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The day the Cleveland Browns named Gregg Williams their interim head coach after firing Hue Jackson, their former defensive coordinator made one thing perfectly clear: The Browns were lucky to have him.

"Since I left Buffalo (in 2003), I had 11 letters to interview for head coaching jobs," Williams said. "Four of them, I didn't even have to interview. Just show up and sign the contract."

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Nov 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams claps for his players during warmups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams claps for his players during warmups before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveTodd Bowles came to the Jets with the reputation of being one of the best defensive minds in football. And in his first season, it was easy to see why. After that, it was all a steady roll downhill towards the Jets becoming one of the worst defenses in the league.

That's startling considering how they had invested in their defense. For eight straight years, before they took quarterback Sam Darnold, they had taken a defensive player in the first round of the draft. And they had spent big money on defenders in free agency like corners Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne as well as linebacker Avery Williamson.

Yet they still had no pass rush and they wore down late in games. The Jets' defense was a remarkable group of underachievers.

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Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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One dilemma facing the Jets over the next few years is how to handle Leonard Williams' contract situation.

The Jets unsurprisingly picked up the fifth-year option on Williams' rookie deal last April, so they'll control his rights next year, with the option to franchise him in 2020. However, this will mean his salary escalates dramatically, to a level some believe is too high based on his production levels.

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The Jets now have the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, and they could take Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa, but there are still plenty of other NFL prospects who will be on their radar during the 41 bowl games. And not just Top 5 players either, since the possibility exists that the Jets will trade down.

With all that in mind, here are just a few of the players the Jets should, and probably will be watching and scouting during bowl season:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Buster Skrine, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before his game against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before his game against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' 44-38 loss to the Packers last week literally cost them a lot of money, as three players were fined alongside head coach Todd Bowles, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

While speculation about Todd Bowles continuing as Jets head coach for next year swirls entering the last week of the season, he was docked with a $25,000 fine. Bowles' wallet took the hit after he critcized the officials following the loss to Green Bay.  

"I thought we were playing two teams," the Jets head coach told reporters after Sunday's game. "I thought we were playing the Packers and the striped shirts."

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Jets offseason preview 00:01:49
A look at the running back and wide receiver position. Will the Jets fill needs via draft, free agency or trade?

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The Jets have now gone eight straight seasons without a trip to the playoffs, and their misery really runs deeper than that. In the last 12 seasons, spanning three coaches, they've had four winning seasons, and they've won double-digit games only twice.

Everyone knows the Jets haven't been to the Super Bowl in 50 years, but the bigger problem is they haven't even been a threat to get there very often. In the last 32 years they've had double-digit win totals six times and they've had back-to-back winning seasons only five times.

They may be 14-33 over the last three years and 24-39 under Todd Bowles, but the bigger picture is the entire franchise has been stuck in a cycle of mediocrity-at-best that they just can't figure out how to break.

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Jets crew gives keys to the game 00:02:04
Willie Colon, Ray Lucas, and Bart Scott give their keys to the game for the Jets to beat the Texans

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THE GAME 

The Jets (4-9) against the Houston Texans (9-4) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The Jets and Texans will be just a few degrees away from a snow game … but it doesn't look like they're going to make it. Temperatures should be above 40 at kickoff but will drop through the mid-30s as the game goes on. There is also plenty of rain sprinkled into the forecast throughout the night.

WHAT IT MEANS

They showed a little pride earlier this week against the Bills, but in the process they blew a chance to gain control of their destiny in the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. They're only one game behind the Cardinals, Raiders and 49ers in that race, though. So a loss to the Texans here and they're right back in it.

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Parry Nickerson (43) and defensive end Leonard Williams (92) celebrate a fumble by the Indianapolis Colts during a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Parry Nickerson (43) and defensive end Leonard Williams (92) celebrate a fumble by the Indianapolis Colts during a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

As the Jets enter the final quarter of their schedule in the 2018-2019 season, the reality that there will be no postseason football for Gang Green has set in. But that does not mean players are packing it in on the whole.

