Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on from the sideline in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The entire NFL universe is in search of the next Sean McVay, the 32-year-old whiz kid who two years ago went quickly from unheralded Redskins assistant to the brilliant mind who turned around the Los Angeles Rams. Finding the next young genius is what every team with a coaching vacancy is going to want.

The problem with that is for every McVay, there's a Ben McAdoo. For every Matt Nagy, the 40-year-old who turned the Chicago Bears into a contender, there's a Steve Wilks, who is about to be one-and-done with the Cards.

The Jets, with a promising, young quarterback in Sam Darnold, could go that route if Todd Bowles is fired, as expected, after the season finale in New England on Sunday. The problem with that is they can't afford to be wrong with their next hire. They can't miss on a coach who isn't ready for the big chair. They can't waste Darnold's formative years on a coach who is learning on the job.

What CEO Christopher Johnson and GM Mike Maccagnan need to understand is that experience matters. In fact, in their case, experience is necessary. They need to hire a coach who has already proven he knows how to handle the big job.

There are signs that they understand that. There was a report that they have already begun investigating Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who spent four years in the NFL turning the San Francisco 49ers into a power. They also are believed to have begun doing some preliminary research on Mike McCarthy, the former Packers coach who took his team to four NFC championship games in 13 years.

Sure, they may still look into young minds like former Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo or Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, and they are certainly worth investigating and maybe even interviewing. But after a Bowles Era that was defined in part by a lack of player discipline on and off the field, and too many game-day coaching mistakes, they need to remember that being a head coach is complicated and not every hot, young assistant is capable of figuring it out.

The Jets haven't had a coach with previous NFL head coaching experience since Bill Parcells left after the 1999 season. They need to break that streak because this time they need a coach who has already had a chance to learn from his mistakes.

That's why looking into Harbaugh made sense, and why McCarthy should be at the top of their list - assuming he wants to coach in New York, which some NFL sources aren't so sure about. The Jets also should consider former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who had tremendous success with quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford and reached the playoffs four times in his seven NFL seasons.

In fact, Caldwell took the Lions to the playoffs twice in four seasons which is pretty much a miracle considering they've only been to the postseason three times in the 19 years. His only truly bad year was 2011 in Indianapolis - the year Manning missed the entire season due to his injured neck.

Either McCarthy or Caldwell would be a terrific hire for the Jets. Harbaugh would be fantastic too if they don't mind the organizational turmoil that comes with him. But there are other candidates out there who have done it before in the NFL and some of them might even be worth a look.

Here are a few experienced candidates on the market:

Mike McCarthy

Simply the best available candidate. In 13 seasons in Green Bay he had eight seasons with double-digit wins, nine trips to the playoffs, four trips to the NFC championship and a Super Bowl championship. What's unknown is whether he wants to coach in New York. His destination might be Arizona.

Jim Caldwell

At 63 he's not a young offensive mind, but he's a good one. He was excellent with the Colts until Peyton Manning got hurt and two playoff trips in four years with the Lions is beyond remarkable. The Packers have already interviewed him, and coaching Aaron Rodgers is probably more appealing than coaching Darnold.

Jim Harbaugh

In his first three years in San Francisco he got the 49ers to three straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl. They fired him in Year 4, which is all you need to know about the chaos he caused there. He says he's not leaving Michigan, but everyone knows he's open to it. But would the Jets want to invite that kind of chaos?

Jack DelRio

A noted disciplinarian and tough guy, he's probably not the offensive mind the Jets need. He did have a brilliant season in Oakland in 2016, leading the Raiders to a 12-4 record. They were a Super Bowl threat too until quarterback Derek Carr broke his leg in Week 16. One year later, the dysfunctional Raiders fired him months after he signed a four-year contract extension.

Bruce Arians

He's 66 and supposedly retired, but he is a great offensive coach and he had success in Arizona, even reaching the NFC championship game. He'd probably be great for Darnold. He's on record saying he'd only unretired to coach the Cleveland Browns, though.

Hue Jackson

He's still well-respected around the league, especially as an offensive coach. But he'd be an impossible sell in New York after he went 3-36-1 in Cleveland and then watched the Browns take off after he was fired.

