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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)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continue to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season. Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 6:

Defensive Line

The defensive line once again didn't make any major contributions, with New England rushing for 118 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry and officially surrendering just four quarterback hits and no sacks. However, that was partly due to the Jets' gameplan. They didn't blitz much, sending just four rushers on average. And some of the bigger runs they gave up came with pass defense personnel on the field or one of Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson on the bench...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets Post Game Live: Overturned 00:02:19
The crew on Jets Post Game Live gives its thoughts on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' overturned touchdown.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rolled into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the official's arms went up, the Jets were just like everyone else in the building and watching on TV: They were sure they had just scored a touchdown.

And long after their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots, they were still shocked, confused and absolutely livid that the touchdown was overturned.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Florham Park to get thoughts from the Jets on their upcoming matchup against a seemingly mortal Patriots team.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember when even some of the most diehard Jets fans were openly rooting for a full-tank, 0-16 season? And back then, even those who couldn't bring themselves to openly root against their team knew they'd be pleased if the Jets stumbled into the No. 1 overall pick.

Now they are 3-2, getting ready to face the hated New England Patriots, with first place in the AFC East on the line. The "tank" appears empty. The bandwagon is filling up...

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Florham Park to get thoughts from the Jets on their upcoming matchup against a seemingly mortal Patriots team.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember when even some of the most diehard Jets fans were openly rooting for a full-tank, 0-16 season? And back then, even those who couldn't bring themselves to openly root against their team knew they'd be pleased if the Jets stumbled into the No. 1 overall pick.

Now they are 3-2, getting ready to face the hated New England Patriots, with first place in the AFC East on the line. The "tank" appears empty. The bandwagon is filling up...

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

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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.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' win over the Browns in week five...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Marcus Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

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Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' overtime win over the Jaguars in Week 4:

Defensive Line

Statistically, the Jets didn't have a great deal of success on the defensive line, as they had just one sack and allowed Jacksonville to rack up 175 rushing yards at 4.5 yards per carry. However, they made some key contributions to help the team win.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro celebrates with safety Jamal Adams after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro celebrates with safety Jamal Adams after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They heard it, even though they pretended not to listen. They heard every demeaning word, every cry that they're tanking the season, every prediction that they were destined to go 0-16. They heard from media, from fans, from family, from friends.

"The more people talked about us, the more our family members and friends hit us up and said, 'You all are going to be trash this year. They're saying you're not going to win a game,'" Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "After a while it just gets to be where enough is enough."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Elijah McGuire, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne
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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrates after stopping the Miami Dolphins on the goal line at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrates after stopping the Miami Dolphins on the goal line at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

For the second time in three weeks, Jets linebacker Darron Lee has been fined by the NFL for unnecessary roughness - this time $18,231 for his hit on Miami quarterback Jay Cutler last Sunday afternoon.

Lee's infraction came with 10:12 left in the Jets' 20-6 win over the Dolphins at the Meadowlands. After the Jets defense flushed Cutler out of the pocket, he scrambled to his right and threw the ball downfield. As he threw, Lee was still about four yards away from the quarterback, but he still kept coming and threw his shoulder into Cutler anyway, drawing a flag.

Tags: Darron Lee, Jamal Adams
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Schwartz, Vacchiano on Jets win 00:02:17
SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Ralph Vacchiano discuss the media and team's reaction to the Jets' win over Miami.

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The Jets got in the win column with a surprisingly easy 20-6 victory over the Dolphins in their home opener, riding a disciplined and efficient defensive performance.

We'll therefore start this week by focusing on the defense...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Stan Szeto)
(Stan Szeto)

It's been a tough two weeks of the season for Jets linebacker Darron Lee, and head coach Todd Bowles wants to see more out of the second-year player. 

Standing at 6-foot-1 and 231 pounds, Lee has looked overmatched at times during the Jets' first two games this year. So far Lee has 12 tackles and one sack. 

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Jets defense may have allowed 45 points to the Raiders this past Sunday, but they are not embarrassed as they believe the unit as taken positive steps forward. 

The Raiders racked up 410 total yards as they had both the run and pass game working in their home opener. Though it was a bad performance, LB Darron Lee spoke about why there were no heads hung in the locker room following the game. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better 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...

Tags: Darron Lee, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Cary Edmondson)
(Cary Edmondson)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better 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.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 2...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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 (Rich Barnes)
(Rich Barnes)

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The Jets' season got to an inauspicious start with a 21-12 loss on the road in Buffalo. Questionable coaching decisions, poor communication in the defensive backfield, an overly conservative offensive gameplan, and inconsistent tackling all contributed to the loss. However, the Jets still kept the game competitive into the fourth quarter.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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Bowles on his message to Jets 00:01:26
Todd Bowles talks about the challenge of opening the season on the road and what he told his team heading into Week 1 against the Bills.

