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Sam Darnold Says He’s Not Playing Consistent Enough to Win

Sam Darnold could have been perfect on Sunday, and it still may not have changed the Jets’ fate against the Colts.

But in reality, Darnold’s performance in a 36-7 loss turned out to be the lowlight in what was a miserable day in every aspect for the road team at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.Darnold tossed three interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns. The other pick came in the end zone, killing one of the Jets’ few promising drives without any points.

Darnold takes the blame for his poor performance against the Colts, Chris Ryan of NJ Advance Media reports.

“I’m not playing consistent enough to play well in this league,” Darnold said. “And so, for me, I just need to play more consistent, make the plays when they’re there, and when they’re not, just get rid of the ball, check it down, do all the right things I need to do.”

Darnold finished 17-of-29 passing for 168 yards, one touchdown and the three interceptions. Through three games, he’s averaging just 5.9 yards per attempt.

Jets to Be Without WR Breshad Perriman and WR Jamison Crowder Vs Colts

The Jets’ offense against the Colts will look nothing like the one you expected in the preseason, Chris Ryan of NJ Advance Media reports.

Wide receivers Jamison Crowder (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (ankle) will both be out when the Jets play the Colts at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Offensive tackle George Fant will also miss the game due to a concussion suffered at practice on Wednesday.

Those three players join a list players on IR who have long been ruled out from playing on Sunday. Running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Denzel Mims will both be out until at least Week 5 due to hamstring injuries.

Jets vs 49ers: Can the Jets Get on Track Against the NFC Champs?

Opening day didn’t go so well for the Jets, as their trip to Buffalo was a disaster as the team fell to 0-1 with an ugly 27-17 loss to the Bills.

This week won’t be much easier, as the Jets will be at home to host the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, and many betting experts don’t see New York being able to hang with San Fran.

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One thing that is for sure is that the 49ers need to rebound as badly as the Jets, as they lost in stunning fashion at home to the Arizona Cardinals 24-20.

San Francisco also won’t have a couple of big players in the lineup, including cornerback Richard Sherman, and tight end George Kittle’s status for the game is up in the air.

Here’s a couple keys for the Jets if they are going to pull off the week two upset.

1. Get Darnold Going Early

Last week it was painful watching Sam Darnold trying to get the Jets offense going, and Darnold never got on track.

He ended the day 21-for-35 for just 215 yards, and most of that came in garbage time. If the Jets are going to hang with San Fran, they need to get the offense moving early.

”My timing needs to be better,” Darnold said. ”I think I did hurry some things. I feel like just at the beginning of a game I’ve just got to relax and take a deep breath, ease myself into it and make the throws when they’re there.”

That will be easier said than done, as the 49ers pass rush is even tougher than that of the Bills, and Darnold needs to make good decisions downfield.

2. Try and Establish the Run

No Le’Veon Bell, as the Jets leading rusher is going to miss a couple weeks with a hamstring issue suffered against the Bills.

That means the run game will fall on veteran Frank Gore, who played a good portion of his career in San Fran with the Niners.

Gore will play this game with a chip on his shoulder, and he is going to want to prove he’s got gas left in his tank.

3. Get To Jimmy Garoppolo

”You’ve got to deal with the situation that you’re given and control what you can control.”

That was Garoppolo last week after they fell at home to the Cardinals. The Niners offense couldn’t control much, as the Cardinals defense was able to confuse Jimmy G and get to him a couple of times.

The Jets would be wise to take that game plan and duplicate it, making it a long day for the 49ers QB can only help the Jets get a victory.

Prediction: The Niners are road favorites on the East coast, but you can expect the Jets to stay in the game and likely may even have a late lead.

It will be up to Darnold to keep it that way, but in the end, it’ll be too much Niners defense and not enough offense from the Jets in this week two battle. 49ers 17 Jets 13

Bell Out with a Hamstring Injury, Is He Considered a “Bust” for the Jets?

When the New York Jets came to terms with former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, many Jet fans using were betting that the team finally had its running back of the future.

Instead, here we sit one game into Bell’s second season, and not only has he not been the feature back that many felt he would, he’s now injured and was placed on injured reserve.

Bell went down in a week one loss at Buffalo to the Bills, but was highly ineffective before the injury took place.

The back didn’t play in the second half, and on Tuesday the club announced that he was going on injured reserve with a hamstring pull.

To take the place of Bell on the roster, the Jets signed former Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage.

There’s a bit of excitement about Ballage, as the club tried to acquire Ballage in a trade last month, but the deal was voided when he failed a physical because of a hamstring injury. He became a free agent.

