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 (Stan Szeto)
(Stan Szeto)

After putting up 38 total yards in their season opener, the Jets' run game saw an increase in production in loss to the Raiders Sunday. 

Veteran RB Matt Forte was the leader of the running back committee after posting a dismal 16 yards on six carries against the Bills last week. He posted 53 yards on nine carries with his longest being a 16-yard gain.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: After a disappointing first game, the Jets had more success with their running game this week, as three backs combined for 95 yards on 21 carries.

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

Bilal Powell should be the Jets' starting running back over Matt Forte, SNY's Willie Colon said during The Jet Stream podcast on Tuesday.

"Matt Forte looked like he was tired at times," Colon said. "His wheels and his feet just weren't working for him. ... he dropped a couple of passes, he looked kind of out of it."

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Jets running backs, Bilal Powell and Matt Forte, struggled to pick up yards in the team's loss to the Bills on Sunday. 

The two veteran backs are supposed to be catalysts in the Jets' offensive production this season. Forte believes sharing the reps with Powell creates an advantage for the Jets. 

"It's a good offense for versatile type running backs," Forte told The Post's Brian Costello earlier in the week, "where me and Bilal can go out there and get the ball on third downs and run different routes, be split out on different downs and sets and create mismatches. I've been in offenses like that before with Mike Martz and different coaches in Chicago. It's fun to be in that type of offense because you can play many different sets and you can be in different positions on the field."

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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The Jets' season got off to an inauspicious start with a 21-12 loss in Buffalo. Questionable coaching decisions, poor communication in the defensive backfield, an overly conservative offensive gameplan, and inconsistent tackling all contributed to the loss. However, the Jets still kept the game competitive into the fourth quarter.

Let's break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

From the outset, it was clear the Jets were going to operate a low-risk, short passing game. Josh McCown operated this gameplan efficiently for three quarters. He led an 11-play, 75 yard drive to bring the Jets within two points late in the third quarter. But from that point on, he threw eight passes, three of which were intercepted -- although one doesn't officially count because it was on a two-point conversion attempt. McCown completed just three of those eight passes for eight yards...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Will Tye
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Bowles on his message to Jets 00:01:26
Todd Bowles talks about the challenge of opening the season on the road and what he told his team heading into Week 1 against the Bills.

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THE GAME

The Jets (0-0) at the Buffalo Bills (0-0) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should be a beautiful, fall-ish day with lots of sun, little wind and temperatures in the mid-60s.

WHAT IT MEANS

It's a battle for first place in the AFC East! No, really! … OK, these are two rebuilding -- or possibly "tanking" -- teams, neither of which are expected to win many games this season. If they're tanking, then a loss here gets them off to a good start. If they're not, then they ought to take the wins where they can find them because neither have a lot of winnable games on their schedule this year...

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (0-0) at the Buffalo Bills (0-0) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should be a beautiful, fall-ish day with lots of sun, little wind and temperatures in the mid-60s.

WHAT IT MEANS

It's a battle for first place in the AFC East! No, really! … OK, these are two rebuilding -- or possibly "tanking" -- teams, neither of which are expected to win many games this season. If they're tanking, then a loss here gets them off to a good start. If they're not, then they ought to take the wins where they can find them because neither have a lot of winnable games on their schedule this year...

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown pales the ball before being hit by Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Joe Walker during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown pales the ball before being hit by Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Joe Walker during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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A year after finishing with the sixth-worst record in the NFL, the Jets are expected to be among the league's worst teams in 2017. How bad are they supposed to be? Maybe not historically bad as some suggest, but they are still in a rebuild.

LAST YEAR

5-11, last place AFC East

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 (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Two weeks ago, Todd Bowles went bold, promising in a radio interview that the Jets are "not going to be a terrible team." He promised a tough, scrappy team that will be competitive and "win more games than everybody ever expected."

