USC defensive tackle Claude Pelon (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
USC defensive tackle Claude Pelon (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

This year, I've again been breaking down each of the Jets' rookies in detail and we're now into the undrafted free agent signings. On Tuesday, I looked at Temple offensive lineman Kyle Friend, and now I move on to look at Southern California defensive lineman Claude Pelon. I've been conducting research and watching game footage to try and assess what he brings to the table.

The 23-year-old Pelon is listed at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, and contributed on the defensive line for the Trojans over the past two seasons, although he dealt with some injuries in his senior year. Pelon had joined the Trojans as a junior college transfer after the 2013 season. He recorded 45 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, a forced fumble and two passes defensed over the course of the two seasons, starting four games. He is a former linemate of current Jets starter Leonard Williams.

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Who is Claude Pelon?

Pelon could be considered as something of a journeyman before he even made it to the NFL. He went to high school in Florida, then redshirted his first year at a junior college in Kansas. After that, he transferred to another junior college in Arizona and recorded 17 tackles and two sacks in his redshirt freshman season. The following year, he stayed in Arizona but transferred to yet another junior college, where he registered 52 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, as he was named as a Prep Star JUCO All-American.

Finally, he transferred to USC for his junior and senior years. He started three games as a junior and racked up 19 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. In his senior year, he missed some time through injuries, but still registered 26 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He was not invited to the combine or any All-Star games, but had a good pro day. Prior to the season, an ESPN article had described him as "likely to be drafted," but there wasn't much draft buzz surrounding him after the season.

Let's move onto some more in-depth analysis of what Pelon brings to the table, based on my research and film study.

Measurables

Pelon has good size, looks the part and put up some decent numbers at USC's pro day. I can't find a wingspan measurement for him, but he does seem to have good length, which he uses effectively.

Pelon's best numbers were for strength and explosiveness, as he posted 33 bench press reps, a 32.5-inch vertical leap and a 110-inch broad jump, all of which are excellent for his size. His 40-yard dash and shuttle runs were less impressive -- so you would perhaps expect him to lack agility and range in pursuit. Having said that, he said one team told him it clocked him at under five seconds for the 40 at his pro day.

Usage

Pelon supposedly moved from defensive tackle to defensive end in between his two seasons at USC, but I didn't actually find much difference between his assignments between the two years. At the end of 2014, Pelon seemed to be playing more as a defensive end, and in early 2015, he started a game at nose tackle because Antwuan Woods was out. I found that he typically lined up on the interior, although he wasn't shading the center very often and also got some snaps lined up opposite a tackle.

At the NFL level he'd probably be a 5-technique initially, but could also play on the interior in certain situations.

Motor

USC has plenty of defensive line talent, so the Trojans rotate their players regularly. That said, there were times when injuries piled up last year, so sometimes players had to take on a bigger role. Pelon played over 30 snaps only three times, but two of those games saw him handle 51 snaps against Arizona State and 49 in the bowl game against Wisconsin. In 2014, he played over 30 snaps eight times with a high of 66 against Nebraska in the bowl game.

I found that Pelon gave a relentless effort in the trenches and was capable of making plays late in games, exhibiting good stamina. He also played his best football at the end of the season each year with his two bowl game performances being arguably the best two games of his career.

His effort seemed less consistent on the backside when plays went away from him, but he wouldn't be expected to have much range in pursuit anyway, as already noted.

Run defense

Pelon holds up well at the point of attack and can extend his arms to stand up his blocker. This enables him to stay in front of the ball carrier whichever way the play goes or to bottle up runs right at him. He also pretty consistent in terms of his pad level and doesn't get driven off the line much, except when doubled.

Pelon's main issue in the running game seems to be that he'll explode out of his stance looking to penetrate, but won't see the play developing in front of him so might react late. I've seen plenty of aggressive linemen with this problem before, and you never know whether or not they'll learn to overcome it.

Here's an example of him doing that, as he bursts upfield leaving a big lane behind him on the draw play:

On another play, he made a bad read and went after the back on an option keeper.

Another area I'd like to see more from Pelon was in terms of his lateral movement and ability to get downhill, especially through traffic. He has a knack for getting into the backfield and also for making clutch stops on short yardage plays, though.

Tackling

I didn't see any issues with missed tackles from Pelon, who had four in his two years at USC, but only one as a senior.

Interestingly, even though he played much less in 2015 than in 2014 due to the time missed through injury, he had more statistical production in the running game. He had played a higher percentage of pass rush snaps in 2014, but still had over 30 percent more run snaps than in 2015. One difference, though, was that he made fewer plays in the backfield.

