Over the next few weeks, I'll be looking at some of the players the Jets have added to the active roster since the end of the regular season. Jets fans might not know too much about these players, so I'll be looking at NFL game footage to try and assess what they might be able to bring to the table.

We'll start with tight end Colin Anderson, who the Jets signed to a futures deal on New Year's Eve. Anderson was the only one of the eight players signed by the Jets that day who hadn't ended the season on their practice squad. They had, however, worked him out at the end of September. Anderson is 6'4" and 240 pounds and went undrafted out of Furman last year. He spent preseason with the Minnesota Vikings.

After the jump, a brief look at footage from his time with Minnesota to try and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Colin Anderson?

Anderson had a breakout year in 2011, catching 40 passes for 696 yards and seven touchdowns and capping off his season by throwing this touchdown pass on a gadget play against Florida.

Entering his senior year as a preseason all-conference selection, his numbers were down, as he caught just 30 passes for less than 500 yards and no touchdowns. He wasn't expected to be drafted despite some good numbers at his pro day, including a 36.5" vertical, a 4.32 short shuttle and a sparkling 6.85 three cone drill. His numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.80 seconds) and bench press (17 reps) were less impressive.

As expected, he went undrafted but did get signed by the Vikings and saw some playing time with them in preseason. Anderson only played 61 snaps in total and I acknowledge that this is a small sample size. However, in a way, this is an ideal way to evaluate players because for some that might be the only chance they get to show what they can do. Like the Jets would have when weighing up whether to sign him, we have to look at what's available to us to see if anything stands out. Let's therefore recap Anderson's performances in each game.

Week One - v Houston

Anderson played 10 snaps in this one, entering the game late in the third quarter. He was targeted twice, catching one pass for five yards on 3rd and 19 as he initially stayed in to block, then leaked out for a dump off pass underneath only to be tackled in the open field by a defensive back. The other target saw him line up at full back and run down the seam, but he struggled to locate the ball over his shoulder and it sailed beyond him and was almost picked off by the safety.

As a blocker, there was one play where he lined up at tight end and blocked down on the inside linebacker, who was able to eventually get off the block and in on the tackle. However, the replay showed that the runner was directed into him because the outside linebacker fought off a double team to redirect the runner inside. Otherwise, Anderson would probably have sustained his block long enough for the runner to get to the second level.

He also stayed in to block a few times in pass protection and although he didn't give up any pressure, he didn't exactly look comfortable. On three occasions, the main reason he didn't give up a pressure was because someone else got beaten worse than he did. On one play, he was double teaming on the right side and got rocked backwards into the quarterback, but the left tackle was cleanly beaten to the inside and committed a holding penalty as the quarterback was flushed out. He managed to stay in front of his man on another play, although he did start to lose his balance as the quarterback was sacked by a rusher going between right guard and right tackle. Finally, he was again driven back into the quarterback, but this time the pressure came in between the center and right guard. On this play, Anderson displayed good footwork to stay in front of the edge rusher. This was the same guy who drew the holding call earlier on, so Anderson handled his assignment one-on-one better than the left tackle on that particular play.

Week Two - at Buffalo

In this game, Anderson saw action on 15 snaps. On several of these, he ran a route, but was only targeted once and that pass was batted down at the line as he stopped his route just shy of the marker on 2nd and seven. On one of his other routes, he motioned from out wide into the left slot and then ran an in-route across the field. This drew the single-high safety into the middle and enabled the quarterback to throw a 35-yard touchdown into single coverage down the sideline.

As a blocker, there was one play in pass protection where he initially blocked his man, who then dropped off into coverage, causing Anderson to lose his balance and topple forward. I guess that's akin to a post-up defender "pulling the chair" in basketball. On one running play, he was driven back initially at the point of attack, but managed to re-anchor enabling the runner to gain positive yardage. There was also a play where he made a block from the slot, but the receiver next to him dropped a dump-off pass. On the next play, they ran the same play, but this time the receiver faked a screen and then ran down the sideline, but could not make the catch.

Week Three - at San Francisco

In this game, Anderson only saw action on one offensive play. On first and ten, the Vikings went with a three-TE set and Anderson leaked out and ran a downfield corner pattern off play-action. The 49ers read this well and the cornerback on that side dropped off and was in position, so the quarterback was forced to check down. It's still interesting to see that they installed a play where Anderson was the primary option.

Week Four - v Tennessee

We got a more extended look at Anderson in this game, as he played 35 snaps. He caught one pass for nine yards, but actually that doesn't tell the whole story. The one catch he did make came as he lined up out wide and broke to the inside to make a catch in front of the cornerback who hit him as the ball arrived for a first down. Despite the fact starters don't typically play much in the last preseason game, the cornerback he beat on that play was Alterraun Verner. On two other plays, Anderson drew a holding penalty to give the Vikings a first down, one on the outside linebacker at the line on a play where he wasn't targeted and one on a safety downfield as he was targeted on an out pattern.

