Sep 12, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) and Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) line up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Sep 12, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) and Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) line up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

2014 began similarly to this year for the Jets, with a murderer's row of top teams in the first half of the season. That was the last time these teams met and the Jets shocked the Steelers with a 20-13 win to break an eight-game losing streak.

Despite being competitive most weeks, the season had spiralled out of control -- much like this one seems destined to. With Geno Smith benched, the Jets took a 17-0 lead as Mike Vick threw two touchdown passes, including a long one to TJ Graham. Unlikely hero Jaiquawn Jarrett forced three turnovers to help the Jets hang on. That was too little too late, but a similar upset would perhaps get this Jets season back on track. 

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

Quarterbacks

With the Jets being strong up front, but struggling in the secondary, could there be a worse match-up with them trying to prevent a three-game losing streak? Ben Roethlisberger has always been adept at avoiding sacks, extending plays and finding the open man, forcing you to maintain tight coverage.

Roethlisberger was so impressive against the Chiefs, it was almost enough to make most people forget that the Steelers had lost by 31 against the Eagles just one week prior. He threw five touchdown passes against the same team that the Jets had been held to three points by, turning the ball over eight times. By blowing out a team who themselves blew out the Jets and moving to 3-1 on the season, it's perhaps surprising that the Steelers are only a seven-point favorite. One of their other wins was against Cincinnati, who also beat the Jets this year.

Landry Jones is currently listed as the back-up to Roethlisberger. 

Offensive Line

The one glimmer of hope for the Jets entering this game is the fact that the Steelers have some injury issues on their offensive line. However, the Jets have been consistently winning the battle up front every week, and it hasn't made much difference, so is this really going to help them? You can expect the Steelers to scheme their way around any deficiencies.

Three linemen have been ruled out for the Steelers, leaving them with just six healthy bodies. Starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert is out, along with backup swing tackle Ryan Harris. Although Harris was the starting left tackle for the Super Bowl champion Broncos last year, he had graded out as one of the worst tackles in the league, so that already would have been a downgrade. With versatile reserve Cody Wallace also out, that further reduces their options. 

It sounds like the current plan is for Christopher Hubbard to start at right tackle, so that the Steelers can at least keep the rest of their line intact. I would expect Hubbard to get plenty of help as he's a guard by trade, so might feel more comfortable with a tight end (or two) on his right shoulder. If that doesn't work - or if someone else gets hurt - they have some alternatives. Starting center Maurkice Pouncey has taken some reps at right tackle and rookie BJ Finney could be seen as an option off the bench after filling in well as the starting left guard against the Chiefs.

Pouncey is a terrific athlete and Ramon Foster returns at left guard after missing the Chiefs game with chest and elbow injuries. Former first-round pick David DeCastro is the key to the Steelers' running game but does lead them in penalties (four) and sacks given up (three). Rounding out the group is Alejandro Villanueva, a former undrafted free agent who took over at left tackle from Kelvin Beachum last year.

Running Backs

Le'Veon Bell made his return from suspension against the Chiefs, with immediate effect. He rushed for 144 yards and caught five passes. He's one of the best backs in the league and for the Jets to have any chance they will have to slow him down.



DeAngelo Williams, who filled in as the starter while Bell was out, has been lauded for his veteran leadership and for his ability to contribute in a variety of ways, including as a blocker. He provides valuable cover and a change of pace.

The Steelers don't have a healthy full back right now, but you can expect them to employ their tight ends in the backfield and to run from two tight end sets.

Receivers

Even with Martavis Bryant suspended and impressive rookie Eli Rogers injured, the Steelers have plenty of options in the passing game, including one of the league's most dangerous receivers. Antonio Brown is going to need to pick up the pace if he's going to threaten the 2,000-yard barrier as some predicted before the season, but has two 100-yard games in the first four weeks.

The Jets' coaching staff also had plenty of praise for Sammie Coates during the week. Last year's third-round pick has had a 40-plus yard catch in each of the first four games.

