The Jets have been doing their due diligence on this year's core of receiver prospects, with reports that the Jets have set up private workouts with several of the draft's top prospects at the position such as Notre Dame's Michael Floyd and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey.  It's no secret that the Jets are in need of a receiver and are likely to target one early to get Mark Sanchez some help in his pivotal fourth season as a pro.

Following the jump, here's a breakdown of the draft's top eight receivers, all of whom have at least a second round grade.

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

2011 stats:  13 games, 122 rec, 1522 yards, 18 TDs

Height: 6'-1'' Weight: 207 lbs

40-Time: 4.46 (Pro Day)

Strengths: An ultra-productive wideout throughout his collegiate career, Blackmon is a strong and physical receiver that has drawn favorable comparisons to Baltimore's Anquan Boldin. He plays much bigger than his size suggests and he answered questions about his speed with a strong 40-time at Oklahoma State's pro day. Unlike his former collegiate teammate Dez Bryant, Blackmon is a clean off-the-field prospect and is the last player to have his effort questioned on the field. He may not be a elite deep threat in the NFL, but offers basically everything else: sure handedness, sound route running, red zone value, big time after-the-catch ability, and a tough and highly competitive nature.

Weaknesses: Despite his impressive 40-time, Blackmon's tape suggests that he's not going to be a vertical threat in the NFL and may struggle to separate against NFL corners. There is also some concern over his measurables as Blackmon measured in smaller than what scouts were expecting. While he was unbelievably productive in college regardless of competition, it may be a situation where physical limitations are more apparent in the NFL.

Projection: Blackmon is a consensus top ten pick and if the Jets want him will have to make a move up into the top six to have a shot. Blackmon could go as high as fourth overall to the Browns, though the likeliest destination is at sixth overall to the Rams. Ultimately the likelihood of Justin Blackmon wearing green and white this season is quite low.

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

2011 stats:  13 games, 100 rec, 1147 yards, 9 TDs

Height: 6'-3'' Weight: 220 lbs

40-Time: 4.42

Strengths: Floyd is the prototypical modern day number one NFL receiver. Notre Dame's most prolific receiver of all time, Floyd matched an outstanding college career with an impressive display in his combine workout in February. He's drawn comparisons to Larry Fitzgerald and while not on that level as a prospect is of a similar mold and a very talented player in his own right. Like Fitzgerald, Floyd's a big, strong and athletic target that is both reliable in the possession game and offers big play ability both down field and in the red zone with his size advantage and ability to out-jump defenders and high-point the ball. Experience in a pro style offense is also something Floyd benefitted from, playing his first two years in South Bend under Charlie Weis. Despite some off-the-field troubles, on-the-field maturity and effort aren't in question. In terms of on-the-field ability, some scouts feel there's not much difference at all between Blackmon and Floyd.

Weaknesses: Any team that takes a serious look at Floyd in the draft will have to be comfortable with a few red flags. Injuries have been a concern for Floyd over his four years at Notre Dame, most notably missing half of his sophomore year with a collar bone injury.  More concerning for teams will be Floyd's off-the-field issues. Since his freshman year at Notre Dame, Floyd has been arrested three times for alcohol-related issues. He was suspended by Notre Dame for his third incident in March of 2011, having the suspension lifted before the start of the season and had his captaincy revoked.

Projection: Floyd is an early-to-mid first round pick and the receiver the Jets are most likely to target in the first round. Projections have Floyd going as high as Jacksonville at seventh overall and his low-point projection would be the Jets at sixteen. While it's possible Floyd could fall that far, it's not likely given that almost every team picking between the Jaguars and Jets could use a receiver in some capacity. Although, we'll only truly know on draft day how teams value Floyd with his off-the-field issues and perhaps the Jets themselves may find him too risky. Trading up for Floyd, perhaps at ninth overall swapping with Carolina, is something the Jets could consider.

