New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez 8/23

On what he thinks of the change at right tackle…

I trust coach’s decision.  I think both guys are going to help us.  Austin’s (Howard) earned his shot to play and I know that’s a good role for Wayne (Hunter).  Ultimately, its coach’s decision and both of those guys have my support, so whatever works best for the team.

On whether he thinks Hunter has been a scapegoat for the offensive problems this preseason.…

I don’t know. I’m sure on the outside it might look that way but we all had our share in not scoring a touchdown yet.  We’re in the red zone and I had a pass picked off and taken back for a touchdown. So, we all had our share of mistakes and we’ve all had games where we haven’t played our best.  It’s not just one guy’s fault, we all had a hand in it. 

On his goals for Sunday’s game…

I think the most important thing is just being sharp.  On Sunday night, we want to play well, we want to play fast (and) keep up our tempo.  And then when we get down into the red zone, we have to execute a little better.  We can’t have penalties. We have to avoid penalties and turnovers in the red zone.  That’s what has been keeping us from scoring.  Other than that, we move the ball fairly well between the 20’s. We have to keep that part of it up.

On what he liked about the offense from the Giants game…

There were a lot of good plays (and) some catches out on the edge by Patrick Turner.  Stephen (Hill) got involved with the second unit pretty well.  I thought the running game looked great.  I thought Matt Slauson and Nick Mangold and Shonn Greene, the three of them probably had one of their best 30 plays of football that they’ve ever had on film.  It looked awesome.  So there’s been flashes.  Now we just have to put it all together.

On how it would feel to score a touchdown this preseason …

Well, it’s nice.  Obviously, I’ve said it before, we’re an offensive unit.  The point is to be on the offensive and score points.  It obviously helps the defense and our team, so that’s the overall goal. We just have to keep on improving and the points will come.

On the decision to make a change at right tackle…

I think Coach had a good pulse on it and felt that this is the right time.  I trust Coach Ryan and Coach Sparano in that decision, a personnel decision.  Both of those guys (Howard and Hunter) are going to help us a lot and both of them are going to play a lot.  They both have my support and I think we’ll do alright.

On Howard’s progress…

Well, I know last year he showed some flashes on scout team and stuff when he had chances to play with the starting group, he did a good job.  All he’s been doing is improving this camp (and) this preseason.  He’s a tough competitor, a guy who wants to get it right, who wants to work hard.  So it’s been good to watch him mature a little bit and keep growing. 

On how it feels to have Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes back in some of the practices…

It’s great.  I love JK (Kerley).  He’s quick and explosive.  (We got) a mix of a little Santonio again out there today and it just felt like things started to click again.  (When) you get explosive playmakers like that back, it really can boost your offense.  

On if he feels that he’s had enough reps with Kerley and Holmes…

Well, you know, this game’s coming no matter what.  We can’t turn back now.  Those guys have to listen to their body and come back as soon as they’re ready.  But we’re pushing them hard and our training staff is doing a great job getting them back as soon as possible.  So, ready or not (the first game is coming).

On Hunter playing the Jumbo tight end role…

He’s done great in that role before as swing tackle.  I know Rex was quoted saying that.  Then that Jumbo tight end role, both of those guys work really well together.  I think Wayne knows that position better than anybody.  If that’s the right fit for our team, then that’s the direction we’ll go.  We have full faith in both of those guys and Coach Sparano and Rex’s decision.  

On if he will be concerned if they don’t score on Sunday….

I don’t think like that.  I just don’t think in hypotheticals like that.  All I can see is us doing well, and preparing well like we are, having a great practice again like we did today and staying positive through the whole thing and not worrying about it.  The points will come.

On what the offense needs to get out of Sunday’s game…

I think most importantly is just being efficient, keep up the pace and tempo. (We need to) take care of the football and once we get into the red zone we can’t hurt ourselves with penalties and a turnover like last week.

On making the sure the offense stays positive…

Overall, it was a tough experience.  But at the same time, you take away a lot of the good things as well.  We were the number one offensive team in the league (in the red zone last season).  We ran the ball really well at times when we got back to our identity with our two-back stuff.  We can run the ball really well.  We have the guys up front that can move around on the offensive line and protect really well.  Now, we’ve added a couple more receivers and some of our guys are coming back.  We’re really in a good spot.  I know it doesn’t look like it from the outside, but that’s okay. The most important thing to learn from last year, other than taking care of the football, was stick with the guys in here.  Don’t worry about outside opinions.  Stay focused on our goals and our preparation and keep supporting each other, because that’s where I think some of the breakdown was last year.

