Jets Beat ‘Boys 24-22 in First Win of Gase Era

In what surely feels like the end of a seemingly years-long losing streak, Adam Gase and the New York Jets picked up their first victory of the 2019 season.

It was almost the perfect win for Gang Green as the Jets and their fans had high hopes with the return of starting quarterback Sam Darnold. It looked like the Jets were on the verge of a blowout win when they jumped out to a 21-3 lead, but as Jets fans know, it’s rarely that easy for Gang Green.

The Jets were staked to their big lead by a Le’Veon Bell 2-yard TD run that capped a 14 play 55 yard drive, followed by one of the longest scoring plays in franchise history. It came on a deep ball from Darnold to Robby Anderson from the Jets own 8-yard line, giving the duo a 92-yard hookup.

Ryan Griffin would score his first touchdown as a Jet from the 5-yard line before the end of the first half, putting the Jets in the driver’s seat.

Things were unfolding perfectly. As we mentioned prior to the contest, the Jets were hoping to see Darnold’s return lead to better pass protection, a more effective running game, and of course….points.

Well, it worked like a charm in the first half, but was stymied after the interval.

The Jets would go on to score just 3 points in the second half as the Cowboys chipped away at a Jets defense that was getting worn down slowly but surely as they started to spread the Jets defense out and run Ezekiel Elliot up the middle. Elliott had just 33 yards on his first 11 carries, but would pick up 72 yards on his next 17 carries, a far more respectable average of 4.2 yards per attempt. It was an Elliott TD that would bring Dallas within five as Dallas closed the gap to 21-16.

Sam Fickin would then hit a 38-yard filed goal to put the Jets up by 8 at 24-16 but still risked blowing the lead after Dak Prescott scored on a quarterback draw with under a minute remaining and Dallas needing a 2-point conversion to tie. That was not to be however, as Gregg Williams dialled up a blitz that sent safety Jamal Adams up the middle who was shot out of a cannon and forced an early and errant throw from Prescott, securing the victory.

It’s the first for Gase as he finally had a healthy starting quarterback under center. Now all he has to do is get back to 1 Jets drive to start to prepare for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Schefter: Jets Fielding Calls for Leonard Williams

NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Jets are in fact getting some phone calls from teams showing an interest in acquiring former first-round draft choice Leonard Williams.

Williams has drawn the ire of Jets fans for failing to live up to the expectations of a former top 10 pick, but it seems there are other teams who feel Williams has some value along the defensive line.

Injury List is Still Long

There is certainly good news with Sam Darnold being cleared for contact again this week. Darnold will wear special padding to protect his spleen but he says the padding isn’t restrictive at all. He plans on wearing this special padding the rest of the season. He has been doing light conditioning, even while he was out, so he says he is in good shape and is ready to start on Sunday.

I think having a couple weeks of practices under my belt is a good thing. It’s definitely going to help with that, but there’s nothing like Sunday and I think going out there and going out there and playing the first couple series, I think will be a little bit of a shock to the system, I guess you could say. But I think I’m going to be ready and hopefully, after those couple series, I think, I’ll feel right at home.

Any hope of the Jets having a strong surrounding cast seems to be fading fast. The injury list is still long and it seems likely that the Jets will be without many key players on Sunday vs the Cowboys.

Here are the injury updates that Adam Gase gave the media on Thursday after practice.

Opening statement…
Updates here on the injury report. (Trenton) Cannon, foot/ankle, he won’t practice today, (Chris) Herndon, hamstring, he won’t practice today, Kelechi (Osemele), shoulder, won’t practice today, C.J (Mosley), groin won’t practice today, Henry (Anderson), shoulder, won’t practice today, Nate (Hairston), knee, it’s up in the air, he is trying to figure out a way to do individuals, see how he feels, we’re trying to debate whether or not he should go today or not, he is trying to go.

On if Kelechi Osemele’s injury could be long term…
I am not sure. When you get veteran O-lineman, (and they) get banged up a little bit, it’s not as easy to come back and stay on the field. We are trying to get him as healthy as we can, get back on the field. 

On which of Osemele’s injuries is more severe…
For him it’s probably both. The shoulder right now, the knee does flare up on him right when he steps on the field. 

On if surgery is an option…
It’s not one of those type of things, he’s just played a lot of football

On if Nate Hairston’s knee injury was a reason why he didn’t play on defense… 
It kind of popped out of nowhere. 

