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If the 2020 NFL Draft continues to remain on schedule, the Jets have less than a month to decide what they want to do with their No. 11 overall pick -- if they haven't done so already. 

Jets GM Joe Douglas is leading his first draft ever in New York, so he definitely wants to get the pick right. For awhile, it looked like a new offensive tackle to cover Sam Darnold would be the only avenue for him to explore as NFL free agency kicked off.

Douglas added a few pieces to his line, an objective he had from the start. However, George Fant, a depth player with the Seahawks, being the only tackle that he brought in pointed to the fact that he might explore the deep market of first-round tackles. 

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas stated publicly that the team was going to make the offensive line a priority in free agency this offseason. And he wasn't kidding. So far, the Jets have agreed to terms with four new offensive linemen and re-signed last year's left guard, Alex Lewis.

Looking at the players the Jets have brought in, some very clear patterns have emerged, from which we can infer several things about the plans for Adam Gase's offense in 2020.

It's not completely clear where each of these pieces will fit into the offensive line next season, in part because the team probably hasn't finished in terms of its overhaul process. While it perhaps now seems unlikely they'll make a splashy move for a big name like Trent Williams, they could still opt to re-sign Kelvin Beachum and are still expected to draft at least one offensive lineman early on in next month's draft.

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

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

But what about everything else Douglas still has to do?

Tags: Brian Poole, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Golden, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets GM Joe Douglas

Through the first wave of free agency, Joe Douglas and the Jets have taken time to improve the team's offensive line -- their No. 1 offseason priority -- while also bringing back a number of their own players who had hit the open market.

With moving pieces now falling into place, here's a look at how the Jets' depth chart may be looking right now (or at least our best guess), though there's still work to be done ...


QUARTERBACK: Sam Darnold, Mike White

This offseason, much has been made about the Giants' backup quarterback situation, but the Jets could also use a veteran signal-caller behind Darnold. Trevor Siemian and David Fales, both of whom saw playing time with Darnold dealing with mono last season, are both free agents, and the Jets must add to the QB depth chart.

White is a former fifth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys, but he doesn't have the experience many teams look for at the backup spot.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Brian Winters, Chris Herndon, Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Neville Hewitt, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold
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Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 3, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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While we've looked in detail at potential free agent targets for the Jets, they may also be looking at opportunities within the trade market. 

Let's take the Jets at their word and assume that trading Le'Veon Bell or Jamal Adams away isn't in their plans despite earlier rumors. We can also safely rule out them trading up in the draft. However, let's consider some more realistic potential trade targets they could consider making a move for:

OT Trent Williams

It's not every day that a seven-time Pro Bowler hits the market, so it must be tempting for the Jets to look into making a move for Williams. Acquiring the 31-year old would address arguably their biggest need by giving them elite protection for Sam Darnold. Williams has given up just one sack since 2016.

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There are certainly more important things to think about at the moment with coronavirus concerns taking priority around the country. Other major sports leagues like the NBA, NHL, and MLB have suspended or delayed their seasons, while the NFL might be making moves that could impact important parts of the offseason. Several NFL agents and league insiders told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that there seems to be at least a possibility of a delay to free agency. The negotiating window is scheduled to open at 12 p.m. ET on Monday.

But, in the case that free agency does in fact start on time next week, the Jets might look at last year as a blueprint to spending their cap room. 

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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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Last week, the Jets -- who are expected to be active in free agency -- were linked with a move for free agent tackle Jack Conklin. In fact, initial reports indicated that Conklin had already made up his mind that he was signing with the Jets, although later reports walked that back and said they'd be one of multiple suitors.

Those later reports that softened the position could have come from the Jets, as a pre-emptive strike against allegations of tampering if they'd already negotiated with him while still under contract, or by Conklin's agents in an effort to make it known they're still available for business. However, if the later reports are true, then the Jets could end up in a bidding war.

Conklin is one of the top offensive linemen on the market and will command a large salary with several teams vying for his services. With so much cap room at stake, the Jets need to optimize their outlay. With that in mind, is Conklin an ideal fit for their system or would they be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?

