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  1. Joe Flacco

    This episode was originally recorded Thursday night. Side note, Phil Sullivan is a slacker.

    JetNation hosts Dylan Tereman and Glenn Naughton share their perspectives of the thrilling win over the Browns, and what it means moving forward for the team. Our NY Jets Podcast is now in audio and video form (links above and below). This week they will preview the upcoming game against the Bengals, and how the Jets could potentially get to 2-1 on the year. At the end, they will introduce a few more prospects to watch as the college football season continues.

    Special thanks go out to our long-time sponsor, MILE Social a NJ Digital Marketing Agency. They help us with our online presence and social media.

    Our NY Jets Podcast can now be found on Spotify and Amazon Music. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or Google Play. Here is some more information on how you can find us online.

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  2. NY Jets Injury Report

    The Bengals are in town for the game on Sunday, be sure to check out our full NY Jets game preview by Dylan Tereman.  On the injury front, we know that Zach Wilson is out. He is expected to return next week, on the road, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Otherwise the Jets have a long list of players that are listed as questionable, but Robert Saleh expects them to play.

    Here is Saleh’s injury update from Friday.

    Zach (Wilson) is doing fine. He’ll be out. George (Fant) will be limited again today. Jordan (Whitehead) will be limited today, Jordan Whitehead. JFM (John Franklin-Myers) is full. C.J. Uzomah should be full. Quinnen Williams should be full, and then Corey will be full, he had something happen on Wednesday with his knee. Just wanted to give him an extra day with it being so wet outside, but he’s fine. He’s 100 percent.

    NY Jets Injury Report

    For the Bengals all eyes are on right tackle La’el Collins. He didn’t practice this week but Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said after Friday’s practice he’s optimistic Collins can go Sunday.

    Taylor wouldn’t call Collins day-to-day and was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. He’s not sure they’re looking at a season-long issue, but Collins, 29, has had problems with his back ever since he hurt it away from Paycor Stadium before training camp and he couldn’t start practicing until late last month.

    If Collins can’t go, it’s either Hakeem Adeniji in his second NFL start at right tackle or D’Ante Smith in his first. They are still battling for the job of swing tackle with Adeniji active in the opener and Smith replacing him last week and playing six snaps as an extra tackle.

    INJURY UPDATE: Linebacker Germaine Pratt (knee), who has only missed two games in his four seasons, didn’t practice Friday after going limited Thursday and is listed as doubtful. Starting tight end Hayden Hurst (groin) looked to have a setback Friday when he went limited after going full Thursday and was categorized as questionable. Wide receiver Tee Higgins (toe) surfaced on the injury report Friday, but he went full.

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  3. NFL

    Week Two Thoughts…

    • What’s the tablet computer budget in Tampa? I’m sure there are a few school districts that could use those machines.
    • You can admit it: the Eagles scared you a little on Monday night. Nobody with that much of a running game has as much ability to throw it over you too.
    • Hey, didn’t you used to be the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals?
    • No, they haven’t played a big offense yet, but Tampa’s defense has only allowed 13 points. Give Brady the ring now if the Bucs can win a title scoring 14 per game.
    • I betting that undercurrent of rumblings for Kenny Picket will become a full roar in Pittsburgh by about midway through the second quarter in Cleveland this coming Sunday.
    • The Raiders are the league’s best 0-2 team.

     

    • The Giants are the league’s worst 2-0 team.
    • If current trends hold, the AFC Champion 0-2 Bengals will miss the playoffs.
    • It gets a little complex, but with the tiebreakers and some next-level math…carry the one…the New York Jets sit just outside the last playoff spot in the AFC.
    • It felt a little like Baltimore let the genie out of the bottle in allowing Miami to get up off the canvas Sunday.
    • Not sure what’s wrong with the Colts, but a visit from the Chiefs probably isn’t the remedy.
    • Way too early dark horse Super Bowl pick – Chargers vs Eagles.
    • Welcome to the NFL, Garrett Wilson.
    • If Jacoby Brisset and Amari Cooper are able to connect on you nine times for 101 yards and a TD, you need to change something.

    Our Heroes in Green

    Well, you don’t see that very often.  Things certainly look brighter in Jetland now than they did with two minutes left in the fourth quarter Sunday.  With Cleveland leaving the field early on Sunday, the Jets are in prime position to start the season 2-1.  The Bengals were one of the teams the Jets beat last year, and they aren’t playing nearly as well now.  Its time for the Jets to find a ground game.  They haven’t broken 100 yards in either contest so far.  Call me crazy, but I think asking young Joey Flacco to air it out for 400 each week might be a flawed approach.  The defensive line should be pumped given the epic struggles Cincy has had protecting Joe Borrow.  The Jets have three sacks through their first two games; it will be a disappointment if they don’t match that this Sunday.  The wise guys have the Bengals giving our heroes 4.5 Sunday.  I think we’ll see a very desperate Cincinnati team this week.  They will play better.  The Jets will too off the huge comeback in Brownsville.  I like our chances to send the entire state of Ohio into an early season depression.

     

    JetNation NFL Power Rankings

    Week Three

     

