(Ed Mulholland)
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The Jets were crushed by the Colts, 41-10, on Monday night at MetLife Stadium as they fell to 3-9 on the season. Bryce Petty replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick during the game and will be the starter for the remainder of the season. Here's insight and analysis regarding the Jets' awful Monday night performance...

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance speaks for itself. He only completed one pass beyond the first down marker, had a completion percentage below 50 percent, and punctuated his performance with an interception on the kind of forced throw he's been unable to get away with all season.

He's basically done here now, so there's little sense in breaking down his performance in any more detail. So, let's move on -- in both senses.

Taking over after halftime, Bryce Petty had a few positive moments, but overall was disappointingly bad.

Head coach Todd Bowles and OC Chan Gailey have taken a lot of heat for their assertion that Petty is "not ready" over the past month or so, buy Monday's performance from Petty suggests they had every reason to take this stance. Petty looked out of his depth at times and his inaccuracy even on routine throws was worrisome.

With the Colts not bringing much in the way of pressure and playing soft coverages, it should have been a good opportunity for Petty to build some confidence and develop his credibility with his teammates and the fanbase. Unfortunately, he really struggled on almost everything that wasn't a straightforward dump-off to a receiver underneath or in the flat.

Even so, this was enough to supposedly "earn" him the starting role for the rest of the season, so it's a performance he'll hopefully be able to improve upon over the next month once he's had more preparation time, chemistry with his receivers and a chance to build his comfort level facing live bullets.

His numbers were worse than they could have been because he missed on a few makeable throws and also had his receivers unable to bail him out on some inaccurate but still catchable passes. However, he can't expect defenses to play as soft when he's starting games rather than coming off the bench with a four-score deficit, so it's going to be more difficult to move the ball as the starter.

The approach taken by the Jets was different from when Petty made his previous start in that they actually tried to throw down the field a lot. This seemed counterintuitive because against the prevent defense, Petty probably should have been checking down and taking what the defense gave him more often, whereas when starting games, taking a shot over the top is probably a less risky proposition for him than trying to read the defense from the pocket. Sure enough, they went to the well too many times and eventually the safety came over to intercept one.

Petty finally connected with Robby Anderson on a deep ball for a 40-yard touchdown. However, that only came after several failed attempts, by which time the achievement was rendered totally underwhelming. It was reminiscent of a slam dunk contestant who finally throws one down only after having failed miserably on multiple previous attempts and barely gets a golf clap for their efforts.

As a result, what should have been an important moment -- Anderson's first career touchdown and a connection between two young players trying to establish themselves -- felt completely flat and uninspiring. I guess in that respect it fit perfectly within the context of the rest of the game.

Petty's inaccuracy on deep throws was one thing, but he also misfired on several shorter passes, with one more badly underthrown interception and almost a third as he recklessly flipped the ball into no-man's land on a busted screen play.

Ultimately, the reality is probably closer to Bowles' "Fitzpatrick gives us the best chance to win right now" than the "anyone is better than Fitzpatrick" philosophy subscribed to by much of the fanbase. But since winning is irrelevant now, they might as well give Petty some extended playing time to see if he's capable of making any progress over the next month.

Based on Monday's game, though, it might not be pretty at times.

Running Backs

When you're only completing 43 percent of your passes as a team, it might be a good idea to hand the ball to your running backs more than 12 times over the course of a game. The Jets didn't have much success when they did run, though, averaging a miserable 2.6 yards per carry.

However, despite hardly ever running, they still managed to choose some unusual moments to attempt to run the ball. After going three-and-out on their first two drives, the Jets finally moved the chains on Fitzpatrick's first completion on the first play of the next drive but then ran three straight times and ending up punting.

On their next drive, they ran a draw play on 3rd-and-5 from the eight and had to settle for a field goal. Then, on the drive after that, they opened with two straight runs and immediately put themselves in a 3rd-and-6 situation from which they ended up with another three-and-out.

