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New York City FC Acquires Midfielder Tony Rocha

New York City FC has acquired midfielder Tony Rocha from Orlando City SC in exchange for the Club’s fourth round draft pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.

Rocha joins NYCFC after spending the past three seasons with Orlando City SC making 23 appearances and tallying four assists for the Orlando City first-team between loan spells at Orlando City B in 2017 and Saint Louis FC in the USL last season.

The 25-year-old hails from Spring, Texas and got his start in professional soccer with the Austin Aztex after a standout NCAA career where he spent three seasons at University of Tulsa.

Rocha said with regards to joining NYCFC: “I’m excited to join an organization that has a winning culture and also for the opportunity to play in such a great city as New York. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

“I’m proud to be able to play in front of the NYCFC supporters and will give it my all every game for them.”

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said: “Tony is a player we’ve had our eye on for quite a while. He’s a really talented player who has had success in the USL and earned his opportunity in MLS. At only 25 years of age, he’s just now entering the prime of his career and we’re really excited to have him here in New York City.”

Head Coach Domènec Torrent said: “I really like Tony as a player and he’s proven to be extremely versatile during his time in Orlando. Playing both midfield and defense, we think he’ll fit our system quite well and provide us with quality depth across the pitch.”

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Shamorie Ponds Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

After helping the Red Storm extend its unbeaten streak to nine games to start the season, Shamorie Ponds has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

Ponds, who was named the conference’s player of the week on Nov. 26, has found a spot on the league’s weekly honor roll for the third time this season.  In total, Ponds has garnered recognition from the conference office four times in just five tries this year.

The junior guard from Brooklyn averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in two victories over Mount St. Mary’s and Princeton, helping St. John’s remain undefeated on the campaign.  On the week, he shot 56.0 percent from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

On Wednesday night against the Mountaineers, Ponds netted 11 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds.  The southpaw’s seven helpers matched a season-high and he surrendered just one turnover in 33 minutes of action.

Four days later in the team’s debut at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Ponds dominated the second half to help St. John’s pull away from Princeton.  The BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year scored 18 of his game-high 26 points in the latter stanza, helping the Johnnies turn a three-point halftime edge into an advantage that ballooned as high as 19 down the stretch.  On the game, Ponds shot 11-for-18 from the field and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe while also collecting five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Ponds, who ranks third in the league in scoring average with 21.6 points per game, currently leads the BIG EAST in both assists (4.9 apg) and steals (2.8 spg).

One of just nine unbeaten teams left standing in Division I, St. John’s is off to its best start since 1990-91.  A win on Sunday against Wagner would make this year’s Johnnies just the seventh in program history to start a campaign with at least 10-consecutive wins.

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Red Storm Remains Unbeaten with 89-74 Win over Princeton at MSG

Playing its first game of the year at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” the St. John’s men’s basketball team pulled away from Princeton, 89-74, on Sunday afternoon to remain unbeaten on the campaign.

St. John’s is now 9-0 for the first time since 1990-91 and just the third time since 1986-87.  A win in the Johnnies’ next game against Wagner would make the Red Storm 10-0 for the first time since tying a school record with 14-consecutive victories to start the 1982-83 campaign during Chris Mullin’s sophomore season.

Leading by six at the final media timeout, the Johnnies scored the game’s final nine points and held Princeton without a bucket for the closing 3:41.

Shamorie Ponds led the way for the Red Storm, scoring 26 of the team’s season-high 89 points.  The junior guard from Brooklyn also tallied five assists, five rebounds and four steals while shooting 11-for-18 from the floor.  18 of Ponds’ 26 points came in the second half.

Ponds (1,414) continued his ascent up the St. John’s all-time scoring list, passing Marcus Hatten (1,400) for 19th and pulling within five of Willie Glass (1,419) in 18th.

