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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.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon

New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell participates in drills with New York Jets offensive tackle Brent Qvale during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell participates in drills with New York Jets offensive tackle Brent Qvale during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

In its latest NFL power rankings, ESPN has the Jets at 30th among the 32 teams this season. 

The Jets, who were at 27 on the list, fell following their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. So far, their choice of QB Sam Darnold has panned out well, with many impressed by what he has shown in practice and his first preseason game. But that doesn't tell the whole story about their draft. 

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini also gave his surprising player that could be in jeopardy of a roster spot by the end of camp. His choice was CB Rashard Robinson, who hasn't been the corner the Jets hoped him to be. Gang Green traded for Robinson last season at the trade deadline, giving up a fifth-round pick to the 49ers in return for him. 

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(Geoff Burke)

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold has been seeing a heavy workload with the first-team offense this week at joint practices with the Redskins. And that also means he's going against Washington's best on defense. 

So, how has he fared? Just ask Pro Bowl CB Josh Norman what he thinks.

CLICK BELOW TO HEAR NORMAN'S COMMENTS

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles expresses his frustration with the fact that WR Terrelle Pryor revealed details about his injuries to the media.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles isn't too happy with WR Terrelle Pryor

On Monday, Pryor broke the news that he broke his ankle back in May during offseason workouts with the Jets. Bowles initially came out and said that Pryor had surgery to clean some things up in his ankle that was related to his ligament injury from last season. 

But the cat was let out of the bag, and Bowles doesn't think Pryor should have been the one to do so. 

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Cairo Santos (5) Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

It isn't the most-watched competition, but the kicking position hasn't had any competition at Jets camp. 

Taylor Bertolet has been headlining the position recently, with Cairo Santos -- a free-agent signee -- dealing with a chronic groin injury, reports ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Santos needed surgery to repair the groin after a tumultuous 2017 season. He missed most of training camp with the Chiefs to start, and they eventually cut him after aggravating the injury in Week 3. Santos, then, signed with the Bears, but a reaggravation landed him on the IR for the rest of the season. 

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Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) rolls out during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) rolls out during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It wasn't the biggest storyline from Sunday's Jets-Redskins joint practice, given the epic brawl that broke out involving about 30 players. But Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold saw the heaviest workload with the first-team offense. 

Darnold's competition -- Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater -- obviously saw their fair share of reps. But it was Darnold who was under center most of the time, which begs the question: Will he be the starter this Thursday when the two teams face off in Week 2 of the preseason?

"It's no indication," Bowles said after the joint practice Sunday. "Just getting him caught up on some things."

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles was upset after his team and several members of the Washington Redskins brawled and shoved each other during their joint practice on Sunday.

Reporters were not able to record video on the sidelines, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Josh Ellis, however several fans captured the fights, which reportedly involved nearly 30 players.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

After getting cut by the Oakland Raiders, former Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the team announced.

Hackenberg, whom the Jets drafted in the second round in 2016, never appeared in a regular-season game with New York.

The 23-year-old out of Penn State was traded to Oakland in May and eventually cut a few weeks later.

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Jets LB Kevin Pierre-Louis has been suspended for the first week of the regular season for violating the league's substane abuse policy, the NFL announced.

Pierre-Louis can still play in preseason games and is able to return from suspension on Sept. 11, which is one day after the Jets' season-opener against the Lions on Monday, Sept. 10. 

The 26-year-old Pierre-Louis was arrested for marijuana possession in January while he was still on the Chiefs. He signed a two-year deal with the Jets during the off-season.

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Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) reacts during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater got his first extended game action in just under two years and impressed.

Bridgewater completed 7 of 8 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown. The current backup was excited just to get on the field, and unlike most other quarterbacks, was looking forward to getting hit, too.

"It was awesome feeling," Bridgewater said after the game.

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After making his preseason debut for the Jets, Sam Darnold admits he felt 'pretty good'.

Darnold earned plaudits for his performance, completing 13 of his 18 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons on Friday night.

"I felt pretty good," Darnold said. "I put the ball where it needed to be and tried to get it in the hands of our playmakers. There were a couple of plays, especially on the sack, I felt like I could've gotten the ball out there. But, you know, live and learn, I guess."

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Should Jets fans believe in Sam Darnold after his impressive rookie debut Friday night?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It would've been understandable if Jets fans wanted to be only cautiously optimistic that they had finally found their franchise quarterback. A decades-long search and far too many broken promises have left everyone with scars.

But the caution around Sam Darnold is probably gone now. He looked like a legitimate franchise quarterback on Friday night in his NFL debut.

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Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks to pass as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks to pass as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It may only be the preseason, but Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold got his first touchdown out of the way. 

The No. 3 overall pick looked great in his Jets debut as he showcased all the skills necessary to cap a drive with a touchdown. Darnold looked calm and collected in the pocket, as he avoided pressure with his feet and made smart throws. 

