In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others...


Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty...

Bent: In many ways, Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance encapsulates perfectly what ails this Jets team. Aside from the two terrible interceptions, his performance was mostly okay. However, those interceptions are all that will be remembered from this game, as should be the case because they were more than enough to cancel out any positives he had.

The team as a whole has taken on the personality of its so-called leader, making plenty of good plays, winning matchups on a consistent basis and having small stretches of dominant play, only to see this all undone by the occasional dumb and avoidable mistake. By gifting Miami points, possession or the chance to extend a drive over and over again, the Jets threw away the chance of a third straight win and killed off the momentum of their season.

The first interception was clearly on Fitzpatrick, who failed to identify the defensive tackle dropping into coverage. By contrast, it's likely the second interception wasn't Fitzpatrick's fault. Once again that sums up the Jets perfectly, because it emphasizes how the issues with this team extend further than just him. It looked like he was expecting Brandon Marshall to break to the back pylon on the throw.

The wasteful turnover, on third down in the red zone, was reminiscent of the season finale in Buffalo last year. Just as in that game, if the Jets settled for a field goal, they probably would have had a chance to win the game with another field goal later on. Did you say to yourself "I bet he throws an interception here" as the ball was being snapped? I know I did.

And yet Fitzpatrick bounced back from that to fire a go-ahead touchdown pass with five minutes to go, only for the special teams unit to immediately hand back the lead on the ensuing kickoff. But nobody's going to remember that a few weeks from now.

By the way, I accidentally typed "Sanchez" instead of "Fitzpatrick" while writing that last paragraph. That can't be a good sign.

We've picked (no pun intended) apart enough games like this from Fitzpatrick this season, but a third quarter knee injury provided some intrigue in the form of Bryce Petty's first NFL appearance.

Petty entered the game with the Jets trailing, completed all of his passes, posted a 106.2 quarterback rating and led a scoring drive. I'm sure this will provide adequate ammunition for Petty supporters to call for him to take over for Fitzpatrick -- assuming Fitzpatrick's MRI doesn't leave the team with any choice in the matter.

Let's put his performance into perspective, though. Petty threw a couple of quick drop, single-read dump-offs at the line of scrimmage and the drive stalled inside the red zone. If that's all the Jets trust him to do right now, then they'll struggle to move the ball over a longer sample size.

I'm not averse to the idea of giving Petty his shot, though, especially now that any slim chance of resurrecting the season seems to have permanently slipped from the team's grasp. He came in and handled his assignments efficiently, regardless of the degree of difficulty, and it is an important step to finally have managed to get his feet wet at this level.

I remain concerned that installing him into the starting lineup too early could do more harm than good in terms of his longer term future, though. But perhaps this offensive staff will do a better job of finding creative ways to gradually expand the playbook on the fly once he gets his shot. It seems increasingly likely his day will come soon.

Offensive Line

Bent: When Ryan Clady wasn't included on the inactive list, it was assumed he must be healthy enough to start. However, Clady was obviously only kept active for emergency duties because Ben Ijalana started and played the whole game at left tackle. With Nick Mangold also out, it was apparent the Jets were going to be overmatched on the offensive line and that proved to be the case all day.

Early on, they tried double-teaming Ndamukong Suh, but that was largely ineffective. He simply walked a double-team from Brian Winters and Breno Giacomini into the backfield to blow up one early run. Later on, the Jets had some success by spreading the line out laterally to find some running lanes, which was the same approach they had success with against Miami last season. The Dolphins seemed to adjust well to this, though, and the running game grinded to a halt after halftime.

While there were a couple of well-blocked plays, the run blocking was extremely inconsistent across the board. Everyone made mistakes except from Dakota Dozier, whose excellent lane-opening block at the second level sprung Matt Forté for a first-half touchdown run on his only offensive snap. The starters also combined for four penalties, including two by Giacomini.

The Jets had more success through the air, but really struggled in pass protection. Early on, the plan seemed to be for one of the guards to help Wesley Johnson engage Suh cleanly, then peel off to try and help out one of the tackles. They both needed the help, as each was beaten several times off the edge. Giacomini's lateral footspeed was no match for Cameron Wake, who beat him easily around the outside for two strip sacks, while Ijalana got beaten for several pressures.

There was plenty of interior pressure too, though. James Carpenter gave up more pressure than he has all season because he was struggling to cope with bull rushes. Johnson got beaten for the hit that knocked Fitzpatrick out of the game and Suh burned Winters for a big sack to force the Jets to punt with four minutes to go. That proved to be their last chance.

There's worse news next week, as the Rams' defensive line is even better than Miami's. For all the talk over the quarterback position, if Clady and Mangold are both out again, whoever is at quarterback will be defying the odds if he lasts the whole game.

Quarterbacks

Bent: Forté had a solid statline with 92 rushing yards and a touchdown. However, 63 of those yards came on two runs where he broke into the open field untouched and he otherwise didn't have a run longer than six yards. He also didn't catch a pass.

While he showed good burst on his touchdown run and made a nice cut at the second level on his other long run, Forté and the running game carried no kind of threat into the second half. After carrying the ball twice on the first two plays of the third quarter, Forté carried the ball just three more times the rest of the way, for 10 yards.

With the Jets playing from behind and moving the ball with modest success through the air, Bilal Powell saw more of the workload and touches in the second half. His 10 touches accounted for 51 yards but just two first downs -- both on short passes. He also fielded a downfield lateral from Fitzpatrick on a fun play reminiscent of Vinny Testaverde and Curtis Martin on the game-winning drive in a memorable 2001 win over the Colts.

In his Jets debut, CJ Spiller saw some action on offense but did not get any touches. Interestingly, they only used him as a wide receiver.

Receivers

Bent: Brandon Marshall zigged when Fitzpatrick expected him to zag on the second of his two interceptions. If Marshall ran the wrong route there, it's at least the third time this year that's happened, with an interception being the inevitable outcome each time.

Marshall led the Jets with six catches - including a spectacular one-handed snag -- and also drew three defensive penalties. However, he was shut out in the fourth quarter when the Jets needed him most.

Once again, the youngsters continue to show flashes, perhaps representing the main bright spot to be taken from this destined-to-be-lost season. This week, Jalin Marshall stepped into a bigger role from the start, leading the Jets in receiving yards and scoring what - for about 20 seconds - looked like it was going to be the winning touchdown. Marshall also made a nice falling grab, broke a couple of tackles on a nice catch-and-run and made a great block at the second level.

Charone Peake got the start, but saw his playing time and opportunities reduced this week after having been limited in practice during the week. He contributed one first down by drawing a hold on third down, though.

Robby Anderson still seems the closest of the three to becoming a breakout star. Only the slightest contact on his shoulder saw him ruled down by contact, denying him a 40-yard touchdown after a spectacular leaping grab on third down. He could have had another touchdown had Fitzpatrick not overthrown him deep when he had a step on his man. Anderson had one other first down catch and has four games in a row with at least three catches.

Disappointingly, Quincy Enunwa hasn't shown the same kind of consistent production over the last month. His 25-yard catch over the middle in the fourth quarter was his only reception of the game and actually the only time he was thrown to after halftime. In the first half he was shut out, although he drew one penalty flag and almost came up with one catch down the seam.

The Jets ran 12 plays inside the red zone before they finally scored a touchdown. There's no question they miss Eric Decker there more than anywhere, especially since it makes Marshall being the primary target all the more obvious. However, on two third down incompletions inside the 10, it looked like Austin Seferian-Jenkins was wide open.

While he might conceivably provide a decent red zone threat, Seferian-Jenkins had a really poor game as a run blocker. With the much-maligned Kellen Davis out, some fans were hopeful the running game wouldn't suffer too much. But the downgrade was immediately apparent. On 2nd-and-short at the five yard line on the opening drive, he was driven into the backfield and the run was blown up for a loss. He also had two bad whiffs at the second level, including one in another key short yardage situation.

Brandon Bostick made a good block on Forté's touchdown run, but allowed another run to be bottled up and wasn't targeted all day. In fact, the only pass to a tight end all day was Fitzpatrick's first interception.

Defensive Line

Bent: I was immediately concerned when the Jets' starting defense took the field without Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson and continued to leave them on the bench throughout the first quarter. Richardson's previous off-field transgressions are well-publicized, but we shouldn't forget Wilkerson was suspended for the first quarter of the Giants game last year for missing a team meeting. I expect an explanation for their absence will present itself in due course, so I won't dwell on it too much for the time being. But it's a worrisome sign.

The Dolphins scored a touchdown on their only full drive of the first quarter, with the Jets' offense mitigating the potential damage by controlling most of the clock with two scoring drives of their own. The defensive line wasn't really to blame for any of the yardage on that drive anyway - and when Wilkerson and Richardson re-entered the game, the next drive also ended in a touchdown for the Dolphins.

You'd hope two things would've happened that would have led to these apparent team-imposed suspensions actually working out well for the team. First, once entering the game, you'd have expected each player to be particularly hungry and motivated to perform well to make up for the fact they let the team down. Second, you'd have expected them to play better down the stretch due to being fresher than usual. However, neither of these things happened.

As noted, Miami marched down and scored on their first drive with the pair back in the game, although that was the last touchdown they'd score on offense all day. The defense certainly improved once Richardson and Wilkerson hit their stride, generating as much pressure as they have all year and stifling Miami's red-hot running game for most of the day with contributions from both.

Down the stretch, however, the pressures and run stuffs dried up and the Dolphins were able to ice the game. Wilkerson in particular found himself sealed off on the edge of the line three or four times down the stretch, although it happened to Richardson once too. That would usually never happen to either of them. Richardson was in on a lot of plays but let himself down with two costly penalties.

Leonard Williams has been relatively quiet over the last few weeks, but this might have been his best game of the year. Officially, he had two quarterback hits and two tackles for loss but that doesn't tell the whole story. Williams was disruptive all day as a pass rusher, generating pressure on several other plays. He also blew up several running plays with penetration and was in on a handful of run stuffs.

Steve McLendon and Jarvis Jenkins were in the starting lineup, but Jenkins didn't play much after the first quarter. McLendon was credited with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble on the first defensive snap of the game, but otherwise didn't contribute much.

Despite Wilkerson and Richardson being absent in the first quarter, Deon Simon saw action on just one short yardage snap.

Linebackers

Bent: With Darron Lee and Bruce Carter still out, Julian Stanford continues to be forced into a full time role. For the second straight week, the opposition was able to exploit him and he made a series of mistakes to extend drives.

If you watched the game, you'll be acutely aware of his four missed tackles and two penalties, many of which came on third down. However, just as costly were the plays where he was caught out of position. Twice in coverage, a receiver that would have been his responsibility was left wide open and twice in the running game, he seemed to vacate his lane, leading to a big run.

Stanford was on the practice squad until a couple of weeks ago, so he's being forced into a role which appears beyond him. When 10 defensive players do their job but one makes a mistake that leads to the play being successful anyway, that can be demoralizing for a defense.

Either Lee or Carter returning would make a difference, but with Lee being a rookie and Carter also being prone to missed assignments at times, that's unlikely to completely resolve matters. Until that time, teams are going to continue to look to isolate Stanford and take advantage of his inexperience.

David Harris had a quiet game, with none of his five tackles made within four yards of the line of scrimmage. That perhaps emphasizes how it was Stanford they were running at or targeting in coverage. Harris was blocked out at the second level on one big run, which looked like an obvious hold. Miami also seemed to get away with a series of holds at the point of attack during the game.

Harris was close to a major game-changing play when he recovered an apparent lateral pass and took it down inside the Miami five-yard line. It's probably correct that the play was too close to overturn but it looked like a lateral to me and perhaps wouldn't have been overturned if called that way on the field either, so the Dolphins caught a break. Timeouts are important, but perhaps a challenge was worth it there. As it turns out, the Jets got the ball back and scored anyway, so that decision didn't cost them the game.

Another positive is that Lorenzo Mauldin has emerged nicely over the past three weeks. The Jets are definitely better off since Richardson has moved back onto the line, freeing up reps for their outside linebackers. Mauldin was officially credited with half a sack and two other quarterback hits but also created pressure on a couple more plays. After having just seven total pressures in the first six games, Mauldin has 15 in the last three.

Even more encouraging than his ability to create pressure was that Mauldin made some nice plays against the run, shooting gaps to get in on a couple of run stuffs and driving his man upfield on the outside to force another run back inside, shedding the block to get in on the stop. However, the Jets used the same defensive scheme as last week on a couple of plays where Mauldin crashed inside and Stanford peeled outside to contain the edge. Miami anticipated this and had some success cutting back and running directly into the teeth of this stunt.

