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  1. Joe Douglas spoke to the media on Tuesday. He gave updates on the most recent draft class, Elijah Moore, “We love him” and Zach Wilson, “We’re 4-1 when Zach is our Quarterback”. Here is the full transcript, it is worth checking out. Opening Statement: Good afternoon, appreciate the time today. It’s good to be with you guys again since we haven’t talked officially since the beginning of September. Just going into the two trades we made leading up to the deadline with the first one being for James Robinson last week with Jacksonville, felt that was a good opportunity to add a really good football player, a really good person to our locker room, so when we found out we would be without Breece (Hall) for the rest of the season, and we decided to canvas the League and see what opportunities were available. I felt really good about bringing in a person and a player of James’ caliber. Today, we made a trade with Denver with Jacob Martin. Obviously, it’s tough to say goodbye to Jacob because he came in here, he’s a pro’s pro, did everything the right way, valued member of this team. Ultimately, felt it was good value for us with the depth in the d-end room. It was an opportunity to add some flexibility moving forward with a higher draft pick and get some of these guys a few more reps in games moving forward. Obviously, sitting here at 5-3, in a perfect world we’re 8-0, but there’s a lot to be excited about moving forward. It’s a real testament to Coach Saleh and his staff and these players. We’ve had a ton of contributions from a lot of different players that have gotten us to this point. We know we haven’t accomplished the goal we set out to accomplish, but we set ourselves up to have a good opportunity moving forward to have success. There’s a lot of football to be played and a lot of games left. We know the challenge coming up here with Buffalo — great team, great organization, and it’s a great opportunity for our guys. Looking forward to the back half of the year and rolling. That said, I’ll just open it up for questions from here. What was your reaction to, first Elijah (Moore) having some issues with his usage two weeks ago and then asking for the trade? I know Coach has talked about it a little bit. We love Elijah. We all stood on the table to take him high in the second-round last year. We think the world of him. Obviously, we’re a football family. Anytime there’s an issue, we like to handle that in-house. I was able to have a really good one-on-one conversation with Elijah. Again, we think the world of him. We think he has a bright future as a New York Jet. Did you give any consideration to trading Elijah or was that just not going to happen? We had some calls, but at the end of the day like Robert said, Elijah was always going to be a New York Jet. Joe, you guys have obviously had a lot of injuries on the offensive line. Did you look into adding any reinforcements there or are you more focused on getting the guys healthy? Yeah, we canvassed the League and looked at opportunities at a number of different positions. Ultimately, we felt good about the depth that we’ve added. You talk about having a guy like Nate Herbig step up and play good football at right guard, Cedric Ogbuehi coming in from Houston’s practice squad played good football, adding a guy like Mike Remmers who has played in a ton of meaningful games, and then also we still have the opportunity to bring Max (Mitchell) and George (Fant) back soon here, so we’ll see how their rehab progresses over the next few days and weeks, but we feel like we have really good depth along the offensive line. Joe, is it concerning at all that you had two highly drafted players who play the same position, Moore and (Denzel) Mims both request trades? No, look, I mean each situation’s mutually exclusive and look, I talked about it regarding Elijah. We think the world about these guys, and we love them here in New York and both guys love football, they work hard, and I think you’ve seen some of Denzel’s work pay off yesterday or excuse me, two days ago in the Patriots game making some plays, so, no. Look, we love both of these guys. How do you decide or how do you go back and forth in deciding trade deadline aggressiveness in terms of potentially one of your top assets for a second or third round pick? Do you get a player compared to saving those picks for moving forward? I mean what is that balance and determination like for you? Yeah, I mean look, you’re looking for opportunity and I felt like last week there was an opportunity to add a proven running back, add in to our room in an outstanding person, so I would say each year is different, Connor, but for us just canvassing the market, canvassing the League, we felt like these were the two right moves for us. The last time we spoke to you, you said the goal was to be playing meaningful games in December. Being 5-3 now, is the bar raised? Look, I think all we’re thinking about right now, Rich is the Buffalo Bills and we know the challenge that brings. I think, like I said in the opening statement, I feel like we’ve set ourselves up to play important games and that is a credit to coach, that’s a credit to the players, but we all know the challenge in front of us, we know the schedule’s not getting easier, and we know we’ve got to play good football moving forward, and our focus is on the Buffalo Bills and it’s a great opportunity for this team, some of these young players. These guys are last year’s division champs, outstanding organization and outstanding team, and it’s a great opportunity to prove themselves. Are you concerned at all about what you saw from Zach (Wilson) on Sunday? Look, I think if you guys talk to Zach I’m sure he would tell you there’s a few throws that he’d want back, but look, we’re 4-1 when Zach is our quarterback and Zach brought us in his first game back, he brought us back from double digit deficit in a hostile territory in Pittsburgh, so I’m sure he’d say that he wants a few of those throws back, but we also had nine explosive passes, there’s a lot of good to take away from that game. I know the focus was on the turnovers, but we love Zach, we love the way his approach is every week, love his competes, and he’s our quarterback. I know you were thrilled after the draft with what you got, but now having watched those guys through eight games, how impressed have you been with this rookie class? It’s been fun to watch them come in since April – how they’ve grown, how their confidence has grown, some guys came in with unbelievable confidence, with real authentic, genuine confidence and so, it’s been fun to watch them grow, grow as professionals, perform each day on the practice field, perform on Sundays, and have fun doing it. So, again, that’s a real credit to coach and his staff and their development. We’ve committed to playing a lot of young players and some teams wouldn’t do that. Coach Saleh and his staff have committed to doing that and again, that’s a credit to them, but the exuberance, the energy these guys bring every week, you can feel it, it’s palpable. We feel like we’ve had great contributions from this class, we’ve had great contributions from last year’s class, and we feel like we’ve gotten good contributions from even the 2020 class before that. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited about some of the young players and I think a lot of that has to do with Robert (Saleh), his staff, and also some of the great veterans that we’ve added to be great mentors in the locker room. What can you say about how Quinnen Williams has played this year? Obviously, the last couple of offseasons he wasn’t healthy all offseason and this year you saw what it looks like when he’s healthy going into the year. What’s it been like seeing him kind of live up to the talent you guys thought you were drafting? Quinnen, he was dealing with coming off of that foot injury last year in the preseason and so, him being fully healthy from the jump this year, I think you’ve all seen the difference he can make and he’s an outstanding player, but again, I say it a lot, he is a truly outstanding person. His energy’s infectious, that smile’s infectious, and it’s been fun watching him play every Sunday. Can you give us an update on Mekhi Becton in terms of where he’s at in his rehab and where he is physically? Is he rehabbing at the facility? And what your plan is for him next year in terms of when he can get back on the field? Mekhi had the procedure out in L.A. with Dr. ElAttrache. He stayed out there for a few weeks. He’s been back in the building since I want to say early last month. He’s been