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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) celebrates as he scores a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

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Earlier this week, the Jets claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on waivers. I've been researching and reviewing his film to try and assess what he brings to the table.

The 23-year old Seferian-Jenkins is listed at 6'5" and 260 pounds and was a second round pick in 2014. He has caught 45 passes for 603 yards and seven touchdowns in 18 games in his career so far. However, he's been injury prone and was waived by the Bucs after a DUI citation last week.

Let's recap Seferian-Jenkins' career so far and assess some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Note: Some stats from this article are exclusively provided by Pro Football Focus

Who is Austin Seferian-Jenkins?

Seferian-Jenkins was a three-year starter at the University of Washington and produced consistently over the course of his career with 146 catches and 21 touchdowns. He was sixth in the Pac-10 in 2012 with a career-high 69 receptions and won the John Mackey Award in 2013.

After deciding to enter the draft early in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins was selected by the Bucs with the 38th pick. The Jets selected Jace Amaro 11 picks later.

In his rookie year, Seferian-Jenkins caught 21 passes but he only played in nine games due to injuries. His second year also saw him miss nine games as he again caught 21 passes, although he doubled his touchdown output from two to four and increased his yards per reception average from 10.5 to 16.1.

Prior to being waived this year, Seferian-Jenkins had come off the bench in the first two games, catching three passes including a 30-yard touchdown reception.

Measurables/Athleticism

Seferian-Jenkins was coming off a foot surgery when he attended the scouting combine in 2014, but still dazzled with a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump. The only other event he participated in was the bench press, on which he achieved 20 reps. On film, he doesn't really display agility or short-area quickness, but looks hard to stop once he gets up to speed.

He's a former basketball player, becoming one of the latest breed of players to make the transition. Clearly there are some transferable skills in terms of athletic attributes, hand-eye coordination, timing, and going after the ball.

Usage

Seferian-Jenkins has seen plenty of action out wide and in the slot since entering the NFL. He also lined up in the backfield at times in his rookie year, but not since. With the Buccaneers, he was often employed in-line rather than in an H-Back role.

Deep threat

With his speed, Seferian-Jenkins is a definite threat to stretch the field. At the NFL level, he has three touchdowns of 30 yards or longer, although one was on a Hail Mary pass and another was on a short pass. He had a lot of big plays in college too.

Here was his touchdown from this season's opener which showcases how well he can run and be an option over the top:

Routes

Seferian-Jenkins was not considered to be a particularly smooth route runner coming out of college, but with his big frame, he shows enough physicality to create separation. He seems to have particular success with running up the seam and then breaking to the outside, especially in the red zone.

Hands

Seferian-Jenkins has a below average hand size at 9.75 inches, but drops haven't been a major issue for him. He had four in 2015, but none of these were routine. Two were potential touchdowns, though.

On the whole, he has strong hands and looks natural catching the ball. He's displayed an ability to go up and get it, hang on when taking a hit and has even made a few diving catches.

He has lost one fumble in his career, though.

Yards after the catch

While not particularly elusive, Seferian-Jenkins does an excellent job of turning upfield after the catch and getting his momentum going forwards to pick up extra yardage. He doesn't break many tackles -although he did slip two on his way to a 41-yard touchdown in his rookie year - but he will drag tacklers with him and fall forwards at the end of a run.

Red zone

Seferian-Jenkins can certainly give the Jets another big pass-catching option in the red zone, in addition to run blocking in short yardage situations. Of his seven NFL touchdowns, four came from inside the 10-yard line.

Run Blocking

My initial impressions of Seferian-Jenkins' blocking abilities from watching 2016 preseason and regular season footage were that he is a little rough around the edges. I also didn't get the impression that he gave much of an effort. He's not particularly strong at the point of attack, will lose leverage and had a couple of whiffs in space. With that said, he is employed in-line, often as the inside guy in two-tight end sets, so he's closer to Kellen Davis than Amaro in terms of how he could actually be employed. He'd ideally be taking reps away from Davis, not Quincy Enunwa.

