Kansas State Wildcats offensive linesman Cody Whitehair (Scott Sewell/USA Today Sports Images)
Kansas State Wildcats offensive linesman Cody Whitehair (Scott Sewell/USA Today Sports Images)

Welcome to the fifth installment of the BGA: 2016 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I'll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In our previous installment, we looked at this year's safety class and we now move on to look at guards and centers.

I'll be discussing whether the Jets are likely to have a need at these positions and reviewing some of the top prospects along with some players that might be options later on.

These articles are not necessarily meant to be exhaustive, so if you wish to bring some other prospects into the discussion, please do so in the comments section below.

Jets' Needs: Guards and Centers

Based on last season, James Carpenter was a solid addition at left guard and remains under contract for the next three years. However, the situation at right guard is less certain. Brian Winters ended the season as a starter after Willie Colon was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. While Winters has improved over the course of his career, he was still a weak link at times on the interior.

Over the past few seasons, the Jets have brought in several promising youngsters, but none of them have quite managed to live up to their full potential. Maybe the team still holds out hope for Brent Qvale or last year's fifth-round pick Jarvis Harrison to start at guard, but it would be a surprise for them not to add at least one rookie to the mix.

While Jets fans have been able to not worry about the center position for the last decade, they probably won't be able to take Nick Mangold for granted for much longer. Current reserves Dakota Dozier and Wesley Johnson are not considered long-term replacements, so the Jets could soon be in the market for someone with good potential. One possibility could be to draft someone to compete for time at guard and potentially start at center in future.

2016 Draft: Guards and Centers

While most of this year's class project to guard, many of them played tackle or center in 2015, which can make it difficult to predict how they'll handle the position change. That's true of the two players currently expected to be the first interior lineman selected. Cody Whitehair of Kansas State played left tackle last season, whereas Alabama's Ryan Kelly played center.

Whitehair is a terrific athlete, but lacks strength and has short arms so would have to move inside. His stock took a hit when he was consistently overpowered in his matchup with Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah. Kelly doesn't make a lot of mistakes (no penalties in 2015), although he doesn't dominate consistently. What sets him apart from the other top center prospects is that he's slightly bigger and stronger, which might make him better suited to an initial role at guard, perhaps taking over as a starting center down the road. You can see his strength here as he drives back Montavious Adams, who is expected to be one of the top defensive tackle prospects in next year's draft.

After Kelly and Whitehair, there is another pair of players that didn't play guard in 2015: Notre Dame center Nick Martin and LSU's Vadal Alexander. Martin might enter the league with high expectations, given that his brother Zack was a Pro Bowler as a rookie just a couple of years ago. He is another consistent performer who is reliable in pass protection. Alexander played right tackle in 2015 and left guard in 2014. He didn't have a great combine and gave up a lot of pressure and 12 penalties at tackle last season, so he is another player that's expected to kick inside. As you can see, he's capable of blocking down on a lineman and moving him off his spot.

So, what about the players that actually did play guard last year? Three of the most highly regarded ones are North Carolina's Landon Turner, Stanford's Joshua Garnett and Arizona State's Christian Westerman.

Turner, a 330-pounder, was a consistent performer during the season despite not having a great combine showing. Unlike most of this year's class, he actually played right guard.

Garnett was another solid performer during the season and is adept at pulling. However, he does have lapses in pass protection at times.

As for Westerman, he had a great combine, although he did weigh in under 300 pounds, so he might be better suited to a zone blocking team. During the season, he did a consistent job in pass protection and didn't have any penalties. You can see how mobile he is as he gets out in front of this screen.

Two more undersized centers who will be hoping to be selected on Day 2 are USC's Max Tuerk and Michigan State's Jack Allen. Tuerk was listed at just 285 pounds during the season, but bulked up to 298 in time for the combine. He is 6-foot-5 and could possibly add more weight to that frame. He's coming off a knee injury that cut short a season in which he looked to have improved significantly on 2014. Here's a good clip of him pulling and creating a hole.

Allen is only 6-foot-1 and weighs 298 pounds, so he might be a candidate to remain as a center at the NFL level. He didn't have a great combine, but performed well during the season and had zero penalties. Allen can also make blocks on the move, as you can see.

We're now into guys who will probably be selected on Day 3. Some of the more interesting ones include Baylor's Spencer Drango, Michigan's Graham Glasgow and Washington State's Joe Dahl.

