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The Jets saw quarterback Sam Darnold return to the lineup and light up the Cowboys en route to a 24-22 win over Dallas, their first of the year. Running back Le'Veon Bell was less of a factor in the outing and that's perfectly fine with him. 

Bell averaged 3.6 yards per carry, which came via 50 yards on 14 carries. He did add a touchdown, but Darnold's day stood out, especially after the lackluster quarterbacking the Jets have gotten without him in the lineup. 

Darnold had 338 passing yards and two scores with an interception. But whatever gets it done, works for Bell. Moving forward he thinks Darnold's presence will help create a more dynamic attack for the Jets, and the Darnold-Bell, one-two punch will keep opponents on their toes. 

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How much different did the Jets look on offense with quarterback Sam Darnold in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys?

Just ask Robby Anderson.

The wide receiver caught five passes for 125 yards and a 92-yard touchdown, igniting an offense that the Jets (1-4) desperately needed to get back on track and did against the Cowboys' defense.

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Darnold happy to get 1st win 00:01:27
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was happy to be back and help the team get their first win of the season

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Sam Darnold is back. And so is the Jets' offense.

In case anyone needed proof that the problem the last three weeks had been poor quarterback play, the 22-year-old Darnold showed how much a difference even a competent quarterback can make. And he was more than competent. He was outstanding. Playing for the first time since Week 1, he completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception

It was enough to let the Jets hang on for their first win of the season -- 24-22 over the Dallas Cowboys.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Herndon, Jamison Crowder, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Ty Montgomery , Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets may have a glimmer of hope now that Sam Darnold is back in the lineup, but they are still facing a stark and unfortunate reality. Since 1990, when the NFL playoffs expanded, only one team has started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs. And it hasn't happened since the San Diego Chargers did it in 1992.

That's why between now and the trading deadline on Oct. 29, many around the league believe the Jets' motto should be, and will be: "Sell!"

A lot can happen in the three games between now and that deadline, of course, but multiple league sources told SNY that they expect new Jets GM Joe Douglas to be extremely active in the next few weeks. One source used the word "firesale" to describe what he expects would happen thanks to the combination of a new GM, a team with an 0-4 record, and several expensive but talented players who may not fit in to his long-term plan.
 

Tags: Kelechi Osemele, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) hands off to New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

When Le'Veon Bell heard the news about quarterback Sam Darnold's official return from mononucleosis, the Jets running back reacted accordingly.

Sidelined since Sept. 8's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Darnold's four-week recovery forced New York to go with backup Trevor Siemian and then third-string Luke Falk, who ascended atop the depth chart after Siemian's season-ending ankle injury in Sept. 15's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

While the Jets suffered three straight losses of 16 points or more as they stumbled to their 0-4 start, including consecutive defeats on the road against the New England Patriots (30-14, Sept. 22) and Philadelphia Eagles (31-6, Oct. 6), Darnold's first game back since the season opener gives the offense hope before Sunday's home game with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Sam Darnold (DALE ZANINE)
Sam Darnold (DALE ZANINE)

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Sam Darnold was cleared for contact on Tuesday morning, which means he'll be ready to start on Sunday afternoon against the Dallas Cowboys.

That's obviously a really big deal for the 22-year-old Darnold.

It's also a pretty big deal for a lot of other people on the Jets.

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Thomas reacts to being back 00:01:48
Demaryius Thomas talked 1-on-1 with Jeane Coakley after the Jets loss. While it was good to be playing, he knows there's room to improve.

Coming into the season, the Jets felt they had a whole revamped squad on their hands that could contend: A star running back, some added help on defense, a new head coach and a second-year quarterback set for a potential breakout season.

But instead, the Jets are sitting in an 0-4 hole with their starting QB sidelined and their offense absolutely reeling as the weeks wane on. New York could barely muster up any offense Sunday against the Eagles and ultimately fell 31-6.

Third-string quarterback turned starter Luke Falk had another rough outing, going 15-26 (57 percent) for 120 yards and zero touchdowns. Falk also turned the ball over three times, throwing two interceptions and losing one of two fumbles on the day.

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Jets honest after lopsided loss 00:01:53
The Jets offense was almost nonexistent in the 31-6 loss. Players from offense and defense were brutally honest in their self-assessment.

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The Jets got the ball first on Sunday, but the first possession set the tone for what was to follow. Two runs went nowhere as the revamped offensive line gained no traction and rookie tight end Trevon Wesco allowed his man to make the stop each time. On third down, stand-in quarterback Luke Falk couldn't even get a throw off as veteran Brian Winters was beaten for a sack.

