DB Vernon Hargreaves highlights 00:01:37
SNY.tv looks at the best plays of the season from Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves.

Welcome to the tenth 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 instalment, we looked at this year's wide receiver prospects, and we now move on to look at cornerbacks.

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 who 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. There are a few cornerback prospects that I'm saving for when I discuss special teams prospects in a few weeks.

Jets Needs: Cornerbacks

The Jets completely overhauled their cornerback group in 2015 by spending big money on Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. Cromartie was a disappointment and has since been cut, but Skrine and Revis will enter the offseason program atop the depth chart, with Marcus Williams pushing Skrine for a starting role. Williams' production in a part-time role in 2015 was sensational, but in the only two games where he played more than 30 snaps, he missed 10 tackles. He did hold his own as a starter in the second half of 2014, though.

In addition to Cromartie, Darrin Walls also departed after the season, but Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner - former third and first-round picks, respectively - will battle for a roster spot. There are also a few low-cost options (Kendall James, Kevin Short and Darryl Morris) who will probably need to shine on special teams to make the team.

There's definitely enough room to throw a rookie into the mix and the team might even be keen to bring someone aboard who can eventually be developed into a top-level starter.

2016 Draft: Cornerbacks

The consensus top cornerback in this draft is obviously Jalen Ramsey, who figures to go in the top five picks. However, I already discussed him in the safety article because I anticipate he'll be in a versatile role that results in him seeing time there.

Beyond Ramsey, there are four other players regarded as potential first-round picks but, beyond those four, not a whole lot else. On the whole, it looks like a pretty top-heavy cornerback class this year. Those four potential first-rounders are led by Vernon Hargreaves III from Florida. The others are Eli Apple from Ohio State, Houston's William Jackson III and Clemson's Mackensie Alexander.

Hargreaves has an excellent skill-set and is equally adept in man or zone coverages. However, he was less consistent last year than he was in 2014. He can be over-aggressive at times, so he's potentially susceptible to double moves. He gave up 15.8 yards per catch in 2015.

Jackson was targeted a lot more than the other top prospects and made more plays as a result. He has good ball skills, with five interceptions and 13 passes defensed in 2015. Jackson is also a good athlete but can apparently lose focus at times. Apple has nice size at 6'1" and ran a 4.40 at the combine to solidify his status. He did miss a lot of tackles in 2015, though, and has a tendency to not look back for the football, which means he doesn't make as many plays on the ball as he should and can run the risk of being flagged.

Alexander thrives in man coverage and Clemson was more than content to leave him on an island. He didn't allow a touchdown or a play longer than 25 yards all year despite rarely getting any safety support. Alexander held top receiver prospect Will Fuller to one catch and is capable of playing in the slot. If there's a knock on him, it's that he didn't have an interception in two years as a starter. Here, he makes breaking up a pass in the end zone look easy.

After those four (or five, if you're including Ramsey), nobody has really established themselves as a sure thing, so the next tier will be looking to get selected on day two.

Miami's Artie Burns ran a 4.46 at the combine and led the ACC in interceptions with six. He was penalized nine times, though. Burns is known for being good in press coverage, but he can also make plays in zone coverage, as you can see here.

Xavien Howard from Baylor didn't get off to a great start last season as he was burned for a touchdown on the first throw his way, as you can see below. From then on, he put up very good coverage numbers, but there was some luck involved with that as he got away with a few blown coverages. Howard is a very physical defender and makes a lot of plays on the ball (five interceptions). However, he can be over-grabby at times and this not only leads to him getting flagged, but also saw him get away with some things that might not fly at the next level. He also didn't have a very good combine.

Kalan Reed from Southern Miss also made a lot of plays on the ball, as he had 14 passes defensed last year. Reed displays outstanding closing speed on this play, although he only slowed the runner rather than completing the tackle himself. Impressively, he jumped a route for a 76-yard pick-six on the very next snap.

Two interesting ACC prospects with the potential to go in the middle rounds are Kendall Fuller from Virginia Tech and DJ White from Georgia Tech.

