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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.

"We are not where we thought we would be," Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said on Wednesday. "I don't think anybody in this building - me, probably (the media) … This team isn't where we thought we'd be. It's exceedingly frustrating."

It is. It's also stunning considering the amount of high draft picks they've used and the free-agent money they've spent over the last few years. Yes, injuries have taken away some very important pieces, such as inside linebackers Avery Williamson and C.J. Mosley. But they've also been plagued by bad free-agent contracts (cornerback Trumaine Johnson) and a litany of wasted high draft picks (Jachai Polite, ArDarius Stewart, Christian Hackenberg to name a few).

 

That's a big part of why Maccagnan was fired in May, and why Douglas, a friend of Jets coach Adam Gase, was hired a few weeks later. Douglas held out for a six-year contract before agreeing to take over, which was likely a sign he knew this could take a while.

"(Douglas) has a lot of work to do," said one AFC scout. "This season exposed their roster. We knew they were thin, and that injuries would hurt them. But they need help everywhere - the offensive line, the pass rush, the secondary. Everywhere."

What's unknown, though, is how Douglas is going to attack those problems. He could sell-off some of his biggest assets to accumulate as many draft picks as he can - something he appeared to start to do at the trading deadline when he sent the disappointing Leonard Williams to the Giants for two mid-round picks and nearly shipped safety Jamal Adams to the Cowboys for a package of higher ones. He also listened to offers on running back Le'Veon Bell and receiver Robby Anderson, and multiple NFL sources said he appeared willing to move anyone except for quarterback Sam Darnold and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams if the price was right.

But in the end, he didn't move anyone but Leonard Williams. And despite all the speculation, there's no guarantee he'll move any of them this offseason either. It's possible he'll try to rebuild around the pieces the Jets have - and once everyone is healthy, there are building blocks there. Darnold is the biggest one, of course. Quinnen Williams, Adams, Mosley and Williamson form a strong defense up the middle. And Bell and receiver Jamison Crowder are two formidable offensive weapons.

"Could they be competitive next year? Sure," the scout said. "The playoffs are probably a few years away. But again, they've got a lot of work to do. This won't be easy."

That's not what Jets fans or Johnson or anyone around the franchise likely wants to hear. But they escape the reality that they need an edge rusher, a big-time receiver, and probably a complete overhaul at cornerback and along the offensive line. But who knows? Turnarounds can happen quickly in the NFL. And the Jets do have another high draft pick and they could have $60 million or so to spend in free agency this offseason (again).

That could help them refill a cupboard of talent isn't exactly bare. They do have some pieces to build around, if they choose:

The franchise quarterback - Even though one scout called Darnold's regression this season "alarming" (prior to the Giants game), no one has questioned his talent. He's simply the franchise-changing quarterback the Jets have been looking for forever. And not having "find a quarterback" on his to-do list will make everything easier for Douglas this offseason. He can focus his draft and free-agency plans on edge rusher or the offensive line or the other things the Jets need, knowing that at age 22 Darnold has only scratched the surface of what he can become.

Safety studs - The owner wants Jamal Adams here "forever," though after the Jets nearly traded him at the deadline it remains to be seen if that's possible. And this is where Douglas' plans become a wild card. If he keeps Adams, he's got potentially one of the best safety duos in the NFL in Adams and Marcus Maye (look at the Cowboys game for proof of their potential). But if he could really get a first-rounder and another top pick for Adams, that could help fill a lot of holes. "The kid is an impact player," one AFC scout said. "But you don't want to build around a safety, especially with the contracts they're getting these days." Dealing Adams for a couple of picks would be tempting, but replacing Adams' passion and leadership wouldn't be easy. A trade would be a risk.

