This is my first game as a weekend editor, so I’m testing things out. While watching the game, I’ve recorded my thoughts, which you’ll find below. Since this is preseason, I’m more than open to criticism. If you’ve enjoyed this, let me know, and if I’ve missed anything, speak up. Let’s go Jets!

The Jets won the coin flip but deferred, giving Cincinnati the ball to start things off. The Jets d-line dominated, and Bengals ran it twice and threw an incomplete pass before punting it to the Jets 43. Kerley caught the punt and blasted it 8 yards to the Bengals 49.

When the Jets got the ball, Sanchez’s confidence was still a little low, as it tends to be early in games. He hit Burress for a nice gain on his first passing attempt, but his second one, again to Burress, was into tight coverage. Then, his timing was incredibly out of sync with Keller on 3rd sending him to the sidelines visibly upset. Fortunately, his defense stepped up on the first play of the Bengals’ drive. Eric Smith picked off Andy Dalton’s pass, and make a very effective case for his starting at safety. Thinking quickly, he tossed the ball to Revis, a much more nimble and evasive player, who stretched the pick another 22 yards. Starting at the Bengals 16, Sanchez was back in it. He threw a quick TD pass to Holmes, and, thanks to his defense, he was soaring.

It was pouring rain out there. Buckets of it. Apocalyptic stuff. Staring down a freshman offense, Rex Ryan’s defense was chomping at the bit.  They forced Dalton back to a 4 and 27 on the 1, with a near-miss fumble recovery TD by the Jets. But the Bengals special teams unit stepped in, and sent the ball 77 yards, pinning the Jets at their own 22 yard-line on the punt.

Its verve lost, the Jets offense was shaky. Kerley picked up 5 yards on 2nd and 12, but a Vladimir Ducasse false start erased that, setting the Jets back to 3rd and 12. Tomlison ran it 6 yards on 3rd down, which was not nearly enough, and the Jets punted it.

Dalton didn’t fare much better his next time on the field. It’s hard to envy his position. He’s tasked with carrying the future of this franchise on his shoulders, and he’s standing in the pouring rain, just trying to make sure his passes fly straight. “It’s just preseason,” he tells himself, “it doesn’t matter.” But this feels like it matters quite a bit. His hurls miss high, low, and into the hands of Jim Leonhard, who carried one back to the Bengals 10 yard line. The Jets try throw it to no avail, and with a loss of 2 yards on a run on 2nd and a short pass on 3rd, have to settle for 3 points.

Back to the Jets defense. They stand strong, and the Bengals are forced to kick it after 3. Kerley shows promise on the return. He dodges one defender, and nearly slips away from another, and the Jets start on the 32. But, after a successful 7-yard pass to Keller, the Jets run a screen and a run to the left, and the Bengals guess right each time. Chris Bryan kicks the ball back to the Bengals, setting them at their own 30.

Settling in, Dalton started to take command of his offense. He and A.J. Green colluded to make an 8 yard reception on 2nd and 8, taking the Bengals to their own 40. After a pass that Bo Scaife tumbled through the Jets defense for 12 yards, Dalton took the Bengals down to the Jets 48. The 1st quarter ended. Immediately, Dalton tossed to Brian Leonard for 33 yards at the Jets 14 yard line.

Now, pinned against their own end zone, the Jets defense would be tested. On 1st down, Dalton overthrew A.J. Green. Kyle Wilson ensured the 2nd down reception he let up didn’t go further than 4 yards, tossing Jordan Shipley out of bounds. Fortune swings both ways. On the next down, Wilson gave up a pass on the 1 to the very same receiver, setting up 1st and goal. Dalton handed the ball to Leanard, who ran into a pile of humanity that landed into the end zone. With all the jerseys on the field, the initial call was inconclusive, and the NFL’s new replay rule was invoked. Evidence to the contrary was lacking, and the ruling on the field was upheld. The Bengals had scored, and, at 10-7, this game remained close.

That preface again. “It’s just preseason.” I know, I know. But Sanchez is throwing to a new receiver, a stranger, really, and he needs to find his rhythm. Kerley, again, was incredible. He caught the kickoff in the end zone and ran it to the 30, losing his helmet along the way. Sanchez connected with Burress in man coverage, and the Jets were at their own 49. Sacked for a loss of 2, Sanchez chucked it a few yards to Keller, who tried to add some yards but came up just one yard short on 3rd down.

Remember how it’s preseason? Exactly! It doesn’t matter. Let’s go for it on 4th! Let’s throw a pass to Santonio Holmes for a couple of yards and easily convert! That was fun!

