Dec 24, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs with the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) pursues during the second half at New Era Field. The Dolphins beat the Bills 34-31 in overtime. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 24, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs with the ball as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) pursues during the second half at New Era Field. The Dolphins beat the Bills 34-31 in overtime. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

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It seems like a lifetime ago, but back in September the Jets went to Buffalo and won 37-31 behind a tremendous performance by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The teams seemed destined to head in opposite directions at that time and that proved to be the case, but it would be the Jets who fell into a slump, while Buffalo unexpectedly moved into postseason contention.

The Bills were ultimately eliminated last week, following an overtime loss to Miami, and the 4-11 Jets are basically going through the motions as the season nears its merciful end. With Rex Ryan having been fired Tuesday, the game offers an opportunity for interim coach Anthony Lynn to make a case for a full-time head coaching job.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.

Quarterbacks

Backup EJ Manuel has been announced as Sunday's starter having not previously been needed this year. Manuel, a former first-round pick now in his fourth season, has had a disappointing career, but arguably had his best NFL performance against the Jets three years ago.

The Bills might also use this stage as an opportunity for rookie Cardale Jones to see his first action. Tyrod Taylor, who had been starting all season, has been benched following Ryan's departure and will be inactive.

The Bills are facing an interesting decision with regard to Taylor, who signed a multi-year extension in preseason. With reports indicating there is no immediate intention to renegotiate his current deal, the Bills have the option to release Taylor before March, or remain committed to him for big money over the next few years. That's part of the reason he won't play because an injury would have left the Bills on the hook for significant guarantees.

Taylor's 2016 season didn't make that dilemma any more straightforward as his numbers were similar to last year's pretty much across the board. Had he suffered a Fitzpatrick-style regression or made the leap like Derek Carr has, it would have been a lot easier to make that decision. Unfortunately, his performance falls within that dreaded middle ground and the decision to bench him this week suggests that they are leaning towards letting him go.

Offensive Line

The Bills' line has been reasonably good this year, led by left guard Richie Incognito who is still the key to the Bills' running game. He has been their most consistent lineman this season, especially in the second half of the year. 

Another leader, left tackle Cordy Glenn, has been a bit banged up. He has missed several starts including the past two weeks and has been ruled out for tomorrow. Reserve Cyrus Kouandjio has had to replace Glenn a few times and will likely start tomorrow. He actually had a great game last week against Miami.

The right side of the offensive line has been a weakness for the Bills for a while and Jordan Mills has continued to struggle at tackle. Mills has given up a team-high eight sacks and almost twice as much pressure as any other Bills lineman. John Miller has developed into a more consistent player in his second season, though.

Starting center Eric Wood was placed on injured reserve but Ryan Groy has filled in admirably while starting the last six games in his place. The losses of Wood and Glenn have meant that they don't have much experience left on their bench.

Running Backs

LeSean McCoy is headed back to the Pro Bowl after an excellent season that has seen him rush for over 1,200 yards already, along with 49 pass receptions and 14 total touchdowns. All of those numbers are significantly better than his 2015 production, as he has done a good job of proving he still has some gas in the tank. 

Reserve Mike Gillislee has provided an excellent change of pace and breakaway threat. While McCoy is averaging a healthy 5.5 yards per carry, Gillislee is even better at 6.2 and has also contributed eight touchdowns, including one against the Jets. McCoy averaged fewer than four yards per carry in three of his first four games, including the Jets game, but has only been below that mark just twice since then.

Rookie Jonathan Williams and veteran Reggie Bush get occasional touches, but neither has done much so far this year. Bush has netted minus-three yards on 12 carries and could become the first NFL player to carry the ball more than 10 times in a season only to end up with negative yardage.

At fullback, veteran Jerome Felton's playing time has been increasing as the season endures. He's averaged over 40 snaps per game over the last two.

Receivers

Sammy Watkins has missed half of the year due to injury and hasn't been close to 100 percent, even when he has been in the lineup. He's still been productive though, and leads the Bills with a 16.6 yards per catch average. However, the Bills have had a better record (4-4) when he doesn't play than they have had when he does (3-4). He's as close to full health as he's been all year right now, though, and is coming off a season-high 154-yard performance against Miami.

With Watkins out, the Bills' leading receiver had been tight end Charles Clay, who has caught 54 passes. Clay and backup Nick O'Leary have also made good contributions in the running game.

The leading wide receiver, in terms of statistical production, has been Robert Woods, but it was third receiver Marquise Goodwin who made the most noise in the first matchup, blowing by Darrelle Revis for a long touchdown.

