Today, we get that bonus practice and you’re looking at new calls, trying to get your team familiar with a new opponent, so I think that’s good. (We) got a head start on tape with our team, so I think that was pretty good. Obviously, we won’t really get the entire game plan in until Wednesday but we do have a head start. So we did a lot of that, in particular on defense, emphasize the red zone and some personnel groupings, so that’s kind of what we did. Then offensively, we did a little blitz pickup, then we did a seven-on-seven and some other things. I think we got a good start, even on special teams. So we used it to get a jump on Buffalo and hopefully that helps us. Injury-wise, we’ll have a full injury report on Wednesday for you so anything I can give you now is probably incomplete but I think we’re getting healthy.

On if Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Jeremy Kerley will be able to play Sunday…

I don’t know about all of those guys, but we’ll see how it goes. Certainly, they’re getting closer. I can see (they’re) definitely getting closer. Again, I think when you’re looking at Kerley’s situation, obviously (he) had the concussion, so there are a bunch of different hoops that he’s got to go through, different doctors and all that kind of stuff. With Quinton, he just had surgery like three weeks ago but I know he has been doing an unbelievable job in his rehab. That would be something if we can get him back. I’m not sure how possible that is, but we’ll see. I think the list on Wednesday will give guys time because guys are pushing it. We’ll see how they do, how they come in on Wednesday, but like I said, I think for a team that just played two games in five days, I think we’re doing pretty decent, though, health-wise.

On what Coples was able to do in practice…

Well, he wasn’t really with the team. He was with our trainers, with our strength and conditioning guys. I think he did some individual drills though. Not with the group, but by himself.

On Wilkerson practicing fully with an ankle injury…

I wouldn’t say that he’s 100 percent back but I certainly hope he’s ready to roll.

On what he would like to see from Dee Milliner…

Just progress through practice and get it down. Sometimes you’re going to get beat physically. That’s the nature of the business. We’ve got to be sharp. Whether it’s Dee or anybody else, we’ve got to be on top of what our job is and the technique we need to use and things like that. Basically, it’s the experience but just go out, work hard. He certainly has the talent. We’ll progress him that way through the week.

On if he wants to see Geno Smith run more…

I just think sometimes when you’ve got the defense’s back to you a lot of times that rush is coming, sometimes there are some plays to be made out there. Obviously, you go through your progressions, you’re trying to throw the ball down the field, but if it’s taken away from you, then it’s not a bad deal to take off with it.

On the downside to naming Smith the starter for the foreseeable future with Sanchez injured…

I think you get in trouble when you put dates on things instead of just (focusing) on the one week, and that’s for our team. We want everybody to make sure that they understand this is where our focus is. It’s not going past one week. I think (when) you look down the road, you don’t take care of your business. With us, everything we do is focused on Buffalo and that’s where it should be. For us to comment or for me to comment about things past that, I don’t think it’s good for our team. Everything we do, every bit of our focus is on the present, on our situation right now which is playing Buffalo and preparing for Buffalo. That’s where it is. Anything beyond that, we’re not looking at.

On if naming Smith the starter for the foreseeable future would give him confidence…

He’s the guy this week. So is David Harris, so is whoever. That’s what we’re looking at. A lot of things can happen. To us, we just handle our business this week and then, after that, we’ll handle our business the next week. We need to take that approach each week as a team and that’s certainly where our focus is.

On whether he’s made the mistake in the past of looking too far ahead…

Yeah, I think I get it more. I think I get it more now where it’s like hey look, our fans and everybody else need to know it’s about the moment. It’s not about anything else. It’s about the present and the team that we’re up against. I think that’s where certainly, there’s no reason to look past this opponent.

On whether it was a mistake to insert Milliner into the starting lineup right away instead of making him earn the job…

Well no. I think when you look at it, we were comfortable with him physically and there was no question we were. Now did he miss a lot of time? He absolutely did, but we thought he could handle it. Again, it’s not that I’m (saying), ‘Oh hey, he’s failed.’ No, that’s not the case. We’ve got to correct a few things. From a physical standpoint, this young man can play. There’s no doubt. What I’ve been really proud of is the way Kyle (Wilson) has responded. The way really all the guys have stepped up, (Darrin) Walls in particular. He’s had to bail us out here and he’s done a nice job for us also.