back, he’s been rehabbing every day in our training room, and I know his focus is coming back next year in the best shape he can be and as healthy as he can be. We feel really optimistic that he’s going to be full strength for OTA’s. With Breece and AVT (Alijah Vera-Tucker), have they had the surgeries yet and what’s the timeline or how confident are you that they’ll be ready for the start of next season? I know neither one has had surgery yet and obviously, tough second quarter there in Denver, because you’re talking about two young players that were having Pro Bowl caliber seasons, you could argue All-Pro caliber seasons. So, we love those guys, and we love their approach, and we love how they handle themselves, but again, our docs (doctors) are very optimistic that these guys are going to come back full-strength next year and hit the ground running. I know you guys love Zach and he’s your quarterback, but what would you like to see from him for the remainder of this season? What does he need to show you? Look, I think when you watch us play this year, it’s tough because when you lose, the quarterback gets the blame, and it’s not always just the quarterback’s fault, but I think when you see how we played the first eight games of the season, we’re going to be tough to beat when we take care of the ball. When we take care of the ball and we don’t have self-inflicting wounds, and we talk about that every week. How games aren’t won in this League, they’re lost, so when you take care of the ball, and with our defense and special teams, we’re going to be a tough team to beat, so just focus on the turnover battle, focus on eliminating the self-inflicting wounds, and that’s not just for Zach, that’s the entire team. You talked proudly about the rookie class, but specifically with Sauce (Gardner), could you have envisioned him making this big of an impact that he has right away and playing at the level that he is as a rookie through his first eight games? Absolutely. Just from the minute you meet Sauce, you fall in love with the energy, the enthusiasm, the confidence, the authenticity that he brings and you see that carry over, and then when you add that to the field with his natural instincts, his length, his play speed, it’s come together to be a really outstanding start to an NFL career. His competitiveness, his will to win, you see this, and I feel like he has a charisma and guys tend to gravitate towards him just because he’s authentic. He’s the real deal, there’s nothing fake about his confidence, his toughness, his anything. He’s a genuine article and I feel like we have quite a few guys on the team that are wired that way, and Sauce is definitely one of them. With Mims and Moore, how do you balance what you’re saying makes sense, you have two talented players that can contribute, but obviously they’re not happy with their roles. It kind of reminds you of the Mike Tomlin line of a few years ago that he wanted volunteers, not hostages. How do you balance having unhappy players in the locker room versus making decisions with an eye on the future for the team? Obviously, we always have to do what’s right for the team, but we always have open and honest communication and lay out expectations and I feel like Coach Saleh and his staff, no one does that better in terms of communication, expectation, laying out the road map to success for every player. I think it starts and stops there. Is there any concern as far as perception that you have two players who have asked to be traded who are building blocks on the team, and moving forward and having players who might consider that when they’re considering coming here and working with the staff and that sort of thing? I think when a player comes here and they get around our staff, they get around our group of guys, they see we have a pretty authentic and honest group and honest communicators. Again, like I said, not everything is going to be perfect. Nothing is perfect in a football family environment, but it’s important to have open and honest discussions and hash things out. When you’ve done these mid-season talks with us the last three years, the record hasn’t been too good. This year, 5-3, what’s this been like for you personally to have a nice start to a season? Definitely the best record sitting here in early November, late October talking to you guys, but again, in a perfect world, we’re 8-0, and we’re not. So, we have a lot to work on. Obviously, 5-3 is better than 3-5. We haven’t accomplished any of our goals. We’ve got a big division game this week at home and we know the crowd is going to be wild and crazy like it was last week and we know the task at hand. That’s the focus. So, while you don’t really have much time to think about, to dwell on, how you feel now versus past years. We’re worried about plowing forward. The post Joe Douglas: We Love Elijah; We’re 4-1 When Zach is our Quarterback appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  2. The NFL trade deadline has passed and the Jets made a move, trading Jacob Martin to the Denver Broncos. In this short video, JetNation host Dylan Tereman breaks down all the latest from the NFL trade deadline! Did Joe Douglas fleece a fellow GM? He gives his thoughts on all the latest moves surrounding the New York Jets. Make sure to tune in to JetNation Live on Thursday at 6:30pm EST, where Dylan and Glenn Naughton will discuss this and much, much more! The #Broncos are trading for #Jets pass-rusher Jacob Martin, source said, one of several players expected to fill the void left by Bradley Chubb. Denver is giving up a 4th round pick in 2024 in exchange for a 2024 5th. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2022 Thank you for everything @nyjets wish nothing but the best for the guys in that organization — Jacob Martin (@JacobSpeaks_) November 1, 2022 Stop by our forums and see what Jets fans are saying about the Jacob Martin trade. The post Jacob Martin Traded to the Denver Broncos appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  3. Week Nine Thoughts… The current standings in the NFC West are probably the exact opposite of what many people predicted before the season started. The Vikings have a four-game lead in the NFC North (in the loss column). They have a four-game lead, and no team has played nine games yet. Jet fans, how did we go from such a high to questioning our franchise quarterback and team…again? Benching Matt Ryan worked like a charm for Indianapolis. With Ryan on the bench, the Colts exploded for 16 points…at home…against the Commanders. The Falcons are in first place in the NFC South. They are 4-4. Stop me if you heard this one before, but if the season ended today, the Detroit Lions would be on the clock with the first pick in the NFL draft. Christian McCaffrey will be a perennial MVP candidate playing in San Francisco. So, how poorly does a quarterback need to play before Coach Saleh will bench him? It’s a mistake if the trade deadline passes and the Jets have not addressed the drama in their wide receiver room. It’s time to recalibrate what ‘roughing the passer’ means in the NFL. If you are profitable betting on this league at this point in the season, my hat is off to you. The Giants return home from a difficult trip to Seattle. Houston and Detroit come to the Meadowlands over the next two weeks. There’s no excuse for Big Blue not to be 8-2 after those two games. The Browns just hit Joe Burrow again. I think the warmest seat in the NFL currently belongs to Kliff Kingsbury. Our Heroes in Green Disappointing doesn’t seem to capture the depth of the feeling after watching the Jets fall to their 13th straight loss against New England. The Pats played less than a week after giving up 243 yards on the ground at home to the Chicago Bears. The Bears hung 33 points on the Pats in New England on a Monday night. The Jets could only muster 51 yards rushing and 17 points with seven of those points coming very late in the fourth quarter. The defense played well enough to win. Mac Jones was sacked six times and was intercepted once. It seemed like the Jets had the Pats where they wanted them. The Jets were rolling up big numbers on the ground, and the Pats were giving Chicago huge chunks of yards with seemingly every carry. The Pats were in the bottom third of the league defending the run allowing more than 125 yards per game entering Sunday’s matchup. Oh, what a difference a week makes in the NFL. Expectations are what causes the pain. The Jets exceeded expectations by winning five of their first seven games. They raised expectations with the running game and their defense. The Pats lowered expectations by getting steamrolled at home