This week, Bent analyzes Week 4 performances by Ryan FitzpatrickMatt Forte, Bilal Powell and the team's running backsBrandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and the Wide ReceiversBrian Winters and the Offensive LineCalvin Pryor and the Defensive BacksDarron Lee and the LinebackersLeonard Williams and the Defensive Line and Jeremy Ross and special teams.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick

Bent: Fitzpatrick can play well. He did last year, especially down the stretch (final game meltdown in the Buffalo aside). Can he work his way out of this slump, though? And, having invested $12 million to bring him back, how much rope will the team give him?

The irony is that Fitzpatrick didn't play that badly for most of yesterday's game. He was reasonably accurate, made good decisions and got the Jets back into the game just before halftime with a great touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall. Once again, though, his stat-line looks a lot worse than it would have because the Jets were trailing and he was forced to take some chances. The second of his three interceptions bounced up off the hands of a receiver and the third one was another forced throw at a time when the Jets had no real option but to try and force things with time running out.

His first interception was the most crucial. With the Jets close to midfield and down by seven, Fitzpatrick went to the well one too many times. His pass was thrown up on the assumption that Marshall would win his match-up on the outside. That's not an unreasonable chance to take - he had done so on the previous snap and Fitzpatrick found him for a first down. There's not a lot Fitzpatrick can do about that, other than not taking that chance, but where would that leave the Jets offense in their ability to consistently create yardage?

In fact, if you look at what Fitzpatrick was seeing on each of the throws, there's basically no difference. Brandon Marshall isn't open, but Fitzpatrick throws to the same spot each time, trusting that Marshall would create the separation. He did on the first one, but lost on the second one.



The sad thing is that this probably works most of the time in practice against Darrelle Revis.  Unfortunately, it has a lower percentage chance against a much better cornerback - a totally alien concept as recently as a year ago.

It seems like forever ago that Fitzpatrick was lighting up the Bills for 370 yards and almost 40 points. Since then, the Bills have won two straight against probable playoff teams the Jets are floundering. Thinking back to that game, perhaps I can at least take some comfort that the Jets and Fitzpatrick are capable of figuring things out. It reminds me that it's not so bad. It's not so bad.


Matt Forte and Bilal Powell

The Jets' running game was a major disappointment in this game, even though they were facing an excellent front seven. Much of this had to do with the blocking, which we'll discuss below, but Forté was completely ineffective as runs seemed to be slow-developing and he lacked the burst he had displayed earlier in the season. It reminded me of watching Thomas Jones towards the end of every season. The Jets seemed to overuse Forté in the first couple of games and it might be catching up with the 30-year old already.

Powell had a productive day, generating 80 yards on 10 touches. Fitzpatrick picked up a couple of first downs by checking down to him underneath, something he didn't do enough of last week. Powell was lucky that his juggled catch didn't lead to a turnover, though.

Forté contributed a couple of catches in the passing game, including one for a first down, but if Powell is bringing those things to the table already then it makes the Jets a little one-dimensional. He also seemed to blow a blitz pick-up, although that might have been on the quarterback.

I'm beginning to wonder if the Jets are suffering from the lack of a power back on the current roster. Perhaps the plan was for Khiry Robinson to bring that to the table before he got hurt again.

It wouldn't surprise me to see the Jets add someone like Karlos Williams during the week to address this. While that would make sense, it would be disappointing to see the team concede that they played the first month with a less than ideal situation and waited this long to rectify it.

The Jets experimented with back-up tight end Braedon Bowman in the fullback role this week. It wasn't something he looked entirely comfortable with, but he handled most of the assignments without making any obvious mistakes.


Brandon Marshall, Quincy Enunwa and the Wide Receivers

Bent: Marshall clearly relished his match-up with Richard Sherman and had a productive day with 89 yards and a touchdown on four catches. However, two passes thrown his way were intercepted - with a third overturned by the replay booth - and he didn't seem to be on the same page with Fitzpatrick a couple of times.

With Eric Decker and Jalin Marshall out, Fitzpatrick avoided the temptation to continue to force the ball to his top target and did spread the ball around a bit. This saw mixed results.