Drango played tackle for Baylor and didn't give up much pressure in its high-octane spread offense. He's a player who overcame dyslexia to become an excellent student, but teams will still be wary of how easy it will be for him to make the transition from a simplistic college spread into a more complicated NFL system.

Dahl played left tackle for Washington State, but like Drango, doesn't have the length teams typically seek at the position. He's certainly athletic enough to stay in front of speed rushers, but could get overpowered by today's modern breed of NFL rusher on the edge.

Though Glasgow played center last year, he has experience at guard and good size that will serve him well in a variety of roles. The versatility is attractive to teams and he controls the point of attack impressively at times. The question will be whether he's consistent enough to develop into a good starter or will he just be a journeyman depth player. 

Two potential late rounders who might go higher after outstanding combine performances are Oregon State's Isaac Seumelo and N.C. State's Joe Thuney. Both had good seasons too, with Seumelo looking good both on the move and when surging ahead from right guard, and Thuney employing that athletic ability at left tackle.

While talking about great athletes, it would be remiss not to mention everyone's favorite 400-plus-pound dancing bear Laquan McGowan, who played tight end for Baylor but is being projected as a guard prospect based on his size. It's difficult to predict how that would work out, but I could definitely see a team adding him as a long-term project and maybe even using him as a short yardage full back or something while he sits on their active roster.

In looking for potential sleepers that could go undrafted, two interesting prospects are Fordham's Garrick Mayweather Jr. and Georgia Southern's Darien Foreman. Mayweather's film shows a level of dominance you'd like to see against lower level competition, and he held up well in two meetings with Division I Army and in the Collegiate Bowl. NFL teams will be interested in his size and ability.

Foreman was one of the key components of GSU's running game, which led the nation in 2015. He was equally effective blocking straight-ahead and on the move and handled his assignments well when the Eagles threw the ball. Here's a good example of Foreman making the key block on an option run.

I'll be back with another installment soon. Let me know which position you'd like to see me review next in the comments.

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Bell on lessons he's learned 00:02:33
Le'Veon Bell talks to Jeane Coakley about his year away from the NFL and important lessons he learned on and off the field during the year.

Before he started his new chapter in New York with the Jets, Le'Veon Bell spent the 2018 season away from football.

Out of the NFL as he missed the year due to his contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell stepped back and he reaffirmed his passion for the game.

In a 1-on-1 interview with SNY's Jeane Coakley, Bell looked back at the sabbatical, sharing the lessons he learned and how the period shaped his life on and off the field.

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Sam Darnold suffered another odd injury, Adam Gase revealed Wednesday morning, but the head coach said that the quarterback "should be good to go" by Sunday afternoon.

Two days after the Jets' 33-0 loss against the New England Patriots on ESPN's Monday Night Football, Gase revealed ahead of Week 8 at the Jacksonville Jaguars that Darnold underwent a procedure to a toenail removed.

Gase added that Darnold would be reevaluated after individual and 7-on-7 action Wednesday afternoon, but the practices before Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff at TIAA Bank Field should get the Jets' signal caller back up to speed.

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Osemele unhappy with treatment 00:00:44
New York Jets offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele isn't happy with how the Jets have handled his shoulder injury.

Jets guard Kelechi Osemele revealed from his locker Wednesday after practice that he plans to have surgery Friday.

The procedure will be done on a torn labrum in his shoulder after he missed the Jets' past three games to start October.

After multiple opinions from the Jets and independently, Osemele said that he ultimately wanted to take care of his body.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The injury issues that have surrounded C.J. Mosley since Week 1 continued Wednesday at One Jets Drive, when Adam Gase said Mosley's injury could be more involved than initially thought.

The tests are continuing, Gase explained. 

"Doctors are doing a really deep dive just trying to figure out where things are coming from," he said. "Might just be more than the groin. We're just trying to figure all that stuff out."

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Much has been made in the last 24-plus hours about Sam Darnold's "seeing ghosts" comment that was picked up by the microphone he was wearing and aired on the ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast.

And while some Jets, including Le'Veon Bell and head coach Adam Gase were upset that ESPN aired the comments, some former NFL QBs went into more detail on what that term actually means for a quarterback, and how it's far more common among young QBs than many fans might think. 

