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Thursday night's win at last gave Jets fans some grounds for optimism, but how much can truly be gleaned from a narrow win against a team apparently in disarray? A potentially stiffer test faces the Jets this afternoon as they make the always-tough trip to Arrowhead to face the 1-1 Chiefs. The Chiefs lost 19-12 to the Texans last week after coming from 24-3 down to beat San Diego in overtime in their opener. The home team has won each of the last five games in this series with the Chiefs beating the Jets 24-10 in their most recent meeting in 2014.
After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.
Alex Smith remains the Chiefs' starter at quarterback, having quietly put together a solid season last year. Smith's quarterback rating of 95.4 was the second highest of his career.
In week one, he came up with some big throws under pressure and then scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a short keeper. He's a player with underrated athleticism and has faced the Jets twice in his career, winning comfortably on each occasion.
Nick Foles, recently released by the Rams, is the current backup.
The Chiefs offensive line has seen several changes and is beset with injury issues entering this game. It's on the interior where they might struggle most of all. Parker Ehinger, the opening day starter at left guard and Jah Reid, who started last week at right guard, have both been ruled out. Reid started 11 games last year, mostly at right tackle, but struggled badly. Ehinger, on the other hand, was a fourth-round pick in April's draft.
With those two out, Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will likely be the starting guards. The versatile Fulton started eight games at four different positions last year. Duvernay-Tardif started 14 games at right guard last year and seems to be on the rise, but is dealing with an ankle injury. Center Mitch Morse had a decent year last season, but has struggled so far in 2016.
The Chiefs rely on former first overall pick Eric Fisher to protect the blind side. Fisher is off to a solid start this season, but has had three penalties to lead the team. Former Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz was signed to a five-year, $33 million contract in the offseason and has already given up five sacks - two more than all of last year.
The Chiefs running backs have continued a recent trend of consistent production with both Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West averaging over six yards per carry so far. The pair combined for over 1,000 yards and broke eight runs of at least 20 yards between them in 2015 while filling in for injured pro bowler Jamaal Charles. West led the team in rushing yards, while Ware led the team with six rushing touchdowns.
Earlier this week, head coach Andy Reid implied that Charles might be set to make his long-awaited return against the Jets, but he's been officially listed as doubtful for today.
Ware entered the season with just five career receiving yards, but caught nine passes for 177 yards in the first two games, perhaps adding a new dimension to their offense. He had a costly lost fumble against the Texans, though. West can also do damage in the passing game, as he had 20 receptions last season, including one for an 80-yard touchdown.
Fullback Anthony Sherman is a good blocking back that was a second-team all pro in 2014. He doesn't touch the ball very often, however.
The Chiefs had one of the weakest receiving corps in the NFL a few years ago and actually went through the entire 2014 season without a wideout catching a touchdown pass. They've reloaded since then, though, led by Jeremy Maclin, who had a thousand-yard season and scored eight times in 2015.
Their next best target is tight end Travis Kelce, who racked up 875 receiving yards last year and caught five touchdown passes for the second year in a row. The Jets will need to be aware of him running down the seam, especially if they continue to play a lot of cover-3 and quarters coverage as they have been so far. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs try to exploit Darron Lee's inexperience and bait him into a mistake with play action or a double move.
Young speedster Chris Conley is listed as the other starter and probably the prime candidate to test Darrelle Revis with his deep speed. Albert Wilson is a reliable number three, having caught 35 passes last year. Demetrius Harris will back up Kelce, although he's usually employed as a blocker.
The Chiefs' starting line from last year is still intact, led by 346-pound pro bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe. Kansas City has smartly reduced his workload after he played almost 1,000 snaps in 2014 and he dominated the point of attack on Sunday.
Ends Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard are also good against the run, with Howard also having contributed 5.5 sacks last year. Howard can be ill-disciplined though, as he was penalized nine times in 2015.
Off the bench, athletic rookie Chris Jones was picked in the second round out of Mississippi State and could develop into a difference maker in short order.
The Jets caught a break when it was announced that star outside linebacker Justin Houston would be starting the year on the PUP list. Disappointing former first-round pick Dee Ford is starting in his place, although he did record a sack in week one.
32-year old Tambi Hali is still dangerous and has made a strong start against the run and as a pass rusher. He had 6.5 sacks last season. Hali actually came off the bench in each of the first two games, although he is listed as a starter. Former Packer Frank Zombo has been starting ahead of him so far and has been getting more reps, mainly because Hali has been banged up throughout camp and preseason.
Veteran Derrick Johnson, who is a year older than Hali, anchors the group. He remains solid against the run and in coverage. The other starter on the inside with former Jet Josh Mauga out for the year is Justin March-Lillard, who was an undrafted rookie last year but spent the entire season on injured reserve. He usually comes out of the game in nickel and dime situations. Former Packer Sam Barrington is the primary reserve.
The Chiefs secondary got a serious upgrade last year when first round pick Marcus Peters exploded onto the scene with a defensive rookie of the year award, a pro bowl invitation and a second-team all pro selection. He intercepted eight passes and then added another in the postseason and already has two interceptions this year. However, he's not without flaws. He had nine penalties last year and has four already this year. He also got badly burned on two key plays last week, for a touchdown by Nuk Hopkins and a long catch down inside the five by Will Fuller.
Peters isn't even the crown jewel of the Chiefs secondary though. Eric Berry was voted the NFL's comeback player of the year after making an inspirational recovery from a Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in 2014 to go to the pro bowl for the fourth time in his career. The versatile Ron Parker, a player the Jets showed interest in before signing Marcus Gilchrist, is the other starter at safety.
The other starting cornerback is youngster Phillip Gaines, who is in his third season and has 10 career starts but is a full-time starter for the first time in his career. Gaines was picked on by the Texans and gave up over 100 receiving yards. However, he's developing nicely and is regarded as one of Kansas City's best cover corners.
Steven Nelson, a third round pick from last year, is getting more reps as the number three corner, but he's more comfortable on the outside, so look for Gaines to move inside when the Chiefs operate out of their sub-package personnel groupings. Parker can also match up in the slot.
Daniel Sorenson is the third safety and rookie DJ White provides some depth at the cornerback position.
The Jets will be wary of rookie Tyreek Hill, who is averaging 15.6 yards per punt return and looks like a threat to break one at any time. He also returns kicks for them. The Chiefs already had a dynamic return man in De'Anthony Thomas, but he's been inactive for the first two games due to Hill's emergence.
Kicker Cairo Santos is off to a good start, having made a career-long 54-yard field goal last week. He's not automatic though, having missed seven field goals last year, which tied for the league lead. Veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, a 34-year old, is as reliable as they come though.
Finally, in coverage, back-up linebacker DJ Alexander was the Chiefs' leading tackler last year. Hill has started making contributions here too.
I'll be back tomorrow to recap the game.
Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.
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Here's a quick look at the Kansas City Chiefs through my three-question interview with Terez Paylor, who covers the Chiefs for The Kansas City Star. You can follow him on Twitter here and read all of his coverage at kansascity.com.
Jamaal Charles' status for Sunday is obviously a bit up in the air, as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL. How much has his absence hurt the Chiefs' offense?
Paylor: Charles is a fabulous talent, one of the league's best backs when healthy, but the Chiefs' rushing attack has been just fine since he's been out. Between Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, the Chiefs have found a duo that can replicate most - but not all - of what Charles does. Ware is the bruiser, West is the cruiser; both are willing blockers and able catchers, and are worthy of roles even when Charles does return.
In each of the first two games the Chiefs got off to very slow starts, particularly on offense. What's the reason for that?
Paylor: Players and coaches say they were just stoned by the Chargers, and they just hurt themselves too much against the Texans (three turnovers). There was more receiver-quarterback miscommunication than normal on Sunday, and you simply can't have that stuff and beat teams in this league. Keep an eye on the Chiefs' no-huddle offense, though; when the Chiefs have turned to that late in games, it's been very effective.
How much has the Chiefs defense been hurt by the loss of Justin Houston?
Paylor: Houston's absence is definitely felt. He's a tremendous player, a force against the run and pass, and someone defenses must account for on every play. You take a guy like that out of the lineup, and a team becomes much easier to prepare for.
His replacement, Dee Ford, has looked solid through two weeks, but the pass rush as a whole has generally underperformed and needs to turn it up a notch to beat the Jets. Tamba Hali, the Chiefs' other Pro Bowl edge rusher, is on a pitch count (only 31 percent of the snaps Sunday) due to his knees. Frank Zombo is a steady veteran who is solid against the run but doesn't provide the same pass rush as the others.