On whether it’s unusual for him to have so many snaps in the preseason…

No, I think that’s pretty normal.  Pretty much what we’ve done before.

On the amount of time the third and fourth string get…

I mean, I’m sure that fourth game will be theirs.  So that’ll kind of even things out I’d assume.  But I mean playtime, that’s a coaching decision all the way.

On how Holmes looked today…

He looked pretty good today.  He was moving around well and our guy’s back, JK’s back too. That was awesome. It was good to see him running around making some great catches.  I know he’s got some fresh legs so that was nice.

On whether it’s important to get some reps with Holmes on Sunday…

Sure.  Hopefully, Santonio will be on the field.  We’re all pushing for him play. And he’s a competitor. He’ll do the right thing and get out there (when he’s ready). 

On how comfortable they are running the Wildcat without running it in the preseason…

I feel good about it. (laughter) It’s cool with me.

On what he feels good about…

I feel good about our tempo.

On areas where he’s grown…

I think a good example is just like today.  Today was hot, it was a long practice and the temptation is to, ‘Alright, I can kind of put one in here, I can go 90 percent. I can do this, I can double reset and wait on a route.’ Little things like that.  Then they start becoming habit.  So today was a great chance for me to pull Stephen aside, and pull a couple of the young guys aside, ‘Hey, don’t put one in today.  Fight it.  I know.  I know it’s hard, I know it is. Trust me I’ve been there.  Just fight through it, man. Stay positive. Smile. Run from drill to drill. I know you’re exhausted, but we’re going to get in that cold tub after and it’ll be fine.  And we’ll go study and get ready for tomorrow and get some good sleep.  But don’t fake it.’  I think that was a good example, just drawing from today.  Every day it’s a new challenge.  With different personnel in here and new guys around us, it all presents a new challenge. And now, I think one of the most important things I’m trying to do, with all this stuff, is just attack it. Whether it’s a blitz, I’m trying to attack it. Whether its coverage, lets attack their coverage.   Whether it’s a run check, I’m going to attack that.  Even if it’s an interview, whatever it is, I’m really trying be proactive about it and prepare and do my best.

On whether he talked to Hunter after the change his position…

Yes.

On his reaction to the change at right tackle…

Well, we trust coach’s decision and I have faith in both those guys. I know both of them can play well.  I know Austin’s really working hard.  I know Wayne knows that swing tackle position better than anybody. And he’s comfortable in that position.  The most important thing I think both of those guys would say it is, what’s best for the team. Coach said that was it and that’s it.

On the pressure of being a quarterback…

Like you said, it is a good thing.  For me it’s always been a good thing.  There’s more pressure in the playoffs, (and) that’s where I played my best.  Now, this year, each year, it seems to grow.  So, that’s good.  When expectations are high, usually performance is better. So, I’m okay with that.  I understand that’s part of the territory.  Anytime you ever feel that pressure, you just look around at the guys we have.  The guys that are going to take the pressure off you.  That’s where I’m pretty fortunate here to have a Nick Mangold and the offensive line we have.  To have Shonn Greene who can carry the rock 30 times a game.  Have receivers that can go out and make plays.  (To have) a Dustin Keller who I’ve been with for four years now.  So, it’s a good spot even though there’s a lot of pressure.

On if he has to give himself pep talks…

I’m confident in my ability.  My confidence never waivers.  I’ve said it before when I get out on the field I’m the best there’s going to be.  That’s just the way you’ve got to play. No matter what.  Anytime something bad happens, I got this from Coach Carroll, if you know your shooting percentage and you miss your first twelve shots, but you’re a 58 percent shooter, than lookout because your next 20 are going to be pretty good.  So it’s just the way things go, but I’m confident.

On this season…

It’s a big year for all of us.  We’re all ready just to start playing again.  I think the guys are excited.  I said it earlier in spring, there’s just a good vibe around here.  So, regardless of any outside pressure, we’re putting a lot of pressure on each other, on ourselves, so it’s good.

New York Jets Quarterback Tim Tebow, 8/23

On practice this week …

I feel like it’s been a really good week. I feel like we’ve done some things really well. We’ve gotten better every day. I feel like as we’re getting ready for this game against Carolina, we’ll be prepared to go out there and execute and hopefully do some good things.

On the change at right tackle…

Austin (Howard) has been doing a really great job throughout camp. Wayne (Hunter) has done a great job at times. Both of those guys have been competing hard and I’m proud of both of their efforts.

