This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

Coming up, your detailed analysis of last night’s win over the Dolphins, including details on Kenrick Ellis’ debut, the performance of the secondary and how well the offensive line is gelling. Don’t forget, if there’s anything you’d like me to investigate in more detail, leave your requests in the comments and I’ll get to them in BGA Extra, which will this week be on Thursday, albeit a little earlier.

I always try to watch the game first time through as a fan, rather than trying to analyze things as the game is going on. However, yesterday, late in the second quarter, as I struggled – like most of you, I’m sure – to come to terms with the reasons behind the Jets’ poor performance, I already had the introduction to this week’s BGA semi-written in my head.

Even if they go on to win this game 31-6, I reasoned, I’m going to discuss how inexcusably flat the team came out once again, how miserable their first half display was and how even if they turned it around later on, we can have no faith whatsoever that they won’t be just as flat against the Chargers on Sunday.

As it turns out, 31-6 wasn’t a bad guess. If you’d have offered me a 24-6 win before the game, I’d have bitten your arm off (although I'd have preferred a scoreline that doesn't remind me of the fake spike game every time I see it), but it came courtesy of a lot of unforced errors by the Dolphins that prevented the Jets from falling well behind.

The Jets did at least close out that first half with a good touchdown drive to give them a 14-6 lead which – though largely undeserved – provided the platform for their 24-6 win. However, we shouldn’t let that excuse a dismal performance for the first quarter and a half.

The offense often starts slow and conservative, but the defense keeps them in it and then they get going later in the game and take control, so this was not an unfamiliar pattern. However, the defense didn’t really play well either early on and were only really able to keep the Jets in it because of the Dolphins’ woes in the redzone. However, the Jets clearly have the better team and it showed in the end.

The offense and defense both improved significantly in the second half, to the point where you almost have to wonder if the Jets bothered to watch any film on the Dolphins this week, or just decided to let them do their thing, so they could figure out how to beat them as they went along.

Since this is a pattern, and one which usually resolves itself with the Jets taking control, I am once again forced to consider if the Jets are better off being conservative at the start of games, even if it leads to multiple three-and-outs. If they aren’t afraid to punt the ball and the defense plays well enough to keep them in it and control the field position battle, they can call plays off the tendencies they’ve developed in the early stages and take control later in the game.

If your offense isn’t performing well enough to take control, leaning on the defense has been a tried-and-tested formula for the Jets. In fact, had they been more conservative in the early stages against the Ravens, they probably wouldn’t have fallen behind in that game. As I’ve written before, they could have gone three and out on every possession and (all else being equal) they’d have won 17-13.

I’m also reminded – if you’ll indulge me - of the England Rugby Team’s triumphant World Cup win in 2003. England easily had the best team and had been building towards this tournament for four years, with everything peaking at the right time. However, their system was tailored to win tight, closely fought games against the elite teams. When they faced some lesser-known teams in the early stages, they won ugly, whereas some of the other nations had a more free-flowing style that enabled them to beat bad teams by a ton of points.

I remember constantly reassuring my friend that they weren’t built to look good in these games, they were built to stifle good teams. Sure enough, as they progressed, they were able to slow down the more explosive teams and win the tournament. Can I reassure all of you that the Jets will be fine too? Actually, no, because they’ve lost to the three best teams they’ve faced so far and cannot expect to win against teams like the Chargers if they start flat. However, there IS something to be said for tailoring your gameplan sensibly to give yourself the best chance to win.

So, it all turned out well in the end, but the offense remains a problem. They’re fine once they get going, but getting going has been a real struggle these past few weeks. Let’s delve a little deeper to see where the problems lie:

Quarterback

After Mark Sanchez began the game looking just as rattled as he did last week, what I hope we saw later in the game was him growing in confidence and starting to get back to the sort of form he displayed earlier in the season. It may just be that the Dolphins were demoralized and this made them easier to pick apart but, in either case, it at least seems like he is starting to trust his protection again.

Sanchez’s timing was still off on some throws and his accuracy cost him both completions and yards after the catch on several occasions. How he failed to spot a wide open Dustin Keller in the endzone on the pass he threw incomplete underneath to LaDainian Tomlinson, I’ll never know. However, on the flipside, the touch throw over the top to Keller on a corner route in the second half might have been the best throw he’s made since week two.