Five Johnnies finished in double figures for the second-straight game.  LJ Figueroa registered 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting in addition to pulling down eight boards.  Marvin Clark II added 13 points and eight boards while Mustapha Heron chipped in 12 and Justin Simon tallied 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

As a team, the Johnnies shot 55.7 percent from the field, the team’s second-highest conversion rate of the season.

Defensively, the Red Storm forced the Tigers (4-4) into 20 turnovers, marking the fourth time this season that the Johnnies’ opponent has coughed up 20 or more possessions.  St. John’s also outrebounded Princeton, 38-29, on the game.

The Red Storm struggled to halt the Tigers’ three-point attack in the early going, as Princeton made five of its first nine tries from distance and moved ahead by as many as four, 19-15, with just over seven minutes gone in the game.

Trailing by three, 22-19, with 11:30 to go in the half, St. John’s rattled off nine-straight and 15 of the game’s next 17 points, taking its first double-digit lead of the contest, 34-24, five minutes later. St. John’s managed to cool off the Tigers, forcing Princeton to miss eight of its nine shot attempts during that stretch.

The Tigers responded by outscoring St. John’s 14-4 over the next four and a half minutes, tying the game at 38 with just over two minutes remaining until the intermission.

The Red Storm regained its advantage late in the half thanks to an old-fashioned three-point play from Figueroa, as the hoop and the harm put the Johnnies ahead by three, 41-38, at the break.

Leading by just one, 49-48, after a Jaelin Llewellyn three-ball four minutes into the second half, the Johnnies created some separation once again.  The Red Storm outscored Princeton 15-2 over the next five minutes with seven of those points coming off the lethal left hand of Ponds.  The Johnnies built their lead as high as 19, 75-56, on a Ponds three-point play with 8:15 to go.

Princeton would not go quietly, making five-straight field goals and unleashing an 18-5 run to cut the St. John’s lead back to six, 80-74, at the game’s final media timeout.

From there, the Red Storm held Princeton without a bucket the rest of the way.  The Johnnies forced the Tigers into misses on each of their final six field goal attempts, effectively sealing the victory for St. John’s.

St. John’s will have the week off to focus on final exams before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 16, against Wagner at Carnesecca Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

POSTGAME QUOTES: St. John’s vs. Princeton

St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin, Shamorie Ponds and Marvin Clark II spoke with the media after Sunday’s win over Princeton, 89-74.

December 9, 2018

St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin…

 

On how ready the team is for BIG EAST competition:

“I think we’ve had a lot of improvement, which is exciting to me. I thought tonight we were really good offensively. That kid [Devin] Cannady is a heck of a player. He’s a heck of a shooter. Shamorie [Ponds] did a much of better job on him in the second half, but I’m excited about the improvements that we’re going to make. The good thing is, it’s not a lot of major things. It’s a lot of small details that we work on every day and we will continue to get better at. I think we’re doing a lot of good things and it’s exciting that there’s room for improvement.”

 

On the consistency of the team:

“I think when we put those stretches together, the ball was moving, we were making shots but it also started with a nice stop and a rebound, so I thought tonight we did a good job on the boards. When we get out, get stops, and share we’re pretty exciting. We’re working toward being more consistent, working toward, 20, 25, 30, 40 minutes. But we see the potential. … The players understand what the difference is and that’s why we practice and that’s why we rehearse and prepare. So I think that’s the exciting part for me is that we see what we can do. Doing it more consistently is our next step.”

 

On what part of the game can be more consistent:

“I think both sides we can. Tonight in the second half we did a much better job defending and being able to rebound. I thought tonight we got a little careless with the ball. We had 14 turnovers. We’re usually down to around eight or nine. In the first half, too, I thought we made some nice stops. We didn’t reward ourselves by being just a bit careless. When we put those together, we all see what we can do.”