Mike Catapano and Jordan Jenkins were each exploited in coverage, with Catapano giving up a 20-yard gain on a wheel route and Jenkins beaten outside for a short touchdown pass. Jenkins had a chance to redeem himself but dropped an easy interception with Miami in the red zone, which easily could have been a pick six. He had a couple of pressures and was in on a couple of stops in the backfield, though.

Josh Martin was also credited with a half sack, making a good inside move. He and Catapano only played eight snaps combined.

Defensive Backs

Bent: Despite losing Marcus Williams early in the game, the secondary actually had one of their best games, holding Ryan Tannehill to less than 150 yards passing. In fact, over 100 of those yards came against the linebackers.

Despite his recent struggles, Darrelle Revis wasn't targeted all day. I wonder if Miami suspected that his comments during the week - where he essentially admitted he isn't very good anymore - were an effort to dupe them into challenging him. Then again, perhaps Revis anticipated this response and it was an audacious triple-bluff that prevented him from being isolated in coverage.

Considering the mostly-manufactured conflab about his lack of effort on a few plays over the past few weeks, I was surprised to see Revis approaching a couple of tackle attempts tentatively and conservatively in the first half, but that's probably a good thing. When people started saying the same things about Kerry Rhodes, he started going for big hits and gambling for impact plays and it did not end well.

Buster Skrine returned to the lineup and did well in coverage. The only first down catch he gave up was negated by off-setting penalties. However, he did make a couple of mistakes in the open field.

Darryl Roberts stepped in for Williams and gave up a couple of first downs -- one on an easy quick slant where he was playing too far off and another as he badly missed an open field tackle in the flat. On another play, he made a good tackle in the flat and he also did well to force a run back inside on the edge. However, he got lucky on one overthrow where the receiver had a step on him deep.

Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor held up quite well at safety. Gilchrist broke up one pass, as all three targets thrown his way were incomplete. Pryor was also in good position on three third down incompletions, breaking up the last one with a hit on the receiver. Pryor also made a couple of plays in run support, including one where he knifed into the backfield to make a tackle for loss.

Rontez Miles and Antonio Allen saw brief action at safety, with Miles making a good open field tackle on one play in coverage. Juston Burris didn't play again, though, and his reps have dried up, as he's played just three snaps in the last four games.

While it was a solid performance overall by the secondary, it was infuriating early on when the Jets handed the Dolphins two first downs with personal fouls. I have some sympathy for Skrine because Jarvis Landry was clearly the instigator of the incident that led to his penalty, but you still can't afford to lose your cool like that. I have no sympathy whatsoever for Pryor, who cancelled out a nice play by dancing around unnecessarily and drawing a taunting flag.

You want the team to be fired up and playing with energy, but when they're struggling, the approach has to be more business-like, mature and disciplined. Act like you've done it before because incidents like that are pathetic, embarrassing, selfish and, frankly, can sometimes make you hard to root for.

Special teams

Bent: For a change, special teams were a big story this week, with the Dolphins scoring the winning touchdown on a kickoff return, not long after they had a special teams blunder that almost gifted the game to the Jets. There was also a punt return touchdown negated by a penalty and a return game muff.

The Dolphins looked dangerous on kick returns all day so it was pretty risky to lay the ball up and play contain rather than trying to boot a touchback each time. However, after Allen was flagged for offside, Nick Folk had to kick from five yards deeper, leading to the long touchdown return.

That penalty - which was unequivocally a bad call - negated a kickoff that the Jets had managed to blow up inside the 20 yard line despite Jakeem Grant breaking six tackles. Would Miami have won the game if the original kickoff had stood? After the first two touchdown drives, only one of their seven drives covered more than 30 yards, so the above perhaps seems unlikely.

What happened to the coverage units that looked much better earlier in the year than those of last year? Personnel-wise, I believe Carter, Lee, Davis and Marcus Williams were the only core special teamers missing. That shouldn't make a massive difference, especially since Carter is the only one of those I'd regard as especially good on special teams. However, it was his replacement - Taiwan Jones - who got drawn slightly out of his lane and missed the key tackle. Behind him, Skrine - deputizing for Williams - picked the wrong lane to fill and was unable to make a saving tackle.



Part of the issue, which becomes particularly apparent when forced to introduce a couple of new players due to injury, is a lack of live game reps because returns are so rare these days. That's the case on the punt unit too, which means there's a downside to having a punter who specializes in getting good hangtime to limit the chance of a return.

When such a punter kicks it too far, the coverage units are less organized and perhaps less prepared to actually cover than they ideally would be. That's what happened on Lac Edwards' second quarter punt that was returned for a long touchdown by Grant. Ironically, that was negated by a penalty which Allen himself drew by being blocked in the back.

Overall, the Jets missed nine tackles on just five returns, with Catapano and Peake guilty on the negated punt return and Pryor managing to miss two on one kick return. More damage could have been done if not for good open field plays by Miles and Nick Marshall. Peake also had a penalty on special teams, as did Ijalana.

Edwards is really struggling right now. Perhaps nervous about kicking the ball too far, he had two other punts that were too high and short, netting just 35 and 33 yards. Compounding matters, long- snapper Tanner Purdum still seems to be firing bullseyes with a lot less accuracy than he has in the past.

Jalin Marshall continues to have his own issues in the return game, as he muffed an easy fair catch and was lucky to recover the ball deep in Jets territory. He made 10 yards on his only punt return of the day, but was replaced on kickoffs by Spiller, who looked pretty slow and didn't get past the 25 on either of his return attempts.

Spiller made one big play on special teams, blowing up the punter after his fumble to set the Jets up for the go-ahead score. Somehow it seems fitting that the special teams threw that lead away, though.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Each year, football fans anxiously await the new Madden NFL game to hit the shelves. But their player ratings generate even more buzz. 

Well, EA Sports has released their initial rankings for each team, and Jets fans may not like where their team has ended up. 

At the moment, the Jets are a 78 overall with an 73 offense and 80 defense, which is good for the sixth-worst team in the game. The Dolphins, an AFC East rival, are the game's worst team at 72 overall, while the Bills are third-worst at 78 overall. The Super Bowl defending-champion Patriots are an overall 87. 

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Chris Herndon (89) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Chris Herndon (89) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Last week, the Jets announced that tight end Chris Herndon would be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season. This will obviously be a blow for the team, as they look to establish their new-look offense under Adam Gase. Herndon caught 39 passes last year to lead all rookie tight ends, including 32 over the last 10 games.

However, if the Jets intend to make a move to improve their tight end depth and give themselves further cover at the position, the options are somewhat unappealing.

Last month, even before the Herndon suspension was announced, Bucky Brooks wrote on NFL.com that the Jets should consider trading for veteran Jimmy Graham. However, adding a veteran who is past his prime and still on a high salary would be an overreaction at this point, especially if they had to give up anything of value to acquire him from the Packers.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Chris Herndon, Eric Tomlinson
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Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye built a strong chemistry when the two were rookies in 2017. Last season injuries prevented the duo from building on that start to their careers. 

Due to a slew of injuries, including shoulder and thumb issues, Maye was held to only six games played in 2018. Adams wasn't shaken by injuries. His season went in the opposite direction as he landed his first Pro Bowl nod. 

However, Adams recognizes the success of the Jets' secondary takes more than just him and he recently told the team's website that he's excited to have Maye back healthy and ready to go for this year's training camp. 

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Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants receiver Quadree Henderson (15) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants receiver Quadree Henderson (15) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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The Jets' 2019 roster is already starting to take shape but finding unexpected contributions and building depth from unlikely sources is something that could really help them progress to the next level.

Let's highlight 10 players that haven't received much attention during the offseason, each of whom has a chance to end up on the final roster.

WR Quadree Henderson

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) catches a pass over Indianapolis Colts cornerback Chris Milton (28) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets tight end Chris Herndon has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the team announced on Friday. 

Herndon, 23, pleaded guilty to a DUI that occurred in June 2018 back in January. 

He received a 90-day driver's license suspension and was fined $639 in municipal court while the NFL continued to investigate. A first-time offender is typically given a two-game suspension, per the league's alcohol policy, but the commissioner can impose additional discipline for aggravating circumstances. 

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Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The NFL is starting to get creative in its continued pursuit for an 18-game schedule. 

According to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal, one idea being proposed among owners is to limit players to a maximum of 16 regular season games. That would mean, by rule, the Giants and Jets would have to pick at least two games for players like Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold to sit out. 

The NFLPA has pushed back against an 18-game schedule, largely because the toll an extra two games would place on the players' bodies would be too much to handle on top of an already grueling 16-game schedule. Giants long snapper and NFLPA vice president Zak DeOssie voiced these concerns back in June. 

