Bent, theJetsBlog.com: Over the weekend, the Jets made a roster move, claiming former Seattle Seahawks safety Ronald Martin on waivers. Jets fans might not know too much about Martin, so I've been watching film to try and get a sense of what he brings to the table.

Martin, 22, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds and is an undrafted rookie out of LSU. He played in four preseason games with Seattle but did not make their final roster, despite the fact that Kam Chancellor is holding out. In four years at LSU, Martin started 21 games and recorded 150 tackles and five interceptions.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Martin's career so far to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Ronald Martin?

Martin attended LSU, where he followed in the footsteps of NFL players Eric Reid and Craig Loston at the safety position. He played sparingly in his first season and then saw his role increase in year two, recording two interceptions and running one back for a score against Idaho. In year three, he became a more regular starter but then missed the last four games due to injury.

Entering his senior year, he was a full-time starter for the first time, having started eight games over the course of his first three years. While he had a solid senior year with career-bests in tackles (74) and passes defensed (nine), Martin didn't have the best pro day and went undrafted.

In Seattle, Martin worked exclusively with backups and recorded 11 tackles and two passes broken up in four preseason games before being released during final cutdowns.

Here's my observations from watching footage of Martin in action, divided into categories:

Usage

Martin has a reputation as an in-the-box safety and it's certainly true that he crept into the box a lot both while at LSU and in Seattle. However, he did play the majority of the time outside the box and also did receive plenty of direct coverage assignments. In the preseason, he was in the box on just 27 of his 135 snaps and matched up in the slot on 13.

Measurables

While he is listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 and this largely feeds into the perception of him as a strong safety type, Martin's pro day measurements were actually just 200 pounds and a half-inch over six feet tall. Any suggestion that he might have slimmed down in order to post better athletic numbers is not helped by the fact that none of his athletic numbers were any better than average and some were actually pretty poor.

Athleticism

On the field, Martin seems to close well on the ball and runs people down well in pursuit. I didn't really see any limitations from him athletically.

Coverage skills

Martin's coverage numbers are pretty good and he shows an ability to close well on the ball in direct coverage assignments. Most of the passes he gave up in coverage seemed to come in zone coverage, including a couple of crossing routes in the last game of the preseason -- a nine-yarder in front of him and a 25-yarder behind him, so maybe he can improve in terms of his anticipation and awareness.

Physicality

While I have seen Martin up at the line in press coverage, he mostly seemed to play off. There were times where he struggled to get off a block or through traffic downfield, although that might perhaps be aided by some time in a pro-level weights program. In LSU's bowl game last year, Notre Dame scored on a wide receiver screen as he was blocked completely out of the play in the slot. Also, in the preseason, he was cut to the ground by a slot receiver, allowing a running back to get to the outside for a 42-yard gain. As further evidence of his need to work on his strength, Martin lifted the bar just 10 times at his pro day.

Penalties

Penalties don't seem to be a major issue for Martin, who was not penalized at all in his senior season. He was penalized in the preseason for roughing the passer, but this was a terrible call on a clean hit.

Ball skills

Martin made a lot of plays on the ball while in college and seems to have excellent timing when breaking on intermediate routes. In terms of the interceptions he made, these all seemed to be on badly thrown balls and more or less uncontested. He also dropped one in the preseason.

Run defense

Martin was a productive tackler in college and made plenty of tackles against the run, albeit only one tackle for a loss in his entire career. During the preseason, he showed some flashes of this kind of ability, notably on a play where he came up to plug a gap after the runner tried to cut back and made the stop for a loss. On one other play, he pursued the runner across the field on an outside run to stop him for a short gain although the runner did kind of give himself up to stay inbounds.

On that play, Martin stayed at home and reacted well, but on another he run blitzed and the lineman reacted and used his momentum against him to take him out of the play. Nevertheless, there were two defenders in behind him to make the stop at the line.

Tackling

Martin can be prone to missed tackles, although he only missed two in the preseason. One of these saw him throw himself at the receiver to try and stop him shy of the marker, but he was able to slip the tackle and fall forward. That was a worthwhile gamble. On the other one, he took a slightly poor angle and failed to make the tackle as he had to stretch out with his arms rather than get his body in front of the ball carrier. This wasn't something I saw him do a lot of, and hopefully that's just a matter of adjusting to NFL speed.

In college, there was one play against Sam Houston State where he was beaten on a long out and then missed the tackle, before getting up, getting himself back into the play and then letting the same player slip out of his tackle again. While that was perhaps poor technique, you had to admire his hustle on that play, a 39-yard gain.

He made one outstanding play in the preseason, reading the pass to the flat and closing fast to blow the receiver up for a loss.

