Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 15 performances by Bryce Petty, Bilal Powell, the offensive line, Robby Anderson, Darron Lee, and the special teams, among others...


Quarterbacks

Bent: With the Jets overmatched in the trenches, there was always a risk that Bryce Petty would never make it all the way through his "four-game audition." However, ironically, most of the hits he took came not as a result of offensive linemen failing to make their blocks, but rather from unblocked rushers exploiting messed-up protections. 

While we can analyze the reads and throws Petty made, it's difficult to attribute blame when someone comes completely unblocked off the edge. However, it doesn't take much of a leap in logic to assume that Petty was the one at fault, given his reputation as someone who hasn't quite got to grips with pro concepts. That might have been the biggest thing that held him back from the coaching staff considering him to be "ready" to play any meaningful action until the Jets were out of contention.

In terms of how he saw the field and delivered the ball, Petty did once again show some progress this week. More so than any of his previous appearances, Petty had some plays where he surveyed the field and found the open man. He padded his stats with plenty of short passing and a couple of successful downfield shots in the first half, but the passing game started to grind to a halt after half time. 

Statistically, Petty completed 20-of-36 passes for 235 yards and would perhaps have had a chance at a 300-yard game had he been able to stay in the game for the fourth quarter. In fact, he had almost 200 yards at half time, as the Jets had moved the ball pretty consistently. In the third quarter, Petty was just 4-of-10 for 15 yards with an interception. Fourteen of those yards came on the last play.

Petty would then be knocked out on the first play of the fourth quarter on a play where, rather than a failure to set the protection, it seemed like an early snap was the reason for two completely unblocked rushers getting into the backfield.

Petty wasn't always accurate and had two interceptions, one a classic rookie mistake where he didn't spot the defensive end dropping into coverage and another on a deep throw which was basically a jump ball. Despite these, there were moments in the first half where Petty showed some promise, especially throwing on the move and with his touchdown pass where he changed the play at the line, then threw a strike, hitting the receiver in stride. Will he ever get the time to develop to a point where he can iron out those rookie mistakes though?

As for Ryan Fitzpatrick, he entered the game in relief of Petty and completed just five of 10 passes, all on dump-offs, closing the game out with one of his trademark end zone picks. He also threw right at a defensive player on a fourth down play where both Robby Anderson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins seemed to be open near the goal line.

The calls for Christian Hackenberg will now increase, especially if Petty is unable to suit up next weekend. However, I'm not sure Jets fans should want Hackenberg anywhere near this mess.

Running Backs

Bent: Bilal Powell got the start after his excellent display last week and delivered well once again. Not only did he average over five yards per carry on his way to 84 rushing yards, but he also caught 11 passes for another 78 yards, generating several first downs. I believe that's the biggest receiving output by a Jets back since Richie Anderson had two double-digit reception games in 2000.

Powell continues to display his burst and shiftiness and it's good to see that he's been durable so far despite handling a much bigger workload.

Powell wasn't perfect though, missing a couple of blitz pick-ups and getting stuffed on fourth down. That was the first time all season he's carried the ball on third or fourth down with a yard to go and failed to pick up the first down. The Jets offense looks better when he's being featured though and that's been the case for the last two years.

Perhaps more interesting than the way the Jets used Powell was their usage of Matt Forte. Forte is nursing a knee injury, but was healthy enough that he received reps as a situational third-down back throughout and then saw action in garbage time in relief of Powell. 

While it makes sense to limit Forte's reps if he isn't 100 percent, entering him into the game in that situation almost suggests he was relegated to a back-up role rather than only having been kept active as a contingency, so Jets apparently opted to keep Powell as the starter and deservedly so. That's not always the case with veteran players. Should we also expect to see the likes of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall or David Harris benched for younger alternatives down the stretch?

Youngster Brandon Wilds saw action briefly but didn't get any touches. Why not get him some touches late in the game, instead of exposing an injured veteran to more punishment?

Offensive Line

Bent: This was billed as a really tough test for the Jets' offensive line but they actually handled themselves surprisingly well. As noted above, much of the pressure surrendered was due to blown protections rather than missed blocks and there weren't many examples of individual blockers being overmatched in a one-on-one situation.

After a fine performance last week, pending restricted free agent Wesley Johnson continues to make a case for himself as the starting center for next season. In this game, he did an excellent job of carving out the middle by taking his man and driving him laterally on a number of plays. It was nowhere near as consistent as his performance last week though, as he had a couple of bad snaps, let his man into the backfield a few times and whiffed on a couple of blocks in space.  

