The Jets announced that they have signed free agent return specialist Darius Reynaud to their active roster to replace the injured Josh Cribbs. Jets fans might not know much about Reynaud, so I've been reviewing footage from the past few seasons to try and assess what he brings to the table.

The 28-year old Reynaud is a 5'9" and 201-pound return specialist who was an undrafted free agent wide receiver in 2008 out of West Virginia. However, since entering the league, he's mainly been used as a running back whenever he has played on offense. He's best known as a kick returner and has three career touchdowns, all of them in 2012, when he led the NFL in combined kick and punt return yards and was second in the league for yards per touch.

After the jump, a review of Reynaud's career and observations from having looked at film from the last few seasons to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Darius Reynaud?

In college, Reynaud was an exciting, playmaking receiver and kick returner for West Virginia. Despite an impressive display at the combine, where he ran a 4.48 forty and put up some of the best numbers among all receivers, he went unpicked in the 2008 draft and was later signed by the Minnesota Vikings.

Reynaud played in three games as a rookie, but only saw action on one snap on offense. However, he did get a chance to return eight kicks, averaging over 25 yards with a long of 49 yards. In his second season, his role expanded and he ranked 10th in the NFL in punt return average, although he did also fumble three times. He also saw action on 30 snaps on offense, where he was targeted once but did not record a catch. After the 2009 season, the Vikings converted him to running back and, while he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry in preseason, he did have this, a spectacular 76-yard kickoff return to set up a touchdown.

At the end of the 2010 preseason, Reynaud was traded to the Giants for whom he played nine games. He was used exclusively as a kick and punt returner (having been used as a receiver in camp and preseason), but was a slight disappointment and failed to make the team in 2011. Nobody picked him up until after the season was over, but he was able to revitalize his career with the Titans, who signed him in January 2012 and converted him back to running back again. In preseason, Reynaud averaged 6.1 yards per carry and rushed for this 21-yard touchdown, also scoring on this 85-yard punt return in the same game.

While Reynaud didn't have a major impact on offense during the 2012 regular season (68 yards on 21 touches), he had an early impact on special teams with this 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Week 3. In the last game of the season, he had two punt returns in one game against the Jaguars (here and here) and when all was said and done, he was 4th in the NFL for punt return average and led the league in combined punt and kick return yards.

In 2013, he had a disappointing series of mistakes and was waived after a week seven game against the 49ers where he had a muffed punt recovered for a touchdown and dropped a pass. He did have a 35-yard punt return against the Jets in week four though.

The Numbers

Six seasons

46 games

17 carries, 33 yards

Six catches, 39 yards

10.9 yards per catch

56% catch rate

One drop

Career kick return average 22.5 with one touchdown

Career punt return average 9.7 with two touchdowns

Six career fumbles (one lost) - all as a punt returner

Three career tackles

Four 40+ yard kickoff returns and two 40+ yard punt returns

Observations

Based on all the footage watched, here was what Reynaud brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - As noted, Reynaud has been both a receiver and a running back over the course of his career, but was most recently a running back in 2012 (although 27% of his snaps still came while lined up in the slot or out wide). He has not received a direct snap in his career so far, so I would not expect him to be used in wildcat-type situations unless he's the guy split out wide who runs the Jet Sweep.

Running Ability - Reynaud's open field running is terrific and he has some good moves. However, nobody is ever going to mistake him for a between the tackles runner. There's some impressive physicality here though, albeit on the opposing punter. He generally avoids tackles rather than breaking them, which can be an asset when catching short passes as well as carrying the ball.

Pass Protection - Reynaud stayed in to block 11 times in 2012 and did not give up any pressure. Most of these were quick throws though and he didn't exactly look comfortable. Obviously he lacks size.

Scheme Familiarity - If he does get a chance to play on offense then Reynaud should pick up the west coast principles pretty easily since Tennessee and Minnesota both used west coast style offenses while he was there.

Hands - Since he has experience as a receiver, he's obviously a potential pass-catching threat out of the backfield. Having said that, he has muffed six punts over the course of his career and had a bad drop against the 49ers in his last game with the Titans. Based on my recollection of his college career, he is capable of making some great catches.

Deep threat - Reynaud did score a 64-yard touchdown in a preseason game in 2009, running down the seam to make the catch 30 yards downfield and running it in. However, that was a coverage mix-up as nobody was covering him and the safety failed to get over in time. Since entering the NFL, the Titans did try and hit him on two downfield throws, but they both fell incomplete. He might have a shot at getting deep if matched up with a linebacker.

Blocking - Reynaud is a versatile player, but I didn't really see much from him in terms of blocking to make any kind of assessment either way.

