Our old friend and former TJB writer for the site, R in CT takes us down memory lane and shares his Top 10 Greatest Jerks in New York Jets History list below ... enjoy! -BB

That's right—it's time for a blast from the TJB past, the long-awaited return of The Top 10!

Okay, maybe no one was really waiting for it ...

Regardless, some of you newer kids on the block may not know that in addition to official TJB training camp photographer, there was a time back in the day when I was a regular contributor to this blog. Over the past few years, however, I've had to step back to ruin ... er, raise my own kids, run my websites (including DamnedCT.com) and work on a book or two.

My most recent release is Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History, which officially comes out on Sept. 18 but is available for pre-order from Amazon. To help promote it (and certainly not because I have any dirt on him from our time spent together in Cortland last month), Bassett has generously allowed me to come back to write about—

The Top 10 Greatest Jerks in New York Jets History

Let me say right up front: I am jerk. Just ask my wife or kids, or more specifically, one of my sisters—either one can provide you with a looong, detailed list of things that I did to them while growing up that would more than qualify me as a "jerk."

But hey, most of us have been a jerk at one time or another (especially if you have siblings); the difference here is that these jerks have gained their bad reputations in regard to Jets football. To make this list entertaining—like I did for my book—I've included a few "lovable" jerks, too.

Besides, sticks and stones are the bone-breakers; simply being called a "jerk" shouldn't hurt, right? Especially coming from another jerk. Takes one to know one … or ten.

So let's have some fun and speak ill of the living (mostly)! And please feel free to be a jerk and let me know who I missed!

10. Don Shula - Sure it's easy to think Shula was a jerk for constantly bettering the Jets throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but I am among the conspiracy theorists out there who think that he purposely left the tarp off the turf of the Orange Bowl field during the 72-hour rainstorm leading up to the 1982 AFC Championship Game. I mean, you're trying to tell me that at no point during the *three days* of downpours before the game, he never once thought to glance over at the field that was right outside his office window?! And it was a little too convenient that the mud bog he created so perfectly neutralized the speedy Jets and aided his slow-footed Dolphins. I only wish he had lost the Super Bowl by 300 points—a hundred for every A.J. Duhe interception.

Well, you know what "mud" and "Shula" backward spell? D-U-M J-E-R-K.

9. Rex Ryan - I know I'll get some heat for this, but let's be honest: To many Jets fans, he is one of the greatest Jet head coaches ever, but to the rest of the world, Rex Ryan is a brash, loud-mouthed, boastful jerk. And with good reason—because Rex Ryan *is* a loud-mouthed, boastful jerk, and would probably be the first to tell you that. But that's okay, because he's OUR loud-mouthed, boastful jerk, and if the rest of world doesn't like it, they can go pound sand, as the kids say. We worship our outspoken swaggerlicious coach, and love how he's transformed the culture of this franchise.

If being a jerk means that these aren't "the same old Jets," that's okay by me.

8. Keyshawn Johnson - I know you're saying, "C'mon man!" and that Johnson may have been one of the most gifted receivers to ever play for the Jets—and he certainly gave 100 percent when he was on the field, including his memorable performance against the Jaguars in the 1998 playoffs. But off the field and in the locker room, Meshawn was not exactly what would be classified as "a selfless teammate"—in his book "Throw Me the Damn Ball" (clearly titled in case there were any questions about his team-building skills) blasted then Jets quarterback Neil O'Donnell, offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt, then coach Rich Kotite and receiver Wayne Chrebet. His bad attitude eventually got him a one-way ticket to Tampa, but that didn't stop him from still disparaging his former team, famously saying about the popular Chrebet (whom he called "the mascot"): "You're trying to compare a flashlight to a star. Flashlights only last so long, a star is in the sky forever." In the memorable "Flashlight Game" of 2000, Chrebet shone the brightest, catching a last-second TD pass from Curtis Martin to beat Johnson's Buccaneers...

By the light of the Green Lantern, we could see a silenced jerk.