After the Jets punted, the Eagles marched downfield for a touchdown to take the lead, which they then doubled when Falk threw a pick-six on fourth down on the Jets' next possession. That was asclose as it got all day as the Eagles comfortably swept the injury-plagued Jets aside.

To their credit, the Jets' defense stiffened for most of the rest of the first half, but Falk's second interception set the Eagles up with good field position and they worked the two-minute drill to go up 21-0 with 34 seconds to go in the first half.

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Through three games, Le'Veon Bell has been as advertised for the Jets, who signed the running back in the offseason with the belief that he could bring his versatility to first-year head coach Adam Gase's offense.

One of New York's bright spots during its 0-3 start, Bell has shown up, taking 76 touches for 284 yards (3.7 average) from scrimmage and a touchdown.

Despite the offense's early struggles -- Bell's nine-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of Sept. 8's 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills marks the unit's only time past the goal line thus far -- the all-purpose back has given the Jets hope for when second-year quarterback Sam Darnold returns from mononucleosis.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Heading into the new season, there was plenty of optimism around the Jets. The team had brought in some big-name players like Le'Veon Bell and CJ Mosley to go along with rising young players like Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams.

Not many would have expected the team to be 0-3 at their bye week, but that's the reality the team is faced with heading into a Week 5 matchup with the Eagles.

On Tuesday, Adams was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show, and the Jets safety spoke about the team's current situation.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
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Jets center Ryan Kalil was fined $10,527 by the NFL on Saturday for unnecessary roughness last week against the Patriots.

During the second quarter of the Jets' 30-14 loss, Kalil was charged with a face mask penalty, negating a modest gain by Le'Veon Bell

 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

It's been quite the intriguing start to the season for the Jets, and not in the way they had hoped before the year started.

After three weeks of play in the books, New York enters Week 4 at 0-3, their worst start to a season since 2003.

Coming off Sunday's loss to the Patriots, Adam Gase discussed with ESPN Radio's The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday afternoon what's been going wrong for the Jets and some updates on their game plan moving forward through the rest of the season.

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Bell is exceeding expectations 00:00:58
If Jets fans want a positive, Bart Scott argues Le'Veon Bell isn't the player he thought, which is a good thing.

Former Jets linebacker Bart Scott talked about running back Le'Veon Bell's attitude since joining the team. 

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Crowder, Anderson react to loss 00:02:05
The offense was missing in action for most of the 30-14 loss. Anderson seemed particularly dejected when talking to Jeane Coakley.

The Jets lost 30-14 to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon, as the offense struggled to do much of anything. In fact, the offense wasn't even responsible for the team's two touchdowns -- Arthur Maulet recovered a fumble in the end zone and Jamal Adams had an interception return for a touchdown.

Quarterback Luke Falk threw for only 98 yards and Le'Veon Bell had 18 carries for 35 yards, as the offense ended the game with 105 total yards. Naturally, head coach Adam Gase was upset with his offense's performance.

"It's brutal, I mean it's like one of those things, it's infuriating," Gase said. "Becuase youre watching the defense and special teams play as hard as they can and executing what they're being asked to do, and they're doing it well a majority of the game, and then we aren't holding our end on offense."

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 (Greg M. Cooper)
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There's been nothing predictable about the Jets' season so far -- until now.

With three key defensive players out and a third-string quarterback who was on the practice squad having never played in an NFL game this time last week, the widely anticipated Patriots blowout was exactly what we saw on Sunday afternoon.

It didn't take long for any lingering hopes that the Jets might step up to make the game competitive against all odds to evaporate altogether, as Tom Brady drove the Patriots down the field for a touchdown on each of their first three drives. This gave New England a 20-point lead early in the second quarter.

Tags: Blake Cashman, CJ Mosley, Le'Veon Bell, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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Ty Montgomery talks family 00:02:05
Ty Montgomery sits down with Jeane Coakley and talks about his mom, his foster siblings and why Stanford. Get to know the insightful RB

When Luke Falk came into the game Monday night against the Browns, Jets head coach Adam Gase admitted that he was playing it safe. 

That won't happen this week against the Patriots. 

"I really didn't have to adjust much. I was probably being too cautious," Gase told reporters before practice. "...I probably held him back a little bit."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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OK, now what?

