New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Cowboys.

Richard R. (via e-mail): I know that the Jets won the flip in OT against the Giants, but I swear they have lost every other coin flip this year, including 2 on Sunday! True or not?

No, it's not quite as bad as that, although it is pretty bad. They have won five of 17 coin flips this season, including the overtime game against the Giants that you cited. They actually won three in a row in Weeks 3, 4 and 6, but the Houston game is the only one in which they've won the opening coin flip since that time (a span of 10 games).

David from Haifa: The defense is great at stuffing the run but my stomach clenches every time I see a back get the ball out in the flat or leaking out from pass protection. In general, how can the jets cover shifty running backs in space? More specifically, besides RB LeSean McCoy (who might not play), are there any other shifty backs until the Super Bowl?

I think you could probably say that every team has a shifty running back who could be a pass catching threat out of the backfield, but few are on McCoy's level, even as he is starting to get over the hill. Even with McCoy out, they have an emerging big play threat in Mike Gillislee, although he hasn't done much as a pass catcher yet. In four games, Gillislee has averaged over 10 yards per carry and has broken touchdown runs of 19, 50 and 60 yards over the past three weeks. If the Jets get past the Bills, guys like Giovani Bernard, James White and Charcandrick West could all be dangerous.

In terms of stopping these plays, I think the Jets have actually handled them well for the most part and where they've really been burned is by backs making catches further down the field. The key is for the linebackers not to get sucked into the middle and then caught up in traffic, which is something which happened in the game where David Harris was out, but they improved in that area this week with him back.

David from Haifa: The offense had problems connecting on passes over the top. Bombs to Bilal Powell, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Quincy Enunwa all misfired. In your opinion is this a change in offensive philosophy or an attempt to take advantage of the Patriots backup safeties? Enunwa looked really fast on with his OT reception. Is there evidence (college or otherwise) that he can grow to fill this role to stretch out the D over the top?

Despite being pretty inefficient at it, the Jets have persevered with the deep shots over the course of the season, which is a good idea because just even the threat of a deep play can help stretch the field and thin out who stays in the box. I'm sure it was a definite tactic to look for that with the state of their opponent's secondary and it probably helped the rest of the offense work effectively.

Enunwa has definitely impressed me with his speed, specifically on special teams. The fact that this is now translating to offense is exciting because if he could emerge as a big play threat from now on, that gives the team an added dimension just as they enter the postseason. He did run a 4.45 at the scouting combine but I never really saw him as a natural downfield threat. However, if he continues to be matched up with linebackers and safeties, perhaps that changes.

Iamjones: You said there were 15 players on offense which means there were no subs or additional offensive linemen in the game then. You also mentioned that some defensive players were in for every snap. Has this been a building trend or a do you think it's a decision made for the final stretch? Also is this evidence that the staff has a better opinion of some of the lineman than we do?

All five offensive linemen playing every snap is pretty much the norm anyway. Other than late game mop-up duties or injury situations, Brent Qvale has played 15 short yardage snaps as a sixth lineman over six games and did not get any snaps at all in nine games.

As for defensive players, that does often happen towards the end of the season. For example, Wilkerson played all the snaps in week 16 and 17 in 2012. However, Harris always plays all the snaps unless he gets hurt and Demario Davis did too until he started losing playing time. Defensive backs often play every snap too. Marcus Gilchrist has done it 11 times this year, for example.

Bdarc 23: Can you expand on the positions for Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson? How are they being used and how does it seem to be evolving for potentially having all three in the future? Is there a danger that Richardson gets derailed by being played out of position like Coples was?

Wilkerson has played the majority of his snaps on the left side, typically outside the tackle on running downs and inside on passing downs. Until this week, Williams had played mostly as a defensive tackle, but this week he played a lot of reps as the left side defensive end with Wilkerson and Richardson inside. Richardson has also played a mixture of inside and out, primarily on the right side.

I don't think Quinton Coples was derailed by being played out of position anyway because the "position change" happened toward the end of 2012 and he produced well for a couple of years thereafter. It was this season, while his position remained the same as in the previous years, that his playing time and production fell off.

