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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.

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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:

Need to know

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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(Brad Penner)

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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(Brad Penner)

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. 

Tags: Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Marcus Maye
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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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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Don Cherry (48) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) catches a touchdown pass while being defended by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Don Cherry (48) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The 2-2 Jets are finding inspiration from doubters who predicted the team would go winless this season.

Somebody anonymously placed an article in the Jets' locker room that predicted the Jets would go winless, reports NJ Advance Media, and on it the person wrote "Don't forget what they stated about us. Never be content - never. Get juiced."

 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

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Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' overtime win over the Jaguars in Week 4:

Defensive Line

Statistically, the Jets didn't have a great deal of success on the defensive line, as they had just one sack and allowed Jacksonville to rack up 175 rushing yards at 4.5 yards per carry. However, they made some key contributions to help the team win.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro celebrates with safety Jamal Adams after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro celebrates with safety Jamal Adams after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They heard it, even though they pretended not to listen. They heard every demeaning word, every cry that they're tanking the season, every prediction that they were destined to go 0-16. They heard from media, from fans, from family, from friends.

"The more people talked about us, the more our family members and friends hit us up and said, 'You all are going to be trash this year. They're saying you're not going to win a game,'" Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "After a while it just gets to be where enough is enough."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Elijah McGuire, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne
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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Ralph Vacchiano discuss the media and team's reaction to the Jets' win over Miami.

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The Jets got in the win column with a surprisingly easy 20-6 victory over the Dolphins in their home opener, riding a disciplined and efficient defensive performance.

We'll therefore start this week by focusing on the defense...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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(Cary Edmondson)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball from the Jets' 45-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 2...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during a break in the action against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) dances on the sideline as wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) watches during a break in the action against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins was not happy with how Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch danced during Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

Jenkins, who was upset at the way the Jets lost, didn't like seeing Lynch dancing and celebrating on the sideline after Oakland took a 35-13 lead on Jalen Richard's 52-yard touchdown run.

"I'm an old-school guy," Jenkins said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I don't like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that, and to have Marshawn dancing like that. Seeing that happen, that should infuriate the whole [Jets] team. It should infuriate everybody. And we should have to have a good response coming into next Sunday." 

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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 linebacker Jordan Jenkins said he feels the team should be embarrassed after Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

Jenkins said he was upset at the way the Jets lost and how Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was dancing and celebrating on the sideline after Oakland took a 35-13 lead on Jalen Richard's 52-yard touchdown run.

"I'm an old-school guy," Jenkins said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "I don't like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that, and to have Marshawn dancing like that. Seeing that happen, that should infuriate the whole [Jets] team. It should infuriate everybody. And we should have to have a good response coming into next Sunday." 

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The Jets' season got to an inauspicious start with a 21-12 loss on the road in Buffalo. Questionable coaching decisions, poor communication in the defensive backfield, an overly conservative offensive gameplan, and inconsistent tackling all contributed to the loss. However, the Jets still kept the game competitive into the fourth quarter.

Let's break down the performances on the defensive side of the ball:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Dylan Donahue, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles (right) and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Projected starters: Demario Davis, Darron Lee

Projected backups: Bruce Carter, Connor Harris

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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After a solid rookie season, Jordan Jenkins is hoping to thrive in a full-time role in 2017. The 23-year old has spent part of his offseason back in Georgia, working on his pass rush techniques with pass rush guru Chuck Smith.

Preseason Stats: Two games, two starts, four tackles, no sacks, two quarterback hits.

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Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)
Los Angeles Rams former and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene attends a NFL football game at between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Kirby Lee)

The Jets were one of the worst pass-rushing teams in the NFL last year, finishing the season wtih just 27 sacks, and only 5.5 of them coming from the team's outside linebackers.

Todd Bowles brought in former NFL linebacker Kevin Greene as New York's new linebackers coach, and Greene has already expressed optimism towards his young group of players.

"The sky's the limit for all my kids," Greene told Daniel Popper of the Daily News. "I'm teaching my kids technique and fundamentals not based on athletic ability and skill. It's based on physicality. It's based on drive and desire and want-to and being a student of the game. ... All my kids can really be as good they want to be."

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is tackled by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starters: Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin

Projected Backups: Dylan Donahue, Josh Martin

Tags: Deion Barnes, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others, all which you can read here...

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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(William Hauser)

The Jets have released Thursday's injury report:Did Not Participate in practiceTE Austin Seferian-JenkinsLB Darron LeeT Brent QvaleLB Bruce CarterS Antonio AllenRB Matt ForteDE Sheldon Richardson (non-injury)C Nick MangoldT Ryan CladyCB Buster Skrine

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

As expected, Erin Henderson was in the starting lineup alongside David Harris. Also as expected, Darron Lee entered the game on passing downs, which translated to more snaps than Henderson because the Jets were in nickel or dime the majority of the time -- mostly 4-2-5.

Lee's first game was interesting to review. He made some encouraging contributions, including a couple of tackles in the flat. However, there were a handful of plays where he had a blink-and-you-miss-it momentary hesitation and ended up getting there just too late. If he could've made quicker reads and arrived at the ball quicker, then there were at least three plays he potentially could have prevented from being a first down or touchdown.

Here's one of them, on the game-winning drive. It's nit-picking to the nth degree because Lee obviously stays at home until he's certain the ball hasn't been handed off to the back. But that false step in the other direction and his pursuit angle made all the difference in terms of him being able to make the stop short of the marker or maybe even close to the line of scrimmage.