That third down call was particularly interesting, because they made the same call on third down in the first half and Keller wasn’t really any more open on the pass Sanchez completed, he just threw it better. They also repeated another third down call with Jeremy Kerley catching a first down (the Jets’ first) on a crossing route in the first half, but then tackled short of the marker on a great play by Yeremiah Bell in the second half.

What I hope these plays represented were the Jets going back to these and trying to execute them better second time around – which they did on the Keller pass, but not the Kerley one. What I hope these plays do not represent is some kind of statement by Brian Schottenheimer that the plays he call depend on execution to get them to work and it’s not his fault if they fail. Even if he has a point, you don’t want your offensive coordinator’s desire to make a statement clouding his play selection.

One final positive is that Sanchez called some successful audibles in this game. That’s something that will dramatically improve how well the offense functions. This possibly included the QB draw for a touchdown (although I’m not 100% sure about that, because he never actually “killed” the play and it actually sounded like he was just changing up the protection). I saw some people suggesting that the offensive coordinator deserves none of the credit for those plays, but I disagree because the play design includes an option for the Quarterback to audible to – otherwise you’d have to attribute more of the offensive struggles to Sanchez NOT audibling to a better option. The fact that Sanchez made a correct read on more than one occasion reflects well on himself and his coaching. Let’s hope that continues.

Sanchez is still not playing as well as he did earlier on in the season, but one positive is that he’s actually been able to generate pretty good statistics even when he’s played poorly. His QB rating has been over 85 in five of the six games and he has a QB rating of 91.8 and a completion percentage of over 60% if you exclude the Ravens game. If only we could.

Running Backs

Earlier in the week, Michael Lombardi commented that the Jets shouldn’t continue to persist with John Conner as their starting fullback because they look slow and predictable when he is in the game (and I was labelled a homer for poking holes in that comment, not that I’m bitter or anything). Last night, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the Jets offense looked “fast and unpredictable” with him in there, but Conner had one of his better games as a blocker and helped the Jets grind out 104 yards on 29 carries. Although Conner was called for a hold when he tried to set the edge on Cameron Wake, I only counted one bad block other than that. He had several positive blocks, including a couple of big pops in the hole.

For Shonn Greene, it was tough going all day, but he managed to pick up 74 yards on 21 carries and again was right around his season’s average with 2.2 yards per carry after contact. The defense wore down towards the end of the game and he was able to break a 20-yarder and also had a 10-yarder called back for a hold. LaDainian Tomlinson added 46 yards on 10 touches and both of them had good blitz pickups, although they only stayed in to block five times between them.

Joe McKnight flashed again, lining up out wide and catching a 24-yard pass down the middle. He also had a couple of nice returns, but didn’t look confident catching punts, almost muffing one and fumbling another after he was hit from behind. He was replaced by Kerley later on. At the moment, McKnight is starting to remind me of Brad Smith in terms of how he does something different to make a contribution every week.

Offensive Line

The offensive line started the game just as flat as the rest of the team, with D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold in particular missing a couple of run blocks. However, as the game went on, they settled down and were the driving force behind the offensive competence from the last drive in the first half onwards.

If you watched the TV broadcast, you’ll have noted how the ESPN booth was gushing over the pass protection and Wayne Hunter in particular. Last year, Hunter gave up two sacks, three pressures and three QB hits against Cameron Wake, so this was a tough matchup for him and he basically shut him out with no help.

Hunter let himself down by giving up a late sack by Koa Misi, otherwise he’d have ended up with the best offensive grade on the team. It was the unit as a whole that excelled in pass protection though. Sanchez was only under pressure four times with Mangold and Brandon Moore keeping a completely clean slate. On those four plays, Sanchez was 0-for-3, so that underlines how important keeping the pressure off him is.

In the running game, Moore started off well but struggled to consistently sustain his blocks late in the game, perhaps as he tired. He and Ferguson – who started badly but finished strong – each had a negative grade for run blocking.

Hunter, Mangold and Matt Slauson each had good performances in the running game. Mangold drove his man out of the play on several occasions, notably on Sanchez’s touchdown run. As for Slauson and Hunter, there was one play where Hunter pulled left and Slauson pulled right. If they manage to get that one down, it could pop for huge yardage up the middle. On this occasion, it got a modest gain.

