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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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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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Sunday's 26-18 loss to the Dolphins was enough for the Jets to handle, but New York nearly left Miami with two key injuries.

First, defensive tackle Steve McLendon made his exit after he suffered an apparent shoulder injury.

Then there was safety Jamal Adams, who underwent an evaluation for a possible head injury.

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Oct 21, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II (13) catches a touchdown pass against New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 21, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II (13) catches a touchdown pass against New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets have ruled out starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson and center Ryan Kalil for the team's Week 9 game against the Miami Dolphins.

Johnson suffered an ankle injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8 and has not practiced all week. While Kalil is dealing with knee and elbow injuries, and has not practiced all week as well. He played just 26 snaps (43 percent) in Week 7 and 32 snaps (55 percent) in Week 8 after playing in almost every one of the Jets offensive snaps through the first six weeks of the season.

C.J. Mosley is expected to miss 5-6 weeks with a groin injury, while wide receiver Josh Bellamy (foot and shoulder) and safety Rontez Miles (neck and hip) were also ruled out for Week 9.

Tags: CJ Mosley, Jamal Adams, Josh Bellamy, Kelvin Beachum, Neville Hewitt, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon, Trumaine Johnson
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While the rumored total firesale never materialized on trade deadline day, the Jets made one move, dealing defensive lineman Leonard Williams to the Giants for two 2020 picks. Let's consider how they might look to replace his contributions within the defense.

Williams' statistical production has been widely criticized this season. Through seven games, he had just eight solo tackles with no sacks or tackles for loss. However, the Jets coaches had repeatedly praised his disruptiveness and given him credit for contributing to some of their successes on the defensive side of the ball. Of course, this may have been an effort to keep his trade value up, though.

Although the Jets lost six of their first seven before dealing Williams, they've quietly played at a high level against the run, holding their opponents to just 3.3 yards per carry; the second-lowest mark in the NFL. With Williams penetrating, occupying blockers and taking on double-teams, other players have been able to make plays. However, as we wrote in the run-up to the deadline, Williams wasn't being paid over $14 million this season just to occupy blocks.

Tags: Folorunso Fatukasi, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) 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 offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

A day after the Jets secured their first win of the season, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a few injuries to inform the media about. 

The biggest one -- and the one the Jets may worry about most heading into the new week -- was LT Kelvin Beachum sustaining a sprained ankle.

He is currently week-to-week, and the Jets are going to have to plan like he won't be available for the Jets' Monday night matchup against the undefeated Patriots. If that is the case, Brandon Shell, who currently serves as the team's right tackle, might have to shift over to the left side. 

Tags: Chris Herndon, CJ Mosley, Kelvin Beachum, Steve McLendon
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The Jets announced on Saturday afternoon that the team has signed veteran nose tackle Steve McLendon to a one-year contract extension. 

Originally an undrafted rookie free agent signing with Pittsburgh in 2009, McLendon, now 33 years old, originally joined the Jets in 2016 on a three-year deal. This past march, the Troy product re-signed with Gang Green on a one-year deal. Now, he will be under contract through the 2020 season. 

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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. 

Tags: Jamal Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, Rontez Miles, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon, Scott Thompson
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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) jogs off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) jogs off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

As Steve McLendon enters his 11th NFL training camp, and fourth with the Jets, he does so in a new role.

For the first time since 2012, McLendon will not be entering camp as a clear-cut starter. However, his trademark sunny outlook on another first day of work hasn't changed a bit.

"It's amazing to be here today in front of all of you, to be back in this organization once again to do what I love, and what I love best is playing this game called football," McLendon said Wednesday morning in his typical preacher-esque fashion.

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

It's official: Running back Le'Veon Bell is at Jets minicamp.

After missing voluntary organized team activities and infamously skipping the 2018 season with the Steelers while holding out, Bell showed up at the Jets' practice facility at Florham Park, New Jersey.

"Uh oh, y'all. Y'all see it?" Bell said in a video of him in a new Jets No. 26 jersey. "Yeah. We here, baby! I'm in this green, 2-6. We here. And it's official. Media day. And we having fun."

Tags: Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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Sep 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell warms up prior to a game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Sep 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell warms up prior to a game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

It is normally the case when OTAs come around. There's a tad bit of intrigue because it brings about the start of a new football season. Add a little more if you have a top rookie or new free agent pickup you can't wait to see come September. 

But Tuesday at the Jets' facility in Florham Park will be different when RB Le'Veon Bell steps foot on a practice field for the first time in over a year. 

