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The Jets were crushed by the Colts, 41-10, on Monday night at MetLife Stadium as they fell to 3-9 on the season. Bryce Petty replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick during the game and will be the starter for the remainder of the season. Here's insight and analysis regarding the Jets' awful Monday night performance...

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance speaks for itself. He only completed one pass beyond the first down marker, had a completion percentage below 50 percent, and punctuated his performance with an interception on the kind of forced throw he's been unable to get away with all season.

He's basically done here now, so there's little sense in breaking down his performance in any more detail. So, let's move on -- in both senses.

Taking over after halftime, Bryce Petty had a few positive moments, but overall was disappointingly bad.

Head coach Todd Bowles and OC Chan Gailey have taken a lot of heat for their assertion that Petty is "not ready" over the past month or so, buy Monday's performance from Petty suggests they had every reason to take this stance. Petty looked out of his depth at times and his inaccuracy even on routine throws was worrisome.

With the Colts not bringing much in the way of pressure and playing soft coverages, it should have been a good opportunity for Petty to build some confidence and develop his credibility with his teammates and the fanbase. Unfortunately, he really struggled on almost everything that wasn't a straightforward dump-off to a receiver underneath or in the flat.

Even so, this was enough to supposedly "earn" him the starting role for the rest of the season, so it's a performance he'll hopefully be able to improve upon over the next month once he's had more preparation time, chemistry with his receivers and a chance to build his comfort level facing live bullets.

His numbers were worse than they could have been because he missed on a few makeable throws and also had his receivers unable to bail him out on some inaccurate but still catchable passes. However, he can't expect defenses to play as soft when he's starting games rather than coming off the bench with a four-score deficit, so it's going to be more difficult to move the ball as the starter.

The approach taken by the Jets was different from when Petty made his previous start in that they actually tried to throw down the field a lot. This seemed counterintuitive because against the prevent defense, Petty probably should have been checking down and taking what the defense gave him more often, whereas when starting games, taking a shot over the top is probably a less risky proposition for him than trying to read the defense from the pocket. Sure enough, they went to the well too many times and eventually the safety came over to intercept one.

Petty finally connected with Robby Anderson on a deep ball for a 40-yard touchdown. However, that only came after several failed attempts, by which time the achievement was rendered totally underwhelming. It was reminiscent of a slam dunk contestant who finally throws one down only after having failed miserably on multiple previous attempts and barely gets a golf clap for their efforts.

As a result, what should have been an important moment -- Anderson's first career touchdown and a connection between two young players trying to establish themselves -- felt completely flat and uninspiring. I guess in that respect it fit perfectly within the context of the rest of the game.

Petty's inaccuracy on deep throws was one thing, but he also misfired on several shorter passes, with one more badly underthrown interception and almost a third as he recklessly flipped the ball into no-man's land on a busted screen play.

Ultimately, the reality is probably closer to Bowles' "Fitzpatrick gives us the best chance to win right now" than the "anyone is better than Fitzpatrick" philosophy subscribed to by much of the fanbase. But since winning is irrelevant now, they might as well give Petty some extended playing time to see if he's capable of making any progress over the next month.

Based on Monday's game, though, it might not be pretty at times.

Running Backs

When you're only completing 43 percent of your passes as a team, it might be a good idea to hand the ball to your running backs more than 12 times over the course of a game. The Jets didn't have much success when they did run, though, averaging a miserable 2.6 yards per carry.

However, despite hardly ever running, they still managed to choose some unusual moments to attempt to run the ball. After going three-and-out on their first two drives, the Jets finally moved the chains on Fitzpatrick's first completion on the first play of the next drive but then ran three straight times and ending up punting.

On their next drive, they ran a draw play on 3rd-and-5 from the eight and had to settle for a field goal. Then, on the drive after that, they opened with two straight runs and immediately put themselves in a 3rd-and-6 situation from which they ended up with another three-and-out.

Many fans have been calling for Bilal Powell to play a bigger role, but this was one of his least productive games in recent memory. That draw play inside the 10-yard line was his only carry and he dropped his only target in the passing game. While he didn't see as much action, CJ Spiller saw more of the ball with a short catch and two short yardage conversions. In fact, those were the only two first downs on the ground for the Jets all day.