Hopefully, therefore, that won't happen to Richardson either. It was certainly interesting that Williams kicked outside this week.

Green_Bastard_: It's a big but not impossible "IF", but if we do see the Patriots again in Foxboro and they've got Edelman and/or Amendola back, do you think there's any chance we can contain their short across the middle game?

Maybe, but it won't be easy, as that is the weakness in this defense. However, even with a full complement of weapons, Tom Brady only has two 300-yard games in his last eight against the Jets. He did light them up with short passes earlier this season, but the Jets defense has improved since then. Adding more weapons also makes it less likely they'd go to Rob Gronkowski every time, so perhaps that's a good thing.

Green_Bastard_: Can you alter your "Beat the '13-'14 Jets" manifesto into a "Beat the '14-'15 Bills" and get it into the right hands? Do we let them beat themselves?

I'm not sure that's so guaranteed to work because it relies upon the quarterback. As Tyrod Taylor showed earlier this year against the Jets, maybe he's not as certain to throw the game away as some of the quarterbacks Rex Ryan has had in the past. One feature of the entire Ryan era was that the Jets hardly ever won a low-scoring game despite the fact they specifically game-planned to keep games low scoring and tight. However, the Bills have already had 14-13 and 16-6 wins so far this year.

Keith Carcaterra: What needs to happen for the Jets to play Houston in the Wild Card game?

It's almost certain that the Texans will win the AFC South and therefore will be the number four seed. The only way that doesn't happen is if the Colts win and five other results go their way. Those five results include a Jets loss and a Steelers win, which would obviously eliminate the Jets. So, if the Colts do make the playoffs the Jets will not.

Anyway, assuming Houston is the four seed, the Jets need to be the fifth seed to face them in the first round (although given how they beat us just over a month ago, I'm not sure that would be a good thing). To get that, they need to win and hope for either Denver or Kansas City to lose. (I am ignoring the possibility of a tie.)

Stata the Left: You generally have positive things to say about David Harris but PFF rates him as a 65 - backup level - and tied for 40th among LBs (with edge defenders separated out into a different category). Any guess at what the difference is? How do you think Harris is playing overall? How should we feel about him starting next season and one year older?

Harris is a good linebacker and while one of PFF's systems grades him out at a back-up level, their other one has him with basically a neutral grade and 14th among all inside linebackers, which makes him an above average starter. The problem is that he isn't paid to be above average since he has one of the highest salaries at his position in the league.

A grading system cannot take into account how important a player like Harris is to a team's system in terms of things like pre-snap reads and communication. As with D'Brickashaw Ferguson, I think Harris is a player who we might not realize how important he is until he's gone. The Jets did have some breakdowns when Harris was out, but who knows how they would cope with him missing extended time. I'm sure he'll be back in the same role next year, but if they could bring in an heir apparent (now its obvious Davis probably isn't that), that would be wise.

carlhungus: Was Coples ever asked to do Pace's job on the edge? If so how did he fare? And do you think he would be as successful as Lorenzo Maudlin seems to be doing if he was given same assignments?

Coples has always had edge setting responsibilities, but when he started playing outside, he was pretty much always on the weakside while Pace has been on the strong side. The Jets always had a good run defense when Coples was playing full-time so you can surmise that he did a good job on balance. He did seem to make more impactful stops when he played inside early in his career though.

Whenever Coples was given significant pass rush reps, he did produce at a good rate. However, the difference between them is that Mauldin does his damage on outside speed rushes, whereas Coples used to produce more on inside moves and bull rushing. Perhaps that makes him a better fit for this system and gives the Jets a dimension that might be more difficult to mitigate with a quick passing attack.

Stata the Left: Could you tell whether Decker was getting open at all on the plays where he wasn't targeted?

I didn't notice any obvious examples of him getting open, but Malcolm Butler plays a lot of press coverage so that meant he was usually close to him at the snap. Butler didn't cover him exclusively - one of his targets (the one he dropped) came as the safety covered him in the slot.