Many fans have been calling for Bilal Powell to play a bigger role, but this was one of his least productive games in recent memory. That draw play inside the 10-yard line was his only carry and he dropped his only target in the passing game. While he didn't see as much action, CJ Spiller saw more of the ball with a short catch and two short yardage conversions. In fact, those were the only two first downs on the ground for the Jets all day.

Matt Forté was held to just 25 yards on nine carries, but did turn back the clock with some open field running on a 40-yard screen pass that actually accounted for just under half of Fitzpatrick's passing yardage total. He had two other catches, including one other short reception for a first down. Despite the disappointing output, Forté surpassed 1,000 yards from scrimmage on the season and only needs to average 54 rushing yards per game over the last four to attain another thousand-yard rushing season.

Offensive Line

This is difficult to suggest, but could this have been Nick Mangold's last game as Jet? Mangold re-injured his foot and it therefore seems plausible he won't play again this season. As for next year, the Jets will have a tough choice to make with Mangold's high cap number and his mounting durability issues over the past few years. There's no question in my mind that Mangold is still a superior player to Wesley Johnson who had been starting in his place, but Mangold's return seemed to unsettle the cohesion on the line, at least initially.

On the first snap, Brian Winters was leveraged into Mangold's path allowing Mangold's man to drop off underneath Winters to stuff the run. Then, on the same series, the protection was messed up as Ben Ijalana went to pick up a blitzer off the edge even though the back stayed in and James Carpenter wasn't able to recover in time to prevent the defensive end from getting a clean hit on Fitzpatrick.

Mangold had one good second-level block and wasn't beaten in pass protection, but his rust also manifested itself in a couple of low snaps. Eventually, Johnson was called upon to finish the game in his place.

Carpenter had a solid game as a run-blocker but struggled in pass protection. He was beaten for a sack -- albeit on a play where Petty was indecisive and held the ball for too long -- and fell over in pass protection on another play, leading to a pressure. At right guard, Winters had a few good run blocks, but was inconsistent in space and got beaten for a couple of quarterback hits.

Breno Giacomini had another rough game at right tackle, as he was beaten a couple of times in pass protection, had no impact in the running game and had two penalties. Had Giacomini not injured his back at minicamp, you have to wonder if he would have been a cap casualty.

There's been plenty of focus on the money spent on several underperforming stars this year and you can add Giacomini and his $4 million salary to the list. I'm not sure what Giacomini has done to earn all of the playing time over Brent Qvale, who was at least as good over the first half of the season, for a fraction of the cost.

Having started the year as the right tackle, Ijalana held up quite well, but was beaten a few times in pass protection. There was also a good example of growth as a run blocker, as he made a good initial block at the point of attack, but when the runner was forced to cut back, he managed to readjust his leverage and hand position well to stay on the block and enable the runner to pick up positive yardage.

Ijalana has held his own at left tackle, but is still probably playing at a below replacement level. So was Ryan Clady who was also earning much more money in the process, though. Would Clady also still be starting if he didn't get hurt? Probably.

Receivers

Rookie Robby Anderson led the Jets with 61 yards on four catches and his first career touchdown, but it was a rough game for the most part. Anderson was only targeted once in the first half, but Petty threw to him 11 times in the second half and he had a couple of drops, including a bad one on an underthrown deep pass.

Anderson continues to consistently get downfield separation on go routes and perhaps could have had a much bigger day if Petty had been more accurate, but the mistakes are disappointing, especially after he lost a fumble last week. The production is encouraging though and maybe that first touchdown will accelerate his path towards a more significant breakout performance.

After a fantastic game last week, Quincy Enunwa had just one catch, dropped a pass and missed a couple of blocks. It would be nice to see Enunwa string together a few productive performances over the remainder of the season. The one catch he did have was a simple dump-off to the flat, which saw him break a tackle to pick up the first down. He's so good after the catch I can't understand why they don't run more plays like that to get the ball in his hands.

