Note: This article was written by Jason (from nyjetscap.com).

It has become almost an annual tradition for fans and draft gurus alike to rave about the steals each team finds in the middle of the NFL draft; those players that somehow slipped through the cracks and are going to be starters and pro bowlers for their respective teams. It is also an annual tradition for those same fans to end up disappointed when reality sets in and they realize that there was a reason the player was not drafted in the first round.

Sometimes, however, special players come along that really do slip through the cracks and fulfil those dreams of every fan of the team. Jets fans have to look no further than former Tight End Mickey Shuler to find that special player that rewrote the history books at his respective position.

Shuler, a 3rd round draft pick out of Penn State, is arguably the greatest third round pick in the history of the Jets organization, and the best offensive talent the team ever selected in that round. He was the type of player that was easy for the fans to embrace. Fans love to cheer for the player that might not be the most physically gifted athlete but gives 110% each and every week for the team, and nobody gave any more than Mickey Shuler gave the New York Jets. The fans watched Shuler grow from a part time player into a star who became one of the endearing names synonymous with eighties Jets football.

Shuler's journey began in 1978 when he was expected to be the blocking complement to starter Jerome Barkum, more of a receiver than blocker. Shuler's first action came in week 1 against the hated Miami Dolphins. His first catch as a pro came in the second quarter of that game--- a 1 yard touchdown pass from QB Richard Todd, his first of 3 scores as a rookie.

Though Shuler was used sparingly in the passing game, he was gaining the attention of then offensive coordinator Joe Walton for his all around ability to play the position. In 1979, with Barkum forced to the sidelines, Shuler began to show off his potential as a receiver, snagging 189 yards at 21 yards per reception over a 4 game stretch. Shuler was slowly becoming the type of player that every winning team desires.

Shuler’s role continued to grow in the offense and was becoming the preferred option at Tight End in 1980. Head Coach Walt Michaels considered Shuler one of his offensive centerpieces and thought that he, along with WR's Wesley Walker and Lam Jones, would make the Jets "just about unstoppable in the air".

While Jones proved to be a bust, Shuler set a career high with 22 receptions. Shuler was about to make that leap to the next level before a separated shoulder suffered in a preseason game saw him miss almost the entire 1981 season. He returned for a memorable playoff performance where he hauled in 116 yards in a furious attempt at a comeback against the Buffalo Bills that fell just short in the final seconds of the game.

By 1984 Shuler had become one of the best players at the position in the entire NFL. Shuler shattered team records and led the Jets in receptions and yards in 1984 and 1985, while maintaining his status as an excellent blocker on the line. He was credited with a reception in 86 consecutive games during the mid eighties and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1988. Perhaps his greatest game came in a 62-28 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he hauled in 3 touchdowns from starter Ken O'Brien. During that special 5 year stretch, Shuler caught 326 passes for 3,575 yards and scored 25 touchdowns, numbers that would have been even higher if not for the strike shortened 1987 season.

Shuler’s contributions to the team went well beyond the field of play. His work ethic was unparalleled at the time. Shuler was one of the first players to understand how the NFL was evolving into a much more complex game and was a firm believer in using video to prepare for his opponents, taking tapes home at night for study sessions. In an era where the off season was nothing like it is today, with most players completely abandoning football for months, Shuler was one of the most dedicated players, often showing up at the facilities by 7AM before heading off to his offseason job. His incredible efforts were summed up by former offensive coordinator Rich Kotitie in 1988:

He'd come in and do some work, talk to me, and then go over to the company he owns and put in a full day. If you have something you want to criticize him about, you start to say it and before you finish he says: "I know. I should have done this."


Shuler was one of the unquestioned leaders of the Jets in the mid 1980’s and one of the few players that seemed to always say the right things week in and week out. He constantly fielded questions from the media during both the good times and bad, often finding himself in the middle of some very tenuous situations. Always a strong supporter of a young O'Brien and constantly praising him in the media, Shuler was the man who showed that the team still believed in Kenny, but also understood why he was benched by Walton, who was now head coach.