Considering the way the Jets have systematically torn down their roster since last year, that was some really tough talk from an embattled head coach. It was an unexpected, though probably welcomed, show of brashness. But it begged the question:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) makes a pass over Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Winston Craig (74) during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) makes a pass over Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Winston Craig (74) during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets' defense kept the Eagles from scoring on the final possession to secure a 16-10 win in the preseason finale on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

Josh McCown completed six of his eight passes, Spencer Paysinger led the Jets' defense with seven tackles, and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins had two catches and a touchdown in his final game before beginning a two-game suspension.

McCown, who threw for 57 yards, is "all good" after getting the wind knocked out of him, said head coach Todd Bowles. Bryce Petty did not play, but Christian Hackenberg completed just 10 of his 22 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. 

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Matt Forte
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Josh McCown (AP)
Josh McCown (AP)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Todd Bowles has already made the most important decision of the season for the Jets -- at least until he decides who his next quarterback will be. And at the moment, he's OK with going into the regular season with a starter who has thrown four passes all preseason long.

That's unconventional, to say the least. And who knows? Maybe Bowles will defy convention and risk playing McCown in the Jets' preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Whether he does or not, though, he's still got a bunch of other things he needs to figure out with this team before they head to Buffalo for opening day.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - At least one Jets quarterback had a great night. And he didn't even have to take a snap.

Because if this game was about Todd Bowles trying to figure out if Christian Hackenberg had any shot at all of being his Opening Day starter, the answer was loud and clear. Hackenberg was awful, at least against the first-team defense in what turned into a 32-31 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.

The offense was abysmal. In the second half, against the Giants' second- and third-team defense, Bryce Petty was impressive, but even before he suffered a knee injury late in the game, he probably wasn't a serious contender for the starting job.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Landon Collins, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jul 29, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) hands off the ball to New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) hands off the ball to New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets CB Morris Claiborne and LB Lorenzo Mauldin, both game-time decisions, are among seven players who will not play on Saturday night as the team takes on the Giants at MetLife Stadium, the team announced.

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dylan Donahue, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Jets S Jamal Adams has a sprained ankle, and will be day-to-day at training camp. 

Adams left practice Thursday due to the injury. He tweeted after practice saying, "I'm okay, God is good!" 

More from Bowles on Friday...

  • CB Morris Claiborne sat out to take a look at other players Friday. He did individual drills on the side, and wasn't hurt. 
  • RB Bilal Powell sat out after getting the wind knocked out of him. It wasn't due to a serious injury. 
  • The offense struggled in red zone drills as the defense came up on the winning side. Bowles isn't worried about that saying the two side "give and take" during the entire practice. 
  • DE Devon Still was signed and Bowles said his team needed "a guy who can compete right away" and that he has been in the league and knows how the system works. 
  • WR Bruce Ellington was claimed off waivers after being released from the 49ers. Bowles said he "can do a lot of things, has a lot of jobs, so we'll take a look at him."

 

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets new running backs coach, Stump Mitchell, believes RB Bilal Powell has Pro Bowl ability, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Mitchell has been impressed with Powell since joining the Jets this season, and he thinks if he didn't have to share time with another back, he has would attain Pro Bowl status. 

"Bilal is a Pro Bowl back if he was playing by himself, make no doubt about that," Mitchell said at minicamp.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets swear they are not listening to the noise outside of their locker room, where they are surrounded by a near-universal prediction of doom and gloom. Some are bracing for an historic disaster of a season. Some are embracing it, hoping that when the dark clouds disperse there's a rainbow leading to USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

But what if the Jets aren't just in a state of denial? What if they sense something different going on with their rebuilding team? What if their dysfunctional, ugly, 5-11 season last year was rock bottom, and now there really is nowhere to go but up?

Tags: Bilal Powell, Eric Decker, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte catches the ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte catches the ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- What makes Matt Forte so dangerous, he believes, is his two-way ability as a running back. He can be as dangerous catching passes out of the backfield as he is at running the ball.

So why did the New York Jets throw to him so infrequently last season? Forte doesn't know the answer to that either.

He just knows things are going to be different this year.

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RB Leonard Fournette highlights 00:02:11
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

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When Leonard Fournette, the star running back at LSU and a possible target for the Jets with the sixth pick of the draft, weighed a surprising 240 at the NFL scouting combine in early March, he blamed it on drinking way too much water.

