After some early wobbles, it was a strong start to the season and with positive news on both Antonio Cromartie and Lorenzo Mauldin this afternoon, everything is set up nicely for a long week of preparation. Next up is a Monday night game against the Colts, who desperately need a win after their loss to the Bills.

Hopefully this team will show it has even more to offer over the next few weeks with the promise of even more reinforcements on the way in the shape of Sheldon Richardson, Devin Smith, Dee Milliner, Stevan Ridley and Oday Aboushi.

If you have any questions or would like me to look at something more closely, please leave your questions here in the comments, email them to bentdouble@gmail.com or tweet them to @bent_double and I'll respond in BGA Extra later this week.

There are links to each BGA article or the option to read the offensive and/or defensive BGA in full after the jump.

[sny-accordion title="To re-read the offensive BGA in full, click here"]In many respects, the Jets were extremely fortunate yesterday. The Browns lost their starting quarterback, fumbled on the goal line, missed an easy throw to the end zone and somehow failed to recover a loose ball inside the Jets' five-yard line but still led until late in the first half. The Jets blew them away in the second half, but a lot of that could be attributed to the fact Johnny Manziel had to play quarterback for them, something the Browns would have been able to gameplan around a lot more easily if presented with a bigger lead.

Let's not take anything away from Todd Bowles, though, as the Jets got the win and, in the final reckoning, a 31-10 opening day win looks pretty good.

As we move on to the positional reviews, I'll be recapping how the Jets handled the rotations on either side of the ball and looking at some specific game-planning, how that fed into the Jets' success and what we can expect to look for over the next few games.

Ultimately the win may have come at a cost, with starting cornerback Antonio Cromartie's prognosis set to be confirmed later today, but not looking good after he suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury in the first half. There was also major concern over back-up linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, but thankfully it seems that while he did suffer a concussion, the long-term ramifications of his head/neck injury are not as bad as may have initially been feared.

In the grand scheme of things, though, it was ultimately a positive way to kick-off the season and to make a strong start with the new regime, although the games (on paper, at least) are going to get harder over the next few weeks.

1-0 feels nice, but there's still plenty of work to be done, so the Jets can't rest on their laurels. After all, they're still tied for last place!

Quarterbacks

In his first start for the Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 15 of 24 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The majority of that production came in the second quarter, as he was 9 of 14 for 117 yards and a touchdown.

These numbers, and Fitzpatrick's performance, are nothing special, but they were solid and, really, that's all the Jets really want from the quarterback position. If Fitzpatrick can consistently replicate this kind of production, that will be a major upgrade over what they've attained from the position in recent years.

Fitzpatrick completed over 60% of his passes and threw more touchdowns than interceptions in yesterday's game. No big deal; maybe the football equivalent of a "quality start". Then again it's something Geno Smith has achieved just once in each of his first two seasons.

Fitzpatrick did throw the one interception though and it was a stark reminder that while the Jets will be hoping he'll bring some much-needed consistency to the position, he's not going to be perfect. On that particular play, it seemed like he under-estimated Tashaun Gipson's athletic ability as Gipson back-pedalled and made a leaping grab in front of Brandon Marshall. Many made the same mistake last year, as Gipson was among the league leaders in picks.

Marshall, of course, bailed Fitzpatrick out by stripping the ball away and the play ended up being a net 28-yard gain - the second most successful offensive play of the game - to set up the first Jets' touchdown.

Fitzpatrick did have one play to better that one in more conventional fashion, hitting Chris Owusu in stride down the seam. He also made a nice throw downfield into a tight window to Eric Decker.

Fitzpatrick had two touchdown passes and would have had a third on a screen pass if not for a holding penalty. His first was a repeat of something we saw in preseason against the Giants, as Decker ran a post route and Fitzpatrick just had to wait for him to clear the safety so he could fit the throw in there perfectly at the back of the end zone. His second was something which - along with the quick slant to the same person - is going to be a big red zone weapon for the Jets this year, as he threw up a fade route jump ball for Marshall. As simple as Chris Paul getting in the lane and just lobbing it up near the rim for an easy throwdown.

The Jets could have a potent red zone offense this year and they scored four touchdowns on five trips without overusing the Marshall option. The only time they failed, they were pretty close, with Bilal Powell open on a post pattern from the slot but the pass was deflected away on another athletic play, this time by linebacker Barkevious Mingo.

On the whole, Fitzpatrick showed good pocket presence, took few risks and was mostly accurate. He also showed good patience on one late-developing screen and smartly threw at his receiver's feet on another that clearly wasn't going to work rather than try to force anything. His numbers were low mainly because he didn't need to throw the ball in the fourth quarter.

None of this passing production represents the most incredible thing Fitzpatrick did in yesterday's game though. How on earth did he come up with this ball?

I was impressed with the Jets' recovering fumbles on defense, but Fitzpatrick obviously decided it was so easy he could do it standing on his head. Or maybe he just wanted to show off his break-dancing skills.

Offensive Line

Veteran center Nick Mangold probably won't grade out that well in this game, but it was a gutsy display to see him go back into the game after suffering what was obviously a stinger in the third quarter. Mangold dealt with a stinger once before - back in August 2011 - and his status for the opener was in doubt at the time.

After suffering that injury, Mangold did have some issues in terms of preventing penetration and sustaining his blocks, but he's such an integral cog that the fact he was out there at all was important to the team locking down the win in the second half. It was still only 14-10 when Mangold got hurt.

While his injury seemed to limit him so he wasn't his usual consistently dominant self in the second half, Mangold still had some great blocks, mostly before he got hurt. Perhaps his best moment saw him controlling his man at the point of attack to create a big lane on the first touchdown. Mangold also worked well in tandem with both guards to anchor the line which seems to be coming together nicely.

