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There is a Quarterback Revolution going on in the NFL, with one generation taking the baton from the last. The days of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are either over already, or will be soon.

And the new kids are already on the block.

In fact, right now 13 of the NFL's 32 teams are either starting (or have started) quarterbacks drafted in the last two seasons. And those first- or second-year starters have provided a glimpse of the future that is encouraging, to say the least. That includes, obviously, a bright future in New York where Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones have given long-suffering Jets and Giants fans a reason to believe.

Where do Jones and Darnold stack up against the rest of their peers? Here's a look at all the quarterbacks to come out of college in 2018 or 2019 who have already started an NFL game (or will this weekend):

ON THE VERGE OF STARDOM

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (32nd overall, 2018): For the moment he looks like the best of the bunch, and the only one from the Class of '18 who has not taken an obvious step backwards. He's even in the early MVP conversation with the Ravens rolling at 6-2. "You have to look beyond the numbers," one AFC scout said. "He's not putting up (Patrick) Mahomes numbers, but he's a (pain) to gameplan against. He's so elusive and when he needs to he makes some unbelievable throws." His critics point out that in the last four games he's averaged only 175 passing yards and has thrown just two touchdown passes (with three interceptions). "But that's not the whole story," the scout said. Jackson has also averaged 100 rushing yards in those games and he's run for four touchdowns too. Also, the Ravens won all four games. That matters the most.

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (first overall, 2019): Other than Jackson, no quarterback in the last two classes draws more raves from scouts than Murray - even from those who weren't sure about him before the draft. "He is way more polished than I thought he'd be," said an NFC scout. "He's in the right system for him, but he plays above that. He makes some throws that half the quarterbacks in the league can't make." And he doesn't make a lot of mistakes, either. He's gone five straight games without an interception and has only four on the season. "They've only scratched the surface there, too," the scout said. "They haven't taken advantage of his mobility. When they do: Look out."

UP AND DOWN

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (first overall, 2018): For all the hype about the supposedly loaded Cleveland Browns, few seem to be surprised that they're imploding and that Mayfield, last year's No. 1 overall pick, has taken a step back. He's in a mess of a situation with a bad offensive line, too many stars who want the ball, and a coach who seems overmatched. "And he's not handling it well," one scout said. "So many people thought this was all too much for him, and he's not exactly proving them wrong." A year after throwing 27 touchdowns with just 14 interceptions in 14 games, he's got seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions in eight games. His completion percentage has dropped from 63.8 to 58.7, too. "He's got a great arm and you have to love his on-field attitude," the scout said. "He'll be good, but right now the Browns are a mess."

Sam Darnold, Jets (third overall, 2018): What's happened to the Jets' franchise QB this season is, in the words of one AFC scout, "alarming." But no one seems to be drawing any sweeping conclusions, despite his apparent regression (nine interceptions and only six TD passes in five games). "Who knows how much mono took out of him?" said one AFC scout. "Plus he's playing behind one of the worst lines in the league. He's got no chance." That said, no one denies his obvious talent. But he's now thrown 24 interceptions in 18 career games, and that problem isn't getting better. Also, several NFL talent evaluators did at least wonder if the Darnold-Adam Gase pairing could work. "They obviously need more time," one of them said. "But are they going to get it?"

 

PLEASANT SURPRISES

Daniel Jones, Giants (sixth overall, 2019): He had an absolutely remarkable debut back on Sept. 22 and has struggled a bit since, particularly with regards to ball security (eight interceptions, eight lost fumbles in eight games). He does take too many chances, but otherwise doesn't often look like a rookie. "The kid can make every throw, either from the pocket or on the run," said an NFC scout. "He's got so much poise, so much toughness, and his mobility is a weapon." Even the turnovers don't seem to concern everyone. "He's going to get killed behind that offensive line," another scout said. "Put a better team around him and he's going to be great."

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (seventh overall, 2018): Some considered him the biggest project of the five first-round QBs from the Class of '18, and he might still need some work. But the Bills have figured out how to win with him. "He's a game manager right now," said an AFC scout. "But he's still got the best arm of the bunch." He's also tough to bring down especially when he's on the move, though the 6-5, 237-pounder hasn't had the kind of big rushing games he had last season. "There's still a ton of upside, which is scary," the scout said, "because right now he's playing better than a lot of the others (in his class)."