Fuller's brother, Kyle, was a first-round pick for the Bears two years ago and made an instant impact, becoming the first player in over 20 years to record three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his first three NFL games. Fuller, however, was shaky in 2014, giving up some big plays and then only played a couple of games in 2015 before suffering a season-ending meniscus tear. He's a player who was expected to have first round talent but never really got to that level in college. Perhaps he could prove to be a late bloomer who will be good value for whoever picks him up later on.

White was the best cornerback for the Yellow Jackets over the past few years and he made a number of big plays, including a memorable one where he ran down James Conner to knock the ball loose at the goal line and an interception in overtime against Georgia. However, White posted abysmal agility numbers at the combine and doesn't provide anything in the way of run-support. Could his teammate, Chris Milton, end up being more coveted by scouts? Milton is a better special teams contributor and ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day.

Two more potential mid-round picks also saw time at safety in college. Jalen Mills from LSU and Sean Davis from Maryland both have a nice combination of size and athleticism for the cornerback position, especially Davis, who had an outstanding combine. Mills matched up with receivers in the slot a lot and showed toughness by overcoming a serious leg injury and returning in the middle of the season. Davis stays with the receiver, keeps good inside positioning and tracks the deep ball well to make this play.

Northwestern's Nick VanHoose could be good value on day three. He makes a lot of plays on the ball, but will need to convince teams of his athleticism and could bulk up a bit. VanHoose shows good closing speed on this play.

Another good late-round sleeper could be Western Kentucky's Prince Charles Iworah. Iworah posted some excellent athletic numbers at his pro day (4.32 40-yard dash, 38" vertical, 128" broad jump, 25 bench press reps). Here he makes a fine play down the field.

Let's close with three small school sleepers who will probably go undrafted but could be good projects.

North Dakota State's CJ Smith was current Jet Marcus Williams' replacement, and his coaches have said he's a similar prospect. Smith had a 39" vertical and a 131" broad jump at his pro day.

Eric Rawls from Kentucky State earned himself an invitation to Florida Atlantic's pro day, where German wideout Moritz Boehringer made a name for himself. Rawls has nice size at 6'2" 195 and posted some good workout numbers, but what will really attract scouts is his 80+ inch wingspan.

Finally, Northern Arizona's Marcus Alford impressed in a blowout loss to division one Arizona, breaking up one pass and stopping a receiver short of the marker on a third down pass. Alford also had a vital pick-six in a 21-17 win over Portland State. He's not very big (5'9", 175) but registered a 37.5" vertical at his pro day (which the Jets attended) before going down with a hamstring injury.

I'll be back to look at offensive tackles next.

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Jamison Crowder 1on1 00:01:43
New York Jets receiver Jamison Crowder explains what QB Sam Darnold brings to the offense when he's under center.

The Jets offense was undoubtedly better with quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 6 as the team picked up their first win of the year over the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22. 

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Darnold's return.  

"It was great. The offense, I just felt like we were able to move the football," Crowder said following the win. 

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The Jets saw quarterback Sam Darnold return to the lineup and light up the Cowboys en route to a 24-22 win over Dallas, their first of the year. Running back Le'Veon Bell was less of a factor in the outing and that's perfectly fine with him. 

Bell averaged 3.6 yards per carry, which came via 50 yards on 14 carries. He did add a touchdown, but Darnold's day stood out, especially after the lackluster quarterbacking the Jets have gotten without him in the lineup. 

Darnold had 338 passing yards and two scores with an interception. But whatever gets it done, works for Bell. Moving forward he thinks Darnold's presence will help create a more dynamic attack for the Jets, and the Darnold-Bell, one-two punch will keep opponents on their toes. 

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Robby Anderson 1on1 00:01:27
New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson thrived having QB Sam Darnold back under center but knows the team still has a lot of work to do

The Jets offense came to life with Sam Darnold under center against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Jets held on for a 24-22 win, but the offensive side of the ball looked its best when Darnold connected with wide receiver Robby Anderson for a score. 

Anderson led the Jets with five catches for 125 yards. A big chunk of that came on his touchdown which was a 92-yard strike that gave Gang Green a huge jolt of life and 14-3 lead late in the first half. 

Prior to the play, Anderson said he communicated to his QB that the Cowboys' secondary had been sitting on shorter routes. The ensuing throw over the top of their defense proved Anderson correct. 