Matt Forté was held to just 25 yards on nine carries, but did turn back the clock with some open field running on a 40-yard screen pass that actually accounted for just under half of Fitzpatrick's passing yardage total. He had two other catches, including one other short reception for a first down. Despite the disappointing output, Forté surpassed 1,000 yards from scrimmage on the season and only needs to average 54 rushing yards per game over the last four to attain another thousand-yard rushing season.

Offensive Line

This is difficult to suggest, but could this have been Nick Mangold's last game as Jet? Mangold re-injured his foot and it therefore seems plausible he won't play again this season. As for next year, the Jets will have a tough choice to make with Mangold's high cap number and his mounting durability issues over the past few years. There's no question in my mind that Mangold is still a superior player to Wesley Johnson who had been starting in his place, but Mangold's return seemed to unsettle the cohesion on the line, at least initially.

On the first snap, Brian Winters was leveraged into Mangold's path allowing Mangold's man to drop off underneath Winters to stuff the run. Then, on the same series, the protection was messed up as Ben Ijalana went to pick up a blitzer off the edge even though the back stayed in and James Carpenter wasn't able to recover in time to prevent the defensive end from getting a clean hit on Fitzpatrick.

Mangold had one good second-level block and wasn't beaten in pass protection, but his rust also manifested itself in a couple of low snaps. Eventually, Johnson was called upon to finish the game in his place.

Carpenter had a solid game as a run-blocker but struggled in pass protection. He was beaten for a sack -- albeit on a play where Petty was indecisive and held the ball for too long -- and fell over in pass protection on another play, leading to a pressure. At right guard, Winters had a few good run blocks, but was inconsistent in space and got beaten for a couple of quarterback hits.

Breno Giacomini had another rough game at right tackle, as he was beaten a couple of times in pass protection, had no impact in the running game and had two penalties. Had Giacomini not injured his back at minicamp, you have to wonder if he would have been a cap casualty.

There's been plenty of focus on the money spent on several underperforming stars this year and you can add Giacomini and his $4 million salary to the list. I'm not sure what Giacomini has done to earn all of the playing time over Brent Qvale, who was at least as good over the first half of the season, for a fraction of the cost.

Having started the year as the right tackle, Ijalana held up quite well, but was beaten a few times in pass protection. There was also a good example of growth as a run blocker, as he made a good initial block at the point of attack, but when the runner was forced to cut back, he managed to readjust his leverage and hand position well to stay on the block and enable the runner to pick up positive yardage.

Ijalana has held his own at left tackle, but is still probably playing at a below replacement level. So was Ryan Clady who was also earning much more money in the process, though. Would Clady also still be starting if he didn't get hurt? Probably.

Receivers

Rookie Robby Anderson led the Jets with 61 yards on four catches and his first career touchdown, but it was a rough game for the most part. Anderson was only targeted once in the first half, but Petty threw to him 11 times in the second half and he had a couple of drops, including a bad one on an underthrown deep pass.

Anderson continues to consistently get downfield separation on go routes and perhaps could have had a much bigger day if Petty had been more accurate, but the mistakes are disappointing, especially after he lost a fumble last week. The production is encouraging though and maybe that first touchdown will accelerate his path towards a more significant breakout performance.

After a fantastic game last week, Quincy Enunwa had just one catch, dropped a pass and missed a couple of blocks. It would be nice to see Enunwa string together a few productive performances over the remainder of the season. The one catch he did have was a simple dump-off to the flat, which saw him break a tackle to pick up the first down. He's so good after the catch I can't understand why they don't run more plays like that to get the ball in his hands.

Brandon Marshall caught four passes for 43 yards, including three nice first downs, but his production remains way down on last year. While that's obviously attributable to poor quarterback play, it does call into question whether it would be wise for the Jets to retain him next season. With the likes of Enunwa and Anderson emerging and Eric Decker still under contract, is a veteran number one receiver like Marshall a necessity or would he only serve to block to progress of some youngsters that could potentially match his production at a lower cost?

Charone Peake was back in the lineup due to Jalin Marshall's concussion but his only target was a throw at his feet after Petty failed to adjust to a low snap.