 

On what the players have taught him that he’ll take with them in the future:

“From a basketball standpoint, we’ve been talking about fundamentals. … When you try and play the game at a highlight reel pace, that’s usually when you get beat so we’ve stressed fundamentals, skill development, unselfishness on offense and defense. Life experience, we all have our experiences. We try to share them with each other and learn from our mistakes. One thing I always try not to forget, I was once their age and what they go through, and I try to keep that fresh in my mind that not so much from a critical standpoint but from assistance and mentorship as opposed to just judging and try to do what’s best for them and trying to remember I was in their shoes and what it’s like.”

 

On Jim O’Connell (Oc):

“I’ve known him for a long time. Oc’s been a really good friend of mine. I’ve always admired his class, his humility, his dignity. I thought he did a great job covering basketball, but more importantly I appreciate his friendship and his class and dignity. I think in basketball there are guys you look up to. I think he’s a guy that you all probably looked up to and tried to emulate.”

 

St. John’s Guard Shamorie Ponds…

 

On the crowd at Madison Square Garden:

“Madison Square Garden is the most famous arena. With that being said, I feel like our fans are extra pumped and we just feed off their energy.”

 

On his strong offensive performance in the second half:

“Just setting my teammates up, but I also think I need to cut down on my turnovers. I think I had a little bit too many, but we just have to keep improving.”

 

On what needs to be done to be prepared for the BIG EAST:

“I’d say just stay together. I feel like with a 9-0 record we can’t get content. We can’t get comfortable. I feel like we have a lot to improve, so we just have to keep pushing.”

 

St. John’s Men’s Basketball Guard Marvin Clark II…

 

On not getting the start:

“I was happy for my teammates, cheering them on. That’s what a team is for. I trust in every one of my teammate’s capabilities.”

On his overall thoughts on the team performance:

“I thought we performed well in stretches. Like Coach (Mullin) said, we have a lot to improve on, but it’s nothing major. In my mind it’s all little things, just paying attention to minor details. Something so simple as realizing the game is not over. We got a little lax. Started trying to have too much fun on the break, even myself. I tried to push it and go behind the back. Luckily I dove on it and pushed it out, but just little things like that. I think once we figure out that once we get that lead, you start stepping on guys’ throats, that’s when we’ll reach our full potential.”

 

On what needs to be done to be prepared for the BIG EAST:

“We get about a week off. Get a chance to get our bodies right, get a chance to step away from the game just a little bit. I think we just have to keep working. I think just using this week more to prepare and gel a little more. Tonight we showed a little bit that we’ve been working together and playing together. We had a few nice possessions where we moved the ball where everybody touched it. We also had some nice possessions where we had some great scrambles. Everybody helped everybody on defense. So I would just say using that time to really prepare and really lock in and focus on the little things like Coach (Mullin) said and with that comes just being responsible and having humility and accepting whatever coach is telling us and going out there and practicing.”

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New York City FC Submit Protected List for MLS Expansion Draft

 New York City FC have today submitted their Protected List ahead of Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft.

The draft will take place on Tuesday, December 11 at 2pm ET and FC Cincinnati can make up to five picks to help build out the team’s roster for their inaugural 2019 season.

In addition to the 11 players listed as Protected below, Jonathan Lewis is exempt from selection as a current member of Generation adidas, while James Sands and Joe Scally cannot be taken due to their Homegrown status.

 

Protected

  1. Sean Johnson
  2. Anton Tinnerholm
  3. Maxime Chanot
  4. Alex Callens
  5. Ben Sweat
  6. Ronald Matarrita
  7. Alex Ring
  8. Maxi Moralez
  9. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
  10. Valentin Castellanos
  11. Jesus Medina

Automatically Protected

 

  1. James Sands (HG)
  2. Joe Scally (HG)
  3. Jonathan Lewis (GA)

Unprotected

  1. Brad Stuver
  2. Jeff Caldwell
  3. Andre Rawls
  4. Saad Abdul-Salaam
  5. Sebastien Ibeagha
  6. Cedric Hountondji
  7. Ebenezer Ofori
  8. Yangel Herrera
  9. Eloi Amagat
  10. Tommy McNamara
  11. Kwame Awuah
  12. Danny Bedoya
  13. Rodney Wallace
  14. David Villa
  15. Jo Inge Berget

2018 MLS Expansion Draft process:

  • Rounds: Five rounds as FC Cincinnati can select up to five players from the eligible pool; they can only claim a single player from any one club
  • Selection clock: Permitted three minutes for each selection
  • Timeouts: No timeouts implemented
  • Trades: No trades permitted during draft

Key parameters:

  • Allocation plans:
    • FC Cincinnati will receive an additional sum of allocation money as compensation for five exempt teams in the MLS Expansion Draft.
    • For a club that has a player claimed from their unprotected roster, that team will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money for the selection.
  • Protected/unprotected player-related rules:
  • The five teams who had players selected by the Los Angeles Football Club during the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft are exempt from the 2018 Expansion Draft: Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, the San Jose Earthquakes, Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC.
  • The other 18 returning MLS clubs that competed during the 2018 season can protect 11 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve Roster. If the player’s contract expires at the end of 2018, he will still be considered part of the club’s Senior Roster. If a club protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the player’s option. It may renegotiate a new budget number for the player as in previous years, subject to the CBA. Option Decline Free Agents and Out of Contracts Free Agents are part of the Expansion Draft and are not automatically protected.
  • Players on a club’s Supplemental Roster, other than Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2018 MLS Season or Homegrown Players, are eligible.
  • Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2018 MLS Season and Homegrown Players on a Club’s Supplemental/Reserve Roster at the end of the 2018 MLS Season are automatically protected. Clubs do not have to use a protected slot on them.
  • Designated Players are NOT automatically protected (i.e., clubs must choose whether to protect such players and if such player is not protected, he will be available for selection in the Expansion Draft).
  • If a player has a no-trade clause in his contract, his MLS club must protect him, and he will count as one of the 11 players who may be protected.
  • Retired player rules: If a player retires, he will not be a part of the Expansion Draft, but his club will lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.
  • International player rules: Clubs are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make available. Clubs may make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that if a club has three or fewer international players it may not make more than one international player available.
  • Selection of Free Agents: If a Free Agent is selected in the Expansion Draft, the expansion club that selected the player will gain his previous club’s ability to renegotiate a new contract consistent with the CBA before the beginning of Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft. If an Out of Contract Free Agent is selected in the Expansion Draft and subsequently signs with his 2018 club via Free Agency, he will be subject to the compensation limitation for Out of Contract Players signing with a new Club, as provided in the CBA.
  • If FC Cincinnati selects a Supplemental/Reserve Roster Player, it must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must remain on the Senior Roster as of Roster Compliance Date.
  • Maximum player loss: Once one player has been claimed from a club’s non-protected roster, that club is eliminated from the Expansion Draft and may not lose any further players.
  • Right to negotiate: FC Cincinnati will have the right to renegotiate a drafted player’s salary (either up or down) without having to place such player on waivers or giving his previous club a right of first refusal.

Background:

For the first time with the 2016 Expansion Draft, the league changed its system as Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United were granted only five selections each, and General Allocation Money awarded to them in lieu of lost picks.

As recently as 2014, the Expansion Draft allowed for 10 players to be selected by any participating expansion clubs; in the 1997 Expansion Draft, up to 12 selections were allowed.

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About New York City Football Club

New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer team based in New York City that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the Eastern Conference of the league. It was announced as the League’s 20th franchise on May 21, 2013 and is the first and only MLS Club located within the five boroughs of New York City. Majority owned by City Football Group (CFG), New York City FC plays its home games at Yankee Stadium, which is also home to minority owner, the New York Yankees.