In the past, the Jets have approached the Ndamukong Suh challenge by relying on Nick Mangold to neutralize him and exploiting mismatches elsewhere. They shied away from this approach this time, instead opted to spread the line out, run away from him and using combination blocks to slow him down as much as possible. Between them, the Jets' line did a decent job of limiting his effectiveness, although he did blow up a few plays.

Brian Winters was usually matched up with Suh, who tends to line up on the left side of the formation. As a result, Winters had one of his least effective games of the year, albeit still a far cry from recent years where he was even worse than this on a regular basis, even when faced with easier match-ups. Winters allowed a couple of pressures and was called for a hold, but did make a few positive contributions in the running game.

By contrast, James Carpenter was fortunate enough not to have to deal with Suh very often, although he did have a couple of effective blocks pulling to that side. Carpenter let his man get off his block for one pressure, but otherwise made solid contributions in the running and screen game.

The two inexperienced tackles, Ben Ijalana and rookie Brandon Shell both held up better than you might expect, on the assumption that most of the unblocked pressure coming off the edge was not on them. 

Ijalana got beaten outside a couple of times in the first half, although even on these he pushed the pass rusher upfield and that would have enabled the quarterback to step up had there not been unblocked pressure coming from the other side. He had one play where he was driven back in the pocket and ended up being flagged for illegal hands to the face, but otherwise had one of his cleanest games so far, especially since the move to left tackle.

Shell was primarily matched up with Cameron Wake, who had two hits, an interception, a sack and a forced fumble. None of this seemed to be Shell's fault though, unless he was the one who blew the protection when he double-teamed down on Suh and left Wake unblocked off the edge for the strip sack.

Shell was beaten outside and lost leverage a few times, flushing the quarterback from the pocket, but never surrendered any clean pressure. He also had a few encouraging moments in the running game, making a couple of good downhill blocks and working well in combination with the right guard. Hopefully Shell can get more chances to show how much progress he has made in these last couple of games.

Dakota Dozier saw plenty of action as a sixth lineman and then relieved Winters at right guard down the stretch. All told, he played more snaps in this game than he had the rest of the season put together. Dozier had one missed block on a running play that was stuffed and also reacted late to a blitz and was unable to prevent the rusher from getting into the backfield. However, he had a good downhill block and an effective combo block in the running game.

Finally, Craig Watts made his NFL debut and was in on two plays as an extra tight end.

Receivers

Bent: The most eye-popping statistic from this game was that Marshall had just one catch on 11 targets. Take that out of the equation and Petty and Fitzpatrick completed a reasonable 24-of-35 passes between them. In fact, Jets quarterbacks have a quarterback rating of just 49.4 when targeting Marshall this year, which makes you wonder if the Jets' passing numbers would have been better without him.

It began quite well, as Petty found him over the middle for a first down and then hit him for another first down. However, Petty looked for him unsuccessfully nine times in a row after that, with one of them being the interception caused by him staring Marshall down and failing to see the defensive end dropping into the passing lane. Fitzpatrick looked for him twice, drawing a flag on one.

Marshall, supposedly on a "pitch count" missed just three snaps, but his output was disappointing in a week where he'd continued his war of words with Byron Maxwell, even though Petty tried to take full responsibility after the game. Petty notably missed him on a play where he had a step deep. 

Maxwell hurt his ankle early on and maybe this was a demotivating factor for Marshall, who had a couple of drops and seemed to miss a signal on a play where Petty looked to throw a quick pass to him and was sacked because Marshall never looked back for the ball. There was also one play where Marshall ran a stop route and then literally just stood still in that same spot for several seconds when Petty looked the other way. Is this the first sign that we can start to expect some demonstrative body language from Marshall if they are unable to feature him more over the next two weeks?

Quincy Enunwa had a decent game, with five catches for 60 yards, including a juggling catch and a sideline grab. He also made some good yardage after the catch on a couple of plays. Enunwa is closing fast on Marshall for the team lead in terms of receiving yards. He's now just 14 yards behind, although Powell's big game pushes Enunwa into third place in terms of receptions, five behind Marshall on 52. 

For Enunwa, that was only the second time since week four he's caught five passes, so he needs to continue to improve his consistency in anticipation of an even bigger role next year. There were a couple of passes he got his hands to but couldn't bring in

Anderson is also closing on Marshall and, at the rate he's been producing, he might be able to make up the 116 yard gap over the next two games. Whoever would have imagined that could be possible without Marshall missing significant time? Anderson scored another long touchdown, again showcasing his big play speed, and had three other catches, including two first downs. 