On when his injury occurred…
No, I think it was on game day. He kind of swelled up, he played and then it’s progressively gotten worse since the game, so we were kind of caught off guard a little bit

Jets Injury Report

Darnold Set to Return; Herndon Week-to-Week

On this week’s episode of JetNation Radio our hosts Glenn Naughton and Alex Varallo discuss what Sam Darnold’s return means for the offense (and the defense) while covering the news of Chris Herndon injuring himself before taking part in his first practice of the year. CJ Mosley is still recovering from a groin injury and Brandon Copeland is set to return. We look at the latest NY Jets injury updates.

We will also cover the disaster that was Jets/Eagles and whether or not Luke Falk should be launched in to orbit, never to be seen again.

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JetNation Week 6 Fantasy Notebook

JetNation Week 6 Fantasy Notebook

Winners

  • Deshaun Watson (41.74 points)
  • Russell Wilson (29.92 points)
  • Teddy Bridgewater (27.36 points)
  • Aaron Jones (42.2 points)
  • Matt Breida (points)
  • Josh Jacobs (26.3 points)
  • Sony Michel (18.3 points)
  • Will Fuller V (39.7 points)
  • DJ Chark (28.4 points)
  • Allen Robinson (21.7 points)
  • Michael Gallup (17.3 points)
  • Gerald Everett (13.6 points)
  • Jared Cook (10.1 points)

Losers

  • Lamar Jackson (11.44 points)
  • Aaron Rodgers (9.4 points)
  • Philip Rivers (4.14 points)
  • Baker Mayfield (-2 points)
  • Miles Sanders (6.4 points)
  • Damien Williams (3.8 points)
  • David Montgomery (9.6 points)
  • Brandin Cooks (5.6 points)
  • Stefon Diggs (4.4 points)
  • T.Y. Hilton (3.7 points)
  • Demarcus Robinson (3.1 points)
  • Mike Evans (0 points)
  • Evan Engram (4.7 points)
  • Mark Andrews (4.5 points)

 

Waiver Targets

  • Teddy Bridgewater
  • Gardner Minshew
  • Mohamed Sanu
  • Preston Williams
  • Darius Slayton
  • Gerald Everett

Here’s the Ripple Effect Jets are Hoping for With Darnold Return

Now that Sam Darnold’s return to action is officially slated for this Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys, it’s time to take a look at the overall impact he stands to have on Gang Green moving forward.

First and foremost, if Darnold plays anywhere near as well as he did toward the end of last season, he’ll have an immediate impact on the offensive line and running game.

The Jets O-line is bad, but they’ve been made to look a whole lot worse while facing defenses who have zero reason to respect the quarterback.  Poor play from Luke Falk has allowed opposing defenses to stack the box with 8 or 9 defenders, overwhelming the Jets blockers at times.  Certainly they’ve lost their fair share of one-on-one battles, but they’ve also faced plenty of fronts in which the number of oncoming attackers outnumbered the Jets blockers.  All it will take is for Darnold to connect on a few attempts down the field to get defenses to back off and make life easier on the offensive line.

This, of course would mean more room to work with for Le’Veon Bell, who has been consistently hit in the backfield through the season’s first four games.  Getting Bell going is critical in allowing the offense to start sustaining drives and scoring points.

Last, and certainly not least, is how much better Darnold can make head coach Adam Gase look.  While the Jets inept offense has led countless fans to rip the organization for hiring him in the first place, Jets beat writer Rich Cimini shared this little nugget on the Jets receivers that should reflect well on Gase.  According to Cimini, Jets receivers stand atop of the NFL (yes, number 1 of 32) in their rate of “open targets” at 55.9%.

The Jets lead the league with the highest rate of “open” targets — 55.9 percent. (An open target is a pass target when the separation between the receiver and nearest defender is three-plus yards at pass arrival.) Despite this, the Jets are averaging a league-low 131 passing yards per game. It isn’t difficult to figure out what’s happening there.

This is according to NFL Next Gen stats ,which tracks the movement of every player on the field, classifying an open receiver as any player with three or more yards between himself and the nearest defender.  With Luke Falk misfiring all over the field, an open receiver didn’t amount to much.  If Gase can continue to scheme receivers open at that rate and Darnold is on target, all of a sudden Darnold’s presence can help get this thing turned around in a hurry.  If not, Gase may be looking for work sooner than anyone could have anticipated.

Darnold is Back; So is Herndon

Sam Darnold is back and he’s better than ever. Well the last part is certainly what Jets fans are hoping for. After watching an offense that has been offensive this season, it seems realistic that Darnold would provide an immediate boost. He has been cleared for contact and will start for the Jets on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Metlife Stadium.