Kendall Wright, Baylor

2011 stats:  13 games, 108 rec, 1663 yards, 14 TDs

Height: 5'-10'' Weight: 196 lbs

40-Time: 4.61 Combine / 4.44 Pro Day

Strengths: No receiver helped his draft stock like Kendall Wright did this past season as Heisman winner Robert Griffin III's number one target. Outside of Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Kendall Wright is the most explosive offensive skill player in the draft and he has instant impact potential for a team as a slot receiver and kick returner. At Baylor Wright was a danger all over the field, showing the quickness to separate and create himself space in short areas as well as showing the long distance speed to get on top of a defense and burn teams deep. Wright is particularly dangerous after-the-catch and looks to score every time he gets the ball. Despite his slight frame, Wright never missed a game in college and displayed toughness playing through a few injuries. In addition to his instant impact potential, Wright has considerable upside and has drawn comparisons to Carolina's Steve Smith.

Weaknesses: Wright surprised scouts by running a very poor 4.61 40-time at the NFL combine, but has seemed to clear any speed questions with a solid time at his pro day. The biggest concerns with Wright center around his slight build. He'll be more liable to injury in the NFL than he was in college playing in more games and against top competition. Press coverage is something Wright didn't deal with much in college and he'll see it much more in the pros, which may limit him to slot duty early in his career. Wright gives good effort but he won't be much a factor in the run game. Baylor ran a spread system and thus Wright is a bit raw in terms of overall route running in a pro style offense. While he possesses considerable upside, he may never develop into a true number one receiver and could cap as a complementary receiver and gadget weapon.

Projection: Wright is expected to be available for the Jets as he's slotted as a mid-to-late first round pick, but whether he the right fit for the Jets is another question. Between Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley, Kendall Wright doesn't really offer the Jets anything the offense already has and won't replace the red zone threat and big target the Jets need to replace after three seasons of Plaxico Burress and Braylon Edwards. If the Jets had moved Holmes in the offseason than Wright would have been a realistic possibility, but as it stands the Jets will likely look for a receiver that offers the offense something different.

Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

2011 stats:  13 games, 28 rec, 820 yards, 5 TDs

Height: 6'-4'' Weight: 215 lbs

40-Time: 4.36

Strengths: Stephen Hill is arguably the draft's most intriguing prospect. Following in the footsteps of former Georgia Tech receivers Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill declared early and wowed scouts with his size and incredible athleticism at February's combine. His natural ability and skill set may remind some of Randy Moss - Hill is nothing close to a polished receiver but he specialized as a deep threat for Georgia Tech's option offense leading the nation averaging nearly 30 yards per reception and like Moss is capable of making spectacular grabs. Unlike Moss though, being in a run-centric offense has helped Hill develop into an outstanding blocker and is known as a mature and hard working player in the locker room. Hill has the potential to be one of the best players to come out of this draft if he works at it, and has the right attitude to perhaps one day reach that potential.

Weaknesses: There's no bigger jump for a receiver to make in terms of scheme going from a triple-option offense in college to a pro style system in the NFL and Hill will have a lot to learn. Hill may be able to be an instant contributor as a deep threat in the NFL, but developing into a complete starting receiver will be a serious project that could take several years. Hill's success in the NFL will likely be dictated by which team drafts him. A team in desperate need of a receiver that expects Hill to start right away is taking an enormous risk, whereas a team that can show patience and allow Hill to work on his game and develop at a comfortable pace could reap the benefits a few years from now.

Projection: Hill's projected as a fringe first rounder, likely to go anywhere from the back end of the first round to the first few picks of the second round. Don't expect the Jets to consider Hill at 16, but if the Jets move back in the first round than Hill will be in the discussion. If the Jets draft another position in the first round, trading up in the second round is also a possibility if Hill gets through the first round without being drafted. If the Jets draft Hill, bringing in a stopgap number two receiver(Braylon Edwards?) to remove immediate expectations would make sense.

 

Rueben Randle, LSU

2011 stats:  14 games, 53 rec, 917 yards, 8 TDs

Height: 6'-3'' Weight: 210

40-Time: 4.55 Combine / 4.42 Pro Day

Strengths: Randle is a solid all-around target whose underwhelming college production is misleading given the mediocre quarterback play at LSU and Randle could end up being a better pro than college player. The short-to-intermediate areas are where Randle shines best, as he lacks downfield explosion but does a nice job running routes and recognizing coverages and is a big target for a quarterback to aim for. As typical with most LSU receivers, Randle blocks well and will be a valuable asset for teams that like to run the ball. While he's not a major deep threat, some scouts feel the 4.55 40-time at the combine doesn't do his on-the-field athleticism justice and he provided some evidence to that with an improved 4.42 4o-time  at LSU's pro day.