On whether he’s decided if Milliner is going to start against Buffalo…

No, I haven’t. I just want to let this week play out and then we’ll put the guy in there that we think will give us the best chance to play well.

On whether the mental side of playing cornerback is the biggest challenge in transitioning from college to the NFL…

Well, I think (with) the physical side of it, you better have a certain skill set or you’re not going to play in this league. That’s a given. But the mental part, even just like the nuances of a certain coverage. Maybe in a book it looks a certain way, yet there are some tags that go along with it. And that goes with the experience playing with a guy. So, I think those are the things that we’re really having to sharpen up on. Like I said, when he gets it down, I think he’s got a chance to be a really good one. I don’t think there’s any doubt. It’s just speeding him along, but, at the same time, we have to do what’s best for us and puts us in the best situation to win this game.

On incident involving Nick Mangold at the end of the New England game…

I know that when Nick went to make the tackle, his intent was to get the guy on the ground. He had no malicious intent. That’s for sure. But as it played out, I can understand because the hit ends up being, as the guy goes out of bounds, his back turns to him, so he hits him out of bounds. So, I understand the penalty, but it wasn’t intentional by any stretch.

On whether he expects there to be fines or suspensions…

Again, that’s probably a league matter. But like I said, a lot of times things happen in the heat of the battle especially in a situation in a tight game, emotions are running high and things like that. But I’ll say this, there’s no way Nick’s hit was intentional. No way was it supposed to be a cheap shot, by any stretch.

On New England Head Coach Bill Belichick yelling at Mangold on the sidelines…

I’ve gotten after several of his players and everybody else’s players because you don’t want to see your guy ever take a shot. Again, I’m sure he realizes that it wasn’t an intentional hit, but at the same time, you don’t want to see your players get hit. It was a hard-fought game and things happened in that game. There’s no question. Against rivals, sometimes the intensity picks up.

On getting Kerley back…

Hopefully Jeremy is playing because he’s a weapon for us as a slot receiver primarily. It gives you some matchup issues because he has quickness and change-of-direction skills. The other thing is he’s an excellent punt returner, so I think that helps also.

On getting over losses as a coach…

You have to go on. You have to get past it, but it’s not easy by any stretch. As a coach, you always do a little second-guessing yourself and I think that’s good because it gives you more preparation for the next time you play it, or maybe a situation comes out where you play things differently. But you also have to move on from it. We’ve said before, you can’t let one loss get you beat twice. So, you have to put it behind you and move ahead. The fact we had a couple of extra days, it kind of weighs in there. But now, shoot, you’re ready to move on to Buffalo and that’s the way it has to be.

On facing Mike Pettine…

I don’t like Pettine (joking). That’s a given (joking). But no, it is going to be interesting. I’ve never done it before. He’s kind of a brother, but I’ve faced my twin brother many times, so I think I’m ready for it. Maybe (I will) give him a shot before the game (joking).

On coaching the offense to play against Pettine’s defense and Pettine giving the Bills offense advice…

Yes, that’s true. There’s no question you’re going to do that, but again, when that ball’s snapped, a lot of things happen. It can be something new. There can be something old, something old that looks new, a lot of that type of stuff. So, I just don’t think it’s that easy. You can help on things, what we do on defense is sound, so it’s not like you’re coming up with a trick play here or there. We have like six of them in (joking) (laughter). You’ll try to do that. There’s no question. There’s a little bit of that gamesmanship involved, but it’s just going to come down to execution and things like that. I guess with Bob Sutton now over there (in Kansas City), you have (Vic Fangio) in San Francisco, so there are guys that are doing really well and it’s kind of neat to see those guys are doing well.

On how schematically similar the Bills defense is to the Jets defense…

Well, I think the big thing is what Mike, I know has learned, and I think everybody has, is you put a system together that will feature your players and focus on what they do best and put your players in a situation where they can be successful. It’s not that you’re going to run the fire zone. You’re going to look at what your personnel has, what they can do, and make adjustments to your defense. It’s about your players, not about the scheme necessarily. Everybody that’s been with me and everything else knows that’s how you start.

