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Jets offensive line struggles left QB Josh McCown sore

The Jets converted a season-low 20 percent of their third-down plays (3-for-15).

Josh McCown of the Jets throws to a

Josh McCown of the Jets throws to a receiver while getting pressure from Kwon Alexander of the Buccaneers on Nov. 12, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Brian Blanco

Jets quarterback Josh McCown said it was fair to say he was sore after getting sacked six times and knocked down 14 times in the loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. When a quarterback gets hit that much, the offensive line is going to get scrutinized.

Todd Bowles was clear about the problems after watching the game film on Monday.

“We had a bust here and there and we missed a few blocks,” he said. “We didn’t play well as a group, we didn’t play well.”

With McCown under duress much of the afternoon it put the Jets in many third-and-long situations, which the offensive line couldn’t handle. The Jets converted a season-low 20 percent of their third-down plays (3-for-15), which Bowles attributed to penalties and some tackles for loss.

The offensive line also struggled to create run lanes for Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire; the Jets produced just 56 yards rushing on 19 carries for a 2.9 average.

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Minus WR Jeremy Kerley because of a suspension, Bowles utilized rookie wideouts Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart. Bowles said the rookies graded well. Hansen played 48 snaps because Stewart (10 snaps) was nursing a groin injury suffered late last week. Hansen had three catches for 33 yards and Stewart had no catches . . . Bowles said WR JoJo Natson returned both punts and kickoffs because of Stewart’s health.

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