This is a team with a lot of players who pull together and we all realize this is our last chance… Pat's (Ryan) personality may be just what we need… "He's a gung-ho, go-get-'em guy who has charisma. If we need to give Kenny a rest, I can't think of a better guy to bring in


It was as good a job as could be expected and by the next summer, while O'Brien held out for a new contract, Shuler was helping O'Brien keep in shape by catching passes from him. Shuler was a team leader that wanted to win and he understood that meant going that extra mile to help your teammates.

Even bigger was his role in bringing unity back to the team after a very bitter players strike in 1987 that saw numerous Jets and friends of his cross the picket line. The 1987 team ended the season hating one another and their coaching staff. Shuler took the high road and took it upon himself to remain in constant communication with Walton and with every player on the team to get them all on the same page. It was that extra effort that helped him earn his spot as a team captain in 1988.

Shuler embraced that role as a leader and tried to demand excellence from his teammates. He did his best to convey the importance of every practice, every game, and every coach to the players, both young and old alike. It was in 1988, while watching the Redskins play the Broncos in the Super Bowl that Shuler realized these teams were not much better than the Jets, but that they were more confident and worked harder. He felt that he had to stand up in front of his team that spring and make them know that the way they played the previous season was unacceptable, telling them getting to that next level was "about paying the price, about playing for 60 minutes". He explained to the young players about how hard it was to be successful in the NFL and how they will deal with adversity they never encountered before.

Shuler did not just talk the talk, but walked the walk that year. Shuler’s year was filled with highlights that included a 152 yard game against the Kansas City Chiefs and a 91 yard, 2 touchdown performance that helped spoil Dan Marino’s 5 touchdown passes. He was determined to lead by example and did just that, earning his second trip to the Pro Bowl and leading all Tight Ends in receptions.

While the Jets did not make the playoffs that year, it was the first year in a long time where the Jets, notorious quitters, did not pack it in and give up in December. The team finished 3-1 down the stretch to end the year with a winning record and defeated the New York Giants in the season finale, knocking the favored Giants out of the playoffs.

Unfortunately the team was unable to capitalize on the momentum and the wheels fell off in 1989. Shuler's season was derailed by multiple injuries, including a broken hand, which allowed him to play in only 7 games.

With Bruce Coslet brought in as head coach in 1990, changes were made and late in the summer Shuler was released by the Jets. Shuler would go on to finish his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, never realizing his dream of playing in the Super Bowl, which he would state was the only regret he ever had in his playing career.

Since parting ways with number 82, the Jets have tried time and time again to find the next Mickey Shuler, drafting 10 Tights Ends, including four in the first round. None have been able to duplicate the heart and skill of that soft-spoken 3rd round draft pick.

Despite missing out on his Super Bowl dream there should be no regret for the great Jets Tight End. Mickey Shuler’s career stands head and shoulders above the rest. He remains one of the most cherished and decorated Jets in the history of the organization, having more receptions and yards than any other Tight End in franchise history, ranking 5th all time in receptions, and being named a member of the Jets All Time Team. He is the standard by which all future Jets Tight Ends will be judged and universally recognized as the greatest Jets Tight End in their 40 plus years of history.

The readers of The Jets Blog are proud to recognize Mickey Shuler’s contributions to the New York Jets and add to his accolades by forever enshrining him in the TJB Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Mickey!
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Jets Post Game Overtime: 9/24 00:10:22
The Jets Post Game crew keeps the analysis going, handing out report cards from the Jets' 20-6 win over Miami in their home opener.

 

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Todd Bowles and Josh McCown reflect on the Jets' first win of the season, a resounding 20-6 victory over Miami.

Terrence Brooks had two interceptions and the Jets' defense limited the Dolphins to one score to lead New York to a 20-6 win on Sunday. >> Box score


The Jets' defense kept the Dolphins off the board for the first three quarters before Jay Cutler connected with DeVate Parker on a three-yard score at the end of the game. 

