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BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part two of your breakdown of last night’s big loss to the Eagles with detailed analysis of the defensive performance and a few notes on special teams.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle.

This week, we're splitting the BGA into two and we're getting it up super-early because news of the final cuts should leak out during the day. We covered the offense late last night but now turn our attention to the defense and special teams.

The Jets had fewer players on defense that we can expect to be contributing this season than they did on offense and it showed. Philadelphia carved them up with 568 yards of offense and seven scoring drives.

In their defense, the Jets played about as vanilla as I've ever seen them in the Rex Ryan era. With limited resources at defensive end/outside linebacker, the Jets basically played a conventional nickel package all day, rarely blitzed or stunted and played what looked like a basic quarters coverage in the defensive secondary. We can't therefore read too much into how anyone played in this game, because it bore little resemblance to how any of these players would be expected to play during the season.

Still, let's recap how everyone fared...

Defensive Line

Last year, defensive lineman Junior Aumavae had put together an impressive preseason campaign, with good consistency and a couple of "wow" plays. Entering the final preseason game, he had a good chance to lock down a practice squad spot and maybe even make a case for a roster spot. Unfortunately, he struggled badly and fell off the radar completely. I had that in mind with the so-far impressive TJ Barnes and Kerry Hyder both in more or less the same situation entering this game.

Happily, both held up pretty well, although neither was what you'd term dominant. Barnes was disruptive early with a couple of run stuffs, but then found himself getting blocked out of quite a few plays. He did manage one more run stuff before not playing much down the stretch. Hyder was also in on a couple of run stuffs in the first half but then found himself getting blocked off the line more consistently in the second half. He did beat his man once for a pressure. It looks likely that Barnes will be on the active roster and Hyder on the practice squad (if he clears waivers).

As noted in the offensive section, guard William Campbell also saw reps at defensive tackle. That's not a big deal for him, since that was the position he played in college, but it perhaps doesn't bode well for his future. He did assist on one stop near the line but was also forced inside on a short yardage conversion.

Tevita Finau has had a pretty good preseason and he was easily the Jets most effective pass rusher last night, as they lacked any real bite-. I had him down for four pressures and three run stuffs, including the 4th and one stop on a quarterback sneak. He was blocked out of a few plays though and also overpursued once.

Trevor Reilly was standing up at times, but was effectively employed as a defensive end most of the time. He seemed to be muscled out of quite a lot of plays due to his relative lack of size, but set the edge well a few times, had a couple of pressures and even dropped into coverage to break up a pass. If Reilly makes the final roster, this probably won't be particularly indicative of what you can expect his role to be.

With IK Enemkpali and Troy Davis both out injured, Zach Thompson was the only other defensive end the Jets had available. He was blocked out of a handful of plays, but did assist on one run play and dropped into the flat on an incomplete pass.

Garrett McIntyre also did not play, but I believe he was just rested because he's going to be on the team. Whether Davis makes it will depend on his injury status, I assume. Leger Douzable, Kenrick Ellis and the starters were all rested, despite the fact the official gamebook credits Douzable as being in the starting line-up.

Linebackers

Nick Bellore had to leave the game with a calf strain that we hear is nothing serious. Before he left, he blew up one run, made a good tackle after a short pass and had a pressure on a blitz. He did get blocked out of a couple of plays and missed a tackle too though.

AJ Edds started preseason off really well, but seems to have levelled off a bit over the last few weeks. He made a couple of important tackles and had one pressure, but was blocked out of too many plays and overpursued badly once.

It was a positive day for rookie Jeremiah George though. The last time George saw extended action was in the first preseason game where he looked overmatched. However, last night, he avoided any serious mistakes and was around the ball a lot, ending up with seven tackles, three close to the line and one for a loss on a short pass. He also made a play in coverage, although he was blocked out of one fourth quarter play at the second level. I'd basically written off George's chances at winning a roster spot, but if he'd played like this from the start, I'd have fancied his chances.

I would assume Bellore and Edds have done enough to make it, but I don't know if either will get many defensive reps unless there are injuries.