It was bad enough when the Jets learned quarterback Sam Darnold was out indefinitely with mono, but now they've lost backup quarterback Trevor Siemian, too. He suffered what looked like a nasty ankle injury in the first half of the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. That forced the Jets to turn to Luke Falk, who had been promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates after running past Buffalo Bills' Matt Milano (58) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates after running past Buffalo Bills' Matt Milano (58) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Jets are looking for their first win of the season on Monday Night Football at MetLife Stadium against the Cleveland Browns.

Running back Le'Veon Bell says he already won in one sense, though. 

Via a snippet of a conversation he had with ESPN, Bell discussed is highly-publicized hold out from a year ago with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In that regard, Bell said he did, in fact, win. 

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Adam Gase 1-on-1 00:02:01
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase on rallying the team after last week's loss and several injuries to key players

While the Jets technically had an extra 24 hours to get C.J. Mosley ready to return for Monday's 8:15 p.m. matchup with the Cleveland Browns after a groin injury in the past weekend's 17-16 loss against the Buffalo Bills, the clock was ticking on the linebacker's decision, which came Saturday.

After the team took Friday off, New York resumed practice Saturday and in the afternoon ruled the linebacker -- as well as defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle) -- out for Monday's game.

Mosley, who sat out the week while he worked his way back, needed to get back on the field Saturday or else he would jeopardize his status for Monday.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes against Buffalo Bills defenders 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) rushes against Buffalo Bills defenders during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets held their breath Wednesday when running back Le'Veon Bell left practice with an apparent shoulder injury, but they received good news Thursday after his MRI revealed he had no significant damage, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bell tweeted Thursday that his shoulder turned out "fine" and he was "ready to go" for Monday's 8:15 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium against the Cleveland Browns, but head coach Adam Gase gave an update for good measure Friday.

Gase said that Bell was good to go and set for practice Saturday, following the Jets' Friday off, after soreness surfaced from the injury in the middle of the week.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets got good news on RB Le'Veon Bell on Thursday afternoon, after an MRI on his shoulder revealed no significant damage, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Bell, who should be fine to play on Monday in Week 2 against the Browns, missed Thursday's practice due to a sore shoulder. 

Head coach Adam Gase said at the time that he was uncertain about Bell's status for practice for the rest of the week and for Monday night's game against the Browns at MetLife Stadium.

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Trevor Siemian (Vincent Carchietta)
Trevor Siemian (Vincent Carchietta)

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A lot has happened over the last seven days, but -- just as it seemed like things might finally start to settle down -- news broke that is likely to have wider-reaching consequences than everything that came before it.

Having been diagnosed with mononucleosis, Sam Darnold will miss Monday night's game and will almost certainly miss next Sunday's divisional clash with the New England Patriots. Although the bye week follows that, the possibility remains that he could end up missing more than just those two games.

This brings backup Trevor Siemian into the spotlight. Siemian, who was signed during the offseason, is now the starter with Luke Falk set to be activated from the practice squad to back him up. Both put up solid numbers in preseason, albeit with and against backups and mostly by "dinking and dunking."

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Sam Darnold/Le'Veon Bell Treated
Sam Darnold/Le'Veon Bell Treated

The Jets weren't supposed to fall to the Bills at home on Sunday. Let's face it, they shouldn't have with a 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

But it happened and now the Jets find themselves in a must-win situation against the Browns on Monday Night Football.

Is that too dire considering it's Week 2? Take a look at their upcoming schedule and you'll see why it isn't. 

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Since Sunday's game, there's been a lot of attention centered around the team's kicking woes. Kaare Vedvik, who the Jets picked up to stop the bleeding in that department, missed both his attempts -- a 45-yard field goal and an extra point. 

On Tuesday, though, the Jets brought in their fourth kicker of the year in Sam Ficken after hosting multiple players at the team facility. So with that (hopefully) settled, here are some other issues the Jets will need to focus on:

Tags: Chris Herndon, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With a day to process Sunday's 17-16 loss against the Buffalo Bills, Jets head coach Adam Gase did not hold back when he was asked about his team's shortcomings in the season opener.

Among the players and coaches singled out by Gase, Robby Anderson shouldered part of the offense's blame after the fourth-year wide receiver recorded three receptions for 23 yards on seven targets.

Anderson came to Gase's mind after New York's first-year head coach fielded a question about the offense's ineptitude, which was highlighted by second-year quarterback Sam Darnold's lack of a deep threat.