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Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are gearing up for the Jets' trip to Kansas City, so the podcast is back for a full Jets/Chiefs preview - which includes the health of the wide receivers, the state of Darrelle Revis, interesting match ups for the Jets, and a little barbeque flavor.
As if the New York Jets needed a reminder of how difficult their task is this season, it was all laid out there for them on Thursday. The Patriots, with their third-string quarterback, shut out the Houston Texans 27-0.
And now the Patriots, with Tom Brady still not having thrown a pass this season, are 3-0 and the Jets -- and everyone else -- are wondering if they have any chance of catching them at all.
One thing is for sure: The Jets (1-1) won't have a chance of catching them if they can't keep pace during Brady's four-game absence. And that means they can't afford to lose in Kansas City to the Chiefs (1-1) on Sunday afternoon. This is the start of an ugly, four-game stretch that continues with games against the Seahawks, Steelers on the road and at Arizona. As it is, the Jets may already be playing just for a wild-card berth. But another loss or two and that will be assured.
So how can they beat the Chiefs and keep pace with the Patriots?
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The Jets worked out DB Tye Smith and G Darrell Greene at practice Friday, reports ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.
Smith, a 2015 fifth-round pick out of Towson, played in four games with the Seahawks last season, recording one tackle. He was released by the Seahawks earlier this week after spending time on their practice squad.
Greene signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent after this year's NFL Draft. He was released from their practice squad earlier this week after getting the most guaranteed money of any of the Eagles' undrafted rookies.
Wide receiver Eric Decker and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson have both been fined $9,115 for penalties in Week 2 against the Bills.
Richardson was fined for his taunting of the Bills' Richie Incognito in the first quarter, while Decker was hit for taunting two Bills defenders after making a catch in the third quarter.
This is Decker's second fine of the season, as he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in Week 1.
Bills CB Stephon Gilmore also received a $9,115 fine for his facemask penalty against Brandon Marshall, which led to the receiver's knee injury.
Tags: Eric Decker , Sheldon Richardson
THE GAME: The Jets (1-1) at the Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4:25 p.m.
THE WEATHER: Wet and windy. The forecast calls for thunderstorms throughout the day, winds up near 15 miles per hour and temperatures around 70 and dropping through the 60s as the game goes along. The good news is the rain is supposed to come early, so maybe it stops or slows down in time for kickoff.
WHAT IT MEANS: Considering the Patriots, sans Tom Brady, are 3-0, it's hard to believe the Jets can afford any losses at this point if they want to be considered AFC East contenders. Because when Brady comes back … well, if the Pats can win three games with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, it may already be too late as it is. Anyway, the Jets need this win to keep pace and keep their momentum going because the road doesn't get any easier from here. Their next three games are vs. Seattle, at Pittsburgh and at Arizona. They don't want to be 1-2 heading into that.
PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Matt Forte. The last time the Chiefs lost at home was to the Chicago Bears, when Forte had 109 total yards. This year, Forte is averaging 132 per game for the Jets, including 98 per game on the ground. That's important because the Chiefs' run defense is either bad, or deceptively bad. They've given up 126 yards per game on the ground through two games, although last week against the Texans they held them to 2.9 yards per carry and didn't let up a rush longer than eight yards. Regardless, with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker ailing, you can bet the Jets will lean on Forte in this game, especially early. If they can get him going, the Jets' offense might be tough to stop.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Chiefs TE Travis Kelce agasint Jets LB Darron Lee. I know, you were expecting CB Darrelle Revis against Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin, and that's important too. But this could be a huge game for the Jets' first-round pick because his speed could be useful in a couple of ways. First, whether it's Spencer Ware or Jamaal Charles out of the backfield, he may be needed to chase down running backs on the outside. But his primary responsibility could be Kelce, a sneaky good tight end who has the ability to get downfield in a hurry and can be a remarkably consistent and reliable weapon for Chiefs QB Alex Smith. He's on pace to have nearly 90 catches this season, though he's been mostly held in check by their first two opponents. If Lee can't contain him, Kelce could be a big threat, especially in the red zone.
INJURY REPORT: The big one to watch, of course, is Marshall (knee/foot). He said he expects to play, but Todd Bowles indicated it will be a game-time decision. It's possible he'll play and be limited, so either way, Quincy Enunwa's role could increase. WR Eric Decker (shoulder) will play. LB David Harris (shoulder) seems to have a better chance of playing than LB Erin Henderson (calf), who didn't practice on Friday. G James Carpenter (calf) practiced and will play, though. … The Chiefs have injuries to both their starting guards. They will be without left guard Parker Ehinger (concussion/foot) and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle sprain) will be a game-time decision. Zach Fulton would likely replace Ehinger. If Duvernay-Tardif can't go, backup tackle Jah Reid might have been the other tackle, but he's out with knee/ankle injuries, too. That leaves Bryan Witzmann, who was claimed off waivers from Dallas at the start of the regular season. As for RB Jamaal Charles, who hasn't played since tearing his ACL last October, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he had a good week of practice and added "I think he feels like he can do it." If he plays, expect him to be very limited given the amount of time he's been off. But it seems unlikely Charles will play since the Chiefs listed him officially as "doubtful."
THE PICK: There aren't many more difficult places for teams to play than Arrowhead Stadium, which is annually one of the loudest and most frenzied venues in the NFL. And it won't help the Jets that they head in more banged up than they've been this season. Despite the fact that they've fallen into big holes in both of their first two games, this is a well-built Chiefs team. Alex Smith has always been more dangerous at quarterback than many realize and he's got a huge, big play weapon in Maclin - and as we've seen the first two weeks the Jets are definitely vulnerable to the big play. Add in the dangerous Kelce and running back Spencer Ware, who is averaging 152 total yards per game, and the Chiefs offense is very diverse.
The Jets' offense, if it's anywhere near full strength, can make this a game. And if the Jets' secondary ever gets its act together, they still have the makings of an outstanding defense. But they've been too erratic, too mistake-prone in the first two games. They could get away with that in Buffalo against an awful Bills team. But in the Kansas City cauldron against a well-built, well-coached Chiefs team? Probably not. … Chiefs 20, Jets 16.
MY RECORD: 1-1.
Tags: Brandon Marshall , Darrelle Revis , Darron Lee , David Harris , Eric Decker , Erin Henderson , James Carpenter , Matt Forte , Quincy Enunwa , Ralph Vacchiano
Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Friday and provided injury updates...
- Brandon Marshall (foot/knee) was limited during practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Bowles added that Marshall will likely be a gametime decision.
- Erin Henderson and David Harris are both questionable.
- Eric Decker and James Carpenter practiced fully and will play Sunday.
- Bryce Petty didn't practice but Bowles is hopeful he'll return within a couple of weeks.
Tags: Brandon Marshall , Bryce Petty , David Harris , Eric Decker , Erin Henderson , James Carpenter
The Jets have signed TE Braedon Bowman from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced.
Bowman had been signed back to the practice squad earlier this week when the Jets released DL Claude Pelon.
Bowman was on the roster but inactive for the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Bengals.
Check out the BGA scouting report on Bowman >> Read more
Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa talks about the impact he's made with the team and the opportunity he has with the injury to Brandon Marshall.
The New York Jets have released FB Julian Howsare, as first reported by ESPN's Field Yates.
Howsare signed with the Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 2, 2015. The fullback spent almost all of 2015 on the team's practice squad.
With Howsare released, the Jets currently do not have a fullback on the roster.
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WR Brandon Marshall, G James Carpenter, LB Erin Henderson, and QB Bryce Petty did not practice on Thursday, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
LB Davis Harris was limited in today's practice, along with WR Eric Decker, who had sat out of practice on Wednesday.
If Carpenter is unable to play Sunday, Bowles said there are three guys in the mix to take his spot in the starting lineup, including Dakota Dozier, Wesley Johnson, and a third player that Bowles would not name.
Tags: Brandon Marshall , Bryce Petty , Dakota Dozier , David Harris , Eric Decker , Erin Henderson , James Carpenter , Wesley Johnson
It's almost as if the New England Patriots are daring teams to catch them, holding the door to the division wide open in the hopes they can just slam it in their faces. And the Jets are standing there, looking in at an opportunity that almost certainly will never come.
First it was the DeflateGate suspension that cost Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the first four games of this season. Now it's the shoulder injury to his replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo, that's likely forcing them to go into their Week 3 game with a quarterback no one ever heard of a week ago.
