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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Jets QB Josh McCown (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
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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From Alabama to New Jersey 00:00:32
Quinnen Williams may turn some heads when you hear how the Jets defensive tackle thinks New Jersey is just like Alabama.

As Quinnen Williams gets acclimated to his new team, the Jets first-rounder is also getting used to his new surroundings. 

Sitting down alongside his D-linemate Leonard Williams and SNY's Jeane Coakley, Quinnen Williams admitted that he has never been this far north. He has been in Alabama his entire life, growing up in Birmingham and playing in Tuscaloosa. 

But Quinnen Williams is slowly learning how cool New York City and New Jersey can be. And maybe one day soon Leonard Williams will take him out on the town...

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Darnold talks Gase relationship 00:01:33
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold discusses the relationship he has with new head coach Adam Gase and what's he's learned from him.

Sam Darnold had an impressive preseason debut last Thursday, and that may have a lot to do with his relationship with head coach Adam Gase.

The second-year quarterback was recently asked to describe what he enjoys the most about getting to know his new head coach, and Darnold explained that Gase has offered him advice pertaining to both on the field and off of it. 

"He's crazy in the best way. I think we all are," Darnold said about his head coach. "You've got to be a little crazy in this profession, and it's fun to be able to gameplan with him, talk about football, but the coolest thing is being able to talk to him about things outside football - family life, friends and family, all of that kind of stuff."  

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Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

After the Jets lost their top cornerback in Trumaine Johnson following Sunday's practice, GM Joe Douglas moved swiftly to help fill the void.

The Jets signed seventh-year veteran Marcus Cooper, the team announced on Tuesday, waiving tight end Nick Truesdell to create room.

The Detroit Lions cut Cooper on Monday.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets knew the cornerback position was their biggest flaw, even before Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring at practice on Sunday. They were shorthanded from the start at one of the most important positions in football.

Now, with Johnson out for the foreseeable future -- "I don't think it's going to be months," Adam Gase said, "but I mean, we'll see." -- the situation is dire.

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Williams on competition at camp 00:01:25
Gregg Williams says if you have to tell players they need to be competitive then they're not the right players, and high praise for Quinnen.

The Jets' intensity level at training camp thus far has been through the roof, and that's always a good sight when there is so much change going on with a franchise. Head coach Adam Gase is setting the tone early on with his offensive group, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is doing the same with his unit. 

When those competitive juices do get flowing at practice, the Jets have seen a scuffle or two occur on the gridiron. 

And that's perfectly fine for Williams in particular. Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Williams explained to the media that he loves his highly-competitive group, and the fights and arguments at practice will happen when everyone is competing for a job on the 53-man roster. 

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Namath on Darnold's improvement 00:01:10
New York Jets Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath discusses the expectations and improvement he's seen in starting quarterback Sam Darnold.

If there's anyone who knows what it takes to play quarterback for the Jets, it's probably the man who was under center for the team's lone Super Bowl appearance and victory. 

And Joe Namath continues to be impressed by the player who is now taking snaps for Gang Green some 50 years later, Sam Darnold.

"I liked what I saw of him physically when he was at Southern Cal before he got here," Namath said. "When he got here, I liked what the coaches and players had to say about him.

 

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
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Following the first week of the exhibition season in the NFL, the optimism surrounding both of New York's football teams is through the roof. 

The Jets' Sam Darnold led a single drive that was near perfect, as the second-year pro was 4-for-5 passing with a touchdown. The Giants' once looked down upon rookie QB in Daniel Jones was one pass better, as he was 5-for-5 passing with a touchdown.

So... Jets vs. Giants Super Bowl?

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Joe Douglas' go-to Karaoke song 00:00:52
Jeane Coakley finds out that Joe Douglas and Adam Gase might sing Pearl Jam and Take Me Home, Country Roads as their Karaoke choices.

For players, coaches and general managers alike, training camp is a grind. Between meetings, workouts and practices, it can sometimes seem the work never stops. So, every now and then, who doesn't need to blow off some steam and belt it out at karaoke night?

Well, Adam Gase, for one. The Jets head coach told SNY's Jeane Coakley that he'd "never be asked to do karaoke and would decline if he was." But general manager Joe Douglas takes Gase for a grunge guy, saying he could "crush" Pearl Jam, given the opportunity. 

Douglas is more of a low-key, country-western guy himself, tapping Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as his specialties when he gets the mic. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on 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/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on 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/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold said following his team's preseason opener against the Giants last week that he's hoping the first-team offense gave fans a "taste" of what's to come in 2019.

The second-year QB was 4-for-5 passing in the game with a touchdown pass. Running back Le'Veon Bell didn't play in the game and the starters only played one series. Regardless, the group left a good impression.

The Jets will continue their exhibition season on Thursday against the Falcons and head coach Adam Gase revealed that the team will probably give fans a bigger taste than it did in Week 1. 

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The Jets have a favorite for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in running back Le'Veon Bell

BetOnline recently released odds for the honor, and Bell is tied with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the favorite to win the award at 4/1 odds.

Bell, 27, would be a true comeback, as he signed a four-year deal worth $52.5 million and $35 million guaranteed this offseason after sitting out the entire 2018 season while looking for a new contract from the Steelers. 

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

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Entering training camp, cornerback was viewed as one of the weakest positions on the Jets' roster. Many view Darryl Roberts, who started five games at cornerback last year and another five at free safety, as an inadequate option to start across from Trumaine Johnson. Johnson, of course, had his own issues with injuries and insubordination last year, too.

In the first preseason game, Roberts and Johnson weren't tested in their brief appearance. However, concern intensified about the depth on the roster, as the second unit struggled badly. Derrick Jones, who was released the next day, was burned for a long catch and Parry Nickerson gave up a number of catches, including one that went for a 51-yard touchdown. Rookie Kyron Brown also had a bad mistake that led to a 22-yard gain as he sought to jump the route on a pass to the slot receiver, leaving his man open on the outside.

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When the Jets took the practice field on Monday, there was a bit of a change at cornerback. 

While Darryl Roberts have been the starting corner on the right side with the first-teamers thus far, undrafted rookie Kyron Brown out of Akron was opposite him. And Brown was exposed early on during team drills, as Robby Anderson flat out beat him on a crossing route for a 40-yard gain. 

The reason Brown was in with the first team to begin with was due to Trumaine Johnson's hamstring injury that now has him out indefinitely. The Jets were already short when it comes to cornerback depth. 

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

Already thin at cornerback, the Jets suffered another blow within the position group Sunday.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring, head coach Adam Gase told reporters following practice, after intercepting quarterback Sam Darnold and running it back.

Johnson, who battled a quad injury in 2018 on the way to 10 appearances 40 tackles and four interceptions, is out indefinitely.

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Maye returns to practice 00:01:01
Jets safety Marcus Maye and Head Coach Adam Gase on Maye's return to practice after being sidelined since last season by a shoulder injury

Early Sunday morning, the Jets announced that starting safety Marcus Maye had been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform List. The 2017 second round pick out of Florida had been out with nerve damage in his shoulder. When asked by media how it feels to be back, he responded with pleasure.

"It felt great, it's been a long process, but just getting out there running around and getting the feel of things, being out there with the guys, definitely feels good to be back," Maye said.

Maye was then asked if the process to getting back healthy has taken longer than he thought it would. "Yeah, but it wasn't in my control, nothing we could do about it," Maye said. "You just have to put your head down and go to work everyday, keep the same mindset knowing that it's going to get better and knowing the time is coming."

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Darnold talks toughest critic 00:02:34
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets QB Sam Darnold about his toughest critic and learning discipline at a young age

For most quarterbacks, being your own worst critic comes with the job title. But for Sam Darnold, he definitely has some outside critiques that get to him. 

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Darnold, who explained how head coach Adam Gase as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains are always chirping to him whenever they can. Entering his sophomore season, the Jets believe Darnold is their quarterback of the future, but tapping Darnold's true potential is what Gase and his staff are looking to do. 

And with that comes some constructive criticism -- nothing Darnold can't handle. He tells Coakley how he's become such a coachable player over the years, and it starts with a lesson from his mom at 12 years old...

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets K Chandler Catanzaro has been struggling this training camp, and instead of letting the team decide what to do with him, he made the choice for them by retiring. 

Reports have been surfacing that Catanzaro wasn't consistent at training camp, and it spilled over into the first preseason game against the Giants on Thursday night. The veteran only hit one of his three extra-point attempts, but knocked in his only field goal at 34 yards. After missing his first PAT, his second was a straight shank that left Jets fans scratching their heads. 

Announcing his early retirement, Catanzaro's career ends after six NFL seasons. He began his time in the league with the Cardinals, where he would spend his first three seasons. He, then, made his way to the Jets in 2017, a season where he hit 25-of-30 field goals and made all 29 of his extra-point attempts.

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Dec 31, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh (7) misses a field in the last two minutes of the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Dec 31, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh (7) misses a field in the last two minutes of the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

The Jets brought back kicker Chandler Catanzaro this offseason, but the team could already be looking to replace him. 

Catanzaro, 28, missed two extra points in the Jets' preseason opening loss to the Giants on Thursday. 

The New York Daily News reports that the Jets will now hold workouts with kickers on Saturday, potentially to compete with Catanzaro as training camp rolls on. Potential kickers working out for the Jets include former All-Pro Blair Walsh, Chris Blewitt and the Jets could be interested in Kaare Vedvik

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Mar 9, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Salt Lake Stallions tight end Nick Truesdell (85) is defended by San Diego Fleet safety Jordan Martin (22) during the second quarter at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Mar 9, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Salt Lake Stallions tight end Nick Truesdell (85) is defended by San Diego Fleet safety Jordan Martin (22) during the second quarter at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Jets signed tight end Nick Truesdell on Saturday and released another former Mike Maccagnan draft pick in cornerback Derrick Jones

Trusedell returns to the Jets having signed with the team on Aug. 4. His first tenure with the Green & White only lasted two days before he was released to make room for offensive lineman Alex Lewis, who the Jets traded for.

Trusedell has bounced around indoor football leagues and landed on the Colts for a short stint in 2016. The 29-year-old was also cut by the Vikings in 2017 and played in the recently defunct AAF with the Salt Lake Stallions.

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Millennials and YouTube 00:00:58
Quinnen Williams: "I got the money, I got the face, I got the brains" when it comes to running a business and learning from YouTube.

Quinnen Williams' NFL career with the Jets is just beginning, but that doesn't mean the rookie isn't thinking about life after football.

The Jets defensive tackle spoke about how he's taking time to learn to save his money, and how he thinks he could have a career in the business world after football.

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The first pass he threw was nearly a disaster - an ill-advised dart into double coverage that went off Giants safety Jabril Peppers' hands. That would've been a heck of a way for Sam Darnold to start off what could be his breakthrough season.

"That was really dangerous," Darnold said later. "First pass under Coach Gase was almost a pick -- almost a pick six.

"(We're) really trying to limit those. But it was a close call."

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Crab cakes and lobster tail? 00:00:37
Jeane Coakley talks off-the-field subjects with Joe Douglas and Adam Gase. Are they wine or beer guys, and is tequila in the mix?

Joe Douglas and Adam Gase have a history together dating back to their time in Chicago.

Now that they're reunited with the Jets, Gase was asked what he would serve for dinner if Douglas came over for the meal. Gase seems to prefer some takeout, while Douglas was hoping for something a little different.

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