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Avery Williamson joins Jeane Coakley for a day at SNY. Williamson tries his hand at broadcasting and gets a behind-the-scenes look at SNY.

Avery Williamson's tenure with the Jets got off to a solid start in 2018, but could a career in sports broadcasting be in his future?

The Jets linebacker recently stopped by the SNY Studios and learned all the ins and outs of the business. Watch as he goes over his shot sheets, stops by the makeup room, and makes his way to the SNY desk.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

Walt Michaels, former head coach of the New York Jets, died on Wednesday, his daughter told the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader. He was 89.

Michaels spent six seasons with the Jets as the bench boss, racking up a 39-47-1 overall.

His playing cabegan in 1951 as a seventh-round pick by the Cleveland Browns, but was traded to the Green Bay Packers before his rookie season where he played one season. From 1952-1961, he returned to the Browns where he played linebacker. Michaels was a five-time Pro Bowler.

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Dec 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) congratulate each other after New England's win at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Dec 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) congratulate each other after New England's win at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

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With training camp just a couple of weeks away, it's a good time to take stock of the rest of the AFC East. Let's review some of the big storylines for each of the Jets' rivals, and assess where they should stand in the Power Rankings...

1. New England Patriots - 2018 record: 11-5

Ordinarily, you'd expect any team to struggle to overcome the loss of key contributors like Trey Flowers, Rob Gronkowski and Trent Brown, among others. However, the Patriots have traditionally had no problems integrating replacements for their departing stars.

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass while Green Bay Packers defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass while Green Bay Packers defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) defends during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Both of New York's football teams have potential MVP candidates in their backfield, according to Bovada. Only one of the two have a player under center that was given odds, though.

Odds Shark released Bovada's latest odds for the NFL's 2019 MVP Award and both Jets running back Le'Veon Bell and Giants running back Saquon Barkley were listed by the odds makers. Both landed with +5000 odds to take home the top-individual silverware next season.

The only rusher with higher odds to land the honor was Alvin Kamara from the New Orleans Saints.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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There's a new general manager (Joe Douglas), a new head coach (Adam Gase), a new star (Le'Veon Bell), and a new attitude (Gregg Williams and many others). All of that has the Jets thinking this is going to be a great season.

But the "old" quarterback -- 22-year-old Sam Darnold -- is still the biggest reason for hope of all.

The Jets may not be ready to say it publicly, but internally they are thinking playoffs. In fact, they're expecting their first playoff berth since 2010. They may not be ready to win the AFC East, but they feel there's no reason why they can't emerge as an AFC contender.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is pressured by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is pressured by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Of all the new coaches that could help Sam Darnold in his second NFL season, it's Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who could have the biggest impact on the quarterback.

Williams has a reputation for being intense and bringing that competitive energy into practices, which is one of the reasons why head coach Adam Gase hired him. 

That intensity, coupled with the different schemes and looks he will deploy in the defense in practice, is something should benefit Darnold, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. 

 

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Dec 28, 2018; San Antonio, TX, United States; Washington State Cougars safety Jalen Thompson (34) celebrates with teammates after an interception against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half in the 2018 Alamo Bowl at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
Dec 28, 2018; San Antonio, TX, United States; Washington State Cougars safety Jalen Thompson (34) celebrates with teammates after an interception against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half in the 2018 Alamo Bowl at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

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The NFL's supplemental draft takes place on July 10th, with the potential for multiple selections for the second year in a row. Could any of the available players interest the Jets, though?

New general manager Joe Douglas has already stated his intent to investigate any and all options to upgrade the roster he inherited from his predecessor, Mike Maccagnan. With the option to forego a 2020 draft pick to add a draftable prospect at this late stage of the offseason, he might be tempted to pull the trigger.

When Douglas and new director of player personnel Chad Alexander were both on the Ravens staff, they opted to use a fifth-round pick on tackle Jared Gaither in 2007. This proved to be a nice pick-up as he started 28 games in his first three years. New assistant general manager Rex Hogan was also on a Bears team that used a seventh-round pick on fullback Harvey Unga in the 2010 supplemental draft. This pick was less successful, though.

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For the second straight offseason, the Jets went on a huge spending spree, and this time it looks like they spent their money more wisely. They brought in stars and players who can truly make a difference.