Weaknesses: Randle never really came into his own at LSU and his total production over three years matches what the likes of Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright did this past season alone. Though generally regarded as a good athlete, Randle's athleticism is not on the level of other prospects of similar stature such as Michael Floyd or Stephen Hill and thus Randle's upside in comparison to the two is questionable. Granted he's a less risky prospect than those two, but while those two receivers have legitimate superstar potential Randle may never become more than a good number two receiver.

Projection: Randle is generally regarded as an early second round pick that could sneak in to the tail end of round one for teams that could use a quality complementary receiver such as the Texans or Ravens. As for the Jets, he's a solid fit for the team schematically and in terms of skill set but won't be good value unless the Jets move around. If the Jets move back in the first round to the mid-to-late twenties or move up from the mid-second to the beginning of round two, Randle could be an option.

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

2011 stats:  13 games, 49 rec, 762 yards, 9 TDs

Height: 6'-3'' Weight: 216

40-Time: 4.50 (Pro Day)

Strengths: Alshon Jeffery at his best was one of the top receivers in the country, and after his sophomore season looked destined to be a top five pick. He's a size and athletic mismatch for essentially any defender up against him, displaying excellent ball skills with the athletic ability to out-jump and high point the ball. Jeffery's the type of receiver that may not have elite top end speed, but whose ability to get vertical means he's never truly covered. Jeffery utilizes his size well and isn't afraid to be physical, fighting off press coverage well and fearlessly going over the middle. After the catch Jeffery doesn't go down easy, often needing more than one defender to stop his forward progress. Jeffery's top speed isn't elite, but he reaches it deceptively quick and is explosive off the line for a player of his size.

Weaknesses: Jeffery is the definition of boom-or-bust prospect at the receiver position in this year's draft and whatever team takes him is taking a big gamble. Jeffery followed a sensational sophomore campaign by ballooning to a playing weight upwards of 230 pounds and the effect it had on his ability to perform was obvious. He has since trimmed back down to the weight he carried during his phenomenal sophomore season and ran well at his pro day, but the questions of his work ethic still remain and he will have questions to answer when teams bring him in for private workouts. One issue with Jeffery even before his weight issues was getting in and out of breaks, and route running will be an area he'll have to focus on getting better at when he reaches the NFL level.

Projection: Jeffery projects as an early-to-mid second round pick and could be an option for the Jets in the second round if the team addresses a different position in the first round and is comfortable with Jeffery's red flags. His upside is obvious and if a team gets a focused and hard-working Jeffery he could be the biggest steal of the draft and a top NFL receiver, but there are legitimate concerns over that possibility and there likely won't be any middle ground - he'll either be a star or useless.

Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers

2011 stats:  13 games, 115 rec, 1206 yards, 7 TDs

Height: 6'-2'' Weight: 211

40-Time: 4.67

Strengths: Mohamed Sanu is a versatile receiving weapon that can line up at any receiver position and even played wildcat quarterback for Rutgers his first two seasons. He may be the best pure possession receiver in the draft, as he boasts phenomenal hands and concentration with a fearlessness of going over the middle. Sanu practically made his living with the Scarlet Knights making himself available for the catch in short-to-intermediate areas and across the field. In many ways he exhibits the same qualities as Jerricho Cotchery, but is an even bigger target. Like Cotchery, Sanu is going to catch everything thrown his way and while lacking top end speed is deceptively very good after the catch.

Weaknesses: Sanu doesn't get much separation even at the collegiate level and is not going to be a deep threat in the NFL. He caps out as a possession receiver and teams looking for upside at receiver will want to look elsewhere. Competition level is a bit of a concern as playing in the Big East meant Rutgers were playing very little if any elite collegiate programs and thus Sanu was never truly tested by top quality.