That's certainly not how Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams sees it.

"You can tell guys are tired of it - they want to win, no more losing," Williams told the New York Post on Friday. "I think it shows a lot."

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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 defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams looks on during his game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Defensive end Leonard Williams has yet to sign a long-term extension with the Jets, but he believes the team's decision on whether to keep head coach Todd Bowles or not will influence him one way or another.

"I feel like it will impact my decision when that comes," Williams told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. "But the fact that I don't know if there's going to be a coaching change or I don't know if there's going to be a (new) contract ... I don't know what's in the store for the future, so I can't (predict)."

Williams, whose fifth-year extension from his rookie deal was picked up, will earn $14.2 million next season, however beyond that, he doesn't know what the future holds.

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Jets discuss more disappointment 00:01:29
Jamal Adams talks about being "pissed off," and Sam Darnold, Todd Bowles, and Spencer Long explain what went wrong on Sunday for the Jets.

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It's not unusual for a rookie quarterback, and it's not an indication of what his long-term future will be, but there's no doubt Sam Darnold has regressed the last three weeks.

And Sunday might have been his worst performance yet, one so bad that maybe it's time he takes a temporary seat on the bench.

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Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

This past week, the Cleveland Browns started to part ways with head coach Hue Jackson after not seeing the results they expected this season. And with the Jets 3-5 for the third straight season, speculation that Todd Bowles may be next. 

But DE Leonard Williams doesn't want this debate to gain any traction. Instead, he wants continued patience for Bowles and the rest of the coaching staff. 

"I think just patience is big," he told NJ.com's Matt Stypulkoski. "That's kind of hard to a Jets fan because we haven't won a Super Bowl since '68 and I'm sure they've been patient this far. But I'm saying patient as far as since I've been here. This has been new coaches, new GM and all that type of stuff. Things take time."

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September 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the football against Oakland Raiders defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
September 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the football against Oakland Raiders defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Raiders have cut DE Bruce Irvin, reports Vic Tafur of The Athletic, giving the Jets a potential option to bolster their defensive line. Because Irvin wasn't on the NFL wire today, ESPN's Adam Schefter points out he won't be made available until 4 p.m. on Monday.

The Jets have made previous efforts to improve their defensive line this season. Most notably, the team tried acquiring Khalil Mack before he was ultimately shipped to the Chicago Bears. 

Irvin enjoyed a career year last season, totaling 58 tackles and eight sacks as a linebacker. But the 31-year-old, who was moved to defensive end this season, has taken a step back statistically and in terms of playing time, as he has registered just six tackles to go along with three sacks.

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The Jets' season is starting to look like a disappointment and is on the verge of becoming as bad as it was last year. But perspective is needed, because the Jets' plans never really focused on this season.

This season was all about developing their franchise quarterback and building toward being a contender in 2019 and beyond.

So keep that in mind when evaluating where they are at the half-way point of the season. With that, here are some first-half grades for a few of the players, decision-makers and decisions that have the Jets sitting at 3-5, but convinced their future is bright.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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SNY's Week 8 Jets Report Cards 00:03:54
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets 24-10 loss to the Bears

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The Jets lost by two touchdowns to the Chicago Bears on the road Sunday. Let's evaluate three of the New York's best performers and three players who struggled.

Tags: Brian Winters, Chicago Bears, Leonard Williams, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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Bowles and Williams talk Bears 00:00:52
Todd Bowles and Leonard Williams discuss the Jets depth in wake of the team's injuries and the Bears mobile QB, Mitchell Trubisky.

The Jets are a little banged up as they travel to Chicago for Sunday's matchup against the Bears at 1 p.m.

But head coach Todd Bowles and DE Leonard Williams expressed the same idea that the next man up needs to step up during this big opportunity to catch a road win....

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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)
Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports (David Dermer)

As the Jets released their final injury report on Friday, CB Buster Skrine was added to the list of players that are deemed inactive for their Sunday afternoon game against the Vikings. 

Skrine, who is dealing with a concussion, joined WR Quincy Enunwa and S Marcus Maye among those sidelined for the Week 7 matchup. 