Enunwa had another productive game with six catches for 60 yards. Having entered the season with 22 career catches, he has 23 already through four games and is just seven yards shy of being on track for a 1,000-yard season. I'm seeing new things from Enunwa every week and this week, his route running was on point with a break to the outside and a whip-out for two early catches. He also drew a penalty for another first down and continues to show improved hands.

Forced into a bigger role, Robbie Anderson was a major disappointment, dropping a few passes, including one that ended up being intercepted. Despite these struggles, Anderson definitely got some downfield separation. He could have had a 100-yard day if Fitzpatrick didn't over and underthrow him on two makeable deep balls. He made a nice low grab for a first down, but didn't come close to making anyone forget about Decker.

Fitzpatrick obviously lacks chemistry with Anderson and might develop that over time. If he does, then they could start connecting on some of these deep balls and the offense will function that much more efficiently. Of course, we were saying exactly the same things about Devin Smith last year and that never materialized. If anyone is holding out hope for Smith to return from the PUP list and lift this group, a lack of chemistry with Fitzpatrick isn't going to be any less of an issue this year with Smith either.

Charone Peake surpassed expectations in his first significant action. He caught three passes and, although none went for a first down, he showed off some good hands and a nice open-field move. His fumble recovery and touchdown showed good alertness but was really just a fluke, albeit a nice confidence booster for him. It's the kind of fluke which would have been a momentum-changer had it happened earlier in the game, but at 17 down in the fourth quarter was about as useless of a lucky bounce as you could ever get. In fact, based on the law of averages, this probably just means we're less likely to see the Jets get a useful lucky bounce any time soon.

Blocking from the tight end position was disappointing once again. Kellen Davis was called for a hold and struggled to sustain blocks all day, while Brandon Bostick got blown up on a pulling block that led to a run being stuffed in the backfield. Bowman showed an ability to get down the seam on one play, but let himself down when he dropped Fitzpatrick's pass under duress.


Brian Winters and the Offensive Line

Bent: If ever there was a moment that could be a microcosm for what characterizes this team, Winters would provide it. Down 7-3 and driving close to midfield, the Jets failed to gain any yardage on first down. Winters decided to show that the Jets were going to stand up to their opposition with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Michael Bennett.  That set the Jets back 15 yards, stalling the drive and leading to a punt, after which the Seahawks drove down and scored to increase the lead to 11. Also, it knocked Winters out of the game, as he somehow managed to concuss himself with his statement-making actions.

That statement? Just wait around and we'll knock ourselves out.

The offensive line was out of sync all day long, both before and after Winters head-butted his way to the trainer's table. The running game in particular went nowhere as the Jets failed to generate any kind of surge at the point of attack and couldn't prevent the Seahawks linebackers from running free to plug what lanes there were.

With Winters out, the Jets opted to employ Brent Qvale as the right guard. That's interesting because when James Carpenter was hurt earlier in the Bills game, they used Wesley Johnson as the left guard. Qvale had started at right tackle, but was once again rotating on a series-by-series basis with Ben Ijalana.

Qvale had made a couple of good run blocks at tackle, but - for the first time - was exposed in pass protection when he got beaten badly around the outside for what should have been a sack. After moving inside he looked okay on a few running plays but his man was able to leverage his way into a running lane to stuff one run. In pass protection, Bennett bull rushed him back into the quarterback to generate pressure a couple of times.

Ijalana again was mostly solid, albeit without too many impact blocks. On one play, he doubled down on the defensive tackle, leaving the defensive end unblocked to hit Fitzpatrick. That might be on Fitzpatrick again, though. Other than that, his only real mistake was late in the game when he got beaten for a strip-sack. That ended up having a positive result because Peake recovered Fitzpatrick's fumble and ran it in for a score.

Perhaps when Breno Giacomini comes back, the Jets offense will improve because there will be more strip-sacks that Peake can run in for touchdowns.

Carpenter's performance was disappointing and left me wondering if he's still struggling with that calf injury suffered in the Bills game. He only had a couple of positive run blocks, but was called for a hold, whiffed at the point of attack on a run blown up for a loss and failed to complete his block a few other times.

Nick Mangold isn't making many mistakes at center, but he's been unable to have the kind of impact you'd usually expect from him over the past few games as the players around him keep changing. He seems to be getting stood up at the point of attack more than usual and I wonder if that's due to having to keep half an eye on each of the guys either side of him.