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THE GAME

The Jets (0-0) at the Buffalo Bills (0-0) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should be a beautiful, fall-ish day with lots of sun, little wind and temperatures in the mid-60s.

WHAT IT MEANS

It's a battle for first place in the AFC East! No, really! … OK, these are two rebuilding -- or possibly "tanking" -- teams, neither of which are expected to win many games this season. If they're tanking, then a loss here gets them off to a good start. If they're not, then they ought to take the wins where they can find them because neither have a lot of winnable games on their schedule this year...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Darron Lee, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (0-0) at the Buffalo Bills (0-0) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should be a beautiful, fall-ish day with lots of sun, little wind and temperatures in the mid-60s.

WHAT IT MEANS

It's a battle for first place in the AFC East! No, really! … OK, these are two rebuilding -- or possibly "tanking" -- teams, neither of which are expected to win many games this season. If they're tanking, then a loss here gets them off to a good start. If they're not, then they ought to take the wins where they can find them because neither have a lot of winnable games on their schedule this year...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Darron Lee, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrates after stopping the Miami Dolphins on the goal line at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrates after stopping the Miami Dolphins on the goal line at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

With his second regular season approaching, linebacker Darron Lee is looking to step up for the Jets in 2017. 

Taken 20th overall last year out of Ohio State, Lee recorded 45 tackles and one sack in 13 games with New York. As training camp nears the end, Lee has thought about what he wants to improve upon this season. 

"I'm looking forward to showing all the hard work I put in in the offseason and turning that into leaps from last year," Lee told reporters Tuesday.

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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The NFL has cleared Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams of any violations of league rules after an investigation into an incident at a New York music festival in June turned up a lack of evidence.

The incident involved Williams dragging Lee away from what Jets coach Todd Bowles later described as "an argument with his girlfriend" during the Governors Ball on Randalls Island. The argument and the aftermath were caught on video and posted to social media.

The Twitter user who posted the video said the woman was "shaken and in tears" after the incident. The user also described Lee as "aggressive" and claimed the Jets linebacker "started to manhandle" the woman, "grabbed" her, and "started dragging her away."

Upon announcing that the league's investigation was closed, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email "Following a review, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy."

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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 (Mark J. Rebilas)
(Mark J. Rebilas)

The Jets are banking on their 2016 first-round draft pick, LB Darron Lee, to be a vocal leader on defense this season, per NY Post's Fred Kerber.

David Harris and Darrelle Revis were the Jets' defensive leaders for the past few years. Now, with both being released this offseason, Lee seems to be the next guy up. He is confident in his abilities to lead as he feels more comfortable in the Jets' system. 

"Absolutely," Lee said becoming a vocal leader. "Know the playbook pretty much backwards and forwards now. Really comfortable. I feel way comfortable. Unlike last year. Felt lost on some stuff. Now I know it backwards and forwards. Perfectly comfortable now."

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 (Mark J. Rebilas)
(Mark J. Rebilas)

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Darron Lee had his ups and downs after being the Jets' first round pick last season, but the team seems compelled to proceed with the plan to build around him as one of the cornerstones of the defense. Entering his first season, everyone knew that Lee was a terrific athlete, but he still had to prove he had the instincts to play inside linebacker in a pro-style defense.

Preseason Stats: Four games, no starts, seven tackles, one sack

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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, the NFL is still reviewing an incident invovling Jets' LB Darron Lee and DE Leonard Williams from early June, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

The incident occured at Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in June where Lee had to be restrained by Williams after getting into an argument with a woman. An eye witness video showed Williams getting in between his teammate, and eventually, carrying him away from the argument.

Jets' head coach Todd Bowles later indentified the woman as Lee's girlfriend, and noted that the team will not be disciplining the linebacker. However, he thinks he needs to take caution in the future. 

"You don't want that stuff to happen, obviously," Bowles said earlier on the situation. "With social media going on these days, they've got to take better care of themselves. Darron understands that. I just know, from the past, any time you go to a concert, there's going to be trouble around, just as an ex-player and as a coach. When you go to a concert, a lot of things can happen. You have to be very mindful and very aware of where you are, and your surroundings -- and handle yourself better and keep yourself out of trouble."

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams
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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com

Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Demario Davis
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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

Tags: Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins
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JRSportBrief: Jets are tanking 00:01:20
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why it's a good thing that the Jets are now officially in tank mode

The Jets concluded their open OTAs on Tuesday at Florham Park, but the news was made off the field...