Brandon Marshall caught four passes for 43 yards, including three nice first downs, but his production remains way down on last year. While that's obviously attributable to poor quarterback play, it does call into question whether it would be wise for the Jets to retain him next season. With the likes of Enunwa and Anderson emerging and Eric Decker still under contract, is a veteran number one receiver like Marshall a necessity or would he only serve to block to progress of some youngsters that could potentially match his production at a lower cost?

Charone Peake was back in the lineup due to Jalin Marshall's concussion but his only target was a throw at his feet after Petty failed to adjust to a low snap.

The tight ends are starting to become a more significant feature of the passing game in recent weeks. Brandon Bostick and Austin Seferian-Jenkins caught three first down passes between them. Seferian-Jenkins was targeted five times, including once on a badly-placed fade route in the end zone by Fitzpatrick. Eric Tomlinson's role seems to be gradually increasing too and all three made contributions as blockers.

Defensive Line

Earlier this week, Bowles raised eyebrows when he said that he expects Muhammad Wilkerson to have a strong finish to the season and that he is noticing Wilkerson's explosiveness starting to return in recent games. After yet another listless performance, you have to wonder what he's talking about.

If Bowles thinks Wilkerson is anything like as explosive as the unblockable force that had been the dominant performer on the Jets' defense in every season since 2013 in recent weeks, you have to wonder if he's ever even watched film of his own player. There was concern that Bowles' system - which calls upon the linemen to attack rather than read-and-react -- could neutralize some of the best qualities of his linemen, but Wilkerson continues to drop off into read-and-react type assignments.

Did Bowles change the scheme or is he being less than honest about his levels of satisfaction in Wilkerson's role within it? I get that Bowles was trying to highlight the effect of his injuries, which might be a perfectly valid excuse for Wilkerson's disappointing production, and also might be trying to motivate Wilkerson with some encouraging words.

However, raising expectations for a guy who hasn't been producing doesn't seem like a good idea -- and neither does continuing to play your highest paid players at meaningless moments in meaningless games when they're less than 100 percent. Wilkerson ended up with one quarterback hit and was in on a handful of run stuffs, albeit mostly long after the game had ceased to be a contest.

As disappointing as Wilkerson was, Sheldon Richardson was just as bad, if not worse. He had zero tackles again, for the second time in under a month, and only got close to pressuring Andrew Luck once. He was also flagged for a late hit penalty.

At least Leonard Williams had a productive game. He had a career-high 10 tackles as he was in on several run-stuffs, recorded a half sack and was credited with three quarterback hits. He was moved around on the line in this game, but still saw plenty of reps off the edge.

I was interested to see how the Jets would react to nose tackle Steve McLendon being out. As usual, they gave Williams and Wilkerson some work there, but both were driven off the line a few times, as they obviously aren't naturally suited to playing that role full-time.

Deon Simon played significantly more than he has in any other game over the course of his career with McLendon out and showed some encouraging flashes. Initially, he was struggling to hold up against double teams, but there was a really encouraging sign later in the game when he was initially driven off the line by a double team but fought it off to get back in on a stop near the line. Simon also penetrated well a few times and got some good traction on the bull rush on passing downs. He was also credited with a half-sack. Finally, Anthony Johnson saw brief action off the bench and was in on one tackle.

Linebackers

Darron Lee had a difficult game. He was beaten for two touchdowns and two first downs in coverage and was also involved in a mix-up on the first touchdown, which saw Lee and Rontez Miles both following the same back into the flat while the tight end ran to the opposite side completely uncovered. Lee was in on a couple of plays at or near the line of scrimmage, including a couple in coverage. Also, on both touchdowns, his positioning was actually excellent and he was very unlucky not to break up the pass each time.

Still, Lee continues to be great at being half a step away from making plays. Will he ever find that half-step? If he can, he has a chance to become good. Demario Davis never did, though, so who knows if Lee ever will?

David Harris had two tackles for loss, but otherwise had a pretty quiet game and was blocked out of a few plays at the second level. He's another highly paid player who can't be considered a certainty to return next season.