On if he has found that the defense has schemed less over the first two games…

I don’t know about that. We did some different things, both weeks. I think we’ve done some different things. Again, it’s driven through your players. That’s where the main focus is. You’re always trying to put them in a situation to give them a chance to be successful.

On releasing Robert Malone…

I think with Robert, it’s just the consistency. That’s the thing that bothered us. Let’s face it, he had one of the best punts in Jets history in Week One and then he had some others where the hang time wasn’t where we wanted to be. With (Ryan) Quigley, it was a tight competition before, but we did think he gives a little more consistency.

On E.J. Manuel and the Bills offensive weapons…

(Manuel) did a great job, obviously, bringing them back to win that game. That was impressive. He has a nice touch on the deep ball. He’s a big, good-looking guy who can really throw the football. That’s the main stuff we’re seeing. 13 (Stevie Johnson) is a really good player, Johnson is a tremendous player. Then you got the two-headed monster in the backfield with Fred Jackson and (C.J). Spiller. Those are some pretty darn good weapons right there. Those are the guys you really have to be mindful of, those three in particular. Then you got the rookie receiver, who has done pretty well also, (Robert) Woods. We know it’s going to be a challenge to us.

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Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)
Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out earlier on Sunday, the Jets will be looking to be extremely active at the NFL trade deadline that approaches closer by the day. And one of the players he says to watch is DL Leonard Williams

Well, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the interest in Williams is already there around the league. 

Schefter is hearing that multiple teams are looking at Williams, the former first-rounder by the Jets back in 2015. And what could they potentially get for him? 

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The Jets may have a glimmer of hope now that Sam Darnold is back in the lineup, but they are still facing a stark and unfortunate reality. Since 1990, when the NFL playoffs expanded, only one team has started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs. And it hasn't happened since the San Diego Chargers did it in 1992.

That's why between now and the trading deadline on Oct. 29, many around the league believe the Jets' motto should be, and will be: "Sell!"

A lot can happen in the three games between now and that deadline, of course, but multiple league sources told SNY that they expect new Jets GM Joe Douglas to be extremely active in the next few weeks. One source used the word "firesale" to describe what he expects would happen thanks to the combination of a new GM, a team with an 0-4 record, and several expensive but talented players who may not fit in to his long-term plan.
 

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The 0-4 Jets will face the 3-2 Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 13, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)

Sam Darnold has been medically cleared and is ready to get back into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Cowboys, and one of his top targets is happy to see No. 14 back under center.

Jamison Crowder recently told Steve Serby of the New York Post that he's "excited" to have Darnold back on the field.

"I'm glad that he's back. I'm just excited, man, see what we can do with him back at the head of the offense," Crowder said. "I feel like the first game [Buffalo], me and him started off with great chemistry, and things were kind of obviously derailed with him being sick or whatnot."

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The Jets announced on Saturday afternoon that the team has signed veteran nose tackle Steve McLendon to a one-year contract extension. 

Originally an undrafted rookie free agent signing with Pittsburgh in 2009, McLendon, now 33 years old, originally joined the Jets in 2016 on a three-year deal. This past march, the Troy product re-signed with Gang Green on a one-year deal. Now, he will be under contract through the 2020 season. 

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Jets have activated linebacker Brandon Copeland following his four-game suspension, the team announced on Saturday. To make room for Copeland on the roster, the Jets waived quarterback Luke Falk

Copeland was sidelined for the first four games after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy by failing an offseason drug test. Copeland maintains the failed test was due to a tainted supplement he was using, but regardless he is set to make his season debut against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Copeland signed with the Jets prior to last season and appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) in 2018, setting career highs with 47 tackles and five sacks. He played for the Lions in 2015 and 2016 before missing all of the 2017 season with a torn pectoral muscle and signing with Gang Green.

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Gase happy to have Darnold 00:01:36
Jets head coach Adam Gase chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley and explains how Sam Darnold's return will affect and improve the team's offense.