7. Brett Favre - In 2008, the good ol' gunslinger was brought in to lead the Jets to the promised land, but it didn't quite work out, in small part because he seemed more interested in pulling his gun out of its sling rather than learning the playbook. Nonetheless, his arrival was met with great enthusiasm by Jets fans, who quickly learned why the Packers and their fans weren't quite so broken up about their legendary quarterback's departure. A me-first headline hog and drama king (as evidenced by his annual "retire-or-not" hijinks), he never interacted with teammates or took direction from coaches. He also literally threw away the season with eight interceptions in his last five games (taking out head coach Eric Mangini along the way), claiming afterward that he was bothered by a bum shoulder (that would burn the Jets $125,000 in fines for not disclosing injuries). Then came to light his well-publicized incidents with Jenn Sterger and others, followed by another faux retirement and release that allowed him to get to the place where he wanted to be all along, the Minnesota Vikings.

An NFL legend? Sure. A good ol' jerk? Absolutely.

6. Dan Marino - The simple fact that nearly two decades later Marino still laughs over The Fake Spike is really all you have to know about why this guy is on the list. If you want a real exercise in torture, Google "Marino fake spike" and see that you get more than half a million results. Ugh.

Oh, and throw in the record 72 lifetime TDs he threw against the Jets while beating them 17 times, and how Marino has come out publicly to tell the world he hates the Jets, and that factors in, too. I can't count how many of my youthful Sundays were ruined by the antics of #13 in aquamarine and orange. I still won't wear Isotoner gloves to this day because of Dan Marino.

Warm-fingered jerk!

5. Brandon Jacobs - Sometimes jerks just make it easy to identify themselves.

After the Giants defeated the Jets 29-14 last December, Jacobs had a few things to say about the Rex Ryan, among them: "I'm glad we came out here and gave it to him. I wish I got a chance to go over there on that sideline. He is disrespectful. I understand why [Kevin] Gilbride and [Ryan's] pop [Buddy Ryan] got into it a long time ago because they all talk too much."

"(The Jets) were in the AFC Championship Game twice in a row, but the year after that the Giants win the Super Bowl. That discredits everything as far as the 'Battle of the City.' They can't ever one-up the Giants—not in my eyesight, not in anyone else's eyesight. They can never do that. They keep trying, but they're doing it the wrong way."

"They got a big-mouthed coach, a big mouth and a big-bellied coach that talks too much and now it's finally time to shut up."

I can think of a jerk who needs to shut up. Let's hope on Sept. 30, he gets shut up by Bart Scott, David Harris and friends. Can't wait!

4. Mark Gastineau - Like with Rex Ryan, this is sort of falls along the lines of "he's a jerk, but he's OUR jerk." Gastineau was undoubtedly one of the most talented players to ever suit up for the green-and-white, but he also may have been the most selfish. A quarterback-destroying monster, he was certainly one of the most feared and hated players in the NFL during his tenure, and from his patented sack dance to being one of the first guys to cross the picket line during the 1987 strike, he never shied from being the center of attention.

The reason that I put Gastineau so high on this list, however, is the way he just up and left the team in the middle of the 1988 season. I guess I understand that he thought that the woman he loved was sick and needed his attention, but there was just something so wrong about the way he just abruptly walked away. As a fan, I felt like he had personally suckerpunched me in the gut; I can only imagine how his teammates felt.

Glad to hear that he's straightened his life out, but there's no way to change the jerk he was.

3. Jason Taylor - *Ahem*

“I’ve had a lot of history saying bad things about Jets fans. The fireman hat guy and all of the people in New York that are Jets fans are not the ones that are working on Wall Street.”

On the "J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS!" rallying cry, Taylor called it a "dumb-ass chant” while referring to Jets fans as "ignorant fans." He also said of the chant, it's "the only word they know how to spell."

"To score a touchdown in New York against the Jets in the last time I'll be in the hellhole they call a stadium up there before they get rid of it and move to the new one, it was outstanding."

And of course:

"The Giants fans are a different type of people, just put it that way. There's a little more class on the Giants side and some Jets fans take the 'cl' out of class."

I have to be honest here; even though he's one of the most hated foes and biggest jerks in Jets history, I sort of like Jason Taylor. Even though you knew it had to be killing him inside, when he came to the team he said all the right things, played hard and was a good teammate. You know, until he went back to the Dolphins.

Now he's a jerk again, and all is right with the universe.

2. Tom Brady - I'll never forget that fateful day: Sept. 23, 2001, when Mo Lewis knocked Drew Bledsoe out of the Jets-Patriots contest. "They're done!" I selfishly thought.

