BGA is back...and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of Saturday night's 28-18 win over the Giants with detailed analysis of the defense and special teams including the Revis-Beckham duel, Muhammad Wilkerson's return and some linebacking struggles. We'll move on to the offensive review in part two.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. It's good to be back!

This was a much more satisfactory performance from the Jets in all three phases. While the 18-point lead the Jets took into the fourth quarter might have flattered the Jets slightly, they were in control throughout and deserved the 10-point win even though the Giants actually outgained them in total offense. Maybe the defense is starting to coalesce or maybe having all of their starters available made all the difference. Either way, it was an encouraging way to prepare for the season opener, with most key players expected to be rested next week.

Defensive Line

The big downside from this game was the knee injury suffered by Leonard Williams. As I write this, the latest update is that it's not expected to be serious, but any absence could have big ramifications even if it's a short-term thing, because the Jets are already one key man down for the first four weeks of the season. While Williams was out there, he didn't make any flashy plays, but again was solid at the point of attack, getting some good penetration on a handful of plays. He stuffed one run for a short gain.

At least Muhammad Wilkerson was back, although his reps were managed and he was taken out in some nickel situations.

After shaking off some initial rust, Wilkerson (who played 26 or 38 first-team snaps) was in on a couple of run stops and then picked up a sack as he had his man on rollerskates before throwing him off to get Eli Manning. As a sign of his influence, Wilkerson was triple-teamed on the next play, giving both outside rushers a one-on-one.

The other starter, Damon Harrison, has been one constant throughout preseason. He held up well as usual at the point of attack and was in on two run stuffs.

Leger Douzable continued to rotate in with the first-team nickel package and also had some rotational reps. Douzable had a nice sack and an even nicer sack dance and also got a low hit on Manning when he threw his pick-six. He could have had a second sack, but missed the tackle in the pocket and was peanlized once. He got in on a run stuff in the second half.

Sheldon Richardson , suspended for the first four regular-season games, got plenty of work all the way into the fourth quarter. He saw a lot of blocking attention but did showcase some good power and spent plenty of time in the backfield. He didn't really make any plays until the second half, when he exploded up the middle for a sack on a stunt and beat his man for a pressure.

One guy who really impressed me was Ronald Talley, who - let's not forget - was a starter while Muhammad Wilkerson was out. Talley's get-off is impressive and he got some excellent penetration. He stuffed one run and leveraged his man inside for a pressure in the second half.

Stephen Bowen worked alongside Talley in the second-team nickel defense. While he isn't as explosive as Talley, he held up really well at the point of attack and is good at getting off blocks. He was in on three run stuffs and had one pressure. He could have had a sack when Giants reserve QB Ryan Nassib stepped up, but missed the tackle in the pocket leading to a first down scramble.

T. J. Barnes played nose when that team went to a base personnel alignment and he also rotated into some nickel packages down the stretch. He doesn't hold up as well as Harrison at the point of attack, but I'm hopeful he can do a job as the backup nose tackle this year, not that there will be many reps available if Harrison stays healthy. He did stuff one run for no gain.

Rookies Deon Simon and Jordan Williams got into the game in the fourth quarter, but didn't get many reps because the Jets ran out the clock. It was good to see Williams out there after he left practice with an injury a few days ago, but he was dominated on a couple of plays, including a short yardage conversion.

Kevin Vickerson again did not play and has missed all of preseason so far. The Jets might be wishing they left him on the PUP list.

Linebackers

Much of the negative focus from this performance falls on Demario Davis, who had two pass interference penalties and a bad missed tackle on the Giants' long second-quarter touchdown drive. The inside linebackers will be under a lot of pressure this year if the Jets cornerbacks and defensive line play as well as hoped, so his struggles are concerning. To be fair to Davis, he actually played quite well before the drive and was in on three run stops close to the line. He also had one other play where he missed the tackle, but slowed the man up for someone else to clean up. Davis was also taken out of a play at the second level on the touchdown drive, but did take on a lead blocker well to help bottle up a run on the next drive.

Early on, I was more concerned with David Harris' performance. Harris had a quiet first quarter and was blocked out of a couple of plays early on in the second. He did respond, getting in on a couple of run stops and pursuing out to the flat to make a stop. Other than that touchdown drive, Davis (team-leading eight tackles) would probably grade out much better than Harris.

Also quiet initially was Quinton Coples, but he stepped it up with a couple of nice plays. His best play saw him drive his man upfield while setting the edge and then get off the block to wrap him up for a loss. He got good penetration on a couple more runs and had a hit and a pressure in the pass rush, driving Marshall Newhouse back on one play.

Calvin Pace dressed but did not play as expected This gave a good opportunity to Trevor Reilly, who started and played deep into the second half. Reilly was credited with a half-sack along with Wilkerson and added two tackles. He had one quarterback hit and a pressure when he was unblocked and Manning had to throw the ball away. He was offside twice, although he got bailed out on third-and-2 because the Giants wide receiver flinched first.

Generally speaking, Reilly didn't really beat his man cleanly in the pass rush and at times was outmuscled when trying to hold up on the edge. Reilly is listed on the Jets' official roster at 225 pounds, but that's obviously a mistake because he was 245 at the combine last year and would presumably have added some weight since.

