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The win 10 days ago in Buffalo at last gave Jets fans some grounds for optimism, but how much can truly be gleaned from a narrow win against a team apparently in disarray? A potentially stiffer test faces the Jets Sunday afternoon as they make the always-tough trip to Arrowhead to face the 1-1 Chiefs. The Chiefs lost 19-12 to the Texans last week after coming from 24-3 down to beat San Diego in overtime in their opener. The home team has won each of the last five games in this series with the Chiefs beating the Jets 24-10 in their most recent meeting in 2014.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what to watch out for.

Quarterbacks

Alex Smith remains the Chiefs' starter at quarterback, having quietly put together a solid season last year. Smith's quarterback rating of 95.4 was the second highest of his career. 



In week one, he came up with some big throws under pressure and then scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a short keeper. He's a player with underrated athleticism and has faced the Jets twice in his career, winning comfortably on each occasion.

Nick Foles, recently released by the Rams, is the current backup.

Offensive Line

The Chiefs offensive line has seen several changes and is beset with injury issues entering this game. It's on the interior where they might struggle most of all. Parker Ehinger, the opening day starter at left guard and Jah Reid, who started last week at right guard, have both been ruled out. Reid started 11 games last year, mostly at right tackle, but struggled badly. Ehinger, on the other hand, was a fourth-round pick in April's draft.

With those two out, Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will likely be the starting guards. The versatile Fulton started eight games at four different positions last year. Duvernay-Tardif started 14 games at right guard last year and seems to be on the rise, but is dealing with an ankle injury. Center Mitch Morse had a decent year last season, but has struggled so far in 2016.

The Chiefs rely on former first overall pick Eric Fisher to protect the blind side. Fisher is off to a solid start this season, but has had three penalties to lead the team. Former Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz was signed to a five-year, $33 million contract in the offseason and has already given up five sacks - two more than all of last year.

Running Backs

The Chiefs running backs have continued a recent trend of consistent production with both Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West averaging over six yards per carry so far. The pair combined for over 1,000 yards and broke eight runs of at least 20 yards between them in 2015 while filling in for injured pro bowler Jamaal Charles. West led the team in rushing yards, while Ware led the team with six rushing touchdowns.

Earlier this week, head coach Andy Reid implied that Charles might be set to make his long-awaited return against the Jets, but he's been officially listed as doubtful for today.

Ware entered the season with just five career receiving yards, but caught nine passes for 177 yards in the first two games, perhaps adding a new dimension to their offense. He had a costly lost fumble against the Texans, though. West can also do damage in the passing game, as he had 20 receptions last season, including one for an 80-yard touchdown.

Fullback Anthony Sherman is a good blocking back that was a second-team all pro in 2014. He doesn't touch the ball very often, however.

Receivers

The Chiefs had one of the weakest receiving corps in the NFL a few years ago and actually went through the entire 2014 season without a wideout catching a touchdown pass. They've reloaded since then, though, led by Jeremy Maclin, who had a thousand-yard season and scored eight times in 2015.

Their next best target is tight end Travis Kelce, who racked up 875 receiving yards last year and caught five touchdown passes for the second year in a row. The Jets will need to be aware of him running down the seam, especially if they continue to play a lot of cover-3 and quarters coverage as they have been so far. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs try to exploit Darron Lee's inexperience and bait him into a mistake with play action or a double move.

Young speedster Chris Conley is listed as the other starter and probably the prime candidate to test Darrelle Revis with his deep speed. Albert Wilson is a reliable number three, having caught 35 passes last year. Demetrius Harris will back up Kelce, although he's usually employed as a blocker.

Defensive Line

The Chiefs' starting line from last year is still intact, led by 346-pound pro bowl nose tackle Dontari Poe. Kansas City has smartly reduced his workload after he played almost 1,000 snaps in 2014 and he dominated the point of attack on Sunday.

Ends Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard are also good against the run, with Howard also having contributed 5.5 sacks last year. Howard can be ill-disciplined though, as he was penalized nine times in 2015.

Off the bench, athletic rookie Chris Jones was picked in the second round out of Mississippi State and could develop into a difference maker in short order.

Linebackers

The Jets caught a break when it was announced that star outside linebacker Justin Houston would be starting the year on the PUP list. Disappointing former first-round pick Dee Ford is starting in his place, although he did record a sack in week one. 

32-year old Tambi Hali is still dangerous and has made a strong start against the run and as a pass rusher. He had 6.5 sacks last season. Hali actually came off the bench in each of the first two games, although he is listed as a starter. Former Packer Frank Zombo has been starting ahead of him so far and has been getting more reps, mainly because Hali has been banged up throughout camp and preseason.