The Bills have placed three ex-Jets receivers on injured reserve since the start of the season in Greg Salas, Walt Powell and Percy Harvin. Depth instead now comes from veterans Justin Hunter and Brandon Tate.

Defensive Line

Like Watkins, star defensive lineman Marcell Dareus has missed half of the year, this time through a combination of injuries and suspension. Again, the Bills are 4-4 without him and 3-4 when he plays. Dareus has been productive when in the lineup though, with solid play against the run and 3.5 sacks in just seven games.

Kyle Williams has remained healthy this year and been his usual self with outstanding play against the run, while compiling five sacks of his own. It's always a tough assignment for Nick Mangold to face either of these two, so Wesley Johnson will have his work cut out. Johnson did well at guard in relief of James Carpenter in the first game, though.

The other starter is third-round rookie Adolphus Washington who has been promising but unspectacular so far.

Corbin Bryant, who had been starting for Dareus, went onto injured reserve in October, but former Jet Leger Douzable has been seeing plenty of playing time all year. 

Linebackers

The biggest surprise for the Bills this year has been Lorenzo Alexander. Alexander was a young starter with the Cardinals in 2013 but suffered a season-ending injury early in the season and hadn't started a game since then. He's made the most of his opportunity with the Bills, as he is headed to the Pro Bowl after a season that has so far seen him generate 13 sacks.

Jerry Hughes was the Bills' best pass rusher last year, but this year he's only had a disappointing six sacks and has played poorly against the run. He's also committed 36 penalties in the past three years.

First-round rookie Shaq Lawson missed the start of the year through injury but has shown some mild promise since returning. He has two sacks so far. Fellow high draft pick Reggie Ragland has missed the entire season, though.

With no Ragland, the Bills starting linebackers have been Preston Brown and Zach Brown. The latter has had a good season with a team-leading 138 tackles and four sacks. As for Preston Brown, while he has struggled he hasn't been close to as bad as last year where he graded out as the worst linebacker in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

Veterans Ramon Humber and Brandon Spikes provide depth off the bench and might be needed as both Browns are listed as questionable.

Defensive Backs

The Bills' starting cornerbacks have done a decent job this year, although they've not been as good as they were in 2015. They'll likely relish a chance to pad their stats against the turnover-prone Jets. Stephon Gilmore leads the team with five interceptions, but he's been ruled out for tomorrow due to injury. Ronald Darby - who intercepted two passes in the first three games of his rookie season - has now gone 28 straight games without one.

Corey Graham has had a strong year at free safety, but his partner has changed several times during the year because of injuries. Youngster Jonathan Meeks is currently listed as the starter but the Bills have basically been operating out of one-safety personnel packages over the last few weeks.

In sub-packages, Nickell Robey-Coleman continues to get a lot of work in the slot, but Corey White has been getting more reps in recent weeks. Late-round rookie Kevon Seymour has also been getting some playing time. They should all see increased time with Gilmore out.

Special Teams

Former Jet Dan Carpenter is still the Bills' kicker. He's missed six field goals this year, including five from within 50 yards. He also started a fight on Saturday. The Bills got rid of their kickoff specialist at the start of December, so Carpenter has also been kicking off over the past few weeks.

Statistically, punter Colton Schmidt has been one of the worst punters in the league this year, albeit still slightly better than Jets rookie Lac Edwards. Schmidt has booted a league-leading 18 punts out of bounds.

In the return game, Tate has been the primary return man all year. He's yet to break a 50-yarder but is still 3rd in total punt return yardage with a 12.0 yards per return average. He's also seventh in kickoff return yardage.

In coverage, Humber and Meeks have been their most productive tackles, with Alexander surprisingly not far behind despite his important role on defense.


I'll be back on Monday to recap the game.

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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The Jets are in desperate need for another wide receiver, and one potential option has officially been taken off the market.

The Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Cowboys in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick on Monday. 

The Jets, who lost WR Quincy Enunwa for an extended amount of time with a foot injury and waived WR Terrelle Pryor -- who has a groin injury -- would have made sense from a needs standpoint to make a play for Cooper. 

Tags: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor
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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 injuries continue to pile up for the Jets. 

Jets S Doug Middleton suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Vikings and is undergoing more tests, head coach Todd Bowles said in a conference call on Monday. 

A source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that it is not as severe as the one that kept him out all of last year but will still likely end his season. 

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Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs the ball against Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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In the Jets' Week 7 loss to Minnesota, Sam Darnold ended up with an unforgiving statline, completing 17-of-42 passes for 206 yards and three interceptions. However, there were extenuating circumstances -- notably the blustery conditions, the decimated receiving corps and the pressure from Minnesota's formidable defense.