There's a question of whether Anderson could have done a better job of contesting the deep interception and he was unable to come up with what seemed to be a catchable pass in traffic, but overall his consistent production has been impressive and if he can bulk up between now and next season without sacrificing too much speed, he should be a focal point of the offense.

Charone Peake has been totally overshadowed by Anderson this year, but hasn't had a bad rookie season. He caught a couple of short passes, giving him 16 on the season, but was the intended recipient on Fitzpatrick's game-ending interception.

At tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught just one short pass and struggled as a blocker. He also dropped another pass, although Petty fired it at him with no touch from close quarters. Eric Tomlinson was motionless still in his stance as Petty was sandwiched and knocked out of the game by Suh and Wake. That may not have been his fault though and he made some good blocks in the running game this week.

Coming off an injury, Brandon Bostick barely played and it was his missed lead block that led to Powell being stuffed on an otherwise well-blocked fourth down play.

Defensive Line

Bent: The defensive line didn't seem to have much of an impact this week, but it's difficult to fault them too much. In the running game, the Jets allowed just 67 yards on 27 carries and stuffed several short yardage plays. Sheldon Richardson was credited with a quarterback hit but otherwise the linemen didn't record a hit or sack. However, Matt Moore only threw 18 passes, many of them on quick releases, so it's not like they had many opportunities to produce in terms of pass rush numbers.

Leonard Williams got off to a great start, blowing up two runs in a row but only had modest production thereafter. He ended up with six tackles, all of which came on plays that gained one yard or less. In fact, Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson were in on two tackles each and all four of those went for one yard or less too.

As a group, the Jets held up better at the point of attack than they have done over the past few games, with fewer examples of players being driven off the line. While the statistical production from Wilkerson and Richardson was poor, they each helped to bottle up runs or redirect runners with penetration. However, I was hoping for more from Wilkerson after he showed some flashes down the stretch last week. He was OK, but they don't pay him over $1 million per game to be OK.

Williams again saw some time off the edge, but had just two pressures. One of those saw him lining up at nose and blowing past the center with his trademark arm-over swim move. That this remains his go-to move is perhaps an indictment on defensive line coach Pepper Johnson, who reportedly discourages his players from using swim moves. Wilkerson also had his only pressure on the interior, leveraging his way past his man to pressure Moore up the middle.

Backup nose tackle Deon Simon has been a bright spot over the last few weeks and that continued in this game. The Jets stuffed all four run attempts from the goal line and Simon was a key factor in each of those plays. On one of them, he drove the center back into the backfield and onto his back. He was also in on one run stuff on a non-goal line play, but didn't play that much in non-short yardage situations.

Finally, Anthony Johnson saw action briefly. He flushed the quarterback from the pocket on a goal line roll-out but lost contain on one outside run, although that play was negated by a penalty.

Linebackers

Bent: Darron Lee probably had one of his most consistent games of the year. However, he was unable to altogether avoid any negatives, as he gave up a big catch down to the goal line on a lofted jump ball to Dion Sims that saw Lee lose his balance and stumble over in coverage. He was also perhaps partially at fault for leaving Sims open for an easy touchdown, although with Lee having lined up on the opposite side, I think that was more likely on Rontez Miles.

There were some good moments from Lee though. He closed quickly on a pass in the flat to stop the receiver in his tracks near the line early on to get off to a good start. Even more impressively, he anticipated a run, got ahead of the lineman and was able to leverage off his block to plug a running lane. That was a good example of a play where if he hesitated for even a split second, he'd have been caught on the block and unable to make the play so perhaps it's a sign he's advancing in that crucial area.

David Harris had a couple of pressures as a blitzer and was in on a few run stops, but he was beaten for big gain and a touchdown in coverage and had a missed tackle in a quiet performance. Does he have any more than two games left as a Jet?

Bruce Carter saw some action off the bench when Lee suffered an eye injury. He had a tackle for loss, a third down tackle to force a punt and one other good hit.

With both Mike Catapano and Lorenzo Mauldin out, CFL import Freddie Bishop got plenty of work at outside linebacker. He was about as good as his predecessors had been, but that's probably more of an indictment on them than anything else. 

On the other side, rookie Jordan Jenkins was credited with his first full sack after having a half-sack last week. It was a cheap one though; an open field tackle as Moore tried to scramble with nobody open. Bishop and Jenkins otherwise failed to generate any other pressure between them.