Veteran Derrick Johnson, who is a year older than Hali, anchors the group. He remains solid against the run and in coverage. The other starter on the inside with former Jet Josh Mauga out for the year is Justin March-Lillard, who was an undrafted rookie last year but spent the entire season on injured reserve. He usually comes out of the game in nickel and dime situations. Former Packer Sam Barrington is the primary reserve.

Defensive Backs

The Chiefs secondary got a serious upgrade last year when first round pick Marcus Peters exploded onto the scene with a defensive rookie of the year award, a pro bowl invitation and a second-team all pro selection. He intercepted eight passes and then added another in the postseason and already has two interceptions this year. However, he's not without flaws. He had nine penalties last year and has four already this year. He also got badly burned on two key plays last week, for a touchdown by Nuk Hopkins and a long catch down inside the five by Will Fuller.

Peters isn't even the crown jewel of the Chiefs secondary though. Eric Berry was voted the NFL's comeback player of the year after making an inspirational recovery from a Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in 2014 to go to the pro bowl for the fourth time in his career. The versatile Ron Parker, a player the Jets showed interest in before signing Marcus Gilchrist, is the other starter at safety.

The other starting cornerback is youngster Phillip Gaines, who is in his third season and has 10 career starts but is a full-time starter for the first time in his career. Gaines was picked on by the Texans and gave up over 100 receiving yards. However, he's developing nicely and is regarded as one of Kansas City's best cover corners.

Steven Nelson, a third round pick from last year, is getting more reps as the number three corner, but he's more comfortable on the outside, so look for Gaines to move inside when the Chiefs operate out of their sub-package personnel groupings. Parker can also match up in the slot.

Daniel Sorenson is the third safety and rookie DJ White provides some depth at the cornerback position.

Special Teams

The Jets will be wary of rookie Tyreek Hill, who is averaging 15.6 yards per punt return and looks like a threat to break one at any time. He also returns kicks for them. The Chiefs already had a dynamic return man in De'Anthony Thomas, but he's been inactive for the first two games due to Hill's emergence.

Kicker Cairo Santos is off to a good start, having made a career-long 54-yard field goal last week. He's not automatic though, having missed seven field goals last year, which tied for the league lead. Veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, a 34-year old, is as reliable as they come though.

Finally, in coverage, back-up linebacker DJ Alexander was the Chiefs' leading tackler last year. Hill has started making contributions here too.

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I'll be back Monday to recap the game.

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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Thomas on his tough upbringing 00:02:28
New York Jets receiver Demaryius Thomas sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley and opened up on his mother and grandmother's incarceration.

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and talked about his difficult upbringing.

Thomas is thankful to have gone to church and Bible study, instead of doing other activies.

"But I could have easily went the opposite way and been in the wrong crowd," Thomas said. "But I just couldn't be that kid. I always wanted to take care of my sisters, my family, my mom, grandmother. I always had in my mind that they'd get out one day, and they was able to get out."

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Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)
Leonard Williams (Bill Streicher)

As SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out earlier on Sunday, the Jets will be looking to be extremely active at the NFL trade deadline that approaches closer by the day. And one of the players he says to watch is DL Leonard Williams

Well, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the interest in Williams is already there around the league. 

Schefter is hearing that multiple teams are looking at Williams, the former first-rounder by the Jets back in 2015. And what could they potentially get for him? 

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The Jets may have a glimmer of hope now that Sam Darnold is back in the lineup, but they are still facing a stark and unfortunate reality. Since 1990, when the NFL playoffs expanded, only one team has started 0-4 and gone on to make the playoffs. And it hasn't happened since the San Diego Chargers did it in 1992.

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

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

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The 0-4 Jets will face the 3-2 Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 13, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)

Sam Darnold has been medically cleared and is ready to get back into the starting lineup on Sunday against the Cowboys, and one of his top targets is happy to see No. 14 back under center.

Jamison Crowder recently told Steve Serby of the New York Post that he's "excited" to have Darnold back on the field.

"I'm glad that he's back. I'm just excited, man, see what we can do with him back at the head of the offense," Crowder said. "I feel like the first game [Buffalo], me and him started off with great chemistry, and things were kind of obviously derailed with him being sick or whatnot."

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The Jets announced on Saturday afternoon that the team has signed veteran nose tackle Steve McLendon to a one-year contract extension. 

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

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Jets have activated linebacker Brandon Copeland following his four-game suspension, the team announced on Saturday. To make room for Copeland on the roster, the Jets waived quarterback Luke Falk

Copeland was sidelined for the first four games after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy by failing an offseason drug test. Copeland maintains the failed test was due to a tainted supplement he was using, but regardless he is set to make his season debut against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Copeland signed with the Jets prior to last season and appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) in 2018, setting career highs with 47 tackles and five sacks. He played for the Lions in 2015 and 2016 before missing all of the 2017 season with a torn pectoral muscle and signing with Gang Green.