At least that's what they believe.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets franchise has been blessed with consistency at the center position throughout most of its history. From the Super Bowl-winning John Schmitt to two-time Pro Bowler Joe Fields, the reliable Jim Sweeney, Hall of Fame nominee Kevin Mawae and all-pro Nick Mangold, the Jets have rarely had an extended period without a solid long-term solution at the position.

However, since Mangold's retirement, the Jets have been unable to adequately fill the position. While there seems to be plenty of optimism that Jonotthan Harrison could fill that role, fans and media remain skeptical.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The New York Jets selected defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third-overall pick at the 2019 NFL draft and despite that, some believed he was the top prospect.

The latest addition to that group is EA Sports, as the producers of the upcoming video game, Madden 20, gave the Alabama product the best ranking of any rookie in the game.

Williams' overall rating in Madden 20 is an 80. He edges out the Bills' first-round pick, another defensive tackle in Ed Oliver, and the second-overall pick, pass rusher Nick Bosa. Those two were rated 79 and 78 overall, respectively.

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SNY's documentary on the magical year of 1969 in New York for the Mets, Jets, and Knicks premieres tonight after Mets Post Game!

SNY's documentary on the magical year of 1969 in New York for the Mets, Jets, and Knicks premieres tonight after Mets Post Game!

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Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) reacts after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) reacts after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (not pictured) during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The New York Jets' new defensive star, C.J. Mosley, knows a thing or two about what makes a winning pedigree. The former Baltimore Raven made the playoffs twice with his old team and learned how to lead a defense from Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. He has already assumed a role as a vocal leader and a "culture changer" for the Jets' defense.

There's no doubt that Mosley's teammates will listen when he speaks up. That said, Mosley's latest bulletin-board statement is sure to get Gang Green's collective blood pumping.

"We know the whole NFL is sleeping on the Jets, so we're ready to prove them wrong," Mosley told NewYorkJets.com. "They always have been [doubting the team], even I was when I wasn't here."

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold unsnaps his helmet as he heads to the bench during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Jets spent big money this summer, making splashes with the additions of Le'Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, Jamison Crowder and Quinnen Williams, there has been a renewed buzz around Florham Park.

Meanwhile, their stadium-mates, the Giants, continued their roster revamp in controversial fashion - they said goodbye to stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, drafted a quarterback sixth overall and turned the keys over to an extremely young defense.

While the Giants are still rebuilding, the Jets are going all-in with a young quarterback, a budding defense and a new coach.

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman scores a touchdown against New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman scores a touchdown against New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have not beaten the New England Patriots since Week 16 of the 2015 season, but this year could be different.

Just ask Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. 

The Super Bowl LIII MVP has noticed what the Jets have done this offseason and expects Gang Green to be a challenge for the defending Super Bowl champions this upcoming season. 

Tags: Jamal Adams, Le'Veon Bell, New England Patriots, Sam Darnold
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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath Before the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath Before the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Joe Namath says there is no doubt about it, Tom Brady is the best quarterback to play the game. 

The Jets legend and Hall of Fame quarterback was asked about the greatest of all time at the position while on The Howard Stern Show on Monday, and while Namath has idolized many quarterbacks, none compare to the six-time Super Bowl champion who has tortured the Jets the last two decades. 

"Tom is the best," Namath said. "I've been asked that question for many years -- Johnny [Unitas] was my hero, Otto Graham was great, Slingin' Sammy Baugh, I go back, these guys are great. But meantime, Tom has been challened more in recent history, certainly with huge games than anybody I can recollect -- and he stepped up every time."

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New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Josh McCown was a mentor to Sam Darnold in the Jets quarterback's rookie year. 

And even though he won't be around Darnold in his second year with New York after announcing his retirement and transition to ESPN NFL analyst, he is confident Darnold will show vast improvement in 2019.

"I tried to empty the clip with him and give him everything I could," McCown told ESPN's Rich Cimini. "He'll be just fine."

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell during AFC practice for the 2018 Pro Bowl at ESPN Wide World of Sports. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

TMZ Sports released audio from Le'Veon Bell's 911 call when he told the operator that two women left his house with more than $500,000 worth of jewelry.

Bell reported to police on May 25 that he returned home from the gym to find jewelry missing and his closets had been rummaged through.

On the phone call, Bell told the Hollywood (Florida) Police Department that when he returned home from his workout, the two girls "took my money, they took my watch, my jewelry, a couple more of my things of value out of my house."