The Jets took a timeout on 2nd and 9, then Sanchez faked the handoff, slipped away from a pass rusher, motioned to Burress, and threw the pass in the very direction that Plaxico was not running. The CBS color guy reminded me the Jets have not converted on 3rd down today. Yikes. They do not break the pattern. An attempt at a screen to Burress was knocked awry by a Bengal. This time, T.J. Conley contributed a punt that was lovely, and, though it ended up a touchback, it hit the end zone pylon a half-yard away from bouncing out of bounds.

We’re not playing against the Bengals this year (and likely won’t in the playoffs), so I don’t think it’s treasonous to root for their quarterback right now. Faced with a 3rd  and 9, he caught Andre Caldwell for 11 yards. Then, Leonard ran the ball another 11 to their own 43. On 1st down, the Bengals managed to move into Jets territory, but ran into a wall on 2nd. On 3rd, an incomplete pass to Green forced a punt.

When he’s caught the ball, Kerley’s looked great. Slippery and hard to tackle. But he’s still a rookie. With the ball slicing through the air at him, and two Bengals about to make a hit, he stepped out of the way of the ball at about the 20, and it bounced to the 1. That’s fair catch territory, Jeremy. Oh well. Glad it happened in preseason.

This I’m not glad about. With the ball on the 1-yard line, Ducasse jumped over the line, pushing the ball back.  Fortunely, on 2nd and 10, Sanchez threw the football into the hands of Keller, who took it 44 yards to the Jets 43. Tomlinson ran to the 44, and, on 2nd and 9, caught a ball and took it to the Bengals 45 for 1st down. Keller and Sanchez hooked up again, and brought the ball to the XX. The rookie Kerley was tested on 1st and 2nd downs and came up short. Granted, Sanchez threw it a bit high and a bit too close to the sideline, but the drop on 2nd down was aimed at the center of his jersey.

Now the wide receiver coaches know which drills Kerley needs to run this week. Remember, there’s a ring-wearing WR on the other side of the field. Despite Sanchez’s slight overthrow, Burress caught the ball in a gliding dive that landed in the end zone. The way a Super Bowl winner should, even 1000 days after the last time his feet touched a pro field. He might have some rust on him, but this guy came to play. Nick Folk hit the extra point, and with 51 seconds left in the 1st half, the Bengals offense barely tried to stop the Jets walking into the locker room winning 17-7.

On the field, his dark green shirt soaking wet and rain bouncing off his hat, Rex Ryan speaks to a reporter. “It’s all going according to plan,” he says. Despite a few missteps, the starting defense is solid. The offense isn’t quite there yet, but a few playmakers are getting it down. Sounds like the Jets. I guess believe him.

During halftime, I try to find wine and failed. Why do liquor stores in Manhattan close early on Sunday night? Why isn’t wine sold in supermarkets but really fancy beer is? Politics are confusing. Football isn’t. Football is pure. Football is honest. Two groups of men want to move a ball from one end of a field to the other. They might pretend to carry the ball when they intend to throw it, or vice versa, but we all know what they want to do. There’s no dissembling here.

The second half starts, and the starters are standing along the sidelines. After Kerley returns a kickoff into the end zone to the 29, McElroy is in, but doesn’t have a chance to do much before the Jets are pushed back to a 2nd and 18 on two penalties. With the long field, McKnight and Powell pitch in a couple of short runs. A punt, and the Bengals have it again.

At this point, Dalton is out of the game. Bruce Gradkowski is under center, and it’s hard to say that I don’t wish Dalton well. He’s got a heavy weight on his shoulders and I hope he carries it well. Anyway, we’re watching a team with an untested quarterback trying to make a name for himself. Their backup QB is not going to be nearly as exciting. Bruce Gradkowski makes a couple of passes but eventually comes up short at the Jets 38. The Bengals punt it to the 17.

Second-half preseason football is enjoyable in its own weird way. Right now, the McElroy-Cumberland Show is on, and it’s fun to watch these two work. During the drive, Cumberland catch two catches from the young QB, for 26 and 17 yards respectively. I’m looking forward to seeing him line up in double tight end sets with Keller. Joe McKnight took a couple of carries for 7 and 4 yards each. During a phone interview, Bill Cowher says, “I’m looking forward to September 11th, no doubt about it,” which makes me feel very uncomfortable.

McElroy is sacked on 3rd down, and the Jets opt to let Folk try to kick the ball 50 yards. The pressure is off, given that it’s still summer, but Folk sends it flying through the uprights, putting the Jets up 20-7. Two steps forward, one step back. Immediately after, Folk kicks the ball out of bounds and the Bengals start at their own 40.

