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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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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) 
Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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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

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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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...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa

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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Matt Forte, New England Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte
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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: BGA, Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darron Lee, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson
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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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Nick Folk, San Francisco 49ers
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(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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Going into this season, the Jets knew they had to just find a way to survive their brutal, six-game opening stretch to keep their hopes of a playoff berth alive.

They didn't. They're 1-5.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Jalin Marshall, James Carpenter, Matt Forte, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

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PITTSBURGH - It would be great if Brandon Marshall's happy-face outlook was believable. It would be swell if a 1-4 record really did put the Jets in the "perfect position." It would be tremendous if there was any sign that they were capable of going on a run and finishing this season incredibly strong.

The reality, though, is something much different, much darker. And there was only one really believable quote to come out of the Jets' latest loss.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Leonard Williams, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. (William Hauser)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Seattle Seahawks defeat the New York Jets 27-17. (William Hauser)

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At 1-3 the Jets are looking for answers on both offense and defense. While the Jets offense has shown signs of life, the loss of Eric Decker for the time-being and some of the struggles with the run-game has the Bent and I looking at the importance of Brandon Marshall in this offense. So Bent, are the Jets asking too much of Brandon Marshall?


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Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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The Jets are now officially in crisis, just as they have been for so many of the last 47 years. Their season has been a major disappointment, even to them. And they are one more bad game, or maybe two, away from watching the media and the fans turn their attention to 2017 instead.

It's not a complete shock that they got here, given how difficult the first six games of their schedule were expected to be. But the Jets expected to thrive in the face of the challenge. Their fans expected them to at least survive. Instead, they took a dive thanks to a suddenly mistake-prone quarterback, a Swiss cheese secondary, and a shocking disappearance of their pass rush.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Calvin Pryor, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Brandon Marshall told reporters he switched off Thursday night's Texans-Patriots game because it was "disgusting." If he relives the film from Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, he's probably going to end up throwing his TV set in the trash.

Let's get into our position-by-position review of what went wrong with the team's offense...

Quarterback: Fitzpatrick's double hat-trick sinks Jets


Tags: Ben Ijalana, BGA, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Charone Peake, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Kansas City Chiefs, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets have been relying heavily on 30-year-old RB Matt Forte over the first two games of the season, writes Rich Cimini for ESPN.

Forte has had 52 rushing attempts so far, putting him on pace for 416, which Cimini notes would be the new NFL single-season record.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said there would be some 'fluctuation' regarding Forte's usage.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Brian Bassett
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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - It really can't be understated how desperately the Jets needed to beat the Bills on Thursday night. A loss would've dropped them to 0-2 and cleared a path to 1-5 or 0-6. As brutal as their opening six games are, it's hard to see how they could have fared any better.

Now the whole tone has changed. The desperation is gone. They have confidence in an offense that is clicking and a belief that their stacked defense will eventually come around. Maybe they still will have trouble with their next four games -- at Kansas City, vs. Seattle, at Pittsburgh, at Arizona -- but at least for now they stopped their season from snowballing downhill.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Eric Decker, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

It was a nice debut from Matt Forte, who rushed for 96 yards and contributed a team-leading 59 yards as a receiver on Sunday. Despite sitting out most of the preseason, Forte looked sharp with good burst and tackle-breaking.

Forte even made contributions as a blocker, staying in to pick up the blitz a few times and leading the way for Quincy Enunwa as the Jets opened the game with a jet sweep. However, on a similar play later on, he missed a cut block. He also missed a cut block in pass-protection.

There was one play where Forte plunged straight ahead for a gain of four, when it looked like he might have open field ahead of him if he had cut to the right. Maybe it was a smart decision to take the yardage that was available instead of risking being bottled up for a loss. It will be interesting to look out for more situations like this as the season progresses to try and get a handle on what Forte would usually do in such situations and whether he still has enough pep in his step to break into the open field.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15), wide receiver Eric Decker (87), and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) celebrates with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15), wide receiver Eric Decker (87), and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

It's hard to believe that a team quarterbacked by Ryan Fitzpatrick was filled with fantasy forces last season, but there they were, all over the Jets' roster. Brandon Marshall was right there was the most prolific receivers in the league and Eric Decker was right behind him. Even Chris Ivory put up good enough numbers to be a solid backup running back option.

And then there was Fitzpatrick, with a career year, putting up numbers that had him only a notch below the best quarterbacks in the league. It was an uncharacteristic and franchise-record-setting explosion.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Matt Forte, Nick Folk, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Somewhere along the line the bitter sting of missing the playoffs last season turned into hope for the future. It happened right around the time Ryan Fitzpatrick finally re-signed and the Jets looked around and saw most of the same pieces they had last year.

That was especially true on offense, where most of the key players return and veteran running back Matt Forte is added to the mix. Yes, it took a career year from Fitzpatrick to propel the Jets to 10-6 last season. But he doesn't see the Jets' record-setting offensive season as an anomaly. He believes "we've got some stuff we can build on from last year."

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, and Todd Bowles discuss the Jets' performance in their 22-18 preseason loss to the Redskins.

Top running back Matt Jones left with a sprained shoulder and receiver Rashad Ross made his best case for a roster spot and the Washington Redskins came back to beat the New York Jets 22-18 Friday night in the second preseason game for each team.

While the Redskins rested several key starters, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, receiver DeSean Jackson and cornerback Josh Norman, Jones suffered an AC sprain in his left shoulder when he was pushed out of bounds and landed awkwardly in the first quarter.

