New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In a heavy rain storm and on a windy day facing a potentially explosive opponent, the best strategy for the Jets -- really, a no-brainer of a strategy -- would've been to run the ball as often as they could.

So after a game in which the Jets passed 36 times and ran 22 and lost 25-20 to the Atlanta Falcons, it probably was no surprise that running back Matt Forte wasn't happy with offensive coordinator John Morton. Forte wanted to run more. He thinks the Jets should've run more.

If only he and his teammates had run better when they had the chance.

Because that's really the issue here, not Morton's play-calling. Maybe the first-year coordinator did stray a little bit too far away from the run, especially in the second half of the game. But the Jets averaged 1.9 yards per carry in the first half, and they were down to 1.8 through three quarters. By the time they had a sustained fourth-quarter drive, they were playing catch-up in the final five minutes of the game.

Of course they wanted to run more. They couldn't. And it probably would've been crazy for Morton to keep trying, especially when quarterback Josh McCown (26-of-33, 257 yards, two touchdowns) and receiver Robby Anderson (six catches, 104 yards, one touchdown) were having themselves a day.

This is what a good offensive coordinator does: He sticks with what works, even on a miserable, stormy day. No matter what the book (or the running back) says you're supposed to do.

"We knew the weather was going to be like this, and it continued to rain the entire game," Forte said. "There should have been at least one person with 20 carries with the way the weather was. I thought we were going to grind them out on the ground, but it ended up not turning out that way.

"I think everyone knows (running the ball) was the game plan, and we strayed away from it."

It surely feels that way to Forte, the 31-year-old running back, because he carried just four times for a measly seven yards, compared to the 14 carries for 33 yards that Bilal Powell totaled. Consider this: Powell had one rush for 12 yards -- on the first carry of the game. That means his other 13 carries went for 21 yards. Between that and Forte's four for seven, that's an average of 1.6 yards per rush.

And Morton is supposed to stick with that, hoping for a breakout run on a wet and slippery field?

"There were some runs where we got four, four-plus," he said "Every time you run the ball, you're not going to get that, obviously, but we did have some success. The run game is where you keep wearing on a defense. The more you run it, later on, you may pop a big one."

Photo: New York Jets running back Matt Forte

Powell had three four-yard runs and one six-yard run, and Forte had a four-yard run. So they didn't exactly have a lot of those "big" four-plus runs. Even so, Morton continued to call runs anyway in hopes that something would pop. The Jets offensive coordinator said last week that ideally, with his offense, he prefers a 60-40 pass-run split. That is the kind of "balance" he strives for.

Well, in the first half the Jets threw 16 passes and ran 12 times. Through three quarters, the pass-run split was an almost even 22-20. In fact, the split was still 27-22 (that's 55 percent passes) with 5:14 left in the game when the Jets went into pass mode, needing a touchdown to win, and McCown threw the ball on the final nine plays of the game.

Should they have mixed in a few runs there? Maybe. But McCown went 6-for-9 for 47 yards on those passes, and one of the incompletions was a spike to stop the clock.

And still, Forte thought they should've run more?

"You've got a wet ball out there and it wasn't like a light drizzle; it was really, really raining," Forte said. "I'm obviously biased because I'm a running back. But yeah, raining like that, you would think that we would run it more than we did."

That only works if the Jets were running it better than they did. They weren't. And yet Morton kept calling for runs until time was running out in the fourth quarter. If Morton had called even more runs, he would've been ignoring the obvious: that McCown was locked in and Anderson was taking advantage of a struggling Falcons secondary.

He sensed a weakness and he attacked it. That's what a coordinator is supposed to do. Sticking to an archaic run-first formula just because the weather is wet? It's a nice theory, but it's only a good one if the running game is working. It wasn't. It was painfully obvious. And a handful of more carries to get a better ratio wasn't going to change that.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It isn't news that the Jets have cut veteran CB Trumaine Johnson, but it hasn't been official. Until now. 

At end of day on June 1, New York parting ways with Johnson will be set in stone as a post-June 1 cut. In doing so, GM Joe Douglas makes a smart move to save a lot in cap room. 

Johnson's $15 million in 2020 salary was still on the team's books. But as of tomorrow, he will only count for $4 million towards the cap. In turn, the Jets will have $11 million put back on their cap. 

