NEW YORK — Former Franklin County and Ohio University star Tarell Basham begins his first full season with the NFL’s New Jets Sunday when the Jets entertain AFC East rival Buffalo in the 2019 season opener for both clubs.
Basham is an outside linebacker in the Jets’ new 3-4 defensive alignment, the favored scheme of new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
The Jets claimed Basham during the early portion of last year’s campaign after he was placed on waivers by the Indianapolis Colts, the team that selected him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft
Adam Gase, (23-25 career record), the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, begins his first year in charge of the Jets.
Gase is the fourth head coach that Basham has played for in his professional tenure.
Besides Buffalo, the Jets face reigning Super Bowl champion New England and Miami each twice in AFC East play.
Outside the division, the Jets play Cleveland (home), Philadelphia (away), Dallas (home), Jacksonville (away), the New York Giants (home), Washington (away), Oakland (home), Cincinnati (away), Baltimore (away) and Pittsburgh (home).
The Jets’ game against Washington is set for Sunday, November 17 at 1 p.m. at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
The Jets and the Giants share the same stadium, but the contest is considered a Jets home game.
The Jets finished 4-12 last year, 2-6 at home and 2-6 on the road. The Jets were 3-9 in the AFC and 2-6 in the East Division.