Even worse is the fact that CB Trumaine Johnson (quad) and WR Terrelle Pryor (groin) were listed as doubtful for Sunday. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis joins them on that list as well...

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

DL Leonard Williams (back) and WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) returned as full participants in Thursday's Jets practice after missing practice the previous day.

While that's good news for the Jets ahead of Sunday's Week 7 game against the Vikings, there were plenty of players who remained on the "did not participate" list.

RB Isaiah Crowell (foot), WR Terrelle Pryor (groin), DB Buster Skrine (concussion), DB Trumaine Johnson (quad), WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and DB Marcus Maye did not practice for the second straight day.

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

QB Sam Darnold (elbow) appeared on Wednesday's Jets injury report, but said the issue is "nothing crazy," per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Darnold said he banged his right elbow while making a tackle following his interception during Sunday's win over the Colts. He added that it didn't affect him at all in practice, which he participated in fully on Wednesday.

Head coach Todd Bowles also told reporters he isn't worried about the rookie.

However, DL Leonard Williams (back), WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) and RB Isaiah Crowell (foot) highlighted a long list of Jets who did not practice.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The presence of all those Super Bowl III heroes on Sunday wasn't just a celebration of the Jets' greatest achievement, it was a painful reminder of why it's so hard to believe in this year's team. There have been too many years of heartache, too many seasons of disappointment, too many times the rug was pulled out from under everyone's feet.

So when these Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34 on Sunday, barely hanging on in the end, there were surely a few skeptics who saw the team's obvious flaws. And when Todd Bowles stepped to the podium and said "We're right back in the thick of these things," it's understandable if everyone rolled his or her eyes.

Tags: Darron Lee, Indianapolis Colts, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

DL Leonard Williams missed Thursday's Jets practice due to a "sore back," according to Todd Bowles. (NY Daily News)

"He just woke up like that," the head coach said, per the Daily News. Bowles did not say how the sudden issue impacts Williams' availability on Sunday against the Colts.

Williams, a vital piece to the Jets' defense, enjoyed his best game of the year in Week 5 against the Broncos with two sacks. 

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SNY's Week 5 Jets Report Cards 00:02:39
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets beat the Broncos on Sunday, 34-16.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets bounced back from a three-game losing streak with an impressive 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 5 on Sunday afternoon.

Let's highlight the Winners and Losers...

Winners

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Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass under pressure from Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass under pressure from Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

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The Jets suffered a dispiriting 31-12 loss on the road in Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon. Let's break down how each unit performed...

Quarterbacks

Sam Darnold didn't throw an interception this week, although he had one negated by a penalty flag. He only completed 50 percent of his passes and was sacked three times as the Jets were shut out in the first half and didn't get into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Darnold missed on some deep balls, which could have made the game closer...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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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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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against New York Jets defensive back Morris Claiborne (21) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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The Jets suffered a disheartening 20-12 defeat to the Dolphins in their home opener on Sunday afternoon. Let's break down how each unit performed.

Quarterbacks

While Sam Darnold passed for over 330 yards and a touchdown, the Jets missed several opportunities to get back into the game. There is cause for concern over Darnold's ability to see the field as he didn't anticipate a safety sitting on the route on his first interception and failed to see a couple of wide-open receivers that were open for potential big plays...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, James Carpenter, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Neal Sterling, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor
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Vacchiano reports on Jets CEO 00:01:24
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano shares some insight on Jets CEO Christopher Johnson's comments about the team and the National Anthem controversy.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Christopher Johnson is trying his best to be "Ice Man" in the wake of the Jets' rousing Opening Night win. He believes the Jets can be "a team to be reckoned with" this season. He doesn't think the playoffs are out of reach.

And the truth is he's setting his goals a little higher than that.

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The Jets opened their season in improbable fashion as they beat down the Lions 48-17 in Week 1 in Detroit. Here are grades for each unit...