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Gase happy to have Darnold 00:01:36
Jets head coach Adam Gase chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley and explains how Sam Darnold's return will affect and improve the team's offense.

Jets QB Sam Darnold will make his return to the field for the first time since Week 1 on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys

When he'll be getting dressed to play, the second-year quarterback will be wearing specialized pads for extra protection for his spleen, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"The same company that made specialized pads for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, used that same model to develop something quickly to protect Sam Darnold," Pelissero said. "With Newton, he is just a bigger bodied quarterback, so he needed a little extra protection through his mid-section. With Darnold, the concern when you've had mono is the spleen. Standard shoulder pads really don't provide that type of protection. So, Darnold, I'm told, went through multiple fittings and he's got something that he is comfortable with as he gets back on the field."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a catch in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Wide receiver Robby Anderson has been a bright spot for the Jets offense the past few seasons, but is off to a slow start this year through four games.

The 26-year-old out of Temple University had made 155 catches for 2,280 yards and 15 touchdowns from 2016 through 2018. Including a breakout year in 2017, where he caught 63 passes on 114 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. 

He started 15 of the 16 games he played in during the 2017 season, and averaged 58.8 yards receiving per game with 38-year-old Josh McCown as his quarterback. So naturally, it was expected that Anderson would take another step forward when the team drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Sam Darnold is back under center 00:01:28
Jets QB Sam Darnold talks about playing again, and how the team's offense needs "to clean up the details" in order to find success.

Jets head coach Adam Gase gets his starting quarterback under center once again, but when Sam Darnold does take that first hit on Sunday against the Cowboys, everyone will be holding their breath. 

Darnold is returning from mononucleosis, and it may have been a week earlier if he didnt have an enlarged spleen. It's a side effect of the illness, and could even be fatal if it were to burst upon contact. 

That's why doctors had to be totally sure Darnold's spleen returned to normal size. With him starting this week, the result is it has -- and that's why Darnold isn't nervous if he does take a hit. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Ty Montgomery (88) celebrates this touchdown with offensive guard Alex Lewis (61) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Over the next few weeks, the Jets should be getting several starters back from injury or suspension, headlined of course by Sam Darnold. This should provide a much-needed injection of talent for a team that has mostly been over matched in losing each of their first four games.

However, while the team as a whole has been struggling, there have been some positive flashes here and there from young players who have been making the most of their opportunity for additional playing time.

While the returning players should send most of these individuals back to the bench, it would be a shame if their playing time dried up altogether. Let's explore some players who deserve to continue getting chances to contribute even as the team approaches full strength:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Copeland, CJ Mosley, Henry Anderson, Kelechi Osemele, Quinnen Williams, Sam Darnold, Ty Montgomery
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets' safety Jamal Adams was not very happy last month after being fined $21,056 for a hit on Browns QB Baker Mayfield in their Week 2 matchup.

But there's no need for Adams to be upset anymore, as the NFL announced that he will not be fined for that hit. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks agreed with Adams, and rescinded the fine.

Adams was issued a roughing the passer penalty on Baker Mayfield, but said officials that threw the flag apologized to the Jets' coaching staff for making the call after the game.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

While the 0-4 Jets are struggling mightily to get things going on offense, their defense faces a very tough challenge in the Cowboys on Sunday. 

Dallas is the NFL's leader in total offense, averaging a whopping 452.8 yards per game with the ability to run and throw the ball at whim. Jets head coach Adam Gase fully realizes what the Cowboys brings to the table, and when asked about it, he couldn't help but to smile while describing the weapons they have to work with. 

"Probably their Pro Bowl offensive line," Gase said on Thursday. "Probably one of the best running backs in football. Explosive wide receiver. Good slot wide receiver. Hall of Fame tight end. Quarterback's pretty good. Outside of that, I mean..."

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Copeland honest after suspension 00:01:59
Brandon Copeland returned to the team after his PED suspension. He opened up about what happened and what's next.

After the news broke regarding his violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs Aug. 21, Brandon Copeland remained quiet as he served his four-game suspension.

Outside of a lengthy Aug. 22 statement on Instagram, Copeland said his piece and stayed silent while he worked back from the month-long absence.

Labeled by head coach Adam Gase as a starting linebacker for Week 6's game against the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) Sunday at 4:25 p.m. from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Copeland opened up on his road back to the field when he met the media Wednesday after practice.

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

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

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

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

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Gase, Bell excited for Darnold 00:00:41
Sam Darnold is officially cleared for contact. Could that mean good things for Le'Veon and the rest of the team?

Jets head coach Adam Gase shares the excitement that his players have for QB Sam Darnold finally returning after battling mononucleosis. Of course, Darnold is also excited to get back on the field. 

The excitement won't last long, though, if the Jets can get something going on offense. Since Darnold's been gone, the Jets have barely been able to move the ball. 