McCown threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson with 1:42 in the second quarter to put the Jets up 10-0. Anderson finished with three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

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September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets players lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
September 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets players lock arms during the national anthem before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Jets players locked arms during the national anthem on Sunday ahead of their game against the Dolphins.

Acting owner Christopher Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan joined the players by locking arms with them on the field.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will suit up for the Jets' Week 3 game against the Dolphins

Wilkerson missed practices during the week with a shoulder injury after suffering a shoulder injury during the team's Week 2 loss to the Raiders. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins will return following his two-game suspension at the beginning of the season.

QB Christian Hackenberg, WR Chad Hansen, CB Derrick Jones, S Rontez Miles, OL Brian Winters, TE Eric Tomlinson, and TE Jordan Leggett are inactive.

 

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Bowles stresses execution, tempo 00:01:10
Todd Bowles tells Jeane Coakley what he's expecting to see from his team in its home opener at MetLife Stadium.

 

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NFL's response to Trump 00:03:00
Mike Westhoff, Ray Lucas and Willie Colon weigh in on the national conversation regarding athletes' right to protest.

Jets RB Matt Forte and T Kelvin Beachum were among NFL players who retweeted posts criticizing President Trump's comments on Friday about NFL players who kneel for the national anthem.

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Jets Pre Game Live breaks down what role emotions will play in the Jets' home opener against Miami.

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THE GAME

The Miami Dolphins (1-0) at the Jets (0-2) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. ET.


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Vacchiano's 3 Keys to a Jets win 00:01:11
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets' victory vs. the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the Week 2 loss in Oakland, and discuss what the Jets need to do to secure their first win of the season. Later, Jonas and Willie debut two of the show's newest segments, "Willie's Story Time" and "How being an NFL player is better than being you."

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Jets CB Buster Skrine was fined $24,309 after being penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Raiders. 

In the third quarter, Skrine picked up on a short pass to RB DeAndre Washington, but he caught Washington with his helmet first resulting in a penalty that set up a 43-yard touchdown for the Raiders. 

The Raiders had four personal fouls in the game, but none were fined. 

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Jeane Coakley and Jets' tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins discuss playing for the first time since December and how he can help the team.

 

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G Brian Winters and TE Eric Tomlinson (knee) are out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the Jets announced Friday.

Either Dakota Dozier or Brent Qvale will start at RG for Winters, Jets head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.

TE Jordan Leggett (knee) and S Rontez Miles (eye) are doubtful.

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The Jets re-signed KR/WR Kalif Raymond to their practice squad after cutting him earlier in the week.

Raymond muffing a punt during the Jets' loss to the raiders in Oakland.

"He's got some tools to develop," coach Todd Bowles said on Thursday. "There are some things we like about him with his speed and catch radius as a receiver, so he's worth bringing back."

Bowles indicated Raymond would likely remain on the practice squad but added that there's still a chance he could make the active roster.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' RBs 00:00:47
According to offensive coordinator John Morton and Matt Forte, the Jets are looking to utilize all three running backs in their home opener.

 

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Jets Game Plan: Moving forward 00:03:58
The panel breaks down the positives and negatives from Sunday's game and how the Jets can learn from that loss and work towards a win.

 

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The Jets have signed DE David Bass and cut LB Freddie Bishop to make room on the roster.

Bass, who was selected 233rd by the Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft, had been released by the Seahawks on Tuesday.

Bishop had been signed from the practice squad to the active roster last week.

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Jeane Coakley talks with quarterback Josh McCown about the Jets' home opener and with CEO Christopher Johnson about Todd Bowles' future.

 

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It's been a tough two weeks of the season for Jets linebacker Darron Lee, and head coach Todd Bowles wants to see more out of the second-year player. 

Standing at 6-foot-1 and 231 pounds, Lee has looked overmatched at times during the Jets' first two games this year. So far Lee has 12 tackles and one sack. 

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) looks to the fans prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) looks to the fans prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (bruised shoulder) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, but he believes he'll be ready to play against the Dolphins on Sunday. 