LB David Harris, who had been with the Jets since 2007, was cut after participating in full during Tuesday's OTAs, after which Harris' agents sharply critcized the Jets >> Read more from Ralph Vacchiano

Bent took a look at how the departure of Harris will impact the Jets' defense in 2017 >> Read more

After cutting Harris, it was revealed that the Jets will either trade or release WR Eric Decker >> Read more

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams
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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The NFL is investigating a weekend incident that involved Jets linebacker Darron Lee at a New York music festival, to see if he violated the league's personal conduct policy. But if he's disciplined at all, it won't be by Jets coach Todd Bowles.

Bowles said he had a long talk with Lee following the incident on Saturday, and excused it as just "an argument with his girlfriend." It occurred at the Governors Ball on Randalls Island and some of it was caught on a video that posted to social media. The highlight of the video was Lee's teammate, Leonard Williams, dragging him away from the unidentified woman.

Tags: Darron Lee, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) on the field during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The free-agent market has thinned out a bit, but the Jets still have plenty of holes to fill. Yes, they still need a quarterback. But they have many other needs, too.

The good news is they still have a decent amount of salary-cap space and there is still help available. Here's a look at some of the non-quarterbacks still on the market who could be a fit:

CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys) - The former sixth-overall pick (2012), he was long considered a bust before he began to finally play up to expectations last season - right up until he injured his groin. He's still only 27 and as the Jets begin a youth movement in the secondary it might be worth giving him a chance to prove his start last season wasn't a fluke. They'd need to move fast, though, since word is he could soon end up with the Ravens.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)
Dont'a Hightower (Daniel Powers/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates (Mar. 13)

4:25 p.m.: The Jets concluded their visit with free agent LB Dont'a Hightower on Monday afternoon.

11:10 a.m.: After visiting the Jets, Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

 

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 (AP)
(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1.) CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The ides of the Jets taking a cornerback sixth overall seemed logical even before Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor after a street fight in Pittsburgh 10 days ago. He probably wasn't coming back anyway, certainly not as a corner, but the incident amplified the need at his position. The combine next week will help solidify Lattimore's status as a Top 10 player. It even could push him out of the Jets' reach and into the Top 5. (Last week: 1)...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Darron Lee, the New York Jets' promising young linebacker and their first-round pick in last year's draft, says he is OK after being attacked in a bar in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old explained the incident in some detail on Monday in a video posted to his Twitter account, in which he showed off a bruise under his right eye and what he said were "bumps all around my head." He insisted he was attacked without provocation and he had no idea by whom.

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 (William Hauser - USA Today)
(William Hauser - USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been 48 years and two weeks since the Jets shook up the world and changed the NFL with their victory in Super Bowl III, and they have since taken their fans on a long, depressing and at times torturous run. It's been so painful at times that it's easy to forget the Jets went to back-to-back AFC championship games just six years ago.

Of course, since then they've brought the pain: Six straight seasons without a playoff berth, only one season with a winning record, and it was all capped off by a miserable 5-11 season that felt worse since the Jets had so much optimism after going 10-6 in 2015.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (50) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee (50) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Although the Jets have struggled mightily in stopping opposing teams' offenses this season, rookie LB Darron Lee guarantees that the team's defense will improve in 2017.

"Absolutely," Lee said after Saturday's 34-13 loss to the Dolphins. "There's nothing else to be said. Absolutely. Over my dead body, we'll be better. I will do everything I possibly can to make sure that our defense, we are clicking on all cylinders. I'll do my part." 

The Jets defense has allowed 12 passing plays of 40 or more yards, tied for third most in the league, including a 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Jarvis Landry on Saturday. New York entered Week 15 ranked 28th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA ratings.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Dolphins-Jets 00:01:51
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes that Jets must contain Jay Ajayi and pressure Matt Moore in order to beat Miami on Saturday night.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Miami Dolphins (8-5) at the Jets (4-9) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: The good news, I guess, is that there probably won't be many people showing up to endure this, so there'll be plenty of places for you to take cover inside the stadium. The bad news? The day will be an ugly mix of rain and snow and wind. Probably mostly rain on Saturday night as temperatures actually warm up into the low 40s. But the rain should be pretty steady. So … enjoy!

WHAT IT MEANS: For the Jets, it's nothing but a glimpse of the future. It's Start No. 2 for QB Bryce Petty, who got off to a rough start last week in San Francisco but ended up with decent numbers and an overtime win against a truly, truly awful team. The Dolphins are quite the step up in class.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

Regardless of the result - and, yes, I know many of you wanted to keep losing for draft positioning -- what we all wanted to see over the remainder of the season were some encouraging signs for next year and beyond.

Tags: BGA, Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darron Lee, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks with the medical staff during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 27-23. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks with the medical staff during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 27-23. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets released their injury report after Wednesday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Josh Martin (concussion)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle, knee)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
  • TE Kellen Davis (elbow)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (knee)
  • CB Marcus Williams 
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others, all which you can read here...