But I'm still a little worried that he might not be able to hold up too well at the point of attack if given significant reps as a starter. To his credit, he did hold up well on the edge on one play that was bottled up and he looks comfortably dropping into coverage, although he wasn't targeted.

Jason Babin also jumped offsides on one of those plays, so Reilly was unfortunate to be the one tagged with the flag. Babin almost had a sack, with Nassib throwing the ball away while Babin had him wrapped up. He added a pressure and was in on a run stop. He also held up well on the edge on one run stop.

Deion Barnes, who impressed me last week, gave an interesting insight into the difference between making plays against backups and then being required to face starters. With Reilly heading to the bench for a couple plays, Barnes was driven badly off the line by a slot receiver and couldn't get off the block as a run off the edge went for a first down. His confidence perhaps dented, Barnes did play more in the second half, but didn't make much of an impact.

Bryan Johnson, who only signed with the Jets a few days ago, did get some fourth quarter reps, chasing the quarterback from the pocket on one play.

Backing up on the inside, Joe Mays and Jamari Lattimore worked with the second unit and both struggled. Lattimore gave up three big plays in coverage, including one touchdown, although the score did seem like some kind of coverage breakdown which may not have been entirely his fault. He was also blocked out of one running play at the second level. Mays didn't fare that much better, getting blocked out of a couple of running plays and being a step slow to get across in coverage on a completion down the middle. Each did record a pressure on a blitz.

Taiwan Jones filled in for Lattimore when he left the game with a knee injury, but he did return. Jones worked with Mays on the third unit, suggesting that perhaps Lattimore is considered to be ahead of Mays. While Jones had a quiet performance, he did have one tackle - which was more than could be said for Lattimore.

Erin Henderson and Lorenzo Mauldin did not dress for the game.

Defensive Backs

Antonio Cromartie seemed to have a rough camp and had been on the wrong end of a couple of negative plays in the first two preseason games, so it was nice to see him bounce back. His 59-yard touchdown return was a great play as he sat on James Joes' route and then gambled and jumped it for the easy score.

However, this doesn't entirely alleviate my concerns with Cromartie because we know he can make plays with his closing speed coming forwards - it's those plays where he has to turn his hips and stay with a receiver that are worrying. Cromartie did well on a couple of other targets, making tackles short of the first down marker on two passes which were, again, in front of him. Cromartie was also blocked out of one running play.

Darrelle Revis comes out of the Odell Beckham Jr. matchup with his reputation intact. But, truth be told, he was actually pretty lucky a couple of times. He did give up three short first-down conversions and nearly gave up two downfield catches as Beckham got a step on him deep but Manning missed the throw and Beckham made a signature one-handed catch but came down just out of bounds.

In Revis' defense, one of those first downs should have been incomplete because it hit the ground. Also, he stumbled on the deep ball and was arguably pushed off before the one-hander. Even so, it's a testament to how good Beckham is that he gave Revis the run-around. Revis did come off his man to make a stop short of the marker to force a punt on the first drive.

Buster Skrine didn't fare too badly at nickel corner. He gave up one first down on a short third down completion and one other catch on second and long short of a first down. He was in a good position on another target that was incomplete, although that play was negated by a penalty anyway. There was one play where he struggled to get off a block on a screen pass though.

At safety, both Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor made some good contributions in run support, although Pryor had a missed tackle in the open field that led to a first down run and Gilchrist also slipped and missed a tackle on one play. Gilchrist did have a couple of important open field tackles, one on a short pass, and Pryor made a third down stop. There were no issues in coverage from either of them.

Jaiquawn Jarrett was another safety that came up and made some contributions in run support. Maybe that's more of a focus for this team than it was under Rex Ryan. He made a good hit and was in on a tackle for a short gain. To nobody's surprise, Rontez Miles was around the football a lot too, getting in on two run stuffs and making an open field tackle on a short pass. He was credited with six tackles. Rookie Durell Eskridge made his return following his recent concussion and closed well on one low incompletion on the outside.

Darrin Walls, who had issues with penalties last week, gave up three first downs, slipping downfield on one hitch route and allowing a 3rd and 10 conversion on one play. He did make an outstanding tackle in the flat for a loss and also was closing well on a receiver short of the marker on another pass that was dropped.

Marcus Williams was the only defensive back penalized (illegal contact in the second half). He gave up two first downs and a two-point conversion, but on one of those first downs he superbly ripped the ball away from the receiver for a turnover. Williams had good coverage on another deep incompletion and also had a pressure blitzing from the slot.

Dexter McDougle had a rough game last time out, but held up well Saturday. He almost gave up a first down but the receiver dropped it and there was a penalty anyway. On another incompletion, he did a good job of locating the football as he ran deep with the receiver.

Javier Arenas, Keith Lewis and Keon Lyn did not play on defense this week. Neither did Curtis Brown who played his first game of the preseason as Dashaun Phillips was the only other defensive back to join Dee Milliner on the inactive list.