Both made plays against the run, although Bishop had a missed tackle and was blocked out of one run on the edge. As for Jenkins, he had one other tackle for loss but was absolutely pancaked by a pulling lineman on one play.

Defensive Backs

Bent: With Marcus Gilchrist out for the rest of the year, it was always going to be interesting to see how Calvin Pryor and Rontez Miles would cope at safety. Each had six tackles, tied with Leonard Williams for the team lead, but there were also some mishaps, including one each that led to a score.

Pryor took a bad angle on the play where Jarvis Landry broke away for a long touchdown while Miles passed his man off in coverage leaving him wide open in the end zone for an easy score.

There weren't many other obvious coverage breakdowns, but Pryor over pursued on one other play and was beaten for a first down in coverage. Each came up to make a few plays in the box though and Miles added a pressure on the blitz.

At cornerback, Juston Burris got his first career start and did well to intercept an underthrown pass. However, he was burned for a long touchdown and botched the chance to recover a fumble. Burris was in good position on two other incompletions, though. There was a barely perceptible hesitation from Burris just before the receiver made his break on the post pattern for that long touchdown which makes me wonder if maybe he thought they were playing zone on that particular play.

Marcus Williams' inability to tackle continues to blight his efforts to establish himself as a starter-level player. He overran one play, leading to a big gain as the receiver cut back, and then missed the tackle that led to Landry's 66-yard score.

Darrelle Revis gave up a couple of first downs, although it seemed like he was trying to blame Pryor for one of them. He had good coverage on one third down incompletion early on, but did a poor job of getting off a downfield block in the second half.

Off the bench, Dexter McDougle and Ronald Martin each saw their first action of the year. McDougle whiffed on one tackle in run support. Doug Middleton also saw action, mostly as a deep safety, having played as an extra linebacker last week. Middleton dropped a chance at an interception and was called for pass interference down the field as he came over to try and break up a pass.

Special teams

Bent: Another major special teams breakdown cost the Jets dearly this week, as the blocked punt for a score just after half time turned a competitive game into one where the Jets crumbled. Wilds did a lousy job of blocking the rush on the play. Wilds has been forced into that role having not been on the roster for very long, which is an issue special teams coach Brant Boyer had been discussing just a few days ago.

You can add Nick Folk to the list of Jets veterans who might only have a few games left in his Jets career. Folk has had a pretty good year and nailed both his field goals here - although kicking one on 4th-and-short in a 24-point game was a frustratingly pointless exercise. Although he's only missed three field goals all year - each of them blocked - Folk simply isn't enough of an upgrade over replacement level to warrant the additional salary on a rebuilding team.

Rookie punter Lac Edwards is cheap, but he might not be on next year's team either because based on his performance this year, he simply isn't good enough. While the blocked punt wasn't his fault, his three other punts netted 31, 42 and 29 yards further extending his streak of not having had a single punt with a 45-yard net over the last few months. When punting from opposing territory, failing to at least land the ball inside the 15, which he has done multiple times over the past few weeks, is inexcusable. 

Nick Marshall had a couple of good punt returns, but was routinely stopped short of the 25 on kick-offs. One of his punt returns came after the ball once again hit an oblivious blocker for a possible turnover. That's about the third or fourth time that's happened in the last month. The ball seemed to deflect off either McDougle or Ronald Martin and then Darryl Roberts failed to recover it before Marshall scooped it up and ran it up field.

Marshall didn't just contribute in the return game, as he was in on two tackles in coverage and his pressure off the edge contributed to Miami missing a game-tying extra point. Richardson also had good penetration on that kick.

Also in coverage, Josh Martin had a special teams tackle on a great play where he drove his blocker back and then disengaged. He did also miss a tackle though. Devin Smith also had a good tackle in kick coverage, but overpursued on a punt.

Some of the blocking left a lot to be desired though. Wilds and Bishop were among those who seemingly missed assignments.

Final thoughts

Bent: Looking back on this game, it will be remembered as an ugly blow-out loss. The second half spiralled out of control in a fashion we've seen all too often in recent years as Jets fans - even when the team was good!

However, for much of the first half, the Jets were doing quite well and I was actually enjoying the game. I even felt the Jets were outplaying Miami for the most part. Things got ugly after half time, with the demoralizing punt block and then the long touchdown out of nothing that suddenly had the Dolphins way out in front with the Jets ill-equipped to counter and with little impetus to motivate themselves to do so.