Projection: Sanu is a projected second round pick that will probably be available where the Jets are picking. Unlike other possible second round picks at receiver like Alshon Jeffery or Brian Quick, Sanu is less about potential and flash and more about production albeit with limited upside. Especially given Tannenbaum's recent trend of selecting hometown prospects early on, it shouldn't surprise anybody if Sanu is drafted in the second round to plug the receiver need without gambling on more talented but riskier prospects.

Brian Quick, Appalachian State

2011 stats:  12 games, 71 rec, 2001 yards, 11 TDs Height: 6'-4'' Weight: 220

40-Time: 4.55

Strengths: Brian Quick is a tremendous natural athlete who is relatively new to the game of football, only starting to play competitively during his senior year of high school but boasting the natural abilities that made him a talented prep basketball star. Quick is likely to be the first player from the FCS competition level selected in the draft and rightfully so, given his dominant 2011 season that saw him eclipse the 2000 yard mark in 12 games. What makes that so impressive is just how raw Quick is. At the Senior Bowl Quick claimed that he rarely ever received positional coaching at Appalachian State and that the experience working under Minnesota's coaching staff was his first time really receiving that kind of attention. Upside is the key with Quick, as he's far away from a polished player but has nice speed and acceleration for a player with a big frame and has the natural ability to go up and make a grab that one would expect from a former basketball star.

Weaknesses: Between being relatively new to the receiver position and playing his college football at a school in the FCS, Quick is a long ways away from being a regular contributor on the NFL level and it's going to take a few years if he's ever going to develop into one. Quick's NFL prospects are going to be very much dependent on the team he lands with and the amount of patience they're willing to have with Quick in addition to how hard Quick works to improve his craft. Despite his projection as a relatively high pick, the best destination for Quick will probably be a team that has no immediate need at receiver and can bring him along slowly.

Projection: Quick could go anywhere in the second round but will likely be available for the Jets should the team remain where they sit in the second. Although, given the Jets' need for a player who can contribute immediately Quick doesn't really make much sense. Just like a scenario where the Jets draft Stephen Hill, it would be wise for the Jets to find a stopgap veteran to play across from Holmes if the Jets do decide Brian Quick is the receiver the team wants to draft.

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Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback B.W. Webb (23) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback B.W. Webb (23) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Jets head coach Adam Gase said running back Le'Veon Bell will not practice on Thursday with 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 will not practice, as he is recovering 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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Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)
Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)

The Bengals took their first win of the season against the Jets in a 22-6 game in Week 14, an outing which didn't feature much Le'Veon Bell.

Bell had only ten times for 32 yards as a runner in the loss, which also saw four catches for the running back.

The plays being called for the Jets come via head coach Adam Gase. On Monday, Gase explained why he only mustered up 10 carries for Bell in the game. It was a matter of circumstances, the coach said.

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Jets S Jamal Adams had tears in his eyes when he was talking after Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and it was mainly due to the boot on his foot. 

Well, head coach Adam Gase revealed Monday the reason for that boot was an ankle sprain for the Pro Bowl safety. 

Gase added that Adams will undergo an MRI and "that kind of stuff" to further assess the injury. He will be considered "legit week-to-week," and Gase doesn't believe that he'll be practicing this week. 

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After the Jets disappointing 22-6 loss to the Bengals, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott gave out their grades for the offense, defense, and special teams.

"They only had six less yards than the Bengals," Scott said. "But it wasn't horrible, they moved the ball early in the first half. They just couldn't finish drives."

The Jets finished the game with 271 total yards of offense, and were just 7-for-17 on third down conversions. 

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If the loss to the Bengals wasn't crushing enough, Jets S Jamal Adams was seen with a walking boot in the locker room after the game. 

And whether it was the boot itself or the loss as a whole, Adams was very emotional while talking to reporters. 

Adams was talking with tears in his eyes, and almost broke down a couple of times before calming down a bit. With his voice very low, here's what he said about his current situation:

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As Adam Gase emphasized during the week, the Jets were entering this week's game as a 4-7 team and they sure played like one against the Bengals on Sunday. Now they're a 4-8 team, having lost to a winless team for the second time since the bye week.