As an interesting side-note, on the only snap Mangold missed, emergency center Dakota Dozier saw action on his first offensive play in the NFL. On that play, the Jets scored a touchdown. That sounds pretty unique, but actually the same thing happened to Brian Winters on his first offensive snap in the NFL - the game-winning touchdown catch by Santonio Holmes against the Bills in September 2013. In each case, that would be their only snap of the game. Yesterday, Winters was the only active lineman not to see action on offense until the last two minutes.

Yes, that means Brent Qvale got into the game earlier than that. He replaced Willie Colon at right guard with two minutes left as the Jets were running out the clock but also came in at left tackle on a goal line play - with D'Brickashaw Ferguson moving to tight end and declared as eligible on the play. I wonder if the Jets will try and get Ferguson a touchdown at some point this season.

For Colon and right tackle Breno Giacomini, it was good to see a disciplined performance with no penalties. On the basis of yesterday's evidence, I think Colon is going to have a much better season in the running game this year. He actually had a rough start, but got stronger and more consistent as the game went on. It was good to see him hustling across to make a screen block on Desmond Bryant, but Bryant actually lowered his shoulder and knocked Colon flying as he tried to light him up. That's perhaps a reminder that Colon's physicality is not where it once was, but at least his consistency in the running game was good. Giacomini allowed a couple of guys to get off his block to make a play, but did make some good second level and edge-setting blocks.

At left tackle, Ferguson got beaten a few times in the running game, but did make some key contributions as well, staying on his block on the edge a few times and driving his man downhill on a short yardage conversion.

The newest starter, James Carpenter, made the most impact blocks in the running game and also had a great block on a screen play that went for a first down. His ability to make blocks on the move, turn his man to seal him off on the interior and drive his man downfield creates some huge running lanes. While he had a couple of plays in space where he wasn't able to make his block cleanly and also was stood up at the line a couple of times to see runs bottled up at the point of attack, you'll usually find him making a key block on any run that pops to the second level.

In terms of pass protection, the Jets will be happy that Fitzpatrick wasn't sacked and didn't have to deal with much pressure.

Fitzpatrick was under pressure a couple of times from some unblocked rushers off the edge but was able to get rid of the ball quickly. Otherwise, the Jets prevented any interior pressure by doing a good job of picking up stunts and delayed blitzes. There was one play where Ferguson got driven upfield on a stunt and Fitzpatrick ended up getting hit and another where Giacomini was beaten to the inside. Ferguson did give up a couple of pressures, although something he doesn't get enough credit for is his ability to recover. On one play, he lost leverage at the snap and this would usually result in a clean hit on the quarterback, but he managed to stay on his block and ride his man upfield to give Fitzpatrick the ability to avoid getting hit and get rid of the ball.

On balance, I'd say the Jets won the battle upfront, but I was impressed with the Browns who have definitely upgraded since last year, so hopefully this wasn't a case of them beating up on a weak opponent.

Running Backs

The Jets compiled some excellent rushing numbers (154 yards and two scores at a 4.3 yards per carry average) behind a solid run-blocking performance to drive their performance. Once again, it was Chris Ivory who led the way, but Bilal Powell also made some excellent contributions.

Ivory seemed to display excellent vision. So much so that I couldn't always decipher where his cutback runs were as a result of a great play design or just a terrific initial read by him. He bounced a couple of runs outside for good yardage where they would have been stuffed if he took the ball up the middle and had a couple of plays where he should have been stuffed for a loss but managed to break tackles to get positive yardage.

Both his touchdowns were pretty easy, though, and if the Jets can block this well all season and Ivory can stay healthy, he's going to rack up some big numbers.

The only negatives I had on Ivory were two plays that weren't really his fault - one saw him tripped by a defender's trailing leg as it looked like he had a big alley to run through off-tackle and another saw him absolutely nailed as he tried to pound it in at the goal line. He could actually have had four touchdowns, coming up half a yard short on that play and then also having a score on a screen pass that was negated by a hold.

Powell assumed his role as the third down back and quietly racked up 78 yards from scrimmage himself. He was also on the field for the go-ahead two-minute drill. He accounted for four first downs, one on a short yardage conversion, one on a screen pass and two on runs bounced outside.

Powell also caught a short pass on a flat route from the slot, a nice wrinkle to enable the backs to pick up an easy five yards with a potential for more if you can shake a defender and something the Jets used extensively in preseason. On another play from the slot, he ran a post route to the end zone and was open, but the passed was deflected incomplete.

The Jets didn't need to leave the backs in very often in pass protection, but Powell did have one good blitz pick-up.

At fullback, Tommy Bohanon didn't play very much with the Jets - as anticipated - motioning receivers and tight ends into the backfield quite a lot instead and seemingly having just as much success when they did so.

It's perhaps a surprise that the Jets, who consistently activated four backs last season, only had three active for this game. However, maybe keeping Zac Stacy fresh will have its own benefits. Don't forget that Stevan Ridley could join the fray later in the year too.

Receivers

It was almost half time and key offseason acquisition Brandon Marshall had zero catches as the Jets trailed the Browns at home. He'd been unsuccessfully targeted twice, allowing a defender to knock a deep ball away from him at the last moment and also had committed a holding penalty to wipe a touchdown off the board.

