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By all indications, general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets' personnel staff addressed many of the team's areas of need this offseason. Particularly on the offensive line and at wide receiver, the Jets will have a bit of a different look in 2020.

But looking ahead to the 2020 season, there are a handful of players whose play will dictate whether the Jets will improve on last year's 7-9 record, or if they'll fall flat in Adam Gase's second season.

With Tom Brady now calling Tampa Bay home, the AFC East could be up for grabs, but can the Jets capitalize? The answer to that question may very will hinge on the play of these five players… 

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Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

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So many questions … Here are a few more you asked me in this week's edition of the SNY Jets mailbag:


Why haven't the Jets gone after Clowney? -- @BuddhaTaino

Money. Actually, it's more about player value. Jadeveon Clowney may be the best pass rusher on the market, but he wanted more than $20 million per year on a long-term contract, and then reportedly lowered his demands into the $17-18 million range. So far no one thinks he's worth that -- certainly not on a long-term deal. The Jets clearly don't.

Tags: Jordan Jenkins, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Joe Douglas' first full offseason with the Jets has been an eventful one.

After vowing to prioritize building around quarterback Sam Darnold, Douglas has delivered, though perhaps more so on the line than in terms of playmakers. Still, the Jets have seemingly addressed some previous weaknesses and have also added depth throughout the roster.

Unquestionably, there is still work to be done, but the Jets' 90-man roster certainly seems to be improved from the group that disappointed in 2019 with a 7-9 record, good for third in the AFC East.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Bilal Powell, Chris Herndon, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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The Jets selected Cal S Ashtyn Davis with the first of their three third-round picks, and with their second selection of the round, Gang Green went with Florida defensive end Jabari Zuniga with the 79th overall pick.

At 6-foot-3, 264 pounds, Zuniga ran a 4.64 40-yard dash at the combine, while bench pressing 29 reps and recording a 127.0 broad jump.

His final season at Florida was plagued by injuries, as a high ankle sprain limited him to just six games. Still, he was able to record seven tackles for loss and three sacks in those six games.

If healthy, Zuniga could instantly provided some needed pass-rushing depth to Gregg Williams' defense.

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The Jets seemed to put the finishing touches on their offensive line rebuilding project when they drafted tackle Mekhi Becton in the first round on Thursday night. That should allow them to focus on other positions on Day 2.

One of those positions will absolutely be receiver. In fact, it feels like a lock they will take one in the second round.

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The Jets only started their rebuilding project during free agency, and it's clearly far from finished. There is work to be done in several key areas, including at cornerback, receiver, and along the offensive line.

New GM Joe Douglas has eight draft picks to finish that work, including four valuable selections in the first two days of the draft. There's still a month to go before the first pick is made on April 23, but here's one look at how Douglas' selections could go in SNY's first Jets 7-round Mock Draft:

First round (11th overall) - Alabama OT Jedrick Wills

There is a very good argument for taking a receiver here, especially since it's possible no receiver will come off the board in the Top 10 picks. Taking the top-rated prospect at a position of need will be enticing.

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It's been more than two weeks since the free-agent market opened, and Jadeveon Clowney is still unsigned. That's why the top defensive player available has reportedly already dropped his asking price significantly. And some think he may do it again.

But the reality is he's going to have to drop that price a heck of a lot more if he's going to really draw the interest of the Giants or the Jets.

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Having not yet added an impact pass-rusher this offseason, Jets GM Joe Douglas was asked Wednesday about the team's level of interest in free agent Jadeveon Clowney, whose market has not yet fully developed.

And Douglas confirmed that he has spoken with Clowney's agents.

"I would say we're gonna do our due diligence on everybody that's out there, especially at the edge-rushing position. I'm not gonna go into specifics of and details of conversations we've had," Douglas said while being understandably evasive while talking about a player who is still on the open market.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas added a familiar face in LB Patrick "Peanut" Onwuasor on Wednesday in his latest free agent move to bolster his defense. Onwuasor is a great linebacker that has played in a starting and depth role, and has had time playing next to C.J. Mosley

The only problem is Onwuasor has officially created a logjam of linebackers at One Jets Drive. 