With Rogers out, Markus Wheaton and Darrius Heyward-Bey should get more work. Heyward-Bey has always been somewhat inconsistent, but he's still a downfield threat and had a 31-yard touchdown catch last week. Wheaton has had a quiet season so far, but caught over 50 passes last year, so he's no slouch.

At tight end, Jesse James - last year's fifth-round pick - has been starting. He's caught 12 passes already, which is three more than he had in his rookie year. He's not much of a blocker though, so look for David Johnson to come in and handle those assignments.

Defensive Line

The Steelers defensive line is a perfect example of the kind of pipeline they have been able to create over the years in their next-man-up style system. Cameron Heyward was drafted in 2011 and was the inexperienced youngster while veterans Brett Keisel and Casey Hampton reached the twilight of their careers and Ziggy Hood developed into a solid veteran. Now Heyward is the leader and he's joined in the starting lineup by last year's second-round pick Stephon Tuitt and this year's third-rounder Javon Hargrave, who will no doubt be mentoring some high picks themselves in a few years time.

Heyward had a quiet start to the year, but broke out with three sacks last week. Tuitt also had a monster game, creating constant pressure. Hargrave has been playing the nose tackle role, which means he will typically exit for a slot cornerback in passing situations.

Veterans Ricardo Matthews and Daniel McCullers provide depth off the bench.

Linebackers

Steelers legend James Harrison was a revelation last year, as he returned to Pittsburgh for what was expected to be his swan song and ended up playing a major role as a situational pass rusher and occasional starter. He hasn't made quite the same impact so far this year, as he's yet to record his first sack. However, he does have a forced fumble and an interception to his name.



The starters outside in base are former first round pick Jarvis Jones and former Buffalo Bill Arthur Moats. Jones has been a bit of a disappointment, but is developing into a decent run defender.

On the inside, Lawrence Timmons is still the Steelers' leader, although he's in his 30s now and hasn't been the same player he once was over the last few seasons. His counterpart on the inside - Ryan Shazier - has been ruled out, but Vince Williams is a more than adequate replacement with 14 career starts and 21 tackles to his name already this year.

Youngsters Anthony Chickillo and Tyler Matakevich provide interesting options off the bench.

Defensive Backs

The Steelers are also down a couple of bodies in the secondary, with starting safety Robert Golden and backup cornerback Justin Gilbert - a former first-round pick - both ruled out. This has forced two rookies - first round cornerback Artie Burns and second-round safety Sean Davis - into big roles sooner than expected. They've each had some costly missed tackles over the first month.

The starting corners - experienced veteran William Gay and third-year pro Ross Cockrell - have done a good job so far, with veteran safety Mike Mitchell also reliable. Jordan Dangerfield was the other starting safety last week after Davis had handled the role earlier in the year. Dangerfield is in his fourth season, but that was his first ever appearance on defense.

Look for Dangerfield to start again, but with Davis seeing significant reps in the slot as he returns to the line-up.

Special Teams

The Steelers' kicking game has two youngsters entering their second season in the role. Kicker Chris Boswell missed a short field goal earlier in the year, but punter Jordan Berry has done a good job so far.

They have plenty of options in the return game, with Coates and Brown listed as the kick-off and punt returner respectively. Back-up running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has also seen some work on kick-offs.

Finally, in coverage, backup safety Shamarko Thomas is a standout and is on course to lead them in special teams tackles for the second straight year.

>>> 

I'll be back Monday to recap the game.

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

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Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen (17) runs past New York Jets' Henry Anderson (96) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen (17) runs past New York Jets' Henry Anderson (96) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets defensive lineman Henry Anderson was fined for a hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen in his team's 17-16 season opening loss in Week 1.

He will be dinged $10,527 by the NFL, it was announced on Saturday. 