McGeorge: If the Jets let Jeremy Kerley go, who will they use as a slot receiver? And who will "fair catch" punts?

Marshall, Decker and Enunwa mostly - pretty much the same as it is now. I think Kerley's ability to fair catch punts is the only reason he's still on the team.

Stata the LeftOver the last couple of games have you noticed whether the Jets are more likely to lose outside contain when Richardson (who is large for a 3-4 OLB) is standing up?

I don't think it makes a difference whether he's standing or has his hands in the dirt. In fact, I'd have thought he might be more likely to get blocked to the inside if he wasn't standing. He did lose contain on one play where he was standing up on Sunday though.

TK: Is this the best year of Fitzpatrick's career? Has to be...

Statistically, it's not quite. He had a slightly better quarterback rating last year, although that was somewhat skewed by his six-touchdown game. He also had more yards in 2011, although he should surpass that on Sunday. Interestingly, his PFF grade was much higher last year and it was also higher when he was with the Titans in 2013.

In terms of win-loss record, which is all that really counts, it's easily his best year though. His previous best was six wins.

MikeFrancesser: Was I the only one that noticed the obvious missed hands to the face non call on the conversion to Gronkowski late in the game?

Mauldin wasn't in the game on that play, but there was an obvious hands-to-the-face on him on the White touchdown shortly afterwards. You definitely weren't the only person to notice it though, because at least three other people referenced it in the comments.

And finally: The GIF of the week starring Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Eric Decker, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets defensive back Trumaine Johnson (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive back Trumaine Johnson (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets CB Trumaine Johnson is currently out of the game and is being evaluated for a concussion.

Johnson, 28, signed a five-year, $72 million deal with $34 million guaranteed in the offseason. The Jets are already playing without safety Marcus Maye due to a foot injury.

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Jul 26, 2018; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde (34) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 26, 2018; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Carlos Hyde (34) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Browns RB Carlos Hyde is facing a race against time to play against the Jets on Thursday night. Fortunately for the Browns, Hyde will be available to start.

Hyde was at the hospital with his wife expecting the birth of their child, according to NFL Network's Omar Ruiz. He's expected to make it to the stadium in time to play. But their baby has not yet been delivered.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets are the eighth-most valuable franchise in the NFL, with a current value of $2.85 billion, according to Forbes' 21st annual NFL Team Valuations list

The Cowboys ($5 billion valuation) and Patriots ($3.8 billion) came in first and second on the list, respectively. 

The Giants were third, with a current value of $3.3 billion and total 2017 revenue of $493 million. 

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Dec 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns fans watch the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Dec 17, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns fans watch the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Cleveland Browns haven't won a regular season game in nearly two years, but one Cleveland bar is anticipating a win over the Jets on Thursday night.

According to Barstool Sports, Barley House in Cleveland was setting up multiple Go-Pro cameras on Wednesday night.

In the bar is one of many Bud Light refrigerators that will provide fans with free beer in the event the Browns finally win.  

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (1-1) at the Cleveland Browns (0-1-1) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A wet day is expected to turn into a decent night, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. The wind, though, could be 10-20 miles per hour coming off the lake.

WHAT IT MEANS

This game would be a lot more fun if it were Sam Darnold vs. Baker Mayfield, but the Browns are still rolling with Tyrod Taylor (for now). That makes this more of a test for Darnold and his ability to bounce back from the first disappointment of his young career. It's also his first short week, which is never easy. It'll be very interesting to see how he responds. … As for the Browns, they haven't won since Christmas Eve, 2016 and are 1 for their last 33 games. The Jets certainly want to avoid the embarrassment of being only their second victim in three years.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Many have given their case as to where the blame should be placed for the Giants' 0-2 start to the season. The offensive line's shaky play seems to be at the top, with head coach Pat Shurmur taking a brunt of the backlash as well. 

And then there's the play of 37-year-old QB Eli Manning that is in the spotlight as well. Former Jet and current ESPN Damien Woody is on that bandwagon. 

Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show on Wednesday, Woody ripped Manning's level of play, and basically said he's finished after just two weeks into the new season...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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New York Jets wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (18) gestures after making a first down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (18) gestures after making a first down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets waived WR ArDarius Stewart on Wednesday, the team announced. 

Stewart just finished serving a two-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. He served the two games without pay. 

The Alabama product played in 15 games last season, catching six passes for 82 yards. He was a third-round draft choice by the Jets back in 2017, and was on a four-year deal. 

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Dylan Donahue, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Leggett
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Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins.  (AP)
Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins. (AP)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot), who has missed the first two games of the season, is listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Browns. 

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and TE Neal Sterling (concussion) have both been ruled out.

Martin also missed Week 2 against the Dolphins.

Tags: Marcus Maye, Neal Sterling
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Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

In 2007, Jets fans will never forget the infamous "Spygate" scandal involving New York's season opener against the Patriots. But new details have surfaced regarding the moments that led to the accusation in the first place. 

ESPN's Ian O'Connor has a new book coming out entitled "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," and in its bindings is the coach's journey to where he is now with all the struggles and controversies in between. One of the biggest was obviously Spygate, and O'Connor revealed what occurred when a Patriots staffer had his camera confiscated for filming the Jets' coaches from the sideline. 

FBI Agent Bob Bukowski and Meadowlands security officials Jim Crann and Pat Aramini -- who also worked as New Jersey state troopers -- were in the middle of a debate between Patriots security chief Mark Briggs and two Jets officials over the camera. Briggs wanted the camera back, but the Jets weren't giving it up. 

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles enjoys watching a couple of TV shows, but "Hard Knocks" is not one of them.

The HBO show, which follows a different NFL team during training camp each season, last featured the Jets in 2010 under then-head coach Rex Ryan. When asked if he would want the Jets to be on the show, Bowles admitted he would not be the liveliest of stars on the show.

"If I had to do it, we'd do it," Bowles said after initially declining to comment. "I'd probably be the most boring person. I don't think they want to come this way."

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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterOn Thursday night, Jets WR Terrelle Pryor makes his return to Cleveland, where he enjoyed a breakout season in 2016. The former quarterback converted to wide receiver full-time in 2015, but only caught one pass and was even released and re-signed by the Browns at one point. However, in 2016, Pryor was one of the biggest surprise packages around the league.

He ended the season with 77 receptions for over 1,000 yards and four touchdowns, adding another touchdown as a runner. In fact, it could have been an even bigger year than that as his production cooled off somewhat after the bye week.

Reviewing the footage from his 2016 season reveals that Pryor is a much more natural receiver than you'd expect for someone who was only in his second year at the position. He runs smooth routes, has natural hands and his size and athletic ability are assets in terms of getting downfield separation and being a threat after the catch.

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Jets D preps for Browns 00:00:55
Todd Bowles and Leonard Williams talk about the elusive Tyrod Taylor and the Cleveland Browns rushing attack

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and TE Neal Sterling (concussion) have both been ruled out of Thursday night's game against the Browns, head coach Todd Bowles said on Tuesday.

Martin also missed Week 2 against the Dolphins.

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot), who has missed the first two games of the season, has not yet been ruled out for Thursday night.

Tags: Marcus Maye, Neal Sterling
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Curtis Martin Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Curtis Martin Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a blessing, but some of those enshrined want more than their bust, ring, and gold jacket. 

In a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Pro Football Hall of Fame President C. David Baker, Eric Dickerson -- the chairman of the newly-assembled Hall of Fame Board -- sent out demands that includes "health insurance and an annual salary for all Hall of Famers that includes a share of league revenue."

"They see us honored and mythologized before games and at halftime, and it would be reasonable if they thought life was good for us," Dickerson wrote. "But on balance, it's not. As a group we are struggling with sever health and financial problems. To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds."

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Josh Gordon (12) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Josh Gordon (12) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveJosh Gordon is a tantalizing prospect. He's a 6-foot-3, 225-pound receiver who once had an incredible, 87-catch, 1,646-yard, nine-touchdown performance in a season in which he played only 14 games. That was supposed to be only a scratch in the surface of his great talent. And he's still only 27 years old.