Now before you think that Bell isn’t going to be back at all in 2020, think again. Under the new IR rules, Bell will be forced to sit at least three games, meaning he will be eligible to play in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.

It was supposed to be an offseason of change for Bell and the Jets, as the running back spent a lot of time working on his weight, coming into camp at 210 pounds, which he says is his lightest weight since playing in high school.

He also said that he felt he would be a much better back, and that the poor showing and numbers from 2019 can be put in the trash.

Jets coach Adam Gase went back and forth about how long Bell would be out for, but the coach seems to be having a better time being more careful about what he says after Bell called out Gase on Twitter after being removed from a scrimmage, and the two had to sit down and have a long chat about their relationship.

Now is a time for the Jets to see if any of these other backs on the roster can get it done. If so, rushing Bell back won’t be such a big deal.

If the run game continues to falter, the club very well may race Bell back out there for week five when he’s able to return back to the roster against the Cardinals.

Jets at Bills Wednesday NFL Week One Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday RB La’Mical Perine (ankle)
  Wednesday LB Tarell Basham (ankle), QB Joe Flacco (neck), G Alex Lewis (shoulder), S Marcus Maye (calf), LB Avery Williamson (hamstring)
  Wednesday WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), WR Denzel Mims (hamstring), WR Breshad Perriman (knee)
Practice Report
  Wednesday CB Josh Norman (hamstring)
  Wednesday DT Vernon Butler (hamstring), QB Jake Fromm (not injury related), RB Taiwan Jones (knee)
  Wednesday CB Levi Wallace (hamstring)

Le’Veon Bell Claims He and Coach Adam Gase on Good Terms

Le’Veon Bell and Adam Gase talked about practice, Adam Maya of reports.

The two Jets say they’re better for it, after a breakdown in communication led to a brief and unwanted break from the action for Bell.

The Jets running back told reporters Thursday he spoke to Gase last week about the “hamstring incident,” which involved Bell being pulled from practice and then firing off a series of tweets (e.g. here, here and here) in protest.

Le’Veon Bell struggling in New York Jets training camp?

Bell acknowledges he did experience hamstring tightness but believed he could continue practicing, chalking up his removal to “miscommunication.” Gase intimated at the time he was being cautious but understood Bell isn’t a fan of missing practice. New York’s RB1 reiterated he and his coach are still fans of one another.

“I know how hard it is to believe that, but we actually like each other,” Bell said.

Is Jets OT Mekhi Becton Ready for a Breakout 2020?

As the Jets get set for what should be an odd 2020 season, there’s one player on their roster that could be due for a big season, that being offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. today has a piece out with breakout stars from around the NFL, and Becton is right at the top of the list.

Here’s what Judy Battista had to say about the tackle:

Let’s talk about rookies now — and I have who I think will be one of the most impactful rookies here in New York, blotting out the sun: the massive (6-7, 370 pounds!) Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. On the first day in pads at Florham Park, Becton was at left tackle with the starters and the Jets badly need him to anchor that spot immediately. Upgrading a terrible offensive line was the priority for general manager Joe Douglas, for the sake of quarterback Sam Darnold, who was relentlessly pressured last season and, according to Next Gen Stats, struggled badly in those situations, having the lowest passer rating in the league against the blitz.

Running back Le’Veon Bell, who had a miserable season in 2019, will benefit from Becton’s shockingly good movement, too. On one play at practice, Becton came off the ball at the snap, quickly got to the second level of the defense and smashed into a middle linebacker.

Sports talk radio in New York is probably going to spend a lot of time talking about the weapons (or lack thereof) the Jets have for Darnold, but I expect you won’t hear Becton’s name very often, which is exactly how you like offensive linemen.

New Jets QB Joe Flacco Won’t Be Ready for Week One

The Jets may have to wait to see if Joe Flacco can be a solid backup to Sam Darnold.

The newly signed Jets QB will not be ready for the regular season according to ESPN, as he continues to recover from offseason neck surgery.

“I can’t speak to exactly when I’m going to be ready, but it will not be day one,” Flacco said Tuesday in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio.

“Obviously, we’ll get with the doctors and I have another checkup come August, so we’ll see where that goes.”

Flacco inked a one-year deal with the Jets worth $1.5 million. The report said the Jets were well aware that Flacco would not be ready for opening day against the Bills.

“First and foremost, I want to help the team in any way possible and also be a guy Sam can lean on, that he can learn from,” Flacco said.

“I would say those are the two most important things: Help out the guys on the team and help out Sam to do all they can.