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Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting continues on Friday as running backs, offensive linemen, kickers and special teamers take the the field.

Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...


1) Louisville T Mekhi Becton

It's no secret that the Jets need a lot of help on the offensive line this offseason. Really, every spot along the offensive line is due for an upgrade, and when it comes to protecting quarterback Sam Darnold, finding someone to protect the all-important blind side for years to come is the key. 

At the tackle position, Mekhi Becton is a physical freak. Weighing in at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton would be the heaviest tackle drafted in the last decade, and he'd instantly become the second heaviest tackle in the NFL behind Trent Brown of the Raiders.

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When Adam Gase came into One Jets Drive as the team's new head coach last season, he knew there was going to be a learning curve. It was an entirely new coaching staff, and more specifically, an entirely new offense for his QB Sam Darnold -- among other playmakers like Le'Veon Bell -- to learn.

But Year 2 in Gase's system should be much easier for the coaches and players, and he said as much during his presser at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday. 

"I think Year 2 is usually the biggest kind of jump, whether it's a player or coach," Gase said. "It's been nice to kind of take that time off after the season, jump right into it, both sides of the ball.

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Jets GM Joe Douglas spoke Tuesday about the futures of Jamal Adams and Le'Veon Bell, being hopeful for Quincy Enunwa, pending free agent Robby Anderson and more at the NFL Combine.

Here are the takeaways...

Douglas wants Adams to be 'a Jet for life'

"We're excited about Jamal. The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life. We've had some preliminary talks with his agent -- not gonna get into the specifics of that. But again, the plan is for Jamal to be here a long time."

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Sometime in the next few days, or maybe weeks, the NFL is going to add a 17th regular season game and two more playoff teams, which in turn will add to the number of teams in playoff contention.

The NFL owners have been steamrolling in this direction for years. And for all the resistance from the players, it's long been obvious that their compliance is for sale.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets remains as uncertain as it was at the end of last season, when GM Joe Douglas said he'd listen if teams called about his star running back. A trade remains "unlikely" according to a source familiar with the Jets' plans, but they'd consider it for the right offer.

It's just complicated because of Bell's contract. And it all depends on how eager the Jets are to get rid of Bell -- if they're even eager at all.

It's the contract that makes it "unlikely," though. Bell, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is entering the second year of a four-year, $52.5 million contract that includes $13 million in guarantees for 2020, which would be the responsibility of his new team. The Jets would almost certainly have to eat some of that money, as they did when they traded defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for a third- and fifth-round pick back in October.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets still haven't full closed the door on moving running back Le'Veon Bell before next season, but it could cost them to do so. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Jets have never been fully closed off to the idea of potentially trading Bell. Bell's name was tossed around in the rumor mill during the 2019 NFL trade deadline, but the Jets never pulled the trigger on any deal. 

The latest report says things are status quo. 

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Free agency hasn't worked out well for the Jets. They spent a lot of money under former GM Mike Maccagnan and very few of those contracts have turned out to be worth the money. Some of them, in fact, now look like the worst deals the Jets have ever made.

So it's with that knowledge and a sense of great caution that the Jets head into their first offseason under new GM Joe Douglas. He's armed with about $50 million in salary cap space to spend, and likely a lot more coming when he's finished with his cuts. And he will spend, because he has to on a team filled with far too many holes.

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

Le'Veon Bell's Jets tenure has been rocky, with head coach Adam Gase seemingly unhappy from the get-go with how much they spent to sign him and GM Joe Douglas refusing to rule out a trade.

But Bell, who is entering the second year of a four-year deal worth $52.5 million, seems confident he's staying put.

"Jets for four more years unless something drastic changes," Bell told TMZ Sports. "We'll see."

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Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

All but two teams -- the Chiefs and 49ers -- are left to worry about their offseasons with Super Bowl LIV set for Feb. 2. While NFL free agency kicks off in March, the efforts of scouting top NFL Draft prospects will ramp up. 