Up-the-middle defense - This comes with the caveat of "when healthy," but think about what the Jets have lined up in the middle of the field. Quinnen Williams has been slow to show the potential that made him the third overall pick, but there's obvious talent there. Adams and Maye have the back end covered. And between them they'd have Mosley and Williamson, two players they spent a lot to acquire the last two offseasons. Unfortunately both of them have been hurt all year. "Those might have been their two best players on defense after (Adams)," another AFC scout said. "They're smart. They're leaders. Look at the way the defense fell apart when Mosley went down (in Week 1). They could have changed everything." They're also both only 27. Williamson has another year left on his deal and Mosley is signed through 2023.

The play-maker - This may go down as Bell's worst season, but there seems little doubt he's a product of his surroundings, not diminished talent. There are many teams who would want a playmaker like him in the backfield, which is why he drew interest at the trading deadline too, despite an expensive contract. But like with Adams, his future is uncertain. Gase, as everyone knows, didn't want the Jets to spend all that money on Bell. If Douglas agrees, they could shop him to better allocate their assets and accumulate picks. If he stays, though, what a great centerpiece to build an offense around. "A running back may not be able to carry a team," said one NFL insider, "but if you put a good one with a good quarterback, then you've really got something to build on."

Gase's slot receiver - This position is so key to Gase's offense, and it's why the Jets gave $17 million in guaranteed money to Jamison Crowder. He's always been underrated and underused, but Gase was sure the 26-year-old could become a No. 1 receiver in his scheme. Given Darnold's bout with mono and the offensive line injuries that have made the whole offense feel rushed, Crowder doesn't feel like he's had a huge impact yet, even though he's had 48 catches for 486 yards and two touchdowns in nine games. "It's hard to figure out why they can't get really break him loose," one scout said. "When they do, he'll be a dangerous weapon over the middle." The Jets still need a more traditional top receiver - someone like Demaryius Thomas, only younger. But Crowder has a chance to be a big weapon under Gase.

Line fragments - A team official recently told SNY that guard Alex Lewis might be the only keeper among this five-man group, which is a problem since he could be a free-agent in March. There may be others, though, and not just because overhauling all five positions might be impossible. The Jets have seen some good things lately out of rookie Chuma Edoga and he could be an answer at right tackle. Jonotthan Harrison, 28, looks like a decent player and could return at center next season since he costs only $2.25 million. And they might ask Kelvin Beachum to come back at a reduced rate to be a stopgap at left tackle. Realistically, though, by the time the Jets are really good again, there will be a whole new unit up front.

Other pieces - There aren't many others, really. TE Chris Herndon has talent, but his second season in the NFL has been wasted by a suspension and injuries. WR Robby Anderson could be a deep threat, but he hasn't become the all-around receiver Gase thought he'd be. He'll be a free agent and it's unclear how much the Jets will spend to bring him back. And there are real questions now whether WR Quincy Enunwa will ever play again (he Tweeted on Thursday that the chances are only "50/50"), which will thin out that unit even more. LB Jordan Jenkins does have five sacks this season, but he's a free agent and the Jets won't overspend to keep him, especially when they'll probably be shopping for more expensive pass-rushing help.

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The Jets secondary could look very thin this weekend when they face the Miami Dolphins, with multiple players in doubt to suit up and CB Brian Poole officially listed as out.

In addition to Poole, things aren't looking to great for S Jamal Adams and CB Arthur Maulet, who are both listed as doubtful to play. Poole (concussion), Adams (ankle) and Maulet (calf) missed all three days of practice this week.

The trio all suffered their injuries at various points of Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Bengals, a game that handed Cincinnati their first win of the season.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third 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 running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Le'Veon Bell missed his second straight day of practice on Friday due to illness, and head coach Adam Gase said he was unsure if Bell would be able to play against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Gase would not specify the kind of illness Bell is dealing with, and would only say that everyone recovers at a different pace. So his status for Sunday is very much up in the air.

"I feel like each guy it's been something different," Gase said about Bell on Thursday. "It hasn't been the same thing, it hasn't been like the flu or anything."

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Jets head coach Adam Gase said running back Le'Veon Bell will not practice on Thursday due to an illness, but it doesn't seem to be something going around the team.

