Brandon Marshall told reporters he switched off Thursday night's Texans-Patriots game because it was "disgusting." If he relives the film from Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he's probably going to end up throwing his TV set in the trash.

Let's get into our position-by-position review of what went wrong with the team's offense...

Quarterback: Fitzpatrick's double hat-trick sinks Jets



Speaking of garbage throws, look no further than Ryan Fitzpatrick. His shocking lack of self-awareness led him to keep forcing throws over and over again in the second half, with each of the final five Jets' possessions ending with a Fitzpatrick interception, giving him six overall.

It didn't even need to come down to that. Fitzpatrick didn't need to keep trying to force throws into tight windows, which was basically the reason for nearly all of those interceptions and a couple more that easily could have also been picked. The Jets were in a position to score on several occasions, and the gameplan every time seemed to be to force a throw into tight coverage and hope that a wide receiver would make a play on the ball. They didn't.

Take a checkdown every once in a while. Nobody's open? Take off and run for five yards. Eat the ball and take a sack if you have to. Or throw the ball away. Settle for a field goal, perhaps. And would it kill you to run the ball when you get down inside the 10-yard line? The Jets were the NFL equivalent of an NBA team that tries to get back into a game by taking 10 contested 3-pointers in a row. It's generally never a winning gameplan unless you're hot, but Fitzpatrick was firing away like a 25-year old Kobe Bryant -- and getting 35-year old Kobe results.

If the Jets had just been a little smarter, they easily could have ended up in a situation in which they could have overcome their inefficiencies and escaped with a win because they had so many chances to get back into the game. Even if drives had kept stalling, settling for a couple of field goals rather than risking interceptions would have soon made it a one-possession game and perhaps removed some of the offense's desperation.

However, Fitzpatrick's worst tendency is that he tries to force things when his team is trailing. Seventeen of his 22 interceptions as a Jet have been when the team is losing. Thirteen have been in the fourth quarter. This was the third time he's thrown more than two interceptions as a Jet and each of the others -- against the Eagles and in Buffalo -- was just like this one, as he tried to lead the team back from a deficit and came up short. That's not to say his early inefficiencies weren't also a factor in that deficit though.

While this ended up being one of the worst Jets quarterbacking performances in recent years, Fitzpatrick didn't just become the worst quarterback in the league overnight, just as his already-forgotten performance in Buffalo 10 days ago didn't make him one of the best. He'll likely be better than this in every other game this season, but the team and Fitzpatrick himself need to be more aware of his limitations and come up with a less predictable approach than consistently forcing the ball into coverage and relying on the receivers to bail you out.

Strategically, the Chiefs deserve some credit for baiting the Jets into mistakes, but their entire defensive gameplan leaned heavily on two sensational performances by Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson.

Berry's range, positional sense and reading of the game was the primary factor in those tight-window throws not being the kind of routine throws that Fitzpatrick usually excels at. For their own part, the Jets failed to adjust to the Chiefs corners playing with outside leverage knowing they had Berry in support on the inside. They failed to complete a single pass outside the numbers on the right side, for example.

As for Johnson, he keyed the backs coming out of the backfield, almost single-handedly removing the short passing game aspect of the Jets offense from their arsenal with his reading of the game and ability to stay clean and avoid traffic. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap.

Running Backs: Why the rush?



Returning to the issue of not running the ball in the red zone, the Jets ran 14 plays in the red zone, running just three times for seven yards. In fact, Jets actually ran six plays inside the Chiefs 10-yard line, opting to throw every single time. Fitzpatrick was 0 for 6 with two interceptions.

So, three games into the season, the Jets have had one game when they ran the ball when they got down in the red zone and piled up 37 points, and two games where they stubbornly refused to and ended up leaving a ton of points on the field. I like to pride myself on finding trends and patterns within these analyses, but you don't have to look too hard to see the problem here.

Matt Forte had to grind out some tough yardage in the first half, but he was picking up some nice yardage in the second half, with 30 yards on five carries. Bilal Powell was also having some success, with 30 yards on four carries, all in the second half. Forte has an impressive knack for picking up positive yardage even on plays when the run blocking is less than perfect, so he probably could have built on his three-touchdown performance in Buffalo by making some important red zone contributions.

Surprisingly, Forte has generated just eight yards in the passing game over the past two games. After the first week, it looked like that was going to be a key dimension of the Jets offense this year. He has run the ball well, but on plays where they tried to get him the ball in space, the Chiefs were consistently ready, led by Johnson.

Powell had a lot more success in the passing game, albeit mostly out of the slot, including one spectacular diving catch. He ultimately contributed 71 yards on 10 touches, most of which came after half time. If that's what was working, maybe that's where they should be forcing the ball, not into downfield coverage where they had no success whatsoever.

Powell's change-of-pace contributions were welcome, but he also lost a fumble after coming up short of the first down marker.

The Jets' lack of a fullback was a non-factor, as they employed Kellen Davis in that role. He opened up with a solid lead block, but later on had a couple of whiffs.

Receivers: Jets not playing with a full Deck



Marshall was clearly limited by his injury and, while he did gut it out and make some positive contributions, it clearly passed the point where it was smart for him to be out there at less than 100 percent. On the worst of Fitzpatrick's interceptions, you can see they tried to pick up the first down with a short pass to the flat on 2nd-and-2, but Johnson steps in front of Forte, who doesn't even seem to be expecting the pass.

Marshall's contribution here spoke volumes. After taking a long time to limp back to the line of scrimmage with the Jets trying to up the tempo, Marshall's half-hearted effort at a rub route was completely ineffective, and while he initially made an effort to chase down Johnson on the return, he had given up on the play by the time Quincy Enunwa let Johnson slip out of his tackle to get into the end zone.