by Chicago and allowing over 24 points per game in their first seven contests. It was natural to expect a win Sunday. The Jets were the better team on paper at 1:00 pm Sunday afternoon. By 4:00 pm, the Jets were 5-3, questioning the capability of their franchise quarterback, and facing a daunting task next week against the Buffalo Bills. The visit by the Bills is as big a factor in the disappointment as the poor performance is against the Pats. It’s hard to be optimistic about playing Buffalo. They are clearly the better team and one of the league’s best to this point. The Jets are not on the Bill’s level, not yet. What is being felt and not said out loud was that the loss to the Pats is just the first of two straight losses at home. So, is there any hope this week against the mighty Bills? Of course, there is. The Bills lost to Miami earlier this season. It’s hard to understand how that happened if you review the box score. Miami did win the turnover battle albeit by a score of 1-0. The Jets will have to do better with ball security after throwing the ball to New England three times on Sunday. Miami didn’t have gaudy offensive numbers; they only ran for 41 yards and threw it for 171. The Dolphins got to Josh Allen for four sacks – a number the Jets would seem more than capable of matching. The Jets will need their best game of the season on offense just a week after posting what may have been their worst. They need to run the ball for 150 yards. Buffalo allows only 95 per game so far. The Jets need 200+ through the air. The Bills allow 203 passing per game. That type of balance on offense is what it will take. The Jets need to push Buffalo around at the line of scrimmage, dominate the ball with the run game, and make meaningful plays through the air all while taking care of the ball. If the offense can manage that, and the defense does what it always does, the Jets will have a chance to win. If they don’t get their best effort of the season by the offense, this one could get away from them early. The post Week 9 NFL Thoughts; Zach Wilson Questions Remain appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  4. Philadelphia Eagles 7-0 (Last Week: 1) Pittsburgh was no more than a speed bump on the way to 7-0. The Texans, Commanders, and Colts, are next for the Birds who are on their way to a 10-0 start. Buffalo Bills 6-1 (Last Week: 2) The Bills will need to fight themselves in not overlooking the Jets as the one-loss Vikings loom in week ten. Kansas City Chiefs 5-2 (Last Week: 3) The Chiefs had an extra week to prepare for the streaking Titans. Minnesota Vikings 6-1 (Last Week: 4) The Commanders shouldn’t be overlooked this week. If the Vikings stay focused, they get to measure themselves with a trip to Buffalo the following week. Dallas Cowboys 6-2 (Last Week: 6) Dallas may have a backfield controversy with the impressive play of Tony Pollard. Ezekiel Elliott’s value to the team far exceeds his value on the trade market. Having two capable backs is a nice problem given the way injuries are impacting teams this season. Tennessee Titans 5-2 (Last Week: 9) The Titans have won five straight. They get to show everyone just how good they are in Kansas City this coming Sunday night. Baltimore Ravens 5-3 (Last week: 8) The Ravens face a difficult trip to New Orleans. If they can play to their talent level, the schedule sets up nicely for Baltimore to run off an impressive streak and take control of their division. Miami Dolphins 5-3 (Last Week: Unranked) The Dolphins biggest question is health. With all their parts functioning normally, Miami is a contender in the AFC. San Francisco 49ers 5-3 (Last Week: Unranked) Christian McCaffrey was a huge pickup for the Niners. If Deebo Samuel and George Kittel can stay healthy, the Niners are the NFC West favorite. Seattle Seahawks 5-3 (Last Week: Unranked) The Seahawks find their way into the top ten in a season where nobody expected them to come close. Pete Carroll should be considered for coach of the year honors if Seattle plays to this level for the remainder of their schedule. The post JetNation Top 10; Jets Fall Out appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  5. There was nothing out of the ordinary about Jets head coach Robert Saleh’s post game press conference. There he stood, fielding one question after another from a Jets beat that peppered him with questions about his team’s latest loss. This time a 22-17 heartbreaker to the New England Patriots. Most of questions Saleh fielded were in regards to the poor play of quarterback Zach Wilson. The presser followed it’s usual pace; question…answer, question…answer, question…pause…longer pause…longer pause…coachspeak answer. The question that had Saleh have to stop and gather his thoughts before speaking spoke volumes? Having said earlier in the presser that he believed Zach Wilson would eventually “figure it out”, Connor Hughes of SNY followed up by asking Saleh at the 6:45 mark; “What you guys have shown over the last five or six weeks is that you have a team that’s pretty good and is capable of winning in the NFL now. So how do you balance waiting for Zach to be ready versus the pieces that are around him that are showing they’re ready now”? It was the most important question Saleh faced, because if Wilson makes wasting outstanding efforts from the team’s defense a habit, Saleh could lose the locker room. Saleh realized he had to tread lightly. He couldn’t say the other 52 guys on the roster will just have to wait on Zach. That would be too much to ask of the roster publicly and would make Wilson’s scrutiny by the media and fans that much stronger. He couldn’t tell a fan base that has witnessed the NFL’s longest playoff drought that they may have to sit through a wasted season for the benefit of a quarterback who looks to have regressed from late last season. So all Saleh do was put the heat anywhere but on Wilson. After five to six seconds of only a blank stare, Saleh replied, “We just gotta’ rally around him. You know, coaches, we gotta’ find a way to make it, not necessarily simpler (translation, make it simpler) but just help him continue to progress and evolve”. So as one might expect in today’s NFL, and this is no fault of Saleh’s, no real answer to the question was offered. It was a great question from Hughes and one that had to be asked. And all Jets fans can do is that hope that in the coming weeks won’t have to be answered in reality vs a press conference hypothetical. The post Saleh Stumped on Most Important Question Surrounding Wilson and Jets appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  6. The New York Jets fall to 5-3 after an embarrassing loss to the Patriots. After what looked like a promising start for Zach Wilson, it took a hard turn after his first of 3 turnovers this afternoon. He was never able to settle himself, allowing a snowball of bad decisions to wipe away an early 7-point lead. The team was never able to recover from there. Despite their last minute surge, they were ultimately unable to overcome the hole dug by their 2nd-year signal caller, falling by a score of 22-17. When assessing Wilson’s performance (without looking back at the film), it was probably one of his worst games as a pro. He finished the day 20-of-41 for 355 yards (career-high) with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. While the box score may suggest he had a good, even great day, that is not close to being the case. While Wilson was able to find his open targets on occasion, his overall decision-making combined with his inability to “kill” a play and move on allowed New England to feast on their mistakes. One bright spot, if you’re the type to look for those in a loss like this, his first touchdown pass to Tyler Conklin was one of Zach’s best throws all season. Timing, anticipation and accuracy to put the ball where only his tight end could get it, all on display during that one pass. Elsewhere on offense, 2 pass-catchers had 6+ receptions (Tyler Conklin and Garrett Wilson) and three had 75+ yards receiving (Conklin, Wilson, Denzel Mims), and Elijah Moore saw 0 catches on a sole target on 10 snaps. When asked about his chemistry with Zach Wilson, Moore replied “I don’t know, I don’t get the ball”, a clear sign he remains frustrated with his usage. Head coach Robert Saleh said the plan was to get Garrett Wilson on the field more for this matchup. The run game was abandoned too quickly by the Jets’ offense, resulting in 14 carries for 49 yards by their 3 backs. Having a run/pass split of 43/14 in a one-score ball game is not the recipe for success against a team allowing 136 yards per game on the ground. New York’s defense, however, showed