Maybe you didn’t notice, but Nick Mangold took a rest with four minutes to go and Slauson moved to center with Vladimir Ducasse – who also had a couple of Jumbo Package TE reps - getting some reps at left guard. Ducasse didn’t make any mistakes and even made one good driving block on his eight snaps. That was good to see.

After a slow start, the offensive line really seemed to get in synch, especially in pass protection. The Dolphins didn’t test them that much – blitzing only nine times – but I’m sure they expected to get more pressure from their edge rushers. Wake alone entered the game averaging 5.5 QB disruptions per game. If they continue to trend upwards, that can only be good for the Jets.

Receivers

While the offensive line – and the fullback – looked good, the tight ends still aren’t really doing their part. Matthew Mulligan had a holding penalty and twice let his man beat him to stuff a run. Dustin Keller was more consistent, but still could have done better on at least three running plays. In addition, neither of them looked comfortable when they stayed in to pass block – which Mulligan did 10 times and Keller twice.

Keller isn’t relied upon to block, though. He needs to produce in the passing game. They threw to him five times and he caught two for 51 yards. As noted before, he should have also had a touchdown.

At wide receiver, Plaxico Burress continues to be a disappointment. He had a bad drop – the only one for the Jets - and looked a bit slow running routes at times. Hopefully he has just hit a wall and he will benefit significantly from the bye week. He did grab one 16-yarder.

Santonio Holmes showed his playmaking ability on his touchdown catch, making a man miss and using his downfield blockers well. Although he only caught three balls, he gained 63 yards and drew a penalty on third down, but whiffed badly on a couple of run blocks.

Jeremy Kerley had perhaps the biggest play of the game when he picked up the Jets’ first first down on the game. As we know, the Jets offense doesn’t look good until it gets going, so Kerley’s catch helped open the floodgates, so to speak. I liked what I saw out of Kerley in terms of getting separation, even though he only had one other catch.

Patrick Turner still hasn’t been able to block like he did in the Raiders game, but he did at least have two special teams tackles.

Defensive Line

The Jets actually got quite a lot of quality pressure in this game – four sacks, nine QB hits and six pressures. However, three sacks, six hits and one of the pressures were attributed to coverage rather than linemen getting beaten. The rush wasn't getting there quickly most of the time, especially not in the first half. Still, it’s encouraging that players are playing with relentlessness and a high motor.

Not much of the pressure came from the defensive line, but Marcus Dixon did get two quarterback hits. Muhammed Wilkerson added one and fellow rookie Kenrick Ellis had a pressure. I’d liked to have seen what Ropati Pitoitua would have done against this team.

Run stoppers Mike DeVito and Sione Pouha played a similar amount of snaps to last week, but because the Dolphins had 15 fewer offensive plays, they were in for about half of the time, rather than being on the sidelines two-thirds of the time. DeVito started slowly, but got better as the game went on. Pouha was excellent, only allowing his blocker to get the better of him once or twice and constantly penetrating and shedding blocks.

Wilkerson didn’t make much of an impact against the run this week, but did a good job of getting upfield on one play to force a run back inside. That wasn’t his best play of the day, but I highlight it to demonstrate that he seems to have learned from last week. Dixon made one terrific play against the run, shedding a double team to make a stop for a short gain, but he was also up and down in the running game.

Martin Tevaseu, making his first ever regular season appearance in the NFL, was part of the goal line defense that forced Miami to settle for a field goal in the second quarter. On one of the two plays, they ran right at him and he got penetration and the runner had nowhere to go.

On that play, Kenrick Ellis shot the gap and tackled the runner down low for a loss. Ellis – in for 18 snaps – graded out well, especially against the run. However, I’d observe that it wasn’t his size and strength that helped him make plays, rather his quickness. When engaged with a blocker, he was often moved off his spot, whereas he was able to blow up a couple of plays by taking the defense by surprise. I hope this doesn’t start to happen less and less once teams look at the film on him and are ready for his quick first step. Ellis’ cross field pursuit for a man his size is also quite something, but to be the dominant force the Jets need, he has to hold up at the point of attack and get off blocks better. That’s nitpicking though. He basically blew up four runs, which – even if he got driven back a few times – constitutes a superb debut in my book.