Jones looked good at the time he left, running for 31 yards on seven carries after rushing for only a yard last week in the opener at Atlanta.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Darrelle Revis, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Brian Bassett is joined by Kristian Dyer from Metro NY to talk New York Jets training camp, including the latest on Matt Forte, Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Breno Giacomini, Jace Amaro … and of course, the many quarterbacks.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Breno Giacomini, Jace Amaro, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) takes a snap during drills at training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) takes a snap during drills at training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta)

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- The Jets' first-teamers got off to a good start last week, but the real work begins Friday in Washington when you can expect their starters to see extended action in their second preseason game against the Redskins. It'll give Ryan Fitzpatrick a little more time to get into rhythm with his receivers as they likely play close - or at least closer - to full half.

They're still missing a big piece of that offense, though. Running back Matt Forte, one of their bigger offseason acquisitions, remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and there is no indication when he'll be able to return to a full practice. Barring a surprise at practice on Wednesday, it's a lock he'll miss the game on Friday, too.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darron Lee, Geno Smith, Jordan Jenkins, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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."
Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Jordan Jenkins, Kellen Davis, Khiry Robinson, Khiry Shelton, Lorenzo Mauldin, Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Over the course of the offseason, I've been looking at some of the veterans on the Jets roster in an effort to investigate their potential contributions for the upcoming season. We close today with our final instalment, which is going to look at the potential contributions from running backs in the passing game.

We'll be taking a look at last year's receiving numbers for Matt Forte and Bilal Powell and how those compare with some of the most productive pass catching backs in the league. Then we'll consider what could happen to those numbers now that both players are on the same team. We'll also consider some alternative options and other factors.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Khiry Robinson, Matt Forte
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs the ball past New York Giants corner back Trumaine McBride during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs the ball past New York Giants corner back Trumaine McBride during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets will re-sign RB Bilal Powell, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN (March 10).

Powell's contract is a three-year deal worth $11.25 million with $6 million guaranteed, according to Over The Cap. Powell will receive a $2.65 million signing bonus, while his base salary for 2016 will be $850,000 and $3.75 million in 2017. His cap hit for 2016 will be $1.73 million.

The Jets, who just agreed to a three-year deal with RB Matt Forte, had recently lost RB Chris Ivory to the Jaguars.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory
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Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen warms up before the game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen warms up before the game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

With Day 1 of NFL free agency in the books, here are some quick thoughts about how the "legal tampering period" has gone so far and what some of it might mean for the Jets.

No country for ol' Wilkersons

Much of what the Jets do (or don't) in free agency will come down to what happens with Muhammad Wilkerson and how soon that takes place. Since the team has to allocate $15 million in cap space to his non-exclusive tagging, that's money the team can't spend elsewhere. The Giants, Bucs, Jaguars, Dolphins and Cowboys are said to be free agent players for defensive line talent, but their attention seems to be focused on Adrian Clayborn (ATL), Charles Johnson (CAR) and Mario Williams (BUF), who are all now free agents. So far, it seems teams are more interested in kicking the tires on those three arbitrage Wilkerson talents since they won't cost their team any draft picks to sign unlike Wilkerson. My money is squarely on Wilkerson remaining in New York when the initial free agency dust settles. Worst-case scenario? The Jets squeeze one final season on a team-controlled contract out of one of the best defensive talents in the NFL.

… or maybe not

A report surfaced Monday night that the Jets might have interest in Los Angeles Rams free agent Nick Fairley. Fairley is a capable player, but might only be a two-down DT in the Jets system. Bent and I consider Fairley a degraded analog for Wilkerson that than one for Damon Harrison, which makes Fairley a Wilkerson roster backfill in the case of a vacancy. So the Jets' interest in Fairley might be an innocent check-in, or it might be an indicator of bigger moving pieces.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Damon Harrison, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Zac Stacy, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

NFL free agency begins next week. Will the Jets release more players in an effort clear some more room? Will they be as active as they were a year ago? Who needs to get restructured contracts? What will happen with Ryan Fitzpatrick? As we already looked at highly unlikely outcomes and uncertain outcomes, we now look at some highly likely outcomes that the Jets face.

Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick

It is no secret the Jets and Fitzpatrick will get a deal done. The only thing left undetermined is the structure of the deal. Dom Cosentino suggests that the Eagles deal with Sam Bradford might be a template for Fitzpatrick.

I'd look for something aligned with Nick Foles' August 2015 contract with the Rams. Expect the Jets to create a deal which pays Fitzpatrick close to $12 million in 2016 and might guarantee as much as $15 million, but which includes an opt-out clause for Fitzpatrick if he hits certain playing incentives, likely close to what he accomplished in 2015.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Bilal Powell, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott wears a special cleat to make a statement about domestic violence runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)
Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott wears a special cleat to make a statement about domestic violence runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports Images)

How could the Combine impact the Jets 2016 NFL Draft?

In 2015, Jets running backs Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell both had productive seasons even though they might have left fans wanting a little more. Both Ivory and Powell are role players (not "foundation" backs) in their late 20s headed for free agency. With cap crunches elsewhere, the Jets might not be able to spend much at running back in free agency, which is why the Jets should look to solutions through the NFL Draft. Since the Combine is taking place this weekend, here are some thoughts about the process and the names we should start tuning into over the next two months.

Running Backs burn up the track in Indy

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Brian Bassett
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Tennessee Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Jamari Lattimore and linebacker Demario Davis and safety Marcus Gilchrist during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Tennessee Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw is tackled by New York Jets linebacker Jamari Lattimore and linebacker Demario Davis and safety Marcus Gilchrist during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff listed the Jets' positional needs as free agency and the NFL Draft near.

While Westhoff listed tight end, offensive line and possibly a running back (depending on what happens in free agency), he said the Jets' biggest need is to get another edge rusher.

"I would give anything to get an edge rusher," Westhoff told SNY.tv's Jeane Coakley. "All you have to do is watch the Denver Broncos. If any kind of edge rusher is there [at No. 20], that would be my first priority."

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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