The tight ends are starting to become a more significant feature of the passing game in recent weeks. Brandon Bostick and Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught three first down passes between them. Seferian-Jenkins was targeted five times, including once on a badly-placed fade route in the end zone by Fitzpatrick. Eric Tomlinson's role seems to be gradually increasing too and all three made contributions as blockers.

Defensive Line

Earlier this week, Bowles raised eyebrows when he said that he expects Muhammad Wilkerson to have a strong finish to the season and that he is noticing Wilkerson's explosiveness starting to return in recent games. After yet another listless performance, you have to wonder what he's talking about.

If Bowles thinks Wilkerson is anything like as explosive as the unblockable force that had been the dominant performer on the Jets' defense in every season since 2013 in recent weeks, you have to wonder if he's ever even watched film of his own player. There was concern that Bowles' system - which calls upon the linemen to attack rather than read-and-react -- could neutralize some of the best qualities of his linemen, but Wilkerson continues to drop off into read-and-react type assignments.

Did Bowles change the scheme or is he being less than honest about his levels of satisfaction in Wilkerson's role within it? I get that Bowles was trying to highlight the effect of his injuries, which might be a perfectly valid excuse for Wilkerson's disappointing production, and also might be trying to motivate Wilkerson with some encouraging words.

However, raising expectations for a guy who hasn't been producing doesn't seem like a good idea -- and neither does continuing to play your highest paid players at meaningless moments in meaningless games when they're less than 100 percent. Wilkerson ended up with one quarterback hit and was in on a handful of run stuffs, albeit mostly long after the game had ceased to be a contest.

As disappointing as Wilkerson was, Sheldon Richardson was just as bad, if not worse. He had zero tackles again, for the second time in under a month, and only got close to pressuring Andrew Luck once. He was also flagged for a late hit penalty.

At least Leonard Williams had a productive game. He had a career-high 10 tackles as he was in on several run-stuffs, recorded a half sack and was credited with three quarterback hits. He was moved around on the line in this game, but still saw plenty of reps off the edge.

I was interested to see how the Jets would react to nose tackle Steve McLendon being out. As usual, they gave Williams and Wilkerson some work there, but both were driven off the line a few times, as they obviously aren't naturally suited to playing that role full-time.

Deon Simon played significantly more than he has in any other game over the course of his career with McLendon out and showed some encouraging flashes. Initially, he was struggling to hold up against double teams, but there was a really encouraging sign later in the game when he was initially driven off the line by a double team but fought it off to get back in on a stop near the line. Simon also penetrated well a few times and got some good traction on the bull rush on passing downs. He was also credited with a half-sack. Finally, Anthony Johnson saw brief action off the bench and was in on one tackle.

Linebackers

Darron Lee had a difficult game. He was beaten for two touchdowns and two first downs in coverage and was also involved in a mix-up on the first touchdown, which saw Lee and Rontez Miles both following the same back into the flat while the tight end ran to the opposite side completely uncovered. Lee was in on a couple of plays at or near the line of scrimmage, including a couple in coverage. Also, on both touchdowns, his positioning was actually excellent and he was very unlucky not to break up the pass each time.

Still, Lee continues to be great at being half a step away from making plays. Will he ever find that half-step? If he can, he has a chance to become good. Demario Davis never did, though, so who knows if Lee ever will?

David Harris had two tackles for loss, but otherwise had a pretty quiet game and was blocked out of a few plays at the second level. He's another highly paid player who can't be considered a certainty to return next season.

With Lorenzo Mauldin out, this presented an opportunity for a more extended look at Jordan Jenkins and Mike Catapano in the outside linebacker roles. Jenkins did a pretty good job of generating pressure off the edge and redirected a few runs well in the running game. He lost contain on one play though. Catapano had just two tackles and a pressure, although that basically matches his tackle total for the rest of the season.

I thought we'd probably seen the last of Julian Stanford on defense. However, he got into the game just before halftime and immediately gave up a big pass interference penalty by failing to get his head turned around in time on a badly thrown pass. He would later badly miss a third down tackle to extend a drive.