Josh McDaniels

At 42, he's probably the best young, offensive assistant available and teams are counting on the fact that he learned some lessons from his brief tenure as coach of the Denver Broncos. Two problems, though: Everyone is wary after he took the Colts job last year and then backed out. Also, you can bet Bill Belichick is advising his offensive coordinator to steer far of the Jets.

Jim Schwartz

He's the other coach to take the Detroit Lions to the playoffs over the last two decades, though his one trip came in his only winning season there in five years. Quarterback Matthew Stafford did have his best season that year, though. Schwartz is another tough, discipline-oriented, defensive coach - and the Jets are more likely to lean towards the other side of the ball.

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Aug 26, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (88) catches a pass before the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 26, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (88) catches a pass before the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

In their continued search for depth at wide receiver, the Jets are working out former Ravens WR Quincy Adeboyejo, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The 24-year-old has played in one career regular season game, with that appearance coming for the Ravens in 2017.

Adeboyejo went undrafted out of Ole Miss in 2017 before signing with Baltimore.

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Jets LB Brandon Copeland was suspended on Wednesday for the first four games of the regular season in the latest hit to a Gang Green defense that recently lost Avery Williamson for the season.

Copeland, who will be eligible to return on Oct. 13 against the Cowboys, took to Instagram late Wednesday afternoon to explain what led to his suspension.

"I spent the better part of 28 years building and working on my legacy," Copeland wrote. "This offseason, I began taking a supplement AFTER multiple verifications that it was safe for me to use. Unfortunately, this supplement was contaminated with a banned substance -- NOT on its label. Regardless of the reason, League policy says I am responsible for what is in my body."

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Darnold and Bell potential 00:00:58
Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell are complimentary of each other and can't wait to play together in a game this season for the Jets.

Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell's chemistry this season will be vital for the Jets' offense to flourish. Yet, these two won't be able to truly test that until Week 1 of the regular season. 

Head coach Adam Gase has already made it known that Bell won't be seeing any preseason snaps, especially after what happened to Avery Williamson in the last preseason bout against the Falcons. The Jets lost him for the season due to a torn ACL, something Gase took the blame for after saying he wanted to take him out a series earlier. 

So Darnold and Bell must continue to mend their bond during practice reps. But Darnold admitted after practice on Wednesday that there are some things that only game action can show Bell about Gase's offense.

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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a moment prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a moment prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Just as the Jets lose a linebacker to injury, another one won't be present to start the season for a different reason. 

The Jets announced Wednesday that LB Brandon Copeland has been suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. 

Copeland, 28, played in all 16 games for the Jets in his first season with the team in 2018. He totaled five sacks, 35 combined tackles -- eight for loss -- 14 quarterback hits, and two passes defended. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell won't play until Week 1 of the regular season against the Bills, but he said on Wednesday that he doesn't think there will be any negative impact to not playing during the preseason -- even after sitting out all of 2018.

"I don't think me getting four plays in the preseason is gonna help me in Week 1 for the game," Bell said. "It's gonna be me just getting ready for playing and practice. When the game comes, then I'll be ready."

Bell said that his teammates will be aggressive with him in practice and go after the ball in order to help him get ready for game situations, adding that he just wants to "go out there and show everyone I'm the same player."

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Sep 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; XFL chief executive officer Oliver Luck stands in a tunnel and watches the game during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Sep 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; XFL chief executive officer Oliver Luck stands in a tunnel and watches the game during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

The XFL has announced the eight new team names and logos for its inaugural season. 

It will be the New York Guardians that will represent the tri-state area with what looks to be a charcoal grey and red as their team colors. Here are the rest of the teams...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE TEAMS 

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Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony (44) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony (44) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Jets unfortunately lost LB Avery Williamson for the season after he suffered a torn ACL against the Falcons in preseason Week 2. But GM Joe Douglas was quick to fill his roster slot on Tuesday. 

The Jets announced the signing of LB Stephone Anthony, a four-year NFL vet and former first round pick back in 2015. 