    1. Buffalo Bills 2-0 (Last Week: 1) – The Bills have yet to be challenged despite opening against the defending champs and another AFC playoff team. The trip to Miami this week will be difficult, but there has been nothing so far to suggest the Bills will have any issues going 3-0.
    2. Kansas City Chiefs 2-0 (Last Week: 2) – The Chiefs escaped against the Chargers. They will need to be better going forward.  From the look of Thursday’s game, the Chiefs will miss the long-ball threat Tyreek Hill provided most when playing against the league’s top teams.
    3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-0 (Last Week: 3) – Tampa’s defense has been stellar thus far. They have allowed only 13 points through two weeks.  It’s hard to imagine any team beating the Bucs if Brady only needs to produce two scores to win.
    4. Los Angeles Rams 1-1 (Last Week: 7) – the champs were much better in week two…at least until the end of the game. This team will clearly be challenged to stay focused week to week all season long after holding the trophy last year.
    5. Miami Dolphins 2-0 (Last Week: 8)– the Dolphins epic comeback Sunday is the type of win that can carry a team for several weeks. The league’s best team (Buffalo) comes to town Sunday.  The Dolphins will need to spend this week looking at why they needed to come from so far down against Baltimore.
    6. Philadelphia Eagles 2-0 (Last Week: unranked) Philadelphia looks to be the class of the NFC East early on. The Birds have a power rushing attack – 379 yards through two games.  Jalen Hurts legs are a problem as is the fact that his passing has developed to give Philly the balance they lacked in recent years.
    7. Los Angeles Chargers 1-1 (Last Week: 5)– The Chargers found a way to drop the Thursday night game in KC. They were the better team except for a few plays that made all the difference.  If Herbert stays healthy, the Chargers will be a major factor for the long haul.
    8. Baltimore Ravens 1-1 (Last Week: 4)– The collapse in Miami needs to become a distant memory if Baltimore is going to challenge in the AFC. The Patriots, Bills, and Bengals are next up for the Ravens.  Any hangover from the epic fail Sunday, and Baltimore could fall behind the eight ball early in the season.
    9. Green Bay Packers 1-1 (Last Week: Unranked) – The Pack get the benefit of the doubt here with the assumption that their no show in week one was just their typical first week rust. We’ll know Sunday as Tampa’s defense will embarrass the Packers if Rodgers and company are still in preseason mode.
    10. San Francisco 49ers 1-1 (Last Week: Unranked) – The Niners are thankful to have held on to Jimmy G.  Lance is done after one plus games.  The Niners had a black injury cloud follow them last season. Seemingly nothing has changed.   The Niners can make their soggy start in Chicago an aberration with a win this week in Denver and next week at home against the Rams.

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    Game Information

    • Cincinnati Bengals (-4.5) @ New York Jets (45.5 O/U)
    • Date/Time: September 25th, 2022, 1:00PM EST
    • Announcers: CBS – Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn
    • Location/Weather: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (high 76℉, 5-10mph winds, 8% chance of rain)
    • Referee: Jerome Boger (18 years experience)

     

    Bengals 2022 Season Leaders

    • Passing: Joe Burrow (57/89, 64.0% comp, 537 yards, 3 TDs, 4 INTs)
    • Rushing: Joe Mixon (46 att, 139 yards)
    • Receiving: Ja’Marr Chase (15 rec, 183 yards, 1 TD)
    • Tackles: Germaine Pratt (13)
    • Sacks: B.J. Hill, Sam Hubbard (1)

     

    Jets/Bengals History

    • Jets lead series 18-10-0
    • Last Matchup: 2021, Week 8; Jets win 34-31
    • 2010: Jets beat Bengals in Week 17 (37-0) to advance to AFC Wild Card, where they again beat the Bengals 24-14.

     

    Matchups to Watch

    • Jets DL vs Bengals OL

    Entering Week 3, Bengals QB Joe Burrow ranks 2nd in pass attempts/game with 44.5, behind only Joe Flacco (51.5). If that’s any indication of what is to come Sunday, you can expect a ton of passing from both teams. That being said, the Jets front 4 will need to dominate their 1-on-1s and create pressure on Burrow. According to PFF Premium Stats (brought to my attention by Joe Marino of The Draft Network), Joe Burrow has a pressure rate of 30.9%, which is 17th in the NFL, with a league average of 31.6%. However, he also has the worst pressure to sack rate (how many pressures turn into sacks) in the league, 38.2%, with the average being 18.7%. That means it’s all up to the defensive line of the Jets to take over the game and force Burrow into poor decisions.

    • Ahmad Gardner vs Ja’Marr Chase

    This will be the third week in a row that I am highlighting Gardner, and for good reason. He had a great performance Week 1 against a lackluster Ravens WR corp, but was “down to Earth” last week against Amari Cooper, surrendering his first career TD. Chase was mostly held in check last week by Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs, but when the Bengals need a big play, they are not afraid to dial one up for #1. Gardner will need to play more like he did in Week 1 to give the line a chance up front.

     

    Keys to Victory

    • Utilize your 2TE packages more often, especially in the first half. If C.J. Uzomah is healthy, it will be a big boost to the run game, and open up the play-action pass game against a defense that is susceptible to the fake. Last week, out of 35 first half offensive plays, the Jets offense only ran four from 12P, while 23 were in 11P. For a team that claims to be a “12 Personnel team”, the game plan this week should be to get back to your core philosophies on offense.

    CIN runs a 4-2-5 defense primarily, but when DAL ran 12P, they switch to a 3-4 look adding backup NT 68 Josh Tupou to the front. The #Jets can take advantage of this from zone with Wilson in slot vs S (this pic is Bates), or in Cover-1 man to the outside with a "hole" shot. pic.twitter.com/G0OZHVKpE1

    — Dylan Tereman (@DTereman) September 21, 2022

     

    • Despite the tendencies of Jeff Ulbrich and his defense, the Jets need to run more 2-high safety shells, meaning Cover 2 or “Quarters” (Cover 4) looks. According to Sharp Football Analysis, New York ranks 29th in the league in usage of Cover 2 this year, a mere 1.7%. It has been well documented that Joe Burrow has struggled against Cover 2 so far this year, which is what helped the Steelers and Cowboys both in beating the Bengals. If the Jets committ to running more 2-high looks, unlike they did in their matchup last season (9.8% of Burrow’s dropbacks), it could pay dividends in the form of turnovers.

     

    Predictions

    • Both Breece Hall and Michael Carter will score a rushing TD.
    • Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner gets his first career INT.
    • Carl Lawson has 2 sacks against his former team.

    Despite the talent advantage in favor of the Bengals, the Jets are trending upward compared to their Week 3 opponent. While there is always a chance that last week’s win was a mirage, it’s hard to deny this young team of their heart and competitive spirit. If New York can come out firing again on offense, this time with a little more help from the defense, this has the making of another one-score ball game. This time, I’m taking the Jets to win over a slumping team that doesn’t matchup well against the Jets schematically. Imagine: the New York Jets could be 2-1.

    • Score: Jets win 23-21

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  5. NY Jets Injury Report

    Here are the injury updates and report that the Jets provided on Wednesday. George Fant and John Franklin-Myers did not practice. The full list of limited players appears below.

