The New York Jets released their first unofficial depth chart on Monday night. Among the positional battles, it lists Jordan Jenkins and Lorenzo Mauldin at outside linebacker, Kellen Davis at tight end, Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and Ben Ijalana at right tackle.
Speaking to the media after Monday's practice, Bowles said it is still early in the preseason to determine who will make the 53-man roster entering the year and who will win some of the positional battles.
"Whether they are battling for starting spots or depth spots," Bowles said, "we have a lot of competition that we didn't have last year, so there are going to be some good football players that won't make this team."
Bowles also said:
- Wide receiver Eric Decker did not practice due to leg soreness, but he expects Decker to practice on Tuesday.
- He does not know if RB Khiry Robinson, who was activated off the active/physically-unable-to-play list on Monday, will play on Thursday.
- He believes QB Geno Smith has made "some strides," but will have an idea on how much progress he has made after Thursday's game.
- Jalin Marshall will see some reps at punt returner on Thursday. Jeremy Ross opened as the No. 1 punt returner on the unofficial depth chart and Marshall is No. 4 on the list, but both will see time in the preseason.
- He's liked what he's seen out of RB Bilal Powell. "He looks a lot quicker than he did last year," Bowles said. "He's always smart, he's always talking, he's steady. What you see is what you get all the time from him. ... He does a good job training. He keeps his mouth shut, he's very smart, he's very studious and he's very attentive."