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Mets Name Remaining 2019 Coaching Staff

 The New York Mets announced today its remaining major league coaching staff by naming Chili Davis, the team’s hitting coach, Chuck Hernandez, the bullpen coach and Luis Rojas to the newly-created role of quality control coach.

“We are very excited with what we believe to be a well-rounded coaching staff with experience, extensive knowledge and strong instruction and assistance abilities,” Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “Our players will benefit greatly throughout 2019.”

“Brodie and I spent a lot of time finding the right mix of coaches,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway added. “We’re especially glad to add an additional coach to the staff keeping pace with the industry standard.”

Davis, 58, has been a major league hitting coach since 2012 for three separate teams. He was Oakland’s hitting coach from 2012-2014, Boston’s hitting coach from 2015-2017 and was the Cubs hitting coach in 2018.

Under Davis, the Cubs offense led the NL with a .258 batting average and ranked second with a .333 OBP. In his three seasons with the Red Sox, Boston led the majors in runs scored (2,411), was tied for first in on-base percentage (.334), ranked second in batting average (.268) and third in OPS (.762).

Davis played 19 years in the majors from 1981-1999 where he hit 350 homers and drove in 1,372 runs. He was a three-time All-Star (1984, 1986, 1994) and won three World Series championships. He was originally selected in the 11th-round of the 1977 draft by the Giants and became the first Jamaican-born player to reach the majors.

Hernandez, 58, spent the previous two years as Atlanta’s pitching coach. He was the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator in 2016. Prior to joining the Braves, he was the pitching coach for Miami from 2013-2015 and was an assistant coach at the University of South Florida from 2011-2012.

Hernandez was the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2009 and from 2006-2008, he served as the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers. He worked as a coach in the Rays’ minor league system from 1997-2003 and was the major league pitching coach for Tampa Bay in 2004 and 2005. He spent 11 seasons (1986-1996) as a major and minor league coach with the California Angels. Hernandez joined the Angels major league staff in 1992 and was named the pitching coach in 1992 at age 31 where he remained through 1996.

Hernandez was selected in the first round of the 1979 draft by the Yankees out of Hillsborough Community College (FL) as a left-handed pitcher. He reached Double-A before beginning his coaching career in 1985 with the Gulf Coast League White Sox.

Rojas, 37, will be in uniform and will serve as a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on all issues including game preparation, strategy and analytics.

Rojas had managed Binghamton, the Mets Double-A affiliate, the last two years and has managed in the Mets minor league system since 2011, compiling a .537 (550-474) winning percentage. This will mark his 14thyear in the organization. He guided Savannah to the South Atlantic League championship in 2013 and was named the South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 2014. He led the Leones del Escogido to the Dominican Winter League title in 2015-2016.

Rojas played in the Orioles, Marlins and Expos/Nationals minor league systems from 1999-2005.

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BIG EAST and MSG Extend Relationship to 2028

The BIG EAST Conference and The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE: MSG) announced today an extension through 2028 of their agreement to hold the BIG EAST Tournament at The World’s Most Famous Arena. The agreement also ensures that the Tournament will be staged on its traditional dates at the close of college basketball’s regular season.

The BIG EAST and Madison Square Garden have been partners since the Tournament was first played at the iconic venue in 1983. The BIG EAST Tournament is the longest-running postseason championship at the same location in college basketball.

“Our new agreement with Madison Square Garden means that BIG EAST schools, players and supporters will have the privilege of playing our conference tournament at the ‘Mecca of College Basketball’ without interruption for another decade,” said BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman. “The BIG EAST Tournament at MSG has long been synonymous with tradition, rivalries and heart-stopping moments, and we are very grateful to Jim Dolan, Andy Lustgarten and Joel Fisher for their support of one of the most enduring alliances in the sports world.”

“Madison Square Garden and the BIG EAST Conference has been the best marriage in college basketball for 36 years,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Marquee Events. “The BIG EAST Tournament has been a pillar event at The Garden and has given generations of basketball fans unforgettable memories. We would like to thank the conference and member schools for their long-term commitment to Madison Square Garden and look forward to providing fans with exciting basketball for years to come.”