Not only has the Pro Bowler sat out an entire season, but he also hasn't been back to New Jersey since signing his new, lucrative deal with the Jets this free agency period. Instead, Bell has stuck to his plan of working out in North Miami with his long-time personal trainer, Pete Bommarito...

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

With the Jets drafting Quinnen Williams third overall back in April, it was apparent he would be the team's next nose tackle. But the Jets still brought back 33-year-old Steve McLendon on a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a $750,000 signing bonus. 

McLendon may not see the same amount of playing time he was used to in the past with the Jets, but he is still a vital part of the Jets' identity. A great locker room presence, McLendon's veteran leadership on and off the field is something the team cherishes, and couldn't let go of. 

A perfect example of that leadership was shown during his media availability this week during Jets OTAs. McLendon talked about how he makes it a point to preach to the younger players, ones like Williams who are in the early stages of their career. 

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Steve McLendon gave it a shot, but there was no changing Le'Veon Bell's mind.

The defensive tackle revealed Wednesday that he spoke to Bell, whom McLendon was teammates with in Pittsburgh for three seasons, to attend voluntary workouts. 

"I talked to him and I told him, 'You understand this place is different than Pittsburgh,'" McLendon said. "I said, 'You need to get back so you can understand the quarterback and the situation.' 

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NASHVILLE -- The Jets, for the first time in a long time, are not interested in drafting a quarterback, as GM Mike Maccagnan proudly acknowledged on Tuesday. That puts them in a very powerful position with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Teams that need quarterbacks can get desperate around the draft. Just ask Maccagnan, who surrendered three second-round picks to move up three spots so he could draft Sam Darnold a year ago. And when there's no consensus on the top quarterbacks - and there really seems to be none this year - prices can really go crazy. That's why Maccagnan said he'd be looking for market value "and then some" for the No. 3 pick.

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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There is less than a month to go until the Jets can use their six picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Here's a look at how those picks might go:

First round (3rd overall) - DE/LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

Tags: Chris Herndon, Elijah McGuire, Le'Veon Bell, Steve McLendon, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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In an ideal world, Adam Gase would have a Von Miller or a Cameron Wake - two premiere pass rushers who he's seen up close how they can disrupt an offense and change a game. Every team needs a player like that, and it's clear that's something his Jets are missing.

It also seems pretty clear that's the kind of player the Jets will be seeking in the first round of the draft -- if a player like that is even there...

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Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Fluharty)
Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Fluharty)

As they've added a bunch of potential game-changing external free agents, the Jets have also been bringing back plenty of their own. The latest is nose tackle Steve McLendon.

The Jets announced the deal with the 33-year-old McLendon, who will receive a one-year deal worth $2.5 million that can max out at $3.5 million, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

McLendon, who has been with the Jets since 2016, has played in all 16 games each of the last two seasons. In 2018, he started 14 games and had 34 total tackles.

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Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts after a sack against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first quarter in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Over the next month or so, we're going to be reviewing some of the top draft prospects at each position to assess some potential candidates that the Jets will show interest in. We continue today with a look at the 2019 interior defensive linemen class.

Jets Needs: Interior Defensive Linemen

Over the past few years, the Jets have gone from being stacked with defensive line talent to a situation where they may now be looking to upgrade again. 2016 Pro Bowler Leonard Williams will play the 2019 season on his fifth-year option, but it remains to be seen if Steve McLendon and Henry Anderson will be re-signed with the Jets already having decided not to pick up Mike Pennel's option. Anderson could be a priority after he was tied for the team lead with seven sacks last season.

Tags: Folorunso Fatukasi, Leonard Williams, Steve McLendon
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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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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell gains short yardage against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell gains short yardage against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets figure to make a huge offseason push for the second consecutive year to try to sign the biggest star on the free agent market.

But for the second consecutive year, it looks like that player may not want to sign with them.

Running back Le'Veon Bell, who is expected to become a free agent on March 13, "has his eyes on" the Indianapolis Colts, according to a source familiar with Bell's plans. The source, who has spoken to Bell, said the free agent hasn't ruled out signing with the Jets or any team that pursues him, but the Colts, with quarterback Andrew Luck and perhaps more than $120 million in salary cap room, seem to be at the "top of his list."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Indianapolis Colts, Sam Darnold, Steve McLendon
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Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) sits on the bench against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Jets could really use Le'Veon Bell next season, and it appears the superstar running back who's set to become a free agent "likes" the idea that he could be "the Jamal Adams on offense" for Gang Green.

The flattering comment came from Steve McLendon, his former Steelers teammate and current Jet.

