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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Jets 2015 Year In Review

One day following the cutdown to the 53-man roster, Mike Maccagnan isn't done shaking things up.
The second-year Jets general manager waived four more players on Sunday, including running back Khiry Robinson and cornerback Dexter McDougle. Safety Ronald Martin and running back Dominique Williams were the other two players added to the waiver wire.

If Robinson clears waivers, he can be placed on injured reserve as he continues to rehab a broken leg suffered last November as a member of the Saints. The Jets signed Robinson to a minor one-year deal in March to complement new signing Matt Forte and backup Bilal Powell. Robinson will be replaced on the roster by waiver pickup Troymaine Pope, who spent the preseason battling for a spot on the Seahawks.

McDougle's release signals Maccagnan's continuing dissociation with the John Idzik era. McDougle was the ninth member of the departed general manager's fated 2014 draft class to be jettisoned from the Meadowlands. McDougle follows new Titans tight end Jace Amaro, fan favorite Trevor Reilly and marked man IK Enemkpali out the door. Dee Milliner, the first-round selection from Idzik's 2013 draft class, was waived/injured from the active roster on Saturday and has yet to find a new suitor.

Maccagnan replaced Amaro and tight end Zach Sudfeld with two waiver-wire signings, Braedon Bowman and Brian Parker, and swapped McDougle for former Patriots cornerback Darryl Roberts.
This is a mistake exposing Robinson. I'd be very surprised if another team doesn't claim him. If the Jets carried a damaged Stevan Ridley last year, they should have let Robinson mend while on the roster. He looked good against the Eagles. Let's hope the Jets can claim him. He is a good one!
Leading up to the Jets opening game this Sunday (CBS 1pm) against the Bengals, I wanted to give those Jet fans an opportunity to review 2015 to get into the football mood.
Week #1
Jets beat Browns 31-10
In Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first game as a Jet he throws 2 touchdown passes. Brandon Marshall (6/62 yds.) and Eric Decker (2/37yds.) each catch one. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell combine to rush for 153 yards in a balanced attack on offense. On defense Calvin Pryor leads the Jets with 8 tackles. Muhammud Wilkerson and David Harris each get a sack. Marcus Williams gets his first INT of the season.

Week #2
Jets beat Colts 20-7
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and the Jets' defense forced five turnovers in a Monday night game to give New York a 20-7 victory at Indianapolis.
The Jets are 2-0 for the first time since 2011. Brandon Marshall (7/101 yds.) and Eric Decker (8/97 yds.) each catch a touchdown pass for the second week in a row.
Interceptions by Calvin Pryor, Darelle Revis and Marcus Gilchrist keep Andrew Luck from getting into any kind of rhythm the whole game.

Week #3
Eagles beat Jets 24-17
Darren Sproles returned a punt 89 yards for a score and added a 1-yard touchdown run, and the Philadelphia Eagles got their first win of the season by holding on to beat the New York Jets 24-17 on Sunday. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Kerley, but was intercepted three times. The last, by Walter Thurmond with 3:28 left, helped seal Philadelphia's victory.

Week #4
Jets beat Dolphins 27-14
Chris Ivory ran for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown, and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 218 and another score Sunday to lead the New York Jets over the Miami Dolphins 27-14 at Wembley Stadium. Ivory ran in from 3 yards on New York's first possession in the 12th regular-season NFL game played in London, but the first to feature division rivals.
Fitzpatrick finished with 16 of 29, including a 58-yard completion to Brandon Marshall on the team's first play from scrimmage.

Week #5-BYE

Week #6
Jets beat Redskins 34-20
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the New York Jets overcame a sloppy first half to beat the banged-up Washington Redskins 34-20 on Sunday.Chris Ivory ran for 146 yards and a TD on 20 carries for the Jets, who improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2010. Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 111 yards, and Eric Decker also caught a TD. The Jets, coming off a bye-week break, trailed 13-10 at halftime.

Week #7
Patriots beat Jets 30-23
Tom Brady overcame New England's shaky first three quarters by throwing for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, and the Patriots beat the New York Jets 30-23 on Sunday to remain unbeaten. Brady completed 13 of 16 passes for 135 yards in the final quarter to overcome a 20-16 lead and give New England a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East. He was 34 of 54 for 355 yards. The Jets kicked a field goal on first down and then recovered the onside kick with 15 seconds left. But a false-start penalty on Brandon Marshall ended the game after a short pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick left the Jets 37 yards from the tying score.

Week #8
Raiders beat Jets 34-20
Derek Carr threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns to help Oakland pick apart the New York Jets' vaunted defense in a 34-20 victory Sunday that announced the Raiders as a legitimate contender in the AFC. Ryan Fitzpatrick left with a left hand injury on the opening drive for the Jets (4-3), who have lost two straight games. Geno Smith coming in for the injured Fitzpatrick was 27-42 265 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT.

Week #9
Jets beat Jaguars 28-23
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes while playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb, Chris Ivory ran for two scores and the New York Jets took advantage of late mistakes by the Jacksonville Jaguars and hung on to win 28-23 on Sunday.
Brandon Marshall had a 20-yard TD catch after the Jets (5-3) recovered a muffed punt late in the fourth quarter, helping New York end a two-game skid in a messy performance by both sides. Blake Bortles threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns, including a 20-yard pass to Bryan Walters with 2:16 left to keep Jacksonville in it. But Marcus Williams came up with his second interception of the game on Jacksonville's next possession as the Jets sent the Jaguars (2-6) to their 13th straight road loss.