Wilkerson suffered the injury during last week's matchup in Oakland, but does not think the bruise is too serious. Head coach Todd Bowles also said he doesn't believe the injury will keep Wilkerson out of action. 

Below is the rest of the Jets' injury report from Wednesday's practice: 

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Christopher Johnson, the Jets' acting owner as his brother Woody Johnson serves as Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Donald Trump, says the team isn't tanking.

"It couldn't be further from the truth," Johnson told reporters on Wednesday. "I want to win every game. Every player in that locker room wants to win. What you're seeing, I think, are growing pains. These are young guys. There are some older guys on the team. Some of them, they're doing an extraordinary job. But I think you're going to see this team get better and better and better. That's what I'm looking for. And we are definitely not tanking."

The Jets, who have started the season 0-2 and are expected to have one ot the worst records in the NFL this season, trimmed the roster of the majority of their veterans during the offseason.

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Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Jets held workouts with six players on Tuesday, reports NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

The team worked out wide receivers Corey "Philly" Brown, Josh Huff, and Paul Turner; defensive ends Datone Jones and Alex McCalister; and defensive tackle Stefan Charles.

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) picks up a first down before being tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Darron Lee (58) in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

The Jets defense may have allowed 45 points to the Raiders this past Sunday, but they are not embarrassed as they believe the unit as taken positive steps forward. 

The Raiders racked up 410 total yards as they had both the run and pass game working in their home opener. Though it was a bad performance, LB Darron Lee spoke about why there were no heads hung in the locker room following the game. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game...

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 2...

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Latest look at the next Jets QB 00:00:44
SNY.tv takes a look at how the top collegiate quarterbacks did on the field last weekend.

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Another loss for the Jets, another step closer to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Of course, even if they don't land the top spot they seem sure to land something in the Top 10, where they'll have a shot at one of the many top college quarterbacks available. Here's a look at some of them, and how their stock has risen or fallen from last week...

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Jets WR Jermaine Kearse notched his first touchdowns with the team in the loss to the Raiders on Sunday. 

Kearse and another Jets newcomer, QB Josh McCown, have found chemistry early this season. McCown found the 27-year-old seven times for 59 yards in the season opener against the Bills. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterKearse continued his strong start as a Jet by leading them with 64 yards on four catches, including two touchdowns. He showed some veteran smarts with a subtle push-off on the first touchdown and made a tough catch with a defender draped over him for his other score. However, his other three catches -- one of which was negated by a penalty -- were short of the first down marker. >> Read more about the receivers and the Jets' offensive performance in Bent's Game Analysis.

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After putting up 38 total yards in their season opener, the Jets' run game saw an increase in production in loss to the Raiders Sunday. 

Veteran RB Matt Forte was the leader of the running back committee after posting a dismal 16 yards on six carries against the Bills last week. He posted 53 yards on nine carries with his longest being a 16-yard gain.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: After a disappointing first game, the Jets had more success with their running game this week, as three backs combined for 95 yards on 21 carries.

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the best part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

However, we're going to break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball first...

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) prepares to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) prepares to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Jets QB Josh McCown threw for his first touchdowns as a Jet in the team's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. 

McCown was held without a passing touchdown in the season opener against the Bills, but he made up for it with two in Oakland. However, it wouldn't be enough as the Raiders racked up points in front of their hometown fans. 

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterOn paper, McCown had a very good game. He came away with two touchdown passes and a 113.1 quarterback rating and even contributed 31 yards on the ground. However, there were a series of mistakes that are not reflected in his passing numbers...

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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during a break in the action against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during a break in the action against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins was not happy with how Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch danced during Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

Jenkins, who was upset at the way the Jets lost, didn't like seeing Lynch dancing and celebrating on the sideline after Oakland took a 35-13 lead on Jalen Richard's 52-yard touchdown run.

"I'm an old-school guy," Jenkins said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I don't like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that, and to have Marshawn dancing like that. Seeing that happen, that should infuriate the whole [Jets] team. It should infuriate everybody. And we should have to have a good response coming into next Sunday." 

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 9/17 00:13:52
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew gives out its report cards following the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

 

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