up early and often in this game, totaling six sacks on quarterback Mac Jones. The unit also added 13 TFLs and 8 QB hits, so they certainly did their part throughout this game. While everything was not perfect, Jeff Ulbrich and this defense were not to blame for the loss. John Franklin-Myers did make another boneheaded mistake, roughing the passer penalty on a would-be Michael Carter II pick-six that would’ve put the Jets up 17-3. Carter II was able to come down with an interception on the 3rd drive of the game, after Bryce Huff forced a wobbly pass up in the air by Jones. Instead, the Patriots were able to steal 3 points to close the lead to 10-6 before the half. A couple of second half drives where the Patriots had a short field put the defense in a bind, surrendering 13 points in the 3rd quarter. Overall, the Jets were essentially one position (quarterback) and one penalty away from running away with this game. New York trusted Wilson with the ball in his hands 40+ times, and the results show for that. The team now looks ahead to another divisional matchup against the Buffalo Bills, one where every player will have to play their best game of the season. The post Wilson, Jets Fall on Face, Lose Ugly to Patriots 22-17; JetNation Game Recap appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  7. In what seems like the most highly anticipated game for New York this season, the 5-2 Jets play host to the 3-4 New England Patriots. After a week that saw many offensive stars exit the game with injuries, the Green & White had to pivot to stay competitive in the AFC. Star offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker (tricep) and running back Breece Hall (ACL) were both lost for the season during the win in Denver, so the Jets went out and traded for James Robinson from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional 6th-round pick in 2023. While his workload is expected to be limited until he learns the offense fully, he will suit up and play today. UDFA Zonovan “Bam” Knight was signed to the 53-man roster earlier this week, but he will be inactive. OL Conor McDermott was elevated from the practice squad, as well as QB Chris Streveler. Veteran QB Joe Flacco is a healthy scratch, along with Streveler, leaving Mike White as the sole backup to Zach Wilson. Corey Davis is inactive this week after injuring his knee last week against the Broncos. Defensively, CB Bryce Hall is a healthy scratch, as is S Tony Adams. Rookie Jermaine Johnson II will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. Here is the full inactive list for the Jets: QB Joe Flacco QB Chris Streveler RB Zonovan Knight WR Corey Davis DL Jermaine Johnson CB Bryce Hall S Tony Adams #NEvsNYJ inactives — New York Jets (@nyjets) October 30, 2022 Here is the full inactive list for the Patriots: C David Andrews DL Christian Barmore S Kyle Dugger DL Sam Roberts RB Kevin Harris CB Shaun Wade Andrews, Barmore and Dugger inactive as the Patriots get ready for the Jets.@ezlazar’s inactive analysis: https://t.co/H1igVUBXYM — New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 30, 2022 The post Jets Week 8 Inactive List vs Patriots; Davis out, Moore in for New York Offense appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  8. Game Information New England Patriots (-2.5) @ New York Jets (39.5 O/U) Date/Time: Sunday, October 30, 2022, 1:00pm EST Announcers: CBS – Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn Location/Weather: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (65℉/4mph wind/4% chance of rain) Referee: Shawn Smith Season Leaders Passing: Mac Jones (67/103, 65.0% comp%, 799 yards, 2 TDs, 6 INTs) Rushing: Rhammondre Stevenson (98 att, 487 yards, 4 TDs) Receiving: Jakobi Meyers (26 rec, 355 yards, 2 TDs) Tackles: Ja’Whaun Bentley (42 solo) Sacks: Matt Judon (8.5) Total Turnovers: Jack Jones (3) Jets/Patriots History NE leads all-time series 71-54-1 Last Matchup: 2021, NYJ loss 54-13 NYJ has lost 12 straight, last win 2015 in OT 26-20 Matchup to Watch Quinnen Williams vs Patriots interior Offensive Line The 4th year defensive tackle has emerged on the scene in 2022, with 21 tackles, 4 TFLs and 5.0 sacks (29 total pressures) through 7 games already this season. Williams also possesses an elite PFF Pass Rush Grade of 87.9, so he looks well on his way be the Jets first 10-sack player since Muhammad Wilkerson in 2015 when he had 12.0. Williams’ matchup this week is certainly an advantageous one, facing a New England interior trio of rookie LG Cole Strange, backup C James Ferentz and RG Michael Onwenu. While Ferentz has been in the league since 2015, he only has 6 career starts and played 16 total snaps this season for the Patriots. Strange is allowing 3 sacks and 9 total pressures on 238 pass block snaps, so there is an opportunity for Quinnen to impose his will on this game and continue his All-Pro level season. Keys to Victory Protect the football! “Forever, New England has forever been a team that just feasts on your mistakes.. they’ve been coaching that system for what seems like a hundred years.” Robert Saleh replied when asked what challenges come with facing this defense. The Patriots are currently 4th in the NFL in defensive turnovers with 13, so Zach Wilson will need to continue his ball security streak going. He has not had a turnover since his debut against Pittsburgh, but this defense will do everything in their power to change that. If Wilson is able to take what the defense gives him, without forcing passes back into the middle of the field, he will give the Jets their best chance to finally defeat the rivals in the north. Predictions Zach Wilson throws for 180 and 1 TD Elijah Moore is targeted 8 times The Jets defense records 4 sacks On paper, for the first time in a long time, the Jets have the better, more talented team. That means this game will come down to coaching and execution. If New York’s offense, mainly Zach Wilson, is able to efficiently execute the play calls, limiting his turnover-worthy plays (7 in 4 games, 5.6% of all attempts), this game can be won with 21 points. New England’s offense is 16th in the NFL in scoring this season with 22.1 PPG, and after putting up only 14 against Chicago on Monday Night Football, it’s likely New York’s defense can bottle them up and limit scoring chances. Mac Jones has a 2:6 TD:INT ratio, and is currently the worst rated QB when facing pressure, so the Jets’ front four can dictate this game. If they are able to do that, there is no reason why New York shouldn’t get to 6-2. I would hammer the Jets with the 2.5 points that they are currently being given, and I’d be hesitant to take the Under, but I would lean that way based off both teams’ injuries. Let the good times roll! Score: Win, 24-13 The post Week 8 New England Patriots Game Info/Matchups to Watch appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  9. JetNation hosts Dylan Tereman and Glenn Naughton are back with the latest episode of JetNation Radio, our NY Jets Podcast. They breakdown yet another Jets victory, this time to the tune of 16-9 over the Denver Broncos. They will also discuss the latest surrounding the trade deadline, both moves already made and ones that could still be on the table. Elijah Moore asked for a trade, Breece Hall and AVT are on I.R. and James Robinson is the new running back in town. In the end, both will give some college prospects to watch. 