Defensive Backs

I could tell almost immediately that Darrelle Revis wasn't going to have a good game. On the first pass of the game, Revis was playing off and the Jets tried to run a trap with Buster Skrine dropping from the slot to cover the quick out. Skrine didn't get there in time and the third down conversion was completed. Immediately you could see the shoulders slump on a dejected Revis. He's a broken man and things didn't get much better thereafter as he gave up three more first downs before breaking up a pass and making a play in run support long after the game was decided.

Later on, the Jets embarrassingly flubbed two coverages to lead to easy touchdowns for Dwayne Allen. On one of those touchdowns, Revis was probably saved from being beaten for a touchdown himself by the fact there was a blown coverage. He was badly beaten off the line for what would have been an easy touchdown pass if not for the fact that an even easier one presented itself to Luck.

The players involved -- Miles, Darryl Roberts and Marcus Gilchrist -- were seemingly discussing the matter with a coach on the sidelines. Where was the revered mentor and great teammate Revis? He was right there, but at the same time a million miles away, staring off into space, distancing himself from these teammates and his involvement in any screw-up or any responsibility in resolving it. It's not surprising to see that Revis can mentally retire to his happy place, which is no doubt a luxurious desert island somewhere, at the drop of a hat. It's too late now though. He's had his moment in the sun.



It's pretty evident Revis doesn't want to be here and you wonder if he ever really did. Yes, the Jets are going to be on the hook for some dead money when he leaves and will potentially be paying Revis to play for someone else, where he'll no doubt perform much better purely from the fact that he'll be giving some semblance of an effort. It seems increasingly unlikely that the Jets have much to gain from retaining him, though.

The Jets only used five defensive backs, which is rare in this day and age. The Colts -- despite having two starters out -- used eight, for example.

Apparently the Jets trust the likes of Juston Burris, Nick Marshall, Dexter McDougle and Antonio Allen so little that they won't even give them a single rep in the fourth quarter of a game where the team is 38 points down. What's the risk anyway? They'd have been facing a back-up quarterback who only threw two passes, so even if they were overmatched the outcome wouldn't have been rendered any more embarrassing that it already was.

Instead, they leave Revis out there and he extends a drive with a pass interference penalty on third down anyway.

Roberts continues to fail to impress me. He was asleep at the wheel as the ball was snapped quickly on one play, leading to a wide open catch as his man ran across the field. He was also beaten three times on third down, although one was dropped, and gave up a first down on a pass that Luck was trying to throw away.

Buster Skrine made a couple of plays, but was beaten for two first downs and called for a late hit penalty. Gilchrist also made a couple of plays but gave up a first down in coverage.

With Calvin Pryor out, Rontez Miles made a series of good plays, but - while I would hesitate to try and attribute blame - was involved in a few mix-ups in coverage, including both of the first two touchdowns, and also gave up a third down conversion. He made a great play to force a fumble at the goal line just before half time; otherwise the winning margin could have been even bigger than 41-10.

Special teams

Punter Lac Edwards has simply had a bad rookie season. There's no way around it. None of his five punts had a net of over 40 yards and one was a horrible shank that got a lucky bounce. His best contribution was that he helped prevent one of his punts from being returned for a touchdown by forcing the return man back inside. If you use a draft pick on a punter, you're hoping he'll be your punter for years, but the Jets would be doing themselves a disservice if they don't bring in some competition next year.

The Jets' return game continues to be underwhelming too, although Jeremy Ross got out past the 30 on one kick-off.

The blocking out in front of Ross was pretty bad, with Bostick in particular putting in a couple of lazy efforts. Although he's a starter now, it doesn't bode well for this roster that Bostick is secure enough in his spot that he feels he can put in a half-hearted effort on special teams. It's only Brandon Bostick! He should not be taking his spot for granted.

It's worth noting that Leonard Williams almost blocked a punt in the fourth quarter. That begs the question of why on earth Williams would be in the game on special teams trying to block a punt in the fourth quarter of a meaningless 30+ point game. There's no justification for that, surely.

At least Nick Folk had a drama-free game with a 38-yard field goal and a successful extra point. Two of his three kick-offs were touchbacks.

Finally, in coverage, the Jets gave up a big punt return on a play where Lee and Allen both got lit up and Burris had a couple of mistakes including a missed tackle.