Anderson had a late hit on Allen in the game. Later on it was revealed via cameras that Anderson also took a low shot on Allen, too. Having fallen to the ground, Anderson crawled to the side of Allen's legs after a pass and knocked him down. 

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Adam Gase 1-on-1 00:02:01
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase on rallying the team after last week's loss and several injuries to key players

While the Jets technically had an extra 24 hours to get C.J. Mosley ready to return for Monday's 8:15 p.m. matchup with the Cleveland Browns after a groin injury in the past weekend's 17-16 loss against the Buffalo Bills, the clock was ticking on the linebacker's decision, which came Saturday.

After the team took Friday off, New York resumed practice Saturday and in the afternoon ruled the linebacker -- as well as defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle) -- out for Monday's game.

Mosley, who sat out the week while he worked his way back, needed to get back on the field Saturday or else he would jeopardize his status for Monday.

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While the Jets will head into Monday night with injury issues of their own, the Browns will also be without a key defensive player.

Browns safety Damarious Randall reported to the team facility on Saturday with a concussion and will not play on Monday night at MetLife Stadium, the team announced.

Randall, a former first round pick of the Packers in 2015, was acquired by the Browns prior to the 2018 season. He's played in 16 games for Cleveland, intercepting four passes and recovering a fumble. 

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Gregg Williams
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Gregg Williams took the bait, because of course he did. That's exactly what he wanted to do. He didn't have to. He's a grown man, 61 years old, a coach with 30 years of NFL experience. He could have just let those nasty things that Odell Beckham Jr. said about him go.

But that's not Williams' style. He's a brash, harsh, tough guy who at the very least wants to project the image that he'll never back down from a fight. So when he was asked on Friday about Beckham's accusation that Williams ordered his players to intentionally injure the attention-seeking receiver two years ago, Williams began by saying this:

"Odell who?"

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes against Buffalo Bills defenders during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes against Buffalo Bills defenders during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets held their breath Wednesday when running back Le'Veon Bell left practice with an apparent shoulder injury, but they received good news Thursday after his MRI revealed he had no significant damage, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bell tweeted Thursday that his shoulder turned out "fine" and he was "ready to go" for Monday's 8:15 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium against the Cleveland Browns, but head coach Adam Gase gave an update for good measure Friday.

Gase said that Bell was good to go and set for practice Saturday, following the Jets' Friday off, after soreness surfaced from the injury in the middle of the week.

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Williams addresses OBJ comments 00:01:09
New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams addresses the comments receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said about his coaching methods

Odell Beckham Jr. took aim at Gregg Williams after practice Thursday when the Browns wide receiver ripped the Jets defensive coordinator.

A day later, Williams fired back.

Asked about the comments Beckham made in which the ex-Giants star claimed that Williams -- while Cleveland's defensive coordinator from 2017-18 -- told Browns players to take him out of an Aug. 21, 2017, preseason game, Williams joked before shooting those down.

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Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Former Giants star Odell Beckham is set to make his return to MetLife Stadium on Monday night when the Browns play the Jets, and the fireworks have already started.

After practice on Thursday afternoon, Beckham was asked about Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and naturally, he did not hold back any feelings towards the coach.

"Nobody in the NFL is really out to do stuff like that, I had players on this team telling me that's what he was telling them to do," Beckham said. "Take me out of the game, and its preseason. So you just know who he is ... that's the man calling the plays."

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets head coach Adam Gase updated the status of Sam Darnold, who will not be getting placed on IR.

"It's not going to be that long," Gase said on Friday about Darnold's absence due to mono.

Had Darnold been placed on the IR, he wouldn't have been eligible to return until Week 9.

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - One of Adam Gase's top priorities in the offseason was finding an experienced quarterback to back up Sam Darnold, and the guy he wanted from the beginning was Trevor Siemian.

This is why.

"He's exactly what smart teams want in a backup quarterback," one AFC scout told SNY on Thursday night. "Experience. He's done it before and done it well. There's no learning curve. Just plug him in and go to work."

