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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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While the 2019 season hasn't gone to plan for the Jets, linebacker Jordan Jenkins has been one bright spot. Despite missing some time due to injury, Jenkins is second on the team with five sacks and seems to have made some tangible improvements in his contract year.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported over the weekend that the Jets are eager to extend Jenkins before the end of the season, much as they did with Quincy Enunwa in his contract year last season. Let's consider what Jenkins brings to the table and his value on the open market.

Jenkins -- who is still only 25 -- impressed with his ability to set the edge against the run when he first arrived in the NFL, but only registered 5.5 sacks across his first two seasons. While he was more productive as a pass rusher last year, tying for the team lead with a career-high seven sacks, he seemed to regress against the run. This year, however, he's putting together the best all-round season of his career.

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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)

Count former Jets head coach Rex Ryan among those who wouldn't be in favor of having Colin Kaepernick on his team.

Kaepernick, who has basically been blackballed from the NFL since 2017 due to his outspokenness and actions while protesting and drawing attention to police brutality and social justice, worked out Saturday for interested teams -- including the Jets.

"The NFL doesn't have to have this kid play," Ryan said Monday during an appearance on Get Up on ESPN.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Jets have won back-to-back games. Aside from the scoreboard showing them with more points in both of those outings, another thing has stood out, too.

Featured running back Le'Veon Bell has played less and less in the Jets' last two games.

Bell has averaged 21 touches between those two games, but the numbers aren't there. He's averaged 2.6 yards per carry and factoring to that are season-lows in snaps played in both games.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) 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 Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets rookie cornerback Blessuan Austin was the Jets highest-rated defender in the team's Week 11 win over the Redskins on Sunday, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Austin made his NFL debut in Week 10 against the Giants, making three tackles and forcing a fumble. On Sunday against Washington, he was targeted six times, allowing just three catches for nine yards. He also chipped in with three tackles.

"He's not afraid," Gase said of Austin last week. "He's not shy of confidence. He's confident in himself. He did a lot of good stuff. It was good to see him around the ball."  

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Jamal Adams got a lot of laughs a few weeks ago when he compared himself to Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and a few more when he refused to back down from those words. His point, though, was serious - that he's really important to the Jets, and he should be treated that way.

The last two weeks he made that clear on the field.

In fact, it'll be hard to find a better two-game stretch in Adams' three-year NFL career. He had three sacks on Sunday in the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins, and for a second straight week was making plays all over the field. He's now had five sacks in the last two weeks, six in the last three, and that season-total of six is a Jetsrecord for a defensive back.

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Scripted plays helping Darnold 00:01:56
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase explains how the communication between him and Sam Darnold has improved in scripting plays on gameday.

The Jets started their blowout loss to the Patriots in Week 7 with an interception two plays into the game. Since then, the Jets have opened their last four games in a row with touchdowns. 

So what's different? Opening drives by NFL teams are often scripted. The ensuing one might be as well. 

But quarterback Sam Darnold isn't crediting a script for the Jets' early-game successes. Instead, it's all about building the right beat coming out of the gate for Gang Green's offense, the quarterback said on Monday. 

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Tua Tagovailoa (Matt Bush)

The Jets find themselves in a two-game win streak, and technically their playoff hopes are still alive. They will continue to focus on this season, but it was probably hard not to see what happened this weekend in college football that could alter the NFL Draft next year.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had "No. 1 Draft pick" written all over him heading into Mississippi State. However, he suffered a brutal hip dislocation that not only ended his season, but has now put his career in potential danger. 

Many 2020 NFL mock drafts had Tagovailoa slated to go to the Bengals first overall, but with his draft stock now busted, things have definitely shaken up.

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The Jets had offensive line news heading into their Week 11 meeting with the Washington Redskins and then left the 34-17 win with a bit more.

On Saturday, the Jets placed center Ryan Kalil on their injured reserve list, ending his season. A day prior, New York head coach Adam Gase didn't sound like that was going to happen as he said on Friday that Kalil did not have any sort of setback after missing two-straight games due to a knee injury.

Gase addressed that roster move for the first time on Monday but was mostly mum on the decision.

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Sam Darnold tossed four touchdowns as the Jets took down the Redskins on Sunday to win their second-straight game and improve to 3-7 on the season.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Sam Darnold knows from experience what life as an NFL rookie quarterback is like.

So after Dwayne Haskins struggled for the Redskins in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets, Darnold sought out Washington's first-year signal caller at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, and shared some words of advice.

"I just told him after the game to keep his head up," Darnold said. "No matter what people say, the doubters, people who are going to say anything bad about him, I just said, 'Walk it out, man. Just continue to go to work. And if you go to work every single day, it'll be all right.'"