Despite my criticism were some positive contributions, although on some of these it seemed like he would lose leverage and then recover to use his man's momentum to take him out of the play, rather than cleanly executing a straightforward assignment. There was one excellent edge setting block where he crashed down on a defensive end though.

In search of more impressive highlights, I looked at some footage from earlier in his career and there were more flashes of ability and signs of consistency, especially in his rookie year. Did he start to become lazy or complacent in 2015 and 2016, perhaps?

One thing that was very noticeable was that he was capable of dominating against defensive backs but gave up too much ground against bigger players. On one screen block on the outside, he drove a cornerback 10 yards off the line and to the floor, but when tasked with holding up against a defensive end, he was routinely stood up and pushed into the backfield.

Seferian-Jenkins was called for holding six times in his first two seasons, including preseason games.

Pass Blocking

Seferian-Jenkins was asked to stay in to block quite regularly in his rookie year, but hardly at all last year. Maybe that's because of the shoulder injury he was dealing with during that season. He held up quite well as a rookie but has been beaten a few times in preseason action over the last three years. Most of these were because he was overpowered by a lineman, as he has a tendency to get too upright, making him susceptible to a bull rush but he is capable of staying in to protect against a blitzing linebacker or defensive back.

Instincts/intelligence

When plays break down Seferian-Jenkins has a knack for finding a soft spot in the defense to make himself a receiving option and I didn't see him blow too many obvious blocking or route-running assignments. He seemed less comfortable when blocking but showed some capability in terms of reacting to an initial loss of leverage to re-anchor himself.

Concentration and discipline can perhaps be an issue, as he's had a handful of dead ball penalties.

Special Teams

Seferian-Jenkins has not been used on special teams at the NFL level. His injury issues perhaps contributed to that. Typically, the Jets do expect their reserve tight ends to contribute on special teams so that might be something he needs to work at.

Attitude

The off-field issues are an obvious concern with Seferian-Jenkins who wrecked his Bucs career with his DUI and faces a likely suspension at the beginning of next season as a result. That wasn't his first DUI either; he also had one in March 2013.

There have also been concerns over his conduct and effort levels in practice. He went on a social media tirade last month after being kicked out of a Bucs practice.

In-game discipline has been an issue at times, too. He had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a celebration and a delay of game penalty for throwing the ball down after a catch.

Injuries

While he didn't miss much time in college, playing 38 games in three seasons, Seferian-Jenkins still had to have surgeries on his finger and foot while at Washington. In his rookie year, he missed seven games due to ankle and back issues and in year two it was a shoulder injury that caused him to miss nine weeks.

Conclusions

Seferian-Jenkins is obviously a talented player and has had some good production while healthy. However, with his off-field issues and durability concerns it will be interesting to see if the team views him as more of an immediate contributor or just a reclamation project.

I'm sure the Jets view this as a move where a player they think can help them came available so they pounced. However, coming just days after a listless offensive performance in Kansas City, some may view this as a bit of a desperation move to increase the offensive firepower at the team's disposal.

Last year's offense functioned despite a lack of production from the tight end, so will adding a potentially productive pass-catching tight end to the mix add a dimension to the offense, or could it instead lead to the weapons the Jets do have being spread too thin? After all, the season began with Matt Forté catching passes out of the backfield looking like it was going to be a feature element of the offense, but that's already disappeared over the last two weeks.

If things go well and the Jets opt to retain Seferian-Jenkins, he will remain under contract for next season, although you can expect a suspension at the start of the season. Having given up on Amaro, the Jets are probably hoping Seferian-Jenkins can emulate some of the things they were expecting Amaro to achieve with this team. With such poor production from the position over the last year-plus, it's a good opportunity for him to re-invigorate his career.