Surprisingly, the injury-prone Ryan Clady has been the only other mainstay with Mangold. He had a few nice run blocks, but was called for a hold and did get beaten a few times in pass protection.

I wonder if the Jets will consider bringing in Willie Colon should Winters' concussion be something that could cause him to lose time.


Calvin Pryor and the Defensive Backs

Bent: Head coach Todd Bowles is obviously frustrated with the Jets' continual coverage breakdowns. It's not even as if what he's trying to do is that complicated; the back seven simply don't seem to be on the same page in terms of their communication. It seems amazing that the communication was being praised as a strength last year, especially considering the personnel hasn't really changed.

For the second straight week, Pryor had a confounding performance. Mental mistakes, missed tackles and bad angles - all aspects of his game that he appeared to have fixed in his second season - were all prevalent.

Tanner McEvoy ran completely uncovered down the field for the easiest of touchdowns after having been passed off to Pryor manning the deep middle. Marcus Gilchrist, who was covering the slot on a few occasions when Buster Skrine or Darrelle Revis were temporarily sidelined was the player originally matched up with McAvoy and was obviously not positioned deep to set the defense as he usually would. Pryor's momentum was taking him away from McAvoy and then he lost his balance and fell over.

Pryor was also burned for a big first down, took a bad angle covering a crossing route, overpursued on a receiver screen and was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Ironically, Pryor had one of the plays of the day, ranging right across the field to blow up CJ Spiller in the backfield with a big hit on a short pass. Being constantly out of position all day is perhaps more concerning in light of this one play where he got it right. Will he make even more mistakes, gambling to try and emulate this kind of moment?

For many of the coverage breakdowns, there wasn't an obvious culprit, though.

You'll never see an easier first down than this one, as the linebackers part like the red sea and safety Rontez Miles is far too deep to be expected to account for the back.



On a similar play, Skrine blitzed, along with both inside linebackers, and Sheldon Richardson dropped into coverage with Lorenzo Mauldin.  Tight end Jimmy Graham was totally unaccounted for underneath and picked up an easy first down.

Clearly the Jets don't have much faith in their players to hold up in man-to-man coverages and that's why they're mixing in a lot of zone looks. However, these communication breakdowns are gifting easy first downs and touchdowns to opposing offenses while the Jets' own offense struggles to move the chains.

Revis wasn't badly beaten this week, although there was one first down play where his man picked up a first down on another coverage mix-up involving Gilchrist. Revis made a good open field tackle on the other catch he gave up.

Skrine got hurt a couple of times and gave up a couple of plays on receiver screens. He blew up one screen nicely though and was effective as a blitzer with a sack and a couple of unblocked pressures.

Marcus Williams gave up a first down to Graham on a tough one-handed catch and was also unable to get across to prevent Christine Michael from scoring on a pass to the flat, although it may not have been his responsibility.

Aside from his possible culpability in some of the coverage screw-ups, Gilchrist was also beaten for a first down over the middle. He made a nice play on the outside in run support though.

Reserves Juston Burris and Miles both saw plenty of action with others banged up and seemed to hold up well. Antonio Allen didn't play this week. It's concerning that Pryor's dip in form has coincided with Allen's return. You may recall that the pair were benched together following reports that Pryor had missed multiple team meetings during his rookie year. Could Allen's return have impacted on Pryor's focus somehow?


Darron Lee and the Linebackers

Bent: David Harris seemed to struggle last week and I wondered if Erin Henderson being out was a factor. Henderson returned this week and Harris played better, so there might be something to that. He was exposed in coverage a few times though, including on some miscommunications as mentioned earlier. He was burned down the seam on an overthrow and Spiller beat him for a touchdown over the middle. On that touchdown, Russell Wilson was able to thread the needle as Lee took a couple of steps in the wrong direction to open up a passing lane.



You'll recall Lee discussing the fact his teammates were warning him against "taking the cheese" in training camp. That's something he needs to be reminded of because he bit on a play fake to give up a big first down and, on the above play, he is baited into opening up the angle for the throw by Wilson's move to the right.

Lee was called for a hold and gave up a couple of big plays in coverage against Jimmy Graham, although he was in a good position on each and it had to be a perfect pass each time. He made some positive contributions with a couple of run stuffs and a play in coverage, but his missteps in coverage and with getting picked off at the second level in the running game probably ensure Henderson should remain as the starter for now.

