By now we've all seen the comments that Santonio Holmes made this week on the NFL.com podcast. We'll put them below, but first we would be remiss if we didn't mention that most casual fans probably think this is a non-story.

Fine.

But be warned. Commenters please spare us the "who really cares about this?" nonsense. Noam Chomsky would be on the same side. But the fact of the matter is that we are all visiting a blog that's ever-so-loosely associated with the Jets and reading a post about a player who made offhand remarks about the finer points of proper journalism on a terrible podcast that no one listens to in mid-July.

Who are we trying to kid?

If we're here, whether we like it or not, we DO care.

Anyway, so here's what Tone said on the Dave Dameshek podcast on NFL.com ...

If you guys want to be -- and this is for the New York media -- if you guys want to be a part of our team and want to feel so important, be there to support us, not to try to break us down,” Holmes said. “Because (there’s) not one day that we all step in that locker room and we try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played, because it affects the team the way one person plays if they don’t play to perfection.

“So, if the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things. Stay away from the negative, because it doesn’t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happen and that’s all you want to talk to us players about. We live for one thing, and that’s to play football, and not to entertain you people in the media.”

I think there's a lot of things at play here that I'm thinking about and I think that for me to best address it, I'm going to need to tick them off ... so here goes ...

He's Not the First

As Bent astutely pointed out, it's not as if Holmes is the first guy to lecture the New York Jets beat on their function. Chad Pennington, one of the most likable and good-natured players on the Jets in the last fifteen years fell face first into this bungee pit, so I'm not about to feign any outrage about Holmes' views on how the media treats players. We're sure that players aren't thrilled with many of the questions they're forced to answer and the media might be the one group of people that routinely asks them tough questions and they don't like it.  I don't know that I would.

The Role of ReportersIn some ways, Santonio paints us a fanciful picture of what he perceives the media's role to be.

Based on Tone's comments, reporters want to:

1) Be part of the team

2) Feel "so important"3) Discuss only all the negative things

4) Report only all the negative things

According to Tone, reporters should:

1) Be there to support the team

2) Not try to break down players

3) Only write positive things to remain on the beat

4) Not expect players to "entertain ... people in the media"

When it's boiled down like that, the comments seem even more out of touch with reality than on first glance.  Is this what Holmes perceives the actual role of sports media in fact, is? Even if used as a template for the team's own reporters (Randy Lange and Eric Allen) these are outlandish parameters to place on even in-house reporting.

Santonio might not like the negative reporting, but does he not see the very role he played in creating the negative feedback loop by which he is now beleaguered? To me this seems like he's throwing stones in his own glass house.

Now I'm Done

Whatever Santonio said on the podcast, we had to see coming. Santonio has galvanized himself from the media since the end of the season and all the comments and bad pub that came out about him right after the season ended. In Florida, he had that awkward interaction with Manish, then he ducked reporters for three days last month during OTAs after he had that moment where he sat out some plays. Now this.

This skirmish could just be the start of a war this season, but I suspect the Jets will try to get control of the issue.  Santonio might have more to say on the matter, or he might start declining interview requests or just give "no comments" to the press. Either way, he's going to be asked about this lecture on NY sports media as soon as someone in the New York market gets a chance to talk with him.  Remember, the beat got their dander up over Mark Sanchez bringing prepared remarks to the podium in his rookie season ... how is this supposed to go over?

Talking Bad

Santonio did exhort the media to "be there to support us, not to try to break us down ... because [there's] not one day that we ... try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that a person played." OK fine, but how do we then reconcile that statement with the ones Santonio himself made about his teammates, publicly last year?

  • October 3rd, 2011: "It starts up front with our big guys, they need to do a better job protecting Mark and Mark has to do a better job making his reads and getting the ball to playmakers.”
  • October 13th, 2011: "I may be criticized again for saying it, but I think it starts up front. And the big guys know it. (If) they give Mark (Sanchez) enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes. If you can't protect the quarterback for four, five seconds, then there's no point in dropping back seven yards to throw a football when he doesn't have enough time."
He might have been right about the offensive line's bad play and Mark's bad decisions, but how was that helpful?  How did that not break each other down?  So that's two that we know of, not to mention the "four or five" other times (as of October 14thhe did this per Brandon Moore. So that all was edifying and not criticism then ... right Tone?

Cognitive. Dissonance. Not. Working!!!!!!!!!