It could have been a bigger day for Anderson in the passing game. On one play from the 11-yard line, he was wide open leaking into the flat and would have had a chance to score, but the pass was thrown well behind him and he barely got a hand to it as he reached back. On another play, he was again wide open in the flat, this time on 3rd and two. However, the quarterback inexplicably didn't throw to him for the easy first down, instead throwing downfield for an interception.

On another play, they dumped the ball to a running back in the wide flat for a touchdown. Anderson was in the slot on that side and although he didn't make a clean block, he did enough to slow the safety down and prevent him from being able to stop the runner from reaching the pylon.

Entering the fourth quarter, Anderson had been called upon to make two key blocks in the running game. On one, he met the linebacker in the hole and although he was able to get off the block to get in on the stop, Anderson did rock him initially, enabling the runner to get some momentum and pick up five. On another play, he stayed on his block well as the runner was re-routed in his direction.

In the fourth quarter, Anderson was called upon to run block a lot more and initially had very good results. On three consecutive plays, the Vikings gained 21 yards. The first one saw him seal the defensive end to the inside well. On the next play he lined up at full back on the right side and blocked the outside linebacker, initially driving him off his spot and then, as the linebacker re-anchored, he finished the block by driving him forward again and to the ground. Finally, he again lined up as a full back on the right side, this time rocking Scott Solomon off his spot at the point of attack. (You may recall Solomon, who had a brief spell on the Jets roster last season).

Anderson had one more impressive block in the fourth quarter, again sealing a defensive end on the edge, but this time driving him laterally and out of the play. After that, he got some tougher assignments, which he struggled with, although it says something that they even tried to use him in this way. Essentially, they tried to run behind him on three consecutive plays, while he blocked a defensive end. He was blown up and knocked over on the first and his man stood him up and got off his block to make the stop on the other two, first to the outside and then to the inside. These were pretty meaningless plays, though, as Minnesota lined up the game-winning field goal with just over a minute to go.

Conclusions

When evaluating a player I'm not too familiar with, it's often easy to predict what their deal might be before even watching any footage. Listed at 234 pounds when he left college, Anderson lacked ideal size to play tight end in the NFL and, on inspection of his pro day numbers, he didn't have the elite level athleticism that could facilitate a move to receiver. However, at 6'4" perhaps he would have the frame to potentially add weight and could then contribute at this level.

This type of prediction doesn't always prove accurate once you review the footage, but in the case of Anderson, I saw enough examples of him getting into good position only to be outmuscled by his man to back up the original hypothesis. If Anderson can bulk up, which presumably he's been doing ever since he entered the league, this will give him a chance to hold his ground at the point of attack better, sustain blocks longer and become even more effective when he does gain a leverage advantage. There were several plays where he displayed good technique as a blocker and I therefore feel like he has a shot to develop into a decent role player as a blocking tight end that can also line up at fullback.

In terms of being a pass catching threat, he did a few things but we didn't really get too much of an insight into what he's capable of. Again, making himself into a more physically imposing threat would perhaps help him here because he doesn't really rely on speed so adding some strength could improve his chances of gaining natural separation with his body.

I'll reiterate here that this is a small sample size and that Anderson is a long-shot to make the roster and might not even survive long enough to make it to training camp. However, with his first year at the pro level behind him, perhaps he has a shot to showcase some versatility and make a case for himself to get consideration for a roster spot or a chance at the practice squad to develop further.

We'll be looking at more players throughout April.

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Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Jets held workouts with six players on Tuesday, reports NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

The team worked out wide receivers Corey "Philly" Brown, Josh Huff, and Paul Turner; defensive ends Datone Jones and Alex McCalister; and defensive tackle Stefan Charles.

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the Week 2 loss in Oakland, and discuss what the Jets need to do to secure their first win of the season. Later, Jonas and Willie debut two of the show's newest segments, "Willie's Story Time" and "How being an NFL player is better than being you."

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The Jets waived KR/WR Kalif Raymond and re-signed DL Claude Pelon to the practice squad.

Raymond muffed a punt during Sunday's loss to the Raiders in Oakland. 

Pelon had been waived last week.

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Jets defense may have allowed 45 points to the Raiders this past Sunday, but they are not embarrassed as they believe the unit as taken positive steps forward. 

The Raiders racked up 410 total yards as they had both the run and pass game working in their home opener. Though it was a bad performance, LB Darron Lee spoke about why there were no heads hung in the locker room following the game. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game...

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 2...

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SNY.tv takes a look at how the top collegiate quarterbacks did on the field last weekend.