Pass rush

Pelon has a good get-off and is a powerful bull rusher. He showcases that on this play, which sees him drive the left guard back and then get to the quarterback for a big hit before the back can get across to slow him down.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the fact that he was a teammate of Williams, Pelon's go-to move is the swim move. At times, he almost over-relies on this, but he had repeated success with it in the bowl game against Nebraska in 2014, which saw him recording several pressures. It shouldn't go unmentioned that current Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson doesn't like this technique and discourages his players from using it.

In general, a lot of the damage he does is just a combination of his athletic ability and pure effort, but he shows signs of being disruptive in such a role. Here he uses an initial upfield leverage advantage to fight off a double team block and hit the quarterback.

Again, vision is an issue, as there were a few plays where he was still trying to beat his blocker without realizing that the quarterback had already taken off.

Batting passes

Pelon does get his hands up at times, although he can sometimes be too pre-occupied with trying to beat his man, as noted. He was credited with two passes defensed at USC, although both of these were in his junior year. He did not drop into coverage.

Special teams

Pelon actually made some good contributions on special teams, blocking a couple of kicks and a tackle following a long punt return. Here's one of the kick blocks, showing further evidence of his explosiveness at the snap:

Instincts/Intelligence

I've already alluded to the potential issues Pelon sometimes seems to have with seeing how the play develops in front of him. However, that might just be a symptom of him being forced into a rotational role and then being as aggressive as possible trying to make an impact with the reps he received. Perhaps the Jets can encourage him to play with a more disciplined mindset, but we know Todd Bowles likes his linemen to play aggressively anyway.

Some might view the fact that Pelon was academically ineligible for some time as a knock on his intelligence or work ethic, but eventually overcoming that to get to a big school and retain eligibility is a positive sign.

Injuries

As noted, the first half of Pelon's 2015 season was disrupted by injuries. He sprained his knee in the spring and needed arthroscopic knee surgery, causing him to miss the first game. He played the following week, but then suffered a high ankle sprain a few weeks later. That proved to be well timed as the team had a week off, so he hadn't missed any games when he was able to suit up two weeks later. However, he lasted just three snaps before spraining his knee, leading to him missing three more games. Finally healthy down the stretch, he played the most consistent football of his career.

Attitude/Demeanor

The USC defensive line seems like a close-knit unit and, as a group, it worked hard to overcome the loss of Williams and numerous injury issues in 2015. Pelon obviously displayed toughness by overcoming injuries last season to finish the year strong. There don't seem to be any off-field concerns, either.

On the field, Pelon definitely has a fiery personality. In 2014, he committed six penalties, but showed much better discipline in 2015. The only time he was penalized all year was an offside and 12-men on the field double-penalty late in the win over Arizona, which might not even have been his fault.

Scheme fit

Since Pelon is following in Williams' footsteps by making the jump from USC to the Jets, you might think he'd be a similarly ideal fit. However, Williams played in three different systems in each of his years with the Trojans (4-3, 5-2 and 3-4) whereas Pelon was just in a 3-4 system. Typically, a 3-4 system would mean that players did a lot of two-gapping, but Pelon played with an attacking mindset, so that could mean he fits in well with the Jets.

Williams might be a helpful familiar face to have in the building for Pelon. Even though they played just one season together, they apparently knew each other pretty well before Pelon decided to go to USC.

Conclusions

If there's a theme to the Jets' undrafted free agent class so far, it's that the Jets have targeted a group of players whose potential value might have been overlooked by other teams. Pelon could have got lost in the shuffle on a USC defensive line with a lot of NFL talent and didn't have much statistical production, but he still contributed well and developed to the point where he was playing his best football right at the end of his final season.

Had he remained healthy all year and produced like he did over the second half of the season, Pelon might have drawn a lot more attention and perhaps would have been a candidate for postseason honors and a projected late-round pick.

Pelon is one of three 300-pound defensive linemen the Jets brought in via undrafted free agency and, if they can all remain healthy, they might end up getting some significant preseason reps with the third unit. If Pelon can repeat some of the impressive things he was able to do in college when given that chance, he'll give himself a strong chance of at least being retained as a practice squad project.

Up next: We'll take a look at Temple wide receiver Robby Anderson. Could he compete for a roster spot? Let us know in the comments who you'd like us to look at after that.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) attempts a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) attempts a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Ahead of the 2019 season, right tackle Brandon Shell was widely regarded among Mike Maccagnan's most successful draft picks and a candidate to remain with the team at the end of his rookie deal. However, an early season benching seemed to signify that the Jets were perhaps preparing to move on from the 27 year old. Recently, injuries have necessitated a return to the starting line-up for Shell, who seems to have held up well. This begs the question as to whether the Jets may still have a use for him.