Maybe that's exactly what Douglas wanted -- some linebacker competition when training camp kicks off. Because that's exactly what will have to occur in this position group when head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams work together to build the defense for the 55-man roster. 

Tags: Avery Williamson, Blake Cashman, CJ Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, Neville Hewitt, Scott Thompson
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Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (48) reacts during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (48) reacts during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

GM Joe Douglas added another former Raven to his roster, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with LB Patrick Onwuasor, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday. 

Affectionately known as "Peanut," Onwuasor adds linebacker depth for Gregg Williams' defense that saw his first-teamers C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson rarely on the field in 2019. Williamson was lost in the preseason to a torn ACL, and Mosley constantly battled a groin injury that forced him to miss 14 games in his first year with the Jets. 

Coming out of Arizona in 2016, Onwuasor went undrafted and Baltimore picked him up. He earned his spot on the team and quickly assumed a larger role one year later.

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Here's a player-by-player report card for the Jets' free agent signings so far:


OT George Fant (three years, $23.7 million, $13.7 million guaranteed)

Joe Douglas' first free-agent signing as Jets GM was a bit of a shocker, giving a huge pay day to Seattle's backup tackle. It's a gamble, for sure, but Fant is huge (6-foot-5, 322 pounds), powerful, and he has started 24 games over the last four seasons (He missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL).

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In the latest edition of "Out of Office Replies," SNY's lead Jets reporter Jeane Coakley explains why Jordan Jenkins returning is a good thing. She also thinks Le'Veon Bell is going to flourish from the o-line changes -- not just Sam Darnold...

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It didn't look that way at first, but OLB Jordan Jenkins will indeed be re-signing with the Jets on a one-year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday. The deal is worth $5 million.

The Jets initially let Jenkins walk into free agency, knowing that he may not return. The Giants were a team that Vacchiano reported as being interested in landing the man that led their crosstown rival in sacks with eight last season. However, after remaining patient, the Jets made an offer and Jenkins wanted it. 

According to Mehta, Jenkins' main reason for returning was to play for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams once again. And that makes sense because of that sack total, as Williams found a way to use Jenkins effectively. 

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Joe Douglas
Joe Douglas

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas told anyone who would listen that he was going to focus on rebuilding the offensive line this offseason -- and boy, did he ever. Four of the six free agents he signed from other teams were offensive linemen, and he brought back one from last year's Jets, too.

And that's great. The Jets' line should be better and stronger and deeper in 2020, which means more protection for quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Le'Veon Bell. The Jets' offense will be better, and obviously that's important.

But what about everything else Douglas still has to do?

Tags: Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Golden, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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The start of free agency has been a bit quieter than many expected it would be for the Jets. They took the important first steps towards rebuilding their offensive line, and brought back slot cornerback Brian Poole, too.

So far, though, that's it.

The official numbers aren't in on all of their new contracts yet, but it's believed the Jets have about $25 million or so left to spend under the NFL's $198.2 million salary cap. And there are several veterans they could easily cut to create another $20 million in room.

Tags: Brian Winters, Jordan Jenkins, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Joe Douglas
Joe Douglas

The first day of NFL free agency has passed, and many eye-opening deals went down in those 24 hours as the league shook up its rosters. 

The Jets were slow compared to others in their division, like the Dolphins who made a few big signings. However, they still put a deal down and are engaged elsewhere as well.

Here's what happened on Day 1, starting with the team's first free agent signee:

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Oct 27, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Thuney (62) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)
Oct 27, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Thuney (62) during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)

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It has been nine months since the Jets hired Joe Douglas as their general manager, but he's yet to have a chance to really leave his mark on the team.

On Monday, that will finally begin to change.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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Although the Jets have over 20 pending free agents this offseason, there are five that stand to cost a significant amount to retain. Those players are Robby AndersonJordan JenkinsKelvin BeachumBrian Poole and Alex Lewis.