Henderson played a decent game against the run, blowing up a couple of runs including one where he made a tackle for a loss. Unfortunately, though, I don't know if he's much of an upgrade over Lee in coverage, if at all, even with his superior experience and comfort level.

All offseason, the Jets seemed to be setting up to play more 3-4, but they've sought to keep their best players on the field with consistent use of four man fronts since the season got underway. They even reverted to using Richardson as an outside linebacker when they did use some 3-4 packages.

Unfortunately, that doesn't reflect well on their outside linebackers.  Deion Barnes and Freddie Bishop, who the staff raved about earlier this summer didn't even make the team, Mike Catapano didn't see any time for the second game in a row and Mauldin played just six snaps.

Only Jordan Jenkins saw considerable action and he made one good play to set the edge and string out a run for a loss. He almost made another play in the backfield, but missed the tackle. He again wasn't employed as an edge rusher though, blitzing just three times.

Mauldin had one quarterback hit, although it came after he was initially blocked off and Wilson extended the play.


Leonard Williams and the Defensive Line

Bent: Williams made another big splash, as the Jets defensive line got the better of their match-up with Seattle's offensive line, albeit that this didn't prevent Wilson from throwing for over 300 yards and three scores. Williams used a swim move to explode off a block for a sack, his fourth of the year. He's making more impact plays, as projected, and continues to penetrate consistently against the run, although he was blocked off the line a few times.

Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson both generated plenty of pressure in the pass rush, with Richardson doing most of his damage in the first half and Wilkerson dominant in the second half, following a quiet first half. Both made good contributions in the running game too, although each had a missed tackle and Wilkerson lost contain on an outside run.

For Wilkerson in particular it must have been frustrating for him to pressure Wilson then turn around to see the ball floating towards a completely uncovered receiver. That happened at least three times. He took things into his own hands at one point, dropping into the flat to help blow up a receiver screen.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon continues to blow up a lot of plays with penetration, although he was dominated at the point of attack a couple of times too. All four starters were officially credited with one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss.

Deon Simon continues to see his reps trending upwards. Could he challenge McLendon for a starting role by the end of the year? He stuffed one run and shed a block well to almost stuff another, only to then miss the tackle. They did handle him at the point of attack once though.

Jarvis Jenkins played just a handful of snaps. If the Jets fall out of contention, I wonder if they would give consideration to cutting him before the trading deadline so that he doesn't count as a qualifying UFA for compensatory pick purposes. As things stand, the Jets won't get any compensatory picks, but if they released Jenkins and he didn't qualify, this could potentially earn them a fourth round pick.

Will the current regime still be around to benefit from such a forward-thinking move, though?


Jeremy Ross and special teams

Bent: Special teams were a major non-factor for both teams this week. The teams combined for three field goals and neither team had a significant kick or punt return.

Having prioritized special teams this offseason with some of their roster moves and decisions in final cuts it must be depressing to lose a game where the special teams have no impact whatsoever - especially after a game where one special teams blunder at the wrong time essentially turned a manageable deficit into an unassailable one.

With Jalin Marshall out, Jeremy Ross returned … to the line-up. He didn't do much returning in the game though. He got out to the 22 on his only kick return and fair-caught all four punts, including one inside the 10, which he seemed to acknowledge was a mistake. Ross has been a productive return man in the past, so he should do fine in Marshall's absence. I wonder if he'll get any reps ahead of the rookies on offense.

Nick Folk made his only field goal and had one kick-off returned to the 22, one touchback and a couple of squib kicks.

In coverage, Bruce Carter made a good tackle on the kick-off and Marcus Williams and Juston Burris combined to blow up a punt return superbly. Josh Martin seemed to get close to blocking a punt on a couple of occasions.

Rookie Lach Edwards landed three punts inside the 20 and managed to get good air under a punt from his own goal line in the face of some pressure. His performance was statistically unremarkable though.

Four weeks in, how is Edwards doing? The official stats say that his gross average is slightly less than Ryan Quigley's was last year, but his net average is slightly better. That could just be due to superior coverage though. Then again, the superior coverage might be a result of better placement and hang time from Edwards.

