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2018 Schedule
1-2, 2nd in AFC East

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles said rookie Sam Darnold has "the right mentality and right work ethic" to rebound from the Thursday night loss. Bowles said, "He made some good plays. He had some plays he can learn from and some plays he'd like to have back, but I think he'll come out of it fine." Next up, the Jaguars, arguably the best defensive team in the NFL.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Sam Darnold said he used the mini bye to "self-evaluate" after his disappointing game against the Browns. He determined that he needs to be better with his reads and have a better understanding of what the defense is doing. When making his reads, he wants to "go with my gut feeling and really trust my eyes, trust what I see, and let it rip." In other words, he wants to rely on his instincts. He added: "I expect more out of myself. ... I have to be better. I have to execute better." Darnold wasn't terrible against Cleveland, but he failed to locate some open receivers.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets should leave Le'Veon Bell to his jet skiing. A trade for the disgruntled star makes little sense, especially since he could be a one-year rental — a ridiculously expensive rental. They'd be better served by rolling that $11 million into next year's cap. Bell could help a win-now team; the Jets aren't a win-now team. The called the Steelers out of due diligence, always looking for a fire sale. If they can get him for a fifth-round pick, sure, they'd be interested. But a third rounder? They won't give up that much. Plus, if Bell doesn't want to play for the Steelers on the franchise tag, why would he want to play for the Jets? The more likely scenario is them making a run at him in March as a free agent, but even that avenue would come with risk. He's a "me" player with a lot of miles on his odometer — not worth a mega contract.

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Spectacular Debut

Tony Kornheiser and Frank Isola debate if they are ready to anoint Baker Mayfield the Brown's savior, rein in enthusiasm for Sam Darnold, if it's smart to lower expectations for coach Frost and much more.

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Should Jets Fans Be Worried?

Tony Reali and the national panel debate if Jets fans should be worried about Sam Darnold, if Baker Mayfield is the real deal, expectations on how Carson Wentz will play against the Colts and much more.

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Is Baker The Savior?

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Michael Smith question if they are ready to anoint Baker Mayfield the "Savior Of The Browns", if we were too quick to anoint Sam Darnold, if Colin Kaepernick will join the Patriots and much more.

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Is Baker Mayfield The Land's Future?

Bomani & Pablo debate if Baker Mayfield can turn the Browns into a good team, if Jets fans should be worried about Sam Darnold, preview Carson Wentz's first game back from injury and much more.

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Following their loss to the Browns Thursday, the Jets dropped two spots to 30th in FPI's rankings -- only ahead of the Bills and Cardinals. Cleveland moved up two spots to 24th.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets stock market watch. UP — LB Avery Williamson (1.5 sacks), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (blocked punt), P Lachlan Edwards (46.3 net). DOWN — RB Isaiah Crowell (butt-wipe was selfish and immature), CB Mo Claiborne (killer penalty), WR Robby Anderson (another costly fumble), CB Trumaine Johnson (dumb penalty), HC Todd Bowles (team lacked discipline), QB Sam Darnold (indecisive).

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets defensive snap counts: Rookie Parry Nickerson replaced Buster Skrine (knee) as the slot corner. Leonard Williams wasn't credited with a single tackle. Coach Todd Bowles said Williams drew double teams and created opportunities for others. He said he was pleased with Williams' performance.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets offensive snap counts: They played more three-receiver packages than it appeared. Actually, four receivers got a lot of playing time, with Jermaine Kearse back in the mix. Rookie Chris Herndon led all tight ends in PT.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Todd Bowles was kind to rookie QB Sam Darnold: "I thought he grew up a lot last night. Going in, watching the schedule, after he won the starting job, I thought this would be his toughest game from a scheme/coverage standpoint because of the things (the Browns) do on that side of the ball. I thought he handled that well." Darnold beat himself up after the game, saying his performance was "unacceptable."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

On a day-after conference call, coach Todd Bowles didn't express any anger for the pitiful performance. He said the Jets are "a young team" that needs to "iron out" some things. The penalties are "definitely on the players. I mean, coaches can't play for them." He insisted this a "tough-minded" team that won't let the epic loss linger into Week 4. I don't know about that. Losses like this stick.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Friday morning he had no problem with the play calling on offense. He said they were "well-balanced." In my opinion, this was the first time that offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates treated Sam Darnold like a rookie. He was too cautious. Darnold attempted only two passes of 21+ yards; he tried to screen the Browns to death. Perspective: He also has only two attempts of 21+ yards in the Detroit. Still, it's not always the distance, it's tempo and decisiveness. Darnold admitted after the game he needs to be more decisive.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Part of being a leader is showing accountability. Jamal Adams wants to be that guy on defense, but he avoided reporters in the locker room after the game. He did an interview with SNY TV, then bolted, refusing to return when approached by a PR official. Adams, who ripped the team's losing culture in a Bleacher Report story in August, believes he can be a transformational player. He's still a work in progress.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets RB Isaiah Crowell laughed in this interview as he recalled his butt-wiping gesture that resulted in unsportsmanlike conduct. He got chewed out by Todd Bowles, who didn't think it was funny.

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Darnold takes blame for 'stupid mistakes' in loss

Outplayed by fellow rookie Baker Mayfield in the second half Thursday night, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold took the blame for the offense's woes in a 21-17 loss to the Browns.

Team Stats

Passing Yards220.321st
Rushing Yards106.014th
Points For25.710th
Points Against19.310th

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