Week #10
Bills beat Jets 22-17
Rex Ryan's return to the Meadowlands was a successful one.
Buffalo's defense shut down Ryan's former team for much of Thursday night, and the Bills scored on offense and special teams in a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets.
Duke Williams returned a fumbled kickoff 19 yards for the go-ahead points, rookie Karlos Williams had a 26-yard touchdown catch and Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals.  Brandon Marshall (3/23 yds.) amd Eric Decker (6/85yds.) each had a touchdown reception. Chris Ivory added 99 yards rushing for the Jets. Buffalo (5-4) moved into the wild-card playoff picture, while the Jets (5-4) have lost three of their last four games.

Week #11
Texans beat Jets 24-17
DeAndre Hopkins had two touchdown catches and Alfred Blue caught a TD pass from receiver Cecil Shorts to help the Houston Texans to a 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. The Texans (5-5) have won three games in a row for the first time since 2012. And they did it with T.J. Yates, who threw for 229 yards in his first start since Jan. 15, 2012, in the playoffs for Houston as a rookie.The game was tied in the third quarter when the TD pass by Shorts made it 17-10. Yates and Hopkins linked up for a 20-yard score on the next possession. Ryan Fitzgerald, who played after having surgery on his non-throwing thumb on Nov. 13, got New York within 24-17 with a touchdown run with 4 1/2 minutes left, but was intercepted on the next two drives.

Week #12
Jets beat Dolphins 38-20
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdown passes, two to Brandon Marshall, and the New York Jets routed the Miami Dolphins 38-20 Sunday to gain some traction in the AFC wild-card race. Fitzpatrick also connected with Devin Smith, the rookie's first NFL touchdown, and Eric Decker in New York's fourth win in the last five meetings with Miami. The Jets (6-5) had lost four of their last five overall. Miami (4-7) now has dropped four of five and is 3-4 under interim coach Dan Campbell, who took over after Joe Philbin was fired following the Dolphins' lopsided loss to the Jets in London.
Fitzpatrick and Marshall were far too good for Miami as Fitzpatrick passed for 277 yards and Marshall had nine receptions for 131 yards. Chris Ivory clinched it with a 31-yard TD run on which he broke four tackles.

Week #13
Jets beat Giants 23-20
Randy Bullock kicked a 31-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to give the Jets a stunning 23-20 win Sunday that sent the reeling Giants to their third straight loss.
The Jets (7-5) didn't seal the win until Josh Brown missed a 48-yard field goal field goal with 6:33 left in the extra session, his first miss in 26 attempts this season. That left many questioning Giants coach Tom Coughlin's play calling.
Coughlin elected to go on a fourth-and-2 from the Jets 4 with his team ahead 20-10 with under nine minutes to play. The play failed. Ryan Fitzpatrick rallied the Jets from a 10-point deficit in the final 4:24 of regulation. Fitzpatrick hit Brandon Marshall for a 9-yard touchdown with 27 seconds remaining to tie it and went 36 for 50 for 390 yards.

Week #14
Jets beat Titans 30-8
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and New York's stingy defense stifled Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans' offense for most of the game as the Jets cruised to a 30-8 victory Sunday.Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Bilal Powell each caught TD passes for the Jets (8-5), who stayed on track in the AFC playoff race with their first three-game winning streak since 2011. Fitzpatrick, who has set a single-season career high with 25 touchdown throws, finished 21 of 36 for 263 yards. Chris Ivory ran for 101 yards on 22 carries, and Randy Bullock kicked three field goals. Muhammad Wilkerson had three sacks. The lone highlight for the lowly Titans (3-10) came in the third quarter when Antonio Andrews took a direct snap and connected with Mariota for a 41-yard touchdown - the rookie quarterback's first career reception.

Week #15
Jets beat Cowboys 19-16
Randy Bullock kicked a 40-yard field goal with 36 seconds left and the New York Jets kept the pressure on Pittsburgh and Kansas City in the AFC wild-card race with a 19-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. Ryan Fitzpatrick's 43-yard pass to Kenbrell Thompkins put the Jets (9-5) in position for a win that moved them a half-game ahead of the Steelers and Chiefs in the race for two playoff spots. Kellen Moore replaced an ineffective Matt Cassel at quarterback and gave the Cowboys (4-10) a spark, but it wasn't enough to keep the defending NFC East champions from being eliminated with two games remaining. Eric Decker caught a 3-yard scoring pass to set a franchise record with Brandon Marshall with 21 combined touchdowns receiving as the Jets won their fourth straight for the first time since 2010.

Week #16
Jets beat Patriots 26-20
Eric Decker's 6-yard touchdown catch on the first drive of overtime - after New England chose to kick off - lifted the Jets to a 26-20 victory Sunday that put New York in position to make the playoffs. A win next week at Buffalo gives the Jets a wild-card berth.
New England (12-3) won the OT coin toss and surprisingly elected to give the ball to the Jets (10-5). New York used a career-long 48-yard reception by Quincy Enunwa and a 20-yard pass to Brandon Marshall to move into scoring position. And then, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Decker on a fade behind Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler for New York's fifth straight victory. Marshall had two touchdown catches and also became the first NFL player with 100 receptions in six seasons. Fitzpatrick tied a franchise record with 29 TD throws this season.

Week #17
Bills beat Jets 22-17
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw interceptions on each of New York's final three drives and the Jets' playoff hopes were dashed with a 22-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The Jets (10-6) would have made the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a win, but the defeat combined with the Pittsburgh Steelers' 28-12 win at Cleveland ended those hopes. New York had a five-game winning streak stopped, and it came against former Jets coach Rex Ryan, who was fired by New York and hired by the Bills (8-8) last January. Fitzpatrick, who had thrown just one interception in the Jets' winning streak, was picked off by Leodis McKelvin in the end zone early in the fourth quarter with New York driving. The game was decided when Fitzpatrick's side-arm pass over the middle was intercepted by A.J. Tarpley with 11 seconds remaining.

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