Routes - With his experience as a receiver, Reynaud's route running would obviously be more developed than most running backs. Most of his pass catching in the NFL has been on simple dump-offs so we haven't seen much of that though. However, in 2011, the quality of his route running was praised early on in Giants camp. That only translated to two catches for 14 yards in preseason though.

Passing - One commenter asked - tongue in cheek, I assume - if Reynaud can play quarterback. Obviously he's too small and, as noted, doesn't have any experience of receiving snaps. However, he did throw a good pass on this gadget play, so maybe that's an option if they decide to throw the kitchen sink at anyone.

Instincts - Reynaud is an instinctive runner, but there were lots of mistakes when fielding (or choosing not to field) punts. On the basis of his career as a whole, Reynaud is a guy with whom you have to take the rough with the smooth.

Special Teams - Unlike with Cribbs, Reynaud's impact on special teams tends to be confined to the return game. He has three tackles in his NFL career, two of which came when he was a rookie.

Injuries - Reynaud doesn't seem to have had any major injury issues since being in the league, although he did miss a couple of games with hamstring issues in 2009 and again in 2010. He was healthy throughout 2011 even though he did not play.

Conclusions

Reynaud is a guy I really enjoyed watching in college and if you clicked some of the links throughout this article, you'll have seen some glimpses of his playmaking ability. However, as noted, he is prone to the occasional mental error, which can be frustrating. If he can maintain his focus, he's capable of being one of the better return men in the league.

I don't know if the Jets will use Reynaud on offense, since they already have Alex Green as cover. However, the Jets need someone to return kicks because their existing options are key members of the offense and defense. It's interesting that they went out and picked up an established veteran rather than just bringing aboard an untested youngster, which would have been slightly cheaper. Perhaps that's a sign they haven't given up on the season yet.

Some stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

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(Robert Deutsch)

Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road. 

The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back. 

"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 10/15 00:11:29
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew breaks down the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 6.

 

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Jets Post Game Live: Overturned 00:02:19
The crew on Jets Post Game Live gives its thoughts on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' overturned touchdown.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rolled into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the official's arms went up, the Jets were just like everyone else in the building and watching on TV: They were sure they had just scored a touchdown.

And long after their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots, they were still shocked, confused and absolutely livid that the touchdown was overturned.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets lose 00:03:36
Ralph Vacchiano tries to make sense of the controversial decision to take away Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown against the Patriots.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets gave their fans quite a thrill for much longer than anyone expected. Not only were they battling for first place in Week 6 of what was supposed to be a lost season, they were leading for most of the first half.

The fact that the bubble burst on Sunday -- perhaps with a little help from the replay officials -- and the Jets ended up losing 24-17 may feel disheartening, but if ever a team could take a moral victory out of a loss, this would be the time. Yes, this was a blown opportunity for the Jets. Yes, they could've thrust themselves into a real, live playoff chase if they could only have held on to their 14-0 lead.

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Bowles and McCown on 24-17 loss 00:01:58
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown break down the team's 24-17 loss to the Patriots.

The Patriots escaped MetLife Stadium with a 24-17 win on Sunday after stopping Josh McCown and the Jets ' offense on a potential game-tying drive in the final minutes. >> Box score 

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Jeremy Kerley plays Pick Six 00:02:26
Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley plays Pick Six with SNY's Jeane Coakley before the Jets' home game against the Patriots.

 

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(Jim O'Connor)

Heading in to the 2017 season, the expectation was that the Jets would be one of the worst teams in the league and the Giants would be one of the best.

Well, the Jets are 3-2 and the injury-ravaged Giants are 0-5.

Click below for the video from The Ringer

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson will play in the Jets' Week 6 matchup with the Patriots, but RB Bilal Powell is among seven players who are inactive.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets' victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The New England Patriots (3-2) vs. the Jets (3-2) at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have waived wide receiver Jalin Marshal and promoted cornerback Xavier Coleman to the active roster from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday. 

Marshall had tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs before the season and was suspended four games by the the league. He was set to return from the suspension this week and had been practicing with the team. 

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) dances during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) dances during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Jets riding a three-game winning streak heading into Sunday's matchup against the Patriots, rookie safety Jamal Adams is excited to go against a division rival. 

"It's going to be a fun matchup, man," Adams told NorthJersey.com. "We just want to go out there and compete. We don't take it any different than the previous games. We don't look at it as a Super Bowl or anything. It's just another game in front of us and we have to go out there and compete." 

So far in his first season, Adams has 18 total tackles and one sack, but struggled at times in coverage during last week's game against the Browns. Head coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with the way Adams has worked to improve after Week 5.

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Jets prepare for Patriots 00:01:40
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice where the team looks to keep rolling in a divisional showdown with the Patriots on Sunday.

 

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Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe/shoulder) are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions on Sunday against the Patriots, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday. 

Powel and Wilkerson missed practice the last three days.