Rookie Jacoby Brissett will almost certainly start for New England against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. His backup will be receiver Julian Edelman, who last played quarterback at Kent State in 2008.
That's a pretty dire-seeming situation. But it's the Patriots, so it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. They will somehow survive. At 2-0, and guaranteed to be at least 2-2 when their No. 1 quarterback returns, they really already have.
So now, as the Jets head into the most difficult four-game stretch of their schedule with their two top receivers (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker) already battling injuries, they have to know the door to the division is already closing. Because when Brady returns (likely with a vengeance) on Oct. 3, the day his suspension is over, it's almost a certainty his team will still be sitting on top of the AFC East.
That's a big reason why the Jets game on Sunday in Kansas City is so critical to their success. There's been so much talk about their difficult first six games, but it's really these next four that are the most painful.
After the Chiefs (1-1), they return home to face the struggling-but-dangerous Seahawks (1-1) before a two-game road swing through Pittsburgh (2-0) and Arizona (1-1). The Jets have known they need to find a way to win two of their next three games. But really, with the success of the Brady-less Patriots they might need all three.
Because they really don't want their hole to be too deep when Brady gets back. If they want to even pretend like they're threats to New England's reign in the division, they need to start (and keep) winning now.
And they certainly have the pieces to do that, even though they haven't been able to put them all together just yet. In their opener they got a devastatingly strong performance from their defensive line, only to see the offense crumble with a series of late mistakes.
In Week 2, the script was flipped with the offense back to producing record numbers while the defensive line seemed to be asleep. Meanwhile the secondary has been in shambles both games, even though they seem to have plenty of talent. And the once-great Darrelle Revis has certainly played so far like an aging player in decline.
But if they can put everything together and show the talent they know they have, they are perfectly capable of winning in Kansas City and beating the Seahawks at home. They can be 3-1 heading into their trip to Pittsburgh and Arizona. They can be 3-1 when Brady returns.
After a summer of talking like contenders, though, the clock is suddenly ticking very fast. They can't afford another letdown like they had in their 23-22 opening day loss to Cincinnati. They can't afford another near-miss like in their 37-31 win in Buffalo last Thursday night. If they want to stand up and prove they can hang with the Patriots, the time to do it is right now.
If not, it won't matter who quarterbacks the Patriots on Thursday night or next Sunday when they face the Bills. Because when Brady returns he gets to face the Browns, Bengals, Bills (again), Seahawks and 49ers in five of his first six games off his suspension. The Jets get their first shot at him right after Thanksgiving.
But if they don't start winning now, by then it'll far too late.
Tags: Brandon Marshall , Darrelle Revis , Eric Decker , Ralph Vacchiano
Wide receivers Brandon Marshall (knee) and Eric Decker (shoulder) both did not practice Wednesday and could be game-time decisions for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.
Marshall, who twisted his knee awkwardly during a catch in the Jets' win over the Bills last Thursday, said earlier this week that he hoped to play at Kansas City.
Along with Marshall and Decker, G James Carpenter (calf), OLB Erin Henderson (foot) and QB Bryce Petty (shoulder) did not practice. Running back Matt Forte was limited in practice, as he is dealing with a sore knee, Bowles said.
Linebacker Jordan Jenkins was a full participant, but Bowles said Jenkins will only play Sunday if he is in game shape.
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Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 2 of the NFL season, the league announced on Wednesday.
Fitzpatrick completed 24 of 34 passes for 374 yards and one touchdown, adding five carries for 21 yards, and helped lead the Jets to a 37-31 victory over Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills.
Fitzpatrick has won five career Offensive Player of the Week Awards, including three during his time with the Jets.
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Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets did bring back some of their free agents (Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Kellen Davis, Erin Henderson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Muhammad Wilkerson), they chose not to bring everyone back. We've keeping track of anyone from the Jets 2015 regular season roster, injured reserve list or practice squad that have since signed with another NFL team, along with anyone that had been on the 2016 roster at any point.
With the season now underway, we can start to get a good sense of what kind of a role each of these players will have with their new teams. It seems like the list of contributors elsewhere is much lower than in recent years. It's difficult to know what conclusions to draw from that fact.
Currently on a team's 53-man roster
OL Oday Aboushi - Houston
Aboushi made it onto the Texans' roster. However, he's been inactive in both of their first two games.
RB Chris Ivory - Jacksonville
Ivory hasn't contributed to his new team either, but for vastly different reasons. He's been dealing with a mysterious undisclosed illness, which left him hospitalized last week. The Jaguars are off to a slow start and some experts are writing them off already, so it will be interesting to see if he can revitalize them once he's healthy enough to return.
NT Damon Harrison - New York Giants
Harrison's cross-town move has been going well, with the Giants already 2-0 and fourth in the NFL in terms of run defense; one place ahead of the Jets. Harrison has nine tackles, but hasn't generated any pressure and isn't grading out as well as he usually does, but there's likely to be an adjustment period as he gets used to a slightly different role. From the Jets' perspective, they will be happy with the performance of his replacement, Steve McLendon. Also, the fact that their star linemen are still producing alleviates any concern that Harrison's presence might have been the major factor in their success.
CB Antonio Cromartie - Indianapolis
The Colts are 0-2 and have given up 73 points in two games as Cromartie has been starting with Vontae Davis, Darius Butler and Patrick Robinson all injured. Cromartie hasn't been too bad but has given up several catches, the longest of which was a 44-yarder to Demaryius Thomas where Thomas caught a pass in the flat and Cromartie was blocked out of the play by the slot receiver. Cromartie has broken up one pass and been credited with eight tackles.
CB Darryl Morris - Indianapolis
Since our last update, the Colts also acquired Morris as well and he was also thrust into a starting role on opening day, although he came off the bench on Sunday. He's given up nine catches on 10 targets, but none of them have been for more than 20 yards. He has been credited with 11 tackles, including one on special teams, but also has one missed tackle and a penalty. He also contributed a couple of pressures as a blitzer in the first game.
LB Demario Davis - Cleveland
Davis is off to a productive start in an every down role with the Browns, but they too are struggling at 0-2. So far, he has 16 tackles and if he maintains that pace, he'll surpass his career high. In coverage, he's given up a few first downs, but the longest play he's given up so far was a 22-yarder. He has missed one tackle and generated a couple of pressures on the blitz.
WR Jeremy Kerley - San Francisco
Kerley got off to a nice start with the 49ers, leading them with seven catches in their opener. He wasn't quite as productive in game two, but still has 10 catches for 90 yards on 17 targets. He caught just 16 passes last season on 26 targets. He's also fielded two punts for 11 yards.
DL Leger Douzable - Buffalo
For the second year in a row, Douzable is making the most of a chance to get more reps at the start of the year while a star player in suspended. He had a great first game, with 1.5 sacks, but was less effective against the Jets, where Ben Ijalana had a key block on him on one of the touchdown runs by Matt Forte.
WR/KR Walt Powell - Buffalo
Powell was inactive in week one, but did see brief action against the Jets on Thursday night. However, he was not targeted and did not contribute anything on special teams.
TE Jace Amaro - Tennessee
Amaro was claimed off waivers from the Jets since our most recent update, but has been inactive in each of his team's first two games so far.
Practice Squad Additions
RB/WR/KR Shane Wynn - Jacksonville
WR Quenton Bundrage - Houston
TE Wes Saxton - Washington
TE Jerome Cunningham - Tennessee
RB Raheem Mostert - Chicago
K Randy Bullock - New York Giants
Bullock contributed to the Giants' opening day win with the game-winning extra point with less than four minutes to go. However, he had earlier missed another extra point and didn't attempt any field goals. After Josh Brown had served his one-game suspension, Bullock was cut. He receives a full year's termination pay for this one-game appearance.
LB Jamari Lattimore - Buffalo
Lattimore had originally made the Bills' roster, but was subsequently cut before opening day.
DL Jordan Williams - Miami
DL Lawrence Okoye - Dallas
CB Darrin Walls - Detroit
OL Luke Marquardt - Detroit
RB Stevan Ridley - Indianapolis
DT TJ Barnes - Jacksonville
OL Sean Hickey - Minnesota
DL Quinton Coples - Los Angeles
CB Jeremy Harris - Washington
DL Quanterus Smith - Detroit
P Ryan Quigley - Jacksonville
ST Coordinator Bobby April - Tennessee
April's units are already off to a less than perfect start. In the loss to Minnesota, two players overpursued as Cordarrelle Patterson ran a kick-off back 61 yards and in the one-point win over the Lions, they had four special teams penalties and missed a field goal.