Final thoughts

You only had to look out into the parking lot to see that nobody in green and white bothered to show up for yesterday's game. That includes the players of course. However, the question of whether Jets fans get the team they deserve or the Jets team gets the fans it deserves is the makings of an ongoing chicken-egg debate I don't even want to attempt to answer. The season has spiraled downhill into a vicious cycle where the team couldn't muster up the pride to put forward a competitive effort against a good-but-not-great team in front of a national audience.

I think Todd Bowles has slowly-but-surely arrived at the realization that this season was over a long time ago and things aren't likely to get any better. There are some veterans on this team that don't deserve to be playing as many reps as they are while younger and hungrier players sit on the bench. While many of those players might struggle when they finally get the chance, if just one shines then that's a more productive outcome than anything they'd be likely to get from a disgruntled veteran that might be on his way out anyway.

The game was not entirely without positive signs as players like Simon and Jenkins showed some potential. Finding similar positive contributions to build upon over the next month should be the focus if they don't want to completely waste the rest of this season.

Coming up next is a game against the 49ers which is probably the Jets' best chance if they're going to win at least one more game this year. The 49ers have lost 11 in a row and are coming off a game where they benched their starting quarterback despite some competitive games over the last month or so.

Once that game is out of the way, the Jets have to weigh up the chance to play spoiler versus each of their AFC East rivals in turn against the importance of draft positioning. Play like they did yesterday, though, and they probably won't win another game anyway, regardless of whether or not they are trying to tank for a higher pick.

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Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants once learned the lesson in the most painful way possible. For years they took their specialists for granted. They got kickers and punters as cheaply as possible, converted long-snappers from other positions, and considered all three very disposable and interchangeable parts.

Then came their horrific loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs in 2003, when they lost 39-38 on a dreadful triple disaster by their long-snapper, punter/holder, and kicker when they were lining up for what should've been a game-winning kick.

That's when GM Ernie Accorsi vowed: Never again. And that offseason he went on a special spending spree, bringing in quality veterans at long-snapper (Ryan Kuehl), punter (Jeff Feagles) and kicker (Mike Hollis, and later Steve Christie). He did not want to see his team lose a game ever again just because he tried to save a few bucks at those positions.

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As a defensive back for the team from 2015-18, Buster Skrine has seen the Jets' quarterbacks firsthand across four years in New York.

Now with the Chicago Bears, Skrine discussed where his former team is heading under Sam Darnold.

Skrine returned to MetLife Stadium on Friday for week two of the preseason in the Bears' 32-13 loss to the Giants. After the game, he spoke to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media and had high praise for his former quarterback.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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For the second-straight game, the Jets took the field for a preseason meeting without running back Le'Veon Bell on Thursday. That same trend could continue during their final two preseason games as well. 

New York head coach Adam Gase indicated on Friday that Bell, 27, didn't play during the team's exhibition against the Falcons because of a good week of practice. 

"I just liked his week of practice," Gase said. "He got a ton of reps this week."

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The Jets have added a new linebacker following Avery Williamson's season-ending torn ACL.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they have signed veteran Albert McClellan and placed Williamson on Injured Reserve.

A 33-year-old out of Marshall, McClellan played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, before splitting time last season with the Ravens and New England Patriots. 

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Jamal Adams is a given, but Trevor Siemian as a dinner guest? Adam Gase and Joe Douglas list the three Jets they would take to dinner.

Which three current Jets would you invite to dinner?

That was the question asked to head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, as they walked the Jets' practice field.

Jamal Adams seems like an obvious answer, but some of Gase's choices may be a bit of a surprise. 

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Former Jets quarterback Josh McCown, who retired in June after spending the last two of his 16 professional seasons with the team, has now decided to un-retire according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McCown will sign a one year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, making them his eleventh NFL team. The contract includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million, per source.

Last season with the Jets, he appeared in four games after starter Sam Darnold was out with a foot injury. McCown had been a strong mentor for the No. 3 pick in the 2018 Draft, and had spoken very highly of him.

"I root for those guys, and I want to see Sam have a lot of success. Now he has to make it happen. If he needs me, I'm only a phone call away," McCown said.

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Jamal Adams has already proven himself to be a leader on the back end of the Jets' defense.