It's likely the Jets will be hoping to retain most, if not all, of these players.

However, let's try to identify someone who could be a realistic alternative for each of them if they were to leave.

Tags: Brian Poole, Jordan Jenkins, Kelvin Beachum, Robby Anderson
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates with New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Jets' 6-2 finish has given the franchise a renewed sense of hope, even though GM Joe Douglas didn't want to use that word. Hope, he said, is "not a strategy." The only way they can really capitalize on their strong finish is with a plan.

And they'll need a good one, too, because while Douglas is right that "Going 6-2, that's not luck," it's also not the sign of a finished product. The Jets were a disappointing 7-9 overall this season and did not look like a franchise on the verge of a long-awaited breakthrough. They have big, gaping holes throughout their roster.

So there is a lot of work still to do.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Brian Poole, Brian Winters, Jordan Jenkins, Kelvin Beachum, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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With Buffalo locked into the fifth seed and the Jets eliminated from playoff contention about a month ago, Sunday's game predictably took on the characteristics of a game where nobody really wanted to be there. Sam Darnold's one-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder in the fourth quarter ultimately keyed the Jets 13-6 win.

In pouring rain, the Jets - playing mostly against back-ups - led just 3-0 at the half following a disjointed affair that featured turnovers, missed kicks and all-around sloppy play.

The second half wasn't any less scrappy, even though the rain eased off a bit, but the Jets finally drove for the game's only touchdown after the Bills had tied the score. Darnold's pass to Crowder finished off a drive keyed by a couple of nice plays by back-up receiver Vyncint Smith.

Tags: Brent Qvale, Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Jenkins, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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Jets GM Joe Douglas has a lot of work to do this offseason as he begins to reshape the roster the way he wants it to be. And he'll start with the Jets' 23 unrestricted free agents -- most of whom will likely be gone when he's done.

Here's a look at those players -- and whether Douglas should keep them or not -- plus the lone restricted free agent, and a few other players who could be, and perhaps should be, offseason salary cap cuts:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Copeland, Brent Qvale, Brian Poole, Brian Winters, Jordan Jenkins, Josh Bellamy, Kelvin Beachum, Lachlan Edwards, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Trumaine Johnson, Ty Montgomery , Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston (21) reacts after an interception against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston (21) reacts after an interception against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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Jordan Jenkins (Vincent Carchietta)
Jordan Jenkins (Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

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

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Adam Gase
Adam Gase

The Jets are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, after man-handling the Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday in a 34-3 win. They've now won three straight games, and the road actually gets easier when you look at the schedule. 

It starts this Sunday with the winless Bengals hosting the Jets, and it's hard not to chalk this one up alreasy as a win the way head coach Adam Gase has his team playing at the moment. Everything is clicking on all sides, while the Bengals have kept things close in their last couple contests, they can't seem to get anything to mesh. 

But don't tell Gase -- or this Jets team -- this is an easy win to collect and head home with. They already know Cincinnati is hungry for that winning taste in their mouths, which is why they aren't going into this game with any expectations. 

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Jordan Jenkins (Vincent Carchietta)
Jordan Jenkins (Vincent Carchietta)

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While the 2019 season hasn't gone to plan for the Jets, linebacker Jordan Jenkins has been one bright spot. Despite missing some time due to injury, Jenkins is second on the team with five sacks and seems to have made some tangible improvements in his contract year.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported over the weekend that the Jets are eager to extend Jenkins before the end of the season, much as they did with Quincy Enunwa in his contract year last season. Let's consider what Jenkins brings to the table and his value on the open market.

Jenkins -- who is still only 25 -- impressed with his ability to set the edge against the run when he first arrived in the NFL, but only registered 5.5 sacks across his first two seasons. While he was more productive as a pass rusher last year, tying for the team lead with a career-high seven sacks, he seemed to regress against the run. This year, however, he's putting together the best all-round season of his career.