TE Jeff Cumberland - San Diego
Out for the season - Achilles injury
Unrestricted Free Agents still unsigned: OL Willie Colon, OLB Calvin Pace, WR Chris Owusu
This list is supposed to be exhaustive, but if you spot any omissions or inaccuracies, please let us know in the comments.
Former New England Patriots center Bryan Stork is visiting with the New York Jets on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The Patriots released Stork, 25, after he reportedly failed a physical when he would have been traded to the Washington Redskins in August.
Stork played in 21 games over his first two seasons in the league. He was a fourth-round pick from Florida State in 2014.
Brandon Marshall is just happy to be walking, and without a limp.
The New York Jets wide receiver will be even more thrilled if his sore left knee is healed enough for him to play Sunday at Kansas City.
"My belief and the school I come from is: Don't rule me out until Sunday," Marshall said Monday. "I need all the way up until pregame warmups to see if I'm good to go. Hopefully, I'll be granted that wish. But maybe I'll get out there Wednesday, Thursday. You never know with these things."
Marshall's knee twisted awkwardly under him after a catch last Thursday night at Buffalo and he left the game briefly before returning. But not before some scary thoughts ran through the 32-year-old receiver's head.
"I not only thought my knee was messed up, I thought my foot and everything was pretty much gone," he said. "It felt that way for a couple of minutes. I knew I was OK when I was able to get back on the field."
The fact he returned to the game was stunning, especially since replays of the injury had many speculating that it could be serious.
"Anything better than having surgery is a blessing," Marshall said. "I smile and I keep looking at that picture and that play, and I'm just so thankful that I'm still able to be in this locker room preparing with the guys.
"It's a blessing, I'm going into Year 11, and I just didn't want it to end that way. Anything other than surgery is going to keep a smile on my face." >> Read more
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Monday. Here's what we learned...
- WR Brandon Marshall does not have a sprained MCL.
- Bowles would like to eventually settle on one right tackle, but added that Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale both have pluses and minues.
- WR Eric Decker is dealing with a sore shoulder in the wake of Thursday's game.
- RB Matt Forte has done everything the Jets hoped he would do. Bowles later added that "30 is the new 25."
Tags: Ben Ijalana , Brandon Marshall , Brent Qvale , Eric Decker , Matt Forte
The Jets have signed TE Braedon Bowman back to the practice squad and released DL Claude Pelon from the practice squad to make room.
Bowman, an undrafted free agent, had been cut on Sept. 13 to make room on the roster for Sheldon Richardson.
Bowman was inactive for the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Bengals.
The Jets have been relying heavily on 30-year-old RB Matt Forte over the first two games of the season, writes Rich Cimini for ESPN.
Forte has had 52 rushing attempts so far, putting him on pace for 416, which Cimini notes would be the new NFL single-season record.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles said there would be some 'fluctuation' regarding Forte's usage.
"There will be some fluctuations, here and there. As long as he's healthy, we're not going to hold him back."
Forte averaged 17 carries per game last season for the Bears.
For the Jets, this should be something they certainly monitor going forward. I know there was a lot of talk about the Jets maintaining a 50/50 split in the backfield, but that seemed a little silly to me. Forte is an upgrade in every way over Bilal Powell and while they gave them similar contracts monetarily I didn't see that as a reason to have a straight platoon situation.
But there has to be concern about wearing Forte down before November. If the Jets have playoff aspirations, they can't have Forte too banged up for a potential stretch run. Then again, if they can't win now there's no possibility later on for said stretch run.
More than anything, I would like to see the Jets using Powell on every third or fourth series and again late in games if they are able to put together a decent lead. If there's two things I have noticed about Forte's use it is as follows. First, I thought they would be using him much more as a passing option, but the emergence of Quincy Enunwa has obviated that need for the Jets.
In some ways I think the presence of Forte allows for Enunwa and Enunwa for Forte. In other words, I mean that, second, Forte is seeing a lot softer defensive fronts because of the Jets having three very strong passing options who are pulling defenders out of the box and making the work just a little easier for Forte.
Over the next several weeks I suspect the Jets will ratchet down how much they are using Forte as a ball-carrier and include Powell more. But in that trade-off, I do think they would want to include Forte more in the passing game to keep the mojo of the Jets' top three receivers rolling.
Tags: Bilal Powell , Matt Forte , Quincy Enunwa , Brian Bassett
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After former Knick, and current Cavaliers guard, J.R. Smith took to Twitter to call out the play of Darrelle Revis, the Jets corner back responded back with a few tweets of his own.
Days after Revis was beaten by Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green for a 54-yard touchdown in Week 1, Revis failed to cover Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin on a play that turned into an 84-yard score in the first quarter.
After the touchdown, Smith tweeted his opinion of Revis's play.
@TheRealJRSmith still heading to Canton though. What about you??? ��- Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) September 16, 2016
We both won ships. We both will go down in the history books. Just think its funny him saying that especially after we've crossed paths. ☺️- Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) September 16, 2016
Revis finished the game with three tackles, as the Jets beat the Bills 37-31.
Tags: Darrelle Revis
According to NJ.com, the Jets believe Carpenter and Henderson should be able to play Week 3 against the Chiefs.
Carpenter, who left Thursday night's game and was to get an MRI on Friday, was replaced by Wesley Johnson, who is also the team's backup center.
Carpenter started in all 16 games for the Jets last season. Henderson recorded 45 total tackles in 2015, his first season in New York.
Tags: Buffalo Bills , James Carpenter
Jets receiver Eric Decker was hit with a fine of $9,115 for an unnecessary roughness penalty he took last Sunday in the Jets' 23-22 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Decker was punished for his actions on the Jets' final play from scrimmage, when their ugly comeback attempt ended with an interception by Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw with 40 seconds remaining. Shaw picked off Ryan Fitpatrick by stepping in front of Decker at the Jets 40. Decker rode him out of bounds and then threw him to the ground after the whistle, drawing a 15-yard penalty.
Also from that game, Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson was fined $9,115 for a roughing the passer penalty when he grabbed Fitzpatrick by the facemask.
Notably, Bengals safety George Iloka was not fined for a big helmet-to-helmet on Jets rookie receiver Jalin Marshall, though he was penalized for unnecessary roughness during the game.
Tags: Eric Decker , Ralph Vacchiano
None of the Jets could believe that Brandon Marshall returned to the game on Thursday night after suffering what looked to be a serious knee injury in the first half of the Jets' 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. And apparently it really wasn't serious at all.
Marshall was "fine" on Friday morning, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, one day after suffering what Bowles thought was "maybe a slight sprain" of his left knee when he was pulled down from behind by his facemask by Bills cornerback Stephen Gilmore. Bowles said Marshall was "sore" but was walking around the Jets' facility.
He didn't say whether Marshall would practice next week or whether he thought he'd be available for next Sunday's game in Kansas City, but it didn't sound like the coach was concerned at all.
Here are the rest of the highlights from Bowles' conference call with the media:
- LG James Carpenter (calf strain) and LB Erin Henderson (foot) will undergo MRIs before Bowles will reveal the extent of their injuries.
- Wes Johnson filled in for Carpenter when he went out and "did OK" according to Bowles. But the coach wouldn't commit to Johnson as the fill-in if Carpenter remains sidelined. "We'll see how long James is out, if he's out," Bowles said. "Then we'll make the proper adjustments."
- Bowles remains unconcerned, at least publicly, about the seemingly declining play of CB Darrelle Revis, who gave up an 84-yard touchdown to Bills WR Marquise Goodwin on Thursday night, one week after getting regularly torched by Bengals receiver A.J. Green. "He gave up two plays, I don't think that's an indication of the whole season," Bowles said. "We've got to correct it and move on."
- RB Matt Forte is on pace for well over 400 touches, including more than 300 carries this season, and it's likely Bowles will have to ease him up a bit. Maybe. "There'll be some fluctuation here and there, depending on the game," Bowles said. "We'll see how he's feeling and we'll try to monitor it going forward. But as long as he's healthy we won't hold him back."
- Bowles on the return of DL Sheldon Richardson, who missed the opener due to a one-game suspension: "The biggest thing is he brought a lot of energy. Guys were happy to see him out there."
- When the Jets scored their final touchdown of the game to go up 37-24, Bowles admitted he should've gone for two to try to make it a 14-point game. He said he was too caught up with the defense at the time and apparently didn't do the math.