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Jets react to tough 17-16 loss 00:01:23
Le'Veon Bell reacts to his first NFL game in over a year, plus Sam Darnold and C.J. Mosley react to giving up the least in the 4th quarter.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sam Darnold got out of the Jets' game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night in one piece.

And that's pretty much the best thing that can be said about his game and the Jets' offense in their 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.

Right from the start, Darnold and the Jets' offense looked as out of sync as they've been all preseason. There were fumbles, breakdowns, bad throws, drops, and more than enough bad blocking to go around. Yes, he still didn't have Le'Veon Bell in his arsenal, and he was also missing three-fifths of his starting offensive line.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Le'Veon Bell has his first Jets touchdown. 

The offense was slow to start their Week 1 matchup against the Bills, but it began picking up in the second half. With a red zone opportunity, Sam Darnold found Bell on third and goal through the air, where he made a great grab and waltzed into the end zone to tally the offense's first touchdown of the season. 

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Adam Gase ahead of game one 00:01:12
Jeane Coakley talked to Adam Gase before his first official game as head coach. He's excited for what the offense can do.

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The arrival of Sam Darnold gave Jets fans something they had been lacking for years: Hope. And that hope for the future got stronger as the new franchise quarterback got better late in his rookie season.

Now, that hope has become excitement and expectation. Even Darnold admits things are different this season. Even he knows that what he did last season was just the start.

"I think I was in a different place," the 22-year-old said. "Just being a rookie going into my first game, I was just feeling a little bit different. I wasn't nearly as comfortable as I am now."

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
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After the Jets went 4-12 and finished last among four teams in the AFC East, the team turns the page to its 2019 season with room for improvement as the schedule kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. from MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills.

Under a new regime with head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, plus second-year quarterback Sam Darnold and veteran running back Le'Veon Bell, how might the Jets' campaign unfold throughout the fall?

According to Pro Football Focus, which uses thousands of simulations in accordance with the outlet's proprietary grades and situational information, the Jets have an uphill battle on the horizon as they make their playoff push.

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Darnold feels ready for week one 00:00:52
Sam Darnold and Adam Gase speak ahead of their week one matchup against the Bills. The offense is finding it's way at the right time.

Heading into the Week 1 meeting with the Bills, there's plenty of intrigue about how the Jets' new-look offense will operate under the command of head coach Adam Gase.

Every play, of course, will start in the hands of Sam Darnold, whose confidence is sky high heading into his second pro season. 

"We have a ton of confidence. A ton of confidence not only in the coaching staff and the game plan that we have going into Week One, but just in ourselves too," Darnold said on Thursday. "We have a ton of confidence in ourselves and for me, I have a ton of trust in the O-line that they'll protect and I have a ton of trust that everyone is going to be in the right spot, doing the right things. 

"I do think it's a testament to how well we practiced in OTA's, training camp and now going into Week One, we had a good preseason. We're ready to roll."

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jamal Adams recruited Le'Veon Bell hard during the offseason, and did his best to convince the Jets' front office to follow his lead. It was clearly his biggest offseason priority.

Why?

"Simple, man," Adams said. "I just want to win."

The Jets will start to find out on Sunday afternoon whether Bell was worth Adams' time and the Jets' money. They signed him to a four-year, $52.5 million contract in March with $35 million in guaranteed money, as the crown jewel of their two-year free-agent spending spree. In many ways, he was also the last big piece of their long rebuilding plan.

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Bell ready to play as a Jet 00:01:14
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell told head coach Adam Gase to 'not hold back' on his usage. Says he could carry the ball 50 times.

Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday that star RB Le'Veon Bell told him not to hold back his work load in Week 1 against the Bills. 

Bell made sure to reiterate that point. 

"I'll carry 50 [times] if he asked me to. I'm ready," he told reporters after practice.

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The Jets are four days away from kicking off their new season full of anticipation and expectation. And a lot of that stems from the addition of star RB Le'Veon Bell

Among all the changes that the Jets went through this offseason -- from hiring head coach Adam Gase to GM Joe Douglas taking over for Mike Maccagnan -- it has been Bell as the main focal point. Many are anxiously awaiting to see if he still has that elite talent we saw two years ago to impact the Jets this season. 

Bell hasn't been able to give the fans any proof that will be the case, as he was kept out of preseason games. But he's ready for a grand entrance back into the NFL on Sunday against the Bills after what he told Gase. 