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How much different did the Jets look on offense with quarterback Sam Darnold in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys?

Just ask Robby Anderson.

The wide receiver caught five passes for 125 yards and a 92-yard touchdown, igniting an offense that the Jets (1-4) desperately needed to get back on track and did against the Cowboys' defense.

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In Sunday's 24-22 win over the Cowboys, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to the lineup in style, completing 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

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

First quarter, 14:56. No score. First play of the game at the Jets' 18-yard line.

It didn't take Darnold long to underscore the fact that they had upgraded significantly at the quarterback position.

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Jamal Adams talks Jets win 00:00:48
Jets safety Jamal Adams is pumped after solidifying the Jets first win and wants the Jets fans to keep their faith and believe in the team.

The Jets very much held on for their first win of the 2019 season, a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It took a game-sealing blitz on the Cowboys' late two-point conversion attempt to take the win. 

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sent a pass intended for tight end Jason Witten into the ground as the Jets weren't playing chess, they were playing math. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams dialed up an all-out blitz and there were plenty more defenders than blockers. 

The decision worked as safety Jamal Adams went in on Prescott unblocked and forced the incompletion.

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Darnold happy to get 1st win 00:01:27
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was happy to be back and help the team get their first win of the season

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Sam Darnold is back. And so is the Jets' offense.

In case anyone needed proof that the problem the last three weeks had been poor quarterback play, the 22-year-old Darnold showed how much a difference even a competent quarterback can make. And he was more than competent. He was outstanding. Playing for the first time since Week 1, he completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception

It was enough to let the Jets hang on for their first win of the season -- 24-22 over the Dallas Cowboys.

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Thomas on his tough upbringing 00:02:28
New York Jets receiver Demaryius Thomas sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley and opened up on his mother and grandmother's incarceration.

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and talked about his difficult upbringing.

Thomas is thankful to have gone to church and Bible study, instead of doing other activies.

"But I could have easily went the opposite way and been in the wrong crowd," Thomas said. "But I just couldn't be that kid. I always wanted to take care of my sisters, my family, my mom, grandmother. I always had in my mind that they'd get out one day, and they was able to get out."

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Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)
Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out earlier on Sunday, the Jets will be looking to be extremely active at the NFL trade deadline that approaches closer by the day. And one of the players he says to watch is DL Leonard Williams

Well, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the interest in Williams is already there around the league. 

Schefter is hearing that multiple teams are looking at Williams, the former first-rounder by the Jets back in 2015. And what could they potentially get for him? 

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The Jets may have a glimmer of hope now that Sam Darnold is back in the lineup, but they are still facing a stark and unfortunate reality. Since 1990, when the NFL playoffs expanded, only one team has started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs. And it hasn't happened since the San Diego Chargers did it in 1992.

That's why between now and the trading deadline on Oct. 29, many around the league believe the Jets' motto should be, and will be: "Sell!"

A lot can happen in the three games between now and that deadline, of course, but multiple league sources told SNY that they expect new Jets GM Joe Douglas to be extremely active in the next few weeks. One source used the word "firesale" to describe what he expects would happen thanks to the combination of a new GM, a team with an 0-4 record, and several expensive but talented players who may not fit in to his long-term plan.
 

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The 0-4 Jets will face the 3-2 Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 13, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)

Sam Darnold has been medically cleared and is ready to get back into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Cowboys, and one of his top targets is happy to see No. 14 back under center.

Jamison Crowder recently told Steve Serby of the New York Post that he's "excited" to have Darnold back on the field.

"I'm glad that he's back. I'm just excited, man, see what we can do with him back at the head of the offense," Crowder said. "I feel like the first game [Buffalo], me and him started off with great chemistry, and things were kind of obviously derailed with him being sick or whatnot."

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The Jets announced on Saturday afternoon that the team has signed veteran nose tackle Steve McLendon to a one-year contract extension. 

Originally an undrafted rookie free agent signing with Pittsburgh in 2009, McLendon, now 33 years old, originally joined the Jets in 2016 on a three-year deal. This past march, the Troy product re-signed with Gang Green on a one-year deal. Now, he will be under contract through the 2020 season. 