With the team sitting at 0 and 4 the news hasn’t been good lately. That might be changing as tight end Chris Herndon will also be returning from his four game suspension. Herndon had 502 receiving yards in his rookie year with four touchdowns. He will be another welcome addition to an offense that has seen more 3 and outs than anybody ever wants to see.

You can read more and see fan reaction in our forums; Sam Darnold cleared for contact.

Darnold Not Cleared Yet; Will Start When Cleared

After an 0 and 4 start the Jets need Sam Darnold back on the field if they have any hopes of turning things around. Adam Gase was asked if Darnold would be under center when the Jets take on the Dallas Cowboys at Metlife Stadium on Sunday.

The only update I would have is he is supposed to run through all of the tests tomorrow morning and we will have more information so we will be able to plan out our week.

The when part is still a question, what isn’t up for debate is that Darnold will start once the doctors clear him.

Yeah, if he gets cleared he will start.

Other updates from Adam Gase…

Henry Anderson

Yeah really the only one was Henry (Anderson), and right now it is a week-to-week deal, it is just going to have to see how he feels, just seeing him walking around today, he is obviously in pain. It is going to be about how does he feel as we go through the week and if he doesn’t feel as though he can go out and perform at the level he needs to perform at, then he will miss a game. 

Herndon & Copeland

I think with the Herndon and Copeland thing it’s going to be more about getting them out at practice, seeing where they are out, obviously you get an exemption when those guys come back, we are going to see how that works out, that’s day to day.

CJ Mosley (will be practice on Wednesday)

Yeah, that is one we are still waiting on to see. I think we are close, I am just not sure how close we are. 

 

 

Practice Squad Move; Kaufusi In, Jamey Mosley Out

The NY Jets have announced a change to the practice squad. Defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi has been added and CJ Mosley’s brother Jamey has been removed.

The Jets have signed DL Bronson Kaufusi to the practice squad and removed LB Jamey Mosley.

Kaufusi was released from the Green & White’s active roster Oct. 4 after playing in three games this season, registering three tackles and a half-sack. The 6’6”, 275-pounder suited up in six games for the Green & White the past two seasons and spent some time on the Jets’ practice squad in 2018. Originally a third-round pick of the Ravens in 2017, the 28-year-old Kaufusi has appeared in eight career contests.

Mosley, younger brother of starting linebacker C.J. Mosley, signed with the Jets’ practice squad Sept. 1 after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in May. The 6’5”, 248-pounder suffered a knee injury in training camp that kept him out of the preseason.

Jets Lose 31-6 to Eagles; KRL Notes

The New York Jets lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday by a score of 31 to 6. The loss drops the Jets to 0 and 4 on the season. Anyone who didn’t think this game was going to be a blowout was delusional. The day Sam Darnold was ruled out with mono this game was over.  

The offense knows they can’t compete with Luke Falk as a starter.  And it showed in their body language, you didn’t see frustration you saw resignation with the numerous turnovers and three and outs.  A bit of credit to the defense for hanging in there and playing with emotion as they were constantly on the field.  Considering that the three turnovers led directly to 21 points they held PHI to 10 points, not bad:

– Nice to see Quinnen Williams back and making some plays.  He blew a layup sack as he whiffed on Wentz but at least he was in PHI backfield a number of times.  He has to build on this game, because by the end of the year he has to be a consistent DLine play maker.

– Why?  Because Leonard Williams is the “jaggiest of JAGs”.  Another game where his name was never called other than being hit with penalties.  What a HUGE disappointment.

– Why was Trumaine Johnson let out of the doghouse?  I would rather see if Nate Hairston can develop into something by the end of the year.  No more old high priced free agent CBs. Only CB’s 27 years old or younger from now.

– Neville Hewitt continues to step up in CJ Mosley’s absence.  Another 10 tackles, TFL and a QB hit in his reps.

– Tarell Basham (5 tackles, 2 TFL) and Jordan Willis (2 QB hits) flashed some edge pressure.

– Brian Winters is bad, that is all.

– Chuma Edoga was spun around on way too many plays.

– Luke Falk is not an NFL QB at this point.  Holds the ball too long, below average arm strength and seems totally overwhelmed.  Other than that he’s terrific.

– LeVeon Bell is being wasted, his talents are still there and he show glimpses but he can’t overcome the dreck at OLine & QB.

If Sam Darnold isn’t cleared this week prepare for another dumpster fire against the Dallas Cowboys.