Jets QB Sam Darnold and RB Le'Veon Bell
Jets QB Sam Darnold and RB Le'Veon Bell

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - When the doctors came to Jets head coach Adam Gase on Wednesday night to talk about Sam Darnold, he said he had a feeling that his quarterback had mono. Somehow he just knew in his "gut" that the news was going to be bad.

Unfortunately for Gase, he was right.

And it's likely going to get much, much worse.

 

Losing their promising franchise quarterback for possibly up to a month or more is obviously an enormous hit for a franchise that really thought this was the year it would finally arrive as a true playoff contender. But that wasn't the only body blow their hopes and dreams took, either.

The Jets will also be sweating out an MRI on Le'Veon Bell's shoulder for the next 24 hours. Linebacker C.J. Mosley and prized rookie DT Quinnen Williams are still not practicing and uncertain when it comes to playing in Week 2. And Demaryius Thomas, the receiver they acquired after losing Quincy Enunwa for the season, has a hamstring injury.

A cynic, or perhaps a long-suffering Jets fan, can't help but wonder if this franchise is cursed.

Gase, for what it's worth, is neither of those things. He took the Monty Python approach of always looking on the bright side of life.

"I look at it like this: It starts with me with my attitude," said Gase, after delivering the scroll of bad news to the media. "Same thing with Joe (Douglas), Christopher (Johnson). Everybody at the top. What's our attitude going to be? Is it going to be woe is me, the sky is falling? Or this is a challenge we're going to embrace?"

Well, it certainly is a challenge the Jets are facing. Everyone can hold off on panicking about Bell for now (even Gase seemed to think Bell's issue was going to turn out to be little more than "soreness"). But the loss of Darnold, even for a short period of time, is a devastating blow.



Because, let's face it, the Jets were going to be in a bit of trouble even with Darnold at full strength. The offense looked terrible in the their opening-day loss to the Bills, and was suddenly forced to search for answers about how to replace Enunwa. And they were doing that while facing a daunting schedule that includes the Browns on Monday night, followed by a trip to New England on a short week, followed by games against the Eagles, Cowboys and Patriots again after the bye.

A fast start against that murderer's row already seemed unlikely. Now, putting aside the emotional blow of losing their leader, how in the world is backup quarterback Trevor Siemian supposed to guide them through that? Even if Darnold returns after the bye -- which at this point seems like the best-case scenario -- and can regain his strength quickly enough to start in Philadelphia on Oct. 6, he might be trying to dig the Jets out of an 0-3 hole at that point.

And that would be a death knell to the Jets' season of hope.

But Gase prefers not to see the Jets' glass as half-empty -- or perhaps cracked and unable to hold any water at all. He loved Siemian and was insistent on adding him as the Jets' backup this offseason. And this, by the way, is exactly why teams should always have a veteran quarterback on the team. The 27-year-old Siemian spent two years as the starter in Denver and won more than he lost (13-11).

He may not be Darnold, but he can definitely play.

And maybe, just maybe, the team will rally around him and have enough talent not stuck in the trainers' room to pull a surprise win or two out. The Browns certainly looked overrated in their humiliating, 43-13 loss to the Titans in Week 1. And Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams probably knows more about the Browns' offense than anyone, since he coached there last year.

Beating the Browns without Darnold (and maybe Bell, Mosley, Williams, et. al.) may not be completely out of the realm of possibility, even if winning in New England the following week probably is.

"We're going to look back at this and this is going to be a good thing for us," Gase said defiantly, and with a completely straight face. "I think it's going to bring that locker room even tighter."

In fact, he said, when he spoke to the team on Thursday morning and broke the news to them about Darnold, "The reaction I got," Gase said, "and the way guys looked, was 'Let's go.'

"There's confidence there."

That's great news for the Jets -- about the only positive news they had on a dreary Thursday morning. But confidence tends to be a very fragile thing. They are officially now holding their season together with duct tape and Band-Aids. The reality is that if they can't find a way to survive the next few weeks, their playoff hopes won't survive at all.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) 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 cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It isn't news that the Jets have cut veteran CB Trumaine Johnson, but it hasn't been official. Until now. 

At end of day on June 1, New York parting ways with Johnson will be set in stone as a post-June 1 cut. In doing so, GM Joe Douglas makes a smart move to save a lot in cap room. 

Johnson's $15 million in 2020 salary was still on the team's books. But as of tomorrow, he will only count for $4 million towards the cap. In turn, the Jets will have $11 million put back on their cap. 

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

The Jets' first year in Adam Gase's offense isn't what anyone wanted to see. New York finished last in the NFL in yards per game (273.0), fourth-worst in passing yards (194.4), second-worst in rushing yards (78.6) and second-worst in points per game (17.3).

Yes, Sam Darnold did miss the chunk of the early regular season, and the Jets saw improvement when he returned. But with Le'Veon Bell struggling to get anything going in his much-awaited return and the offensive line being extremely porous among other issues, it's safe to say this group needs a massive amount of improvement in 2020.

That's why GM Joe Douglas went out and fixed up the O-line and added a couple weapons at wide receiver in Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims. But there is one position group that could mesh everything together in this offensive rebuild. 

Tags: Chris Herndon, Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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On FNNY: Living Room Edition, the crew looks at the impact of new Jets additions Joe Flacco, Frank Gore, and Denzel Mims, and also "Jets To Know" Mekhi Becton.

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Over the last two decades, the Jets have had some very good teams, and some not quite as good.

Overall, Gang Green finished .500 or better in 11 of the last 20 seasons, though the team hasn't finished with a winning record since 2015.

Along the way, the Jets have had plenty of star players don the Green and White, but they've also had some very valuable role players who may not have gotten all the accolades that they deserved during their tenure in New York.

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Joe Flacco will enter the NFL season in a way that he's never done so before - as a backup.

A starter for 11 years in Baltimore and then one more in Denver (though a neck injury ultimately paved the way for Drew Lock to take over), Flacco will enter training camp with the Jets as the backup behind Sam Darnold.

The 35-year-old former Super Bowl Champion knows things will be different for him in 2020, but he's ready to take the next step in his career. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) 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 wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Quincy Enunwa's 2016 season saw him break out for 857 yards with the Jets. But following two serious neck injuries - one that kept him out all of 2017 and another that held him to just one game in 2019 and landed him on the PUP list for 2020, ending his season again - Enunwa's playing career has been put in jeopardy.

But the soon-to-be 28-year-old still wants to play.

In an interview with ESPN's Rich Cimini, Enunwa talked about the challenges, both mental and physical, of missing out on the game he loves, while also saying he still has the passion to play, if he's physically able. 

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After the NFL released all 32 teams' schedules for the 2020 season, the Jets found themselves with the second-toughest in the entire league. 

Yes, GM Joe Douglas did his part this offseason to beef up the roster with moves on offense and defense. But is it enough to face some tough competition this season? 

Well, oddsmakers don't think it will be, and SNY's Jeane Coakley and Chris Williamson discuss the Jets' chances of reaching the playoffs this season in the latest edition of What are the Odds?

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) is chased by Buffalo Bills cornerback Levi Wallace (39) on a run in the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN released its annual "Football Power Index" for the first time ahead of the 2020 NFL season. It accounts for everything from Vegas Sportbooks' win totals for each team, last season's stats and much more. 

While GM Joe Douglas brought in some solid reinforcements this offseason, the power index wasn't too kind to the Jets. 

After running through the calculations, the Jets fell in at No. 25 on the list of 32 teams. They are projected to have 6.8 wins this season, and only hold a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. 

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The 2020 NFL Draft was unlike any that we've ever seen before. Conducted remotely, every team faced challenges in processes leading up to the big weekend and during that draft itself that required quick thinking, and more importantly, trusting your gut. 

That's exactly what GM Joe Douglas and the rest of the Jets staff did, as Douglas put together a fine draft class. How did he get to this point in his first ever draft at the helm? 

Well, in the first episode of One Jets Drive, full access was given -- or as much as was allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic -- leading up to draft day. Douglas, head coach Adam Gase, and many others gave their analysis of the Jets' picks. Take first-round pick Mekhi Becton for instance.

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Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to pass in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) prepares to pass in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Joe Flacco signed a one-year deal with the Jets last week, knowing full well that he was joining the team to be the backup to Sam Darnold

But for the 35-year-old Super Bowl-winning quarterback, his deal with the Jets is a chance to get back to playing the game he loves.

Flacco had neck surgery in April, after playing eight games of what turned out to be his only season with the Denver Broncos. Now, he's anxiously awaiting to do whatever he can for Gang Green, though he knows his recovery still has a quite some time to go.

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Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones
Sam Darnold/Daniel Jones

Jets QB Sam Darnold is entering his third season in the league and Giants QB Daniel Jones is entering his second. Both have been quite impressive, but they are behind rookie Joe Burrow (and some other questionably-ranked QBs) on NBC Sports Philadelphia's ranking of all 32 QBs in the NFL.

Darnold, who threw for 3,024 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 13 starts during a season that was interrupted by mono, was ranked 23rd, with Baker Mayfield No. 22.

Jones, who threw for 3,027 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 starts for a rebuilding Giants team, was ranked No. 26 -- just behind Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 25) and Teddy Bridgewater (No. 24).

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On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cleared local sports teams to begin training in the state. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy followed suit.

"Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition - if their leagues choose to move in that direction," Murphy said in a statement. "We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel."

The above gives the Jets and Giants clearance to open their facilities under the NFL's protocol, meaning limited business/front office staff can return.

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Tom Brady is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Jets should be glad to see him out of the AFC East. Brady had the Jets' number during his Pats career, going 29-7 against them in the regular season (though one of those loses came in a game Brady didn't start) and 1-1 in the playoffs.

But here are seven times the Jets took care of business against Brady.


1. On Dec. 22, 2002, the Jets defeated the Patriots 30-17, and went on to edge out the Pats as AFC East champs the following week. The Jets went 7-2 following head coach Herm Edwards' 'You play to win the game' speech.

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Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) leaves the field following the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) leaves the field following the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Sam Darnold is entrenched as the Jets' starting quarterback, but finding a veteran backup for him seemed to still be a need for the team. 

Now, it looks like the the Jets have found their answer in former Ravens and Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco, as his agent announced that Flacco has signed a one-year deal with the Jets. 

SNY Insider Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that Flacco's deal is worth $1.5 million, though he could earn another $3 million in incentives.

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The Jets have no intention of trading Jamal Adams despite their latest impasse in contract negotiations, according to a source. And they expect that they will eventually sign him to a lucrative contract that, as promised, will make him a "Jet for life."

That has long been the plan, as both CEO Christopher Johnson and GM Joe Douglas have repeatedly said, and nothing has changed even though Adams' camp has grown frustrated with the pace of recent talks. As Douglas promised, he reached out to Adams' agents shortly after the draft for initial discussions about a contract. But the Jets' position is they want to wait before giving him a long-term extension.

Adams, who is entering the fourth year of his four-year, $22.2 million rookie contract, wants his money now.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

General manager Joe Douglas has said time and time again that he wants to make safety Jamal Adams a "Jet for life," but the latest news regarding a possible contract extension doesn't sound very promising. 

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Adams' representation and the Jets have had multiple conversations since the NFL Draft, but the talks have "reached an impasse," as the Jets want to wait on a new deal for the star safety, while Adams' camp believes the Jets are "dragging their feet."

Per ESPN, the possibility of a trade has come up in recent talks, but the Jets have no desire to trade their young Pro Bowler, while Adams is believed to be open to being traded if things can't get worked out.

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Entering his 16th year in the NFL this season, Frank Gore likely knew he wasn't going to find a starting job anywhere around the league. So, as he decided once again to own the title of oldest running back in the NFL for another season, Gore wanted to go play for a team with a dynamic running game and a lead back he thought he could complement well.

Gore found that with the Jets and Le'Veon Bell

The five-time Pro Bowler spoke with the media on Thursday via Zoom, where he mentioned that playing for head coach Adam Gase once again -- he did so with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and earlier in his career with San Francisco when Gase was an assistant -- was a big reason why he joined Gang Green. But the prospect of working with Bell, a running back he knows very well, was intriguing. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore (20) against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

It has been speculation for a couple of years now, but Frank Gore doesn't listen to those who believes he is going to call it quits. He's had a great career -- Hall of Fame worthy -- but he's just not done yet. 

That's why Gore signed a one-year deal with the Jets this year, setting him up to play his 16th year in the NFL. It wasn't that hard of a decision to make, as he told media on Thursday during a Zoom conference call that he knew from his play last season he still had something left in the tank. 

His son, Frank Gore Jr., thought so as well. 

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Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)
Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs for yards in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sportsa (Jason Getz)

The Jets have already beefed up their running back depth this offseason, but could they look to add another quality back?

According to a report from Michael Silver of NFL Network, the Jets, Seahawks, and Eagles have shown interest in free agent running back Devonta Freeman

Per the report, the Seahawks have one-year deal worth up to $4 million on the table for Freeman, while the veteran has "attracted interest" from the Jets and Eagles.

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Big things are expected out of both Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones in 2020, but which of them is more likely to exceed their passing touchdown projection for this upcoming season?

SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Jonas Schwartz discuss that topic in the latest Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) stands on the field before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

ESPN's Mike Greenberg is sick of the Sam Darnold disrespect. 

During "Get Up" on Wednesday, Greenberg asked his panelists Tim Hasselbeck and Domonique Foxworth who will be the best quarterback in the AFC East in three years. Greenberg believes there is only one true answer, but he is astounded to here something else. 

At first, Foxworth and Greeny agreed that Bills QB Josh Allen, who Hasselbeck picked, won't be that guy. He statistically was the least accurate quarterback last season with a 58.8 completion percentage.

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By all indications, general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets' personnel staff addressed many of the team's areas of need this offseason. Particularly on the offensive line and at wide receiver, the Jets will have a bit of a different look in 2020.

But looking ahead to the 2020 season, there are a handful of players whose play will dictate whether the Jets will improve on last year's 7-9 record, or if they'll fall flat in Adam Gase's second season.

With Tom Brady now calling Tampa Bay home, the AFC East could be up for grabs, but can the Jets capitalize? The answer to that question may very will hinge on the play of these five players… 

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Jets GM Joe Douglas had a mission of adding not just starting offensive linemen to his roster this offseason, but having depth behind them as well. That's why Cameron Clark, a tackle out of UNC Charlotte, was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

And who was one of the first people to hit him up to congratulate him? None other than the Jets' first-round pick, Mekhi Becton.

"I talked to Mekhi the day before the draft, all of us were talking. When I got drafted, he hit me up," Clark told the media on Monday during a Zoom conference call. 

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When Jets GM Joe Douglas called Mekhi Becton to say that he was being selected 11th overall, he mentioned a talk the two of them had about the Louisville product's goals in the NFL. Douglas said he was ready to work with him to get his "team and personal" ones accomplished.

It all starts next season.

During a Zoom conference call with media on Monday, Becton gave his rookie goals. It was one team goal and one personal goal. 

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The Jets continue to hold their virtual offseason program via Zoom meetings, but that isn't stopping quarterback Sam Darnold from getting some throws in at the beach.

In a video posted by former NFL quarterback and now noted passing instructor Jordan Palmer, Darnold is seen working on his footwork before airing one out, all while seemingly still practicing proper social distancing. 

It was reported in late March that Darnold was quarantining in southern California while working out with Bills quarterback Josh Allen and new Redskins quarterback Kyle Allen as well. 

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Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )
Ty Montgomery (ROBERT DEUTSCH )

After just one season with the Jets, running back Ty Montgomery has found a new home. 

Montgomery has signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced on Friday afternoon, though terms of the deal were not given. 

The 27-year-old put up solid numbers as a receiver turned running back in three seasons with the Packers and a brief stint with the Ravens, leading the Jets to sign him to a one-year contract last April.

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MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets. (Treated Image by SNY)
MetLife Stadium, the home of the Jets. (Treated Image by SNY)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all 32 clubs on Friday night explaining that team facilities can begin to reopen on May 19, but only in places where local restrictions have been eased. 

Because New Jersey still has strict stay at home restrictions in place, the Jets and Giants are currently among the group of teams that cannot reopen on Tuesday.

"It takes more time than four days to reopen a facility that has been shut down for two months," the Giants said in a team statement, via SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "We are subject to state regulations. Bottom line, when we are cleared on all fronts to go back, we will, in an orderly, systematic, safe way to protect those in our building. It has been a process and protocol we have been developing for the last month or two."

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Big things are expected out of both Sam Darnold and Daniel Jones in 2020, but which of them is more likely to exceed expectations?

SNY's Justine Ward and Chris Williamson debate in the latest Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; General view of MetLife Stadium before a game between the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Eight days after the NFL announced the 2020 regular season schedule, the Jets have announced their preseason schedule. 

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m.

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Joe Namath seems like a given, but if there was a Mount Rushmore of New York Jets players, who else would make the cut?

SNY's Justine Ward and Eamon McAnaney discuss on the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate ...

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