    Head Coach Robert Saleh

    Good Afternoon, I’m going to go injuries real quick. CJ Uzomah will be limited today, George (Fant), we’re giving him his Wednesday, he’s dealing with his knee, but it’s not concerning, just giving him an extra day to recover. Jordan Whitehead is going to be limited today, dealing with a calf. JFM (John Franklin-Myers) won’t participate in practice today, he’s dealing with his toe and quad, not concerning, just giving him another day to recover and then Quinnen Williams, dealing with his foot, he’ll be limited, and Zach’s (Wilson) knee, he’ll be limited.

    CJ Uzomah

    Yeah, same thing as last week, he feels a lot better this week, so we’ll see.

    Zach Wilson: Can he do a little 11-on-11 or is he mostly limited this week?

    So, yeah he’s still limited, not going to get into the 11-on-11 stuff this week, but we’re going to ramp up the amount of strain, I guess you could say, from an individual standpoint.

    Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: I think everyone understands that Zach is the future of the organization, but would there be a little wiggle room for a 37 year old vet?

    Well, I don’t want to be a broken record, but I’ll be happy to answer that question a million times over when Zach (Wilson) is healthy and ready to go, but Zach (Wilson) is the future of the team.

    NY Jets Injury Report

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  6. Braden Mann

    Provided Courtesy NFL Communications

    Quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA of the Miami Dolphins, cornerback JAYLEN WATSON of the Kansas City Chiefs and punter BRADEN MANN of the New York Jets are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 2 of the 2022 season (September 15, 18-19).

    SPECIAL TEAMS: P BRADEN MANN, NEW YORK JETS

    • Mann executed the first successful onside kick of the season with 1:20 remaining as the New York Jets overcame a 13-point deficit inside the final two minutes to defeat Cleveland in Week 2. He also converted a fake punt attempt in the first quarter with a 17-yard completion in addition to four punts, two of which he placed inside the 20-yard line.
    • This is Mann’s first-career Special Teams Player of the Week award and he becomes the third Jets punter to earn the honor, joining Ryan Quigley (Week 9, 2015) and Tom Tupa (Week 7, 2001).
    • Mann joins Shane Lechler (four times) and Drew Kaser as former Texas A&M punters to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

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  7. Joe Flacco - Zach Wilson

    The New York Jets needed a miracle to beat the Cleveland Browns in Week 2 to avoid a disastrous 0-2 start, but at the end of the day, style points don’t show up in the win-loss columns.

    New York showed plenty of heart in their thrilling comeback win against the Browns. Trailing by 13 points with less than two minutes to go, Joe Flacco kept the game alive by throwing a 66-yard TD strike to Corey Davis.

    The Jets recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Flacco hit rookie Garrett Wilson for a 15-yard TD in the waning seconds to help the visitors pull off the stunning comeback. With the victory, New York ended a three-year streak of starting out 0-2.

    Flacco pieced together a much better performance a week after losing to his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, in Week 1. Though Flacco had 309 passing yards, it’s important to note that he attempted a whopping 59 passes. The Super Bowl 47 champion and MVP had one TD on the day to go along with one interception and three sacks as Baltimore’s defense propelled the visitors to a 24-9 victory.

    There was no shame in losing to the Ravens, who are one of the prime favorites to win the AFC in 2022. The state of Maryland is widely expected to launch sports betting in the near future, and FanDuel Maryland will be among the first apps available to customers. Some of these apps will offer new users special risk-free wagers and other bonuses upon signing up.

    Only seven teams currently have higher Super Bowl 57 betting odds than the Ravens at FanDuel (+1800). They’re also the +100 favorites to win the AFC North division, with the Cincinnati Bengals behind Baltimore at +290.

    Flacco has provided vital stability for the Jets with starting quarterback Zach Wilson currently sidelined with a knee injury that he suffered in preseason.

    Wilson required surgery and was ruled out for the first three weeks of the season by head coach Robert Saleh. At this time, it looks like the No. 2 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft will not return until Week 4 at the very earliest (vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers at 1:00 p.m. EST).

    Through the first two weeks of the regular season, Flacco (616 passing yards) trailed only Tua Tagovailoa (739) and Carson Wentz (650) in passing yards. On top of that, only seven signal-callers topped Flacco’s five TD passes entering Week 3.

    Flacco has traveled aplenty across the NFL ever since the Baltimore Ravens made Lamar Jackson their permanent starter back in 2018. Jackson won seven of eight starts as a rookie and led the Ravens to their first AFC North division crown in six years, thus making Flacco expendable.

    In 2019, the Ravens traded him to the QB-needy Denver Broncos for a fourth-round draft choice. A season-ending neck injury unfortunately limited Flacco to eight games with the Broncos, and he was released in the ensuing offseason.

    Flacco signed with the Jets in 2020 and served as Sam Darnold’s understudy. Flacco played four games with Darnold sidelined, and he finished the season with six touchdown passes against three interceptions. This included an impressive three-TD outing in a Week 9 home loss to the archrival New England Patriots.

    The Philadelphia Eagles signed Flacco to back up Jalen Hurts in 2021, but a knee injury to the aforementioned Zach Wilson prompted the Jets to bring him back via trade in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft choice.

    Flacco started the Jets’ Week 11 home game against the Miami Dolphins, putting together a solid stat line of 24 completions (39 pass attempts) for 291 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    Make no mistake, Wilson will be the starting quarterback when he is cleared to return. But the journeyman QB has shown the NFL that he’s still capable of being a short-term starter for any team that needs it. Simply put, his early 2022 performances will go a long way in buying Flacco more playing time and opportunities in the NFL.

    Saleh and the Jets can take comfort in knowing that they own one of the NFL’s better backup quarterbacks. And ultimately, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jets decided to bring back Flacco again for the 2023 season.

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    With their thrilling 31-30 victory behind them, it’s time for the Jets to start preparing for Sunday’s home meeting against the Cincinnati Bengals.  And they’ll start it knowing that Joe Flacco will be under center once again.

