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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:03:08
The Football Night in New York crew break down the Jets ugly 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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Bowles and McCown on 23-0 loss 00:02:13
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.

"It just sucks," an emotional McCown, who was brought to tears at the podium, said after the game.

McCown left the game late in the third quarter with the Jets trailing 20-0. He previously left the game in the first half after scrambling for a first down, but returned two plays later.

He walked off the field and underwent X-rays during the game. It is unclear if the injury will end McCown's season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCown will undergo further tests, Bowles said.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

RB Matt Forte, G Brian Winters, and WR Robby Anderson are all active for the Jets on Sunday in their road matchup against the Denver Broncos. 

Anderson was questionable after being limited in practice due to a hamstring injury, while Forte has been hampered by a knee injury. Winters has dealt with an abdomen issue.

QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, OLB Freddie Bishop, LB Bruce Carter, OLB Ben Ijalana, and OL Jonotthan Harrison are inactive for the Jets.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Christian Hackenberg, Derrick Jones, Jeremy Clark, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) at Sports Authority field at Mile high in Denver, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER:

December in Denver is always a little nicer than I think it's going to be. Temperatures on Sunday should be slightly over 60 with light winds and sunny skies.

WHAT IT MEANS

It means everything to the Jets. They are two games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the last wild-card spot in the AFC with only four games to play, so they can't afford any slip-ups. They also have to hope for some help because just to get to the Ravens, they have to jump over the Chargers, Bills and Raiders, who are all one game ahead of the Jets. It's not going to be easy. It's probably impossible. But the Jets have no shot if they don't win all four of their remaining games.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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The future will have to wait. Again.

Despite another dispiriting loss, and with the playoffs just about out of reach, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has again resisted making a quarterback change. Rather than turn to 26-year-old backup Bryce Petty or 22-year-old Christian Hackenberg, Bowles said he is again sticking with his regular starter: 38-year-old Josh McCown.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. (Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets are not going to make the playoffs, even if they're not ready to accept that. Their denial is understandable, though. The math says they're still in it. They're only two games back with five to go.

But they're also trending in the wrong direction - badly - having lost five of their last six games. They are 4-7, which currently seeds them 12th in the AFC. They'd have to win out and get help from the six teams in front of them. They're not good enough or lucky enough for all that...

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Christian Hackenberg, Demario Davis, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Wesley Johnson
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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a time this summer when it seemed that the only quarterback decision Jets GM Mike Maccagnan would have to make next spring was "Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen?" The Jets were going to stink. They were going to have one of the top two picks in the draft. One of those quarterback prospects would belong to them.

Three months and four wins later, the name of the future Jets quarterback is a little hazier. Darnold and Rosen remain in play, but it may take some maneuvering for the Jets to land them. They have options on the roster and can be players in free agency, too.

So it's a wide-open competition to see who'll be the Jets starting quarterback on Opening Day of the 2018 season. Here's a look at some of the choices they're likely to have...

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a time this summer when it seemed that the only quarterback decision Jets GM Mike Maccagnan would have to make next spring was "Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen?" The Jets were going to stink. They were going to have one of the top two picks in the draft. One of those quarterback prospects would belong to them.

Three months and four wins later, the name of the future Jets quarterback is a little hazier. Darnold and Rosen remain in play, but it may take some maneuvering for the Jets to land them. They have options on the roster and can be players in free agency, too.

So it's a wide-open competition to see who'll be the Jets starting quarterback on Opening Day of the 2018 season. Here's a look at some of the choices they're likely to have...

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles recently said he won't be switching quarterbacks anytime soon, and current starter Josh McCown agrees with him. 

Despite losing four of their last five games, the Jets are still in the thick of the AFC playoff race as they sit just one game back of the final Wild Card spot. McCown has been leading the Jets' offense all season, and with playoff implications still relevant, he doesn't see a reason to change now. 

"I guess we're both kind of on the same page with that," McCown told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There wasn't a scenario where I saw it either. I think it's good to hear it, but we were already on the same page. So I don't know if that was necessarily a new thing." 