Jets QB Sam Darnold will make his return to the field for the first time since Week 1 on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys

When he'll be getting dressed to play, the second-year quarterback will be wearing specialized pads for extra protection for his spleen, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"The same company that made specialized pads for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, used that same model to develop something quickly to protect Sam Darnold," Pelissero said. "With Newton, he is just a bigger bodied quarterback, so he needed a little extra protection through his mid-section. With Darnold, the concern when you've had mono is the spleen. Standard shoulder pads really don't provide that type of protection. So, Darnold, I'm told, went through multiple fittings and he's got something that he is comfortable with as he gets back on the field."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Wide receiver Robby Anderson has been a bright spot for the Jets offense the past few seasons, but is off to a slow start this year through four games.

The 26-year-old out of Temple University had made 155 catches for 2,280 yards and 15 touchdowns from 2016 through 2018. Including a breakout year in 2017, where he caught 63 passes on 114 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. 

He started 15 of the 16 games he played in during the 2017 season, and averaged 58.8 yards receiving per game with 38-year-old Josh McCown as his quarterback. So naturally, it was expected that Anderson would take another step forward when the team drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Sam Darnold is back under center 00:01:28
Jets QB Sam Darnold talks about playing again, and how the team's offense needs "to clean up the details" in order to find success.

Jets head coach Adam Gase gets his starting quarterback under center once again, but when Sam Darnold does take that first hit on Sunday against the Cowboys, everyone will be holding their breath. 

Darnold is returning from mononucleosis, and it may have been a week earlier if he didnt have an enlarged spleen. It's a side effect of the illness, and could even be fatal if it were to burst upon contact. 

That's why doctors had to be totally sure Darnold's spleen returned to normal size. With him starting this week, the result is it has -- and that's why Darnold isn't nervous if he does take a hit. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Over the next few weeks, the Jets should be getting several starters back from injury or suspension, headlined of course by Sam Darnold. This should provide a much-needed injection of talent for a team that has mostly been over matched in losing each of their first four games.

However, while the team as a whole has been struggling, there have been some positive flashes here and there from young players who have been making the most of their opportunity for additional playing time.

While the returning players should send most of these individuals back to the bench, it would be a shame if their playing time dried up altogether. Let's explore some players who deserve to continue getting chances to contribute even as the team approaches full strength:

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets' safety Jamal Adams was not very happy last month after being fined $21,056 for a hit on Browns QB Baker Mayfield in their Week 2 matchup.

But there's no need for Adams to be upset anymore, as the NFL announced that he will not be fined for that hit. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks agreed with Adams, and rescinded the fine.

Adams was issued a roughing the passer penalty on Baker Mayfield, but said officials that threw the flag apologized to the Jets' coaching staff for making the call after the game.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While the 0-4 Jets are struggling mightily to get things going on offense, their defense faces a very tough challenge in the Cowboys on Sunday. 

Dallas is the NFL's leader in total offense, averaging a whopping 452.8 yards per game with the ability to run and throw the ball at whim. Jets head coach Adam Gase fully realizes what the Cowboys brings to the table, and when asked about it, he couldn't help but to smile while describing the weapons they have to work with. 

"Probably their Pro Bowl offensive line," Gase said on Thursday. "Probably one of the best running backs in football. Explosive wide receiver. Good slot wide receiver. Hall of Fame tight end. Quarterback's pretty good. Outside of that, I mean..."

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Copeland honest after suspension 00:01:59
Brandon Copeland returned to the team after his PED suspension. He opened up about what happened and what's next.

After the news broke regarding his violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs Aug. 21, Brandon Copeland remained quiet as he served his four-game suspension.

Outside of a lengthy Aug. 22 statement on Instagram, Copeland said his piece and stayed silent while he worked back from the month-long absence.

Labeled by head coach Adam Gase as a starting linebacker for Week 6's game against the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) Sunday at 4:25 p.m. from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Copeland opened up on his road back to the field when he met the media Wednesday after practice.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When Le'Veon Bell heard the news about quarterback Sam Darnold's official return from mononucleosis, the Jets running back reacted accordingly.