    Zach Wilson (knee) will get a slight ramp-up this week in practice, per Saleh. Obviously, not playing this week. Saleh won't say definitively that Wilson will start in Wk 4, but notes that he's "progressing well … looking good…so we'll see." #Jets

    — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 19, 2022

    Robert Saleh says Wilson is progressing well, but would not guarantee the quarterback will even start the team’s week 4 meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  According to Connor Hughes of SNY, the Jets want Wilson to be 110% before they’re willing to put him back on the field.  So while there is no specific time line, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York says Saleh and the Jets will look to “ramp up” Wilson’s return.  The quarterback did do some light work with the team this past week and was seen getting loose on the field prior to kick-off against the Browns.

    Sources: Joe Flacco will start for the #Jets on Sunday against the #Bengals, sources tell @SNYtv.

    Zach Wilson, while progressing well, will not play — no matter what.

    Jets stance has not changed: They want him 110%. They will not play him until he's 110%.

    — Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) September 19, 2022

    News of Flacco starting will clearly be better received than his week two start when he was coming off of a lopsided loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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    Browns fans didn’t get the happy ending they were hoping for.

    While fans of both the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns have spent a fair time wallowing in the misery of their fandom, it’s Browns fans who are currently the undisputed champions of the “why us” competition.

    Following Gang Green’s virtually impossible win (ESPN had the Browns likelihood of victory at 99.9% at one point), Browns fans were left feeling a range of emotions that many of us haven’t seen since, well, Jets fans last Monday.

    But seriously, How is this for incomprehensible?

    Wow:

    From Week 9 of 2001 through Week 1 of 2022, teams had lost 2,229 consecutive games when trailing by at least 13 points in the final 2 minutes.

    Until today. #Jets

    — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 18, 2022

    The Jets victory over the Browns was the first of its kind in over two decades.  Teams trailing by 2 TD’s or more with less than two minutes remaining on the clock had lost their last 2,229 games.  This dated all the way back to 2001 according to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini.  Cimini also mentions the fact that the last time such a collapse occurred, it was also a team torturing the Browns and their fans.  In that particular instance, it was at the hands of the Chicago Bears.

    How unlikely was it? Last time a team overcame a 13-point in final 2 minutes of game to win: 2001 Bears (also against the Browns). #jets

    — Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 18, 2022

    So, as expected, Browns fans took to social media to voice their displeasure, and it’s fair to say a good number of Jets fans feel their pain.

    Making things worse for the Browns was that the star of the game who picked up the game winning touchdown was former Ohio State product Garrett Wilson.

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    What a difference a week makes.  Joe Flacco, he of the lifeless Jets offense just one week ago marched into Cleveland and beat the Browns in a miraculous comeback victory by a final score of 31-30.  Flacco threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner with just :22 seconds left on the clock.

    Left for dead by many with just over 2 minutes left, the Jets scored on a 66-yard TD pass from Flacco to wide receiver Corey Davis who took advantage of a blown coverage with 1:22 remaining.  After recovering an onside kick, the Jets would see multiple completions to Tyler Conklin, Michael Carter, and Wilson, the last one being a perfect pass on a 15 yard TD strike to Wilson over the middle.  It was the second touchdown of the day for the rookie receiver who also logged his first career 100-yard game.

    It was a huge day for the rookies as Wilson found the end zone twice, running back Breece Hall once, while Sauce Gardner prevented another TD in the back of the end zone at one point.  Even rookie tackle Max Mitchell made huge play in picking up a Tyler Conklin fumble deep in their own territory.

    And while fans are naturally excited about the rookies, the second-year players had their share of contributions as well.  Elijah Moore combined for 91 yards of offense and picked up several key first downs.  And a case could be made for cornerback Brandin Echols as the unsung hero of the day.  Echols came in briefly for a dinged-up Sauce Gardner and prevented a touchdown on a Jacoby Brissett rollout and throw to the back of the end zone.

    Additional Notes:

    Braden Mann bonuced  back with a strong performance that included 2 punts inside the 20 and a 47.3 average.  He also had a 17-yard completion for a first down on a fake punt.

    More good news from special teams as Greg Zuerlein nailed his only field goal attempt from 57-yards out.

     

     

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    Coming off a disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Jets head to Cleveland to face the 1-0 Browns. QB Zach Wilson was spotted at practice doing drills, as well as some 7-on-7 work. Although he is out for this week, that leaves the door wide open to his availability for next week. Will he be healthy enough to play against the Bengals? After seeing 0 targets on 23 snaps, TE C.J. Uzomah came into today doubtful with a hamstring injury that popped up on Thursday at practice, and he will not suit up. Kenny Yeboah was elevated from the practice squad, and Jeremy Ruckert will make his rookie debut. Lawrence Cager is a healthy scratch for today’s game, as well as WR Denzel Mims for the second straight week.

    Defensively, S Jordan Whitehead was dealing with an ankle injury all week, but Saleh said “he will give it a go” so he will be active today. That’s a huge boost to the much-needed Jets run defense. Both Bryce Huff and Bryce hall will be out today, but are healthy scratches.

    Here is the full list of inactive players for the Jets:

    Inactives for #NYJvsCLE

    — New York Jets (@nyjets) September 18, 2022

    Here is the full list of inactive players for the Browns:

    Our inactives for #NYJvsCLE

    — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 18, 2022

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    Game Information

    • New York Jets (+6.5) @ Cleveland Browns (39.5 O/U)
    • Date/Time: September 15th, 2022, 1:00pm EST
    • Location/Weather: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH (84℉, 10-15 mph winds, 6% chance of rain)
    • Announcers: CBS, Spero Dedes, Jay Feely
    • Referee: Tra Blake

     

    Browns Home Openers, Since 2018

    • 2018: L vs New Orleans Saints, 21-18
    • 2019: W vs New York Jets, 23-3
    • 2020: W vs Cincinnati Bengals 35-45
    • 2021: W vs Houston Texans, 31-21
    • 2022: vs New York Jets, ?

     

    Jets/Browns History

    • Cleveland leads series 15-13-0
    • Last Matchup: 2020, Jets win 23-16
    • Jets have won 6 of their last 8 matchups

     

    Matchups to Watch

    CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner vs WR Amari Cooper

    • Gardener got off to a fast and impressive rookie debut where he allowed a total of 1 catch for 8 yards, while locking up Mark Andrews in man coverage often. Now, he draws a polished route runner in Amari Cooper. Can Sauce put together another “lockdown” performance and suppress the former Pro-Bowler? 