This past offseason, the team went out and added CJ Mosley in free agency, adding another playmaker, and giving Adams another leader he can rely on in the Jets' front seven.

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The most important thing for every NFL team in every preseason game is to simply come out of it with their starting lineup intact. Whatever the starters get out of a few meaningless snaps is rarely worth the risk of a devastating injury.

The Jets and linebacker Avery Williamson were just reminded of that in the worst way possible, thanks to the worst decision of Adam Gase's short Jets career.

The Jets suffered a huge blow on Friday when their worst fears were confirmed - that Williamson suffered a torn ACL in the Jets' 22-10 win in Atlanta on Thursday night. And the insult to the injury is that it was truly meaningless and could have - should have - been avoided. The 27-year-old was injured with 3:52 left in the first half, long after all the other Jets defensive starters had departed.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)
New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)

The Jets received a big blow to their defense on Friday as linebacker Avery Williamson has suffered a torn ACL. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's first report on the injury. Williamson will miss the entire 2019 season. 

Williamson was curiously left in Thursday's preseason contest against the Falcons for an extended amount of time when he sustained the injury. 

Williamson went down on the field with approximately four minutes left in the first half while in coverage on a passing play. The Jets brought in a new defensive coordinator this offseason in Gregg Williams and Williamson was tabbed as the defensive play-caller on the field. 

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New Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said this week that he hasn't really started bringing the pressure with his play-calls yet.

All that changed on Thursday night.

Actually, it didn't matter because he was getting plenty of pressure from his defensive line, but Williams turned up the heat in the second game of the preseason. The Jets were all over Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in a 22-10 win in Atlanta. They sacked him three times on the 17 times he dropped back to pass, and pressured him on almost every other pass. He was still 10 of 14 for 118 yards thanks to his talent and a porous Jets secondary. But by the time he left, one thing was clear:

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold explains the impact running backs Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery will have in Jets offense.

Through two preseason games, the Jets have looked strong on both sides of the ball.

Sam Darnold and the first-team offense have shown efficiency moving the ball down the field, and Gregg Williams' defense proved on Thursday that they can bring the heat on opposing quarterbacks.

One glaring issue for the Jets through these two games, though, has been their kicking game.

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

The Jets wide receiver room doesn't exactly scare anyone from top-to-bottom, but there's talent. 

The top-three targets for quarterback Sam Darnold on the outside are Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa. In that group, New York head coach Adam Gase doesn't want or see football players.

Instead, Gase wants basketball players, and he thinks he's got them. 

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets continue their preseason schedule on Thursday night on the road against the Falcons in Atlanta. Their first game was a loss in the "Snoopy Bowl" to the Giants, something they're looking to bounce back from tonight. 

It will definitely be a tough task to do so, especially when you consider one big strength and one big weakness for the Falcons and Jets respectively. 

Last season, the Falcons -- led by Matt Ryan on the offensive side of the ball -- were a pass-heavy team. That's not to say the rest of the NFL hasn't turned into that, but the Falcons did better than most teams. They finished fourth in passing offense for the regular season with 209.8 yards per game. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' hottest new commodity in Le'Veon Bell is still getting acclimated to his new team. He was absent from most of the team's offseason voluntary workouts as he continued his routine of working out in Miami to prepare for the new season. 

But, since Bell has been at training camp for the past few weeks, his new Jets teammates are learning what the dynamic running back is like on and off the field. 

In between the hashes, Bell is the exact same player that he was when we last saw him: a patient yet explosive back that knows how to read defenses and make his opponents miss. He didn't show that against the Giants in preseason Week 1 as he sat out, but there have been spurts at practice where he's shown his mastery with the ball in his hands. 

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From Alabama to New Jersey 00:00:32
Quinnen Williams may turn some heads when you hear how the Jets defensive tackle thinks New Jersey is just like Alabama.

As Quinnen Williams gets acclimated to his new team, the Jets first-rounder is also getting used to his new surroundings. 

Sitting down alongside his D-linemate Leonard Williams and SNY's Jeane Coakley, Quinnen Williams admitted that he has never been this far north. He has been in Alabama his entire life, growing up in Birmingham and playing in Tuscaloosa. 