The 2019 BIG EAST Tournament will be played March 13-16. In 2018, the BIG EAST enjoyed its highest tournament attendance levels since the league reconfigured in 2013-14, with three of the five sessions selling out. The action on the floor typified BIG EAST Tournament play over the years, with Villanova defeating Providence 76-66 in overtime in the championship game in front of a boisterous sellout crowd. Three weeks later, Villanova went on to win its second NCAA national title in three years.

One of college basketball’s most prestigious events, the BIG EAST Tournament has been a staple of the New York City sports scene for decades. The BIG EAST and the Garden signed their first agreement to bring the Tournament to MSG on October 7, 1981. St. John’s won the first BIG EAST Tournament at MSG in 1983, with Chris Mullin, the Johnnies’ current head coach, named Most Valuable Player.

The move to Madison Square Garden helped accelerate the BIG EAST’s rapid ascent on the national scene, enabling the league to showcase highly-ranked teams with All-American players who now had the opportunity to play in the premier building in the nation’s largest media market.

The BIG EAST tradition of basketball competition at the highest level has continued with the conference’s current 10-school alignment. Since reconfiguration in 2013-14, BIG EAST schools have earned 28 NCAA Tournament bids, with more than half of the league on average qualifying for the Big Dance in each of the past five seasons. Two BIG EAST players, Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Villanova’s Jalen Brunson, were named consensus national players of the year in 2014 and 2018, respectively. Last year, Villanova and Xavier were awarded NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds, with four other squads receiving invitations.

For nearly 140-years, Madison Square Garden has been the epicenter of sports and entertainment and in New York City, hosting thousands of unforgettable events – from last year’s Grammy Awards, to Pope Francis’ celebrated mass, to NCAA basketball and wrestling tournaments – to go along with many incredible Big East Tournament moments over the past three-plus decades.

THE BIG EAST:

The BIG EAST Conference is an association of ten nationally prominent colleges and universities that foster healthy athletic competition, community service and the pursuit of excellence in academic environments. The athletic programs of BIG EAST institutions provide national-caliber participation opportunities for more than 3,500 student-athletes on over 180 men’s and women’s teams in 22 sports. Established in 1979 and headquartered in New York City, the BIG EAST’s members are located in seven of the country’s top 36 largest media markets and include Butler University, Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, St. John’s University, Seton Hall University, Villanova University and Xavier University. For more information, visit www.bigeast.com.

About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences.  The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston.  Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams –  the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, MSG’s NBA 2K League franchise.  In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival.   Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.  More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

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New York Jets Post Game Notes – NYJ 27, BUF 23

Fourth-Quarter Comeback: 

Early In the fourth quarter down 13-20, QB Sam Darnold connected with WR Robby Anderson on a seven-yard pass to tie the game at 20-20. The touchdown marks Anderson’s fourth touchdown of the season and the 12th touchdown for the rookie quarterback this year, his first since Week Eight after missing the last three games due to injury.

With 2:31 left in the game, Darnold led a 61-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by RB Elijah McGuire to take a 27-23 lead over BUF. The touchdown was the first of the year for McGuire after missing the first eight games due to injury. On the drive, Darnold completed 3-of-5 passes for 43 yards, including a 37-yard pass to WR Robby Anderson to put the Jets at the BUF five-yard line and set up the game-winning touchdown.

Fourth-Down Score: 

Trailing by three and facing fourth-and-goal from the BUF 1, the Jets opted against the game-tying field goal attempt and scored after RB Elijah McGuire found the end zone. The score marked the first game-winning touchdown for the Jets on fourth down in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter since 1998 when QB Vinny Testaverde ran one in from five yards out with 0:27 seconds remaining vs. SEA (12/06/98) for the 32-21 win.