This Beat is DifferentI don't need to get into the differences of New York versus most of the rest of the United States.  New Yorkers can be relentless when it comes to production, and that industriousness elsewhere in the life of a New Yorker tends to trickle down, even to the diversions we pick to distract ourselves from the truly demanding parts of our lives.  The fans are all ready for the Jets to win another Super Bowl, and until they do, we're not above making everyone aware that we're waiting. Can we blame the beat for picking that up too?  New York sports journalists see their job as serious business ... and it is.  Most of the reporters went to J School at Syracuse - meaning they're smart as hell and they're well trained in how to do their job.  They are covering a billion dollar organization which is part of a multibillion dollar international cultural phenomenon and they take that s*** seriously.

In my best attempt to oversimplify, some reporters or editors directly or indirectly encourage them to paint the edges of general guidelines by using single anonymous sources in articles, a practice that is allowable, but is easily discreditable.  Unfortunatley, I do think that a lot of the Jets players (and fans) media problems can frequently be traced back to this.  As Herm would say ... "put ya name on it!" But when reporters can't get players to do so, it's still in bounds for them to use it ... the problem for fans and players both is that an article can't be 100% transparent with how the news came about, or how much behind the scenes double checking a reporter might have done.

In the end, Santonio's attempt to take a stand looks like a losing battle. If Santonio is trying to make this an "us versus them" thing, that's totally cool, go with it, but this was poorly executed attempt if that was the case. Until he figures out how to circle the wagons properly, this will continue to go badly.

Such Great Heights

We'd be remiss if we didn't take Holmes' comments as a chance for self-inspection. Bluntly, I think Holmes got part of it right. I would never count myself as part of the beat, but I do see this site as an extension of it. I would love it if the Jets beat were wholly positive, but it's completely out of touch with reality. I would love to see feel-good stories written by members of the media about my favorite team on the planet, each and every day, but optimism can sometimes run too close a course to naïveté ... we've been there and it's just as dangerous as being too cynical.

Forget it even being positive, I would love it if the Jets beat discussed in gory details the virtues of the five-technique, the folly or genius of the Wildcat, the aesthetic beauty of a perfectly executed fire zone blitz. Believe it or not, the best and most intricate coverage of sports I have ever closely observed in my life, I had in the city where I hated the teams the most ... Boston.

Oh, they made Debbie Downer look cheerful most of the time, but for a New York fan, listening to Boston sports radio or opening a newspaper for a week could make me want to hurl myself off the Tobin Bridge into the Mystic River. But pay attention to it for a year and I learned to appreciate how passionate Bostonians are about the most frivolous and microscopic of sports details. For instance, I bet they could fill two days worth of talk radio about the how Rob Gronkowski's Q rating will affect his level of play and not break a sweat. It's disgusting and admirable all at the same time.

My point? That's an extreme example, but I would say that I found the media discourse more interesting and insightful about the actual sport being covered in Boston way more than I ever did for New York sports media - as much as it pains me to say it. The Patriots beat has a former Patriots scouting freaking assistant writing for them. Read the posts in this category on the ESPN Boston Patriots blog and tell me if you've ever seen anything like this ever done in New York by a mainstream source ... I'd be inclined to say no. The coverage could be much more Xs and Os driven, more statistical, more minute ... but it's not and I don't know who to blame about it. Is it my own fault? Is it only the most salacious or sensational story that moves the needle? Is no one properly setting the pace of the technical dialog? Are the writers just doing what their editors command them to do? Is this the coverage that we the fans are giving our tacit approval by not demanding more or better?

UPDATE 9:53AM ET: While there available in the comments below, I couldn't get everything out of my head and thought Bent's writing is equal to, or superior to mine.

While we’re all fans of the team and want the Jets to do well, it seems like there is a section of fans that want the media to behave the way they do, even though it’s counter-productive for the team. I agree that people should be held accountable, but witchhunts and cage-rattling can only be bad for the team.

It’s perhaps surprising that teams don’t have more control over who they choose to give access to. Don’t businesses and organizations in other walks of life try and manage their output by using trusted outlets? I get that there are special rules, but maybe those rules will be challenged at some point.

As soon as I saw Santonio’s comments, I wondered what possessed him to think that would be received any other way than negatively. Then I thought maybe he saw things differently because of how the media was when he was in Pittsburgh.

I emailed friend and former guest contributor of the blog Ryan Wilson of CBS to get his take on the Steelers beat. He, not surprisingly, said that their journalists were more respectful, didn’t take unnecessary shots at the organization weren’t looking for [crap] to throw against the wall.

It seems Holmes appreciated the media being supportive and giving him the benefit of the doubt when he entered the league. But the New York media isn’t going to change, so he’s just going to have to get used to it. This is something that’s out of the organization’s control, so I hope it doesn’t get so bad that players are turned off wanting to play here.