Oh no, they were only beginning ...

You know how someone is a true jerk? Even though he may arguably be one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, every time you see him, all you want to do is smack that smug Ed Hardy smile off his pretty-boy, model-marrying, Uggs-wearing, Bieber-coiffed face.

I get so sick of it, that stupid grinning #12, winning game after game and AFC East title after AFC East title, and having to hear it from a state full of Patriot fans. So sickening.

And then all the sportswriters constantly going bonkers over him. "Ohhh Tom Brady can do no wrong. Tom Brady is a football player. Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats. Tom Brady is a winner. Tom Brady is a champion. Tom Brady is wonderful. Tom Brady walks on water. Tom Brady cured my leprosy. Tom Brady made the trains run on time. Tom Brady invented sliced bread and turducken. Tom Brady ended global warming and brought about world peace. Tom Brady farts rainbows and pees glitter..."

F Tom Brady. He's still a jerk.

1. Bill Belijerk - How could the former "HC of the NYJ" not be the Greatest Jerk in Jets History? I mean, he's got JERK right there in his name! Seriously, if I even have to start to explain why the Hooded Claw wins the undisputed title of Greatest Jerk in Jets History, then you've got no right to call yourself a Jets fan. It's that simple.

Honorable Mention: Al Davis - Chances are that the late Davis—who despised the Jets from when they came into the AFL in 1960 right up until near his death, when he kept defensive coordinator Rob Ryan under contract out of spite so he couldn't join Eric Mangini's staff—would be thrilled to know that he made this list. He was a constant burr under the Jets' saddle, whether it was having the picture of Joe Namath's face being broken by Ben Davidson enlarged to a poster and hung outside his office, or randomly unrolling tarps on Jets' practice fields. He relished every victory over his East Coast rivals, taking extra pleasure in knocking the Jets out of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 2001 and 2002. And who could forget how Davis' Raiders won the famed Heidi game over the Jets in 1968.

Still, Davis was just a jerk, baby.

Again, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History comes out on Sept. 18, and is available for pre-order from Amazon.com. If you want to read more from R in CT, feel free to follow him @raybendici or visit raybendici.com.

Tags: al davis, Bill Belichick, Brandon Jacobs, Dan Marino, Don Shula, Keyshawn Johnson, Mark Gastineau, Opinion, Rex Ryan, Tom Brady, Brian Bassett
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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jets star running back Le'Veon Bell has gotten off to a slow start in his first season with the team, but that hasn't stopped him from setting a good example to teammates and coaches.

The 27-year-old Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March after sitting out the 2018 season amid contract disputes with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell played for the Steelers from 2013-2017 and had 5,336 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns in 62 games. He was voted First-Team All-Pro in 2014 and 2017, in addition to earning three Pro Bowl selections (2014, 2016, 2017).

In just five games with the Jets this season, he has 85 rushes for 256 yards and only one touchdown. Bell has been known for also being one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL, yet he only has 28 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown with the Jets. That's not entirely his fault though, as quarterback Sam Darnold missed three games with mono.

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Jan 26, 2018; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 26, 2018; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

If the Jets want a fight, guard Kelechi Osemele is prepared to give them one.

The 30-year-old intends to file a grievance against the Jets over the fine he received on Saturday for refusing to practice, according to a source familiar with his plans. He has up to 50 days to inform the NFL Players Association and officially file his complaint, though he is expected to do so this week if his situation isn't resolved.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York 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 offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The showdown between Kelechi Osemele and the Jets heated up on Saturday when the guard refused to practice and the team, as promised, hit him with a fine.

The 30-year-old Osemele was unable to practice, according to his agent Andrew Kessler, because of the shoulder injury that is at the center of his dispute with the team. Osemele says doctors have told him he needs season-ending shoulder surgery, but the Jets disagree and ordered him to return to the field on Saturday.

When he didn't, he was fined an undisclosed amount, according to a source.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York 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 offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Jets guard Kelechi Osemele said he's been told he needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. But the Jets disagree, and their feud could result in discipline if he's not back at practice on Saturday morning.