- Bowles did not mention the rib injury suffered by WR Quincy Enunwa on Thursday night, but praised his emerging third receiver: "I think he's worked on his craft. He worked on his hands every day in the offseason. He worked on his speed and his route running. Quincy is a tireless worker."
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - It really can't be understated how desperately the Jets needed to beat the Bills on Thursday night. A loss would've dropped them to 0-2 and cleared a path to 1-5 or 0-6. As brutal as their opening six games are, it's hard to see how they could have fared any better.
Now the whole tone has changed. The desperation is gone. They have confidence in an offense that is clicking and a belief that their stacked defense will eventually come around. Maybe they still will have trouble with their next four games -- at Kansas City, vs. Seattle, at Pittsburgh, at Arizona -- but at least for now they stopped their season from snowballing downhill.
They also had a lot of good things happen. Keep reading for some, as I give you my 10 takeaways from the Jets' huge win on Thursday night:
1.) Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than he looks. There were times in this game where I thought the Jets quarterback looked off. Too many throws just slightly behind his receivers or short on deep throws. He looked out of synch. And yet he completed 24 of 34 passes for 374 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in the 37-31 win. That's an outstanding game no matter how you look at it. And if he did that when not looking great, imagine how he'll do when he really is on.
2.) We knew this, but the Jets' offense is really diverse, which is amazing considering their tight ends are useless as weapons. The addition of Matt Forte (30 carries, 100 yards, three touchdowns, plus two catches for nine yards) really forces the defenses to play honest against the run, and that leaves a lot of room for Brandon Marshall (6-101) and Eric Decker (6-126-1) to get open. They're so big and dangerous they can do a lot of damage with a little room. If only they had a good third receiver to go with them. … Oh, wait …
3.) For a guy who was essentially a tight end last season and had only 22 catches, Quincy Enunwa is really emerging as a weapon. He's got great hands and is a huge target (6-2, 225) who seems to have a knack for getting open. He added six catches for 92 yards on Thursday night before he hurt his ribs, to give him 13-146 on the season. Teams are going to have to start paying attention to him or he'll make them pay, and that's good news for Decker and Marshall.
4.) Speaking of good news for Marshall, I don't know how he avoided a serious knee injury when he was facemasked to the ground by Bills CB Stephen Gilmore -- who later apologized, Marshall said. And the fact that he came back in the second half is Willis Reed-like. The Jets, however, will sweat out further tests on his knee on Friday morning. It goes without saying that they can't afford to lose him.
5.) Forte, with 52 carries for 196 yards and three touchdowns and seven catches for 68 yards in two games is on pace to touch the ball 472 times this season, including 416 runs. Both would be career highs by far. Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is going to have to ease up on the 30-year-old, and perhaps explain why Bilal Powell has touched the ball only eight times so far.
6.That dominant Jets defensive line that sacked Bengals QB Andy Dalton seven times in the opener and then got Sheldon Richardson back? What happened? They barely touched Bills QB Tyrod Taylor. They did do a nice job against the run, though, holding the Bills to 86 yards. LeSean McCoy got 24 of those on one fourth-quarter run and 25 belonged to Taylor. But the pass rush? It disappeared.
7.) I'm sure everyone will pile on Jets CB Darrelle Revis, especially after he followed his disaster against the Bengals by getting burned for an 84-yard touchdown catch by Buffalo's Marquise Goodwin, and that's fine. But Goodwin is an Olympic long-jumper who was a star sprinter in high school and ran a 4.25 40 at the combine three years ago -- the third-fastest time ever. After what happened against Cincinnati, why in the world would the 31-year-old Revis be matched up one-on-one with Goodwin with no help? Any thoughts, Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers?
8.) LB Darron Lee, the Jets' first-round pick, delivered some punishing hits Thursday night. He may have gotten away with a helmet-to-helmet shot once on Taylor, but he definitely initiated some contact -- something he didn't always do during the summer when he seemed much more impressive for his speed.
9.) Fitzpatrick talked earlier this summer about learning how to slide more often when he takes off out of the pocket. Apparently he doesn't remember the lesson. He ran five times on Thursday night and at least three times he dangerously led with his head as he went down.
10.) I don't know how the Jets can get out of their next four games better than 1-3, but if they somehow manage a split then look out, because the next four games are against the Ravens, Browns, Dolphins and Rams (two at home, two on the road). And five of their last seven games are at home. In other words, even with two games against the Patriots thrown in, the schedule favors them over the final 10, which will give them a great shot at the playoffs if they emerge from the first six at 3-3 -- somehow.
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The Bills could have easily won Thursday night's game against the Jets. In the end, though, the Jets executed better when it counted -- unlike last week -- and it get them across the finish line with a victory.
In a predictable, but initially effective game plan, Rex Ryan used the same defensive blueprint that opposing teams used to beat his Jets teams, daring the opposing quarterback to beat him downfield. The Jets didn't shy away from doing so and were able to have enough success to overcome three disastrous plays that saw the Bills, whose offense was otherwise pretty ineffective, score three out-of-nowhere touchdowns.
Ryan opted not to adjust his plan, gambling that Ryan Fitzpatrick would make a back-breaking mistake. Thankfully, he didn't and Ryan lost.
This was a bounceback game for the Jets.
For a change, it was their offense that carried them and did a good job rolling with the punches when faced with a couple of huge momentum-changing plays.
Any time you give up 17 straight points and still win, you know there will be both good and bad things to take from the game and that was definitely the case here.
Here are is additional analysis from Week 2, on...
1) Quarterbacks: Early in the game, the announcers mentioned how Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of the league leaders last year in throwing the ball downfield. What they didn't mention was the fact that he was among the worst in the league at having success when he did so >> Read more.
2) Offensive Line: Perhaps the most interesting outcome from this week's film review is that we have an early leader in the ongoing battle between Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale for the starting right tackle job. Todd Bowles said during the week that someone needs to step up and take this role and Ijalana might just have done that >> Read more.
3) Running Backs: Matt Forte delighted fantasy owners by ending up with a 100-yard, three touchdown stat line, but he had to work hard to get there >> Read more.
4) Wide Receivers: It doesn't seem so long ago that we were bemoaning the inability of Quincy Enunwa to establish himself as a number-three receiver. In the first half Thursday, he basically established himself as a number-one >> Read more.
5) Defensive Line: I was hoping the team could surpass last week's sack total. However, they got to Tyrod Taylor just twice and both were chalked off due to penalties > Read more.
6) Linebackers: Every now and again, Darron Lee will show flashes of the dominant linebacker play Jets fans will be hoping from him all the time. On a fourth quarter run, he diagnosed the play, found his way cleanly into the backfield and stopped the back in his tracks for a loss. However, that came immediately after two preceding plays where he took a step in the wrong direction > Read more.
7) Defensive Backs: The Jets have some work to do in terms of their defensive backfield communication and maybe Darrelle Revis has to make some adjustments to account for that step he claims not to have lost >> Read more.
8) Special Teams: I've been optimistic about the abilities of the special teams, but they mostly did a poor job last night, particularly in kick coverage and the blocking in the return game > Read more.
The Jets have a long week to recover and prepare -- 10 days -- so they should hopefully be in good shape heading into a tough test against the Chiefs, who play the Texans this weekend.
The Chiefs were getting blown out in their first game before regrouping for a come-from-behind overtime win against the Chargers. Their defense was excellent after a bad start, but the Jets will have a good chance to look for signs of weakness from the part of the game where the Chargers were rolling.
With the Jets (1-1) on the board with a win, the season starts here. Here's to a stress-free weekend rooting for all our rivals to lose!
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Tags: Ben Ijalana , Brent Qvale , Darrelle Revis , Darron Lee , Matt Forte , Quincy Enunwa , Ryan Fitzpatrick
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - As soon as Ryan Fitzpatrick saw Brandon Marshall wasn't getting up, he knew something was wrong. Eric Decker was nervous because he saw how violently Marshall had been pulled backward. Everyone on the field thought it was serious.
Marshall thought it was worse than that.
"I thought it was over," Marshall said. "I thought I would be fishing in my backyard in Florida."
It certainly could've been that bad when Marshall was yanked backward by his facemask by Bills cornerback Stephen Gilmore early in the second quarter of the Jets' 37-31 win on Thursday night. Marshall's left knee bent so awkwardly it seemed impossible that he hadn't torn a ligament.