Defensive Backs

The cornerbacks would come under plenty of scrutiny here, but as noted above, the Jets played a pretty straightforward quarters coverage a lot of the time, leaving the corners to fend for themselves on the outside. Both starters, Ellis Lankster and LeQuan Lewis did make some good plays, but each got beaten several times.

Lewis got off to a good start when he jumped a route in the end zone for an interception. However, moments later he was apparently expecting safety help and let his man get behind him for an easy 43-yard score. Lewis gave up three more first downs, one as he missed a tackle in the flat, but was in a good position on one more incompletion. If Dimitri Patterson is going to be released as some people are predicting then that potentially creates an open roster spot for someone like Lewis, despite his struggles here. However, he might then be the first guy bumped off the roster if the Jets claim another cornerback to improve their depth.

Lankster disappointingly gave up a handful of first downs, although one of these was just before half time and he did make the tackle to force the Eagles to settle for a field goal. Lankster was targeted more often than Lewis and was also in good position on four incompletions, one of which he almost intercepted. He also made one good play against the run. He did also get penalized twice for holding though. Lankster was again employed mostly in off-coverage, whereas his strength is press coverage and that's most likely how they'd use him if he was given a role on the defense this year.

Starting in the slot was Johnny Patrick who made a couple of great plays in the backfield, but also missed two tackles and overpursued badly on one play. In coverage, he was beaten on third down but the receiver dropped the pass. Jeremy Reeves and Brandon Dixon also saw action. Dixon was blocked out of the play downfield on the late touchdown run.

At safety Rontez Miles stood out. He was constantly around the football, making a load of positive plays. He did miss a couple of tackles and overpursued once though. He also added a couple of pressures off the edge.

Like Miles, Jaiquawn Jarrett had nine tackles. However, he probably had the worst day out of all the anticipated regular season contributors to have suited up. When he didn't get into the game early, I had assumed he'd been rested, so I was surprised to see him entering the game late on. It's possible he wouldn't even have played if Josh Bush didn't injure his leg in the third quarter. Jarrett then didn't do himself any favors when he had a bad missed tackle and got beaten for two first downs and a touchdown in coverage in just over a quarter of work. Prior to this game, I'd have thought he was a lock for the roster. Now, I'm not so sure, especially after Miles' active display.

Bush could have been one to capitalize on Jarrett's struggles, but they kept targeting him down the seam for four first downs. He also almost gave up a touchdown as he didn't look back for the ball, but - with Miles' help - was able to force the receiver out of the end zone before he could get two feet down. Bush was also the safety on Lewis' side of the field when he was beaten for that touchdown, so it's likely Bush either should have been back there or should have done a better job of communicating where he would be. There were a few apparent communication issues in the secondary on the day, which Bush appeared to be in charge of.

Special Teams

Let's wrap up with some bullet point notes on the special teams:

- Nick Folk tuned up with one touchback and an extra point

- Once again, Ryan Quigley shanked a punt out of bounds and outkicked his coverage a few times (although there was a penalty to negate the longest return). He's been far from impressive this preseason

- Lewis made a couple of plays, with a tackle and a downed punt, helping his chances

- Saalim Hakim looked uncertain on kick returns all day and overpursued badly in punt coverage once. He did have one return past the 20 with a face mask penalty tacked on and made a great play to down a punt at the six yard line

- Jalen Saunders didn't exactly shine either, going backwards 10 yards on a punt return. He does look comfortable catching punts though

- Edds and Quincy Enunwa also made plays on special teams and Patrick drew a flag

- Zach Sudfeld had a bad missed tackle in the open field

- If Bush doesn't make the team, I wonder who the punt protector will be. It's been him most of the preseason.

That's it for the preseason. I'll be back with a BGA Preview, breakdowns for each position and a BGA Extra for each game during the season. One final reminder to close - if someone is reported to have "made the team" don't forget they could yet be displaced by a waiver claim between now and opening day.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets' defense hopes to regroup for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons after New York lost back-to-back games against divisional opponents.

New York blew a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter by giving up 17 unanswered points in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Miami Dolphins to fall to 3-4, but the defense is confident it can go back to the team that had allowed 13.3 points per game during its three-game winning streak.