But Quinnen Williams is slowly learning how cool New York City and New Jersey can be. And maybe one day soon Leonard Williams will take him out on the town...

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Darnold talks Gase relationship 00:01:33
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold discusses the relationship he has with new head coach Adam Gase and what's he's learned from him.

Sam Darnold had an impressive preseason debut last Thursday, and that may have a lot to do with his relationship with head coach Adam Gase.

The second-year quarterback was recently asked to describe what he enjoys the most about getting to know his new head coach, and Darnold explained that Gase has offered him advice pertaining to both on the field and off of it. 

"He's crazy in the best way. I think we all are," Darnold said about his head coach. "You've got to be a little crazy in this profession, and it's fun to be able to gameplan with him, talk about football, but the coolest thing is being able to talk to him about things outside football - family life, friends and family, all of that kind of stuff."  

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Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

After the Jets lost their top cornerback in Trumaine Johnson following Sunday's practice, GM Joe Douglas moved swiftly to help fill the void.

The Jets signed seventh-year veteran Marcus Cooper, the team announced on Tuesday, waiving tight end Nick Truesdell to create room.

The Detroit Lions cut Cooper on Monday.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets knew the cornerback position was their biggest flaw, even before Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring at practice on Sunday. They were shorthanded from the start at one of the most important positions in football.

Now, with Johnson out for the foreseeable future -- "I don't think it's going to be months," Adam Gase said, "but I mean, we'll see." -- the situation is dire.

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Williams on competition at camp 00:01:25
Gregg Williams says if you have to tell players they need to be competitive then they're not the right players, and high praise for Quinnen.

The Jets' intensity level at training camp thus far has been through the roof, and that's always a good sight when there is so much change going on with a franchise. Head coach Adam Gase is setting the tone early on with his offensive group, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is doing the same with his unit. 

When those competitive juices do get flowing at practice, the Jets have seen a scuffle or two occur on the gridiron. 

And that's perfectly fine for Williams in particular. Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Williams explained to the media that he loves his highly-competitive group, and the fights and arguments at practice will happen when everyone is competing for a job on the 53-man roster. 

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Namath on Darnold's improvement 00:01:10
New York Jets Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath discusses the expectations and improvement he's seen in starting quarterback Sam Darnold.

If there's anyone who knows what it takes to play quarterback for the Jets, it's probably the man who was under center for the team's lone Super Bowl appearance and victory. 

And Joe Namath continues to be impressed by the player who is now taking snaps for Gang Green some 50 years later, Sam Darnold.

"I liked what I saw of him physically when he was at Southern Cal before he got here," Namath said. "When he got here, I liked what the coaches and players had to say about him.

 

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Following the first week of the exhibition season in the NFL, the optimism surrounding both of New York's football teams is through the roof. 

The Jets' Sam Darnold led a single drive that was near perfect, as the second-year pro was 4-for-5 passing with a touchdown. The Giants' once looked down upon rookie QB in Daniel Jones was one pass better, as he was 5-for-5 passing with a touchdown.

So... Jets vs. Giants Super Bowl?

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Joe Douglas' go-to Karaoke song 00:00:52
Jeane Coakley finds out that Joe Douglas and Adam Gase might sing Pearl Jam and Take Me Home, Country Roads as their Karaoke choices.

For players, coaches and general managers alike, training camp is a grind. Between meetings, workouts and practices, it can sometimes seem the work never stops. So, every now and then, who doesn't need to blow off some steam and belt it out at karaoke night?

Well, Adam Gase, for one. The Jets head coach told SNY's Jeane Coakley that he'd "never be asked to do karaoke and would decline if he was." But general manager Joe Douglas takes Gase for a grunge guy, saying he could "crush" Pearl Jam, given the opportunity. 

Douglas is more of a low-key, country-western guy himself, tapping Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as his specialties when he gets the mic. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold said following his team's preseason opener against the Giants last week that he's hoping the first-team offense gave fans a "taste" of what's to come in 2019.

The second-year QB was 4-for-5 passing in the game with a touchdown pass. Running back Le'Veon Bell didn't play in the game and the starters only played one series. Regardless, the group left a good impression.