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. NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play JetNation Radio on Amazon Music NY Jets Podcast Page NY Jets Podcast on YouTube The post Jets Roll Despite Injuries; Patriots Up Next appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  10. NY Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur spoke to the media on Thursday. He covered several topics but James Robinson and Elijah Moore are what every Jets fan is thinking about right now. James Robinson (what does he bring) It’s funny, I’ll answer that question in a second. We had a lot of crossover with Jacksonville for some reason last year. I remember we played Cincinnati in about Week Seven or something like that, and Jacksonville played Cincinnati in Week Five on a Thursday night. So, you really got to examine that game. I remember him standing out, just his demeanor when he runs the football. He doesn’t mess around. He puts his foot in the ground. He gets north and south. As far as the man and the character, you guys will get to know him. I got so many texts after Joe (Douglas) made the move about what kind of guy he is and what he’s going to do for this building in such a positive way. Real excited to have him, I thought it was a great job by Joe and his staff. Three Man Rushing Attack? It could. That kind of organically happened because of, unfortunately, the game and injuries. It started out as heavy Matt Brieda with a little bit of Tevin. By about Week Seven or so, Matt was really struggling with some injuries and that’s where Raheem got his opportunity. Raheem carried the ball a little in the first part of the year, but then in the back part of the year had over 1,000 yards over eight games and really sprung. Tevin kind of was a fixture throughout and would have periodic where he would miss a game or miss a half with a little nick. With backs, you never, obviously, want injury. It is part of the sport, somewhat part of playing that position. You want to keep them as fresh, and again, I won’t use the Golden State analogy, but whoever has the hot hand, you try to roll with. Michael Carter He’s a pro. He wants to win. I probably have as much dialogue with Michael Carter for a lot of reasons. I have more respect for him as a human than I do as a player and a coworker. He’s handling it like a professional, and he just wants to do his job and help contribute to win football games. Elijah Moore Good. It’s good to have him back in the building. I know he’s happy to be back and ready to go. I’m excited to have him back. Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: What happened between you two before practice last Thursday? Elijah, I’m referring to. I don’t totally know what you’re talking about. Rich Cimini, ESPN.com: (follow up) Obviously, he was sent home for a few days to cool down. I heard there was some sort of blow up. The only thing I’ll say is that is 100% inaccurate. There was a conversation, obviously, but other than that, I’m not going to get into the conversation. We’re going to keep that in-house, like we should, but there was 100% no blowup. Did you guys have a conversation where you buried the hatchet, so to speak? We’re all on the same page with everything. Again, we’re just trying to move forward. We have a tough opponent in New England. I know that’s where his focus is in getting himself prepared for Sunday, and that’s where my focus is for this offense. Communication is the key to everything, right? It’s kind of a corny saying, but where communication lacks, negativity fills the void, so you always try to keep it real with all of these guys. I’m not talking about Elijah (Moore), I’m just talking about all of them. Zach (Wilson) and I have tough conversations, it’s the nature of this beast, it’s the nature of most professions and if you can’t keep it real with each other than a lot of the times bad things happen. You pride yourself on being truthful and having relationships with these guys, we’re continue to do that, we’re going to continue to build. We’re a young, young group, we’re still learning how to do this thing together and I believe we’re going to get to where we want to get to. Denzel Mims Yeah, I was really pleased with (Denzel) Mims stepping up. Obviously, there’s quite a few guys, that second quarter was wild, right? I mean just with Breece (Hall) going down, Corey (Davis), AVT (Alijah Vera-Tucker), I mean it was wild on the headset in terms of every other play it seemed like someone was going down and then in the middle of a series you had to make almost an adjustment of where people were, usually you like to wait until after a series, but you didn’t have time you just had to make that adjustment and roll and I thought (Denzel) Mims did a really good job from an assignment standpoint. He went in there, he played really hard. That first snap that he was in that was Breece’s (Hall) long touchdown run and had an incredibly, you know I gave so much credit to C.J. (Uzomah), amongst a lot of other guys for some of the plays they sprung being the assist guy in the Green Bay game, and Mims had such a big impact on that play, didn’t just block a guy, blocked a guy with intent. I don’t if that guy, his bell was rung a little bit, and it was all legal and it was really cool and I thought he really sprung that run and I thought that kind of carried him throughout the game. He played with just a really cool swag, played like he had been playing for the last six weeks, and when he gets his chance on Sunday, I wouldn’t expect anything less. The post Mike LaFleur on James Robinson & Elijah Moore appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  11. When the season started, the NY Jets had so many question marks on the field. On defense, the roster seemed to be greatly improved. After leading the world in points allowed last season, one question mark followed defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich. The defense started slow this year. Was it the scheme? The players? The play calling? Many Jets fans, us at the top of the list, were very critical of Jeff Ulbrich. After a few wins, things seem to be changing quickly. This defense has settled in nicely and is starting to impose its will. Jeff Ulbrich spoke to the media on Thursday and asked about the Patriots beating the Jets 54 -13 last season. Yep, I do. I remember the score. I remember a lot of things. I remember it being 40+ and shots still being taken on us. It is what it is, it’s our job as a defensive coaching staff and as a defense to stop that. At the end of the day, it comes down to what we can control, and we allowed way too much last year. Been looking forward to this one. Ulbrich also spoke about: Quinnen Williams (on causing disruptions) All the time. There’s the screen. There’s the interception that Lamarcus had that was Quinnen’s pressure. He does so many things on the field that you don’t necessarily notice because it’s not a statistical thing. His effort, his toughness, his consistency. Then, there’s this element of the stuff he does off the field — the mentorship and pushing guys and challenging guys to be better and holding people accountable. He’s grown in that way, too. He’s a huge part of what we’re doing right now. Sauce Gardner (on being special) I think so. As we all know, rookies struggle and they go through these lumps. Even the best rookies and the guys that end up having tremendous careers typically have moments, especially in their rookie year, where they’re stumbling and they’re finding their way and their learning through some adversity. He’s exceeded expectations from that standpoint. He’s playing at a high level. At the same time, I’d say D.J. Reed is playing at a high level, and I think Jordan (Whitehead) and Lamarcus (Joyner) playing at such a high level behind him has helped him in a lot of ways. Changes to the Patriots Offense Some wrinkles here and there, you can definitely see, we were talking about it last night, there’s some things that it’s very apparent that it’s a defensive type of mentality sometimes from the standpoint of really challenging rules and concepts and some unique stuff in there, it’s pretty cool. They’ve obviously brought some perspective, the fact that both of them have been mainly on the defensive side of the ball for most of their careers, so it’s interesting some of the stuff that they’re doing. It’s going to be a good challenge. Mac Jones It doesn’t change us a whole lot, to tell you the truth. I don’t think the offense is a whole lot different with either guy. What they target within the offense, within the given play might be a little bit different, but very similar. I think it’s going to get called the same way too. Both good quarterbacks, both tremendous challenges, excited about that. Stop by our NY Jets message board to talk about the team with other fans. The post Jeff Ulbrich: I Remember the Score (54 – 13) appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  12. Quinnen Williams met with the media on Wednesday. He was asked repeatedly about the Patriots, being 0 and 6 against them, and all that. Q held his ground and gave the right answers. No bulletin board material from him. He stressed: -Winning in general is the important thing, just winning football games, and executing every day. -This is another game, his focus is getting better every day. -He is not worried about the Jets winning streak. The Patriots offense is explosive and they move people off the ball. Both QBs are good. What will the stadium be like on Sunday? It is always electric playing in front of our fans, it will be super electric. Why are the Jets winning this year? Because we are executing and communicating. The post Quinnen Williams: The Stadium Will Be Super Electric on Sunday appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  13. On Wednesday, NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh gave the first injury report of the week. Corey Davis day to day, he’s not going to participate in practice today (Wed). JFM (John Franklin-Myers) is dealing with an illness, so we sent him home. Duane (Brown), Jermaine (Johnson), Quincy (Williams), and Ashtyn (Davis) will be limited. Does Jermaine Johnson have a chance to play this week? He’s got a chance; we’ll see how this week goes. James Robinson Yeah, he’s going to practice. He passed all of our physicals, he passed all of those tests. We feel comfortable with where he’s at. We’ll see where he gets during the course of the week, obviously we brought up Bam (Zonovan Knight) also. We’re going to take it slow and see where he’s at with regards to the offense, so it will be day to day with that running back room. Elijah Moore We’ve had talks, he’s good. We’re all good and he’s going to go out and do what he does and see if we can get him the ball and make a few plays. The post Davis Missed Practice on Wed; Johnson Might Play on Sunday; NY Jets Injury Report appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  14. Weekly NFL Power Rankings Philadelphia Eagles 6-0 (Last Week: 1) The Eagles come off their bye week to face Pittsburgh, Houston, and Washington in their next three. 