Takeaways: 

In the first quarter, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis poked the ball loose from QB Josh Allen, marking the first forced fumble of his career.  The loose ball was then recovered by S Jamal Adams and returned five yards. The fumble recovery was the third of Adams’ career and his first this season.

Late in the second, CB Trumaine Johnson picked off QB Josh Allen, recording his third interception of the season. Johnson would then seal the game with his interception of Allen with 0:59 second remaining in the fourth quarter.

S Jamal Adams:

S Jamal Adams finished the game with 11 tackles, bringing his season total to 88 tackles (According to Radar360). Adams now ranks third in tackles among safeties in the NFL. He also added one sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hit in the contest. For the season, Adams has recorded 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, 12 passes defensed, one interception, eight tackles for loss and five quarterback hits.

DL Henry Anderson:  

With 0:04 seconds left in the first half, DL Henry Anderson prevented a score, blocking a Stephen Hauschka field goal. Anderson has now blocked kicks in consecutive weeks after blocking an extra point last week at TEN (12/2). The last time a Jet blocked a kick in consecutive games was in 1997, when S Corwin Brown blocked a punt at NE (09/14/97) and a field goal the next week against OAK (09/21/97).

WR Robby Anderson:  

WR Robby Anderson, who finished the game with a team-high four receptions for 76 yards provided key plays on a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives. On the Jets 11-play, 85-yard drive that opened the quarter, Anderson pulled in his team-leading fourth touchdown catch after he was found by a scrambling Sam Darnold for a seven-yard catch. On the game-winning drive, Anderson hauled in a 37-yard pass to set the team up with first and goal from the five.

RB Trenton Cannon:  

Following an 86-yard kickoff return by Andre Roberts, RB Trenton Cannon recorded his first professional touchdown on a four-yard run during the second quarter.

LB Neville Hewitt: 

LB Neville Hewitt made his first start since 2016. He entered the game as the Jets leading special teams tackler (11), but made a big impact on defense, recording seven tackles (second-most of the team), one half-sack and a quarterback hit in the contest.

CB Trumaine Johnson: 

CB Trumaine Johnson picked off QB Josh Allen twice in the win, recording his third and fourth interceptions on the season, his total now ranking second in the league among cornerbacks. The game was also only the second time in Johnson’s seven-year career that he has posted two interceptions in a game, the first time coming in Week 13 of 2014 when he intercepted Derek Carr and Matt Schaub in the win against OAK (11/30/14).

Johnson has now recorded 22 interceptions since entering the league in 2012, ranking him second among all active corners in the NFL, only behind CB Richard Sherman.

RB Elijah McGuire: 

RB Elijah McGuire gained 60 yards on a single-game career high 17 carries, the most of any running back in the game. McGuire recorded a 34-yard carry, the game’s longest run, shortly before the end of the third quarter on a drive that would ultimately tie the game at 20. For McGuire, the carry represented his longest this season and the second-longest of his career.

McGuire would later score from one-yard out with 0:59 second remaining in the game, helping the Jets to their 27-23 win. It was his first touchdown this season and the second of his career.

WR Andre Roberts: 

Late in the first, WR Andre Roberts fielded a kickoff and returned it 51 yards to the Buffalo 46-yard line. The return marks the fourth kickoff return of 40+ yards for Roberts this season, the most of any returner in the NFL.

In the second quarter, Roberts took back his next kickoff return 86 yards to set up the Jets offense inside the 20-yard line, leading to the Jets first touchdown of the day. The return marks the longest of the season for Roberts and the second-longest of his career.

Among return specialists in the NFL, Roberts’ eight returns of 40+ yards (three punt, five kickoff) this season leads the league, and no other player has more than three. Additionally, Roberts is third among active, qualified players in kick return average this season with 27.1 yards per return.

Series:   

  • BUF currently leads the series 61-55 (1-0 postseason).

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