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The saddest thing about the current state of the Jets is that this was supposed to be the year they arrived. After nine years of waiting for a playoff game, after enduring three years of rebuilding under ex-GM Mike Maccagnan, it was all supposed to come together in 2019.

Not only didn't that happen, but now the Jets appear to be on the brink of a rebuilding project again.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Avery Williamson, Chris Herndon, Christian Hackenberg, CJ Mosley, Jachai Polite, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Jonotthon Harrison, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets were expecting to get another weapon back to their offense this week, but their luck continues to go sideways. 

Tight end Chris Herndon, who has been suspended the past four games due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, suffered a hamstring injury, head coach Adam Gase revealed on Wednesday. His injury occurred while running routes in preparation for his return this week. 

Gase was blunt when asked about his reaction to Herndon's injury. 

Tags: Chris Herndon, CJ Mosley, Henry Anderson, Jordan Jenkins, Kelechi Osemele, Trenton Cannon
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Head coach Adam Gase announced earlier on Friday that Sam Darnold is out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, and the team's official injury report didn't offer much better news.

Linebacker CJ Mosley (groin) and guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee) are both officially listed as doubtful, while linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) is out.

At this point, it's more likely than not that the Jets will be without Mosley and Osemele as they try to upset the Eagles on the road and secure their first win of the season.

Mosley hasn't played since the Jets' Week 1 loss to Buffalo, when he injured his groin in the second half. The Jets' prized defensive acquisition of this past offseason could potentially miss his third straight game. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the second straight day, Jets QB Sam Darnold was officially listed as a limited participation in practice, and while his status for Sunday is the biggest storyline heading into the matchup with the Eagles, the Jets also have some other notable names who are in danger of missing the game.

Linebacker CJ Mosley (groin), guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee), and linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) all missed Thursday's practice.

Mosley hasn't played since the Jets' Week 1 loss to Buffalo, when he injured his groin in the second half. He proved in the first half of that game how much of a difference-maker he can be for the defense, returning an interception for a touchdown. The Jets' prized defensive acquisition of this past offseason could potentially miss his third straight game. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

For the second straight day, Jets QB Sam Darnold was officially listed as a limited participant in practice, and while his status for Sunday is the biggest storyline heading into the matchup with the Eagles, the Jets also have some other notable names who are in danger of missing the game.

Linebacker CJ Mosley (groin), guard Kelechi Osemele (shoulder/knee), and linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) all missed Thursday's practice.

Mosley hasn't played since the Jets' Week 1 loss to Buffalo, when he injured his groin in the second half. He proved in the first half of that game how much of a difference-maker he can be for the defense, returning an interception for a touchdown. The Jets' prized defensive acquisition of this past offseason could potentially miss his third straight game. 

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

The Jets took a step in the right direction as quarterback Sam Darnold returned to practice Wednesday, but New York's injury report remained cluttered with key players on both sides.

While the Jets' starter recovers from mononucleosis with an eye on a return at some point in October as the day-to-day recovery continues, linebackers CJ Mosley (groin) and Jordan Jenkins (calf) were among those held out.

While neither Darnold nor Mosley has not played since Sept. 8's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the season opener, Jenkins missed Sept. 22's 30-14 loss to the New England Patriots.

Tags: Brian Poole, Brian Winters, CJ Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, Josh Bellamy, Kelechi Osemele, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Trenton Cannon
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With the Jets on their bye week, we've been reviewing some of the Jets players, looking in detail at their season so far and what to expect from them coming out of the bye week. We're looking at a mixture of players who've exceeded expectations and some who have been disappointing so far. We continue today with a look at rookie edge rusher Kyle Phillips.

Expectations prior to the season

Entering training camp, there were no expectations at all for the undrafted rookie Phillips, who most felt was a longshot to make the roster.  

With the Jets lacking much in the way of established talent at the edge defender positions, there was always a chance someone could step up and earn themselves a spot. However, hardly anyone expected the player that would lose their job as a result to be third-round pick Jachai Polite. This is exactly what happened, though, as Phillips worked his way up from the third unit and clinched a roster spot with a two-sack performance in the final preseason game.