Again, the Bengals have nothing, and I don’t expect them to. There are really only a few positions that are still exciting to look at. Kerley’s one of them. On a punt return, he makes another mental mistake fumbles a catch that sneaks out of bounds at the Jets 18 right before a Bengal falls on it. Don’t get me wrong, I want to love this guy. When the ball’s in his hands, he’s deadly. The trouble is making sure it gets there.

The backups play like backups. McKnight gets 4 yards and Jeff Cumberland drops a well-thrown ball. Patrick Turner saves the drive with a 7-yard gain on 3rd to take the Jets to their 29. Kerley is covered on 2nd down and makes a leaping catch…but is rather far out of bounds. A short throw on 3rd yields naught, and the Jets punt it to the Bengals 32.

An interception by Brashton Satele set up an impromptu goalline drill from the 4 for the backup offense. Satele is an interesting player. Originally signed by the Raiders, he ended up with the Jets after Oakland failed to execute his contract. Last year, he failed to make the team. I’m sure this interception return can’t hurt him. Once the Jets offense was on the field, Powell tried to run twice but the line can’t create a lane for him. The 3rd quarter ended.

On the 1st play of the last quarter, McElroy and McKnight showed why they’re professional football players. McKnight ran in front of a linebacker to the right, caught McElroy’s pass at the 2, and extended his body into the end zone for a touchdown. Novak’s kick was good are the Jets were winning 27-7. The game was becoming more and meaningless by the second.

The kickoff from Novak was a touchback. Dan LeFavour, the Bengals 3rd-string quarterback, is in. No disrespect meant to the players, but things are mattering less and less. CBS cuts to a sideline interview, and Wayne Hunter (I think) and Nick Mangold make funny faces in the background. If I had TiVo, I would have a picture for you. I don’t, which is disappointing, because their faces were very funny. The Bengals punt it and the Jets take over at the 29.

It’s time to test Powell some more. He runs twice for 2 yards each. McElroy throws it for 2 yards to Powell on 3rd, but there’s a penalty on the play. For a moment, it seems as though the Bengals weren’t paying attention and accepted the penalty. The referee corrects himself and the Jets are faced with 4th and 4. The Bengals get the punt at their own 25 after a fumble recovery.

LeFavour is quickly forced out of bounds on 3rd down after two short runs. Dan De Palma is on and returns the punt to the Jets 30. There are about 10 minutes left in the 4th, probably about 1,000 people left in the stadium, and the game has made the word “meaningless” meaningless. Bilal Powell spins through the defense for a first down. Even CBS is assuming that I don’t care what happening, because they’ve pushed the game into a tiny box while someone interviews Antonio Cromartie. The Jets punt into the end zone and the Bengals star at their own 20.

  • Note:  Every time there’s been a sideline interview tonight with a member of the Jets defense, someone from the television crew has very ironically asked them: “Your defense moved from 1st place in 2009 to 3rd place in 2010. What are you going to do to get all the way back to 1st place?” Revis and Cromartie both expressed mild annoyance before giving their smiling answers
If this game has a theme, it’s the following: the offense has its faults can make plays, but the defense is incredible. And it’s held true since. The 4th-quarter defense exemplifies the “bend but don’t break” mantra of the Jets. They let the Bengals move the ball to the Cincinnati 45 before Aaron Maybin knocked the quarterback to the ground on 3rd down, sending the ball flying. The Bengals recovered, but it’s 4th down. Another punt for the Bengals, this time to the Jets 11.

Around four minutes left. It’s time for the deeper parts of the roster to show what they’ve got. After stomping the defense for a 1st down on 3rd and 1, Chris Jennings explodes through the line, breaks a tackle, and takes the Jets to the Bengals 8. And we’re at the 2-minute warning.

At this point, both teams acknowledge how silly they’re being. The Jets take a few knees to end the game and the Bengals don’t use any of their timeouts. We get a chance to reflect.

Overall, I’ve liked what I’ve seen. Having held the Bengals offense to 7 points in the 1st half, the defense was as dominant as it could be. While they exhibited problems in the red zone, especially after the Leonhard interception, I can’t help but be excited about the Jets offense. Our running game is working, and their receiving corps holds quite a bit of promise. Sanchez has managed the throw the team down the field despite the fact that he’s been lacking at least one receiver in each game he’s played. I cannot wait to see what this offense looks like when Holmes, Burress, and Mason are all waiting for Sanchez’s snap at the line of scrimmage.