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets got good news on RB Le'Veon Bell on Thursday afternoon, after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no significant damage, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bell, who should be fine to play on Monday in Week 2 against the Browns, missed Thursday's practice due to a sore shoulder. 

Head coach Adam Gase said at the time that he was uncertain about Bell's status for practice for the rest of the week and for Monday night's game against the Browns at MetLife Stadium.

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Jets head coach Adam Gase delivered news that Sam Darnold has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, and will not only miss Monday's bout against the Browns, but they're expecting him to be out for some time. 

So just how long will that be? Well, Dr. Aaron E. Glatt -- chair of medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital -- gave his professional opinion on that matter.

"So everybody's different," Glatt told SNY on Thursday. "Individuals may do very, very well. They may feel almost right away. Others take a week or two, sometimes even longer still feeling fatigued, still feeling tired, not having their normal level of energy back to where they normally are at a baseline.

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New Jets talk new roles 00:01:16
Trevor Siemian talks about stepping in as Jets starting quarterback, and Demaryius Thomas looks to show that he "still can play ball."

Six days before the Jets' Week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, Trevor Siemian learned he was getting the start at quarterback.
With Sam Darnold sidelined for at least this Monday with mono, the reigns of Adam Gase's offense are now in the hands of the 27-year-old veteran. 

"Coach Gase gave me a call and said they were trying to figure out what was going on with Sam but to be ready. Got the news last night," Siemian said on Thursday.

"I honestly felt for Sam. That's a tough deal, man. Just because I've seen him, since I've been here the last several months, put his heart soul and mind into this. It's been kind of rewarding for me, because I feel like I was a young player and seeing (Darnold's) progress from Year 1 to Year 2, I was excited for him and I still am." 

"He's not going anywhere. He'll be back soon, but that was the first thing I thought of, feeling for Sam and hoping he makes a speedy recovery."

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Jets QB Sam Darnold and RB Le'Veon Bell
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - When the doctors came to Jets head coach Adam Gase on Wednesday night to talk about Sam Darnold, he said he had a feeling that his quarterback had mono. Somehow he just knew in his "gut" that the news was going to be bad.

Unfortunately for Gase, he was right.

And it's likely going to get much, much worse.

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A lot has happened over the last seven days, but -- just as it seemed like things might finally start to settle down -- news broke that is likely to have wider-reaching consequences than everything that came before it.

Having been diagnosed with mononucleosis, Sam Darnold will miss Monday night's game and will almost certainly miss next Sunday's divisional clash with the New England Patriots. Although the bye week follows that, the possibility remains that he could end up missing more than just those two games.

This brings backup Trevor Siemian into the spotlight. Siemian, who was signed during the offseason, is now the starter with Luke Falk set to be activated from the practice squad to back him up. Both put up solid numbers in preseason, albeit with and against backups and mostly by "dinking and dunking."

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Gase announces Darnold has mono 00:01:46
Adam Gase surprised everyone Thursday announcing QB Sam Darnold has mono and will miss at least Monday's game, Trevor Siemian will start.

Jets QB Sam Darnold has mononucleosis and will not play against the Browns on Monday Night Football, head coach Adam Gase revealed on Thursday. Trevor Siemian will get the start under center in his place.

Darnold was sent home from practice on Wednesday, with Gase saying it was for an illness. But, after learning about the diagnosis, Gase actually went over to Darnold's home to give him the news. He was joined by offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and associate head trainer Dave Zuffelato

And as one would expect, Darnold wasn't keen on the news.

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Green Bay Packers kicker Sam Ficken warns up before the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)  (Mike Roemer/AP)
Green Bay Packers kicker Sam Ficken warns up before the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) (Mike Roemer/AP)

The Jets have their fourth new kicker this season in Sam Ficken, who won a competition during a tryout earlier this week. He replaces Kaare Vedvik, who missed a 45-yard kick and an extra point in a 17-16 opening day loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. 