Spending the past two seasons with the Dolphins, Anthony has Jets ties with head coach Adam Gase at the top of that list. Having played with the Saints for his first two seasons, he also knows linebackers coach Joe Vitt. 

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Despite what was reportedly a "very attractive offer" from the Jets, veteran wide receiver Dontrelle Inman instead chose to sign with a different NFL team in the AFC on Tuesday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the sixth-year pro was "impressed" with the Jets' pitch, but will head back to his former team as he signs with the Los Angeles Chargers.

"Inman strongly considered them," Rapoport said of the Jets, who are likely to carry six wide receivers on the 53-man roster under first-year head coach Adam Gase.

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For Jets a change is in the air 00:01:35
Ralph Vacchiano talks about how a change is noticeable at Jets camp with Gase and Douglas' improved relationship between coach and GM.

"There really is a new energy inside the Jets building about the pairing of general manager Joe Douglas and coach Adam Gase," SNY's Ralph Vacchiano said. "A feeling that can best be described as, thinking that they finally have a general manager and coach on the same page, who can work together, who can think alike."

The Jets hired Gase as their head coach in January, he went 23-25 in three seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach from 2016-2018. Joe Douglas was hired in June as the general manager, after working as the Philadelphia Eagles' vice president of player personnel from 2016-2019. The two worked together for the Chicago Bears in 2015, while Gase was an offensive coordinator and Douglas was the director of college scouting.

"Of course, Douglas and Gase have a long history together," Vacchiano said. "Douglas, in many ways, was Gase's hand-picked general manager and the truth is, well we anticipate things will go smoothly, we're not really going to know until the off-season. That's where the bulk of Douglas's work -- team building -- is going to be."

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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Derrick Kindred (26) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Derrick Kindred (26) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Jets continue to reshape their secondary this season, as GM Joe Douglas brought in CB/S Derrick Kindred off waivers on Tuesday, the team announced.

Kindred rejoins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who he worked with on the Browns for the past two seasons. A former fourth-round pick by Cleveland back in 2016, Kindred had been working with the Colts this preseason, but he was waived by the team this week. 

The 25-year-old has 42 games of NFL experience, where he's started 17 times. Last season, the TCU product tallied 45 combined tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defended. 

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Why Mosley chose the Jets 00:01:32
C.J. Mosley tells Bart Scott how Jamal Adams' intensity helped him choose the Jets in free agency.

Before C.J. Mosley signed with the Jets in the offseason, he and Jamal Adams were teammates in last year's Pro Bowl, while Mosley was still a member of the Ravens. 

It didn't take long for Mosley to take note of the standout safety out of LSU. 

"One of the first things I noticed was his voice," Mosley said of Adams. "It takes a lot when guys come to the Pro Bowl to be amped up and ready to play. I saw the competitiveness in that. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) 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 running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Christian McCaffrey has quickly developed into one of the NFL's most versatile running backs with the Panthers. With his size, speed, and ability to catch the ball, he is everything teams are looking for in today's backfield. 

The Jets have arguably a bigger threat in Le'Veon Bell as their running back entering the new season, a player McCaffrey can thank for helping him back in his college days when he was envisioning himself in the league. 

McCaffrey spoke on NBC Sports' Peter King's podcast, and explained how Bell reached out to him while he was at Stanford trying his best to get NFL teams on his radar. He said Bell, who was with the Steelers at the time, was more than willing to offer advice whenever he could. 

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Sometimes it just takes a step away from the game to realize that you're just not done with it yet. Just ask Brett Favre. He did it numerous times. 

This is Ryan Kalil's first time returning to the game after announcing his retirement after last season. Jets GM Joe Douglas convinced him that it wasn't his time to lock up the cleats and pads for good, and he knew it was the right move on Sunday -- when he was pacing the Jets' locker room getting ready for his initial first team reps of training camp. 

"Everyone was making fun of me, I was pacing the locker room like 30 minutes before anybody else was dressed," Kalil told The Post's Mollie Walker after practice. "It's why I came back. I love football. I just do." 

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Jets head coach Adam Gase had a simple, three-word response when asked if he regretted leaving in Avery Williamson as long as he did in Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons.