Shell was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, after the Jets traded away a 2017 mid-round pick to select the former South Carolina Gamecock. Shell looked the part and had good bloodlines -- his uncle is NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell -- but scouts figured he'd need some technical refinement before he could contribute at the NFL level.

Having ridden the bench for much of his rookie season, Shell started three games at the end of the year, during which he fared better than expected. He then won the starting job at training camp the following summer and started 26 of 32 games as the first-choice right tackle over the next two seasons.

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Bell on his 5th HGH drug test 00:02:22
Le'Veon Bell spoke out after being selected for a 5th HGH drug test. He asks how it's random and says he doesn't want to be tested again.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell went on Twitter Wednesday morning to rant about the NFL already issuing five random drug tests in the first 10 weeks of the season. And he made sure to add that he won't be taking another test moving forward. 

Well, he doubled down on that statement after practice. 

"I don't know. I'm not going to say all that," Bell said when asked if he feels targeted. "I'm just saying I'm not doing it no more. They're not getting no more of my blood. They better use the blood they got right now."

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Jets RB Le'Veon Bell has an announcement: he won't be taking anymore NFL random drug tests this season. 

Bell revealed on Twitter that he had five HGH blood tests in the past 10 weeks, and simply put, he's fed up.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE TWEET

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While the 2019 season hasn't gone to plan for the Jets, linebacker Jordan Jenkins has been one bright spot. Despite missing some time due to injury, Jenkins is second on the team with five sacks and seems to have made some tangible improvements in his contract year.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported over the weekend that the Jets are eager to extend Jenkins before the end of the season, much as they did with Quincy Enunwa in his contract year last season. Let's consider what Jenkins brings to the table and his value on the open market.

Jenkins -- who is still only 25 -- impressed with his ability to set the edge against the run when he first arrived in the NFL, but only registered 5.5 sacks across his first two seasons. While he was more productive as a pass rusher last year, tying for the team lead with a career-high seven sacks, he seemed to regress against the run. This year, however, he's putting together the best all-round season of his career.

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Count former Jets head coach Rex Ryan among those who wouldn't be in favor of having Colin Kaepernick on his team.

Kaepernick, who has basically been blackballed from the NFL since 2017 due to his outspokenness and actions while protesting and drawing attention to police brutality and social justice, worked out Saturday for interested teams -- including the Jets.

"The NFL doesn't have to have this kid play," Ryan said Monday during an appearance on Get Up on ESPN.

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The Jets have won back-to-back games. Aside from the scoreboard showing them with more points in both of those outings, another thing has stood out, too.

Featured running back Le'Veon Bell has played less and less in the Jets' last two games.

Bell has averaged 21 touches between those two games, but the numbers aren't there. He's averaged 2.6 yards per carry and factoring to that are season-lows in snaps played in both games.

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Jets rookie cornerback Blessuan Austin was the Jets highest-rated defender in the team's Week 11 win over the Redskins on Sunday, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Austin made his NFL debut in Week 10 against the Giants, making three tackles and forcing a fumble. On Sunday against Washington, he was targeted six times, allowing just three catches for nine yards. He also chipped in with three tackles.

"He's not afraid," Gase said of Austin last week. "He's not shy of confidence. He's confident in himself. He did a lot of good stuff. It was good to see him around the ball."  

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Jamal Adams got a lot of laughs a few weeks ago when he compared himself to Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and a few more when he refused to back down from those words. His point, though, was serious - that he's really important to the Jets, and he should be treated that way.

The last two weeks he made that clear on the field.

In fact, it'll be hard to find a better two-game stretch in Adams' three-year NFL career. He had three sacks on Sunday in the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins, and for a second straight week was making plays all over the field. He's now had five sacks in the last two weeks, six in the last three, and that season-total of six is a Jetsrecord for a defensive back.

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Scripted plays helping Darnold 00:01:56
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase explains how the communication between him and Sam Darnold has improved in scripting plays on gameday.

The Jets started their blowout loss to the Patriots in Week 7 with an interception two plays into the game. Since then, the Jets have opened their last four games in a row with touchdowns. 

So what's different? Opening drives by NFL teams are often scripted. The ensuing one might be as well. 

But quarterback Sam Darnold isn't crediting a script for the Jets' early-game successes. Instead, it's all about building the right beat coming out of the gate for Gang Green's offense, the quarterback said on Monday. 