What a bust, right? Actually, no, because Marshall is going to produce and he displayed that over the remainder of the game despite facing the formidable Joe Haden when on the outside and constant double teams when lined up in the slot. On that late second quarter drive, Marshall came back to the ball three times on the outside for receptions as the Jets marched downfield to take a lead they would not relinquish. He ended up with six catches, including a diving toe-tap catch on the sideline (which, yes, I do think would have held up if they reviewed it) and a short touchdown on a jump-ball that he made look easy. And I haven't even mentioned the strip he had after Tashaun Gipson's interception. Making the plays you're expected to make is one thing, but true greatness comes from making things happen on top of that.

Watching Marshall and Haden go at it, I was reminded of how Marshall has said that playing against Darrelle Revis this offseason has made him a better player and Haden is actually one of the toughest match-ups he'll see all year, so this should be a sign of things to come.

There could be more to come though. Read on for details.

We've heard all offseason how Marshall's presence is going to open things up for Eric Decker and there were signs of that yesterday. With the Browns by their own admission doubling Marshall at times, this obviously opens things up. Decker had just two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown, but the best example of this was on another play where he was just overthrown on a deep ball. Let's revisit that:

Above is the pre-snap alignment. Nothing remarkable here, although it's worth noting that Ryan Fitzpatrick got at least three defensive players in the back seven to flinch with a hard count. That creates a "tell" in terms of where their first step would be at the snap. Fitzpatrick, now having a good idea of what the coverage is, "kill-killed" the initial play (perhaps a run) and audibled.

As the play gets underway, Fitzpatrick looks right to Marshall. However, he's not necessarily going there, he just needs to keep the safety over on that side of the field, which seems to have happened as each receiver gets ready to make their break.

Marshall breaks to the inside, forcing the safety (now off the screen) to come up, so now Fitzpatrick can look at the options on his left. Decker keeps running on a go route and has half a step on his man. Tight end Kellen Davis breaks to the outside. The other safety can either provide deep support to the cornerback, leaving Davis wide open on the outside or he can recover to track Davis. He does the latter, leaving Decker with a step deep. Ultimately, it's an overthrow, perhaps caused by the fact that D'Brickashaw Ferguson allowed his man to penetrate the pocket. Better pass protection there - two backs did stay in - and that could have been a long gain or even a touchdown.

Also, the Jets kept one potent bullet in their chamber by not going to the quick slant which Marshall made some impressive plays on this preseason. That's going to be a go-to play for them, so it makes sense not to overuse it.

Of the other receivers, much will be made of the fact that Jeremy Kerley was not featured. Kerley played just one offensive snap, running a quick out from a trips/bunch formation on the right side, out of which Chris Owusu emerged running a seam route for a 43-yard catch. Owusu had another three short catches and also contributed a couple of good blocks.

As anticipated, Quincy Enunwa motioned to the edge or into the backfield quite a lot, but I was surprised that Owusu also did some of that. I was also surprised to see Enunwa stay in to pass protect three times. On each occasion, he picked up the blitz well, although on one of those he did get shoved back into Fitzpatrick. Enunwa did not catch a pass, but his clear-out route from the slot did open a window for Decker's downfield catch on Fitzpatrick's first pass.

At tight end, both Davis and Jeff Cumberland were non-factors in the passing game. Cumberland played less than 30 snaps for the first time since 2013 week four. The blocking from the tight end position was not good with Cumberland routinely overpowered and unable to sustain blocks and Davis also letting his man get off his block to make a couple of plays. To Cumberland's credit, though, he did block more effectively from the fullback position, even pancaking a run-blitzer on the last touchdown.

So far, Chan Gailey is creating a lot of misdirection by motioning a player to one side and then getting them to come underneath the formation at the snap. This does create confusion and also provides some alternative options such as running play-action and finding that player in the flat. Cumberland needs to get out of the way when he does this though as he has a tendency to get stuck in traffic.[/sny-accordion]

[sny-accordion title="To re-read the defensive and special teams BGA in full, click here"]Defensive Line

While this Muhammad Wilkerson contract stand-off has endured all offseason, I've been trying to rationalize it. Maybe Wilkerson's role is more affordably replaceable with Bowles' scheme. Maybe Leonard Williams is going to play so well that he becomes surplus to requirements. Maybe I just overrated him this whole time.

Yesterday's game assuredly confirmed one thing: This Wilkerson guy is good, you guys. Like, really, really good.

When I read that the main difference between this system and the one Rex employed was that the linemen were coached up to be aggressive and not to worry about making reads, I was concerned that this would take away one of the best parts of Wilkerson's game (and Sheldon Richardson too, for that matter). Wilkerson is such an instinctive player that if you take that responsibility away from him, you not only limit what he can do, but perhaps make it uneconomical to consider paying him big money when you can get a less-talented player to do the same thing.

On the basis of yesterday's display, I did not need to be concerned. Any lingering concerns that Wilkerson might not be motivated to play well this year can be similarly set aside.

Wilkerson had a great performance, blowing up multiple runs, disrupting the pocket and drawing a ton of attention as he provided a reminder of why there's even a discussion taking place about whether he deserves to earn a contract approaching a nine-figure sum. He was credited with one sack, on one of the plays where Johnny Manziel fumbled and was hardly ever handled at the line despite the fact he saw plenty of attention from pro bowlers Alex Mack and Joe Thomas. He even ran over Mack up the middle for a pressure on one play.

If Williams is going to be better than Wilkerson one day, he still has a way to go, but it was still a solid debut from the rookie. He did a good job of bottling up runs, getting penetration and forcing the quarterback out of the pocket. Williams almost had a couple of sacks, missing one chance to make a tackle in the pocket and tripping Johnny Manziel for a short gain on a play where he had to take off. There was one play against the run where a good reach block prevented him from getting downhill, but otherwise he wasn't blocked out of too many plays.

