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

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

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

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

Tags: Calvin Pace, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Trevor Reilly
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New York Jets defensive tackle Deon Simon (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive tackle Deon Simon (Tim Fuller/USA Today Sports Images)

Between now and training camp, we've been looking at some of the veteran players on the Jets roster to assess their potential contributions to the team in 2016. Today, we're going to share the first part of a two-part look at the six players still with the team who were part of last year's rookie class but have yet to make their NFL debut. Which, if any, of these players can we expect to make contributions this season?

Part one saw us take a look at the three offensive players that fit into this category; Quarterback Bryce Petty, offensive lineman Jarvis Harrison and fullback Julian Howsare. Here in part two, we'll look at the three defensive players; defensive lineman Deon Simon and linebackers Deion Barnes and Taiwan Jones

In between now and training camp, we've been looking at some of the veteran players on the Jets roster to assess what kind of contribution we might expect from them in 2016. Today we're going to share the second part of a two-part look at the six players still with the team who were part of last year's rookie class but who have yet to make their NFL debut. Which, if any, of these players can we expect to make contributions this season?

Tags: David Harris, Deion Barnes, Deon Simon, Erin Henderson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Taiwan Jones, Trevor Reilly
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New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets fullback Julian Howsare (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

In between now and training camp, I'm looking at some of the veterans on the Jets roster to assess what kind of contribution we might expect from them in 2016. We're going to shift gears and take a look at the practice squad in terms of who is eligible, how it will likely be made up and what we can learn from who was on there during the 2015 season.

Note: Pro Football Focus exclusively provides some stats from this article.

The basic rules

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bryce Petty, Calvin Pryor, Dakota Dozier, Deon Simon, Dexter McDougle, Jace Amaro, Jarvis Harrison, Julian Howsare, Mike Catapano, Ronald Martin, T.J. Barnes, Taiwan Jones, Trevor Reilly, Wes Saxton
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New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) as he runs the ball during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
New York Jets inside linebacker David Harris (52) tackles Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) as he runs the ball during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Demario Davis and Erin Henderson have been splitting time at the will position recently, but this week it was Henderson who got the majority of the snaps there for the first time. Henderson produced well, with 11 tackles, including one for a loss.

However, David Harris was even more productive, as he had 14 tackles. That's the most he's had since 2009. Harris was also credited with two sacks - both on scrambles - and had a tackle for a loss and a pass break-up.

For Davis, who is now out of contract, he did stuff three runs, although two of those were late in the game when the Bills were trying to run out the clock. I'd imagine the fact that Rex Ryan went after Davis with good success in the previous Bills-Jets game factored into his reduction in playing time.

Tags: Calvin Pace, David Harris, Demario Davis, Erin Henderson, Jamari Lattimore, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Taiwan Jones, Trevor Reilly
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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Much was made over the Patriots' decision to kick off in overtime, but I wonder if their thinking was that if they could force a Jets' punt, there was a decent chance that Ryan Quigley would shank it, setting them up with excellent field position needing just three points to win.

In the end, Quigley didn't need to punt as the Jets drove down and scored the game-winning touchdown. That might be just as well because his last punt in regulation was a poor one, rolling into the end zone for a touchback with no return man back and a chance to pin New England close to their goal line. Again, this had no impact anyway as New England still opted to take a knee.

Quigley did put two punts down to about the 10-yard line earlier on in the game and did bomb a punt with a 53-yard net in the fourth quarter. One of his other punts had just a 33-yard net, though.

Tags: Darrin Walls, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Quigley, Trevor Reilly
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New York Jets kicker Randy Bullock (8) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets kicker Randy Bullock (8) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

While most of the attention will justifiably go towards the coverage breakdown that led to the 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Dwayne Harris, that was only one of several special teams breakdowns that could have cost the Jets the game.

However, ironically, it proved to be special teams that won the game for the Jets (or, at least, lost it for the Giants) with Randy Bullock's field goal in overtime being followed up by a Josh Brown miss - his first of the season.

On that punt return, the first problem was that Ryan Quigley out-kicked his coverage. Three of Quigley's other four punts went out of bounds - perhaps by design - while the other was just a 30-yard net after another decent return on a kick near the sideline.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Devin Smith, Dexter McDougle, Jamari Lattimore, Jeff Cumberland, Jeremy Kerley, Kellen Davis, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Quigley, Trevor Reilly
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NMiami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 38-20. (Ed Mulholland)
NMiami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to pass during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 38-20. (Ed Mulholland)

Having hardly used their edge rushers since early in the season, the Jets ran a load more packages with them in yesterday's game. Ironically, had he still been here, this would have been a gameplan which would have allowed Quinton Coples to finally have a chance for some decent playing time. Then again, this approach might have been specifically installed in an effort to prevent Coples from revealing too much about the Jets gameplan to his new team.

In this game, the Jets ran multiple packages with Lorenzo Mauldin and Mike Catapano as the two pass rushing ends. Both had more pass rush reps yesterday than Coples has in any game this season. As I said last week, it's difficult to know whether to classify Catapano as an end or a linebacker, but here he actually lined up several times as a middle linebacker in passing situations and dropped into coverage several times. That's not something he's ever done before at the NFL level.

Mauldin responded with a sack and a fumble recovery and Catapano had one quarterback hit and a couple of pressures, but actually their pass rushing production was pretty disappointing and there were a lot of plays where Ryan Tannehill had plenty of time. You have to wonder how Coples himself would have produced if given the same assignments.

Tags: Calvin Pace, David Harris, Lorenzo Mauldin, Mike Catapano, Trevor Reilly
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