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The Jets are fortunate to be getting such an early bye this season, as they have a lot to work on. With a mixture of unavoidable misfortune and self-inflicted wounds, their nightmare start to the season has them at 0-3 for the first time since 2003. Here's the main things they need to do to right the ship:

Re-assimilating players returning from injury

The good news from Sunday's game was the Jets didn't have any additional injuries to key contributors. While they can't use injuries as an excuse for all their problems, some of the core players set to return after the bye should provide an instant remedy in certain areas.

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Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams

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The first time Gregg Williams stood in front of the Jets' defense after a practice, some of his players were shell-shocked. He was loud. He was harsh. He was brutally honest.

He didn't care if any of his players were embarrassed or hurt. In fact, that was the point.

And nobody was spared.

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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) lines up for a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) lines up for a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

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The Jets haven't had a difference-making edge rusher since John Abraham was traded almost a decade ago. With new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams renowned for his attacking defenses, who will step up and produce off the edge in 2019? …


Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Brandon Copeland
Projected Backups: Jachai Polite, Frankie Luvu
On the Bubble: Tarell Basham, Kyle Phillips, Justin Alexandre, Bronson Kaufusi, Harvey Langi
Departures: Josh Martin, Jeremiah Attaochu

The Rundown

The Jets were expected to address their need for an edge rusher in the offseason, but they came up short on some attempted big-money deals. In the end, they re-signed Brandon Copeland and drafted Jachai Polite, but otherwise didn't make the big splash they were expected to.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - If there's one thing that defined the Jets in the final two years of the Todd Bowles Era, it was their maddeningly underachieving defense. Every year they seemed to have so much talent and potential, but the production just never matched.

The strong belief inside One Jets Drive is that storyline is about to change dramatically under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Because if he can't get something out of this defense, then it's possible that nobody can.

The 60-year-old Williams was the most interesting, controversial, and by far the best hire that Jets coach Adam Gase made when he assembled his staff over the last few months. And it didn't take long for Williams to leave his mark on the team. His loud, profane voice has dominated spring practices, the same way his defensive players have often dominated on the field...

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Aug 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)
Aug 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports (Sergio Estrada)

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Reports indicate that the Seattle Seahawks will sign former Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah to a one-year deal later today. Many experts anticipated the Jets would show interest in signing the former top-five pick, but that never materialized. With the Jets' lack of depth at the edge rusher positions, that's perhaps surprising.

Could they be missing a trick here?

When healthy, Ansah has usually been a productive pass rusher. Just two seasons ago, he racked up 12 sacks, having had a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2015. The Jets' sack leaders last year - Henry Anderson and Jordan Jenkins - had seven sacks each, so a pass rusher with the capability to generate that kind of production could make a huge difference.

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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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One of the prospects most commonly linked to the Jets in this draft cycle has been Kentucky edge defender Josh Allen. This makes a lot of sense, as Allen is considered one of the best pass rushers in the draft and that's arguably the Jets' biggest need.

With Jordan Jenkins and Brandon Copeland currently projected as the starters on the edge, any rookie has a great opportunity to come in and play a big role and would be expected to win a starting job. The Jets have done their homework on Allen, whom they met with at the combine and then brought in for an official visit earlier this month.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Safety Jamal Adams was one of the key Jets players who recruited running back Le'Veon Bell to New York.

Turns out, he also had a role in bringing linebacker C.J. Mosley to the Meadowlands as well.

"Obviously he's a tremendous player, I was excited to get him," Adams said, according to newyorkjets.com. "I kind of recruited him at the Pro Bowl. I didn't think they'd get rid of him, no one did. He came to us and I can't tell you how excited I am."

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Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Over the past month, we've been reviewing some of the top draft prospects at each position to assess some potential candidates that the Jets will show interest in. We conclude today with a look at the 2019 edge defender class.