After letting Pro Bowler Jason Meyers walk after 2018, the Jets saw Chandler Catanzaro retire in the preseason, and then Taylor Bertolet and Vedvik not cut it. A less than ideal situation for Jets head coach Adam Gase, who oversaw the selection of Ficken this week. 

Despite all that, Gase is taking an optimistic approach to the situation when asked about it on Wednesday.

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Adam Gase sounds off 00:02:07
Jets coach Adam Gase talks about losing Quincy Enunwa, adding kicker Sam Ficken, and fixing the team's mistakes fast enough to have success.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - On his first chance to play Monday Morning Quarterback with his team, Adam Gase didn't hold anything back. His anger was evident. His words were harsh. And his finger was pointed directly at his players.

It was an unusual public display of day-after emotion, especially for anyone who lived the four years of Todd Bowles, a coach who rarely showed a public pulse. It was interpreted in some places as Gase rolling his Jets players under the proverbial bus and taking no blame for the Jets' opening-day disaster.

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Sam Darnold/Le'Veon Bell Treated
Sam Darnold/Le'Veon Bell Treated

The Jets weren't supposed to fall to the Bills at home on Sunday. Let's face it, they shouldn't have with a 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

But it happened and now the Jets find themselves in a must-win situation against the Browns on Monday Night Football.

Is that too dire considering it's Week 2? Take a look at their upcoming schedule and you'll see why it isn't. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets head coach Adam Gase spent months building his offense around the receivers he had, insisting the group was better, more diverse than most people thought. Quincy Enunwa, as his tough, sure-handed possession receiver, was a big part of that equation.

So what is Gase going to do now?

The short answer in the NFL is always "next man up," but it's never that simple when a key player is lost during the season. And it could be particularly difficult for Gase to replace Enunwa, who is now lost for the season with another neck injury, because there's no one on the Jets roster who can really do what the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder could.

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Adam Gase sounds off 00:02:07
Jets coach Adam Gase talks about losing Quincy Enunwa, adding kicker Sam Ficken, and fixing the team's mistakes fast enough to have success.

In a huge blow to the Jets' wide receiving corps, the team will be without Quincy Enunwa for the rest of the season due to a neck injury, head coach Adam Gase confirmed on Wednesday morning. 

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the Jets officially placed the wide receiver on Injured Reserve.

According to Gase, Enunwa suffered the injury during the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Bills and tests on Monday revealed the severity.

"We found out the next day after the game, kinda informed us that he didn't feel right after the game," Gase said. "Went through all the tests and evaluations and we didn't find out until after Monday. Then we had to look through some other avenues."

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While head coach Adam Gase confirmed the terrible news that Quincy Enunwa was out for the season, he also revealed some other injury updates with his players heading into practice on Wednesday. 

The two players we knew about -- LB C.J. Mosley and DT Quinnen Williams -- and both are "progressing really fast" with their ailments. Mosley came out late in the third quarter and missed the entire fourth quarter with a groin injury, while Williams is dealing with an ankle injury. He walked out of MetLife Stadium on Sunday in a walking boot. 

Also, QB Sam Darnold was actually sent home today, as he continues to deal with an illness. Gase said his quarterback is still "kinda contagious," so it's more of a precautionary measure. 

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Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of three separate instances of sexual assault and rape, according to a federal lawsuit filed in South Florida on Tuesday.

The New York Times was the first to report the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that on three different occasions, Brown sexually assaulted Britney Taylor, whom Brown had hired as a trainer, in June 2017 and May 2018. The lawsuit goes into explicit detail of the three encounters, claiming that Brown bragged about one of the instances in text messages that were included in the lawsuit. 

