By Reid McEvoy
Today, the New York Jets take on a team they were being compared to at the beginning of the season, the Cleveland Browns. The Jets have outgrown those comparisons, however, as the Jets are 2-2, while the Browns are 0-4. Opposed to last year, the Browns do show strong potential, and barring injuries, they most likely will not maintain their winless state.
With this matchup, a few Jets are taking on their former team in the Browns, quarterback Josh McCown, who signed with the Jets this offseason, and Demario Davis, who signed with the Browns two years ago and was traded back to the Jets.
Also in this game, the Jets will be showing a few new faces. Wide receiver Jalin Marshall returns from suspension. It’s hard to tell where he’ll land in the depth chart, but he should get some playing time, and he might fix the Jets’ problems at returner. Ed Stinson, defensive end, was signed to the team this week. He was a bench piece of the Cardinals from 2014-16, but this September he was released with an injury. He has since recovered, and is now a member of the Jets. The Jets also signed another couple linebackers, one being Obum Gwacham. He was a bench piece of the Saints in ‘15 and ’16. Then, this season, he was a member of the Cardinals practice squad, and the Jets claimed him. A returning face at linebacker, Freddie Bishop, was called up off the practice squad, and he will be playing in green for the first time since Week 1.
With these acquisitions, comes releases of sorts, and though they may upset fans, it’s a part of the business of football. Will Tye was released from the team this week. The former Giant was claimed by the Jets right before the season started, but he is now heading back to free agency. Neal Sterling, another tight end, was released off the Jets’ practice squad this week. And unfortunately, preseason star linebacker, Dylan Donahue, was placed on IR with an elbow injury. He sustained it on a hit on Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny. Donahue did get to go out on a bang though, as a penalty on the hit set up the Jets’ game-winning field goal.
So today, the Jets will hope to beat the Browns for the fifth consecutive time. If they do this, they will regain their spot at second in the AFC East, and pick up their first 3-game win streak since 2015, as well as their first road win this season.