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

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Sep 23, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (93) during a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Sep 23, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (93) during a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Former Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson added insult to injury following Gang Green's 37-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. 

Richardson, who had two tackles for the Vikings in the victory, took a shot at Jets fans after noticing a fair amount of purple jerseys in the seats at MetLife Stadium. 

"We travel well...I noticed that," Richardson said, per the New York Post. "The Jets never really filled up stadiums anyway."

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Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets keep insisting they're not the same, old Jets, and that they're not going to fall apart like they did last season. Even on Sunday, when they were clearly out-classed on the field, they swore they were ready to be a playoff contender now.

"I think we're there," Jets safety Jamal Adams said. "I think we're close. This team is a great team. We have a 53-man roster full of a lot of talent. There's no waiting for next year, or rebuilding. There's none of that. This team can be special."

It's a nice thought, but it might not be the Jets' reality. And their 37-17 loss to the Vikings made that crystal clear. These Jets are headed in the right direction. They've got some terrific building blocks in place...

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Chris Herndon (89) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Chris Herndon (89) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: In Sunday's frustrating loss to the Vikings, the Jets struggled to adapt to the windy conditions, especially in the second half. The Vikings were able to exploit some costly mistakes to win by a flattering 20-point margin. Let's take a look at three of the best and three of the worst performances...

Winners

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SNY's Week 7 Jets Report Cards 00:03:10
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets loss to the Vikings on Sunday, 37-17

Facing cold and windy conditions, the Jets were handed a loss in a 37-17 battle with the Vikings on Sunday. With the Jets falling to 3-4 on the season, the Jets Post Game Live crew breaks down their grades for the loss....

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Vikings pull away from Jets 00:01:25
Todd Bowles, Sam Darnold, Jermaine Kearse and Jamal Adams comment on the Jets' mistake-riddled, 37-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets could have made a huge statement by beating the Minnesota Vikings, a true NFC contender, in what would've been their biggest victory of the season. And the Jets' defense did all it could to make it happen.

But in the end, the Jets learned what should have been obvious:

Sam Darnold isn't ready to be a contender just yet...

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Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the Vikings handed the Jets' their fourth loss of the season, quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Sam Darnold met after the game. And, thanks to the Jets, video caught what Cousins said to the 21-year-old rookie. 

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Bilal Powell (29) Jason McCourty (30) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Bilal Powell (29) Jason McCourty (30) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Jets RB Bilal Powell won't return to Sunday's contest against the Vikings after suffering a neck injury. 

Powell recorded 21 yards on five rushes as well as one catch for five yards before exiting. 

Coming into this game, the veteran back totaled 323 yards on 75 carries, while hauling in 10 catchesd for 105 yards and a touchdown. 

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Sep 9, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) looks for a touchdown call by the officials in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 9, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) looks for a touchdown call by the officials in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

With the Broncos making star WR Demaryius Thomas available via trade and the Jets weaker at the position than they have been at any point all season, should New York inquire?

A "handful of teams" have already reached out about trading for the 30-year-old Thomas, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN, who says the emergence of younger WR Courtland Smith has made Thomas more expendable.

Thomas is in the fourth year of a five-year, $70 million deal he signed prior to the 2015 season. He is making $8.5 million this season ($12 million cap hit, $15,5 million in dead cap money) and set to earn $14 million in 2019 ($17.5 million cap hit, $3.5 million dead cap money)...

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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 Sunday against the Vikings. Crowell had 13 carries in Week 6 while dealing with an ankle injury. He missed multiple practices during the week but returned in a limited capacity on Friday.

Crowell racked up 219 rushing yards in the Jets' win over the Broncos in Week 5 and has totaled 430 yards on the ground in six games this season.

While Crowell is in, the Jets will be without CB Trumaine Johnson, CB Buster Skrine, CB Derrick Jones, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, and DL Foley Fatukasi...

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Morris Claiborne (21) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Morris Claiborne (21) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

CB Morris Claiborne is playing a key role on the Jets this season and tallied his first career pick six earlier this month, but it was not very long ago that he was not even sure whether he wanted to play another game in the NFL.

The former Cowboy said in an interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post that he was dealing a number of personal issues in the time leading up to the season, but he decided to stay after a conversation with his family.

"I sat down and thought about it with my kids," he said. "I talked about it with my wife. She was with me 100 percent, but I don't think she really felt like I was ready to let it go. 'Cause at that time, I feel like I was just reacting off emotions and what I was going through."

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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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Bowles welcomes back Robinson 00:00:36
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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Jets get set for Minnesota 00:01:11
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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Jets prep for Vikes 00:01:24
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.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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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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