Maybe this can have a similar impact to when the Jets brought in Braylon Edwards early in the 2009 season, overlooking his off-field issues and giving him a chance to showcase his talent. That would certainly be a best-case scenario rather than my immediate expectation though.


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Jets head coach Todd Bowles discusses bouncing back from the 24-3 loss to the Chiefs, a game in which the Jets committed eight turnovers.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles discusses bouncing back from the 24-3 loss to the Chiefs, a game in which the Jets committed eight turnovers.


New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws an interception under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jaye Howard in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws an interception under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jaye Howard in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. (John Rieger/USA Today Sports Images)

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This has always been the fear about Ryan Fitzpatrick: As good as he has often looked as the Jets quarterback, the bad is just around the corner. He's a 33-year-old journeyman who is on his sixth team in 12 seasons, and has never once been considered anywhere near an elite quarterback.

On Sunday, the Jets were reminded why.

It's true that even the best quarterbacks are not immune to meltdowns, but the one Fitzpatrick suffered in Kansas City on Sunday was spectacular and couldn't have come at a worse time. Optimism surged after his dazzling, 374-yard performance in the Jets' Week 2 win in Buffalo. Then it came crashing down in a six-interception barrage and a 24-3 loss to the Chiefs.

That's the story of Fitzpatrick. He's a mostly average-to-good quarterback who builds up hope with steady and sometimes even spectacular play, but he's a step below the quarterbacks who are able to maintain that over time. No Jets fans need to be reminded of what happened last season when for most of the year Fitzpatrick directed a record-setting offense and enjoyed a career year, only to play like a journeyman again with 181 passing yards and three interceptions in a Week 17 loss in Buffalo eliminated the Jets from playoff contention despite winning 10 games.

That was worse because the Jets were out of time to recover. But this one -- with the Jets staring at a home game vs. Seattle and trips to Pittsburgh and Arizona -- was still pretty bad.

"To walk in today and have to face the guys, it's not an easy thing to do," Fitzpatrick said Monday. "But at the same time, I got to be the same guy everyday as a leader, as a player, and just come in. It's a message that everybody in this locker room needs to understand. Just put your work in every single day. The results are going to take care of themselves.

"And when it doesn't work out, come back and try it again. For me and my career, it's been the same thing the whole time. I put the work in and then do the best I can on Sundays. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't."

That's true for most quarterbacks, but for the ones in the margins, the ones without the pedigrees, the ones like Fitzpatrick who have never played in the playoffs, confidence is eroded every time it doesn't work out in a big spot. Sure, as Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said after the game, maybe it's true that "We still believe in Fitzy." But they don't have any other choice. And they wouldn't say otherwise anyway.

At some point, though, Fitzpatrick has to show them their trust is warranted in big spots with some consistency. That's what franchise quarterbacks are supposed to do.

Of course, Fitzpatrick doesn't exactly fit the "franchise quarterback" mold. Even the Jets realized that when they low-balled him in the offseason before signing him to a one-year, $12 million contract. If the organization truly believed in his abilities they would've committed to him longer term and would've gladly opened up their checkbook.

The organization obviously wasn't convinced, and Fitzpatrick's performance on Sunday won't make the front office feel any better. Such is the plight of the journeyman quarterback: Just as he did when he threw five interceptions in his third career start 11 years ago, Fitzpatrick still has to prove his ability and his worth.

"I'll tell you for better or worse, my mentality hasn't changed since then," he said. "When we're down 24-3, I'm not sitting there thinking how I've thrown four interceptions. I'm sitting there thinking about how I can get the ball down the field and try to win the game. (In 2005) I think I was still trying to figure out if I belonged or fit in the league or not. If I could play in the league, which at this point standing in front of you, I've been here for 12 years, so I know that I'm going to be OK."

He will be OK. He is OK. But the Jets want him to be so much more. They are a 10-win team thinking playoffs and facing a brutal schedule. They have two top-tier wideouts, a really good third receiver, a dual-threat running back and a good-enough offensive line. They have all the weapons to duplicate the record numbers they put up last season.