Linebackers

While the Jets gave up a disappointing amount of rushing yardage, it was really only two breakdowns that inflated the average. On the very first play, Jamaal Westerman was double teamed on the edge and forced inside, then Antonio Cromartie took a poor angle on the outside, leading to a 37 yard run by Reggie Bush. Bush was just 9-for-35 for the rest of the game. Also, on 3rd and 10, Daniel Thomas picked up 15 yards after Westerman was blocked to the inside and David Harris was swallowed up by a blocker leaving the Jets DB-heavy personnel exposed at the second level. Thomas gained 32 yards on his other 14 carries. In each case, it was clear the Dolphins had learned from the Patriots last week, but the important thing is that each mistake was only allowed to happen once.

Calvin Pace picked up two sacks and two pressures, as he continues to be productive. He also forced a fumble, made a good open field tackle on a screen pass and made a couple of plays against the run. However, he did have a couple of bad missed tackles in the running game, so he wasn’t perfect.

Westerman didn’t have a particularly good game. Other than those two costly mistakes in the running game, he was also burned down the sideline, although the receiver dropped the pass. He did get credit for one QB hit and split a sack with Bart Scott.

Scott also added a hit and two pressures and could easily have been awarded another half-sack on one of Pace’s sacks. He was good against the run, with a forced fumble and a couple of good run stops close to the line, but he was badly blocked out of the play on a screen pass.

David Harris had two QB hits, including on one of Matt Moore’s interceptions. He also broke up a pass in coverage and made a couple of unassisted stops at the line of scrimmage. Interestingly, he was the one who attacked the line of scrimmage more often than Bart Scott this week, so it’s encouraging that – aside from the breakdowns mentioned above – the run defense held up without Scott having to crash into the line on every play like he did against the Ravens. That has to take a physical toll on Scott, plus you have the added bonus of making it more difficult for the defense to figure out who the MIKE is.

Aaron Maybin certainly made an impact with a sack, two forced fumbles and a QB hit. In truth, he was handled pretty easily on each of his pass rush attempts, but his relentlessness is a sight to behold and he chased down Moore on his second effort a couple of times. When he stripped the ball from Daniel Thomas from behind, that showed tremendous speed. On that play, he was never doing anything other than an outside speed rush, so the Dolphins ran it right at the spot where he lined up, but it was an impressive recovery to get back into the play from so far away. He’s a weapon as long as he continues to play this hard. Hopefully, the coaching staff will be able to harness that and see him start to get to the QB on his first move.

Josh Mauga was in for two snaps. Did anyone hear Mike Tirico say that his named should actually be pronounced Maunga? Where’d that phantom N come from? Hopefully he’ll have a better career than Matt Monger.

Defensive Backs

Another day, another quarterback held to a completion percentage of under 50% by the Jets. However, Matt Moore was unlucky, with five of his passes dropped.

Of course, Darrelle Revis was the big story, with two interceptions, two other pass breakups and no penalties. He even ran one of the picks back 100 yards, which was crucially important considering the offense’s early struggles. Overall, Revis was targeted a stunning 14 times and Brandon Marshall made five catches for 63 yards on him, although on the longest of those – a 20-yarder – he appeared to get away with a push-off.

On the Revis pick-six, the announcers seemed to suggest that Revis should have been flagged for interference or illegal contact, but the replay appeared to show that Marshall lost his footing before there was any contact and Revis was backing away from him the whole time. While Revis did momentarily grab a handful of jersey, he didn’t pull Marshall off balance, it seemed like it was more to steady himself after Marshall initiated the contact between them. I would definitely have been furious if that call had gone against Revis.

Antonio Cromartie had one of his better days in coverage…statistically. Unfortunately, despite giving up just two catches, he was once again disappointing. One of the completions he gave up was a 46-yarder after he let Marshall get behind him and he was beaten on two of the three incompletions thrown his way – Brian Hartline failed to stay inbounds on one and dropped the other. Cromartie did make one great play to break up a throw to Marshall at the goal line, but he also had the bad mistake on Bush’s run and ended up the game on the sideline with a groin problem.