Quarterbacks

Rookie Sam Darnold couldn't have had a worse start as his awful first pass was intercepted and returned for a score. But once his "Welcome to the NFL moment" was out of the way, he settled down nicely and had an efficient performance. He completed a deep ball -- something he didn't get a chance to do in the preseason -- for a touchdown to Robby Anderson and made some good throws on the move.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Jamal Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Rontez Miles, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Terrelle Pryor, Terrence Brooks
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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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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Todd Bowles has never acknowledged that the Jets are a rebuilding team, no matter how obvious that may seem. He won't address the likely struggles his team will face with a 21-year-old rookie quarterback leading the way.

In fact, with a straight face, he refuses to rule out any possibility for his young team -- including the possibility of winning it all.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brent Qvale, Jamal Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Former Giants QB and current CBS analyst, Phil Simms, gave his thoughts on both the Jets and Giants for the upcoming season. And he believes his former team should make the playoffs with the moves they made this offseason.

"I do think they're a definite playoff contender," he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at NFL on CBS media day. "As an announcer and as an analyst and being an ex-Giant, I would be disappointed if they're not a playoff team. All the moves they made are for now."

Simms likes that mindset from GM Dave Gettleman, which is why he gave two thumbs up to the Saquon Barkley pick at No. 2 in April...

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Dante Fowler (56) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dante Fowler (56) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Pass rushing has been the Jets' bugaboo, and the team looks to be interested in making moves to bolster their front four this season to stop that trend. 

The Jets have looked into the Jaguars' interest in dealing DE Dante Fowler Jr., according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta.

Fowler has been rubbing the Jags the wrong way at camp, having returned Monday after a week-long suspension for violating team rules and "conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player" after fights in practice. He also has off-the-field issues with three misdemeanor charges in 2017 forcing the NFL to suspend him for the first game of the season against the Giants. 

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson reacts as he walks off the field after his team defeated the Tennessee Titans 27-23 during the second half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson reacts as he walks off the field after his team defeated the Tennessee Titans 27-23 during the second half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown/USA TODAY Sports)

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson helped turn the Rams from a cellar dweller into a playoff team by the time he left. He hopes to do the same with the Jets.

After signing a five-year, $72.5 million contract with the Jets in the offseason, Johnson told reporters on Thursday he believes New York has "all the potential in the world to be a playoff team."

Though the Jets finished 5-11 last season, two of their wins came against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs, who both made the playoffs. Of their losses, six were by one possession.

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The missing piece for the Jets finally seems to be in place, now that Sam Darnold has arrived as the young, franchise quarterback they've been dreaming of for decades. And that's what this summer is all about for the Jets: The growth of Darnold, and how quickly he'll really arrive.

That process begins on Thursday, when the full team is due to report to camp -- assuming Darnold has signed his rookie contract by then. Everything else around the Jets is window dressing, part of the slow, steady rebuilding effort with an eye on maybe contending next season.

Darnold, though, is the key. So how will he do, and will the rest of camp go for the Jets? Here are five bold predictions for what to expect between now and Opening Day...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Buster Skrine, Chad Hansen, Jamal Adams, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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Over the last few weeks, we've been breaking down each position in terms of which players are fighting for those final roster spots. Who is in danger of being cut? Who has a chance to earn themselves a bigger role? We conclude with a look at the defensive line position.

Probable roster locks

The Jets are counting on Leonard Williams to bounce back from a disappointing and injury-plagued 2017 campaign and also to adopt more of a leadership role now Muhammad Wilkerson is gone. Williams will be looking to ramp up his statistical production as he was less dominant last season and has only recorded three sacks in his last 25 games.

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Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Leonard Williams (92) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

EA Sports released its highly-anticipated Madden NFL 19 ratings on Tuesday, and Jets fans won't be happy to see where their team landed on the list. 

Gang Green came in dead last among all 32 NFL teams with a 72 overall rating. The ratings do change based off team performance throughout the year. 

The highest-rated player on the team is S Jamal Adams, who is coming off a stellar rookie season. He has an 86 overall rating, which is 11th among qualifying safeties. Wide receiver Robby Anderson and DE Leonard Williams both have 84 overall ratings while Jermaine Kearse (83) and Steve McClendon (83) round out the top five. 