Fitzpatrick is the one that is supposed to make all that work.

"This isn't all doom and gloom," Fitzpatrick said. "Last week, everybody was talking about how we're the greatest show on turf, basically, after one game. The message last week that I tried to deliver was basically, you're only as good as your next game. Now, I wish the game would've gone better, but we're only good as our next game. We've got to come out and put the work in and try to put it together and be more consistent."

Yes they do, and so does he, and it has to happen now because time is already running out. The Patriots are 3-0 without Tom Brady, and it's hard to imagine they'll lose more than a couple of games the rest of the way. The Jets have already lost a couple and face the very real possibility of losing a couple of more in the next three weeks.

An elite quarterback would find a way to rise above that reality to drag his team through the difficult stretch and right into the thick of the playoff chase. There are times when Fitzpatrick looks perfectly capable of doing that, and times when he makes everyone question their faith.

That's the fear when someone who really isn't a franchise quarterback is leading the franchise. For the Jets to have the season they want, Fitzpatrick now has to rise above that fear, too.

Tags: Darrelle Revis , Kansas City Chiefs , New England Patriots , Ryan Fitzpatrick , Ralph Vacchiano

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) goes for a catch as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jarrod Wilson (47) defends in the second quarter at EverBank Field. (Logan Bowles)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (87) goes for a catch as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Jarrod Wilson (47) defends in the second quarter at EverBank Field. (Logan Bowles)

The Jets have claimed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins off waivers and have waived LB Julian Stanford, the team announced on Monday.

Seferian-Jenkins was released by Tampa Bay last week following his second DUI-related arrest.

The tight end was selected in the second round (38th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. Seferian-Jenkins appeared in 18 games for Tampa Bay from 2014-2016, and caught 45 receptions for 603 yards and seven touchdowns. In the first two games of the 2016 season, he totaled three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Seferian-Jenkins is owed another $677,534 this year and $1,061,582 next year on his contract.

The tight end is facing a possible suspension from the NFL.

Stanford appeared in three games with the Jets and registered one tackle. The linebacker has 29 career tackles.

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There is no question that Sefarian-Jenkins is a talented player. He has good measurables and was impressive at points in his rookie year in 2014 up until his injury and then again in 2015 as he found his way back. Sefarian-Jenkins' talent started to get overshadowed by off-the-field concerns this year as he irked the Bucs coaching staff, saw himself demoted during camp and squabbling publicly at least twice this summer with head coach Dirk Koetter, not to mention the recent DUI.

Chan Gailey isn't famous for his use of the tight end, but he likes talented players, and Sefarian-Jenkins trumps anyone the Jets have on the roster at the spot. This is a very low-risk investment for the Jets but one I don't hold out much hope that will actually pan out.

If, and it is a big if, Sefarian-Jenkins can keep it together, learn the offense and earn the trust of the coaching staff, he could add another nice dimension to the Jets offense. The Jets clearly need some extra options in the passing game after the Chiefs game.


New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets will work out RB C.J. Spiller on Tuesday, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Spiller, 29, was released from the New Orleans Saints after he was a healthy scratch in Week 1. He totaled 112 rushing yards and 239 receiving yards in 13 games with New Orleans last season.

Prior to that, he spent five seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He has 3,433 rushing yards, 1,434 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns in his six-year career.

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Sean Payton has a tendency to gush regarding the degree to which players will be productive in his system, which reporters then over-amplify (see: Josh Hill, Brandon Coleman, Coby Fleener, Seantavius Jones, etc.), and it tends to create a post-hype effect on his players. Spiller is another prime example. A lot was expected of Spiller in the Saints offense two years running, and it never worked out. He was beat out by a seventh-round pick despite the $4.5 million dead money hit the Saints took to cut him. While the Jets seem content grinding the over 30-year old Matt Forte into dust based on his workload, the Jets seem to be coyly lining up players they could call if necessary. In addition to this contact with Spiller, the team has already contacted Karlos Williams, whom the Buffalo Bills cut earlier this year.

