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Sam Darnold Will Start Today for Jets Against the Bills

It was widely expected but it hadn’t been announced until late this morning — rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, after a full week of practice, will be the starter for the Jets’ AFC East game against the Bills and fellow rookie QB Josh Allen this afternoon, Randy Lange of Newyorkjets.com reports.

Darnold started the first nine games this season but had been inactive the previous three games with a foot strain he got coming out of the game at Miami. The last three weeks he was inactive while 16-year veteran Josh McCown got the starts and first-year man Davis Webb backed up.

Today McCown is backing up Darnold and Webb is inactive.

Jets Hang Tough, Can’t Overcome Patriots in 27-13 Home Loss

The Jets played a tough game Sunday at home against the New England Patriots, but in the end couldn’t hang with the soon to be AFC East Champs, as they fell 27-13 to fall to 3-8 (2-4 at home) this season.

Josh McCown kept the Jets close for awhile, throwing for 276 yards with one score and one pick in the two touchdown loss.

The Jets run D was beat up by Pats rookie running back Sony Michel, who rushed for 133 yards and a TD. Pats TE Rob Gronkowski caught a big 34-yard score in the win in his return.

Quincy Enunwa led the Jets with 73 yards on four catches.

Patriots vs Jets NFL Week 12 Inactives

Here’s the inactives for today’s battle between the Jets and Pats

Pats

TE Dwayne Allen
DE Keionta Davis
CB Duke Dawson
S Nate Ebner
C James Ferentz
DE Derek Rivers
OT Matt Tobin

Jets

LB Jeremiah Attaochu
WR Deontay Burnett
OG James Carpenter
QB Sam Darnold
CB Derrick Jones
WR Rishard Matthews
S Marcus Maye

Jets Talking Contract Extension with Wide Out Quincy Enunwa

The Jets have initiated contract extension talks with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who has emerged as one of the team’s most reliable offensive pieces, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Enunwa is the team leader in targets (55) and receptions (29) despite missing two games with a high ankle sprain. He trails Robby Anderson by one receiving yard (345) for the team lead.

The 6-2, 225-pound Enunwa has shown no ill effects from neck surgery that sidelined him for all of last season. The versatile and tough run-after-the-catch threat has helped Darnold immensely in his rookie season. His leadership qualities prompted Todd Bowles to make him one of the five team captains.

Enunwa had a breakout 2016 campaign with team-highs in receiving yards (857) and touchdowns (four) on 105 targets before his career was put on hold after a lingering neck issue that ultimately required surgery before the 2017 season.

Darnold to Sit Again for Jets; Josh McCown to Be Under Center at QB

The Jets for the second straight week will go with Josh McCown at the quarterback spot, as rookie Sam Darnold will again be on the sidelines watching.

McCown was flat out awful in his last outing two weeks back against the Bills, as he went 17 of 34 passes for 135 yards, two interceptions and a 35.8 passer rating in a 41-10 loss.

The Jets are hopeful that Darnold, 3-6 as the starter, can return in next week’s road game against the Tennessee Titans.

Jets Rookie QB Sam Darnold Hopeful to Play Sunday Against Patriots

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold was unable to practice on Monday but he is holding out hope that he can suit up for the team’s Week 12 game against the Patriots according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.

“I think the idea of going up against him and the Patriots, coach Belichick and all those guys, it’s a cool thing, especially with me growing up in the era where they really controlled the whole NFL, for the most part,” Darnold said. “It would be really cool if I have the opportunity.”

Darnold added that he has started jogging and was encouraged about the condition of the foot he sprained in practice a couple of weeks ago. “It feels good. It feels great,” Darnold said. “Nothing for me to complain about. No pain, either. . . . The foot is really good. I feel really good. Like I said last week, I’m just following protocol right now.”

Embattled Jets head coach Todd Bowles has been careful not to tip his hand about his starter on Sunday, referring to Darnold as “day-to-day, week-to-week”. More will be known about Darnold’s status on Wednesday and another missed practice might indicate that veteran Josh McCown will handle starting duties against the Patriots.

The Jets have no good reason to risk the health of their prized rookie at 3-7 and losers of four straight games. And it is not as if Darnold was lighting it up on the field, as he has seemingly regressed during the course of the season and threw seven interceptions in his last three games.

But McCown was even worse in an embarrassing loss to the equally-woeful Buffalo Bills before the bye, throwing two picks of his own and gaining only 135 scoreless yards. Bowles, his entire coaching staff, and possibly the Jets GM are in an uphill battle to try to save their jobs so going back to Darnold-even if he is not 100% healthy-may be a tempting proposition on Sunday.

Le’Veon Bell to Be in Green Next Season? Report Says Star RB to the Jets is Going to Happen

Pittsburgh Steelers star Running Back Le’Veon Bell isn’t going to play this season after deciding to sit out when he and the team that drafted him could not make a deal.

With a year of rest underneath his belt, Bell won’t be in black and gold next season, but how about green and white?

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says that the dynamic back will be in New York next season, giving the Jets running back position the biggest upgrade it could possibly get (unless maybe they dealt for Rams running back Todd Gurley).

Here’s what the report says about Bell coming to the Jets, as one Steelers source even thinks it’s going to happen.

“I think it’s a foregone conclusion,” said one Steelers source.

“That’s the place where most of us have him pegged to go,” said one NFC scout.

True, only the Oracle can see the future, but of the 10 NFL personnel sources I spoke to, six said they were certain Bell would head to New York.

Is it possible Bell could return to Pittsburgh? Yes, but the odds are remote. The Steelers could use the transition tag on Bell and match any other team’s offer, but that seems extremely unlikely given how this season played out. They could also place another franchise tag on Bell, as they’ve done twice before, but at a cost of more than $25 million, it’s unlikely.

Bell is still very young (26 years old) and is a two-time first-team All-Pro, and again would make any team better right away.

We will see how it all plays out, but for now Jets fans can dream about Bell coming aboard and running the rock for the J-E-T-S next season.

Jets CB Morris Claiborne on the Teams’ Awful Loss to Bills – “We Kind of Laid Down to It”

After the Jets were an absolute disgrace in Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the Bills — a game that might cost coach Todd Bowles his job — veteran cornerback Morris Claiborne delivered a damning indictment of the team’s effort, Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media reports.

“We didn’t come to play today, in no way,” Claiborne said. “It’s one of the first times I can honestly say that someone came in and just whooped us. We kind of laid down to it. It’s very stressful. I’m at a loss myself.”

Claiborne was informed of the obvious: This is a troubling statement, about laying down.

“It is,” he said. “I can’t believe it. I wish I had the answer for you. Ain’t nobody going to come in here and lay down to us. Nobody is going to give us no games. It’s hard as hell to win in this league. It’s hard as hell, man.

“I feel like you shouldn’t have to talk about effort. Being an NFL player, that’s the least you can do, is give effort. I feel like every guy in the locker room should be able to put effort into whatever you’re doing, no matter what that is.”