Anchoring the line, Damon Harrison had a couple of tackles in the backfield, including one on a play where Wilkerson blew up a double-team to free him up. He also got some good defensive penetration. However, he was driven out of the middle more than you would usually expect to see. I think Harrison probably has the biggest adjustment to make in terms of the new system, so would expect him to get better as the season goes along.

You have to give Leger Douzable credit. The fan favorite was a late re-addition in free agency and his roster spot wasn't exactly secure when they brought in three veterans including a player who had played for Bowles in the past. However, he's been playing with the first-team nickel all preseason and has kept that role into the regular season, even with Wilkerson's return. He, for the time being, has a pretty significant role. It will be interesting to see how that changes when Richardson is back.

Douzable might not rack up big numbers, but did a consistent job of driving back the pocket to enable other players to generate pressure or force the quarterback out of these. He also drew two holding penalties, one on Mack as he was able to stunt up the middle and would have hit the quarterback and another as he was tackled to the ground while Manziel took off and he tried to make the tackle. He did jump offside once though, almost timing the snap count well enough to tackle the quarterback before he handed the ball off.

I liked the fact that TJ Barnes and Stephen Bowen got a handful of reps off the bench. Under Rex Ryan, defensive players would often be active but then not get many reps as he overused his starters. It wasn't exactly encouraging to see the run defense gashed as soon as they entered the game though, as both were handled at the line. Bowen does get some good traction going forwards, but does seem to risk a hands-to-the-face call quite a lot.

Linebackers

This is probably the last person you expected me to kick off this section by talking about, but I was very interested to see how the Jets used Erin Henderson in this game.

Check out this nickel personnel package, from which the Jets rushed seven and Marcus Williams intercepted a rushed Johnny Manziel pass:

The Jets have three linebackers on the field with Demario Davis lined up on the edge and Henderson in the game. Leger Douzable, Leonard Williams and Lorenzo Mauldin are on the line with your basic five defensive back personnel group on the back end.

The Jets employed this a lot on third down and it's a personnel package Todd Bowles was unable to employ last year because he didn't have enough linebackers to do it, often opting to run one linebacker nickel and dime packages. While he ended up only playing seven snaps, this is a good way to get Henderson a role where he can make some contributions.

In terms of the starters, let's begin with Calvin Pace who was credited with just one downfield tackle and generated no pressure off the edge, but I have to give him credit for an outstanding job of setting the edge. This won't factor into his statistical production and probably not even into his run defense grades, but he did an excellent job of forcing his blocker upfield and preventing the runner from having an option to bounce the run outside. Pace did have one missed tackle, but this was again a positive outcome as he stretched the run out and slowed down the runner enough that a teammate was able to prevent him from getting to the edge.

Quinton Coples was quiet on the stat sheet, but quietly had one of his more impressive games as a pass rusher given the match-up. Lined up on the right over three quarters of the time, he mostly found himself matched up with pro bowler Joe Thomas and he did a consistent job of driving his man back in the pocket (even when it was Thomas) and causing the quarterback to be flushed from the pocket. He was officially credited with one quarterback hit, on a play where he overpowered the tight end, but he also generated pressure by beating Thomas on the outside on another play.

Coples did jump offside once and also was quiet in the running game, although he wasn't blocked out of many plays and the one tackle he did have was a stuff for no gain. He did drop into coverage three times, on one occasion preventing a throw by staying with a primary option in the flat on a similar play to the one he got burned on in preseason. On another play, he was in zone coverage on the right side and looked a little unsure about whether to vacate that zone and pursue the quarterback when he rolled out. I do like the fact that his role had him rushing the passer 55% of the time, as that's an increase on last year (46%).

As I mentioned in the previous article, Todd Bowles' system apparently requires the linemen to do less reading and reacting. That being the case, presumably that places more of an onus on the inside linebackers to do that. I was wondering how they would respond to that and it was interesting to compare.

David Harris had a productive game and wasn't blocked out of many plays, capping off his day with a sack as he blew up the running back. Davis, on the other hand, had less of an impact against the run and was blocked out of the middle on a couple of plays. Perhaps his biggest contribution was that, while it was not him that knocked the ball loose, Davis was the one whose helmet collided with Josh McCown and knocked him out of the game.

In Henderson's package work, he blitzed most of the time, generating one pressure on the play where Harris was out with an eye injury.

As with the defensive line, Bowles gave some playing time to Mauldin and Trevor Reilly and they each responded well. While he didn't get credit for it on the stat sheet, Mauldin did poke the ball loose from Manziel on the play where he got hurt. Obviously we are grateful to hear that's not as serious as it might have been. Mauldin also had a fumble recovery that was negated when Manziel was ruled down, but he was kicked out on one running play. Reilly had a strip sack on a play where he was initially blocked out of the play but kept coming and Manziel was flushed into him. In addition, he added one other pressure and held up pretty well setting the edge on one running play.

Defensive Backs

Calvin Pryor still has plenty of work to do, as evidenced by the near-miss over the top as the Browns went after him on the first play. However, the turnover he forced at the goal line was a huge play and over the course of the game he had one of his most disciplined performances.

As expected, he didn't play every snap - Jaiquawn Jarrett rotated in for four plays and the Jets had just one safety in on three others - and he wasn't constantly in the box, but he had one of his most productive games with a team-leading and career-high 10 tackles.

Most encouragingly of all, there were no real examples of him taking a bad angle and his tackling was extremely consistent. He also gave up just 15 yards on six targets in coverage.

Other than almost getting beaten on the first play, Pryor did get beaten for one other first down and there was a play where the Jets were lucky not to be punished on which it was obvious from the way Demario Davis reacted that Pryor was out of position in coverage. So, there's still some room for improvement, but this was a definite step in the right direction.