And even though he should have secured his first touchdown pass on two separate downs, he finally linked up with Charles Johnson after escaping the pocket, and throwing a bullet on the run. 

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Teddy Bridgewater (5) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Teddy Bridgewater took the field for his first drive as a New York Jet, and he ended it the way he probably hoped -- with seven points on the scoreboard. 

Bridgewater took over for Josh McCown, who played just one series that resulted in a three-and-out to start the game. The 25-year-old looked poised as he trudged down the field. His first good throw went to Jermaine Kearse, who made a great catch to pick up a first down.

And on third down in the red zone, Bridgewater dumped off a ball to Isaiah Crowell on a crossing route, and he absorbed contact to bust into the end zone...

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles looks at the tape of the Jets' preseason opener there will probably be several hundred things he'll be watching. He'll be evaluating all 90 players on his roster. He'll be judging the competitions for a dozen or so roster spots and a few position battles too.

But nothing -- nothing -- will be more important and compelling for the Jets in their preseason opener on Friday night than how rookie quarterback Sam Darnold plays.

Maybe it's not fair to judge him on how he does in his NFL debut against the Atlanta Falcons. But he is the No. 3 overall pick and the Jets' long-awaited quarterback of the future. Every move, every throw, every decision will be scrutinized. His play, no matter how long he's in the game or how he does, will lead to pages and hours of debate.

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Todd Bowles Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Every coach likes to see what kind of shape their players enter training camp in. But for the Jets, the players might be the ones looking at their head coach after his offseason transformation. 

Todd Bowles has made the biggest change from a year ago, as his wife believes he lost about 50 or 60 pounds. It was back in March that Bowles decided to make a diet and exercise change, and the results are as clear as day. 

"You know when you've had enough," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "I've had enough. I want to be better for myself and for my family. I want to be around a long time. It's become a lifestyle."

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game 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 strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jets S Jamal Adams told Bleacher Report earlier this year that his team's locker room lacked energy last season and "it was like everybody wanted to do the bare minimum." 

On Tuesday, he expanded upon those comments after practice was over.

"I'm very passionate," he said about the comments, which were just published on Tuesday. "Coming in, I was wide-eyed. I just wanted to come in and work hard and make an impact. The things that came out, I didn't feel very strong as far as me saying that."

In the wide-ranging Q&A, Adams said everyone had a losing vibe and "didn't want to go above and beyond."

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Every moment on the field is like a dream for Teddy Bridgewater. He said "it gives me the chills" just thinking playing football again. Two years ago, the game was almost taken away from him forever, so he's grateful to be getting a second chance.

But even he doesn't know if that second chance will ultimately be with the Jets.

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jetting to Know You: Kearse 00:04:29
Jets wideout Jermaine Kearse plays a round of mini golf with SNY's Jeane Coakley, as we get to know this member of Gang Green.

Jermaine Kearse plays a round of mini-golf with Jeane Coakley as we get to know the Jets' wide receiver.

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Jun 12, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) attempts to pass during New York Jets mini camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 12, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) attempts to pass during New York Jets mini camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Currently in his 17th training camp, Jets QB Josh McCown has seen it all when it comes to quarterback battles. So, his answer to the question of why fellow quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater getting more first-team reps isn't anything out of the ordinary. 

"I'll defer to the coaches on that," McCown said after practice Monday when asked about his low rep total early on in camp. "Obviously just like we did last year, we understand the situation. This is my 17th training camp, and I've done this for a while, and we have a lot invested in the other two guys, and as far as them learning the offense and getting comfortable with things. It's good for our team for those guys to get as much work as they can. We feel really solid with our quarterback situation, and the room in general."

McCown has a large enough sample size to estimate what he is going to give the Jets. Last season, it just so happened to be a career year for the journeyman. He notched a career-high in yards (2,926), touchdowns (18), and completion percentage (67.3) in just 13 games before an injury ended his season. 

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Scott Thompson
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When will Darnold start at QB? 00:01:54
Ralph Vacchiano and Connor Hughes discuss what rookie quarterback Sam Darnold needs to do to prove he's worth the starting spot.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It was 16 years ago, but the memory is still fresh for Jets quarterback Josh McCown: the feeling of being overwhelmed in his first NFL preseason game.

"That first series it felt like they had 15 guys on the defense," McCown recalled on Monday. "There were people everywhere. I wasn't processing very good. At all." 

It's a long way from the meeting rooms and practices of training camp to the first live action for NFL rookie, and that's especially true for quarterbacks. That's why the preseason games, which begin for the Jets at the Meadowlands on Friday night, will be so important for first-round pick Sam Darnold. Everything he's done so far has impressed everyone in the organization, in some cases beyond their expectations.

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sam Darnold (14) Teddy Bridgewater (5) Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sam Darnold (14) Teddy Bridgewater (5) Josh McCown (15) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets' quarterback battle has been the most-watched aspect of training camp thus far. So, it's no surprise that Vegas has already put their odds on who will win the starting job when camp breaks. 

