Sam Darnold can’t get back on the field soon enough, but he might have to wait one more week. The rookie quarterback, whose strained right foot has gotten better with each passing day, was limited at practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans.
“I want to play really bad,” Darnold said this week. “But at the same time, I know that it is a process and I just have to go about protocol and understand exactly what I need to do to get better.”
Darnold started the Green & White’s first nine games, connecting on 55% of his throws for 1,934 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
“Every time Josh gets a chance to go in there play, I learn a ton from him,” Darnold said. “He's been doing it for a long time, so I understand sometimes things may seem a little fast to me when I'm in there. Then when Josh gets in there, it’s, you know, making quicker decisions.”
McCown has started the past two games for New York’s AFC representative, completing 54.4% of his throws for 411 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also has been sacked five times and had been limited at practice this week with thumb and back injuries. McCown was a full participant Friday and will be ready to lead the offense if called upon.
The 39-year-old passed for 276 yards against the Patriots while connecting with eight different targets. But the Jets totaled just 13 points and the Green & White haven’t exceeded 20 points in a game since their 42-34 triumph over the Colts in Week 6.
“I think it was encouraging from obviously the previous week to respond and to move the football the way we did,” McCown said. “But we have to put it in the end zone, we have to convert some of those third downs.”
With eight seconds remaining in the first half against the Patriots, Jets kicker Jason Myers made NFL history as he booted his fifth field goal of 55 yards or more through the uprights.
“To have that many long field goals in a season is pretty outstanding and to make them all is even better,” special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said of Myers. “I don't know if there is a kicker in this league that has a better percentage over 40 than this kid does. Those aren't gimme kicks. He has done an outstanding job of knocking those through when we needed them the most.”
The Marist product has converted on 92% of his field goals with his only misses being a 30-yarder in Week 5 and a 50-yarder in Week 9. Additionally, he’s made 95% of his extra points (one miss) and has a 78% touchback rate. Boyer said Myers has one of the strongest legs he’s ever seen, adding the fourth-year player has made 65-yard field goals in practice.
“He doesn't kick in a dome. He’s faced some windy conditions, 15-25 miles an hour winds, I think in three or four of the games. And he's kicked right through those conditions,” Boyer said of Myers, who joined the club on a waiver claim Aug. 21 after Sebastian Janikowski won the job with the Seahawks. “I think the guy has done an outstanding job. He’s exceeded all of our expectations, certainly mine.
“He’s a professional, does everything and deserves every accolade he can get. I think he has done a fantastic job and he's meant a hell of a lot to this team.”
Surgery Possible for Maye
It’s been a tough season for second-year safety Marcus Maye and it could be over soon. Maye, who has been limited to six games, was ruled out of Week 13 action after missing the New England game with shoulder and thumb ailments. Head coach Todd Bowles said the team will soon make a decision on whether to place Maye on injured reserve and surgery could be on the horizon. The versatile Darryl Roberts will take Maye’s place alongside Jamal Adams for a second consecutive outing.
“He just loves to play the game regardless of whether it’s corner or safety,” Bowles said of Roberts, who has recorded 33 tackles and four pass defenses this season. “He understands where he needs to be and where he has to be. We’re not going to try to overload him with some things, but he’s adjusted well to the things we’ve asked him to do.”
With LG James Carpenter on injured reserve, the Jets will most likely line up with Jonotthan Harrison at center and Spencer Long at left guard. But Bowles left the door open for both Dakota Dozier and Brent Qvale to make it a rotation at guard.