Special Teams

After my disappointment with the special teams performance in the previous game, this was a step in the right direction. However, there were still a couple of breakdowns. The one which is getting the most attention is the muffed punt by Eric Decker.

After Walt Powell ran a punt back 54 yards for a second-half touchdown, some beat writers are asking why Decker was in there in the first place, but isn't it obvious? The Jets obviously don't feel they have room for Powell on their roster so were going with the back-up plan that would be in place if Jeremy Kerley were unavailable for a regular season game.

Let's not assume that because Decker looked a bit rusty fielding punts (he also misjudged one that went over his head and rolled downfield for a 66-yard punt), he's totally incapable of handling the role. In fact, the Broncos felt he was reliable enough that when Trindon Holliday was struggling, they put him into that role for a cold-weather playoff game. Let's also not assume that because Powell ran one back, he's 100% reliable fielding punts. He had a crucial muff against the Broncos last year and also fumbled a kickoff in the same game.

Does Powell's return change the Jets' thinking and guarantee him a spot? Not necessarily. Ian Smart had a punt return touchdown in 2004 and didn't make the roster. With roster spots at a premium and Powell yet to show much in the passing game, the role probably still belongs to Kerley heading into next week. While I'm not a fan of Decker as the emergency guy due to the risk of losing him to injury, he does have more experience in fielding punts than most of the other guys who will be on the 53, apart from maybe Gilchrist. Kerley himself was probably the Jets' second-best receiver in 2013 and 2014 and still had the role full-time, not even just as an emergency fill-in.

One thing well worth noting is that Decker had next to no vice protection on any of those plays as the Jets were working on some punt block packages. If this had to be repeated - and even if they retained Powell or Kerley as the primary punt returner, that doesn't mean they won't get hurt so the Jets would need someone to fill in - then I'd imagine they'd be a lot more careful with that.

Anyway, it was a nice play by Powell and a couple of bad ones by Decker. That gives the Jets plenty to think about.

Another breakdown came when Nick Folk missed an extra point. That will probably happen a lot around the league this year. In the CFL, the percentage on the new 33-yard extra point has been significantly lower than on field goals from the same distance. On this particular one, I believe a Giant may have deflected the kick. Even if he didn't, he got into the backfield easily on a lazy block by Jeff Cumberland. Folk did hit his other two PATs.

Ryan Quigley had a pretty good game for the second week in a row. He was consistent, with five of his six punts going for at least 40 yards and the other one downed inside the 15.

Coverage units were much improved on last week too. Among those making good plays were Skrine, Saalim Hakim, Walls, Jarrett and Jones. Tommy Bohanon did overpursue on one kickoff and missed a tackle on a punt though. Nobody has locked down the gunner role(s) yet, with the likes of Chris Owusu, Skrine, McDougle and Walls among those getting reps there.

Finally, the returning Owusu did a great job returning kickoffs, averaging 38 yards and bouncing off a big hit on one. Hopefully that's a sign the latest concussion issue is behind him.

Part two will cover the offensive performance including insight into whether Quincy Enunwa would at last show any signs of what the Jets apparently see in him, some disappointing blocking from the tight end position and an update on how the offensive line chemistry is developing. That will be posted this afternoon. Please note that there is no "BGA Extra" mailbag during preseason, but if you do have any specific questions, ask me in the comments section to that article and I'll try to answer them there or in next week's BGA.

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Bell is exceeding expectations 00:00:58
If Jets fans want a positive, Bart Scott argues Le'Veon Bell isn't the player he thought, which is a good thing.

Former Jets linebacker Bart Scott talked about running back Le'Veon Bell's attitude since joining the team. 

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After the Jets fell 30-14 to the Patriots, Luke Falk's assessment of his debut start as an NFL quarterback was blunt.

The second-year pro put the blame on himself after he completed 12 of 22 passes (54.5 percent) for 98 yards and an interception during Sunday's Week 3 defeat to New England (3-0) at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachussetts.

The way New York (0-3) remained winless as its offense -- unable to put points on the board while the defense scored both touchdowns via cornerback Arthur Maulet's end zone fumble recovery and safety Jamal Adams' 61-yard interception return -- searched for answers.

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Crowder, Anderson react to loss 00:02:05
The offense was missing in action for most of the 30-14 loss. Anderson seemed particularly dejected when talking to Jeane Coakley.

The Jets lost 30-14 to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon, as the offense struggled to do much of anything. In fact, the offense wasn't even responsible for the team's two touchdowns -- Arthur Maulet recovered a fumble in the end zone and Jamal Adams had an interception return for a touchdown.

Quarterback Luke Falk threw for only 98 yards and Le'Veon Bell had 18 carries for 35 yards, as the offense ended the game with 105 total yards. Naturally, head coach Adam Gase was upset with his offense's performance.

"It's brutal, I mean it's like one of those things, it's infuriating," Gase said. "Becuase youre watching the defense and special teams play as hard as they can and executing what they're being asked to do, and they're doing it well a majority of the game, and then we aren't holding our end on offense."

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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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Jalen Ramsey/Trumaine Johnson
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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 not happy with fine 00:01:46
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 talks family 00:02:05
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 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

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)

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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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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