Martin forced three fumbles in college.

Blitzing

Martin had zero sacks in college and wasn't officially credited with any hurries, either. However, he did blitz three times last year and each time he did he was unblocked and able to get pressure on the quarterback. In theory, his skill-set would seem to lend itself to being effective at this. In the preseason, he rushed the quarterback twice. One of these, again unblocked, was what led to the roughing call mentioned above.

Instincts

Martin was involved in some coverage breakdowns, but obviously I can't say for sure if he was at fault. One, from college, saw him covering the slot but when the slot ran a hitch route, the outside corner came off his man running a deep post to pick that up. Martin was obviously expected to pick up the deeper route, but hesitated slightly and the deep ball went for a 44-yard gain.

Another example, from the same game, saw Dak Prescott throw a 74-yard touchdown as Martin jumped an outside route and left the slot receiver uncovered down the seam. On that play, Prescott had initially looked to scramble and two defensive backs pursued him into the backfield, leaving Martin in a no-win situation with two men to cover, but he still perhaps should have recognized this and dropped deep to concede the shorter gain.

Here's a similar issue from a preseason game against the Chargers.

At first glance, Martin (#42) isn't directly involved in the play, so it can't be his fault. However, if you go back and watch the pre-snap motion, Martin follows the tight end to the offensive right side, even though the linebacker on that side seems to indicate he's picking that guy up. As a result, both Martin and the linebacker cover that tight end and there is nobody covering the defensive right side of the field which the back leaks into.

That's obviously the communication breakdown that left the back wide open for the easy score, but it's again difficult to say for certain it was his fault.

Demeanor/Attitude

Reports are that Martin has a great attitude and work ethic and it was apparent he was looked up to as a leader by his teammates by the end of his collegiate career.

Special teams

Martin projects to be a difference-maker on special teams and did see time on four units during the preseason (kick return blocking, kick coverage, punt cover and punt rush). However, he didn't really make any contributions in his senior year, presumably because he was viewed as integral to the defense.

During the preseason, he beat his man at the line on a punt rush and drew a holding penalty while still getting pressure on the kick. However, when tasked with blocking a punt rusher off the edge on the punting unit, he got mowed down and almost allowed the punt to get blocked.

Scheme Familiarity

I'm not sure how well LSU and Seattle will prepare Martin for the demands of Todd Bowles' scheme, but the fact that he's been employed in a variety of roles bodes well. I would suggest that coverage breakdowns would be less likely in a defense like Seattle's, where the corners stick to one side and play man coverage, as opposed to one like Rex Ryan used to run that saw Revis follow the best receiver around and the Jets mix coverages around that.

Injuries

The only injury red flag on Martin is that he missed the last four games of 2013 with a broken foot. He appeared to be completely over that in 2014 and started all 13 games.

Conclusions

While it was tough to be overly positive about this move when it came in conjunction with the release of Rontez Miles -- a personal favorite -- Martin's film does display a player with good potential and a nice set of skills. I also like the fact that he is a high-character player.

With that said, the fact that he wasn't going to be on Seattle's roster even though they were a few men down in their defensive backfield doesn't paint the picture of someone who is likely to contribute much right off the bat. And he didn't get any reps against starters in the preseason, so it would be quite a leap to expect him to jump right into game action.

There's a good chance that this is just bottom-of-the-roster machinations and the Jets will eventually try and put Martin on their practice squad, perhaps even for Miles, who would appear closer to being NFL ready. While there are only four safeties on the roster at the moment, the overall secondary depth is pretty good and there might not even be that many safety reps to go around, as I pointed out here.

If Martin gets a chance to contribute on special teams and can continue to develop, he might be a nice asset going forward.

I'll be back on Sunday morning with the first BGA gameday preview of the season!

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There's been nothing predictable about the Jets' season so far -- until now.

With three key defensive players out and a third-string quarterback who was on the practice squad having never played in an NFL game this time last week, the widely anticipated Patriots blowout was exactly what we saw on Sunday afternoon.

It didn't take long for any lingering hopes that the Jets might step up to make the game competitive against all odds to evaporate altogether, as Tom Brady drove the Patriots down the field for a touchdown on each of their first three drives. This gave New England a 20-point lead early in the second quarter.

Tags: Blake Cashman, CJ Mosley, Le'Veon Bell, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

If you thought Friday's news that the Patriots were releasing Antonio Brown would be the end of his time in the news cycle, you were sorely mistaken.