Given the choice, I'd take the younger Williams once he clears his suspension. I don't think Spiller has the same burst he had back when he and Gailey were both with the Bills. Unless Spiller looks vastly different than the player the Saints showcased in late August for a trade, it's best to leave it alone.


Atlanta Falcons running back Brandon Wilds (20) runs the ball for a first down against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
Atlanta Falcons running back Brandon Wilds (20) runs the ball for a first down against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

The Jets have signed RB Brandon Wilds to the team's practice squad, and have terminated the contract of RB Dominique Williams, the team announced on Monday.

Wilds ran for 1,844 yards and 13 touchdowns on 379 career carries at South Carolina. The 6-foot, 220-pound running back signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent on April 30, and led Atlanta in rushing during the preseason, running for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Wilds was among Atlanta's final roster cuts.

Williams was signed to a reserve/future contract by the Jets in January after spending time with the Vikings and Cardinals during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Williams ran for 17 yards on three carries during the preseason opener against the Jaguars.


Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are sorting through the aftermath of the Jets loss to the Chiefs, and they play the voicemails that cover the interceptions, coaching decisions, and lackluster play that created the mess in Kansas City.


Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches play on the sidelines: Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches play on the sidelines: Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Three weeks into the season, it's apparent the Jets probably aren't going to be an all-conquering powerhouse. However, their biggest strengths are likely to keep them in games even when they play poorly. Even though this game ended up 24-3, they were still in with a theoretical chance of being right back in the game up until the last four or five minutes...

It was an embarrassing loss. Hopefully, it's just minor blip on the road to 3-3, which is still in play. Of course, the Jets need to win two of the next three to achieve that and they aren't going to beat anyone if they play like they did Sunday. There's a lot for them to work on and the coaching staff will be challenged with fostering some improvements...


Here are is additional analysis from Week 3, on...

1) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Forte and the rest of the offense: Brandon Marshall told reporters he switched off Thursday night's Texans-Patriots game because it was "disgusting." If he relives the film from Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he's probably going to end up throwing his TV set in the trash >> Read more.

2) Linebackers, corner backs and the rest of the defense: The Jets seemingly had no answer for Kansas City's offensive game plan, as they were able to put together extended drives, control field position and never allowed the Jets to establish any kind of offensive rhythm. How can that be, when the Jets had the long week to prepare? Oddly enough, the Chiefs may have, in a way, exploited the fact that the Jets were too prepared >> Read more.

3) Jalin Marshall and the special teams: There wasn't much special teams action to review this week. However, they did play a major part in the final result, as Marshall coughed up a kick return with the Jets down by 10 and it landed right in the lap of a Chiefs player. Just like that, a 10-point deficit was 17 >> Read more.


Again, Sunday's loss is not the end of the world. As terrible as the performance was late in the game, the Jets would have been right in this game with a sliver of luck here and there. Maybe things will start to bounce their way again next week...


I'll be doing BGA mailbag posts every few weeks. However, if you have any pressing questions, leave them in the comments, e-mail me at bentdouble@gmail.com or tweet me @bent_double and I'll either respond below or include my response in the next post.


 (John Rieger)
(John Rieger)

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw six interceptions during the Jets' 24-3 loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday.

Along with the six interceptions were multiple passes that were nearly picked off.

After the game, Fitzpatrick said he's focused on Week 4.

"I didn't play well. When I don't play well like I did today, then we're going to have a hard time winning games," Fitzpatrick said after the game. "That's the nature of the NFL and the nature of being a quarterback. I have to forget about this one, move on and show up next week. It's hard and it hurts, it hurts for me to play that poorly, but fortunately and unfortunately I've played bad before and I know how to rebound from it."