One of those former QBs was Brett Favre, who went in-depth on his SiriusXM Radio show on what it actually means for a quarterback to "see ghosts."

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Oct 21, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 21, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Coming off Monday night's blowout loss to the Patriots, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold joined ESPN's The Michael Kay Show to explain what exactly happened at MetLife Stadium.

"...It was mostly mental," Darnold said when asked if they mistakes made were mental or physical. "It was stuff we practiced throughout the week...we did well in the Dallas game taking practice into Sunday. We didn't take practice to Monday. I didn't do it. My whole offense, as far as I know, didn't do it. 

"We pride ourselves on not making mental mistakes and we did a lot of that [Monday] night."

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If the Jets elect to become sellers leading up to the NFL trade deadline, could Robby Anderson be headed for a new team?

According to a report from Bleacher Report's Connor Rogers, there is interest around the league for Anderson's services.

Rogers notes that teams called the Jets last year attempting to trade for the wide receiver, but the Jets, led by GM Mike Maccagnan, had no intentions of moving him. 

It will certainly be interesting to see what the price for starting wide receivers will be at this year's trade deadline on October 29 at 4 PM. The 49ers got things started on Tuesday, acquiring Emmanuel Sanders and a fifth round pick from the Broncos in exchange for a third round pick and a fourth round pick in next year's draft.

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Adam Gase
Adam Gase

Monday night's game against the Patriots is one Sam Darnold would love to forget as quickly as possible. And even though he may want to burn the tape, head coach Adam Gase knows his young quarterback must watch his mistakes to hopefully make sure this result never sees the light of day again. 

"We have to learn from this game," Gase told reporters during a conference call on Monday. "It's a game where it's very painful and frustrating to go through. You have to take as much from what you can as far as to learn from mistakes made, learn from the experience, and put yourself in position to where that doesn't happen again."

It was Darnold's worst start of his early career by far. He finished with only 86 yards on 11-for-32 throwing with a career-high four interceptions. His quarterback rating was 3.6...

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Gase unhappy with ESPN mic'd up 00:01:00
Jets coach Adam Gase was not happy that ESPN aired Sam Darnold's "ghost" comment, saying "it bothers me, it bothers the organization."

As the Jets were getting mauled by the Patriots on Monday night at MetLife Stadium, a mic'd up Sam Darnold was heard on the sidelines saying that he was "seeing ghosts out there."

That comment from Darnold, with the Jets down by the score of 24-0 in the first half, was fair game to be aired. But head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday that he and the rest of the organization were not happy about it. 

"Yeah, I think we'll be looking into that pretty hard," Gase said during a conference call. "That was one of those things that was really disappointing to hear about after the game. I don't know if I've ever seen that where somebody that was mic'd up was basically -- a comment like that was allowed to be aired. It bothers me. It bothers the organization. I mean, obviously we're gonna be looking hard into our cooperation (with mic'd up players) going forward."

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With the Jets at 1-5, GM Joe Douglas could potentially deal some big names in advance of the trade deadline.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently wrote about the few big pieces he has to sell …

DL Leonard Williams

The Jets keep praising the 25-year-old despite his lack of production. "He really has played well," defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said on Friday. "He's graded out high each and every week."

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33-0 loss is inexcusable 00:01:11
SNY's Bart Scott, Ray Lucas and Jonas Schwartz examine what went wrong in the New York Jets 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots.

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In the middle of the disaster, with the walls coming down around his team, Adam Gase admitted he was worried about his young, franchise quarterback. This was the 16th start of Sam Darnold's career and, by far, the worst.

And Gase was worried that the beating might leave Darnold shell-shocked, that this nightmare could linger into next week and beyond.

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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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Jamal Adams fired up after loss 00:01:35
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams was upset after the Jets 33-0 loss to the Patriots and knows they need to fix things heading into Week 8.

After an AFC Offensive Player of the Week performance, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold followed that up with possibly the worst performance of his short career.

Darnold finished the game 11-of-32 for 86 yards, zero touchdowns, four interceptions and a fumble. Darnold also batted a high snap from Ryan Kalil out of the back of the end zone for a Patriots safety.

The second-year quarterback had a 3.6 passer rating for the night.

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Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) in the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) in the tunnel before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Ryan Kalil injured his elbow on Monday night against the Patriots and was questionable to return for the Jets, but the veteran center returned for New York in the third quarter. 