The strange dispute boiled over on Friday, three days after reports first surfaced -- and sources confirmed -- that the two-time Pro Bowler was headed for surgery. One day later, Jets coach Adam Gase declined to confirm that news, saying "We're going through our process right now."

It turns out the Jets' part of that "process" involved two doctors - their team doctor and one outside doctor - who not only said the 30-year-old wouldn't need surgery, but that he was cleared to play, according to a source. Those doctors also determined the injury was pre-existing, from before he arrived in New York, according to a source, and they believe Osemele can play through the injury -- as he has in the past -- and get it repaired at the end of the season.

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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase knows you need to execute against the Patriots and he's happy to have an impact player like Mosley back.

Jets LB C.J. Mosley declared on Thursday that he would be returning Monday night against the Patriots, and he'll keep moving in the right direction on Friday.

Speaking before practice, head coach Adam Gase said that Mosley will be limited in practice and take part in team drills for the first time since his injury. Gase was also a fan of Mosley's declaration that he would be playing. 

Mosley made an enormous impact in Week 1, when he had a pick-six, recovered a fumble, and had six total tackles.

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Jets' Robby Anderson
Jets' Robby Anderson

After a frustrating start to the season, Jets WR Robby Anderson broke out in a big way last week.

With 3:46 left in the second quarter, Anderson got behind the Cowboys defense for a 92-yard touchdown to give the Jets a 14-3 lead. They clung on for a 24-22 victory, improving their record to 1-4 as they seek to defy the critics and get themselves back into the postseason hunt.

Coming just one play after a fourth down stop by rookie Quinnen Williams, the Anderson play saw him throw cornerback Chidobe Awuzie off-balance with a double-move, as he streaked down the field. He tracked Sam Darnold's deep throw all the way into his hands at midfield, catching the ball in stride and racing into the clear before the deep safety could get across.

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Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)
Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas didn't hold back in a New York Daily News article when he said he felt slighted by the Patriots, who traded him to New York just days after Antonio Brown signed with New England.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the one who broke the news to Thomas that he was being traded to the team's division rival. But Belichick was also the one that said a roster spot with the Pats was guaranteed when Thomas decided to re-sign with the club after being cut from their 53-man roster just before the start of the regular season. 

Belichick spoke to that report, and was blunt in his answer -- just like he was with Thomas.

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New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley updates his injury status and says that he will play Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley hasn't played since Week 1 due to a groin injury, but that streak will come to an end on Monday night against the Patriots. 

"I'm playing Monday night," he told reporters on Thursday.

Mosley participated in individual drills on Wednesday, and the update on him before Thursday's practice was even more promising from head coach Adam Gase.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Since getting healthy, Jets WR Demaryius Thomas has been a solid receiving option for Gang Green, especially in the last two weeks. With Sam Darnold back against the Cowboys, he saw four catches for 62 yards to help the Jets to their first win of the season. 

But this wasn't where Thomas expected to be putting up yards this season. 

Thomas was with the Patriots this preseason, teaming up with Tom Brady and his former Broncos head coach in Josh McDaniels, who serves as New England's offensive coordinator. Thomas was cut before the start of the season, but he quickly re-signed after rookie WR N'Keal Harry went on the IR. 

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Jets and Patriots will square off for the second time this season Monday night in an extremely short span, as the two teams saw each other just a few weeks ago during Week 3.

The Patriots hosted the Jets in the last time out and handled their business, leaving Gillette Stadium with a 3--0 record, but just based on the substitution of one player this week, Monday night could potentially be a whole different type of ballgame.

The Jets of course will be in the hands of Sam Darnold this time around, as the second-year quarterback was out with mono for the first time these two teams met this season. Luke Falk got his first career start in Week 3 with Darnold absent and struggled throughout, finishing 12 of 22 for 98 yards and an interception.

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Jets Head Coach Adam Gase on whether linebacker C.J. Mosley is ready to return to action after a groin injury

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The worst thing that happened to the Jets early in the season was losing franchise quarterback Sam Darnold.

Losing C.J. Mosley, though, was a pretty close second.

The impact of playing without Mosley for the last four-plus games maybe isn't as obvious as the impact of three games without Darnold, especially since the defense has managed to survive -- and sometimes even thrive -- in his absence. But the Jets don't underestimate how much their defensive captain means to them, and how huge it would be if he would somehow be able to get back in time for their Monday night game against the New England Patriots.