Often criticized, the two starting safeties had a rare strong performance in coverage, giving up just one catch for 10 yards between them. Both were pretty quiet though, although Jim Leonhard did make a terrific open field tackle to perhaps save a touchdown as Thomas cut back and a forced fumble and Eric Smith had a QB hit. Leonhard did miss one tackle and completely lost sight of the ball when Charles Clay went deep and dropped it, whereas Smith was washed out on a couple of running plays, including Thomas’ 3rd and 10 run.

Brodney Pool saw plenty of action, but had a bad missed tackle to allow Thomas to convert on that 3rd down run and another on special teams. He wasn’t exposed in coverage though.

With Donald Strickland out, Kyle Wilson was the third cornerback and did a pretty solid job, although he was beaten for two first downs and blocked at the second level on a running play. Marquice Cole also saw some action and came up with a fumble recovery, while giving up just two catches for 12 yards.

The whole secondary deserves some credit for holding Hartline, Anthony Fasano and Davone Bess – three guys who have produced against the Jets in the past – to six catches for 61 yards between them.

Special Teams

After last year’s meeting where Brandon Fields racked up a stunning 564 yards, it was particularly encouraging to see TJ Conley (48.5 average, two punts inside the 20) outkick him.

Mike Westhoff said this week that because teams are trying to boom the ball out of the endzone, it makes it easier for them to predict where the ball will go and set up a return. Perhaps he shouldn’t have said that, because Miami made it difficult for them with several short kicks, one of which rebounded off Garrett McIntyre’s knee for a potentially costly fumble. On that play, it may have been partially Joe McKnight’s fault for not guiding his wedge blockers where to set up well enough, but you cannot lose sight of the ball in that situation. After the Cromartie fumble in Oakland, I was hoping we’d seen the last such breakdown for a while.

On coverage, Cole, Ellis Lankster and Emanuel Cook were among those making good tackles. As I predicted before the season started, the Jets are hanging up their kickoffs at the goal line and trying to peg teams inside the 20. I believe that’s by design rather than Nick Folk being unable to reach the endzone.

Conclusions

The Jets have yet to put together anything like a complete game, but they managed to win their third game of the year to stay within two games of the division lead. Guess when they won their third game the last time they won the AFC East. Give up? It was Week 9. If the Jets can iron out some of their issues, they’re ahead of the curve. Those issues cannot be ignored though, so Rex and his staff have a ton of work to do in the short week.

At the end of the day though, the Jets just beat the Miami Dolphins. Let’s just appreciate that.

Remember, if there's anything else you'd like me to comment upon or go into more detail about, let me have your suggestions in the comments and I'll respond in BGA Extra later in the week.
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 (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson spoke about the death of former Jet and teammate Joe McKnight through a team release on Friday afternoon. 

McKnight, who played for the Jets from 2010-2012, was killed in a shooting incident in Louisiana on Tuesday. 

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(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

Darrelle Revis has made it pretty clear that he intends to play in 2017, telling SNY "I still have a lot of football to play." He even thinks he can still play football at a high level.

But at what position? And for whom? Neither of those answers are clear just yet. And though it's certainly possible that the Jets will simply part ways with the greatest cornerback they've ever had, a team source insisted not to rule Revis out of the Jets' 2017 plans just yet.

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Brian Bassett welcomes Brian Costello of the New York Post to the podcast, and they take a deep dive into the question of whether or not the Jets are better off today than the day when Woody Johnson flipped the switch from the John Idzik/Res Ryan regime, to the current Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles duo. Later, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano joins the show to talk about his Thursday conversation with Darrelle Revis at Florham Park, and to share his thoughts on Revis' future with the Jets.


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(Brad Penner)

Brian Bassett:

Welp. Let's face it brother, this season has been a bust.

Maybe it is just me, but it seems like the Faustian bargain made by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets on the eve of training camp signaled the end. Since then the trajectory of this team has been steadily downward: horrifying play at QB, the season-ending injury to Eric Decker, the immolation of Darrelle Revis as "player who gives a damn" … it has been rough. Hell, even Muhammad Wilkerson's reputation looks to be streaking down the Alpine Slide at Action Park!

But since we're Jets fans, we are notorious gluttons for punishment. So rather than dwell on all the bad stuff … what causes for hope do you have from what you've seen this season, Bent?

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said young quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg need to get all the reps they can get to continue to develop.