But in the third quarter, the big, tough receiver shocked his teammates by jogging back onto the field with what Jets coach Todd Bowles said later was "maybe a slight sprain" of his left knee.
"Brandon is one of the tougher guys you'll ever see," Fitzpatrick said. "I didn't think it was good. To see him on the ground in pain, I knew something was wrong. Then when he steps back in the huddle it's such a surprise and a relief as well. I thought he was down for the count for sure."
"He's a tough dude," Decker added. "And to come back and make plays like he did, it just shows the athlete and the beast."
The loss of Marshall, who had six catches for 101 yards, would've been a devastating blow to the Jets. It's not that they don't have other weapons, but the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall is one of the best in the league. The attention he draws helps open things up for Decker and Quincy Enunwa. Remove his presence and life would become much tougher for everyone else.
The Jets aren't quite out of the woods yet with Marshall either. He expects to undergo testing on his knee when the Jets are back home on Friday, and he wouldn't say for sure that he'll play when the Jets face the Chiefs in Kansas City in 10 days.
Considering he returned to this game, chances are that he will. After seeing him come back after the injury on Thursday, his teammates don't doubt that at all.
"He's a big part of our offense," running back Matt Forte said. "I was surprised when he came back with a pep in his step. I was messing with him, telling him I didn't know he was that tough."
"That's definitely good to see him go back out there and compete," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "Shows a lot of heart."
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The storm came early in the second quarter in the form of one long touchdown pass and one fumble return for a touchdown, and just like that the Jets' 10-point lead was gone and they trailed by four. The next offensive series was a penalty-filled disaster. All their momentum was lost.
But as Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took the field again for the next series midway through the third quarter, he could sense his teammates believed they'd find some way, somehow to win.
"That's a good feeling as a quarterback," Fitzpatrick said, "having guys look at you with confidence in their eyes."
That confidence paid off as Fitzpatrick and the Jets offense kicked into high gear on Thursday night with an impressive -- albeit narrow -- 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Jets lit the Rex and Rob Ryan-led defense up for 493 yards, and Fitzpatrick got his revenge for two disastrous performances against his old team last season, completing 24 of 34 passes for 374 yards.
The Jets had two 100-yard receivers -- Brandon Marshall (6 catches, 101 yards) and Eric Decker (6-127) -- and nearly had a third (Quincy Enunwa, 6-92), and had a 100-yard rusher in Matt Forte (30 carries, 100 yards, three touchdowns). They weren't as good as they were during their record-setting offensive season last year; they were better -- exactly as they envisioned it when putting together their offseason plans.
"It was great," Fitzpatrick said. "Last week I don't think that's an indication of what we're going to be as an offense this year. I think today was more of what we expect."
And the timing couldn't have been better for Fitzpatrick and the offense to show that maybe last year was no fluke because this was about as much of a must win as there could be in Week 2. The Jets' brutal schedule was about to get worse, with four straight games against playoff teams and three of them on the road. They absolutely couldn't have survived an 0-2 start.
After last week's disaster in the red zone in a 23-22 loss at home to Cincinnati, the offense couldn't afford to get off to another slow start.
"It was a good way to bounce back from last week," Decker said. "It allows us to be in a better position and it really showcased the kind of team and resiliency we have."
This game had everything the Jets could've wanted on offense -- a big-play passing game that had no problem going deep, the versatility of Forte and the continued emergence of a third option in Enunwa. And they needed it because their once-proud defense continued to unravel, giving up touchdown passes of 84 and 71 yards to Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Continuing on the opener, they have become suddenly and dangerously vulnerable to the big play.
But this underrated offense, with the oft-underappreciated Fitzpatrick, began to make a statement that it believes it can hang with any offense in the league.
"If we get everything running on all cylinders and on the same page," Forte said, "we can be really dangerous."
They can be, as long as everyone stays healthy -- something that was in doubt in the second quarter when Marshall was dragged to the ground by his facemask, got his knee bent awkwardly and limped off the field. Marshall suffered only a sprain, apparently, and hobbled back into the game. Meanwhile Decker, Enunwa and Forte made sure the offense didn't miss a beat.
That's not going to happen all the time, of course. The Jets will need better play from their defense, especially as they run the gauntlet in Kansas City, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Arizona over the next four weeks. Their secondary has been a disaster so far and cornerback Darrelle Revis again was shaky, getting beat on an 84-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to Marquise Goodwin - the longest touchdown pass in Bills history. And the defensive line, fresh off a seven-sack performance, was good against the run, but far from dominant with the pass rush. In future weeks, that simply won't do.
But the Jets offense is legitimately good, with as good a 1-2 punch at receiver as there is in the league, and with one of the most dangerous weapons coming out of their backfield. If Enunwa continues to play as he has so far this season, the offense could put up better numbers than it did last year.
Of course, that's if things continue to go as well as they did on Thursday night. The good news is the Jets definitely are believers.
In fact, they believe the best of their offense is yet to come.
"We have a long way to go," Marshall said. "We still left a lot out there. The game shouldn't have been that close. We had a chance to really put them away and we didn't."
Tags: Buffalo Bills , Brandon Marshall , Darrelle Revis , Eric Decker , Matt Forte , Quincy Enunwa , Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 24-for-34 for 374 yards and a touchdown and Matt Forte ran for 100 yards and three scores as the Jets recovered after blowing a 13-point lead for a 37-31 victory in Buffalo Tuesday.
The Jets (1-1) led 20-7 after Fitzpatrick's 6-yard TD pass to Eric Decker in the second quarter. The Bills cut it to 20-10 at halftime, then scored two quick TDs in the third quarter, one on a Jalin Marshall fumble, to take a 24-20 lead.
The Jets rolled from there. Forte capped drives of 84 and 56 yards with TD runs of 3 and 12 yards sandwiched by a Nick Folk field goal, his second of the night.
This was a great bounce-back game for the Jets. Yes, the Jets lost a close one to the Bengals in Week 1, but to turn around on a short week in a nationally televised game and put up some huge offensive stats to go with a solid defense (despite what the score said) has to feel good for the Jets and their fans. The Jets did a great job swarming the line of scrimmage on defense and were able to move the ball effectively on offense both through the air and the ground ... Marshall, Decker, Enunwa and Forte all had at least 100 yards from scrimmage - an impressive feat for a Jets offense.
The trouble was the number of players who exited the game with injuries will have to be monitored. Erin Henderson and James Carpenter didn't return in the game while Brandon Marshall was able to return but seemed worse for wear as a result. Quincy Enunwa is doing a nice job as a third receiver, but to imagine him in an expanded role might not work.
Now the Jets get a long rest until they face the Chiefs in Kansas City in 10 days. The Jets will have the chance to relax and recover before heading west, which might help them but the Chiefs have put together a solid team again this year.
Tags: Matt Forte , Ryan Fitzpatrick
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THE GAME: The Jets (1-1) at the Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4:25 p.m.
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- It's a little early for a must-win game for the Jets (0-1), but that's sort of what they're facing on Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills (0-1). The schedule, as everyone now knows, is brutal. And if they fall to 0-2, things could get out of hand fast.
So how can the Jets stop their freefall before it begins, against a Bills team that looked absolutely awful in their opening-day loss in Baltimore? They need better play from some key offensive players and more domination from their defense, for starters.
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This is a huge game for both teams. Whoever loses tonight will be 0-2 and staring down the barrel of a potential lost season. You'll recall what happened last season between these teams, as the Bills won 22-17 both times, in a pair of sloppy games where the Jets recovered late from a rough start in each game and had a chance to win down the stretch. Bills coach Rex Ryan seemed to take extra personal enjoyment from beating his old team, and you can bet he'll have some surprises in store for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets defensively. A win for the Jets could get their season back on track, but it isn't going to be easy.
After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.
Tyrod Taylor put together a solid statistical season in 2015, his first year as a full-time starter. With a quarterback rating of just under 100 for the year, Taylor earned himself an extension worth over $90 million, which he signed in August. Taylor has a good arm and is one of the more mobile quarterbacks in the league, but was stymied in the first game of the season, as the Ravens held him to just 111 yards through the air.
Against the Jets last year, Taylor was held to under 200 passing yards in each game, but didn't throw an interception and also contributed 127 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
The Bills' number two is former top-10 pick EJ Manuel. However, Manuel looked poor in the preseason and their fans are more excited about rookie Cardale Jones, who showed some raw potential. All three bring similar athletic attributes to the table.