"If you get him here, I know one thing about him… when he steps foot in this building, you're going to get 100 percent from the guy," the defensive tackle told Manish Mehta of the Daily News. "If anybody gets them on their team, they're going to get a hell of a player. Just know that he's going to bring the best out of so many people. Just imagine: He'd be the Jamal Adams on offense. Loud. Energetic. Confident… And he's going to make plays."

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets, at 3-8, have nothing left to play for but their future over the last five weeks of the season. And with tons of pending free agents, their future could look a lot different than their present.

While they have some important core pieces in place -- quarterback Sam Darnold, safety Jamal Adams, defensive end Leonard Williams, for example -- they are still heading into an offseason that could see yet another complete overhaul of their roster. The Jets have $100 million or so in salary cap room to spend in free agency.

They also have 23 unrestricted free agents (and two restricted free agents) of their own.

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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Darron Lee, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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Over the first four games, the Jets' offensive line has allowed 10 sacks on rookie QB Sam Darnold. They will hope that number doesn't increase with Bronos Pro Bowl DE Von Miller on the other side of scrimmage. 

Miller, who is arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL, has already totaled four sacks and two forced fumbles over four games. And considering he has 87.5 sacks over his first seven seasons, fellow DE in Jets Steve McLendon has the utmost respect for him. 

"Von Miller?" he said to The Post's Mike Vaccaro. "You don't really need my words. His resume speaks well enough for itself. He has a great resume. He's a great football player and that's enough said."

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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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		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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Here are the key takeaways from Jets head coach Todd Bowles' Thursday press conference...

On how Quincy Enunwa would play after missing a year:

"Well, you see him in the spring, first thing you want him to be healthy, once we got him healthy you see him in practice and doing everything the right way, your confident out there and then when you see him in pads for the first time, you're wondering if he could take the hits and everything else. Once he shows he fine you kind of let it go. He's worked his tale off to get to where he is right now and we're happy with it."

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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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Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Jets DT Steve McLendon was fed up. And he let his teammates know it.

The Jets have only had a few practices early on at training camp, and rust is expected as the players get acclimated to the game once again. But what McLendon saw on Wednesday wasn't acceptable in his mind, and he let the team know. 

"I didn't feel the vibe at practice. I just blew up, man," he told The Post's Howie Kussoy.

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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. 

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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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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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a two-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a two-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets voted quarterback Josh McCown as the winner of the Curtis Martin Team MVP award.

"To have that voted on by your teammates is special and it means a lot because those guys mean a lot to me," McCown said, according to NYJets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "To be a part of this group has been very rewarding and it's just fun to watch a group of men come together and work hard throughout the spring to try and accomplish the goal. At the end of that, to have them vote you MVP is special and it's a reflection of everybody around me, too. I'm thankful for that."

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Los Angeles Chargers tight end Sean McGrath catches the ball over New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Sean McGrath catches the ball over New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Despite being heavy underdogs, the Jets gave a solid account of themselves this week, exploiting some sloppy play from the Saints to make Sunday's game competitive deep into the fourth quarter. In the end, the Saints' offensive playmaking abilities were too much for the Jets to keep up with, but at least they quieted those critics who had been saying they'd get blown out again.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's loss:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's win:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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 (Brad Penner)
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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's win:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) runs with the ball while Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) attempts to tackle him during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) runs with the ball while Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) attempts to tackle him during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte (knee), DB Juston Burris (concussion) and DL Xavier Cooper (knee) and DL Steve McLendon (neck/hip) were absent from Jets practice on Wednesday.

Forte has not practiced since injuring his knee against the Bills on Nov. 2. He returned to game action during the Jets' 35-27 loss to the Panthers on Sunday and rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries. 

Brian Winters (abdomen/ankle), WR Jermaine Kearse (shoulder) and WR Robby Anderson (ankle) were limited.

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New York Jets center Wesley Johnson cannot grab the ball after New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown fumbled for a turnover in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets center Wesley Johnson cannot grab the ball after New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown fumbled for a turnover in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's hard to call them the "same old Jets" because things aren't as bad and dysfunctional as they've been in the past. They are building something, even if the growing pains are increasingly painful.

But Sunday's loss, on the heels of a string of bad losses, sure did have the "same old" feel.

How else to explain the Jets once again holding their own against one of the better teams in the NFL only to maddeningly throw it all away in the fourth quarter, this time with their already thin playoff hopes clinging to the line? Their 35-27 home loss to the Carolina Panthers was their fifth loss in six games, and it felt like all the others. If only they hadn't made so many mind-boggling mistakes at key points late in the game.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Buster Skrine, Carolina Panthers, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Steve McLendon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets will practice again today at Florham Park. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week.  Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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