Video: Bowles and Fitzpatrick give their take on the loss


Fitzpatrick threw one interception in the first half and five in the second half, with one being returned for a touchdown.

Head coach Todd Bowles said after the game that Fitzpatrick is still the starting quarterback, adding that he never considered pulling him and that the trust level is the same.


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His shocking lack of self-awareness led him to keep forcing throws over and over again in the second half, with each of the final five Jets' possessions ending with a Fitzpatrick interception, giving him six overall. It didn't even need to come down to that, though. Fitzpatrick didn't need to keep trying to force throws into tight windows, which was basically the reason for nearly all of those interceptions and a couple more that easily could have also been picked.

The Jets were in a position to score on several occasions, and the gameplan every time seemed to be to force a throw into tight coverage and hope that a wide receiver would make a play on the ball. They didn't >> Read more at my BGA: Jets Offense for Week 3.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen/USA Today Sports Images)

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's win over the San Francisco 49ers and his status for next week's Seahawks-Jets game has yet to be determined, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"I don't think it's severe as it looked," Wilson said. "I have good mobility. ... You always feel better when you win."

Wilson threw for 243 yards and one touchdown, and had one three-yard rush in Sunday's 37-18 win.

The Jets host the Seahawks next Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Jets Post Game Overtime: Grades 00:17:59
The SNY panel hands out its report cards on different aspects of the game following the Jets' 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bowles, Fitzpatrick on loss 00:02:01
Todd Bowles and Ryan Fitzpatrick attempt to explain the many things that went wrong for Gang Green in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Chiefs returned two turnovers for touchdowns, intercepted three passes in the end zone and forced eight turnovers total in a 24-3 victory over the hapless New York Jets on Sunday.

Marcus Peters had two of the picks for the Chiefs (2-1), including the first of four off the Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. Daniel Sorenson had another, Derrick Johnson returned his 55 yards for a touchdown, and D.J. White snagged his in the end zone with 1:54 left in the game.

The eight turnovers were the most by the Jets (1-2) since they set a franchise record with 10 in a loss to the New England Patriots on Nov. 21, 1976.

Alex Smith was 25 of 33 for 237 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City, while Spencer Ware added 75 yards rushing. But it was the performance of the defense - and all those Jets turnovers - that helped the Chiefs bounced back from their first regular-season defeat in 12 games.

Eric Berry picked off a pass in the end zone late in the third quarter, and a fumbled kick return by the Jets' Jalin Marshall was returned 27 yards by Demetrius Harris for another score.

Fitzpatrick was dismal a week after torching Buffalo, going 20 of 44 for 188 yards. His six picks were a career high, surpassing the five that he threw for St. Louis against Minnesota in 2005, and tied a franchise record.

The Jets' Matt Forte, who scored three times against the Bills, was held to just 65 yards rushing. >> Read more

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press


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There aren't enough words to express my thoughts on this game, but the game started about as bad as it could have and never really got better from there. While it is easy to look at the fluke turnover for touchdown on special teams as an aberration, the Jets showed few signs of life in Kansas City.

The offensive game plan and its execution were awful. The Jets frittered away too many downs early in the game, running Forte into the backs of his lineman or right into the gaping arms of a pretty stout Chiefs front. The Jets were unable to get Quincy Enunwa involved early. The defensive backs were too much for Fitzpatrick -- or perhaps Fitzpatrick was too much for himself.

On defense, the Jets did a good job up front, but that defensive front is becoming a Maginot Line when the secondary can't contain anything. Be it Travis Kelce on simple drag routes, or players squeaking out of the backfield (Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill) no one seemed capable of containment maybe other than Jeremy Maclin ... but I wouldn't say it was so much about what the Jets did but what Maclin didn't do.

The Jets started the season well with a hard fought game against the Bengals and then a convincing win over the Bills, but laying an egg against the Chiefs which included Fitzpatrick's six interceptions will have New York talk radio in an uproar for days. Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy week leading into Jets-Seahawks.