I guess winning earns you some leeway. When David Diehl (who had a terrible season) gets a DUI and everyone falls over themselves to say how brave and honest he is for admitting his mistake, it’s instantly apparent how differently the Jets are treated (when the media essentially forced them to suspend Braylon Edwards for part of a game for doing the same thing).

If roles were reversed, one wonders if the NY media would re-deploy its more negative staff to go after the Giants in the same way.

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As rookie quarterback Daniel Jones takes over the Giants' offense for 17th-year veteran Eli Manning, a decision announced Tuesday by New York, the crosstown starter has an idea of what the transition will be like.

Just last year, fresh off the Jets making him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Sam Darnold ascended to the top of the depth chart and began his rookie season with the Jets as the team's starter.

Now in his second year with New York while he works back from mononucleosis, Darnold understands that the news can be tough for Manning to process, but the development should only help Jones as the Giants move forward.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) dos back as Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy (93) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) dos back as Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy (93) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Speaking publicly for the first time since his mono diagnosis, Jets QB Sam Darnold gave an update on his health on Tuesday.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Darnold explained that he's hopeful he can return for the Jets' Week 5 matchup in Philadelphia. 

While Week 5 seems to make sense, with the Jets coming off their early by week, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has noted that Darnold's absence could stretch until Week 7, based on what he's heard from doctors.

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Luke Falk
Luke Falk

The Jets were forced to go to their third-string quarterback in Luke Falk during Monday night's 23-3 loss to the Browns after Trevor Siemian left with what was revealed to be season-ending ligament damage. 

So, with Siemian out and Sam Darnold still fighting mono, head coach Adam Gase has no choice but to go with Falk into Foxborough to face the 2-0 Patriots on their home turf. 

But make no mistake the Jets are definitely looking to add another signal caller before that game.

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If the Jets weren't going through enough with their quarterback situation, injury woes, and falling to 0-2, Jamal Adams added to the pile on Tuesday morning when he removed the Jets from his social media bios on Twitter and Instagram. 

In this day and age, that is to normally send a message to a team. But speaking on WFAN with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, Adams assured everyone that wasn't the case. 

"It's social media. At the end of the day it's outside noise. I'm not focused on that," Adams said when Gray asked what we should make of the changes. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Sam Darnold will remain inactive for Week 3 against the Patriots, but he is making progress in his return from mono.

Darnold, who had been quarantined since his illness was diagnosed, was at the Jets' facility on Tuesday, head coach Adam Gase said, adding that Darnold is "feeling better."

"We will really have a better idea (of when Darnold can return) when the doctors give us the green light that he can progress," Gase said. "The doctors are letting us know when to proceed with him."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets QB Trevor Siemian, who exited Monday night's loss against the Browns due to an ankle injury, is out for the season, head coach Adam Gase said on Tuesday.

Gase said the injury was ligament related and that there was no break, adding that Siemian will likely need surgery.

While the Jets are now without starter Sam Darnold and their backup, Gase said Tuesday that the team will go with Luke Falk as their starter until Darnold returns -- with the team looking to acquire a backup.

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The Jets' quarterback situation after Trevor Siemian went down with an injury on Monday night got even worse, as Sam Darnold is still fighting mono. That paired with other issues the team is facing has sportsbooks predicting their next contest to be a blowout. 

The Jets are set to travel to Foxborough to face the 2-0 Patriots this Sunday, and New England is an obvious favorite to stay undefeated in this one. But, with Luke Falk set to start for the Jets and the Patriots being absolutely dominant in their first two games, the spread is massive. 

The Patriots are giving 22.5 points to the Jets, according to multiple sportsbooks. That spread is unheard of for an NFL game, but with the Pats outscoring their opponents 76-3 so far this season, paired with the Jets' struggles, many believe it isn't far-fetched. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Jets suffered another loss on Monday, and it certainly hasn't been the start to the season the team had hoped for. 

And it doesn't look like Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams is taking well. 

Adams has taken out the Jets from his Twitter and Instagram bios, and it appears he unfollowed the team on his Instagram page. He is still following them on Twitter as of now. 

He used to "Former LSU All-American - Defensive Back for the New York Jets" in his Twitter bio, but it has now changed to a quote stating "Let the lord fight your battles. He hasn't lost one yet!" As for Instagram, nothing remains in his bio but his name. 

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Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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Trevor Siemian will have an MRI on his ankle Tuesday morning, but the injury sure didn't look good. Sam Darnold is already out with mono, possibly until late October. That leaves Luke Falk, who made his NFL debut on Monday night, as the only quarterback on the roster.

So yes, the Jets need help at quarterback and they need it quickly.

Unfortunately, quarterbacks aren't exactly easy to find.