The Jets have the No. 11 overall pick in this year's Draft after picking at No. 3 in 2018 and 2019. Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams were used with those selections. 

Who will join them with the latest first round selection in GM Joe Douglas' first draft? Here's what experts believe will happen...

Tags: Brandon Shell, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Skimming through myriad mock drafts that have surfaced ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, many believe Jets GM Joe Douglas will be targeting a No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold. There are a few playmakers for New York to choose from, including Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins

Having a top receiver is definitely a need for the Jets, but is that what they should be focused on with the No. 11 overall pick? What about protecting Darnold? 

While there's multiple playmakers to salivate over in the first round, there's just as many offensive linemen to bulk up that unit for the Jets. 

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Jets general manager Joe Douglas previously said he wouldn't hang up if and when trade calls come in on either running back Le'Veon Bell or safety Jamal Adams.

Speculation has surrounded both players since early in the 2019 season. 

Listening to trade calls still be true, but the GM changed his tune a bit on Monday. Douglas praised both Adams and Bell instead of discussing those potential calls. 

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New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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Over the next week or so, we're taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue today with a look at tight end Trevon Wesco, who was selected in the fourth round out of West Virginia.

On the face of it, Wesco had a disappointing season, as he only caught two passes, struggled in pass protection and did little to elevate the Jets' underwhelming running game. However, there were signs of usefulness throughout the season and some evidence of progression.

He typically had mixed results as a run blocker from the tight end position early in the season but seemed to improve his consistency as the season went along. He seemed to hold up well at the point attack and was able to handle assignments that required him to set the edge against defensive linemen while at times flashing dominance against smaller players in space.

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Le'Veon Bell's future with the Jets is up in the air, and GM Joe Douglas did nothing on Tuesday to shut down the trade rumors that have been surrounding the running back for months.

Asked point blank if he wanted Bell to be part of the team next year, Douglas hedged.

"My personal experience with Le'Veon has been very positive," Douglas said. "He's done everything we've asked him to do as a person, as a teammate. ... he's one of our best workers, he's one of our best teammates. He connects and engages with everybody, so I can't say enough positive things about Le'Veon."

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The season has come and gone for the Jets, with the first year of Adam Gase's term as head coach ending in a 7-9 season that got off to a tumultuous start and ended on a high note.

After a 1-7 start that included Sam Darnold's absence with mono, a rough start to Le'Veon Bell's career in New York, and Jamal Adams trade rumors, Gase and the Jets righted the ship and won six of their last eight games.

Gase held his final press conference of the year on Monday to cap off the season, so here are a few takeaways...

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Le'Veon Bell didn't have the first season he expected to with the Jets, as he failed to reach the 1000-yard rushing mark.

"It's been a different season," Bell said. "I didn't break a thousand yards. It's disappointing. Obviously you know, that's like a marker every running back sets to get a thousand yards, but it didn't happen this year. I just got to work harder and get better for next year."

Bell finished the season with 789 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

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With Buffalo locked into the fifth seed and the Jets eliminated from playoff contention about a month ago, Sunday's game predictably took on the characteristics of a game where nobody really wanted to be there. Sam Darnold's one-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder in the fourth quarter ultimately keyed the Jets 13-6 win.

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

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

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It seems the NFL doesn't care that Le'Veon Bell said earlier this season that he was done taking HGH blood tests, as the league issued yet another round of random testing to the running back on Friday.

Friday's test marks the sixth time this season that Bell has been chosen to submit a blood test to league officials. However, it's not clear whether or not Bell submitted the test or not.

"I said what I said last time, so we'll cross that bridge if we've got to cross it," Bell said. "It seems kind of odd, that's crazy, ain't it? It feels like they're trying to clone me or something."

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As the Jets head into Week 17, there are a number of things one could look at as they question what went wrong this year for Gang Green.