Rather than suiting up for New England to face the Jets on Sunday, the embattled wide receiver spent his morning on Twitter, where he announced he was not planning on playing in the NFL again, before turning his attention to former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and FS1's Shannon Sharpe


The 0-2 Jets play their division rival Patriots, who are 2-0, in Foxborough. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Sept. 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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The Jets are visiting the New England Patriots in Week 3 and it's lining up to be a long Sunday for New York. According to Odds Shark, the Pats are favorites by three touchdowns, -21.5. 

Ouch. 

Being forced to play your third-string quarterback will do that to you, as Luke Falk starts against Tom Brady

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The Browns left last Monday's game at MetLife Stadium with a win over the Jets, but one of their star players also left with a hefty fine to pay.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, a former number one overall pick, was flagged twice during Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets for personal fouls committed against Jets QB Trevor Siemian.

The second foul, which occurred in the second quarter, resulted in Siemian suffering ligament damage in his ankle, ending his first season in New York shortly after it had begun. Garrett fell on Siemian with his full weight, and the quarterback's ankle got caught underneath him on the way down. The injury left the Jets with Luke Falk as their only healthy QB, who will now get the start this weekend in New England as Sam Darnold continues to recover from mono.

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Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands the ball off to fullback James Develin (46) during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands the ball off to fullback James Develin (46) during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

While Friday's release of Antonio Brown has dominated the headlines for the Patriots, what's gone somewhat under the radar is just exactly how shorthanded New England's offense could be on Sunday against the Jets due to injury.

Fullback James Develin, who the Patriots use heavily in their offense as a blocker and a short-distance runner, has been ruled out with a neck injury.

Sticking on the offensive side of the ball, tight ends Ryan Izzo (calf) and Matt LaCosse (ankle) are both listed as questionable. If both Izzo and LaCosse are sidelined, the Patriots would not have an active tight end, as veteran Ben Watson is suspended for the first four games due to testing positive for testosterone.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

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On Friday afternoon, the Jets announced their all-time team, as voted by the fans. The team will be recognized in a pregame ceremony before the home game against Dallas on Oct. 13th, as part of the celebrations marking the NFL's 100th season.

In an exercise such as this, it's impossible to please everyone. There have been so many great Jets players that there was bound to be some individuals to miss out, whom many would have considered worthy of a spot.

Two main factors always destined to skew the voting process were longevity and recency bias. In many cases, a player might have played at a high level and had memorable moments, but arguably wasn't a Jet long enough to warrant a spot over a loyal team member that suited up for a decade or more. Also, many younger voters may have voted for someone from their own era when there was a superior Jet at the same position in the past they didn't know about.

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Antonio Brown era in New England is over.

Just 11 days after the wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the Patriots following a quick falling-out with the Raiders, on Friday he was released once again.

"The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time," the Patriots said in a team-issued statement.

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Gase talks preparing for Foxboro 00:02:19
Jeane Coakley spoke to Adam Gase before the team heads to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots with their third string QB.

Four days after the Jets fell to 0-2 on Monday's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns, New York's quick turnaround for Sunday's 1 p.m. road game against the Patriots presents the latest challenge for Adam Gase.

Before Friday's practice at The Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, the first-year head coach issued several injury updates ahead of the weekend's preparation for New England (2-0).

Among the notables, the Jets remain without veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley, but rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams continues to progress as Week 3 approaches.

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Patriots already figured to be among the Jets' toughest opponents, but the rich got richer in New England when wide receiver Antonio Brown fell into its lap from the Oakland Raiders at the start of the regular season.

After the Patriots signed Brown to a one-year deal worth $15 million Sept. 7 following his release, he sat out the team's 2019 opener Sept. 8 -- not like New England needed him for its 33-3 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- but made a splash when he debuted Sept. 15 in Miami.

The Patriots (2-0) downed the Dolphins for a 43-0 shutout, fueled early by Brown, who had three of his four receptions on the opening drive, totaling 56 yards and a 20-yard touchdown from veteran quarterback Tom Brady.

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) checks into the game against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) checks into the game against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Sam Darnold missing his second consecutive game with mononucleosis and Trevor Siemian out the rest of the season due to ligament tears in his ankle that he suffered in Monday night's loss against the Browns, the Jets have turned to QB Luke Falk, who will make his first start of his career this Sunday afternoon. 

And what a game to make your first career start it will be, because not only are the Jets on the road, but they will be facing the reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Foxborough.

Falk, taken with the 199th pick in the 2018 draft by the Titans, will be taking a similar start to his career as the pass thrower on the opposing sidelines--Tom Brady. Like Falk, Brady was also taken with the 199th pick in the draft, and also made his first career start in Foxborough, Mass--albeit in Foxboro Stadium, and not Gillette Stadium.