Sidelined since Sept. 8's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Darnold's four-week recovery forced New York to go with backup Trevor Siemian and then third-string Luke Falk, who ascended atop the depth chart after Siemian's season-ending ankle injury in Sept. 15's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

While the Jets suffered three straight losses of 16 points or more as they stumbled to their 0-4 start, including consecutive defeats on the road against the New England Patriots (30-14, Sept. 22) and Philadelphia Eagles (31-6, Oct. 6), Darnold's first game back since the season opener gives the offense hope before Sunday's home game with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Gase, Bell excited for Darnold 00:00:41
Sam Darnold is officially cleared for contact. Could that mean good things for Le'Veon and the rest of the team?

Jets head coach Adam Gase shares the excitement that his players have for QB Sam Darnold finally returning after battling mononucleosis. Of course, Darnold is also excited to get back on the field. 

The excitement won't last long, though, if the Jets can get something going on offense. Since Darnold's been gone, the Jets have barely been able to move the ball. 

So, while spirits are high at One Jets Drive, this group knows there's a lot of work to be done to finally chalk up that first win. 

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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets were expecting to get another weapon back to their offense this week, but their luck continues to go sideways. 

Tight end Chris Herndon, who has been suspended the past four games due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, suffered a hamstring injury, head coach Adam Gase revealed on Wednesday. His injury occurred while running routes in preparation for his return this week. 

Gase was blunt when asked about his reaction to Herndon's injury. 

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New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) lines up with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) lines up with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

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After a disappointing start to the season, the Jets vowed to work towards improving matters coming out of the bye week. They made two lineup changes - one enforced due to injury and one that was apparently a coach's decision - but it didn't seem to help as they gave up a season-high 10 sacks in the loss to the Eagles.

In his appearance on ESPN Radio's Michael Kay Show on Monday, Adam Gase stated that the team is going to work some different combinations of players in practice to try and figure out which lineup works best. They will be keen to be competitive over the next few weeks to try and turn the season around, but with Sam Darnold returning to action on Sunday, protecting their prized asset becomes their number one priority.

Despite the gaudy sack numbers, was the offensive line really any worse on Sunday? A breakdown of the film reveals that only one of the sacks was registered within 2.5 seconds, as stand-in quarterback Luke Falk was slow to process, didn't get rid of the ball quickly enough, and didn't do a good job of moving around to extend plays.

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Sam Darnold was cleared for contact on Tuesday morning, which means he'll be ready to start on Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys.

That's obviously a really big deal for the 22-year-old Darnold.

It's also a pretty big deal for a lot of other people on the Jets.

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Sam Darnold is officially back. 

The Jets announced via Twitter that the franchise quarterback has been cleared, and will get the start in Week 6 against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. 

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Gase touches on offensive woes 00:01:54
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase pinpoints inconsistency on all 3 phases of the Jets but see a lot of room to grow on offense.

The Jets will see the return of two players this week, thanks to the completion of their suspensions. Tight end Chris Herndon and linebacker Brandon Copeland are available.

But New York head coach Adam Gase didn't commit to anything more than them practicing. 

Gase said on Monday he wants to evaluate the duo during their first practices this week as the Jets prep for the Dallas Cowboys before anything. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Sam Darnold is out due to mono. Here are the latest updates...


Oct. 7, 7:06 PM:

Jets coach Adam Gase announced that Darnold would undergo more tests in regard to his battle with mono on Monday. Hours later, Darnold appeared on ESPN 98.7 and in an interview on "The Michael Kay Show," he gave some positive vibes on those tests as he said he's "excited to hear the news."

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Jets DE Henry Anderson (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Jets DE Henry Anderson, who left Week 5's loss to the Eagles in the first quarter due to a shoulder injury, is dealing with a sprained AC joint, reports Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

An AC joint injury is also known as a shoulder separation.

Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Monday that the length of Anderson's absence will have to do with his pain tolerance level, adding that he's week-to-week and that his status for Week 6 against the Cowboys is not yet determined.