     

    LB C.J. Mosley/Kwon Alexander vs RB Nick Chubb/Kareem Hunt

    • After gashing the Panthers defense for over 180 rushing yards combined last week, the dynamic running back duo of Chubb and Hunt look to duplicate against the Jets defense. With S Jordan Whitehead listed as a game-time decision for Sunday with an ankle injury, the responsibility of containing the run will primarily fall on Mosley and Alexander. Can New York limit the Browns’ rushing attack after holding Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to only 63 yards on the ground?

     

    Jets OL vs Myles Garrett/Jadaveon Clowney

    • Last week in their win over the Panthers, Myles Garrett totaled 6 pressures and 2 sacks. He is going to be active early and often, so the offensive line as a unit needs to key in on where he is lined up on every snap. Sliding protections toward his side is good for so long, because then Clowney has opportunites to get into the backfield and create problems. Perhaps they will bring more tight ends in to help chip on the edge, but offensive line coach John Benton and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur will need to get creative on how to stop this duo.

     

    Keys to Victory

    • Run defense needs to be as stout as it was against the Ravens. Jordan Whitehead’s injury is a big factor in how well they perform. Can Quinnen Williams build off a great first game, where he scored his highest PFF grade in his career of 92.4?

     

    • Get QB Jacoby Brissett moving off his spot. The defensive line was able to force pressure last week, but will need more in order to impact Brissett. While he is not the athlete that Lamar is, he will still use his legs to make plays, and the defense needs to be cognizant of that. If they are able to contain Brissett, who completed only 52.9% of his passes last week, the chances of coming away with a win go way up.

     

    • Don’t become lopsided and one-dimensional on offense. The run game worked well in the first half last week, but was abandoned when the point deficit became too much. If Flacco is dropping back to pass again on every snap of the 4th quarter (1 run play on 45 offensive plays vs Ravens), the Jets will not be able to keep it close until the end. Rely on Michael Carter and Breece Hall to carry the load and help mitigate the Browns’ daunting pass rush.

     

    Predictions

    • WR Garrett Wilson will score his first career TD
    • RBs Breece Hall and Michael Carter will combine for 125+ yards rushing
    • The Jets will win the turnover battle

     

    The Browns are another extremely talented roster, especially on defense. Myles Garrett is a game-wrecker if given the chance, so the Jets offensive line needs to have the answers on how to stop him. QB Joe Flacco will need to get the ball out of hands quicker than he did against the Ravens in order to have a chance.

    I still don’t feel confident predicting a Jets win, but I do, however, think they will be more competitive this week. This game could very well come down to who has the ball last, but until we actually see results, it’s hard to pick the Jets to win. I’m choosing Cleveland in a close one.

     

    • Score: Loss, 17-14

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  13. Robert Saleh

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  14. Braden Mann

    Brant Boyer spoke to the media on Thursday and gave updates on the kicking situation. Boyer did say that the week one problems were not weather related.

    Braden Mann and His Back Injury

    Well, we’ll see where we’re at. I think Braden (Mann) obviously struggled a little bit in the game, his back started tightening up a little bit, but regardless of the situation he’s got to make those kicks. I mean he had two he wants back, I think. I thought he hit some really good balls in that game as well, so it’s just a matter of, we brought in Ty (Long) to get a look just in case with Braden and I know Coach already talked to you about the issues and stuff, so we’ll see where we’re at.

    I think that certainly last year he hurt his knee and had to sit out significant time and then they took out and then he had to come back and it takes time to get in a groove like that in games and things like that. So, I think that Braden has as much talent as anybody on this team, I’ve always said that and I believe that. There is no doubt in my mind that he can succeed in this league and be a really good successful punter. I think he’s shown that, but he’s got to stay healthy and that’s what it comes down to.

    Greg Zuerlein and His Week One Struggles

    I’ve seen such a big body of work from him through the years and through camp that, I mean we’ve got to make those kicks, yes, and the team need those points, but at the end of the day, I am hardly not even close to pushing the panic button. I mean I have full trust in him and he had a couple of kicks he wants back and just like any other position, there’s some plays that you want back in every game. Both of those guys had two bad balls and it’s something we got to improve on for sure.

    You can’t pinpoint it. It’s just like I said, I think everybody, every position has a play or two they want back and that’s just one of his. I’m trying to be honest with you and that’s basically what we talked about. He kicked off really well and had performed really well during the week and he’s a great pro, so is Braden. I have no question that both these guys will get it fixed.

    Ty Long and his History of Kicking Field Goals & Punting

    We’ll see where we’re at. No, I don’t think that, like I said, I’m not worried about our kicking and punting issue, I’m really not. We’re just getting to know Ty and see where we’re at with him as well and he’s done really well since he’s been here and he’s a hell of a guy and he fit in with the room and stuff like that. We’ll see where we’re at when that time comes, if it ever does.

    Yeah, he’s done a good job throughout his career. I mean playing against him, just when we played against him two years ago, or was it last year, he did really well against us. So, I think he’s certainly got the potential and everything that you look for with the big leg and things like that. We’ll see where we’re at on both sides.

     

     

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  15. Joe Flacco

    Are you ready for more Joe Flacco on Sunday? Ready or not, here he comes.  Robert Saleh confirmed that Saleh would start during his press conference on Wednesday.

    There was no serious need to make a change with Joe (Flacco). It’s one game. We played a really good defense. I know the quarterback gets a lot of the brunt. He gets celebrated and all the negativity too – the positives and the negatives. There are a lot of things that we as a team could’ve done to help him out a lot during the game, too. We’ll give it another run, and I think Joe will be a lot better.

    When you look back at the game, when he had a clean pocket, he was very, very efficient. Part of a clean pocket is the offensive line’s responsibility to give it to him and for him, to just deliver the ball where it needs to and just get off of certain reads. It was a bunch of different things. I thought he handled the huddle well, the procedure was good, everything was fine. We just stalled in the sense of when the pocket collapsed, whether or not he could get it to his check down fast enough. Just little things that were just a little bit off, especially in that first half. There was more than just him. There’s the o-line, there’s route running, there’s dropped passes, fumbles that stalled drives. There’s just a comedy of errors that lead to what looked like a bad performance by him. Now, it wasn’t the best performance, but I think it wasn’t as bad as people think it was.