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (178th overall, 2019): Minshew-mania may be over for now (the Jaguars gave Nick Foles his job back now that he's healthy) but it was real for a while in Jacksonville. And that's amazing because, as one scout said, "Nobody saw this coming. He was interesting coming out of the draft, but he looked like a product of a (Washington State) system. He was a developmental guy, not anyone you thought would be a starter." And yet, nine games and eight starts later, he's got a passer rating of 92.8 with 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions - two of which came last week. One big problem, though: The Jaguars are financially tied to Foles at least through next season thanks to a four-year, $88 million contract with more than $50 million guaranteed.

Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers (undrafted, 2018): When Cam Newton hurt his foot, Allen got off to a flying start, winning four straight games without throwing an interception. Then came a three-interception meltdown in a 51-13 loss in San Francisco. He did rebound nicely and his stats are still good (60.7 completion percentage, 1,291 yards, nine TDs, four interceptions in six starts). But … "Let's not get crazy: He's not Cam Newton," an NFC scout said. "He's managing the game nicely. He's efficient. He's got an upside, so maybe he's got a future. But did people really think he was going to push Newton out?" Some did, yes. And he might. That remains to be seen.

Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers (76th overall, 2018): He was thrust into action way before his time due to the injury to Ben Roethlisberger and he's been … fine. "He's efficient," one AFC scout said. "He doesn't have a great arm, but he doesn't make a lot of mistakes. Right now they're not asking him to do much." He still has some developing to do before he's ready to take over as the starter full time, but there are some encouraging early signs.

TO BE DETERMINED …

Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins (15th overall, 2019): He's gotten to play a little, including on Sunday when he started but was hardly asked to do much by his leery coaches. There are all sorts of questions around a player that Washington's owners wanted, but their coaches didn't (they wanted to draft Daniel Jones, as SNY reported after the draft). There are questions about his ability to read defenses, his ability to pick up the playbook, and questions over whether any of that is true. It's hard to know what to make of him. Is he a mess, or is it just the mess of the organization that drafted him?

Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (42ndoverall, 2019): Joe Flacco is pretty much done in Denver and now they've turning to Brandon Allen, who had thrown zero passes in four NFL seasons before Sunday. So where is Lock? He's been on IR all season with a thumb injury. He says he's ready to practice, but GM John Elway says he's not. Sounds like the Broncos are going to keep him on IR and waste his rookie season. Only Elway knows why.

Ryan Finley, Cincinnati Bengals (104thoverall, 2019): One scout compared him to Jared Goff. Why is that significant? Because Bengals coach Zac Taylor was Goff's quarterbacks coach in L.A. last year when Goff led the Rams to the Super Bowl. Finley might be the perfect fit for Taylor's offense, and he'll make his first start as Andy Dalton's replacement on Sunday.

ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE

Josh Rosen, Miami Dolphins (10th overall, 2018): He got one year with a bad Cardinals team, then they changed coaches, drafted Murray, and dumped him on the Dolphins, who are "Tanking for Tua" (or were before they beat the Jets). He got three starts and was terrible for a terrible team, and now they've moved on to Ryan Fitzpatrick. "I don't really know what this kid is," said one AFC scout, "but I know he hasn't gotten a fair chance at all. Some people just land in terrible situations. He's been in two."

Luke Falk, New York Jets (199th, 2018): He was never supposed to play, but fate intervened thanks to Sam Darnold's mono and Trevor Siemian's injured ankle. And clearly he wasn't ready. In the end, what hurt the Jets' season is their failure to bring in a veteran or anyone who could capably run the offense better than the raw, unprepared Falk. "He didn't belong on an NFL field," one scout said. "He was lost. He did everything wrong." He'll have to compete for a roster spot in someone's camp next year.

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Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)
Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)

Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod in recent years and his opportunity to finally workout for NFL teams on Saturday went no differently. 

After a disagreement about the way the workout would go down in Atlanta, Kaepernick moved the time and location.

Per a release from the NFL, at 2:30 p.m., Kaepernick, upset with the lack of media viewing allowed for the workout, moved the event an hour away from the original location and slated it for a 4 p.m. start. The new location also included a live stream of his workout. 

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Jets vs Skins preview 00:01:08
With QB Sam Darnold seemingly back in the groove, the Jets look to make it two wins in a row when they face the Redskins on Sunday.

Like much of his team's 2019 season, things haven't gone according to plan for Jets running back Le'Veon Bell

Brought in by the team's former front office led by then-general manager Mike Maccagnan, Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets this offseason after sitting out last season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. The plan was a Bell-Sam Darnold one-two punch on the Jets offense. 

Easier said than done so far. 

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Colin Kaepernick was set to hold a workout in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, and while it's still expected to take place, the time and location have been moved.

The stage was set for 24 NFL teams, including both the Jets and Giants, to get a look at Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

But shortly before the workout was set to take place, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported there was an issue.