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (11) bobbles the ball as he was about to be hit by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee (11) bobbles the ball as he was about to be hit by New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) during overtime at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-5) take on the Buccaneers (2-6) on Sunday in Tampa, Florida, at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets will practice today at Florham Park where they will provide the final injury report for Sunday's game. So far, nobody has been ruled out for Sunday, but Matt Forté's status is up in the air.

Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano…

Tags: Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

RB Matt Forte (knee), C Jonotthan Harrison (hand), DT Ed Stinson (neck), and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, foot) all missed practice on Thursday.

"I don't know if it is serious or not serious," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, "but anytime someone doesn't practice, it's serious for me."

Forte rushed for a season-high 77 yards and two touchdowns in last Thursday's 34-21 win over the Bills.

Tags: Brian Winters, Christian Hackenberg, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Jets to take on Fitzpatrick 00:02:48
The Jets prepare for their matchup with the Buccaneers, where former Jet Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start at quarterback for Tampa Bay.

The Jets (4-5) take on the Buccaneers (2-6) on Sunday in Tampa, Florida, at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets will practice today at Florham Park. Will any of the five players who missed practice on Wednesday be able to suit up today?

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice later this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

Tags: Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson
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What is the state of the Jets? 00:04:44
The Daily News Live panel reacts to Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan addressing the media and breaks down the state of the Jets.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The assumption has always been that the Jets will take a look at Christian Hackenberg in an actual game at some point this season. But it's starting to look like that assumption is wrong.

Mike Maccagnan, the Jets GM, insisted on Wednesday that there's no "prerequisite" that he has to see Hackenberg in a game before they decide whether to draft another quarterback in the 2018 draft. And a team source told SNY that there are obviously no current plans to make a quarterback switch while the Jets are in playoff contention - and that even if the Jets drop out of the race at some point it's likely that Hackenberg won't play this season at all.

A lot can change over the final seven games, of course, but the general point remains that the Jets are apparently comfortable making an evaluation of Hackenberg's potential to be their Quarterback of the Future even without ever seeing him in a game.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

RB Matt Forte (knee) and DL Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder/foot) were two of of the five Jets who did not take part in Wednesday's practice. DB Morris Claiborne (foot), DL Ed Stinson (neck) and OL Brian Winters (abdomen) were also absent.

Forte rushed for a season-high 77 yards and two touchdowns in last Thursday's 34-21 win over the Bills.

QB Christian Hackenberg (finger) and RB Lawrence Thomas (concussion) practiced on a limited basis.

Tags: Brian Winters, Christian Hackenberg, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive:Josh McCown is 38 years old and was brought in to be a one-year bridge to whoever becomes the Jets quarterback of the future.

But Mike Maccagnan wouldn't rule out McCown returning as the Jets starter in 2018 at the age of 39.

What once seemed like a ridiculous notion can no longer be easily dismissed -- and it wasn't by the Jets GM in his annual midseason interview with the media. Maccagnan wouldn't commit to anything with any of the quarterbacks on his roster, but he had high praise for McCown as a player and as a person. And he definitely left the door open for a return next year.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Buffalo Bills, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Chad Hansen, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee (Ron Schwane/AP)

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THE GAME

The Buffalo Bills (5-2) at the Jets (3-5) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It feels like fall has finally arrived, but it actually shouldn't be too terrible for this game. The kickoff temperature should be in the low 60s with minimal winds in the forecast. If you sat through Sunday's slop -- And really, if you did: Why? -- this will feel like a Hawaiian vacation...

Tags: Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Darron Lee, Josh McCown, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a pass in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The idea that the Jets would've been in a playoff race was comical back in August. They may have thought they were going to be better than anyone expected, but that's because so many people expected them to finish 0-16.

The truth is, the Jets have squeezed more out of their depleted roster than anyone could have imagined. They've been competitive all season. They were over .500 at one point. Even a 3-5 mark at the halfway point even exceeds expectations.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) defends Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones (11) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) defends Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones (11) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets tried to see the positives through the misery of another game they let slip right out of their hands. They tried to focus on how close they're coming, how that proves they can be a dangerous team, if only they can put everything together before time runs out.