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Trumaine Johnson has become a weight around the neck of the Jets defense, and his benching on Monday night likely was the beginning of his end. The 29-year-old cornerback likely won't be in the long-term plans, as the Jets continue rebuilding their defense.

But don't expect him to be replaced by Jalen Ramsey, who has asked the Jacksonville Jaguars to trade him. Johnson's albatross of a contract makes it very difficult for the Jets to do that.

That's the part that makes the latest mess with Johnson so bad -- the fact that he's only in Year 2 of a five-year, $72.5 million contract. He's already been paid more than $26 million, and he's costing the Jets $12 million against the salary cap this season. And the way his deal is structured, they might have to endure his presence on the roster for another two years, at least.

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Jamal Adams is puzzled after being fined, his response 'Next time I might just tag him on the hip and say, 'He's it' and play tag with 'em'

Jamal Adams might be done calling out the NFL on his social media, but he isn't done taking jabs after his recent fine by the league.

Adams was docked $21,000 by the league for his rougher the passer penalty on Baker Mayfield on Monday night, a call he publicly disagreed with on his Instagram where he said the league is a "joke." 

When speaking with reporters on Thursday, Adams made sure to keep it clean (he said it was "Bull----" in the post) because his mother told him to calm down. However, he did address the play again, and confirmed that he will be appealing the fine.

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Ty Montgomery sits down with Jeane Coakley and talks about his mom, his foster siblings and why Stanford. Get to know the insightful RB

When Luke Falk came into the game Monday night against the Browns, Jets head coach Adam Gase admitted that he was playing it safe. 

That won't happen this week against the Patriots. 

"I really didn't have to adjust much. I was probably being too cautious," Gase told reporters before practice. "...I probably held him back a little bit."

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New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) defends Cleveland Browns' Demetrius Harris (88) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) defends Cleveland Browns' Demetrius Harris (88) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Monday Night Football was a heck of a game for Jets safety Jamal Adams

The first storyline surrounding him following the 23-3 loss for his team to the Cleveland Browns was him being pulled from the game by head coach Adam Gase late in the contest.

Now there's a fine and some backlash to discuss.

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

Jets QB Sam Darnold has remained out due to mono. Due to the nature of the illness, a clear target date for his potential return has been hard to nail down. Here are the latest updates...


Sept. 18, 3:44 AM:

The biggest issue with Darnold's illness is the fact that the possibility of an enlarged spleen could be a side effect. Well, that's exactly what Darnold has. 

He confirmed it during his press conference on Wednesday, saying it "needs to get a little smaller for me to play." An enlarged spleen is a serious matter, especially for someone playing a contact sport. Darnold can participate in non-contact activities, but if the enlarged spleen doesn't subside, he won't be able to go out there. So time will tell.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jamal Adams may have scared Jets fans Tuesday when he took the team out of his Instagram and Twitter bios. This day and age, that's a main cause for speculation that a player isn't happy with his current situation. 

Adams, though, went on WFAN afterward and didn't say he was displeased with the Jets. Instead, he brushed off the questions about his social media move. 

"It's social media. At the end of the day, it's outside noise. I'm not focused on that," Adams said when Maggie Gray asked what we should make of the changes. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Before answering questions during his Wednesday press conference, Jets head coach Adam Gase dished out some injury updates and rookie DT Quinnen Williams had the best one. 

Williams has been dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of Monday Night Football against the Browns. However, Gase says everything is trending in the right direction for him to return to practice on Thursday. 

Gase noted that Williams, the team's No. 3 overall draft pick back in April, won't be at practice today. Instead, he'll be working on his strength and conditioning, but he's expecting him to be back out there with the team tomorrow. That's big news as the Jets will want as many of their best players on the field as possible against the Patriots this week. 

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Ty Montgomery talks Jets 00:01:45
Ty Montgomery sits down with Jeane Coakley and talks about when he knew he wanted to be a football player and why fans should stay positive.

The Jets are signing QB David Fales to back up Luke Falk, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Fales played under head coach Adam Gase when the Jets' head coach was with the Dolphins.

The 28-year-old Fales has not played a regular season NFL game since 2017, when he played two games for the Dolphins -- completing 29 of 43 passes for 265 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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As rookie quarterback Daniel Jones takes over the Giants' offense for 17th-year veteran Eli Manning, a decision announced Tuesday by New York, the crosstown starter has an idea of what the transition will be like.

Just last year, fresh off the Jets making him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Sam Darnold ascended to the top of the depth chart and began his rookie season with the Jets as the team's starter.

