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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. 

Tags: Jordan Jenkins, Sam Darnold
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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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To practice or to not? 00:00:58
Jeane Coakley and Connor Hughes weigh the pros and cons of the Jets not practicing on their bye week. Some are surprised they're not at 0-3.

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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.

Tags: Blake Cashman, CJ Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, Neville Hewitt, Sam Darnold
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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.

Tags: CJ Mosley, Jordan Jenkins, Le'Veon Bell, Ralph Vacchiano
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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...

Tags: Brandon Copeland, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Scott Thompson
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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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Penalties hurt Jets in loss 00:01:39
The Jets looked like they were going to beat the Titans at home. Ultimately falling short as penalties riddled the team in the 26-22 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.

Tags: Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Tennessee Titans, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Brian Winters, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots
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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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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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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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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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Is there a playoff team in NY? 00:00:47
SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Buster Skrine, Elijah McGuire, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold recovers a high snap as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Malveaux applies pressure during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold recovers a high snap as Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Malveaux applies pressure during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets dropped to 3-6 with a disappointing loss in Miami on Sunday. Let's evaluate three of the New York's best performers and three players who struggled.

Losers

QB Sam Darnold

While some of his struggles were in part attributable to the poor performance of his offensive line, Darnold had an erratic performance that saw him throw a career-worst four interceptions, one of which was returned for the game's only touchdown. He was also lucky not to be intercepted on a few more errant throws.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Miami Dolphins, Elijah McGuire, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Sam Darnold
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold walks to the sideline during the second half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (David Dermer/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets blew a 14-0 lead and lost 21-17 to the Browns on Thursday night. Let's break down how each unit performed.

Quarterbacks

Rookie Sam Darnold had his worst game so far, although he was arguably somewhat hamstrung by an overly conservative game plan. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards and threw two interceptions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Cleveland Browns, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Neal Sterling, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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Jets fall to Dolphins, 20-12 00:01:00
Todd Bowles, Sam Darnold, and Jamal Adams look back at mistakes, and look ahead to what's next after the Jets fell to the Dolphins, 20-12

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Jets fans filled the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon, hoping to see for themselves what all the Sam Darnold excitement was about. Instead, they got reminder of the truth about rookie quarterbacks: No matter how good they are, they all struggle and make inexcusable mistakes.

In other words, The Darnold Era hit its first bump in the road.

It's not that Darnold was bad. He wasn't. He 25 of 41 for 334 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, and he had some really terrific throws and moments in the Jets' 20-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins. It's just that he did what he mostly avoided doing in the opener last Monday night. He made some big mistakes in some big spots.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Miami Dolphins, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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Five Things for the Jets 00:00:33
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Jets minicamp.

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The next few weeks and months are all about one thing for the Jets, really - the preparation for The Sam Darnold Era. It's going to begin at some point. The Jets believe it will be glorious.

The only question is: When?

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Dylan Donahue, Jordan Jenkins, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)

With two NFL seasons in the books, Jets LB Jordan Jenkins knows what he needs to do to set himself apart in his third year: finish sacks. 

Jenkins was always known as a great run stopper, using his speed to scale sideline to sideline. However, the pass rush has been an element of his game that has been inconsistent. 

In his rookie season, Jenkins totaled 2.5 sacks while accumulating three in 2017. It might be progress, but those numbers don't jump off the page. That is why Jenkins is ready to set himself apart this season by making sure to get the quarterback to the ground, and ultimately, show people how dominant he can really be on the field.

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New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets LB Jordan Jenkins was among the many athletes displeased with President Donald Trump's decision to disinvite the Eagles from visiting the White House to acknowledge their Super Bowl victory this past season. 

Jenkins spoke after the Jets' OTA on Tuesday, and said he isn't sure if President Trump felt disrespected. But it still wasn't the right thing to do because the visit could have been more than just an acknowledge of the victory. 

"In my mind, I think it's immature when you do something like that," Jenkins told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "That's an immature thing to do...

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) (Kelvin Kuo/AP)

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Let's break down how the Jets' personnel packages and defensive rotations will shape out for the 2018 season given the players they acquired in the offseason.