Among those things is the running game, particularly Le'Veon Bell, who signed with the Jets this past offseason and has had a sub-par year if you hold him to his previous standards with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After taking a year off from football, Bell has struggled on the stat sheet. Despite what the numbers say, however, he believes he's having a good season.

Through 15 games, Bell has rushed for 748 yards and is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Even more surprising is the fact that Bell hasn't rushed for over 100 yards--or even 90 yards--in a game this season.

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It wasn't perfect, but the Jets ultimately emerged from Sunday's game against the Steelers with a 16-10 win.

As New York (6-9) continues to finish the season strong, what's to make of Week 16?

On the set of SNY's Jets Post Game Live, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott handed out grades for Gang Green's gritty performance.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) reacts after his game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Le'Veon Bell was all smiles after the Jets got the best of his former team on Sunday, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10 at MetLife Stadium.

"The win felt great," Bell said. "Every win feels great, but this one had a little extra topping on it. But playing against those guys, it was fun. Going against my old teammates, guys who really never could hit me in practice. We had the opportunity to really go at it today. It was fun. I respect all those guys over there, they played hard, it was tough. Coach Tomlin's gameplan was great. Credit those guys, but I'm glad we came out on top."

Bell had a season-high 25 carries for 72 yards, and added in four receptions for 21 yards in the win.

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In a game that meant a lot more to the Steelers than it did the Jets, it took the visitors a while to get going. Pittsburgh fell two scores behind early and, although they tied the game just before halftime, the Jets managed to shut them out after half time to hold on for a hard-fought 16-10 win.

The Jets were in control for most of the first half. They played the run well, generated pressure and intercepted two Devlin Hodges passes to knock him out of the game. However, Mason Rudolph came off the bench and gave the Steelers a spark, leading them to a field goal and then following that up with a late touchdown to tie the score.

Offensively, the Jets had put together a nice touchdown drive to start the game but then once again the offense faltered once they got through the scripted portion of the gameplan. Sam Darnold's fumble after the Jets reached midfield on an attempted two-minute drill would set up thetying score.

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He may not say it, but it's hard not to think that Jets RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't have some extra motivation facing his former Steelers team at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. After the escapade that led to Bell signing with the Jets following a full season off because of contract disputes in Pittsburgh, Bell would obviously love to show them what they're missing. 

That really hasn't been the case so far this season, though. Bell has had trouble finding holes with his new offensive line struggling in front of him. He is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 204 attempts so far with a total 676 yards and three touchdowns. 

Bell saw an uptick in yardage against the Ravens surprisingly, when he tallied 87 yards on 21 carries last Thursday night. And that came against the fifth-best run defense in the league in Baltimore. Bell will have to face another Top 10 run defense this week, though, and it's one that he says has solid players from front to back.

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The Jets have one of their more exciting games ahead of them this Sunday, as they host the Steelers at MetLife Stadium for their final home game of the season.

Aside from the Jets offensive weapons getting the opportunity to test themselves against one of the best defenses in the league, Le'Veon Bell will also get the chance to face off against the team he spent five seasons with for the first time as a member of Gang Green.

SNY's Jeané Coakley spoke with Jets head coach Adam Gase ahead of the matchup to discuss what he's looking forward to in the game...

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The Jets-Steelers matchup this week was one many probably circled on their calendars back when the regular season schedules were released. It is Le'Veon Bell's "revenge game," so to speak, and there's no need to explain why -- with football fans knowing about that recent feud which led to him signing with the Jets in the first place. 

Bell, though, isn't looking at things that way. 

Normally, players will use a former team on their schedule as extra motivation to perform, but Bell doesn't hold that same mindset. 

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Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs between New York Jets strong safety Rontez Miles (45) and outside linebacker Erin Henderson (58) during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs between New York Jets strong safety Rontez Miles (45) and outside linebacker Erin Henderson (58) during the fourth quarter of a game at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

With two games remaining on their regular-season schedule, the Jets have already been eliminated from playoff contention. 