9-0 seems very likely for the Birds. Buffalo Bills 5-1 (Last Week: 2) The Bills got a bye week to prepare to host the reeling Packers Sunday night. Green Bay’s free fall doesn’t figure to stop in Buffalo. Kansas City Chiefs 5-2 (Last Week: 3) The Chiefs started late but finished strong in San Francisco. Pat Mahomes seems to invent new arm angles every week. Minnesota Vikings 5-1 (Last Week: 4) The Vikings bye week put them three games up in the NFC North. Minnesota is the only division leader with a three-game lead. New York Giants 6-1 (Last week: 6) The Giants have now won four straight games. Daniel Jones finds ways to succeed with a less than stellar receiver room. Dallas Cowboys 5-2 (Last Week: 7) The Lions were more of a challenge Sunday than the final score would suggest. If Dallas finds ways to move the ball more consistently, their defense will get them into late January. New York Jets 5-2 (Last Week: 8) The Jets win in Denver was not without a significant downside. Breece Hall and Alijah Vera-Tucker were lost for the season to injury. The Jets need to generate more from the passing game if the resurgence in the Meadowlands is to continue. Cincinnati Bengals 4-3 (Last Week: 9) The Bengals used the big play Sunday against Atlanta to win their second straight game. The Bengals face Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Carolina in the next three weeks. The defending conference champs could take control of the AFC North if they play close to their form from Sunday. Tennessee Titans 4-2 (Last Week: 10) The Titans have won four straight games after opening the season with two losses. Derrick Henry seems to be warming up in what is a negative development for the Titan’s opponents. Baltimore Ravens 4-3 (Last Week: Unranked) The Ravens are alternating wins and losses thus far in 2022. The Ravens have too much talent to be this inconsistent.v The post Weekly NFL Power Rankings; Jets Move to 7 appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  15. Week Eight Thoughts… We are getting closer to having more backup quarterbacks starting than starters starting. Some of that is due to poor play, but most are due to injury. Welcome aboard, James Robinson! They were already etching the name Breece Hall on the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year trophy. Hey, didn’t you used to be Mac Jones? I love that they had a segment where great coaches talked about Mumbles Belichick passing George Halas on the NFL’s all-time win list, and he promptly went out and got his ass kicked by the Bears. If I had to pick which team is more likely to turn things around and make a run – the Bucs or the Packers, I’d ask for a none-of-the-above option. If the Jets defense left the field, the Broncos would score a touchdown two plays later. Mahomes is scary good. There should be an impressive number of high-profile retirements after this season. Not even Jet fans can understand what life is like as a Detroit Lions fan. If the playoffs started today, the Giants and Jets would be the five seeds in each conference. Somebody on the Yankees just swung and missed at strike three. Not in love with this thing where the ball carrier gets stopped and the rest of the team gets behind him and pushes him forward for more yards. It’s hard enough to play defense in this league without piggy back rides being legal. Christian McCaffrey is going put up some video game numbers in the Niners system. Our Heroes in Green There you have the highs and lows of the NFL season in one game. Winning a second straight road game in a tough building should feel great. The season ending injuries to Breece Hall and Alijah Vera-Tucker take the wind right out of the sails of victory. Hall was on his way to rookie of the year. Hall is 10th in the league in rushing, and if he didn’t get injured, he would probably would have moved up the 7th on the league’s leading rusher list. Trading for James Robinson helps take some of the sting out Hall’s loss, but neither Robinson nor Michael Carter can do what Breece Hall can. On the bright side, the Jets are 5-2. It’s their best start since 2010 and they are a playoff team if the season ended today. The defense was stellar once again. The Jets haven’t given up more than 20 points in their last four games and have held their last two opponents to ten points or fewer. This week the Jets return home to host the Patriots. The Pats were steamrolled on national television by the lowly Bears on Monday night. The Jets would love to copy the Bears blueprint for success in New England. The Bears only needed 147 yards passing to get the win. That will fit the Jets just fine as Gang Green continues to struggle in the passing game. The Jets only managed 105 yards through the air in Denver. We can assume the Pats will spend this week trying to patch the holes in their rushing defense, which was embarrassed by Chicago to the tune of 243 yards. The Pats figure to fill the box against the Jets and make Zach Wilson win the game. The scheme will be the same for the Jets who will want to put the pressure on either struggling Mac Jones or rookie Bailey Zappe to make enough plays to win. The Jets should find running room against New England even if Belichick stacks defenders near the line of scrimmage. The Pats just aren’t good enough to throttle the Jet running game. It should make life easier for Wilson who should be able to use the play action pass to find success in the air. The team with more balance will win Sunday. It should be the Jets who have more on both sides of the ball right now. The post NFL Thoughts; Can the Pats Stop the Jets Running Game appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  16. Michael Carter spoke to the media on a video call. This was recorded before the James Robinson trade. He has spoken with Breece Hall, this is a small chunk of his story. Breece is in his prayers, and he will be fine. Carter was asked how sustainable is it for the Jets to keep running this way, without major contributions from the passing game? Carter made it clear that he has confidence in Zach, he is ready. Then he said his confidence was through the roof. The post Michael Carter Gives Update on Breece Hall; His Confidence in Zach Wilson is Through the Roof appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  17. It was a tough day on the NY Jets injury front with the announcements that the season is over for both Breece Hall and Alijah Vera-Tucker. Joe Douglas wasted no time upgrading the running back depth chart by trading for James Robinson. Ian Rapaport and Adam Schefter break down the trade and compensation below. The 5’9″, 219lb Robinson will join Michael Carter in the backfield. Robinson will be a restricted free agent after the season ends. Here are his career numbers. Sources: The #Jets are making a big trade, acquiring #Jaguars RB James Robinson to help replaced injured RB Breece Hall. Draft pick compensation is going back to the Jags. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2022 Comp update: Jets are trading a 6th-round pick that could become a 5th to Jacksonville for RB James Robinson, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 24, 2022 SI has the details on the lack of carries recently for Robinson: Robinson could be seen stretching on the sidelines at times during the 23-17 loss to the New York Giants, though he wasn’t on the injury report throughout the week. Robinson has appeared in all seven games this year after a late-season Achilies injury in 2021, After 51 carries in the first three weeks, Robinson has just 30 over the last four. By comparison, Etienne carried the ball 26 times in the first three weeks but has rushed 42 times over the last four games, recording over 100 yards from scrimmage in the last three and having his first 100-yard rushing day on Sunday. Stop by our forums to join other fans in discussing James Robinson to the Jets. The post Jets Trade for RB James Robinson appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  18. And the hits keep on coming. After learning earlier in the day that running back Breece Hall would be out forV the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, it’s more of the same for offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. Saleh says AVT also out for the season with a torn triceps. Corey Davis week to week. — Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) October 24, 2022 Vera-Tucker suffered a torn triceps against the Broncos, the versatile lineman will be on the shelf for the rest of the season. In addition, wide receiver Corey Davis looks to be week to week. The post Saleh: Vera-Tucker Done for Season With Torn Triceps appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  19. The Jets worst fears have come true as ESPN confirms running back Breece Halls suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Appreciate the endless love and support! Another step along the journey, see y’all soon https://t.co/igPCYca5Qn — Breece Hall (@BreeceH) October 24, 2022 Easily the best player on the Jets offense who has been carrying the group during the team’s recent four-game winning streak, Hall took to twitter to show his appreciation for the support he has received from fans. Hall closed the tweet by simply saying “see y’all soon”. The blow is a devastating one for a Jets team that had shocked onlookers by jumping out to a 5-2 start and winners of four in a row despite mostly poor QB play. The post Breece Hall Officially Done for Season with Torn ACL appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  20. The New York Jets escaped the Mile High City with a 16-6 victory over the Denver Broncos with a few things becoming very clear with the team sitting at 5-2. One is that this team is now a credible playoff contender. Another is that Sauce Gardner and DJ Reed might be the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. The final, and most important thing is that quarterback Zach Wilson has simply got to be better. The second year BYU product was indeed facing one of the top defenses in the NFL with three of the most important players on offense in the trainer’s room. Running back Breece Hall, wide receiver Corey Davis and offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. The Jets fear a season-ending ACL injury in the case of Hall while little has come out thus far regarding Davis and Vera-Tucker. But either way, Wilson has got to step up. The Jets win yesterday marked the third consecutive game in which Wilson failed to throw a touchdown pass. He would go just 16-26 for 126 yards with a huge chunk of that total coming on a short pass that Michael Carter took for 37 yards. Wilson faced plenty of pressure on the day, but as has been the case for much of his season, when he had the time to work with, Wilson was off target or just held on to the football for too long. For a player who was unbelievably accurate in college, it’s been frustrating to watch him consistently misfire as a pro. In Denver, Jets were 16-26 passing for 121 yards, with 37 yards coming on a short pass that M. Carter got a lot of RAC. The other 15 passes went for 84 yards (5.6 average). Jets won with a strong team effort, but there could be games moving forward they need more through the air. — Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) October 24, 2022 Wilson is currently on pace for 3 touchdown passes on the season and has averaged just 147 yards per game over his past three contests. While the Jets have managed to find a way to win despite his lack of production, it’s simply not sustainable. At some point, Wilson is going to have to step up and find the end zone a time or two. In the coming weeks, Wilson will have to face Bill Belichick twice and the Buffalo Bills once. If he comes out of those three games without a touchdown pass, expect the Jets unlikely 5-2 start to quickly become 5-5. The post There’s no Getting Around it, Jets Need More From Zach Wilson With or Without Healthy Supporting Cast appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  21. Observers of the league knew this would be an ugly, defensive and low-scoring game. If the Jets were going to win, they would have to overcome an excellent DEN defense and altitude. But who knew they would also have to overcome losing four offensive starters: Elijah Moore (pouting), Corey Davis (knee), Breece Hall (knee), and Alijah Vera-Tucker (elbow). With all that adversity, it would’ve been easy for the “Same Old Jets” to re-appear, but a new day seems to be dawning as they gutted out a 16-9 win: Special Teams – Greg Zuerlein was the difference in this game as he was perfect (3/3 FGs, 1/1 XP) generating 10 of the team’s 16 points. While Brandon McManus of DEN left 4 points on the field with a missed FG and XP. Those 4 points made a HUGE difference at the end of the game; protecting a 16-9 lead is easier than a 16-13 lead. – Braden Mann was excellent with a 54.8 average but he’s got to eliminate the “shanks”. – No opportunities for Braxton Berrios on punts (fair catches) or KOs. Defense – Solid effort by the defense but DEN offense has been garbage so it must be graded on a curve. Particularly with Russell Wilson out and Brett Rypien making the start. But only giving up 9 points on the road against a team with weapons like Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, KJ Hamler and Melvin Gordon can’t be “sneezed at”. – The “front seven” was solid in controlling the DEN running game (105 yards), which kept Rypien out of easy down and distances. But I was surprised at the DLine only generating one sack, with Rypien attempting 46 passes. – Quinnen Williams followed up his “Hall Of Fame” GB game with a solid effort (4 Tackles, 2 QB Hits) – But the stars of the defense was the secondary: * Ahmad Gardner was a beast with 10 Tackles and 3 Passes Defensed. And I apologize to him for being critical of his tackling; he’s improved dramatically during the season. Gardner has also earned respect from the officials in only seven games; they are letting him get away with “chicken fighting” WRs without calling pass interference penalties. His battles with Sutton on the last drive were very physical, but no flags. And here’s an amazing stat, Gardner has 12 Passes Defensed in only seven games he’s on pace for 30 Passes Defensed over a full season; that’s crazy!!! * DJ Reed had 8 Tackles with 3 Passes Defensed and I thought he put Jeudy out of the game with the tackle he laid on him. What a free agent pickup (3 years / $33 million), and to think JC Jackson (5 years / 82.5 million) is being benched by the LAC. * The safety tandem continues their solid play. Jordan Whitehead had 4 Tackles and a Pass Defensed while Lamarcus Joyner had a Pass Defensed and a big INT that set the offense up for a FG. And most importantly, on deep passes, both of them are providing excellent support to the CBs. Nice to see “busted coverages” disappearing. * Michael Carter and Brandin Echols both deserve credit for their contributions. They rotate in, and there is no visible drop-off in production when the starters take a break. * CJ Mosley (8 Tackles) and Quincy Williams (5 Tackles) have been physical with an excellent range as the starters at LB. But Kwon Alexander and Marcell Harris have been valuable as backups, providing excellent speed off the bench. Offense – The best thing that could be said is the offense didn’t turn the ball over and was able to provide one explosive play. Other than that, it wasn’t a good effort, particularly as they shot themselves repeatedly with 11 penalties for 85 yards. – Breece Hall was terrific, with 4 Rushes for 72 yards and a TD before getting hurt. And most of the rushing offense that was generated (24 Rushes / 155 Yards) came off of Hall’s legs. – With Hall out, Michael Carter and a RB committee will have to carry the load. I wouldn’t mind if Joe Douglas sent a pick to CLE for Kareem Hunt. We need a RB with the power to balance out Carter and Ty Johnson. If Hunt isn’t an option, keep your eye out for Tevin Coleman being brought back. – I like the creativity that Mike LaFleur brings to the offense but he has to be better in short-yardage situations. We