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Another loss for the Jets, another step closer to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Of course, even if they don't land the top spot they seem sure to land something in the Top 10, where they'll have a shot at one of the many top college quarterbacks available. Here's a look at some of them, and how their stock has risen or fallen from last week...

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Jets WR Jermaine Kearse notched his first touchdowns with the team in the loss to the Raiders on Sunday. 

Kearse and another Jets newcomer, QB Josh McCown, have found chemistry early this season. McCown found the 27-year-old seven times for 59 yards in the season opener against the Bills. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterKearse continued his strong start as a Jet by leading them with 64 yards on four catches, including two touchdowns. He showed some veteran smarts with a subtle push-off on the first touchdown and made a tough catch with a defender draped over him for his other score. However, his other three catches -- one of which was negated by a penalty -- were short of the first down marker. >> Read more about the receivers and the Jets' offensive performance in Bent's Game Analysis.

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After putting up 38 total yards in their season opener, the Jets' run game saw an increase in production in loss to the Raiders Sunday. 

Veteran RB Matt Forte was the leader of the running back committee after posting a dismal 16 yards on six carries against the Bills last week. He posted 53 yards on nine carries with his longest being a 16-yard gain.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: After a disappointing first game, the Jets had more success with their running game this week, as three backs combined for 95 yards on 21 carries.

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the best part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

However, we're going to break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball first...

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) prepares to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) prepares to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Jets QB Josh McCown threw for his first touchdowns as a Jet in the team's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. 

McCown was held without a passing touchdown in the season opener against the Bills, but he made up for it with two in Oakland. However, it wouldn't be enough as the Raiders racked up points in front of their hometown fans. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterOn paper, McCown had a very good game. He came away with two touchdown passes and a 113.1 quarterback rating and even contributed 31 yards on the ground. However, there were a series of mistakes that are not reflected in his passing numbers...

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during a break in the action against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during a break in the action against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins was not happy with how Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch danced during Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

Jenkins, who was upset at the way the Jets lost, didn't like seeing Lynch dancing and celebrating on the sideline after Oakland took a 35-13 lead on Jalen Richard's 52-yard touchdown run.

"I'm an old-school guy," Jenkins said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I don't like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that, and to have Marshawn dancing like that. Seeing that happen, that should infuriate the whole [Jets] team. It should infuriate everybody. And we should have to have a good response coming into next Sunday." 

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 9/17 00:13:52
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew gives out its report cards following the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:03:05
The Football Night in New York crew breaks down the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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The Jets are not a good football team, so when they have an opportunity -- any opportunity -- they have to take advantage.

That's why what happened at the end of the first half of Sunday's 45-20 loss was so catastrophic to their chances on Sunday in Oakland. Forget the final score. Forget that this game turned into a blowout. And forget all the reasons why the Raiders deserved to win this game big.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

Bryce Petty will be the New York Jets' No. 2 quarterback for the near future, head coach Todd Bowles said after Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

Bowles did not initially name a backup quarterback to Josh McCown. Although Petty was listed second on the depth chart prior to the season, he was inactive for New York's Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills due to a sprained MCL.

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets' 2016 second-round pick, was listed as inactive for Sunday's game.

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Bowles and McCown on 45-20 loss 00:01:56
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong in the team's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Marshawn Lynch ran for a touchdown in his first home game with Oakland and Derek Carr threw three TD passes to Michael Crabtree to lead the Raiders to a 45-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Cordarrelle Patterson and Jalen Richard added long touchdown runs to help put the game away and give the Raiders (2-0) wins in the opening two games of the season for the first time since their AFC championship season in 2002.

Josh McCown threw a pair of TD passes to Jermaine Kearse but the Jets (0-2) proved to be no match for the more powerful and talented Raiders. >> Read more

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Bowles on traveling to Oakland 00:01:47
Todd Bowles on the challenge of traveling across the country to face a talented Raiders team, and trying to slow down Marshawn Lynch.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Seven Jets players are listed as inactive for the team's Week 2 matchup against the Raiders.

QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, S Rontez Miles, LB Bruce Carter, OL Jonotthan Harrison, TE Eric Tomlinson, TE Jordan Leggett will not suit up on Sunday, according to the team.

QB Bryce Petty, who missed last week's game, is active and will be the backup behind QB Josh McCown. WR Jeremy Kerley and TE Neal Sterling will also return after missing last week's game.

Dakota Dozier is slated to back up C Wes Johnson in the absence of Harrison, who suffered a concussion during practice this week.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Derrick Jones, Jordan Leggett, Rontez Miles
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The crew from Jets Game Plan discusses its "players to watch" in Sunday's game against the Raiders in Oakland.