"Yeah they haven't said that to me yet," Gase said. "I feel like each guy it's been something different. It hasn't been the same thing, it hasn't been like the flu or anything."

In addition to Bell missing practice, safety Jamal Adams remains out as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle.

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When the Jets released Wednesday's injury report for Week 14, they had their top defensive player atop the list.

Safety Jamal Adams did not practice after he sprained his left ankle in Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

With Adams as the latest casualty, the injury bug has bitten the Jets throughout the 2019 season, particularly on defense.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

At 4-8, the Jets are all but certain to miss out on the playoffs.

It's been a strange season for Gang Green, starting with a Week 1 loss to Buffalo that easily could have been a win, followed by Sam Darnold missing three games with mono. And just as it looked like the season was on the verge of a complete collapse at 1-7, the Jets won three straight to get to 4-7.

Then, unexpectedly, the Jets were defeated by the previously winless Bengals.

Now, the Jets will look to finish out the final quarter of their regular season schedule, and, at the very least, build momentum heading into 2020.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jets S Jamal Adams hasn't yet been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, but it seems to be trending that way.

Head coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday that he hasn't been told Adams has a high ankle sprain, but Adams remains in a walking boot.

"He's gotta really feel good for me to put him back out there," Gase said when asked about a potential timetable.  

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After all the speculation, we finally have an answer: The Jets will place C.J. Mosley on season ending IR, Adam Gase announced Tuesday afternoon on The Michael Kay Show.

Mosley, who had played in just two games this season after suffering a groin injury back in Week 1, kept himself off IR and away from season ending surgery when the Jets started to win games again.

As the Jets won three straight and were still technically in contention to make the playoffs, Mosley was kept off IR in hope that the Jets continue winning and can throw in their best defensive weapon for a last push for the postseason.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)

The Jets' chances at the playoffs were slim, but now they're dead following their 22-6 loss to the winless Bengals on Sunday. 

After winning three-straight games heading into Week 13, the loss came as a bit of a shock. With the tides turning, could the Jets have overlooked the Bengals, leading to their demise? 

Quarterback Sam Darnold says no. 

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Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)
Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)

The Bengals took their first win of the season against the Jets in a 22-6 game in Week 14, an outing which didn't feature much Le'Veon Bell.

Bell had only ten times for 32 yards as a runner in the loss, which also saw four catches for the running back.

The plays being called for the Jets come via head coach Adam Gase. On Monday, Gase explained why he only mustered up 10 carries for Bell in the game. It was a matter of circumstances, the coach said.

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Jets S Jamal Adams had tears in his eyes when he was talking after Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and it was mainly due to the boot on his foot. 

Well, head coach Adam Gase revealed Monday the reason for that boot was an ankle sprain for the Pro Bowl safety. 

Gase added that Adams will undergo an MRI and "that kind of stuff" to further assess the injury. He will be considered "legit week-to-week," and Gase doesn't believe that he'll be practicing this week. 

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After the Jets disappointing 22-6 loss to the Bengals, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott gave out their grades for the offense, defense, and special teams.

"They only had six less yards than the Bengals," Scott said. "But it wasn't horrible, they moved the ball early in the first half. They just couldn't finish drives."

The Jets finished the game with 271 total yards of offense, and were just 7-for-17 on third down conversions. 

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If the loss to the Bengals wasn't crushing enough, Jets S Jamal Adams was seen with a walking boot in the locker room after the game. 

And whether it was the boot itself or the loss as a whole, Adams was very emotional while talking to reporters. 

Adams was talking with tears in his eyes, and almost broke down a couple of times before calming down a bit. With his voice very low, here's what he said about his current situation:

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As Adam Gase emphasized during the week, the Jets were entering this week's game as a 4-7 team and they sure played like one against the Bengals on Sunday. Now they're a 4-8 team, having lost to a winless team for the second time since the bye week.