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Jets have activated linebacker Brandon Copeland following his four-game suspension, the team announced on Saturday. To make room for Copeland on the roster, the Jets waived quarterback Luke Falk

Copeland was sidelined for the first four games after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy by failing an offseason drug test. Copeland maintains the failed test was due to a tainted supplement he was using, but regardless he is set to make his season debut against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Copeland signed with the Jets prior to last season and appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) in 2018, setting career highs with 47 tackles and five sacks. He played for the Lions in 2015 and 2016 before missing all of the 2017 season with a torn pectoral muscle and signing with Gang Green.

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Gase happy to have Darnold 00:01:36
Jets head coach Adam Gase chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley and explains how Sam Darnold's return will affect and improve the team's offense.

Jets QB Sam Darnold will make his return to the field for the first time since Week 1 on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys

When he'll be getting dressed to play, the second-year quarterback will be wearing specialized pads for extra protection for his spleen, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"The same company that made specialized pads for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, used that same model to develop something quickly to protect Sam Darnold," Pelissero said. "With Newton, he is just a bigger bodied quarterback, so he needed a little extra protection through his mid-section. With Darnold, the concern when you've had mono is the spleen. Standard shoulder pads really don't provide that type of protection. So, Darnold, I'm told, went through multiple fittings and he's got something that he is comfortable with as he gets back on the field."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Wide receiver Robby Anderson has been a bright spot for the Jets offense the past few seasons, but is off to a slow start this year through four games.

The 26-year-old out of Temple University had made 155 catches for 2,280 yards and 15 touchdowns from 2016 through 2018. Including a breakout year in 2017, where he caught 63 passes on 114 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. 

He started 15 of the 16 games he played in during the 2017 season, and averaged 58.8 yards receiving per game with 38-year-old Josh McCown as his quarterback. So naturally, it was expected that Anderson would take another step forward when the team drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Sam Darnold is back under center 00:01:28
Jets QB Sam Darnold talks about playing again, and how the team's offense needs "to clean up the details" in order to find success.

Jets head coach Adam Gase gets his starting quarterback under center once again, but when Sam Darnold does take that first hit on Sunday against the Cowboys, everyone will be holding their breath. 

Darnold is returning from mononucleosis, and it may have been a week earlier if he didnt have an enlarged spleen. It's a side effect of the illness, and could even be fatal if it were to burst upon contact. 

That's why doctors had to be totally sure Darnold's spleen returned to normal size. With him starting this week, the result is it has -- and that's why Darnold isn't nervous if he does take a hit. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Over the next few weeks, the Jets should be getting several starters back from injury or suspension, headlined of course by Sam Darnold. This should provide a much-needed injection of talent for a team that has mostly been over matched in losing each of their first four games.

However, while the team as a whole has been struggling, there have been some positive flashes here and there from young players who have been making the most of their opportunity for additional playing time.

While the returning players should send most of these individuals back to the bench, it would be a shame if their playing time dried up altogether. Let's explore some players who deserve to continue getting chances to contribute even as the team approaches full strength:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Copeland, CJ Mosley, Henry Anderson, Kelechi Osemele, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Ty Montgomery
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets' safety Jamal Adams was not very happy last month after being fined $21,056 for a hit on Browns QB Baker Mayfield in their Week 2 matchup.

But there's no need for Adams to be upset anymore, as the NFL announced that he will not be fined for that hit. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks agreed with Adams, and rescinded the fine.

Adams was issued a roughing the passer penalty on Baker Mayfield, but said officials that threw the flag apologized to the Jets' coaching staff for making the call after the game.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media 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 head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While the 0-4 Jets are struggling mightily to get things going on offense, their defense faces a very tough challenge in the Cowboys on Sunday. 

Dallas is the NFL's leader in total offense, averaging a whopping 452.8 yards per game with the ability to run and throw the ball at whim. Jets head coach Adam Gase fully realizes what the Cowboys brings to the table, and when asked about it, he couldn't help but to smile while describing the weapons they have to work with. 