On whether it is hard knowing Mark Sanchez will play more against Carolina…

No, it’s not difficult. You just know your role and you try to do it the best you can. When you get opportunities you make the most of them.

On Jeremy Kerley…

I’ve had a chance a little bit to throw with him, to get a little timing down. He’s a very explosive player. I think his 40 time was about as fast as he plays on the field. He’s quick getting in and out of cuts, in and out of breaks. Some guys just have a knack for that and he really does. He’s just a great athlete. You can tell, I think he got drafted in baseball, that he can throw the ball well. He runs around. He can catch. He’s just smart. He’s just a football player and I think that’s a big time compliment you can give someone. He’s just good at playing the game of football.

On whether or not Kerley will make a difference…

I think overall for us, it’s just about executing on the same page. I think he’s someone that’s a big time weapon. I think he can be used a lot of different ways. He’s an explosive player as well.

On whether or not he would like to run the Wildcat during the preseason…

It’s ok. We’ve ran that play before. It doesn’t matter. Whatever I’m asked to do, I’ll do. I’m fine either way.

On spending time in the offseason working with other people…

That’s a good question. I definitely did work outside of here in our break time, working with Noel Mazzone and Tom House. I’m really just trying to continue to work on my fundamentals, getting better. I really feel like I made some strides there. I feel very comfortable with that. Those are things you continue to have to work on every day. I do work out with Coach Cavanaugh and Coach Sparano, when you get individual time to work .

On whether communication is important…

Yeah, you definitely have to have communication. I think that helps. I mean, you could choose not to, but I definitely choose to have open communication to let them know what I’m working on and why I’m working on it. Anyway I can get better and that’s been a great relationship so far.

On whether the coaches encourage him to get outside help…

They don’t necessarily encourage it to go out and do it, but encourage by meaning it’s great you’re going out and working. They know how comfortable I am with it too and those guys, so it helps.

On whether he thinks too many people are trying to help him…

No, not really. I think you just have to have the main voice and that’s definitely Coach Cavanaugh. Everybody can provide something new. You can learn from everyone. A quote I’ve always loved is, “In a multitude of counselors there is wisdom.” You can take wisdom from a lot of different people and find exactly what works for you.

On having fans at practice…

It’s feels good to be able to have practices that fans can come out to. That’s always great for the fans. I think there’s definitely a line where you want to work on some stuff. You also want to be open to the fans and let them be involved. It’s definitely been fun having them out there. Also, it’ll be interesting to see the dynamic when that changes.

On having to be ready to play at any moment…

I feel like I do that sometimes in practice, so I guess that gives you a little bit of reps at that. Also, I’ve done that a lot in my career. I did that my freshman year of college back and forth a lot, and my rookie year into the beginning of last year.

On if not starting poses a challenge when it comes time to perform…

I think it poses a challenge to make sure you’re always ready on the sideline. You have to continue to warm up and throw, loosen up and make sure you’re always ready. I have to continue to work on the sideline but that’s fine with me.

On learning the new offense…

I feel like it’s something we have down now. The more reps you can get in real live situations, the better it is. The communication between quarterback and receiver, running back and offensive line, the more reps you get in more live situations to see how everybody reacts is always great too.

On whether he studies less compared to when he first got here…

It’s hard to say. Obviously, in OTA’s it was something that was obviously very fresh for us (and) it was nonstop looking at it. Now, it’s more of trying to get the fine details, fine points, audibles, and checks. It’s always probably the same amount of studying. You went from regular math to now algebra as Coach Sparano talks about.

On if he wanted a live rep with the Wildcat play this preseason…

It’s fine. We had a few live reps in practice, but I’ve ran that stuff before so I’ve had reps in my life at it.

On whether he thinks the game plan should remain a secret during preseason…

Yeah, I just think we continue to work on it in practice when we need to. We can get good reps in practice. I don’t think it’s something you have to do in a preseason game.

On why he went on Boomer Esiason’s show…

I went on it because Bruce (Speight) and the PR department told me to.

On Esiason’s show…

I don’t have any problem with Mr. Esiason or them. That’s his opinion, everyone has their opinion and that doesn’t change my perspective of the show or him as a person. I wouldn’t be afraid of going on.