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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' first year in Adam Gase's offense isn't what anyone wanted to see. New York finished last in the NFL in yards per game (273.0), fourth-worst in passing yards (194.4), second-worst in rushing yards (78.6) and second-worst in points per game (17.3).

Yes, Sam Darnold did miss the chunk of the early regular season, and the Jets saw improvement when he returned. But with Le'Veon Bell struggling to get anything going in his much-awaited return and the offensive line being extremely porous among other issues, it's safe to say this group needs a massive amount of improvement in 2020.

That's why GM Joe Douglas went out and fixed up the O-line and added a couple weapons at wide receiver in Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims. But there is one position group that could mesh everything together in this offensive rebuild. 

Tags: Chris Herndon, Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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On FNNY: Living Room Edition, the crew looks at the impact of new Jets additions Joe Flacco, Frank Gore, and Denzel Mims, and also "Jets To Know" Mekhi Becton.

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Over the last two decades, the Jets have had some very good teams, and some not quite as good.

Overall, Gang Green finished .500 or better in 11 of the last 20 seasons, though the team hasn't finished with a winning record since 2015.

Along the way, the Jets have had plenty of star players don the Green and White, but they've also had some very valuable role players who may not have gotten all the accolades that they deserved during their tenure in New York.

Tags: Demario Davis, Eric Decker, Jordan Jenkins, Kelvin Beachum
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Joe Flacco will enter the NFL season in a way that he's never done so before - as a backup.

A starter for 11 years in Baltimore and then one more in Denver (though a neck injury ultimately paved the way for Drew Lock to take over), Flacco will enter training camp with the Jets as the backup behind Sam Darnold.

The 35-year-old former Super Bowl Champion knows things will be different for him in 2020, but he's ready to take the next step in his career. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Quincy Enunwa's 2016 season saw him break out for 857 yards with the Jets. But following two serious neck injuries - one that kept him out all of 2017 and another that held him to just one game in 2019 and landed him on the PUP list for 2020, ending his season again - Enunwa's playing career has been put in jeopardy.

But the soon-to-be 28-year-old still wants to play.

In an interview with ESPN's Rich Cimini, Enunwa talked about the challenges, both mental and physical, of missing out on the game he loves, while also saying he still has the passion to play, if he's physically able. 

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After the NFL released all 32 teams' schedules for the 2020 season, the Jets found themselves with the second-toughest in the entire league. 

Yes, GM Joe Douglas did his part this offseason to beef up the roster with moves on offense and defense. But is it enough to face some tough competition this season? 

Well, oddsmakers don't think it will be, and SNY's Jeane Coakley and Chris Williamson discuss the Jets' chances of reaching the playoffs this season in the latest edition of What are the Odds?

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN released its annual "Football Power Index" for the first time ahead of the 2020 NFL season. It accounts for everything from Vegas Sportbooks' win totals for each team, last season's stats and much more. 

While GM Joe Douglas brought in some solid reinforcements this offseason, the power index wasn't too kind to the Jets. 

After running through the calculations, the Jets fell in at No. 25 on the list of 32 teams. They are projected to have 6.8 wins this season, and only hold a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. 

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The 2020 NFL Draft was unlike any that we've ever seen before. Conducted remotely, every team faced challenges in processes leading up to the big weekend and during that draft itself that required quick thinking, and more importantly, trusting your gut. 

That's exactly what GM Joe Douglas and the rest of the Jets staff did, as Douglas put together a fine draft class. How did he get to this point in his first ever draft at the helm? 

Well, in the first episode of One Jets Drive, full access was given -- or as much as was allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic -- leading up to draft day. Douglas, head coach Adam Gase, and many others gave their analysis of the Jets' picks. Take first-round pick Mekhi Becton for instance.

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Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to pass in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to pass in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Joe Flacco signed a one-year deal with the Jets last week, knowing full well that he was joining the team to be the backup to Sam Darnold

But for the 35-year-old Super Bowl-winning quarterback, his deal with the Jets is a chance to get back to playing the game he loves.

Flacco had neck surgery in April, after playing eight games of what turned out to be his only season with the Denver Broncos. Now, he's anxiously awaiting to do whatever he can for Gang Green, though he knows his recovery still has a quite some time to go.