Tags: Brandon Marshall , Kansas City Chiefs , 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.

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.

ACTIVE/INACTIVE: Jets-Active: WR Brandon Marshall. Inactive: QB Christian Hackenberg, QB Bryce Petty, LB Mike Catapano, LB Erin Henderson, RB Troymaine Pope, OT Brandon Shell, CB Darryl Robers. Chiefs-inactive: QB Tyler Bray; WR De'Anthony Thomas; RB Jamaal Charles; CB Kenneth Acker; OT Jah Reid; OL Parker Ehinger; LB Sam Barrington

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

The win 10 days ago in Buffalo 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 Sunday 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.

Quarterbacks

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.

Offensive Line

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.

Running Backs

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.

Receivers

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.

Defensive Line

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.

Linebackers

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.

Defensive Backs

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.

Special Teams

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.

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I'll be back Monday to recap the game.

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)

Adam Schefter reports that while Brandon Marhsall is expected to be active for the Jets against the Chiefs, he will "likely be on a snap count due to foot and knee injuries."

Marshall's knee reportedly felt "much better" on Saturday, according to Schefter.

 

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets-Chiefs 00:02:56
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano cites Darrelle Revis' ability to overcome early struggles as a key for the Jets to defeat the Chiefs.

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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.

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

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.


Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets-Chiefs 00:02:56
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano cites Darrelle Revis' ability to overcome early struggles as a key for the Jets to defeat the Chiefs.

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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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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tye Smith (22) in coverage during the preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Seattle won 16-15. (Orlando Jorge Ramirez)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tye Smith (22) in coverage during the preseason game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Seattle won 16-15. (Orlando Jorge Ramirez)

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. 

 


New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) jumps to make a catch while being defended by Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby (28) during the second half at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37 to 31. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) jumps to make a catch while being defended by Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby (28) during the second half at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37 to 31. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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. 

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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


GEICO SportsNite: Quincy Enunwa 00:01:19
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.

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.


 (Kathy Willens)
(Kathy Willens)

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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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj)

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

 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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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

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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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Indianapolis Colts defensive back Antonio Cromartie (31) looks on against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Aaron Doster)
Indianapolis Colts defensive back Antonio Cromartie (31) looks on against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Aaron Doster)

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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

Currently Unsigned

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

Miscellaneous

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.


Bryan Stork (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
Bryan Stork (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

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.

Tags: New England Patriots , Washington Redskins

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall makes a catch and tries to evade Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

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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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

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.


 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

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.

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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

It's a Victory Friday for the Jets and the podcast! Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are celebrating a beating of the Bills, and are listening to your calls and comments as they break down a huge Week 2 win over old friend Rex Ryan's crew in Buffalo.


Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass in front of New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass in front of New York Jets corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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. 

Revis finished the game with three tackles, as the Jets beat the Bills 37-31.

Tags: Darrelle Revis

New York Jets guard James Carpenter (77) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets guard James Carpenter (77) against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22 to 17. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Left guard James Carpenter has been diagnosed with a mild calf strain and an MRI revealed Erin Henderson has a sprain in his foot, reports NJ.com

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

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass against Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams (36) and safety George Iloka (43) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass against Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams (36) and safety George Iloka (43) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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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

 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
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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."
Tags: Brandon Marshall , Darrelle Revis , Erin Henderson , James Carpenter , Matt Forte , Quincy Enunwa , Sheldon Richardson , Ralph Vacchiano

 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell , Brandon Marshall , Darrelle Revis , Darron Lee , Eric Decker , Matt Forte , Quincy Enunwa , Ryan Fitzpatrick , Sheldon Richardson , Ralph Vacchiano

Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of New Era Field before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of New Era Field before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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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) LinebackersEvery 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

Brandon Marshall is injured while being tackled by Stephon Gilmore. (AP)
Brandon Marshall is injured while being tackled by Stephon Gilmore. (AP)

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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."

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