Marshall had also struggled to get much separation, was unable to get away from the defense in the open field and wasn't getting much help from the officials. On a couple of occasions, he was so clearly banged up that he simply wasn't able to run a proper route, making the Jets' offense even more predictable than it already was.

The thing is, Marshall doesn't even need to gut it out like this. It's not like he is the only option they have in the passing game and we've already seen in the past that his presence will at times cause Fitzpatrick to try and force the ball to him when other options are available.

A guy like Robbie Anderson might lack experience, but if he's at 100 percent then surely he presents a more significant challenge for an opposing secondary than a hobbled Marshall. Indeed, he entered the game for Marshall on the only two plays he missed and instantly made a catch, including a 26-yarder down the seam that represented the second-longest play of the game for the Jets. Even if there's a downgrade in production, then it's still arguably the right move because if Marshall continues to play hurt, it could take longer for him to fully recover.

The wide receiver that led the Jets in receptions was once again Enunwa, whose four catches included a nice leaping grab over the middle and two clutch conversions. However, he was also credited with three drops including a potential touchdown. None of them were easy, but they're the sort of plays he was making in the first two games.

Where was Eric Decker? He played every snap and was targeted six times, but his only catch was a 31-yarder down the middle which saw him brought down in the open field. He also missed a chance to spring Marshall for a first down when he failed to make a block downfield. While he was listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, it seems surprising that he would also have been limited, especially following a 10-day break.

Jalin Marshall had a couple of receptions, including one where he did well to get to the first down marker, but he also failed to come up with a diving attempt at another catch. Charone Peake played a few snaps for the first time but was not targeted.

Aside from his blocking when playing at fullback, Davis had one ineffective pulling block from tight end that saw the run blown up in the backfield. Brandon Bostick failed to impress with his blocking in preseason but had a couple of good kick-out blocks here. However, he had one really bad whiff at the point of attack leading to a short-yardage run being stuffed. Once again, neither tight end was targeted in the passing game.

Offensive line: Battle upfront a Chief concern



Last week, I suggested Ben Ijalana had taken the lead for the starting right tackle job over Brent Qvale. But Qvale battled back this week. As the Jets' line held the Chiefs without a sack, Qvale mostly held up in protection, other than on one play where he blew his block at the line and then had to bat the ball away after it was deflected into the air.

Ijalana didn't fare too badly either, although he did have a couple more breakdowns in pass protection. He was beaten for a hit on one play and gave up a pressure on another when he seemed to make a half-hearted attempt to push his man upfield on the assumption that Fitzpatrick was about to get the throw off. When Fitzpatrick hesitated, that meant he was forced to throw under pressure. There was also a play where the protection up front was screwed up and Tamba Hali came unblocked off the edge, leading to Fitzpatrick throwing an interception under pressure. (Of course, it may have been Fitzpatrick and not Ijalana who was at fault for the protection screw-up.)

The pass protection otherwise held up well, although veterans James Carpenter, Ryan Clady and Nick Mangold each gave up a pressure on a play that ended up with Fitzpatrick throwing an interception.

The underrated aspect of this offensive line performance was the fact that the Jets seemed to struggle to get anyone out to the second level or out in front of a screen pass. Could this be down to the Chiefs linemen doing such a good job of occupying at the point of attack, perhaps? That's difficult to measure and apportion blame, but it was undoubtedly a major factor in Johnson being able to make plays in space so often. Mangold certainly had his hands full with Dontari Poe, who often stood him up at the line when single-blocked.

There were mixed results for all in the running game, although the Jets were perhaps guilty of not running the ball enough in the second half, especially coming off a game in which the running game stalled in the first half but took over the game late.

Brian Winters made a few good blocks at the point of attack and avoided getting badly beaten in pass protection. He still made some mistakes, though, with two missed blocks allowing his man to blow up a run. Carpenter had some good contributions in the running game, but he had three poor blocks in space, perhaps because his mobility is compromised due to his calf injury. As for Clady, he had some nice blocks on the edge, but one bad whiff at the point of attack.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Kansas City Chiefs, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick

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

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Teddy Bridgewater was terrific in the Jets' preseason game in Washington on Thursday night and through two games he's looked like the best quarterback on the roster. But such is the state of the Jets' quarterback riches that nobody's asking the 25-year-old about his chances to win the Jets' starting job. 

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New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater participate in drills during a joint practice with the Washington Redskins at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater participate in drills during a joint practice with the Washington Redskins at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said his decision to name a starting quarterback for Week 1 is "cloudy" through two preseason games.

Between the experienced Josh McCown, newcomer Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold, Bowles has two more preseason games to determine what they all bring to the table.

And if it was up to former Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, he would pick Bridgewater over Darnold.

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There's a long way to go in the preseason, but halfway through, one thing about the Jets quarterback situation is clear: Teddy Bridgewater looks like he gives the Jets the best chance to win.

Yet Todd Bowles can't give him the starting job.

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Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater both saw significant action in a preseason loss to the Redskins on Thursday night.

The education of Sam Darnold continued with another strong performance from the rookie quarterback on Thursday night. He's done just about everything the Jets have asked him to do so far.

But if the Jets really want to see if he's ready to be their Opening Day starter, they're going to have to ask him to do more.

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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)

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LANDOVER, Md. - Sam Darnold got a lot of work with the Jets' first-team offense this week, and might even start their preseason game against the Redskins on Thursday night. Maybe that's just Todd Bowles' way of getting him ready.

Or maybe it's a sign that he already is.

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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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Sam Darnold (14) 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."

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater
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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.

WATCH:

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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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(Noah K. Murray)

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.

Tags: Josh McCown, Neal Sterling, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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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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Josh McCown (15) 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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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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