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Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

Morris Claiborne's problem has always been durability, and that resurfaced last year. Although he didn't miss many games, he was banged-up over the second half of the year, and his play went downhill after a promising start. Buster Skrine was the other starter and he had his moments, while displaying improved play against the run. However, he has always seemed better suited to a slot specialist role than a starting job.

If the Jets don't add a starter in free agency, then a first round cornerback could be an option. The most likely player to justify selection at with the sixth pick is considered to be Iowa's Joshua Jackson. However, if the Jets traded down - or traded back into the first round - Ohio State's Denzel Ward, Colorado's Isaiah Oliver and Louisville's Jaire Alexander could also be potential first-rounders.

Jackson burst onto the scene with five interceptions in a two-game span last year, including three in an upset win over the Buckeyes. He ended up with eight interceptions, which he returned for 168 yards and two scores, and 18 passes defensed. Jackson plays on an island a lot, and was therefore targeted considerably more than the rest of the top prospects. As a result, he gave up plenty of yardage and four touchdowns, but his overall coverage numbers were still very good.

Unless we're counting Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick as a cornerback, Ward is perhaps the most likely player to challenge Jackson as the best cornerback prospect in this year's class. However, he doesn't have the same kind of length as most of this year's top prospects at 5-foot-10. Oliver does have the length and is a good tackler, but isn't as polished as Ward. As ever, the combine could vault any cornerback with good measurables into first round consideration.

There are a group of potential day two picks that bring different things to the table. Holton Hill from Texas has the most size and length at 6-foot-3. Kameron Kelly from San Diego State was the most productive prospect against the run. Greg Stroman from Virginia Tech has excellent versatility as he can tackle and return kicks. He's even been used at wide receiver, and as a punter in the past. Stroman gave up catches on just over a quarter of his targets, although there were some big plays as he averaged 19.8 yards per reception when targeted.

There are also some highly-rated players who will be seeking to dispel concerns over the next few months. DJ Reed from Kansas State lacks size, but hasn't played in the slot much - as he'll likely be expected to in the NFL. Stanford's Quenton Meeks didn't have outstanding coverage numbers, giving up a catch on two-thirds of his targets. The duo of Anthony Averett and Levi Wallace from Alabama will have to deal with the perception that cornerbacks who played under Nick Saban often take longer to develop.

At the Senior Bowl, North Carolina's MJ Stewart and Boston College's Isaac Yiadom were reportedly the two players who raised their profile the most. Stewart is productive in run support, has good numbers in the slot and can return kicks but hasn't intercepted a pass since 2015. Yiadom is more of a boundary corner, who is also an excellent punt gunner.

JC Jackson from Maryland is considered a player with day two talent but he has serious off-field concerns and also got called for 10 penalties last year.

For completeness, some other players with day two potential include Mike Hughes from UCF, LSU's Donte Jackson, Auburn's Carlton Davis and Christian Campbell from Penn State.

Finally, possible sleepers could include Danny Johnson, a small-school slot prospect from Southern, Jalen Davis, another slot option from Utah State who also had four sacks and three pick-sixes last year, and Parry Nickerson from Tulane, who had 16 career interceptions and plays the run well.

Even if the Jets retain Skrine and re-sign Claiborne, they will probably still be in the market for a starter, although that would most likely come through free agency. Nevertheless, the draft will be a useful place to mine for players with potential to enhance the competition for playing time, or fill specific roles in Todd Bowles' defense.


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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston (21) reacts after an interception against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston (21) reacts after an interception against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Despite the Jets ups and downs this season, one consistency throughout has been their defense. Even through the slew of injuries, this unit has remained a driving force for New York, and is a big reason why they've won four of their last five games.

So what's DC Gregg Williams secret to his squad that's currently ranked seventh in the NFL in total yards allowed? Well, ESPN's Rich Cimini uncovered one critical piece of the defense's preparation that is very fascinating. 

On normal game weeks, there is a players-only meeting that occurs in a very large room that hoists three projectors on its ceiling and a 37 feet by nine feet screen on the wall. The Jets defense does an entire walk-through session where it looks like they're playing against their opponent. 

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Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after catch as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback B.W. Webb (23) defends during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)
Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after catch as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback B.W. Webb (23) defends during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)

Prior to the Jets game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, the team announced that TE Ryan Griffin has been placed on injured reserve and OL Brent Qvale has been activated.