Kalil was checked by team trainers and doctors on the field before heading into the medical tent. The Jets were down 24-0 in the second quarter when Kalil suffered the injury.

The Jets sent in Jonotthan Harrison to replace Kalil at the time of his injury. 

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Jets struggle in 33-0 loss 00:01:08
SNY's Bart Scott and Ray Lucas gives their grades for every phase of the Jets 33-0 loss to New England on Monday night.

The NFL's trade deadline is no longer a wasteland of silence. 

In recent years, teams have become more willing to move pieces and players to improve their rosters for a potential playoff push, much like the rest of the North American sports leagues. 

The 2019 trade deadline is about a week away as player movement between teams will end on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.

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Jan 26, 2018; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 26, 2018; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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Kelechi Osemele is expecting to be disciplined again by the Jets when he doesn't play in their game against the New England Patriots on Monday night.

The Jets set that up on Saturday when they officially listed the 30-year-old guard as "doubtful" for the game. That was a "strategic" decision, according to a source, to leave their disciplinary options open, even though he hasn't played or practiced since the first Jets-Patriots game on Sept. 21.

Osemele was already fined once, according to a team source, when he refused to practice as ordered on Saturday, calling it "conduct detrimental to the team." The Jets can fine Osemele up to one week's pay, or about $579,000. The actual amount of the fine, though, was undisclosed.

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Bell on chess and football 00:01:44
Le'Veon Bell says one thing people don't know about him is that he plays chess every day and it has a huge impact on his play on the field.

During a sitdown with SNY's Jeane Coakley, Le'Veon Bell was asked if there's something he'd like to share that Jets fans may not know about him. 

His answer? The star running back loves playing chess. 

"A lot of people don't know I play chess," he admitted. "I'm an avid chess player. I literally play every day on my phone."

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jets star running back Le'Veon Bell has gotten off to a slow start in his first season with the team, but that hasn't stopped him from setting a good example to teammates and coaches.

The 27-year-old Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March after sitting out the 2018 season amid contract disputes with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell played for the Steelers from 2013-2017 and had 5,336 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns in 62 games. He was voted First-Team All-Pro in 2014 and 2017, in addition to earning three Pro Bowl selections (2014, 2016, 2017).

In just five games with the Jets this season, he has 85 rushes for 256 yards and only one touchdown. Bell has been known for also being one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL, yet he only has 28 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown with the Jets. That's not entirely his fault though, as quarterback Sam Darnold missed three games with mono.

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Jan 26, 2018; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 26, 2018; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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If the Jets want a fight, guard Kelechi Osemele is prepared to give them one.

The 30-year-old intends to file a grievance against the Jets over the fine he received on Saturday for refusing to practice, according to a source familiar with his plans. He has up to 50 days to inform the NFL Players Association and officially file his complaint, though he is expected to do so this week if his situation isn't resolved.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The showdown between Kelechi Osemele and the Jets heated up on Saturday when the guard refused to practice and the team, as promised, hit him with a fine.

The 30-year-old Osemele was unable to practice, according to his agent Andrew Kessler, because of the shoulder injury that is at the center of his dispute with the team. Osemele says doctors have told him he needs season-ending shoulder surgery, but the Jets disagree and ordered him to return to the field on Saturday.

When he didn't, he was fined an undisclosed amount, according to a source.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Jets guard Kelechi Osemele said he's been told he needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. But the Jets disagree, and their feud could result in discipline if he's not back at practice on Saturday morning.

The strange dispute boiled over on Friday, three days after reports first surfaced -- and sources confirmed -- that the two-time Pro Bowler was headed for surgery. One day later, Jets coach Adam Gase declined to confirm that news, saying "We're going through our process right now."

It turns out the Jets' part of that "process" involved two doctors - their team doctor and one outside doctor - who not only said the 30-year-old wouldn't need surgery, but that he was cleared to play, according to a source. Those doctors also determined the injury was pre-existing, from before he arrived in New York, according to a source, and they believe Osemele can play through the injury -- as he has in the past -- and get it repaired at the end of the season.

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Gase happy to have Mosley back 00:02:18
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase knows you need to execute against the Patriots and he's happy to have an impact player like Mosley back.

Jets LB C.J. Mosley declared on Thursday that he would be returning Monday night against the Patriots, and he'll keep moving in the right direction on Friday.