Tags: Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Teddy Bridgewater
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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The never-ending rebuilding loop that the Jets always seem to be stuck in finally seems to have an end in sight. And they will have plenty of high hopes for the future when the full team reports for training camp on July 26.

Here is Part 2 of what to look forward to when Jets training camp begins...

The return of Quincy Enunwa and a better-than-you-think receiving corps

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Terrelle Pryor, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe never-ending rebuilding loop that the Jets always seem to be stuck in finally seems to have an end in sight. And they will have plenty of high hopes for the future when the full team reports for training camp on July 26.

Here is Part 1 of what to look forward to when Jets training camp begins, which will be followed by Part 2 on Thursday...

The rise of Sam Darnold

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Elijah McGuire, Jamal Adams, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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The Jets own the third pick in this year's draft, their highest since 1996. How have they drafted in the first round over the past five years?

2017: Safety Jamal Adams, No. 6

It's too early to tell how Adams' career will pan out, but the signs so far have been promising. He started every game in his rookie year as the Jets' secondary definitely played better than it had in 2016. On the field, Adams had his ups and downs, but he showed flashes of brilliance in a versatile role. Off the field, he's played a big part in the ongoing culture change that has galvanized the team and has also been a useful tool in player recruitment.

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Damon Harrison, Darron Lee, Dee Milliner, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially picked up DL Leonard Williams' fifth-year option, keeping Williams with the team through 2019 at least. 

Williams, 23, the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, will make $14.2 million in 2019, assuming he's considered a defensive end. If they try to say he's a defensive tackle, the contract will be $11.4 million, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. The contract becomes fully guaranteed next March.

"It's definitely time to step up and take it to the next level," Williams said last week via Vacchiano. "That comes with a lot. It's just not my play on the field. It comes with my leadership, how I approach work, how much time I'm putting in outside of the mandatory hours into my craft, into my game."

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

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Since the Jets moved up in the draft a few weeks ago, there's been plenty of coverage debating who they're going to end up selecting with the third pick. However, a month out, let's consider who they might have their eye on to potentially fill a hole with their second pick; the 72nd overall pick in the third round.

Assuming they opt to address a need with this pick, positions the Jets might be seeking to fill could include a defensive lineman, a starting tight end, or an edge rusher. Adding some depth and potential on the offensive line is another option.

Tags: Jace Amaro, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon
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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

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The Jets have too much business to attend to in the next seven weeks to get too deep into their draft plans just yet. They have about $90 million in salary cap space to spend in free agency first.

And what they buy with that will be a key factor in what they do with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft.

Tags: Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Jets have too much business to attend to in the next seven weeks to get too deep into their draft plans just yet. They have about $90 million in salary cap space to spend in free agency first.

And what they buy with that will be a key factor in what they do with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft.

Tags: Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Three years ago, the Jets seemed to have the makings of the best defensive line in football. They added Leonard Williams to a line that already featured Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Damon Harrison. The potential seemed to be huge.

Now Wilkerson, Richardson, and Harrison are all gone, and Williams is coming off a disappointing, two-sack season. So, it makes sense that the Jets will spend a bunch of their $90 million or so of salary cap space in upgrading their defensive line

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Orleans Darkwa, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

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The Jets have seen Sheldon Richardon, Damon Harrison, and Quinton Coples depart within the past few seasons. With the departure of Muhammad Wilkerson thought to be imminent, they suddenly find themselves in a position where they lack depth on the defensive interior.

In addition, a potentially promising pipeline of young depth hasn't really materialized. Deon Simon and Claude Pelon couldn't crack the rotation, and spent most of the year on the practice squad, while Lawrence Thomas became a full back. Leonard Williams will be back, but his 2017 season was arguably just as disappointing as Wilkerson's, and he might find that teams can more readily gameplan around him if he's not surrounded with the same kind of talent...

Tags: Deon Simon, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brian Winters, James Carpenter, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

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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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