To their credit, the Bengals played with good energy and discipline on defense, and rode a solid Andy Dalton performance in his return to the lineup to break a 13-game losing streak that stretched back to last December.

Offensively, the Jets had some near misses, but struggled to sustain drives, mainly due to dropped passes and ill-timed penalties. The Bengals exploited some coverage breakdowns to score two first half touchdowns and built a 17-3 lead before the Jets drove for a late field goal.  

Tags: Bless Austin , Brian Poole, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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On his "Inside the Pylon" segment during SNY's Jets pregame show on Sunday, NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano dropped some knowledge about Jets DC Gregg Williams. 

And that news is his "DC" title potentially changing to "HC" next season. 

"Two NFL executives told me this week that the job Williams has done with the Jets defense this season should be enough to get him at least some consideration for a head coaching job if enough jobs become available," Vacchiano revealed. 

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The Jets are considering re-signing linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who is in the final season of his rookie contract, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

"A league source said the Jets have expressed some interest in re-signing him, which was something that seemed unlikely when the season began," Vacchiano said. "Now, the Jets are going to try to find a dominant edge rusher this offseason in free agency or the draft. But the idea of Jenkins on the other side has some merits. He's been their best and most consistent pass rusher this year with five sacks, 12 over the past two seasons. He shouldn't cost a ton either, and might even be open to shorter term deal."

Jenkins was drafted with the No. 83 pick in the third round back in 2016 out of Georgia. He has five sacks this season, and a total of 17.5 sacks in four seasons with the team.

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Jamal Adams has been playing out of his mind lately. It seems like every big defensive play for the Jets involve their defensive captain, and if that continues on Sunday against the Bengals, he could be setting a new NFL record. 

Over the past three games -- all of which have been Jets wins -- Adams has collected 5.5 sacks. And when you include his one against the Dolphins in Week 9, Adams already has 6.5 sacks on the season with five games left to play. 

The NFL record for sacks in a single season by a defensive back was set by S Adrian Wilson back in 2005 with the Cardinals at eight. It's a record Adams promised he would break.

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The 4-7 Jets want to make it four in a row against the 0-11 Bengals. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


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

NETWORK: CBS

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Ahead of the Jets' matchup with the winless Bengals on Sunday, Adam Gase spoke with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss a few things as the team prepares for the game.

With the Jets entering Sunday on a red-hot three-game win streak, facing an 0-11 Bengals squad could potentially look like a trap game, but Gase said the team has faced so much adversity this season that they aren't worried about things like that.

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The Bengals come into their game against the Jets on Sunday still in search of their first win of the season. Just three games after benching Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley, Cincinnati is turning back to their veteran quarterback. 

Despite his struggles this season, Jets head coach Adam Gase isn't looking past the TCU product, who has played 128 games for the Bengals since the team drafted him in 2011.

"He's a dangerous guy, period." Gase said. "That's just what it is. It's not always easy when you're a quarterback who's been in the same organization for a long time under the same head coach and all of a sudden everything changes. It's not always as smooth as you want it to be."

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) catches a touchdown pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom (41) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) catches a touchdown pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom (41) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is in stable condition, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

His condition was upgraded after it was initally reported he was in critical condition after being stabbed at a Pittsburgh apartment complex late Friday night, according to WTAE in Pittsburgh.

"Shalaya Briston, 24, of Munhall, PA was arrested and has been charged with criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault," police said in a statement.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third 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 running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell chooses not to live and die by the numbers.

Through the first 11 games of his first season with the Jets, he has experienced highs and lows.

After the first eight games saw New York stumbled out with just one win, the team's turnaround has been on full display.

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C.J. Mosley, Chuma Edoga and Paul Worrilow missed practice again Friday and have been ruled out on Sunday against the Bengals.

With the Jets' recent hot streak keeping their playoff hopes alive, Mosley has remained off injured reserve despite only appearing in two games this season. The star linebacker said last week that if the injury to his groin/abdomen didn't heal in the near future, he would elect to have season ending surgery.