On what he thinks about Esiason’s comment that he should be cut…

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and that’s his opinion. I guess you could say it’s a little fuel to  the fire but not really. I’ve heard a lot of negativity my whole life and I don’t really let that get me too high or too low. I just want to be the same person and have a smile on my face. I never change based on one person’s analysis of me or how I play. I think the better thing you could say was when he said he wouldn’t mind having me as a son-in-law. I’d rather have that compliment than him thinking that I’m a quarterback.

On whether he takes Esiason’s comment about being a bad quarterback but a good guy as a compliment…

I would rather be known as someone with good character than a good football player but I do want to be known as a good football player as well.

On if he will get some reps next week against Philadelphia…

I have no idea.

On how the change at right tackle affects him…

I mean just as far as feeling it, it’s a little bit harder to feel being my blind side. Both of those guys have worked hard in camp and just competed well. Austin has done some good things and Wayne has done some good things. I’m just proud of their effort.

On his communication with Howard…

I think you just want to be clear with your calls and everything. It’s new for everybody so you want to be exciting and clear but for him, he’s done a good job. He’s gotten everything down. It’s just having confidence in your guys.

On continuing to grow from last year…

I think you just continue to work on your fundamentals. You continue to try and get better at the little things. When you get opportunities, try and show that. I think at times I’ve been able to show some of those things. I just continue to get better and when you get opportunities, try and make the most of them.

On if he has to adapt to his new role…

I don’t think so. For most of this training camp, OTA’s, minicamp, I’ve been just a regular quarterback. I’ve been training as a quarterback. When I’m going to be in the game for a lot of that, yeah, there will be chances of running, chances (for) options, reads and things like that but you’re still a quarterback. You still have to read the defense, make reads and make checks. (There’s) a lot of thinking, a lot of thought process, a lot of decisions (that) go into that and ultimately, at quarterback, what you do is you make decisions. That’s what I’m trying to do back there so you’re still being a quarterback even though people might look at it differently.

New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes, 8/23

On if he will be able to play on Sunday…

I feel pretty confident that I can come back and play this week.  The things that (Head Athletic Trainer) John Mellody and the rest of the training staff have been doing for me has been really good.  I have been working a lot extra, overtime spending with these guys treatment wise and they are doing a really good job trying to get me back on the field.

On if he has a back injury in addition to a rib injury…

There is a lot going on on the left side, with the hamstring, the ribs, the back but all that stuff is finally clearing up right now and as you can see, practice has been pretty good to me.  I got a chance to get a couple of reps with the ones.  It feels pretty good to be out on the field again.

On if it is important to play in Sunday’s game…

I honestly think it would be to get the speed back up and get the feel of the game, try to get my wind back and play behind these guys and hopefully as much as I can do for the team come Sunday, Coach (Ryan) will allow that to happen and we will move forward from there.

On Mark Sanchez being anxious for his return…

I think Mark just misses smiling at me on the field (joking), come practice days he does it all the time.  I think that is what really gets us going, once we start our meetings and practices for the day.  I am excited, just as well as the guys are, to see me back on the field, but we have got to take it one step at a time, make sure we do not have any setbacks come September.

On the offense…

There is a learning curve for us right now, (with us) having a new offense thrown at us and the things that Coach Sparano is expecting from us, we have to get better as a group.  We have to play better all around, especially with our receivers.  We have to be a lot more physical than what we have been showing.  It doesn’t show up as much in the games, but as far as film work has been going it has not been good for our group in particular so to help myself and this group get back on the field is what we are going to be looking forward to.  I think it will help get us going.

On if he will wear a protective vest if he plays on Sunday…

I have no clue.  I have no clue what the trainers have for me right now.  We have been working on a few things but I am not sure.  I feel pretty good.  I didn’t wear anything today at practice and I ran a few routes with the individuals and even went against the defense today and I felt pretty good so we will see.

On how he feels right now…

I am good. I would say I am ready to roll but I know the trainers wouldn’t like to hear that from me right about now.  Like I said, I have got to take it one day at a time.  I can’t push it too early right now and just wait and see. 

On the Jets struggling on offense in the first two games…

It’s the preseason. Last (time) I checked it counts in September and I think our guys will get the ball rolling come September. (There are) things that we have been doing correctly, (like) running the football pretty well. I think we just need to get going from that standpoint and the rest will just fall in line for us once we get the ball rolling.

On Stephen Hill…

Stephen Hill has shown a lot of progress, being a rookie, jumping into a starting role into a brand new offense, coming from running a triple-option in college and into being in a role where routes have to be consistent, crisp, down to a “T” and the attention to detail has to be there. His role has grown a lot in what he has learned from Coach Sanjay (Lal) and myself in the receiving room.

On running secret plays and attention to detail…

I wouldn’t say it’s a secret, but what we do here is work on the details and the things we need to correct. I think everything you’ve pretty much seen is how we’re going to come out this season, but the attention to detail is going to have to be a lot better than what it has been. The things that we’re going to do this season, why give everyone a clue right now? Leave them all guessing, show it on Sunday when it really counts and we’ll just punch them in the mouth from there.

On if attention to detail has been emphasized…

No question, from the time Coach Sparano put the plays on the board, he has details put beside every route, besides every offensive lineman, every tight end, every quarterback (and) every step to everybody doing the right thing is what we pay attention to once we’re in meetings. I think that’s going to be a key for us coming into this season, paying attention to the details.

On whether he has built chemistry with Tim Tebow…

Being Florida guys, I think that builds enough chemistry amongst ourselves and also with Coach Urban Meyer coaching the Buckeyes, we do a little talking amongst ourselves. I’m always prepping him on the sideline. I’m always messing with him throughout the day while we’re at practice and I think he feeds off that. We have a good relationship.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Not only did Jets quarterback Sam Darnold have mononucleosis -- New York's second-year starter also had strep throat.

Darnold told Albert Breer of The MMQB early Sunday evening that the past month away from the field was more than just the mono diagnosis.

For "four or five days" during the bout with mono, the 22-year-old Darnold had to additionally fight off strep, which compounded his furious recovery process.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) 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 offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets G Kelechi Osemele will have surgery to repair his injured shoulder, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Osemele missed Week 5 and Week 6 due to the shoulder and a knee injury.

While this will hurt the Jets' depth, the team was considering the potential of replacing Osemele with Alex Lewis before the injury issues began, according to Vacchiano.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

A day after the Jets secured their first win of the season, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a few injuries to inform the media about. 

The biggest one -- and the one the Jets may worry about most heading into the new week -- was LT Kelvin Beachum sustaining a sprained ankle.

He is currently week-to-week, and the Jets are going to have to plan like he won't be available for the Jets' Monday night matchup against the undefeated Patriots. If that is the case, Brandon Shell, who currently serves as the team's right tackle, might have to shift over to the left side. 

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Tight end Chris Herndon has rejoined the Jets after serving his four-game suspension to begin the season. In order to make room for Herndon, the Jets have waived linebacker Frankie Luvu.

The Jets are getting back a big member of their receiving core from last season, as Herndon was second on the team in receptions with 39. The 2018 fourth-round pick also finished his rookie season with 502 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite being reinstated to the active roster, Herndon may not suit up for the Jets just yet, having injured his hamstring prior to Week 5, but he hopes to practice this week. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Sunday that the Jets are expecting him to miss two games.

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Leonard Williams' name popped up in trade rumors on Sunday, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that "multiple teams" were interested in trading for the Jets' defensive end.

After the Jets' win over the Cowboys on Sunday, Williams addressed the rumors. And he didn't seem too bothered.

"I wouldn't say it makes me uneasy," he told reporters. "You see the best players in the league get traded and it's not like it's a personal thing. It's just the way the business is and I can't take anything personal. That's why I can't really focus on it because I can't really control it. The best thing I can control is my play and wherever I end up, just focus on that."

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The Jets suddenly have a little life with the return of Sam Darnold and a big win over the Cowboys. They are feeling confident, the way they did way back in Week 1.

But it is all too little, too late?

Not necessarily, at least not if they can pull off an improbable win against the New England Patriots at the Meadowlands next Monday night in a game that is shaping up as the Jets' last stand for the 2019 season. Their odds are already long at 1-4, but their playoff path will look impossible if they fall to 1-5.

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Jets QB Sam Darnold
Jets QB Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold returned on Sunday and helped guide the Jets to a huge win over the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

It was the Jets' first win of the season after starting 0-4, and the triumph dominated the early back pages in NYC on Monday.

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The first four weeks of the season were disastrous for the Jets. Losing their starting quarterback to mono and a backup quarterback to an ankle injury undermined everything they were hoping to do.

That didn't stop the drumbeat, though, of people unhappy with Adam Gase's performance, wondering if this might be his only season with the franchise.

That's a storyline that seems pretty ridiculous now.

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SNY's Bart Scott apologizes for how hard he's been on Jets head coach Adam Gase after getting his first win of the season against Dallas

After the Jets' offense came alive for New York's first win of 2019 in Sunday's 24-22 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys, SNY's Bart Scott got creative with an apology to Adam Gase on Jets Post Game Live.