The Jets will continue their exhibition season on Thursday against the Falcons and head coach Adam Gase revealed that the team will probably give fans a bigger taste than it did in Week 1. 

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The Jets have a favorite for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in running back Le'Veon Bell

BetOnline recently released odds for the honor, and Bell is tied with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the favorite to win the award at 4/1 odds.

Bell, 27, would be a true comeback, as he signed a four-year deal worth $52.5 million and $35 million guaranteed this offseason after sitting out the entire 2018 season while looking for a new contract from the Steelers. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Entering training camp, cornerback was viewed as one of the weakest positions on the Jets' roster. Many view Darryl Roberts, who started five games at cornerback last year and another five at free safety, as an inadequate option to start across from Trumaine Johnson. Johnson, of course, had his own issues with injuries and insubordination last year, too.

In the first preseason game, Roberts and Johnson weren't tested in their brief appearance. However, concern intensified about the depth on the roster, as the second unit struggled badly. Derrick Jones, who was released the next day, was burned for a long catch and Parry Nickerson gave up a number of catches, including one that went for a 51-yard touchdown. Rookie Kyron Brown also had a bad mistake that led to a 22-yard gain as he sought to jump the route on a pass to the slot receiver, leaving his man open on the outside.

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When the Jets took the practice field on Monday, there was a bit of a change at cornerback. 

While Darryl Roberts have been the starting corner on the right side with the first-teamers thus far, undrafted rookie Kyron Brown out of Akron was opposite him. And Brown was exposed early on during team drills, as Robby Anderson flat out beat him on a crossing route for a 40-yard gain. 

The reason Brown was in with the first team to begin with was due to Trumaine Johnson's hamstring injury that now has him out indefinitely. The Jets were already short when it comes to cornerback depth. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Already thin at cornerback, the Jets suffered another blow within the position group Sunday.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring, head coach Adam Gase told reporters following practice, after intercepting quarterback Sam Darnold and running it back.

Johnson, who battled a quad injury in 2018 on the way to 10 appearances 40 tackles and four interceptions, is out indefinitely.

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Maye returns to practice 00:01:01
Jets safety Marcus Maye and Head Coach Adam Gase on Maye's return to practice after being sidelined since last season by a shoulder injury

Early Sunday morning, the Jets announced that starting safety Marcus Maye had been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform List. The 2017 second round pick out of Florida had been out with nerve damage in his shoulder. When asked by media how it feels to be back, he responded with pleasure.

"It felt great, it's been a long process, but just getting out there running around and getting the feel of things, being out there with the guys, definitely feels good to be back," Maye said.

Maye was then asked if the process to getting back healthy has taken longer than he thought it would. "Yeah, but it wasn't in my control, nothing we could do about it," Maye said. "You just have to put your head down and go to work everyday, keep the same mindset knowing that it's going to get better and knowing the time is coming."

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Darnold talks toughest critic 00:02:34
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets QB Sam Darnold about his toughest critic and learning discipline at a young age

For most quarterbacks, being your own worst critic comes with the job title. But for Sam Darnold, he definitely has some outside critiques that get to him. 

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Darnold, who explained how head coach Adam Gase as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains are always chirping to him whenever they can. Entering his sophomore season, the Jets believe Darnold is their quarterback of the future, but tapping Darnold's true potential is what Gase and his staff are looking to do. 

And with that comes some constructive criticism -- nothing Darnold can't handle. He tells Coakley how he's become such a coachable player over the years, and it starts with a lesson from his mom at 12 years old...

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets K Chandler Catanzaro has been struggling this training camp, and instead of letting the team decide what to do with him, he made the choice for them by retiring. 

Reports have been surfacing that Catanzaro wasn't consistent at training camp, and it spilled over into the first preseason game against the Giants on Thursday night. The veteran only hit one of his three extra-point attempts, but knocked in his only field goal at 34 yards. After missing his first PAT, his second was a straight shank that left Jets fans scratching their heads. 

Announcing his early retirement, Catanzaro's career ends after six NFL seasons. He began his time in the league with the Cardinals, where he would spend his first three seasons. He, then, made his way to the Jets in 2017, a season where he hit 25-of-30 field goals and made all 29 of his extra-point attempts.

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