Though the Jets have decided to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for the foreseeable future, Gailey said Petty "needs all of the work he can get," according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes.

"It helps to play in games. ... The probability in games, you've got a lot better idea of what's going to happen," Gailey said. "In practice, you only have about a 75 percent probability of how they're going to be, how they're to play, and how they're going to progress."

Petty has started just one game -- a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 -- this season before head coach Todd Bowles opted to make Fitzpatrick, who led New York to 10 wins last season, the starter again.

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 (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

The 54-year-old man who shot and killed former Jets RB Joe McKnight has been released from prison without charges being filed, according to the NY Post.

McKnight was killed in a shooting in Louisiana on Thursday,

The shooting took place at roughly 3 p.m.

A witness said an argument took place between McKnight and the shooter before the shooter opened fire multiple times.

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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Revis 00:04:28
Football Night in New York discusses Darrelle Revis' struggles and his future in the National Football League amid retirement rumors.

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GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:01:34
Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Jets facility on the Darrelle Revis rumors of him possibly retiring after the 2016 season.

Darrelle Revis, the embattled Jets cornerback, insists that he has given no thought to retirement despite his age and his struggles this season, and that his love for the game of football is as strong as ever. In fact, in an interview with SNY.tv on Thursday, he said any questions about how much he still wants to play are "really bizarre."

That was the 31-year-old Revis' response to the latest round of criticism in what has become a miserable season for the future Hall of Famer. He has struggled on the field in a season he admits is "definitely not" up to his personal standards, and the shots he's taken in the media have been relentless at times.

The latest came in a report in the New York Daily News on Wednesday that quoted a "confidant" of the cornerback saying "If he had his way he'd be done right now. He doesn't want to play anymore."

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The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
  • T Breno Giacomini (undisclosed)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets CB Darrelle Revis would be done playing right now if he had his way, a confidant told Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

"He's done," the confidant said. "If he had his way, he'd be done right now. He doesn't want to play anymore. He's made a lot of money."

The confidant added that Revis "tanked" this season.

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Jets linebacker David Harris talks about the prospect of facing a strong Colts team.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

While Muhammad Wilkerson has struggled to put up strong numbers on the stat sheet this season, head coach Todd Bowles has confidence the defensive end will have a good end to the season. 

"He's still getting the kinks out of it sometimes, but he's feeling a lot better now, so I expect to see a lot better Mo," Bowles told reporters following Wednesday's practice. 

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(William Hauser)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. Here is what we learned...

  • It's still uncertain whether or not injured center Nick Mangold will play on Monday night against the Colts. 
  • With lack of creating turnovers, the team has been working hard in practice to get them. "We [are] trying everything we can to get them," Bowles said. "It's just not falling our way right now." 
  • WR Devin Smith has returned to practice and has no restrictions on what he can do. So far, according to Bowles, Smith is almost caught up with the offense.
Tags: Devin Smith, Indianapolis Colts, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold
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Sep 1, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Donald Hawkins (78) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Donald Hawkins (78) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have added T Donald Hawkins to their practice squad, the team announced. 

He will take the place of T Zach Sterup, who was cut from the practice squad on Tuesday. 

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Jets Extra Point analyzes the fortunes of the Jets' passing game moving forward, noting the emergence of Quincy Enunwa.

Quincy Enunwa got back on track Sunday during the Jets' 22-17 loss to the Patriots.

Enunwa was targeted five times and reeled in all five passes, accumulating 109 yards and one touchdown.

He had just one reception each game during Week 9 against the Dolphins and Week 10 against the Rams.

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Wide receivers giving Jets hope? 00:02:05
Jets Extra Point analyzes the fortunes of the Jets' passing game moving forward, noting the emergence of Quincy Enunwa.

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in front of New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (not pictured) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass in front of New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (not pictured) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

WR Brandon Marshall wants to finish his career with the Jets, the wide receiver told reporters on Monday.

"Obviously (I have) no plans on retiring, no plans on switching teams," Marshall said. "Would love to stay here and retire as a Jet."

The Jets acquired Marshall and a seventh round draft pick from the Bears for a fifth round pick prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. In his first season with New York, Marshall caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"You never know in this business," Marshall admitted about the chances he will be back in New York next season.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett deal with another inevitable loss to the Patriots, and the inevitable calls for the heads of Todd Bowles, Darrelle Revis, and Muhammad Wilkerson. They sift through another week of your voice mails, as the Jets sort through what's left of their season.