Critical of Gase throughout the regular season's opening four games for the previously winless Jets (1-4), Scott owned up to his comments about the offense's ineffectiveness under the first-year head coach with quarterback Sam Darnold back from mononucleosis.

Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his first game back since Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, Sept. 8's 17-16 loss, which he played while mononucleosis started to bring him under the weather.

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New York Jets receiver Jamison Crowder explains what QB Sam Darnold brings to the offense when he's under center.

The Jets offense was undoubtedly better with quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 6 as the team picked up their first win of the year over the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22. 

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Darnold's return.  

"It was great. The offense, I just felt like we were able to move the football," Crowder said following the win. 

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The Jets saw quarterback Sam Darnold return to the lineup and light up the Cowboys en route to a 24-22 win over Dallas, their first of the year. Running back Le'Veon Bell was less of a factor in the outing and that's perfectly fine with him. 

Bell averaged 3.6 yards per carry, which came via 50 yards on 14 carries. He did add a touchdown, but Darnold's day stood out, especially after the lackluster quarterbacking the Jets have gotten without him in the lineup. 

Darnold had 338 passing yards and two scores with an interception. But whatever gets it done, works for Bell. Moving forward he thinks Darnold's presence will help create a more dynamic attack for the Jets, and the Darnold-Bell, one-two punch will keep opponents on their toes. 

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Robby Anderson 1on1 00:01:27
New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson thrived having QB Sam Darnold back under center but knows the team still has a lot of work to do

The Jets offense came to life with Sam Darnold under center against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Jets held on for a 24-22 win, but the offensive side of the ball looked its best when Darnold connected with wide receiver Robby Anderson for a score. 

Anderson led the Jets with five catches for 125 yards. A big chunk of that came on his touchdown which was a 92-yard strike that gave Gang Green a huge jolt of life and 14-3 lead late in the first half. 

Prior to the play, Anderson said he communicated to his QB that the Cowboys' secondary had been sitting on shorter routes. The ensuing throw over the top of their defense proved Anderson correct. 

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How much different did the Jets look on offense with quarterback Sam Darnold in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys?

Just ask Robby Anderson.

The wide receiver caught five passes for 125 yards and a 92-yard touchdown, igniting an offense that the Jets (1-4) desperately needed to get back on track and did against the Cowboys' defense.

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In Sunday's 24-22 win over the Cowboys, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to the lineup in style, completing 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions...

First quarter, 14:56. No score. First play of the game at the Jets' 18-yard line.

It didn't take Darnold long to underscore the fact that they had upgraded significantly at the quarterback position.

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Jamal Adams talks Jets win 00:00:48
Jets safety Jamal Adams is pumped after solidifying the Jets first win and wants the Jets fans to keep their faith and believe in the team.

The Jets very much held on for their first win of the 2019 season, a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It took a game-sealing blitz on the Cowboys' late two-point conversion attempt to take the win. 

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sent a pass intended for tight end Jason Witten into the ground as the Jets weren't playing chess, they were playing math. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams dialed up an all-out blitz and there were plenty more defenders than blockers. 

The decision worked as safety Jamal Adams went in on Prescott unblocked and forced the incompletion.

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Darnold happy to get 1st win 00:01:27
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was happy to be back and help the team get their first win of the season

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Sam Darnold is back. And so is the Jets' offense.

In case anyone needed proof that the problem the last three weeks had been poor quarterback play, the 22-year-old Darnold showed how much a difference even a competent quarterback can make. And he was more than competent. He was outstanding. Playing for the first time since Week 1, he completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception

It was enough to let the Jets hang on for their first win of the season -- 24-22 over the Dallas Cowboys.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Herndon, Jamison Crowder, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Ty Montgomery , Ralph Vacchiano
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Thomas on his tough upbringing 00:02:28
New York Jets receiver Demaryius Thomas sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley and opened up on his mother and grandmother's incarceration.

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and talked about his difficult upbringing.

Thomas is thankful to have gone to church and Bible study, instead of doing other activies.

"But I could have easily went the opposite way and been in the wrong crowd," Thomas said. "But I just couldn't be that kid. I always wanted to take care of my sisters, my family, my mom, grandmother. I always had in my mind that they'd get out one day, and they was able to get out."

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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:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Copeland, CJ Mosley, Henry Anderson, Kelechi Osemele, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Ty Montgomery
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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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