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Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams

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

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

And nobody was spared.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Greg Dortch (2) celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium.  (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports )
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Greg Dortch (2) celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports )

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Only a select few starters will suit up for the Jets against the Eagles on Thursday night - and those are probably ones who have yet to play much this summer.

For everyone else, including quarterback Sam Darnold, the preseason is over. For some, like running back Le'Veon Bell, it never really began.

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Jets talk making improvements 00:01:37
Gase, Darnold and Bertolet on continuing to improve the Jets offense and Bertolet trying to solidify kicking game

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sam Darnold got out of the Jets' game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night in one piece.

And that's pretty much the best thing that can be said about his game and the Jets' offense in their 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.

Right from the start, Darnold and the Jets' offense looked as out of sync as they've been all preseason. There were fumbles, breakdowns, bad throws, drops, and more than enough bad blocking to go around. Yes, he still didn't have Le'Veon Bell in his arsenal, and he was also missing three-fifths of his starting offensive line.

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Darnold and Bell potential 00:00:58
Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell are complimentary of each other and can't wait to play together in a game this season for the Jets.

Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell's chemistry this season will be vital for the Jets' offense to flourish. Yet, these two won't be able to truly test that until Week 1 of the regular season. 

Head coach Adam Gase has already made it known that Bell won't be seeing any preseason snaps, especially after what happened to Avery Williamson in the last preseason bout against the Falcons. The Jets lost him for the season due to a torn ACL, something Gase took the blame for after saying he wanted to take him out a series earlier. 

So Darnold and Bell must continue to mend their bond during practice reps. But Darnold admitted after practice on Wednesday that there are some things that only game action can show Bell about Gase's offense.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell won't play until Week 1 of the regular season against the Bills, but he said on Wednesday that he doesn't think there will be any negative impact to not playing during the preseason -- even after sitting out all of 2018.

"I don't think me getting four plays in the preseason is gonna help me in Week 1 for the game," Bell said. "It's gonna be me just getting ready for playing and practice. When the game comes, then I'll be ready."

Bell said that his teammates will be aggressive with him in practice and go after the ball in order to help him get ready for game situations, adding that he just wants to "go out there and show everyone I'm the same player."

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaching against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaching against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Chicago Bears didn't play a single starter against the Giants on Friday night and Mitch Trubisky and Khalil Mack probably won't play this preseason at all. It's the same in L.A., with Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Saquon Barkley probably won't play this summer either, and Le'Veon Bell has already been ruled out.

A decade ago - less, even - such a mass sit-out would have been unthinkable in the preseason. Players played in increasing amounts in at least the first three games. Coaches felt they had to, in order to get ready for the regular season.

So what happened?

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Christian McCaffrey has quickly developed into one of the NFL's most versatile running backs with the Panthers. With his size, speed, and ability to catch the ball, he is everything teams are looking for in today's backfield. 

The Jets have arguably a bigger threat in Le'Veon Bell as their running back entering the new season, a player McCaffrey can thank for helping him back in his college days when he was envisioning himself in the league. 

McCaffrey spoke on NBC Sports' Peter King's podcast, and explained how Bell reached out to him while he was at Stanford trying his best to get NFL teams on his radar. He said Bell, who was with the Steelers at the time, was more than willing to offer advice whenever he could. 

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Adam Gase informed everyone that Le'Veon Bell won't play in the preseason while admitting he regrets Avery Williamson getting hurt.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Le'Veon Bell takes the field on Opening Day, he will have gone 19 months without playing in an actual NFL game. And as much as he says he'll be ready, and the Jets believe him, there's no way anyone can know for sure.

But that's OK. A little mystery is better than an untimely injury - especially one that could ruin the Jets entire season. That's why Adam Gase is smart to be cautious with his star running back. And the decision he announced on Sunday night to keep the 27-year-old Bell out for the entire preseason is absolutely the right move.

The last thing the Jets need is to lose Bell before they even have a chance to use him. They spent $52.5 million on him in March, even upping their offer to seal the deal, because they knew he'd be the linchpin of Gase's attack. They viewed him as the perfect weapon to help their young, star quarterback and a way to take the pressure off their undermanned receiving corps.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell did not suit up for either of the Jets' first two preseason games, and as head coach Adam Gase told reporters following Sunday's Green and White scrimmage, he won't see the field until their Week 1 matchup with the Bills on Sept. 8. 

"Le'Veon will not play this week," Gase said. "He won't play in the fourth game. We will be holding him until the season." 