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THE GAME

The Jets (0-1) at the Oakland Raiders (1-0) at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 4:05 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Oakland Raiders, Ralph Vacchiano
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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets' victory vs. the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets' victory vs. the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.

 

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, center, looks on after challenging a call during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, center, looks on after challenging a call during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

DL Lawrence Thomas and OLB Freddie Bishop have been signed off the practice squad before Sunday's game against the Raiders. The Jets also waived/injured LB Edmond Robinson, who will revert to injured reserve if he isn't claimed by another organization.

Thomas, who is in his second year out of Michigan State, played only three games last season, including one start. He had six tackles with his best outing coming against the Giants (five tackles).

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Jeane Coakley talks to Jamal Adams about what he and the Jets expect from a potent Raiders offense going into their matchup on Sunday.

 

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Jets LB Darron Lee was fined $9,115 by the league for his unnecessary roughness penalty last Sunday against the Bills, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Lee dished out a late hit on the Bills' Eric Wood following CB Juston Burris' interception in the end zone. Lee was flagged for unnecessary roughness following the play. 

The sophomore linebacker finished the game with ten total tackles and one pass defended. Last season, he amassed 73 combined tackles and one sack in 13 games played. 

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(Kyle Terada)

The Jets have signed LB Freddie Bishop and DL Lawrence Thomas off their practice squad, per NY Post's Brian Costello.

The team also waived/injured LB Edmond Robinson.

With DL Claude Pelon being waived on Thursday, there were two roster spots open to replace. Also, LB Bruce Carter has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Raiders leaving a linebacker spot open for Bishop to fill. 

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TE Eric Tomlinson (elbow), LB Bruce Carter (knee), TE Jordan Leggett (knee), and S Rontez Miles (eye), RB Donovan Robinson, and OL Jonotthan Harrison will not play on Sunday against the Raiders in Oakland, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Friday.

WR Jeremy Kerley will be a game-time decision.

Tomlinson and Carter both suffered injuries during the Jets' 21-12 loss to the Bills in their season opener Sunday. 

Tomlinson had two catches for 25 yards on Sunday before suffering the injury. The Jets are hurting at the tight end position with Austin Seferian-Jenkins serving his two-game suspension, and Leggett dealing with an injured knee. Newly acquired Will Tye filled in on Sunday.

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New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets right tackle Brandon Shell will make his first visit to Oakland Coliseum on Sunday when New York faces the Raiders, but he won't be the first Shell to play there.

Shell's great uncle, Art Shell, was a Pro Football Hall of Fame left tackle for the Raiders between 1968 and 1982, leading Oakland to two Super Bowls and going to eight Pro Bowls.

"I've seen some tape of [Art Shell] and Gene Upshaw from when they played back in the day," Shell, 25, told the New York Post's Alex Squadron.

Shell will likely have to try to block Raiders defensive end Kahlil Mack, who has emerged as one of the NFL's top defensive players as he has forced seven fumbles and recorded 26 sacks since 2015.

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Michelle Yu talks to Leonard Williams and Todd Bowles about how they are preparing for their Week 2 matchup against the Raiders on Sunday.

 

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Jets S Rontez Miles and OL Jonotthan Harrison will likely be out this week, coach Todd Bowles said on Thursday.

Miles will miss his second straight game with two orbital fractures, while Harrison suffered a concussion during the team's practice on Wednesday.

Bowles is not certain what caused Harrison's concussion, but believes he had contact with another player. "I guess it happened in individual period," Bowles said. "Maybe it hit him the wrong way or his helmet, I don't know. It just happened. I just found out."

Miles played in all 16 of the team's games last season, tallying 31 tackles and starting four games. Harrison signed with the Jets this off-season after spending last season with the Indianapolis Colts. He played in 44 of games and had 23 starts for the Colts.

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Jets players to watch on Sunday 00:01:10
The crew from Jets Game Plan discusses its "players to watch" in Sunday's game against the Raiders in Oakland.

 

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(Rich Barnes)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles wants everyone on the team -- including the coaching staff -- to improve moving forward after a 21-12 loss to the Bills in Week 1.

The new-look Jets failed to score a touchdown and QB Josh McCown threw two interceptions. New York struggled on the ground, tallying just 38 yards rushing, and the Jets' offense only had 214 total yards in the game. 

"Stat-wise, we didn't do very well," Bowles said on Thursday. "Individually, it was a guy here or there. It wasn't everybody at the same time, so you can talk up the performances individually - they weren't as bad. But, as a group, we didn't run it well and receivers and tight ends are involved in that as well.

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(Brad Penner)

The Jets have waived DL Claude Pelon, the team announced Thursday.

A corresponding move was not announced.

Pelon, 24, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jets after not being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, and had signed a reserve/future contract this past January.

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