Tags: Blake Cashman, CJ Mosley, Neville Hewitt, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Adam Gase refused to confirm that guard Kelechi Osemele will be having surgery on his shoulder, despite reports that were confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano earlier this week that he, in fact, would be.

"We're going through our process right now," Gase said at Wednesday's press conference. 

When asked what his previous comment meant, Gase added, "That means I don't have an answer for you."

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week after his big return Sunday.

Darnold came back from his three-game absence due to mononucleosis, and put up some big numbers for the Jets in their first win of the season.

The second-year USC product went 23 of 32 for 338 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 117.6 passer rating Sunday for the Jets, as they pulled off a big 24-22 upset over the Dallas Cowboys. 

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Nov 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) reaches for a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) reaches for a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets made a change in the team's secondary on Tuesday afternoon, signing DB Blake Countess.

Gang Green waived DB Arthur Maulet to make room on the 53-man roster.

Countess is originally a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2016, though he never played a game with the team. After playing collegiate ball at both Michigan and Auburn, Countess did not make the Eagles' 53-man roster following his first NFL preseason. 

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Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett (77) leaves the field after warmups before the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett (77) leaves the field after warmups before the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett has reportedly been suspended for one game ahead of Week 7's matchup with the Jets on Monday Night Football.

Bennett was not spotted at practice Tuesday after being suspended by the Patriots for conduct detrimental, as first reported by NFL Network's Michael Giardi and Ian Rapoport

The 11-year veteran reportedly was not happy with his role on the team and was not spotted at practice Tuesday.

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New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) avoids a tackle by Detroit Lions defensive back Danny Gorrer (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) avoids a tackle by Detroit Lions defensive back Danny Gorrer (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jace Amaro gets another chance at professional football, but the former Jets tight end does so outside of the NFL.

Most recently with Gang Green before the 2016 season, the two-year pass catcher headlined several players with ties to New York's teams -- the Jets and Giants -- taken Tuesday in the 2020 XFL draft.

The Jets' second-round pick at No. 49 overall in the 2014 NFL draft was the Seattle Dragons' fourth-round selection, highlighting the XFL draft's first day of skill-player selections.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Not only did Jets quarterback Sam Darnold have mononucleosis -- New York's second-year starter also had strep throat.

Darnold told Albert Breer of The MMQB early Sunday evening that the past month away from the field was more than just the mono diagnosis.

For "four or five days" during the bout with mono, the 22-year-old Darnold had to additionally fight off strep, which compounded his furious recovery process.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York 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 offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets G Kelechi Osemele will have surgery to repair his injured shoulder, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Osemele missed Week 5 and Week 6 due to the shoulder and a knee injury.

While this will hurt the Jets' depth, the team was considering the potential of replacing Osemele with Alex Lewis before the injury issues began, according to Vacchiano.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) 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 offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

A day after the Jets secured their first win of the season, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a few injuries to inform the media about. 

The biggest one -- and the one the Jets may worry about most heading into the new week -- was LT Kelvin Beachum sustaining a sprained ankle.

He is currently week-to-week, and the Jets are going to have to plan like he won't be available for the Jets' Monday night matchup against the undefeated Patriots. If that is the case, Brandon Shell, who currently serves as the team's right tackle, might have to shift over to the left side. 

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Tight end Chris Herndon has rejoined the Jets after serving his four-game suspension to begin the season. In order to make room for Herndon, the Jets have waived linebacker Frankie Luvu.

The Jets are getting back a big member of their receiving core from last season, as Herndon was second on the team in receptions with 39. The 2018 fourth-round pick also finished his rookie season with 502 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite being reinstated to the active roster, Herndon may not suit up for the Jets just yet, having injured his hamstring prior to Week 5, but he hopes to practice this week. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Sunday that the Jets are expecting him to miss two games.

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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

Leonard Williams' name popped up in trade rumors on Sunday, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that "multiple teams" were interested in trading for the Jets' defensive end.

After the Jets' win over the Cowboys on Sunday, Williams addressed the rumors. And he didn't seem too bothered.

"I wouldn't say it makes me uneasy," he told reporters. "You see the best players in the league get traded and it's not like it's a personal thing. It's just the way the business is and I can't take anything personal. That's why I can't really focus on it because I can't really control it. The best thing I can control is my play and wherever I end up, just focus on that."

