Got a Case of the Mondays? Fear not! Corey Griffin continues his Monday morning column for the 2013 season. Corey has been a season ticketholder for more than 20 years and works for NBC Sports in their newsroom. This week, the coaching catastophe.

When we look back on Saturday night, Jets fans won’t think of Matt Simms, Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez. We won’t think about the missed field goals, the unnecessary overtime or Tom Coughlin’s affinity for timeouts.

Saturday night may just be, for all intents and purposes, the beginning of the end for Rex Ryan.

There will be some of you that say it’s an impulsive, perhaps even rash statement. There will be others who say the Ryan era ended somewhere between the Tim Tebow trade and the Titans game last season, which, not coincidentally, is the same time most of you will say the Sanchez era came to an ugly, humiliating end.

This isn’t about one night bringing the entire Ryan era crashing down. This is about decision after decision, magnified by negligence bringing the Jets to the same spot they were before they hired Ryan. The Jets are a rudderless ship with a mistake-prone quarterback and a coach who doesn’t seem to understand the full grasp of what it takes to be a head coach instead of just a defensive coordinator.

Halfway through Saturday’s game, I, like many of you, assumed Sanchez would be the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1. Barring the delusional, jaded or simply fed-up fans, there’s no explanation for starting a rookie QB who is visibly unprepared for the rigors of being an NFL starting quarterback. That doesn’t mean Sanchez is a good, or even starting-quality quarterback at this point, but he is the best one on the roster.

Geno had lost the job, and Mark had won it simply by standing on the sidelines and watching another quarterback throw bad interceptions and dump the ball off play after play. It seemed logical that Ryan would give Sanchez at least a quarter with the starters. After all, he too is learning a new offense under a new coordinator and it probably makes sense to send him out with at least some of the first-team offense to work together. Nope, not Rex.

Ryan sent Geno back, play after play, series after series. OK, fine Rex. You’ve conceded that Geno needs in-game reps he lost last week and there’s no amount of preseason work that will fix Mark Sanchez’s faults. I get it.

Wait. What? Sanchez in the fourth quarter? Against backups looking to do everything possible to make the team? Behind an offensive line ranging from players-on-the-bubble to possibly-make-the-practice-squad? Why? Because you’re “competing?” Because Sanchez needed to practice? Because you wanted to save face with your one-time golden child and make sure he at least saw the field at some point before he has to try to beat Darrelle Revis and co.? Or maybe the plan for the entire night was to satisfy his new GM and the Geno-centric population that has fashioned tinfoil hats and shouted “conspiracy!!!” every time Geno gets one less snap than Sanchez.

Because appeasement works so well when dealing with irrational zealots.

This is the line of thinking that led Ryan to endorse a trade for Tebow and then bury him after finally seeing him in practice. It was the thinking that led Ryan to stick with players like Sanchez, Bart Scott and Eric Smith last season even though they all needed a firm seat on the bench, either their bodies or their confidence shot.

The truth is, we’ve seen enough evidence to prove that Rex Ryan is not ready to be a head coach. It started when he guaranteed a Super Bowl during his first news conference, a bold and exciting -- if not entirely shortsighted -- move. He gained the attention of the entire league and the respect and adoration of an entire fan base with a few short sentences, which he continued to spout time after time until finally he realized the check would never cash.

If Ryan is playing chess, than Jim Harbaugh, Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin are playing Kal-toh. The lovable coach is a brilliant strategist when it comes to defense and an excellent motivator to fresh ears, but he lacks the ability to look four, three or even two moves down the road. He coaches the entire team like he coaches his defense. He calls an extravagant blitz because he thinks it will stop this play, not because he thinks it will affect the game two quarters later.

The problem being that decision making --  advanced decision making at that -- is everything in the NFL these days. Schemes, rosters and even coaching staffs are so advanced that it’s impossible to coach from the seat of your pants or based off the fire in your belly. In the NFL, a coach needs four different ideas heading into almost every quarter and at least one or two alternate plans in case someone gets hurt or your quarterback runs out of the back of the endzone.