Speaking before practice, head coach Adam Gase said that Mosley will be limited in practice and take part in team drills for the first time since his injury. Gase was also a fan of Mosley's declaration that he would be playing. 

Mosley made an enormous impact in Week 1, when he had a pick-six, recovered a fumble, and had six total tackles.

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Jets' Robby Anderson
Jets' Robby Anderson

After a frustrating start to the season, Jets WR Robby Anderson broke out in a big way last week.

With 3:46 left in the second quarter, Anderson got behind the Cowboys defense for a 92-yard touchdown to give the Jets a 14-3 lead. They clung on for a 24-22 victory, improving their record to 1-4 as they seek to defy the critics and get themselves back into the postseason hunt.

Coming just one play after a fourth down stop by rookie Quinnen Williams, the Anderson play saw him throw cornerback Chidobe Awuzie off-balance with a double-move, as he streaked down the field. He tracked Sam Darnold's deep throw all the way into his hands at midfield, catching the ball in stride and racing into the clear before the deep safety could get across.

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Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)
Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas didn't hold back in a New York Daily News article when he said he felt slighted by the Patriots, who traded him to New York just days after Antonio Brown signed with New England.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the one who broke the news to Thomas that he was being traded to the team's division rival. But Belichick was also the one that said a roster spot with the Pats was guaranteed when Thomas decided to re-sign with the club after being cut from their 53-man roster just before the start of the regular season. 

Belichick spoke to that report, and was blunt in his answer -- just like he was with Thomas.

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Mosley ready to play Patriots 00:00:46
New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley updates his injury status and says that he will play Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley hasn't played since Week 1 due to a groin injury, but that streak will come to an end on Monday night against the Patriots. 

"I'm playing Monday night," he told reporters on Thursday.

Mosley participated in individual drills on Wednesday, and the update on him before Thursday's practice was even more promising from head coach Adam Gase.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Since getting healthy, Jets WR Demaryius Thomas has been a solid receiving option for Gang Green, especially in the last two weeks. With Sam Darnold back against the Cowboys, he saw four catches for 62 yards to help the Jets to their first win of the season. 

But this wasn't where Thomas expected to be putting up yards this season. 

Thomas was with the Patriots this preseason, teaming up with Tom Brady and his former Broncos head coach in Josh McDaniels, who serves as New England's offensive coordinator. Thomas was cut before the start of the season, but he quickly re-signed after rookie WR N'Keal Harry went on the IR. 

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Jets and Patriots will square off for the second time this season Monday night in an extremely short span, as the two teams saw each other just a few weeks ago during Week 3.

The Patriots hosted the Jets in the last time out and handled their business, leaving Gillette Stadium with a 3--0 record, but just based on the substitution of one player this week, Monday night could potentially be a whole different type of ballgame.

The Jets of course will be in the hands of Sam Darnold this time around, as the second-year quarterback was out with mono for the first time these two teams met this season. Luke Falk got his first career start in Week 3 with Darnold absent and struggled throughout, finishing 12 of 22 for 98 yards and an interception.

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Possible Mosley return? 00:01:04
Jets Head Coach Adam Gase on whether linebacker C.J. Mosley is ready to return to action after a groin injury

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The worst thing that happened to the Jets early in the season was losing franchise quarterback Sam Darnold.

Losing C.J. Mosley, though, was a pretty close second.

The impact of playing without Mosley for the last four-plus games maybe isn't as obvious as the impact of three games without Darnold, especially since the defense has managed to survive -- and sometimes even thrive -- in his absence. But the Jets don't underestimate how much their defensive captain means to them, and how huge it would be if he would somehow be able to get back in time for their Monday night game against the New England Patriots.

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Adam Gase refused to confirm that guard Kelechi Osemele will be having surgery on his shoulder, despite reports that were confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano earlier this week that he, in fact, would be.

"We're going through our process right now," Gase said at Wednesday's press conference. 

When asked what his previous comment meant, Gase added, "That means I don't have an answer for you."

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week after his big return Sunday.

Darnold came back from his three-game absence due to mononucleosis, and put up some big numbers for the Jets in their first win of the season.

The second-year USC product went 23 of 32 for 338 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 117.6 passer rating Sunday for the Jets, as they pulled off a big 24-22 upset over the Dallas Cowboys. 

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