With Lorenzo Mauldin out, this presented an opportunity for a more extended look at Jordan Jenkins and Mike Catapano in the outside linebacker roles. Jenkins did a pretty good job of generating pressure off the edge and redirected a few runs well in the running game. He lost contain on one play though. Catapano had just two tackles and a pressure, although that basically matches his tackle total for the rest of the season.

I thought we'd probably seen the last of Julian Stanford on defense. However, he got into the game just before halftime and immediately gave up a big pass interference penalty by failing to get his head turned around in time on a badly thrown pass. He would later badly miss a third down tackle to extend a drive.

Defensive Backs

I could tell almost immediately that Darrelle Revis wasn't going to have a good game. On the first pass of the game, Revis was playing off and the Jets tried to run a trap with Buster Skrine dropping from the slot to cover the quick out. Skrine didn't get there in time and the third down conversion was completed. Immediately you could see the shoulders slump on a dejected Revis. He's a broken man and things didn't get much better thereafter as he gave up three more first downs before breaking up a pass and making a play in run support long after the game was decided.

Later on, the Jets embarrassingly flubbed two coverages to lead to easy touchdowns for Dwayne Allen. On one of those touchdowns, Revis was probably saved from being beaten for a touchdown himself by the fact there was a blown coverage. He was badly beaten off the line for what would have been an easy touchdown pass if not for the fact that an even easier one presented itself to Luck.

The players involved -- Miles, Darryl Roberts and Marcus Gilchrist -- were seemingly discussing the matter with a coach on the sidelines. Where was the revered mentor and great teammate Revis? He was right there, but at the same time a million miles away, staring off into space, distancing himself from these teammates and his involvement in any screw-up or any responsibility in resolving it. It's not surprising to see that Revis can mentally retire to his happy place, which is no doubt a luxurious desert island somewhere, at the drop of a hat. It's too late now though. He's had his moment in the sun.



It's pretty evident Revis doesn't want to be here and you wonder if he ever really did. Yes, the Jets are going to be on the hook for some dead money when he leaves and will potentially be paying Revis to play for someone else, where he'll no doubt perform much better purely from the fact that he'll be giving some semblance of an effort. It seems increasingly unlikely that the Jets have much to gain from retaining him, though.

The Jets only used five defensive backs, which is rare in this day and age. The Colts -- despite having two starters out -- used eight, for example.

Apparently the Jets trust the likes of Juston Burris, Nick Marshall, Dexter McDougle and Antonio Allen so little that they won't even give them a single rep in the fourth quarter of a game where the team is 38 points down. What's the risk anyway? They'd have been facing a back-up quarterback who only threw two passes, so even if they were overmatched the outcome wouldn't have been rendered any more embarrassing that it already was.

Instead, they leave Revis out there and he extends a drive with a pass interference penalty on third down anyway.

Roberts continues to fail to impress me. He was asleep at the wheel as the ball was snapped quickly on one play, leading to a wide open catch as his man ran across the field. He was also beaten three times on third down, although one was dropped, and gave up a first down on a pass that Luck was trying to throw away.

Buster Skrine made a couple of plays, but was beaten for two first downs and called for a late hit penalty. Gilchrist also made a couple of plays but gave up a first down in coverage.

With Calvin Pryor out, Rontez Miles made a series of good plays, but - while I would hesitate to try and attribute blame - was involved in a few mix-ups in coverage, including both of the first two touchdowns, and also gave up a third down conversion. He made a great play to force a fumble at the goal line just before half time; otherwise the winning margin could have been even bigger than 41-10.

Special teams

Punter Lac Edwards has simply had a bad rookie season. There's no way around it. None of his five punts had a net of over 40 yards and one was a horrible shank that got a lucky bounce. His best contribution was that he helped prevent one of his punts from being returned for a touchdown by forcing the return man back inside. If you use a draft pick on a punter, you're hoping he'll be your punter for years, but the Jets would be doing themselves a disservice if they don't bring in some competition next year.

The Jets' return game continues to be underwhelming too, although Jeremy Ross got out past the 30 on one kick-off.