shouldn’t have to be passing the ball on 3rd & 1 or 3rd & 2 QB – The best things to say about Zach Wilson are he’s 4-0 since coming back, he didn’t turn the ball over, and he was able to escape pressure. Other than that going 16/26 for 121 yards isn’t good, and he MUST SHOW better awareness when escaping the pocket. He was lucky he didn’t give up a “scoop & score” on that STUPID double “spin-a-rama”. Other than the 4th quarter of the PIT game, we have not seen much out of Wilson in terms of flashing “franchise QB” ability. I understand the MIA, GB, and DEN games focused on the ground game, and the NE & BUF games won’t be easy. But I’m definitely looking for that “franchise QB” ability to appear and remain before his second season is over. The post Game Observations: NY Jets vs Denver Broncos appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  22. Trying to keep the good vibes (and winning) going, the 4-2 Jets travel to Denver to face the 2-4 Broncos. While Denver will be without star QB Russell Wilson, their backup Brett Rypien has a history with New York, beating them in 2020. The Jets themselves will also be without a star player on their offense, Elijah Moore. After an apparent “outburst” at practice on Thursday, Moore was pulled aside and talked to by several coaches, ultimately leading to him being sent home. Later that day, Moore and his agent requested a trade from the team, one that they don’t seem in any way willing to grant. Instead, Moore will stay behind in New York and work in with the “rehab” staff, and will hopefully return to the team tomorrow. In the absence of Moore, WR Denzel Mims will be active for the first time this season. It is unknown how the snaps will be split amongst Mims, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Smith. The Jets offense will also be without rookie TE Jeremy Ruckert, with Kenny Yeboah being elevated to the game day roster. Defensively, rookie DE Jermaine Johnson II will be out for a second straight week with an ankle injury. CB Bryce Hall continues to be a healthy scratch. S Ashtyn Davis, who entered this week with a hamstring injury, will not play. Tony Adams will take his place in the secondary. Here is the full list of inactive players for the Jets: QB Mike White (healthy scratch) WR Elijah Moore (coach’s decision) TE Jeremy Ruckert (healthy scratch) DE Jermaine Johnson II (ankle) CB Bryce Hall (healthy scratch) S Ashtyn Davis (hamstring) 90 minutes 'til kick. — New York Jets (@nyjets) October 23, 2022 Here is the full list of inactive players for the Broncos: QB Russell Wilson WR Jalen Virgil S Caden Sterns CB Essang Bassey LB Josey Jewell TE Albert Okwuegbunam our inactives for #NYJvsDEN. » https://t.co/Vy4VNQskjc pic.twitter.com/zP38863e3v — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 23, 2022 The post Jets Week 7 Inactive List @ Broncos; Mims Active, Johnson Out appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  23. Game Information New York Jets (+1) @ Denver Broncos (37.5 O/U) Date/Time: Sunday, October 23rd, 2022, 4:05pm EST Announcers: CBS – Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn Location/Weather: Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO (temp./wind/precip.) Referee: Bill Vinovich 2022 Season Leaders Passing: Russell Wilson (116/198, 1,442 yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs) Rushing: Javonte Williams 47/204 Receiving: Courtland Sutton 31/431/1 Tackles: Alex Singleton (47) Sacks: Bradley Chubb (5.5) Interceptions: Caden Sterns (2) Jets/Broncos History DEN leads all-time series 22-16-1 Last Matchup: Sept. 2021, NYJ lost 26-0 Since 2010: NYJ 2-5 Record @ DEN, since 1963: 6-12 Matchups to Watch WR Jerry Jeudy vs CB Michael Carter II Broncos star wideout Jerry Jeudy is one of the best young route runners in the NFL. According to PFF’s Premium Stats, Jeudy is playing 70.7% of his snaps in the slot, which means he will be matched up with Michael Carter II. A second year player out of Duke, Carter II has looked impressive this year, with 1 interception and 2 passes defensed, along with 18 total tackles. If the perimeter corners can take care of business against Courtland Sutton and K.J. Hamler, Jeudy and Carter could be the matchup that gets tested consistently. With only 1 contested catch on 7 targets and 3 total drops of the year, the Jets slot corner could win this battle a majority of the time. Keys to Victory Perimeter contain in the pass game. Brett Rypien will get the start over Russell Wilson, who has struggled to find pass catchers across the middle of the field, instead passing them up for deep shots on the boundary. Wilson also has a 38.2% completion percentage on passes of 20+ yards with 2 interceptions. While we have not seen what Brett Rypien will do, the Jets will have to continue shutting down the deep passing game to stay ahead of the chains defensively. Force the Broncos offense into 3rd and longs. Denver has struggled mightily on 3rd downs this season, converting at a 30.2% rate, 30th in the league. Last week, their average 3rd down distance was 6.6 yards, so the Jets need to get them into 3rd and 7+ to force critical errors by Brett Rypien. this offensive line is prone to allowing sacks on 3rd down, surrendering 4 just last week to the Los Angeles Chargers. New York’s defense has been great at getting off the field on 3rd down during their 3-game winning streak, holding opponents to a 35.8% conversion rate (14/39), which would be top-10 overall this season. Prediction The Jets defense will hold the Broncos to under 45% 3rd down conversions Zach Wilson will not have any turnovers Both Breece Hall and Michael Carter rush for over 50 yards Coming off two consecutive victories, both in which the Jets offense took over in the second half, this game is certainly one for the taking. In all of Denver’s games this season, the score was within 3 points in the 4th quarter. When facing a team in the Jets that is leading the league in many 4th quarter categories, it’s likely going to bode well for New York. The Jets defense has allowed 13.5 PPG the last two weeks, while Denver is last in offensive PPG with 15.1, so this game may be a “race to 20 points”. The Broncos defense, led by Patrick Surtain, Justin Simmons and Bradley Chubb, are 4th in points allowed (99), 5th in passing yards allowed (1,107) and 6th in rushing yards allowed (635), so Zach Wilson & Co. will need to be as efficient as possible in order to move the ball down the field. Ending drives in touchdowns and not field goals will be the difference in this game. New York keeps the streak going, in another tough road environment. I would certainly take the Jets and the spread, but I would take the Under in this game given the strength of both defenses. Score: Win, 17-13 The post Week 7 Denver Broncos Game Info/Matchups to Watch appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  24. This episode was recorded on Thursday. Dylan Tereman and Glenn Naughton are back to break down another Jets win, their 3rd in a row! Our NY Jets podcast is now in audio and video form. Who stood out and what could be improved upon from the game? They will also preview this Sunday’s game in Denver against the Broncos. In the end, they give more prospects to watch from the college football world. The news of the week is Elijah Moore. How do you request a trade after a 3 game winning streak? 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. NY Jets Podcast on iTunes NY Jets Podcast on Google Play JetNation Radio on Amazon Music NY Jets Podcast Page NY Jets Podcast on YouTube The post Jets Dominate Packers, Broncos up Next; What’s up with Elijah Moore? appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
  25. Exploring the possibility of upgrading their interior defensive line, the Jets today hosted former Giants and Chargers defensive lineman Linval Joseph. This, according to NFL insider Mike Garafolo. The #Jets hosted veteran DT Linval Joseph on a visit today, sources say. The former second-round pick of the #Giants was back in Jersey for a potential return to the area. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 21, 2022 Joseph, a veteran of twelve NFL seasons last stepped on the field in 2021. That was as a member of the San Diego Chargers as Joseph started 12 games and picked up 57 tackles and a sack. Should the Jets add the 6′ 4” 329 Joseph, the player most likely to lose playing time would be current backup Nathan Shepherd. The post Report: Douglas Looking to Upgrade Defensive Interior as Jets Host Lineman Linval Joseph appeared first on JetNation.com (NY Jets Blog & Forum).Click here to read the full story...
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