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New York Jets: Week 6 should yield offensive reinforcements

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Tight end Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets makes a catch against free safety Malik Hooker #29 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Tight end Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets makes a catch against free safety Malik Hooker #29 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets won’t truly take off on offense until Week 6. Here’s why and how some offensive reinforcements could help the cause.

The New York Jets offense has been historically bad so far in 2019:

  • Total yards per game (32nd)
  • Points per game (32nd)
  • Yards per play (32nd)
  • 1st downs per game (32nd)
  • 3rd down efficiency (32nd)
  • Passing (32nd)
  • Rushing (28th)
  • Rush yards per attempt (29th)

Through three weeks of action, the Jets have scored a single touchdown. Luke Falk has led the team to a field goal, but he didn’t even start that drive, Trevor Siemian did. “Since then the Jets have gone 21 straight drives without points,” per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

It’s not going to get better in Week 5 vs the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

On Friday morning the team revealed that quarterback Sam Darnold would miss his third straight game with mono. This means the aforementioned Falk would receive his second career NFL start. The Jets also signed David Fales to be the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday.

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It’s hard to expect anything out of Falk or Adam Gase on the road. Adam has struggled with play calling and some of that is due to having a third-string quarterback under center. While no offense to Luke, but he’s just not NFL material.

Prior to the Darnold news breaking, the Jets were 13.5 point underdogs on the road vs Philadelphia. That has now expanded to 14.5 points since Friday morning.

If the squad loses as expected they’ll drop to 0-4 on the season with 12 games left in their season.

While that doesn’t sound great, at least you can only go up from here.

Starting in Week 6 at home vs the Dallas Cowboys the green and white will be getting some offensive reinforcements.

Tight end Chris Herndon will return from his four-game suspension which should be a major boost to this offense.

In his rookie campaign, Chris showed the potential to be one of the rising young stars at the position. Last season he played in all 16 games, starting 12 of them. Herndon finished with 39 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns. Perhaps his most impressive stat from last season is averaging 12.9 yards per reception.

According to head coach Adam Gase, that won’t be the only offensive boost this team receives. 

On Friday morning we learned that quarterback Sam Darnold would miss his third straight game due to mono. But according to Gase, “Darnold was close to playing, but he just wasn’t quite there.”

After Week 5, the New York Jets will return home to play the Dallas Cowboys. Gase is optimistic that Sam will be ready to make his return to the gridiron, but wouldn’t guarantee it.

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If the squad can get both Herndon and Darnold back, the offense should go from 0 to 60 faster than a 2019 Ferrari.

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