The blocking out in front of Ross was pretty bad, with Bostick in particular putting in a couple of lazy efforts. Although he's a starter now, it doesn't bode well for this roster that Bostick is secure enough in his spot that he feels he can put in a half-hearted effort on special teams. It's only Brandon Bostick! He should not be taking his spot for granted.

It's worth noting that Leonard Williams almost blocked a punt in the fourth quarter. That begs the question of why on earth Williams would be in the game on special teams trying to block a punt in the fourth quarter of a meaningless 30+ point game. There's no justification for that, surely.

At least Nick Folk had a drama-free game with a 38-yard field goal and a successful extra point. Two of his three kick-offs were touchbacks.

Finally, in coverage, the Jets gave up a big punt return on a play where Lee and Allen both got lit up and Burris had a couple of mistakes including a missed tackle.

Final thoughts

You only had to look out into the parking lot to see that nobody in green and white bothered to show up for yesterday's game. That includes the players of course. However, the question of whether Jets fans get the team they deserve or the Jets team gets the fans it deserves is the makings of an ongoing chicken-egg debate I don't even want to attempt to answer. The season has spiraled downhill into a vicious cycle where the team couldn't muster up the pride to put forward a competitive effort against a good-but-not-great team in front of a national audience.

I think Todd Bowles has slowly-but-surely arrived at the realization that this season was over a long time ago and things aren't likely to get any better. There are some veterans on this team that don't deserve to be playing as many reps as they are while younger and hungrier players sit on the bench. While many of those players might struggle when they finally get the chance, if just one shines then that's a more productive outcome than anything they'd be likely to get from a disgruntled veteran that might be on his way out anyway.

The game was not entirely without positive signs as players like Simon and Jenkins showed some potential. Finding similar positive contributions to build upon over the next month should be the focus if they don't want to completely waste the rest of this season.

Coming up next is a game against the 49ers which is probably the Jets' best chance if they're going to win at least one more game this year. The 49ers have lost 11 in a row and are coming off a game where they benched their starting quarterback despite some competitive games over the last month or so.

Once that game is out of the way, the Jets have to weigh up the chance to play spoiler versus each of their AFC East rivals in turn against the importance of draft positioning. Play like they did yesterday, though, and they probably won't win another game anyway, regardless of whether or not they are trying to tank for a higher pick.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After a 1-7 start, nothing seemed to be going right for the Jets this season.

But in the last couple of weeks, the team has managed to go on a modest two-game winning streak, scoring exactly 34 points a game in wins over the Giants and Redskins. 

And while a 3-7 record still has the Jets in a whole, Gang Green now has a chance to win a third straight game on Sunday afternoon when the Oakland Raiders visit MetLife Stadium.

The key for the Jets is to build off what they've been able to accomplish the last two weeks, and not slide back into bad habits from the first half of the season. 

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) attempts a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) attempts a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Ahead of the 2019 season, right tackle Brandon Shell was widely regarded among Mike Maccagnan's most successful draft picks and a candidate to remain with the team at the end of his rookie deal. However, an early season benching seemed to signify that the Jets were perhaps preparing to move on from the 27 year old. Recently, injuries have necessitated a return to the starting line-up for Shell, who seems to have held up well. This begs the question as to whether the Jets may still have a use for him.

Shell was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, after the Jets traded away a 2017 mid-round pick to select the former South Carolina Gamecock. Shell looked the part and had good bloodlines -- his uncle is NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell -- but scouts figured he'd need some technical refinement before he could contribute at the NFL level.

Having ridden the bench for much of his rookie season, Shell started three games at the end of the year, during which he fared better than expected. He then won the starting job at training camp the following summer and started 26 of 32 games as the first-choice right tackle over the next two seasons.

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Bell on his 5th HGH drug test 00:02:22
Le'Veon Bell spoke out after being selected for a 5th HGH drug test. He asks how it's random and says he doesn't want to be tested again.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell went on Twitter Wednesday morning to rant about the NFL already issuing five random drug tests in the first 10 weeks of the season. And he made sure to add that he won't be taking another test moving forward. 