An alternative measurement of punter performance is the ANPP metric, something I created to measure punter performance by taking into account expected distance based on field position. On that scale, 60% is very poor and 70% is elite. Edwards is currently just below 68% so he seems to be doing pretty well at the moment. For more on how ANPP is calculated, click here.

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New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is tackled after a catch by Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is tackled after a catch by Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Terrelle Pryor's time with the Jets looks to be coming to an end. At least, for now.

The wide receiver is expected to be released on Saturday due to a groin injury, which will keep him out at least two weeks, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Jets are interested in bringing Pryor back when healthy if he does not sign elsewhere. 

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) celebrates a touchdown against the Denver Broncos with New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) celebrates a touchdown against the Denver Broncos with New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

For the second straight season, the Jets are 3-3 heading into Week 7, but this feels different. 

Just ask backup quarterback Josh McCown.  

McCown, who was the Jets starting quarterback last season, had the team off to a surprising 3-2 start heading into Week 6 before they sputtered and finished the season 2-9 to close with a 5-11 record. 

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Todd Bowles welcomes back Rashard Robinson to a banged up secondary and likes the development of his young tight ends.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles discussed the return of Rashard Robinson and shed light on the tight end situation as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Vikings. "The energy [Robinson] brings out on the practice field has been great," Bowles said.

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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)
Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)

As the Jets released their final injury report on Friday, CB Buster Skrine was added to the list of players that are deemed inactive for their Sunday afternoon game against the Vikings. 

Skrine, who is dealing with a concussion, joined WR Quincy Enunwa and S Marcus Maye among those sidelined for the Week 7 matchup. 

Even worse is the fact that CB Trumaine Johnson (quad) and WR Terrelle Pryor (groin) were listed as doubtful for Sunday. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis joins them on that list as well...

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Kirk Cousins (8) Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Kirk Cousins (8) Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Sam Darnold was not the Jets' first choice to be their new franchise quarterback, even if he turns out to be the right choice. Kirk Cousins was always Plan A.

Of course, their pursuit of the 30-year-old Cousins turned out exactly how they feared it would. They offered him a fully guaranteed, three-year, $90 million contract, and he still took less to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

But what if Cousins had said yes?

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Todd Bowles discusses the Minnesota Vikings offense, Jeremy Bates talks red zone efficiency and Kacy Rodgers returns from health scare.

Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers returned to the podium for his weekly press conference on Thursday after being away from the team to address a serious undisclosed medical issue.

The 49-year-old did not provide specifics of the health scare, but said he's "feeling a lot better" after undergoing a procedure, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. The results came back negative, and he has been cleared to return to the sidelines as early as Sunday against the Vikings.

This past Sunday, Rodgers surprised the players before the Jets' win over the Colts at MetLife Stadium. Head coach Todd Bowles said Rodgers' visit gave the team a "big lift," especially for the defense.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

DL Leonard Williams (back) and WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) returned as full participants in Thursday's Jets practice after missing practice the previous day.

While that's good news for the Jets ahead of Sunday's Week 7 game against the Vikings, there were plenty of players who remained on the "did not participate" list.

RB Isaiah Crowell (foot), WR Terrelle Pryor (groin), DB Buster Skrine (concussion), DB Trumaine Johnson (quad), WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and DB Marcus Maye did not practice for the second straight day.

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson (54) and linebacker Darron Lee (58) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson (54) and linebacker Darron Lee (58) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets linebackers Darron Lee and Avery Williamson have cemented their status as "Best Football Friends."

In a video posted Thursday, the NFL buddies took on Bleacher Report's Chris Simms and Adam Lefkoe in a friendly game of "BFF Challenge."

Since the showdown was held on the network's turf, Lee and Williamson played as the away team, but they threw any home-field advantage out the window despite hilariously struggling through parts of the challenge.

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Sam Darnold and Todd Bowles talk about the Vikings defense, the team's progress so far and home crowd support.

Jets QB Sam Darnold has felt the energy at MetLife Stadium this season and he hopes the home-field advantage gives his team yet another boost when they face the Vikings on Sunday.

"It's safe to say we want to win every single game, but definitely on a homestand [we want to] win every single game," Darnold said. "Because our fans are amazing ... It's awesome to be able to play in front of them. Whenever we make a big play or score a touchdown, we feel the momentum in the whole arena really shift. It's awesome to be able to feel that and continue to grow off of that as a team."