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Gase, Jets look for 2 in a row 00:01:25
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase about the support of ownership and the progression of QB Sam Darnold.

The Ryan Kalil experiment for the Jets has come to an end. 

The Jets announced on Saturday that the center will head to the injured reserve list, ending his season, and perhaps career. 

In a corresponding move, the Jets signed offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi to the team's 53-man roster from their practice squad.

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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)

This season, the Jets have had losing streaks of four and three games, but for just the second time this season, the Jets have a chance to win two games in a row.

"Guys have just put their head down and go to work," Adam Gase said on Friday. "Once we hit Wednesday, we put last week behind us. Our guys know, and we talked about it before, we got to get ready for the next one because that's the only one that matters.

"You never want to take a step back, you want to be able to look at your season and say, 'Hey, we're getting better as we go,' and then you're playing the best football at the end of the year. That's why to me these last seven games are so important. Keep trending upward, we don't want to be peaks and valleys."

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Jets prep for Redskins 00:01:28
Le'Veon Bell and Gregg Williams on the challenges the Redskins will present on both sides of the ball this Sunday

In the first half of the Jets' season, almost anything that could have gone wrong, did.

With Sam Darnold sidelined for three games due to mono, plus other injuries to key players like CJ Mosley, the Jets stumbled out of the gates to a 1-7 record.

But Gang Green rebounded to beat the Giants last week in a 34-27 game, and now the team hopes to take some momentum into this Sunday's game at Washington.

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January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Colin Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but the quarterback could be making his return to NFL action in the near future. 

Kaepernick will hold a private workout on Saturday in Atlanta, and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has previously confirmed that both the Jets and Giants will be in attendance. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, more than 24 NFL teams will be on hand to watch the former 49er work out.

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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)

At the end of Thursday night's game between the Browns and Steelers, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet, causing a massive brawl between the two teams.

Many NFL players were shocked to see such a violent act take place during a game, and it made Jets veteran offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum ask the question if Garrett could get in more trouble than just a suspension and fine.

"If he's going to be charged with assault or not?" Beachum told reporters."I think that should be a question... I mean, it's a slippery slope. But it's a possibility for sure."

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The saddest thing about the current state of the Jets is that this was supposed to be the year they arrived. After nine years of waiting for a playoff game, after enduring three years of rebuilding under ex-GM Mike Maccagnan, it was all supposed to come together in 2019.

Not only didn't that happen, but now the Jets appear to be on the brink of a rebuilding project again.

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Gase talks Enunwa complaints 00:00:31
Jets head coach Adam Gase addresses the critical comments about the team posted to social media by injured receiver Quincy Enunwa.

Quincy Enunwa tweeted on Thursday night that he has been fined nearly $28,000 by the Jets for missing two treatment sessions.

In the Twitter thread, Enunwa claims that one of the missed sessions came when he took his wife, who is a veteran, out for lunch on Veterans Day. Enunwa attributed the second missed treatment to an emergency at this house.

Enunwa played in just one game for the Jets this season, suffering his second neck injury of his career in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo before heading to Injured Reserve.

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Darnold on Gase job security 00:01:05
Sam Darnold responds to Christopher Johnson's comments about Adam Gase's job security. The QB says he has a good relationship with Gase.

On Wednesday, Jets owner Christopher Johnson told reporters that head coach Adam Gase will be returning for the 2020-21 season, despite the team's current 2-7 record.

Many players were pleased to hear this news, especially second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who spoke to media during Thursday's press conference.

"I think if everything works out how it's supposed to, and Adam's here again, I think that would be absolutely amazing," Darnold said. "Already going into OTA's and knowing the whole offense, and even being able to build off of things we've already done this year. It would be incredible."

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Adams on being a Jet for life 00:01:29
Jamal Adams responds to Christopher Johnson's comments about being a Jet for life and talks about being AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson was candid when asked about S Jamal Adams on Sunday, saying "I would love to have Jamal on this team forever."

The feeling is mutual.

"S--t, I want to be a Jet for life, too," Adams told reporters on Wednesday. 

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Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

All 32 NFL teams received notification Tuesday of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's private workout Saturday in Atlanta, and both franchises from New York are set to be on hand.

The Jets and Giants will each have a representative in attendance for Kaepernick's session, which the league helped set up, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday.

The two teams have their respective franchise signal in Jets second-year pro Sam Darnold and Giants rookie starter Daniel Jones, and they have at least one backup between the Jets' Luke Falk and the Giants' Eli Manning.