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Report Cards for the 34-17 win 00:03:41
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott give out their grades for the 34-17 win over the Redskins. Spoiler: it's a lot of B's but one group doesn't pass.

Sunday's 34-17 victory against the Washington Redskins saw the New York Jets go on the road to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, with execution on both sides of the ball.

One glaring area, however, did not sit well with SNY analysts Ray Lucas and Bart Scott when they joined host Jonas Schwartz for "Jets Post Game" and revealed their report cards.

From offense to defense and special teams, plus coaching and more, the crew assesses how the Jets (3-7) fared in Week 11's 17-point win over the Redskins (1-9).

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Ryan Griffin gave Sam Darnold the go-to target that the Jets needed in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Washington Redskins.

As the second-year quarterback completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 percent) for 293 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to one interception, the veteran tight end was New York's leading receiver with five receptions for 109 yards (21.8 average) and a touchdown.

Griffin, who caught all five passes Darnold targeted him on and hauled in a long of 45 yards, buried the Redskins (1-9) with 36 seconds left in the second quarter when he caught his 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Jets (3-7) ahead, 20-3, at halftime.

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Jamal Adams keeps getting better 00:01:36
Jamal Adams has 5 sacks in the last two games. Adams since the trade deadline has taken his game to another level. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

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Jamal Adams got a lot of laughs a few weeks ago when he compared himself to Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and a few more when he refused to back down from those words. His point, though, was serious - that he's really important to the Jets, and he should be treated that way.

The last two weeks he made that clear on the field.

In fact, it'll be hard to find a better two-game stretch in Adams' three-year NFL career. He had three sacks on Sunday in the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins, and for a second straight week was making plays all over the field. He's now had five sacks in the last two weeks, six in the last three, and that season-total of six is a Jetsrecord for a defensive back.

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Bell on the 34-17 Jets win 00:00:47
Le'Veon Bell talks to Jeane Coakley on the field after the Jets beats the Redskins. It's the first back-to-back wins for the Jets this year.

After the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday, running back Le'Veon Bell spoke to SNY's Jeane Coakley on the field about his offensive line's strong performance.

"Those guys did great," Bell said. "Covered guys up well, got out of double teams, protected well. Those guys played real solid. I'm sure they'll be happy (about) today's performance and try to get better for next week.

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Crowder on beating the Redskins 00:01:15
Jamison Crowder talks to Jeane Coakley after the Jets beat his former team, the Redskins. Crowder scored a 29-yard touchdown.

He was a man the Redskins drafted 105th overall back in 2015 out of Duke -- someone they believed would be their secret weapon in the passing game for years to come. 

But, on Sunday in Washington D.C., Jamison Crowder was handing it to his former employer instead. 

The Jets took down the lowly Redskins, 34-17, on the road, and Crowder played a big part in that. He hauled in five receptions for 76 yards with a 29-yard touchdown as the big highlight from his performance. 

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

It was a career day for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold on Sunday against the Redskins, as the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft threw for a personal best four touchdowns in the win.

Darnold was 19-of-30 passing for 293 yards to go along with four touchdowns and an interception. He averaged 9.8 yards per attempt, a big time improvement from his season average of 6.4 yards per attempt. 

He finished the game with a quarterback rating of 121.3, which is the second highest of his career and best rating in a game this season. His career-high quarterback rating of 128.4 came in Week 16 of the 2018 season against the Green Bay Packers. Darnold's previous season-high rating of 113.8 came in the team's Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

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Jets react to strong performance 00:01:33
The Jets react to their total team win. Everyone says consistency is the key. Gase, Darnold, Bell and Adams speak.

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The game against the Giants wasn't a fluke. Sam Darnold really is back on track.

The Jets' franchise quarterback had one of his finest games of the season on Sunday, shredding the awful Washington Redskins in a 34-17 win. He completed 19-of-30 passes for 293 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

Granted, it was against the Redskins and they are a truly bad team. But the 22-year-old Darnold showed a lot of the things that made people think he was destined for greatness before he began to regress earlier this season. He made a lot of throws outside the pocket, which has always been his specialty. He showed patience and leadership in the pocket, and some fantastic throws.

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Jets week in review 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano examines the week that was for the Jets with Quincy Enunwa tweets and season-ending IR for Ryan Kalil.

There was a lot going on for the Jets this season, and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano broke it all down Inside the Pylon.

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The 2-7 Jets travel to our nation's capital to face the 1-8 Redskins on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Nov. 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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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.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Avery Williamson, Chris Herndon, Christian Hackenberg, CJ Mosley, Jachai Polite, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Jonotthon Harrison, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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