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Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ty Montgomery (88) during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Versatile running back Ty Montgomery had a few destinations he could have pursued in free agency this offseason. But he eventually decided the Jets was the place for him, even though he wouldn't be the main man in the backfield. 

That title, of course, goes to Le'Veon Bell this season after he signed a long-term deal with New York. Still, Montgomery believed the Jets was the right fit, mainly because of the offense Adam Gase brings with him.

"You have to be smart," Montgomery told newyorkjets.com's Ethan Greenberg about Gase's offense. "You have to be able to catch the ball and you have to be able to run the ball. You can't have an imbalance and be at running back in this offense. It's actually pretty cool, it's challenging. I think it suits my abilities and I'm loving it."

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GM Joe Douglas made key additions to the Jets' front office on Tuesday.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jets added Browns GM Phil Savage and Ravens Director of Pro Personnel Chad Alexander. Later in the afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Colts VP of Player Personnel Rex Hogan has been hired by Gang Green to be Douglas' assistant GM.

The 54-year-old Savage's role is unclear, but he returns to an NFL front office for the first time since he was with the Eagles from 2010-12. Meanwhile, Alexander will serve as director of player personnel for the Jets. 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold passes the ball in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Grover Stewart during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets' offseason has been a wild roller-coaster ride. It started at the bottom when they fired their head coach, peaked during free agency and the draft, then went on a wild spiral downward when they fired their general manager … and then somehow managed to come out of it OK.

In fact, not only do they seem OK now that GM Joe Douglas and his good buddy, head coach Adam Gase, are in charge; they are convinced they are on an uphill climb again. They are loaded with optimism. They feel like they are finally headed in the right direction. They believe a return to the playoffs is near.

Maybe they're right. Or maybe they're fooling themselves. For now, though, there has been an unusual amount of hope and excitement around the Jets as they wrapped up their spring organized team activities and mini-camps. Time will tell if that's warranted or not.

Tags: Chris Herndon, Derrick Jones, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Parry Nickerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Jets QB Josh McCown is officially hanging up his cleats, as he announced his retirement after 17 NFL seasons. 

Penning his retirement in a Players' Tribune article, McCown reflected on "one heck of a journey" that he has gone through in his NFL career.

While some have expressed their belief that McCown would be a great coach, he will join ESPN as an NFL analyst beginning Wednesday. 

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It's safe to say Jets special teams coach Brant Boyer was ecstatic to see not one, but two of his players reach the Pro Bowl last season. Kick and punt returner Andre Roberts and kicker Jason Myers both put together solid seasons, good enough to be voted among the NFL's best to represent the Jets. 

But, now, Boyer doesn't have the luxury of those two on his depth chart any longer. Roberts is now a Buffalo Bill and Myers signed with the Seahawks, with both players not happy New York wasn't competitive in bringing them back.

Roberts, in particular, was one of the best return specialists in the NFL last season. He totaled 1,147 yards on 40 returns (29.4 ypr) with one touchdown, and had 324 yards on 23 punt returns (14.1 ypr) with a touchdown as well. That type of production will be hard to match, and Boyer knows it.

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To illustrate the lovely bond that bloomed between the 1969 Mets and their roommates at Shea Stadium, the Jets, John Schmitt tells the following story: 

Schmitt, the center on the Jets' Super Bowl III champs, brought his young son, John-John, to the ballgame one night to see the great Tom Seaver pitch. Schmitt ushered John-John into the Mets' clubhouse, where Seaver was getting a pre-game massage. Schmitt did not want to disturb a fellow athlete's prep, but Seaver insisted. 

"He got off the rubdown table, put on his jersey and hat and took a picture with us," Schmitt recalls. "He was great. Then he takes off his jersey, gets back on the table and went out and won the game that night.

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Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Aug 9, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown (85) runs against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Junior Joseph (48) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Jets camp is in full swing, and there's a buzz in the Florham Park air. There's a new head coach, a new GM, and lots of fresh faces on the field.

Which players have the potential to be unheralded X-factors for the Jets this year? Here's five guys who have stood out so far.

Jonotthan Harrison (C)

Harrison is a familiar face after starting nine games over the last two years, but there was some thought that the Jets may pursue an upgrade at center this offseason. Instead, they stuck with Harrison, and the results are paying off.

Tags: Avery Williamson, Chris Herndon, Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett, Leonard Williams, Neal Sterling, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson
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