"We win together. We lose together," defensive end Leonard Williams said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "The No. 1 thing we have to do is stick together and be a family. That's the one thing I can say: This team is a family."

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Demario Davis, Miami Dolphins, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, New England Patriots, Steve McLendon
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Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)
Oct 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold. (Kirby Lee)

USC QB Sam Darnold is unlikely to leave school and enter the 2018 NFL Draft after the season, a source told Benjamin Allbright of 104.7 FM in Colorado. The 20-year-old Darnold has completed 183 of 288 passes for 2,292 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in eight games this season for the 6-2 Trojans.

Darnold said before the season that a report that he might remain in school instead of entering the 2018 Draft did not come from him, but remained vague about his future.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: We're still only about half of the way into Darnold's redshirt sophomore season, so plenty could change between now and next April, but this news isn't entirely surprising...

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

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

Defensive Line

Once again, the defensive line didn't generate any sacks, but this was an extremely encouraging performance. Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson combined for five quarterback hits, and each stuffed a couple of runs as the Jets held Miami to just 53 yards on 25 carries. Williams almost picked up his first sack on a blitz from middle linebacker that led to Jamal Adams recording the sack cleaning up, while Wilkerson intercepted a tipped pass to set up a touchdown. Moreover, they both looked more powerful and explosive than they have in recent weeks. Hopefully this is a sign that they are getting closer to 100 percent...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Sheldon Richardson
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Jets QB Josh McCown could barely talk about the interception he threw that set up the Dolphins game-winning field goal in the team's 31-28 loss on Sunday. 

After blowing a two-touchdown lead, the Jets had the ball at their own 15-yard line with 47 seconds and three timeouts in their pocket. But on the very first play of a potential game-winning drive, McCown made a very costly mistake. And he knew it was going to happen before he even released the ball. 

"It was one of those where I tried to stop as I was throwing because I saw [CB Bobby McCain] late," McCown told Newsday's Bob Glauber. "So I didn't get enough on the ball."

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 10/22 00:11:02
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew breaks down the Jets' 31-28 loss to the Dolphins, after surrendering a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The New York Jets refused to go down quietly. After their fourth-quarter meltdown Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, there was some angry shouting in the locker room behind closed doors.

Quarterback Josh McCown said defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson was rallying his teammates. But it was Dolphins' rally that will be remembered after their 31-28 comeback victory Sunday.

The Jets blew a 28-14 lead in the final 12 minutes. Hence Wilkerson's postgame "pep talk."

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Josh McCown, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Bowles and McCown on loss 00:01:54
Todd Bowles breaks down the Jets' disappointing last-minute loss and Josh McCown comments on his crucial late interception.

The Dolphins overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter and kicker Cody Parker drilled a game-winning 39-yard field goal to hand the Jets a second consecutive loss. >> Box score

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell (72) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

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

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson's is active for the Jets' Week 7 game against the Dolphins despite a lingering toe and shoulder injury that has put his status in jeopardy early this season.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Derrick Jones, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)
Oct 8, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) congratulates wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) (Scott Galvin)

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THE GAME

The Jets (3-3) vs. the Miami Dolphins (3-2) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be hot, as usual, with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It will also be windy, with sustained winds of 15-20 m.p.h. expected. And as always in Miami, there could be some late afternoon thunderstorms that potentially could impact the second half of the game.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at a tough loss to the New England Patriots. The guys discuss the brutal mistakes by the Jets which kept the Pats in the game, and the blown call at the goal line involving Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Plus, Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon joins the show to talk about the struggles of Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams, and his role on the team. Later, Brian Costello of the New York Post calls in to give his take on the loss to NE, and how the Jets missed out on Deshaun Watson.

Click below to listen!

Tags: Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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Vacc's 3 Keys to a Jets win 00:01:37
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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In the latest episode of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former NFL running back Curtis Martin recalls some of the most dramatic moments of his life, including two near-death experiences, as well as his relationship with Bill Parcells, Bob Kraft, and the infamous trade that sent him from the Patriots to the Jets.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets vs. Miami 00:01:54
With Muhammad Wilkerson likely a game-time decision to play Sunday, Jeane Coakley talks to Leonard Williams about stepping up his game.