But they know where they are in the schedule. They know they begin the second half of their season against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Chandler Catanzaro, Christian Hackenberg, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is pursued by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is pursued by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Muhammad Wilkerson will play in the Jets' Week 8 game against the Falcons after missing practice throughout the week, but the team will be without CB Buster Skrine.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Derrick Jones, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson intercepts a pass in front of Miami Dolphins offensive guard Anthony Steen during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson intercepts a pass in front of Miami Dolphins offensive guard Anthony Steen during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Jets (3-4) vs. the Atlanta Falcons (3-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

In a word? Ick. It will rain and it will rain hard (you know, assuming the forecasts are correct) and the wind will be 15-25 mph with stronger gusts. The temperatures will be in the mid-60s, which seems comfortable if you overlook the windy and wet part.

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Buster Skrine, Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson's is active for the Jets' Week 7 game against the Dolphins despite a lingering toe and shoulder injury that has put his status in jeopardy early this season.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Derrick Jones, Jordan Leggett, Muhammad Wilkerson
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson will play in the Jets' Week 6 matchup with the Patriots, but RB Bilal Powell is among seven players who are inactive.

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New York Jets outside linebacker Kony Ealy (94) makes hand signal to the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Kony Ealy (94) makes hand signal to the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 3rd quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets' defense will be missing several players due to injury in the team's Week five matchup against the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland.

OLB Josh Martin is out with an ankle injury, DE Kony Ealy is out with a shoulder injury, and two Jets' cornerbacks, Darryl Roberts (hamstring) and Justin Burris (foot), will also be out. Marcus Williams and Derrick Jones will be replacing them this week, according to NJ Advance Media.

RB Matt Forte (toe) and LB Josh Martin (ankle) wil also be out for the Jets. Christian Hackenberg and LB Obum Gwacham are healthy scratches.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) and New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) during pre game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) and New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) during pre game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg has never taken a snap during the regular season with the Jets, but he is confident he could succeed under center in New York. 

The second-year quarterback out of Penn State told NJ.com that he believes he would be ready to go if given the opportunity this season. So far, all of the snaps at the position have been given to veteran Josh McCown

"I know I can play," Hackenberg said. "I was drafted where I was for a reason. I've been able to do the things I've done for a reason. I know there's talent inside me."

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Can Jets rally home crowd? 00:03:12
Jets Pre Game Live breaks down what role emotions will play in the Jets' home opener against Miami.

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THE GAME

The Miami Dolphins (1-0) at the Jets (0-2) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Miami Dolphins, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)
Sep 17, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (10) catches the ball for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback David Amerson (29). (Stan Szeto)

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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the best part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.

However, we're going to break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball first...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Chad Hansen, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Dakota Dozier, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Will Tye
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

Bryce Petty will be the New York Jets' No. 2 quarterback for the near future, head coach Todd Bowles said after Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

Bowles did not initially name a backup quarterback to Josh McCown. Although Petty was listed second on the depth chart prior to the season, he was inactive for New York's Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills due to a sprained MCL.

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets' 2016 second-round pick, was listed as inactive for Sunday's game.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

Bryce Petty will be the New York Jets' No. 2 quarterback for the near future, head coach Todd Bowles said after Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

Bowles did not initially name a backup quarterback to Josh McCown. Although Petty was listed second on the depth chart prior to the season, he was inactive for New York's Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills due to a sprained MCL.

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets' 2016 second-round pick, was listed as inactive for Sunday's game.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Seven Jets players are listed as inactive for the team's Week 2 matchup against the Raiders.

QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, S Rontez Miles, LB Bruce Carter, OL Jonotthan Harrison, TE Eric Tomlinson, TE Jordan Leggett will not suit up on Sunday, according to the team.

QB Bryce Petty, who missed last week's game, is active and will be the backup behind QB Josh McCown. WR Jeremy Kerley and TE Neal Sterling will also return after missing last week's game.

Dakota Dozier is slated to back up C Wes Johnson in the absence of Harrison, who suffered a concussion during practice this week.

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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

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Jamal Adams, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets need a future QB! 00:01:13
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR wonders if the future quarterback of the Jets is currently playing on Saturdays.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is not yet ready to name a backup quarterback, he told reporters on Wednesday.

The Jets begin the season on Sunday against the Bills in Buffalo at 1 p.m.

Bryce Petty was listed as the backup to Josh McCown, with Christian Hackenberg the third-string quarterback, on the unofficial depth chart released by the Jets on Tuesday.