If Jarrett is going to push Pryor for more reps, he didn't help himself here. Initially on the field with one of the nickel packages, Jarrett collided with Darrelle Revis and then slipped over in coverage to give up a first down. He then wasn't able to get over on the deep throw for the Browns' touchdown. On that particular play, Antonio Cromartie obviously expected help from the inside and on the other side of the field the Jets had two players matched up with slot receivers that blitzed so the safety on the other side came up to pick up one and a linebacker ran across from the right side of the formation to pick up the other. Jarrett should probably therefore have taken a deeper drop, but it's possible Cromartie was the one who missed a sign. Either way, Cromartie had no chance to recover once he basically passed off the receiver to the inside.

Other than that play, Cromartie wasn't really tested. He did have the fumble recovery in the end zone and there was a scramble where he overpursued badly in the open field. News is just breaking that his apparent season-ending injury is nowhere near as bad as first thought and he might even be able to play on Monday, which is incredible considering how ugly that looked.

Either way, the Jets probably regret using the IR-DFR designation on Dee Milliner because if they didn't then Milliner could fill in as soon as he is ready (which would presumably be before week 10 which is the earliest he can return at the moment). You don't have to use that designation on the day after cut-downs. A guy like Milliner being on IR longer than he needs to be and in a situation where he could be useful is not the reason the rule was introduced, but teams are abusing it as a way to keep young players from being exposed on the practice squad and that's disappointing. Had they taken the risk with Jarvis Harrison or Deon Simon, neither of whom were that impressive in preseason, then that designation would still be available now for a guy like Lorenzo Mauldin or Cromartie himself.

In other news, it was somewhat surreal to witness the return of a Jets icon and almost felt like he'd never been away as he got a massive ovation and helped spur the Jets to another big win. That's enough about Fireman Ed though, how do we feel about the return of Darrelle Revis?

By his standards, it wasn't his best game, as he gave up three first down catches on six targets, had another first down dropped, got credit for breaking up a short pass that was actually caught but never reviewed and had a pass dropped while in coverage. Still, he nearly scored on a fumble return, was in good position on another incompletion and two of the first downs he gave up were a little unfortunate as he slipped on one and the other came as the Jets blitzed six and it got picked up perfectly, giving the quarterback extra time to find the receiver working back to the ball. I still need to see him in a match-up with a viable number one receiver, which the Browns lack.

The other starter, Marcus Gilchrist, didn't have a massive impact but still racked up six tackles, including one on third down to force a punt. He did get blocked out of the hole on one running play and there was also a play in zone coverage where he was late getting over and left the receiver open in the end zone behind Quinton Coples but the Jets were fortunate that the throw wasn't accurate enough and the receiver came down out of bounds.

Marcus Williams replaced the injured Cromartie and the Browns sure did go after him with seven targets. He held up well though, intercepting one and breaking up another two. Williams was the only defensive back with a penalty, but that came while blocking for Revis. He did give up a couple of first downs, including a 20-yard gain, but the Jets can feel pretty confident about how well he stepped up, especially since he was challenged so much.

Finally, Buster Skrine saw his role increased when Cromartie went down. He played on the outside in base packages and reverted to the slot in the nickel. He gave up one first down and almost had a forced fumble on Johnny Manziel, who was ruled down.

Special Teams

Special teams were such a non-factor early on in this one it looked like it was going to present too much of a challenge to even come up with anything interesting to write about. However, there were one or two more interesting special teams plays in the second half.

The first thing to pay attention to is the new extra point rules. They didn't have an impact on this game, with Nick Folk making all four, but this does jeopardize his consecutive extra points streak. That streak, which currently stands at 296, could challenge the NFL record (469) within about five years, depending how good his team's offense is. However, the chances of him maintaining that now he has to kick an effective 33-yarder are reduced. Folk has missed six field goals of less than 30 yards in his career.

If Folk is able to keep his streak going despite the longer kicks that would be an amazing achievement. However, almost every kick he attempts these days is almost blocked by someone coming off the left side of the defense with Jeff Cumberland consistently just throwing a token shove at them. I'd hate to see Folk get a kick blocked, whether or not it represented a personal milestone or a key kick for the Jets, because we've seen in the past that once he starts having unsuccessful kicks, Folk can get in a rut.

On one of those situations where Cumberland threw a token shove at someone coming off the edge, he ended up in a shoving match with a lineman and the Browns picked up a penalty for pulling Darrelle Revis off the pile. After that, the Jets kicked off from midfield and I got a kick (no pun intended) out of Folk booting it way out of the end zone as the coverage unit just ran down the field and fired up the crowd. All but one of Folk's kickoffs were touchbacks - remember when he was the worst kicker in the NFL at getting touchbacks when he first joined the team?

Punter Ryan Quigley had one good punt but then also had one short one from his end zone, giving the Browns great field position and another that went through the end zone.

The Jets' return game didn't generate much either. Chris Owusu, after all the fuss over who the kickoff returner would be, got no opportunities. Kellen Davis did field one and carried it out to about the 30 though. A well-rested Jeremy Kerley didn't have much success either. He got blown up once but did make the first man miss on the other one.

In coverage, only Darrin Walls and Jamari Lattimore had tackles. However, Walls, working as a primary gunner, also had a missed tackle and got burned by the Browns gunner while playing the vice role and Lattimore had a bad missed block. Bilal Powell also had a missed tackle.

The newest Jet Ronald Martin saw action on special teams and drew a holding penalty on one play.