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

QB Sam Darnold (elbow) appeared on Wednesday's Jets injury report, but said the issue is "nothing crazy," per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Darnold said he banged his right elbow while making a tackle following his interception during Sunday's win over the Colts. He added that it didn't affect him at all in practice, which he participated in fully on Wednesday.

Head coach Todd Bowles also told reporters he isn't worried about the rookie.

However, DL Leonard Williams (back), WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) and RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) highlighted a long list of Jets who did not practice.

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Joe Namath talks Sam Darnold 00:02:45
Jets legend Joe Namath talks about Super Bowl III, advice from Bear Bryant, and his thoughts on Sam Darnold's chances with the current team

Ahead of the Jets honoring the 50th anniversary of their Super Bowl III victory, Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to reflect on that upset win, how he prayed "run clock," and what he thinks of today's QB Sam Darnold...

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) celebrates with cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) in front of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) celebrates with cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) in front of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

 

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Jan 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) looks to catch a pass for a first down against Houston Texans defensive back Robert Nelson (32) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Jan 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) looks to catch a pass for a first down against Houston Texans defensive back Robert Nelson (32) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

The Jets are bringing in free agent WR Rishard Matthews for a workout Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 29-year-old veteran was cut by the Titans last month after he requested a release due to his unhappiness with his playing time. He registered just three catches and 11 receiving yards over the first three weeks of the season.

But with Quincy Enunwa out between three and four weeks with a high-ankle sprain, the Jets are looking for a stopgap at wide receiver.

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fumbles the ball in the second quarter after a hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fumbles the ball in the second quarter after a hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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Quincy Enunwa had developed into Sam Darnold's most reliable receiver early in the season. He was the player Darnold threw to the most and turned to when he needed a third-down catch.

So what is Darnold going to do without Enunwa, who suffered a high-ankle sprain and will probably be out for about a month?

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Sam Darnold wasn't just twiddling his thumbs while waiting to get drafted this past spring. Like all fans of his future NFL team, the Jets quarterback was keeping a close eye on the Kirk Cousins free agency saga before the Redskins QB signed with the Vikings.

"I was definitely following it," Darnold said Monday ahead of his Week 7 matchup with Minnesota Sunday at MetLife Stadium, per the New York Daily News. "During the draft process, there's nothing really else to pay attention to. Because I'm not on a team. We're not trying to dial up anything. I'm not at USC trying to figure out what we're going to do the next year. And I'm not on an NFL team trying to figure it out."

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) scrambles during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) scrambles during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Six weeks into the season, all four of the rookie quarterbacks taken in the Top 10 of the NFL draft have at least three starts on their resume. They've had a chance to get rid of their first-game jitters, or to catch the NFL by surprise, and they're starting to settle in to their rookie seasons.

It will take years, of course, to determine which of the four is the best. It might even take that long for one of them to lead a team to the playoffs. But now that they've all settled down, it's easy to determine which ones are off to the best start.

Here's a look -- and a ranking -- at how the Fab Four are faring so far...

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the heels of a strong performance in Week 5, Sam Darnold was tremendous in the Jets' Week 6 win over the Colts. And his Pro Football Focus grades bear that out.

According to PFF, Darnold has the second-best passing grade (89.8) in the NFL over the last two weeks. Over that same span, his 71.4 deep accuracy percentage is third and his accuracy percentage with a clean pocket (87.2) is fourth.

Things opened up for Darnold in Week 5 due in part to the record-breaking game running back Isaiah Crowell had. But in the win over the Colts, he picked apart the Indianapolis defense without the benefit of being able to fall back on a red-hot ground game. 

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(Richard Mackson)

The Raiders are awful again, and are reportedly ready to trade some of their most valuable assets -- including WR Amari Cooper. Should the Jets have interest?

Cooper -- the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 Draft -- left the Raiders' Week 6 loss due to a concussion and has had a down 2018 so far after having just 48 receptions for 680 yards in 2017. But he was highly productive during his first two years in the league when the Raiders were actually competitive. 

He had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie season in 2015 as the Raiders went 7-9. During Oakland's 12-4 season in 2016, Cooper reeled in 83 catches for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns.

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Danny Abriano
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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch against the New York Giants during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) makes a catch against the New York Giants during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss around three to four weeks with a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Colts, SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed.