Jets Needs: Edge Defenders

The Jets have lacked a consistently productive edge rusher for many years but 2019 looks like being the year where they finally address that. They've been linked with several players in free agency and could also select a blue-chip prospect in the draft.

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Dec 30, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) pressures San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Dec 30, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Dante Fowler (56) pressures San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) during the first half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

The new league year is almost upon us, and the Jets are gearing up for what is expected to be a very busy free agency period for the organization. There are numerous holes to fix on the roster, and that includes finding more pass rushers on the defensive side of the ball.

The Jets were in the middle of the pack last season with 39 team sacks, which was a three-way tie at 16th in the league. Henry Anderson (who they could bring back in free agency) and Jordan Jenkins led the team with seven sacks, while Brandon Copeland and Leonard Williams collected five apiece. 

But being mediocre in pass rushing isn't something new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is about, so changes are sure to come to compliment his aggressive play-calling. Though many believed Williams coming aboard meant the Jets converting from a 3-4 base to a 4-3. However, head coach Adam Gase said the Jets will be sticking with the 3-4, which Williams has experience in as well...

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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fumbles the ball in the second quarter after a hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa fumbles the ball in the second quarter after a hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will miss his second straight game as the team ruled him out for Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Enunwa, who missed last Saturday's game against the Texans as well, did not practice Wednesday or Thursday with an ankle injury. He missed two games in October due to a sprained ankle as well.

The 26-year-old Enunwa has 38 catches for 449 yards and one touchdown in 11 games this season, his first since missing all of 2017 due to neck surgery.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets ruled running back Isaiah Crowell and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa out for Saturday's game against the Texans, while outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins will be a game-time decision.

Crowell left Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills in the first half with a foot injury and did not return. Elijah McGuire recorded 60 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards in Crowell's absence, scoring the game-winning 1-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Enunwa did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday with an ankle injury. He missed two games in October with a sprained ankle.

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New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) celebrates with teammates Marcus Maye (26) after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) celebrates with teammates Marcus Maye (26) after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

If Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins was happy about his team's first win in six weeks, he didn't show it. Instead, Jenkins had sharp words for young Bills quarterback Josh Allen and outside left tackler Dion Dawkins after New York edged Buffalo 27-23 on Sunday.

Allen pulled away from Jenkins, who was charging at the quarterback at the 15-yard line, for a 6-yard touchdown on Buffalo's first drive of the game. But Jenkins' emotional response during his postgame press conference was driven by Dawkins' chop block on the first play from scrimmage. 

The play caused Jenkins to retreat to the locker room with an ankle injury. Moments later, SNYtv's Ralph Vacchiano reported Jenkins was returning to the field, despite being doubtful to return. Jenkins finished with two tackles, including one tackle for loss.

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There are many things that have become trademarks of the Todd Bowles era. One big one is that the Jets simply never learned how to finish games.

And that's exactly what happened to them in Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.

They fought hard and played a gritty game all day, building a 16-point first-half lead and still leading by nine points heading into the fourth quarter. Then they melted down on both sides of the ball and lost their sixth straight game, 26-22 to the Titans.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown looks for a receiver during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown looks for a receiver during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets were more competitive this week, but still fell 27-13 to the AFC East-leading New England Patriots. Let's review three of the best and worst performances from Sunday's game.

Winners

QB Josh McCown

It was far from his best game as a Jet, but McCown passed for 276 yards and a touchdown in a steady performance that at least served the purpose of getting some of the Jets' offensive weapons involved and keeping New York in the game.

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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown reacts during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown reacts during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets head to the bye week with a 3-7 record after a humiliating 41-10 loss to the Bills. Let's review three of the best and worst performances from Sunday's game.

Losers

QB Josh McCown

In his first start since last December, McCown was disappointingly erratic. He went just 17-for-34 with two interceptions, as he had five passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. Most of his 134 yards came in garbage time, as he averaged just four yards per attempt. Moreover, the majority of those yards came after the catch as the Jets ran an uninspiring horizontal passing offense.

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