Well, he doubled down on that statement after practice. 

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

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

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

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

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE TWEET

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Jordan Jenkins (Vincent Carchietta)

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While the 2019 season hasn't gone to plan for the Jets, linebacker Jordan Jenkins has been one bright spot. Despite missing some time due to injury, Jenkins is second on the team with five sacks and seems to have made some tangible improvements in his contract year.

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported over the weekend that the Jets are eager to extend Jenkins before the end of the season, much as they did with Quincy Enunwa in his contract year last season. Let's consider what Jenkins brings to the table and his value on the open market.

Jenkins -- who is still only 25 -- impressed with his ability to set the edge against the run when he first arrived in the NFL, but only registered 5.5 sacks across his first two seasons. While he was more productive as a pass rusher last year, tying for the team lead with a career-high seven sacks, he seemed to regress against the run. This year, however, he's putting together the best all-round season of his career.

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Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

Count former Jets head coach Rex Ryan among those who wouldn't be in favor of having Colin Kaepernick on his team.

Kaepernick, who has basically been blackballed from the NFL since 2017 due to his outspokenness and actions while protesting and drawing attention to police brutality and social justice, worked out Saturday for interested teams -- including the Jets.

"The NFL doesn't have to have this kid play," Ryan said Monday during an appearance on Get Up on ESPN.

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

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

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

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) is tackled by New York Jets defensive back Blessuan Austin (31) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets rookie cornerback Blessuan Austin was the Jets highest-rated defender in the team's Week 11 win over the Redskins on Sunday, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Austin made his NFL debut in Week 10 against the Giants, making three tackles and forcing a fumble. On Sunday against Washington, he was targeted six times, allowing just three catches for nine yards. He also chipped in with three tackles.

"He's not afraid," Gase said of Austin last week. "He's not shy of confidence. He's confident in himself. He did a lot of good stuff. It was good to see him around the ball."  

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Jamal Adams got a lot of laughs a few weeks ago when he compared himself to Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and a few more when he refused to back down from those words. His point, though, was serious - that he's really important to the Jets, and he should be treated that way.

The last two weeks he made that clear on the field.

In fact, it'll be hard to find a better two-game stretch in Adams' three-year NFL career. He had three sacks on Sunday in the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins, and for a second straight week was making plays all over the field. He's now had five sacks in the last two weeks, six in the last three, and that season-total of six is a Jetsrecord for a defensive back.

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Scripted plays helping Darnold 00:01:56
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase explains how the communication between him and Sam Darnold has improved in scripting plays on gameday.

The Jets started their blowout loss to the Patriots in Week 7 with an interception two plays into the game. Since then, the Jets have opened their last four games in a row with touchdowns. 

So what's different? Opening drives by NFL teams are often scripted. The ensuing one might be as well. 

But quarterback Sam Darnold isn't crediting a script for the Jets' early-game successes. Instead, it's all about building the right beat coming out of the gate for Gang Green's offense, the quarterback said on Monday. 

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The Jets find themselves in a two-game win streak, and technically their playoff hopes are still alive. They will continue to focus on this season, but it was probably hard not to see what happened this weekend in college football that could alter the NFL Draft next year.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa had "No. 1 Draft pick" written all over him heading into Mississippi State. However, he suffered a brutal hip dislocation that not only ended his season, but has now put his career in potential danger. 

Many 2020 NFL mock drafts had Tagovailoa slated to go to the Bengals first overall, but with his draft stock now busted, things have definitely shaken up.

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The Jets had offensive line news heading into their Week 11 meeting with the Washington Redskins and then left the 34-17 win with a bit more.

On Saturday, the Jets placed center Ryan Kalil on their injured reserve list, ending his season. A day prior, New York head coach Adam Gase didn't sound like that was going to happen as he said on Friday that Kalil did not have any sort of setback after missing two-straight games due to a knee injury.

Gase addressed that roster move for the first time on Monday but was mostly mum on the decision.