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The Jets find themselves in a two-game win streak, and technically their playoff hopes are still alive. They will continue to focus on this season, but it was probably hard not to see what happened this weekend in college football that could alter the NFL Draft next year.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had "No. 1 Draft pick" written all over him heading into Mississippi State. However, he suffered a brutal hip dislocation that not only ended his season, but has now put his career in potential danger. 

Many 2020 NFL mock drafts had Tagovailoa slated to go to the Bengals first overall, but with his draft stock now busted, things have definitely shaken up.

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The Jets had offensive line news heading into their Week 11 meeting with the Washington Redskins and then left the 34-17 win with a bit more.

On Saturday, the Jets placed center Ryan Kalil on their injured reserve list, ending his season. A day prior, New York head coach Adam Gase didn't sound like that was going to happen as he said on Friday that Kalil did not have any sort of setback after missing two-straight games due to a knee injury.

Gase addressed that roster move for the first time on Monday but was mostly mum on the decision.

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
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Sam Darnold tossed four touchdowns as the Jets took down the Redskins on Sunday to win their second-straight game and improve to 3-7 on the season.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Sam Darnold knows from experience what life as an NFL rookie quarterback is like.

So after Dwayne Haskins struggled for the Redskins in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets, Darnold sought out Washington's first-year signal caller at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, and shared some words of advice.

"I just told him after the game to keep his head up," Darnold said. "No matter what people say, the doubters, people who are going to say anything bad about him, I just said, 'Walk it out, man. Just continue to go to work. And if you go to work every single day, it'll be all right.'"

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Report Cards for the 34-17 win 00:03:41
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott give out their grades for the 34-17 win over the Redskins. Spoiler: it's a lot of B's but one group doesn't pass.

Sunday's 34-17 victory against the Washington Redskins saw the New York Jets go on the road to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, with execution on both sides of the ball.

One glaring area, however, did not sit well with SNY analysts Ray Lucas and Bart Scott when they joined host Jonas Schwartz for "Jets Post Game" and revealed their report cards.

From offense to defense and special teams, plus coaching and more, the crew assesses how the Jets (3-7) fared in Week 11's 17-point win over the Redskins (1-9).

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Ryan Griffin gave Sam Darnold the go-to target that the Jets needed in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Washington Redskins.

As the second-year quarterback completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 percent) for 293 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to one interception, the veteran tight end was New York's leading receiver with five receptions for 109 yards (21.8 average) and a touchdown.

Griffin, who caught all five passes Darnold targeted him on and hauled in a long of 45 yards, buried the Redskins (1-9) with 36 seconds left in the second quarter when he caught his 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Jets (3-7) ahead, 20-3, at halftime.

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Jamal Adams keeps getting better 00:01:36
Jamal Adams has 5 sacks in the last two games. Adams since the trade deadline has taken his game to another level. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

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Jamal Adams got a lot of laughs a few weeks ago when he compared himself to Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and a few more when he refused to back down from those words. His point, though, was serious - that he's really important to the Jets, and he should be treated that way.

The last two weeks he made that clear on the field.

In fact, it'll be hard to find a better two-game stretch in Adams' three-year NFL career. He had three sacks on Sunday in the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins, and for a second straight week was making plays all over the field. He's now had five sacks in the last two weeks, six in the last three, and that season-total of six is a Jetsrecord for a defensive back.

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Bell on the 34-17 Jets win 00:00:47
Le'Veon Bell talks to Jeane Coakley on the field after the Jets beats the Redskins. It's the first back-to-back wins for the Jets this year.

After the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday, running back Le'Veon Bell spoke to SNY's Jeane Coakley on the field about his offensive line's strong performance.

"Those guys did great," Bell said. "Covered guys up well, got out of double teams, protected well. Those guys played real solid. I'm sure they'll be happy (about) today's performance and try to get better for next week.

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Crowder on beating the Redskins 00:01:15
Jamison Crowder talks to Jeane Coakley after the Jets beat his former team, the Redskins. Crowder scored a 29-yard touchdown.

He was a man the Redskins drafted 105th overall back in 2015 out of Duke -- someone they believed would be their secret weapon in the passing game for years to come. 

But, on Sunday in Washington D.C., Jamison Crowder was handing it to his former employer instead. 

The Jets took down the lowly Redskins, 34-17, on the road, and Crowder played a big part in that. He hauled in five receptions for 76 yards with a 29-yard touchdown as the big highlight from his performance. 

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

It was a career day for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold on Sunday against the Redskins, as the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft threw for a personal best four touchdowns in the win.

Darnold was 19-of-30 passing for 293 yards to go along with four touchdowns and an interception. He averaged 9.8 yards per attempt, a big time improvement from his season average of 6.4 yards per attempt. 