Still, Gang Green can play the role of spoiler this Sunday when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in their home finale, or at least help the cause. At 8-6, the Steelers currently have an inside track toward the sixth seed in the AFC, but a loss to the Jets on Sunday would open up a can of worms for Pittsburgh in terms of playoff scenarios for the season's final week. 

And it would simply be fitting for the Jets if they could help dash the playoff hopes of the team they faced off against in their most recent playoff appearance -- a 24-19 loss in the 2010 AFC Championship game.

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Much was made about Jets running back Le'Veon Bell missing last Sunday's game against Miami due to the flu, but Bell was able to turn in one of his better performances of the season on Thursday night, albeit in a 42-21 loss to the Ravens.

Bell carried the ball 21 times for 87 yards, his highest rushing total of the season, despite a short week of practice and coming off his illness.

"The guys upfront did a great job of moving guys off the ball and giving me some lanes. Coach gave me some opportunities today, so it was overall a good feeling for me coming out of the game healthy," Bell said afterwards. 

"I felt good. Breathing felt fine. Coaches did a good job of still getting me out of the game every now and then. I'd never pull myself out, but personnel things and changes, getting me out of the game and getting me a breather, kind of protecting me from myself, so you've got to give credit to Coach (Adam Gase), he did a good job today."

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Jets head coach Adam Gase was blunt in his response to Le'Veon Bell's bowling escapade late Saturday night, saying "I would say so" when asked if it was a bad optic for the team. 

Bell would disagree.

The star running back spoke to reporters on Tuesday, where Bell revealed he and Gase had a conversation about the questionable decision.

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On Tuesday, Jets head coach Adam Gase addressed a New York Post report from Monday that said RB Le'Veon Bell was out bowling the night before the Jets took on the Dolphins despite being sick with the flu.

Bell had already been deemed out for the game because doctors said he was still contagious. Gase said that's why Bell wasn't at the team hotel, so he was free to go about his Saturday night however he pleased. 

Gase just wishes it was a night in for his running back. 

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After squeaking out a 21-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a laundry list of injuries as long as the list of field goals attempted in their recent victory. 

The Jets had Monday off from practice, but had they took the field, Gase said eight players would've missed the session. 

Those include safety Jamal Adams (ankle), defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (stinger), cornerback Brian Poole (concussion), tight end Ryan Griffin (ankle), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring/ knee), running back Bilal Powell (ankle), offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (ankle), and cornerback Arthur Maulet (ankle). 

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Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

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Odell Beckham Jr. might just have talked his way out of another city and another franchise, and that opens up some tantalizing possibilities. He still is -- when his body is healthy and his mind is right -- one of the best receivers in football. 

The Jets, of course, really do need a No. 1 receiver.

But what they don't need is a Beckham-sized headache.

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According to SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets may look into trading running back Le'Veon Bell and safety Jamal Adams this offseason.

Bell is in his first season with the team, after signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $35 million guaranteed on March 13

"Obviously you know he's out today with his illness. It's the latest blow in what's shaping up as the worst season of his career," Vacchiano said. "But the question now is, will it be his only season with the Jets? Multiple sources around the NFL told me this week that they really do expect that the Jets will make Bell available this offseason."

 

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Le'Veon Bell's status for Sunday against the Miami Dolphins has officially been downgraded to out by the team.

Bell, who was initially listed as questionable on Friday, missed two days of practice with an illness, and now will not suit up against Miami.

On Friday, Gase would not specify the kind of illness Bell is dealing with, and would only say that everyone recovers at a different pace.

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The Jets secondary could look very thin this weekend when they face the Miami Dolphins, with multiple players in doubt to suit up and CB Brian Poole officially listed as out.

In addition to Poole, things aren't looking to great for S Jamal Adams and CB Arthur Maulet, who are both listed as doubtful to play. Poole (concussion), Adams (ankle) and Maulet (calf) missed all three days of practice this week.

The trio all suffered their injuries at various points of Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Bengals, a game that handed Cincinnati their first win of the season.