Bowles announced recently that McCown, who signed a one-year deal during the offseason, would be the starter.

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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. 

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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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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets weren't delusional when they used a second-round pick on Christian Hackenberg in 2016. They knew he was a bit of a project. They knew his development would take time.

"As a young quarterback in the National Football League I don't think you just sign a contract and automatically become Peyton Manning," Jets quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates said on Monday. "There are going to be bumps in the road. There are going to be ups and downs. The great ones have to come back and learn from positive and negative experiences and grow from that."

That's true, but the only way to really know if the "great ones" are truly "great" is to get them on the field and see what they can do.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg watches as quarterback Josh McCown warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg watches as quarterback Josh McCown warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- There's a good chance Josh McCown won't play for the Jets on Thursday night, since teams often rest many of their starters in their preseason finale and they certainly can't afford for him to get hurt. That means it's possible he'll take the field on Sept. 10 in Buffalo having not taken a single snap in a game for 29 days.

Even for a 38-year-old, 15-year veteran, that has to be at least a little bit of a concern, right?

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano discuss Todd Bowles' decision to name Josh McCown the Jets' starting quarterback for Week 1.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It is completely counterintuitive that the New York Jets, a team in a painfully obvious rebuilding mode, will start a 38-year-old quarterback on Week 1. Josh McCown is not part of the Jets' future. He probably won't even be on the roster next year.

But Todd Bowles still absolutely made the right decision by naming McCown his starter.

Truth is, he never really had any other viable choice.

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The Daily News Live panel discusses Todd Bowles' decision to name Josh McCown the starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Monday that Josh McCown will start Week 1 against the Bills on Sept. 10.

McCown "gives us the best chance to win," Bowles said.

Bowles added that he wanted to see if either Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty stepped up and took the spot, noting that the starter was not determined before training camp.

"I'm just humbled for this opportunity and I look forward to making the most of it," McCown said after being named the starter.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants found the end zone for the first time this preseason, but that doesn't change the story of who they still are. They are exactly what they were at the end of last season:

A team with a dominant defense and an offense with serious flaws.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Christian Hackenberg, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, 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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Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo react to the Giants' 32-31 preseason victory over the Jets on Saturday night.

Bryce Petty and the Jets stormed back after falling behind 29-3 at the half, scoring three touchdowns in the final two quarters, but a failed two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter doomed the comeback attempt in a 32-31 preseason loss to the Giants on Saturday >> Box score

Petty, who left in the second half with a knee injury, was 15-for-18 and threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns in relief of Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg returned after Petty's injury and finished 12 for 21 with a touchdown and two interceptions. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown did not play.

Matt Forte had 10 carries for 43 yards and two catches for one yard, while Bilal Powell had a big day receiving, hauling in four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also had seven carries for 32 yards. ArDarius Stewart had four receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets.

The Jets, who scored 28 points in the second half, limited the Giants' offense to just three points in the final two quarters. Julian Stanford had eight tackles, including two for a loss, while Lawrence Thomas had five tackles. Buster Skrine had two tackles and two pass deflections and Marcus Williams broke up three passes. Sheldon Richardson had a sack and Juston Burris had an interception.

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Daily News Live: Jets vs. Giants 00:05:18
The Daily News Live panel previews the preseason game between the Giants and the Jets.

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Todd Bowles plans to name his starting quarterback sometime early next week, which means his answer should become pretty clear by late Saturday night.

Unfortunately at the moment there's nothing clear about it at all.

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(AP)

The 2016 Cleveland Browns finished 1-15, ranking 28th in passing offense, 27th in receiving offense, and 31st in total yards allowed. Are the 2017 Jets worse?

According to ESPN's Football Power Index, the answer is yes.

"FPI believes the Jets are 7.9 points worse per game than the average NFL team, whereas the Browns were minus-7.4 last preseason, and it thinks all three parts of the Jets are a liability. The gruesome details: 5.2 points worse than average on offense, 2.1 points worse on defense and 0.6 points worse on special teams."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he will "probably" name a starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles said on Monday that he wants to first watch film of Saturday's game against the Giants before making an announcement. The Jets will conclude their preseason schedule with a matchup against the Eagles at home on August 31.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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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:

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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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