The strength of the Bills' line could be compromised by the news that Cordy Glenn has been ruled out. Glenn is their most important pass protector, having given up just two sacks last year protecting the blind side. When Glenn was hurt last week, former second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio filled in and held up reasonably well, though. He had also received a couple of spot starts last season.
Last season, the right side of the Bills line really struggled with John Miller at right guard and Seantrel Henderson starting off at right tackle before being replaced later in the season by Jordan Mills without much in the way of an improvement. The Bills have elected to stay pat at this position, though, and Henderson's suspension means that the Miller-Mills partnership will continue for the time being.
Veterans Eric Wood and Richie Incognito also resume their partnership in the final two spots, so at least the Bills can boast some good continuity and are strong up the middle. The bench doesn't offer much comfort, though. Ryan Groy has hardly played other than three meaningless spot starts at the end of his rookie season with the Bears in 2014, and Patrick Lewis struggled last year when called upon to start nine games with the Seahawks.
It remains to be seen how much LeSean McCoy has left in the tank, but he contributed just 70 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches in the opener. McCoy ran for 895 yards last year and also caught 32 passes. While that was a drop-off from his previous annual production, it's not bad considering he missed four starts.
It's not entirely clear what the plan is behind McCoy because the Bills ran fewer than 50 offensive plays on Sunday. They signed Reggie Bush and have been trying to feature him, but he so far hasn't been looking like the same player he once was.
The Bills got some terrific production last year from rookie Karlos Williams - who led the team with nine touchdowns - and Mike Gillislee - who came out of nowhere and showed a propensity for breaking long touchdown runs. Williams was suspended and then released, but Gillislee remains with the team as a reserve. Bills fans have been hoping to see more of Gillislee, but as Jets fans will know, it can take time for a young player to earn Rex Ryan's trust.
At fullback, the Bills opened up the season with Glenn Gronkowski in the role, only to cut him after the first game and replace him with the previous starter, veteran Jerome Felton.
One of the major storylines from last year's season finale was the inability of Darrelle Revis to cover Sammy Watkins. That's since been explained away by the wrist injury Revis was playing with at the time, although Revis had similar struggles against AJ Green this past weekend. The good news for the Jets is that Watkins is dealing with a foot injury and will probably be limited, even if he plays.
Behind Watkins, their next best pass catching threat is probably tight end Charles Clay, who caught 51 passes last season, but has been dealing with a knee issue of his own. The number one receiver would be Robert Woods. Both Clay and Woods actually missed the season finale last year, but Woods exploded for a career high nine catches and 118 yards in a blowout over the Jets in 2014.
The rest of their group will hardly strike fear into anyone with their career numbers, but they do have some players with dangerous speed, led by Marquise Goodwin. Two familiar faces - former Jets Greg Salas and Walt Powell are next up on the depth chart, although Powell's spot might be in jeopardy already due to the recent signing of veteran return man Brandon Tate.
Clay's backups at tight end are former Cardinal Jim Dray and second-year man Nick O'Leary, neither of who caught a pass on Sunday.
The Bills' defensive line took a major hit in the offseason when it was announced that Marcell Dareus had once again been suspended. The good news for the Bills is that Kyle Williams is back healthy, which should present a challenge for the Jets running game because he's one of the best in the business.
They don't have a lot of big name talent on the line otherwise though. Former Jet Leger Douzable was one of their best performers on Sunday, although veteran Corbin Bryant and promising rookie Adolphus Washington are listed as the other two starters with Williams.
The Bills' linebacking corps might have a bright future, but right now the group is to some extent patched together with a fill-ins and journeymen. Rookies Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland were both supposed to rectify this, but both are injured. Veteran Manny Lawson, the strong side outside linebacker for the past few years was suspended and then released during the offseason and former Jet IK Enemkpali, who was supposed in the mix to start, also got hurt.
The group is led by Jerry Hughes, who had double digit sacks in 2013 and 2014, but saw his production drop off in Ryan's first season. However, after causing controversy by having to get an Uber to the game last week after missing the team bus, he registered two sacks in their first game.
The only other returning starter is Preston Brown, who graded out as the worst inside linebacker in the NFL last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He presumably would have been a candidate to be replaced by Ragland, who has a similar build.
Alongside Brown is another Brown, the versatile former Titan Zach Brown. The strong side position is currently manned by Lorenzo Alexander, who entered the season having not started a game since September 2013, when he suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury. He had opened that season as the starter for the Cardinals with Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator.
On the bench the Bills have a couple of experienced veterans in Ramon Humber and Brandon Spikes, but former Bronco Larentee McCray saw more action than either of them on Sunday.
The cornerback position could prove to be a strength for the Bills this year. Both Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby got off to good starts on Sunday, although Gilmore did give up one long pass play. In the offseason, Ryan was extremely complimentary of Gilmore - a player seeking a big money deal - in the offseason, proving he's learned little from the Revis contract fiasco. As for Darby, he proved to be a good find in last year's draft.
The Bills once again begin the year with Aaron Williams and Corey Graham as their starting safeties, although Williams only ended up playing three times last year, so they perhaps haven't had a chance to form a solid partnership yet.
The Bills used five reserve defensive backs on defense in the first game, including Duke Williams - who started four games alongside Graham last year - and Nickell Robey-Coleman, their best slot corner.
The Bills kept their kicking game personnel the same, with former Jet Dan Carpenter as the placekicker, Jordan Gay the kickoff specialist and Colton Schmidt the punter. Carpenter missed his only field goal attempt in week one. Interestingly, Gay didn't kick a touchback on either of his kickoffs against Baltimore and the average start line for the Ravens was the 18-and-a-half.
Schmidt had an up and down season last year and the Bills unit almost cost them the game in their first meeting with the Jets when a bad snap gave the Jets the ball inside the red zone with a chance to win.
In the return game, Bush, Tate and Powell are all candidates to be involved, although Powell was inactive in week one.
In coverage, the Bills have one of the best coverage guys in the league in Marcus Easley, but he's out injured. Back-up safety Jonathan Meeks is one to watch out for in coverage.
I'll be back tomorrow to recap the game.
Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.
THE GAME: The Jets (0-1) at the Buffalo Bills (0-1) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8:25 p.m.
THE WEATHER: It's not fall yet, but it's Buffalo, so expect a crisp, cool night -- great football weather. Temperatures should be about 60 at kickoff and dipping into the mid-50s as the game goes along.
WHAT IT MEANS: It's Week 2, so don't panic but … well, keep the panic button handy. Because while an 0-2 start wouldn't kill the Jets it would certainly open the question of whether they're going to start the season 1-5 or 0-6. Remember, their next four games are against playoff teams and three of those are on the road -- at Kansas City (1-0), vs. Seattle (1-0), at Pittsburgh (1-0), and at Arizona (0-1). If the Jets fall to 0-2 they may need to win three of those four to stay afloat in the division. And good luck with that.
PLAYER TO WATCH: CB Darrelle Revis. Both he and his coaches insist they're not worried after his disastrous opener against Bengals receiver AJ Green. Maybe things get a little easier for him against Buffalo's Sammy Watkins because they have a lesser quarterback (Tyrod Taylor) and Watkins is battling foot issues. Still, it's worth remembering how Watkins torched the Jets -- and mostly Revis -- for 11 catches for 136 yards in the Week 17 game last year that kept the Jets out of the playoffs.
It'll be interesting to see how defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers plays this after isolating Revis on Green for most of the Jets' 23-22 loss to Cincinnati last Sunday. Will he give Revis the help he promised he'd give him last week? Or will he trust that this isn't the beginning of the decline for the all-pro corner and leave him one-on-one?
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Jets defensive line against Buffalo's offensive line. The Jets' defensive line was fantastic in the opener, sacking Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton seven times, hitting him a ton, and never allowing the Bengals to get their running game going. Meanwhile, in the Bills' opener in Baltimore, their O-line was terrible. Taylor was only sacked twice, but their vaunted run game produced just 65 yards and in part because Taylor was often rushed the offense as a whole finished with a comically low 160 yards. And now they have just four days to prepare for a devastating Jets front that now gets Sheldon Richardson back?
The Jets' front of Richardson, Mo Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and Steve McLendon can push around anybody. But this seems like a mismatch -- especially with left tackle Cordy Glenn out (see below). And if it is, the Jets should have little trouble escaping with a win this time around.