Let's be clear, Ryan has some big positives, which may serve him well in his next endeavor as a head coach. However, those positives have become lost in a problem he seems to share at times with his now-injured starting quarterback. Rex Ryan doesn’t believe in himself, a crazy notion considering Rex’s early-tenure bluster and bravado. But the Rex Ryan of today is not the Rex Ryan of 2009, 2010 or even 2011. Never was this more evident than in Monday’s news conference, in which a clearly-neutered Rex offered half-hearted statements and spewed coachspeak when asked about his indefensible in-game decision making and bizarre postgame presser. The old Rex would’ve broken down video of himself, pointing out bad form in his sideways turn. At the very least, he would’ve found some way to defuse the tension in the room with a pithy comment.

But this coach has been humiliated by his players, torn to shreds by a headline-hungry media corps and been forced to change his ways to try to impress the new boss in town, who’s probably looking for any reason to replace the bombastic example of the franchise’s “Circus” years.

I wish the Rex Ryan of 2009, 2010 or 2011 coached this team, if only because I would believe that coach could fix this team. Instead we are subject to watching a coach who is basically playing out the string with two quarterbacks he can’t start and a GM that doesn’t want him. Any optimism or dreams of an above-.500 season went floating over the middle before crashing into the MetLife FieldTurf on Saturday night.

Largely due to Rex’s shortsighted thinking, the Jets’ only options at quarterback are a woefully unprepared rookie and a turnover-prone veteran playing with a bad wing. Sanchez won’t get better. The only hope is he doesn’t get worse and the shoulder injury won’t help. Regardless of whether it’s a bruise, a sprain or a tear, Sanchez, who already throws with average arm strength, will be less than 100 percent the rest of the year.  The only way the Jets’ quarterback situation gets better is if Geno suddenly makes some semblance of a leap while getting bombarded week after week. For a kid that reportedly asked out of a “brutal” practice and just had a “brutal” preseason start, I don’t see that happening against the Falcons, Steelers, Patriots, Bengals and Saints. Perhaps there’s a shining light after the bye, but by then the season will likely be too far gone. There will be losses so bad they make you question where this team is going as a franchise. And there will be a coaching change at some point, most likely on Black Monday.

If Ryan can’t see that coming, well, isn’t that kind of fitting?

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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)

More tragic news has surfaced in case of former Jets DL Barry Bennett and his wife Carol's death last Wednesday in their Minnesota home. 

It looks like their son, Dylan, is the culprit in the shooting as he was arrested in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday. Being a primary suspect when the news broke last week, he is now being charged with murdering his parents, per The Post's Laura Italiano

The 22-year-old fled to Cancun, but authorities traced him based off his cell phone records and ATM usage on the way. 

The 63-year-old Barry Bennett played for the Jets from 1982-1988 during his 11-year NFL career. He played in 132 games, amassing 18.5 career sacks as a defensive tackle/end. Bennett's best season was in 1985, when he started all 16 games for the Jets and finished the season with 7.5 sacks.

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Jets talk making improvements 00:01:37
Gase, Darnold and Bertolet on continuing to improve the Jets offense and Bertolet trying to solidify kicking game

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sam Darnold got out of the Jets' game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night in one piece.

And that's pretty much the best thing that can be said about his game and the Jets' offense in their 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.

Right from the start, Darnold and the Jets' offense looked as out of sync as they've been all preseason. There were fumbles, breakdowns, bad throws, drops, and more than enough bad blocking to go around. Yes, he still didn't have Le'Veon Bell in his arsenal, and he was also missing three-fifths of his starting offensive line.

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Nov 18, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) celebrates after recording a sack against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 18, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) celebrates after recording a sack against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets don't want to say the word, because they don't want to put too much pressure on themselves. But they know this is the year their rebuilding project is supposed to pay off. They've spent too much money and made too many high draft picks not to be a playoff team.

But if they're still really not sure that they're there yet, if they still feel like there's something missing, there's one really good way to push themselves over the top:

Make a blockbuster trade for Houston Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. And do it now.

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Douglas talks player evaluation 00:01:31
Jets GM Joe Douglas discusses upgrading roster, kicking situation and def. coordinator Gregg Williams

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Maybe he's just being cautious, but new Jets GM Joe Douglas wasn't ready to guarantee a playoff berth on Saturday night. He wouldn't even commit to meaningful games in September. He preferred to keep his hopes to himself.

And maybe that's good, because the more Douglas spoke, the more this much was clear: No matter how good anyone thinks the Jets are right now, there's still a lot of work left to do.

The good news, though, is Douglas believes there's still time left and opportunities for him to do it. During a surprise press conference a few hours before the Jets took on the Saints in the third preseason game on Saturday night, the rookie GM discussed holes on his roster at corner, receiver and edge rusher, for starters. 