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Aug 29, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) carries the ball for yards during the first half against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aug 29, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) carries the ball for yards during the first half against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

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The Jets reportedly completed a trade on Wednesday afternoon, bringing veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas aboard to boost the available weapons at quarterback Sam Darnold's disposal.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this trade is the fact that the Jets would deal with their divisional rivals in New England. It seems implausible that the Patriots would be willing to give the Jets a player that they think can help them, especially only for a late-round pick that they won't receive until 2021.

Nevertheless, Adam Gase will have been keen to target Thomas, who was his best receiver when he made a name for himself as the Broncos' defensive coordinator. In Gase's first year in that role, Thomas caught a career-high 14 touchdown passes and then posted career highs for catches (111) and receiving yards (1,619) in their second year together.

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The Patriots made their deal with star WR Antonio Brown official on Monday, and in turn, the Jets are getting one of their depth receivers. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have traded veteran WR Demaryius Thomas to the Jets in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick.

The Jets are pretty solid at receiver at the moment with Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and Jamison Crowder leading that group. But there is also room for more depth, especially in the form of Thomas who has a Super Bowl ring over his 10-year career thus far. 

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Since Sunday's game, there's been a lot of attention centered around the team's kicking woes. Kaare Vedvik, who the Jets picked up to stop the bleeding in that department, missed both his attempts -- a 45-yard field goal and an extra point. 

On Tuesday, though, the Jets brought in their fourth kicker of the year in Sam Ficken after hosting multiple players at the team facility. So with that (hopefully) settled, here are some other issues the Jets will need to focus on:

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New York Jets third round draft pick Nathan Shepherd works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets third round draft pick Nathan Shepherd works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

After Nathan Shepherd played 16 games with five starts throughout his rookie season in 2018, the second-year defensive tackle missed the 2019 season opener as an inactive for the Jets.

Shepherd's absence from the Jets appears is primed to continue well past Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.  

Shepherd told NFL.com's Tom Pelissero that he faces a six-game suspension for two separate violations of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. The team confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon.

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Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams place kicker Sam Ficken (5) is pressured by New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar (54) during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams place kicker Sam Ficken (5) is pressured by New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar (54) during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

After holding workouts on Tuesday, the Jets are signing Sam Ficken, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

According to Vacchiano, the Jets also worked out Elliott Fry and Younghoe Koo. According to The Daily News' Manish Mehta, Tristan Vizcaino and Greg Joseph also tried out. 

One source told Vacchiano that Ficken was the most impressive in the group.

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The Jets' fourth-quarter breakdown on defense has been well publicized since the team's tough Opening Day loss to the Bills on Sunday. You can place blame where you want when analyzing what caused the defensive mishap, whether it be C.J. Mosley's absence or not enough pressure on Josh Allen

However, a recurring theme throughout the game was the Jets' struggling cornerbacks. 

Bills WR John Brown was a nuisance all day toward Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts -- the Jets' starting corners on the outside. He had seven receptions for 123 yards and the game-winning touchdown on his stat sheet at the end of the day, as they couldn't keep up with his blazing speed...

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Rapid fire with Quinnen Williams 00:01:28
Jeane Coakley talks to Quinnen Williams for 'Jetting to Know You". Learn who Quinnen would want to be for a day and about changing his name.

Jets rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams has quickly become one of the NFL's most interesting personalities.

What more is there to know about him as he goes through his first season in New York?

SNY's Jeane Coakley went 1 on 1 with Williams, who had creative answers in a rapid-fire interview.

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With a day to process Sunday's 17-16 loss against the Buffalo Bills, Jets head coach Adam Gase did not hold back when he was asked about his team's shortcomings in the season opener.

Among the players and coaches singled out by Gase, Robby Anderson shouldered part of the offense's blame after the fourth-year wide receiver recorded three receptions for 23 yards on seven targets.

Anderson came to Gase's mind after New York's first-year head coach fielded a question about the offense's ineptitude, which was highlighted by second-year quarterback Sam Darnold's lack of a deep threat.

Tags: CJ Mosley, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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