Finally, an observation: Isn't it a little weird that left guard James Carpenter plays right guard on the placekicking unit while right guard Willie Colon plays left guard on the same unit?[/sny-accordion]

Here are the links to each of this week's BGA articles:

Introduction

Quarterback

Offensive Line

Running Backs

Receivers

Defensive Line

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

If you have anything you'd like me to take a closer look at or any other questions for me, leave them in the comments section of this post (please re-submit any questions you've asked in any of the above posts), tweet them to @Bent_Double or email bentdouble@gmail.com and I'll respond in BGA Extra on Wednesday or Thursday.

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Sam Darnold (Vincent Carchietta)

Sam Darnold will definitely be out against the Browns on Monday night, as he continues to deal with mono. But, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, he doesn't think he'll be out too long. 

Sources have told Mort that Darnold is saying he's "already feeling better," and he is aiming for a Week 5 return against the Eagles following the bye week. 

That's all great to hear, but that's a bold statement there considering how serious of an illness mono is. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has two doctors telling him that Week 5 would definitely be a stretch considering the recovery Darnold has to go through. Instead, those doctors believe a Week 7 return against the Patriots is a more likely outcome. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws 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 quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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The Jets decided not to put Sam Darnold on injured reserve because that would've required him to miss the next eight weeks and, according to Jets coach Adam Gase, the quarterback's expected absence is "not going to be that long."

But it could be close.

Though many initially assumed that, after the 22-year-old Darnold was diagnosed with mono, he would return in Week 5 -- right after the Jets bye week -- the Jets just aren't sure he'll be able to be back that quickly. The truth is the Jets don't know yet when to expect him back, multiple sources said.

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Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen (17) runs past New York Jets' Henry Anderson (96) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Buffalo Bills' Josh Allen (17) runs past New York Jets' Henry Anderson (96) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets defensive lineman Henry Anderson was fined for a hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen in his team's 17-16 season opening loss in Week 1.

He will be dinged $10,527 by the NFL, it was announced on Saturday. 

Anderson had a late hit on Allen in the game. Later on it was revealed via cameras that Anderson also took a low shot on Allen, too. Having fallen to the ground, Anderson crawled to the side of Allen's legs after a pass and knocked him down. 

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Adam Gase 1-on-1 00:02:01
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase on rallying the team after last week's loss and several injuries to key players

While the Jets technically had an extra 24 hours to get C.J. Mosley ready to return for Monday's 8:15 p.m. matchup with the Cleveland Browns after a groin injury in the past weekend's 17-16 loss against the Buffalo Bills, the clock was ticking on the linebacker's decision, which came Saturday.

After the team took Friday off, New York resumed practice Saturday and in the afternoon ruled the linebacker -- as well as defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle) -- out for Monday's game.

Mosley, who sat out the week while he worked his way back, needed to get back on the field Saturday or else he would jeopardize his status for Monday.

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While the Jets will head into Monday night with injury issues of their own, the Browns will also be without a key defensive player.

Browns safety Damarious Randall reported to the team facility on Saturday with a concussion and will not play on Monday night at MetLife Stadium, the team announced.

Randall, a former first round pick of the Packers in 2015, was acquired by the Browns prior to the 2018 season. He's played in 16 games for Cleveland, intercepting four passes and recovering a fumble. 

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Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams

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Gregg Williams took the bait, because of course he did. That's exactly what he wanted to do. He didn't have to. He's a grown man, 61 years old, a coach with 30 years of NFL experience. He could have just let those nasty things that Odell Beckham Jr. said about him go.

But that's not Williams' style. He's a brash, harsh, tough guy who at the very least wants to project the image that he'll never back down from a fight. So when he was asked on Friday about Beckham's accusation that Williams ordered his players to intentionally injure the attention-seeking receiver two years ago, Williams began by saying this:

"Odell who?"

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes against Buffalo Bills defenders during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes against Buffalo Bills defenders during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets held their breath Wednesday when running back Le'Veon Bell left practice with an apparent shoulder injury, but they received good news Thursday after his MRI revealed he had no significant damage, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bell tweeted Thursday that his shoulder turned out "fine" and he was "ready to go" for Monday's 8:15 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium against the Cleveland Browns, but head coach Adam Gase gave an update for good measure Friday.

Gase said that Bell was good to go and set for practice Saturday, following the Jets' Friday off, after soreness surfaced from the injury in the middle of the week.

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Williams addresses OBJ comments 00:01:09
New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams addresses the comments receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said about his coaching methods

Odell Beckham Jr. took aim at Gregg Williams after practice Thursday when the Browns wide receiver ripped the Jets defensive coordinator.

A day later, Williams fired back.

Asked about the comments Beckham made in which the ex-Giants star claimed that Williams -- while Cleveland's defensive coordinator from 2017-18 -- told Browns players to take him out of an Aug. 21, 2017, preseason game, Williams joked before shooting those down.

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Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Aug 17, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks to the tunnel before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Former Giants star Odell Beckham is set to make his return to MetLife Stadium on Monday night when the Browns play the Jets, and the fireworks have already started.

After practice on Thursday afternoon, Beckham was asked about Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and naturally, he did not hold back any feelings towards the coach.

"Nobody in the NFL is really out to do stuff like that, I had players on this team telling me that's what he was telling them to do," Beckham said. "Take me out of the game, and its preseason. So you just know who he is ... that's the man calling the plays."

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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 head coach Adam Gase updated the status of Sam Darnold, who will not be getting placed on IR.

"It's not going to be that long," Gase said on Friday about Darnold's absence due to mono.

Had Darnold been placed on the IR, he wouldn't have been eligible to return until Week 9.