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Sam Darnold tossed four touchdowns as the Jets took down the Redskins on Sunday to win their second-straight game and improve to 3-7 on the season.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) after their game at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Sam Darnold knows from experience what life as an NFL rookie quarterback is like.

So after Dwayne Haskins struggled for the Redskins in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Jets, Darnold sought out Washington's first-year signal caller at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, and shared some words of advice.

"I just told him after the game to keep his head up," Darnold said. "No matter what people say, the doubters, people who are going to say anything bad about him, I just said, 'Walk it out, man. Just continue to go to work. And if you go to work every single day, it'll be all right.'"

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Report Cards for the 34-17 win 00:03:41
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott give out their grades for the 34-17 win over the Redskins. Spoiler: it's a lot of B's but one group doesn't pass.

Sunday's 34-17 victory against the Washington Redskins saw the New York Jets go on the road to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, with execution on both sides of the ball.

One glaring area, however, did not sit well with SNY analysts Ray Lucas and Bart Scott when they joined host Jonas Schwartz for "Jets Post Game" and revealed their report cards.

From offense to defense and special teams, plus coaching and more, the crew assesses how the Jets (3-7) fared in Week 11's 17-point win over the Redskins (1-9).

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs after a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Ryan Griffin gave Sam Darnold the go-to target that the Jets needed in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Washington Redskins.

As the second-year quarterback completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 percent) for 293 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to one interception, the veteran tight end was New York's leading receiver with five receptions for 109 yards (21.8 average) and a touchdown.

Griffin, who caught all five passes Darnold targeted him on and hauled in a long of 45 yards, buried the Redskins (1-9) with 36 seconds left in the second quarter when he caught his 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Jets (3-7) ahead, 20-3, at halftime.

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Jamal Adams keeps getting better 00:01:36
Jamal Adams has 5 sacks in the last two games. Adams since the trade deadline has taken his game to another level. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

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Jamal Adams got a lot of laughs a few weeks ago when he compared himself to Tom Brady and Aaron Donald, and a few more when he refused to back down from those words. His point, though, was serious - that he's really important to the Jets, and he should be treated that way.

The last two weeks he made that clear on the field.

In fact, it'll be hard to find a better two-game stretch in Adams' three-year NFL career. He had three sacks on Sunday in the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins, and for a second straight week was making plays all over the field. He's now had five sacks in the last two weeks, six in the last three, and that season-total of six is a Jetsrecord for a defensive back.

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Bell on the 34-17 Jets win 00:00:47
Le'Veon Bell talks to Jeane Coakley on the field after the Jets beats the Redskins. It's the first back-to-back wins for the Jets this year.

After the Jets' 34-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday, running back Le'Veon Bell spoke to SNY's Jeane Coakley on the field about his offensive line's strong performance.

"Those guys did great," Bell said. "Covered guys up well, got out of double teams, protected well. Those guys played real solid. I'm sure they'll be happy (about) today's performance and try to get better for next week.

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Crowder on beating the Redskins 00:01:15
Jamison Crowder talks to Jeane Coakley after the Jets beat his former team, the Redskins. Crowder scored a 29-yard touchdown.

He was a man the Redskins drafted 105th overall back in 2015 out of Duke -- someone they believed would be their secret weapon in the passing game for years to come. 

But, on Sunday in Washington D.C., Jamison Crowder was handing it to his former employer instead. 

The Jets took down the lowly Redskins, 34-17, on the road, and Crowder played a big part in that. He hauled in five receptions for 76 yards with a 29-yard touchdown as the big highlight from his performance. 

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Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 17, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

It was a career day for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold on Sunday against the Redskins, as the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft threw for a personal best four touchdowns in the win.

Darnold was 19-of-30 passing for 293 yards to go along with four touchdowns and an interception. He averaged 9.8 yards per attempt, a big time improvement from his season average of 6.4 yards per attempt. 