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Reaction to Johnson benching 00:01:59
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott react to Trumaine Johnson's benching, their take on the situation might surprise you.

No one knew why cornerback Trumaine Johnson spent roughly the first three quarters out of action until head coach Adam Gase spoke briefly after the game.

Unable to sustain drive on offense, the defense suffered for the Jets in Monday's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Among the questions SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott had once the final horn sounded, what was the real reason why Gase and Gang Green kept Johnson on the sidelines?

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Johnson comments on benching 00:01:00
Trumaine Johnson reacts to not starting against the Browns. It was a surprising move that Gase said wasn't due to discipline reasons.

Decimated by injuries, including linebacker C.J. Mosley (strained groin) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle), the Jets trotted out a revised defense against a Browns offense littered with dangerous skill players but did not play Trumaine Johnson until the cornerback was forced into action.

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gave Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a piece of his mind on the field and taste of his own medicine off of it on Monday night.

Williams, when asked a question about Beckham this week, started his reply with, "Odell who?" 

Beckham downplayed a lot during his press conference following his team's 23-3 win against the Jets. One thing he couldn't help himself with was his thoughts on Williams. 

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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OK, now what?

It was bad enough when the Jets learned quarterback Sam Darnold was out indefinitely with mono, but now they've lost backup quarterback Trevor Siemian, too. He suffered what looked like a nasty ankle injury in the first half of the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. That forced the Jets to turn to Luke Falk, who had been promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day.

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New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas speaks to the media following an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (Elise Amendola/AP)
New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas speaks to the media following an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola/AP)

Demaryius Thomas was a surprise activated player for the Jets on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns. However, his first night at MetLife Stadium as a Jet is over prematurely. 

The Jets already had lost quarterback Trevor Siemian due to an ankle injury the second quarter of the game.

When the team announced the quarterback's injury designation, as his night was finished, it also indicated that the veteran wideout's night was also over due to a hamstring injury as well. 

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The Jets lost quarterback Trevor Siemian in the second quarter of their Monday Night Football matchup against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium due to injury.

Scrambling to his right, Siemian was hit by Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett and his ankle was caught underneath his body and folded awkwardly. The play occurred on a third-and-16 play and the hit earned Garrett a roughing the passer penalty. 

Siemian was 3-for-6 passing with only three yards prior to exiting the game, which he was starting in place of quarterback Sam Darnold, who is currently sidelined while he battles mono.

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New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates after running past Buffalo Bills' Matt Milano (58) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates after running past Buffalo Bills' Matt Milano (58) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Jets are looking for their first win of the season on Monday Night Football at MetLife Stadium against the Cleveland Browns.

Running back Le'Veon Bell says he already won in one sense, though. 

Via a snippet of a conversation he had with ESPN, Bell discussed is highly-publicized hold out from a year ago with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In that regard, Bell said he did, in fact, win. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. is back at MetLife Stadium.

This time, however, he heads to the visiting sideline.

Just over three hours before Monday's 8:15 p.m. kickoff in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the former Giants wide receiver strolled into his home for the past five years when he arrived as a member of the Cleveland Browns for a Week 2 matchup with the New York Jets.

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Is Odell right about Williams? 00:00:39
New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Odell Beckham Jr. had some words this past week, we'll see what happens tonight.

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Odell Beckham Jr. made waves last week when he went public with accusations that Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams once told players to purposely injury him.

And that wasn't the first time Beckham thought Williams ordered his players to take the star receiver out.

The Beckham-Williams feud has its roots in 2014, when Beckham was a rookie with the Giants and Williams was fresh off his BountyGate suspension as the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. In a late December game, Rams defenders appeared to target Beckham multiple times with late or questionably legal hits.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Trevor Siemian (19) , Sam Darnold (14) Luke Falk (8) and Davis Webb (5) 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 quarterbacks Trevor Siemian (19) , Sam Darnold (14) Luke Falk (8) and Davis Webb (5) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With the health of QB Sam Darnold up in the air for the next few weeks, the Jets announced Monday afternoon that they've signed Luke Falk to the active roster, and in turn, have waived S Bennett Jackson.

Falk is now set to back up Trevor Siemian tonight, as the Jets host the Browns and Odell Beckham Jr. at MetLife Stadium for Monday Night Football.

The second-year man of out Washington State performed well for the Jets during the preseason, completing 80.6 percent of his passes (29-of-36) for 230 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

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

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

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

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

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

But it could be close.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Odell who?"

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

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

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

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

Tags: Le'Veon Bell
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New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams addresses the comments receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said about his coaching methods

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

A day later, Williams fired back.

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr.
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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

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

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

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

This is why.

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

Tags: Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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