Apparently, all that water weight is now gone.

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Players always talk about the non-financial intangibles when they enter free agency, about their desire to find the right situation and play for a winner. But the truth about free agency often is this: Money talks.

Still, the real top players in the market sometimes have choices to make when the money is close, and that's where things could get interesting for Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets. He's got the money to spend to begin the makeover his roster (approximately $37 million in cap space and maybe more to come). But if his top targets end up with multiple, lucrative options, does the Jets GM have the rest of the package to lure those players to New York?

It could be an interesting question right off the bat with a report already emerging that the Chicago Bears are ready to battle the Jets for free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon. Not that the Bears are in great shape -- they're coming off a 3-13 season and have missed the playoffs the last six seasons just like the Jets. Maybe Glennon, or any player, could make the argument that the Jets are the more attractive spot between the two.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dallas Cowboys, Geno Smith, Jason Pierre-Paul, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (AP)
(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1.) CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The ides of the Jets taking a cornerback sixth overall seemed logical even before Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor after a street fight in Pittsburgh 10 days ago. He probably wasn't coming back anyway, certainly not as a corner, but the incident amplified the need at his position. The combine next week will help solidify Lattimore's status as a Top 10 player. It even could push him out of the Jets' reach and into the Top 5. (Last week: 1)...

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 (William Hauser - USA Today)
(William Hauser - USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been 48 years and two weeks since the Jets shook up the world and changed the NFL with their victory in Super Bowl III, and they have since taken their fans on a long, depressing and at times torturous run. It's been so painful at times that it's easy to forget the Jets went to back-to-back AFC championship games just six years ago.

Of course, since then they've brought the pain: Six straight seasons without a playoff berth, only one season with a winning record, and it was all capped off by a miserable 5-11 season that felt worse since the Jets had so much optimism after going 10-6 in 2015.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler)

Jets RB Bilal Powell posted 122 rushing yards on 22 carries, adding three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown, in New York's 30-10 win over the Bills in the final game of the season Sunday.

Powell was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills due to a knee injury and an illness, but battled throughout the game and finished with six carries of 10-plus yards.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Jets released their injury report on Friday.

The following players are OUT for Sunday's game against the Bills:

  • RB Matt Forte (knee/shoulder) 
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring) 
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle) 
  • TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) 
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did not participate in Practice

  • WR Brandon Marshall (back) -
  • RB Matt Forte (knee/shoulder) -
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring) -
  • RB Brandon Wilds (hamstring) -
  • WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) - 
  • CB Nick Marshall (hamstring) -
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle) - 
  • TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) - 
  • RB Bilal Powell (illness) -

Limited participation in Practice

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Jets: Fact or Fiction? 00:03:57
The Jets Extra Point panel plays Fact or Fiction, examining the Jets' 2016 season and 2017 possibilities.

The Jets Extra Point panel plays Fact or Fiction on the Jets' 2016 successes and possible scenarios surrounding the team for the 2017 season...

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets-Patriots 00:01:40
SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets victory on Saturday against the New England Patriots.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The New York Jets (4-10) at the New England Patriots (12-2) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Rain and apparently lots of it, plus temperatures in the mid-40s. It could be worse -- a little colder and it would be a blizzard.

WHAT IT MEANS: Well, it's a big one for Bryce Petty, I guess. And for any Jets fans not interested in draft position, it would probably be a nice almost-ending to a miserable season to beat the Patriots. Other than that, I've got nothing.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

With starting running back Matt Forte active but serving as the team's backup because of a knee injury, RB Bilal Powell took advantage of his opportunity by running for 84 yards on 16 carries, while adding 11 receptions for 78 yards, against the Dolphins on Saturday night.

With Forte mostly riding the bench, Powell played in a three-down role and averaged 5.3 yards per rush along with 7.1 yards per catch.

The sixth-year back came two receiving yards short of leading New York in both rushing and receiving yards against Miami.