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I think the Jets will be comfortable to give Powell the week off. With Forté back in the lineup and Elijah McGuire filling in adequately so far, it would make sense to give Powell another week to recover. New England's run defense has been shaky so far, but any Jets success in Sunday's game will likely hinge more on the offensive line than who carries the ball...

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Florham Park to get thoughts from the Jets on their upcoming matchup against a seemingly mortal Patriots team.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember when even some of the most diehard Jets fans were openly rooting for a full-tank, 0-16 season? And back then, even those who couldn't bring themselves to openly root against their team knew they'd be pleased if the Jets stumbled into the No. 1 overall pick.

Now they are 3-2, getting ready to face the hated New England Patriots, with first place in the AFC East on the line. The "tank" appears empty. The bandwagon is filling up...

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)

The Patriots are last in the NFL in yards allowed and passing yards, but Jets coach Todd Bowles looks past the numbers and sees a talented defense.

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Jets Game Plan: Patriots 00:05:13
The Jets Game Plan panel discusses the Jets' rivalry with the Patriots and how much Tom Brady has tormented Gang Green for years.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Tom Brady has taken a beating this season - far more than usual. In fact, the 40-year-old has already been sacked more times in five games this season than he was all of last year.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)

Jets RB Bilal Powell and DE Muhammad Wilkerson missed practice on Thursday for a second straight day.

Wilkerson played during the Jets' Week 5 win, with Powell injuring his calf during the game and leaving early.

"I'll be concerned at the end of the week," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said about Powell on Monday. "Right now, I'll see how the week goes, and hopefully, we can see some progress."

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Martin: Jets are playoff-bound 00:01:05
Former Jets RB Curtis Martin chats with Taylor Rooks about the possibility of the Jets making the playoffs.

The Jets will make the playoffs this season as a Wild Card team, former RB Curtis Martin said during an appearance on SNY's Timeout With Taylor Rooks podcast.

Martin added that he's not surprised with how the 3-2 team Jets have performed.

"No, I'm not surprised," he said. "I was banking on them being better than what most people thought."

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) walks out of the tunnel before an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (AP)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) walks out of the tunnel before an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (AP)

Jets CB Jamal Adams is reveling at the chance to potentially defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday.

The Jets play host to the Patriots as both teams are part of a three-way tiet for the AFC East lead. The matchup, however, doesn't favor the Jets as Brady and company are projected to earn the win on the road. 

But Adams is primed to do the exact opposite: He wants to defeat the quarterback he refers to as the GOAT. 

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are riding high as the 3-2 Jets get ready to face their biggest rival, the New England Patriots. The guys discuss what the building is like when the Patriots are the next opponent, and what Josh McCown and the Jets need to do to beat New England. Plus, Manish Mehta of the Daily News hops on the phone to discuss the surprising offense and the job general manager Mike Maccagnan has done assembling this team.

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Jets prepare for the Patriots 00:02:23
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice as the team prepares for their Week 6 matchup against the New England Patriots at home.

 

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Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball past New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball past New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets linebacker David Harris will be coming back to MetLife Stadium this Sunday for the first time as an opponent, but he won't get the warmest of greetings from his former head coach. 

"We're not going to kiss and go on a date. I'll say hi," Todd Bowles told reporters jokingly. "I don't think there's going to be time for no Dear Abby meetings on the football field."

However, Bowles did say how much Harris meant to the Jets during his time with the club. 

"David was a great leader when he was here," Bowles said. "Obviously, a class guy, great football player, great person, his work ethic was outstanding. You don't get those guys to come around often. David was one of those guys personally to me and he'll always be missed."

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 (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots QB Tom Brady, who is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder, missed practice on Wednesday for a second straight day. 

He was on the field and uniform for warmups.

Brady, who was present at the team facility before practice began on Tuesday, later had an MRI on his shoulder that revealed the injury isn't serious, according to NBC Sports...

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson and RB Bilal Powell did not practice on Wednesday.

Wilkerson played during the Jets' Week 5 win, with Powell injuring his calf during the game and leaving early.

"I'll be concerned at the end of the week," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said about Powell on Monday. "Right now, I'll see how the week goes, and hopefully, we can see some progress."

RB Matt Forte, who missed last week's game due to a toe injury, returned to practice on a limited basis.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (David Richard/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (David Richard/AP)

Jets QB Josh McCown is not surprised at the team's 3-2 start, which has them in a three-way tie with the Patriots and Bills for first place in the AFC East.

"For us inside the building it's not surprising," McCown said on PFT Live. "We began to work back in April and May, putting our team together and working together and building our team with a goal in mind."

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Looking at the schedule before the season began, it was never out of the question that the Jets could find themselves in this kind of position at this point, without even needing to beat anyone good...

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