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The Football Night in New York panel discusses Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and the Jets' recent loss to New England.

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GEICO SportsNite: Todd Bowles 00:01:26
Jeane Coakley talks with Jets head coach Todd Bowles about the quarterback situation and the team?s recent loss to the Patriots at home.

It's the same old quarterback for the same old Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets starting quarterback, Todd Bowles announced on Monday, and he indicated it wasn't even a difficult decision. It doesn't matter to the Jets coach that Fitzpatrick is almost certainly not coming back next season, nor does it apparently matter to him that the 3-8 Jets have nothing left to play for this year.

Fitzpatrick, Bowles said, gives the Jets the best chance to win and Bowles still thinks that's important. So at least for now, the future - and Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg - will have to wait.

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New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor (25) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor (25) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets S Calvin Pryor has a concussion, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday

Pryor suffered the injury during New England's game-winning drive that gave the Patriots the 22-17 victory.

On the season, Pryor has 44 tackles to go with five passes defended and one forced fumble.

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Steve McLendon
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By the end of the game, Patriots fans had taken over the Meadowlands and no one was surprised. Most of the Jets fans sadly headed for the exits, having seen this ending before.

Of course the Jets had a chance to beat the Patriots, and of course it ended with the ball getting swatted out of Ryan Fitzpatrick's hands. And of course Tom Brady, given enough time -- or any time at all -- engineered a game-winning drive. That's the way it goes for teams who have franchise quarterbacks on their roster. That's the way it goes, far too often against the Jets.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bent: This was as frustrating a loss as the Jets have experienced all season. While it's easy to take consolation from the fact that the game was essentially meaningless and that losing the game might even be for the best in the long run, it's always unbearable to lose to the Patriots. 

That's especially true when the Jets arguably played well enough to win comfortably...

Tags: BGA, Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' future 00:03:43
The guys on FNNY discuss the Jets' loss to the Patriots and what it means for the futures of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Darrelle Revis.

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New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny causes New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to fumble during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny causes New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to fumble during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did not say whether or not Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots, would be the team's Week 13 starting quarterback.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, New England Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Post Game Overtime: Jets-Pats 00:12:31
Chad Cascadden, Mike Westhoff, Ray Lucas and Jonas Schwartz grade the Jets' 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa catches a touchdown pass over New England Patriots corner back Malcolm Butler during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa catches a touchdown pass over New England Patriots corner back Malcolm Butler during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa used his butt to help him make a highlight-reel touchdown that helped him record his first 100-yard receiving game in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, New England Patriots, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets showed flashes of what they had hoped to be a fluent offense and strong defense in a 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots. But at the end of the day, following another loss, they are still in the midst of a lost season.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, New England Patriots, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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Bowles reflects on loss to Pats 00:01:57
Todd Bowles and Ryan Fitzpatrick discuss the importance of finishing strong to end games after the 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

Darrelle Revis allowed Malcolm Mitchell to score a late touchdown and Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbled on the ensuing drive as the New York Jets lost to the New England Patriots, 22-17, Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, New England Patriots, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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THE GAME: The Patriots (8-2) visit the Jets (3-7) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4:25 p.m. 

THE WEATHER: The first half should see sunny skies and a temperature in the high-40s, but it will get colder as the sun goes down in the mid-to-late part of the game. 

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Patriots-Jets 00:04:03
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Jets upset over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

THE GAME: The New England Patriots (8-2) at the Jets (3-7) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: There's a storm front coming … but not soon enough to impact this game. Unfortunately for the Jets, since weather is a great equalizer, it'll be a nice, brisk day with temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s and moderate winds (although again, unfortunately for the Jets, probably not strong enough to impact the game).

WHAT IT MEANS: In terms of this season? Nothing. In terms of the future? Nothing. But the Jets, with their decision to go back to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, are going all-in on one, feel-good day for themselves and their fans. Yeah, sure, they're not mathematically eliminated yet. But Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy aren't walking through that door, so let's stick to reality. The Jets want to beat the Patriots to have one happy day before the reality of their December death march towards the end of their season kicks in.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets injuries 00:01:27
Todd Bowles and Ryan Fitzpatrick discuss the health of the team following the bye week as they prepare for the Patriots.