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Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones
Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones

Jets QB Sam Darnold is entering his third season in the league and Giants QB Daniel Jones is entering his second. Both have been quite impressive, but they are behind rookie Joe Burrow (and some other questionably-ranked QBs) on NBC Sports Philadelphia's ranking of all 32 QBs in the NFL.

Darnold, who threw for 3,024 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts during a season that was interrupted by mono, was ranked 23rd, with Baker Mayfield No. 22.

Jones, who threw for 3,027 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 starts for a rebuilding Giants team, was ranked No. 26 -- just behind Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 25) and Teddy Bridgewater (No. 24).

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On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cleared local sports teams to begin training in the state. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy followed suit.

"Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition - if their leagues choose to move in that direction," Murphy said in a statement. "We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel."

The above gives the Jets and Giants clearance to open their facilities under the NFL's protocol, meaning limited business/front office staff can return.

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Tom Brady is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Jets should be glad to see him out of the AFC East. Brady had the Jets' number during his Pats career, going 29-7 against them in the regular season (though one of those loses came in a game Brady didn't start) and 1-1 in the playoffs.

But here are seven times the Jets took care of business against Brady.


1. On Dec. 22, 2002, the Jets defeated the Patriots 30-17, and went on to edge out the Pats as AFC East champs the following week. The Jets went 7-2 following head coach Herm Edwards' 'You play to win the game' speech.

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Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) leaves the field following the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) leaves the field following the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Sam Darnold is entrenched as the Jets' starting quarterback, but finding a veteran backup for him seemed to still be a need for the team. 

Now, it looks like the the Jets have found their answer in former Ravens and Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, as his agent announced that Flacco has signed a one-year deal with the Jets. 

SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that Flacco's deal is worth $1.5 million, though he could earn another $3 million in incentives.

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The Jets have no intention of trading Jamal Adams despite their latest impasse in contract negotiations, according to a source. And they expect that they will eventually sign him to a lucrative contract that, as promised, will make him a "Jet for life."

That has long been the plan, as both CEO Christopher Johnson and GM Joe Douglas have repeatedly said, and nothing has changed even though Adams' camp has grown frustrated with the pace of recent talks. As Douglas promised, he reached out to Adams' agents shortly after the draft for initial discussions about a contract. But the Jets' position is they want to wait before giving him a long-term extension.

Adams, who is entering the fourth year of his four-year, $22.2 million rookie contract, wants his money now.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

General manager Joe Douglas has said time and time again that he wants to make safety Jamal Adams a "Jet for life," but the latest news regarding a possible contract extension doesn't sound very promising. 

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Adams' representation and the Jets have had multiple conversations since the NFL Draft, but the talks have "reached an impasse," as the Jets want to wait on a new deal for the star safety, while Adams' camp believes the Jets are "dragging their feet."

Per ESPN, the possibility of a trade has come up in recent talks, but the Jets have no desire to trade their young Pro Bowler, while Adams is believed to be open to being traded if things can't get worked out.

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Entering his 16th year in the NFL this season, Frank Gore likely knew he wasn't going to find a starting job anywhere around the league. So, as he decided once again to own the title of oldest running back in the NFL for another season, Gore wanted to go play for a team with a dynamic running game and a lead back he thought he could complement well.

Gore found that with the Jets and Le'Veon Bell

The five-time Pro Bowler spoke with the media on Thursday via Zoom, where he mentioned that playing for head coach Adam Gase once again -- he did so with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and earlier in his career with San Francisco when Gase was an assistant -- was a big reason why he joined Gang Green. But the prospect of working with Bell, a running back he knows very well, was intriguing. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

It has been speculation for a couple of years now, but Frank Gore doesn't listen to those who believes he is going to call it quits. He's had a great career -- Hall of Fame worthy -- but he's just not done yet. 

That's why Gore signed a one-year deal with the Jets this year, setting him up to play his 16th year in the NFL. It wasn't that hard of a decision to make, as he told media on Thursday during a Zoom conference call that he knew from his play last season he still had something left in the tank. 

His son, Frank Gore Jr., thought so as well. 

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Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)
Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)

The Jets have already beefed up their running back depth this offseason, but could they look to add another quality back?