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Sam Darnold and Adam Gase
Sam Darnold and Adam Gase

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Jets suddenly have a little life with the return of Sam Darnold and a big win over the Cowboys. They are feeling confident, the way they did way back in Week 1.

But it is all too little, too late?

Not necessarily, at least not if they can pull off an improbable win against the New England Patriots at the Meadowlands next Monday night in a game that is shaping up as the Jets' last stand for the 2019 season. Their odds are already long at 1-4, but their playoff path will look impossible if they fall to 1-5.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets QB Sam Darnold
Jets QB Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold returned on Sunday and helped guide the Jets to a huge win over the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

It was the Jets' first win of the season after starting 0-4, and the triumph dominated the early back pages in NYC on Monday.

Click below to see...

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 (Frank Franklin II)
(Frank Franklin II)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The first four weeks of the season were disastrous for the Jets. Losing their starting quarterback to mono and a backup quarterback to an ankle injury undermined everything they were hoping to do.

That didn't stop the drumbeat, though, of people unhappy with Adam Gase's performance, wondering if this might be his only season with the franchise.

That's a storyline that seems pretty ridiculous now.

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Bart Scott apologizes to Gase 00:00:55
SNY's Bart Scott apologizes for how hard he's been on Jets head coach Adam Gase after getting his first win of the season against Dallas

After the Jets' offense came alive for New York's first win of 2019 in Sunday's 24-22 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys, SNY's Bart Scott got creative with an apology to Adam Gase on Jets Post Game Live.

Critical of Gase throughout the regular season's opening four games for the previously winless Jets (1-4), Scott owned up to his comments about the offense's ineffectiveness under the first-year head coach with quarterback Sam Darnold back from mononucleosis.

Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his first game back since Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, Sept. 8's 17-16 loss, which he played while mononucleosis started to bring him under the weather.

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Jamison Crowder 1on1 00:01:43
New York Jets receiver Jamison Crowder explains what QB Sam Darnold brings to the offense when he's under center.

The Jets offense was undoubtedly better with quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 6 as the team picked up their first win of the year over the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22. 

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Darnold's return.  

"It was great. The offense, I just felt like we were able to move the football," Crowder said following the win. 

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The Jets saw quarterback Sam Darnold return to the lineup and light up the Cowboys en route to a 24-22 win over Dallas, their first of the year. Running back Le'Veon Bell was less of a factor in the outing and that's perfectly fine with him. 

Bell averaged 3.6 yards per carry, which came via 50 yards on 14 carries. He did add a touchdown, but Darnold's day stood out, especially after the lackluster quarterbacking the Jets have gotten without him in the lineup. 

Darnold had 338 passing yards and two scores with an interception. But whatever gets it done, works for Bell. Moving forward he thinks Darnold's presence will help create a more dynamic attack for the Jets, and the Darnold-Bell, one-two punch will keep opponents on their toes. 

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Robby Anderson 1on1 00:01:27
New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson thrived having QB Sam Darnold back under center but knows the team still has a lot of work to do

The Jets offense came to life with Sam Darnold under center against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Jets held on for a 24-22 win, but the offensive side of the ball looked its best when Darnold connected with wide receiver Robby Anderson for a score. 

Anderson led the Jets with five catches for 125 yards. A big chunk of that came on his touchdown which was a 92-yard strike that gave Gang Green a huge jolt of life and 14-3 lead late in the first half. 

Prior to the play, Anderson said he communicated to his QB that the Cowboys' secondary had been sitting on shorter routes. The ensuing throw over the top of their defense proved Anderson correct. 

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How much different did the Jets look on offense with quarterback Sam Darnold in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys?

Just ask Robby Anderson.

The wide receiver caught five passes for 125 yards and a 92-yard touchdown, igniting an offense that the Jets (1-4) desperately needed to get back on track and did against the Cowboys' defense.

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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In Sunday's 24-22 win over the Cowboys, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to the lineup in style, completing 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions...

First quarter, 14:56. No score. First play of the game at the Jets' 18-yard line.

It didn't take Darnold long to underscore the fact that they had upgraded significantly at the quarterback position.

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