Tags: Darron Lee, David Harris, Erin Henderson, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano
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Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Friday. Here's what we learned...

  • Jordan Jenkins is doubtful for Sunday's game
  • Leonard Williams and Brandon Marshall will both play.
  • David Harris and Bruce Carter are questionable.
  • Darryl Roberts and Bryce Petty are out.
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, David Harris, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Thursday. Here's what we learned...

  • WR Brandon Marshall (hip) was a full participant in practice.
  • LB David Harris (shoulder) was limited during practice and his status is up in the air for Sunday's game.
  • LB Jordan Jenkins (calf) didn't practice and Bowles is not yet sure if he'll be able to play Sunday.
  • The Jets have not yet decided who will start at right tackle on Sunday.
Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Jordan Jenkins

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

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Somewhere along the line the bitter sting of missing the playoffs last season turned into hope for the future. It happened right around the time Ryan Fitzpatrick finally re-signed and the Jets looked around and saw most of the same pieces they had last year.

That was especially true on offense, where most of the key players return and veteran running back Matt Forte is added to the mix. Yes, it took a career year from Fitzpatrick to propel the Jets to 10-6 last season. But he doesn't see the Jets' record-setting offensive season as an anomaly. He believes "we've got some stuff we can build on from last year."

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media on Monday in advance of the team's preseason finale on Thursday. He said:

  • He does not have a set timetable for when LB David Harris, who suffered a "bad bruise" on his right shoulder in Saturday's preseason game against the New York Giants, will be ready to return to the field.
  • He believes the competition at right tackle between Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana is "even right now." Both are expected to play on Thursday.
  • The team has not yet named a starter at outside linebacker.
  • He does not think rookie LB Jordan Jenkins will play on Thursday due to a calf injury.
  • He has not decided whether or not the Jets will play two or three quarterbacks on Thursday.
  • Cornerback Dee Milliner did not practice due to a sore hamstring. Linebacker Bruce Carter did not practice due to a sore shoulder.
  • Wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Kenbrell Thompkins, who did not play Saturday due to a concussion and groin injury, respectively, both practiced on Monday. 
  • Cornerback Dexter McDougle is battling a hamstring injury. 
  • He thought rookie QB Christian Hackenberg handled his preseason debut "pretty good" after throwing for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 6-for-16 passing.
Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brent Qvale, Christian Hackenberg, David Harris, Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Jordan Jenkins, Quincy Enunwa

 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • Geno Smith will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday's game.
  • Bowles will try to get Bryce Petty into the game on Saturday but it's "hard to get a gauge" on whether he'll play.
  • Jace Amaro, Kyle Williams, Jordan Jenkins, and Kenbrell Thompkins were all held out of practice on Wednesday.
  • Quincy Enunwa is still going through the concussion protocol.
  • He's hopeful that both Matt Forte and Muhammad Wilkerson will be able to play on Saturday.
  • The starters will play at least the entire first half on Saturday.
  • Buster Skrine and Brian Winters have been the most improved players in camp.
Tags: Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick

New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets rookie linebacker Jordan Jenkins left practice with a calf injury, the severity of which was not immediately known.

Jenkins, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia, is considered a front-runner to open the season as a starter at outside linebacker.

He came off the field midway through practice Monday and remained on the sideline the rest of the session. Coach Todd Bowles said he would know more later in the day after talking to the trainers.

Tags: Calvin Pace, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Trevor Reilly
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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) takes a snap during drills at training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) takes a snap during drills at training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta)

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- The Jets' first-teamers got off to a good start last week, but the real work begins Friday in Washington when you can expect their starters to see extended action in their second preseason game against the Redskins. It'll give Ryan Fitzpatrick a little more time to get into rhythm with his receivers as they likely play close - or at least closer - to full half.

They're still missing a big piece of that offense, though. Running back Matt Forte, one of their bigger offseason acquisitions, remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and there is no indication when he'll be able to return to a full practice. Barring a surprise at practice on Wednesday, it's a lock he'll miss the game on Friday, too.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darron Lee, Geno Smith, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets released their first unofficial depth chart on Monday night. Among the positional battles, it lists Jordan Jenkins and Lorenzo Mauldin at outside linebacker, Kellen Davis at tight end, Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and Ben Ijalana at right tackle.

Speaking to the media after Monday's practice, Bowles said it is still early in the preseason to determine who will make the 53-man roster entering the year and who will win some of the positional battles.

"Whether they are battling for starting spots or depth spots," Bowles said, "we have a lot of competition that we didn't have last year, so there are going to be some good football players that won't make this team."

Bowles also said:

  • Wide receiver Eric Decker did not practice due to leg soreness, but he expects Decker to practice on Tuesday.
  • He does not know if RB Khiry Robinson, who was activated off the active/physically-unable-to-play list on Monday, will play on Thursday.
  • He believes QB Geno Smith has made "some strides," but will have an idea on how much progress he has made after Thursday's game.
  • Jalin Marshall will see some reps at punt returner on Thursday. Jeremy Ross opened as the No. 1 punt returner on the unofficial depth chart and Marshall is No. 4 on the list, but both will see time in the preseason.
  • He's liked what he's seen out of RB Bilal Powell. "He looks a lot quicker than he did last year," Bowles said. "He's always smart, he's always talking, he's steady. What you see is what you get all the time from him. ... He does a good job training. He keeps his mouth shut, he's very smart, he's very studious and he's very attentive."
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