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - One of Adam Gase's top priorities in the offseason was finding an experienced quarterback to back up Sam Darnold, and the guy he wanted from the beginning was Trevor Siemian.

This is why.

"He's exactly what smart teams want in a backup quarterback," one AFC scout told SNY on Thursday night. "Experience. He's done it before and done it well. There's no learning curve. Just plug him in and go to work."

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets got good news on RB Le'Veon Bell on Thursday afternoon, after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no significant damage, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bell, who should be fine to play on Monday in Week 2 against the Browns, missed Thursday's practice due to a sore shoulder. 

Head coach Adam Gase said at the time that he was uncertain about Bell's status for practice for the rest of the week and for Monday night's game against the Browns at MetLife Stadium.

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Jets head coach Adam Gase delivered news that Sam Darnold has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, and will not only miss Monday's bout against the Browns, but they're expecting him to be out for some time. 

So just how long will that be? Well, Dr. Aaron E. Glatt -- chair of medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital -- gave his professional opinion on that matter.

"So everybody's different," Glatt told SNY on Thursday. "Individuals may do very, very well. They may feel almost right away. Others take a week or two, sometimes even longer still feeling fatigued, still feeling tired, not having their normal level of energy back to where they normally are at a baseline.

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New Jets talk new roles 00:01:16
Trevor Siemian talks about stepping in as Jets starting quarterback, and Demaryius Thomas looks to show that he "still can play ball."

Six days before the Jets' Week 2 matchup with the Cleveland Browns, Trevor Siemian learned he was getting the start at quarterback.
With Sam Darnold sidelined for at least this Monday with mono, the reigns of Adam Gase's offense are now in the hands of the 27-year-old veteran. 

"Coach Gase gave me a call and said they were trying to figure out what was going on with Sam but to be ready. Got the news last night," Siemian said on Thursday.

"I honestly felt for Sam. That's a tough deal, man. Just because I've seen him, since I've been here the last several months, put his heart soul and mind into this. It's been kind of rewarding for me, because I feel like I was a young player and seeing (Darnold's) progress from Year 1 to Year 2, I was excited for him and I still am." 

"He's not going anywhere. He'll be back soon, but that was the first thing I thought of, feeling for Sam and hoping he makes a speedy recovery."

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Jets QB Sam Darnold and RB Le'Veon Bell
Jets QB Sam Darnold and RB Le'Veon Bell

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - When the doctors came to Jets head coach Adam Gase on Wednesday night to talk about Sam Darnold, he said he had a feeling that his quarterback had mono. Somehow he just knew in his "gut" that the news was going to be bad.

Unfortunately for Gase, he was right.

And it's likely going to get much, much worse.

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Trevor Siemian (Vincent Carchietta)
Trevor Siemian (Vincent Carchietta)

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A lot has happened over the last seven days, but -- just as it seemed like things might finally start to settle down -- news broke that is likely to have wider-reaching consequences than everything that came before it.

Having been diagnosed with mononucleosis, Sam Darnold will miss Monday night's game and will almost certainly miss next Sunday's divisional clash with the New England Patriots. Although the bye week follows that, the possibility remains that he could end up missing more than just those two games.

This brings backup Trevor Siemian into the spotlight. Siemian, who was signed during the offseason, is now the starter with Luke Falk set to be activated from the practice squad to back him up. Both put up solid numbers in preseason, albeit with and against backups and mostly by "dinking and dunking."

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Gase announces Darnold has mono 00:01:46
Adam Gase surprised everyone Thursday announcing QB Sam Darnold has mono and will miss at least Monday's game, Trevor Siemian will start.

Jets QB Sam Darnold has mononucleosis and will not play against the Browns on Monday Night Football, head coach Adam Gase revealed on Thursday. Trevor Siemian will get the start under center in his place.

Darnold was sent home from practice on Wednesday, with Gase saying it was for an illness. But, after learning about the diagnosis, Gase actually went over to Darnold's home to give him the news. He was joined by offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and associate head trainer Dave Zuffelato

And as one would expect, Darnold wasn't keen on the news.

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Green Bay Packers kicker Sam Ficken warns up before the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)  (Mike Roemer/AP)
Green Bay Packers kicker Sam Ficken warns up before the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer) (Mike Roemer/AP)

The Jets have their fourth new kicker this season in Sam Ficken, who won a competition during a tryout earlier this week. He replaces Kaare Vedvik, who missed a 45-yard kick and an extra point in a 17-16 opening day loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. 

After letting Pro Bowler Jason Meyers walk after 2018, the Jets saw Chandler Catanzaro retire in the preseason, and then Taylor Bertolet and Vedvik not cut it. A less than ideal situation for Jets head coach Adam Gase, who oversaw the selection of Ficken this week. 

Despite all that, Gase is taking an optimistic approach to the situation when asked about it on Wednesday.

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Adam Gase sounds off 00:02:07
Jets coach Adam Gase talks about losing Quincy Enunwa, adding kicker Sam Ficken, and fixing the team's mistakes fast enough to have success.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - On his first chance to play Monday Morning Quarterback with his team, Adam Gase didn't hold anything back. His anger was evident. His words were harsh. And his finger was pointed directly at his players.

It was an unusual public display of day-after emotion, especially for anyone who lived the four years of Todd Bowles, a coach who rarely showed a public pulse. It was interpreted in some places as Gase rolling his Jets players under the proverbial bus and taking no blame for the Jets' opening-day disaster.

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Sam Darnold/Le'Veon Bell Treated
Sam Darnold/Le'Veon Bell Treated

The Jets weren't supposed to fall to the Bills at home on Sunday. Let's face it, they shouldn't have with a 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

But it happened and now the Jets find themselves in a must-win situation against the Browns on Monday Night Football.

