Jets must figure out how to stop run

San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter stumbles

San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter stumbles into the endzone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a game against the Jets. (Oct. 2, 2012) (Credit: David Pokress)

Run stoppage

The Jets must figure out how to stop the run -- and fast. The defense constantly has stressed the importance of tackling, yet it failed to take down the Bills' C.J. Spiller (169 yards, 14 carries), the Dolphins' Reggie Bush (61 yards, 10 carries prior to a knee injury) and anyone on the 49ers. Combined, backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick and No. 2 running back Kendall Hunter gained 106 yards on 13 carries in Sunday's 34-0 blowout, in which the Jets allowed 245 rushing yards.

 

What does the signing of Lex Hilliard mean for John Conner?

The Jets' ground game needs work, so they went out and signed fullback Lex Hilliard. It remains to be seen what effect his presence will have on the run blocking, but his presence isn't a good sign for "The Terminator." Conner missed the Miami game in Week 3 with a knee injury, only to return for the 49ers game and injure his hamstring.

 

Will the Jets sign an experienced wide receiver?

The Jets waived Patrick Turner -- one of only a few healthy receivers on the roster -- Tuesday and re-signed rookie draft pick Jordan White to the practice squad. But it's slim pickings on the free-agent market. Former Patriots receiver Jabar Gaffney signed with the Dolphins, and a source told Newsday that the Jets have expressed zero interest in re-signing Plaxico Burress.

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