Now he's headed to the New England Patriots, after the Cleveland Browns struck a deal to send Gordon for a 2019 fifth-round pick. If Gordon is not active for 10 games, a 2019 seventh-round pick will be returned to the Patriots. The Jets, meanwhile, still don't have a true No. 1 receiver to gift-wrap to their young quarterback, Sam Darnold.

They need a player like Gordon. It's just that acquiring Gordon would've been a terrible idea.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets tight end Neal Sterling likely won't play in Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns after he suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters after practice on Monday.

Sterling, safety Marcus Maye and linebacker Josh Martin all did not practice on Monday with a short week, while offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and offensive guard James Carpenter were limited with respective foot injuries.

Wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor, who are dealing with thumb and ankle injuries, respectively, practiced in full.

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On the latest episode of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon deliver their weekly over analysis of Sam Darnold, check in with the New York Post's Brian Costello at Florham Park, and do a deep dive into the Fear of the Week for Jonas (and Jets fans).

Click below to listen...

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Jets get ready for Browns 00:00:57
Todd Bowles and Sam Darnold discuss the Jets' short turnaround for Thursday's prime time game against the Cleveland Browns

The Jets are 1-1 to start their 2018 campaign, and they have a short week after their Week 2 loss to the Dolphins as they play Thursday night football. They will travel to Cleveland to face off against the 0-1-1 Browns, where they are considered the underdogs. 

Yes, you read that correctly. Despite the Browns not having a win, they are favored by three points, according to Bleacher Report. It is the first time Cleveland is being favored on their home field since December 2015. 

The Browns have been noticeably better to start this season, but they still don't have the results. They had the chance to win both of their first two matchups, but couldn't seal the deal.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Josh Gordon's days as a member of the Cleveland Browns are over, with Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reporting the embattled WR is expected to get dealt before 4 p.m. ET on Monday. And it appears they've found a suitor in the AFC East. 

No, it isn't the Jets, but rather the Patriots that are reportedly close to a deal to land Gordon, Rapoport said. There has been no official word yet from either team. 

Rapoport notes that a mid-round pick could get it done for Gordon, with Josina Anderson of ESPN listing the Jets and 49ers among the teams who have expressed interest in trading for him. 

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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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The Jets suffered a disheartening 20-12 defeat to the Dolphins in their home opener on Sunday afternoon. Let's break down how each unit performed.

Quarterbacks

While Sam Darnold passed for over 330 yards and a touchdown, the Jets missed several opportunities to get back into the game. There is cause for concern over Darnold's ability to see the field as he didn't anticipate a safety sitting on the route on his first interception and failed to see a couple of wide-open receivers that were open for potential big plays...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Neal Sterling, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Miami Dolphins only led by eight points when they got the ball back with 5:56 left in the game. One stop, like maybe on the third-and-19 with 3:36 remaining, and Sam Darnold would've gotten the ball back in his hands with a chance to tie the game.

Everyone in the Meadowlands wanted to see that. And everyone felt confident that the way Darnold was playing, if it actually happened, the Jets would've had a pretty decent shot.

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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SNY's Week 2 Jets Report Cards 00:09:05
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets lost to the Dolphins in their Week 2 home opener, 20-12.

Ray Lucas, Willie Colon and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets lost to the Dolphins in their Week 2 home opener, 20-12.

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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold made his home debut on Sunday, but couldn't come away with a win against the Dolphins. 

Darnold went 25-for-41 for 334 yards through the air with one touchdown and two interceptions. 

The 21-year-old now has three interceptions in his first two games, and these two this afternoon were crucial ones. His first came in the first quarter when TJ McDonald anticipated a slant route by Quincy Enunwa, and jumped the route. It led the Dolphins to their first touchdown of the game with Kenyan Drake scoring three plays later. 