Is that too dire considering it's Week 2? Take a look at their upcoming schedule and you'll see why it isn't. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase 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 head coach Adam Gase on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Jets head coach Adam Gase spent months building his offense around the receivers he had, insisting the group was better, more diverse than most people thought. Quincy Enunwa, as his tough, sure-handed possession receiver, was a big part of that equation.

So what is Gase going to do now?

The short answer in the NFL is always "next man up," but it's never that simple when a key player is lost during the season. And it could be particularly difficult for Gase to replace Enunwa, who is now lost for the season with another neck injury, because there's no one on the Jets roster who can really do what the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder could.

Tags: Chris Herndon, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Adam Gase sounds off 00:02:07
Jets coach Adam Gase talks about losing Quincy Enunwa, adding kicker Sam Ficken, and fixing the team's mistakes fast enough to have success.

In a huge blow to the Jets' wide receiving corps, the team will be without Quincy Enunwa for the rest of the season due to a neck injury, head coach Adam Gase confirmed on Wednesday morning. 

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the Jets officially placed the wide receiver on Injured Reserve.

According to Gase, Enunwa suffered the injury during the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Bills and tests on Monday revealed the severity.

"We found out the next day after the game, kinda informed us that he didn't feel right after the game," Gase said. "Went through all the tests and evaluations and we didn't find out until after Monday. Then we had to look through some other avenues."

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While head coach Adam Gase confirmed the terrible news that Quincy Enunwa was out for the season, he also revealed some other injury updates with his players heading into practice on Wednesday. 

The two players we knew about -- LB C.J. Mosley and DT Quinnen Williams -- and both are "progressing really fast" with their ailments. Mosley came out late in the third quarter and missed the entire fourth quarter with a groin injury, while Williams is dealing with an ankle injury. He walked out of MetLife Stadium on Sunday in a walking boot. 

Also, QB Sam Darnold was actually sent home today, as he continues to deal with an illness. Gase said his quarterback is still "kinda contagious," so it's more of a precautionary measure. 

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Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has been accused of three separate instances of sexual assault and rape, according to a federal lawsuit filed in South Florida on Tuesday.

The New York Times was the first to report the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that on three different occasions, Brown sexually assaulted Britney Taylor, whom Brown had hired as a trainer, in June 2017 and May 2018. The lawsuit goes into explicit detail of the three encounters, claiming that Brown bragged about one of the instances in text messages that were included in the lawsuit. 

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Aug 29, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) carries the ball for yards during the first half against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Aug 29, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) carries the ball for yards during the first half against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

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The Jets reportedly completed a trade on Wednesday afternoon, bringing veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas aboard to boost the available weapons at quarterback Sam Darnold's disposal.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this trade is the fact that the Jets would deal with their divisional rivals in New England. It seems implausible that the Patriots would be willing to give the Jets a player that they think can help them, especially only for a late-round pick that they won't receive until 2021.

Nevertheless, Adam Gase will have been keen to target Thomas, who was his best receiver when he made a name for himself as the Broncos' defensive coordinator. In Gase's first year in that role, Thomas caught a career-high 14 touchdown passes and then posted career highs for catches (111) and receiving yards (1,619) in their second year together.

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The Patriots made their deal with star WR Antonio Brown official on Monday, and in turn, the Jets are getting one of their depth receivers. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have traded veteran WR Demaryius Thomas to the Jets in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick.

The Jets are pretty solid at receiver at the moment with Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and Jamison Crowder leading that group. But there is also room for more depth, especially in the form of Thomas who has a Super Bowl ring over his 10-year career thus far. 

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Since Sunday's game, there's been a lot of attention centered around the team's kicking woes. Kaare Vedvik, who the Jets picked up to stop the bleeding in that department, missed both his attempts -- a 45-yard field goal and an extra point. 

On Tuesday, though, the Jets brought in their fourth kicker of the year in Sam Ficken after hosting multiple players at the team facility. So with that (hopefully) settled, here are some other issues the Jets will need to focus on:

Tags: Chris Herndon, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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New York Jets third round draft pick Nathan Shepherd works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets third round draft pick Nathan Shepherd works out during NFL rookie camp, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

After Nathan Shepherd played 16 games with five starts throughout his rookie season in 2018, the second-year defensive tackle missed the 2019 season opener as an inactive for the Jets.

Shepherd's absence from the Jets appears is primed to continue well past Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.  

Shepherd told NFL.com's Tom Pelissero that he faces a six-game suspension for two separate violations of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. The team confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon.

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Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams place kicker Sam Ficken (5) is pressured by New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar (54) during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams place kicker Sam Ficken (5) is pressured by New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar (54) during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

After holding workouts on Tuesday, the Jets are signing Sam Ficken, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

According to Vacchiano, the Jets also worked out Elliott Fry and Younghoe Koo. According to The Daily News' Manish Mehta, Tristan Vizcaino and Greg Joseph also tried out. 

One source told Vacchiano that Ficken was the most impressive in the group.

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The Jets' fourth-quarter breakdown on defense has been well publicized since the team's tough Opening Day loss to the Bills on Sunday. You can place blame where you want when analyzing what caused the defensive mishap, whether it be C.J. Mosley's absence or not enough pressure on Josh Allen

However, a recurring theme throughout the game was the Jets' struggling cornerbacks. 

Bills WR John Brown was a nuisance all day toward Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts -- the Jets' starting corners on the outside. He had seven receptions for 123 yards and the game-winning touchdown on his stat sheet at the end of the day, as they couldn't keep up with his blazing speed...

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