"Probably their Pro Bowl offensive line," Gase said on Thursday. "Probably one of the best running backs in football. Explosive wide receiver. Good slot wide receiver. Hall of Fame tight end. Quarterback's pretty good. Outside of that, I mean..."

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Copeland honest after suspension 00:01:59
Brandon Copeland returned to the team after his PED suspension. He opened up about what happened and what's next.

After the news broke regarding his violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs Aug. 21, Brandon Copeland remained quiet as he served his four-game suspension.

Outside of a lengthy Aug. 22 statement on Instagram, Copeland said his piece and stayed silent while he worked back from the month-long absence.

Labeled by head coach Adam Gase as a starting linebacker for Week 6's game against the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) Sunday at 4:25 p.m. from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Copeland opened up on his road back to the field when he met the media Wednesday after practice.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When Le'Veon Bell heard the news about quarterback Sam Darnold's official return from mononucleosis, the Jets running back reacted accordingly.

Sidelined since Sept. 8's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Darnold's four-week recovery forced New York to go with backup Trevor Siemian and then third-string Luke Falk, who ascended atop the depth chart after Siemian's season-ending ankle injury in Sept. 15's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

While the Jets suffered three straight losses of 16 points or more as they stumbled to their 0-4 start, including consecutive defeats on the road against the New England Patriots (30-14, Sept. 22) and Philadelphia Eagles (31-6, Oct. 6), Darnold's first game back since the season opener gives the offense hope before Sunday's home game with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Gase, Bell excited for Darnold 00:00:41
Sam Darnold is officially cleared for contact. Could that mean good things for Le'Veon and the rest of the team?

Jets head coach Adam Gase shares the excitement that his players have for QB Sam Darnold finally returning after battling mononucleosis. Of course, Darnold is also excited to get back on the field. 

The excitement won't last long, though, if the Jets can get something going on offense. Since Darnold's been gone, the Jets have barely been able to move the ball. 

So, while spirits are high at One Jets Drive, this group knows there's a lot of work to be done to finally chalk up that first win. 

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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets were expecting to get another weapon back to their offense this week, but their luck continues to go sideways. 

Tight end Chris Herndon, who has been suspended the past four games due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, suffered a hamstring injury, head coach Adam Gase revealed on Wednesday. His injury occurred while running routes in preparation for his return this week. 

Gase was blunt when asked about his reaction to Herndon's injury. 

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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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Sam Darnold (DALE ZANINE)
Sam Darnold (DALE ZANINE)

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Sam Darnold was cleared for contact on Tuesday morning, which means he'll be ready to start on Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys.

That's obviously a really big deal for the 22-year-old Darnold.

It's also a pretty big deal for a lot of other people on the Jets.

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Sam Darnold (Vincent Carchietta)
Sam Darnold (Vincent Carchietta)

Sam Darnold is officially back. 

The Jets announced via Twitter that the franchise quarterback has been cleared, and will get the start in Week 6 against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE ANNOUNCEMENT

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Gase touches on offensive woes 00:01:54
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase pinpoints inconsistency on all 3 phases of the Jets but see a lot of room to grow on offense.

The Jets will see the return of two players this week, thanks to the completion of their suspensions. Tight end Chris Herndon and linebacker Brandon Copeland are available.

But New York head coach Adam Gase didn't commit to anything more than them practicing. 

Gase said on Monday he wants to evaluate the duo during their first practices this week as the Jets prep for the Dallas Cowboys before anything. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Sam Darnold is out due to mono. Here are the latest updates...


Oct. 7, 7:06 PM:

Jets coach Adam Gase announced that Darnold would undergo more tests in regard to his battle with mono on Monday. Hours later, Darnold appeared on ESPN 98.7 and in an interview on "The Michael Kay Show," he gave some positive vibes on those tests as he said he's "excited to hear the news."

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Jets DE Henry Anderson (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Jets DE Henry Anderson (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Jets DE Henry Anderson, who left Week 5's loss to the Eagles in the first quarter due to a shoulder injury, is dealing with a sprained AC joint, reports Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

An AC joint injury is also known as a shoulder separation.

Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Monday that the length of Anderson's absence will have to do with his pain tolerance level, adding that he's week-to-week and that his status for Week 6 against the Cowboys is not yet determined.

 

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