"Yes, I do."

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Gase on Bell and Williamson 00:01:31
Adam Gase informed everyone that Le'Veon Bell won't play in the preseason while admitting he regrets Avery Williamson getting hurt.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Le'Veon Bell takes the field on Opening Day, he will have gone 19 months without playing in an actual NFL game. And as much as he says he'll be ready, and the Jets believe him, there's no way anyone can know for sure.

But that's OK. A little mystery is better than an untimely injury - especially one that could ruin the Jets entire season. That's why Adam Gase is smart to be cautious with his star running back. And the decision he announced on Sunday night to keep the 27-year-old Bell out for the entire preseason is absolutely the right move.

The last thing the Jets need is to lose Bell before they even have a chance to use him. They spent $52.5 million on him in March, even upping their offer to seal the deal, because they knew he'd be the linchpin of Gase's attack. They viewed him as the perfect weapon to help their young, star quarterback and a way to take the pressure off their undermanned receiving corps.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) 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 running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell did not suit up for either of the Jets' first two preseason games, and as head coach Adam Gase told reporters following Sunday's Green and White scrimmage, he won't see the field until their Week 1 matchup with the Bills on Sept. 8. 

"Le'Veon will not play this week," Gase said. "He won't play in the fourth game. We will be holding him until the season." 

Gase had previously hinted at the possibility of keeping Bell on the sidelines until the regular season opener following Saturday's practice.

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Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants once learned the lesson in the most painful way possible. For years they took their specialists for granted. They got kickers and punters as cheaply as possible, converted long-snappers from other positions, and considered all three very disposable and interchangeable parts.

Then came their horrific loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs in 2003, when they lost 39-38 on a dreadful triple disaster by their long-snapper, punter/holder, and kicker when they were lining up for what should've been a game-winning kick.

That's when GM Ernie Accorsi vowed: Never again. And that offseason he went on a special spending spree, bringing in quality veterans at long-snapper (Ryan Kuehl), punter (Jeff Feagles) and kicker (Mike Hollis, and later Steve Christie). He did not want to see his team lose a game ever again just because he tried to save a few bucks at those positions.

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As a defensive back for the team from 2015-18, Buster Skrine has seen the Jets' quarterbacks firsthand across four years in New York.

Now with the Chicago Bears, Skrine discussed where his former team is heading under Sam Darnold.

Skrine returned to MetLife Stadium on Friday for week two of the preseason in the Bears' 32-13 loss to the Giants. After the game, he spoke to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media and had high praise for his former quarterback.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

For the second-straight game, the Jets took the field for a preseason meeting without running back Le'Veon Bell on Thursday. That same trend could continue during their final two preseason games as well. 

New York head coach Adam Gase indicated on Friday that Bell, 27, didn't play during the team's exhibition against the Falcons because of a good week of practice. 

"I just liked his week of practice," Gase said. "He got a ton of reps this week."

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The Jets have added a new linebacker following Avery Williamson's season-ending torn ACL.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they have signed veteran Albert McClellan and placed Williamson on Injured Reserve.

A 33-year-old out of Marshall, McClellan played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, before splitting time last season with the Ravens and New England Patriots. 

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Three Jets to bring to dinner 00:01:26
Jamal Adams is a given, but Trevor Siemian as a dinner guest? Adam Gase and Joe Douglas list the three Jets they would take to dinner.

Which three current Jets would you invite to dinner?

That was the question asked to head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, as they walked the Jets' practice field.

Jamal Adams seems like an obvious answer, but some of Gase's choices may be a bit of a surprise. 

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Jets QB Josh McCown (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets quarterback Josh McCown, who retired in June after spending the last two of his 16 professional seasons with the team, has now decided to un-retire according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McCown will sign a one year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, making them his eleventh NFL team. The contract includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million, per source.

Last season with the Jets, he appeared in four games after starter Sam Darnold was out with a foot injury. McCown had been a strong mentor for the No. 3 pick in the 2018 Draft, and had spoken very highly of him.