To their credit, the Bengals played with good energy and discipline on defense, and rode a solid Andy Dalton performance in his return to the lineup to break a 13-game losing streak that stretched back to last December.

Offensively, the Jets had some near misses, but struggled to sustain drives, mainly due to dropped passes and ill-timed penalties. The Bengals exploited some coverage breakdowns to score two first half touchdowns and built a 17-3 lead before the Jets drove for a late field goal.  

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On his "Inside the Pylon" segment during SNY's Jets pregame show on Sunday, NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano dropped some knowledge about Jets DC Gregg Williams. 

And that news is his "DC" title potentially changing to "HC" next season. 

"Two NFL executives told me this week that the job Williams has done with the Jets defense this season should be enough to get him at least some consideration for a head coaching job if enough jobs become available," Vacchiano revealed. 

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The Jets are considering re-signing linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who is in the final season of his rookie contract, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

"A league source said the Jets have expressed some interest in re-signing him, which was something that seemed unlikely when the season began," Vacchiano said. "Now, the Jets are going to try to find a dominant edge rusher this offseason in free agency or the draft. But the idea of Jenkins on the other side has some merits. He's been their best and most consistent pass rusher this year with five sacks, 12 over the past two seasons. He shouldn't cost a ton either, and might even be open to shorter term deal."

Jenkins was drafted with the No. 83 pick in the third round back in 2016 out of Georgia. He has five sacks this season, and a total of 17.5 sacks in four seasons with the team.

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Jamal Adams has been playing out of his mind lately. It seems like every big defensive play for the Jets involve their defensive captain, and if that continues on Sunday against the Bengals, he could be setting a new NFL record. 

Over the past three games -- all of which have been Jets wins -- Adams has collected 5.5 sacks. And when you include his one against the Dolphins in Week 9, Adams already has 6.5 sacks on the season with five games left to play. 

The NFL record for sacks in a single season by a defensive back was set by S Adrian Wilson back in 2005 with the Cardinals at eight. It's a record Adams promised he would break.

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The 4-7 Jets want to make it four in a row against the 0-11 Bengals. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


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

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Ahead of the Jets' matchup with the winless Bengals on Sunday, Adam Gase spoke with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss a few things as the team prepares for the game.

With the Jets entering Sunday on a red-hot three-game win streak, facing an 0-11 Bengals squad could potentially look like a trap game, but Gase said the team has faced so much adversity this season that they aren't worried about things like that.

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The Bengals come into their game against the Jets on Sunday still in search of their first win of the season. Just three games after benching Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley, Cincinnati is turning back to their veteran quarterback. 

Despite his struggles this season, Jets head coach Adam Gase isn't looking past the TCU product, who has played 128 games for the Bengals since the team drafted him in 2011.

"He's a dangerous guy, period." Gase said. "That's just what it is. It's not always easy when you're a quarterback who's been in the same organization for a long time under the same head coach and all of a sudden everything changes. It's not always as smooth as you want it to be."

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) catches a touchdown pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom (41) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) catches a touchdown pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom (41) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is in stable condition, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

His condition was upgraded after it was initally reported he was in critical condition after being stabbed at a Pittsburgh apartment complex late Friday night, according to WTAE in Pittsburgh.

"Shalaya Briston, 24, of Munhall, PA was arrested and has been charged with criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault," police said in a statement.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell chooses not to live and die by the numbers.

Through the first 11 games of his first season with the Jets, he has experienced highs and lows.

After the first eight games saw New York stumbled out with just one win, the team's turnaround has been on full display.

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C.J. Mosley, Chuma Edoga and Paul Worrilow missed practice again Friday and have been ruled out on Sunday against the Bengals.

With the Jets' recent hot streak keeping their playoff hopes alive, Mosley has remained off injured reserve despite only appearing in two games this season. The star linebacker said last week that if the injury to his groin/abdomen didn't heal in the near future, he would elect to have season ending surgery.

The Jets will play an 0-11 Bengals team this week before trying to get revenge on a 2-9 Dolphins team that stunned the Jets for their first win of the season just a few weeks ago. 

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With three wins in a row, the Jets finally have some momentum. How far can they push this streak, though? 