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Christopher Johnson made official what was already pretty obvious, despite the knee-jerk screams to the contrary. He has no plans to fire Jets coach Adam Gase in the middle of his first season, nor will he fire him after the season either.

And despite the pain and the agony of yet another losing season, that is absolutely the right thing to do.

Consider this a moment of sanity: It simply would've been crazy to fire a coach for the second time in a calendar year. And it would've been insane to make Gase the scapegoat for the mess this season has become.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets fans don't want to think about this past NFL trade deadline when S Jamal Adams was reportedly almost dealt away. He wasn't traded, but it didn't create a little rift between Adams and the front office. 

Since then, the choppy waters have settled, and Jets owner Christopher Johnson may have just put them at a standstill with his comments Wednesday on the dynamic Pro Bowler.

"Jamal is a fantastic player. We saw that this Sunday. He's an extraordinary player," Johnson told reporters. "He's the kind of player you can build around -- you should be around given the chance. Absolutely amazing."

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Johnson says Gase's job is safe 00:01:44
SNY's Jeane Coakley speaks with Rich Cimini to analyze Chris Johnson's strong commitment to sticking with head coach Adam Gase.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he won't be moving on from head coach Adam Gase this season. 

In fact, he'll be returning for the 2020-21 season.

He will be trusted, along with GM Joe Douglas, to lead the Jets next season and hopefully turn things around.

"I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches here," Johnson said. "Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of Sam [Darnold]. He has Joe's trust. He has my trust. He's a good man. He's a good coach."

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets head coach Adam Gase entering another week coming off a win at home, searching for his team's first win streak of the season. They have a good chance to make that happen against the lowly Redskins, whose only win this season came against the Dolphins. 

During his daily presser before practice, Gase was brought to the attention of some of his players saying this franchise as had a hard time sustaining success, though. Just when it looks like they've turned the corner with a big win, they end up taking a loss the next week to counteract it. 

That's why Gase is determined to focus solely on this week, and not have the win in the back of his mind. For him, the past week -- win or loss -- doesn't matter. 

Tags: Brian Winters, Chris Herndon, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Jets S Jamal Adams (Robert Deutsch)
Jets S Jamal Adams (Robert Deutsch)

After arguably the best performance of his career and one of the best defensive performances in the NFL this season, Jets safety Jamal Adams has been rewarded.

Adams, who had nine tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles in Sunday's win over the Giants, has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

On one of the sacks Adams had on Sunday, he ripped the ball right out of Daniel Jones' hands and raced to the end zone for a touchdown.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Adam Gase joined ESPN and YES Network's The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday to discuss the Jets' huge win over the Giants this past week.

Gase discussed the performance of his young quarterback Sam Darnold and how his play seemed different when compared to other weeks this season.

"I thought he played really well," Gase told Michael Kay. "He did a great job of controlling really the things that he could control. He did a good job of making the right decision when he was in the pocket, whether it be taking a sack, throwing the ball away, just those little tiny things instead of trying to go out there and win it by himself. He did a good job of spreading the ball around, doing what he had to do to move the ball down the field."

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) answers questions from media 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 tight end Chris Herndon (89) answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It was announced by Jets head coach Adam Gase that TE Chris Herndon and G Brian Winters suffered tough injuries during the win over the Giants on Sunday. Now, it's the last game the two Jets will play this season. 

The Jets announced via Twitter that both Herndon and Winters have been placed on the season-ending IR. Herndon suffered a fractured rib, while Winters re-dislocated his shoulder and may need surgery. 

This is particularily tough for Herndon, who had the exact opposite sophomore campaign (or lack thereof) than his rookie season, where he proved to be a playmaker at the tight end position.

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Vernon Hargreaves (Kirby Lee)
Vernon Hargreaves (Kirby Lee)

The Jets need some cornerback help, and the Bucs may have just helped them out a bit with a transaction on Tuesday. 

Tampa Bay released Vernon Hargreaves III, a former first-round pick back in 2016, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hargreaves, who was arguably the top cornerback prospect coming out of Florida in that Draft, hasn't panned out with the Bucs. And during the team's loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, a certain non-hustle play that resulted in a large gain for Arizona prompted head coach Bruce Arians to bench him for the rest of the game. 

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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets win over the Giants in Week 10 came as a costly one. 

Head coach Adam Gase said two starters, tight end Chris Herndon and offensive lineman Brian Winters, both suffered extensive injuries. 

Herndon, who was making his season debut, fractured a rib. Winters re-dislocated his shoulder and may need surgery. 

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Jets grades after beating Giants 00:05:07
In the Jets Post Game show Ray Lucas and Bart Scott grade the New York Jets after their 34-27 win over the Giants.

The Jets picked up their second win of the season on Sunday over the cross-town rival Giants, and the guys in the studio were pleased with the team's performance.

SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott gave grades out to all aspects of the team, starting with the offense and moving on through the defense and special teams before reaching their thoughts on the coaching.

All in all, the Jets received some of their highest grades of the season from the guys after getting back on track with a win.

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Everyone can rest after Jets win 00:02:08
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott are happy after the Jets 34-27 win. It was a win the "team needed". Ray even hands out a golden football.

With both the Jets and Giants coming into Sunday's matchup on multi-game losing streaks and the New York media spinning this game up to decide who gets to call themselves the "best team in New York," you could say there was a lot riding on this matchup for both teams.

SNY's Bart Scott and Ray Lucas feel that now that the Jets have come out victorious, that outside noise will go away for now and the team can get some much needed rest.

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Crowder: Jets showed resiliency 00:00:59
Jamison Crowder talked to Jeane Coakley after the Jets win. The wide out believes the team can build on this win to start a win streak.

Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder spoke with SNY's Jeane Coakley after the team's 34-27 win over the Giants.

"I thought we played a really good game today," Crowder said. "Like you said, started out hot, kind of stalemated a little bit. But then was able to finish at the end of the game, and that's what we needed... Some things we still got to clean up, as always, but I thought we played good overall."

Crowder had five catches for 81 yards and one touchdown in the win. He scored on a 23-yard pass from Sam Darnold in the first quarter to give the Jets an early 14-0 lead.

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Jamal Adams after Jets big win 00:02:18
Jamal Adams talks to Jeane Coakley after the Jets beat the Giants. Adams forced two fumbles and scored his second-career touchdown.

There's nothing else you can think of to say about Jamal Adams' performance against the Giants other than that he was all over the place in this game.

The third-year safety out of LSU was already having a good weekend with the Tigers beating Alabama on their home field, but he carried that into an even better performance at MetLife Stadium for the Jets.

Adams led the Jets with nine tackles, two sacks on Daniel Jones, a pass defended and forced two fumbles, including a strip sack that turned into a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Adams ripped the ball right out of Jones' hands after beating Saquon Barkley off the line of scrimmage, and took the ball to the house without it ever touching the ground.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

In their first game against each other at their shared home in MetLife Stadium, Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold put up some solid numbers for their respective teams. But Darnold got the last laugh as the Jets pulled out a 34-27 win over the Giants.

On paper, it seems that Jones got the best of Darnold based on individual statistics--Jones finished the game 26-of-40 for 308 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, compared to Darnold's not as eye popping performance of 230 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-30 passing--Darnold also ran in for a touchdown, as well.

But the glaring issues for Jones came at a familiar spot that's been hurting him all season: holding on to the football while in the pocket.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Le'Veon Bell and Sam Darnold were content after the 34-27 win. Bell was complimentary of Sam and leading the team during the comeback.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The season has already been embarrassing for the Giants. On Sunday they managed to make it worse.

And that's a huge problem for Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and his coaching staff after the Giants lost to the awful Jets, 34-27. Things were bad enough, but a loss to the crosstown rivals is a humiliating defeat that is sure to enrage owner John Mara. Even worse: They've now got two weeks to stew about it, thanks to an ill-timed bye.

To this point, Shurmur wasn't really on a hot seat and his coaching staff wasn't in much danger. The Giants underwent an uncharacteristic, in-season change just two years ago and don't really have an appetite to do that again. GM Dave Gettleman also genuinely seems to like Shurmur as a coach, and according to a team source, has preached patience and believes the team is headed in the right direction.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets lost some protection for Sam Darnold in their tight matchup with the Giants Sunday, as right guard Brian Winters has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a shoulder injury.

On a 3rd-and-11, Darnold tried connecting with Robby Anderson for the first down, but Anderson couldn't complete the catch before being taken down hard to the ground. The receiver was shaken up on the play and seemed to hurt his shoulder/collarbone, but was able to leave the field under his own power and eventually return to the game.

Back at the line of scrimmage, Winters was hit by another member of the offensive line and went down holding his shoulder area. He too was able to leave the field on his own after trainers came to check on him while down on the field. 

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

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas was shaken up after taking a hit on a screen play, and left the field with trainers, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Thomas had four receptions for 33 yards before exiting the game against the Giants.

The veteran wide receiver was acquired by the Jets in a trade with the New England Patriots on Sept. 10. Thomas has 19 receptions for 232 yards this season with the Jets.

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