunday afternoon.

Sam Darnold and the offense may have caught a break as it looks to move to .500.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson (groin) will also be out for the Bears, while Gang Green has seven inactive players: WR Robby Anderson, CB Trumaine Johnson, CB Derrick Jones, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, OL Dakota Dozier, WR Quincy Enunwa and DL Folorunso Fatukasi.

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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Chicago Bears, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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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...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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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...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Neal Sterling, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Rontez Miles, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor, Terrence Brooks
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While most experts agree that the Jets need a few upgrades on the offensive line, it's unclear whether that will happen at the tackle position this offseason. However, the Jets should at least be in the market for a future contributor and enhanced depth.

Kelvin Beachum is entering the second season of a three-year deal at left tackle and his roster spot is secure because his salary is guaranteed. Beachum started all 16 games and did a solid job in pass protection, surrendering just four sacks.

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While most experts agree that the Jets need a few upgrades on the offensive line, it's unclear whether that will happen at the tackle position this offseason. However, the Jets should at least be in the market for a future contributor and enhanced depth.

Kelvin Beachum is entering the second season of a three-year deal at left tackle and his roster spot is secure because his salary is guaranteed. Beachum started all 16 games and did a solid job in pass protection, surrendering just four sacks.

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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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Dec 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jets 31-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Dec 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jets 31-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Seven Jets were held out of Wednesday's practice as the team prepares for their final game of the 2017 season on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

DE Leonard Williams (back), OL Brandon Shell (concussion), WR Robby Anderson (illness), RB Matt Forte (knee) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ribs/foot), DB Mo Claiborne (foot) and WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle) did not practice.

LB Jordan Jenkins (ankle/shoulder) was a limited participant. 

The Jets also placed G Brian Winters (abdomen) on injured reserve Wednesday and promoted DE Deon Simon from the practice squad.

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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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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)

Jets RT Brandon Shell and DL Leonard Williams left Sunday's game against the Chargers, the team announced, and neither will return.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (5-9) against Los Angeles Chargers (7-7) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas … keep dreaming. On the day before, it'll be in the low 40s, partly cloudy and light winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Nothing. At least not to the Jets -- although if they're still at all undecided on the future of Todd Bowles, a respectable showing down the stretch can only help. The Chargers, meanwhile, are one game back in both the wild-card and AFC West races.

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Despite being heavy underdogs, the Jets gave a solid account of themselves this week, exploiting some sloppy play from the Saints to make Sunday's game competitive deep into the fourth quarter. In the end, the Saints' offensive playmaking abilities were too much for the Jets to keep up with, but at least they quieted those critics who had been saying they'd get blown out again.

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

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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Any lingering hopes of the Jets remaining in playoff contention were put to rest by a struggling Broncos team that was met with scant resistance in their 23-0 win. This continues a season-long pattern of futility on the road for this Jets team, which drops to 5-8 on the year and now seems destined to end up 5-11 for the season season in a row.

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

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) at Sports Authority field at Mile high in Denver, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER:

December in Denver is always a little nicer than I think it's going to be. Temperatures on Sunday should be slightly over 60 with light winds and sunny skies.

WHAT IT MEANS

It means everything to the Jets. They are two games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the last wild-card spot in the AFC with only four games to play, so they can't afford any slip-ups. They also have to hope for some help because just to get to the Ravens, they have to jump over the Chargers, Bills and Raiders, who are all one game ahead of the Jets. It's not going to be easy. It's probably impossible. But the Jets have no shot if they don't win all four of their remaining games.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

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

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) (Ed Mulholland)

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Once again, the Jets gave a tough opponent all they could handle, but they also gave them a few gifts which proved to be the difference in another disheartening home loss. The Jets have now lost five of their last six games, with all five losses being in one-possession games.

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

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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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, Buffalo Bills, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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CB Morris Claiborne (foot) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, foot) are questionable for the Jets' game Thursday night against the Bills.

S Terrence Brooks (hamstring) and T Brandon Shell (neck) are doubtful.

RB Lawrence Thomas (concussion) is out.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Buster Skrine, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne missed Monday's practice due to a "sore foot," and his status for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Bills is up in the air.