He finished the game with a quarterback rating of 121.3, which is the second highest of his career and best rating in a game this season. His career-high quarterback rating of 128.4 came in Week 16 of the 2018 season against the Green Bay Packers. Darnold's previous season-high rating of 113.8 came in the team's Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

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Jets react to strong performance 00:01:33
The Jets react to their total team win. Everyone says consistency is the key. Gase, Darnold, Bell and Adams speak.

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The game against the Giants wasn't a fluke. Sam Darnold really is back on track.

The Jets' franchise quarterback had one of his finest games of the season on Sunday, shredding the awful Washington Redskins in a 34-17 win. He completed 19-of-30 passes for 293 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

Granted, it was against the Redskins and they are a truly bad team. But the 22-year-old Darnold showed a lot of the things that made people think he was destined for greatness before he began to regress earlier this season. He made a lot of throws outside the pocket, which has always been his specialty. He showed patience and leadership in the pocket, and some fantastic throws.

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Jets week in review 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano examines the week that was for the Jets with Quincy Enunwa tweets and season-ending IR for Ryan Kalil.

There was a lot going on for the Jets this season, and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano broke it all down Inside the Pylon.

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The 2-7 Jets travel to our nation's capital to face the 1-8 Redskins on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Nov. 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)
Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)

Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod in recent years and his opportunity to finally workout for NFL teams on Saturday went no differently. 

After a disagreement about the way the workout would go down in Atlanta, Kaepernick moved the time and location.

Per a release from the NFL, at 2:30 p.m., Kaepernick, upset with the lack of media viewing allowed for the workout, moved the event an hour away from the original location and slated it for a 4 p.m. start. The new location also included a live stream of his workout. 

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Jets vs Skins preview 00:01:08
With QB Sam Darnold seemingly back in the groove, the Jets look to make it two wins in a row when they face the Redskins on Sunday.

Like much of his team's 2019 season, things haven't gone according to plan for Jets running back Le'Veon Bell

Brought in by the team's former front office led by then-general manager Mike Maccagnan, Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets this offseason after sitting out last season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. The plan was a Bell-Sam Darnold one-two punch on the Jets offense. 

Easier said than done so far. 

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Colin Kaepernick was set to hold a workout in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, and while it's still expected to take place, the time and location have been moved.

The stage was set for 24 NFL teams, including both the Jets and Giants, to get a look at Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

But shortly before the workout was set to take place, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported there was an issue.

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Gase, Jets look for 2 in a row 00:01:25
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase about the support of ownership and the progression of QB Sam Darnold.

The Ryan Kalil experiment for the Jets has come to an end. 

The Jets announced on Saturday that the center will head to the injured reserve list, ending his season, and perhaps career. 

In a corresponding move, the Jets signed offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi to the team's 53-man roster from their practice squad.

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

This season, the Jets have had losing streaks of four and three games, but for just the second time this season, the Jets have a chance to win two games in a row.

"Guys have just put their head down and go to work," Adam Gase said on Friday. "Once we hit Wednesday, we put last week behind us. Our guys know, and we talked about it before, we got to get ready for the next one because that's the only one that matters.

"You never want to take a step back, you want to be able to look at your season and say, 'Hey, we're getting better as we go,' and then you're playing the best football at the end of the year. That's why to me these last seven games are so important. Keep trending upward, we don't want to be peaks and valleys."

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Jets prep for Redskins 00:01:28
Le'Veon Bell and Gregg Williams on the challenges the Redskins will present on both sides of the ball this Sunday

In the first half of the Jets' season, almost anything that could have gone wrong, did.

With Sam Darnold sidelined for three games due to mono, plus other injuries to key players like CJ Mosley, the Jets stumbled out of the gates to a 1-7 record.

But Gang Green rebounded to beat the Giants last week in a 34-27 game, and now the team hopes to take some momentum into this Sunday's game at Washington.

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold
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January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Colin Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but the quarterback could be making his return to NFL action in the near future. 

Kaepernick will hold a private workout on Saturday in Atlanta, and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has previously confirmed that both the Jets and Giants will be in attendance. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, more than 24 NFL teams will be on hand to watch the former 49er work out.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) 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 offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

At the end of Thursday night's game between the Browns and Steelers, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet, causing a massive brawl between the two teams.

Many NFL players were shocked to see such a violent act take place during a game, and it made Jets veteran offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum ask the question if Garrett could get in more trouble than just a suspension and fine.

"If he's going to be charged with assault or not?" Beachum told reporters."I think that should be a question... I mean, it's a slippery slope. But it's a possibility for sure."

Tags: Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell
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