According to a report from Michael Silver of NFL Network, the Jets, Seahawks, and Eagles have shown interest in free agent running back Devonta Freeman

Per the report, the Seahawks have one-year deal worth up to $4 million on the table for Freeman, while the veteran has "attracted interest" from the Jets and Eagles.

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Big things are expected out of both Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones in 2020, but which of them is more likely to exceed their passing touchdown projection for this upcoming season?

SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Jonas Schwartz discuss that topic in the latest Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

ESPN's Mike Greenberg is sick of the Sam Darnold disrespect. 

During "Get Up" on Wednesday, Greenberg asked his panelists Tim Hasselbeck and Domonique Foxworth who will be the best quarterback in the AFC East in three years. Greenberg believes there is only one true answer, but he is astounded to here something else. 

At first, Foxworth and Greeny agreed that Bills QB Josh Allen, who Hasselbeck picked, won't be that guy. He statistically was the least accurate quarterback last season with a 58.8 completion percentage.

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By all indications, general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets' personnel staff addressed many of the team's areas of need this offseason. Particularly on the offensive line and at wide receiver, the Jets will have a bit of a different look in 2020.

But looking ahead to the 2020 season, there are a handful of players whose play will dictate whether the Jets will improve on last year's 7-9 record, or if they'll fall flat in Adam Gase's second season.

With Tom Brady now calling Tampa Bay home, the AFC East could be up for grabs, but can the Jets capitalize? The answer to that question may very will hinge on the play of these five players… 

Tags: Jordan Jenkins, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Jets GM Joe Douglas had a mission of adding not just starting offensive linemen to his roster this offseason, but having depth behind them as well. That's why Cameron Clark, a tackle out of UNC Charlotte, was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

And who was one of the first people to hit him up to congratulate him? None other than the Jets' first-round pick, Mekhi Becton.

"I talked to Mekhi the day before the draft, all of us were talking. When I got drafted, he hit me up," Clark told the media on Monday during a Zoom conference call. 

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When Jets GM Joe Douglas called Mekhi Becton to say that he was being selected 11th overall, he mentioned a talk the two of them had about the Louisville product's goals in the NFL. Douglas said he was ready to work with him to get his "team and personal" ones accomplished.

It all starts next season.

During a Zoom conference call with media on Monday, Becton gave his rookie goals. It was one team goal and one personal goal. 

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The Jets continue to hold their virtual offseason program via Zoom meetings, but that isn't stopping quarterback Sam Darnold from getting some throws in at the beach.

In a video posted by former NFL quarterback and now noted passing instructor Jordan Palmer, Darnold is seen working on his footwork before airing one out, all while seemingly still practicing proper social distancing. 

It was reported in late March that Darnold was quarantining in southern California while working out with Bills quarterback Josh Allen and new Redskins quarterback Kyle Allen as well. 

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Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

After just one season with the Jets, running back Ty Montgomery has found a new home. 

Montgomery has signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Friday afternoon, though terms of the deal were not given. 

The 27-year-old put up solid numbers as a receiver turned running back in three seasons with the Packers and a brief stint with the Ravens, leading the Jets to sign him to a one-year contract last April.

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MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets. (Treated Image by SNY)
MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets. (Treated Image by SNY)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all 32 clubs on Friday night explaining that team facilities can begin to reopen on May 19, but only in places where local restrictions have been eased. 

Because New Jersey still has strict stay at home restrictions in place, the Jets and Giants are currently among the group of teams that cannot reopen on Tuesday.

"It takes more time than four days to reopen a facility that has been shut down for two months," the Giants said in a team statement, via SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "We are subject to state regulations. Bottom line, when we are cleared on all fronts to go back, we will, in an orderly, systematic, safe way to protect those in our building. It has been a process and protocol we have been developing for the last month or two."

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Big things are expected out of both Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones in 2020, but which of them is more likely to exceed expectations?

SNY's Justine Ward and Chris Williamson debate in the latest Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Eight days after the NFL announced the 2020 regular season schedule, the Jets have announced their preseason schedule. 

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m.

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Joe Namath seems like a given, but if there was a Mount Rushmore of New York Jets players, who else would make the cut?

SNY's Justine Ward and Eamon McAnaney discuss on the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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