Head coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Enunwa, who did not play in the second half on Sunday, suffered a sprained ankle but did not reveal its severity.

The three-to-four-week timeframe is typical for high-ankle sprains, although it could vary.

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

Jets S Marcus Maye suffered a broken thumb during Sunday's win over the Colts, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

According to Vacchiano, the team is still evaluating the extent of the injury. Maye missing three-to-four weeks is a reasonable estimate, adds Vacchiano, but is far from a certainty. 

Vacchiano adds that there is some hope that if Maye heals quickly and can tolerate the pain, he may be able to play with a cast on (Maye was wearing a cast after Sunday's game)...

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Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Kacy Rodgers Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers received some good news on Monday.

Rodgers, who has been battling a serious undisclosed medical condition the last two weeks, was cleared to slowly return to his coaching duties and will be the defensive play-caller again this Sunday.

Head coach Todd Bowles, who had taken over the defensive play-calling responsibilities in Rodgers' absence, revealed the good news in a conference call on Monday calling it a "big relief."

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In Sunday's 42-34 win over the Colts, Jets QB Sam Darnold put together his most complete performance as a pro, completing 24 of 30 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions...

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The presence of all those Super Bowl III heroes on Sunday wasn't just a celebration of the Jets' greatest achievement, it was a painful reminder of why it's so hard to believe in this year's team. There have been too many years of heartache, too many seasons of disappointment, too many times the rug was pulled out from under everyone's feet.

So when these Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34 on Sunday, barely hanging on in the end, there were surely a few skeptics who saw the team's obvious flaws. And when Todd Bowles stepped to the podium and said "We're right back in the thick of these things," it's understandable if everyone rolled his or her eyes.

Tags: Darron Lee, Indianapolis Colts, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Jermaine Kearse, Chris Herndon and Todd Bowles talk about the positives after a huge win over the Colts, 42-34.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As the Jets celebrated the 50th anniversary of their last Super Bowl championship team, Sam Darnold gave them even more reason to believe that the next one won't be too far off.

The 21-year-old Darnold, in his first real shootout against a top tier NFL quarterback, out-played Andrew Luck on Sunday afternoon. He completed 24 of 30 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to lead the Jets to a 42-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Luck was pretty good too (23 of 43, 301 yards and 4 touchdowns), except for the fact that he threw three interceptions. He also even nearly engineered a second-half comeback but fell an onside kickoff recovery short. But overall, Darnold was the more impressive quarterback for most of the game, after he shook off a shaky start. He did get help from a Jets defense that forced four turnovers, but the running game wasn't nearly as good as it has been...

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) rushes for yards after a catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) rushes for yards after a catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kenny Moore (23) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets held off the banged-up Colts for a 42-34 win on Sunday to improve to 3-3 on the season. Let's highlight three of the best performances, along with three players who were disappointments.

Winners

QB Sam Darnold 

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Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets beat the Colts on Sunday, 42-34.

The Jets have moved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the Colts 42-34 on Sunday. The Jets Post Game Live crew handed out their grades for each unit, and what they ultimately thought of the Jets' latest performance. 

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(Robert Deutsch)

Sam Darnold has seemed comfortable as the Jets put together back-to-back wins to move to 3-3 on the season.

During Sunday's victory over the Colts, the rookie quarterback was 24 of 30 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 

So what's the area where Darnold has improved the most?

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath during pre game warm up before game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath during pre game warm up before game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath is a fan of rookie Sam Darnold, but stressed that how high Darnold reaches will be about his surrounding cast.

"I do see a physical ability and I understand a mental ability," Namath said Sunday before the Jets honored the 50th anniversary of their Super Bowl III victory. "But I can't emphasize enough -- it's about the front line of both sides of the ball, it's about the kicking game, it's about the entire team, man."

Namath then started talking about Archie Manning, who he said would have been the first Manning Hall-of-Famer if the Saints (the team Namath referred to as the 'Aints') had put a quality team around him.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (ankle) will play in Sunday's game against the Colts.

Crowell, who was a game-time decision, was limited in practice earlier in the week. 

The 25-year-old Crowell is coming off a record-breaking game in Week 5 when he had a Jets-record 219 rushing yards and added a 12-yard reception in the Jets' win over the Broncos. 

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