Claiborne left Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a foot injury. X-rays came back negative, and the veteran cornerback underwent an MRI on Monday. Head coach Todd Bowles said "it's possible" Claiborne plays on a short week.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Jordan Leggett, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets lost their third game in a row and were once again left to regret several costly mistakes which could have turned the game in their favor. With a short turnaround before the next game, the coaching staff has a challenging week ahead. Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

In difficult conditions, this was another solid performance by Josh McCown, who threw two touchdowns and completed a high percentage of his passes. However, his limitations - or perhaps those of the offensive personnel surrounding him - were exposed on that last drive, as the Jets needed to go 97 yards in 67 seconds, and it took them seven plays and all of that time to barely get one-third of the way there.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jets CB Buster Skrine and RT Brandon Shell are listed as out for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons due to injury. 

Skrine suffered a concussion in Miami last week. He sat out all week during practice due to concussion protocol. As for his replacement, head coach Todd Bowles didn't specify. It will likely be between Darryl Roberts and Juston Burris, who are the backup corners. 

Shell also sustained an injury last week as he is dealing with a neck issue. Brent Qvale will take his place at right tackle. 

Rookie TE Jordan Leggett (knee) is also ruled out for Sunday's game. 

Tags: Brandon Shell, Buster Skrine
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets CB Buster Skrine will miss Sunday's game against the Falcons due to a concussion.

RT Brandon Shell (neck), and TE Jordan Leggett (knee) are also out.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Skrine concussion is a key injury that seemingly came out of nowhere for the Jets. Todd Bowles said he did not know about it until Skrine reported it to the team on Monday...

Tags: Brandon Shell, Buster Skrine, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets CB Buster Skrine remained out of practice on Wednesday due to a concussion, head coach Todd Bowles said.

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe), RT Brandon Shell (neck), and TE Jordan Leggett (knee) also missed practice for a second straight day.

RB Matt Forte was limited.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Buster Skrine, Jordan Leggett, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets once again gave a good account of themselves in this game, but they had too many defensive penalties and the offense dried up in the fourth quarter, enabling Miami's come-from-behind win. Despite knocking Jay Cutler out of the game, the Jets were unable to protect a 28-14 lead, the first time since 1999 they've had a two score lead in the fourth quarter and not won. We'll start today by reviewing the offensive performance...

Quarterbacks

The late interception by Josh McCown ending up costing the Jets the win, as it set up the Dolphins' game-winning field goal. The wisdom of attempting to advance the ball from close to their own goal line rather than just taking their chances in overtime can be questioned. But this was McCown's fault, as his misread the coverage under pressure. His receiver had some separation on the outside, but the slot cornerback had dropped off and stayed at home rather than tracking the slot receiver down the field as was perhaps anticipated.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Wesley Johnson
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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Jets T Brandon Shell left the team's game against the Marlins on Sunday with a neck injury and is doubtful to return, the team announced.

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets won their third consecutive game on Sunday, but this was a performance that was very rough around the edges. The Browns gained almost twice as many yards as the Jets (419 to 212) but kept shooting themselves in the foot whenever they had a chance to score.

In the second half, the Jets converted in the red zone to take the lead after a Browns turnover, before putting together a 97-yard drive for what would prove to be the clinching score.

Let's start this week by focusing on the offense:

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chandler Catanzaro, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Jets continued to confound their critics on Sunday, eventually pulling out a win over the Jaguars in overtime after having blown a 10-point fourth quarter lead. Big plays in the running game and effective pass coverage sparked the win, which was finished off by Chandler Catanzaro's game-winning field goal in the last minute of overtime.

Let's start this week by focusing on the offense...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Chandler Catanzaro, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Jets RB Matt Forte (toe) is out and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium.

TE Jordan Leggett (knee) is also out, while RT Brandon Shell (shoulder), and LB Josh Martin are doubtful.

Wilkerson, who played Week 3 despite a Grade 1 strain in his AC joint, had tests on his shoulder that revealed no structural damage. However, he may need to deal with the injury all season, head coach Todd Bowles said earlier this week.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Jordan Leggett, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Adrian Kraus/AP)
(Adrian Kraus/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson had tests on his injured shoulder that revealed no structural damage, but Wilkerson may need to deal with the injury all season, head coach Todd Bowles said.

Wilkerson, who played during the Week 3 win over the Dolphins, did not practice on Wednesday and said afterwards that he has a Grade 1 AC joint sprain and will try to play through it.

TE Jordan Leggett (knee), RT Brandon Shell (shoulder), RB Matt Forte (toe), and LB Josh Martin (ankle) also missed practice.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Jordan Leggett, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the best part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

However, we're going to break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball first...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Chad Hansen, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Will Tye
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