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The Jets won't have their new starting center, Ryan Kalil, on Saturday when the team hosts the New Orleans Saints in their third preseason contest at MetLife Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

New York general manager Joe Douglas spoke to the media prior to the game and announced that the team, head coach Adam Gase included, had a change of heart.

Kalil, 34, won't suit up in the game despite that being the original plan.

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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. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
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. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Former Jets defensive lineman Barry Bennett and his wife were reportedly found dead Wednesday in their Long Prairie, Minn. home after a friend went to the home for a welfare check.

Authorities are reportedly are investigating if they died under "suspicious circumstances."

A Todd County sheiff said authorities are seeking a 22-year-old man in connection with the case.

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Catch up with Leonard Williams 00:01:39
Jeane Coakley caught up with Leonard Williams. They talked Avery Williamson and expectations for the Jets defense.

New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams knowns his team will miss LB Avery Williamson, but the bar is still high for the defense. 

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Marcus Maye will return to the Jets' secondary on Saturday when the team hosts the New Orleans Saints in their third preseason game at MetLife Stadium.

In the game, Maye might only be playing in an exhibition, but he's excited nonetheless. 

"Once I'm out there, I'm going to go out there, fly around and make plays and stuff," Maye said. "It was a long offseason, a lot of hard work to get to this point. Just the fact that I'm here and looking back at where I was during the offseason, I'm definitely excited."

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Aug 26, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (88) catches a pass before the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 26, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (88) catches a pass before the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Jets signed wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo on Thursday, the team announced. In a corresponding move, wideout JJ Jones was waived.

Adeboyejo, a 6-foot-3 target, was an undrafted free agent singing of the Baltimore Ravens following the 2017 NFL draft.

The 24-year-old played his college ball at Mississippi and hauled in 106 receptions for 1,454 yards (13.7 yards/catch) and 11 touchdowns in his college career. In 2018 he spent the season on the PUP list with a leg injury and he was released in late July, ahead of training camp. 

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Aug 26, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (88) catches a pass before the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 26, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo (88) catches a pass before the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

In their continued search for depth at wide receiver, the Jets are working out former Ravens WR Quincy Adeboyejo, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The 24-year-old has played in one career regular season game, with that appearance coming for the Ravens in 2017.

Adeboyejo went undrafted out of Ole Miss in 2017 before signing with Baltimore.

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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)

Jets LB Brandon Copeland was suspended on Wednesday for the first four games of the regular season in the latest hit to a Gang Green defense that recently lost Avery Williamson for the season.

Copeland, who will be eligible to return on Oct. 13 against the Cowboys, took to Instagram late Wednesday afternoon to explain what led to his suspension.

"I spent the better part of 28 years building and working on my legacy," Copeland wrote. "This offseason, I began taking a supplement AFTER multiple verifications that it was safe for me to use. Unfortunately, this supplement was contaminated with a banned substance -- NOT on its label. Regardless of the reason, League policy says I am responsible for what is in my body."

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Darnold and Bell potential 00:00:58
Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell are complimentary of each other and can't wait to play together in a game this season for the Jets.

Sam Darnold and Le'Veon Bell's chemistry this season will be vital for the Jets' offense to flourish. Yet, these two won't be able to truly test that until Week 1 of the regular season. 

Head coach Adam Gase has already made it known that Bell won't be seeing any preseason snaps, especially after what happened to Avery Williamson in the last preseason bout against the Falcons. The Jets lost him for the season due to a torn ACL, something Gase took the blame for after saying he wanted to take him out a series earlier. 

So Darnold and Bell must continue to mend their bond during practice reps. But Darnold admitted after practice on Wednesday that there are some things that only game action can show Bell about Gase's offense.

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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a moment prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a moment prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Just as the Jets lose a linebacker to injury, another one won't be present to start the season for a different reason. 

The Jets announced Wednesday that LB Brandon Copeland has been suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. 

Copeland, 28, played in all 16 games for the Jets in his first season with the team in 2018. He totaled five sacks, 35 combined tackles -- eight for loss -- 14 quarterback hits, and two passes defended. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell won't play until Week 1 of the regular season against the Bills, but he said on Wednesday that he doesn't think there will be any negative impact to not playing during the preseason -- even after sitting out all of 2018.