 

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The last time the Jets had Bilal Powell in the lineup, at full strength, he ran all over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Forced into the lead back role with Matt Forte sidelined, he ran for 163 yards on 7.8 yards per carry, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

He's back this week in time for the Jets game in Miami on Sunday, and so is Forte, with both apparently as close to full strength as they're going to be. But the Jets can't revert to their old habit of splitting their backfield duties.

They need Powell to carry the load.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Jeremy Kerley, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, and will be a game-time decision, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, and didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario.

However, Bowles added that the team has discussed the possibility of giving Wilkerson one or two weeks off.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins runs the ball against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets are preparing for the trip to Miami, so there will be no media access at Florham Park on Friday. The entire term, apart from Muhammad Wilkerson, practiced without limitation yesterday, so they are in good shape for the road trip.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will preview the game and send his three keys. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Miami Dolphins, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets defense 00:01:25
Ralph Vacchiano reports in from Jets practice to address the question that is on everyone's mind; when will the Jets finally get a sack?

 

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Jenkins on overcoming addiction 00:03:29
On Jets Game Plan, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins sits down with Jeane Coakley to share about how he overcame his battle with addiction.

 

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On the day the Jets re-signed Muhammad Wilkerson in the summer of 2016 to a blockbuster, five-year, $86 million contract, they made it clear they were banking on him and not Sheldon Richardson. Fourteen months later, Richardson was traded.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

RB Bilal Powell, who missed last week's game due to a calf injury, practiced on Thursday and will return when the Jets face the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, head coach Todd Bowles said.

DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/toe) was the only Jets player who didn't practice on Thursday.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Powell should hopefully give a boost to the Jets' struggling running game, although I suspect the team's inability to get the running game going has more to do with how overmatched the Jets have been in the trenches...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

He may be one of the most productive tight ends in football at the moment, but Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins admits his career was taking a dive before joining the Green and White. 

Seferian-Jenkins has caught 23 passes over the last four weeks of the season. It could be more if he didn't have to serve a two-game suspension that stems from his DUI arrest last September when he was with the Buccaneers.

But ASJ doesn't mind the numbers. He is happy that he is still playing the game he loves in the first place. 

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The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park. Will Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, or Robby Anderson return to practice after sitting out on Wednesday?

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, Robby Anderson
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DNL: 2017 Jets season so far 00:02:58
The DNL panel discusses the Jets' season so far including if Todd Bowles deserves more credit and which player has disappointed the most.

 

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets featured many key players out during practice Wednesday including RB Bilal Powell, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and WR Robby Anderson. 

Powell, who is nursing a calf injury, stretched with the team, but he didn't participate in anything else. He already missed last week with the same injury.

Wilkerson played through his shoulder injury in Weeks 4 and 5, He didn't practice throughout those weeks, so this might be the same scenario for No. 96...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Muhammad Wilkerson, Robby Anderson
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Daily News Live: Cool your Jets 00:03:02
The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

The DNL panel discusses how the controversial play and loss to the Patriots could affect the Jets' mentality going into Week 7.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye
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Daily News Live: Colon 00:01:10
Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

After a hot start to his rookie season, Jets S Jamal Adams became the latest victim of Patriots' star TE Rob Gronkowski in the Jets' 24-17 loss on Sunday. 

Adams had troubles with Gronk from the beginning of the game. The Jets had a 14-0 lead when Patriots QB Tom Brady launched a ball toward the back of the end zone intended for Gronkowski. Adams made a play on the ball, but refs said that he made too much contact with the 6-foot-6 tight end resulting in a pass interference call.

Dion Lewis would score on the next play, and Adams was still surprised as to why the refs threw the flag. 

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (Ben Margot/AP)

The Jets (3-3) take on the Dolphins (3-2) on Sunday in Miami at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...

Need to know

The Jets are off today.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice on Thursday and Friday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buster Skrine, Jalin Marshall, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

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