"I root for those guys, and I want to see Sam have a lot of success. Now he has to make it happen. If he needs me, I'm only a phone call away," McCown said.

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Jamal Adams praises C.J. Mosley 00:01:07
Bart Scott asks Jamal Adams about his request for more "dogs," and how the addition of C.J. Mosley adds to the team and helps the defense.

Jamal Adams has already proven himself to be a leader on the back end of the Jets' defense.

This past offseason, the team went out and added CJ Mosley in free agency, adding another playmaker, and giving Adams another leader he can rely on in the Jets' front seven.

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The most important thing for every NFL team in every preseason game is to simply come out of it with their starting lineup intact. Whatever the starters get out of a few meaningless snaps is rarely worth the risk of a devastating injury.

The Jets and linebacker Avery Williamson were just reminded of that in the worst way possible, thanks to the worst decision of Adam Gase's short Jets career.

The Jets suffered a huge blow on Friday when their worst fears were confirmed - that Williamson suffered a torn ACL in the Jets' 22-10 win in Atlanta on Thursday night. And the insult to the injury is that it was truly meaningless and could have - should have - been avoided. The 27-year-old was injured with 3:52 left in the first half, long after all the other Jets defensive starters had departed.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)
New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)

The Jets received a big blow to their defense on Friday as linebacker Avery Williamson has suffered a torn ACL. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's first report on the injury. Williamson will miss the entire 2019 season. 

Williamson was curiously left in Thursday's preseason contest against the Falcons for an extended amount of time when he sustained the injury. 

Williamson went down on the field with approximately four minutes left in the first half while in coverage on a passing play. The Jets brought in a new defensive coordinator this offseason in Gregg Williams and Williamson was tabbed as the defensive play-caller on the field. 

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New Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said this week that he hasn't really started bringing the pressure with his play-calls yet.

All that changed on Thursday night.

Actually, it didn't matter because he was getting plenty of pressure from his defensive line, but Williams turned up the heat in the second game of the preseason. The Jets were all over Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in a 22-10 win in Atlanta. They sacked him three times on the 17 times he dropped back to pass, and pressured him on almost every other pass. He was still 10 of 14 for 118 yards thanks to his talent and a porous Jets secondary. But by the time he left, one thing was clear:

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Darnold talks exciting offense 00:01:08
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold explains the impact running backs Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery will have in Jets offense.

Through two preseason games, the Jets have looked strong on both sides of the ball.

Sam Darnold and the first-team offense have shown efficiency moving the ball down the field, and Gregg Williams' defense proved on Thursday that they can bring the heat on opposing quarterbacks.

One glaring issue for the Jets through these two games, though, has been their kicking game.

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New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)

The Jets wide receiver room doesn't exactly scare anyone from top-to-bottom, but there's talent. 

The top-three targets for quarterback Sam Darnold on the outside are Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa. In that group, New York head coach Adam Gase doesn't want or see football players.

Instead, Gase wants basketball players, and he thinks he's got them. 

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets continue their preseason schedule on Thursday night on the road against the Falcons in Atlanta. Their first game was a loss in the "Snoopy Bowl" to the Giants, something they're looking to bounce back from tonight. 

It will definitely be a tough task to do so, especially when you consider one big strength and one big weakness for the Falcons and Jets respectively. 

Last season, the Falcons -- led by Matt Ryan on the offensive side of the ball -- were a pass-heavy team. That's not to say the rest of the NFL hasn't turned into that, but the Falcons did better than most teams. They finished fourth in passing offense for the regular season with 209.8 yards per game. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' hottest new commodity in Le'Veon Bell is still getting acclimated to his new team. He was absent from most of the team's offseason voluntary workouts as he continued his routine of working out in Miami to prepare for the new season. 

But, since Bell has been at training camp for the past few weeks, his new Jets teammates are learning what the dynamic running back is like on and off the field. 

In between the hashes, Bell is the exact same player that he was when we last saw him: a patient yet explosive back that knows how to read defenses and make his opponents miss. He didn't show that against the Giants in preseason Week 1 as he sat out, but there have been spurts at practice where he's shown his mastery with the ball in his hands. 

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