The Jets will play an 0-11 Bengals team this week before trying to get revenge on a 2-9 Dolphins team that stunned the Jets for their first win of the season just a few weeks ago. 

Tags: Ben Johnson, Bless Austin , Brian Poole, CJ Mosley, Kelvin Beachum
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With three wins in a row, the Jets finally have some momentum. How far can they push this streak, though? 

The next two games look winnable which would take them to five straight wins. By then, the Jets should have developed some winning habits and could provide a tough test for the three postseason candidates they face over the last three weeks. 

While the Jets will be keen to focus on one game at a time, it's difficult not to look ahead at the possibilities. Is it impossible they could run the table and end up with an unlikely winning record? Perhaps not. Let's recap the main things they'll need to focus on against each of their upcoming opponents.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley and offensive tackle Chuma Edoga have yet to practice this week, as the team prepares for its Week 13 game against the Bengals.

Mosley has been dealing with a groin/abdominal injury, which has kept him out the past five games. Mosely said last week that if the injury didn't heal soon then he would undergo season-ending surgery. 

While Edoga suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 12's win over the Raiders, and head coach Adam Gase said "it's going to be week-to-week." The rookie tackle has started at both left and right tackle the past eight games, but it seems unlikely he'll be suiting up this Sunday.

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Zac Taylor has an eye for offensive talent.

Before his rise to first-year head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, he spent the past two years with the reigning NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on Sean McVay's staff as assistant wide receivers coach (2017) and quarterbacks coach (2018), overseeing the offense that ranked second in points (32.9) and total yards (421.1) per game into last year's Super Bowl LIII appearance.

So when Taylor previewed Week 13 with the Bengals (0-11) hosting the Jets (4-7) Sunday at 1 p.m. from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, he had an appreciation for his opposition's quarterback.

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Brian Poole made some headlines this week with a one-handed interception, which he returned 15 yards for his first career touchdown to ice the win over the Raiders.

However, Poole has quietly been one of the Jets' most consistent players all season. The 27-year-old slot cornerback is only on a one-year deal though, so should the Jets be looking ahead to next year and trying to ensure he remains in the fold?

There's no question that Poole has been one of the best offseason moves made by the Jets this year. He was a key contributor for the Falcons over his first three seasons, having joined them as an undrafted free agent. However, they surprisingly let him walk and the Jets were able to pick him up on a one-year contract worth just $3.5 million. That's proven to be a massive bargain.

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did not mince words when asked Wednesday about safety Jamal Adams.

Ahead of the Week 13 game against the Jets (4-7) Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the Bengals (0-11) get Adams and a resurgent New York defense off last weekend's 34-4 win over the Oakland Raiders (6-5).

Adams had half a sack, three quarterback hits and seven tackles Sunday as the Jets harassed Raiders quarterback Derek Carr -- an effort that conjured a comparison to former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

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The Jets enter the week with three straight wins, but head coach Adam Gase refuses to look past New York's next opponent.

Week 13's road trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the winless Bengals (0-11) presents a favorable opportunity for the Jets (4-7).

Despite how the last loss went down with Nov. 3's 26-18 stumble on the road at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, who were 0-7 entering the game, Gase believes the Jets have grown from the past month.

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The Jets' Week 7 loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football was a low point of Sam Darnold's young NFL career.

Facing the league's top defense, Darnold struggled mightily, completing just 11 of his 32 passes for a mere 86 yards. He threw four interceptions as well, as the Jets were shut out 33-0 in front of a national audience.

Fast forward to just over one month later, and things are looking much different for Darnold and the Jets. The Jets have won three straight games over the Giants, Redskins, and Raiders, and during that span, Darnold has thrown for 838 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception, compiling a 117.2 passer rating.

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Jets players tell SNY's Jeane Coakley which side dishes are their favorites, and they also debate... is it called stuffing or dressing?

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