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Vacc's 3 keys: Jets-Dolphins 00:03:07
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his 3 keys to a Jets' victory on Sunday vs. the Miami Dolphins.

THE GAME: The Jets (3-5) at the Miami Dolphins (3-4) at … well, it's at Hard Rock Stadium, which used to be Sun Life Stadium and Land Shark Stadium and Dolphin Stadium and Dolphins Stadium and Pro Player Stadium and Pro Player Park, but will always be known as Joe Robbie Stadium to me. In case you still care it's in Miami Gardens, Fla., and game time on Sunday is 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Believe it or not, the forecast calls for rain and wind -- or at least "occasional showers," lots of clouds and winds hovering between 10-20 miles per hour. The temperature is expected to be near 80.

WHAT IT MEANS: It's all about the Drive for 5-5. This is the second-to-last step towards evening out the Jets' record by the bye week and setting up an interesting Week 12 game against the New England Patriots. And as it will always be for the rest of the season, the Jets are one loss away from effectively ending their season and possibly giving them the freedom to turn to Bryce Petty at QB.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darron Lee, Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets released their injury report after Friday's practice...

The following players are OUT for Sunday's game

  • TE Kellen Davis (hip)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps)

The following players are DOUBTFUL for Sunday's game

  • Brent Qvale (neck)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brandon Shell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Charone Peake, Darron Lee, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Ryan Clady (78) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Brent Qvale (neck)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • Ryan Clady (shoulder)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
  • TE Kellen Davis (hip)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps)
Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Charone Peake, Darron Lee, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady
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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets released their injury report after Wednesday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Brent Qvale (neck)
  • CB Buster Skrine (knee)
  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • Ryan Clady (shoulder)
  • WR Charone Peake (ankle)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
  • TE Kellen Davis (hip)
  • LB Darron Lee (ankle)
  • LB Bruce Carter (quadriceps)
Tags: Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Kellen Davis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jets center Nick Mangold is doubtful for Sunday's matchup with the Browns and is not expected to play, according to multiple reports. Mangold is battling an ankle injury and had not been running at practice during the week. The Jets' center was said to have a "normal ankle sprain" earlier in the week.

Tags: Darron Lee
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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

The Jets have released Friday's injury report:The following players will be out on Sunday against the BrownsLB Darron LeeLB Bruce Carter

Tags: Antonio Allen, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Devin Smith, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Jets have released Thursday's injury report:Did Not Participate in practiceTE Austin Seferian-JenkinsLB Darron LeeT Brent QvaleLB Bruce CarterS Antonio AllenRB Matt ForteDE Sheldon Richardson (non-injury)C Nick MangoldT Ryan CladyCB Buster Skrine

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media after Thursday's practice. Here's what we learned...Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Darron Lee, Brent Qvale, Braedon Bowman, and Sheldon Richardson (personal issue) all missed practice Thursday.Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Clady, and Nick Mangold were limited.Buster Skrine returned to practice.

Tags: Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) makes a tackle on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jets LB Darron Lee will undergo tests on his injured ankle, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters after Monday night's loss to the Cardinals. 

Lee left in the third quarter of the game and went to the locker room for evaluation and did not return. Bowles did not know the severity of the injury immediately after the game. 

He finished the game with two total tackles, one solo. 

Tags: Darron Lee

Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets-Cardinals 00:03:21
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets' victory on Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

THE GAME: The Jets (1-4) at the Arizona Cardinals (2-3) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Monday, Oct. 17, 8:30 p.m. ET.THE WEATHER: The stadium has a retractable roof, so it may not matter, but the forecast calls for temperatures around 90 during the day and dropping into the 60s -- pretty typical for the desert this time of year. No rain or wind either, not surprisingly.WHAT IT MEANS: I don't know if it means anything anymore because the Jets are pretty much done at 1-4, but at 1-5 maybe even Brandon Marshall will believe it. Remember, it's going to take a record of 9-7 to get into the playoffs, maybe even 10-6. If the Jets lose this and fall to 1-5 … well, does anyone think they'd be capable of finishing on an 8-2 run? Right, Brandon Marshall. I mean besides him.PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Quincy Enunwa. It's his ballgame now. Eric Decker is going to have shoulder surgery and won't be back until next season, which means Enunwa is the unquestioned No. 2 receiver and the man responsible for taking some of the heat off Marshall. So far he's been a decent receiver this season, but it's obvious he's not really worrying anyone given all the attention Marshall is receiving from opposing defenses. If Enunwa can even do a little of what Decker did, Marshall's life will become a lot easier and the Jets won't have to rely on one of their rookies to emerge as a third option.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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