He finished the game with a quarterback rating of 121.3, which is the second highest of his career and best rating in a game this season. His career-high quarterback rating of 128.4 came in Week 16 of the 2018 season against the Green Bay Packers. Darnold's previous season-high rating of 113.8 came in the team's Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

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Jets react to strong performance 00:01:33
The Jets react to their total team win. Everyone says consistency is the key. Gase, Darnold, Bell and Adams speak.

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The game against the Giants wasn't a fluke. Sam Darnold really is back on track.

The Jets' franchise quarterback had one of his finest games of the season on Sunday, shredding the awful Washington Redskins in a 34-17 win. He completed 19-of-30 passes for 293 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.

Granted, it was against the Redskins and they are a truly bad team. But the 22-year-old Darnold showed a lot of the things that made people think he was destined for greatness before he began to regress earlier this season. He made a lot of throws outside the pocket, which has always been his specialty. He showed patience and leadership in the pocket, and some fantastic throws.

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Jets week in review 00:02:51
Ralph Vacchiano examines the week that was for the Jets with Quincy Enunwa tweets and season-ending IR for Ryan Kalil.

There was a lot going on for the Jets this season, and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano broke it all down Inside the Pylon.

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The 2-7 Jets travel to our nation's capital to face the 1-8 Redskins on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Nov. 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)
Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)

Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod in recent years and his opportunity to finally workout for NFL teams on Saturday went no differently. 

After a disagreement about the way the workout would go down in Atlanta, Kaepernick moved the time and location.

Per a release from the NFL, at 2:30 p.m., Kaepernick, upset with the lack of media viewing allowed for the workout, moved the event an hour away from the original location and slated it for a 4 p.m. start. The new location also included a live stream of his workout. 

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Jets vs Skins preview 00:01:08
With QB Sam Darnold seemingly back in the groove, the Jets look to make it two wins in a row when they face the Redskins on Sunday.

Like much of his team's 2019 season, things haven't gone according to plan for Jets running back Le'Veon Bell

Brought in by the team's former front office led by then-general manager Mike Maccagnan, Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets this offseason after sitting out last season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. The plan was a Bell-Sam Darnold one-two punch on the Jets offense. 

Easier said than done so far. 

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Colin Kaepernick was set to hold a workout in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, and while it's still expected to take place, the time and location have been moved.

The stage was set for 24 NFL teams, including both the Jets and Giants, to get a look at Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

But shortly before the workout was set to take place, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported there was an issue.

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Gase, Jets look for 2 in a row 00:01:25
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase about the support of ownership and the progression of QB Sam Darnold.

The Ryan Kalil experiment for the Jets has come to an end. 

The Jets announced on Saturday that the center will head to the injured reserve list, ending his season, and perhaps career. 

In a corresponding move, the Jets signed offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi to the team's 53-man roster from their practice squad.

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

This season, the Jets have had losing streaks of four and three games, but for just the second time this season, the Jets have a chance to win two games in a row.

"Guys have just put their head down and go to work," Adam Gase said on Friday. "Once we hit Wednesday, we put last week behind us. Our guys know, and we talked about it before, we got to get ready for the next one because that's the only one that matters.

"You never want to take a step back, you want to be able to look at your season and say, 'Hey, we're getting better as we go,' and then you're playing the best football at the end of the year. That's why to me these last seven games are so important. Keep trending upward, we don't want to be peaks and valleys."

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Jets prep for Redskins 00:01:28
Le'Veon Bell and Gregg Williams on the challenges the Redskins will present on both sides of the ball this Sunday

In the first half of the Jets' season, almost anything that could have gone wrong, did.

With Sam Darnold sidelined for three games due to mono, plus other injuries to key players like CJ Mosley, the Jets stumbled out of the gates to a 1-7 record.

But Gang Green rebounded to beat the Giants last week in a 34-27 game, and now the team hopes to take some momentum into this Sunday's game at Washington.

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January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Colin Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but the quarterback could be making his return to NFL action in the near future. 

Kaepernick will hold a private workout on Saturday in Atlanta, and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has previously confirmed that both the Jets and Giants will be in attendance. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, more than 24 NFL teams will be on hand to watch the former 49er work out.

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