    We made our thoughts clear during the game. This is a team that has talent, and they are balancing the line between trying to win now and getting better for next year. Zach Wilson is the biggest puzzle piece and when he gets back, they will find out (hopefully) if he is the long-term answer at QB.

    What is already known is that Joe Flacco had a great career and it is unlikely that he will be on the team next year.

    So, why not play Mike White and learn if he can be along-termm backup? That is where we stand, apparently, Robert Saleh disagrees.

    Can anyone explain why Mike White isn't in the game at this point? Get the kid some experience.

    — JetNation (@JetNation) September 11, 2022

    The Mike White chants have begun. pic.twitter.com/xCaTGnbysh

    — JetNation (@JetNation) September 11, 2022

     

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  16. Corey Davis

    Corey Davis spoke to the media on Wednesday and talked about taking things personally and getting back to work. Trying to improve hand-eye coordination through drills.

    Davis said, “You can have all the yards you want, it comes down to points.”

    The team needs to cut down on self-inflicted errors, drops and fumbles need to be eliminated.

    He was asked how can the receivers help against Cleveland? He told the media they have a great front, they need to trust the game plan that coach LaFleur puts together and execute.

    How do they hold each other accountable? Let them know about it, it isn’t just dogging each other about things. Hold each other accountable and pick them up.

    Be sure to stop by our NY Jets Forum and read more about the latest news from the team and their week two matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

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  17. T.J. Watt

    Week One Thoughts…

    • What happened to field goal kicking? It seems like everyone forgot how to kick a football all at once.  We have guys making monster kicks from fifty and even sixty-plus yards, while at the same time guys are shanking extra points and kicks from inside forty.  In some cases, these kicks are potential game tying or game-winning kicks.
    • T.J. Watt’s injury is the most disappointing thing about week one. Watching offenses try to deal with him as he wreaked havoc in opposing backfields this season was going to be fun.  As a fan of great defense, Watt’s absence from the field will make 2022 a lot less fun.
    • Hey, didn’t you used to be the World Champion Los Angeles Rams?
    • People other than fantasy football nerds need to learn the name D’Andre Swift.
    • Welcome back Saqoun Barkley.
    • That noise was the Tennesee Titan’s championship windows slamming shut.
    • That other noise was the ‘experts’ jumping back on the Kansas City bandwagon.
    • If you open that drawer marked ‘Done’, you’ll find the Dallas Cowboys in there. Do you think the Cowboys have any interest in Joe Flacco?  I can dream, right?
    • So, is this the final year New England will try to win without any skill position players?
    • The Lions and Texans ain’t going anywhere, but they play hard, and they are fun to watch.
    • Davis Mills is not bad.
    • I think Kahlil Mack enjoys playing against the Raiders.
    • Ja’Marr Chase…just wow!
    • I’m not sure why the Jags felt like they needed to replace James Robinson.
    • Justin Jefferson is still open.
    • I’m betting that I am not alone in hoping that Aaron Rodgers plays seventeen brutally painful games and goes away forever following the Packer’s last regular season contest.
    • New Rule Proposal: Teams with top ten draft picks can waive them in return for being able to switch divisions for three years. Think about it…what do the Jets need more – another failed top ten draft pick. or a chance to play in the NFC East for the next three years?  I can almost see it now.  Tagliabue steps to the podium…”and with the ninth pick in the 2023 NFL draft, the New York Jets trade places with the Philadelphia Eagles”.  Can you say “meaningful December games”?

    Our Heroes in Green

    Not only can’t I understand why Joe Flacco is starting games for the Jets, I don’t even know why he’s on the roster.  Why does a rebuilding team have anyone over 35 on its roster?  I understand the desperate moves the team had to make on the OL, but there’s no reason to have anyone as old as Flacco on this team.  Mike White wouldn’t do much worse.  He certainly brings more energy to the game.  If the Jets are going to lose, let’s lose with young guys.  Let White learn on the job or fail trying.  Let’s see if these guys can play.  Evaluate after the season.  Cut the guys who can’t get it done and find younger ones in the draft to fill their spots.

    JetNation NFL Power Rankings

    Week Two

    1. Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 2) – The Bills were impressive on both sides of the ball Thursday night. They were easily the hungrier team of the two on the field.  It would be nice if one of their backs led the team in rushing, instead of their quarterback, but it’s hard to find anything to improve on from their week one performance.
    2. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 3) – Tyreek who? KC is still a problem for the rest of the league.  Without a certain unnamed speedy receiver, Mahomes hung 360 yards passing and five TDs on the overmatched Cardinals
    3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 6) – Brady has been having issues at home. The Offensive line is battered.  Yeah…whatever.  The Cowboys don’t want to hear it, not after getting shellacked at home by the “troubled” Bucs.  The Bucs held the Cowboys to an opening-drive field goal.  That’s it.  The Bucs were dominant the rest of the way.
    4. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 8)– The Ravens scored a business-like win on the road to open up the season. The price of Lamar Jackson’s new contract keeps ticking upward.  Maybe we can switch the signal callers for next season – Baltimore can have Flacco back and the Jets sign Lamar as a free agent.
    5. Los Angeles Chargers (Last Week: 9)– The Chargers and Raiders have a nice little rivalry brewing. LA took this one, but the Raiders were certainly game.  The Chargers took much better care of the football and it led directly to a week one win.
    6. Minnesota Vikings (last Week: Unranked) – the Vikings throttled the Packers offense Sunday while running and passing effectively on the Green Bay defense. The preview of life without Davante Adams was painful for the Packer faithful.
    7. Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 1) – the champs seemed uninspired Thursday to open the season. Their half-hearted effort was made worse by Buffalo’s strong play. If the Rams care, they have the talent to repeat, but their level of interest in this season is a question after week one.
    8. Miami Dolphins (Last Week: Unranked)– the Dolphins served notice that it will be they, and not New England, that will be the biggest threat to Buffalo’s chances to repeat as AFC East champs. Tua was the better quarterback, and the Dolphins used three turnovers to finalize a solid win against the punchless Pats.
    9. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: Unranked) – The Steelers defense spent most of the afternoon in the Bengals backfield. They will need more from Trubisky, but if their defense can maintain Sunday’s level of play without T.J. Watt, they won’t need much more.
    10. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 5) – The Bengals revamped their offensive line to protect Joe Burrow.  It didn’t work in week one. Burrow was under siege all day, and Pittsburgh turned the Bengals over five times.  Pittsburgh may have an elite defense, but the Bengals will need to deal with stout defenses if they want to return to the big game.