Base defense

While the Jets are typically regarded as a 3-4 team, their defense has built-in flexibility because an outside linebacker can put his hand in the dirt to enable the Jets to also play with a four-man front with the same personnel. New York has also operated out of more conventional 4-3 formations at times over the past few seasons.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Much of the attention surrounding the Jets' offseason moves so far has been centered around the quarterback position with the addition of Trumaine Johnson stealing most of the non-quarterback headlines. However, the Jets filled an important spot with the signing of former Titans linebacker Avery Williamson last night. Let's consider how well he fits into what the Jets typically like to do on defense.

On the face of it, this seems pretty straightforward; Williamson replaces Demario Davis as the team's Mike linebacker, and slides into his role. However, it might not be as simple as that.

Tags: Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jordan Jenkins
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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) (Brad Penner)

Despite losing 26-6 on Sunday, Jets LB Jordan Jenkins believes his team isn't that far off talent-wise with the Patriots. 

The Patriots won the AFC East once again this season with a 13-3 record, and though the Jets finished 5-11, Jenkins is convinced the Patriots aren't that far ahead of the Jets. 

"Shoot, it's not actually far at all," Jenkins told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "We've just got to capitalize on opportunities we've got and not make mistakes. If we didn't have some penalties we had [Sunday], the score might be a little different. The gap is not big at all. We just have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot...

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The Patriots predictably disposed of the Jets effortlessly in the season finale, ultimately winning 26-6. From the Jets' perspective, the game was fairly meaningless, and they used it to get another look at some of the players whose future roles with the team are uncertain.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the defensive side of the ball:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Dec 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jets 31-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Dec 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jets 31-19. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Seven Jets were held out of Wednesday's practice as the team prepares for their final game of the 2017 season on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

DE Leonard Williams (back), OL Brandon Shell (concussion), WR Robby Anderson (illness), RB Matt Forte (knee) TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ribs/foot), DB Mo Claiborne (foot) and WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle) did not practice.

LB Jordan Jenkins (ankle/shoulder) was a limited participant. 

The Jets also placed G Brian Winters (abdomen) on injured reserve Wednesday and promoted DE Deon Simon from the practice squad.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson
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Los Angeles Chargers tight end Sean McGrath catches the ball over New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Sean McGrath catches the ball over New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets were competitive again, as they have been in every home game this year, but struggled to generate enough offense or any impact plays on defense in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Meanwhile, the Chargers managed to keep their playoff hopes alive in a sloppy game that saw the teams combine for 18 punts. For New York, there's the sense that the conclusion of the season next week will predominantly be a relief to players and coaches alike.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the defensive side of the ball:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are frustrated after another loss in a game they were supposed to win. The guys discuss Josh McCown's broken left hand, and how it impacts the team going forward. Later, Jets linebacker Demario Davis joins the show to talk about his leadership as team captain, McCown's impact, and the rise of the team's young linebackers - Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.

Click below to listen

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - With six games to go in the regular season, the Jets are one game back in the AFC wild-card chase. But they are stuck in a pack of eight teams inside that margin, all scrambling for the sixth and final playoff seed.

That leaves them will little room to stumble. Realistically, to make the playoffs, they have to win all the rest of their games.

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After the win against Buffalo, there was a lot of hype about the "resurgent" Jets and some talk of Todd Bowles as a coach of the year candidate. However, after yesterday's dispiriting loss, the reality is that the Jets have lost four of five with their only win coming over a Bills team whose 37-point loss to the Saints yesterday suggests they have been overrated. Heading to the bye, it's probably time to reset our expectations.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the defensive side of the ball...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (11) bobbles the ball as he was about to be hit by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (11) bobbles the ball as he was about to be hit by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-5) take on the Buccaneers (2-6) on Sunday in Tampa, Florida, at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

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The Jets will practice today at Florham Park where they will provide the final injury report for Sunday's game. So far, nobody has been ruled out for Sunday, but Matt Forté's status is up in the air.

Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano…

Tags: Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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The Jets prepare for their matchup with the Buccaneers, where former Jet Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start at quarterback for Tampa Bay.

The Jets (4-5) take on the Buccaneers (2-6) on Sunday in Tampa, Florida, at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets will practice today at Florham Park. Will any of the five players who missed practice on Wednesday be able to suit up today?

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice later this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Jets LB Jordan Jenkins was named the AFC defensive player of the week after his stellar play against the Bills last Thursday. 

Jenkins recorded two tackles for losses and two sacks -- one being a strip sack on Bills QB Tyrod Taylor

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: This was a breakout game of sorts for Jenkins, who entered the game with no sacks but was opportunistic on Thursday night, closing well and finishing strong on each of his big plays. Last season, Jenkins didn't record any sacks until week 14 but ended up with 2.5 in the last four games so hopefully something similar will happen over the rest of the season now that the seal has been broken...

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New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis celebrates a sack against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis celebrates a sack against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets' dancing defense might have been a turf-cutting viral hit on social media. But Todd Bowles thinks the late Don Cornelius would not have been impressed by all those smooth moves.

"Not one of them could've been a `Soul Train' dancer," the coach said with a chuckle Monday, "but that's all right."

As Lil Uzi Vert's "444+222" blared from the public address system early in the fourth quarter of New York's win over Buffalo last Thursday night, the Jets' defense turned MetLife Stadium into a dance party .

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte
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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's review the defensive performance from Thursday night's win...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Jets linebackers Jordan Jenkins and Darron Lee are among the young Jets defenders getting recognition this season for stellar play. 

Rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye may get more of a spotlight than Lee and Jenkins, but on Thursday night against the Bills, it was the linebackers who put on a show. Jenkins finished with two sacks and a forced fumble while Lee had a sack and eight tackles with three coming for a loss. 

Jenkins, who came out of Georgia last season, finally had the breakout night he was looking for as he not only recorded his first sack of the season, but two with a strip sack that sealed the game late in the fourth quarter. The 23-year-old was part of the reason why many should be scared of the Jets' defense going forward. 

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Demario Davis interviews fellow linebacker Darron Lee after the Jets' win over the Buffalo Bills.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On the Jets' first defensive play, linebacker Jordan Jenkins broke through the line of scrimmage and dragged Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor down at the 4-yard line. For a team that has had an underachieving pass rush for the first half of the season, that was a significant moment.

It also sent a significant message.

"It said, 'We're coming,'" Jenkins said.

They certainly were. And they never stopped.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Buster Skrine, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Marcus Maye, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Jenkins, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams points to the sky following the national anthem before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA TODAY Sports)

While there was outside talk that the New York Jets were going to tank the 2017 season, the players aren't surprised after Sunday's 17-14 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium gave them a three-game winning streak and put them in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East.

"Sounds like that's how it's supposed to be," cornerback Morris Claiborne, who had one of New York's two interceptions, said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

New York, which lost the first two games of the season by a combined score of 66-32, has won three games in a row for the first time since winning five in a row from Week 12 to Week 16 in 2015. 

Combined with the New England Patriots' win on Thursday and the Buffalo Bills' 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets are in a three-way tie for the division lead heading into their Week 6 matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Cleveland Browns, Elijah McGuire, Jordan Jenkins, Morris Claiborne, New England Patriots, Matt Eisenberg
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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (11) bobbles the ball as he was about to be hit by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (11) bobbles the ball as he was about to be hit by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

After starting the year with two losses, the Jets have rebounded to win their next two contests. Even as they head into Week 5's matchup against the Browns, the team is looking to improve in all facets of the game. 

Speaking to NJ.com, linebacker Jordan Jenkins admits that the team still has more room for growth in a year that many experts and pundits expected would be largely a failure. 

"I feel like we're not settled with where we're at right now. We know in the two games we lost there were a lot of plays we left out there that we should have made. Even with the two wins we had, we still left a lot of plays out there. There are still times we're doing positive things, but don't have guys in the right gaps defensively. We're happy with the way things are headed, but we're not complacent by any means."

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