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3-7, 3rd in AFC East

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury report (early version): QB Sam Darnold (foot strain) suited up for practice for the first time since the injury, but he didn't participate in light positional drills — a sure sign he won't practice at all. This means Josh McCown is likely to start for the second straight game. WR Robby Anderson (ankle) wasn't seen on the practice field — an ominous sign, considering they're coming off a bye.


Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

So how can the Jets fix their woeful offense? Coordinator Jeremy Bates said it starts with third-down efficiency — a major emphasis this week. The Jets are ranked dead last at 28.8 percent. How bad is that? The last team to finish with a lower percentage was the 2015 Rams (25.9).

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer called the Patriots' Cordarrelle Patterson "the best kick returner in the game." Patterson is averaging 30.9 yards per return, with one TD. Boyer expressed concern about his kickoff coverage, saying "players aren't running hard enough" at times. Say what? He said they relax when they think it might be a touchback. Boyer said he's emphasizing all-out effort this week. He said "we're in trouble" if they relax against Patterson.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Sunday will be a QB matchup for the ages, no matter who starts for the Jets. If it's Sam Darnold, 21, the age gap between him and Tom Brady, 41, will be 19 years, 306 days — the largest QB gap since the 1970 merger. If it's Josh McCown, 39, it will be the second-oldest starting QB combo since the merger — 80 years, 258 days. The oldest: Vinny Testaverde (44) versus Brett Favre (38) in 2007 —a combined 82 years, 44 days old.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Shawn Hochuli has been assigned as referee for Sunday's Patriots-Jets game. Hochuli's crew is first for most penalties called per game, averaging 21.3.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Todd Bowles was not forthcoming when asked if he decided to make any lineup or scheme changes during the bye week. He said simply, "We just have to get better at everything we're doing, we really do — coaching and playing." Bowles insisted the team isn't demoralized, saying, "Morale is up. I mean, we lost a game. We lost it in a bad way, we understand that. You either fight or you fall. All we know how to do is fight. I trust the guys in the locker room and the coaching staff to fight." Players said that was Bowles' message to the team — fight or fall. In the end, it's Bowles who could take the fall.

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Darnold out of boot but not a go to face Brady

Sam Darnold, progressing from a foot injury, says the chance to play against Tom Brady on Sunday would be "really cool," but the Jets are being cautious about Darnold's playing time.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though he didn't practice Monday, Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot strain) seemed encouraged by his progress. Darnold said he has started jogging. "It feels good, it feels great," he said. "Nothing for me to complain about. No pain, either." Darnold said he wants to play Sunday against the Patriots, but he's following protocol. Coach Todd Bowles said little about Darnold's status, calling him "day-to-day, week-to-week." That narrows it down.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury report (early version): QB Sam Darnold (foot) is not participating in the first post-bye practice. The Jets won't rush him until he's healthy. During the open portion of practice, he watched and assisted Josh McCown and Davis Webb in drills. WR Robby Anderson (ankle), LG James Carpenter (undisclosed) and NT Steve McLendon (ankle) also didn't practice. C Spencer Long (finger), who sat out the last game, returned to practice. There is no official injury report today, and don't expect Todd Bowles to shed any light.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Get ready for months of Le'Veon Bell speculation. Yes, the Jets are expected to be in the Le'Veon Bell market in the offseason. They will have $100 million in cap room and they want to add an offensive playmaker. They expressed mild interest before the trading deadline, but now he'll be a free agent, assuming they don't slap him with a third franchise tag. The Steelers could use the transition tag, which would give them the first of first refusal.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Adams, who was critical of the 2017 Jets in a Bleacher Report story that posted in August, raised some of the same concerns today in his paid radio spot, WFAN's Carlin, Maggie & Bart Show. In BR story, he said last year's team was used to losing and that some players did the bare minimum. Asked if he has the same feeling about the current team, he replied: "Honestly, I could sit here and sugarcoat everything, but things have not changed. Obviously, we're still losing. I'm not saying we have guys like that in our locker room, but at the same time, it's not changing. It hasn't changed. We're still losing. At the end of the day, we're going to get it fixed. The sun will shine." Asked if the team quit against the Bills, he said, "That's something I can't answer."

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Source: Jets unlikely to fire Bowles during season

Jets coach Todd Bowles, under heavy scrutiny after an embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Bills, won't be a bye-week casualty. Ownership is expected to stick with Bowles through the end of the season.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets are expected to stick with coach Todd Bowles through the end of the season, from what I understand. There will be no bye-week firing. Ownership will evaluate everything at the end of the year. As stated last night, it would be out of character for the franchise to make an in-season change. The Jets haven't done it since 1975. One reason: They don't have a logical candidate on staff who could be the interim coach.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards192.1
Rushing Yards107.3
Points For20.83rd
Points Against25.4