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Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

Last year, the Patriots lost in overtime at MetLife Stadium, but the chances of a repeat performance tomorrow are slim. With the Jets falling to 3-7 before the bye, a chance to play spoiler is about all they have to play for over the final six games of the year. While many fans are already looking ahead to next year, the Jets' coaching staff will still be going all out to give a competitive effort. However, it might be hard to motivate their players following a frustrating first half of the season. 

Tags: BGA, New England Patriots
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GEICO SportsNite: NY Jets 00:01:45
Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and head coach Todd Bowles preview the weekend clash with the Patriots.

Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) 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 center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite missing the last three games with an ankle injury, center Nick Mangold said he is hopeful he can play come Sunday. 

Mangold said he continues to feel better as the days go on. However, he was limited in practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for the matchup against the Patriots.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:51
The Jets discuss their upcoming divisional matchup with Tom Brady and the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - There are many reasons why Todd Bowles gave a stiff arm to the future this week and decided to ride with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his quarterback on Sunday. The most important one, he's said all along, is that Fitzpatrick gives the Jets their best shot at a win.

And boy, in the middle of this miserable, lost season, would a win over the New England Patriots feel good.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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The Jets released their injury report on Friday...

The following players will be OUT for Sunday's game against the Patriots

  • CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
  • CB Marcus Williams (ankle)
Tags: Marcus Williams, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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Would Tony Romo be a plus or a minus for the Jets? (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)
Would Tony Romo be a plus or a minus for the Jets? (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)

The talk of Tony Romo coming to the Jets shows just how desperate the team is for help at the position.

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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back for Patriots Week, but admit the outlook isn't good for the Jets against New England with Ryan Fitzpatrick returning under center. They also take a look around the division, to see which AFC East team is the closest to dethroning Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the Pats.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:51
The Jets discuss their upcoming divisional matchup with Tom Brady and the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Tom Brady missed practice for the Patriots with a knee injury on Wednesday, and all of New England is now waiting to exhale. But there's no reason for Jets fans to bother holding their breath. The Jets, as you all know, just aren't lucky enough for Brady to miss this game.

As far as the Jets are concerned, though, that's just fine. At this point, they'd rather see Brady in the lineup. Because if they're going to pull off this meaningless upset just so they can feel a little better about themselves in their lost season, they may as well do it with the Patriots at full strength.

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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets center Nick Mangold (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he doesn't have an idea of when center Nick Mangold will return from his ankle injury that has kept him out for the past three games, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello.

Mangold, 32, did not practice Wednesday and has missed three games in a row for the first time in his career. He has been in and out of a walking boot for the past few weeks, which has clouded Bowles' idea of when he may return.

"For me, if you're not practicing, you're not improving," Bowles said. "I haven't seen him run yet ... he's not doing anything that I see."

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) 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 center Nick Mangold (74) 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

  • Nick Mangold (ankle) 
  • CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
  • CB Marcus Williams (ankle)
  • DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
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Ray volunteers at Camp Fatima 00:05:09
SNY?s Ray Lucas talks about volunteering at Camp Fatima of New Jersey, a sleepaway camp for special needs children.

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis having an up-and-down season, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he and his team will not take the corner lightly this Sunday. 

Belichick, who coached Revis in the 2014 season, said the 31-year-old still has the ability to make plays to beat teams. 

Tags: Darrelle Revis, New England Patriots
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The Jets have signed WR/KR Jeremy Ross and waived LB Taiwan Jones, the team announced Tuesday.

Ross was initially signed by the Jets in April and was a final cut in September. He was then re-signed on Sept. 29 before being released on Oct. 11.

He played against the Seahawks and Steelers earlier this season, returning one kickoff in each game.

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Pepper Johnson talks Jets D-line 00:01:39
New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gets "salty" with the media as he defends the play of the team's defensive line.

Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson was testy during a talk with reporters Monday while defending the performance of the line.

"There's not much to say," Johnson told reporters. "I think it's all a waste of time, but I have to come here. I'm just fulfilling my obligation."

Regarding how the line is playing, Johnson said he doesn't place a large emphasis on stats and suggested they're doing better this season than last.

Tags: Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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