 

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Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) sacks New York Jets quarterback David Fales (3) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) sacks New York Jets quarterback David Fales (3) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

A couple of rough outings for New York's football teams have the oddsmakers thinking little of both the Jets and Giants in Week 6. 

Both teams are more than a touchdown underdog in their upcoming contests in their respective opening lines for the NFL's upcoming week. 

In little surprise, the Giants got the worst of it. 

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Demaryius Thomas talked 1-on-1 with Jeane Coakley after the Jets loss. While it was good to be playing, he knows there's room to improve.

Coming into the season, the Jets felt they had a whole revamped squad on their hands that could contend: A star running back, some added help on defense, a new head coach and a second-year quarterback set for a potential breakout season.

But instead, the Jets are sitting in an 0-4 hole with their starting QB sidelined and their offense absolutely reeling as the weeks wane on. New York could barely muster up any offense Sunday against the Eagles and ultimately fell 31-6.

Third-string quarterback turned starter Luke Falk had another rough outing, going 15-26 (57 percent) for 120 yards and zero touchdowns. Falk also turned the ball over three times, throwing two interceptions and losing one of two fumbles on the day.

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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The Jets offense was almost nonexistent in the 31-6 loss. Players from offense and defense were brutally honest in their self-assessment.

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The Jets got the ball first on Sunday, but the first possession set the tone for what was to follow. Two runs went nowhere as the revamped offensive line gained no traction and rookie tight end Trevon Wesco allowed his man to make the stop each time. On third down, stand-in quarterback Luke Falk couldn't even get a throw off as veteran Brian Winters was beaten for a sack.

After the Jets punted, the Eagles marched downfield for a touchdown to take the lead, which they then doubled when Falk threw a pick-six on fourth down on the Jets' next possession. That was asclose as it got all day as the Eagles comfortably swept the injury-plagued Jets aside.

To their credit, the Jets' defense stiffened for most of the rest of the first half, but Falk's second interception set the Eagles up with good field position and they worked the two-minute drill to go up 21-0 with 34 seconds to go in the first half.

Tags: CJ Mosley, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold
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The 0-3 Jets hit the road to face the 2-2 Eagles. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on whether Luke Falk can improve on his disastrous debut against the Patriots two weeks ago

The Jets will take the field in Philadelphia on Sunday, looking for their first win of the season.

Once again, the team will be without Sam Darnold, leaving the door open for Luke Falk to start, who, according to SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano, needs to be far better than he was against the Patriots.

Tags: Sam Darnold
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have signed long snapper Thomas Hennessey to a four-year contract extention, the team announced Saturday. According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the deal is worth up to $4.4 million, with $1 million of that guaranteed.

The 25-year-old was undrafted out of Duke in and signed with the Colts, but before he suited up for them, he was acquired by the Jets via trade in May of 2017. He hasn't missed a game as the team's long snapper since. 

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Dec 9, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams reacts during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Dec 9, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams reacts during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Jets defense hasn't quite lived up to the high outside expectations this season. They've allowed 23.3 points per game (16th in the NFL) and 375.3 yards per game (19th in the NFL), and they have another tough task ahead on Sunday, as the Eagles enter the game averaging 27.5 points per game, the seventh most in the NFL.

But coming off of a loss to the Patriots and the bye week, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has liked what he's seen from his group from this week.

"Good week," Williams said during his Friday press conference. "Good to get back out there after the Bye Week. … Our guys have really been focused, came back fresh and have really worked hard. We had to push them out of here at nights because they've been working so hard."

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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)

Head coach Adam Gase announced earlier on Friday that Sam Darnold is out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, and the team's official injury report didn't offer much better news.

Linebacker CJ Mosley (groin) and guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee) are both officially listed as doubtful, while linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) is out.

At this point, it's more likely than not that the Jets will be without Mosley and Osemele as they try to upset the Eagles on the road and secure their first win of the season.

Mosley hasn't played since the Jets' Week 1 loss to Buffalo, when he injured his groin in the second half. The Jets' prized defensive acquisition of this past offseason could potentially miss his third straight game. 

Tags: Jordan Jenkins, Sam Darnold
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