At the moment, veteran QB Josh McCown leads the pack at -130 on the money line. Following McCown is rookie QB Sam Darnold, but not by much at +140. 

As for Teddy Bridgewater, he is the longshot at +800 to win the starting role. However, Bridgewater is considered the backup on the Jets' unofficial depth chart with Darnold as the third stringer. 

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater
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The Jets have several rookies that figure to play a big role this season. Are there any undrafted rookies who could step up and earn themselves a role by flashing in preseason? Let's consider some of the best candidates...

Fullback Dimitri Flowers

Flowers, who was a key contributor during Oklahoma's playoff run last season, will be a familiar face to anyone who gorged on Baker Mayfield highlights in the run-up to the draft. He brings versatility to the position with route-running and ball skills not usually seen from the fullback position. Flowers is also a capable blocker who also produced as a short-yardage back, so there's a number of ways he could make his mark in the preseason.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets 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 running back Trenton Cannon (40) during New York Jets rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One New York rookie running back has already generated tons of buzz this season. But is expected for Giants RB Saquon Barkley given his No. 2 overall pick status. 

But, just a few miles away, the 204th overall pick Trenton Cannon is thriving at Jets training camp. 

Cannon has been turning heads early on as he looks to be a depth piece behind veterans Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell. And it's Cannon's breakaway speed that is making the Jets smile.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Darron Lee, Elijah McGuire, Sam Darnold, Thomas Rawls
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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets announced they have signed OL Alex Balducci, and waived OL Austin Golson on Monday. 

Balducci is a converted nose tackle that played his college ball at Oregon. He played in two games with the 49ers after going undrafted back in 2016. 

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Balducci was picked up off waivers last season by the Jets, and spent his preseason with Gang Green. He would eventually find himself on the Redskins' practice squad in 2017, and signed a reserve/future contract with them back in January. 

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Green and White scrimmage 00:01:37
On Saturday, the Jets held the annual Green and White scrimmage at Rutgers' HighPoint Solutions Stadium.

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold completed nine of his 11 passes for 89 yards in the team's scrimmage at Rutgers on Saturday.

Darnold, who reported to camp later than others as he continued to iron out the details of his rookie contract, led the Jets on offense for four drives. McCown started the game and played one drive, going 3-for-3 for 69 yards and a touchdown. Bridgewater completed all seven of his passes for 53 yards.

"He got a lot of work with the third group," coach Todd Bowles said of Darnold, according to the New York Post. "That was our plan, to play a lot of the young guys tonight. It's part of catching him up to speed. We'll look at the film, and we'll see what happened. He's grasping the offense pretty well, and we'll go from there."

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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams forces a fumble by Buffalo Bills tight end Nick O'Leary as free safety Marcus Maye reacts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams forces a fumble by Buffalo Bills tight end Nick O'Leary as free safety Marcus Maye reacts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The young nucleus of the Jets defense is known for their energetic, hard-hitting style of play. Will that change this season due to rule the NFL has installed for this season?

In short: no. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye will continue playing just as they did during their rookie seasons. 

"I'm not going to change the way I play," Maye told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. "And I don't expect the other safeties around the league to change the way they play."

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Kendall Reyes (98) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Kendall Reyes (98) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Jets made a defensive roster move on Friday, signing DL Kendall Reyes and waiving/injured DL Shaneil Jenkins.

Reyes, a former second-rounder by the Chargers back in 2012, last played for the Chiefs and Redskins in 2016. He began the year with the Redskins, but was eventually cut before heading to Kansas City. 

Overall, Reyes totaled 20 tackles, one sack and one pass defense over 12 games in 2016. 

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue (49) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Jets LB Dylan Donahue pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in Montana stemming from an arrest that occurred in May of 2017.

Donahue was sentenced to three months in jail, with all time suspended upon payment of a $1,000 fine and abstaining from alcohol and drugs.

The 25-year-old Donahue still has one existing DUI charge, stemming from when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving early on Feb. 26 after police say he drove the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey and collided with a jitney bus, injuring four people.

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Aug 31, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Aug 31, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Prior to playing each other in the preseason on Aug. 16, the Jets and Redskins will have three joint practices leading up to the game. Proceedings may get interesting. 

Former Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor is ready for whatever his former teammates have to throw at him-- he didn't leave Washington with a glowing reputation behind him.

"We're there to practice and get better," Pryor said, via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "If I wanted to put my shoulder down and hit one of them -- and get chippy, too -- I'm sure I could do that. But that's not why we're there. If they take dirty shots, I'm sure we'll handle that accordingly. You start trying to make it an individual thing, it takes away from our team. I don't want to individualize myself." 

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Throwback Thursday: Rex Ryan 00:01:27
In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday, SNY travels back to 2009, when Jets head coach Rex Ryan was a media magnet for good quotes.

In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday, SNY travels back to 2009, when Jets head coach Rex Ryan was a media magnet for good quotes.

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