So, while spirits are high at One Jets Drive, this group knows there's a lot of work to be done to finally chalk up that first win. 

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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets were expecting to get another weapon back to their offense this week, but their luck continues to go sideways. 

Tight end Chris Herndon, who has been suspended the past four games due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, suffered a hamstring injury, head coach Adam Gase revealed on Wednesday. His injury occurred while running routes in preparation for his return this week. 

Gase was blunt when asked about his reaction to Herndon's injury. 

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New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) lines up with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Jets center Ryan Kalil (55) lines up with teammates during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

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After a disappointing start to the season, the Jets vowed to work towards improving matters coming out of the bye week. They made two lineup changes - one enforced due to injury and one that was apparently a coach's decision - but it didn't seem to help as they gave up a season-high 10 sacks in the loss to the Eagles.

In his appearance on ESPN Radio's Michael Kay Show on Monday, Adam Gase stated that the team is going to work some different combinations of players in practice to try and figure out which lineup works best. They will be keen to be competitive over the next few weeks to try and turn the season around, but with Sam Darnold returning to action on Sunday, protecting their prized asset becomes their number one priority.

Despite the gaudy sack numbers, was the offensive line really any worse on Sunday? A breakdown of the film reveals that only one of the sacks was registered within 2.5 seconds, as stand-in quarterback Luke Falk was slow to process, didn't get rid of the ball quickly enough, and didn't do a good job of moving around to extend plays.

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

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

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

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Sam Darnold (Vincent Carchietta)
Sam Darnold (Vincent Carchietta)

Sam Darnold is officially back. 

The Jets announced via Twitter that the franchise quarterback has been cleared, and will get the start in Week 6 against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. 

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Gase touches on offensive woes 00:01:54
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase pinpoints inconsistency on all 3 phases of the Jets but see a lot of room to grow on offense.

The Jets will see the return of two players this week, thanks to the completion of their suspensions. Tight end Chris Herndon and linebacker Brandon Copeland are available.

But New York head coach Adam Gase didn't commit to anything more than them practicing. 

Gase said on Monday he wants to evaluate the duo during their first practices this week as the Jets prep for the Dallas Cowboys before anything. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Sam Darnold is out due to mono. Here are the latest updates...


Oct. 7, 7:06 PM:

Jets coach Adam Gase announced that Darnold would undergo more tests in regard to his battle with mono on Monday. Hours later, Darnold appeared on ESPN 98.7 and in an interview on "The Michael Kay Show," he gave some positive vibes on those tests as he said he's "excited to hear the news."

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Jets DE Henry Anderson (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Jets DE Henry Anderson (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

Jets DE Henry Anderson, who left Week 5's loss to the Eagles in the first quarter due to a shoulder injury, is dealing with a sprained AC joint, reports Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

An AC joint injury is also known as a shoulder separation.

Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Monday that the length of Anderson's absence will have to do with his pain tolerance level, adding that he's week-to-week and that his status for Week 6 against the Cowboys is not yet determined.

 

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Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) sacks New York Jets quarterback David Fales (3) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Oct 6, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) sacks New York Jets quarterback David Fales (3) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

A couple of rough outings for New York's football teams have the oddsmakers thinking little of both the Jets and Giants in Week 6. 

Both teams are more than a touchdown underdog in their upcoming contests in their respective opening lines for the NFL's upcoming week. 

In little surprise, the Giants got the worst of it. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 0-3 Jets hit the road to face the 2-2 Eagles. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Oct. 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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Jets try to get untracked 00:01:29
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on whether Luke Falk can improve on his disastrous debut against the Patriots two weeks ago

The Jets will take the field in Philadelphia on Sunday, looking for their first win of the season.

Once again, the team will be without Sam Darnold, leaving the door open for Luke Falk to start, who, according to SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano, needs to be far better than he was against the Patriots.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have signed long snapper Thomas Hennessey to a four-year contract extention, the team announced Saturday. According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the deal is worth up to $4.4 million, with $1 million of that guaranteed.

The 25-year-old was undrafted out of Duke in and signed with the Colts, but before he suited up for them, he was acquired by the Jets via trade in May of 2017. He hasn't missed a game as the team's long snapper since. 

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Dec 9, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams reacts during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Dec 9, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Gregg Williams reacts during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Jets defense hasn't quite lived up to the high outside expectations this season. They've allowed 23.3 points per game (16th in the NFL) and 375.3 yards per game (19th in the NFL), and they have another tough task ahead on Sunday, as the Eagles enter the game averaging 27.5 points per game, the seventh most in the NFL.

But coming off of a loss to the Patriots and the bye week, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has liked what he's seen from his group from this week.

"Good week," Williams said during his Friday press conference. "Good to get back out there after the Bye Week. … Our guys have really been focused, came back fresh and have really worked hard. We had to push them out of here at nights because they've been working so hard."

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