"I don't think me getting four plays in the preseason is gonna help me in Week 1 for the game," Bell said. "It's gonna be me just getting ready for playing and practice. When the game comes, then I'll be ready."

Bell said that his teammates will be aggressive with him in practice and go after the ball in order to help him get ready for game situations, adding that he just wants to "go out there and show everyone I'm the same player."

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Sep 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; XFL chief executive officer Oliver Luck stands in a tunnel and watches the game during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Sep 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; XFL chief executive officer Oliver Luck stands in a tunnel and watches the game during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

The XFL has announced the eight new team names and logos for its inaugural season. 

It will be the New York Guardians that will represent the tri-state area with what looks to be a charcoal grey and red as their team colors. Here are the rest of the teams...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE TEAMS 

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Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony (44) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony (44) runs onto the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Jets unfortunately lost LB Avery Williamson for the season after he suffered a torn ACL against the Falcons in preseason Week 2. But GM Joe Douglas was quick to fill his roster slot on Tuesday. 

The Jets announced the signing of LB Stephone Anthony, a four-year NFL vet and former first round pick back in 2015. 

Spending the past two seasons with the Dolphins, Anthony has Jets ties with head coach Adam Gase at the top of that list. Having played with the Saints for his first two seasons, he also knows linebackers coach Joe Vitt. 

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Despite what was reportedly a "very attractive offer" from the Jets, veteran wide receiver Dontrelle Inman instead chose to sign with a different NFL team in the AFC on Tuesday.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the sixth-year pro was "impressed" with the Jets' pitch, but will head back to his former team as he signs with the Los Angeles Chargers.

"Inman strongly considered them," Rapoport said of the Jets, who are likely to carry six wide receivers on the 53-man roster under first-year head coach Adam Gase.

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For Jets a change is in the air 00:01:35
Ralph Vacchiano talks about how a change is noticeable at Jets camp with Gase and Douglas' improved relationship between coach and GM.

"There really is a new energy inside the Jets building about the pairing of general manager Joe Douglas and coach Adam Gase," SNY's Ralph Vacchiano said. "A feeling that can best be described as, thinking that they finally have a general manager and coach on the same page, who can work together, who can think alike."

The Jets hired Gase as their head coach in January, he went 23-25 in three seasons as the Miami Dolphins head coach from 2016-2018. Joe Douglas was hired in June as the general manager, after working as the Philadelphia Eagles' vice president of player personnel from 2016-2019. The two worked together for the Chicago Bears in 2015, while Gase was an offensive coordinator and Douglas was the director of college scouting.

"Of course, Douglas and Gase have a long history together," Vacchiano said. "Douglas, in many ways, was Gase's hand-picked general manager and the truth is, well we anticipate things will go smoothly, we're not really going to know until the off-season. That's where the bulk of Douglas's work -- team building -- is going to be."

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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Derrick Kindred (26) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 20, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Derrick Kindred (26) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Jets continue to reshape their secondary this season, as GM Joe Douglas brought in CB/S Derrick Kindred off waivers on Tuesday, the team announced.

Kindred rejoins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who he worked with on the Browns for the past two seasons. A former fourth-round pick by Cleveland back in 2016, Kindred had been working with the Colts this preseason, but he was waived by the team this week. 

The 25-year-old has 42 games of NFL experience, where he's started 17 times. Last season, the TCU product tallied 45 combined tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defended. 

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Why Mosley chose the Jets 00:01:32
C.J. Mosley tells Bart Scott how Jamal Adams' intensity helped him choose the Jets in free agency.

Before C.J. Mosley signed with the Jets in the offseason, he and Jamal Adams were teammates in last year's Pro Bowl, while Mosley was still a member of the Ravens. 

It didn't take long for Mosley to take note of the standout safety out of LSU. 

"One of the first things I noticed was his voice," Mosley said of Adams. "It takes a lot when guys come to the Pro Bowl to be amped up and ready to play. I saw the competitiveness in that. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during 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 running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Christian McCaffrey has quickly developed into one of the NFL's most versatile running backs with the Panthers. With his size, speed, and ability to catch the ball, he is everything teams are looking for in today's backfield. 

The Jets have arguably a bigger threat in Le'Veon Bell as their running back entering the new season, a player McCaffrey can thank for helping him back in his college days when he was envisioning himself in the league. 

McCaffrey spoke on NBC Sports' Peter King's podcast, and explained how Bell reached out to him while he was at Stanford trying his best to get NFL teams on his radar. He said Bell, who was with the Steelers at the time, was more than willing to offer advice whenever he could. 

