Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

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It's not quite crunch time yet, but there are less than three weeks until the start of the first round of the NFL draft, which means draft boards are in their final stages all around the league. It also means that the truth about which players are being targeted by which teams is starting to leak out -- albeit slowly.

Still, there are a lot of variables, especially in the first two picks. But at the moment there aren't many changes to my latest Mini-Mock Draft. The Browns are still taking a quarterback at 1. The Jets are still definitely taking one at 3. And I still think the Giants will take one -- assuming the right one is available -- at 2.

Here's a full look at my new Top 10, with some updated inside information:

1. Cleveland Browns - QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

I am absolutely convinced the Browns are taking a quarterback here, and I am reasonably convinced that they are going to decide between Allen and USC's Sam Darnold. What I'm not at all sure about is which one they're going to settle on when they're on the clock (or before). Allen is the scout's dream, with a crazy arm and tantalizing size (6-5, 237), plus his intelligence and makeup are exactly what teams want. If he was a better college quarterback this would be a no-brainer, but his stats -- particularly his accuracy -- at Wyoming weren't great. Can the Browns get over that, or will they go for the one guy in the draft everyone seems to think will be a sure thing -- Darnold -- albeit with a slightly lower potential ceiling? A lot of people now think they're taking Allen, but stay tuned. Oh, and for now don't buy into the talk about them taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley or N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb here. They'll almost certainly be able to pick up one of them at 4. But by then, three quarterbacks could be gone.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: Darnold. … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Allen

2. GIANTS - QB Sam Darnold, USC

The Giants have been among the most predictable teams on draft day for more than a decade, but this year they do seem to be going out of their way to confuse people about their intentions. Some of that might be intentional. Some is simply because they have a lot of needs and some really intriguing options available at No. 2. And some of it may be because they haven't completely settled on a choice yet. It does appear, though, that Darnold is the highest-rated quarterback on their board (for now), and with a 37-year-old quarterback in Eli Manning, it's going to be hard for them to pass up on his heir apparent.

Everything about their history suggests they understand the importance of getting caught in what GM Dave Gettleman has called "Quarterback Hell." That said, they know they have to be right about the quarterback, and if Darnold is gone, a lot of possibilities open up -- including Barkley, Chubb, or perhaps a trade down to No. 3 (Jets), 5 (Broncos) or 12 (Bills, although I think Gettleman won't want to trade down this far, which means Buffalo will have to try a double-jump up). I've heard mixed things on how much they like (or don't like) UCLA QB Josh Rosen, but I suspect he'd be part of the discussion at 2, too. Best guess at the moment would be that it's Darnold if he's there, Chubb if he's not. If they trade down, they're all in the mix, along with Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, too.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: UCLA QB Josh Rosen. … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Darnold

3. JETS (from Indianapolis Colts) - QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Get ready for Broadway Baker! There is a lot of noise coming out of their Florham Park headquarters that the Jets are starting to get sold on his ability, his energy, and his ability to handle the New York market. They absolutely were not convinced of that last part a month or so ago, but things apparently have changed. At least maybe. There's always a chance that this is a big, elaborate smokescreen. The only thing that is absolutely certain is that the Jets will take a quarterback here.

If somehow Darnold slips he'd have to be the guy. The scouts obviously love Allen, but he is considered a bit of a project, which could be problematic for a Jets team that really needs a starter for 2019. The Jets are convinced Darnold won't be there, and they think Allen will be gone too, which means their choice would come down to Mayfield or Rosen. Both of them could be the big, electric star quarterback the Jets so desperately need. It sounds like Mayfield would be their pick at the moment, but stay tuned because that could change.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: Allen. … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Mayfield



4. Cleveland Browns - RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Browns head coach Hue Jackson has made a pretty good case for considering Chubb here and pairing him with last year's No. 1 pick, Myles Garrett. That has to be tempting, and if Barkley is gone it's probably likely. But if Barkley is still sitting here at 4, that's the dream draft for the Browns. They get the best quarterback (in their eyes) and the best player (in the eyes of almost everyone else). Yeah, they have Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde, but it takes a village at running back these days, and if Barkley is half the player that people think he will be, he'll end up the star of that backfield in no time.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: Barkley … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Barkley

5. Denver Broncos -QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

I have to admit, I am real tempted to go against my No. 1 rule of Mock Drafting -- never project a trade -- because from what I hear the Buffalo Bills are absolutely desperate to move up to get one of the Top 4 quarterbacks in the draft. They are dangling their two first-rounders (12 and 22) and maybe more. And while I think a quarterback is in play for the Broncos, I think they can drop down and load up on talent because they have a youngish quarterback in Case Keenum now, plus their 2016 first-rounder, Paxton Lynch. Alas, I'm holding off for now and saying that if Rosen is here, GM John Elway won't be able to resist his arm, his potential, and his star quality. There are questions about Rosen's makeup and commitment to football, but learning at the feet of Elway would surely take care of that.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: Mayfield … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Rosen


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6. Indianapolis Colts (from Jets) - G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

This is another prime spot for the Bills if one of the Top 4 quarterbacks drops this far. The Colts have signaled to some around the league they are willing to drop down and acquire more picks. Honestly, it might not take having a quarterback available here for that to happen. But again, since I'm not ready to mock a trade, if they stay here the choice will be Chubb or Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. And the Colts could use them both. Their offensive line gave up an NFL-worst 56 sacks last year, and their defense was second-worst in the NFL with just 25 sacks. What tips the scale back to Nelson? The fact that they need to keep QB Andrew Luck healthy, otherwise they'll be picking even higher in 2019.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: Nelson … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Chubb



7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE Bradley Chubb, N.C. State

If this actually happens, they won't need their allotted time to make the pick. They will run the card up to the podium in Dallas to take the 6-4, 275-pound pass rushing machine who is considered by everyone to be the best defensive player in the draft. It seems crazy he'd slip this far, but that's not impossible in a draft so top-heavy with quarterbacks. The Bucs, by the way, had just 22 sacks last season -- worst in the NFL. So this is a very easy choice.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: Chubb … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Alabama CB Minkah Fitzpatrick

8. Chicago Bears - Alabama CB Minkah Fitpatrick

Assuming the draft falls as expected, the Bears seem intent on adding a defensive back here. They certainly have been looking at safeties, such as Florida State's Derwin James, but they seem to have a bigger need at cornerback. So why not take a guy who projects at both? It's unclear whether the Bears see Fitzpatrick as a safety or corner, and the NFL seems split on his ideal position. But he might be the most talented player at either position, so it makes sense to grab him now and figure out the details later.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: Fitzpatrick … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Nelson

9. San Francisco 49ers - CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State

OK they signed Richard Sherman, but he's 30 and not a long-term answer at that position. Also, in case you haven't noticed, the NFC West is suddenly loaded with offensive talent and explosive teams, and if the 49ers want to get back to the playoffs they can't just keep up with them, they have to try to stop them. Their bigger need, really, is a pass rusher, but the next best one after Chubb might be Texas-San Antonio's Marcus Davenport, and that feels like a little bit of a reach here. So they'll go with a corner who is close to, if not ahead of Fitzpatrick on several NFL boards.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Florida State S Derwin James

10. Oakland Raiders - LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

There are a lot of people intrigued with this versatile, 6-5, 253-pound athlete who could be an inside or outside linebacker even though he's built more like an undersized defensive end. He could be a wrecking ball wherever he plays, which makes him scary in a defense that already has Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. If he's available at 10, that might be too tempting for the Raiders to pass up.

Mini-Mock 1.0 pick: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia … Mini-Mock 2.0 pick: Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards


New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (1-1) at the Cleveland Browns (0-1-1) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A wet day is expected to turn into a decent night, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70s. The wind, though, could be 10-20 miles per hour coming off the lake.

WHAT IT MEANS

This game would be a lot more fun if it were Sam Darnold vs. Baker Mayfield, but the Browns are still rolling with Tyrod Taylor (for now). That makes this more of a test for Darnold and his ability to bounce back from the first disappointment of his young career. It's also his first short week, which is never easy. It'll be very interesting to see how he responds. … As for the Browns, they haven't won since Christmas Eve, 2016 and are 1 for their last 33 games. The Jets certainly want to avoid the embarrassment of being only their second victim in three years.

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Many have given their case as to where the blame should be placed for the Giants' 0-2 start to the season. The offensive line's shaky play seems to be at the top, with head coach Pat Shurmur taking a brunt of the backlash as well. 

And then there's the play of 37-year-old QB Eli Manning that is in the spotlight as well. Former Jet and current ESPN Damien Woody is on that bandwagon. 

Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show on Wednesday, Woody ripped Manning's level of play, and basically said he's finished after just two weeks into the new season...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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New York Jets wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (18) gestures after making a first down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (18) gestures after making a first down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets waived WR ArDarius Stewart on Wednesday, the team announced. 

Stewart just finished serving a two-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. He served the two games without pay. 

The Alabama product played in 15 games last season, catching six passes for 82 yards. He was a third-round draft choice by the Jets back in 2017, and was on a four-year deal. 

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Dylan Donahue, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Leggett
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Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins.  (AP)
Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins. (AP)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot), who has missed the first two games of the season, is listed as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Browns. 

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and TE Neal Sterling (concussion) have both been ruled out.

Martin also missed Week 2 against the Dolphins.

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Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Nov 20, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

In 2007, Jets fans will never forget the infamous "Spygate" scandal involving New York's season opener against the Patriots. But new details have surfaced regarding the moments that led to the accusation in the first place. 

ESPN's Ian O'Connor has a new book coming out entitled "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," and in its bindings is the coach's journey to where he is now with all the struggles and controversies in between. One of the biggest was obviously Spygate, and O'Connor revealed what occurred when a Patriots staffer had his camera confiscated for filming the Jets' coaches from the sideline. 

FBI Agent Bob Bukowski and Meadowlands security officials Jim Crann and Pat Aramini -- who also worked as New Jersey state troopers -- were in the middle of a debate between Patriots security chief Mark Briggs and two Jets officials over the camera. Briggs wanted the camera back, but the Jets weren't giving it up. 

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles enjoys watching a couple of TV shows, but "Hard Knocks" is not one of them.

The HBO show, which follows a different NFL team during training camp each season, last featured the Jets in 2010 under then-head coach Rex Ryan. When asked if he would want the Jets to be on the show, Bowles admitted he would not be the liveliest of stars on the show.

"If I had to do it, we'd do it," Bowles said after initially declining to comment. "I'd probably be the most boring person. I don't think they want to come this way."

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		Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on TwitterOn Thursday night, Jets WR Terrelle Pryor makes his return to Cleveland, where he enjoyed a breakout season in 2016. The former quarterback converted to wide receiver full-time in 2015, but only caught one pass and was even released and re-signed by the Browns at one point. However, in 2016, Pryor was one of the biggest surprise packages around the league.

He ended the season with 77 receptions for over 1,000 yards and four touchdowns, adding another touchdown as a runner. In fact, it could have been an even bigger year than that as his production cooled off somewhat after the bye week.

Reviewing the footage from his 2016 season reveals that Pryor is a much more natural receiver than you'd expect for someone who was only in his second year at the position. He runs smooth routes, has natural hands and his size and athletic ability are assets in terms of getting downfield separation and being a threat after the catch.

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Todd Bowles and Leonard Williams talk about the elusive Tyrod Taylor and the Cleveland Browns rushing attack

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and TE Neal Sterling (concussion) have both been ruled out of Thursday night's game against the Browns, head coach Todd Bowles said on Tuesday.

Martin also missed Week 2 against the Dolphins.

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot), who has missed the first two games of the season, has not yet been ruled out for Thursday night.

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Curtis Martin Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Curtis Martin Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a blessing, but some of those enshrined want more than their bust, ring, and gold jacket. 

In a letter addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, and Pro Football Hall of Fame President C. David Baker, Eric Dickerson -- the chairman of the newly-assembled Hall of Fame Board -- sent out demands that includes "health insurance and an annual salary for all Hall of Famers that includes a share of league revenue."

"They see us honored and mythologized before games and at halftime, and it would be reasonable if they thought life was good for us," Dickerson wrote. "But on balance, it's not. As a group we are struggling with sever health and financial problems. To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds."

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Josh Gordon (12) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Josh Gordon (12) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveJosh Gordon is a tantalizing prospect. He's a 6-foot-3, 225-pound receiver who once had an incredible, 87-catch, 1,646-yard, nine-touchdown performance in a season in which he played only 14 games. That was supposed to be only a scratch in the surface of his great talent. And he's still only 27 years old.

Now he's headed to the New England Patriots, after the Cleveland Browns struck a deal to send Gordon for a 2019 fifth-round pick. If Gordon is not active for 10 games, a 2019 seventh-round pick will be returned to the Patriots. The Jets, meanwhile, still don't have a true No. 1 receiver to gift-wrap to their young quarterback, Sam Darnold.

They need a player like Gordon. It's just that acquiring Gordon would've been a terrible idea.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Neal Sterling fights for yards as Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tyson Graham tackles during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets tight end Neal Sterling likely won't play in Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns after he suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters after practice on Monday.

Sterling, safety Marcus Maye and linebacker Josh Martin all did not practice on Monday with a short week, while offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and offensive guard James Carpenter were limited with respective foot injuries.

Wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor, who are dealing with thumb and ankle injuries, respectively, practiced in full.

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On the latest episode of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon deliver their weekly over analysis of Sam Darnold, check in with the New York Post's Brian Costello at Florham Park, and do a deep dive into the Fear of the Week for Jonas (and Jets fans).

Click below to listen...

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Jets get ready for Browns 00:00:57
Todd Bowles and Sam Darnold discuss the Jets' short turnaround for Thursday's prime time game against the Cleveland Browns

The Jets are 1-1 to start their 2018 campaign, and they have a short week after their Week 2 loss to the Dolphins as they play Thursday night football. They will travel to Cleveland to face off against the 0-1-1 Browns, where they are considered the underdogs. 

Yes, you read that correctly. Despite the Browns not having a win, they are favored by three points, according to Bleacher Report. It is the first time Cleveland is being favored on their home field since December 2015. 

The Browns have been noticeably better to start this season, but they still don't have the results. They had the chance to win both of their first two matchups, but couldn't seal the deal.

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(Ken Blaze)

Josh Gordon's days as a member of the Cleveland Browns are over, with Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reporting the embattled WR is expected to get dealt before 4 p.m. ET on Monday. And it appears they've found a suitor in the AFC East. 

No, it isn't the Jets, but rather the Patriots that are reportedly close to a deal to land Gordon, Rapoport said. There has been no official word yet from either team. 

Rapoport notes that a mid-round pick could get it done for Gordon, with Josina Anderson of ESPN listing the Jets and 49ers among the teams who have expressed interest in trading for him. 

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		Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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The Jets suffered a disheartening 20-12 defeat to the Dolphins in their home opener on Sunday afternoon. Let's break down how each unit performed.

Quarterbacks

While Sam Darnold passed for over 330 yards and a touchdown, the Jets missed several opportunities to get back into the game. There is cause for concern over Darnold's ability to see the field as he didn't anticipate a safety sitting on the route on his first interception and failed to see a couple of wide-open receivers that were open for potential big plays...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Neal Sterling, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Miami Dolphins only led by eight points when they got the ball back with 5:56 left in the game. One stop, like maybe on the third-and-19 with 3:36 remaining, and Sam Darnold would've gotten the ball back in his hands with a chance to tie the game.

Everyone in the Meadowlands wanted to see that. And everyone felt confident that the way Darnold was playing, if it actually happened, the Jets would've had a pretty decent shot.

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SNY's Week 2 Jets Report Cards 00:09:05
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets lost to the Dolphins in their Week 2 home opener, 20-12.

Ray Lucas, Willie Colon and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets lost to the Dolphins in their Week 2 home opener, 20-12.

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(Noah K. Murray)

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold made his home debut on Sunday, but couldn't come away with a win against the Dolphins. 

Darnold went 25-for-41 for 334 yards through the air with one touchdown and two interceptions. 

The 21-year-old now has three interceptions in his first two games, and these two this afternoon were crucial ones. His first came in the first quarter when TJ McDonald anticipated a slant route by Quincy Enunwa, and jumped the route. It led the Dolphins to their first touchdown of the game with Kenyan Drake scoring three plays later. 

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Jets fall to Dolphins, 20-12 00:01:00
Todd Bowles, Sam Darnold, and Jamal Adams look back at mistakes, and look ahead to what's next after the Jets fell to the Dolphins, 20-12

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Jets fans filled the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon, hoping to see for themselves what all the Sam Darnold excitement was about. Instead, they got reminder of the truth about rookie quarterbacks: No matter how good they are, they all struggle and make inexcusable mistakes.

In other words, The Darnold Era hit its first bump in the road.

It's not that Darnold was bad. He wasn't. He 25 of 41 for 334 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, and he had some really terrific throws and moments in the Jets' 20-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins. It's just that he did what he mostly avoided doing in the opener last Monday night. He made some big mistakes in some big spots.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Miami Dolphins, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (1-0) vs. the Miami Dolphins (1-0) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Sunny and 80 degrees. ... See, even Mother Nature would dare rain on the Jets' parade.

WHAT IT MEANS

It might just be the happiest home opener in years for the Jets. It might even be a sellout. And why not? Who wouldn't want to see Sam Darnold, the future, after what he and the rest of the Jets did to the Lions last Monday night. Darnold playing well wasn't a surprise. The Jets pounding Detroit 48-17 was a pretty big shock, though. Maybe it was a fluke, but don't tell that to the players. If they can do anything close to that again, their bandwagon may be full.

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DraftKings Sportsbook Minute 00:00:56
Pat Mayo takes a look at the Jets/Dolphins Week 2 matchup in the latest DraftKings Sportsbook Minute

Coming off a short week after playing Monday and heading into another short week with playing the Browns next Thursday, Pat Mayo says that Jets/Dolphins "screams close game coming down to the wire" and that it may be best to take the points and Dolphins +3.

What do you think?

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Jets coach Todd Bowles and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse talk about the WR crew as Gang Green gets ready for their home opener on Sunday.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles and WR Jermaine Kearse discussed the wide receivers crew ahead of their Week 2 matchup against the Dolphins.

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Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins.  (AP)
Marcus Maye during the Jets' game against the Dolphins. (AP)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot) remained out of practice on Friday and is doubtful for Sunday afternoon's game against the Dolphins. 

LB Josh Martin (concussion) has been ruled out. 

LB Neville Hewitt (knee) and WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) both practiced in full on Friday and are expected to play. 

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa celebrates a first down during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa celebrates a first down during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets may not have a player who's regarded as a true No. 1 wide receiver or running back, so they're embracing the depth they have on offense.

"You can't win with one player,'' Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said, according to the New York Post's Mark Cannizzaro. "We need every man that's dressed to contribute. If everyone shows their talent -- and it's our job as coaches to showcase what they do best -- then it takes a team effort and you get a team win.''

New York entered the season without a receiver who was regarded in the same tier of stardom as players like Antonio Brown or Julio Jones, but it did boast its depth. After all, the Jets, thanks to a receiving corps of Quincy EnunwaRobby AndersonJermaine Kearse and Terrelle Pryor, are the only team with four players with an 800-yard season.

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Sep 10, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Andre Roberts celebrates after returning a punt for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Sep 10, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Andre Roberts celebrates after returning a punt for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

On Monday night against the Lions, Sam Darnold's fantastic NFL debut rightfully dominated conversations. But the Jets did something they haven't done in a long time: a touchdown on a punt or kickoff return.

Andre Roberts returned a punt 72-yards for a touchdown in the third-quarter, as the Jets scored 31 unanswered points to run away with the game. It was their first return touchdown since 2012. Special teams coach Brant Boyer was able to find the humor.

"All right, you can all say it: It's about damn time," Boyer said Thursday.

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Jets prep for Fish 00:01:04
Jeremy Bates, Avery Williamson and Todd Bowles talk about the challenges presented by the Dolphins in Sunday's home opener

Here are the key takeaways from Jets head coach Todd Bowles' Thursday press conference...

On how Quincy Enunwa would play after missing a year:

"Well, you see him in the spring, first thing you want him to be healthy, once we got him healthy you see him in practice and doing everything the right way, your confident out there and then when you see him in pads for the first time, you're wondering if he could take the hits and everything else. Once he shows he fine you kind of let it go. He's worked his tale off to get to where he is right now and we're happy with it."

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (26) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (26) in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot) remained out at practice on Thursday after missing Monday's season-opener.

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and LB Neville Hewitt (knee) also remained out as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

For the Dolphins, RB Frank Gore (not injury related) and G Josh Sitton (shoulder) were out. LS John Denney (shoulder) was limited.

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Vacchiano reports on Jets CEO 00:01:24
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano shares some insight on Jets CEO Christopher Johnson's comments about the team and the National Anthem controversy.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Christopher Johnson is trying his best to be "Ice Man" in the wake of the Jets' rousing Opening Night win. He believes the Jets can be "a team to be reckoned with" this season. He doesn't think the playoffs are out of reach.

And the truth is he's setting his goals a little higher than that.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets get set for Miami 00:00:59
Sam Darnold, Todd Bowles and Darron Lee talk about this Sunday's Jets home opener against the Miami Dolphins

The Jets were indoors for practice on Friday as they continue to prep for their Monday Night Football game against the Lions.

And after the session, head coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates preach team goals for the game with question about rookie QB Sam Darnold's confidence coming their way...

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New York Jets' Marcus Maye kneels during NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)
New York Jets' Marcus Maye kneels during NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Florham Park, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (AP)

Jets S Marcus Maye (foot) remained out at practice Wednesday after missing Monday's season-opener.

LB Josh Martin (concussion) and LB Neville Hewitt (knee) were also out as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

For the Dolphins, WR Danny Amendola (not injury related) and G Josh Sitton (shoulder) were out. LS John Denney (shoulder) and WR DeVante Parker (finger) were limited. 

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