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Todd Bowles, Sam Darnold, and Jamal Adams look back at mistakes, and look ahead to what's next after the Jets fell to the Dolphins, 20-12

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Jets fans filled the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon, hoping to see for themselves what all the Sam Darnold excitement was about. Instead, they got reminder of the truth about rookie quarterbacks: No matter how good they are, they all struggle and make inexcusable mistakes.

In other words, The Darnold Era hit its first bump in the road.

It's not that Darnold was bad. He wasn't. He 25 of 41 for 334 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, and he had some really terrific throws and moments in the Jets' 20-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins. It's just that he did what he mostly avoided doing in the opener last Monday night. He made some big mistakes in some big spots.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Miami Dolphins, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (1-0) vs. the Miami Dolphins (1-0) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Sunny and 80 degrees. ... See, even Mother Nature would dare rain on the Jets' parade.

WHAT IT MEANS

It might just be the happiest home opener in years for the Jets. It might even be a sellout. And why not? Who wouldn't want to see Sam Darnold, the future, after what he and the rest of the Jets did to the Lions last Monday night. Darnold playing well wasn't a surprise. The Jets pounding Detroit 48-17 was a pretty big shock, though. Maybe it was a fluke, but don't tell that to the players. If they can do anything close to that again, their bandwagon may be full.

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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DraftKings Sportsbook Minute 00:00:56
Pat Mayo takes a look at the Jets/Dolphins Week 2 matchup in the latest DraftKings Sportsbook Minute

Coming off a short week after playing Monday and heading into another short week with playing the Browns next Thursday, Pat Mayo says that Jets/Dolphins "screams close game coming down to the wire" and that it may be best to take the points and Dolphins +3.

What do you think?

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Jets coach Todd Bowles and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse talk about the WR crew as Gang Green gets ready for their home opener on Sunday.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles and WR Jermaine Kearse discussed the wide receivers crew ahead of their Week 2 matchup against the Dolphins.

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Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins.  (AP)
Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins. (AP)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot) remained out of practice on Friday and is doubtful for Sunday afternoon's game against the Dolphins. 

LB Josh Martin (concussion) has been ruled out. 

LB Neville Hewitt (knee) and WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) both practiced in full on Friday and are expected to play. 

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa celebrates a first down during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa celebrates a first down during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets may not have a player who's regarded as a true No. 1 wide receiver or running back, so they're embracing the depth they have on offense.

"You can't win with one player,'' Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro. "We need every man that's dressed to contribute. If everyone shows their talent -- and it's our job as coaches to showcase what they do best -- then it takes a team effort and you get a team win.''

New York entered the season without a receiver who was regarded in the same tier of stardom as players like Antonio Brown or Julio Jones, but it did boast its depth. After all, the Jets, thanks to a receiving corps of Quincy EnunwaRobby AndersonJermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor, are the only team with four players with an 800-yard season.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson
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Sep 10, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Andre Roberts celebrates after returning a punt for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Sep 10, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Andre Roberts celebrates after returning a punt for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

On Monday night against the Lions, Sam Darnold's fantastic NFL debut rightfully dominated conversations. But the Jets did something they haven't done in a long time: a touchdown on a punt or kickoff return.

Andre Roberts returned a punt 72-yards for a touchdown in the third-quarter, as the Jets scored 31 unanswered points to run away with the game. It was their first return touchdown since 2012. Special teams coach Brant Boyer was able to find the humor.

"All right, you can all say it: It's about damn time," Boyer said Thursday.

Tags: Andre Roberts
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Jets prep for Fish 00:01:04
Jeremy Bates, Avery Williamson and Todd Bowles talk about the challenges presented by the Dolphins in Sunday's home opener

Here are the key takeaways from Jets head coach Todd Bowles' Thursday press conference...

On how Quincy Enunwa would play after missing a year:

"Well, you see him in the spring, first thing you want him to be healthy, once we got him healthy you see him in practice and doing everything the right way, your confident out there and then when you see him in pads for the first time, you're wondering if he could take the hits and everything else. Once he shows he fine you kind of let it go. He's worked his tale off to get to where he is right now and we're happy with it."

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Steve McLendon
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