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Jets head coach Adam Gase said running back Le'Veon Bell will not practice on Thursday due to an illness, but it doesn't seem to be something going around the team.

"Yeah they haven't said that to me yet," Gase said. "I feel like each guy it's been something different. It hasn't been the same thing, it hasn't been like the flu or anything."

In addition to Bell missing practice, safety Jamal Adams remains out as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle.

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Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)
Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)

The Bengals took their first win of the season against the Jets in a 22-6 game in Week 14, an outing which didn't feature much Le'Veon Bell.

Bell had only ten times for 32 yards as a runner in the loss, which also saw four catches for the running back.

The plays being called for the Jets come via head coach Adam Gase. On Monday, Gase explained why he only mustered up 10 carries for Bell in the game. It was a matter of circumstances, the coach said.

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As Adam Gase emphasized during the week, the Jets were entering this week's game as a 4-7 team and they sure played like one against the Bengals on Sunday. Now they're a 4-8 team, having lost to a winless team for the second time since the bye week.

To their credit, the Bengals played with good energy and discipline on defense, and rode a solid Andy Dalton performance in his return to the lineup to break a 13-game losing streak that stretched back to last December.

Offensively, the Jets had some near misses, but struggled to sustain drives, mainly due to dropped passes and ill-timed penalties. The Bengals exploited some coverage breakdowns to score two first half touchdowns and built a 17-3 lead before the Jets drove for a late field goal.  

Tags: Bless Austin , Brian Poole, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell chooses not to live and die by the numbers.

Through the first 11 games of his first season with the Jets, he has experienced highs and lows.

After the first eight games saw New York stumbled out with just one win, the team's turnaround has been on full display.

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We all know the turkey is the main part of the Thanksgiving meal. However, when it comes to side dishes, we all have our very own favorite. 

So, in the spirit of the holiday on Thursday, SNY's Jeane Coakley was curious to see what the Jets players' favorite side dish was when they make their plate...

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The Jets have gotten a wake up call through the arm of Sam Darnold as the offense continued to click on all cylinders in their win over the Raiders on Sunday.

The Jets put 34 points on the board (27 on offense, seven on defense Sunday) for the third straight game and those efforts were all enough to pick up W's. Despite Adam Gase still unable to get the running game going much, he's clearly woken up a flame in Darnold, who has looked like a new quarterback over the last three weeks.

"Close to it," Gase said on if this is where he expected his offense to be entering the season. "There's still a lot of things we need to improve on, just more consistent in the running game. ...When you're not going three and out... it makes it easier."

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On "Star Wars Day" at Metlife Stadium, the force definitely wasn't strong with the Raiders.  

Sam Darnold passed for over 300 yards and two scores, and also rushed for a score as the Jets swept Oakland aside impressively to put a major dent in the Raiders' postseason hopes. Beating lowly teams like Washington and the Giants is one thing, but this was the kind of win which will get people looking at this Jets team and it's short-to-medium term future in a different way.

Tags: Bless Austin , Brandon Shell, Brian Poole, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Neville Hewitt, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Jets RB Le'Veon Bell went on Twitter Wednesday morning to rant about the NFL already issuing five random drug tests in the first 10 weeks of the season. And he made sure to add that he won't be taking another test moving forward. 

Well, he doubled down on that statement after practice. 

"I don't know. I'm not going to say all that," Bell said when asked if he feels targeted. "I'm just saying I'm not doing it no more. They're not getting no more of my blood. They better use the blood they got right now."

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell has an announcement: he won't be taking anymore NFL random drug tests this season. 

Bell revealed on Twitter that he had five HGH blood tests in the past 10 weeks, and simply put, he's fed up.

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The Jets have won back-to-back games. Aside from the scoreboard showing them with more points in both of those outings, another thing has stood out, too.

Featured running back Le'Veon Bell has played less and less in the Jets' last two games.

Bell has averaged 21 touches between those two games, but the numbers aren't there. He's averaged 2.6 yards per carry and factoring to that are season-lows in snaps played in both games.

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