With just two games to go, we're now at the point where I can't wait for the season to be over, although there are some individual performances I'll be interested to monitor. Perhaps more so than the previous regime, at least they are giving some reserve players a chance to get on the field and show what they're capable of.

The New England game next week could get ugly, unless the Patriots decide that resting players is a higher priority than postseason seeding. However, having said that, the Jets played New England pretty tough a few weeks ago and arguably deserved to win, so who knows?

It certainly looks likely that the Jets will end up with no more than five wins and their third top ten pick since the end of the 2013 season. Let's see if anyone else can establish themselves as someone to build around over the next few years.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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)

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.

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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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Jets fall to Dolphins, 20-12 00:01:00
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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Kearse and Bowles on next steps 00:00:42
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.

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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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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (26) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (26) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot) remained out at practice on Thursday after missing Monday's season-opener.

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and LB Neville Hewitt (knee) also remained out as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

For the Dolphins, RB Frank Gore (not injury related) and G Josh Sitton (shoulder) were out. LS John Denney (shoulder) was limited.

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Vacchiano reports on Jets CEO 00:01:24
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano shares some insight on Jets CEO Christopher Johnson's comments about the team and the National Anthem controversy.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Christopher Johnson is trying his best to be "Ice Man" in the wake of the Jets' rousing Opening Night win. He believes the Jets can be "a team to be reckoned with" this season. He doesn't think the playoffs are out of reach.

And the truth is he's setting his goals a little higher than that.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets get set for Miami 00:00:59
Sam Darnold, Todd Bowles and Darron Lee talk about this Sunday's Jets home opener against the Miami Dolphins

The Jets were indoors for practice on Friday as they continue to prep for their Monday Night Football game against the Lions.

And after the session, head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates preach team goals for the game with question about rookie QB Sam Darnold's confidence coming their way...

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New York Jets' Marcus Maye kneels during NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets' Marcus Maye kneels during NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot) remained out at practice Wednesday after missing Monday's season-opener.

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and LB Neville Hewitt (knee) were also out as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

For the Dolphins, WR Danny Amendola (not injury related) and G Josh Sitton (shoulder) were out. LS John Denney (shoulder) and WR DeVante Parker (finger) were limited. 

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New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets acting CEO Christopher Johnson on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Christopher Johnson can talk all he wants about his "team to be reckoned with" and missing Sam Darnold's pick-six while in the elevator ("my heart sank"), but the Jets CEO is barred from discussing the national anthem.

"I wish I could talk about this," Johnson told reporters Wednesday afternoon, "but the league, even though they suspended the implementation of the rule, they have still asked us to not comment on anything about the anthem."

Here are the highlights of Johnson's discussion with the media, two days after Gang Green kicked off its season with a win over the Lions.

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Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

After a mediocre rookie season in 2016, Jets LB Darron Lee showed improvement in 2017. However, he was looking for more this season as he enters his third year, which many look at as the breakout year. 

One aspect of his game that he wanted to improve on was turnovers, more specifically hauling in his first career interception. 

"I've got to get some picks," Lee told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "That's going to be my main focus this year. I definitely had a way better second year. I think I've used those first two years to just absorb what I could do better. Now, I can really, really hone in."

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On the season premiere of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon kick off the new season with their first look at Sam Darnold, offensive line talk, some self-analysis of their own SNY broadcast on Monday night, and an examination of Darron Lee.

Click below to listen...

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Sam Darnold (14) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Sam Darnold (14) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold did exactly what he wanted in his NFL debut: He got a win. He also had himself a pretty good game in the box score. 

Darnold's first pass had the worst possible outcome in a pick-six, but he bounced back immediately. Overall, he finished 16-for-21 for 198 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also had a 116.8 quarterback rating in the end.

So, how does this long-awaited debut stack up against past Jets quarterbacks taken in the NFL Draft? Here are a few debuts from "The Sanchize" to "Broadway Joe..."

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Andre Roberts Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Andre Roberts Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

In the Jets' blowout 48-17 win on Monday night in Detroit, there didn't seem to be one weakness on the team, including one aspect that was expected to hurt them this season. 

The Jets' special teams unit was said to have too many holes, and one that wouldn't work well in the return game. However, Andre Roberts was a big component in changing that narrative. He racked up a total 137 yards on three punts -- one of which went for a 78-yard touchdown -- as well as 45 yards on two kickoff returns. 

It couldn't have gone better for the 30-year-od returner, who even got a little pay back having played for the Lions back in 2016.

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