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Sometimes it just takes a step away from the game to realize that you're just not done with it yet. Just ask Brett Favre. He did it numerous times. 

This is Ryan Kalil's first time returning to the game after announcing his retirement after last season. Jets GM Joe Douglas convinced him that it wasn't his time to lock up the cleats and pads for good, and he knew it was the right move on Sunday -- when he was pacing the Jets' locker room getting ready for his initial first team reps of training camp. 

"Everyone was making fun of me, I was pacing the locker room like 30 minutes before anybody else was dressed," Kalil told The Post's Mollie Walker after practice. "It's why I came back. I love football. I just do." 

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Jets head coach Adam Gase had a simple, three-word response when asked if he regretted leaving in Avery Williamson as long as he did in Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons.

"Yes, I do."

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Gase on Bell and Williamson 00:01:31
Adam Gase informed everyone that Le'Veon Bell won't play in the preseason while admitting he regrets Avery Williamson getting hurt.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Le'Veon Bell takes the field on Opening Day, he will have gone 19 months without playing in an actual NFL game. And as much as he says he'll be ready, and the Jets believe him, there's no way anyone can know for sure.

But that's OK. A little mystery is better than an untimely injury - especially one that could ruin the Jets entire season. That's why Adam Gase is smart to be cautious with his star running back. And the decision he announced on Sunday night to keep the 27-year-old Bell out for the entire preseason is absolutely the right move.

The last thing the Jets need is to lose Bell before they even have a chance to use him. They spent $52.5 million on him in March, even upping their offer to seal the deal, because they knew he'd be the linchpin of Gase's attack. They viewed him as the perfect weapon to help their young, star quarterback and a way to take the pressure off their undermanned receiving corps.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during 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 running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell did not suit up for either of the Jets' first two preseason games, and as head coach Adam Gase told reporters following Sunday's Green and White scrimmage, he won't see the field until their Week 1 matchup with the Bills on Sept. 8. 

"Le'Veon will not play this week," Gase said. "He won't play in the fourth game. We will be holding him until the season." 

Gase had previously hinted at the possibility of keeping Bell on the sidelines until the regular season opener following Saturday's practice.

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Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants once learned the lesson in the most painful way possible. For years they took their specialists for granted. They got kickers and punters as cheaply as possible, converted long-snappers from other positions, and considered all three very disposable and interchangeable parts.

Then came their horrific loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs in 2003, when they lost 39-38 on a dreadful triple disaster by their long-snapper, punter/holder, and kicker when they were lining up for what should've been a game-winning kick.

That's when GM Ernie Accorsi vowed: Never again. And that offseason he went on a special spending spree, bringing in quality veterans at long-snapper (Ryan Kuehl), punter (Jeff Feagles) and kicker (Mike Hollis, and later Steve Christie). He did not want to see his team lose a game ever again just because he tried to save a few bucks at those positions.

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As a defensive back for the team from 2015-18, Buster Skrine has seen the Jets' quarterbacks firsthand across four years in New York.

Now with the Chicago Bears, Skrine discussed where his former team is heading under Sam Darnold.

Skrine returned to MetLife Stadium on Friday for week two of the preseason in the Bears' 32-13 loss to the Giants. After the game, he spoke to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media and had high praise for his former quarterback.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

For the second-straight game, the Jets took the field for a preseason meeting without running back Le'Veon Bell on Thursday. That same trend could continue during their final two preseason games as well. 

New York head coach Adam Gase indicated on Friday that Bell, 27, didn't play during the team's exhibition against the Falcons because of a good week of practice. 

"I just liked his week of practice," Gase said. "He got a ton of reps this week."

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The Jets have added a new linebacker following Avery Williamson's season-ending torn ACL.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they have signed veteran Albert McClellan and placed Williamson on Injured Reserve.

A 33-year-old out of Marshall, McClellan played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, before splitting time last season with the Ravens and New England Patriots. 

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Three Jets to bring to dinner 00:01:26
Jamal Adams is a given, but Trevor Siemian as a dinner guest? Adam Gase and Joe Douglas list the three Jets they would take to dinner.

Which three current Jets would you invite to dinner?

That was the question asked to head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, as they walked the Jets' practice field.

Jamal Adams seems like an obvious answer, but some of Gase's choices may be a bit of a surprise. 

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