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Todd Bowles watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins. (AP)
Todd Bowles watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.-- There had been no indication that Jets coach Todd Bowles was in any danger of being fired, despite all the outside speculation about his job. As disappointing as this season has been, as bad as it's become, it seemed like owner Woody Johnson was determined to be more patient than his critics.

But you'd have to think that all bets are off now.

Because the last three weeks have been nothing but a disgrace for the Jets, and at this point - after the Jets' hideous 34-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night -- Johnson has to be embarrassed enough that he's ready to blow the whole thing up. Again. It doesn't make a lot of sense to fire a coach after just two seasons, especially when one of those was an overachieving 10-6. It's the worst possible way to operate a franchise, to make change after change to the organizational hierarchy.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Dolphins-Jets 00:01:51
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes that Jets must contain Jay Ajayi and pressure Matt Moore in order to beat Miami on Saturday night.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Miami Dolphins (8-5) at the Jets (4-9) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: The good news, I guess, is that there probably won't be many people showing up to endure this, so there'll be plenty of places for you to take cover inside the stadium. The bad news? The day will be an ugly mix of rain and snow and wind. Probably mostly rain on Saturday night as temperatures actually warm up into the low 40s. But the rain should be pretty steady. So … enjoy!

WHAT IT MEANS: For the Jets, it's nothing but a glimpse of the future. It's Start No. 2 for QB Bryce Petty, who got off to a rough start last week in San Francisco but ended up with decent numbers and an overtime win against a truly, truly awful team. The Dolphins are quite the step up in class.

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 (Kelley L Cox)
(Kelley L Cox)

Regardless of the result - and, yes, I know many of you wanted to keep losing for draft positioning -- what we all wanted to see over the remainder of the season were some encouraging signs for next year and beyond.

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 (Ben Margot/AP)
(Ben Margot/AP)

Jets RB Bilal Powell had 145 yards on 29 carries while scoring two touchdowns during Sunday's 23-17 overtime win over the 49ers in San Francisco.

He also had five receptions for 34 yards while reaching a career-high with 179 yards from scrimmage.

Powell carried the load on the ground mainly by himself, with Matt Forte (who injured his knee during the game) and Brandon Wilds combining for just five rushes.

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Bowles and Petty on OT win 00:01:58
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Bryce Petty discuss the Jets' 23-17 OT win against San Francisco.

Bilal Powell ran for 145 yards, including the game-ending 19-yard touchdown in overtime, to help Bryce Petty and the New York Jets rally from 14 points down to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in overtime on Sunday.

Petty threw an interception on his first pass of the game and the Jets (4-9) trailed 14-0 less than 5 minutes into the game. San Francisco (1-12) led 17-3 at halftime, but fell flat after that and lost a franchise-worst 12th straight game.

Powell took over from there and scored his second TD of the game on New York's first possession of overtime after Petty's scramble and 26-yard pass to Robby Anderson put the Jets in field goal range.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
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By the end of the game, Patriots fans had taken over the Meadowlands and no one was surprised. Most of the Jets fans sadly headed for the exits, having seen this ending before.

Of course the Jets had a chance to beat the Patriots, and of course it ended with the ball getting swatted out of Ryan Fitzpatrick's hands. And of course Tom Brady, given enough time -- or any time at all -- engineered a game-winning drive. That's the way it goes for teams who have franchise quarterbacks on their roster. That's the way it goes, far too often against the Jets.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is tackled by Los Angeles Rams safety T.J. McDonald and defensive tackle Aaron Donald at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is tackled by Los Angeles Rams safety T.J. McDonald and defensive tackle Aaron Donald at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets Bilal Powell has earned more snaps after his play has seemed to give the team a burst of energy, while Darrelle Revis' struggles covering teams' leading receivers continued. 

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

Jets RB Matt Forte rushed 20 times for 98 yards during Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Rams. He also caught two passes for 11 yards.

He had just 12 rushes (though he amassed 92 yards) last week against the Dolphins.