Now in his second year with New York while he works back from mononucleosis, Darnold understands that the news can be tough for Manning to process, but the development should only help Jones as the Giants move forward.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) dos back as Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy (93) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) dos back as Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy (93) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Speaking publicly for the first time since his mono diagnosis, Jets QB Sam Darnold gave an update on his health on Tuesday.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Darnold explained that he's hopeful he can return for the Jets' Week 5 matchup in Philadelphia. 

While Week 5 seems to make sense, with the Jets coming off their early by week, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has noted that Darnold's absence could stretch until Week 7, based on what he's heard from doctors.

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Luke Falk
Luke Falk

The Jets were forced to go to their third-string quarterback in Luke Falk during Monday night's 23-3 loss to the Browns after Trevor Siemian left with what was revealed to be season-ending ligament damage. 

So, with Siemian out and Sam Darnold still fighting mono, head coach Adam Gase has no choice but to go with Falk into Foxborough to face the 2-0 Patriots on their home turf. 

But make no mistake the Jets are definitely looking to add another signal caller before that game.

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Jamal Adams (Noah K. Murray)
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If the Jets weren't going through enough with their quarterback situation, injury woes, and falling to 0-2, Jamal Adams added to the pile on Tuesday morning when he removed the Jets from his social media bios on Twitter and Instagram. 

In this day and age, that is to normally send a message to a team. But speaking on WFAN with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, Adams assured everyone that wasn't the case. 

"It's social media. At the end of the day, it's outside noise. I'm not focused on that," Adams said when Gray asked what we should make of the changes. 

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

Jets QB Sam Darnold will remain inactive for Week 3 against the Patriots, but he is making progress in his return from mono.

Darnold, who had been quarantined since his illness was diagnosed, was at the Jets' facility on Tuesday, head coach Adam Gase said, adding that Darnold is "feeling better."

"We will really have a better idea (of when Darnold can return) when the doctors give us the green light that he can progress," Gase said. "The doctors are letting us know when to proceed with him."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets QB Trevor Siemian, who exited Monday night's loss against the Browns due to an ankle injury, is out for the season, head coach Adam Gase said on Tuesday.

Gase said the injury was ligament related and that there was no break, adding that Siemian will likely need surgery.

While the Jets are now without starter Sam Darnold and their backup, Gase said Tuesday that the team will go with Luke Falk as their starter until Darnold returns -- with the team looking to acquire a backup.

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Adam Gase
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The Jets' quarterback situation after Trevor Siemian went down with an injury on Monday night got even worse, as Sam Darnold is still fighting mono. That paired with other issues the team is facing has sportsbooks predicting their next contest to be a blowout. 

The Jets are set to travel to Foxborough to face the 2-0 Patriots this Sunday, and New England is an obvious favorite to stay undefeated in this one. But with Luke Falk set to start for the Jets and the Patriots being absolutely dominant in their first two games, the spread is massive. 

The Patriots are giving 22.5 points to the Jets, according to multiple sportsbooks. That spread is unheard of for an NFL game, but with the Pats outscoring their opponents 76-3 so far this season, paired with the Jets' struggles, many believe it isn't far-fetched. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) 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 strong safety Jamal Adams (33) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Jets suffered another loss on Monday, and it certainly hasn't been the start to the season the team had hoped for. 

And it doesn't look like Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams is taking well. 

Adams has taken out the Jets from his Twitter and Instagram bios, and it appears he unfollowed the team on his Instagram page. He is still following them on Twitter as of now. 

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Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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Trevor Siemian will have an MRI on his ankle Tuesday morning, but the injury sure didn't look good. Sam Darnold is already out with mono, possibly until late October. That leaves Luke Falk, who made his NFL debut on Monday night, as the only quarterback on the roster.

So yes, the Jets need help at quarterback and they need it quickly.

Unfortunately, quarterbacks aren't exactly easy to find.

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Reaction to Johnson benching 00:01:59
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott react to Trumaine Johnson's benching, their take on the situation might surprise you.

No one knew why cornerback Trumaine Johnson spent roughly the first three quarters out of action until head coach Adam Gase spoke briefly after the game.

Unable to sustain drive on offense, the defense suffered for the Jets in Monday's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Among the questions SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott had once the final horn sounded, what was the real reason why Gase and Gang Green kept Johnson on the sidelines?

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Johnson comments on benching 00:01:00
Trumaine Johnson reacts to not starting against the Browns. It was a surprising move that Gase said wasn't due to discipline reasons.

Decimated by injuries, including linebacker C.J. Mosley (strained groin) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle), the Jets trotted out a revised defense against a Browns offense littered with dangerous skill players but did not play Trumaine Johnson until the cornerback was forced into action.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, CJ Mosley, Odell Beckham Jr., Quinnen Williams, Trumaine Johnson
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