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  18. Zach Wilson

    Zach Wilson returned to the practice field on Wednesday, with no brace. No word on when he will return to the starting lineup but Jets fans are hoping he is able to come back in week three. Will Parks was elevated to the active roster and it looks like that was done because Jordan Whitehead missed practice.  Saleh said Whitehead is definitely questionable for Sunday.

    Here is the injury update that Robert Saleh gave to the media on Wednesday.

    Real quick guys because you won’t see me until Friday, just trying to give you guys some injury updates. Jordan Whitehead won’t practice today, he’s dealing with an ankle. George Fant’s got a veteran day. JFM (John Franklin-Myers) is dealing with a toe, he won’t be at practice, and Braden Mann is dealing with a back. Braxton (Berrios) is dealing with a heel. Braden is not up to kick today anyway, and Braxton will be limited. Zach (Wilson) will be on the practice field today, too.

    Braden Mann

    During the game, he was getting some back stiffness. He was dealing with some back stuff during the game. Obviously, it’s documented with some of the performance. We’ll see. He’ll punt on Friday. We just brought in the punter for backup purposes.

    On Bryce Huff Being Inactive Last Week

    Knock on wood, we have a lot of d-linemen. Traditionally, you only dress eight d-linemen in a game for us and we ended up with nine and just bigger body, run stuffers, just when you look at the overall, the group, the focus was to stop the run against Baltimore.

    NY Jets Injury Report

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  19. Will Parks

    As we mentioned earlier the Jets added a punter to the practice squad to provide competition for Braden Mann. The team also announced that Will Parks has been promoted to the active roster and CB Jimmy Moreland has been signed to the practice squad. WR-KR Diontae Spencer has been released from the practice squad.

    Robert Saleh said that Mann had back issues during the game.

    During the game, he was getting some back stiffness. He was dealing with some back stuff during the game. Obviously, it’s documented with some of the performance. We’ll see. He’ll punt on Friday. We just brought in the punter for backup purposes.

    Parks re-signed with the Green & White in March after he was originally claimed by the Jets last December. He started in two of the team’s final three games and had 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a pass defense. Originally a sixth-round pick of the Broncos in 2016 out of Arizona, he played four seasons in Denver before a stint with the Eagles in 2020. He spent the summer with the Jets before he was released and jointed their practice squad. He has 189 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 14 pass defenses, 2 forced fumbles and 2 sacks in 76 games (20 starts).

    Moreland (5-11, 182) was most recently released by Philadelphia, where he signed in May. He was drafted in the seventh round by Washington in 2019 out of James Madison. He spent two seasons there, tallying 86 tackles, 1 INT, 5 PD and 1 FF in 30 games (10 starts). Moreland then spent the 2021 season with Houston, appearing in seven games. He’s taken 1,077 snaps on defense and another 331 on special teams.

    Spencer (5-8, 170) signed with the practice squad last week. He was most recently with the Broncos for the last three seasons, appearing in 42 games primarily as a returner. He averaged 9.8 yards per punt return over the last three seasons and 21.4 yards per kick return. He first signed with the Rams in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of McNeese State before stints with the Toronto Argonauts (2015-16) and Ottawa Redblacks (2017-18) of the CFL. He then signed with the Steelers in 2019 before joining the Broncos.

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    Since drafting punter Braden Mann out of Texas A&M just a few seasons ago, the Jets may have had enough.  The former Texas A&M Aggie shanked a 20 yard punt on Sunday that set up a Baltimore Ravens TD following two underwhelming seasons with Gang Green.

    The poor punt may be the straw that broke the camel’s back as the Jets yesterday added former Chargers punter Ty Long, who also handled kickoffs for San Diego in 2019 and 2020, to their practice squad.

    His 46.5 yards per punt average is just over 2 yards better than Mann.  In 2019, Long finished with his best average for a season at 47 yards per punt.

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    Yes, the NFL season is a long 17 games with its share of ups and downs for just about every team, player and coach.  That’s why it’s almost never a good idea to get too high or too low after just one game.  Almost never.

    Just one game, but didn't expect this from Laken Tomlinson. pic.twitter.com/DevS8zwkBP

    — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) September 12, 2022

    For the Jets, there had to be at least a handful of folks at 1 Jets drive who worried about what they saw in week 1 from Laken Tomlinson.  The left guard who was brought in to solidify the offensive line after an outstanding career with the 49ers was, and there’s no other way to say it…abysmal.  Well, there are a few other words, but none of them suitable for this space.

    If Jets didn’t know any better, they may have thought the team retained the departed Greg Van Roten and moved him to the left side.  When all was said and done, Tomlinson allowed a whopping EIGHT quarterback pressures en route to a PFF grade of 35.2.  It was Tomlinson’s worst grade since his 35.2 back in 2019.

    Laken Tomlinson's week 1 PFF grade of 38.6 is his worst since week 11 of the 2019 season when he earned a 35.2. Somewhat alarming for a proven veteran who is familiar with the system the Jets are running.

    It was ugly. pic.twitter.com/1oQmGErSOS

    — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) September 13, 2022

    It showed up on film time and again.  One play after another, be it run or pass, Tomlinson was repeatedly manhandled.  Whether it was a defender blowing past him right off the snap, putting him on skates with a bull rush, or just brushing him aside when Tomlinson was able to engage.

    The Jets will hope like crazy that this was an opening day aberration for Tomlinson and he’ll return to form in week two.  But if you watched every Tomlinson snap from week 1, nobody could blame you for being at least a little bit concerned.

     

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  22. Joe Flacco

    This isn’t great news for Robert Saleh.  The head coach whose mantra since arriving at 1 Jets drive has been “all gas, no brake” may have just suffered a blowout.  No, not the one the Jets experienced at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, but a quote from his starting quarterback.

    While addressing the media, Flacco made a comment to kick things off that he’s almost certain to back away from or call a miscommunication.

    “We would get right around mid-field on a couple of drives and we should have had some energy going behind us and we kind of just” (Flacco then switches to a lazy “I don’t want to clean my room” teenager voice) ‘Oh yeah, let’s go…let’s go after the ball’ and then we just never turned the corner and got going”

    Flacco was also honest about his own play, saying there were plays on which he could have checked down and “picked up a short gain”.  Instead, the Jets saw Flacco hold on to the football far too long time and again, leading to sacks, hits and pressures.

    Flacco’s poor play aside, it’s his suggestion that his teammates lacked urgency during a season opener at home (on the anniversary of 9/11, no less) that should have Jets fans raising a collective eyebrow.

     

     

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  23. If Robert Saleh wants to be taken seriously as a head coach, he’s got some decisions to make.  First and foremost, is about who should be taking snaps from under center in week 2 after the Jets anemic offense failed to do much of anything against the Baltimore Ravens, losing 24-9.

    After all the excitement that was built up over a very active off-season, the Jets offense couldn’t get out of its own way.  The offensive line was bad, but was made to look far worse by an indecisive veteran quarterback who, at times, looked to be moving in slow motion.

    Joe Flacco would finish the day with over 300 yards passing (307 to be exact), but that came on a whopping 59 pass attempts.  Many of which were checkdowns or late game dump offs as the Ravens defense backed off with the outcome no longer in doubt.

    Too many times, Flacco held on to the football for 3, 4 or 5 seconds.  The QB would scan the field until inevitably a defender would arrive to apply pressure.  At that point, Flacco would roll out and throw an incomplete pass or run out of bounds.  When the Jets attempted a QB sneak late in the game, Flacco looked more like a fainting goat than an NFL QB.  The quarterback appeared to simply lean forward and hope for a hole to open up that he could fall through.  Instead, the Ravens defense showed up and forced Flacco to the turf, nowhere close to a first down.

    Jets fans have been subjected to plenty of bad QB play over the past 10…erm…35 years.  Today was another one of those days.  Slow processing, no deep shots, and several dirt balls with or without defenders applying pressure.

    If this is the best Joe Flacco can do, then Robert Saleh has to, at the very least, announce a quarterback competition between Flacco and Mike White.  Pre-season star Chris Streveler should also be in the running.  At this point, why not?  If Flacco is going to give you what he gave today, there will be no wins before Zach Wilson returns.  With that being the case, what’s the harm in allowing for White or Streveler to take some live reps in the hopes of developing a good backup QB, because it certainly seems the Jets don’t have one now.

     

     

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    The New York Jets open up their 2022 campaign against an opponent with a very close connection to GM Joe Douglas: the Baltimore Ravens. Although he was hired from the Eagles, Douglas got his start with the Ravens under GM Ozzie Newsome. If there was a game to take personally, this is the one for the man in charge in New York. Head coach Robert Saleh also has a strong connection to today’s game, as it is the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. That day was a life-changing moment for the Jets coach, one that made him change his career path when he left his office life behind for the NFL. Emotions will certainly be high this afternoon.

    We already know Zach Wilson is not playing today, and is likely to sit until Week 4 vs Pittsburgh, at the earliest. Veteran Joe Flacco will get the start at quarterback. Offensive tackle Duane Brown, who was signed last month in the aftermath of the Mekhi Becton injury, is dealing with a shoulder injury of his own that will leave him out of the opener, as well as the next three games after landing on the Injured Reserve. That means that, once again, George Fant will move back to left tackle and rookie Max Mitchell will start at right tackle. Fant himself was limited in practice with a knee injury, and was questionable entering today, meaning Mitchell is the only tackle at “100%”. An advantageous matchup for the Jets now becomes a huge question mark. WR Denzel Mims will be a healthy scratch.

    Defensively, the team is fairly healthy with the exception of cornerback D.J. Reed, who was limited earlier this week with a knee injury. He was able to log a full practice on Friday, however, so he will suit up today. A big boost to the backend of the defense for the Jets. DE Bryce Huff, who impressed in the preseason finale against the Giants, will be a healthy scratch.

    Here is the entire list of Jets players out for today’s season debut:

    • QB Zach Wilson (knee)
    • OT Conor McDermott (ankle)
    • WR Denzel Mims (healthy scratch)
    • TE Jeremy Ruckert (foot)
    • DE Bryce Huff (healthy scratch)

     

    Here is the entire list of Ravens players out for today’s game:

    • DT Travis Jones (knee)
    • OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle)
    • OT Daniel Faalele (healthy scratch)
    • RB J.K. Dobbins (knee)
    • TE Nick Boyle (ankle)
    • CB Marcus Peters (knee)

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  25. Ahmad Sauce Gardner - Garrett Wilson - Jermaine Johnson

    While the Jets and their fans were less than thrilled to find out the team will be without left tackle Duane Brown for tomorrow’s opener, it does open the door for a bit of team history to potentially take place.  With Brown out for the next several weeks, rookie tackle Max Mitchell will start at right tackle.  This means right tackle George Fant will slide over to the left side.

    What this does for the Jets is set up a possible first for the franchise going all the way back to their first even draft in 1961 when they were of course, the New York Titans.  Mitchell starting at right tackle means that every single member of the team’s rookie class could play on opening day.  We checked the database on pro football reference and unless we’re mistaken, that has never happened in team history.

    And we’re not talking about a snap here or there.  The rookies should see a healthy number of reps across the board.  Of course the team’s first pick, cornerback Sauce Gardner, will be starting along with Mitchell.  Meanwhile, fellow rookies Garrett Wilson, Jermaine Johnson and Breece Hall may not “start”, but they should see a ton of action.  Same goes for defensive lineman Michael Clemons who figures to be a part of the team’s heavy defensive line rotation.

    Tight end Jeremy Ruckert is unlikely to see the same snap counts as his fellow rookies, but without a true fullback on the roster, Ruckert will likely find the field in some capacity should the team opt to go with free agent additions Tyler Conklin and CJ Uzomah.

    Joe Douglas earned effusive praise for a class that many believe has the potential to be one of the best in franchise history.  Now with the season about to start, this class could easily start the season with perfect attendance.

     

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