Griffin signed a three-year, $10.8 million contract extension, with $4 million guaranteed on Nov. 23. This was his first season with the Jets, after spending six seasons with the Houston Texans from 2013 to 2018.

In 13 games this season, he had 34 receptions for 320 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. His best game came in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins, catching five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Jets' 34-17 win.

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The 5-8 Jets hit the road for a tough AFC matchup with the 11-2 Ravens. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Dec. 12, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX/NFL Network

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With the short week, Jets S Jamal Adams had a slim chance to play against the Ravens on Thursday Night Football, as he continues to rehab his ankle injury. 

The injury report on Wednesday confirmed that. 

Adams highlighted the report as a doubtful player with the Jets heading to Baltimore. He didn't participate in practice all week, and though he may not be completely ruled out, it's safe to say it's a longshot for the Pro Bowl safety to be on the M&T Bank Stadium turf in his pads. 

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Jets head coach Adam Gase was blunt in his response to Le'Veon Bell's bowling escapade late Saturday night, saying "I would say so" when asked if it was a bad optic for the team. 

Bell would disagree.

The star running back spoke to reporters on Tuesday, where Bell revealed he and Gase had a conversation about the questionable decision.

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Lamar Jackson

When the injury report surfaced on Monday for the Ravens, QB Lamar Jackson was featured with a quad injury. It was a bit of a surprise, but one Jets fans definitely didn't mind seeing, as the possibility of having him sidelined would give New York a greater chance to upset Baltimore on the road.

But Jackson killed that hope real quick on Tuesday.

"I feel great, I feel good. I'm 100 [percent]. I'll be out there Thursday night," Jackson told reporters.

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) before his game against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) before his game against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Awful news surfaced from Jersey City, NJ on Tuesday, where two active shooters were in a firefight in a residential area with police officers. 

While this was happening, Jets WR Quincy Enunwa was at a local New Jersey school that needed to be locked down due to the event, per Fox 5 News' Tina Cervasio. Enunwa was making a guest appearance to talk to kids, and he is still at the school, says ESPN's Rich Cimini

Multiple reports have stated that at least six people, including a police officer were killed in the shooting. The two gunmen reportedly opened fire near a convenience store in the Greenville neighborhood of Jersey City. 

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On Tuesday, Jets head coach Adam Gase addressed a New York Post report from Monday that said RB Le'Veon Bell was out bowling the night before the Jets took on the Dolphins despite being sick with the flu.

Bell had already been deemed out for the game because doctors said he was still contagious. Gase said that's why Bell wasn't at the team hotel, so he was free to go about his Saturday night however he pleased. 

Gase just wishes it was a night in for his running back. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the side line during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Nov 24, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the side line during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

UPDATE: The Patriots have released the following statement regarding the accusations, taking full responsibility while saying they 'unknowingly violated a league policy.'

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Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) drops back to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets have a big storyline to follow heading into their Thursday Night Football meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, the frontrunner for the NFL's MVP honor this season, was limited in practice on Monday. 

In the Ravens' recent 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 14, Jackson apparently suffered a quad injury.

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Dec 1, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 1, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Jets have tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and their MVP candidate in Lamar Jackson on a short work week, as the two team faceoff on Thursday Night Football in Week 15.

Jackson, the final quarterback taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, where Jets QB Sam Darnold was selected third overall, poses a challenge for any defense because of his dynamic playmaking skills. 

But Jets head coach Adam Gase knows it's just as important to keep up with an opposing offense sometimes as it is to shut them down. That's the case with the Ravens and Jackson, the coach said on Monday.

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) scores a touchdown against Miami Dolphins cornerback Jomal Wiltz (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) scores a touchdown against Miami Dolphins cornerback Jomal Wiltz (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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This has been a particularly frustrating season for Jets' wide receiver Robby Anderson. Entering the year, the Jets were hopeful he was going to have a breakout season and establish himself as a bona fide number one threat. For a variety of reasons, that hasn't happened as he had disappointing numbers in the first half of the season.  

However, he's been playing some of the best football of his career over the past three weeks. Let's investigate what's behind this upturn in fortunes and what effect this will have had on the pending free agent's value in the open market.

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After squeaking out a 21-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a laundry list of injuries as long as the list of field goals attempted in their recent victory. 

The Jets had Monday off from practice, but had they took the field, Gase said eight players would've missed the session. 