The next two games look winnable which would take them to five straight wins. By then, the Jets should have developed some winning habits and could provide a tough test for the three postseason candidates they face over the last three weeks. 

While the Jets will be keen to focus on one game at a time, it's difficult not to look ahead at the possibilities. Is it impossible they could run the table and end up with an unlikely winning record? Perhaps not. Let's recap the main things they'll need to focus on against each of their upcoming opponents.

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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)

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley and offensive tackle Chuma Edoga have yet to practice this week, as the team prepares for its Week 13 game against the Bengals.

Mosley has been dealing with a groin/abdominal injury, which has kept him out the past five games. Mosely said last week that if the injury didn't heal soon then he would undergo season-ending surgery. 

While Edoga suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 12's win over the Raiders, and head coach Adam Gase said "it's going to be week-to-week." The rookie tackle has started at both left and right tackle the past eight games, but it seems unlikely he'll be suiting up this Sunday.

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Zac Taylor has an eye for offensive talent.

Before his rise to first-year head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, he spent the past two years with the reigning NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on Sean McVay's staff as assistant wide receivers coach (2017) and quarterbacks coach (2018), overseeing the offense that ranked second in points (32.9) and total yards (421.1) per game into last year's Super Bowl LIII appearance.

So when Taylor previewed Week 13 with the Bengals (0-11) hosting the Jets (4-7) Sunday at 1 p.m. from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, he had an appreciation for his opposition's quarterback.

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Brian Poole made some headlines this week with a one-handed interception, which he returned 15 yards for his first career touchdown to ice the win over the Raiders.

However, Poole has quietly been one of the Jets' most consistent players all season. The 27-year-old slot cornerback is only on a one-year deal though, so should the Jets be looking ahead to next year and trying to ensure he remains in the fold?

There's no question that Poole has been one of the best offseason moves made by the Jets this year. He was a key contributor for the Falcons over his first three seasons, having joined them as an undrafted free agent. However, they surprisingly let him walk and the Jets were able to pick him up on a one-year contract worth just $3.5 million. That's proven to be a massive bargain.

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did not mince words when asked Wednesday about safety Jamal Adams.

Ahead of the Week 13 game against the Jets (4-7) Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the Bengals (0-11) get Adams and a resurgent New York defense off last weekend's 34-4 win over the Oakland Raiders (6-5).

Adams had half a sack, three quarterback hits and seven tackles Sunday as the Jets harassed Raiders quarterback Derek Carr -- an effort that conjured a comparison to former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

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The Jets enter the week with three straight wins, but head coach Adam Gase refuses to look past New York's next opponent.

Week 13's road trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the winless Bengals (0-11) presents a favorable opportunity for the Jets (4-7).

Despite how the last loss went down with Nov. 3's 26-18 stumble on the road at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, who were 0-7 entering the game, Gase believes the Jets have grown from the past month.

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The Jets' Week 7 loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football was a low point of Sam Darnold's young NFL career.

Facing the league's top defense, Darnold struggled mightily, completing just 11 of his 32 passes for a mere 86 yards. He threw four interceptions as well, as the Jets were shut out 33-0 in front of a national audience.

Fast forward to just over one month later, and things are looking much different for Darnold and the Jets. The Jets have won three straight games over the Giants, Redskins, and Raiders, and during that span, Darnold has thrown for 838 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception, compiling a 117.2 passer rating.

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Jets players tell SNY's Jeane Coakley which side dishes are their favorites, and they also debate... is it called stuffing or dressing?

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Bengals are in desperate need of a win, so much so that they strayed away from their Ryan Finley project and returned Andy Dalton to his role as the team's starting quarterback. 

So he'll be taking on a Jets defense that has been shutting down offenses during this three-game win streak, and though he hasn't been getting the game reps he's used to these past three weeks, head coach Adam Gase knows his defense can't underestimate him. 

"It's obviously something we have to be highly aware of," he told reporters before practice on Wednesday. "Andy's through the most part of his career has done a good job taking care of the football, putting the team in a good position as far as third and manageable situations. He sees the game well."

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Call off the search.

Jets CB Brian Poole tweeted that he's recovered his pick-six football from Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders.