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CeeDee Lamb/Jerry Jeudy
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Among draft experts, there is a great debate about which wide receiver is the best in this year's NFL Draft. And that debate revolves around Alabama's Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb.

Both receivers check off all the boxes evaluators and coaches alike look for. Whether its top-notch speed, route-running, ball-tracking, or sturdy hands, Jeudy and Lamb possess the attributes necessary to translate their stellar college careers into NFL careers as No. 1 receivers. 

And the Jets could definitely use one of those for Sam Darnold

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Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; North outside linebacker Zack Baun of Wisconsin (56) works around North tight end Sean McKeon of Michigan (86) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)
Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; North outside linebacker Zack Baun of Wisconsin (56) works around North tight end Sean McKeon of Michigan (86) during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)

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This Saturday afternoon will be one of the highlights of the offseason as the Senior Bowl takes place in Mobile, Alabama.

Jets scouts, coaches and front office personnel have been on hand to pay close attention to practice during the week, which is viewed as one of the most important events in the pre-draft process.

Let's consider some of the top prospects that play positions where the Jets will be specifically looking for reinforcements...

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Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Sep 16, 2017; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (42) tries to move past Louisville Cardinals offensive lineman Mekhi Becton (73) during the second half at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Clemson defeated Louisville 47-21. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

All but two teams -- the Chiefs and 49ers -- are left to worry about their offseasons with Super Bowl LIV set for Feb. 2. While NFL free agency kicks off in March, the efforts of scouting top NFL Draft prospects will ramp up. 

The Jets have the No. 11 overall pick in this year's Draft after picking at No. 3 in 2018 and 2019. Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams were used with those selections. 

Who will join them with the latest first round selection in GM Joe Douglas' first draft? Here's what experts believe will happen...

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Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Nov 9, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs (74) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Skimming through myriad mock drafts that have surfaced ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, many believe Jets GM Joe Douglas will be targeting a No. 1 receiver for Sam Darnold. There are a few playmakers for New York to choose from, including Alabama's Jerry Jeudy, Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, and Clemson's Tee Higgins

Having a top receiver is definitely a need for the Jets, but is that what they should be focused on with the No. 11 overall pick? What about protecting Darnold? 

While there's multiple playmakers to salivate over in the first round, there's just as many offensive linemen to bulk up that unit for the Jets. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold reportedly had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb on Tuesday, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Darnold is not expected to miss any time as the surgery was performed by the Jets team doctors.

He originally suffered a thumb injury on Oct. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, though, he never missed any time due to the injury. He wore a brace on his left hand under a glove for the rest of the season.

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New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
New York Jets tight end Trevon Wesco (47) catches a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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Over the next week or so, we're taking an in-depth look at the rookie season for each of the Jets' 2019 rookie class. We continue today with a look at tight end Trevon Wesco, who was selected in the fourth round out of West Virginia.

On the face of it, Wesco had a disappointing season, as he only caught two passes, struggled in pass protection and did little to elevate the Jets' underwhelming running game. However, there were signs of usefulness throughout the season and some evidence of progression.

He typically had mixed results as a run blocker from the tight end position early in the season but seemed to improve his consistency as the season went along. He seemed to hold up well at the point attack and was able to handle assignments that required him to set the edge against defensive linemen while at times flashing dominance against smaller players in space.

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After having the No. 3 pick in the NFL Draft in 2018 and 2019 and nabbing Sam Darnold and Quinnen Williams, the Jets find themselves all the way down at No. 11 for the 2020 draft.

But there will still be plenty of elite players to choose from.

Here's how the latest mocks see things shaking out...

Tags: Brian Winters, Quincy Enunwa, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Danny Abriano
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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

From an off-field bout with mononucleosis to on-field struggles with development, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold's second year in New York ultimately impressed general manager Joe Douglas.

"Talk about toughness and talk about adversity," Douglas said. "Not many guys faced more adversity than Sam, as far as dealing with the mono and some rough patches during the year. But I think the respect that Sam has earned from everyone in this building -- and especially in the locker room -- as far as his ability to handle adversity, to come back, to play really good football, to watch him grow throughout the year, to watch him grow from Year 1 to Year 2, just with everything -- the decision-making, the leadership -- it was really impressive to see."

Darnold went 7-6 as a second-year starter, completing 273 of 441 passes (61.9 percent) for 3,024 yards and 19 touchdowns to 13 interceptions in 13 games.

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The Jets added wide receiver Jamison Crowder last offseason and throughout the tough season for his team, the wideout quietly shined. 

In his first season with the Jets, Crowder led the the team in receptions (78), receiving yards (833) and touchdowns (6). His receptions was also a career-high for him personally. 

Things got off to a very quick start. 

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Jets quarterback Sam Darnold echoed the thoughts of his head coach Adam Gase on Monday, and though both were disappointed in the way the year began, pointed to a strong second half of the season as something the Jets can build on next season. 

"I thought in the beginning of the season, I thought we were inconsistent, and I think that's really some of the reason why we lost games at times," Darnold said. "I thought I played inconsistent as well, towards the back half of the season I thought I played better, didn't turn the ball over as much, but again there is still room to be more consistent.

"But as a whole, I felt like the back half of the season as an offense we really felt more comfortable and played more consistent." 

 

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The season has come and gone for the Jets, with the first year of Adam Gase's term as head coach ending in a 7-9 season that got off to a tumultuous start and ended on a high note.

After a 1-7 start that included Sam Darnold's absence with mono, a rough start to Le'Veon Bell's career in New York, and Jamal Adams trade rumors, Gase and the Jets righted the ship and won six of their last eight games.

Gase held his final press conference of the year on Monday to cap off the season, so here are a few takeaways...

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) leaps to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills defensive back Siran Neal (33) in the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) leaps to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills defensive back Siran Neal (33) in the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

After Sunday's 13-6 win over the Buffalo Bills, the New York Jets ended a roller-coaster ride of a 2019 season at 7-9 overall.

Winners in six of their last eight games, following a 1-7 start, can the Jets now keep the momentum pushing into 2020?

"Yeah, you'd always hope to think that's a possibility," said first-year head coach Adam Gase. "We'll kind of have to see how everything goes with the offseason, training camp -- you just never know who much the team changes, through injuries and things like that. But I do think it's a good kind of first year with guys going through some adversity and finding a way to dig themselves out."

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Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins was all smiles when talking to SNY's Jeane Coakley following the team's 13-6 win over the Bills on Sunday.

"Sure we had some stuff go bad in the first half of the season," Jenkins said. "But we finished strong. Sure there are some games that we would love to have back, but I loved the way we finished the season."

When asked if he wanted to be a Jet next season, Jenkins replied simply "Damn right."

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With Buffalo locked into the fifth seed and the Jets eliminated from playoff contention about a month ago, Sunday's game predictably took on the characteristics of a game where nobody really wanted to be there. Sam Darnold's one-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder in the fourth quarter ultimately keyed the Jets 13-6 win.

In pouring rain, the Jets - playing mostly against back-ups - led just 3-0 at the half following a disjointed affair that featured turnovers, missed kicks and all-around sloppy play.

The second half wasn't any less scrappy, even though the rain eased off a bit, but the Jets finally drove for the game's only touchdown after the Bills had tied the score. Darnold's pass to Crowder finished off a drive keyed by a couple of nice plays by back-up receiver Vyncint Smith.

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Prior to the Jets' Week 17 matchup with the Buffalo Bills, SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott evaluated quarterback Sam Darnold's season and talked about what's in store for his future.

"I think Sam Darnold, we've seen what we all know he can be," Lucas said. "The Dallas game was a complete game for Sam Darnold... when you look at Sam Darnold as a whole, this kid could be special. This could could take the Jets where Broadway Joe took the Jets -- to a Super Bowl."

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Sam Darnold's sophomore season in the NFL has been an interesting one for sure.

While his numbers show a slight improvement compared to his rookie season, with his completion percentage (61.7), yards per attempt (7.0), and yards per game (235.4) all up from his first season, Darnold's 2019 season will likely always be remembered for his early-season battle with mononucleosis.

Just a couple of days after the Jets' Week 1 loss to Buffalo, Darnold was diagnosed with mono, causing him to miss the Jets' next three games, a stretch in which the team went 0-3, virtually derailing the early-season playoff contention hopes.

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Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws during the third quarter 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) throws during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington had a solid career with the team, throwing for 13,783 yards and 82 touchdowns in 61 starts for the Jets over eight seasons (2000-2007).

He took the Jets to playoffs three times, something fans expect current starting quarterback Sam Darnold to do as well. Darnold has continued to improve since the Jets drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and Pennington clearly sees those improvements happening this season.

"Although we would say that it has been up and down, I do believe there has been considerable improvement," Pennington said. "Where earlier in the year, you probably would see four to five decisions that you would question. Now you're only seeing only one to two decisions that we're questioning.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

On Sunday, the Jets will travel to New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., to face the Buffalo Bills in their last game of the season.

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold spoke to media after practice on Thursday, and seemed prepared to deal with the Buffalo environment as a road team.

"It's tough," Darnold said. "I mean, Buffalo fans are crazy in the best way. They get it rocking in there."

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In the eyes of Jets head coach Adam Gase, New York quarterback Sam Darnold started to truly turn the corner with Nov. 24's 34-3 win over the Oakland Raiders.

By the numbers, Darnold completed 20 of 29 passes (69.0 percent) for 315 yards and two touchdowns to no interceptions while adding four rushes for 16 yards (4.0 average) and one touchdown.

But what Darnold collectively did before the snap caught the attention of Gase when thinking back on the second-year Jets quarterback's development down the stretch.

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Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 22, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase coaches against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After the Jets had Wednesday off, they returned to action Thursday in Florham Park, New Jersey, for practice ahead of their 2019 season finale Sunday at the Buffalo Bills.

As the Jets (6-9) get back into action for the 1 p.m. kickoff against the Bills (10-5) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York, head coach Adam Gase set the scene prior to Thursday's practice.

From a key injury update to a Week 17 preview and a big-picture outlook for the Jets as a whole, below is a handful of takeaways following Gase's morning press conference.

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Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)
Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) reacts during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)

The Jets listed 12 players on Wednesday's injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, many of which did not surprise.

One noteworthy entry, though, was Robby Anderson.

New York's big-play receiver was estimated -- the team did not practice on Christmas Day -- as limited with a calf injury.

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Sam Darnold was part of a draft class that included both Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. Though both of his counterparts will lead their teams into the playoffs this season while Darnold will not, the Jets quarterback hopes he can join them there soon.

"It's fun to watch them succeed," Darnold said. "They're winning games and obviously we want to get to that point. But it's fun to see is all relatively having success and doing well in the NFL."

 

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Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference. 

That was the case for quarterback Sam Darnold in the Jets' Week 16 win over the Steelers, according to head coach Adam Gase

Aside from a strip sack via one of the NFL's top edge rushers in T.J. Watt, Gase said the small details, particularity down the stretch by the quarterback, helped the Jets take the 16-10 upset victory. 

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It wasn't perfect, but the Jets ultimately emerged from Sunday's game against the Steelers with a 16-10 win.

As New York (6-9) continues to finish the season strong, what's to make of Week 16?

On the set of SNY's Jets Post Game Live, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott handed out grades for Gang Green's gritty performance.

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In a game that meant a lot more to the Steelers than it did the Jets, it took the visitors a while to get going. Pittsburgh fell two scores behind early and, although they tied the game just before halftime, the Jets managed to shut them out after half time to hold on for a hard-fought 16-10 win.

The Jets were in control for most of the first half. They played the run well, generated pressure and intercepted two Devlin Hodges passes to knock him out of the game. However, Mason Rudolph came off the bench and gave the Steelers a spark, leading them to a field goal and then following that up with a late touchdown to tie the score.

Offensively, the Jets had put together a nice touchdown drive to start the game but then once again the offense faltered once they got through the scripted portion of the gameplan. Sam Darnold's fumble after the Jets reached midfield on an attempted two-minute drill would set up thetying score.

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Ahead of another matchup with an impressive defense, Adam Gase spoke about how Sam Darnold performed his last time out against the Ravens' stellar defense.

Darnold went 18-for-32 for 218 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Baltimore during Week 15's edition of Thursday night football, but the Ravens' offense was too much for the Jets to handle as they fell, 42-21.

The second-year quarterback connected with Jamison Crowder for both of his scores on the day, including a pinpoint pass that allowed Crowder to toe-tap in a touchdown on third and goal.

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As the Jets' season winds down, quarterback Sam Darnold took some time out to speak with SNY's Jeane Coakley on his relationship with head coach Adam Gase...

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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)

Just 24 games into his tenure in New York, Sam Darnold has thrown himself into the Jets' Top 10 career passing yards list. 

Despite the Jets falling to the Ravens last Thursday night, Darnold threw for 218 yards to reach 5,507 passing yards in less than two full seasons in the NFL. Darnold moved past Al Dorow (5,399) and into 10th on the Jets' all-time list.

Darnold started 13 games for the Jets in his rookie season and put up 2,865 yards. The second-year quarterback currently sits at 2,642 yards this season, setting himself up to potentially pass his rookie mark if he plays the final two games of the year.

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After Thursday's loss to the Ravens, a video of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and head coach Adam Gase arguing on the sidelines went viral and many people questioned what exactly the two were discussing.

Despite Gase adressing the matter on Friday during a conference call and saying that the two were actually in agreement on the team struggles in the game, former Jets defenseive lineman Leger Douzable thinks things really went a bit differently...

Douzable also discussed Darnold's progressions this season and how he thinks the USC product has fared in his two seasons in the NFL.

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The Jets, like most of the league this season, had a hard time stopping MVP-favorite Lamar Jackson last night in Baltimore and fell to the Ravens 42-21 on Thursday Night Football.

On Friday, coach Adam Gase spoke to the media over a conference call...

Here are four Takeaways from Gase's conference call

1) A video of Gase and Jets quarterback Sam Darnold arguing with each other on the sideline went viral after the game, especially since Darnold is known for typically being a level-headed guy, but Gase just said that actually the two were both agreeing on the same point.

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Much was made about Jets running back Le'Veon Bell missing last Sunday's game against Miami due to the flu, but Bell was able to turn in one of his better performances of the season on Thursday night, albeit in a 42-21 loss to the Ravens.

Bell carried the ball 21 times for 87 yards, his highest rushing total of the season, despite a short week of practice and coming off his illness.

"The guys upfront did a great job of moving guys off the ball and giving me some lanes. Coach gave me some opportunities today, so it was overall a good feeling for me coming out of the game healthy," Bell said afterwards. 

"I felt good. Breathing felt fine. Coaches did a good job of still getting me out of the game every now and then. I'd never pull myself out, but personnel things and changes, getting me out of the game and getting me a breather, kind of protecting me from myself, so you've got to give credit to Coach (Adam Gase), he did a good job today."

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BALTIMORE - Gregg Williams' defense never had a chance.

Facing the powerful Ravens and the dangerous Lamar Jackson without a bunch of their best players went exactly as expected for the Jets on Sunday night. The Ravens' MVP candidate threw for five touchdowns and ran for 86 yards as the Jets were blown out by the Ravens, 42-21

And what else would anyone expect with the Jets playing with no Jamal Adams, no Quinnen Williams, no Brian Poole, and the usual patchwork cast at linebacker and cornerback. They played hard and were actually much better in the second half, but all that was just way too much to overcome. Jackson, taken 29 spots after the Jets took Sam Darnold in the 2018 draft, was everything he was advertised to be. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards and averaged nearly 11 yards per rush. When he took off with the ball, either to run or throw, the Jets had no one that could keep up.

That's not really surprising considering that Adams, Poole and Williams are three of the best athletes on the Jets' defense. Had they had a full complement of players, Gregg Williams could have used Adams as a spy. That at least might have slowed Jackson down a little bit and minimized the damage, if nothing else.

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Dec 1, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Dec 1, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Jets have tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and their MVP candidate in Lamar Jackson on a short work week, as the two team faceoff on Thursday Night Football in Week 15.

Jackson, the final quarterback taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, where Jets QB Sam Darnold was selected third overall, poses a challenge for any defense because of his dynamic playmaking skills. 

But Jets head coach Adam Gase knows it's just as important to keep up with an opposing offense sometimes as it is to shut them down. That's the case with the Ravens and Jackson, the coach said on Monday.

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Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs away from Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs away from Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (94) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Down the stretch of the New York Jets' 22-21 win over the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Sam Darnold did not flinch.

With an assist from kicker Sam Ficken, who nailed consecutive fourth-quarter tries from 42 and 44 yards -- the latter as time expired -- Darnold engineered back-to-back scoring drives, including the game-winning march, as the Jets (5-8) held off the Dolphins (3-10) Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"I think it's huge, especially when you practice that situation so much in the offseason," Darnold said of the Jets' 49-yard drive in seven plays and 1:33 to down the Dolphins. "To be able to execute that in a real game, it's huge for our confidence. At the same time, we practice it all the time, so we just went out there and did our job. (Wide receiver) Vyncint (Smith) made a great play out there and obviously Sam did a great job kicking the ball."

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Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Dec 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with the ball after a catch during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

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Odell Beckham Jr. might just have talked his way out of another city and another franchise, and that opens up some tantalizing possibilities. He still is -- when his body is healthy and his mind is right -- one of the best receivers in football. 

The Jets, of course, really do need a No. 1 receiver.

But what they don't need is a Beckham-sized headache.

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Jets kicker Sam Ficken drilled a 44-yard field goal as time expired on Sunday to give the Jets a 22-21 win over the Dolphins.

The third year kicker from Penn State was 3-for-3 on field goals for the day, while going 1-for-2 on extra points.

After the game, Ficken was all smiles as he received praise from head coach Adam Gase and quarterback Sam Darnold.

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Christopher Johnson has already promised that Adam Gase won't be fired and he'll be the Jets coach at the start of next season. There are no indications at all that the Jets CEO is willing to change his mind, no matter what happens down the stretch of the season.

But Gase sure has to be stretching his boss' patience.

Gase needed an absolute gift from the Dolphins and the officials to avoid what would have been another embarrassing loss on Sunday. The Jets won when a pass interference non-call was overturned on replay, giving them another shot to get into game-winning field goal range. Then, Sam Ficken nailed a 44-yarder as time expired to give the Jets a 22-21 win.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nine games into his rookie season, Sam Darnold looked absolutely lost. All the promise he previously showed was gone in a downward spiral. His head was spinning and his play was getting worse.

That's when fate stepped in and left the Jets' newest franchise quarterback with a sprained foot that would keep him sidelined for a month - an injury that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

At 4-8, the Jets are all but certain to miss out on the playoffs.

It's been a strange season for Gang Green, starting with a Week 1 loss to Buffalo that easily could have been a win, followed by Sam Darnold missing three games with mono. And just as it looked like the season was on the verge of a complete collapse at 1-7, the Jets won three straight to get to 4-7.

Then, unexpectedly, the Jets were defeated by the previously winless Bengals.

Now, the Jets will look to finish out the final quarter of their regular season schedule, and, at the very least, build momentum heading into 2020.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)

The Jets' chances at the playoffs were slim, but now they're dead following their 22-6 loss to the winless Bengals on Sunday. 

After winning three-straight games heading into Week 13, the loss came as a bit of a shock. With the tides turning, could the Jets have overlooked the Bengals, leading to their demise? 

Quarterback Sam Darnold says no. 

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As Adam Gase emphasized during the week, the Jets were entering this week's game as a 4-7 team and they sure played like one against the Bengals on Sunday. Now they're a 4-8 team, having lost to a winless team for the second time since the bye week.

To their credit, the Bengals played with good energy and discipline on defense, and rode a solid Andy Dalton performance in his return to the lineup to break a 13-game losing streak that stretched back to last December.

Offensively, the Jets had some near misses, but struggled to sustain drives, mainly due to dropped passes and ill-timed penalties. The Bengals exploited some coverage breakdowns to score two first half touchdowns and built a 17-3 lead before the Jets drove for a late field goal.  

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

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell chooses not to live and die by the numbers.

Through the first 11 games of his first season with the Jets, he has experienced highs and lows.

After the first eight games saw New York stumbled out with just one win, the team's turnaround has been on full display.

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Zac Taylor has an eye for offensive talent.

Before his rise to first-year head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, he spent the past two years with the reigning NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on Sean McVay's staff as assistant wide receivers coach (2017) and quarterbacks coach (2018), overseeing the offense that ranked second in points (32.9) and total yards (421.1) per game into last year's Super Bowl LIII appearance.

So when Taylor previewed Week 13 with the Bengals (0-11) hosting the Jets (4-7) Sunday at 1 p.m. from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, he had an appreciation for his opposition's quarterback.

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The Jets' Week 7 loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football was a low point of Sam Darnold's young NFL career.

Facing the league's top defense, Darnold struggled mightily, completing just 11 of his 32 passes for a mere 86 yards. He threw four interceptions as well, as the Jets were shut out 33-0 in front of a national audience.

Fast forward to just over one month later, and things are looking much different for Darnold and the Jets. The Jets have won three straight games over the Giants, Redskins, and Raiders, and during that span, Darnold has thrown for 838 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception, compiling a 117.2 passer rating.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Bengals are in desperate need of a win, so much so that they strayed away from their Ryan Finley project and returned Andy Dalton to his role as the team's starting quarterback. 

So he'll be taking on a Jets defense that has been shutting down offenses during this three-game win streak, and though he hasn't been getting the game reps he's used to these past three weeks, head coach Adam Gase knows his defense can't underestimate him. 

"It's obviously something we have to be highly aware of," he told reporters before practice on Wednesday. "Andy's through the most part of his career has done a good job taking care of the football, putting the team in a good position as far as third and manageable situations. He sees the game well."

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Former head coach Rex Ryan is seen on Day 3 of the NFL football draft, in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) (Gregory Payan/AP)
Former head coach Rex Ryan is seen on Day 3 of the NFL football draft, in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) (Gregory Payan/AP)

Sincere? Bitter former coach of the Jets? The world may never know, but for now, Rex Ryan is going on the record again, saying he prefers Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones over Jets QB Sam Darnold

On ESPN's "Get Up" on Monday, Ryan was posed with that exact question. He was definitive. 

"He is better. Daniel Jones is better," Ryan said. 

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Sam Darnold got a lot of laughs two weeks ago when he said "If we get on a roll here and we win out, we've got a chance at the playoffs." The Jets had just beaten the Giants for their second win of the season. So it was ridiculous, unlikely, and somewhat comical that he really seemed to believed it.

A lot fewer people were laughing on Sunday, though, after the Jets demolished the Oakland Raiders 34-3, and Darnold said the playoffs are "in the back of my head."

It is still a longshot, of course. It's probably still ridiculous and unlikely. But the Jets are 4-7 now and on the fast track to 6-7 with the winless Bengals (0-11) and the awful Dolphins (2-9) up next on their schedule. The standings show they are just two games back in the race for the AFC's second wild-card spot, albeit with six teams in line ahead of them.

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The Jets won their third straight game when they handled the Oakland Raiders 34-3 Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Suddenly, the Jets are 4-7 on the 2019 season and have scored 34 points in each of the past three victories.

What is there to make of the Jets' momentum as Week 13 at the Cincinnati Bengals looms? SNY's Ralph Vacchiano breaks it down.

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The Jets have gotten a wake up call through the arm of Sam Darnold as the offense continued to click on all cylinders in their win over the Raiders on Sunday.

The Jets put 34 points on the board (27 on offense, seven on defense Sunday) for the third straight game and those efforts were all enough to pick up W's. Despite Adam Gase still unable to get the running game going much, he's clearly woken up a flame in Darnold, who has looked like a new quarterback over the last three weeks.

"Close to it," Gase said on if this is where he expected his offense to be entering the season. "There's still a lot of things we need to improve on, just more consistent in the running game. ...When you're not going three and out... it makes it easier."

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