INJURY REPORT: It looks like LB Jordan Jenkins (calf) will miss another game for the Jets, since he's officially "doubtful", as is CB Darryl Roberts (foot). QB Bryce Petty (shoulder) is the only player "out". DE Mo Wilkerson (ankle, toe), LB David Harris (shoulder), and LB Bruce Carter (shoulder) are all "questionable". Wilkerson and Harris are definitely expected to play. … For the Bills: LT Cordy Glenn (ankle) is out, and he'll be replaced by Cyrus Kouandjio, the Bills' second-round pick from 2014. WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), and DT Jerel Worthy (knee) are questionable.
THE PICK: A road game on a short week is always a tough spot, but the good news for the Jets is the Bills are a mess. After a tumultuous summer (an injury to rookie LB Reggie Ragland, the suspension of DT Marcel Dareus and the suspension and release of RB Karlos Williams), the Bills got off to a terrible start against a mediocre Ravens team. It showed what many around the NFL suspected -- that they have a questionable offense led by a mediocre quarterback (who just got a five-year, $90 million deal).
The Jets' opener was disappointing, but they showed they have a dominant defensive front, a pretty good offensive line and plenty of offensive weapons. They were undone by mistakes that likely won't happen again -- Brandon Marshall's drop, Ryan Fitzpatrick's erratic throws in the second half, and Nick Folk's missed extra point and blocked field goal. The defensive line alone should be able to keep the Bills to around 200 yards of offense. I know that Rex Ryan's Bills have seemed to have the number of his old team, but this matchup does not favor him at all. And really, there's an air of desperation for the Jets because they absolutely know how imperative it is that they don't start 0-2. … Jets 27, Bills 21.
MY RECORD: 0-1.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Here's a quick look at the Bills through my three-question interview with Howard Simon, co-host of the morning show on WGR Sportsradio 550 in Buffalo. You can follow him on Twitter at @hsimon62, and listen to his show at wgr550.com:
1.) From afar it looked like Rex Ryan did pretty well to get the Bills to 8-8 last season, and it was only the Bills' second .500-or-better season in 11 years. So is he really on the hot seat this year? Did he wear out his welcome that quickly?
Howard Simon: I don't think Rex is on the hot seat. The owner of the Bills, Terry Pegula, has said they've only missed the playoffs one year in his ownership which is his way of saying he won't hold Rex accountable for the entire 16-year playoff drought. When Pegula bought the Sabres, he didn't make any quick moves and fans were certainly tired of the GM at the time. Pegula did eventually fire coach Lindy Ruff and later the GM, Darcy Regier, but he gave both time under his ownership to show what they could do. The Bills have also been preaching continuity since they seemingly go through GMs and coaches every three years or so. It would seem odd to preach that and fire the coach after two years. I think the only scenario where Rex gets fired is if the season is a five-alarm fire. Maybe 4 or 5 wins, the defense looks bad and players are rebelling.
2.) I know the Bills have a way out of that five-year, $90 million contract they gave QB Tyrod Taylor, but it's still a lot of money for a career backup who had a good -- but not great -- season last year. Do the Bills really feel he's the long-term answer to their QB woes?
HS: I don't think the Bills believe it and I think the structure of the extension will bear that out. If you ask me, that contract was part public relations and avoiding a possible awkward situation in the locker room. It was a bad off season for the Bills with stories about injuries and guys getting in trouble off the field. As late as last December, the GM Doug Whaley said he thought it would be a good idea to see another full season of Taylor before giving him a new contract. After they signed the deal, the Bills said they were impressed enough with what they saw in off season workouts and the start of training camp, they felt it was the right time to do the deal. I personally don't buy that. Perhaps they felt there would be resentment in the room since he was extremely low paid by starting quarterback standards and as I said, perhaps they just wanted to release some good news for a change. The fact they can walk away from everything after this season speaks volumes about whether or not they are convinced Taylor is a franchise QB.
3.) Considering Rex Ryan is known for defense, that side of the ball was a disappointment last year. Will it be better this year?
HS: I think the defense will be better simply due to familiarity. Last season went south for a couple of reasons. The players looked lost at times in his defense and apparently too many of them didn't take the initiative to speak with coaches and try and learn what they were supposed to be doing. Rex said he also tried to marry some of his concepts with some from Jim Schwartz's old scheme. He was the defensive coordinator in 2014. That proved to be a disaster. What could hold the defense back though are injuries they suffered in the off season. They expected the top two draft picks, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland, to start right away and have an immediate impact. Lawson was going to help make up for the loss of pass rush when they cut Mario Williams. Ragland was going to be a badly needed thumping, three-down linebacker. He's out for the year and Lawson might not be back until midseason. The four-game suspension of Marcell Dareus only made matters worse. Outside of Jerry Hughes, the linebacking group is a big question mark and safety could be an issue too if Aaron Williams can't stay healthy and stay on the field. For what its worth, the defense looked very good in the opener in Baltimore. They stopped the run, only gave up one big play -- albeit a touchdown but the only TD they gave up. The pass rush was very strong, harassing Joe Flacco while producing four sacks.
Former Jets C Kevin Mawae and RB LaDainian Tomlinson are among the 94 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 2017, it was announced.
The list will be whittled to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January. Between four and eight nominees will be named to the Hall of Fame.
Mawae, 45, played for the Jets from 1998 to 2005 and was named to six Pro Bowls during that span. He retired after the 2009 season.
Tomlinson, 37, spent the final two years of his career (2010-11) with the Jets after playing for the Chargers from 2001-2009.
He had 145 rushing touchdowns in his caeer, second on the all-tme NFL list behind Emmitt Smith.
Jonas Schwartz, Ray Lucas and Mike Westhoff discuss how the Jets can fix their red zone struggles, as well as Sheldon Richardson in Week 2.
The Jets and Bills released their injury reports ahead of Thursday night's game in Buffalo...
For the Jets
- LB Bruce Carter (shoulder), LB David Harris (shoulder) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle, toe) are questionable.
- LB Jordan Jenkins and CB Darryl Roberts are doubtful.
- QB Bryce Petty is out.
For the Bills
- S Colt Anderson (foot) and T Cordy Glenn (ankle) are out.
- WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), TE Jim Dray (ankle), DT Jerel Worthy (knee), QB Cardale Jones (shoulder) and CB Kevon Seymour (hamstring) are all questionable.
Tags: Buffalo Bills , David Harris , Muhammad Wilkerson
Michele Yu joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Jets' huge Week 2 game in Buffalo on Thursday night.
Jeane Coakley, Ray Lucas and Eric Coleman discuss Matt Forte's positive showing and whether or not he'll continue to produce moving forward.
Bowman was inactive for Sunday's loss against the Bengals, and will likely be added to the team's practice squad if he clears waivers.
Richardson was suspended for the first game of the season for violationg the league's personal-conduct policy due to a 2015 offseason arrest, but will rejoin the Jets for their matchup in Buffalo on Thursday.
While speaking to the New York media on a conference call Tuesday, Rex Ryan gushed about Jets DT Leonard Williams, who Ryan referred to as a "big monster."
"They drafted that other kid," Ryan said of Williams. "You guys know darn well you would've killed me if we would've drafted that kid. It would've been, 'Well, it's just about the defense.' No, it was about the best player and they certainly got one of the best players right there."
The Jets selected Williams with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, teaming him with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson, draft picks made by Ryan during his time in New York, on the defensive line. The former Jets coach did not shy away from praising his old defense.
"They had seven sacks [in the opener] and, oh, by the way, Sheldon Richardson never played," said Ryan. "Golly. I thought it was good when I was there."
Williams finished the season opener with 2.5 sacks, only one sack shy of his 2015 total.
With the NFL unveiling the league's Color Rush uniforms on Tuesday, the Jets announced that they will be wearing their normal all-white jersey and pants for this Thursday's game against the Bills, with the only change to the uniform being a white facemask.
During the Jets and Bills Thursday Night Football matchup last season, colorblind viewers complained that they couldn't tell which team was which, with the Jets wearing all green uniforms and Buffalo wearing all red. This year, the NFL consulted with color-blindness experts to ensure all uniform combinations will be "clearly distinguishable for all fans."
The Color Rush uniform concept began last season during four Thursday Night Football games, to commemorate 50 years of NFL games being broadcast in color. The uniforms were created so opponents would be wearing one-color matching jerseys, intentionally designed to clash against each other.
For the 2016 NFL season, the promotion has been expanded so that all 32 teams will play in a Color Rush game on Thursday Night Football.
One hundred percent of the NFL's proceeds from the sale of Color Rush jerseys will go directly to the NFL Foundation to fund health, safety, and wellness programs for youth around the country.