Those include safety Jamal Adams (ankle), defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (stinger), cornerback Brian Poole (concussion), tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/ knee), running back Bilal Powell (ankle), offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (ankle), and cornerback Arthur Maulet (ankle). 

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs away from Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs away from Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Down the stretch of the New York Jets' 22-21 win over the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Sam Darnold did not flinch.

With an assist from kicker Sam Ficken, who nailed consecutive fourth-quarter tries from 42 and 44 yards -- the latter as time expired -- Darnold engineered back-to-back scoring drives, including the game-winning march, as the Jets (5-8) held off the Dolphins (3-10) Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"I think it's huge, especially when you practice that situation so much in the offseason," Darnold said of the Jets' 49-yard drive in seven plays and 1:33 to down the Dolphins. "To be able to execute that in a real game, it's huge for our confidence. At the same time, we practice it all the time, so we just went out there and did our job. (Wide receiver) Vyncint (Smith) made a great play out there and obviously Sam did a great job kicking the ball."

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Jets WR Robby Anderson said earlier in the week that he considers himself a top-five NFL wide receiver. And when such a statement is made, that person needs to back it up.

Anderson did just that Sunday in the Jets' 22-21 win over the Dolphins, where he hauled in seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. 

"We hot right now," Anderson told SNY's Jeane Coakley after the game. "I feel like I'm in the zone, I feel like he's in the zone. We've just got to keep it going.

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Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

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Odell Beckham Jr. might just have talked his way out of another city and another franchise, and that opens up some tantalizing possibilities. He still is -- when his body is healthy and his mind is right -- one of the best receivers in football. 

The Jets, of course, really do need a No. 1 receiver.

But what they don't need is a Beckham-sized headache.

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Jets kicker Sam Ficken drilled a 44-yard field goal as time expired on Sunday to give the Jets a 22-21 win over the Dolphins.

The third year kicker from Penn State was 3-for-3 on field goals for the day, while going 1-for-2 on extra points.

After the game, Ficken was all smiles as he received praise from head coach Adam Gase and quarterback Sam Darnold.

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The Jets weren't perfect in any sense, but they came out of their matchup with the Dolphins on Sunday with a 22-21 win on a game-winning field goal by Sam Ficken

So, as is custom after each Jets game, SNY Jets analysts Ray Lucas and Bart Scott broke down their grades for the offense, defense, special teams and the coaching staff from Sunday...

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Christopher Johnson has already promised that Adam Gase won't be fired and he'll be the Jets coach at the start of next season. There are no indications at all that the Jets CEO is willing to change his mind, no matter what happens down the stretch of the season.

But Gase sure has to be stretching his boss' patience.

Gase needed an absolute gift from the Dolphins and the officials to avoid what would have been another embarrassing loss on Sunday. The Jets won when a pass interference non-call was overturned on replay, giving them another shot to get into game-winning field goal range. Then, Sam Ficken nailed a 44-yarder as time expired to give the Jets a 22-21 win.

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According to SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets may look into trading running back Le'Veon Bell and safety Jamal Adams this offseason.

Bell is in his first season with the team, after signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $35 million guaranteed on March 13

"Obviously you know he's out today with his illness. It's the latest blow in what's shaping up as the worst season of his career," Vacchiano said. "But the question now is, will it be his only season with the Jets? Multiple sources around the NFL told me this week that they really do expect that the Jets will make Bell available this offseason."

 

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The 4-8 Jets are looking to bounce back against the 3-9 Dolphins. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Dec. 8, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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After suffering a devastating loss to the Bengals last week, the Jets don't really have a potential playoff berth to play for anymore, but not losing to the Miami Dolphins for a second time this season should be enough to motivate this squad heading into Sunday.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano previews the matchup as the Dolphins visit MetLife Stadium. Last time these two teams faced each other, Miami shocked many by defeating the Jets 26-18 to pick up their first win of the season in Week 9.

That loss is certainly one that the Jets would like to have back, and although Sunday's game can't make up for it on their record, it's still a necessary win to get.

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Le'Veon Bell's status for Sunday against the Miami Dolphins has officially been downgraded to out by the team.

Bell, who was initially listed as questionable on Friday, missed two days of practice with an illness, and now will not suit up against Miami.

On Friday, Gase would not specify the kind of illness Bell is dealing with, and would only say that everyone recovers at a different pace.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quarterback Sam Darnold says no. 

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