Gase had previously hinted at the possibility of keeping Bell on the sidelines until the regular season opener following Saturday's practice.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

For the second-straight game, the Jets took the field for a preseason meeting without running back Le'Veon Bell on Thursday. That same trend could continue during their final two preseason games as well. 

New York head coach Adam Gase indicated on Friday that Bell, 27, didn't play during the team's exhibition against the Falcons because of a good week of practice. 

"I just liked his week of practice," Gase said. "He got a ton of reps this week."

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' hottest new commodity in Le'Veon Bell is still getting acclimated to his new team. He was absent from most of the team's offseason voluntary workouts as he continued his routine of working out in Miami to prepare for the new season. 

But, since Bell has been at training camp for the past few weeks, his new Jets teammates are learning what the dynamic running back is like on and off the field. 

In between the hashes, Bell is the exact same player that he was when we last saw him: a patient yet explosive back that knows how to read defenses and make his opponents miss. He didn't show that against the Giants in preseason Week 1 as he sat out, but there have been spurts at practice where he's shown his mastery with the ball in his hands. 

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The Jets have a favorite for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in running back Le'Veon Bell

BetOnline recently released odds for the honor, and Bell is tied with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the favorite to win the award at 4/1 odds.

Bell, 27, would be a true comeback, as he signed a four-year deal worth $52.5 million and $35 million guaranteed this offseason after sitting out the entire 2018 season while looking for a new contract from the Steelers. 

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Adam Gase can't wait to see how this Jets puzzle all fits together. He's never coached a young quarterback quite like Sam Darnold, nor has he had a team with so many weapons seemingly in place.

The finished product won't be on display, of course, until the regular season opens, but he'll get a taste of everything over the next three weeks in the preseason, which opens for the Jets against the Giants on Thursday night. Here's a look at what he and everyone else will be watching for, as the Jets continue to get ready for what they hope will be a playoff run:

1.Is Le'Veon Bell still Le'Veon Bell, and will he be his old self by Opening Day?

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, left, hands off to running back Le'Veon Bell while running a drill at the team's NFL football training facility in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, left, hands off to running back Le'Veon Bell while running a drill at the team's NFL football training facility in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

It sounds like fans hoping to see Le'Veon Bell's Jets debut will have to wait at least another week.

Sources have told SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano that Bell is not expected to play on Thursday against the Giants.

There was a report earlier in the day from the New York Post that Bell will not play in the opener.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets can't wait for life without Tom Brady in the division. Well, they're going to have to wait a little longer. 

According to ESPN's Field Yates, Brady and the Patriots have worked out an extension. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has the details being two years worth $70 million through the 2021 season. 

This year, Brady will make $23 million with $30 million and $32 million coming in the years after. The 42-year-old is basically signing a year to year deal depending on what the Patriots want to do. Rapoport notes that both sides are willing to work with each other to adjust the payment depending on if the situation warrants it.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, left, hands off to running back Le'Veon Bell while running a drill at the team's NFL football training facility in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, left, hands off to running back Le'Veon Bell while running a drill at the team's NFL football training facility in Florham Park, N.J., Tuesday, June 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Le'Veon Bell said that he'd pick himself first in a fantasy football draft. The next day, Bell doubled down on the self-promotion in more direct terms.

Bell was asked if he felt he was a top-three running back, which he answered before taking it a step further:

"Of course," Bell told CBS Sports HQ. "I mean, everybody's going to have an opinion on what type of back they want, [but] I believe every [general manager] in this league considers me a top-three running back in the league.

"I mean, me personally, I feel like I'm the best running back. There's nothing I can't do."

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Throughout the offseason, the Jets have responded to any suggestion that they were undermanned at the center position by stating their confidence in Jonotthan Harrison. Head coach Adam Gase said Harrison had "done a great job" and insisted that Sam Darnold had a good comfort level with him.

However, today's announcement that they've lured former pro bowl center Ryan Kalil out of retirement suggests that they never gave up looking for alternatives. Kalil signed a one-year deal, worth a reported $8.4 million - starter money for sure - and will join up with the Jets at training camp this week.

There weren't many center options on the market this year but having opted not to get into a bidding war for free agents like Matt Paradis and Mitch Morse and then failed to draft one, the Jets looked set to have to stick with the incumbent starter Harrison. Kalil wasn't on anyone's radar after the 34-year-old retired at the end of last season, having implied all season it was to be his last.

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