Meanwhile, RB Bilal Powell rushed four times for 37 yards and had seven receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

RB Matt Forté's workload was diminished during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Forté had 12 rushes for 92 (an average of 7.7 yards per carry) and one touchdown.

He had rushed 25 times against Cleveland last week and 30 times the week prior against Baltimore.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte
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In this week's BGA, Bent analyzes Week 9 performances by Todd Bowles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Brandon MarshallBen Ijalana, Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Jalin Marshall and the Wide Receivers, Leonard Willians, Julian Stanford and the Special Teams, among others, all which you can read here...

Tags: Antonio Allen, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Dakota Dozier, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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Vacc's 3 keys: Jets-Dolphins 00:03:07
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his 3 keys to a Jets' victory on Sunday vs. the Miami Dolphins.

THE GAME: The Jets (3-5) at the Miami Dolphins (3-4) at … well, it's at Hard Rock Stadium, which used to be Sun Life Stadium and Land Shark Stadium and Dolphin Stadium and Dolphins Stadium and Pro Player Stadium and Pro Player Park, but will always be known as Joe Robbie Stadium to me. In case you still care it's in Miami Gardens, Fla., and game time on Sunday is 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Believe it or not, the forecast calls for rain and wind -- or at least "occasional showers," lots of clouds and winds hovering between 10-20 miles per hour. The temperature is expected to be near 80.

WHAT IT MEANS: It's all about the Drive for 5-5. This is the second-to-last step towards evening out the Jets' record by the bye week and setting up an interesting Week 12 game against the New England Patriots. And as it will always be for the rest of the season, the Jets are one loss away from effectively ending their season and possibly giving them the freedom to turn to Bryce Petty at QB.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darron Lee, Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Jets RB Bilal Powell rushed six times for 76 yards and a touchdown during the Jets' 31-28 win over the Browns on Sunday.Powell's touchdown -- his first of the season -- came on a 35-yard run in the second quarter.He dealt with turf toe earlier this season and has rushed 30 times for 213 yards while playing all eight games.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

In a very Jet-like way, their 31-28 win in Cleveland Sunday helped them and hurt them, was encouraging and discouraging. It's great that they won to keep hope alive for 2016, but it seems clear at this point that 2017 should matter more. Meanwhile, a win is a win, but after an ugly first half and barely squeaking by the winless Browns, how much can this win really mean? The answer to that is still to be determined by at least what the Jets do over the next two weeks, and maybe even beyond that. All they care about at the moment is that they still have their dream of being 5-5 at the bye, and returning for a potentially important game against the Patriots in Week 12. Is that dream realistic? And the way they played on Sunday, does it really matter? Shouldn't they be looking towards next year already instead? All good questions, which hopefully will at least be partially answered in my five takeaways from the Jets' hideous-looking win over the 0-8 Browns:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Oct 2, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after a blocked pass in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

The Jets have released Friday's injury report:The following players will be out on Sunday against the BrownsLB Darron LeeLB Bruce Carter

Tags: Antonio Allen, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Devin Smith, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Jets have released Thursday's injury report:Did Not Participate in practiceTE Austin Seferian-JenkinsLB Darron LeeT Brent QvaleLB Bruce CarterS Antonio AllenRB Matt ForteDE Sheldon Richardson (non-injury)C Nick MangoldT Ryan CladyCB Buster Skrine

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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Should Jets deal Richardson? 00:01:58
Jon and Chris debate whether the Jets should trade defensive end Sheldon Richardson based on what happens during the rest of the season.

Is it time for the Jets to trade Sheldon Richardson? SNY.tv's Brian Bassett and Bent discuss...The Jets got their second win last Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens and might slip the surly bonds of two wins with a Week 8 matchup against the Browns. So with the potential of being 3-5 after eight weeks is it already time to start breaking up the dynasty? There's been some discussion this week about who the Jets most tradable player is, and ESPN's Rich Cimini suggested the name of Sheldon Richardson as a potential target for acquisition by other teams.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, David Harris, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he was concerned after 12 players missed Wednesday's practice ahead of Sunday's Week 8 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Buster Skrine, Nick Mangold, Sheldon Richardson
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