As far as the back-ups go, Kerley has shown some flashes, but also has some issues. If he wants to fulfill his potential, he needs to get better at holding onto the ball. Ducasse was better today, but still had some lapses. Cumberland had one drop that I saw, but figures to be a big part of the offense this year. I know it’s just preseason, but I enjoyed this game, and am looking forward to seeing a real one.

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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 ball game.

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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Possible Mosley return? 00:01:04
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.

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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 G 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 mono, 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jets safety Jamal Adams is pumped after solidifying the Jets first win and wants the Jets fans to keep their faith and believe in the team.

The Jets very much held on for their first win of the 2019 season, a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It took a game-sealing blitz on the Cowboys' late two-point conversion attempt to take the win. 

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sent a pass intended for tight end Jason Witten into the ground as the Jets weren't playing chess, they were playing math. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams dialed up an all-out blitz and there were plenty more defenders than blockers. 

The decision worked as safety Jamal Adams went in on Prescott unblocked and forced the incompletion.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was happy to be back and help the team get their first win of the season

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Sam Darnold is back. And so is the Jets' offense.

In case anyone needed proof that the problem the last three weeks had been poor quarterback play, the 22-year-old Darnold showed how much a difference even a competent quarterback can make. And he was more than competent. He was outstanding. Playing for the first time since Week 1, he completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception

It was enough to let the Jets hang on for their first win of the season -- 24-22 over the Dallas Cowboys.

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New York Jets receiver Demaryius Thomas sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley and opened up on his mother and grandmother's incarceration.

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and talked about his difficult upbringing.

Thomas is thankful to have gone to church and Bible study, instead of doing other activies.

"But I could have easily went the opposite way and been in the wrong crowd," Thomas said. "But I just couldn't be that kid. I always wanted to take care of my sisters, my family, my mom, grandmother. I always had in my mind that they'd get out one day, and they was able to get out."

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Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)
Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out earlier on Sunday, the Jets will be looking to be extremely active at the NFL trade deadline that approaches closer by the day. And one of the players he says to watch is DL Leonard Williams

Well, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the interest in Williams is already there around the league. 

Schefter is hearing that multiple teams are looking at Williams, the former first-rounder by the Jets back in 2015. And what could they potentially get for him? 

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The Jets may have a glimmer of hope now that Sam Darnold is back in the lineup, but they are still facing a stark and unfortunate reality. Since 1990, when the NFL playoffs expanded, only one team has started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs. And it hasn't happened since the San Diego Chargers did it in 1992.

That's why between now and the trading deadline on Oct. 29, many around the league believe the Jets' motto should be, and will be: "Sell!"

A lot can happen in the three games between now and that deadline, of course, but multiple league sources told SNY that they expect new Jets GM Joe Douglas to be extremely active in the next few weeks. One source used the word "firesale" to describe what he expects would happen thanks to the combination of a new GM, a team with an 0-4 record, and several expensive but talented players who may not fit in to his long-term plan.
 

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The 0-4 Jets will face the 3-2 Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 13, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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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)

Sam Darnold has been medically cleared and is ready to get back into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Cowboys, and one of his top targets is happy to see No. 14 back under center.

Jamison Crowder recently told Steve Serby of the New York Post that he's "excited" to have Darnold back on the field.

"I'm glad that he's back. I'm just excited, man, see what we can do with him back at the head of the offense," Crowder said. "I feel like the first game [Buffalo], me and him started off with great chemistry, and things were kind of obviously derailed with him being sick or whatnot."

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The Jets announced on Saturday afternoon that the team has signed veteran nose tackle Steve McLendon to a one-year contract extension. 

Originally an undrafted rookie free agent signing with Pittsburgh in 2009, McLendon, now 33 years old, originally joined the Jets in 2016 on a three-year deal. This past march, the Troy product re-signed with Gang Green on a one-year deal. Now, he will be under contract through the 2020 season. 

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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)

The Jets have activated linebacker Brandon Copeland following his four-game suspension, the team announced on Saturday. To make room for Copeland on the roster, the Jets waived quarterback Luke Falk

Copeland was sidelined for the first four games after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy by failing an offseason drug test. Copeland maintains the failed test was due to a tainted supplement he was using, but regardless he is set to make his season debut against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Copeland signed with the Jets prior to last season and appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) in 2018, setting career highs with 47 tackles and five sacks. He played for the Lions in 2015 and 2016 before missing all of the 2017 season with a torn pectoral muscle and signing with Gang Green.

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